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?

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

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.

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 1 of December, 2017 To Be Read (TBR)

 

Since it is Sunday, it’s time for week 1 of December 2017’s to be read plans. I will start with sharing what I am currently reading. Right now, I am still reading Illuminae (60% of the way through). In addition, I am reading The Hate U Give (63% in), and You Have 4 Minutes (20% of the way in).

Here are my hopes/plans for the week in terms of reading.

Stand-alone

The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black

I am in the mood for a nice vampire story that is different than the typical stories about those creatures. Holly Black has a book coming out in January, and I want to celebrate her writing. She is a wonderful writer.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cursed lovers and a mysterious group of sisters are at the center of this story. Plus, the cover is gorgeous. The author is so good at what she does. I am here for this.

Series beginnings

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Steampunk and time related technology sounds really nice. Also: I have a love for Victorian settings in general. The next book in the series comes out in January. I hope this one is a good read.

Sequels

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Jolien had beautiful reviews of the third and fourth books in this series. I’d like to catch up with her so we can fangirl together. Perhaps, we can read the spin off series together. *Wistful dreaming*

 

 

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard

I’m just giving myself options. Besides, I loved the first book in this trilogy, and I’d like to keep going. If not this week, then soon. Zombies, Victorian time setting, some technology. Siblings, friendships, and questioning social norms. So good.

To be watched

Recently, I picked up the Divergent trilogy movies, so I want to watch them at some point this week. In addition, I am working my way through season 3 of The 100. Admittedly, I am afraid of what will happen next on that show. But, still, I am curious. So…I’ll keep going.

Finally, I am currently watching Poldark with my mom (season 3). In short, I spend my time yelling at Ross Poldark and Elizabeth quite a bit. I’m very doubtful we’ll finish it this week, because we only watch an episode a day. My goal is to keep watching these shows a little bit at a time. It all adds up in the end.

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Minimoji-a-thon TBR

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a readathon is coming up today! Minimoji-a-thon is a readathon taking place from the 23rd of November to the 30th. Here is a link to the event’s twitter.  Essentially, the readathon is a miniature version of the infamous Emojiathon, which is driven by reading books inspired by certain emojis.

Here is a rather ambitious list of books I am hoping to read.

A book that has red & white on the cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Shiny new toy, read a new book that you’ve been dying to get your hands on

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

A book with angels in it

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 

(Bending the rules a bit, because this is not about angels. But, the main character has wings. So. Debatable. Besides, I have a feeling she’ll be a lovely character)

Read a book with green on the cover

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (I know. It’s a tiny bit of green, but hey, it works).

New year, new book! Start a new series.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I really want to read this one within the week.

 

Ghost of Christmas past; read a book that has been haunting your TBR for over a year

If I am done with Illuminae by this point, I want to start The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

 

 

Read a book with snow on the cover

This is also a stretch, but I truly don’t have any snow-books. However, I do have The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black. I am sure the cold-towns have nothing to do with weather. Nevertheless, I am relying on a literal take on this title.

are you sure about this?

I haven’t been reading this week (so far), and I think this readathon can help me refocus. Readathons help make my bookshelves less overwhelming. Hope you join this awesome readathon while enjoying the last week of November. For those who do celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time.

 

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 3 of November 2017 TBR

 

November has been tough in some ways, but I am busying myself as much as I can. So: READING is a fun thing. I have a TBR for this week and it is as ambitious as ever. Let’s do this.

Challenge fun times

This week is part 1 of the Tom Topple, where book folk read tomes (500 pagers). As such, I am going to attempt to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff this week. Perhaps I will not make it far, but the plan is to at least give it a shot.

If I do finish this one (which is highly unlikely, to be honest, but okay), I’d like to try starting The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness because, you know, I heard something terrible happens in this book. If it is not detrimental to the dog’s life, I should be (mostly) okay.

Gimme more

Yes, obviously, I don’t want to just read a huge book in one week. I’d like to try squeezing in some regular-sized books. Here are a couple of the ones I’m considering for the third week of November!

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder should be a quick read, and it is a shorter book (compared to the tomes, anyway). I like Snyder’s writing and I am a fan of this story thus far. Yelena and Valek: I missed you! It’s time to see what happens to them next.

If I do manage to finish this (which is, like, miraculous at this point), I would like to read A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard. The first book in this trilogy was such a nice, quick read.

this is not realistic…

There’s a reason I get sorted into Slytherin often. I am ambitious. But, also, I have been trying to increase my reading intervals daily. The holiday season is a good time to cozy up and read stories in bed. It’s my ideal way to deal with stress. As Katniss Everdeen says, “there are worse games to play.”

