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INTERACTIVE 2018 Reading Goals: Some Polls For You!

Hey everyone! I assume I’m not alone in wanting to plan for 2018. Especially in terms of reading plans. And you know what we’re going to need, more than anything else? Some goals.

And maybe more importantly to yousome feedback on those goals. A few of these have questions attached to them about what books I should read first and second! I’m going to post a twitter thread of polls for goals #1, #2, #4, and #6.

Maybe we should call it #pollsforgoals.

(I’M SO SORRY.)

so please, guys, feel free to vote on my Twitter!

1. Read a series per month

The last half of 2017 was the year of desperately wanting to binge series and never actually bingeing them. I am a person who tends to read full series all at once. No breaks. But this year, I was trying not to buy too many books, causing full series to languish on my shelf. So my new goal is to binge a series every month rather than simply ignoring my series.

A few of the series on my list to start right now are: Truthwitch, The Fifth Season, Tiny Pretty Things, and This Savage Song. These are all series I OWN in physical form, although sometimes only the first book, so please no write-ins for this question!

2. Finish all arcs I’m DEFINITELY excited about 2 months before release

This was something I sucked at last year. This was something I sucked at last year; I kept putting off arcs I genuinely wanted to read because I felt overwhelmed. Solution? Have less arcs.

And guess what? This one comes with a poll! I technically have 12 January and February arcs, but I have to decide what to read first. So, a poll: should I start with The Apocalypse of Ella Mendoza, The Hazel Wood, Nice Try Jane Sinner, OR The Last To Let Go?

3. Request less digital arcs

Last year and at the beginning of this year, I was receiving 98% of the arcs I got from a local bookstore. This year, I started doing Edelweiss and Netgalley far more. And honestly, I don’t know if I’m happy about it. Many of the books I’ve picked up have been so mediocre I haven’t wanted to finish, and from now on, I’m only going to request books that I am genuinely super interested in reading. And try to read them ASAP, even if I have other outstanding titles on netgalley: new ones are the priority.

4. Read as many arcs as possible right after I get them

Related to my last goal! This was something I sucked at last year; I kept putting off arcs I genuinely wanted to read because I wanted to save until the release dates. One solution? Get less arcs at a time. And also avoid scheduling book reading; I kept planning to read books last year that I’d then fail to get to because it felt like a responsibility. So we’re going to avoid that as much as possible.

This one ALSO comes with a poll. On top of my twelve Jan-Feb arcs, I have THIRTEEN March-July arcs. Two are from March, three from April, six from May, and one each from June and July. So, a POLL: Which arc should I cheat and read ahead of time, out of Girl Made of Stars, Nothing Happened, and The Astonishing Color of After?

5. Read more owned books than I received new books

I have spent a year bragging to myself about how I always read more than I buy / receive. Which is very very true. Exceptionally true. But also bullshit. Why? Because I read so many library books.

Let me explain. For all of last year, my school library was mostly closed. In years past, I have gotten 70-80% of my books from the school library. So I had a reason, this year, to actually buy books, especially as I tried to read more obscure books that my public library didn’t have either.

I feel like you can guess where this is going. My library is back. And I simply don’t have as much a need to buy books anymore, you know? Especially many popular 2012 series that I’ve been planning to catch up on.

I mean, if anyone’s seen my hauls from the last three months, I have literally hauled 90% arcs month after month. And usually my only physical books are books I’ve already read or books I’ve received as gifts. So this is not a hard goal, just one to keep in mind.

6. Continue with my 260 books goal… or downsize?

NOW HERE COMES THE CONTROVERSY. Should I stick to trying to read five books a week, or should I go down to four? Junior year has been super, super stressful, and I frankly read longer books nowadays than I did in years past. Should I simply move down to 250? Who knows. But let me know in the poll!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time! Hope you all have productive finals weeks. 

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a 🎄December🎄 TBR — challenging myself!

hey guys! it’s time for a December TBR. Let’s see how I did on my November TBR, shall we?

I planned to read twelve books. Of those twelve, I read a full six. So… 1/2. Let’s just admit I suck at these.

