November Wrap-up and December TBR

DECEMBER is finally here! YAY!!! This year flew by so fast and it’s been a busy year. Anyways, this month wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I’m pretty sure December will also be a bad reading month. November I participated in Tome Topple and I’ll be wrapping that readathon on this post as well.

Last month I only put two books in my TBR and I read zero of those two books. It’s not that I didn’t want to read them, but I didn’t get a chance to pick them up before Tome Topple.

These are the books/graphic novels I read, outside of Tome Topple:

I read these three books during Tome Topple, but towards the end of the readathon. After reading the one tome I picked up I had a major book hangover, and I needed something light and fun to read. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which is really not a big surprise since I love this series! I also enjoyed Case File 13: Zombie Kid and In Real Life, so overall it was a pretty good reading month.

Tome Topple Wrap-up:

Every Tome Topple I add this book on my TBR and every year I decide to not pick it up. This round of Tome Topple I decided not to include this particular book because I wanted to change it up, but alas, I actually picked it up and read it. The one book I read for this readathon is:

monsters of men

Yes, I can finally take this book out of my TBR. Its been awhile since I read The Ask and the Answer, but the minute I started reading this book everything came back to me. I really love this trilogy, although all three are massive reads, the world is amazing. I wasn’t as invested in this story as much as the fist and the second, but I’m just really glad I got it out of my system. The ending was a killer for me.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to create a TBR for this month because (1) It’s the Holidays and I’m usually busy close to Christmas, (2) I’m going on Holiday for a few days mid-December. I don’t usually read when I’m out of the country, and (3) I have a lot of year-end things to finish and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

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Anyways, that’s it for me on my wrap-up. I’m not really sure if this will be my last wrap up for the year or I might do my December wrap-up closer to the end of December, we’ll see.

Also, next week I will be on holiday, therefore, I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be writing, let’s go with the flow.

 

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Book Date #14

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I took a few days off from posting on my blog because it’s been such a hectic few days. Also my posts has been all over the place because the holiday is very close at hand, plus this time of the year is when my family have their birthdays, so I try to post something when I’m free. For sure at the beginning of the year my posting of Monday, Wednesday and Friday will commence.

Anyways, for a quick update I decided to do the Book Date Monday created by Book Date.

Last Week I Finished:

Monsters of Men is one of those books that has been on my TBR for quite awhile and every year it’s been on top of my pile, but this year, finally, I was able to pick it up and finish it. It was a good ending for the trilogy, but that ending! Ness always kills me with his choices. Anyways, it was still a really good read for me.

Currently Reading:

Zombie Kid

Technically I should be reading a 500+ novel, but I’m really not up to the challenge. Monsters of Men kinda gave me a book hangover, but hopefully it won’t carry over to the next month.

Upcoming Reads:

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I was planning on reading this book this month, but it didn’t happen and now I’m pushing it for December. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be doing since I will be on vacation at the beginning of the month and its the Christmas holidays so I’ll be pretty busy. I’ve almost reached my Goodreads goal for this year, so I want to at least be able to read a few more books just to be able to feel accomplished for the year!

My 500+ Books

This month is Tome Topple, and it’s a time to celebrate big books. Truth be told, this is basically for my personal use, but it’s good to share with other just in case they want some ideas on some 500+ books on the next round of Tome Topple.

For those who doesn’t know what Tome Topple is, please check out my Tome Topple TBR where I describe the readathon in depth.

Anyways, here the books on my shelf that has 500 or more pages. I’ll also include the goodreads synopsis so that people know what the books is about, just in case you want to pick it up.

Some of these books are the second in the series, therefore I will only including the synopsis of the first book. I will be also highlight any of the books that are more than 500+ pages.

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The Fellowship of the Ring
By J.R.R. Tolkien

Series: Lord of the Rings
Fellowship of the Ring (pages 531)
Two Towers
The Return of the King (pages 590)

Synopsis: Fellowship of the Ring – In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power – the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord’s evil dominion.

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A Gathering of Shadows
By V.E. Schwab

Series: 
A Darker Shade of Magic
A Gathering of Shadows (pages 512)
A Conjuring of Light (pages 624)

Synopsis: A Darker Shade of Magic – Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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Dust & Decay
By Jonathan Maberry

Series: Benny Imura
Rot & Ruin
Dust & Decay (pages 519)
Flesh & Bone
Fire & Ash (pages 537)

Synopsis: Rot & Ruin – In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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The Demon King
By Cinda Williams Chima

Series: Seven Realms
The Demon King (pages 506)
The Exiled Queen (pages 586)
The Gray Wolf Throne (pages 517)
The Crimson Crown (pages 598)

Synopsis: The Demon King – Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom 
By Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom (pages 536)

Synopsis: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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A Court of Mist and Fury
By Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury (pages 626)
A Court of Wings and Ruin (pages 699)

Synopsis: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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That’s it for me on this post and let me know if you guys have any other 500+ novels that I should check out on the next Tome Topple. Graphic novels are greatly appreciated too!

Tome Topple Round 5 TBR

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Tome Topple Readathon is now here and since I totally screwed over on the last one, I really want to try to read some books for this fifth round.

Tome Topple will be starting today, November 17th to the end of the month, November 30. I totally thought it was starting tomorrow and missed creating this post on Wednesday. Anyways, as usual there are challenges for this readathon and its basically the same as the last time.

  1. Read more than one tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (over 500 pages can be bind-ups/omnibus)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult Tome

As usual I’m going to try to do all the challenges, except the Buddy read. I don’t usual buddy read since I don’t want to drag someone down with my erratic reading patterns.

