An Honest Update and Fall Into Fantasy

An Honest Update before the Fall into Fantasy To Be Read Pile:

You may have noticed that I have spent the past two posts with attempts to get back into reading. This is another one of those entries. It gets repetitive to say that I am in a slump. At any rate, hopefully, I can get myself back into reading regularly. But, as this is an honest update: Currently, I am working on identifying my values and my purpose. I have a lot to think about, to be honest.  More than anything, I need to separate my value as a person from my blog and social media.

I have to do some serious reprogramming and rewiring, which makes me sound like a robot, I know. Going inwards is the scariest yet most necessary step I have to constantly take.

Thanks for being so patient. I hope you’re taking the time to sit with your thoughts and emotions as well.

Fall Into Fantasy Readathon To Be Read Plans

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Fumbling into a Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon Journey

As someone who is afraid of space and traveling in general, it’s hilarious that I am trying to participate in this readathon. It is called Tome Infinity and Beyond, and it going to be fascinating to trek through the challenges.  I first heard of it on the I Don’t Have a Degree in Reading channel. 

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A Not So Random Randomathon TBR Pile

Happy September to my peeps! After attempting to squish my library books and TBR into different challenges for this week, I settled on the Randomathon. As usual, yours truly may have to go rogue. This series of challenges are set for readers to apply their TBRs from September 3rd to the 16th.  You can check Randomathon’s Twitter right here.

Randomathon Challenges:

Read a sci-fi book

From what I have researched, the Shatter Me series is considered sci-fi. Luckily for me, I have picked Restore Me from the library a few days ago. I am worried that Tahereh Mafi is going to torture the characters in this installment. Funnily enough, I didn’t read any spoilers. For those of you who don’t know, I actually find spoilers to be a good way of reducing anxiety induced by the reading experience.

All I know is that someone shaves their head.

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More NEWTs Cheating to Finish up August 2018

 

Look! An image for the post! It’s been a while. Image courtesy of Photo-MIX Company on Pixabay.

As erratic as my reading has been, I am still attempting to get some allotted reading space in my schedule. The good news is that last week was actually a decent week in terms of wrapping up books. I am hopeful! Here is the list of all the NEWTs’ Challenges.
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NEWTs readathon Participation Announcement for August Week 2

The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As my mental health teetered into unstable-land, I had attempted to participate in the initial readathon, a prequel if you will, to the NEWTs one. It was called OWLs and I totally failed. However, I want to give this readathon a shot.

Here are the challenges I want to try out this week.

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Guess Who’s Back? Dina and Booktubeathon Round 2

My first round of booktubeathon went so poorly that I am in need of trying again. Many of the books I had chosen were duds. This collided with a lot of personal issues (not mental health related only). Yes, stuff still is up in the air, but I am hoping I choose nicer stuff for this booktubeathon. *Okay, maybe they’re not “nicer” but perhaps they’re more engaging to read.

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(Maybe) Make Me Read It Readathon Shaky Announcement

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My awesome friend Ely along with the fabulous Val created this readathon. It runs from August 6 to the 13th. Basically, it involves listing books and then you vote on which ones I should read. (No pressure, but my future week is in your hands).  I like the description these two ladies used, so I am going to pop it over here.

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Cramathon 2017 Participation: December Week 4 TBR

 

 

I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily, there is Cramathon going on this week. As the name suggests, this readathon involves cramming books as the year draws to an end. It runs from December 26 to January 2nd.

▸ A book with under 200 pages

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman sounds like the way to go. I am not scared or intimidated (lies! I am scared of this dude’s writing, because he sounds absolutely brilliant).

▸ A book with LQBTQIA+ representation

Ash by Malinda Lo is calling to me. This is going to ease me into checking out more retellings on my TBR (I am looking at you, Cinder).

▸ Shortest book on your TBR

I have shorter books than this, but I am going with either We Are Okay by Nina LaCour OR Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal.

▸ Book that has your favorite color on the cover

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has to be one of my favorite looking covers I own. And, I understand that this is about favorite colors, but I am twisting it a bit. This color combination is excellent.

▸ A book that was gifted to you

Technically, all my books have been gifted to me by my mom. So, I was thinking of going with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  It’s time for some heartbreak and reflection in general.

