Guess Who’s Back? The Return of Dinasoaur’s Reading Participation As March 2018’s End Approaches

Good God, that title for my post is so long. I am sorry. But, I like long titles for some reason. Guess who’s back? Me! Your favorite Dinasoaur. I am attempting to participate and read more as March 2018’s end nears.

i see fire

As my love for Of Wonderland’s book-club grows, I want to be more involved in their prompts. March, despite being a trash can of despair, has a cool theme: fire. In other words, the title, cover, or plot should relate to flames.

I have a few books in mind to try this week of March. First, I want to wrap up my reading of the first Percy Jackson book to be published, The Lightning Thief. It’s not quite fire-related but I am enjoying it still.

Next, a few thoughts come to mind. Cinder by Marissa Meyer could shake up my world with its fantastical setting. The whole Lunar Chronicles awaits on my shelves patiently and I am now hoping to jump into this story.

Another contender for this week’s reading pile is An Ember of Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I rarely find fellow Muslim writers who create fantasy stories. “Intrigued” does not quite describe my own feelings for this story.

Eon by Alison Goodman involves dragons which thus lead it to land on my pile of books. I have heard some negative reviews of this book because of its faulty handling of disability. Still, I am moving forward with including this book in general. I have the duology.

Last but not least is Laini Taylor’s famous Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I am not scared, you are! By “scared” I mean that I am most intimidated by Taylor’s pacing. I heard from several reviewers that her books are slow. Please, Laini Taylor, do not put me in a slump.

Resurrect the reading habits

I apologize for not posting often lately. My mental health has been severely lacking in any motivation. Doctors have been helping me tweak things around, change habits and dietary choices. I am still unsure of my footing but I want to keep trying to write and read.

Thank you for sticking around


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

Second Week of March 2018 Reading Plans

As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time to share some of my reading plans. Emojiathon is taking place this whole month, and I want to attempt to participate. Besides, there is a half-hearted attempt to satisfy the Of Wonderland reading challenge for its book club. With one exception, all of this week’s books are from the library.

Read a Fantasy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is what I am going with for this challenge. It’s supposedly an urban paranormal fantasy, which is one of my favorite genres. I was so excited to hear about it that I grabbed the next two books in the trilogy. Perhaps I can read all of them this week.

Read a Book Everyone has Been recommending

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins was very popular a few years back in BookTube land. While no one directly recommended that book to me, I still want to give it a shot this week.

A Book that Features Travel

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely is a western that involves travel! Plus, it is a somewhat-new release. It has been on my list of books to purchase for a while. I figured it’d be a good idea to check it out from the library and get a sense of how much I’d enjoy it first. Plus, the cover is beautiful.

A book that involves sports

Come on, I was over the moon when I saw One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake in the library. I haven’t been able to get my own copy just yet, but I want to give it a read while I wait for a chance to purchase it. The first book in the series was so good.

And finally:

Read a Book You Have Not Started Yet and YOu Don’t Know Why

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is a book I often encounter and shy away from reading. Perhaps it is because I worry that I am reading fluff. But, I am trying to stop worrying so much about how I am perceived based on what I am reading.


March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

March 2018 Reading Plans for Read-o-Rama Readathon

March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for its first week. I intend to catch up on readathons to increase my reading for the whole month. From March 3rd to the 9th, Read-O-Rama will take place among the bookish community. Naturally, I want to participate while also juggling my participation in the Of Wonderland book club as well.

Read a Book with Rama in the title

The most beautiful coincidence took place while I was brainstorming for this challenge. For Of Wonderland’s book club, we have to read a book related to fire (either in the title, cover, or plot). Surprisingly, An Ember in the Ashes fulfills both challenges. It has RAMA in the title, and it has a fire image in its title. Mission accomplished: I have officially connected these two reading events. Read-O-Rama and Of Wonderland come together in this challenge.

read a lgbtq+ book

As I have just finished a Nina LaCour book (and was mildly impressed), I will delve into another Adam Silvera book. Leaning more toward They Both Die at the End. However, I can be swayed to read History is All You Left Me. Both novels are #ownvoices LGBTQ+ representations. Here is another Read-O-Rama challenge satisfied.

