July Wrap Up

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This month was a pretty good reading month for me! I ended up reading a total of 9 books and 3,253 pages. A little less than last month, but I’m still happy with what I completed. So far this year, I have read 73 books (not including rereads), which is so great! This means I only have to read 27 more books to accomplish my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books in 2015!


Books Read in July

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Books Reread in July

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Did Not Finish

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Blue Smoke is a book that I definitely will be going back and finishing. I read 140 pages of the book but then decided to put it on hold while I focused on other books. As for The Library Book, it wasn’t what I was expecting and it didn’t really hold my interest so I won’t be going back to it. The pages that I did read of these two books were included in my total page count for the month.


How successful were you in terms of reading this month? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post. I’d love to see what you all read!

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#TBRTakedown 2.0 | Wrap Up

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From Saturday, July 25th to today I participated in the #TBRTakedown 2.0 read-a-thon hosted by Shannon at leaninglights on Youtube! While I didn’t end up finishing all of the books I wanted to, I still got a good chunk of reading done! To see what books I finished and which challenges I completed, keep on reading.


Books Finished

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I didn’t end up reading as much as I wanted to during the read-a-thon, mostly because I was sick during the last few days. Because of this, I didn’t get the chance to read two books that were on my TBR, Crown of Midnight and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. That being said, I still enjoyed the books I was able to read!

Total Read: 4 books / 1,179 pages


Challenges Completed

  1. Read a first book in a series – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Read a book that’s out of your comfort zone – Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  3. Read a book from your most recent haul – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t complete all five challenges but I’m still happy with what I accomplished! The challenges I wasn’t able to complete were to read a sequel and to read a book that’s been on my shelf for a year.


If you participated in #TBRTakedown, how did you do? Did you complete all the challenges? Let me know below or link me to your wrap up post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #10

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between Monday, July 20th and now, I’ve completed the following books:

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Even though I was reading other books in addition to these graphic novels, these two were the only ones I was able to finish. I really hope to do better this week since I’m participating in the #TBRTakedown read-a-thon!

I didn’t quite finish:

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I came really close to finishing my reread of Throne of Glass, but didn’t quite make it. I’m currently on page 325 out of 404 so only 79 more pages to go! As for Blue Smoke, I might be putting it on hold for now and coming back to it at a later time. I haven’t picked it up since Wednesday and there are other books I would like to focus on first.

What I want to read next:

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These books are on my TBR for the #TBRTakedown read-a-thon. Since I most likely won’t be able to finish them all by the time the read-a-thon ends (which is Friday), I hope to finish at least 2 and get started on a third.


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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#TBRTakedown 2.0 | My TBR

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Yes, it’s time for another read-a-thon! This one is hosted by Shannon at leaninglights on Youtube and it’s taking place from Saturday, July 25th to Friday, July 31st. For more information on the read-a-thon watch the announcement video here.

This is a low pressure read-a-thon so even though there are five challenges, you don’t have to complete them in order to participate. These challenges are:

  1. Read a first book in a series
  2. Read a sequel
  3. Read a book that’s out of your comfort zone
  4. Read a book that’s been on your shelf for over a year
  5. Read a book from your most recent haul

My TBR 

First book in a series:

Throne of Glass

I’m currently 165 pages into this book and since I won’t be finishing it before the read-a-thon starts, I decided to use it for this first challenge. I hope re-reads are okay for #TBRTakedown since this is my second time reading Throne of Glass.

A sequel:

Crown of Midnight

Since I’m reading the first book in the series, it only makes sense to continue on with the second!

Out of my comfort zone:

Through the Woods

This book is out of my comfort zone because it’s a graphic novel and I have only read one graphic novel before. I also heard it’s quite scary, which is another type of book I don’t read a lot. I’ll be sure to read this one during the day!

On my shelf for a year:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This book hasn’t been on my physical shelf for a year, but it’s been on my “to read” shelf on Goodreads since July 29, 2014. That’s good enough for me. I’m excited to read this book since I’ve heard such great things about it!

From recent haul:

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I’m not quite sure which book I’m going to read for this challenge so I decided just to list my two options! I haven’t actually gotten these books yet but I’ll be picking them up from the library tomorrow. Help me decide which book to read!


Are you participating in the #TBRTakedown read-a-thon? Let me know what books you’re planning on reading below or link me to your post!

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Friday Finds #11

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Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Celebrating Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters″. This can include books that feature minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ, etc.

The following list includes a mixture of diverse books I have read (#1-5) and diverse books I haven’t read but that I want to (#6-10). All pictures link to Goodreads.


Books I Have Read

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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The main character in this book, Simon, is a gay teenager who hasn’t yet come out to his friends and family, even though he knows they will be very accepting. The story centers around Simon and the boy he’s in an online relationship with, Blue. Simon and Blue attend the same high school but since they’re both using fictitious names, neither knows who the other person is. This is an excellent book that deals with serious topics in a lighthearted and entertaining way. If you enjoy Oreos and Harry Potter references, this book is most likely for you.

2. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles series

The Lunar Chronicles series retells different fairy tales in a futuristic world where things like cyborgs, androids, and people that live on the moon exist. The series features a whole slew of characters that come from all over the world with completely different upbringings and ethnicities. There are characters from China, France, United States, and the moon.

3. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus series

The Heroes of Olympus series is the spin-off/continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It combines Greek and Roman mythology to tell the story of several different demigods (the children of humans/gods) and their adventures. The series also features very diverse characters: Leo who is Mexican-American, Frank who is Chinese-Canadian, Hazel who is African-American, Reyna who is Puerto Rican, and Nico who is Italian-American. There is also some LBGTQ+ representation, but that’s all I’ll say because of spoilers.

4. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

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This historical fiction novel is about Sarah, a young African American girl who is attending a previously all white high school. She has to work on a class project with Linda, a girl who makes sure Sarah knows how much she doesn’t think she should be there. However, through the course of the novel, the two girls discover that they’re not so different after all. They both begin to fall for each other in a time where being gay wasn’t tolerated at all.

5. The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan

The Raging Quiet

The Raging Quiet centers around Marnie, a newcomer in a tiny village, and Raver, a young man whom everyone thinks is a madman. Marnie discovers that there isn’t anything wrong with him; he just cannot hear. The pair learn how to communicate through hand gestures and Raver gets to hold a conversation with someone for the first time in his life. However, their fellow villagers don’t understand and think there is witchcraft going on. This is a fantastic and gripping story about how two people can form a deep connection without verbalization.

Books I Haven’t Read

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

8. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

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Synopsis: In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Kiran’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

9. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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Synopsis: Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society. Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

10. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

Synopsis: Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives. The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. (Click the picture for the full synopsis)


What are your favorite diverse books? Let me know down below or link me to your TTT post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #9

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between Monday, July 13th and now, I’ve completed the following books:

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Even though I was sick this week, I still managed to complete two books. Yay for me! Harry Potter was a reread and it was just as great as the first time I read it.

I started but didn’t finish:

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Blue Smoke is one of my mom’s favorite books so I decided to start it this week. My mom decided that she wanted to have a little readalong with me and reread the book, which is fun! However, she reads slower than I do and we want to discuss as we go, so I started reading Throne of Glass while I waited for her to catch up to me. Throne of Glass is actually a reread for me – I want to continue on with the series, but I can’t remember anything from the first book!

What I want to read next:

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After I finish the books I’m currently reading, I’m not sure what I’ll read next. I might read Crown of Midnight (the second book in the Throne of Glass series) or I might read one of the books I have out from the library. I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for!


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Finds #10

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #8

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between Monday, June 6th and now, I’ve completed the following:

The Martian

I’m so disappointed that I was only able to finish one book this week. I usually get through at least two a week so it was quite a let down that I could only finish one. While reading The Martian, I was also reading (well, rereading) another book – one that I couldn’t finish before the week was up. For more on that book, see below!

I didn’t quite finish:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I started reading this book (for the third time) on July 4th and I continued reading it this past week. Since I have only been reading it here and there, I’m only on page 280. I plan on finishing it either tonight or tomorrow so I can move on to other books!

What I want to read next:

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I bought Every Last Word the other day and it’s a book I’ve been wanting to read for a little while now, so I’m pretty sure I’ll read it after I finish Harry Potter. After that, I would like to get to And the Mountains Echoed because it’s due back to the library next week. As for the remaining two books, I just got them from the library today so I may or may not be reading them this week.


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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The Reading Habits Tag

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I’m currently procrastinating on writing reviews so I thought I’d do a fun tag instead! This tag was originally created by TheBookJazz over on Youtube. Watch the original video here!


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I don’t have a dedicated reading spot or anything, but most of the time I read in the same two spots: either in my living room or in my bed.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I used to not really use bookmarks at all. I would just use any random piece of paper I could find like a receipt, an index card, or even a tissue (unused of course!). But now I like using bookmarks. I’ll still use a random piece of paper occasionally though!

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

It depends. If I have time to spare, I’ll stop reading at the end of the chapter. If I have to stop reading as soon as possible, I’ll only read to the end of the page. At the end of the day, I like stopping at a page number ending in a 0 or 5 (like 100, 35, 210, etc) instead of page numbers like 77, 284, or 136. That’s probably just me though because I’m weird like that.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes, I do. I just don’t eat messy foods while reading!

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I used to be able to watch TV and read a book at the same time. I remember my dad saying to me, “How can you do that?” and I said, “I don’t know. I could tell you exactly what’s going on in both the show and the book though.” Now, it’s very hard for me to read while the TV is on. I do occasionally read while someone else is watching TV, but it’s very hard for me to concentrate. As for music, I think I could read and listen to it but it’s just not something I usually do.

One book at a time or several at once?

Usually one book at a time, but I have read two books at the same time before. They’d have to be in different genres though!

Reading at home or everywhere?

Definitely reading at home. For the most part, it’s quiet and free of distractions!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I read silently in my head.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Normally, I don’t read ahead or skip pages. However, sometimes my eyes wander to the next page while I’m reading the page on the left and I might catch a few words here and there.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I prefer keeping it like new, but things happen.

Do you write in your books?

Never!

Who do you tag?

(Sorry if you’ve already done this tag.)


If you weren’t tagged, feel free to do the tag anyway! It’s a fun way for your readers to get to know you.

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