TBR Challenge #1: Meet Cute by an Assortment of well known Authors

meet cuteMeet Cute (Anthology) by Various Authors

Rating: It really depends on the story. My rating range from 3-4 out of 5

Theme: Short Stories, novellas, etc.

Why? This is one of those highly expected new release of 2018 and it works for me because it was perfect for the TBR Challenge. I also wanted to try out some of the authors that is in the book.

Review: A few years ago I read another anthology, similar to Meet Cute, My True Love Gave to me, and I wasn’t a fan of those stories. Mind you I’m not really much of a contemporary romance reader, but there are some occasional books that slip through and I actually end up enjoying them. This is one of those occasions that I had a memorable reading experience. Although I was really hesitant to pick this up, I’m glad that I did, I actually prefer these stories than the ones in My True Love Gave to Me. Also, I was able to try some authors I’ve been on the fence about in picking up their books, at least this way I was able to get a feel on how the author write.

There are some that was a hit and there are those that was a miss, understandable since authors doesn’t write the same way. I’m really not going to give a synopsis of the stories since they’re already pretty short. However, I will list the stories that I did like and those that I disliked.

Stories that I enjoyed:

  • Click by Catherine McGee
  • Somewhere that’s Green by Meredith Russo (This one by far is my favorite out of all the ones that I enjoyed)
  • OOMPH by Emery Lord
  • The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Unlikelyhood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies
  • The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon

Stories that I wasn’t fond of:

  • Printshop by Nina LaCour (this story reminded me too much of YOU with the whole social media stalking)
  • 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan (This had such potential, but that ending…)

 

 

 

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Book Date Monday 2018 #1

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My first Book Date Monday: What are you reading? for the year 2018! It’s been awhile since I posted one. So as usually this Book Date Monday is hosted by
Kathryn @ Book Date, so if you want to participate, make sure you check her blog out and tag her.

Last Week I Finished:

I actually enjoyed both these books and can’t wait to read the next book in the Diabolic Trilogy. I’ll be posting a review for Meet Cute so stay tuned for that one.

Currently Reading:

I’m currently in the middle of The Amateurs by Sara Shepard, but it’s not grabbing me as much as I wanted it too. I really want to start the re-read on Ready Player One by Earnest Cline and I think that’s hindering me from enjoying the former. I’m going to start Ready Player One this week and hopefully get it out of my system so that I can finish Shepard’s novel.

Upcoming Reads:

I’m really yearning for more fantasy or science fiction novels this past few months and I’m not complaining because I really need to get some of my Sci-fi and Fantasy novels read. I’m not really sure what I will be picking up with my current mood, but these two books are in my TBR for the month. So we’ll see.

Top 5 Books that I didn’t get to in 2017

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There are a lot of books that I wasn’t able to get to last year. I feel like I had a bad reading year in 2017, but I did read a lot of great graphic novels.

Anyways, here are the top books that I want to for sure get to in 2018:

 

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

This is actually one of the oldest book in my collection and I’ve been meaning to pick it up for awhile now. I’ve heard good things about it and have always been intrigued by the cover. I always get distracted by other books. I made it my goal to read this last year and failed miserably. This year for sure, I’m putting it on the top of my list.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This has been on my TBR list for a few months in 2017 and also in most of my Tome Topple readathon, but it just never happened. 2017 for me was really rough and I just didn’t get around to reading this book.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

This trilogy finished last year and I actually wanted to power through them. I don’t really finish series in one year, but I thought maybe with this one I’ll make an exception. I heard really good things about the series and some even say its better than the heroes of Olympus series. I wanted to know if that was true. For sure I want to be able to read this this year.

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab

This trilogy also wrapped up in 2017 and I knew I wasn’t going to get to A Conjuring of Light in 2017, but I at least wanted to read A Gathering of Shadows, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I think the reason I had such an awful reading year in 2017 is because I skipped on a lot of good books.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I’m not a huge fan of Ruth Ware’s novels and I’ve read better thrillers out there, but I think her novels are always such quick reads. So I wanted to read this novel as soon as it came out, I even went as far as buying the book on release date. Too bad for me I just didn’t get a chance to read it.

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So that’s it for my first Top 5 for the year 2018. Let me know if you guys are participating in Top 5 this year!

Finishing the Series

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Hosted by : Celebrity Readers

The title is basically self explanatory. I participated in a reading challenge like this a few years ago and I was actually able to finish some series. Last year I wasn’t able to finish any series at all and I need to fix that this year.

