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Summer Bookish Bingo Sign Up + Book Picks

These seasonal bingo rounds are hosted by Bekka, who is now blogging over at Lock & Rose. I personally think these bingo cards are loads of fun, and they really get me to think about what books I still own but haven’t read, and maybe some that I’ve forgotten about. (Plus, sometimes I end up discovering books while browsing for one that will fit a particular prompt.)

I am so late in posting this that I’ve already crossed off like 5 haha, but I was trying to figure out a couple of books that would work for this card that are also kinda high on my TBR already.

The summer card (links to the announcement post on Lock & Rose):

The cards are always so gorgeous ❤ I also really like how there’s usually a mix of sort of common reading challenge prompts (like fave author, page to screen, or covers that are a certain color) and some I don’t really see often (like sunshine on cover, strong parent bonds, etc.)

On to the (possible) TBR:

  • Pink Cover: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (which I finished a couple days ago and should have a review up for in a few days)
  • Graphic Novel: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs & Cassandra Jean
  • Strong Parent Bonds: I’m thinking of reading Emma by Jane Austen, but I don’t know if it counts. This is one I’m really unsure about what I’ll end up reading for it.
  • Speculative Fiction: The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
  • Cover Change: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Animal in the Title: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Romance: Probably something by Tessa Dare or Alyssa Cole
  • Fave Author: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco or something by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
  • Beach or Island: This is the one I had the hardest time thinking of, and I feel like an idiot because I literally have no less than 4 books on my shelves that will work. I’m leaning towards Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  • Food on Cover: Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (which I’ve already finished)
  • Re-Read: The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Orange Cover: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Illustrated Cover: All the Feels by Danika Stone
  • Bookish Themes: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • LGBT: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (which I’ve also already finished)
  • WOC Author: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  • Blue Cover: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (this was my first read of June. Can you tell I really love Alyssa Cole’s books? 😛 )
  • Man vs Nature: I’m thinking Wilder Girls by Rory Power might work for this one, but we’ll see. I have an eARC and plan to start it later this month.
  • Page to Screen: Who even knows. I’m leaning toward Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, but I’m really struggling to find many books that have been/are being adapted that I haven’t read and actually care about :/
  • Series Finale: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  • 2019 Debut: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (which I read yesterday and hope to have a review up for it tomorrow)
  • Historical: Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor
  • Sunshine on Cover: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  • White Cover: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Are you participating in Bookish Bingo this summer?

How about other reading challenges?

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Spring Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

I’ve been participating in these seasonal bookish bingo rounds (created by Pretty Deadly Reviews) for a while now, and I always enjoy it. I do try to fill the card each time, but if I get at least one BINGO, I’m usually okay with it.

This time around, I didn’t think I was going to fill all the spaces because I needed one book. Just one. I didn’t think I would get it from OverDrive with enough time to read it before this round ends, but I did, huzzah! Okay, on to the card and the books!

The Card:

The Books:

I don’t have it in me to add anything else to this, like the book cover or my rating :/ At the time I’m writing this, I’ve been awake over 24 hours (not unusual for me, but I’ve been a bit ill so it’s really hitting me hard) and I’m just exhausted and starting to fear I might start typing all the random thoughts in my head instead of what I mean to type 😛

Overall, I’m not mad about this card. I definitely didn’t love every book, but several of them also worked for yearly challenges I’m participating in, so…I think it balances out, for the most part.

If you participated and have a wrap up post, leave a link so I can check it out!

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2019 Beat the Backlist

Almost all of my books are backlist because I don’t read a ton of new releases, buuuut… I have a lot of books. Like, a lot a lot. One of my resolution things for 2018 was to read my shelves, and I think over 50% of what I’ve read (probably closer to 75%) were books I already owned before the start of 2018, so yay!

Next year, I want to continue with that, and I’m officially joining Beat the Backlist.

If you don’t know what Beat the Backlist is, check out Novel Knight (the creator) and read up on it. Basically, read backlist titles (books published before 2019), and only books you start after the new year begins can count.

Also! There’s a mini-challenge to read to earn points for your Hogwarts house. I’m honestly pretty evenly split between Slytherin and Ravenclaw, but I feel like Ravenclaw is always the majority of people in any Hogwarts related reading challenge, so I’m signing up as a Slytherin 😛

My TBR choices below are completely random (I’m literally just looking at my shelves while I write this) and in no particular order. They’re also probably not the books I’ll end up reading, but I’m going to try. I’m picking 12 books, with the hopes of reading at least one of my backlist books each month next year.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– I’ve read the Shades of Magic trilogy and Vicious, but I have both of the books in the Monsters of Verity duology on my shelf and I need to read them.

