52 Books Around the Year

52 Books Around the Year is a cool new challenge that I’ve seen, and I’m really interested in it. So here we go with my tbr for this challenge!!

Most of the books on here are books I’ve already read, hence the linked reviews. Feel free to go through and check out my thoughts on a lot of these. The only books on here I haven’t read are the ones without links.

Here are the books I need to read for the rest of the year: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera, The Diviners by Libba Bray, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

2. A book with at least 2 perspectives
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

3. A book you meant to read in 2016
An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
A&B by J.C. Lillis

5. A historical fiction
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee

6. A book being released as a movie in 2017 (this counts vv loosely)
Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

8. A book written by a person of color (this is really not hard??)
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

10. A dual-timeline novel
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

11. A category from another challenge (A Middle Grade)
Beanstalker by Kiersten White

12. A book based on a myth
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adhieh

13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

14. A book with a strong female character
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

16. A mystery
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

17. A book with illustrations
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

18. A really long book (600+ pages)
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

19. A New York Times best-seller
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t read
The Diviners by Libba Bray

21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
Sovereign by April Daniels

22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. A book written by at least two authors
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

25. A book about a famous historical figure
A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood

26. An adventure book
Dreadnought by April Daniels

27. A book by one of your favorite authors
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (a new fave!!)

28. A non-fiction
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavick

30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

 

33. A magical realism novel
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

37. A book you choose randomly
The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale

38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

39. An epistolary fiction
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

40. A book published in 2017
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

41. A book with an unreliable narrator
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link)
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (cheating, but whatever)

45. A book with a one-word title
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

46. A time travel novel
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) (A book with an appealing title)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

48. A banned book
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf (bookshelf arc shelves count!!)
How To Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

50. A Penguin Modern Classic (this is just what I consider a classic)
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

52. A book set in a fictional location
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Arcs I’m Going To Read in August!!

It’s arc august!! And I need to stop grabbing arcs. Seriously. Unfortunately, my ass is broke and needs those free books. What’s the result? I have more arcs I haven’t read than I do physical copies of books I haven’t read. Great job, Elise. Great. Job.

Anyway, it’s time to read some damn arcs. Here’s the list, in a vague sort of order of how I’ll read them. I’ll be flexible though based on my moods!!

  • The Tiger’s Daughter by Julia Ember – August 22nd
    I started this a few days ago, so I guess I’m reading it?? So far the worldbuilding is pretty darn confusing. But I like the main character. I picked this up almost entirely because it’s a nonbinary protagonist in fantasy, honestly.
  • The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook – October 3rd
    I picked this up bc I loved the author’s debut, but it’s kind of annoying me. First of all, it’s only available the computer and doesn’t have a kindle version. Second of all, mean girls already popped up 25 pages in.
  • Odd and True by Cat Winters – September 15th
    I’m REALLY enjoying this so far!! It’s historical fiction about sisters. Also I absolutely love the cover 🙂
  • Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12th
    Not to be this person but I fucking love Marie Lu and everyone says this is fabulous??
  • Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George – September 19th
    I love Much Ado About Nothing. And the cover.
  • He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly – already out
    This is a suspense novel, I saw about three decent reviews of it, and I decided to netgalley request it. Please can this not have been a mistake.
  • Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday – already out
    I am honestly reading this entirely because one of my friends told me to. And because it was free. Goodbye. Anyway, it’s a romance between two guys and the blurb is cute.
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle – August 8th
    Bi witches!! Also I loved the author’s first book.
  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – September 5th
    Both major hype and an author I really love. I also don’t want to physically die though??
  • Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – October 10th
    This is about girls falling in love in the theater with suspense. That honestly sounds like somebody read a list of Things Elise Wants To Read and brought this book down from heaven. Hilariously, both my coworker and one of my GR friends recognized this fact and went to recommend this to me.
  • Three Sides of a Heart by Various – December 19th
    I love story collections. I hate love triangles. How will I reconcile these facts? Let’s see.
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao – October 10th
    I. LOVE. ANTIHEROES. This looks freaking amazing.
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson – already out
    The blurb of this sounds freaking amazing. It’s set in the future and in the present and in the past. Three. Different. Threads. Winner!!
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – already out
    This released a month ago and I was super excited for it. So maybe I should actually read it? Maybe?
  • The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente – September 19th
    I need to read long books for tome topple!! So here we go.
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – February 20th
    I need to read long books for tome topple!! And I’m also incredibly hyped for this book – the concept especially sounds awesome.

Tome Topple TBR

Round four of tome topple is lasting from August 4th to August 17th, and though I’ve never participated in this readathon before, I’ve been trying to do more challenges this year and I think I’ll be reading some books for the challenge. I have a lot of really long books on my tbr, and it’ll be good to get to a few!!

Tome Topple is all about reading books over 500 pages. There are several challenges, and I’ll be trying to get to all of them. You can find more info at the Goodreads Group event’s twitter page, @tome_topple.

The Challenges

1. More than 1 tome 
This should be fairly easy with the amount of books I’m planning on reading.

2. Read a graphic novel
For this challenge, I’ll be reading a bindup either of the first three Saga volumes or the first three Wicked+Divine volumes. I’ve been trying to read more graphic novel series this year, because I tend to enjoy them when I do read them.

3. Read a tome that is part of a series
For this, I’ll be reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, or the sequel, Lair of Dreams, if I get to Diviners next week as I was planning. The Diviners is the only book I’ve owned and not read for over six months, which is rather impressive when you think about it.

4. Buddy read a tome
For this, I’ll be rereading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!! I’ve been planning on rereading this with a friend for ages now, and this is the perfect time.

5. Read an adult novel 
For this, I’ll be reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. This is an arc I own and am excited to read. I’ve never actually read any Valente before!!

There are three more books on my shelf I plan to read but haven’t read yet over 500 pages. All three are arcs. There’s The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. These I won’t be trying to get to quite as hard.

Are any of you guys doing this challenge? Let me know if you’re reading any of these books and want to join me 🙂

Most Anticipated Releases of 2017

I’m going to be skipping all the books I’ve received arcs of, which is… kind of a lot. So if you’re really confused as to why a certain book isn’t here, it’s probably one of my arc copies. (Unless it’s Tower of Dawn, which I just don’t care about.) I’ve recently been avoiding buying any books that aren’t new releases, bargain shopping, or for author signings. So here are all the new releases or books I’m anticipating for this year and don’t have copies of already.

books that I won’t buy, but might read in one sitting

  1. Threadworlds by Bryan Konietzko – this is a graphic novel with a really interesting premise and cover. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and read more graphic novels this year, so I think I’ll check this out.
  2. Goldie Vance vol. 3 by Hope Larson – I really liked volumes one and two as cute detective novels, so I think I’ll read this when it comes out on November 11th.
  3. the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur – I wasn’t a huge fan of milk and honey, but I enjoyed the writing enough to pick up Kaur’s next book, especially since it will be such a short read.

some new releases I’m planning to read for sure

  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente – This is a humor novel about women in refrigerators, a trope that gets criticized a lot. I am always here for making fun of tropes. Plus this is super short.
  • Because You Love To Hate Me by Various – I love story collections and this has a bunch of my fave authors’ writing!! So obviously I have to read it. Also damn that cover is… incredibly ugly.
  • Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab – I haven’t actually read This Savage Song yet, but I really really love Schwab’s writing, so I’ll almost certainly pick this one up.
  • Godblind by Anna Stephens – I haven’t decided whether to read this yet, but it comes highly recommended by a friend. So maybe from the library?? This is lower priority for sure.

releases later this year I will (almost) definitely read

  • Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, Aug 29th – I love Leigh so much. And I’ve seen a few good reviews too!! This doesn’t really seem like my thing, to be honest, but it looks cool.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Sep 26th – I’ve seen such great reviews for this!!
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Sep 26th – Again, I love Leigh so much.
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin, Sep 26th – This looks amazing and I’ve seen great reviews from friends I trust.
  • Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio, Oct 3rd – This is a book by the head of that awesome parody twitter account. It looks really cool though.
  • Star Wars Stories by Various, Oct 3rd – This is short stories by a bunch of cool authors, including Renee Adhieh, Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, Daniel José Older, Madeleine Roux, and Zoraida Córdova!! So I’ll definitely find a copy.

