Happy Book Birthday To… (#58)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Let’s Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

Author: Claire Kann

Series: N/A

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 288

Synopsis: Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

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Reign of the Fallen

Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Series: Reign of the Fallen #1

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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Markswoman

Markswoman

Author: Rati Mehrotra

Series: Asiana #1

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family.

When Kyra’s beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends.

Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra–and for Asiana.

But what she doesn’t realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin . . . thin as the blade of a knife.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

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Friday Finds #44

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. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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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!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#57)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Love, Hate & Other Filters

Love, Hate & Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Series: N/A

Publisher: Soho Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 288

Synopsis: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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Happy Book Birthday to Samira Ahmed and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#56)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Unearthed

Unearthed

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Series: Unearthed #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 336

Synopsis: When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Author: Lianne Oelke

Series: N/A

Publisher: Clarion Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 432

Synopsis: The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

Hello everyone! Again, welcome to 2018. Each year, the new year always brings new goals people would like to accomplish. In 2017, I did pretty well at completing the goals I set for myself. I hope I will continue to be as successful in 2018! Below are all the reading and blogging goals I would like to accomplish this year.


My Reading Goals:

1. Read 100 books

While I set my official goal of 50 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I really hope to be able to read 100 books this year. I’m not going to be too upset with myself if I don’t complete this goal but I’m going to try really hard to succeed!

2. Complete all the reading challenges I signed up for

Last year I made this same goal and I ended up completing it! I really hope I’m able to do the same this year. I’m participating in 4 different reading challenges, one of which I created. For more on those reading challenges, check out my blog post!

3. Read at least 75% diverse books

Last year I made the goal of reading more diversely and I definitely succeeded! I went from reading 25% diverse books in 2016 to 65% diverse books in 2017! In 2018, I want to read even more diversely. I hope that at least 75% of the books I read this year are diverse. It’d be a bonus if most of them are #ownvoices!

4. Participate in at least two readathons

I absolutely love readathons! I only participated in one in 2017 (the Booktube-A-Thon) and I would love to participate in even more in 2018! If you know of any fun readathons happening this year, feel free to let me know about them!

My Blogging Goals:

1. Post more consistently

I had this goal in 2017 but unfortunately, apart from a few months, I didn’t do so well at this. My mental health was a huge barrier for me last year. I hope to be able to push through and post more often/on a more consistent basis this year!

2. Read more blog posts

As much as I love writing blog posts, I don’t always set aside the time to read others’ posts as often as I should. I end up spending too much of my free time scrolling aimlessly through Twitter. Instead of doing that all the time, I hope to read more blog posts in 2018.

3. Comment more

Along with reading more blog posts, I would like to be able to leave more thoughtful comments on others’ posts. I love when people leave comments on my posts! It’s such a great thing when someone else enjoys/appreciates all the hard work and time I’ve put into a post. I would love to spread this joy to other bloggers!

4. Post more discussion posts or blog series

In 2017 I published a blog series I’m truly proud of: Let’s Talk About Asexuality. I spent a long time turning an idea into a 5 day series featuring other ace-spectrum bookish people. I would love to do something similar to this in 2018 and/or smaller, thoughtful discussion posts!


Well, there are all my reading and blogging goals for the year! I truly hope I’m able to accomplish them all. Have you set any goals for 2018? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges

Hello everyone and welcome to 2018! I can’t believe 2017 is over already! Today I’m going to be talking about the reading challenges I’ve decided to participate in this year. I’ve been thinking about which challenges I’ve wanted to take part in and what to set my goals as for a little bit now and I’ve finally come to a conclusion. Keep reading to find out which 4 reading challenges I’m trying to complete in 2018. Also, keep a look out for my progress updates included in my monthly wrap up posts!


1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

As always, I’m participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. If you’re not familiar with this challenge, each year Goodreads encourages its users to set a reading goal for themselves for the year. Over the years, I’ve seen goals range from as little as 1 book to higher than 400 books. I’ve never set mine as higher than 100 because even though I wish I could read 400+ books a year, I know it’s not a reasonable expectation for me personally. This year I’ve decided to set my lowest goal yet: 50 books. Even though I really hope to read 100 books, I want to keep my official goal lower so I don’t put too much pressure on myself. I want to enjoy the books I’m reading and not worry too much about the number. Let’s see if I can actually do that!

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

This reading challenge (which I participated in last year as well) is all about reading backlist books – aka books published before 2018. I’m lowering my goal from last year (25 books) to 18 books since I just barely completed the challenge last year. I hope I’m able to succeed this year as well!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

3. Library Love Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

After going WAY over my goal last year with this challenge (I read 41 library books when my goal was only 12), I’ve decided to go with a higher goal level for this challenge in 2018. As you can probably guess, the Library Love Challenge is all about reading books from the library. I absolutely love visiting my local library and checking out books! Not only is it a fun experience, but I wouldn’t be able to read most of the books I do if it weren’t for the library. I’m pretty confident I will complete my goal for this challenge!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

When choosing the reading challenges I wanted to do in 2018, I realized I really enjoyed  challenges that had specific prompts for you to complete. However, in the past I’ve had trouble finding books for prompts and I’ve ended up reading books I’m not really interested in just because it completed a prompt. So I thought, why not just create my own? And here we are! This is not an official reading challenge by any means – I just came up with some prompts I want to complete this year and quickly slapped a name on it! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this little challenge and I hope I’m able to complete it!

The Prompts:

  1. Read a book with more than 600 pages
  2. Read an anthology
  3. Read an anticipated 2017 release that you didn’t get the chance to read in 2017
  4. Finish a series you started before 2018
  5. Read a duology
  6. Read a book published in 2018
  7. Read a favorite author’s newest book
  8. Read a book with a pretty cover
  9. Read a book with a main character that is very different than you
  10. Read a book set in a different world
  11. Read a book that can be categorized as more than one genre
  12. Read a book with a mentally ill main character
  13. Read a book that’s been on your shelves for 2+ years
  14. Read a book about time travel
  15. Reread a book to refresh your memory before reading its sequel
  16. Read a book that has a main character with chronic pain
  17. Start a new series
  18. Read an adult novel
  19. Reread a past favorite
  20. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
  21. Read a middle grade novel
  22. Read a debut novel
  23. Read a SFF book with an asexual main character
  24. Read a book set in the past
  25. Read a book that features more than one queer person
  26. Read a book you bought in 2018
  27. Read a book that was co-written
  28. Read a book that was recommended to you
  29. Read a book about feminism
  30. Read a book with a POC on the cover by a POC author

Are you participating in any 2018 reading challenges? Are we doing any of the same ones? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#55)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The True Queen

The True Queen

Author: Sarah Fine

Series: The Impostor Queen #3

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger.

Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers.

As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.

In this epic conclusion to the Impostor Queen series, Sarah Fine’s sweeping tale of two fierce leaders imbued with unimaginable power and called to unthinkable sacrifice finally answers the question: who has the strength to be the True Queen?

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Chainbreaker

Chainbreaker

Author: Tara Sim

Series: Timekeeper #2

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 488

Synopsis: Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.

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Everless

Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Series: Untitled #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 336

Synopsis: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely

Series: N/A

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 432

Synopsis: James Patterson presents a bold new heroine–a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow’s West. 

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great…

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!