Life After Life by Kate Atkins– I’ve wanted to read this for ages, and it’s been on my shelf at least a year.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith– I think I’m the last person to read this one. I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to it.

John Dies at the End by David Wong– I saw the movie and I think I remember liking it. The book has been chilling on my shelf for like two years, though, so I need to get to this one.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters– This one hasn’t been on my shelf very long, but it’s been on my TBR for ages. I might save it for Tome Topple, if there’s one in the spring.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel– I don’t even have an excuse for having not read this one, other than it’s location. It gets kind of hidden and I forget I actually did buy it.

Talon by Julie Kagawa– Funny story: I bought this for-freaking-ever ago and planned to read it ASAP. Then I entered a giveaway for the third book (I totally missed that it was the third, not second, oops) and won a copy. So, now I have books one and three, and I’ve been waiting for my library to have a copy of the second to read this one. Guess which books they have? The first and the third *headdesk*

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent– I want to read this so bad! I forgot I bought a copy because it somehow ended up smushed behind other books for months. I just found it while unhauling some things, and I feel like I might read it soon.

The Terror by Dan Simmons– I think I bought this one earlier this year, and I might save it for October. Probably not, but maybe.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– Yeah…I still haven’t read this one :/

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Ugh. I just want to get it over with. In all honesty, the only reason I’m even going to attempt this one is because I bought it. I read ACOTAR and was not a fan.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi– And another big-name, super-hyped book I have not read. (And have owned for years. Oops.)

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September Wrap Up (Blogtober Begins!)

September was a rocky reading month for me, but I (finally) came out of a month pretty satisfied with my reading. The cursed slump was driven away, thanks to Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate.

I’m really glad I saved finishing that series for so long, because without it, I’m not sure I ever would have clawed my way out of the slump. (That’s probably overly dramatic, but it’s how I felt 😛 )

In September, I finished eleven books, four fairy tales, and one short story.

september wrap up

The Fairy Tales

(Clicking the titles takes you to my Fairy Tales Fridays post for each of them.)

The Books

  • The entire Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless) by Gail Carriger
  • The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts edited by Rayne Hall
  • The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
  • Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (reviewed)
  • The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia by Joe Tennis
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Short Stories

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

I totally won at R.I.P. 13, which I talked about in my first and second update posts. Since I’ve already succeeded with Peril the First (reading 4 books), my bigger focus for R.I.P. in October is going to be Peril of the Short Story and Peril on the Screen.

Over the weekend, there was a pre-FrightFall readathon, during which I read two books (the last two on my list above).

Lastly, I think I’ve been able to mark a couple of squares for Fall Bookish Bingo, yay!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for October, and I really hope I get at least as much reading done this month as I did in September.


How was your September?

Did you read anything great?

Are you participating in any autumn or Halloween themed book events?

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R.I.P. XIII: Update the Second

(Check out the R.I.P. 13 page here, and my sign up post here.)

I’ve officially completed Peril the First, whoo!

That doesn’t mean I’m stopping, because I have several spooky books lined up for October, and other spooky challenges to participate in (like FrightFall which I just posted about earlier). I’m just shocked that I A) actually finished four books that fit, and B) have done so before October even started haha.

In my first update, I’d read two books and was working on a third (I ended up DNF’ing The Library at Mount Char…maybe some other time).

Since then, I’ve also finished:

  • The Suffering by Rin Chupeco (the sequel to The Girl in the Well), and I loved it I think as much as the first book, maybe more. I might post a combo review soon, but I gave it 4.5/5 stars.
  • Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (reviewed here) which…I didn’t love. 2/5 stars.

For Peril of the Short Story I read:

  • Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts edited by Rayne Hall which I gave 1/5 stars :/
  • Then I re-read “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe which I gave 4.5/5 stars (it’s not my favorite Poe story, but I really enjoy it).
  • I think The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and VIrginia by Joe Tennis counts. It’s a super short book (70 pages) of ghost stories from a small region of TN and VA. I just read it this morning and gave it 3.5/5 stars.

For Peril on the Screen:

I watched Happy Death Day. I’ve wanted to see this movie since I first saw previews last year(?) and I was not disappointed. I don’t want to say much about it, but I honestly loved it. Probably enough to buy it if I ever find it cheap.

I give this one 4.5/5 stars for being so much fun to watch, and because if I hadn’t spoiled myself accidentally by searching for something while watching it, I honestly wouldn’t have seen the ending coming. I might have figured out the “who,” but not the “how.”

If you like movies like Scream, April Fool’s Day, Heathers, Final Destination, maybe Final Girl, Black Christmas (the original, I don’t think I’ve seen the remake), and–of course–Groundhog Day, you might want to check this one out if you haven’t already.

I think that’s it for my R.I.P. updating, but there will be more coming next month, probably.