June Wrap-up and July TBR

Awful! I can’t believe its July already. I feel that June slipped through my hands and I didn’t even realise that the month has already ended. I haven’t read any books this month and I feel really bad. It’s not even so much as I don’t want to read or I’m in a reading slump, I’m just really lazy to read. Usually summer is my down time, but I’ve been dragging my feet this whole year that I’m so far behind on all my reading goals/challenges.

Anyways, as I said before I haven’t read anything for this month and so I think we should just skip the whole Wrap-up and move on to the TBR.

JULY TBR

For this month, since I’ve been doing really badly in my previous TBR, I think I’m going to wing it. I won’t overwhelm myself in a set of books, but rather just pick up any book that I feel like reading. I do have a book though that I need to read this month since its an ARC.

I also posted a TBR for the Read-EH-thon that I’m currently participating in, so please click here to check it out if you want to know the books that I decided to read for that readathon.

Fifth to Die

That’s it for my Wrap-up/TBR. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been reading a lot lately. I’ve been trying harder than usual to pick up books and give it a go. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that July will be a better month for me.

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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.

Summer Reads 2018

Although, Summer is still around the corner for us here in Canada, I think it’s time I create my Summer Reads of 2018. I always try to create these seasonal TBR’s but most of the time I bomb them, and not in the good way as you will see in my Spring Reads update that I will post in a few days.

I’m not really the type of reader who specifically read certain genre during specific months, but rather I’m very much a mood reader. Here are five books that I want to get to before Summer 2018 is over.

I really want to try to get these books finished by the end of our Summer months and I’m looking forward to reading them.

May Wrap-Up and June TBR

May was a success for my reading month. No I didn’t read all the books on my TBR, in fact I only read one of the five books I included in my May TBR, but that’s ok because I read a total of six books this month. This may not seem a lot for some, but the fact that I haven’t read any books in February, March and April, six books is quite a lot.

Since I participated in two different readathon last month, I already created a wrap-up for those and the link is here. I will only include the pictures for them on this post and my usual highlight/disappointment. As for the one book that I read, not included in the readathon, I actually wrote a review for that book here.

Here are the books I read for the month of May:

I’m actually pleasantly surprised at all the books that I read this month. Those that I thought were going to be good disappointed me and those that I thought I won’t like, were the once I actually enjoyed. I think the big disappointment for me would have to be Follow Me by Sara Shepard. I’ve read Shepard’s other series, Pretty Little Liars, and I have to admit, those are really gripping, but this book, falls flat in comparison. I wish that we were kept in the dark at who the villain is, but yeah. Anyways, I have to hand the highlight of the month to Hunted by Meagan Spooner. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it considering  a lot of people disliked it. It was a pretty good month if I do say so myself.

Let’s get on with my June TBR.

JUNE TBR

The beginning of June (so, technically now) I will be participating in Sci-Fi Summer hosted by Seasons Reading. I enjoy joining her seasonal readathons because it end up being the perfect theme for what I’m in the mood for. So of course right now I’m really loving the sci-fi genre. The readathon starts from June 1-14 and you can basically read anything science fiction or its sub-genre. She’s also accepting any fantasy novels if that more up to your liking.

Anyways, here are the books I’m planning to read for the readathon:

I’m only going to aim for two books. Two books, for two weeks. At least I’m hoping to finish those and if I have more time then I’ll peruse my bookshelf for more books. As for the rest of the month I hope to get to some of the books that I included in my May TBR, which are:

That’s it for me this month and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’d do a lot of reading this month. Happy Reading to all!

Disney Read-A-Long and TBR

I came across this Disney Readathon on Little Book Owl‘s Blog. She usually posts all the readathons, that she knows of, on this page. So head over there if you want to find a readathon to participate in.

Anyways, the readathon is created and hosted by Hannah Elizabeth from the Tiny Book Dragon and it’s going to run from May 6 to 12. The Readathon is going to be centered around, you guess it, on Disney characters. I really like the characters that Hannah chooses because not all of them are the typical characters that most people use/know.

Here are the challenges for the readathon:

Frozen: Read a book set in Winter

Dory: Read a book you forgotten you own

Aurora’s Dress: Read a book with pink and blue on the cover

Hewey, Dewey and Louie: Read a book part of a Trilogy

Cinderella: Read the original story of the Brother’s Grimm and watch the Disney adaptation

You can also participate in reading sprints and other fun stuff by following the twitter account @DISNEYREADALONG.

