So many books to read!

Summer has already begun so this summer tbr is definitely late, and I doubt I’ll even get to all these books. We are over halfway through the year and there’s still so many books I want to get to before it’s over. I would like to do a lot of reading in July and get to books that I should have read a while ago. I’m trying to read as much as possible before I go off to college in August. I have been feeling very motivated to read so hopefully I’ll continue to be in a reading mood. There’s eight books on this list so I guess well just have to see how many I end up getting to.

Classics:
  • Jane Eyre: I think it’s time I try and read some classics I’ve read hardly any this is a favorite book for many and I think I might really enjoy it.
  • Anne of Green Gables: I’m am pretty positive I’m going to like this one, it just sounds lovely and like something I’ll enjoy.
  • Little Women: I really doubt I’ll get to this one anytime soon, but it is a classic I feel I should read so hopefully I’ll at least get to it before the end of the year
Contemporary:
  • Speak the graphic novel: I read Speak a few years ago and when I saw the gorgeous graphic novel I knew I had to read it again in it’s new format. This book is as old as me it came out the year I was born, and has been a pivotal YA book that I’m really exited to revisit. I just odored this ans it should be coming in the mail very soon!
  • Moxie: I love the concept of this it sounds like it will be a really empowering read about girls uniting together. I’m always exited to read books about girls supporting girls, there’s not enough of them.
  • Eliza and her Monsters: This like Moxie sounds like something I’m going to love. I always enjoy books about fandom, so a book featuring a main character who is the creator of a popular online web comic sounds right up my ally.
Historical fiction:
  • The Book Thief: I know I should have read this forever ago, but I have been intimidated by its length, and all the hype, but I’m finally going to read it. This is like the third time I’ve put The Book Thief on a tbr I’m really hoping it’s also the last.
  • Under a Painted Sky: I bought this one a few months ago, when I decided I wanted to start reading more historical fiction, it’s another one that’s been on my tbr forever and that it’s past time I get to.

I’m thinking about having a self hosted readathon, like dedicate a day to nothing but reading. Or maybe a whole weekend, I want o read all the books , so I want to set aside some time to get a lot of reading done.

How do you stay motivated to read? Do readathons help you to read more? Have you read any of these books?

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Reading update #3

It’s time for another reading update, this time around I have a wide range a books to talk about. I thought i would read mostly cute summer reads, but so far this summer I have been in the mood for all sorts of genre’s. I’ve read a lot of goods books so far this year.

Books I’ve finished recently

  • Children of Blood and Bone: this is has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and one of the best fantasy’s I’ve ever read. I loved pretty much all of it, I was so impressed by the magic system and world building. Full review.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 7: This is not the volume I’m on ,but I decided to buy and read it anyway. It stands on its own like most of the volumes so is was fine, this has a special zine issue that is amazing. It’s partly why I bought it.
  • Since You’ve been Gone: I finally read this after wanting to for years, and owning it over a year, and I loved it. It was the perfect first read of summer, it had everything I could want in a contemporary, friendship, romance, adventure and a girl figuring out who she is.
  • Love and Gelato: another cute summer contemporary that I adored. It made me want to go to Florence and eat all the gelato. The story was a bit predictable, but I did really enjoy it, I loved the descriptions of Florence and the heartwarming family moments.
  • Flygirl: I loved this, it might also end up on my list of 2018 favorites. It has an engaging thoughtful story, with good characters and writing. It’s well researched, and underrated, anyone looking for empowering stories with strong heroines should read this. 
  • Radio & Siren: the final two books in the wonderful Vinyl trilogy, these books are hidden gems. I have a review here for the entire trilogy, if you want to know my full thoughts.
  • Amulet book 1 The Stone Keeper: The art is this is absolutely beautiful, the story compelling and imaginative. I’m exited for the rest of the series.
  • Six of Crows audio book: It was high time I reread this, I really enjoyed listing to the audio book all the narrators did an amazing job and fit each character remarkably well. I will have a post up soon with all my thoughts, on my rereading experience.

Current reads

  • Crooked Kingdom: I’m only two hours in and of course loving it, this is my favorite book in the series and possibly my all time favorite fantasy book.
  • Labyrinth Lost: I started this to have something to read in between listing to my audio book, but I’m starting to favor it, and don’t think it will take me long to finish it. I really like the writing style, it’s engaging and keeps me flipping the pages. I’m thirty percent through, so I can definitely finish it this weekend.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

Reading update #2 // Indieathon wrap up

I had a wonderful time participating in Indie-a-thon this past month, sadly I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. But I read three wonderful books so I would say it was mostly successful. I discovered a bunch of indie books through this event that I’m so excited to read, that alone makes me glad I participated. I will definitely be making an effort to read indie more often.

