a new year

I’m just over an hour into the new year, and naturally I’m thinking about what I want to do with it. I love New Years eve as well as January 1st. It’s a time when I feel that anything is possible, and I savor the feeling in notes on my phone, scribbles on pieces of paper and whatever else I have on hand, writing down what I can do with the 365 days in front of me. That’s quite a lot of chances to try something new, make yourself happy or become fantastic at that one thing you’ve always wanted to learn. For me, the marking of a new year is a time to look back and reflect on everything good that happened during the passed year and what I have accomplished, as well as giving myself a new chance at what I didn’t do.

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October TBR

First of all, my reading is a mess right now. I read a grand total of 2 books in September, not because I didn’t have time to read, but because I watched FRIENDS whenever I had a minute to spare. That’s all on me, I’ll admit. I’m done with my rewatch of FRIENDS but unfortunately, I started Brooklyn99, so we’re back to where we started. Anyway, here’s some books I’d like to read in October (although I’m never going to finish them all).
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July + BookTubeAThon Wrap-up

So July is over, which tragically means my last full month of summer break is too. Thankfully I’ve been reading a lot more this month than I did in June so I feel like I’ve made the most of my break. Here’s what I read this month.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – 3.5ish stars. SO CUTE

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I haven’t even rated this book yet and I’m done thinking about the whole business, at least for now. But the fact that it took me 3 months to read might indicate my feelings towards it.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour – 4.5 stars. FAVORITE OF THE MONTH OMG. IT WAS ADORABLE.

The rest of the books are what I read for BookTubeAThon so I’m just going to do the rest of the wrap-up as a BTAT one.

BookTubeAThon Wrap-up

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Finish a book in one day, read about a character very different from you. 3ish stars, review here.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – 3.5 if we stretch it.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – A hyped book. 2.5 stars. Okay, but man had I expected more.

Lady SusanCover buy. 4 stars (also a stretch). Favorite of the readathon.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – Book with a person on the cover. 3 stars. Or maybe 2.5 in hindsight.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyRead a book completely outside. Fun fact: It was pouring down when I read it but I had to do it because it was the last day. I was miserable. Anyway. I don’t rate comic books because I don’t really understand them but I did like Vol. 1 better so yeah.

Did you participate in BTAT? Did you manage all 7 books? Either way, tell me your favorite read in July!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3

It’s been too long since I did one of these and I almost missed it today too, but in my defense I’ve been reading a lot. Like A LOT. We’re currently in the end of day 4 in BookTubeAThon and I’m halfway through my fifth book. And I’ve worked every day this week. So, there’s not much time for anything but reading and sleeping. Anyway, before I go back to doing just that, here’s some diverse books.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacksyou can find the original post and the rules here. What you have to do is write about:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read.
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released.

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BookTubeAThon 2017

BookTubeAThon is one of the highlights of my year. I love how the online book community just comes together in this crazy reading spirit and I love how much it makes me want to read. So you can probably imagine my disappointment when the dates were announced and I saw the BTAT will take place the only week where I work every day. Yup, it sucks. BUT I could always read on the bus and during lunch and stay up late and get up early so I’m giving this a shot anyway. Here’s the books I’d read if things were ideal, but instead they’re just the books I’ll make sure to have at hand if there’s time.

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July TBR

My reading hasn’t been going all too well lately, it’s been ages since I had a month where I read A LOT. Maybe July could be it? Probably not, so I’ll set my TBR count pretty low to not disappoint myself, like in June when I read 4/9 books. Whops. Continue reading