Off my November TBR, I read Tyler Johnson Was Here, Finding Yvonne, Dread Nation, Into the Drowning Deep, Nevernight, AND The Diviners. The last three of these were 500+ page books and I’m exceptionally happy I got to all these long books. Plus a few more not on my TBR— feel free to check out my November Wrap-Up. I did not get to Love and Other Carnivorous Plants [I’m putting this off till 2018], Rosemarked, The City Of Brass, Bonfire, The Island Will Sink, and Lair of Dreams. But I’m going to ignore that tbr, even the failed bits, and focus on my real goal: the 2017 releases.

This month, I’m hoping to read a grand total of 35 books to complete my reading challenge. And I’m hoping that as many as possible will be 2017 releases I own. So I’ll be listing all the 2017 releases I own / have access to at the library and might read this month.

I’ve been using Romie @RomieWeDeserveLove‘s great idea for emoji indicators in the past – a 🏳️‍🌈 for lgbtq rep, ☀️ for major characters of color, and 🌸 for mental illness, disability, abuse, or trauma rep. Keep in mind this is only what I know! For this month, I’ll also be using 🎄 to indicate kindle arcs, 🍁 to indicate physical copies including arcs, and 🌺 to indicate library books.

— 2017 Releases I Could, Hypothetically, Get To —

  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds | Oct 24 🌺☀️🌸 finished and enjoyed this.
  2. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman | March 28 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 finished and LOVED this.
  3. All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry | Oct 10 🍁 just finished and enjoyed this. One of the prettiest covers of the year.
  4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Sep 5 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️ what the title says. if one of them dies and the other lives, I will be the one dying.
  5. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn | Nov 11 🍁☀️ Speculative historical fiction about the rose plague.
  6. At the Edge of the Universe by Sean David Hutchinson | Feb 7 🍁🏳️‍🌈 speculative sci-fi and gays.
  7. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed | Oct 10 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 I know I hate contemporary but feminist contemporary? an exception
  8. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Sep 17 🍁☀️🌸 I know I hate contemporary but contemporary exploring abuse? another exception
  9. How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake | May 2 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 guys, I KNOW I hate contemporary but I have this Vibe about this book I just feel like I’m going to adore it. every time I look at this book on my shelf I feel happy.
  10. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Apr 4 🍁🏳️‍🌈  this sounds so badass!!
  11. The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley | Feb 7 🍁🏳️‍🌈  this sounds gay and terrifying, aka my favorite genre
  12. The Sister’s Chase by Sarah Healy | Jun 27 🍁 I don’t know crap about this but I recently realized how much I love fast-paced suspense and I also basically only own arcs nowadays
  13. Invictus by Ryan Graudin | Sep 26 🍁 fast-paced. blame #arcsfortrade.
  14. The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz | Oct 17 🍁 an aestheticy dance thriller
  15. Hunger by Roxane Gay | Oct 3 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 a memoir my mother owns that I’d like to get to! I really love Roxane Gay and definitely need to keep up on her releases.
  16. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright | Oct 3 🍁🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 a last priority because I just… idk. this was on my most anticipated and i won a preorder giveaway but after seeing more about it… I do not get good vibes from the review page.
  17. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham | Feb 21 🍁☀️ historical fiction about the Tulsa race riots. I was on a historical fiction kick earlier this year, found a damaged copy, and somehow never read this one? considering donating but the subject really interests me.
  18. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho | Feb 28 🍁🏳️‍🌈 listen, all I care about are queer girl thrillers.
  19. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | Oct 10 🍁 an author I love but god knows if I’ll like this.
  20. He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly | Jun 6 🎄 a thriller I know nothing about but got from netgalley and therefore should definitely read.
  21. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Sep 5 🎄🏳️‍🌈 The sequel to one of my fav books of the year, complete with an f/f romance.
  22. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson | Sep 26 🎄 Enemies-to-lovers and morally ambiguous fairies.
  23. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield | Oct 1 🎄🌸 a read about abuse that I’ve had highly recommended.
  24. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao | Oct 10 🎄☀️🌸 one of my most anticipated of the year! let’s go, morally ambiguous fantasy.
  25. Like Water by Rebecca Podos  | Oct 17 🎄🏳️‍🌈☀️ a contemporary about a bi performer mermaid and a genderfluid tourist? maybe?
  26. A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo  | Oct 17 🎄🏳️‍🌈☀️ GAY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER. THANKS FOR MY LIFE MALINDA
  27. Feral Youth by Various | Sep 5 🎄🏳️‍🌈☀️🌸 an anthology from a ton of authors I adore.
  28. When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn | Aug 1 🎄☀️ suspense novel by an author I love.
  29. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten | Oct 31 🎄 another suspense novel by an author I love. can you tell I figured out I like suspense this year?
  30. Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl | Nov 14 🎄🌸 this already released but I just got an arc based on Cait @PaperFury’s recommendation.
  31. Gray Wolf Island by Tracy Neithercott | Oct 10 🎄 I know nothing about this, but it was one of the year’s netgalley releases.
  32. Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana | Jul 18 🎄☀️ I’ve seen mixed things about this but I loved the author’s debut so much.
  33. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraboty | Nov 14 🎄☀️ Muslim #ownvoices fantasy highly recommended by my favorite Melanie @MelToTheAny.
  34. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Mar 7 🌺  sadness and character development.
  35. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | Sep 12 🌺☀️ racial conflicts and literary merit.
  36. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Oct 3 🌺☀️ favorite authors and short-story collections.

