The Reading Rush TBR

Okay, you may remember that I loved the Booktubeathon! It was the first ever readathon for me and the first time I read more than 2 books in a week. Well they got a rebrand into The Reading Rush. I am beyond stoked for this new change because it comes with a website where you can track how many pages you have read, chat in the forums, and earn badges. I finally figured out what I am going to read so here is my tentative TBR for the Reading Rush.

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire timeVersailles of the Dead Vol 1 by Kumiko Suekane
  3. Read a book you meant to read last yearAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Read an author’s first book City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (re-read)
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character – Same as above
  6. Read a book with five or more words in the titleThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptationTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What are you guys planning to read for the readathon? Are you taking part?

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Secondhand vs Brand New Books

Hi, I am going to give you guys a mini update on myself and my life. I’m currently on summer break, I turned 22 back in June, and I missed blogging. I have been running a book server over at The Book Cryptids. It’s kind of my home away from home in a way. Over the past few months I have asked members daily book questions. One of those questions is secondhand books vs brand new books. We all love the smell of a brand new book on the shelf of our favorite chain bookstore. There’s nothing quite like rushing out on release day to pick it up or to have it arrive on our doorstep. Secondhand books have the certain smell to them that often reminds us why we love reading so much. Is there a reason why someone should pick one over the other? No! I am personally someone who swings both ways. I’m gonna share some reasons why I think dipping the toe in both is a good idea.

  • Secondhand books are typically cheaper! We all love to save money and also read good books so we look at secondhand shops whether they are local or chainstores.
  • New releases = new books! Wanting that new release by your favorite author is something we all go through several times a year. Buying the new release helps support that author! You should really try and buy those new releases day of release and not before.
  • Some secondhand books share a story! I got one at a library book sale that had a vintage postcard stuck between the pages. Finding that was such a gem for me.

So whether you buy secondhand or brand new, you are still a book lover! You might prefer one method over the other and that’s okay! Tell me what you guys prefer down below and your reasoning behind it!

The Book Cryptids + Read-a-thon

Okay, you might have seen my sneaky little promotion for this server over the past few months over social media and blog posts. The Book Cryptids is my little home of book nerds. As you may know I’m a huge cryptid believer from mothman to bigfoot so I wanted a book server that represented my love for all things weird. The book server itself is your generic run of the mill book server where everyone gets to pick what cryptid role they want to be from the get go. I honestly never really expected it to grow as much as it has over the past few months. My little home for weird bookworms was actually growing? That was surprising for me. I want to get into what to expect from the book cryptids to see if it’s the right fit for you if you are looking for a bookish server.

  • We are an 18+ LGBT+ friendly server where we talk about primarily books though we do have channels set up for bloggers, tv-talk, and etc.
  • Every one gets a chance to pick what cryptid role they want via their introductions.
  • We have now introduced monthly read-a-thons that will happen twice a month on the weekends.
  • Read-a-longs are a thing as long as you let a staff member know that you want to do one like for example we have a Harry Potter read-a-long planned.

We are still a really small server, but we want to eventually grow into something bigger. I decided that it was time to properly make a blog post addressing it. We do have a readathon going on this weekend if you are interested. You can find an invite link to the server here. You can also view the graphic below for a general gist of what to expect~ I hope to see you on the server!

#UnsolvedAThon TBR

OKAY, I am just going to state right here and now that I’m beyond excited for this readathon. Buzzfeed Unsolved is my addiction. The true crime season just aired so like I’m ready for this readathon. I am not going to into too much detail here about what the #UnsolvedAThon is about since you read TheBookCorps’ post here.

Are we really surprised I picked Ryan’s route? I’m a Boogara at heart! I will admit I love both of the boys equally, but I strongly believe in things like Mothman and aliens.

The Challenges

  • The Search for the Mysterious Mothman – Book about a mythical creature or monster : The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Chilling Mystery of the Black Dahlia – Read a very well-known/famous book : Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • The Murders that Haunt the Lizzie Borden House – Read a book with an anti-hero or villain as the main character: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Grisly Murders of Jack the Ripper –  Read a book about a serial killer or a murderer : A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Roswell’s Bizarre UFO Crash – Read a book involving aliens or outer space : Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Enigmatic Death of the Isdal Woman – Read a book involving spies or espionage: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Haunting of Hannah Williams – Read a book involving ghosts or spirits: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Historic Disappearance of Louis Le Prince – Read an unknown book or a book that has less than 500 ratings on Goodreads: Descendent of the Crane by Joan He (Arc)
  • The Haunted Town of Tombstone – Read a book about an outlaw/a group of outlaws : The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine (Audiobook)
  • The Odd Vanishing of Amelia Earhart – Read a book with a female main character: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

That’s my massive TBR for the month of April! I have no idea if I’ll get around to all of these books with finals coming up at the end of April, but I’m going to try. Are any of you taking part in the readathon? What path are you on? You can find my progress over on my twitter.

Owl Crate Reading Planner

I am not dead! I started back at college so blogging had to take a step back while I figured out my schedule. I did receive this nifty little reading planner from Owl Crate though during my first week of classes.

I wanted this planner since I saw videos of it floating around so when Owl Crate announced they were going to release it as a separate thing I knew I had to have it.

The gist of this planner is so you can plan out books you want to read each month, fill in your favorite reads of the year, skip a month if you need to, plan out new releases, and etc. This planner has everything you could want in a reading planner and it can double as a daily planner. I want to use the planner for a weeks to give you guys a full review, but I do like the concept of it so far.

If you want to purchase the planner the link is here! Do you have this planner or another reading planner you enjoy?

Beat The Backlist 2019

I have seen quite a few of my fellow book bloggers on here and on twitter mention this reading challenge. I originally was going to avoid reading challenges because I never finished them. This one actually supports my need to read more of the books I actually own on my shelves.

I don’t want to make a set TBR simply because I know that I probably will not follow it. I decided that I would make a general goal list based from the bingo sheets.

  • I know that I want to finish more series on my shelves next year since I have complete series…and never finished them. That includes Illuminae trilogy, The Mortal Instruments, and more.
  • #ownvoices is something I really want to focus on for the new year. I want to read outside of my usual genres as well.
  • Tackle what is on my TBR or donate the books I know I am never going to read. This is something that I haven’t done in a bit because I am so convinced I’ll read everything.

Are you guys taking part in Beat the Backlist? What house are you reading for?

Sabriel by Garth Nix Review

Well what a way to ring in the new year with a book review. That is something that I haven’t done in ages because well I haven’t really finished any books over the past few months. I don’t really know where to begin with Sabriel. The beginning of this book kind of tosses you into an unknown world. Something that leaves you confused for a hot minutes. You eventually meet Sabriel after the prologue as a young adult. Things hit the fan from there because she’s thrust into this world she hasn’t been in since she was a child.

I had a love hate relationship with the main character because at times I felt like she was going to get herself killed. She was being reckless and wasn’t thinking straight. She actually grows as a character as the story progresses which allowed me to enjoy it. Sabriel focuses on world building for a good portion of the book, but there is character growth throughout the novel.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed Sabriel. I can’t wait to progress forward with the rest of the series. I’m interested to see how everything ties in together. This book is for people who love fantasy, but want something that will keep them engaged.

“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” 

Rating: 5/5 | Read: December 24 – 30

Additional Information

Goodreads Link | Pages: 496 | Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life–and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny