Week 3 of August, 2017: To Be Read Plans for the Week

Hello! My past week was awful in terms of reading, so I am hoping to pick up the pace again. Get my act together once more by creating a nice to be read plan for this week.

Failure to launch

Last week, I had spiraled into a great bout of poor mental health. Basically, reading took a step back because I had no interest in doing anything. Sometimes, this happens to me, especially when I get triggered.

At any rate, my hope is to pick myself back up again.

The reading quest:

I was truly enjoying my First Book in a Series challenge. To fulfill it, I was reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I made it to half of the book and now I need to carry on with it.

The Girl at midnight?

Ah, that book is kind of a slow one. I need to put it down for now–I like it enough to keep it. My plan is to simply not have this one be a priority and read it every once in a while. I hope it picks up the pace at some point soon, because…man it’s tough to read.

Verb’ed

Hopefully, I can get started on the second challenge which is a Book With a Verb in the Title. For this element of my quest, I am going to be reading Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May.

Excuse me. I have to do a happy dance here, because I am so excited to read this one.

Side Questing it

I want to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue this week. Earlier last week, I read snippets from the beginning of this book, and found it easy to get through. A little joy is kind of what I need to be reading right now.

 

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August, 2017, Week 2 TBR Pile

 

Welcome to mid-August of 2017! So, this week marks the beginning of the Reading Quest challenge. This challenge will guide my reading for the next four weeks.

tying some loose ends

I haven’t finished Graceling yet, and I am halfway through it. Going to be reading that book early into the week. In an ideal world, I’d be starting the Reading Quest challenge with no books on my currently-reading pile (and is it a pile if it’s only one book? Questions I cannot answer fully).

First book in a series

So, this week I’m beginning the challenge with a first book in a series. For that challenge, I’m reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

side quests

In addition, I am going to be trying The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Gray for the Open World side quest. I have been really hoping to read this one book for so long.

 

Explaining the past week’s reading crisis

If I do move finish reading these books, it would be a miracle. But, I am hoping to read as much as I can. My goal is to get myself back to the plan of reading regularly, writing, commenting, and participating in life in general.

As you may have read on the Twitters, I have been complaining about dentist drama. I don’t handle doctor appointments very well as a whole, so I often feel frazzled afterwards. This past week was intense for me. Hopefully things are smooth sailing for a while now.

 

Your turn

Do you have any reading plans for this upcoming week? How’s August treating you thus far? Oooh, are you participating in any readathons? Share your TBR links with me, so I can fangirl with you. Best of luck on this challenge. Hope we all read all the things (I know it’s unlikely, but we can dream together).

 

 

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#TheReadingQuest Sign up

Hello! I have been seeing a rumble of Reading Quest sign ups on Twitter. Because I am striving to read more, I will join the masses. This Reading Quest challenge was created by Aentee over at Read At Midnight. The graphics were made by the lovely CW over at Read, Think, Ponder.

Basically, the reading quest lasts from August 13 to September 10. From what I gathered, you pick a character class (sort of like Dungeons and Dragons?). Then, Bingo your way through the board.

I hope that made some sort of sense.  As always, I am freaking out that I somehow don’t understand the rules. So, if you notice any errors, please let me know.

Character Class:

It took me a couple of tries to decide which character class I’ll be for this. The typical approach is “bard,” because I like to write. However, I want to read more warrior stories. So. That’s the path I am on. Oh! Also, I picked the knight with the darkest skin, because they were the cutest to me.

Reading challenges/my quest route

The First Book In a Series: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

A Book With a Verb In the Title: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

A Book With a Weapon on the Cover: Fire by Kristin Cashore

A Book with Red on the Cover: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A Book with a TV Show or Adaptation: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Rebelling already

Because my anxiety is already way too high, I am not competing. Instead, I am going to read and enjoy the process. My approach is to also add other books to my TBR as I go along.

Hope you join in on the fun.

 

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August Week 2 TBR And Readathin Participation

 

 

Ah, August week 2 is here, and so it is time to share my TBR. I want to say that I failed (on an epic scale) last week when it comes to my reading. Depression is kicking my butt, and anxiety as well. I will try better. There will be a readathon in August called the Readathin. I’ll link it here.  I’m hopeful.

the challenges

This readathon is a month-long journey and so I am hoping to keep updating my participation each month. Doing this will help motivate me and keep me accountable. My family is expecting some visitors, so to cope with my anxiety, I want to read more. Wish me luck.