Anyways, I want to finish at least 8 this year. I’m being quite ambitious with this goal, but I want to at least read one book from each series. Here are the series and the books within it that I still need to read. All series, but one, are already finished. Obsidio, the third, and final (?), book in the Illuminae Files is coming out this year. If this is not the last book in the series then I will have to change that choice.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Book 1: The Naturals
Book 2: Killer Instinct
Book 3: All In
Book 4: Bad Blood

Croak by Gina Damico
Book 1: Croak
Book 2: Scorch
Book 3: Rogue

Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Book 1: Assassin’s Curse
Book 2: The Pirate’s Wish

Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Book 1: The Winner’s Curse
Book 2: The Winner’s Crime
Book 3: The Winner’s Kiss

Deanna Madden by A.R. Torre
Book 1: The Girl in 6E
Book 2: Do Not Disturb
Book 3: If you Dare

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book 1: Illuminae
Book 2: Gemina
Book 3: Obsidio

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Book 1: Wolf by Wolf
Book 2: Blood for Blood

Jackaby by William Ritter
Book 1: Jackaby
Book 2: Beastly Bones
Book 3: Ghostly Echoes
Book 4: The Dire King

A-Z Reading Challenge 2018

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Hosted by Ginger Mom & The Kindle Quest

If you belong to a group on Goodreads then you have heard of this challenge before. I’ve tried to do this challenge before, and might I add I have failed miserably, but I think doing it on my blog will allow me to finally complete this challenge.

Anyways, here are the specifics of the challenge if you are interested in participating.

Are you ready to accept this quest? Have you written your sign-up post, optimistically announcing to the world that you are going to read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet in 365 days? Then leave your name and your link in the comments below and grab our cool challenge button there at the top of the post. (That way you can proudly display your intent to take on this insane amazing challenge!) Then tweet it (#2018AtoZChallenge) and tell all your booknerd friends!

Why spread the word? Here’s the exciting part – each month, we will have link-ups for your reviews. And each review earns you 1 point. Each point is worth an entry into our Grand Prize at the end of the year (hint: it’s a $100 Amazon gift card!) So you collect entries that way. The other way? Each person you refer (all they have to do when they sign up is say you sent them our way) earns you an extra entry! How easy is that?

Click on the name of the host above to direct you the actual page of the challenge to learn more. She has a ton loads more info.

Here are the books I’ve read so far this year. The first letter of the title of the book is what is going to count for the challenge. NOTE: “a”, “an”, “the”, etc.

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M:
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T:
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W:
X:
Y:
Z:

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Bingo

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Hosted by @patchworkbunny

I’m really excited for this Challenge because this is my first ever reading bingo challenge. I’ve seen a couple of them but was never really interested in them, but when I saw this one, it felt perfect for me this year. I really want to focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2018 and entering this challenge will help me read more of those genre.

This challenge is pretty much self explanatory, therefore, if you want mor einformation, just click on the name of the host above.

Here are my reads for this challenge:

Space:
AI:
Wibbly Wobbly Time Travel:
It’s the End of the World as we Know it:
Alien Invasion:
Plague:
Dystopia:
Alternate Reality:
Cyberpunk:
This is totally going to happen one day:
Asian:
African:
Rebellion:
Independent:
South America:
Portal:
Fantastic Beasts:
Haunted:
Undead:
Re-telling:
Bite Me:
Queens, Kings, and Long lost Relatives:
Demonic:
Immortal:
Epic:

TBR Challenge 2018

TBR Challenge

Hosted by The Misadventures of Super Librarian

I participated in this challenge last year and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t able to do all the months for blog posts, and that’s the reason why I want to continue a re-do this year. I felt really accomplished when I’m able to read the set theme and post them on my blogs. Most of my reviews last year is because of this Challenge.

Anyways, here are the specifics:

  • If you’re on social media all you need to do is use the #TBRChallenge hashtag.
  • You can use this hashtag on any day, at any time – but we’re still going to concentrate on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to kick our commentary into high gear.
  • The idea is to have at least one day a month where we can always count on there being book chatter.
  • Participation can happen across all social media platforms and your participation can vary month to month (hey, life happens).

Last year I just posted my reviews and wasn’t able to participate on any of the social media communication but I want to remedy that this year. I’m not much of a twitter user, but I’ll try a bit harder this year.

Here are the themes for 2018: (These are optional, but I like using them as a guide for what to read that particular month)

January 17: We Love Short Shorts! (shorter reads)
February 21: Backlist Glom (author with multiple books in your TBR)
March 21: Sugar or Spice (closed door romance or spicy romance)
April 18: Kicking It Old School (original publication date older than 10 years)
May 16: Contemporary
June 20: Comfort Read
July 18: Favorite Trope
August 15: Series (book that’s part of a series)
September 19: Historical
October 17: Paranormal or Romantic Suspense
November 21: Cover Girl (a book with a pretty cover – or a horrid one)
December 19: Holiday (any holiday!)

So that’s my first challenge of the year and I’m really excited to partake in it yet again.