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!

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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.

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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!

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To Be Read: Week 1 of October 2017

 

Heck yes! It is the first week of October, 2017. I am so happy, because this is my favorite time of the year. Also: my birthday is at the end of the month, and I’m very shamelessly excited about it (nothing is supposed to happen. But, I just like my birthday month).

Standalones:

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I have been trying to collect his three books for the past few months. It took a while, but now I am ready to read all things Silvera. Hoping to get to this one this week. It’s definitely a priority.

Finale:

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
I want to at least start this one. The truth is: I have been afraid of what will happen to my babies in this series, as this is the finale. But, it’s time for me to see what happens for myself. Nervous as heck about this one.

 

New Series:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I’m thinking this book duology is appropriate for this month. Perhaps it will break my heart, too. In any case, I am ready to have my heart stomped on repeatedly.

To be watched:

I want to at least start watching The 100, season 3. In fact, I may have already started plotting my own Spotify Playlist Project post for this season. In addition, I want to finish up Jane the Virgin. It’s a pretty light show, and I enjoy the story. Admittedly, this season of Jane the Virgin is a bit odd. The deviation from the the story’s norms is still hard for me to adjust to. Because of this, I haven’t been too keen on watching it.

Hoping to watch some films, but that’s kind of pushing it probably. Still, I do want to keep myself occupied and productive.

To an awesome first week of October! Enjoy the week ahead.

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Week 2 of September, 2017: To Be Read Goals

I’m still spiraling in this really bad mental state in September. It is frustrating to see myself lose interest in everything. However, I know I have to keep on trying and fighting. So, while I know these TBRs (to be read goals rather) may sound repetitive, keep in mind that I truly am attempting to get a grip on this gross feeling.

Let’s begin.

sequel

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder is on my sequels to read this week. I don’t know why I hesitate to pick up anything to read, but this series is quick and interesting. Perhaps it’ll be a good pick me up this week.

I’m still considering reading The Elite by Kiera Cass (but unsure if I’m up to it).

Finale

I may venture into The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May. Not quite sure if I’d be up to it, but it’s on the pile near my bed. It’d be nice to finish this trilogy.

series starters

Also, if I have the chance, I may try out some steampunk novel. I have a couple of options.

Hope you’re having a good weekend.

 

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September 2017: Week 1 To Be Read Pile

It’s the first week of September. This post will focus on my To Be Read pile for the upcoming couple of days. As I try to recover from a terrible depressive episode, I am attempting to catch up on my reading.

loose ends

As always, I suck as a person and thus didn’t finish A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Because I am only halfway through, I am hoping to manage finishing it up soon. Aside from this book, I didn’t really start anything else.

I cannot wait anymore

There are some sequels that I really need to start (at least) this week: Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May is a finale I am dying to read. Also, there is Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder as well as that gosh darn The Elite by Kiera Cass.

I’m coming to this weird realization that sometimes I am very moody (surprise!), and perhaps I could use some variety. So, perhaps, if the mood allows for it, I can pick up an Adam Silvera book?

Who knows.

comments!

Also: I want to really push myself to comment more on your blogs. So, here’s a conscious effort here to communicate a little more, and to get to know each other better. It’s going to be a little weird for a bit, as I try to pick myself back up this week. We will get there!

finally:

Please, please, please, let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations for how to improve this blog.

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Last Week of August 2017: TBR and Planning

Welcome to the last week of August, 2017. I thought it’d be a good idea to share my TBR and planning for the week, since I have been feeling off for a while. My first announcement is: guess who is still reading for the Reading Quest challenge? NOT ME.

To me, I’d rather read what I like rather than “compete.” I was not really interacting with anyone, anyway. Even though I try to socialize, it’s not really feeling good to talk much. So, I’ll read what I like.

sequels:

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder is definitely on my TBR for this week. I flew through the first book (Poison Study). Yelena is clever, resourceful, and driven. It is hard not to like her, honestly, and even more important is how imperfect she is–in a completely non-generic way.

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May. I’m scared to read this one, more than the usual anxiety I have about starting books.

What is important about reading these two books quickly is seeing representation for (sexual) abuse survivors like me. My emotional stitches have been yanked open. And, I am in need of witnessing people become heroes in their own tales.

Loose Ends

Once upon a time, I was an innocent little baby, who was trying to read freaking The Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It’s been 84 years and I am still not done. It’s such a slow read, with no humor. When I read it, I try so hard to connect with Katsa and Po, but to no avail. So..after much consideration, I decided to give the trilogy to my brother (where books are read and then donated, hopefully).

