T5W: Future Classics

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

July 11th: Future Classics
–What books do you think will stand the test of time?

I think this was more stressful than it should have been haha. I first sat down and couldn’t come up with anything. It was one of those “I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read” kinds of moments (ok, more like half an hour, during which time I just sat and stared at my shelves and actually almost cried, but let’s not talk about that).

But I finally came up with 5, so yay! In no particular order, as usual…




The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan–
I think his books are going to stick. Maybe not all of them, but I have a feeling that in another 10ish years, they’re going to be considered modern classics, as Harry Potter is now.

 


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid– I read this last summer and I still think about it a lot. I still hate the description because it makes it sound different from what it was actually like, but it was really good, very timely, and I hope it makes it as a classic. (My review.)

 

 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn– Confession: I haven’t read this one. I tried (several times, ugh), and couldn’t get into it. I also didn’t like the movie, or Sharp Objects (which I actually did manage to finish, but barely). I think Gillian Flynn’s writing just isn’t for me, idk. But this book exploded a few years ago, and people are still talking about it and referencing it regularly, so I have a feeling it’s eventually going to be considered a classic.

 



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab– Maaaaaybe it won’t become a fantasy classic, but I think it should, and I hope it does ❤ (Do I need to explain this one, and why I chose it?)

 

 


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–
I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, either. The writing, the story, the cover ❤ It’s still a really popular book, and I see it as a lot of people’s favorite/in their list of favorites pretty regularly. I honestly can’t remember a time (since I became aware of the bookish parts of the internet a few years ago) when I haven’t seen this book pop up on social media at least once a week.


What are some books you think are destined to become classics?

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Tome Topple Plans + TBR

I’m kind of addicted to read a thons and reading challenges, but few get me as excited as Tome Topple, and I am so ready (haha, no, I’m not) for the next round!

If you’re not familiar with it, Tome Topple is a read a thon that usually happens a couple times a year(ish) that was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes over on YouTube.

Unlike a lot of read a thons, the goal isn’t to read as many books as you can. Instead, it’s to tackle “tomes” (books over 500 pages). Here’s the announcement video for this round if you want to check it out to learn more. There’s also a Tome Topple twitter, and a goodreads group!

This round of Tome Topple begins June 29th and ends July 12th.

Honestly, I’ve kind of failed at Tome Topple in the past :/ But, I’m still going to try this time around, and just hope I make it through at least part of one book by the end. 

There are mini-challenges during Tome Topple, but I don’t know if I’ll do any. I have a couple of books that would count for “part of a series,” and most of them are “adult books,” so I might get to cross off one of those.

I still haven’t decided 100% what my book (or books) will be, but I’ve narrowed it down from a list of like 30 books. I decided to try to only pick a book (or books) that I’ve owned since before this year, and then I narrowed the list down more by figuring out which ones I’ve wanted to read the longest and/or heard the most good about.

That…barely thinned down the list, honestly haha. (I also passed on a couple of non-fiction books I have, but I’ve owned both since last year, so…I might decide to pick one of those up later.)

If you’re doing TT and want to buddy read one of these, let me know! (That’s one of the mini-challenges.)

My TBR Choices

(AKA books I’ll be picking from literally as soon as I start reading, because trying to pick one before that will result in me having no desire to read it by the time the read a thon begins :/ )

 

Kindle books

  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a re-read)

 

Physical books

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri; The Diviners by Libba Bray; The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


I meant to have this scheduled and posted way earlier today, but stuff came up and I’m only just finishing this post at 9PM, eek. Only three more hours until Tome Topple begins, yay!

Happy reading, and good luck to anyone participating 🙂

T5W: Books I Want to Get to This Year

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

June 27th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year 
–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year!

So many. So, so, so many books I want to read ASAP, but probably won’t. *sigh* Honestly, this list could change every 5 minutes, depending on what books I can see from wherever I am in my house, my mood, etc. But these are five books I’ve really wanted to read for a while now, and I’m hoping to get to them all pretty soon.

In no particular order…



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– I swear I think I’ve mentioned wanting to read this several times, yet here I am. I don’t generally like contemporaries, and I have to be in really specific kinds of moods to get through them. I’m just waiting for the right mood to finally come along. Hopefully that will be soon.

 

 


Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor– I’m pretty much just waiting for the sequel at this point. Originally, I wanted to read it right away. Then I had surgery and my whole TBR got shuffled around and off course, so now I’m just waiting. But after I get the sequel, I’ll probably get to it pretty soon.

 

 


Vicious
by V.E. Schwab– Another that I’ve been saying I’ll read for ages, and also one I’m now putting off only because the sequel is coming soon. I might read Vicious before Vengeful comes out, but not long before. Like, maybe a couple week or a month before? Whatever. I’ll be reading it really soon.

 

 


The Library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins– This one actually wasn’t super high on my TBR, but I recently started it hoping the strangeness would help snap me out of this reading slump. It didn’t work 😦 But, I think when I’m back to my normal reading, this will be one I’ll finish quickly and enjoy. (This is the only book on the list that I’ve started already.)