Given these are all 2017 releases I’m particularly excited to read, I’m hoping I get to at least 30 in total of these books. Will it happen? Maybe. Am I excited to try? Yes.

And to make sure I do — a challenge: I have to donate however many less than 30 2017 releases I read to make up the deficit. Challenge me. Bug me on twitter. Enjoy.

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please stick to this for once —November TBR

Hey guys! It’s time for another TBR that I may or may not fail at actually completing. Let’s go!

— Early 2018 Arcs —

1. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
received Nov 5, releases Mar 18
thanks to Little Brown publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!

This is another book about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and the cover is SO. AESTHETICALLY. PLEASING. I’m so excited to have an arc of this.

2. Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonzales
received Nov 5, releases May 18
thanks to Little Brown publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!

I see lesbians, I see darkly funny, and I see something I am definitely excited to read.

3. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
received Nov 5, releases Aug 18
thanks to Little Brown publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!

While I was definitely not a fan of Colbert’s most recent release, Little and Lion, I adored her debut Pointe. So I’m hoping this one doesn’t disappoint me! I mostly want to read it quickly because it’s so short.

4. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
received Nov 5, releases Apr 3
thanks to Balzer&Bray publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!

I actually already finished this! Honestly, black zombie hunters after the civil war is definitely the best historical fiction concept of all time. And the fact that this totally, completely lived up to my expectations? Even better. Review is coming up.

— November-December Physical Arcs —

5. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn
received June ?, 
releases Nov 11
thanks to Kepler’s for the arc!

I’ve literally just seen so much good about this book that I can’t imagine hating it. It’s speculative historical fiction about the rose plague, which sounds super cool!

— November-December E-Arcs —

6. Into the Drowning Deep by Seanan McGuire / Mira Grant
received Nov 2, releases Nov 14
thanks to Orbit publishing for the netgalley e-arc!

I’ve had this on anticipated releases lists for months now. Yes, this is the bi girls and demonic mermaids book, and yes, I’m desperate to read it. Right now.

7. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraboty
received Jul ?, 
releases Nov 14
thanks to Hutchinson publishing for the edelweiss e-arc!

My friend Melanie @MelToTheAny absolutely adores this book, and I’m so excited to read it!! This is Arab-inspired fantasy, if I’m not mistaken.

8. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
received Jul ?, 
releases Nov 7
thanks to Hutchinson publishing for the edelweiss e-arc!

I know this is published by one of my icons, but I’ve actually seen decent reviews so far! So hopefully this thriller will be entertaining, if cliche.

9. The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle
received Nov 2, new release
thanks to Lifted Brow publishing for the netgalley e-arc!

This was an improv request because I felt like reading it randomly? Essentially, though, this is a short environmentalist dystopia book. That’s literally all I know. But it’s happening.

— Unofficial Tome Topple —

10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
bought Aug 5, backlist

Please, I just need to finish this. I’m begging for the next 400 pages to be better than the first 100.

