April 2018 Week 4 Reading Plans and A Shot at Increasing my Reading

 

 

 

 

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?

 

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A Rather Reaching Attempt to Work on my Reading Challenges 2018

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.

Finally:

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?

 

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April 2018 Week 2 Plans Feat. the Unicorn Readathon

 

 

 

This week’s reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves reading about magical creatures. In fact, this is the only stipulation. Naturally, I have asked my sister to help me narrow things down. In other words, we will be breaking down a series of magical creatures and sift through my to-be-read piles to fulfill the Unicorn Readathon.

 

“M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them, and dreams, and, I hope, even a few surprises…” –Neil Gaiman 

April 2018 Week 2 Plans Feat. the Unicorn Readathon Idea: Werewolves: 

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is the only series that is centered around werewolves. Plus, it is a kissing book, which is welcomed in my world after reading the kissing-less Raven Cycle by the same author.

Another book I am going to add to satisfy this category is Changeless by Gail Carriger. It involves all kinds of creatures, but among them are werewolves. In fact, the main character’s love interest is a werewolf. I love him.

Unicorn readathon idea: Vampires

Twilight, obviously, by Stephenie Meyer is going to be excellent for this week. I think it will help get me out of my slumpy feelings in general. It totally fits into the Unicorn Readathon because it involves vampires and werewolves. Plus, it is a classic. I miss reading these books. I only have the first two for now. This participation could lead me to gather the next two books in the series next month. It’s exciting to revisit these stories once more.

Unicorn readathon idea: Goblins

I actually could not think of a single book for this one, but my sister pointed out the Spiderwick Chronicles would fulfill this aspect of the Unicorn readathon. Besides, I don’t get to read about goblins that much, so this is going to be rather refreshing. In addition, this challenge helps me also get to the Of Wonderland book club’s challenges of reading books with movie adaptations. Perfect!

Centaur

Percy Jackson books involve a centaur, and I am so thrilled to include the next book in the series for this week’s reading plans. The unicorn readathon probably evokes the image of cute creatures.  And, I am not saying centaurs aren’t cute, but they are not what is traditionally included in the cute-magical-creatures club.

unicorn readathon idea: Mermaids/sirens

I obviously will read my only mermaid books, Wake by Amanda Hocking. This is exceptionally perfect for the unicorn readathon challenge because the mermaids in this book are so not cute. They’re terrifying, actually. It’d be nice to balance the fun feels of Twilight with the dark feel of this book.

unicorn readathon idea: Faeries

It’s time to tackle the Iron King again (by Julie Kagawa). I have the whole series (I think) and I reckon it could really be a fun time to explore the fairy mythology from the perspective of an older series. The covers are gorgeous and they just scream unicorn readathon reading plans.

Finally…

unicorn readathon idea: angels

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick used to be one of my favorites. I want to reread the series (I only have repurchased the first two so far). This week is going to be so much fun for me.  I look forward to capturing the magic of these creatures in some posts in the near future.

 

 

 

What are you reading this week? Are you participating in any readathons? Tell me all about it.

See you in the comments.

 

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Week 1 April 2018 Reading Plans Featuring the GrabOnReadathon Challenges

Hello! April is upon us and, as such, my reading plans for the week are going up on the blog. This month, I am participating in Of Wonderland’s book club challenge of reading books with movies. In addition, for this week, I am supplementing some challenges from the GrabOnReadathon to focus my reading. Here are the challenges.

1. Read a book with a name in the title

For this one, I am considering reading either; Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender or Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.  

2. Read a first book in a series

Again with the indecisiveness. I am considering two options (maybe I’ll read both of them). The Field Guide of the Spiderwick Chronicles is one on my list. It’s also a movie. The other book I really want to get to at some point is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Right now, I only have the first two books in the series.

3. Read a book from a genre you haven’t read yet this year

The Ava Lavender book is magical realism, which I have not yet read this year. It’s one of my favorites, so I am thinking of maybe trying also to read Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It honestly depends on which one fits my mood better. However, I do want to get to a magical realism novel early in April.

4. Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation

While I adore Adam Silvera’s writing, I am not sure I can handle heartbreak right now. And, even though I was not a huge fan of her writing, I do have Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. If that one does not resonate with me just yet, I could give Ash by Melinda Lo a try.

5. Read a book chosen for you by someone else

I am going to ask my sister to pick something for me to try and read. Already this week’s reading plans are epic. I am afraid (and excited)

6. Read a book set in a different time than the present

I have to squeeze this book in somehow, so I am fitting it here. A Torch Against the Night has an old-time feel to it.

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Final Week of March 2018 Reading Plans to Tackle Fire-Related Titles

As we wave goodbye to March 2018, I want to continue to pursue fire-related titles to fulfill the Of Wonderland theme for the month. My reading has not been incredible this March. Tackling fire-related titles is a nice way to narrow down my focus for the next few days. Here are some of my reading plans.

fire-related titles

A Torch Against the Night, the follow up to the epic An Ember in the Ashes, is naturally next. I want to read more about Laia and Elias. Saba Tahir has a gift and skill in her writing. She writes fast-paced tales with a lot of betrayal and heartbreak. I am ready for it.

Next fire-related title in my reading plans is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know I mentioned it last week, but I was so surprised by Ember in the Ashes that I am now hopeful. Maybe I will fall in love with this book series too.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is also one of my most anticipated fire-related titles. I do not recall much from my read of it years ago. Still, it is going to be so awesome to meet Karou.

Vaguely fire-related titles

Eon by Alison Goodman has a dragon on the cover, so I suspect there will be a fire in there. We shall see how much I can handle dragons because I remain unsure about those creatures.

And another fire-related book is perhaps the Novice novel by Taran Matharu. I do not know for sure if there are dragon-like creatures in this novel. However, I suspect that they will be in there too.

opposite of fire-related titles

And finally, I may venture into The Coldest Girl in Coldtown land this week. I hope I can get to it because I want to read some vampire narratives again. Holly Black writes some nice stories. Although I feel like Cruel Prince was a bit of a dud, I enjoyed all the rest of her novels. I remain hopeful.

What are you reading this week? Any fire-related novels and titles on your to-be-read pile?

Share in the comments!

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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

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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!

Suggestions?

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.

 

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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.

 

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Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam