Popular Books I Haven’t Read

Up until this year I had been pretty caught up with all the hyped up new releases, but since the school year started I have fallen so far behind it may take YEARS for me to catch up which is why I am making this list to remind myself to actually pick these up eventually. If any of the books I list are amazing, let me know so I can get to them sooner!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I cannot tell you how much I want to read this book, especially sine the movie will be out in the near future. This is book has seemed to be read by everyone and their sister, and has received amazing reviews so it only makes me want to read it more. Honestly, I have no good excuse to why I haven’t picked this book up, other than the fact that I have been trying to read the books on my shelf first!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adyemi 

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This was a book that I had no idea about until about a month before its release date and I immediately became obsessed. I want to read it soooo badly and everyone seems to love it so I am hoping to get my hands on it soon! I do know that it is a massive, fantasy book though so maybe I will wait till the summer so I can devote a solid three days to reading it.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

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The Cruel Prince is actually a book I own, so I could read it whenever and knock it off the TBR. However, my current TBR is sky high and sadly The Cruel Prince is somewhere close to the bottom…that isn’t to say I don’t want to read, because I really do! I adore books about faeries and lots of people I know have loved this book, so I am looking forward to diving into it when I get the chance.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Okay, technically I have read this book, but even after finishing it I could not remember a single thing I had just read. Why? I have no idea. The parts I very faintly remember, I do remember enjoying though. I really want to re read this book and then jump into the sequel, because I own both and also because I feel really bad saying this because I know it is a lot of people’s favourite book!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 

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I really enjoyed the TV show adaptation of this book, but yes, I haven’t read the book yet. I know, I know, I am ashamed as well! However, there are quite a few mixed reviews on this book but since it does cover an important topic, I do hope that I will eventually get to it. Let me know if it is worth giving a read, or if I should just stick to the TV show!

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April 2018 TBR

2018 is just flying by and I cannot believe we are already into March. I started off the year with an amazing reading month, but that number has been faltering as the months pass by so fingers crossed I can actually read a decent amount of books this month!

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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This was an unexpected read because I wasn’t planning on reading it so soon. I ended up picking up a copy when I saw the author was signing at a bookstore near where I was staying so I thought why not? Currently I am already about 100 pages into it and enjoying it so I am looking forward to finishing it this month! This story follows three points of views: Freya, Harun and Nathaniel who somehow meet one day in Central Park after Freya falls off a bridge and lands on Nathaniel. They think they have nothing in common, but as the story goes on they realize they have more in common than they thought.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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This was another book I started in March but then just never got around to finishing it…how? I don’t know because this book is only 300ish pages long! I mean, the pacing did slow down so I found it a little harder to read, but I still am looking forward to finishing it and seeing how everything gets wrapped up. This book follows a girl named Alex who is a bruja, a Spanish witch, and on her Death Day she tries to give her magic away. However, the spell backfires and it banishes Alex’s family to Los Lagos. Now Alex along with the help of a strange boy named Nova have to venture to Los Lagos and save her family. As a person of Spanish heritage, I am really loving the representation in this book and fingers crossed I love it as much as I hope!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I have also been reading this for what seems like forever, but I only have 100 pages left so I definitely will be able to finish it in April. I also kind of have to because I am reading it for my English class so I have no choice really but to finish it really, really soon. I am enjoying it, but sadly I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t reading it for class. If you didn’t know what this book is about, it takes place a few years before and during World War II. It is narrated by Death but follows a girl named Liesel who is brought to a foster family after her mother is unable to take care of her. We follow her life with this new family, and also as she begins stealing books and learning to read, all while the tragedy of World War II come into play.

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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My copy finally came in the mail of Restore Me and I am so, so excited to dive into this world after recently re-reading the first three books and loving them! The first book, Shatter Me, follows a girl named Juliette whose touch kills, and because of that she has been locked away in an insane asylum for the safety of others. All until one day a mysterious boy becomes her roommate and together they break out of the asylum all because of Juliette. Because she is desired by the leader’s son as a weapon. This series is so good and everyone must read it!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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I keep putting this book on my TBR and NOT reading it, but I am determined to actually give it a try this month. I believe this book follows a girl who has to marry an older king because of a prophecy…I could be wrong but I know when I read it I was really intrigued! Again, hopefully I will get to it because it is a library book and does have to be returned soon.

Those are all the books I plan to finish in the month of April and yes, this TBR is slightly ambitious compared to what I have actually been getting done lately, but these are all books I really want to read so I am hoping I will get it all done. Don’t forget to comment below your April TBR and also check out some of my previous posts linked below:

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February 2018 Wrap Up!

While February was a decent reading month, it was nowhere near as productive as January but that’s okay. It is two days shorter and there is still plenty of time to read as March is now here! Overall I read a grand total of four books this month and I am happy to say I enjoyed them all.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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This was a re read which I picked up for a cute, easy ray of warmth to pick my spirits up in the dead of winter. While this book isn’t always the brightest, acknowledging some heavier topics, it was a nice escape from our world for a little while. Just Listen follows our main character Annabelle, who appears to have the perfect life on the outside. However, on the inside she has anything but. Her sister is struggling with an eating disorder, putting a strain on her family and her friends despise her for something she didn’t do. Some light shines in her world again though, when Owen Armstrong comes into her life and sees her for her imperfect self. I know there are many flaws in this book, but it was nice to give it another read! 4/5 stars

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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I actually listened to the audiobook for The Lost Hero and it was so much fun! I love this world and these characters, and have since I was ten years old. It was refreshing revisiting it all through a different format, and the narrator was really great, adding to the already amazing story. The Lost Hero is the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series, which follows large and diverse cast of characters who come together to save the world from the ultimate threat, mother Earth. There is action, adventure, and romance, and just brought so much nostalgia when I listened to it. 4.5/5 stars

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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This was a first read for me, and I was really looking forward to it because I had heard great things about it. It seemed cute and fluffy, and it definitely was all that. The Sun is Also a Star follows our two main characters, Natasha and Daniel who meet one day in a whirl of chaos and fate. Natasha is an immigrant whose family is about to be deported, and Daniel is going to an interview that will lead him to a life he doesn’t want to live. The story follows their romance and relationship as it grows in only a time span of several hours, and how they believe they were destined to meet. This book was quite cliche and “insta-lovey” but I did enjoy it and thought it was a fun read. I’m not sure if I would read it again, but I recommend it if you like contemporary! 3.5/5 stars

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Restore Me comes out in just under a week and I am so, so excited, thus why I am re reading the first three books in the series! I just finished re reading the first book yesterday, but I didn’t realize how much I had forgotten regarding the story and the characters, so it felt as if I was reading the book for the first time again. Shatter Me follows Juliette, a girl whose touch kills. Because of this, she is locked up in an insane asylum to keep everyone safe from her curse. However, one day she is broken out by a strange boy, and she learns that she is wanted by the government as a secret weapon. I love this book so much and I am so excited to continue on with the series again! 4.5/5 stars

Those are the four books I managed to read in the month of February and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: March 2018 TBR

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March 2018 TBR!

I feel like I just made my February TBR, yet that was already an entire month ago. These months are going by too fast but at the same time I have a lot of exciting things happening for me this year so I want to get to them as fast as I can. Anyways, January was a fantastic reading month and February was good enough, but since I get a little over two weeks off of school in March (counting down the days), I want to try and get a few more books in and stay ahead of my reading goal, which according to Goodreads I am five books ahead!

Ignite Me + Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

These are the third and fourth books in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, a dystopian series that follows Juliette, a girl whose touch kills. After she is locked up to keep people safe from her powers, she is finally broken out almost a year later, and learns that she is desired as a weapon by the government. I was re reading this series to get ready for Restore Me, which hits shelves on March 6, and now I am on the third one and I cannot wait to give it another read! I love this world and characters, and I just know the fourth book will meet all my expectations.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I have been reading this book since the end of February because I have chosen to read it for my English class, and so far I am enjoying what I’ve read. This book takes place in Germany during World War II and is narrated by death, which is a really unique narrator composed to most books. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book, and I am sure I will enjoy it just as much as the rest of the world seems to.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Lately I have been in the mood for some fantasy, and when I went to the library I found this book and thought what I read of the synopsis was interesting enough so why not? I am still really excited to read it and hopefully I can get to it in the month of March! All I know is that our main character is a princess and that she has to marry a king…I think, I’m not sure because I really want to go into it without any idea of what to expect.

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Intimidating TBR Tag!

I think every reader can agree that our TBR’s are sky high and always will be becasuse as they say, there are so many books but so little time. This is a tag consisting of nine different questions revolving around those scary books on your shelf that are just waiting for you to pick them up, and I am really excited to tackle them and share with you guys some of the books on my TBR!

