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.

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2018 January Wrap-up and February TBR

January was a good reading month for me. I struggles last year with mediocre books and I feel like January was off on a good start. I’m going to slightly do my wrap ups a bit different than the previous years, only because I feel that I don’t give enough information on the books I’ve read. I’m not going to go in depth with my reviews, but I will give a brief overview on my reasons for my ratings. I’m thinking of doing cumulative reviews in between months to books that I don’t get a chance to write an in depth review, but that’s still in the works. I feel like last year I didn’t really do any reviews and I want to remedy that this year.

Anyways, on to my wrap-up.

This month I read a total of 6 books and four of those books were on my January TBR.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – 4.5/5 Stars

I was in a science fiction kick the beginning of the month so I decided to pick this up. I believe its a debut novel of the author so I didn’t really have any expectations for the book, so I was really surprised when I actually enjoyed this book. I loved every minute of it. The mystery, the action and the science fiction in the novel is great! I would have wanted more world building, but we’ll see where Suvanda takes this story.

The Diabolic by S.K Kincaid – 3.5/5 Stars

I was on the fence on this book. The fact that I really enjoyed the first book, I figured I might as well start the year strong and picked this up. I hear so many good things about it, but I didn’t like it as much as other readers out there. I got a bit confused on the whole Diabolic aspect of Nemesis. I understand that this is Science Fiction/Fantasy genre, but I wasn’t all that sold with the sc-fi parts of the novel. I want to continue with the story, but just not right away.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard – 3/5 Stars

Out of these four books I was actually disappointed on this book the most. The ending was interesting, but the storyline wasn’t as intriguing as her other books. I’ve read Pretty Little Liars and those books were hard to put down, but this I found myself stalling in finishing it. I actually picked up another book while reading this novel, which rarely happens for me.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – 4/5 Stars

I’m still craving science fiction and fantasy books so I thought this book should be read this month. I’m really glad. I’m a fan of Disney’s Aladdin, so of course I wanted to read this. I enjoyed how Khoury wrote her characters, especially the different relationships that she included in the novel. I can’t wait to pick up another book by her.

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Along with the 4 books that I finished on my TBR, I was also able to read 2 more books.

Meet Cute: YA Anthology – Rating Varies on each story, overall 3.5/5 Stars

I picked this book up because I needed to read a book of short stories, and this is actually the only one that hooked my interest. I’m glad I did. I actually enjoyed reading the different stories in the book and even though I didn’t like all of them, the lowest rating for me is 3/5 stars. I wrote a full review on it here.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – 3.75/5 Stars

This is my most anticipated read of 2018 and I feel somewhat let down. I wrote a full review of it here, but to sum it up, it wasn’t as great as the Starbound books. I know it’s really unfair for me to compare the two, it’s just really difficult when there are aspects of Unearthed in These Broken Stars. Of course I’ll keep reading the books, because of that ending!

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Ok, so those are the books I read in January and I had a pretty good reading month. I hope that this will continue on throughout the year.

FEBRUARY TBR

I usually add around 5-6 books on my TBR because I know if push comes to shove, I can finish 5-6 books. Even if my month is hectic with life and work, but this month I’m keeping it simple because I’m going away on holiday and I don’t usually do a lot of readings during holidays. Also, I will try to participate in one readathon this month, but I’m just not sure which one. As usual I will be creating a different TBR for that.

Anyways, here are the books that I want to get to this month.

These are the two books that I want to get through this month. I might just pick up one book for the sake of my TBR challenge, but if I have enough time I’ll read both.

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Anyways, that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. Let me know if you read some these books and give me your thoughts on them.

 

 

December Wrap up and January 2018 TBR

In my November Wrap up I mentioned that December would be a hectic month for me and it really was.  Since it was so busy, my reading took the brunt of it. I read a total of one book, and a graphic novel.

I liked Sweet Tooth, but I’m really not a fan of the art work. I enjoyed the story line and even though my library doesn’t carry the rest of the volume I still want to try to pick up the next few books. I also enjoyed Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I picked this book up because of Lala from BooksandLala. I love her recommendations and this was highly recommended by her.

Yea, it was a very lame month for me and I’m not even in a reading slump, I was just really busy in December.

JANUARY 2018 TBR

I really want to start out the year big. I feel like I had an awful reading year in 2017 and I want to read more good books this year. Plus, I want to include a lot more genre than mystery/thriller/cozies in my TBR. I have a ton of fantasy novels that I want to get a start on for 2018.

Anyways, here are the books I want to read in January

This is a very ambitious TBR, but like I said I want to start big. I’m not promising to actually read all these books, but these are the books that I want to start the year with.

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So that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. Let me know down below what is your TBR for the first month of 2018.

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.

 

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.

 

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!