Posted in General Books, Thursday Discussion

Thursday Discussion: Books To Read Before 2019 Ends!

Welcome back to my second week joining the Thursday Discussion posts! Thursday Discussion is a biweekly meme hosted by Ally Writes Things where you write a post based on the prompt for that week. The post can be as long or as short as you want, and you can talk about as much or as little as you want. This week’s topic is books you need to read before the end of 2019 and coincidentally, I’ve just posted on bookstagram about that topic today!

First of all, can you believe that 2019 is already 1.5 months away from being over?! No? Me neither! It’s kind of unbelievable how quickly this year has passed and especially the last month. I still feel like we’ve just started November but now we’re already in the second to last week and I’m here scratching my head wondering how the heck that happened! ๐Ÿ˜…

2019 has been an incredible year of reading for me. I’ve hit a new record for how many books I’ve managed to finish before the year ends, and I’m honestly a little impressed with how much I’ve been able to read this year. Reading certainly isn’t a competition but I’m still quite happy with how much I’ve read this year and I’m considering it one of the bigger accomplishments of my year; it also makes me a little excited about what’s in store next year!

So many books, so little time…

That said, there are still quite a number of books that I hope to get through before this year ends–and that’s not even including the ARCs that I have to read too. I still have my very ambitious goal of achieving a 100% rating on NetGalley before 2020 and I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to do it; but I’m certainly going to try! If there was any doubt in my mind earlier this year about being a mood reader, all those doubts have certainly vanished now ๐Ÿ˜‚ But let’s see how it goes…

Now without further ado, here’s my stack. I think it’s a pretty doable stack to get through, although there are some (like The Toll) that I haven’t included in the picture because I don’t have my physical copy yet!

Are any of these books that you want to read before the year ends?

Posted in Book Tags, General Books

The Reader Problems Book Tag

This is another one that I wasn’t tagged to do but I saw it ages ago on Hรขf’s page and decided that I felt like doing an easy Wednesday tag (I’m realizing that a weekly trend might be developing now)! So let’s get going:

You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?

I’m a mood reader so it would depend entirely on what mood I’m in? Honestly, I’ve been thinking of making a TBR jar where I write down all the books I own on a slip of paper, put them in the jar and randomly pick one every time I finish a read. But again, mood reader!

Youโ€™re halfway through a book and youโ€™re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I don’t DNF. As much as I really want to sometimes, I can never bring myself to actually do it! ๐Ÿ™ˆ I just feel guilty (even though I know I shouldn’t)! But when it comes to this point I usually just end up skimming a lot of the book but I don’t put it down until it’s finished (otherwise I’ll never finish it lol).

The end of the year is coming and youโ€™re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I know it’s about quality over quantity but think I would try to catch up! I’d probably read all the graphic novels that I could get my hands on in between reading regular length novels.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

NO! JUST NO! Seriously, why? Why is this done to us?! (Lol yeah I’m drama) This was actually something that I noticed about my Nevernight Chronicle books and the difference is so obvious on the spine it annoys me to no end but… I already spend so much on books, I’m telling myself to just suck it up… ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I don’t know a lot of readers outside of the book community so it’d be whoever sees my review of it and commiserates with me lol I’d be really nervous about posting my review but I know there’s bound to be someone in the book community who gets my feels!

Youโ€™re reading a book in public and youโ€™re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Omg this actually happens to me SO OFTEN. I’m such a crier! I usually go to the bathroom or I look down while reading (even if my tears might drop onto the page LOL) and I sneakily wipe my tears away with a tissue. Or I close the book, look up, breathe and wait for the tears to pass before trying again ๐Ÿ˜‚

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but youโ€™ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

The answer is always yes, but does that mean I actually ever get around to doing it? No ๐Ÿคฃ Which means the book ends up sitting unread on my shelf for a long time until I get around to re-reading the previous book(s). Either that or sometimes I’ll try to find the recap of the books on one of those sites that has all the spoilers/recaps (which is easier to find when it’s a popular YA fantasy)!

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

This is so difficult because I find it so hard to say no to people and let them down! But if I had to say no, I’d probably either say someone else has borrowed that book right now and that I’ll give it to them when I get it back? Or I’d say it’s a special edition and I don’t lend those out? Haha ๐Ÿ˜… Even writing this makes me feel guilty!

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I’d put down all the books and either pick something up that’s completely outside my usual genres or I’ll stop reading for a while and start watching shows until I get sick of not reading and try again!