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading for the challenges. Mind you, this might change as the readathon progress, but for now, these are the ones that I have chosen from my bookshelves.

Hunted

FROZEN: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Yeva, born from an aristocratic family, but when they lost their fortune, her family was forced to moved to the outskirts of the town. 

When her father goes missing int he forest, she must go out and look for him. Knowing that he is tracking a creature, she sets out to hunt the Beast in a cursed valley

***I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for awhile now and this is a great time to do so. Plus, I think this is the only book I have that is set in winter or at least I hope so considering there’s snow on the cover. Right?!?!

InvictusDORY: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Farway is a genius, but when he fails his final exam he takes on a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends, dealing with black market operations. When one heist goes wrong, he must travel through time to solve a mystery and discover a frightening truth.

***Apparently I own this book. I bought this book twice because I didn’t remember that I actually own the book already. I was really surprised when I did an inventory of my new purchased novels and saw two copies of this. Anyways, I’m actually really excited for this book I’ve read two of Graudin’s novels already and I actually enjoy them.

AURORA’S DRESS:

magnus-chase-2HEWEY, DEWEY, LOUIE: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Synopsis of the 1st Book: Magnus Chase has been on the run for two years, since his mother told him to run, but with a warning of never to go to his Uncle Randolph. Unfortunately, he eventually caught up to him and is speaking about Norse mythology and his birthright. 

Before things are explained to him, he is attacked by a fire giant that eventually kills him. This is where his story begins.

***I read the first book in this series a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I want to get to this one as soon as possible and this readathon is totally good for it.

Cinderella.jpgCINDERELLA: The Little Glass Slipper by the Brother’s Grimm

Growing up, everyone has heard the story of Cinderella. A mistreated girl by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but with the help of her Fairy Godmother, she is able to overcome these obstacles and follow her dream.

This is the story that all children know and love, but with the story of the Brother’s Grimm things are a lot darker.

***I’ve actually read the whole collection of the Grimm’s ‘fairytales’ but I don’t mind re-reading this particular one. Plus, I get to watch the Disney version too!

Ok, so that’s it for this TBR. Please join us because this readathon sounds so cool.

 

April/March Wrap-up and May TBR

These past few months has been such a bad reading month for me. I haven’t read a book in over two months. Due to unfortunate circumstances I’ve been really busy and life just became life again. I wasn’t planning on doing a wrap-up, but I might as well since there really isn’t any books to include here.

So that’s it for my quick update on both my March and April Wrap-up on to my TBR.

MAY TBR

I can’t believe it’s May now, it seriously feels like Christmas just finished. Anyways, I’m not complaining because I’m loving the good weather. I’m pretty much a winter girl, but I think Canada’s weather is a bit wonky these past few weeks.

Anyways, I’m pretty much behind on my Goodreads challenge, among my other challenges, so I’m trying to do a big TBR this month.  It’s my GO BIG OR GO HOME TBR. Catchy title huh. Lets get on with my TBR.

Last month I was suppose to review an arc but wasn’t even able to pick it up and read. I feel really bad, therefore, that is my priority for this coming month. I also want to read some thriller books and get to Ready Player One, before trying to watch it. Like I said, I wasn’t able to do a lot of things last month.

As stated previously, I’m trying to do a big TBR this month and I know 5 books isn’t a lot, but I will be participating on two readathons, The Disney Readathon and the Borrowathon, which I will post a separate TBR in the future.

So that’s it for my TBR and wrap-up, I’m happy to be back and I’m really sorry for all the inconveniences that my leave caused, in terms of book reviews and blog content, but you know, life.

 

Book I want to read this Spring 2018

spring

Last year I posted this, and I regret to inform everyone that I have only read two books out of that list. I’m a little bit disappointed in myself because I wasn’t even able to read half of the books from that list. This year, I want to create a seasonal TBR so that I will be more organized than last year. I’m not really doing well on my reading goal as of right now, but I want to remedy that for April. Since it’s beginning of Spring, which symbolizes new life, I want get a hold oh my massive TBR.

I’m not going to be as ambitious as last Spring, so I’ll just list down 6 books that I really want to pick up and finish for Spring. I also want to stick to books that I already own, so these books will only feature those that are already on my bookshelf.

My reading taste these past couple of weeks varied from different genres, so I listed books from different genres that I’m leaning towards.

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So those are the books on my TBR for the months within Spring. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to read all of them by June. Wish me luck!