December TBR

For the last month of the year, I’m being extremely ambitious and hoping to read eight books, so that my total of books read in 2017 goes up to 60 books. I currently want to read all the things, so I chose 13 books that I might want to read this month. My strategy is to read mostly contemporary and/or shorter books so that I can read as much as possible without getting burnt out.

Here are all the books I want to read in December:

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  1. More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs – This New Adult book follows Julie, an aspiring fashion designer, who enters Behind the Seams, which is a competition/reality show in which people compete to win money to start their own business. I’m 15% into it, it’s very easy to read and is helping me get out of the reading slump that I was in for most of November.
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I actually started reading this at the beginning of November and had to put it down because I couldn’t get into it. Wait, don’t panic, I don’t think it’s a bad book! The thing is that I read a lot of books in September and October, many of which were fantasy, and I was burnt out from reading all of them. But now I’m getting out of my reading slump, and I plan to read the entirety of Six of Crows before the year ends.
  3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This book follows Simon, a closeted gay teen who is blackmailed by a classmate: either he helps him get a date with the girl he likes, who is Simon’s friend, or he will out Simon to everyone. I’ve actually read this book before, multiple times, but the trailer for the movie came out and it was great. It made me want to read this book again because it’s the cutest.
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I think we’re all familiar with the ghosts of Christmas (thanks, holiday movies)! I picked up this book from Book Outlet at the beginning of the year, and now is the perfect time to read it. It’s short, which helps with my goal of reading eight books this month, and it takes place during Christmas! However, I refuse to read it until our Christmas tree is up because I want there to be some Christmas vibes when I read it.
  5. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – This story follows Princess Denna, who is a magic user betrothed to a prince from a kingdom in which magic is forbidden (I think), but instead of falling in love with the prince, she falls in love with his sister. I just bought this book on my Kindle last night (it’s on sale for $1.99), and I have a feeling it’s going to be a fairly quick read. I’m hoping I’ll get to read it this month.
  6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Safiya can tell when someone is lying; Iseult can see the bonds between people. They’re best friends and have to fight people who would do anything to capture a Truthwitch. That’s all I know about this book, but I’ve been in the mood to read it for a few weeks. I kind of don’t want to read it right now; the other books in the series will take a while to come out, and I don’t want to have too wait too long for them. But at the same time, I want to take advantage of my desire to read it. We’ll see what happens when I post my December wrap up.

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  1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – This is a Hades and Persephone retelling following Maya, whose horoscope promises “a marriage of death and destruction.” Her father marries her off as part as a political alliance, and she becomes a queen. People say this book is beautifully written, and I just got it during Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale, so I can’t wait to read it.
  2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This is a book I never expected to read but, again, Book Outlet Black Friday sale. All I know is that it is a Snow White retelling with a beautiful cover. It’s not too long or too short, so it will be perfect to read in December.
  3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Dimple Shah’s parents want nothing more than for Dimple to find her Ideal Indian Husband, and they know exactly who they want to fill that role: Rishi Patel, the son of their old friends. Dimple, however, doesn’t want to find her Ideal Indian Husband. She wants to go to a summer program for aspiring web developers. She’s shocked when her parents agree to let her go without putting up a fight, but here’s what she doesn’t know: Rishi is going, their parents plan to set them up while they’re there, and Rishi has no idea that she doesn’t know they’re supposed to be there to meet each other. I started listening to this book on audiobook during the summer. The story was interesting but I didn’t like that each character had two narrators. I’m going to read the hardcover instead, when my Book Outlet order arrives.
  4. Want by Cindy Pon – I don’t know a lot about this book, but it seems like a mix of dystopia and sci-fi, in which a boy (Jason Zhou) and his friends try to take down a corporation that makes suits to prolong the lives of the wealthy but also may be the reason the suits are needed in the first place. I’m not a huge fan of either dystopia or sci-fi, but Want sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to read it.
  5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – This is the story of Henry Denton, who has been abducted by aliens several times and is given a choice: let the world end or press a button and save it. I’ve seen nothing but praise for this story, so I know I want to read it as soon as it arrives.
  6. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – All I know about this book is that the main character is the daughter of a pirate king, and I think she lets herself be kidnapped on purpose to fulfill a goal. That’s all I need to know.
  7. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Last but not least is Becky Albertalli’s second book! I can’t believe I still haven’t read or even own this book. It’s about Molly, who is fat and Jewish. She has had 26 crushes but has never acted on any of them (relatable). When Molly’s twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend, Cassie decides that she’s going to help Molly get a boyfriend. I love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with all my heart, and I’m hoping I’ll feel the same about this book. The reason it’s the last book on my TBR is because my brother is giving it to me as a Christmas present, so I won’t have it until late December.

