Week 1 of August 2017 TBR

 

Hello, August, 2017!
I’m having more anxiety than usual for this month. But, I’d like to try to keep busy. So, here’s my week 1 of August, 2017 TBR. I have had to change this TBR overnight, because well. The Demon King book blew my mind last night, to be quite honest. I am no longer the same person, you see. It was that good. 

The TBR for this week is ambitious as always. But, I am sincerely hoping to at least start these books this week.

High priority:

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I keep pushing this book away for some reason. It takes a while to get into it, I think, but I’m putting in as a high priority read.

I’ve finished The Demon King. I’d like to pick up The Exiled Queen and Poison Study at some point this week as well. #slytherintothebone

fitting in Two important readathons:

Because I didn’t foresee the clash of the readathons, I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to do Tome Topple if I was already trying to do Make Me Read It Readathon. So, as a middle ground, I’m going to get started on these reads this week, and then focus on the tomes next week.

The winning books from the poll are: Graceling and the Bone Season. 

 

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Readathon: Booktubeathon TBR 2017

Hello! Because I have been failing to read this past week, I am hoping to come back in full force to finish up the month. I was watching a video by the lovely Ariel Bassett, when she announced the Booktubeathon’s dates for this summer. It’s going to be from the 24 til the 30th of July. Here’s a link to the announcement.

Are you ready to see what I have lined up for this awesome readathon? Let’s go!

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

2/ Read a hyped book.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3/ Finish a book in one day.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4/ READ ABOUT A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOU.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (all I know is there is a monster-type character in this one. And a vicious girl in it, too).

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

It’s unbelievably hot here in California, so this is probably not going to happen.

 

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

The Elite by Kiera Cass (maybe?)

7/ Read seven books.

Two more books: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (if I am not done with it this weekend. If I am done, I’ll move on to the next book in the series, The Exiled Queen). 

And, I’d like to either start The Well of Ascension  by Brandon Sanderson or read The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black.

 

Your Turn

What are you going to read this week? Are you participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and share your TBR!

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July Week 3 TBR Pile

Hey there, so we’re starting out with the third week of July. I wanted to set some TBR goals here, to guide my reading schedule for the week. Ready? Let’s go.

Sequels

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
I have feelings about this series. My hopes for the sequel are so high, it’s kind of scary. My hope is that this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger too, because I don’t have the final book yet! (!!!)

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
Look, I got a bit swept up in the Falconer book, but I am finishing up the first book in this series too, The Demon King. Definitely curious to see what happens next.

Also, the names remind me of Star Wars. Just an FYI.

The Elite by Keira Cass
My copy of this book finally came in the mail, so I am ready to see what happens next. The first book was a nice relaxing experience. I hope this one continues to be pure fluff with a dash of angst.

The Wall of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
I have been hearing some negative things about Sanderson and homophobia, which leads me to hesitate to continue with this book. Still, I am curious to see what happens next in the story. Just unsure of how to handle this author. Lots of muddled information.

Standalone Novels

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
It’s time for me to read a book by this author. I heard great things about this story, and I’d like to make my way through the author’s work thus far.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I’ll try to finish this book up this week. I was quite close to finishing it and then stopped.

Your Turn

What’s on your TBR for this week? Are you excited for certain things you’ll be reading? Please share in the comments; I’d love to hear about your TBR.

 

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Week 2 of July TBR

Welcome to week 2 of July. I have not made a TBR in so long, and I want to get back into a nice routine. Therefore, without much dilly-daddling, here’s my TBR for the week.

New Beginnings

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I have been slowly reading this book, and I want to see how it ends. All I need is to dedicate some serious time for reading every day, because there are so many great stories to delve into. This is one of them.

Rebel Mechanics by Shannon Swendson
I saw this book on Goodreads, and then picked up the first two books in this series. It’s not really high priority, since it’ll take me forever to get the third book, but I am really curious about it. Steampunk, supposedly?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
From what I have heard, this book is a quick read, which is exactly what would make me feel much better right now.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
My copy of the sequel to this just came in the mail, and it’s TIME for me to read this series. I’m interested in steampunk quite a bit (thinking of a steampunk story with mermaids and fairies).

Sequels

The Elite by Kiera Cass
I know not many people like these books, but I actually find them quite relaxing. While I am not sure I want to read about Prince Maxon’s kid in the spin off, I am curious about America Singer.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Gosh dang it, I want to finish this trilogy! But, I have been intimidated by the book’s size again, so I have to summon all the courage in me to try reading it. Le sigh.

Also: 

I am trying to write poetry more frequently, now that my dear friend Ashley is helping me write in a clearer way. Hopefully you’ll find my poems more accessible, especially with my thought process revealed a little more before each poem from now on.

Suggestion Box:

Is there anything you’d like me to tackle in my writing? Feel free to suggest things, and I’ll try to think of a way to discuss the topics. If anything, it can always just be a discussion type of post on here.