11. The Diviners by Libba Bray
bought years ago, backlist

I’ve started this and am so far really enjoying it! It’s a fast-paced read, especially for its huge size. (FIVE. HUNDRED. SEVENTY. EIGHT. PAGES.)

12. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
bought earlier this year, backlist

The second book in this series! I’m hoping to enjoy this one just as much as I’m liking book one so far.

Wrap-Up

I’m hoping to have good luck with this tbr, and I am begging you guys to actually hold me to it for once. Good luck to all of you!

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read-a-thon wrap-ups

I did two — yes, two — readathons last week. And succeeded at both! Let’s wrap up.

// Spookathon is an event from October 16th to October 22nd focusing on reading spooky books. The challenges were:

  1. Read a thriller— The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes or The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook.
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title—  The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook.
  3. Read a book based on a childhood fear—  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, for reasons detailed in the original tbr post.
  4. Read a book with orange on the cover— Again, The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting— Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day by Seanan McGuire

I ended up not reading the full five I hoped to read, but I have an excuse; I read a ton of other stuff. Just in this one week, plus the three thrillers I read, I completed three more books AND two graphic novels, two of which are new faves— Wild Beauty, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, and The Sun and Her Flowers. Also, another excuse: I planned to use Big Little Lies as my answer for #2, but I finished it on Sunday. Yes, you guys, I did in fact finish a fifteen-hour audiobook in FOUR DAYS. I am SO PROUD.

I also did the 24-hour readathon, and I’m definitely pretty happy with this one. I read two books start-to-finish, The Hanging Girl and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, despite being sick, having four hours of rehearsal, doing homework, and having a voice lesson. I’m proud.

It’s also good that I enjoyed every single book of the four books, two novellas, and two graphic novels.

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+late+ October P. 2 TBR

Hey guys! It’s time for a continued October TBR.

Books I Still Have Yet To Complete

I sucked at my tbr this month. Seriously. I only completed one of the ten books on my new list, due to illness and other stuff. So here’s what’s left.

Books That Are Coming Off the TBR

Spookathon Challenges

Spookathon is an event from October 16th to October 22nd focusing on reading spooky books!!

1. Read a thriller

Hopefully Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Listen, I know I’ve already started this, but I’m counting it. I’ve never done a full fifteen-hour audiobook before; I’ve only done eight at most.

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

I think we’re going with one from my tbr, The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones, or The Window by Amelia Brunskill. I don’t know, man, I really didn’t have much on my tbr for this, but both these titles are spooky.

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear

I’m going with The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes bere. Confinement and being unable to escape, even to run, is one of my greatest fears to this day. My only other childhood fear was my fear of needles, and I can’t find any thrillers having to do with those.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle. From last month’s tbr.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes could work again for this, but if I can, I’m going with The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This is set in a creepy boarding school, so it’s an obvious choice.

So that’s it for next month’s reading. Let’s see how I do, shall we?

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First Half of October TBR

I was slumping a bit last month and having trouble with reading on a schedule for the first half of the month, especially as school ramped up. I ended up with a lot of graphic novels and shorts to ease the stress. But I did get a chance to write a tbr post on like, the sixteenth, and to begin working through that. So let’s run through how I did.

Results

Out of ten books on my list, I read three in full: Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor, Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick, and We Won’t Feel a Thing by J.C. Lillis. I began reading two more: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George. That leaves five and two to finish. Did I do well? Not really.

Books From My September TBR

Finishing my two CRs, Nevernight and SESL

This one needs no explanation. I’ll link reviews in next months’ wrap-up.

3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’m reading this for my lovely friend Trish, who adores this book and will not let me rest until I read it. Let’s be really honest. Also, it’s a super diverse contemporary about radios and growing up and it sounds amazing!!

4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I have an arc of this. It is ruined, currently, because my cousin threw it in a marsh. I’m sure it was funny at the time. Anyway, I’m hoping this is good!! I’m worried but cautiously optimistic based on reviews from friends I trust and a positive ownvoices review I’ve seen. I’m going to take it slow because her standalones are usually really slow-paced.

5. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

This is an arc I’m super excited about because it’s f/f fantasy and there’s murder and honestly?? huge mood

6. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle

BI WITCHES!!! Also I loved this author’s debut.

7. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Uh. This is my english teacher’s favorite fantasy book, apparently?? And I’ve been putting it off for years, but guess what? My library had it. No more excuses, I guess.

