Summer Reading Plans | 2020

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I know we’re pretty much halfway through summer already, but I wanted to talk about my summer reading plans, which essentially is my summer TBR for the most part. Like all my other TBR posts, this isn’t a definitive list of books that I’m going to be reading, but just an idea of ones that I’m thinking about getting around to this summer. I’m not going to go too much into what the books are about, and I’m just going to list the books.

Most of these books are ones that I either have had my eye on for a while now or ones that I want to read again. They’re a mix between contemporary and fantasy, since lately I’ve been in the mood for both of those genres.

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Author Appreciation | Elizabeth Acevedo

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I’m not sure if these types of posts have been done before because I don’t see them often. But I think I’m going to try to do this as a more regular kind of post because I want to shine some light on authors who might not necessarily be the most hyped or ones that people don’t talk about a lot either in blog posts, on YouTube, or on Goodreads. Either that, or authors I find recently who I want to gush about.

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WWW Wednesday | 7.8.2020

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I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. And I’ve read enough in the past couple weeks that I’m able to write one, which is pretty exciting. I first saw this on Book Coffee Happy‘s blog. Again, thanks so much to Sam from Taking on a World of Words for hosting!

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Outgrowing Genres | Book Discussion

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I didn’t know it was possible to outgrow a genre until recently. I always thought that anyone could read any genre. I mean that’s still true, but I thought I wouldn’t have to one day transition to solely reading adult fiction. Not that that’s what I’m doing now; I’m still reading YA fiction for the most part, but lately I’ve kind of been feeling like I’ve outgrown YA romance.

I know that since I’m no longer in high school or 16 years old (it’s been quite a while since I was), it’d be natural for me to be outgrowing certain genres; while it’s bittersweet, it’s also opening me up to some new genres. I’m able to read a more wide variety of books that I didn’t think I’d fully appreciate or relate with until now.

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Books to Read July | 2020

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I can’t believe it’s already another month. But I feel like I’ve said that for the start of every month. This year literally feels like it’s flying by despite everything that’s been going on in the world. But that being said, I don’t really have that many books that I want to get to this month. If I’m able to finish everything that’s on my TBR and get to any other books, that’d just be an added bonus.

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June 2020 Wrap Up

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I can’t believe another month has gone by, and we’re literally more than halfway through this year already. And I’d definitely say this has been a pretty good reading month. I was able to get through 6 books (technically 7 since I started one in May but I finished it in June), even if half of those were comics and less than 100 pages. But they still technically count as books, at least they do on Goodreads. So I count them as books too.

And most of the books I read I really enjoyed. I think there was only one book that I didn’t enjoyed, but it still was a 3 star rating for me.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I would like to thank FictionFixer for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! I’ve never been nominated before, so it’s awesome that she thought to nominate me for this.

Description:

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Mid Year Freakout Book Tag | 2020

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I’ve been seeing this tag done a lot on YouTube, and the most recent one I saw was by Riley Marie. That inspired me to do this tag, just to see what I’ve read in 2020, and hold myself accountable for what I read in the next six months of this year.

1. What was your favorite book you’ve read so far?

I won’t count the books that I’ve reread or the manga that are continuations of a series, but I’d have to say Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. I remember finishing that book and the first thought I had was that I’ve found my new favorite book. I do have a book review of it if you want to read me literally gushing about it.

2. The best sequel you’ve read so far?

I feel like I haven’t read many sequels so far this year, but the one that stands out is Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. I’m not sure if it’s a direct sequel since the events that happen in the book don’t happen right after the first one, but all the books in the series are technically connected. Again, I have a review of this book if you’re interested in my thoughts.

3. A new release that you haven’t read yet but want to?

I recently received One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London in my Book of the Month subscription box, though it technically hasn’t come out yet. It’s supposed to be released in the beginning of July, but I’m excited to read it.

4. What is your most anticipated release for the second half of this year?

That would probably have to go to Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett. I’ve been waiting for this to be released all year so far. It was originally supposed to be released in May, and now it’s not supposed to be released until November.

5. The biggest disappointment of the year so far.

I’ve pretty much enjoyed a majority of the books I’ve read so far this year, but one disappointment that stood out for me would be Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Not that I didn’t enjoy it; there were just parts of it that fell flat for me. The same goes for Moment of Truth by Kasie West.

6. The biggest surprise of the year so far?

I’d have to say Verity by Colleen Hoover. That book just messed with my mind in so many ways.

7. A new favorite author! (Either a debut or new to you author)?

A lot of the books that I’ve read this year, now that I’m looking back, have been by authors who I never read anything by. But a new favorite would probably be Emily Henry or Farrah Rochon. I’d definitely consider picking up more books by them in the future.

8. Newest fictional crush?

I haven’t really had any fictional crushes in a while sadly.

9. Newest favorite character?

I’d probably have to say Samiah from The Boyfriend Project. She was just so badass and strong-willed. Not only that, but she was extremely successful, which was inspiring.

10. A book that made you cry?

Surprisingly, none of the books I’ve read this year have made me cry. Yet.

11. A book that made you happy?

There are so many books that made me happy, but if I just had to list a couple, they’d probably be The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon and Beach Read by Emily Henry. That’s not to mention the ones that I reread this year, like The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli or Harry Potter.

12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.

That would hands down have to go to All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. That cover is just stunning.

13. What books do you still need to read by the end of the year?

I have a never ending list of books that I want to read, though I’m not really pushing myself to read any specific book by the end of the year. I’ll read what I’m in the mood to read at the time.

So there you have it, The Mid Year Freakout Tag. If you want to join in doing this tag, feel free! I’d love to read some of your answers to these questions.