▸ One of the hosts’ favorite short books / a book a friend recommends

Vicious by VE Schwab was one of Inge’s favorites this year. I want to check it out. A sequel for this novel is in the making. I need to catch up.

 

▸ Read 7 books

I have two other books to (keep) reading this week: Three Dark Crowns and A Madness so Discreet. 

*Runs off screaming around the universe*

 

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Reader’s Crossing Continued (Week 3 of December 2017 TBR)

 

We’re now beginning our third week of December, 2017. I am slowly making my way through the Reader’s Crossing challenge, so here is my continued attempts to participate. Okay. So, I made it through most of the cute challenges. I now will cross into Cool territory.

 

I am first in need of finishing up a middle grade novel, and I am still debating if I’m in the mood to read some contemporary.  My current contemporary stash has some nice contenders: The Upside of Unrequited and the final Lara Jean novel are leading the race to my TBR.

celebrity

I don’t have an unread book written by a celebrity. So, what I am thinking of doing is reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This book deals with celebrity culture and televised competitions. That, and it is a fresh take on a classic.

Another option is to read the second Selection novel, The Elite, as it deals with a royal family and televised competition to be married into that family.

award winner

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake won a couple awards.  I want to see if it is a fun read. Definitely intrigued by it, especially now that I have read Born Wicked which had a nice take on sisters.

Hopefully, it’ll go by fast, because I read some mixed reviews on this one.

recommended reads

So, this is a bit of a cheat, because I have certain books I want to get to. The cool thing is that we have this Goodreads thing where people share their favorites.

Inge liked Vicious this year, and I have it on my TBR. It is about villains, and this is winter time with gloomy weather. That is one option. I am hesitant to read this one, because that’s the last Schwab book I have that is unread, and I am not really too keen on her Archived books. So.

EDIT: My sister also voted for this one, because, “the cover is pretty.”

set in your country

I am very doubtful that I’ll get to this one, but let’s brainstorm together. Adam Silvera has written two unread books on my shelves. The other contender for this challenge is A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. It’s a thriller/mystery novel set in the United States. I’ll have to weigh the options here, because I may be in the mood to cry (Silvera books would then be more appealing) or be curious (McGinnis book would win then).

so

This is kind of the general list of books I am hoping to get to this week. What are your reading plans for the week?

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Readers Crossing (Week 2 of December 2017 TBR)

The lovely Aentee has created yet another awesome reading challenge. This time, it is inspired by everyone’s latest craze: Animal Crossing. Look, I am not hip. I was not on board the Pokemon Go! train. Needless to say, I am also not on the Animal Crossing hype either. My sister was super kind and helped me create my face in the game (my iPod is not compatible with these games. I wish I could join you all).

 

Surprise! I chose the Cute path (according to my sister, this is what I should start with). Let’s see if I have to cry about that choice because no books fulfill it.

Ahem. Composure. Alright, here we go.

First challenge: read a manga or graphic novel

*Maniacal laughter* I don’t own any comics or manga, because I don’t like that type of book. Sister, you picked the worst path for me. Why is this happening. OH my God.

Ahem. Composure. Alright.

Okay, after a discussion with my sister, I was advised to read a book related to geek culture. So. The one that fits the bill is Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

second challenge: pink cover

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I want to read this book so badly, okay, because this author makes me smile. There is a Southern belle at the center of this book. It’s all I needed to know before picking this one up. I am ready for this.

third challenge: main romantic plot

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Based on my reading this past week, I realize that I can read at least two books at a time. This novel is kind of a mystery and an adventure, mixed in with a lesbian romance. So. It may end up being a nice breather from fantasy novels that I have been reading. Slowly, I have been transitioning into less intense settings. A contemporary should be a good change of pace.

Fourth Challenge: Middle grade/children’s novel

I’ll create a poll to see which one you’d recommend for me.

EDIT: Someone recommended Howl’s Moving Castle. I am kind of intimidated, but let’s give it a shot anyway.

fifth challenge: contemporary

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The possibility of me getting to this one seem weak. Nevertheless, I want to get to it at some point over the course of this readathon/reading challenge.

Finally: gosh darn it, I want to read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. The trick is to find a nice spot for it on the challenges.

An Honest Update before the Fall into Fantasy To Be Read Pile: You may have
October of 2018 was a total dumpster fire. Nevertheless, I am determined to bounce back
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