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Bonus book (because I was approved for it on Netgalley when this post was almost finished and I can’t be bothered to change the entire layout of it to accommodate another book):

  • Girl: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne – “an inclusive growing-up guide for teen girls with information on gender and identity, dating and romance, relationships, and sex.” This book is non-fiction, and I figured it was worth a read since I was a teenager not that long ago. I’m hoping it will end up being informative and awesome.

 

That’s it for my December TBR. I know I won’t get to read all of these books, but these are the books I will be choosing from throughout the month. Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What’s on your own December TBR? Let me know!

 

November Wrap Up

Hi, everyone! Happy December! (Is it really December already? Gosh, 2017 is almost gone.)

I started out the month of November really strong. I was in the mood to read, and I finished two books within a few days of each other. But then… I picked up another book and realized I felt no desire to read. So between the 9th and 30th of November, I finished zero books.

It’s okay, though, because the books I did read were ones I really wanted to read.

  

The first book I read in November was The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin. While I was anticipating the release of this book, I was also wary because the Mara Dyer trilogy had been my favorite at one point, but the third book was a huge disappointment for me. I knew what I wanted out of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, and I knew it was highly unlikely that I would get it. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting the story to be like, but it was probably better than the reality. There was no plot (at least, not one that revolved around the main characters) and Noah was insufferable. I gave it two out of five stars. You can check out my review here.

The second and last book I read was a way bigger success than the first one. That book was none other than Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I won’t go into detail about my feelings because it is the last book in a trilogy, but I will say this: I enjoyed it a lot right up until the epilogue, which I didn’t like as much. But overall, it was a satisfying (and painful) end to the story. I gave it four out of five stars.

What did you read in November? Out of everything you read, what was your favorite book? I’d love to know so feel free to tell me all about it. ☺

August, September and October Wrap Up

Hi, everyone! Apparently I’ve made it a habit to share my wrap ups way too late. This time I have a valid reason (for September, at least. Not for August): Hurricane Maria. Because of Maria, I’ve had no electricity or cell signal since September 20, so I had no way to update what I read in September. So, I’m going to do that now.

August

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★ (though it’s more like a 4.5)

 

September

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★
  2. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★★
  3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★★
  4. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark – ★★★★★
  5. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – ★★★★★

 

October

  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – ★★★★★
  2. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★★
  3. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – ★★★★★
  4. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★★★
  5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – ★★★★★
  6. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ★★★★★ (for now… I’m so confused about my feelings on this book)
  7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★
  8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas –  ★★★★

 

What was the best book you read between August, September and October?

May, June and July Wrap Up

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I let you know what I’ve been reading. That’s what I’m going to do today. Since there are three months’ worth of books, I will only mention the books and my ratings. Enjoy!

Books read in May:

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  1. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman – ★★★★★
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – ★★★★★
  3. Unfiltered by Lily Collins – ★★★★★
  4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★★
  5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – ★★★★★
  6. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – ★★★★★
  7. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★
  8. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – ★★★★★
  9. White Cat by Holly Black – ★★★★★

Books read in June:

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  1. Red Glove by Holly Black – ★★★★★
  2. Black Heart by Holly Black – ★★★★★
  3. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – ★★★★★
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★
  5. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★★

Books read in July:

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  1. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – ★★★★★
  3. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (reread) – ★★★★
  5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – ★★★★★
  7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – ★★★★★
  8. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – ★★★★★
  9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★★
  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – ★★★★

 

ARCs I Haven’t Read Yet

If you’re like me, you probably go on Netgalley just to take a look at all the books that are available… and then end up requesting half of them. There’s something about Netgalley that makes every book seem like it would be a good one. Because of this, I’ve ended up with a few ARCs that I need to read and review. Some of them I’ve had since I started my first book blog in early 2016 (I know, shameful).