 

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End of June TBR

I have not been reading that well, as my time management was difficult to maintain. So, I am creating an End of June TBR for this last week of the month. It’s going to be ambitious, because I want different options to pick from.

Let’s go!

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I have passively read the first 20 or so pages of this book. I haven’t given it a fair chance. It seems like a quick read, though, so I am hoping to finish it up quickly and move on to the next books.

2. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Frightening series for me, because I am still heartbroken because of the first book. It’ll take me a couple of deep breaths and a lot of courage to plunge back into this world.

3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

It’s time, isn’t it?

 

Other Options

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
I loved Vampire Academy and Bloodlines; I’m quite interested in how Mead is going to manage telling the same story three different times in this series. Also, the cover makes me happy.

Legend by Marie Lu

So I had tried this book before and then got scared of anything bad happening (which is a common occurrence for me. My anxiety shoots through the roof when the stakes are high in a book).

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is supposedly another quick read. Very curious to meet the characters in this series. SPACE!

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End of May TBR and Goals

This week, May ends. Time is passing rather quickly, and I have been in a lot of senseless turmoil and grief. Life with depression is frustrating when it comes to goals and deadlines. For the end of May, I am going to get back in the habit of having goals and a set TBR. Perhaps I’ll never read all the things I want to in one go. It’s okay.

End of May TBR

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I LOVE this book so far. Kaz is a fantastic leader to this epic crew. I look forward to finish this story!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Look, I tried to resist reading this until now. I need to read it this week, in order to see if my literary kids are okay (they probably won’t be, but I have to see how much injury takes place).

If I have more time, I can probably manage to sneak in some Mistborn 2 (Well of Ascension). 

Elend and Vin are my buddies and I want to see what happens to them.

Goals
  • I want to write more various posts on my blog (and in general, just write more often).
  • Another goal I have is to connect and communicate with my blogging buddies more often.
  • Read, study, meditate, worship. Balance my time better.

Hoping you have a wonderful end of May week, and a brilliant time this spring/summer days of this period of time. I look forward to be more active around the internet and get to talk to you all in comments or tweets.

Oh, also: if you have any ideas or suggestions for my blog, please let me know! I would love to figure out how to do this blogging thing better. I love getting feedback from friends.

Also: JUNE IS ALMOST HERE.

 

 

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May Week 2 TBR and Goals

It’s time for May Week 2 TBR and a bunch of goals, while balancing mental illness problems. I am trying to be gentle with myself because kindness is the best policy, I feel. I normally rely on love and appreciation with others, and I am realizing that perhaps it would be good to apply this to myself.

So, May, week 2, is going to be awesome.

To be Read Pile

I am sure there are readathons going on (I checked), but I am determined to start wrapping up some series. I also have started a few books and never picked them back up. They need to get some love.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkowski

The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater

 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Shakespeare still sounds like a good idea, and so I want to to put the goal on here. Hopefully, I can start reading a play this week. I don’t know which play I can start with, but I know I like the tragedies more than the comedies. However, I want to read both.  

I don’t have a collection of poems, but I want to read more poetry online. It will take me a bit to figure out logistics. The intent is set!

Goals

I want to keep myself busier. Language learning is humbling and frustrating, but I want to give it a go again. My brother showed me how the library has online resources for languages. SO. I would like to learn some more. I may even venture into learning more than just French and Spanish (like, Dutch! How cool would that be! Maybe some German? It all feels possible now that the resources are available). I also want to do yoga some more. Finally, I want to pick up drawing. I am not the best at any of these things, which is scary. But, I think these activities can help me grow as a person.

At the same time, I want to be okay with not doing these activities every day. My mental illnesses make it hard to start following a schedule and I need to accept that this part of my daily living. It’s not going to come easy to me. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a worthwhile activity. It’ll be more about showing up and doing the work when I can handle it.

 

 

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May Week 1 TBR, Goals, and Doathon

After disappearing for a while there, I am hoping to pick up the pace around here. For May, week 1 (!!), I have a TBR, and a list of goals to share with you today.

Before I begin, I want to share the Do-A-Thon with you all. You can read the specific announcement here on Mollie’s Blog. But, basically, it’s about accomplishing things that were always on bucket lists. Intentional living! Living with purpose, and doing things that better your life and the lives of others. My attempt at joining the Do-A-Thon event is here.

It’s a bunch of humble goals, I admit.

To Be Read:

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

and perhaps the following two:

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkowski

Raven King by Maggie Steifvater

Basically, I am hoping to finish up some series to start some more.

Moreover, Shakespeare calls my name, so I am hoping to read a play from the collection I have of his work.

