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March Wrap-Up and TBR

Well, life has not really straightened itself out for me during the last month but I suppose I shall summarize my reading to be consistent. A whopping number of THREE books, hmm? Must be a record. And it’s better late than never, right? The month of March kept me busy with friends and family. I couldn’t leave my thoughts to itself as it would just twist and warp and overwhelm me until all I could do was chronicle every emotion down in hopes that would release them from me. So reading was out of the picture.

But what I did read followed more my state of mind.

What I managed to read this month

I finished Brigid Kemmerer’s More Than We Can Tell in time – though not my review – for its release early in the month. People with hard lives who find each other made me both happy and sad at the same time. It was a weird emotional experience to see fictional characters living out endings that made me wish my own could be like it. Strange to be almost jealous of fictional people, huh? But it continued along the vein of her work that I enjoyed immensely so there was the redeeming factor in it.

Bending the Universe was a huge change in direction for me. A poetry book? Really? Yes, the cover is beautiful but what hooked me was the way the publisher described the poet. A pessimistic idealist. Sounds like those two things are contradictory yet they perfectly describe who I am. Life isn’t easy and I’m realistic enough to understand that perfect endings don’t necessarily exist in this lifetime, but there are parts of me that cling to the idealistic daydreams of my childhood and adolescence. Just wishing. This book captured all of that and more, definitely being my favourite book – out of my meager selections but still worth something – of the month.

As for Dumplin’, I thought the protagonist’s courage and overall message of the book was deviation enough from the simple formula of a beautiful/talented/of-want-in-some-way girl who ends up getting all that she wanted no matter how “bad” it seemed from the start. I didn’t want to read about some special snowflake that everyone was chasing for some reason or another. And this book wasn’t about that. It surprised me in ways unforeseen, no matter how much popularity it had gained prior to my reading of it.

Currently reading…kind of

My current list is so long that I should probably cut some of these short and maybe just never get back to it, although I’m adverse to putting books in the DNF shelf so quickly. But here’s my attempt at the realistic list of books I actually still care enough to read and finish at the moment around my busy schedule.

  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier

TBR…or so I hope

Now let’s be realistic about my ACTUAL TBR list right now. All the books I had planned on reading at the beginning of the year that I’m still holding (I’m so sorry, library patrons) just don’t feel right to me. It’s like I woke up all of a sudden from a long and beautiful dream to find myself searching for more in life. And that apparently translates to what I read as well.

I’ve been pretty philosophical in my thoughts as of late. Happy stories exist but I also want to read things that mirror life more. Hence more poetry and more classics added to the list. The following is a shortened list of books I need to read (for ARC purposes) and want to read in the upcoming month(s).

  • The Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  • What Disturbs Our Blood by James Fitzgerald
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

I’ve always believed that books mirror our lives more than the other way around, and clearly this last while has showcased a bit more into how I feel I’m changing as a person as well. While I don’t know how long this tumultuous rollercoaster ride of my life is going to last, I do think it’s expanded my interests and horizons to encompass more than just YA here. Don’t worry though. YA will always be a part of my life – regardless of how old I get it seems. So I hope you’re in for a ride with me!

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February Wrap-Up and TBR

Ah, February. ‘Tis the month of love, yet going into this short month, I had no idea just how tumultuous it was gonna get for me. Waves of emotions. Tangled pieces of a fractured heart breaking into a kaleidoscope of colours every which way. Yet let’s not focus on the what if’s and if only’s of my crazy, present life. I hope for the majority of you, it’s been a celebration of love, in whichever form it may come, and that you got to experience some of that doing what we love – in the form of a good book. Let’s dig in, shall we?

What did I read this month?

Surprisingly, even with my rollercoaster month of emotions, I managed to consume 5 books by the end of it. And if you’re wondering where my reviews are for the last two, sshhh it’s coming out soon, I promise. Just a tad bit late.