Here’s a list of them, from oldest newest:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve had this ARC since January 2016. I don’t what happened to make me put off reading this book while I still had my other blog. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2016; yet the second book is already out and I’ve read neither.
  2. The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse: This is an ARC that I’ve had since June 2016. I requested it because of a BookTube video that I watched in which this book was reviewed. It sounded really good and I wanted to read it right away. Clearly, that didn’t happen.
  3. Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon: I acquired this ARC way more recently than the other ones, but my review of it is overdue anyway; it came out on March 7. This book is one that I actually didn’t have any interest in, but an author live-tweeted her experience with the book and I got carried away by her enthusiasm. Not-so-great reviews of this book have surfaced ever since, so I’m sad I got it in the first place.
  4. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: I got this one impulsively because it was on Read Now for the first 500 people who wanted it. It does sound pretty cool, though. I thought I’d get to read and review it on time for its release, but then university got in the way of my reading and blogging.
  5. The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke: There’s kind of a funny story behind this one. A lot of people on Twitter were tweeting about getting declined for this book, so I decided to request it to “join the club.” They all have more followers than me, so I never thought my request would be approved. But it was. The good news is that this one comes out on September 1st, so I can still get a review up on time.
  6. Draekora by Lynette Noni: Draekora is the third book in a series by an Australian author. A BookTuber I watch kept talking about this series, which really sparked my interest. The thing is: I don’t have the first two books in the series yet. I got Draekora because it was on Read Now, and I knew I wanted to read the series. (Fortunately, I still do.) Out of every book on this list, this is probably the one that will take me the longest time to get to. (Check out the series, though; it sounds very good!)
  7. Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon: This is another case of getting carried away by someone else’s praise for the book. A lot of the people I follow on Twitter were talking about it and giving it 5 stars around the same time. I thought, “Maybe I’ll like it too.” It’s erotica, which I don’t like at all. I really need to learn to resist the hype.
  8. The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: I got this ARC from the author, not from Netgalley. And I’m currently reading it! I’ll probably have finished it by the time this post is published, so keep an eye out for my review. The main character is panro-ace and one of the characters reminds me a lot of Lila Bard. This novella is coming out in June 20th, so check it out, maybe? ☺
  9. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: I requested this one recently because the main character is a swimmer, and I’m very interested in books about athletes lately. It’s part of a series, but I think it can be read as a standalone. The release date is July 1st, so I still have time to read and review it.
  10. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs: This is a book about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Do I really need another reason to want to read it? The answer is no. This one came out almost a year ago, but it was under Read Now on Netgalley. I had to have it.

Phew, that’s it! Those are all of my unread ARCs. *wipes sweat off brow* I created a Goodreads shelf for the books I want to read this summer; all of these ARCs are on it, with the exception of Draekora. I don’t know if I can read them all in two months, but I definitely want to read all of them before the year ends.

Do you have any ARCs waiting to be read? If so, which one are you most excited to read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic Ten Things on our Reading Wishlist, which is basically ten things that I want to see in books.

  1. Characters who belong in the LGBTQIA+ community. Even in books in which the main character is part of the community, it’s uncommon for anyone else (aside from their love interest) to be a part of the community as well. I want that to change.
  2. Girls who support girls. The popular mean girl trope is so overdone, and for some reason it’s way more present than girls who don’t see other girls as competition. Give me girls being nice to each other, sticking up for each other when people bring up the “you’re not like other girls” cliché (in whatever form), uplifting them instead of putting them down, girls being friends and girls supporting girls they don’t even know. Give me all of it.
  3. Soft boys. I want to read about smart boys, nice boys, shy boys, boys supporting boys, boys who have feelings and don’t think they are less masculine because of it, feminist boys, boys who shut down toxic masculinity, etc.
  4. Music in books. Give me all of the musicians, their life on tour and in the studio or on a theater stage.
  5. Acting in books. I also want more actors in books! I’ve only seen things like, “Our characters are lovers and we’re falling for each other” and “Normal person falls for a famous actor.” But I want books that deal with the process of creating shows, movies and plays. I want acting as a real thing, not as the background for a love story.
  6. Respectful diversity in books. Books need people of color, people who belong in the LGBTQIA+ community, various religious backgrounds, people who are not able-bodied or neurotypical, various cultures, etc. I want to see all of these things being normalized in books, and not just to create a “problem” for the main character or to help characters realize that their lives are good or that other people need saving. Give me books with badass people who are not all white, straight, cis, able-bodied, allosexual, alloromantic, etc.
  7. World-building. It’s very common for the world in a book to be completely brushed over, which is sad because there are some really great fictional worlds out there. I want to know more about them.
  8. Politics. I took a History class at university this semester and realized I really enjoy political topics. So yes, I want more politics in books.
  9. Underwater setting. The ocean is so vast and mysterious, yet there are so few books set in the ocean. Imagine all of the creatures (mermaids!!!), the atmosphere, just… everything. I’m so desperate for a book that takes place in the ocean and is about the ocean that I started planning to write one years ago. Yep.
  10. Puerto Rico. I almost forgot this one, but it’s extremely important to me: I want books set in Puerto Rico, with Puerto Rican characters, preferably by Puerto Rican authors. I’ve only ever read two YA books (or series, in one case) with Puerto Rican characters: More Happy Than Not, which I didn’t love, and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, which I love but doesn’t actually have a lot to do with Puerto Rico. I need a book set in Puerto Rico almost as much as I need air.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What’s at the top of your reading wishlist?