releases of this year I might pick up if I get an arc

  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, July 25th – A psychological thriller that’s gotten some high recommendations from my friends.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody, July 25th – This looks pretty cool, but I’ve seen a few mixed reviews. If I got an arc, I’d almost definitely read this!! But as is, it’s only a maybe.
  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily-Lloyd Jones, Aug 8th – this is one of the best novel concepts I’ve ever seen. Snarky heroine who sells her soul to escape a bad life?? sign me tf up. I’ve seen no reviews so far, but I might try this anyway.
  • Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill, Aug 22nd – I saw a great review of this from a friend of mine, and while I’d never heard of it before, I might pick up this book now. If I can’t find an arc on netgalley or edelweiss, I’ll probably skip it, since it’s not really my thing 😦
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, Sep 7th – This is scifi and has a really great cover, plus I enjoyed James’ debut. And two of my fave booktubers gave it a great review!! I don’t think it’s releasing in the US until next year, though.
  • Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols, Sep 7th – Gay suffragettes!!
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Sep 21st – This is historical fiction and it just looks really good?? I’ve seen a couple good reviews too. I requested it from Netgalley, so we’ll see if I get approved.
  • Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, Oct 1st – This is suspense and I saw a five-star review from a friend I really trust.
  • Devils Within by SF Henson, Oct 17th – This is a novel about a boy overcoming his upbringing in a white supremacist community. Again, almost no reviews, but this premise just sounds amazing if it’s done well.
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, Oct 24th – This is fantasy and just really appeals to me for some reason. But again, seen no reviews, so we’ll see.
  • Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns, Oct 31st – GAY SCI-FI!!!!!!!!! anyway I would die for this book already. I requested it from Edelweiss already and am hoping Edelweiss Stays Loyal To Me. I’m really hoping it’s good!!
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Nov 7th – I love all of Meyer’s books. So this looks really cool!!
  • Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier, Nov 21st – I know nothing about this!! It’s fantasy with an interesting blurb. I might read it. We shall see.

books I am really torn on whether to read

  • Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant, Oct 17th – I’m going to be honest and say I don’t know if I’ll read this. I used to love Gone, but I’m not sure it’s my thing anymore and I don’t want to ruin the originals for myself.
  • La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, Oct 19th – I used to really love the Golden Compass trilogy. So I’m a little worried for this?? but maybe.

anyway, there’s my full list. Let me know which books you guys are anticipating!!

BookTubeAThon TBR!!

I basically decided to do this yesterday, so wish me luck. I need to read some more books next week.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley. This is such a cute cover!! And I’m… actually really worried about this. The reviews are so bad. But I really want to read it for the gay girls?? And I’m also buddyreading this.

2. Read a hyped book.
The Diviners by Libba Bray. This has so much hype and was on my summer tbr so I REALLY NEED TO READ THEM.

3. Finish a book in one day.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman. This is only 250 pages so it seems like a good choice. As a bonus, I’m trying to get through some of my shorter books right now.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. The main character is literally an AI, so this definitely counts.
EDIT: I literally just realized this is meant to be “read a diverse book”. Book one of Wayfarers was diverse in about 800 ways, so I’m expecting the same from the sequel. There’s also Want by Cindy Pon, which I’m in the middle of and will definitely finish this week. And an anthology I’m in the middle of, The New Voices of Fantasy, counts as well.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
again, Where She Went by Gayle Forman. This is just super short and I think I can do it?? If not, maybe one of my shorter arcs could work.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
I usually don’t do coverbuys, but thankfully, the only book on my entire shelf I could find was being used for another challenge AND a planned buddyread for next week. It’s Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley.

7. Read seven books.
I don’t know what my remaining books will be!! So far, I have four picked out. I believe I also want to read a few short books on my shelf. We’ll see how I do!!