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The Questions: 

1. What Book Have You Been Unable to Finish?

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Honestly, I despise starting a book and not finishing it but even while saying that, there are a few books that I just haven’t been able to finish. The most recent one that comes to mind is one I actually put down a few days ago and that is Meet Cute by a number of well known authors. I was super excited about this cute contemporary but I just felt that since it was an anthology, the stories were too short for me to connect with the plot and characters and I didn’t feel interested in the stories much at all. I am sure that if I wanted to I could finish it, but at this time I don’t really feel motivated to.

2. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You Haven’t Had the Time?

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Okay so I absolutely adored the first book in this series but the sequel is just so massive and intimidating that it would take me forever to get through and right now, I don’t have the time for a dense read! That book is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. I adored ACOTAR and had heard amazing things of the sequel, however it is a big book, you know? Big books take a long time for me!

3. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s a Sequel?

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Hands down the answer to this question for me would be Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman which is the second book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series. This is a book that takes place during the era of Alexander the Great which means it has Greek mythology in it so I absolutely adored it. However, when I read the first book the sequel was not out, and by the time I got the sequel I forgot everything about the world and characters. So when I do feel like reading this book, I have to also re read the first book before picking up the second and at this point in time I am not motivated to pick up a historical fiction book!

4. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s Brand New?

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a book that just came out in January and may be the most hyped up book of 2018…and yeah that is super intimidating. I am worried that the hype will get to me and I won’t love it as much as everyone else does, and I don’t want that because it sounds amazing! It has faeries and magic so basically everything I love. Hopefully I will get to it soon, but maybe once the hype dies down a bit.

5. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You Read a Book By the Same Author and Didn’t Enjoy It?

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I have read most John Green books however I have not picked up Turtles All the Way Down (which is currently another really hyped book) because I haven’t enjoyed any of his other books. Paper Towns wasn’t that bad in my opinion, but nothing really gripping happens that can make me say I enjoyed it. I have also obviously picked up The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska but those were definitely not ones I would pick up again. Maybe I would love his new book but I am just a little hesitant since I have liked any of his others!

6. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You’re Just Not In the Mood?

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…another book that I have only heard amazing things about but right now I am not in the mood for high fantasy. It is a genre that is hard for me to get into even though I have only positive experiences within the genre. I do really, really want to get to it at some point, but when I am in the mood for the genre so that I can enjoy it to its full potential.

7. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s Humongous?

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This is a book that I am really ashamed to say I haven’t gotten to because this is a book by one of my favourite authors…and that is Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. This is a collection of stories following Simon Lewis that all connect with one another, and while I did read like fifty pages of this book, I put it down for some odd reason and never picked it up again. This is a big book at 672 pages so yeah, I am little intimidated to pick it up again, even if it is in one of my favourite fictional worlds.

8. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It Was a Cover Buy That Turned Out to Have Poor Reviews?

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Hmm…I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book solely based on its cover but then never picked up due to poor reviews because I like to make opinions for myself. However, instead of that I am going to twist the question and just share a book that was a cover buy for me that I have yet to get to. One book that I bought 1) because it is a companion to a series and 2) because it has a beautiful cover, is The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. Bought this maybe three or four years ago yet I still haven’t read it so I need to get on it!

 

9. What Is the Most Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

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Hands down the most intimidating book on my TBR is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a historical fiction book that takes place during World War II and while I have read already fifty or so pages of it, I have not picked it up in a while. It is so dense that I am little to read it but since I did enjoy what I read I am sure I will get through it sometime this year…hopefully.

And that is all for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it because it is such a fun tag that really opens your eyes to what books you should add onto your upcoming TBR’s. Anywyas, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forgete to check out my last blog post: Should You Take a Creative Break?

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Audiobook TBR!

There are so many audiobooks I want to get to so I thought I would be organized and make a list of the audiobooks I want to get to over the next 2 or so months. If you want some great audiobook recommendations or some tips on audiobooking if you are just starting out, check out my blog post on that here!

