Down the TBR Hole #44: Books 761-780

Lia fromΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ 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.Β 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 Warbringerβ€”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 wasΒ definitelyΒ 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 readingΒ Girls of Paper and FireΒ on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I wasΒ clearlyΒ 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! πŸ˜‘

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.

πŸ“˜Β February TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“• Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

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

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo πŸ”΅
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 πŸ”΅
Published: Nov 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
cinematic, dark, dynamic
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “February in Review: 9 Books”

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and TBR

You know me, always late to every party πŸ’

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 RenΓ©e 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 fromΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ 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”

January in Review: 19 Books!

What a hectic month!

I randomly stumbled across my small town library’s graphic novel section, and it didn’t end well. Ever since the last Manga Madness readathon in November, I’ve honestly been on such a manga/graphic novel kick and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon!

I read some really surprising books this month. It was also the first month following a highly structured TBR, and I didn’t do too bad! 7 of the 19 books I read were from my tbr this month, 2 books were rolled over from my December tbr, and 2 books were also on my tbr for the year.

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.

TOTAL BOOKS: 19

🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 2
🌟🌟🌟: 5
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 7
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 5

πŸ“˜Β January TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“•Β Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand πŸ“•
Published: Oct 24, 2017
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
creative, funny, heartwarming
🌟🌟🌟

PerennialsPerennials by Mandy Berman πŸ“˜
Published: Jun 6, 2017
Contemporary
nostalgic, dramatic, vivid
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Emma, Vol. 08Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
Published: Mar 17, 2009
Historical Fiction
beautiful, descriptive, wonderful
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “January in Review: 19 Books!”

Down the TBR Hole #38: Books 641-660

Lia fromΒ Lost in a Story’sΒ 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).

Nora Webster by Colm TΓ³ibΓ­n
Date added: Jan 27, 2014
remove

The Whites by Richard Price
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

& Sons by David Gilbert
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The End of Men by Hanna Rosin
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Smashed by Koren Zailckas
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Ruling: 12/20 removed

These books were added almost exactly two years ago! Compared to my earlier Down the TBR Holes that feature books I’ve added in 2012, two years seems so recent, but some of these books I don’t even recognize!

Also, fun fact: Interpret of Maladies is the only Jhumpa Lahiri book I own and it’s also the only one of her books that I haven’t read πŸ˜‘

Which books would you have kept or removed? Are there any I should read right away?

 

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