 


Uprooted
by Naomi Novik– I think I’ve mentioned this one before, too. It’s been on my TBR for a long time, and on my shelf for over a year, and I keep looking at it when I’m trying to figure out what to read. I think the right mood for it will be coming soon, and I hope I like it as much as I’ve been assured I will.

 

 


What are some books you want to get to before the end of the year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week’s topic is actually supposed to be about series you don’t plan to finish, but I did a Top 5 Wednesday about that recently, so I decided to switch it up and go with series I do want to finish.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I read the first two books years ago, but that was shortly before the third (and final) book came out. I wasn’t able to get my hands on it, so I never finished the trilogy. Now, I have them all, I just need to re-read one and two, then finally finish the series.

 



All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness–
I think this was a similar situation to DOSAB, and I also finally have all three of these, but need to do a re-read of the first two so I can finish it.

 

 


The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger–
Another series I’ve only read the first two books from (and need to re-read because I’ve forgotten so much), but now own the entire series. I managed to snag most of the series on sale a year or so ago, finally completing my collection, and I’m thinking about finishing this series this summer.

 


The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver–
I’ve only read the first one, but I really liked it and still want to finish the trilogy. I think the only reason I never did was because my library didn’t have the other two books. Blessedly, I think I remember the first well enough to skip the re-read.

 


The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read the first book, but I own the first 3, and now that the last book is out, I want to re-read Red Queen and binge my way through the rest. As soon as I get War Storm.

 

 


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston– Only the first two books are out so far, and I’ve only read the first, but I loved it and I am so excited for this series! I just finally finally finally ordered the sequel, The Defiant, and I can’t wait to dive in after it gets here.

 

 


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– This series is still ongoing, and I am a couple books behind, but I love it. It’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I’m planning to do a re-read of the series whenever the next book comes out, so I can finally catch back up.

 

 


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris–
*dramatic sigh* I’ve read all but the 13th–and final–book in the series. I started a re-read at the end of 2017 so I could finally finish it, but my last two books were destroyed (long story) and I still haven’t finished. And of course those are the only two books my library doesn’t have from the series :/

 


Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón–
I’ve only read The Shadow of the Wind, but I absolutely loved it. Last summer, I scored big-time at a used bookstore when I found the first 3 books, in hardcover, for less than $5 each! I’m really looking forward to a re-read and then finishing this series, but I think there’s actually a fourth book out now, too, so I might wait a bit.

 


The Stacy Justice Mysteries by Barbra Annino– I’ve read the first 3 of these books, I think, and I really liked them. They’re fun paranormal mysteries, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series since I finished collecting the main books.

 

 


Are there any series you really want to finish? Or how about the opposite–series you don’t want to finish?

If you’ve read any of these and think I should prioritize them, let me know 🙂

May + Spring Wrap Up

Goodreads is finally functioning a little more, so I can do this the easier way, yay!

May was An Experience, oh boy. I mentioned in my April Wrap Up that I was about 3,600 pages behind for my page goal. That…that was a lot of pages to be behind by. By the end of May, to get back on track, I needed my total page count for the year so far to be at least 12,500.

So how did I do? Well, my total pages for this year was 13,282 at the end of May 31st! Ho-ly craaaap that was a lot of pages read in May!

In May, I read 17 titles and finally (finally!) finished The Lord of the Rings! It took me about 2.5-3 months to read Fellowship and maybe the first chapter or so of Two Towers, but once I sat down and really started the rest of the book, I blew through it within the week, I think. I loved it, and I am so happy to finally be able to say I’ve read it haha.

Now, on to the rest of what I read:

may 2018 books

From last book of the month to first book of the month…

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge– 3/5 stars
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur– 4.5/5 stars
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins– 1.5/5 stars
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– 4.5/5 stars (-0.5 star because I didn’t really start loving it until after Fellowship :/ )
  • The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs– 3.5-4/5 stars
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– 5/5 stars
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– 4/5 stars
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel– 1.5/5 stars
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– 4-ish/5 stars
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw– 3.75/5 stars?
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee– 5/5 stars
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan– 4-4.5/5 stars
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan– 3.75-4/5 stars
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars

I pretty much did nothing but read every possible moment last month because I was determined to catch up while I was really feeling the urge to read. (That’s also why my blogging didn’t really happen last month, oops.)


I won’t get into my year-long reading challenges this time, but I’ll be doing a mid-year review/wrap-up at the end of June and include what I’ve read for the Pop Sugar and Book Riot’s Read Harder challenges.


Spring Bookish Bingo Results

Spring Bookish Bingo--finished

I was so close to getting every square this time around, ugh.