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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My current listen is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and I am absolutely adoring it, and all it is making me want to do is listen to the entire series as well. I also really want to physically re read it so I might listen to parts of the books and read other parts…regardless, these are some books I definitely want to listen to over the next few months!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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A few days ago I tried to listen to Lola and the Boy Next Door because I thought it would be really fun, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. Anyways, I am going to give Anna and the French Kiss a try and see how that goes. I really enjoy listening to contemporaries on audiobook so fingers crossed I end up loving this one!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Since this is a pretty hefty book (not really length wise but story wise) I thought I would go back and forth between the audiobook and the physical book. Hopefully it will be easier to read if I do that because I really do love the concept and what I have read so far, I just want to be able to stay in the world longer than 30 or so pages.

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January 2018 Wrap Up!

January just zipped by, but luckily it turned out to be a fantastic reading month. I read a grand total of 13 books this month…yeah, 13 books! That is the most books I have read it what feels like forever, and now all I want to do is read, read, read. Sadly I can’t just read, read, read due to school and other responsibilities, but 13 books is pretty damn good. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read in the month of January!:

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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I felt like starting off the new year with a book all about being a #GIRLBOSS and taking control of your life, which in my opinion, is the perfect way because it fuels your motivation to start the year strong. This book is all about how Sophia Amoruso went from selling vintage clothes on eBay to being the founder of the massive online clothing store, Nasty Gal, and it is incredibly inspring and motivating to all creative people like myself! 3.5/5 stars

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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When Dimple Met Rishi was such a cute read that I really enjoyed, and now I cannot wait to read more Sandhya Menon! This book follows Dimple, a stubborn, independent girl who doesn’t want the “ideal Indian husband” like her mother wants for her, but to build a career and life for herself by going to a summer program for young web developers. But when Rishi, a hopeless romantic whose parents want to set him up with Dimple, attends the same program in hopes of meeting Dimple, things don’t go exactly as planned. A fun, adorable read that did make me a little frustrated at times, but overall I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Oh my…can we just talk about how this is the first book in such a long time that actually made me stay up into the depths of the night to finish it? Granted, it is a short book, but I was glued to the thing until I finished it and got that shocking ending. This book follows a “perfect” family who spends their summers on their grandparents private island. However, our main character, Candence cannot remember parts of her fifteenth summer due to an accident which resulted in her unconscious and face down in the water. We follow her as she tries to uncover what happens, and all the secrets that unfold along the way. I really enjoyed this gripping and suspenseful book, and gave it a solid 4/5 stars!

The Selection, The Elite, and The One by Kiera Cass

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I didn’t plan on re reading this trilogy, but I was in desperate need of a fun, easy read and just blew through these in a matter of days. The Selection is basically a combination of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, and if that doesn’t call you I don’t know what will. I love this series despite some of the flaws (and there are quite a few), and was so happy to give them a re read! The Selection: 4.5/5 stars, The Elite: 4.5/5 stars, The One: 4.5/5 stars

Learn to Manage Your Time by Lucy MacDonald

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I saw this while browsing in the library and decided to pick it up since I really, really do need to learn to manage my time. Lately I have been overwhelmed and I feel like this book definitely gave me some valuable tips and tricks when it comes to managing and prioritizing my time. It has exercises and pictures, and was a nice, quick read! 3/5 stars

Peter Pan by James M Barrie

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This might have been the first book I listened to in audiobook format, and it just brought so much life to the story that I don’t regret that choice. Peter Pan is the well known story that follows three young children, Wendy, John, and Michael who follow Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up, to Neverland and together they embark on adventures on the magical island. The book is magical and whimsical and I am glad I finally got the chance to read it! 4/5 stars

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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This was another book I listened to as an audiobook and another I really, really enjoyed! I have read this book a few times before, so it was a lot easier to immerse myself in the story and understand what was going on, which is something that really helps people who easily get distracted…like me! Saint Anything follows a girl named Sydney who is used to being invisible with a brother who is always in the spotlight, but when her brother gets in trouble with the law, her entire family is suddenly thrust in the spotlight. We follow Sydney as she moves schools, meets a quirky, new group of friends and also, a potential love interest. 4/5 stars

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

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Yep, January was the month where I was obsessed with audiobooks so this was another book I listened to! This is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series, which follows a boy named Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of a Greek God. One of my favourite series because these books are just a bundle of fun, and I really loved jumping back into the series! 4.5/5 stars

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

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Honestly, I am NOT a picky reader whatsoever. Most of the time I love or really like whatever book is placed in front of me, however I found a lot of things I didn’t really like in this book, writing, character, development, etc wise. This book follows a girl named Alex who moves to London to follow her dreams of being a scriptwriter. There is some girl on girl hate which is kinda poorly executed, however I did enjoy following a main character who wanted to pursue a creative passion. Overall this book was a light hearted read, but I don’t think I will be continuing on with the series or duology or whatever this book is a part of.  3/5 stars