Goals

I am attempting to follow the goals I always set for myself. If you’re new here, I suffer from an array of mental illnesses and I struggle to get things done often. For the Do-A-Thon, I am essentially trying to do the things I always wanted to start doing regularly. A brief list of the things I want to fully incorporate into my life: yoga, meditation, reading, and writing.

So, hopefully, I can be more active around the blogging sphere of things. And, of course, just trying to keep my head above water the whole time.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Your Turn

What will you be reading this week? Do you have a huge list of books to read, or are you keeping it small this week? Let me know what you think of the books I picked, too! And, if you want, I would love to have you join us in the Do-A-Thon.

 

 

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Tome Topple: TBR

I am going to be participating in Tom Topple this month (over the next two weeks!). Tome Topple was created by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes. The rule is simple: read book(s) over 500 pages. My TBR is ever so ambitious hopeful, as per usual. Also: Slytherin reminder. Of course, my Tome Topple TBR is going to be bending some rules. (I just like to say this in case I do break the rules).

Warning: I am going to try reading some of my shorter books because I did not do so well this week in terms of my TBR. Perhaps I’ll change my mind.

I want to admit that I probably won’t succeed in reading all the things. However, I like having options sometimes. Even if it means that I’ll be somewhat indecisive. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, right?

TBR Hopefuls

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

The final book in the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy has been on my TBR for a few weeks now. The second book ended on a cliffhanger and I have been aching to read this one.

It is a huge book and I am intimidated, but that is part of the point of this readathon. Here’s hoping it’s a quick read. Also: I am hoping I don’t get a book hang over. But, look at what Blue Lily, Lily Blue did to me.

Spoiler: So much damage has been done. Dina has never been the same since reading that book.

Anyway, this book is part of a series, so this fulfills the challenge of reading a tome that is part of a series.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 

At some point, I am going to have to face my Sanderson pile. Why not start now? It’s a 600 pager, and I am anxious to start yet frightened by it. But, I need this one to fulfill the challenge of reading an adult book. (Gasp! I am reading an adult book.)

Extra options

For whatever reason, I assume that these books are easier reads. I am probably very wrong about this perception. Let me list them and discuss further.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

So, this book seems to have a lot of diagrams. That is why I assumed it would be short as an experience. From the reviews I have seen, this book is addictive. And in my head addictive =

And/Or: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

It’s a Morgan Matson book! I expect sweetness, cuteness, and fluff. And perhaps, judging by the cover, puppies. Who wouldn’t want that?

 

 

 

 

 

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April Week 1 TBR Goals

Ah, April week 1 TBR Goals is here! For this week, I am not going to be participating in RYBSAT as strictly as I did last time. Instead, I want to focus on finishing up some series before Tome Topple. But my goal is to be more productive and engaged.

I want to comment on blogs some more, and interact with people in the book community. This is frightening for me, and yet it is a good challenge to have.

But, wait, I may be getting ahead of myself here. Let us get into my overall April Week 1 TBR and goals.

First: here is my over-ambitious TBR for the week.

TBR:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

 

Nikolai is bae and I want to see him take the throne already. If I ignore the hints of how great Mal is, perhaps this book will turn out to fulfill my dreams.

What are my dreams?

I hope she ends up with the Darkling or Nikolai.

Other than that, I want her to be the Sun Summoner and be strong.

Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkowski

Even though the second book made me want to punch the characters in the face, I would like to see a resolution for them.

I still love them and care.

Here’s hoping someone kicks the Emperor in the face.

Maybe the puppy can pee on him, too?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

If I don’t finish it this week, I am okay with extending it to Tome Topple. But, I want to be done with the series by the end of April for sure. What will happen to Rhy? What about Alucard, whose name is very hard for me to spell?

Kell, Lila, and Holland. So much to explore. I cannot wait.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (I know! I have to finish this quartet already) 

Many moons ago, I had wanted to read this darn book. But, the Dream Thieves threw me off a bit. I started out not liking Ronan. And, now…his life is more complicated and scary.

I love that guy.

But, I want to get to meet Henry already. (I see you, Tumblr, you’re giving me unrealistic expectations of him).

My favorite remains to be Adam. And, I want to see what he does.

That Gansey dude is alright, I suppose (Just downplaying my feelings here).

Blue is goals for life. She is just a neat character and I adore her. I really do.

 

I have to continue the agony of The School of Good and Evil. Did I mention my annoyance with this? But, I am curious now to see what will happen. How will this story unfold?

 

 

 

And finally, I am hoping to start reading An Ember in the Ashes throughout the week.

As always, I know this is ambitious. But, I like to keep busy.  Plus, the goal is to be more productive. I want to be more engaged.

Goals

For this week, I want to try to incorporate better time management.

Write more

Exercise multiple times a week

Read more than 2 books

This was my April week 1 TBR Goals. What are your plans for April’s week 1? What are your TBR goals and overall goals for the week? I would love to hear what you have in mind!

 

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