Down the TBR Hole #44: Books 761-780

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep

American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #44: Books 761-780”

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April Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month

I successfully only bought two books off my March book birthdays post, but it’s only because I did not step foot into a bookstore. There are so many great books coming out this month I just don’t know how I’m going to be able to keep up 😭

I also didn’t realize that I listed the same amount of books I had last month! When I was pulling books from my master list of 2019 releases, it just felt like I had less…

I’ve set up this book with the title, author, and cover, along with the age range, genre, vague location and time period (when applicable) and approximate page count. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

We Rule the Night

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Young Adult
Fantasy
400 pages

 

Descendant of the CraneDescendant of the Crane by Joan He
Young Adult
Fantasy
416 pages

 

The Boy Who Steals Houses

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drew
Young Adult
Contemporary (Australia)
300 pages Continue reading “April Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month”

April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs

How is it already time to come up with APRIL’s TBR???

Honestly, I’ve been struggling with keeping up with my TBRs for the last two months. January was pretty solid, but February and March showed some weak progress. It’s not so much that I’ve been diverging from my TBRs, but more that I just haven’t been reading as much. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been busy, or because I haven’t been excited about the books I’m choosing or what…

I’m giving it this last month to see how following a highly structured TBR works for me, before considering revamping my current routine. I am purposely not joining any readathons this month however, because I haven’t been participating in them and I’m going to scale back and only participate in ones that I’m truly excited about.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world. Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

This is my last Bardugo book left to read and I’ve been putting it off because I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to like it. I’m not a big superhero fan (I have only seen the ending of WonderWoman because it was on tv 😐) and I only bought it because I was feeling Six of Crows withdrawals and wrongly thought this would cure it. I am excited to try this out and who knows maybe it will spark a new obsession! This is also a signed copy so I was definitely be reading this because I will not want to give it away first! Continue reading “April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs”

February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
  • Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
  • The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (ARC)
  • The White Book by Han Kang (ARC)

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
  • City of Glass: The Graphic Novel by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 10 by Karuho Shiina
  • Ao Haru Ride vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

As I was reading Girls of Paper and Fire on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I was clearly reading and I also had headphones in (no music playing, just like an added boundary). But the guy was like “wow you’re reading a book! no one does that anymore!” and a large part of me was like “ugh stop bothering me I’m trying to read” and a smaller part of me was like “yeah, I mean almost everyone around me on the train is on their phone.”

I guess to people who don’t read as frequently as I do, 9 books in a month is honestly impressive. But when I’m constantly surrounded by the hype of new releases and great reviews its hard to prioritize what I want to read because it sounds interesting, and what I want to read because I’m going to love it. Continue reading “February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour”

February in Review: 9 Books

By the time I end up posting my February wrap-ups it will be time to write my March ones! 😑

nbd it’s fine I’m just over here apparently in a month long reading slump and trying not to stress about it.

I read a total of 9 books in February, which is significantly less than the 19 books I read in January. However, my goal is to read 8 books each month in 2019, so I still beat my goal. Looking back, I feel like I had a pretty mediocre month in terms of content, but many of the books I read I gave high ratings too?? I don’t know, my brain just feels foggy.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

📘 February TBR
📙 2019 TBR
📕 Prior TBR
📗 Down the TBR Hole

Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 📗 
Published: Sep 15, 2015
YA Contemporary
twangy, bold, heartwarming
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 🔵
Published: Jan 29, 2019
YA Fantasy
dramatic, glittery, slow
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 🔵
Published: Nov 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
cinematic, dark, dynamic
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “February in Review: 9 Books”

Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]

It is 11:40pm on the eve of my day to host ReReadathon and I am just drafting this post  😐

I was just at a conference for work that as left me incredibly inspired, motivated, and empowered… but also freaking exhausted. I brought five (5) books with me on my four day trip and I read maybe 40 pages.

Anyway, I could not skirt around my duties for this incredibly readathon that I was so excited about (but failing so hard at!!), not to mention that I owe everyone a GIVEAWAY!