Favourite book: Thunderhead continues with the story that does nothing but surprise me and makes me really think about life and death and the finite value of what we do on Earth. A truly great sequel!

Not-so-favourite book: Lucky in Love surprised me with its annoying protagonist as I have absolutely adored every other contemporary released by this lady.

Current Reading List

Yeahhhh, I haven’t really felt like reading much in the last, say, 3 weeks so you will see how short my reading list is and how long my TBR is (and see the overlap with January’s TBR).

  • Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier
  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

My now-longer TBR list

While this looks oddly familiar, I have added some that have been raised as higher priority for me to read (based on my current emotions that are running rampantly high).

  • Bending the Universe by Justin Wetch (gasp, I know, a poetry book?)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Everlife by Gena Showalter
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • The Speaker by Traci Chee

I don’t know what March’s outlook will be, but here’s to hoping the idealist in me will outwin the pessimist that wants to rule all my days lately. Wherever you’re at in life, know that you’re never alone, and that sometimes our feelings are reflected in what we read and in the very real experiences of the author.

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January Wrap-Up and TBR

It’s a new year and I’m trying to be a new me – which basically means I’m trying to update more often with blog posts to keep you all mildly entertained.

My January has been a crazy month. I am juggling not one, but TWO jobs, making it very hard to find time to do what I love to do: READ. And if I’m not reading, then how can I be blogging?? Well, here’s to trying to fit in time and being more regular with my posts. And to think that I always assumed school kept me too busy from doing all of this.

What have I read this month?

Sadly, not as much as my loftier goal for this year has so far shown. I hope as I adjust to my new work schedule there’d be better time management in between it all. One can only hope *fingers crossed*! But seriously, adulting life can get so tiring.

Anyway, what I have read has been mostly amazing, really kicking off the year to a great start with books that I’ve fairly enjoyed!

  • Favourite book: Letters to the Lost by far BLEW me out of this world – and into Dev and Juliet’s
  • Most surprising book: The Traitor Prince made my heart pound in a way that neither of its 2 predecessors could
  • New author book: The Queen’s Rising had a whole lot of potential with its world building and history so I can’t wait for book 2!

Feel free to check out my thoughts on any of these books as you browse around! And in case you’re wondering, yes, I will be posting the review for Into the Bright Unknown soon.

Current Readings

My current books that I’ve started are a mix of both books I think I’ll really enjoy and those that I’m lagging slowly through (although I REALLY do wish that I could love it).

  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  • The Academy by Katie Sise
  • The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
  • I Am Loved by Wendy Blight

I kind of hope that I can get through all of them as I hate DNF’ing any book unless it’s highly improbable that I’ll ever finish it. Life has been getting busier so time is precious yet I find myself dragging in my heels when I consider just turning in the book and closing it for good without reaching the end.

Have you read any of these yet? Any opinions on these titles? And do you ever the feel the same about just calling it quits on a book?

Up Next! TBR List

Oh man, where do I even START? There are so many books I just need to zip through, yet I’m the type of person who likes to enjoy the story – especially if it’s an AMAZING one – and take my time in the world that the author has lovingly crafted. I dunno about you, but I don’t understand how some people can read hundreds of books in a year. Maybe I’m just one of those slower readers but that must take so much time!

And I totally wish I could be one of those people! Why wasn’t I born with the ability to read faster??

Anyway, here goes – at least for my most pressing books on my TBR list. And you can hold me accountable for how far I get through this list in February. Hopefully not a pitiful few, which I suppose we’ll just have to see.

  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • The Speaker by Traci Chee
  • Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • Everlife by Gena Showalter
  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

The problem is, I never know when I wake up the next morning what mood I would be in. I could be totally for starting up a new fantasy the night before, but suddenly, I feel like I need a good laugh and a sappy/cute romance. Or vice versa. What a conundrum! Only time will tell how I fare.

How do you manage to find time to read? And any of these books also on your TBR?