New to you author

The first Veronica Rossi book, on my currently-reading pile, fulfills this challenge. A word of caution: I do not have the book in this ugly cover. I have the nice blue cover instead. So far, this book is amusing. It’s cute.

A book published in spring

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead was published in April. Funnily enough, I have not been reading this book even though it is right by my bed. It is time to remedy this nonsense.

Read Seven Books

I am not going to be doing the challenge of reading a book recommended by a host. Another thing I am not doing is also borrowing a book. The idea is laughable because of my high anxiety.

Instead, I want to give Twilight a read and perhaps also Hush, Hush. 


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

A Goodbye to February 2018 Series of Reading Plans

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month was for me. My oldest cat, Mika, passed away days ago. Depression has spiraled into epic levels. But, I am fighting back by incorporating a nice series of reading plans for this final week.

If I did not mention it sooner, I am part of the lovely Of Wonderland book club. I am a terrible participant, however, I am trying to get involved with the group and the challenges. February’s theme was adventures. Let’s see what I have planned to fulfill this prompt.

Contemporary Challenges

Right now, yours truly has been avoiding We Are Okay because it deals with grief. It feels appropriate, but it may hurt me to continue. Nevertheless, we trudge on. It’s a short book.

Next, I found a book that my good friend Misty recommended. It is David Arnold’s Mosquitoland involves a journey on a bus. From what I hear, the characters are quirky in this book.

fantasy setting adventures and journeys

A few options from last week’s to be read piles remain: Marie Lu’s Legend and Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky. For now, I am going to see whichever one seems to fit my mood for that day. Please let me know if you have one you’d recommend to read first.

Next, I have been slowly reading The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. It is still not building up the tension enough for me to be a wild fan. Still, it’s a Richelle Mead book, which means it could go in either direction.

Furthermore,  I would like to give Passenger by Alexandra Bracken a shot. Another story that was recommended by the Of Wonderland team is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. I am unsure about which one will strike my fancy in the moment. But, they are both on my shelves. Finally, I hope to check out Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.

So many options, I know!


If you have read any of these books, feel free to recommend them. Also: send me head-canons too. I am always more likely to enjoy a story if I have a connection to the characters or plot.

I hope February is treating you well.


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for

TimeHopAthon and Week 3 of February 2018

I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing up for another attempt to participate in a readathon. This time, the readathon is called TimeHopAthon, and it will take place on week 3 of February 2018.

Challenge 1: Past: Read a historical fiction or classic

Two books on my current TBR fit into this prompt. First, I am keen on reading the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, which is called Changeless. In addition, my current read meets this challenge as well: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.

Present: Read a book released in 2017/2018

Ah, I have many books that I could read for this challenge. Let’s just begin with We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. If I do a good job with this one, I would like to read another Adam Silvera book at some point.

Future: Read a book that takes place in the future (i.e. dystopian, sci-fi, post apocalyptic)

Legend by Marie Lu coupled with Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi are what I am planning to read for the third and final challenge. I have the whole series up on my shelves, so it is time to read these books.

Challenge I Ignored: Beat the Backlist

Beat the Backlist was a challenge I signed up for in early January. Throughout the next couple of weeks, I intend on starting the series I included in my announcement to join this challenge. Hopefully, yours truly can start read more, because I have not been reading enough in February.

Do I have any readers here who are participating in challenges? Share your plans and progress, so I can be jealous of you. Perhaps, I can join some more challenges that can help me read more. My February has been a sad month, filled with excessive sleeping and a lack of motivation to do much. Here I am trying to do better for this stretch of the month.


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for

February 2018: Week 2 Reading Plans and Contemporary-a-Thon Attempt

Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this week, as I attempt to weave in Contemporary-a-Thon. For the announcement video of this readathon, click here to see Julie from Pages and Pens explain the challenges.

