Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, this event is about reading big books. It is an opportunity to tackle intimidating stories. Naturally, I am breaking rules left and right. You know how unrealistic my reading expectations are.
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In an effort to tackle my huge pile of unread books, I am trying to change things up by reading older books. Sci-fi old hits are going to be what I try to incorporate into my reading plans over the summer.
Encouraged by Fellow-Readers
If you have not met La La, you’re missing out. She’s a cool blogger and a musician, bad-ass mom, and all-around awesome person. La La mentioned the Scifi Summer of 2018 in her post here.
I am going to try to weave in some sci-fi throughout the summer (I hope). I have a couple of series that I’d like to delve into (and finish).
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I will always have two modes competing within me: depressed and ambitious. Letting myself express those warring sides is a relief. Transparency is key. Here are my reading plans to ease the ambitiousness and soothe the depression.
Ambitious Yet Depressed
It’s the Shorter Books, man
After reading an epic Sarah J. Maas number books (TWO? AND THEY’RE BOTH HUGE), I am in need of reading quick stories. In addition, I am debating whether or not I can pick up Restore Me in July and another book as well.
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Obviously, this story is all about empowerment and awesomeness. I miss Warner and I want to get through the first book at least. We’ll see how I feel after reading the first book this week.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- I am unsure if I’ll be able to afford the next book in the series for July, so it’s not too high on my list. Still, I am curious to read the book at some point. It joins my list for the week as it has a setting that taps into my depressed heart. Dystopia but with a fluke character sounds like a lovely touch of ambitious writing that tackles staples of young adult literature.
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- I have this book for years but never read it. A few weeks ago, I heard that Ally Carter wrote a series about a young female spy. Since I love the Alex Rider books, I thought Carter’s books would be fun. I am all for some female empowerment.
Other Seemingly Short Books that are Neither Depressed (But Maybe Ambitious)
- Half Bad by Sally Green is a book that has been hyped a lot. Mostly, I blame the famous Cait (Paperfury) for giving this trilogy so much weight, pomp, and an alluring reputation.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs has pictures and an interesting take on supernatural powers. The movie is a lot of fun.
- Novice by Taran Matharu
- Supposedly deals with Pokemon-like concepts,
- Cute creatures (maybe. That’s what I am imagining).
What are your favorite quick reads? How do you deal with dips in your ambition?
For the final week of May 2018, I am participating in some SERIES CRACKDOWN action. Series Crackdown is a readathon where you tackle series that you have not finished (or started). Because I have a few series that I am in the middle of, I am going to try and focus on them this week.
Series Crackdown 1: A Shadow Bright and Burning series
The first book of this series was so much fun to read, and I want to pick up the second one. I already have a copy of it. What will happen next to Henrietta and Rook? Only time will tell. Of course, I want to pick this up as soon as possible.
Series Crackdown 2: Something Strange and Deadly series
Ages ago, I read the first book in this trilogy by Susan Dennard. I enjoyed it but did not continue to the next book. For this week, I am cracking down and reading (at least) the next book in the series. It’s steampunk and features zombie-like creatures (from what I remember).
Series Crackdown 3: Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
For some reason, I keep pushing this series away in favor of other series. Actually, I know why: I am scared of what will happen next. Anyway, I am going to try and tackle the second book this week.
Series Crackdown 4: Shiver
It would be amazing if I can get started on Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. The first book was a quick read, so this is possible to accomplish. I want to read more about Sam and Grace. Plus, I have been perusing the Internet and people talk about this other couple (Cole and someone else. I don’t remember if I’d met Cole in the first book…).
Finish up: Legacy of Kings
I am currently at the 30% mark of this book. It does require some extra effort to read because the cast of characters if huge (Or it feels that way). But, I am intrigued to see what happens to them.
Ah, May reading plans are still a mess because of my mental headspace for the past week. Nevertheless, I am continuing the fight with new reading plans for this upcoming week by following a twist. The Duodecathon is running this week, and I am attempting to include some of its challenges to guide my reading.
A Book Recommended by Someone
The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of the books recommended in the Goodreads group, which you can access here. It has been on my shelves for a while and I am looking forward to seeing Bray’s portrayal of metaphysical forces at work in 1920’s America.
A Book With Multiple Points of View
A Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, I think, has multiple points of view. I recall hearing that it is a historical fiction novel with a touch of fantasy in there. It clearly has to do with kings and royalty, so I thought it fitting to include it in this week’s reading plans.