I have read a lot of books since my last reading update post but I’m not going to talk about all of them. I have already talked about most of then so for the sake of length I’ll be skipping those. All of the books I’ll be discussing are ones I read for indieathon except the two comics.

Books I read recently

  • The Color Project: this book was so lovely! The main character Bee has a strong distinctive voice that was a pleasure to read. The romance was adorable, the whole thing was so sweet! It had basically everything I look for in a contemporary. Review
  • Vinyl: I really wanted a new series to read mostly one that would give me lovable characters and that’s exactly what this did. The characters are great, the world is underdeveloped but compelling, and I’m exited to see where the story goes. Review
  • New World Rising: I saw this recommended to people who liked Vinyl, I loved Vinyl but after reading it I felt myself falling into the dreaded book hangover. So I picked this one up in the hopes that another fun Dystopian would get me out of it. Sadly I did not enjoy this and ended up not finishing it. I couldn’t connect to the characters the plot was slower then expected, there was a few good things, but they didn’t seen good enough to keep reading.
  • Pasty Walker Aka Hellcat: vol 1: I needed something to get me back into the reading mood this was just the right book. I ended up enjoying this so much, it is extremely charming. I knew like nothing about Hellcat and now I’m mad this series got canceled.
  • Infinity Gauntlet: I am so exited for Infinity War before I see it I wanted to read the comics it’s based on. This comic is epic that’s really all I can say because of spoilers.
  • The Changlings Journey: This was an interesting read, I don’t know yet how exactly I feel about it. I enjoyed many things about it. but it took me a while to get into the story and it felt longer then it Review to come soon.

Current read

  • Children of Blood and Bone: This has been getting so much hype lately, a lot of my favorite authors and bookish people have loved it. So I bought it when I was at the bookstore the other week on impulse. I’m glad I got it. I’m halfway through and really liking it. It has a lot of similarities to other YA fantasies yet it is new and exiting. The characters are all interesting but for once it’s the story and magic system that have me hooked.

What was the last book you read? What are you currently reading?

Narrowing down my TBR

As I write this my Goodreads TBR is 182 it might still seem large to some but this is the lowest it’s been in a long time, in years. I have been going through my TBR a lot recently and I think I’m finally done narrowing it down. I got less and less picky each time I went through it today when I started it was around 230. I decided that there was no way I was going to read all of 230 of those books. Many of them have been on there for years it was definitely time to acknowledg that I’m never going to read them. I thought it would be fun to go through what made me decide to keep or get rid of a book, and share some of the notable books I kept and removed.

What I kept
  • Fairytales and retellings: My love of fairytales is the one constant in my reading tastes I will never grow tired of them. If someone says a book reads like a fairytale or is inspired by them then I immediately add it to my TBR. Examples: The Shadow Queen, Tiger Lily, The Forbidden Wish.
  • Historical fiction: I have really been in the mood for Historical fiction so therefore all the ones on my TBR are staying put. They all sound appealing so I will definitely be reading some soon. Examples: Under a Painted Sky, Among the Red Stars, Code Name Verity.
  • Must read books: I kept most anything that is widely considered to be something everyone should read. Or that is loved by the entire blogging community like A Darker Shade of Magic. Other examples: The Book Thief, Wonder.
What I got rid of
  • SciFi: I don’t like Sci-fi books I want to like them but I can’t seem to get into the genre. I think the only kept about three that looked to good to remove, hopefully one of them will be the one sci-fi book I actually like. Examples: Red Rising, Ender’s Game, Zenith.
  • Books I couldn’t remember: If it had been on my TBR for a while and I couldn’t remember what it was even about then I removed it. I clearly was not going to read it anytime soon. No examples because I didn’t keep up with what I got rid of and can’t remember exactly.
  • Books I had already tried: There was a few books I had read a few chapters of but never got back to. There’s some I kept because I genuinely want to read but just wasn’t in the mood at the time. The ones I got rid of are mostly hyped books that I don’t think I’m going to pick up again. Examples Walk the Earth A Stranger, Tower of Dawn, Perks of Being a Wallflower.