On a more fun note, I am nearly halfway through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue . As someone with psychosomatic seizures, you have no idea how much I teared up at the epilepsy rep in this book. Heck yes. I am enjoying that book. Thank goodness.

Going rogue

I may pick up more books from these past book hauls (July and August) before the month ends. But, I’m taking it easy from now on when it comes to my reading.

Your Turn:

What are you planning to read this week? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

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Week 3 of August, 2017: To Be Read Plans for the Week

Hello! My past week was awful in terms of reading, so I am hoping to pick up the pace again. Get my act together once more by creating a nice to be read plan for this week.

Failure to launch

Last week, I had spiraled into a great bout of poor mental health. Basically, reading took a step back because I had no interest in doing anything. Sometimes, this happens to me, especially when I get triggered.

At any rate, my hope is to pick myself back up again.

The reading quest:

I was truly enjoying my First Book in a Series challenge. To fulfill it, I was reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I made it to half of the book and now I need to carry on with it.

The Girl at midnight?

Ah, that book is kind of a slow one. I need to put it down for now–I like it enough to keep it. My plan is to simply not have this one be a priority and read it every once in a while. I hope it picks up the pace at some point soon, because…man it’s tough to read.

Verb’ed

Hopefully, I can get started on the second challenge which is a Book With a Verb in the Title. For this element of my quest, I am going to be reading Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May.

Excuse me. I have to do a happy dance here, because I am so excited to read this one.

Side Questing it

I want to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue this week. Earlier last week, I read snippets from the beginning of this book, and found it easy to get through. A little joy is kind of what I need to be reading right now.

 

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August, 2017, Week 2 TBR Pile

 

Welcome to mid-August of 2017! So, this week marks the beginning of the Reading Quest challenge. This challenge will guide my reading for the next four weeks.

tying some loose ends

I haven’t finished Graceling yet, and I am halfway through it. Going to be reading that book early into the week. In an ideal world, I’d be starting the Reading Quest challenge with no books on my currently-reading pile (and is it a pile if it’s only one book? Questions I cannot answer fully).

First book in a series

So, this week I’m beginning the challenge with a first book in a series. For that challenge, I’m reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

side quests

In addition, I am going to be trying The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Gray for the Open World side quest. I have been really hoping to read this one book for so long.

 

Explaining the past week’s reading crisis

If I do move finish reading these books, it would be a miracle. But, I am hoping to read as much as I can. My goal is to get myself back to the plan of reading regularly, writing, commenting, and participating in life in general.

As you may have read on the Twitters, I have been complaining about dentist drama. I don’t handle doctor appointments very well as a whole, so I often feel frazzled afterwards. This past week was intense for me. Hopefully things are smooth sailing for a while now.

 

Your turn

Do you have any reading plans for this upcoming week? How’s August treating you thus far? Oooh, are you participating in any readathons? Share your TBR links with me, so I can fangirl with you. Best of luck on this challenge. Hope we all read all the things (I know it’s unlikely, but we can dream together).

 

 

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#TheReadingQuest Sign up

Hello! I have been seeing a rumble of Reading Quest sign ups on Twitter. Because I am striving to read more, I will join the masses. This Reading Quest challenge was created by Aentee over at Read At Midnight. The graphics were made by the lovely CW over at Read, Think, Ponder.

Basically, the reading quest lasts from August 13 to September 10. From what I gathered, you pick a character class (sort of like Dungeons and Dragons?). Then, Bingo your way through the board.

I hope that made some sort of sense.  As always, I am freaking out that I somehow don’t understand the rules. So, if you notice any errors, please let me know.

Character Class:

It took me a couple of tries to decide which character class I’ll be for this. The typical approach is “bard,” because I like to write. However, I want to read more warrior stories. So. That’s the path I am on. Oh! Also, I picked the knight with the darkest skin, because they were the cutest to me.

Reading challenges/my quest route

The First Book In a Series: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

A Book With a Verb In the Title: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

A Book With a Weapon on the Cover: Fire by Kristin Cashore

A Book with Red on the Cover: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A Book with a TV Show or Adaptation: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Rebelling already

Because my anxiety is already way too high, I am not competing. Instead, I am going to read and enjoy the process. My approach is to also add other books to my TBR as I go along.

Hope you join in on the fun.

 

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