A Book About a Villain
Vicious by V.E. Schwab has been waiting for me ceaselessly. Aside from the Archived duology, this series marks my completion of all Schwab’s published work. I am thrilled to read some Slytherin-inspired characters. Plus, the book has a beautiful cover now (and in the reprinting. Totally love them both).
A book with Antonyms in the Title
I did not know what to use for this challenge, but lo and behold, on a list of suggestions, I found Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I am trying to make my way through all my unread books. This will be a nice, satisfactory check on my list. However, I am also considering A Shadow Bright and Burning.
A Second Book in a Series
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, of course, has to be on this list. I just need to find the mental space to read. But, the first book was a hit for me, and it just blew me away, honestly. Naturally, I look forward to reading this story’s continuation.
I doubt I’ll be able to finish all these books in a week but I’d like to at least start. Bonus points if I can tackle Twilight along the way.
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This week is officially marking a halfway point of May 2018. While I have been slowly making my way through my huge TBR piles, I am hoping to keep trying to pick up the pace. In other words, I am catapulting my reading with some ambitious plans. Without further stalling, here are my ambitious reading plans for the week.
Reading Plans via Challenges from the #KillYourTBR Quest
A Book With a One-Word Title: Hunger by Michael Grant is on my list of books I desperately want to tackle before the end of the month. I have read these books ages ago and I am aiming to reread them as I repurchase used copies of the series. My reading plan for the rest of the year is to revisit this series. It is a grim story but I do enjoy the characters and their story arcs.
A Collection of Short Stories from a Genre You’re Unfamiliar With: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman is not a collection of short stories. However, it is a fairly short novel and, more importantly, it is from a genre I am totally unfamiliar with. I have read only a steampunk interpretation of Westerns as a genre. This one, from what I gathered, is more of a faithful adaptation to the staples of this said genre.
A Book With an Animal on the Cover: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is a book I am interested in reading this week. I want to contrast this take on werewolves compared to Twilight and Shiver.
A Book With a Five-Word Title: Days of Blood and Starlight is a given here. Obviously, my heart has been aching for more Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, and Mik. That’s all I have to say on this matter.
A Book With a Character With a Disability: I am unsure if this is accurate but I recall Talon from Under the Never Sky having a disability that I foolishly cannot remember. I am now on the second book in the trilogy. It should be a fun ride.
Oh. And finally. The First Book in a Series: I am thinking of getting to Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds. Amandla Sternberg plays the main character in the film and I am a fan of their work (they use they/them pronouns). It’ll be nice to read something a little different than the rest of my pile.
Obviously. This is an ambitious pile. I want to read more but I recognize that I read slowly.
I have postponed facing a TBR all weekend. It’s Sunday night and I am still stalling. This gosh dang flu feels like a giant creature tackled me. So, amidst the coughing fits, here are my reading plans for week 2 of May 2018.
Beat the Backlist
Remember when I said I’d work my way through my TBR this year? I am in need of reminding myself to incorporate more backlist books into my reading plans.
This week, I am going to give Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman a shot. I am going to ease off these expectations of me finishing everything I start within the week, though because I want this to be fun.
A Series a Month
Okay, so I am going to be reading the second book of Laini Taylor’s first trilogy. Days of Blood and Starlight has a beautiful cover and a compelling love story that I am dying to read.
I know this was not part of the initial readathon resolution, but I want to also continue with Through the Ever Night (Rossi), Miss Mayhem (Hawkins), and Lucinda’s Secret (Black).
Finally, I also want to read my new books! This week, I am trying out Poison Princess and (as I mentioned earlier) Miss Mayhem. If I finish these books, I will happily read some more.
What are you going to be reading this week?
As we speed through the end of April, I am beginning my preparations to read more than I did last month. May 2018 is going to be epic in terms of books. Hopefully, I can manage to incorporate more reading into my daily routine. Here are some of my reading plans for the week.
Emily from Books with Emily Fox came up with this genius idea of including one big book (at least) per month. Ever the copy-cat, I am going to give this a try. I am torn between The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson.
I am going to ask my family to vote on this one. If you see me slacking off, feel free to throw tomatoes at me because I need to get back into a reading groove and I need to read my big books.
