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November Wrap-Up and TBR

It’s that time of the month again! I’m finally doing another wrap-up post after so many months. I know, it’s been absolutely crazy with the day to day life stuff but I’m thankful for all of you and the blogging community so I’m trying to get back into it!

This month’s been getting busier for me what with work and finding another job, but I managed to get through a few books. So let’s dig into November’s snapshot!

What have I read this month?

Favourite book: Soldier by Julie Kagawa

While the review will be up shortly on this blog, I can’t help but gush about the 3rd installment of the Talon series. I’ve been devouring them like chocolate and it just keeps getting better! I think I’m partial to this one ’cause a certain dragonslayer has more interesting POVs!

Most surprising: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Okay, I know I haven’t put up this review yet either but it’s coming! I loved the world building in this book and the different spin on parallel worlds mixed with magic. Absolutely intriguing, and I dunno why I’m so surprised that it’s all so interesting since this series has been highly hyped! But I can totally see why now.

New author book: Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner

I saw this book on a nomination list for an award that I follow and thought the synopsis of cosplaying very interesting. Not everyday you see this in YA. I’ve never read Whitney Gardner but after seeing this book, I think I’m gonna check out more of her stuff!

Not-so-favourite book: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

The sequel to a book I enjoyed, I thought I would equally like it but I guess something just didn’t click with me as much this time around. Maybe a certain other author featuring a similar context of Japanese mythology got me overhyped for this one…

Current reading list

I’ve been doing pretty well with balancing out the books I want to read and what I actually do read and finish. So here’s the shorter than normal list of books I’m juggling!

  • Legion by Julie Kagawa
  • Inferno by Julie Kagawa
  • Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West

My TBR List

I’m trying to control my TBR to a more manageable amount that actually seems doable without sinking into despair of never quite finishing all that I want to read. Some of these books have been on my TBR from the last time I did a wrap up but you know, I’ll eventually get to it, right?

  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
  • Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Did you share any of my top priority TBR? Or opinions of the books I’ve read this month? I’d love to hear your comments below!

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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.