On Writing by Stephen King

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I have been slowly making my way through this book, soaking up all the valuable information that Stephen King has offered us, and I think this might have been one of my favourite reads of the month. I actually just finished it last night (January 31), right on time for my wrap up! On Writing starts off by Stephen King sharing his writing journey, like how he got started and what he did to get to the point he is now. And then in the second part, we get to more of the technical aspect of writing which was just as interesting as the first half! I love books on writing and highly, highly recommend this one. 4.5/5 stars

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I was out of audiobooks to listen to so I decided to download Fangirl and see how much I liked it in this format…SPOILER ALERT, I loved it! I loved the audiobook just as much as the physical book, and am already itching to listen to it again. Fangirl follows Cath, a freshman in college who writes fanfic for her favourite series, Simon Snow. We follow Cath as she struggles to make friends, work through her fiction writing class, as well as conclude her fanfic series of Simon Snow. This book has amazing characters and a fun, cozy story line that I always adore. Highly recommend if you for some odd reason haven’t given this book a shot yet. 4.5/5 stars

Wow, that was long, sorry for boring you to death! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and definitely share what books you managed to read this past month. Was it a good or bad reading month, what was your favourite read? Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: February 2018 Talk!

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February 2018 TBR!

Before I get into this TBR, I wanted to quickly announce that my post for the day 1 challenge for the 2018 winter Biannual Bibliothon was chosen as a winner! I am ecstatic and want to thank the host Victoria, from @LatteNightsReviews for choosing me and taking the time to come up with this great challenge 🙂

January just flew by, and now February is upon us which is insane, but I am also so ready to dive deeper into the new year. January was a fantastic reading month (my wrap up will be coming later this week) and hopefully February will be just as good. I would say that I hope for it to be even better, but this was a rare month, and honestly I doubt I could read more than what I managed to read in February. Anyways, enough rambling so here is my TBR!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I started this book during the Biannual Bibliothon, however it is a really dense book and I figured I wouldn’t rush myself to finish it. So, I plan to read a bit each week and then hopefully finish it by the end of February! This book takes place during World War II and follows Marie-Laure, a French blind girl, and Werner, a German boy who after their paths collide, they try to survive the devastation that is the war. Currently, I am studying World War I in class so it is fun reading a fiction book that takes place during a war, even if it is a different war. This book has nothing but amazing hype and I cannot wait to finally join it.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Honestly, I think this book might be the most hyped up book of 2018, even though 2018 has just began. I have heard nothing but fantastic things, so I bought this book a few weeks back and cannot wait to dive in to it. Despite the hype, I know nothing about this book apart from the fact that it includes faeries which is good enough for me!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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It’s the dead of winter, so why not read a summer contemporary? Even though I heard this is a sad book, it is the only Morgan Matson book I haven’t read yet so I am really excited to see how much I like it compared to the others. I did start this book several months ago, but for some reason I never finished it…but I am determined to, now that I have my own copy. Second Chance Summer follows a girl named Taylor and her family, who after getting some devastating news about their father, venture back up to their old summer house for one last summer together. I am a sucker for contemporaries so I have no doubt I will love it.

I know I only have 3 books on this TBR, but that is because I realized that setting 4 or 5 books that I tell myself I have to read in a month makes me a little reluctant to read them, so I figured just giving myself a smaller TBR will help. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Audiobook Recommendations!

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2018 Biannual Biblothon TBR!

Despite January being a busy school month, and the month I am jumping back into writing, I am determined to not pass up a perfectly good readathon, especially since I have an overall reading goal of 75 books this year…anyways, if you don’t know what the Biannual Bibliothon is, it is a week long readathon hosted by some amazing BookTubers, where readers from around the world participate in reading, video, blogging and social media challenges twice a year. The readathon will take place on Saturday, January 20th to Friday, January 26th and will be a lot of fun! There are seven reading challenges to choose books for, and here are all the books I plan on reading.

#1: Read the Group Book

The group book is a book that you can read if you want, and if you do you can participate in their live show held after the end of the readathon. I will not be reading the group book this year, but if you are interested they will be reading Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I have no idea what it is about but I am sure it will be good!