Just as a heads up, I have failed to read as fast as I did in January (so far). Things got even worse after reading Empire of Storms this weekend (I don’t want to delve too much into it, though).

1. Newly acquired contemporary

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the last contemporary I got. To show you have infrequent my contemporary reading is, I will say that I got this book for my birthday. Way back in October.

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

I am probably going to double up and say Always and Forever Lara Jean for this one, too. If I can, I may read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.

3. Read a hyped contemporary

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was pretty hyped. Perhaps I will go with this one. Or, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which was hyped up quite a bit.

4. Read a diverse contemporary

All three books I have listed so far can be considered diverse. Excuse me while I do a happy dance.

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

Yeah… I don’t do dark contemporary. Skipping this one.

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

I don’t have any graphic novels to read. Passing over this one, too.

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you

Maybe First and Then by Emma Mills? I run into this one often. Or, Coraline by Neil Gaiman. That one was recommended to me a lot ages ago.

From the library, I had read some of the first Magnus Chase book, and the first Trials of Apollo. In addition, I did read most of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (not a fan).

Are you participating in any readathons or challenges this week? Share in the comments your reading plans!

See you on the ‘net.


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for

First Week of February 2018 Reading Plans

Hello, friends. Welcome to my first week of 2018’s February reading plans. I am going to make more of an effort to read things that do not 100% fit the prompts I am using. I want to experience my TBR shelves, and not rely on the library. Anxiety is a thing in my life that I need to keep in mind. Let’s see what my reading plans are going to be.

A past goodreads choice awards winner

According to this listLandline by Rainbow Rowell was once a winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards. It’s chilling on my shelves, waiting to be read. I believe it is the last Rainbow Rowell book that is unread for me.

a book involving a heist

Another list here shares that The Kiss of Deception involves a heist. I have been putting off reading this series for no reason at all other than being timid around the length of the latter books.

a book about death or grief

Listen, I know it is a stretch that no one could see coming. I am reading Grace Mercy by Robin LaFevers for this one. It involves assassins who happen to be nuns.

A book set in a country that fascinates you

Soulless  by Gail Carriger is set in Victorian England, which is exactly what I love to read. It’s going to a ton of fun. I just need to buckle down and enjoy the ride. I was lucky enough to have Gail Carriger follow me on Twitter. In short, I am thrilled to try her work and possibly become a total fangirl. I am already in love with the tone of the summary on the back of the book.

I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many options. Therefore, this list will have to suffice for now.My hope is to give each book a nice chance. A lot of these books I failed to read before even though I had other challenges prompting me to read them. So, I am treading lightly.

As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for

Farewell January 2018 Week 5 Reading Plans




January is coming to a close. It was quite the month, with lots of scary appointments. Also, it was a lot of library adventures, so it evens out pretty nicely. Here are my reading plans for week 5 of January, 2018.

POP SUGAR reading challenge

The Next Book in a Series You Started

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is what I managed to hunt down at the library today. I am very excited about it! Yours truly was thrilled to find Empire of Storms while walking down those beautiful library halls/aisle things. AND, I have Assassin’s Blade, too, from the library.

A Book with Alliteration in the Title

Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman is a book I set aside many times for a fun read. But, I keep getting distracted. I’m hoping to give it a shot, poor book. It is definitely something I am into. Here’s hoping I get to it this week. It’s about a Victorian era setting where a girl is killing off demons. Something along the Falconer lines, is what I have gathered.

A Book Set on a Different Planet

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner is the only one that I have (unread) that fits this prompt. While I am unsure of the specifics of the story, I do know that it is a space-type of story. Close enough, right?

And finally:

I have Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr from the library too.


I may squeeze in a steampunk novel. Currently, I am torn between Soulless by Gail Carriger and/or Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Things are kind of rough these days, so I am hoping to use reading as a coping mechanism. Here’s hoping I can manage my mental health as we ease into February.

Many hugs and well wishes.

