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 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”

Down the TBR Hole #43: Books 741-760

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).

It Won’t Be Easy by Tom Rademacher
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #43: Books 741-760”

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]”

Down the TBR Hole #42: Books 721-740

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).

Dewey Defeats Truman by Thomas Mallon
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

Tetris by Box Brown
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

Buffering by Hannah Hart
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #42: Books 721-740”

March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads

I literally cannot believe we are almost coming into March… I have accomplished nothing I wanted to do this month.

My reading took a nose dive this month, so I only managed to read two out of the five books on my February TBR. I also still have to read one more book from my TBR jar, otherwise I have to unhaul it. To be honest, I have zero motivation to read it at the moment so I might just end up getting rid of it anyway.

I did absolutely terrible with all the challenges I “participated” in and so instead of scaling back like an intelligent person would, I, once again, am joining two readathons AND an additional book club 😑 I’m really fine.

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:

Lumberjanes vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

I am only relieved I pulled this one because I’ve just had no drive to read this after I mixed up the order and completely skipped it. It’s literally been sitting on the top of a large stack of books as a reminder. I’m excited to knock this one off my TBR. Continue reading “March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads”

Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720

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).

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Push by Sapphire
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720”

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?

Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700

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).

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Floor Girls by Richard Fifield
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Some Girls Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700”

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”