2021 DNFs

Hello! I am writing a bit of a controversial topic today regarding DNFs aka books that were not finished. I have actively DNFd three very popular books this year. I wanted to dive into those books and explain why I made the decision to DNF or put down for another time. These are my own opinions so please do not come for me if I mention your favorite book. I have a feeling the last book on this list is gonna get me in trouble.

The first book on this list is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I am the first to admit that you are either gonna love her books or hate them. I feel like there’s always a few that people don’t like but they enjoy the others she has published. I went into this book expecting it to be pretty good, but the pacing was so slow. I felt like it was hard to connect with the main character. I made the decision to DNF for the time being because I just couldn’t get into the book when I first picked it up. I do think this is one that I would like pick up again at a later point. Does the pacing even out? Let me know down below!

I feel bad saying this but I DNFed the Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I honestly could not stand the main character in this book. I read about 40% of this book which for me is a lot to read to end up DNFing it. I feel like the author gave the MC such a terrible life that she would want to change it. I think the concept is really cool, but I found it really hard to watch her dance between lives and still be miserable. It’s also really hard for someone who does suffer from anxiety and depression. Her case is severe and it honestly left me feeling rather meh after reading it. I do want to try his other book The Humans to see if maybe that’s more of my cup of tea.

The last book that is probably gonna earn me a spot in the time out corner is Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. I tried so hard to love this book, but I am not a big SJM fan. The murder mystery plot line was what sold me on this book versus her other works. I tried to read Throne of Glass, but I didn’t like it. I avoided the ACOTAR series because I’m not really into fairies. Crescent City really had the potential for me to be a good book. I made it about 51% of the book before I called it quits. The horniness of the main character and the love interest was honestly uncomfortable to sit through especially when he wanted to suck her toes. I almost gagged when I read that section of the book. I’m not a big romance reader, but I honestly had hoped that the romance wouldn’t overshadow the plot. I think that it’s different for everyone because a lot of people do really enjoy SJM and Crescent City. It just wasn’t the book for me. I don’t like romance being the center point of a story especially one like a murder mystery.

What books did you DNF this year? Do you agree with my points or do you want to try to sell me on why I should pick these books up again?

TBC Spring Readathon 2021

Hello! I am so excited to announce that I am hosting a readathon with my book server in the month of April. It’ll be from April 16th to the 18th starting at midnight in your time zone. I honestly love hosting readathons because it allows me to interact with more people outside of my usual bubble. This readathon is not specifically server only. Anyone can join us by tagging us on Instagram and Twitter. I will be following and sharing the tbrs that people post! You can use the hashtag tbcspringreadathon21 on instagram and twitter as well! I am sure you guys are excited to see what the prompts are for this round.

The prompts are pretty straight forward! You can mix and match them however you see fit. You could even find a book that covers all three. The read three books and the bonus prompts are optional! Jade City is the readalong book for my server so if you want to join in you can!

I really hope that you guys are able to join us! Please feel free to reach out to me if you want more information about my book server and where to follow us on social media. I also wanted to thank everyone who has been following me for the past four years. I just hit 4 years on my blog and that is beyond anything I could have ever hoped for with this blog. I am so thankful that I still have a place in this community! Thank you so much!

21 Books in 2021

I decided to make a list of the 21 books I want to read in 2021. I highlighted five in a graphic below which are the ones that I see myself reading soon (within the next six months). I am not going to go into too much detail about why I picked each book, but each book will link to the goodreads page so you can read up on them.

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  3. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  4. Dune by Frank Hebert
  5. The Shining by Stephen King
  6. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  7. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  8. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  9. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  10. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  11. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  12. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  13. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  14. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  15. Artemis by Andy Weir
  16. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  17. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  18. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  19. The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
  20. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Baron
  21. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

These are the 21 books I hope to read in 2021. Is there any I should put towards the top of my list? I am currently reading Dune and Graceling so I’m aiming to knock those off by next month! What books are you trying to read in 2021?

Pride Month : What to Read

It is Pride Month which means that a lot of people are looking to read books with LGBT+ elements. I was going to make a list of books that I have read over the years that are LGBT+, but I realized that a lot of new releases feature these elements. This list showcases some of the new releases that have ever already came out or are coming out in the following months. These are the ones that are on the top of my radar.

  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar
    • First of all the cover is gorgeous! This book came out May 5th so you can get your hands on this book. The book features a Trans MC, slow burn romance with mutual pining, and it’s full of self love. Please follow the author on twitter if you are interested in the book.
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
    • Where do I need to sell my soul to get my hands on an early copy? This comes out on September 1st which is like eons away. Please consider pre-ordering this book though if you have the chance. The book features a Trans MC, magic, and ghosts.
  • The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
    • This book came out on May 12th so go read it! Magic, first love, friendships, and more? It is not often we get queer rep in fantasy so this already has me sold. It sounds like it might be a little messy which is right up my alley.
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
    • I saw this floating around Twitter which intrigued me. It came out on May 12th so please get your hands on a copy. I honestly have not read too many books with lesbian rep in them. This book looks amazing and it’s on my radar to read soon!

Is there any other books I should include? Did you know about the ones I suggested? Please feel free to leave them in the comments!