Also, like last time there will also be Instagram challenges that can be found on Sam’s Instagram account @thoughtsontomes. I’ll try to do some of these IG challenges, but no promises.

Anyways, here are my potential Tomes for this round of Tome Topple (and baby groot)

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book of the Illuminae files. I read the first book during the first Tome Topple and really enjoyed it. I’ve been trying to read this second one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up this time.

Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

I have no clue what this book is about. I was cleaning out my bookshelf, getting rid of some books I didn’t want, and found this book. I believe it’s middle grade, I’m just really surprised that it’s this massive!

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

Another second book in a trilogy. I really want to try to get to this book because this trilogy is already finished and I want to see how Schwab ends the story. This is my one and only ‘adult’ novel that is over 500.

Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

This is another one of those books that I found on my bookshelf. I’m not entirely sure what this book is about but I think it’s similar to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, but I’m not 100% sure on that, I could totally be wrong so please don’t get mad.

I don’t really have a graphic novel to include on this TBR, because (1)I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels (2) it’s difficult to find one that’s over 500 pages.

Anyways, that’s it for me on my TBR. I’m crossing my fingers that everything will work out fine. I hope, hope that I will at least read one of these books.

 

Borrowathon Wrap-up

Borrowathon has officially finished yesterday and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve read considering none of my books came in on time. So I had to improvise! I wasn’t really a fan of the books I had with me, but I really had no choice since I depend on all my borrowed books from Overdrive, and it seems like everyone participated on this readathon because none of my second choices were available either.

Anyways, here is a recap on the challenges:

  1. Give an author a second chance
  2. Start a new to you series
  3. Read a book with 5 or more words on the title
  4. Read a 2017 Release
  5. Read a book you found in a #LibraryHaul
  6. Read a book that features a library

From the challenges I was able to complete 3 out of 6 with the two books that I manage to grab and read.

The Walled City

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Challenge(s): Give an author a second change

Graudin is the same author is Wolf by Wolf, and even though I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I like her writing and so, I decided to give this book a try and I actually really enjoyed it.

In this book we are taken to three different POV, Jin, Dai and Mei Yee. Each character are faced with different obstacles that many face behind the walled city. In order to survive the three must find a way to leave behind the horrible world that is thrust upon them.

I’m a big fan of Graudin’s world building when I read Wolf by Wolf. It’s not that I wasn’t a fan of the book, I just had higher expectation, considering the hype. Anyways, The Walled City is an interesting read. There really were some heart-pounding moments as Jin runs around the city looking for her sister. I also have to applaud the author’s characters. I love how she writes her female characters, physically looking meek and incapable of strength, but as the story progress we see how strong they are and how they can find courage within as they fight their way in the world.

I would highly recommend this book especially those who enjoyed Wolf by Wolf. Be forewarned there are trigger topics in this book, especially violence on woman, rape, drugs and shootings.

The girl in the iceThe Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Challenge(s): Start a new series to you, Read a book with 5 or more words on the title

The body of a woman is found under ice. It is up to Erika to find the person responsible for her death and countless others, but as she digs deeper in uncovering the truth, she is targeted by the killer

I find this story your typical serial killer novel. One that has a certain type with something to prove. I wasn’t really a fan of the book, but I finished it just for the sake of finish the book. I know this is my ‘Start a new series’ but this is mostly likely a start and finish the series with this book.

The only thing that I really like this book is how the body was found under the water. That would have psychologically scarred anyone!

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I really wanted to read more books for this readathon, but unfortunately It just wasn’t meant to be. On a good note, I actually received one of the books I wanted to read on the day the readathon ended!

Books Before 2018

A few more weeks and it’s 2018! I feel like I want to cram as many books as I can before the year is over, but I know that won’t be realistic. There were a lot of series I wanted to start in 2017 and there were a lot of books I wanted to read this year, unfortunately, other books got in the way and I just lost track of time. I also had a really bad reading slump over the summer and that did a number on my reading goal.

Anyways, to keep my head straight, here are the top 10 books that I really want to get to before the year is over.

I want to try to finish at least two or three series before the year is up since I haven’t really finished a lot of series this year, in fact, now that I think about it, I actually haven’t finished a series this year!

I also want to try to read some other books that have been on my TBR for awhile and I’m just itching to read it.

If I have time, after all these potential reads, and other books that might get in the way, I would also want to try to get these done.

This is a very ambitious list, but hey, I’ll still keep my fingers crossed and see how the year will end for me!

Borrowathon TBR

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I’m a little late in posting my Borrowathon TBR. The weekend was super busy for me and I just didn’t have the time to create my TBR and didn’t really have a set of books until last night.

If you don’t know what the Borrowathon is, its a readathon created by Riley @RMFICKFACK. This readathon encourage readers to to use their public library, since the only books you can read are books that you BORROW, hence the name. In truth you may use any type of books, not necessarily from the library as long as you borrowed it from somewhere or someone. This is the third round of this readathon, it started on November 5 and will last until November 12.

Here are the challenges for this round of Borrowathon:

  1. Give an author a second chance
  2. Start a new to you series
  3. Read a book with 5 or more words on the title
  4. Read a 2017 Release
  5. Read a book you found in a #LibraryHaul
  6. Read a book that features a library

There are more information on hosts, reading sprints, etc. on their twitter account, so head on over there and follow them.

Anyways, here are the books I borrowed from Overdrive and so these are the books I’m most likely going to be reading this week. These are technically not my first choices, but none of the books I borrowed came in for the readathon.

I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to finish all these books, but I’m hoping to at least get to half of them!