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hi, everyone! Kayla from kdrewkthebookworm tagged me to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag, so that’s what I’m doing today! This tag was created by GirlReading.

Questions:

EBooks or physical books?
Physical books for sure! I trend to gravitate towards my Kindle more than towards physical books it’s easier to carry around, but I have a better time reading physical books.

 

Paperbacks or hardbacks?
Paperbacks are my life. I mostly own hardcovers, but I struggle a lot with reading them. I put them down a lot and pick them back up for quite a while. Paperbacks, on the other hand, are so easy fun to read, especially when they’re floppy. I also have a habit of tapping the cover of a book with my nails while I read, which can get painful when it’s done on hardcovers.

 

Online or in-store book shopping?
Ideally, I would shop for books in-store. I don’t have a bookstore near me ever since Borders closed, so I do all of my book shopping online. I haven’t bought a book at a bookstore since January 2013.

 

Trilogies or series?
Trilogies are great; I’ve had more favorite trilogies than favorite series. But there’s just something so special about series… I don’t know, though. I love both series and trilogies equally.

 

Heroes or villains?
Depends on which heroes and villains we’re talking about. I love villains for sure. And heroes are obviously great. Some villains make no sense, though, and some heroes are annoying. I’m leaning a little bit towards villains but, at the end of the day, I’ll always love heroes.

A book you want everyone to read?
The Diviners by Libba Bray. That book is sooo good, yet not a lot of people talk about it. (I think everyone knows about it, but a lot of people haven’t read it.) Everyone should read it, though. It’s amazing and creepy.

 

Recommend an underrated book!
I can’t think of an underrated book… Most of the books I read and enjoy are well-known. SORRY. I need to give more love to underrated books.

 

The last book I finished:
I finished Girl out of Water last night. It was very cute. You can check out my review here.

 

Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?
I can’t remember for sure, but I think I once used hair as a bookmark? As in, actual hair that was attached to my head. I honestly don’t know if I actually did that because I have very vague images of it in my mind. Maybe it was a dream. Who knows? I usually only use actual bookmarks. Anything else I might use is only around for a few minutes until I can find a bookmark. I did use a receipt as a bookmark for about two months last semester. I was borrowing a book and didn’t have a bookmark in my dorm room, so I used a receipt that I got from a gas station.

 

Used books: yes or no?
Yes. I don’t have anywhere to get used books, but I wouldn’t mind having them as long as they were in decent conditions.

 

Top three favourite genres?
      1. YA Fantasy – I barely even read fantasy but I love it.
2. YA Contemporary – I used to say I didn’t like this genre, but it’s what I read the most.
3. …Memoirs? I don’t even know. I like listening to memoirs as audiobooks.

Borrow or buy?
I’d like to say “borrow” because how cool would it be to read books without 1) spending money on them and 2) committing to keep them on my bookshelves even if I don’t like them? But there are no libraries in my country (academic ones don’t count in this case) and most of my friends aren’t readers or don’t read the same books as me. (We don’t even read in the same language.)

 

Characters or plot?
Both are very important to me. Characters are the most important, but my enjoyment of a book heavily depends on the plot as well.

 

Long or short books?
Both! I tend to gravitate towards shorter books, but I also love longer books. They’re a struggle to get through, but they’re worth it.

 

Long or short chapters?
Short chapters for sure. I’m always counting down the pages until a chapter ends. With shorter chapters, a book doesn’t seem as daunting.

 

Name the first three books you think of:
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Books that make you laugh or cry?
Laugh… unless they make me cry of happiness. My heart has been broken my books way too many times already.

 

Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds. I don’t need to read about our world because I live here. ☺

 

Audiobooks: yes or no?
Only if they’re memoirs/non-fiction. I’ve listened to two fiction books on audiobook and didn’t particularly enjoy either of them.

 

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
ALL. THE. TIME. I try not to buy books just because the covers are pretty, but it has happened before. I’ve also put off reading good books because the cover wasn’t up to my standards (but to be fair, I didn’t know they were good until after I read them).

 

Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptations?
Book to movie adaptations are my favorite. I don’t have the time to watch several TV adaptations of books! Movies tend to be more similar to the books than TV shows, anyway.

 

Series or standalones?
I prefer series because it takes a while for me to get attached to the characters. While reading standalones, I don’t get to care about the characters that much. That’s why it’s unusual for me to give 5 stars to a standalone.

That’s it for the Rapid Fire Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want, leave a comment with the first three books that come to your mind.