Books For My New TBR

There are only a few things I’m trying to read that weren’t on my tbr for last month. FIRST is the Wicked+Divine graphic novel series. This is the only graphic series still on my tbr, and I’m using a readathon as an excuse to read it.

Here’s some info from Sam from @ThoughtsOnTomes. This will be going on from October 6th to October 8th, i.e. the weekend. The challenges are
1. Read from a new-to-you series
2. Read two installments of the same series
3. Read a work over 300 pages
4. Read a work with black and white art
5. Read a work picked out by a friend
6. Read at least 5 works.

I’m going to actually beat three of these: challenges one. two, and six.

9. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones

This is going to be a buddyread with Destiny @HowlingLibraries and Melanie @MelToTheAny. I saw a thread the author made about this and it kind of seems like exactly my thing.

9. Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi

There’s a month-long readathon for this series next month, and I’ve heard it’s a fast read, so I’m giving it a try. I’ll probably continue even if I think it’s trash because I know some people love this series who hated the first book. But also… please don’t be trash. Please.

The Rest of the Month

I’m going to try and just get through these ten so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Hopefully, I’ll write a post on Monday the sixteenth or so with a new tbr, having finished all of these. Except possibly The Name of the Wind. It’s okay if I haven’t finished this one by the fifteenth, as long as I’ve begun.

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books I’m reading September (for real this time!!)

BRIEF PSA

I have been super tired and slightly half-assed some of this week’s post. Why? I was an idiot and switched from taking two APs to three APs.

It was a decision I was excited about the time, but my new AP class – AP US History – has been incredibly draining and very little fun. I’m quite aware that it might make me a chicken, and that my parents are going to be worse than usual for a month or so, but I’ve actually switched earlier this week into only taking AP Latin and AP Lit. Both of those are extremely difficult too, but I’ve been liking them a good deal more.

I do love history, but neither the subject nor teaching style of AP History speaks to me. I like history for the discussion potential, and this class has been so top-down. Nothing wrong with that – just definitely not what I want.

All that being said, here’s the actual post.

fuck you stressful ap classes i’m still reading

So, I’m not a big fan of tbrs. I never stick to them. And hopefully I will be reading more books than just these – in fact, aside from a few at the top, I’m not even actively trying to read any. But there are a few books I’m super excited to read!! I’ll be… basically doing these in order???

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I finally found a copy of this at the library and oh my god, it’s only 250 pages?? Time to read this, finally. It’s romantic fairy tales. Unyay. But it’s also Laini Taylor and I trust her!!

UPDATE BECAUSE I AM AN IDIOT: Yes, I did get to this!! And I felt super mixed. But I’m glad I got to see some of her development.

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

I’ve been on a Marcus Sedgwick binge because he writes some fucked up things. Also, this is super short!!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’m going to be buddyreading this with my fav Destiny – in fact, I’ll probably already have started this by the time this post goes live.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’m reading this for my lovely friend Trish, who adores this book and will not let me rest until I read it. Let’s be really honest. Also, it’s a super diverse contemporary about radios and growing up and it sounds amazing!!

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I have an arc of this. It is ruined, currently, because my cousin threw it in a marsh. I’m sure it was funny at the time. Anyway, I’m hoping this is good!! I’m going to take it slow because her standalones are usually really slow-paced.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

This is an arc I’m super excited about because it’s f/f fantasy and there’s murder and honestly?? huge mood

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle

BI WITCHES!!! Also I loved this author’s debut.

Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George

It’s 1920s Much Ado About Nothing and I’m basically already putting this on my yearly faves list.

We Won’t Feel a Thing by J.C. Lillis

I love JC Lillis she won’t let me down I believe in her

also it’s ONLY 200 PAGES AND I AM STRESSED RIGHT NOW

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Uh. This is my english teacher’s favorite fantasy book, apparently?? And I’ve been putting it off for years, but guess what? My library had it. No more excuses, I guess.

CONCLUSION AND WRAP UP OF THIS POST

That’s it, y’all, in order of priority!! Who knows if I’ll get to all of these. Especially with the current environment. But really, this is what I love. This is what I want to do with my life. I don’t want to give it up for school.