Here’s what I read:

  • Ocean Theme: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mythology: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Part of a Series: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (review)
  • Pink Cover: Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman (review)
  • Made Into a Movie: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • White Cover: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (review)
  • Spring Release: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (review)
  • New-to-You Author: It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett (review)
  • Retelling: Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards
  • Unlikeable Main Character: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Thriller: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Free Space: The Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  • Intersectional Diversity: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Disabled/POC/LGBTQ+ character)
  • Animal On Cover: She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi (review) (A wolf)
  • Aussie Author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • 2018 Debut: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (review)
  • Epistolary: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Family: Funhome: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Witches: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Flowers On Cover: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Set in Another Country: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia…I think)
  • LGBT+: Everthing Leads to You by Dahlia Adler (F/F relationship)
  • Multi POV: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Second Chance: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (I counted this because I gave it a second chance after trying to read it as a kid and not liking it. I still didn’t really like it :/ )

And that’s a wrap, whew.

May, and spring in general, was kind of eventful. A lot has gone on in my personal life, and not much of it was good :/ But at least I’m back on track with my reading goals, I guess. (Well, at least my page count goal, if nothing else.) And I’ve managed to actually do pretty well so far with my reading resolutions for this year. But I think I’ve done enough updating and wrapping up for one post, so I’ll talk more about that in the mid-year update around the end of June/beginning of July.

Summer Bookish Bingo Sign Up & TBR

I haven’t posted in so. long. Ugh. I really wanted to, but holy wow was May a serious Reading Catch Up month for me. (My May/Spring wrap up post was supposed to go up before this one, but goodreads is having issues with not showing all the books I finished, and honestly I don’t feel like inserting that many cover pics into a blog post. But I might if they don’t get this fixed soon.) More on all that soon, hopefully.

Anyway…

This will be my fourth time participating in Bookish Bingo (hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews), and I’m really excited.

Here’s the Summer card:

I haven’t put a lot of thought into this card yet, but I have some ideas for my options for a lot of the squares. This isn’t a TBR that’s set in stone, but basically what a) comes to mind quickly, and b) could potentially also be used for other challenges I’m participating in.


LGBT+
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

2018 Debut
Indecent by Corinne Sullivan

Sequel
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Asian Author
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Magic
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Blue Cover
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

A Book You’ve Been Putting Off
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Yellow Cover
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Adventure
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Someone Else Picks For You
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (I haven’t actually asked my friend to pick a book for me, but I’m 99% sure this is the one she’d demand I finally read lol)

Red Cover
The Power by Naomi Alderman (I can’t tell if this cover is red or orange :/ )
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (well, my edition has a red cover, at least)

Set During Wartime
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Religion
The Poetic Edda

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

Sci-Fi
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


This card has a few challenging squares for me (particularly June/July/August Release because I can’t really buy new books, and my library rarely gets anything that’s a new release that I’m interested in 😦 ), so I doubt I’ll even come close to filling it.

Some, like Realistic Fiction, I’ll probably have tons of options for, though, which is why I didn’t include them. In fact, for that one, I might count one of my current reads: Black Swans by Eve Babitz. It’s a collection of short stories, and should work nicely for that one. 

For a book Over 5 Years Old, I have plenty of choices for that one :/ So many. Like, a terrifying number of books that were not only published over 5 years ago, but have been on my shelf at least that long.

Pirates is going to be hard, though, because I don’t actually own any pirate-y books. (And I can only think of maybe 2-3 books I’ve read in my entire life that had at least one pirate character.) I’d really like to get a space-pirates book, so if anyone has recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

Summer Thriller is another one I’m going to struggle with because a) I don’t really like thrillers, and b) does it mean a thriller set in the summer? A thriller released this summer? A thriller people would read on vacation in the summer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

On the subject of thrillers, if anyone has recs, omg please send them! The only two thriller authors I can think of that I’ve actually really liked are Dan brown and Stieg Larsson. So if anyone can suggest other books (I’d really prefer books not by white men, but at this point I’ll take whatever), I would be eternally grateful ❤


Let me know if you’re participating in Bookish Bingo this time around!

And if you have any book recommendations for any of these squares, definitely let me know so I can check them out 🙂

F is for Friday: May 18th

I’ve wanted to do this weekly meme for ages, but for some reason I thought this was one that wasn’t active anymore :/ I think I confused it with a different Friday meme or something. But I finally actually checked, and yay, it’s still going strong!


How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (that would be Nomadic Worlds, go check ’em out!) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

That would probably be…

I don’t have a review for this one yet, but hopefully soon. And now I can not wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, due out in October!

 

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be reading this weekend, but right now it’s looking like…

  and 

I just started The Two Towers, (edit: oops, just realized I originally said Return of the King :/ ) so I’m hoping to get through a chunk of it. And I just read the first chapter of The Rosie Project, so I’m hoping to finish this because it’s been on my shelf/tbr for soooo looooong.

 

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

Hmmm… I think my favorite quote from reading this week was probably this one from Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour:

“People talk about coming out as though it’s this big one-time event. But really, most people have to come out over and over to basically every new person they meet.”

 

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

This was not a good week, but I’m trying to appreciate the little things.

  1. Seeing my BFF for the first time (for more than a few seconds) in over 6 months.
  2. Finding The Color of Magic on my library’s OverDrive (finally!!).
  3. Discovering a new favorite coffee brand.
  4. Getting in a little writing time.
  5. This little angel

This is Cashmere, one of the stray kittens we adopted last November


Happy Friday, folks, and I hope you have a great weekend 🙂