Read-EH-Thon TBR

So as many of you know I’m Canadian, and very proud of it, so when my favorite Canadian Booktuber, Books and Lala, created a readathon surrounding all things Canadian I had to represent. Here is her video announcement of the readathon, go watch it and then come back here to check out my TBR.

Assuming that you guys gave watched Lala’s video, I’ll do a recap of the Read-EH-Thon. It will be running from July 1-8 and it will be hosted by, of course Lala, and a lot more other Canadian Booktubers. There are challenges to this readathon, but you do not have to do any of the challenges if you think its not for you. Also, you don’t need to be Canadian to participate, the more the merrier. Anyone and everyone is welcome and should participate, in order for the world to be exposed to more Canadian authors. I really love this readathon because it will allow me to read more book written by Canadian authors, which I really want to do more of.

One part of the challenge is to read everything Canadian, so even if you are not participating in any of the challenges, your books must at least be written by a Canadian author. For those who does want to participate, here are the challenges:

  1. Read a book with a red cover
  2. Read a book by a Canadian woman
  3. Read a book with an “E” and “H” in the title (the two letter does not need to be together)
  4. Read a book by an indigenous author
  5. Read a book set in a province you’ve never visited

A few of these challenges are fairly easy, its really the last one that I’m having a bit more difficulty with. I’m really happy that Lala included the 4th challenges, because there should be more representations of indigenous people in books written from their own voices. I did have a bit of a hard time finding a book that I can read and when I did find one, there are a bunch of people who are on the waiting list. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get my copy in time for the readathon.

Here are the books I’ll be reading:

 

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Synopsis: Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

  • Armstrong is actually one of my favorite authors. I’ve read her YA novels when I was younger and fell in love with them. I haven’t really picked up her ‘adult’ novels yet, but this is a good time to do so. This novel allows me to check off the fifth challenge. Set in a fictional town of Rockton, but in the Yukon area.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

Goodreads Synopsis: This is the story of Offred, one of the”Handmaids” whose purpose is to breed. In the new social order in which women are told they are being controlled for their own good, Offred lives in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is sent out once a day to the food market, chaperoned; she is is not permitted to read; and she is hoping the commander makes her pregnant, because if not she’ll be sent to a toxic work camp, or end up as a sex slave in Jezebel’s. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, and a husband and a child. But all of that is gone now… everything has changed.

  • Ever since the TV show came out, I’ve been meaning to read this book. I’ve read Atwood’s other book, Alias Grace, and really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I’ll  enjoy this one as well. This book allows me to fulfill the first and second challenge.

Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson

Goodreads Synopsis: Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet— especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe— government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerrilla warriors— and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

  • I’m really excited to read this book. I want to see how the author incorporates different stories drawn from different cultures. I’m really hopping I get this from the library within the readathon days. This book is for the third and fourth challenge.
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May 2018 Readathon Wrap-up

May is coming to a close and I was unable to create a wrap-up for the two readathon that I participated in, Disney ReadAlong and Borrowathon Readathon. Although, I wasn’t able to finish all the challenges in both Readathons, I’m still very proud of the all the books I read. I haven’t been reading much lately, and both readathons enabled me to read more this month.

I won’t go into details on each Readathon, since I did those in my separate TBRs. I’ll create links to them in the proper sections.

Disney ReadAlong: Link to my TBR

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2 by Rick Riordan – 3.5/5

I enjoyed this novel slightly more than the first novel, but I’m not sure if I like more than Riordan’s Percy novels. I really prefer my heroes to be more kick-ass than Magnus Chase. It’s something different, but it’s not for everyone. I do enjoy all the characters that Riordan has created especially Samirah.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – 3.75/5

I’m surprised that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I did a full review of it and you can read it here. Long story short, I’m a fan of Spooner, she does really good relationships and characters.

Cinderella by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – 3/5

I’m a fan of the Disney version of Cinderella, it doesn’t really make all sense, but it’s still a beautiful story. The Grimm brother’s version, however, is very dark and very disturbing, but still a must read, especially for those who love fairytales/folktales. You must know the root of all story to fully appreciate the re-telling.

Borrowathon Readathon: Link to my TBR

I had high hopes for this readathon, but alas I technically failed, but at least I was able to read one book, which I will take as an accomplishment!

Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – 3/5

I really wanted to enjoy this book. So many people talked about this book a few year ago and so many of them loved it, but I guess its just not for me. I’m really in the mood for sci-fi right now, but I didn’t really get the sci-fi feel to this, except for the giant. I’m not sure if I want to continue on with the other books. I’m just glad I didn’t buy the trilogy.

Borrowathon Readathon

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I totally forgot to post this on Friday and now the Readathon has started. Anyways, as usually I try to participate in this readathon because it’s a fun way to promote your local library and the hosts are amazing. The readathon will run from May 20 – 27.

Here are the challenges for this round of the Readathon:

  1. A book award winner or nominee
  2. A book with your initials on the cover (tite, author name, etc)
  3. Someone else’s favorite book
  4. A book from your favorite genre 
  5. A book everyone has read by you
  6. Read a book that features a library

Here are the books that I’m hoping to read that will correspond to the challenges.

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The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi: I’m not really sure what this book is about, but I heard many good things about it. This will be for challenge 1. and 2.

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The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke: I started reading these books because one of the youtuber that I follow loves this duology, just can’t figure out who that person is. Anyways, this will fulfill challenge 3. and 4.

Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: I few years back I’ve seen a lot of people reading this book and I was intrigued. I actually am quite excited for this book. This is for the 5. challenge.

***I always have a tough time with the last challenge. Hopefully, one of these books will have some kind of Library in them. ***

Readathon: Series Crackdown TBR

This year I made participating in 8 readathon part of my goals for 2018. In February I want to tackle two of them and Series Crackdown is one of them. Last year I wasn’t able to finish any series, therefore, I want to remedy that for 2018.

So basically this readathon is pretty self explanatory. Read as many books in a series that you can from February 9-18 and it’s being hosted by The Book Moo, check her site out for more information.

I believe that you have to read as many books from the same series, but I’m not 100% sure. Anyways, here is my TBR for the readathon:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Book 1: The Sword of Summer
Book 2: The Hammer of Thor
Book 3: The Ship of the Dead

Goodreads Synopsis of the first book: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

I’ve been meaning to pick this up last year and it was in many of my monthly TBR, I was never able to accomplish it. I also don’t really finish series in one month, let alone a week, but I at least want to try. So wish me luck!

If you want to join the readathon it’s not late yet, they also have a Twitter and Instagram account that you can join in on.

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 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!