Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.
But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.
So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!
The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.
The following is from Goodreads:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.
But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.
I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.
But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this tag, but I figured I’d participate in it anyway because it seemed pretty fun from the ones that I read! I originally saw it on Purple Manatees’ blog.
The tag itself was created by GirlReading and it’s basically just a bunch of random book-related questions. Most of them I haven’t discussed on my blog, though some of them I have. But it’s still entertaining either way!
E-Book or Physical Book?
I normally prefer physical books. I love being able to see them on my shelf and see my progress while I’m in the middle of reading a book. However, out of convenience, I like e-books too. Though I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately.
Paperback or Hardback?
I like hardbacks, though my wallet does not. Unfortunately, I haven’t been buying too many books, but if I do, I usually go for the paperback, if it’s available. But hardbacks are so much more durable and I love the fact that I can take the dust jacket off while I’m reading in order to preserve the cover so when I put it on my shelf, it looks brand new.
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
I don’t have many book stores near me, so I do a lot more online book shopping.
Trilogies or Series?
Most of the time, I prefer standalone books, but if I had to choose, it’d probably be series. Especially if I’m invested in the story and characters.
Heroes or Villains?
I feel like it might be cliche to say heroes, but I’m going to say heroes. Though, in my defense, I haven’t really read many good villain stories lately, or at least ones where I end up liking the villain. At least, not that I can think of.
A book you want everyone to read?
This is a really hard one, mainly because I have so many books that I would recommend. And most of them are ones that I’m sure people have already read, or at least heard of. But I’m going to go with Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. It’s such a fantastic book that deals with mental illness, specifically anxiety.
Recommend an underrated book?
I’d definitely recommend The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. I’m not really sure what is considered an underrated book, but this one doesn’t have that many reviews on Goodreads, so I’m going with this one.
The last book you finished?
I just finished the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. It is my goal this year to reread the series, and I’m slowly making my way through them.
The Last Book You Bought?
There were a few that I recently bought. Some of them were Kindle deals that were only $1.99, and some of them were through subscription services I have. The Kindle books were Verity by Colleen Hoover and The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. I got All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace through my Audible subscription and Beach Read by Emily Henry from my Book of the Month subscription for the month of April.
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
I don’t usually use anything other than a bookmark, but in a pinch, I have used a napkin or random scrap of paper. Though that doesn’t seem that weird.
Used Books: Yes or No?
Yes for used books. Though, come to think of it, I haven’t gotten any used books recently. I used to go to a used bookstore near me or the library’s used book sales.
Top Three Favorite Genres?
YA contemporary, YA fantasy, Adult fiction
Borrow or Buy?
Before everything that has been going on with the world and everything was shut down, I used to borrow so many books from the library. Basically it was in an attempt to save my wallet from so much trauma of buying books and to save space on my bookshelves for the books I absolutely love.
Characters or Plot?
I think the plot is usually what keeps me reading. While I love the characters in most cases, I find that some character-driven books are kind of slower paced.
Long or Short Books?
That’s a tough one. I usually like shorter books, but nothing too short where I don’t have enough time with the characters. But nothing too long where I get tired of reading.
Long or Short Chapters?
Chapter length doesn’t really matter to me that much, but if I had to choose, it’d probably be short chapters because then I feel like I’m flying through the book.
Name The First Three Books You Think Of:
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
Most books I’ve read haven’t really made me cry, though I prefer when books make me laugh. I tend to stay away from books that make me cry, mainly because I don’t pick up a book to cry. I mostly pick up a book to have an enjoyable experience.
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
I read a lot of YA contemporary, so most of them are set in our world.
Audiobooks: Yes or No?
I absolutely love audiobooks. In fact, they’re the only way I’ve been getting any reading done lately. I feel like a broken record when I say this, but I have been playing so much Animal Crossing that the only way I get reading done is by listening to audiobooks while I play.
Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
Yes, unfortunately. But only because the cover can tell a lot about a book and what it’s about. When I go book shopping, if the cover catches my eye, there’s a better chance in me picking it up to at least read the synopsis.
Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
Book to movie! I don’t really watch that much TV, and most of the books that I read that have been adapted to any kind of visual media have been movie.
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
Honestly, I don’t think I could name one that I preferred the movie to its book. I enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie adaptation, as well as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda but I wouldn’t say that I preferred the movie to the book.
Series or Standalones?
I’m not tagging anyone in this tag, but if you want to participate, feel free! It was a lot of fun!