There are obviously other reasons for keeping or removing a book from a TBR but those are some of the main things. Mostly though I just took off books that no longer interest me and I’m sure a lot of you are going to disagree with my choices, but I think I choose well. There’s simply not enough time to read every book I have to be choosy and not wast time reading bad or okay books. I only have time to read books I love of course there’s no way to know for sure if you like it until you read it and this is why bookworm are forever agonizing over our TBR’s.

#Indieathon TBR

Indie a thon is a month long event taking place in March in which you read nothing but indie and self published books. You can read the announcement post for more information. I have been meaning to read more indie books this event is giving me the push I needed to do that. I’m so excited for this event! I have some great books on my tbr and there are a few others I might end up picking up if I have the time.

22892448The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely, or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I love a good fluffy contemporary and this one has beautiful cover and sounds lovely.

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all–the Crown Prince Aldrik–she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined

I read Air Awakens a while ago while I did have some issues with it for the most part I enjoyed it. It’s about time I get around to continuing with the series. The summery above is for Air Awakens, I didn’t want to risk spoiling anyone with the second books synopsis.

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Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home. But as she travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.

This is a webcomic that sounds so good I love the idea of it and the art is beautiful.

The Changelings Journey

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Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.

I’m excited to read all the books on this list but I’m most excited for this one. I tend to love anything with magic, fairies and friendship, it seems like a very me book.

Are you participating in Indie A thon? What are you planning on reading?

Reading update #1/ First reads of 2018

I have been at a loose for post ideas lately and I think this is probably not going to be the most interesting of posts but it’s all I can think off right now. I figured since I have been reading a lot recently that I would give you guys a reading update. I’m going to share with you the books I’ve recently read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next. I have already read seven books this month and an half way through another one, I don’t usually read more then five books a month. They have all been short which is mostly why I’ve read so much four of them were comics that only took me a few hours to read.

Books I’ve finished

  • Runaways vol 1 & 2: Very fun and filled with teen angst but I’m not in a hurry to read the next installment.
  • Paper girls vol 1: This is my favorite read of the year so far.
  • This is not the End: This one was quite different, I don’t even know what genre you would label it as, I had some issues with it but overall it was good.
  • Rapunzel’s revenge: The story was sweet but I wasn’t a big fan of the art style.
  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One: I think I like this better then her first collection I did feel like it was occasionally reparative though. I really liked the overall theme and messages and found many of the poams to be empowering.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: I can understand why this is a classic but I personally don’t love it. But I’m am very excited for the movie the effects look spectacular. It does look like it will deviate from the book but I don’t think I’ll mind.

Current reads

  • The Shadow Queen: I’ve only read the first two chapters of this it’s good but I don’t think I’ll finish it before my library loan expires. I got distracted by the next book on the list and now I’m not really in the mood for this one.
  • The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe: I’m liking this a lot more then I thought I would I’m not even sure what compelled me to pick it up maybe it was because of how cold it’s been.

TBR

  • The Girl Drank the Moon: I actually already started this but it’s been over a month so it doesn’t really count as being currently read. I would like to finish this soon I just keep getting distracted by other books but I think I’ll puck it up again soon.
  • Prince Caspian: I think I want to read these slowly so I will probably read about one a month. I might not even get to this one in February there’s a lot of good books coming out or that have just come out and I want to catch up on new releases.
  • The Radical Element: I’m so excited that I got approved for this on Netgally! I adored A Tyranny of Petticoats I can’t wait to read more stories about dauntless girls written by equally amazing and inspiring women.

I’m planning on preordering Sightwitch abd Heart of Iron and I will most likely read them as soon as I get them I’m so excited for them. I normally don’t buy books often but seeing as how they come out around by birthday and how there by two of my favorite authors I decided to treat myself. I was going to buy these in store so I wouldn’t have to wait on them to ship but it’s going to be cheaper to order them online.

What’s the best book you read recently? What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next?

Most anticipated books of 2018

This blogmas thing has been fun but I definitely should have planned it better then maybe I wouldn’t have missed three days. I’m going to try to post twice tomorrow to make up for one of those days we shall see if that works out. Anyway today I’m bringing you yet another list (I feel like that’s all I post) this one is of my six most anticipated books of 2018.

Sightwitch

The Witchlander series is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite fantasy series I cannot wait to dive deeper into the amazing world. This is a companion book I think it will expand upon the world and I can’t wait to learn more about the sightwitch’s. I’m so excited for this story, it’s going to be told through Diary entries and feature illustrations.