Kill Your TBR Challenges
14. A Book With an LGBT+ Romance
And I Darken by Kiersten White has a love triangle that includes an LGBT+ romance. I don’t know the details but this is all I have heard about this story. My connection with this book is amusing because everyone says it’s about a retelling of some fellow called Vlad the Impaler. I have never heard of him. It’ll be neat to see a female who is characterized by the same attitude toward others. It’s not something I encounter often in the books I read.
1. A Book With Alliteration in the Title
For this challenge, I only have the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I miss me some Victorian paranormal fun times. The last one I had read was The Falconer, which has become one of my all-time-favorites. I heard mixed things about Goodman’s previous work (Eon). Perhaps this will be closer to what I like to read right not at least. I do have copies of her duology before this one.
A Book With Five Words in the Title
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor has five words in the title and it is one of the oldest books on my shelves. It has been on my shelves the longest and I want to attempt to start it this week. If I don’t manage to finish it, that would be okay, too. What matters to me is that I read some of it this week.
A Book With Three or Fewer Colors on the Cover
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi kind of has three colors? I see the green, white, and lavender. I am counting it for this one challenge and I am hoping it will be a delightful easy read.
Hope your first week of May 2018 is fantastic. What will you be reading this week? Share titles in comments!
April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I have not been reading as well as I should. So, I am attempting to increase my reading this month to hit these reading goals. Here are my reading plans for April’s final week.
The Bookish 2018 Reading Challenges
A book you bought for the cover for the cover
I am going to aim for a read-through of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Ironically, the copy I have has no dust jacket, so my cover of this book is plain dark green. *Thumbs up* It’s okay, though, because this book’s cover is beautiful.
An Author’s Debut
Storm Front is Jim Butcher’s debut novel, and it is also the beginning of the Dresden Files. I need to read this book to determine if I want to continue with these books (or even books like them). I am hoping to enjoy it. Crossing fingers and toes.
A book by an author from your state
Julie Kagawa is from California! So, I am hoping to get to Iron King this week, too. I just have not given her work a shot even though I had bought quite a few of her books in this series. My expectations are not high at all.
A book with a one-word title
Twilight is one I want to revisit. I could use some light fluff with a touch of supernatural things. Plus, it was mentioned in Parks and Rec and the reference made me smile. Besides, I want to continue with the books as I have been revisiting the movies. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen still have magic, it seems.
A book whose cover uses three or fewer colors
Hush, Hush is another one I want to get to this week. It should be fairly quick to go through. Patch and Nora also have the magic still going as I tend to look up quotes from this book series often.
A book that explores the concept of beauty
Finally: I want to try to get at least Radical Beauty and some of my language and style books. The mission is to get a feel for books I have not tried to read in a long time (or stuff I have never read before).
What will you read this week?
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I have been making more of an effort to seek shorter readathons. Anyway, I am trying to have back up for when the readathons are not working for me. Needless to say, this week, I am going for a rather reaching attempt to work on my challenges.
#KillYourTBR Reading Challenge
Luckily for me, I was able to find this year-long challenge called #KillYourTBR. Here is a link to the full list of prompts.
Reading Challenge 1: A Book with a Character’s Name in the Title
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is perfect for this challenge. It is something I have wanted to read for a while. If you are extra aware of my hauled books, you would also note that this book was on there.
Reading Challenge 2: A Book with an Animal on the Cover
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater has a werewolf on the cover. Boom. Plus, I have been trying to read more of Stiefvater’s stuff. This trilogy is my next series by her.
Reading Challenge 3: A Book with Nature on the Cover
I am aiming to work my way through the Spiderwick books. Right now, I am about to start the Seeing Stone (book 2). It coincidentally has nature on the cover. Perfect!
#Popsugar Reading Challenge
A Book About or Featuring a Sport
I think Gone by Michael Grant has mentions of surfing. Your girl is definitely reaching here, but I want to squeeze this book in my reading before the month is up.
Next Book in a Series You Started
The next book in the Percy Jackson books is Titan’s Curse. Perhaps I can manage to read this one this week. I am enjoying the books quite a bit and they are easy reads. Definitely, I want to manage to finish this beginning series this month.
A Book Set in a Country that Fascinates You
I want to squeeze in The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and it is all about fairies. Their culture always fascinates me, to be honest. Hopefully, this will be a fair manifestation of what fairies are about.
What are you hoping to read this week? Any overlap between our reading plans here?