 

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

TBR for week 2 of November, 2017

 

I did not do a good job last week in terms of reading. So, I though maybe just trying a couple of different books could help me make my way through this cloud of depression. It’s more of a storm, but I am trying to make it out of this mess.

My to be read pile is in need of some serious trimming, and I feel like reading could help me cope with this funk a little better. Because of this, I am trying to be more ambitious this week.

 

contemporary love

Obviously, I have to read John Green’s latest novel entitled Turtles All the Way Down.  An ownvoices novel on OCD, it sounds like this one may be triggering at times. However, I think the way it deals with friendship may give me some solace. I love the way John Green crafts real and raw friendships in his books.

Plus, this book has been on some of the lists on here. It is time for a review and reflection.

steampunk stories

For week 2 of November, 2017, I have to add some steampunk into my TBR. In particular, I am going to try two series: 1) The Girl in the Steel Corset and 2) Rebel Mechanics. 

The latter series has gotten some okay reviews around the internet. I have the first two books in that series, so I am hopefully going to enjoy the way history is told in this series. Revolutions aren’t stuff that I have read about much, so this should be neat.

Oh, and the first series is often mentioned as a recommendation for those who love steampunk. I have the whole series on my shelf, ready to go.

Also: before I forget, I am still reading Something Strange and Deadly, which is steampunk (I believe). While I am not far in, it’s a nice read at this point.

Perhaps?

I may read The Kiss of Deception, at some point this week, too. (Hey, I am dreaming out loud).

Your turn

What are you reading this week?

 

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 1 of November 2017 To Be Read and To Be Watched

 

 

November is upon us! As such, I am planning to read all the things. In addition, I’d like to watch all the things as well. A plan is needed. Here is what I have come up with. The lovely Books and Lala was talking about this Scallywagathon readathon taking place this week. I tried to use it to motivate my reading.

So, here’s the announcement videos for this readathon. And, the map for the readathon is here as well. Hope you can join us!!

To be read

New Series

4. A book that involves death

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

I am craving some Victorian time fun. This novel involves zombie-like creatures, so I am hoping I don’t get too scarred for life. Moreover, it is a steampunk novel. I need to read more of those. Besides, it has a reference to death in the title.

8. over-hyped book

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Friends voted on this book for me to read this week. I am intimidated by its sequels (both of which I already have). However, bravery is needed and a little bit of trust. Maybe the book is engaging. From what I understand, there is a princess who runs away, and she is followed by two men. An assassin and a prince. Who is who, basically. It sounds like a neat premise. I doubt I’ll figure out who is who, really. But, that’s okay.

detour a. stand-alone novel

Tell The Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

A retelling of A Tale of Two Cities, I believe, and it’ll probably be emotional because this is an OG love triangle for the ages. I don’t quite remember the details of the original novel. Hopefully this story isn’t too dependent on knowing the Dickens story in detail, because that would involve much Google research.

9. book on my owned-tbr

 

I’m going to be giving Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a shot this week (I hope!). Also: this is kind of funny, but all my TBR books are books I own. So, that’s nice (and overwhelming)

To be watched

I am watching a couple of new shows: Supernatural, Stranger Things, and Vampire Diaries. In addition, I am still watching The 100, Jane the Virgin. 

When stressed, I try to remember that I have New Girl and That 70s Show as options, too. Lots of fun ahead!

 

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 4 of October, 2017: TBR and TBW Goals

Hi! This is the final week of October of 2017. I want to keep busy. Here are my TBR and TBW goals. Let’s get going.

stand-alone novels

It’s time for me to pick up The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore. This is the perfect world for me to be immersed in right now. Also, to be quite honest, I need to read this one to allow myself a copy of her next one. Besides, McLemore is an incredible writer. This book will probably be a breeze to get through.

series beginnings

If I manage to get to this novel, I will be super proud of myself. A Shadow Bright and Burning sounds really neat. It has to do with witches and Chosen One narratives being challenged, which is kind of perfect? Oh, the wonder it’ll be to read this book within the week!

For whatever reason, I am under the impression that there is an actual fire in the story. Witches and fire. Sign me up.

Series Sequels

Dude, this series is giving me life (it’s a duology, okay. Shush now). I need to read Our Dark Duet. This is a priority, because I was so invested in the first book. This should be another fast read (I think), even though it is 500 pages long.

