First Week of February 2018 Reading Plans

Hello, friends. Welcome to my first week of 2018’s February reading plans. I am going to make more of an effort to read things that do not 100% fit the prompts I am using. I want to experience my TBR shelves, and not rely on the library. Anxiety is a thing in my life that I need to keep in mind. Let’s see what my reading plans are going to be.

A past goodreads choice awards winner

According to this listLandline by Rainbow Rowell was once a winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards. It’s chilling on my shelves, waiting to be read. I believe it is the last Rainbow Rowell book that is unread for me.

a book involving a heist

Another list here shares that The Kiss of Deception involves a heist. I have been putting off reading this series for no reason at all other than being timid around the length of the latter books.

a book about death or grief

Listen, I know it is a stretch that no one could see coming. I am reading Grace Mercy by Robin LaFevers for this one. It involves assassins who happen to be nuns.

A book set in a country that fascinates you

Soulless  by Gail Carriger is set in Victorian England, which is exactly what I love to read. It’s going to a ton of fun. I just need to buckle down and enjoy the ride. I was lucky enough to have Gail Carriger follow me on Twitter. In short, I am thrilled to try her work and possibly become a total fangirl. I am already in love with the tone of the summary on the back of the book.

I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many options. Therefore, this list will have to suffice for now.My hope is to give each book a nice chance. A lot of these books I failed to read before even though I had other challenges prompting me to read them. So, I am treading lightly.

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Farewell January 2018 Week 5 Reading Plans

 

 

 

January is coming to a close. It was quite the month, with lots of scary appointments. Also, it was a lot of library adventures, so it evens out pretty nicely. Here are my reading plans for week 5 of January, 2018.

POP SUGAR reading challenge

The Next Book in a Series You Started

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is what I managed to hunt down at the library today. I am very excited about it! Yours truly was thrilled to find Empire of Storms while walking down those beautiful library halls/aisle things. AND, I have Assassin’s Blade, too, from the library.

A Book with Alliteration in the Title

Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman is a book I set aside many times for a fun read. But, I keep getting distracted. I’m hoping to give it a shot, poor book. It is definitely something I am into. Here’s hoping I get to it this week. It’s about a Victorian era setting where a girl is killing off demons. Something along the Falconer lines, is what I have gathered.

A Book Set on a Different Planet

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner is the only one that I have (unread) that fits this prompt. While I am unsure of the specifics of the story, I do know that it is a space-type of story. Close enough, right?

And finally:

I have Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr from the library too.

Furthermore

I may squeeze in a steampunk novel. Currently, I am torn between Soulless by Gail Carriger and/or Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Things are kind of rough these days, so I am hoping to use reading as a coping mechanism. Here’s hoping I can manage my mental health as we ease into February.

Many hugs and well wishes.

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January 2018 Week 4 Reading Plans

 

 

Hello! We’re about to start week 4 of January 2018. I’m planning to participate in The Pop-sugar reading challenge (continued). Let me share the reading plans for the week along with the challenges I want to try to fulfill.

A book with characters who are twins

I started reading some of Holly Black’s newest release, The Cruel Prince. When I was checking out the first page,  I noticed that the main character is a twin! How serendipitous is that.  As a book already on my TBR and on my shelves, this is going to be a lot of fun. Nobody does fae quite like Holly Black, I always say that.

a book by a local author

Tahereh Mafi is kind of a local author. From what I know, she grew up in California, but her family is from Iran. My family is from a country in the middle east, and I spent a huge chunk of my life growing in California. I will be reading her newest release Whichwood. To be transparent, I have already started reading for this challenge, and will perhaps have fulfilled before this post is up. The book is just too good, okay. I can’t help myself.

a book about death or grief

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera sounds like it deals with death in a unique way. Plus, I like this author’s books. It’ll be an emotional sucker-punch, but hopefully it will be a fun read at the same time.

Okay.

To give myself even more options, especially if I can squeeze in more books, I’m going to try another challenge.  To participate more in the bookish community, I am also trying to do some work within the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. Here are the challenges, aside from reading the community book for this readathon.

2. Read a sequel

I am thinking of continuing with Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly (the second book in her steampunk zombie novel).

3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before

Two books come to mind: first, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is often recommended but I would have never ventured into it on my own. OR Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly, because I generally do not do zombies.

4. Read a book about mental illness

According to this list, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour has some mental illness elements.

5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.

I can’t think of anything that would fit with this prompt. Like, I looked through my books and I can’t find two books that I already own that reference each other.

6. Read a book under 200 pages

Shorter books aren’t quite on my list often. BUT, We Are Okay is around 200 pages. Plus, I like multitasking and reading a book that satisfies more than one prompt. Happy dance.

7. Read a backlist title

Depending on whether the library has the books available or not, I want to continue with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t have the books on my shelves (yet) and I am in love right now. If the books aren’t available yet, I am thinking of giving Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes a chance. I have books 1-5. OR: I can check out Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, if I am feeling that Victorian-y vibe.

So many choices. It’s a blessing and a curse.

What are you hoping to read this week? Share in the comments (I typed “Shake it in the comments” at first. You’re welcome).

Later days, dudes.

 

 

 

 

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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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