Actually, let’s take a look at these challenges, and geek out together. Like I said, I am hopeful.

  1. Read a 2017 release
  2. Read a book that is the same color (or a similar color) as your birthstone
  3. Read a diverse book
  4. Read a book with a title or author with the same first letter as the first letter in your first name (the words “a” and “the” don’t count)
  5. Read a book that is related to your favorite emoji
  6. Read a book starting with a letter from TBR (the word “the” doesn’t count) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 
  7. Read a book with a summer themed cover
  8. Read a book with a warm colored cover (orange, red, yellow, brown)   Poison Study  by Maria V. Snyder 
  9. Start and finish a series
  10. Read a book in 24 hours
  11. Read a new to you author. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  12. Book with water on the cover
  13. Read a book set in summer
  14. Buddy read a book
  15. Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book community
  16. Read a guilty pleasure read
  17. Read an adult/new adult book
  18. Read a book outside of your favorite genre
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Week 1 of August 2017 TBR

 

Hello, August, 2017!
I’m having more anxiety than usual for this month. But, I’d like to try to keep busy. So, here’s my week 1 of August, 2017 TBR. I have had to change this TBR overnight, because well. The Demon King book blew my mind last night, to be quite honest. I am no longer the same person, you see. It was that good. 

The TBR for this week is ambitious as always. But, I am sincerely hoping to at least start these books this week.

High priority:

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I keep pushing this book away for some reason. It takes a while to get into it, I think, but I’m putting in as a high priority read.

I’ve finished The Demon King. I’d like to pick up The Exiled Queen and Poison Study at some point this week as well. #slytherintothebone

fitting in Two important readathons:

Because I didn’t foresee the clash of the readathons, I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to do Tome Topple if I was already trying to do Make Me Read It Readathon. So, as a middle ground, I’m going to get started on these reads this week, and then focus on the tomes next week.

The winning books from the poll are: Graceling and the Bone Season. 

 

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Readathon: Booktubeathon TBR 2017

Hello! Because I have been failing to read this past week, I am hoping to come back in full force to finish up the month. I was watching a video by the lovely Ariel Bassett, when she announced the Booktubeathon’s dates for this summer. It’s going to be from the 24 til the 30th of July. Here’s a link to the announcement.

Are you ready to see what I have lined up for this awesome readathon? Let’s go!

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

2/ Read a hyped book.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3/ Finish a book in one day.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4/ READ ABOUT A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOU.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (all I know is there is a monster-type character in this one. And a vicious girl in it, too).

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

It’s unbelievably hot here in California, so this is probably not going to happen.

 

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

The Elite by Kiera Cass (maybe?)

7/ Read seven books.

Two more books: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (if I am not done with it this weekend. If I am done, I’ll move on to the next book in the series, The Exiled Queen). 

And, I’d like to either start The Well of Ascension  by Brandon Sanderson or read The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black.

 

Your Turn

What are you going to read this week? Are you participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and share your TBR!

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July Week 3 TBR Pile

Hey there, so we’re starting out with the third week of July. I wanted to set some TBR goals here, to guide my reading schedule for the week. Ready? Let’s go.

Sequels

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
I have feelings about this series. My hopes for the sequel are so high, it’s kind of scary. My hope is that this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger too, because I don’t have the final book yet! (!!!)

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
Look, I got a bit swept up in the Falconer book, but I am finishing up the first book in this series too, The Demon King. Definitely curious to see what happens next.

Also, the names remind me of Star Wars. Just an FYI.

The Elite by Keira Cass
My copy of this book finally came in the mail, so I am ready to see what happens next. The first book was a nice relaxing experience. I hope this one continues to be pure fluff with a dash of angst.

The Wall of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
I have been hearing some negative things about Sanderson and homophobia, which leads me to hesitate to continue with this book. Still, I am curious to see what happens next in the story. Just unsure of how to handle this author. Lots of muddled information.