Mostly, I am afraid that Schwab is going to kill one of the main characters, which will break my heart. I have a favorite already, but I don’t know if this person will make it.

To Be watched pile

Like last week, I failed to watch any shows. In my defense, I did have a surgery this week, so I spent my time crying in pain a lot. Still, I am hopeful for my watching habits to get better this time around.

My goal is to start watching The 100 (season 3) and wrap up Jane the Virgin (season 3). 

Wish me luck!

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 3 of October, 2017: TBR and TBW Plans

 

 

Welcome to week 3 of October, 2017. I managed to read a little bit, and I hope to try more this week. Here are some of my hope-to-read TBR and to-watch TBW plans.

Stand-alone(s)

Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is on here, because I want to be all caught up on her work before I haul Wild Beauty next month. When The Moon Was Ours was such a sweet and moving read. Hopefully, this book is also similar in terms of tone. I am fascinated by this author’s brilliant grasp on writing beautifully and balancing it with moderation. Sometimes, when text is overly ornate, I tend to gag a lot. This author doesn’t cause that reaction for me. Thank goodness.

Maybe. 

History if All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is a possibility for this week. This author broke my heart in his More Happy Than Not debut. And I may need some sort of break, but I don’t know, I really like his writing and the overall tone in his world-building. Really neat.

Sequels

As I write this post, I am almost done with This Savage Song, and as such, I am curious to read the ending to that duology (Our Dark Duet). Victoria Schwab’s writing is fast paced and interesting, so it does not feel like a particularly challenging task to read these books. I will say this, though: tough things happen in this world presented in the duology. Very nervous to see what it will take for the story to fully conclude.

I forgot! I am also not done with Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. So, that is one more book on my TBR for the week. 

To Be Watched (perhaps?)

Alright. Now, I haven’t really been watching what I put lists. So, with that in mind, let’s just put what was on the list prior on here.

The 100 (Season 3)

Sigh. I am scared for my babies, okay?! I am just nervous. But, I think I’ll try watching one episode per day or something like that. Furthermore, my hope is that the show will, as always, drive me to write a review and (perhaps) create a Spotify Playlist Project entry. Only one wait for find out!

Jane the Virgin (season 3)

Gosh dang it, I am so behind on this show. From what I hear, a new season is in the works OR it will start airing soon. Is this true? I have no idea. But, I’d like to catch up anyway.

Shadowhunters (season 1-2)

Look, I am a huge fan of the Shadowhunters Chronicles. It is time for me to see what is going on within this show’s freedom to deviate from the story in the books. Part of me has been afraid of what these peeps are doing to my literary babies. But, you know, I like the cast a lot. And, the diversity on the show seems to be kind of nice.

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this

Week 2 of October 2017 TBR Plans

 

We made it to week 2 of October 2017. Needless to say, I have plans in terms of TBR and TBW things. Here, I will share what I will be reading and watching.

Wrap Up

I haven’t finished reading More Happy Than Not. But, I have enjoyed every second of this heartbreaking read. Therefore, I am eager to see what will happen in Adam Silvera’s debut. Right now, I am nearing the 30% mark. The story flies by, but I am afraid of more heartbreak.

Start of Something New…

Hey, did you see that High School Musical reference? You’re welcome. Uh, I want to try This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab AND/OR I can try Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink. Part of me is also tempted to put A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess on here too.

So. YOLO, let’s do this.

I may not end up getting to everything this week, but hey, what the heck, right? My goal is to try and read more, but mental health has been really bad lately.

Also: TBW

Last week, I totally failed at trying to watch The 100 and Jane the Virgin. Since my mental health is not in a good place, I think perhaps it’ll be better for me to just watch something easy going like Jane the Virgin. This is also fitting because the next season comes out next Friday.  It’ll be my goal to try to watch the show between writing posts or commenting.

My sister asked me to try watching Parks and Recreation. For whatever reason, I avoid that show. Actually, I am lying here. Any show with incompetent people at their jobs triggers my own inadequacies as a “professional woman.” I just feel like I sucked as a teacher, tutor, and writer. And, therefore, watching shows about people who also suck makes me uneasy. Laughing “at” them feels wrong to me. SO! I may get really uncomfortable watching this show. No promises that I’ll actually give it a go.

The final option is New Girl. It has the cutest lead female character. This one is promising.

Your Turn:

What are your reading and viewing plans for the week? Share in comments!

February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month
I have not been doing too well on the reading front, so I am gearing
Welcome to week 2 of February 2018. I have a few reading plans for this