#2: Read a Sequel

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At first I was going to read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, but then I realized I was kidding myself thinking I could read this massive book (no matter how much I love it) during the few days of the readathon. Instead I decided to go with a shorter book that I haven’t read in a while, and that is The Elite by Kiera Cass. This is the second book The Selection series which is described as “The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games” which are two things I love so of course I am excited to re read the second book. 336 pages

#3: Read a Book You Never Heard of Before

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I have heard of this book before, but I don’t really have any idea of what it is about so I decided it fits the guidelines enough, and that book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I have heard this book is amazing so hopefully I can zip through it and I will love it just as much as everyone else does. 531 pages

#4: Read a Book About Mental Illness

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My TBR was in desperate need of a contemporary to make this readathon a smoother process, and considering I read this book the first time in just a few hours, I think it is fitting to add to my TBR. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is a fun and easy to read contemporary that does involve mental illness when the main character’s sister is diagnosed with an eating disorder. We watch at how this impacts the family and the main character, Annabelle, and how this affects her life. 371 pages

#5: Read a Book That Was Mentioned in Another Book/Movie/TV Show, etc

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The trick to a readathon is picking short and quick books and that however, is something I haven’t really been doing…so I thought it would be smart and good for myself to choose a really short book and that is Peter Pan by James M Barrie. I have not read many classics, and since this is a short one I am hoping I will be able to get through it easily and then get encouraged to read more and more. I am really excited to read this book and I should be able to get through it in an hour or so! 176 pages

#6: Read a Book Under 200 Pages

Doubling up on challenges is also a smart thing to do with readathons, so I will also be reading Peter Pan for this challenge. It is a total of 176 pages which is obviously under 200 and I cannot wait to dive right into it!

#7: Read a Backlist Title

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For this challenge, you are supposed to read a book that was published before 2017 and I am thankful for this challenge because it doesn’t allow me to pick up a new release when I have so many unread books that have been sitting on my shelf since the beginning of time. Anyways, for this challenge, I will be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! I am really excited and fingers crossed I actually read it, because I know I will love it like everyone else does. 552 pages

So those are all the books I plan to read for the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon and if you are looking for anymore info on it click the words “2018 Biannual Bibliothon” because they are linked to their YouTube channel! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post “Readathon Recommedations” if you are in need of some smart and entertaining book recommendations 🙂

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December 2017 Wrap Up!

December was actually a decent reading month and I am proud of what I did manage to read! I do want to start reading more books each month because if I don’t I won’t reach my goal of reading 75 books, but December was a month for me to relax and refresh so I am not going to be too hard on myself for only reading 4 books.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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This was a book I had to read for school and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I read it on my own time or maybe I wouldn’t. Personally, I just thought that it was anti-climatic and while it does go deep into how we all have “darkness in our hearts”, I just thought it was boring! Maybe it is because I am used to reading current YA, but it was really hard for me to stay interested while reading, and some of the descriptions the author used were just a little much. I am glad I had the chance to read it though, but it just wasn’t for me. 2.5/5 stars

I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

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I was in desperate need of a cute, summery contemporary and I See London I See France was a great book to fulfill that. It did have flaws and it was cliche, but honestly I was all for it! The main character, Sydney was someone I enjoyed reading about and seeing things from her perspective, but her best friend, Leela was someone I just could not stand! She was so disloyal and disrespectful of Sydney and was incredibly annoying. Apart from that it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed following them around Europe; it gave me a serious urge to travel that’s for sure. 4/5 stars

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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For a few months I had thought about picking up this up, not really knowing what it was about other than I loved the colourful cover, but just kept putting it off. Finally I did pick it up because I found it in the psychology section of the library when I was browsing and I absolutely loved it! It was a witty and valuable read on how to live a creative life, and was something I really needed. I had been feeling a little discouraged writing wise during the last few months, but reading this definitely made my fingers itch for the keyboard. Any creative person should pick this up because you won’t regret it. 4.5/5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Surprisingly the only re read for me in the month of December, so I call that a new record! I read Eliza and Her Monsters back in July during the BookTubeAThon and just flew through it…just like I did this time! Eliza is an anxious, awkward, creative teenage girl just like me, and it was a story I needed to be reminded of. I am really glad I re read it because I haven’t been feeling that great these past few months but the few days it took me to read this had me feeling a lot better. Another book I definitely recommend! 5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read in the month of December and I hope that you too had a good reading month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