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

ALL THE DAMN BOOKS!!! No wonder my bank balance hates me so much ๐Ÿ˜‚

After you purchase all of these books that youโ€™re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

Days. Weeks. Months. Years. FOREVER?! Jokes… Maybe.

I TAG:

Emer | Nen & Jen | Joanna | Mani | Kitty

And YOU if you want to do this too!

Posted in General Books, WWW Wednesday

#WWWWednesday: 20 November

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be answering these questions:

  1. What did you read last?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What did you read last?

Since last Wednesday I’ve managed to finish four books, one of which was a re-read of Pumpkinheads, which is still a โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… read by the way!

Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski โ˜…โ˜…ยฝ – โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜† (I can’t decide)
I came across the first mention of this book on Our Book Boyfriends and I admit to being attracted to how of the cover looked from afar. I didn’t even properly read the synopsis, I just saw it was on Kindle Unlimited and picked it up. There is a lot of love for this book on GR though and I kinda wonder what I’m missing. Maybe it’s a big case of it’s not you, it’s me? Maybe these dystopian romances where you want to “sacrifice everything for this love” trope isn’t so much my jam anymore…

Malamander (Malamander #1) by Thomas Taylor โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
This was SUCH a delight! I don’t often read Middle Grade books but I’m very glad that I picked this one up. This was really fantastic storytelling. The writing was atmospheric and threw me back to my days living in the UK and going to the seaside in the winter. I could feel the chill creeping over my body and into my bones and I could see the fog rolling over the town in undulating waves every night. Eerie and so incredibly fitting!

Monstress, Vol 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…ยฝ
I think I let too much time pass between Vol 2 and 3 so I’d forgotten a lot of what happened in the previous chapters. That said, I think the plot is getting pretty complicated and I felt a little bit bored by it. There’s a lot happening all at once and although the art work is dark and exquisitely beautiful (the details though) I admit that it does get to be a little too much at times. That said, the ending of Vol 3 has made me go out and purchase Vol 4 right away because I need to know what happens next! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

What are you currently reading?

It might be safe to say that my romance phase has passed but I’ve still got no clue what I’m really in the mood for ๐Ÿ˜… That said, I picked up Kiss Me Not by Emma Hart on a whim earlier today and while it’s cute I’m not in the devouring of romance mood. I now have a buttload of romances sitting on my shelves and who knows when I’ll get back in the mood for it? Lol I started Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig the other day as another nonfiction November read and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would! The chapters are short and engaging — although Haig isn’t telling us anything extraordinary or very new, it’s definitely relevant. I have to be honest and say that it’s making me a little anxious because… Well, there’s a lot to be anxious about on this nervous planet we live on ๐Ÿ˜… I’ve also still got Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations going and while it’s entertaining, I don’t know if I’m really in the mood for it either, so it’s slow going…

What will you read next?

Since there’s still one more week to squeeze in some more NF reads, I’m thinking about picking up Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou or The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer’s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon by David Grann up next. Grann writes NF like fiction and I’m all for it! But I’ve also heard so much about Bad Blood, and it does sound incredibly messed up. So I don’t know which to pick up! I still also really wanna read Well Met soon but I want to wait for the right mood otherwise it’ll take away from my enjoyment of the book!

What are you currently reading? How’s your week and reading going?

Posted in General Books, Top Tuesday

#TopTenTuesday: Changes in My Reading Life!

Side note: I’m writing this post as I sit at the airport waiting for my flight back to Bali after an overnight stay in Jakarta and a hectic AF, whirlwind of a day attending an event for work. Sorry if it’s slightly short and a maybe a little mediocre ๐Ÿ™ƒ

It’s that time of the week again, friends! We’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: changes in my reading life. I find this topic pretty interesting and I specifically want to give focus to how my reading life has changed since I joined the book community earlier this year. Although it’s not something that I think about that often, I know that there have been so many changes to my reading life since then. Let’s see if I can get my brain to remember ten things! Here’s what Iโ€™ve come up with:

I read a lot more.

This year isn’t over but I’ve already read over 180 books. I’ve never done this before and it kind of astounds me that it’s happened this year. And so quickly? What! ๐Ÿผ

I remember more of what I read thanks to writing more reviews.

My terrible memory is a little notorious but it’s amazing how much writing reviews has helped me remember the details in books I’ve read this year.

Iโ€™ve re-read quite a few books.

This is something that I always say I want to do but have never really done before. There are just too many books and so little time? But Iโ€™ve re-read a few this year!