Standalone Novels

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
It’s time for me to read a book by this author. I heard great things about this story, and I’d like to make my way through the author’s work thus far.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I’ll try to finish this book up this week. I was quite close to finishing it and then stopped.

Your Turn

What’s on your TBR for this week? Are you excited for certain things you’ll be reading? Please share in the comments; I’d love to hear about your TBR.

 

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Week 2 of July TBR

Welcome to week 2 of July. I have not made a TBR in so long, and I want to get back into a nice routine. Therefore, without much dilly-daddling, here’s my TBR for the week.

New Beginnings

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I have been slowly reading this book, and I want to see how it ends. All I need is to dedicate some serious time for reading every day, because there are so many great stories to delve into. This is one of them.

Rebel Mechanics by Shannon Swendson
I saw this book on Goodreads, and then picked up the first two books in this series. It’s not really high priority, since it’ll take me forever to get the third book, but I am really curious about it. Steampunk, supposedly?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
From what I have heard, this book is a quick read, which is exactly what would make me feel much better right now.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
My copy of the sequel to this just came in the mail, and it’s TIME for me to read this series. I’m interested in steampunk quite a bit (thinking of a steampunk story with mermaids and fairies).

Sequels

The Elite by Kiera Cass
I know not many people like these books, but I actually find them quite relaxing. While I am not sure I want to read about Prince Maxon’s kid in the spin off, I am curious about America Singer.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Gosh dang it, I want to finish this trilogy! But, I have been intimidated by the book’s size again, so I have to summon all the courage in me to try reading it. Le sigh.

Also: 

I am trying to write poetry more frequently, now that my dear friend Ashley is helping me write in a clearer way. Hopefully you’ll find my poems more accessible, especially with my thought process revealed a little more before each poem from now on.

Suggestion Box:

Is there anything you’d like me to tackle in my writing? Feel free to suggest things, and I’ll try to think of a way to discuss the topics. If anything, it can always just be a discussion type of post on here.

 

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End of June TBR

I have not been reading that well, as my time management was difficult to maintain. So, I am creating an End of June TBR for this last week of the month. It’s going to be ambitious, because I want different options to pick from.

Let’s go!

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I have passively read the first 20 or so pages of this book. I haven’t given it a fair chance. It seems like a quick read, though, so I am hoping to finish it up quickly and move on to the next books.

2. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Frightening series for me, because I am still heartbroken because of the first book. It’ll take me a couple of deep breaths and a lot of courage to plunge back into this world.

3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

It’s time, isn’t it?

 

Other Options

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
I loved Vampire Academy and Bloodlines; I’m quite interested in how Mead is going to manage telling the same story three different times in this series. Also, the cover makes me happy.

Legend by Marie Lu

So I had tried this book before and then got scared of anything bad happening (which is a common occurrence for me. My anxiety shoots through the roof when the stakes are high in a book).

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is supposedly another quick read. Very curious to meet the characters in this series. SPACE!

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End of May TBR and Goals

This week, May ends. Time is passing rather quickly, and I have been in a lot of senseless turmoil and grief. Life with depression is frustrating when it comes to goals and deadlines. For the end of May, I am going to get back in the habit of having goals and a set TBR. Perhaps I’ll never read all the things I want to in one go. It’s okay.

End of May TBR

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I LOVE this book so far. Kaz is a fantastic leader to this epic crew. I look forward to finish this story!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Look, I tried to resist reading this until now. I need to read it this week, in order to see if my literary kids are okay (they probably won’t be, but I have to see how much injury takes place).

If I have more time, I can probably manage to sneak in some Mistborn 2 (Well of Ascension). 

Elend and Vin are my buddies and I want to see what happens to them.

Goals
  • I want to write more various posts on my blog (and in general, just write more often).
  • Another goal I have is to connect and communicate with my blogging buddies more often.
  • Read, study, meditate, worship. Balance my time better.

Hoping you have a wonderful end of May week, and a brilliant time this spring/summer days of this period of time. I look forward to be more active around the internet and get to talk to you all in comments or tweets.

Oh, also: if you have any ideas or suggestions for my blog, please let me know! I would love to figure out how to do this blogging thing better. I love getting feedback from friends.

Also: JUNE IS ALMOST HERE.

 

 

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