Heart of Iron

I loved Geekerella and even though I would read anything else Ashley comes out with I’m really excited that she’s doing something different from her previous books. I also know that she’s a huge nerd so I’m excited to see how her love for Firfly Star Trek etc, will influence the story.

Throne of Glass 7

I was disappointed in EOS and I’m not sure I’m liking where the story is going but I’m so invested in the characters and have to know how it ends. I still love the first three books in this series and really hope I’ll love this one too.

See Witch

Books about sea creatures is something I have been really waiting I know there’s a few books about them, but honestly none of them, except the one I read, sound appealing. This one however sounds great it’s about the origin of Ursala!

The Radical Element

I love a good anthology and A Tyranny of Petticoats is one of the very best ones. I’m so glad were getting another collection of stories of badass ladies.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite writers I did have issues with her two books but her writing is just beautiful and therefore I will read everything she writes. I’m curious to see what she does with a middle grade book it sounds like a fun story.

What are your most anticipated books of 2018?

2017 favorites

I usually wait until the very last minute to post my favorites of the year but not this year. I really really doubt I’m going to read another favorite before the years over. I haven’t even read a book in a while I’ve been in a huge reading slump so I doubt I’ll even read many more books before the years over.

Truthwitch

I haven’t loved a book series this much in a while, I don’t read many series anymore, I had forgotten how nice it is to have an epic sage to get invested in. I absolutely adore all the characters and their relationships with each other are realistic and wonderful. The world is vast, the magic system is splendid it’s complicated but not overly so.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 4

I love all the Squirrel Girl comics each one is fun, adorable, and filled with puns. The Mole Man/online dating storyline in vol 4 was probably by favorite but the Asgard story is amazing as well! There all amazing. Vol 4 probably did make me laugh the hardest though.

Hunted

This was an unexpected favorite it’s a beautiful tale I loved the main character and deeply related to her. It’s a perfect retelling it’s original and classic. It feels timeless and is just utterly enchanting.

The Language of Thorns

This put me in the biggest reading slump it was so good and the writing is amazing. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to each story overall it’s a beautiful book.

The Girl with the Ghost Machine

The book that made me cry the most award goes to this lovely heartbreaking book. Even though it broke my heart it also mended it it’s a comforting and fantastic read. Its a heavy book but everything is handled so carefully.

Geekerella

I was going to choose just five favorites but I have to include this book it’s so adorable. It is a bit too cheesy sometimes but it’s so much fun! It celebrates being a nerd, and it made me fall in love with a fictional franchise because it was that well done.

What’s your favorite book you read in 2017?

2018 Plans

I don’t actually have a list of goals this year I’m not putting any sort of pressure on myself by assigning goals I’ll almost surly not meet. I’m going to be going to college in 2018 and while that’s exiting it’s also nerve racking and it’s gonna be enough to handle. My main plan for 2018 is to have the best freshman year of college I can possibly have. I’ve been waiting a while to go to college it’s something I have wanted for a while and I ended up having to put it off for a year. It made this year harder because I wasn’t where I wanted to be but it makes me all the more determined to get everything I can from the experience.

I just found out last night that I got accepted into my top choice of college! They have literally everything I was looking for in a school including a fantastic study abroad program where you get to stay in a castle, well it’s practically a castle. For those wondering, I plan to major in creative writing with a possible double major in journalism. I plan to use my degree to pursue a career as a children’s/middle grade book editor.

As far as reading goes U don’t have any plans for 2018 I’m setting my Goodreads goal to thirty books my average a year is fifty so I’m sure I can do it. I really just want to keep up with what books I read I don’t want to pressure myself to read a certain amount. I don’t know how overwhelming college will be and I’m not sure how busy I’ll be in the meantime. So for now my only plans are to enjoy the books I do read I have no problem stopping a book in the middle. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out within a few chapters if a book is right for me. Life is too short, and there’s too many good books, to wast time reading bad ones.

I want to continue to branch out and try new genres I might even try reading some adult books but I really wouldn’t know where to start. I will definitely continue to read comics I fell in love with them this year and I would also like to start posting about them, and I would also like to follow blogs that post about comics. Right now I follow a few people why read comics but, like me, they don’t mention them often.

I think that’s all of my plans for 2018 what are your plans bookish or otherwise?

Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far

At the end of last year I posted a short list of reading goals now that the year is half way over, actually over half way over, I meant to write this last month. Anyway I thought it would be fun to see how well I’m keeping up my goals as well as talk about some of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Continue reading “Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far”