Top Ten (Wednes)day: 10 New SFF TBR Books

I haven’t been much of a subscriber to top ten Tuesday in the past, but I needed a topic to write about and schedule before the T5W topic had come out. So I decided to ripoff Top Ten Tuesday. Sorry, guys.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s got a lot of cool challenges I’d recommend checking out, too!

So here are the last ten fantasy or sci-fi books I added to my TBR list. Most are adult fantasy due to my new kick. I’m hoping to be more creative this summer.

  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
    I’ve seen some mixed reviews for this one, but it’s very popular in the adult fantasy world and I’m getting into that genre a bit more right now.
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neal Gaiman
    I have audiobooks of many of Neal Gaiman’s works, courtesy of my mother, so I’ll be working through a few as part of my adult fantasy foray. I’m actually in the middle of the Graveyard Book right now; it’s my first ever audiobook as well as my first Gaiman.
  3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
    I’m serious about trying out adult fantasy. Really!
  4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
    A random YA interlude! God knows if I’ll actually read this. It’s very low-priority on my tbr. But I’m into scifi right now, so why not? If I get my hands on a copy I might try it.
  5. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
    One booktuber I really love recommended this, and we have such a weirdly similar taste in books that I just have to read it. I’ve seen a few good reviews from friends I trust as well. Plus, it’s a Persuasion retelling.
  6. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
    Again, I really am serious about trying adult fantasy and sff. I’m interested in the mystery of this and I’ve seen a few recommendations. The mixd reviews are putting me off a bit, but I don’t know sci-fi that well yet.
  7. The Traitor Baru Cormarant by Seth Dickinson
    This is apparently considered a queer fantasy classic at my bookstore? I have to read it. I HAVE TO.
  8. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
    I’ve seen a lot of people praise this as the best of diverse sci-fi, so I might give it a try.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    I still haven’t made up my mind on this. I’m excited for the premise of an unreliable narrator and confusing plot, but I’ve seen notes about sexism and the books are so. freaking. long. I’ll probably read it at some point, but this one is definitely not a priority right now.
  10. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
    I had Chokshi’s first book, The Star Touched Queen, on my list for a while, but was put off by complaints about instalove. This one looks like more hate-to-love. If I really like it, I suppose I might try book one as well.

Alright, guys, thanks for reading! Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts on any of these, or give me recs of popular adult fantasy series you think I’d like.

#seriessummer TBR

I’ve been having problems recently motivating myself to read series when there are so many standalones I want to get finished. So when I found this challenge, I decided to try it out. There are just so many series I want to finish, and now seems like the perfect time.

THE GOALS

Read a popular series

Either the Truthwitch series by Susan Dennard or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have book one of Truthwitch on my shelf and book one of ACOTAR on my kindle, so who knows which one will come first. I’d like to finish my shelf off more, but maybe I’ll pick up ACOTAR instead due to the infamous hype. Who knows.

Read an underrated series

Railhead by Philip Reeve. I own a copy of this first book AND an arc of book two. Gotta finish.

Read a series you’ve had on your tbr for over a year

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I’ve had books one and two on my shelf forever, or at least it feels as if I have. Gotta get both of them cleared off, right?

Read a series which has a final book is coming out this summer

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I received an arc of book two, so I definitely need to get to this book. If I have time, I’d also like to get to N.K. Jemesin’s The Fifth Season series. But since this book is a trilogy, I’m a little worried about starting it so soon. Maybe once book three is out in paperback, I’ll be more excited.

Reread a series

This one has to be the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. I actually just reread Six of Crows, and I plan to reread Crooked Kingdom over the summer.

Read a duology

I think for this one I’m going with This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This could technically count for “last book coming out” too, but I need a duology. I have book one of this series on my shelf, and I love Schwab so much I can’t imagine being disappointed. Famous last words, I know.

Read a series you started but never completed

I’m actually usually quite good at keeping with series, but I found one sort-of exception. I definitely need to pick up A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers.

So this is my #seriessummer tbr! As you can see, I’m trying to get books off my tbr shelf at this point. Series beginners especially stress me out when they’re on my shelf.