As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for

January 2018 Week 4 Reading Plans



Hello! We’re about to start week 4 of January 2018. I’m planning to participate in The Pop-sugar reading challenge (continued). Let me share the reading plans for the week along with the challenges I want to try to fulfill.

A book with characters who are twins

I started reading some of Holly Black’s newest release, The Cruel Prince. When I was checking out the first page,  I noticed that the main character is a twin! How serendipitous is that.  As a book already on my TBR and on my shelves, this is going to be a lot of fun. Nobody does fae quite like Holly Black, I always say that.

a book by a local author

Tahereh Mafi is kind of a local author. From what I know, she grew up in California, but her family is from Iran. My family is from a country in the middle east, and I spent a huge chunk of my life growing in California. I will be reading her newest release Whichwood. To be transparent, I have already started reading for this challenge, and will perhaps have fulfilled before this post is up. The book is just too good, okay. I can’t help myself.

a book about death or grief

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera sounds like it deals with death in a unique way. Plus, I like this author’s books. It’ll be an emotional sucker-punch, but hopefully it will be a fun read at the same time.


To give myself even more options, especially if I can squeeze in more books, I’m going to try another challenge.  To participate more in the bookish community, I am also trying to do some work within the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. Here are the challenges, aside from reading the community book for this readathon.

2. Read a sequel

I am thinking of continuing with Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly (the second book in her steampunk zombie novel).

3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before

Two books come to mind: first, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is often recommended but I would have never ventured into it on my own. OR Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly, because I generally do not do zombies.

4. Read a book about mental illness

According to this list, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour has some mental illness elements.

5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.

I can’t think of anything that would fit with this prompt. Like, I looked through my books and I can’t find two books that I already own that reference each other.

6. Read a book under 200 pages

Shorter books aren’t quite on my list often. BUT, We Are Okay is around 200 pages. Plus, I like multitasking and reading a book that satisfies more than one prompt. Happy dance.

7. Read a backlist title

Depending on whether the library has the books available or not, I want to continue with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t have the books on my shelves (yet) and I am in love right now. If the books aren’t available yet, I am thinking of giving Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes a chance. I have books 1-5. OR: I can check out Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, if I am feeling that Victorian-y vibe.

So many choices. It’s a blessing and a curse.

What are you hoping to read this week? Share in the comments (I typed “Shake it in the comments” at first. You’re welcome).

Later days, dudes.





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January 2018 Week 3 Reading Plans


I haven’t managed to write that much last week, but here we are anyway. This entry is about my reading plans for week 3 of January 2018.

mental health bingo reads

The Rest of Us Still Live Here by Patrick Ness is the one I am going to focus on this week. I am not sure if I will be able to move read more mental health books this week, because I am trying to participate in more than one challenge for the month.

Of wonderland book club-hyped books

Illuminae’s sequel Gemina is a book I am *thinking* of reading this week. I know it’ll take me a while, because the format is kind of strange for me (still). ** (it all satisfies the Popsugar challenge of reading a book set in a different planet**

OR The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I need to get to this one, too.

popsugar challenge-book about feminism

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood is the continuation of the Cahill Witch Chronicles. I find the series to be quite the feminist approach to women’s lives in conservative patriarchy. I am looking forward to this book, which is the middle book of the trilogy.

popsugar challenge-book with favorite color

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is basically cheating here, but I do love bright glitter often. Besides, I am in need to catch up on this series (which, basically means, get started on the series). The books have the prettiest covers.

wait one gosh darn minute, though

I also want to get to Soulless by Gail Carriger, even though it doesn’t fulfill any of my challenges for this month. I don’t expect that I’ll be able to finish this one within the week, because *gestures* I have so much to read. But, I want to make some progress on this book.

Plus. I want to read some more of Margaret Atwood’s  The Handmaid’s Tale. Again, I doubt I’ll finish it this week. Given the content of that novel, I think I should go a little slower when reading it. A tinsy bit at a time.

okay. cool. bye

As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for