Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon is coming up, and I’m excited to say that this is my third time participating! (Goes from July 23-29.)

You know what’s even better about this year?

There are blog challenges!!

Of course, these challenges are just for fun, but no matter. *does happy dance*

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Or how about a cutesier dance, reminiscent of the good ol’ Tom and Jerry days?

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Now, all we have to do is wait for these challenges to be revealed. *sits and waits impatiently*

Anyway.

I used to think I’d read seven books to complete all seven challenges (hahaha—who was I kidding?), but I now know that isn’t happening because I failed to do so the past two times I participated in this reading challenge.

So, this time I’m being realistic (it’s a new thing I’m trying) and have chosen just four books. 👍

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1. Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel (Read From a Host’s Favorite Genre)

This relates indirectly to my current obsession with all things French. You see, I have given up slightly (only slightly—I’m still searching, so if anyone’s got any suggestions…) on finding books set in Paris (or other parts of France), so I have expanded my horizons to Europe.

And that’s when I remembered this book. I’d been perusing the shelves of my library one day when this book drew my attention (I mean, it’s called Palace of Spies), but I’d never gotten to actually reading it.

Now I’ve got the chance since I know it’s set in England, most likely Victorian England. (There was a time when I was obsessed with this too, though I still love books set there—if it isn’t a genre, it should be. There are so many historical fiction books set in this time period.)

Oops, that reminds me, almost forgot to add—this book pertains to Caz’s favorite genre. You guessed it: historical fiction!

2. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (Read a Book That Has Been Banned)

I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere (that’s a thing people say, yes?), and it intrigued me.

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, so reading a book about the Islamic Revolution by a person who actually lived through it (made more interesting because she was a child at the time—a kid’s perspective makes everything better) would be a great option.

Also, there might be the fact that this book is technically both a memoir and a graphic novel.

What? Graphic novels are perfect for read-a-thons! *knows some of you are silently judging, but doesn’t care*

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl (Throwback Challenge)

As I’ve mentioned before, Roald Dahl’s books were my childhood. My childhood. *holds hand over heart*

So, I’ve chosen the “read a childhood book,” or something along those words, challenge, and what better book to pick than The Witches? 

Now that I think about it, that book must’ve been pretty scary to some children… (I know I was a bit creeped out when I first read it). They probably started believing witches existed. Do they? *looks around nervously*

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4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (LGBTQIA+)

*squeals very loudly*

This book might have been my most anticipated read of this year. Now that it’s been released, I cannot wait to read it.

In fact, I’m just itching to pick it up right now… *slaps own hand* Stop it! Must. Have. Self-control. *struggles*

*gasps* And I have just read a review of the book and it mentions the book takes place in Paris at some point!

Oh, book, you and I were meant to be. (Okay, okay, enough drama 😂.)

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Alright, that’s my TBR!

Are you participating in the biannual bibliothon? If so, is this your first time participating? What books are you planning on reading?

Let me know in the comments below! (Just realized that rhymes.)

Thanks for reading! 👋

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June TBR

This month’s TBR is fairly ambitious, though I think I can do it. Optimism! 😉 👍

Okay, so here are the books I’m planning on reading:

1. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

I’m currently reading this book and I’m really appreciating how real it is. I may write a review on it, but if not, I’ll definitely be discussing it a bit in my June Wrap Up. (Ah, that seems so far away right now…)

2. The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

I’m currently reading this as well. It just keeps getting creepier and creepier… *shivers*

3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

I’m really excited to read this book because a friend of mine who is usually really picky with books actually enjoyed it very much. Also, I’m interested to read a (sort of) Mulan retelling.

4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m a bit confused as to what this story is really about, but I’m still incredibly excited. The storyline seems very intricate, and another friend of mine (the same one who recommended the Dorothy Must Die series, so I trust her opinion) has been raving about it nonstop, so I really want to pick the book up soon.

5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This has been my most anticipated read for a long time. I’ve heard so much about how fun and quirky it is, so I really want to pick it up since it’s summer. It seems like the perfect summer read. ☀️

6. Reread the rest of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I’m really excited to be reading them again! I know I’ve forgotten some things, so I can’t wait to delve into the world of Greek gods, demigods, and experience Camp Half-Blood Percy’s eyes again. 🙂

7. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

I’m anticipating how good this book will be because I absolutely loved Francesca Zappia’s other book, Made You Up, about a girl with schizophrenia who one day sees a boy that she thought she’d hallucinated. I 100% recommend that book.


Okay, so that’s it for my TBR!

Of course, I’m not going to necessarily stick 100% to this because I want to have some freedom in choosing what to read. 😊

Thanks for reading! 👋

 

 

 

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017 TBR

Hi!

The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is coming up on January 7, and this is the first time I’m “participating.” Obviously, I can’t enter the giveaway because I don’t have a Youtube channel, but I still thought it’d be fun to try and complete the challenges!

1. Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

So, as you guys can see from the challenge, the first book on my TBR is Stalking Jack the Ripper. I’ve recently become interested in reading psychological thrillers, so reading a book focused on Jack the Ripper, a never-identified serial killer from London in the 1800s, is definitely up my alley.

2. Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge

I chose the free choice/wildcard challenge from last year. I’m not sure which book I’ll choose, but I’ll either be reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (a fantasy book where the main character is part of the LGBT community, which I’ve never heard of before) or Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, also known as the popular Youtuber Zoella. I really want to read Girl Online because it sounds interesting and I want to see if I like it or not, as it has mixed reviews.

3. Read a 2016 new release

Starflight by Melissa Landers. I’m excited to pick this one up. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now, and just never managed to start it. Though the synopsis makes it sound like a cliché YA science fiction romance (I know, lots of genres there), I read the reviews and many say the book actually is nothing like that. Thank goodness. This just makes me even more excited!

4. Read a book a booktuber recommended

Well, I was going to read Stolen, but I started reading it this week (hey, I couldn’t help it), so I guess I’ll have to think of something else to read… (I’m planning on posting my first book review on Stolen.) I mean, some booktubers have recommended Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, but I’m just worried about the love triangle. I really can’t stand love triangles. A lot of them are unrealistic. Why would two guys allow even the person they like to spend time with the other person? It’s not exactly cheating, but it’s not right. Plus, more importantly, the main character never chooses the one I want them to end up with!

5. Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t know why I never picked it up. I really liked Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy (the Darkling was the best 🙂 ), and so many people said Six of Crows was just as good, if not better, so obviously now I have to read it.

6. Read a retelling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Do I even need to say anything? This book has been all over the booktubing and book blogging community. I absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles, so I can’t wait to pick up Marissa Meyer’s newest book!

7. Read a diverse book

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova. I’ve heard so much about the diversity in this book. I’ve never read (or ever known about) any books that focus on Latin American culture and fantasy! I know this definitely has LGBTQ in it, which is definitely exciting for a fantasy book.

I can’t wait until this readathon begins! 🙂

Is anyone else participating? 


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Winter Break TBR

Hi! The holidays are coming up, so I’ve got a pretty ambitious TBR (since most of the books I’ve chosen are pretty long). I just love the feeling of reading a book while drinking hot chocolate, surrounded by holiday decorations.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I am so excited to read this book. I’ve been putting it off until break because I want to be able to savor it. Plus, Simon’s finally getting his conclusion.

If you want to read this collection of novellas, but haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s other books, I suggest you read those first. This collection contains spoilers for the other books set in the same world, and you wouldn’t really understand the story without reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. TMI was Cassandra’s debut series and the TID books are the prequels, so you can start with either series (well, TID is a trilogy). You can find the synopses for the books on Goodreads.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

As you can clearly see, this holiday season, I’m in the mood for reading about Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I love Magnus, so obviously I would read an entire book chronicling his life. You’re probably wondering why I hadn’t picked the book up earlier, as it came about quite a while ago—two years ago, I believe. Well, to be honest, I did try to read it once, but I got distracted by other books, so I ended up kind of forgetting about it. But, I am still interested in the book, so I’m hoping the second time I pick it up, I’ll read it all the way through and enjoy it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

I recently watched the movie, and let me just gush about it for a second. The movie was amazing. Newt Scamander is a fantastic character (get it?) who is just so quirky and loveable. His fascination and passion toward magical beasts really touched my heart. Oh, and Jacob was a character who made me laugh. I really want to try his baked goods. Mmm… They look so delicious! And don’t even get me started on how absolutely adorable Newt’s fantastic beasts were! 🙂 ❤

Okay. Back to the book. Since I loved the movie so much, I’m sure I’ll love the screenplay. I really want to get immersed in Newt’s world again. I’m also pretty sure J.K. Rowling makes comments throughout the script, explaining things, so I’m incredibly eager to pick the book up!

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I’d never heard of this book until I watched a booktuber’s December TBR. Since I’m in a fantasy mood right now, I thought the book seemed interesting. I looked it up on Goodreads, and the synopsis was really mysterious and intriguing. So, now I definitely plan on reading the book. Plus, there are a lot of very positive and enthusiastic reviews, so that motivates me to pick it up even more. I have a feeling it will not disappoint!

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I heard a lot of people say how beautiful the book is, so obviously, I’m going to read it! A lot of people are saying the book is heart-aching, beautiful, intricate, and dark, and those are definitely aspects I look for in fantasy books (or any book). It’s also only 173 pages, so it’s a fairly quick read (although I might spend some time absorbing the book, based on what they reviews say). Can’t wait to start it!

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Since it is the holiday season, I decided I might as well read a Christmas-themed book! Especially if it’s a romance, as I love reading romances. Plus, I love John Green’s books, and I loved Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girls series. I’ve never read any of Maureen Johnson’s books, but I’ve heard of her books, and my friend who read 13 Little Blue Envelopes said she really liked it. So, why not get an introduction to her writing by reading a short romance? A lot of reviews on Goodreads say Maureen Johnson’s story is the best out of all of them. I know there are also a few negative reviews, but I’m hoping the book will pull through for me.


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