Goodreads Monday | 8.17.2020

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’m not sure if this is something that I’m going to do every Monday, since I feel like that would get kind of boring and stale pretty quickly (at least for me). But I enjoyed this kind of post last week and figured I’d do it again this week.

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it! I originally saw this post on A Little Haze Book Blog, who is amazing and you should definitely check their blog out.

In choosing the book from my TBR, I used a random number generator in order to see which book I was going to talk about.

So with the number generator, the random TBR book that was selected was The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. My first thought was Oh man it’s been a while. In that, I mean this is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy (I think it’s still a trilogy; it might just be a series now with more books). I read The Final Empire back in 2018, so if I were to pick this book up, I’d probably have to reread the first one just to refresh my memory.

And I think that’s why this is still on my TBR. The longer it gets from the time I initially read the first book, the more detached I come from wanting to read this book. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to eventually. I really enjoyed the first book and would love to see where the story goes. But considering the first book is over 600 pages, and it took me a while to get through, I’m kind of put off from reading it again.

The whole reason I picked up this series in the first place is because of BookTube (the book community on YouTube). Two or three years ago, it’s all anyone was talking about, at least in terms of high fantasy. So I bought the first book at the bookstore while I was away at college in 2016. I didn’t read it until two years later. Mainly because I’m always intimidated by high fantasy and big books. I know they take me a while to get through, and it’s discouraging for me to only be reading one book for a while month or longer (and I’m normally a slow reader to begin with).

But when I did pick the first book up, I really enjoyed it. But then I just never got around to reading the next books in the series (that I bought on BookOutlet because I thought I was going to read them back to back). And honestly I’m not sure why I still have this book on my TBR. I’m not sure when or if I’ll read it; I really don’t have much interest in it anymore.

I know what you’re thinking: I should just take it off my TBR then. And you’re probably right. But I feel like even though I don’t have much interest in this book right now, I might in the future. I could listen to the audiobook for it like I do with a lot of other large books and get through it pretty quickly. Which is what I’ll most likely do when I do decide to pick it up.

So there you have it. That’s a random book from my TBR and why I want to read it (or in my case, why I’m still keeping it on my TBR when I don’t have much interest in it anymore). Have you read this book or this series? I’d love to discuss it with you in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

4 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday | 8.17.2020

  1. I loved the Mistborn trilogy but I read it so long ago (before I started reviewing) and I feel like it’s a book I’d want to experience again now and see if I can get my thoughts down for it. I never thought about checking out the audiobook for this but I just might! I hope you do enjoy it whenever you manage to read it 😀

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