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?

currently reading

This is the first time in months that I have picked up something to read. I will say that it is all thanks to my buddy read partner. It’s much more exciting and motivating to read a book with someone else. It has motivated me quite a bit to read over the holidays. I wanted to share the three books I have either started or plan to start soon!

  • Sabriel by Garth Nix – This is the book that kind of sparked it all for me. It is a book that means a lot to someone that is dear to me. I find it really special to read books that were favorites for others. I am also buddy reading this book with the same person. I’m currently 20% and boy this book is a wild ride.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I am actually at the same point in Vicious as I am in Sabriel. I started Vicious a while ago so I definitely need to skim through the first 70+ pages or so to refresh my memory. I am excited to pick this up simply because I love the concept of it so much.
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – It’s the only one that I haven’t started quite yet though it’s on my list. The synopsis really intrigues me so I am hoping to start it soon.

What are you guys currently reading? Have you read anything that I am currently reading?

christmas wishlist 2019

I didn’t ask for any books for christmas mostly because I knew that I haven’t really been in the scene of new releases for 2018. I have strayed away from goodreads, booktube, and etc. I know that I will receive money for christmas so these are the books I may pick up after the holidays. It’s okay if you go through phases in your reading career. I went for a long time without wanting to read or buy anything.

  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I really wantto get my hands on this book since it’s for a book club I’m taking part in for January. The concept of this honestly sounds amazing.
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Okay, I have been trying to read Brandon Sanderson books for ages. I think this is the first one that truly appeals to me. I am hoping this can sort of push me into the realm of Brandon Sanderson books.
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I have actually seen a lot of good reviews of this book recently on my goodreads feed. It definitely appeals to me!
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – This looks way too cute to not include on my list! I’m such a sucker for cute things like this okay?

Have you guys read any of these? What is on your bookish wishlist?

readathons for 2019

Okay,  I was originally going to stray away from readathons because in all honesty do I really have time to do them while in college? I realized that perhaps readathons would be the best way to push me to read more while in college. I noticed that when I do read more that I feel happier. That was something that I struggled with during my fall semester at my new university. I felt like I never had me time which in turn made me feel awful. Caz’ video on youtube is what inspired me to make a list of readathons I am interested in doing for the new year. 

  • Off The Grid Readathon – I actually saw the post for this before I watched Caz’ video so perhaps it was a sign for me to actually include more readathons in my life. I like the aspect of going off the grid for a weekend to focus solely on reading. I know that I spend far too much time on my phone when I should be reading. I don’t know if I’ll do all the dates for this readathon, but I am aiming for the January dates. 
  • 24in48 Readathon – Another readathon in January? I must have some high ambitions. I think it’s also because some readathons haven’t confirmed their dates for mid/late 2019. This is another readathon that falls on a weekend which works with my school schedule.

These are the two that I am most looking forward to in early 2019! I will come back around mid year to update you guys on any other ones. Do you have any to recommend?

2019 to be read

Okay so I know the title of this blog post might seem a bit premature or strange, but I hope you’ll wait it out for a moment. I wanted to make a list of books that I have either had on my shelf for a while or they came out throughout 2018. I either own these books or would like to own them in the near future. I figured this might be a good way to sort of dive into reading again.

Books I Own

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This book was recommended and bought for me by someone I know in the book community. I got about 70 pages in it before I put it down. The story line behind this book is amazing which is why I want to pick it up again rather soon. 
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World  by Rachel Ignotofsky – Another book that was gifted to me by a different friend in the book community. I’m an Environmental Science major so I knew that the moment I saw this book for the first time that I needed it. The book itself is such a cute yet inspiring little thing.

Books I Do Not Own

  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I saw that a new book club popped up on my goodreads feed and they are reading this for January.  I have been eyeballing this book for a while so this is the perfect reason to pick it up. This is a blog post that has more details about the book club if you are interested!
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I have seen quite a bit of buzz floating around for this book. I love the way she writes so this book has been on my radar for a while. I would love to get my hands on a copy in the new year!

Do you guys have any books that are at the top of your list for 2019? 

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May Book Haul

Okay so I have picked up a few books over the past month. It doesn’t help that my birthday is in a few weeks aka June 6th so I shouldn’t be picking up more books. I have a book buying problem alright? I told myself no more books since I’m also finally moving house in two days. It’s a problem.

Books I Bought

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller which I sort of picked up like mid April from BOTM because it was one of my highly anticipated releases for 2018.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has been on my wishlist for ages since everyone on this book server I am on adores this book. I picked it up after spending three hours at Barnes and Noble with my friend the other day.
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi was a book that I was uncertain if I wanted because I didn’t love Shatter Me as much as everyone else did. I heard some pretty decent reviews for Furthermore so I decided to pick it up. Books-A-Million had it on sale for 6 bucks so it was too good to pass up.
Arcs I Have Received
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  •  What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera aka ARE WE EVEN SURPRISED??? Okay I put in a request for this via Edelweiss just to see if maybe I could get an arc of it. I got the email today which I figured it was a decline. I nearly cried from excitement. These two literally wrote a book baby together which is #goals.

Okay so those are the books I picked up in the month of May. I will probably have a big book haul for June since it’s my birthday month. I am still in shock over that arc so I probably won’t shut up about it for a while.