I’ve branched out of my comfort zone.

Key piece of evidence here is the fact that I voluntarily read a horror for Halloween this year. And guess what? I actually loved it! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I’ve added about twice the number of books to my shelves this year compared to previous years.

This counts towards changes in my reading life, right?! Because Iโ€™ve seriously added a helluva lot of books to my shelves this year. It does contribute to me reading a lot more!

I’ve become more conscious of diversifying my reads.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I never really thought about how diverse my reads were prior to this year… It’s not that I had anything against reading diversely, of course not, I just never really paid attention to it?

Similarly… I’ve become more aware of what I’m reading.

This may sound pretty silly but prior to joining the book community I kinda used to ‘mindlessly’ consume books — I know I’d enjoy certain reads, but I was never very critical about why. Neither was I very critical of whether certain topics were covered well or if they were awfully written. Iโ€™m so much more aware of issues now and while that means it takes a lot more to make me enjoy a book, Iโ€™m so glad for it ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’ve become more open about my love for romances!

This comes back to a topic that I’ve brought up once or twice recently. I get so much flack about my love of romances from so many people that for so long I’ve kept my love for it on the ‘downlow’. That said I’ve been more open about it ever since I joined the book community and it has been GREAT!

I buy and read more non-fiction.

It’s not that I hate non-fiction. I have nothing against it other than the fact that it’s really hard for my attention to not stray while reading it. But I know a lot of bookstagrammers who read non-fiction all the time and it has motivated me to start reading it more. Not that reading ‘more’ of it is that difficult considering prior to this year I’d only read one or two per year ๐Ÿคฃ

I’ve joined book clubs and group reads–which I never had access to before!

Prior to joining the book community I really had no access to book clubs and group reads and having other people to discuss the same book was something that I sorely lacked in my life (I missed having it without even knowing why I should miss having it, if that makes sense). It’s been so fun reading books with other people and being able to discuss it as we read and after we finish. It’s one of the best things about joining the book community for sure!

How has your reading life changed? Iโ€™d love to know!

Posted in Down the TBR Hole, General Books

Down the TBR Hole – 07

We’re back with another episode of Down the TBR Hole! My TBR currently sits at a whopping 1,005 books, which is the same number I ended this post with last week. I reviewed 10 books again this week but… I’m just gonna be up front here and let you know that I cut ZERO books out this week. NONE. NIL. ZILCH. Because I really want to read all of these books and I’m convinced that I will (eventually) read them all. It’s gonna happen! So all of these are staying ๐Ÿ˜‚

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly book meme created by the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story that attempts to organize our ridiculously long Goodreads TBR list by choosing either to keep or eliminate the books weโ€™ve saved on there. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youโ€™re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopsesย of the books
  • Decide: keep itย or should it go

Verdict: Keep

The Angel’s Game & The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2 & #3) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I feel like I should remove the third book from my TBR until I finally read the second book BUT no. The Shadow of the Wind took me completely by surprise and it is one of my all time favorite novels. I’m definitely keep both on my TBR! Lol

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Family saga, forbidden romance, political drama… Everything about this book sounds like something I’d love so I really want to read it. Plus, I’m always looking to diversify my reads since I’m not

Beauty Is A Wound by Eka Kurniawan. This is Indonesian literature and until now… I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t read anything by an Indonesian author. It’s full of magical realism which makes me hesitant… but I do want to read this.

World Without End (Pillars of the Earth #2) by Ken Follett. I love Ken Follet’s Century Trilogy. They are THICK AF but I devoured them all in a few days. Then I got to the Pillars of the Earth series and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t love it as much. I started the second book soon after finishing the first (two years ago?) but I still haven’t finished it. And I’m still determined to not DNF this lol

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. I’ve heard a lot about Lahiri’s books so I’m quite excited to give this a try.

Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell by Gitta Sereny. Okay, this is terrifying but man, I cannot help but be intrigued. I really want to read this!

Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells by Diane Fanning. I love true crime. I will also make sure my hotel windows are locked now! ๐Ÿ˜…

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. More true crime and I’m here for it!

Happy Like Murderers by Gordon Burn. Are you getting the picture that I like true crime? Lmao I think these were all added during my true crime spree ๐Ÿคฃ

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So… We’re still stuck on 1,005 books on that Goodreads TBR. I’m clearly doing well this week ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Posted in General Books, Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday – 18 November

We’re back with another Goodreads Monday, a weekly meme started by @Laurenโ€™s Page Turners. This meme invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s book is I Kills Giants by Joe Kelly, Ken Niimura. Well, this is a little different from my previous Goodreads Monday picks! I honestly don’t remember adding this graphic novel to my TBR but it could’ve been during one of my biggest graphic novel binge phases! On Goodreads this has an average rating of 4.14 stars with 14,154 ratings and 1,467 reviews.

