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

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January 2018 Week 2 Reading Plans

My lovely pal Jolien talked about the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge in one of her posts. Since it’s hard to find a guide to my TBR sometimes, I am going to give this challenge a try in between readathons (or somehow I can do both). Here are my reading plans for January 2018’s week 2.

A Book About a Villain or Anti-Hero

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
It is also on my list of series I want to get to this year. This book would be my first Marie Lu book in years. I’d forgotten whether I liked the book I read by her (Legend). Hopefully, this one will be a good experience.

a book about death or grief

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour’s most recent novel has the most beautiful cover. Almost-anime like with cheerful colors, the book is tricks you into thinking it’s a bubbly journey. I know better, because I read reviews. Heh. Regardless, I am ready for the heart break.

true crime

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
I have been reading this book for 84 years and I just want to incorporate it in more reading challenges so I can finish it. It’s not a bad story by any means, but it is also a tough read because of the author’s exploration of mental illness, hospitals, and crime. Granted, this is not a thriller about criminals necessarily (not at first), but it does have a detective and an ongoing search for killers and their motives. (It’s really good, I swear. Just dark, that’s all).

a book about time travel

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Pirates who travel through time? That is all I know about this book. Besides, the main character is a woman of color. I think the author is also a person of color. Please correct me if I am wrong.

gosh dang it.

Finally. Because, gosh darn it, I want to get to Soulless by Gail Carriger. I think it’s a work that can fulfill the *feminist* category, but I am not sure.

 

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January, 2018 Week 1 Reading Plans

Oh my God, it is the first week of January, 2018. Everyone panic with me, please. For this week, I am trying to balance the monthly reading challenges I have devised for the year. (Heh. Don’t be impressed. I am merely following other people on the journey). Here we go: My January, 2018 Week 1 Reading Plans are as follows.

mental health book bingo

My pals Inge and Wendy are two of the hosts for this readathon. There are different challenges in relation to mental health books. However, let me be honest with you: I am probably not going to get a bingo there. I am simply participating by reading the mental health books I have on my shelves.

From what I have gathered, it is a month-long readathon. Hopefully, I can manage to read a little bit every week (or, you know, I could just read a lot of those books in one week. Anything can happen).

My options include:

The Rest of Us Still Live Here by Patrick Ness
This book demands to be read, I say! I have only read one Ness book, and I loved it so much. Celebrating the average peeps, Ness showcases the perspectives of a variety of people. None of whom happen to be “superheroes”in the traditional sense.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Not sure what is the representation in this one, but I saw it on a Goodreads list that I will include here. 

It is kind of a stretch, but I can also give The Upside of Unrequited a try this week, too. Who knows.

kind of related

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis is also what I am reading this week. I know. My progress is really sad thus far. This is not a reflection on the book itself, merely my mental health’s status as of late.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

finally

I have to wrap up Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At the End of the Lane. Also: I want to somehow put a dent on Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns. 

 

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Cramathon 2017 Participation: December Week 4 TBR

 

 

I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily, there is Cramathon going on this week. As the name suggests, this readathon involves cramming books as the year draws to an end. It runs from December 26 to January 2nd.

▸ A book with under 200 pages

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman sounds like the way to go. I am not scared or intimidated (lies! I am scared of this dude’s writing, because he sounds absolutely brilliant).

▸ A book with LQBTQIA+ representation

Ash by Malinda Lo is calling to me. This is going to ease me into checking out more retellings on my TBR (I am looking at you, Cinder).

▸ Shortest book on your TBR

I have shorter books than this, but I am going with either We Are Okay by Nina LaCour OR Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal.

▸ Book that has your favorite color on the cover

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has to be one of my favorite looking covers I own. And, I understand that this is about favorite colors, but I am twisting it a bit. This color combination is excellent.

▸ A book that was gifted to you

Technically, all my books have been gifted to me by my mom. So, I was thinking of going with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  It’s time for some heartbreak and reflection in general.

▸ One of the hosts’ favorite short books / a book a friend recommends

Vicious by VE Schwab was one of Inge’s favorites this year. I want to check it out. A sequel for this novel is in the making. I need to catch up.

 

▸ Read 7 books

I have two other books to (keep) reading this week: Three Dark Crowns and A Madness so Discreet. 

*Runs off screaming around the universe*

 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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?

 

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