I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to not just read more books, but also to read books I already own almost exclusively. While my intentions have ultimately been positive, it’s been a struggle. Sometimes I need to remind myself that reading should be a relief, not a chore!

With that said, although I do feel the need to consistently be reading the newest, shiniest book, or to whittle down my ever-growing TBR, there is something so important about revisiting old favorites. Here are some of my favorite popular books I’ve read recently, (or not so recently!) that I’d love to make time to read in the near future.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I’m a little nervous to reread this because I don’t even know if it’s going to live up to the expectation I’ve set up for myself. I haven’t even touched this since I finished Crooked Kingdom so this is tremendously high on my list of books to reread. Continue reading “Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]”

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and TBR

You know me, always late to every party 💁

I’ve entered the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! For some reason it’s just taken me ages to write this post (just kidding, the reason is I started a new job and I’m still trying to adjust to a new schedule), but I’ve been meaning to sign up for the challenge since it was announced!

I’m sure everyone has already heard about it, but the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC) is a yearly challenge encouraging you to read more books by Asian authors. There are four co-hosts, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

I’m committing to reading 21 to 30 books by Asian authors this year, meaning I’m at the Malayan tapir level. Ideally, I’d like to try to read at least two books a month, putting me at 24 books for the year. If I end up hitting 30 books before the year is over I’ll keep increasing my goal into the next increments until the year is over.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to count any manga I read this year because I already read a ton of manga and I’d like to try to use this as a challenge. I also already own a ton of unread books by Asian authors so I’m going to take this opportunity to read some of the backlist books that have been on my TBR for a while!

I’ve already read 6 books so far (from January through mid-February) so I’ve been doing pretty well so far! I’ve made a list of 21 books by Asian authors that I own that is going to act as a tentative TBR for the rest of the year. This list is ordered from oldest books on my TBR to the most recent additions.

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Flame in the Mist be Renée Ahdieh
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand by Makoto Inoue
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Have you joined the challenge? What books on your TBR are you most looking forward to reading?

January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!

 

  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Night Tiger by Yangtze Choo
  • The Book Thief 10th Anniversary Edition by Markus Zusak
  • Pulp by Robin Talley
  • Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Heavy Vinyl vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva
  • Fence vol. 1 by C.S. Pascat and Johanna the Mad
  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 9 by Karuho Shiina
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering (eARC)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • March: Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
  • The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
  • Horimiya vols. 9 and 10 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Continue reading “January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!”

Down the TBR Hole #39: Books 661-680

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

 

You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

City of Glass by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #39: Books 661-680”

✨Announcing REREADATHON✨

I am SO excited to announce that I am one of the hosts for Rereadathon! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

baby Seal all grown up and co-hosting her first readathon ☺️

Rereadathon is a week-long readathon dedicated to rereading your faves! It’s going to take place in March from the 10-16, so you’ll have plenty of time to cull your TBRs.

This is going to be a very laid-back readathon; there are a total of seven challenges but you’re not required to hit a certain amount of books! You can double-, triple-, quadruple-up for the challenges, or you don’t even have to complete the challenges at all! Read as much or as little as you want.

Challenges:

  1. Game changer: a book that opened your eyes to/made you love a new genre
  2. Giving a book a second chance
  3. A new favorite
  4. An old favorite
  5. Underrated or unpopular book
  6. Popular book
  7. Childhood favorite

This readathon is unique in a few ways. There are a total of 21 (!) hosts across three different bookish platforms: booktube, bookstagram, and book blogs. Each day of the week will be managed by one host from each platform, and the hosts will be running separate giveaways! There will be 3 flash giveaways each day, one giveaway per platform. That means 21 opportunities to win free books!

Below is the schedule for Rereadathon, complete with a list of hosts and who will be running giveaways and posting content on which days. Each day hosts will be posting blog posts, videos, photos, etc corresponding to the topic, as well as hosting reading sprints on twitter and running their giveaways! Continue reading “✨Announcing REREADATHON✨”