Barbara Thorson is your new hero: A quick-witted, sharp-tongued fifth grader who isn’t afraid of anything. Why would she be..? After all, she’s the only girl in school who carries a Norse war hammer in her purse and kills giants for a living… At least, that’s what she’ll tell you – but where does the fantasy end and reality begin in the heart of this troubled girl? And what if she’s telling the truth?

Brought to life with unexpected tenderness by JOE KELLY (Supergirl, Action Comics, Deadpool) and breakout talent J. M. KEN NIIMURA, I KILL GIANTS is the bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to conquer monsters both real and imagined as her carefully constructed world crumbles at the feet of giants bigger than any one child can handle.

Why do I want to read it?

Ever since I discovered Saga–the greatest graphic novel of all time, don’t at me–towards the end of last year, I’ve been desperately scouring the graphic novels out there to find one that’ll hook me in and make me feel the feels like Saga did. I’ve read a few pretty great ones but none that I love as much as Saga itself! That said, this one does sound really interesting; especially the main character! I’m looking forward to reading it ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you read I Kill Giants or is it on your TBR too?

Posted in General Books, Sundays In Bed With..., Weekly Wrap Up

Sundays in Bed With… #MyWeeklyWrapUp

We’re back with another Sundays in Bed With… meme! This meme dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve been you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

I spent this Sunday in bed finishing up both Malamander and Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven!

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy’s death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer — the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew — Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy’s death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer — the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew — Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.

What are you currently reading?

It’s been such a stressful Sunday, friends and I’m so over it. Although I haven’t been feeling the best over the last two days, the day started off well enough. I got a few hours of sleep, finished a couple of books, and I watched the adorable movie on Netflix called Klaus! I love a good animated film and this was no exception; it was touching, sweet and funny and I’m so glad it popped up on my suggestions today! It’s the well-imagined backstory of how Santa Claus came to be and I thought it was inventive and entertaining! I’ve possibly been feeling a little more emotional than usual lately but it definitely had me shedding a couple of sad-happy tears and I loved it! Would 100% recommend it if you’re looking for a cute holiday movie to watch, whether alone or with family!

Aside from that it was a relatively chilled out weekend until late this afternoon when there were some work things that came up and stressed me out big time. I’m leaving on a very short work trip tomorrow but it’s so disorganized, everything is feeling a little too last minute and chaotic for my tastes and it’s making me feel extremely anxious. I especially hate that it’s put a damper in my evening as I scramble to do last minute things that people request of me. I really should learn how to say no… That said, I’m going to put on How the Grinch Stole Christmas after this because that black heart is a mood right now ๐Ÿ˜…

Reading & Blogging Recap

I finished four books this week which isn’t bad considering how busy and stressful it was. I managed to read my first Nonfiction November read and I also finished my first successful week of the Triwizardathon! I had originally set out to read three books to complete the challenges, but in the end, I completed four prompts for the two challenges in my first task! The graphic novel that I listed in my Triwizard post wasn’t the one I ended up reading in the end, but it still counts towards completing the challenge. Not off to a bad start, if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’ve been doing pretty well on the blogging front as well, although I only posted one review and I’ve still got tons to write for books I read last month ๐Ÿ™ˆ Slowly, though, right? As usual, in case you missed any of my posts from this week, you can find them all listed below:

Top 5 Saturday: Books by Unread Authors!
Friday Favorites: Hyped Books!
First Lines Friday: 15 November
Review: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
The Book Snob Tag!
Thursday Discussion: Books That Make Me Laugh Out Loud!
This or That Book Tag!
#WWWWednesday: 13 November
Triwizard Tournament Readathon: Task 1 Possibility Pile
#TopTenTuesday: Favorite Bookmarks!
Down the TBR Hole – 07
Goodreads Monday: 11 November

I’ve been listening to a lot of throwback tunes this week and it’s all thanks to discovering that there’s a musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill album! I’m sharing the video that set me off on this jaunt down the 90s to early 00s music memory lane below. This is the cast of the musical singing one of my favorite songs off Morissette’s album: You Learn.

How has your week been? Hope everyone has/had a great weekend!