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The Readathon Diaries [A Vampire Diaries Themed Readathon]

I have been in a weird place with my blog because I feel like sometimes I am not doing as well as some people, but I enjoy this so I am going to keep doing this. I found the most amazing Readathon as well for June, and I can’t wait for it. It is called The Readathon Diaries, and it is based off The Vampire Dairies. I needed to jump on that ASAP. If you are interested in joining this readathon, you can find the information here.

I decided to do Team Werewolf because I have a thing for Tyler, and I just thought it would be a lot of fun. Here are the hosts of this Readathon for my team:

And here are the prompts for my team:

I am still tentative on my TBR because I tend to change my mind a lot. But I know this is one I want to try and meet as many of the criteria as I can. I also do Reading Rivalry on Facebook, but that will be an entire other post because that is a whole thing awesome thing.

There is also the chance to become a hybrid if you read at least one other book from a different teams prompts. I am planning to do this as well. Though I am still deciding on whether or not I will be doing the prompts from the vampire or witch one… okay, I will probably be doing vampire so here are the prompts for that:

So, my TBR for this will probably be a weird amalgamation of books since I will probably do the prompts for both? I do read a lot, so it is not like it would not be easy for me to accomplish. This is my super long and weird TBR for the Readathon Dairies.

Werewolf:

Lockwood- A Book Featuring Werewolves

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer [I have been wanting to read Twilight again so this readathon is the perfect excuse]

Full Moon- Read A Book While The Moon is Out

I am not quite sure about this one yet, I will have to look up when the moon will be out and then find a book to read. This will is still to be decided.

Lack Control- Randomize your TBR

This one means to just pick random books, which I do anyway. I think there is also an option on Goodreads to randomize so I can look through the books I have on there and see what’s going on.

Wolfsbane- Read a cry worthy book

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I have been wanting to read this one again for a long time, and it made me super ugly cry the first time I read it so why not do that to myself again. Hahaha.

Wolf Pack- Read a book with a family dynamic/ found family dynamic-

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Because you have the Cullens and the wolf pack Jacob is a part of, and this book will fit in perfectly with the prompt.

Mystic Falls- The Group Book, The Awakening by LJ Smith

Vampire:

Salvatore- Read a book featuring vampires

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer [Since I am rereading the series anyway…]

Daylight- Read a book when the sun is out

This is going to be just a random book because I read when my kiddo takes a nap, so this will just be a short book I pick out while he is napping so I am assuming it will be a graphic novel.

Damon- Read a book with a snarky character

Still need to figure this one out? I guess I can count Breaking Dawn because Jacob can be snarky.

Vervain- Read a book outside of your comfort zone

The Long Way to A Small Angry Plane by Becky Chambers- I am not a huge sci-fi person. This will be outside of my comfort zone because I tend to hate books about space a lot. But I got it from a book gift exchange a long time ago, and I am going to give it a try.

Sirelines- Read a book with a romantic relationship

I have so many romances on my kindle, it is not even funny. Guess I will just pick up one I really am feeling and read it. It could be any kind of romance. Or maybe it will be Take A Hint, Dani Brown because I have been dying for the book, but I was rejected. I think I am going to go preorder that one for my Kindle now….

And this is what my strange TBR looks like for the Readathon Diaries. I am truly so excited! Go Team Werewolf! I also cannot wait to become a hybrid either.

Do you have any readathons you are looking forward to in June? Maybe you can come join me on this one. I know it is going to be amazing. Tell me all about your reading plans for June. Or maybe leave me some suggestions for the prompts I am unsure of? They are very welcome.

December TBR [Blogmas 2019]

I’m back! Just in time for Blogmas.

The last month of the year. I can’t believe it. This year has gone by so fast. It’s almost 2020 as well! I’m not sure how this month is going to look for reading since I still have some last minute graduate school preparations to get done. Also, let’s hope I get accepted.

I have some NetGalley books to read so that’s my main focus this month. I don’t really have a set TBR except these so I can get caught up. I always change my mind last minute so I should probably stop making TBR posts because I never stick to them.

Without further ado, here are the three books I definitely want to read in December.

This one is a mystery thriller that comes out December 10th so it’s going to be the first book I delve into once I’m finished with all of my current reads (which is 3 books).

This one publishes December 12th. I chose it based on the cover. I have a feeling it’s going to be so adorable.

This last one publishes on the last day of the year. I chose it because it’s a romance, and I love those so much. Can’t wait. I know this one will be great.

So, these are the books I’ll definitely be getting to for the month. Hopefully I’ll also get some Christmas Reads in there too. Though I did read a lot of Christmas books back in September so who knows if I will or I’m just saying that because it’s Blogmas.

What’s your December TBR looking like? Are you keeping it light or trying to get it all done before the year is complete? I’d love to hear all about it below. Share with me all of your December plans, book related or not.

First Line Fridays [October 25 2019]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

• Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page

• Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

• Finally… reveal the book!

I drove a fist into the oak tree, feeling the familiar sting of a fresh wound as my knuckles split open. Bleeding helped me breathe better. I didn’t know what it meant, but it made Mom cry in her bathroom when she thought no one could hear.

It’s…

Add on Goodreads

Synopsis:

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

I found this book from a live show on YouTube by Chandler Ainsley. I did not watch this since I have not read it yet, but I plan to once I read it soon. It sounds like it’ll be good since it seems like this author is very popular!

Have you read this book? Would you like to? Let me know below any and all of your thoughts. Please also share your first line Friday posts with me.

Until I rant about books again,

Nonfiction November TBR

I have been watching BookTube for a long time. I have never participated, but I am a long time watcher. Since I’m doing this blogging thing as a regular thing now, I thought it would be fun to participate in more events than I had before. I would do readathons and stuff with my best friend, but it’s been fun to be in the blogging world to have more friends and people to connect with. Anyway, this is going to be my first year doing nonfiction November. I read nonfiction not a lot, but I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve picked up. I started reading it as a teen when I was perusing the library and stumbled upon a book I liked.

Since then I’ve been drawn to memoirs and so much more. The majority of the nonfiction I read is true crime, related to memoirs on topics I enjoy, books about the opioid crisis, and books about parenting. I will pick up any nonfiction which interests me though.

This event is hosted by Olive from abookolive, she has an announcement video and her TBR for the month long event posted. Please check those out for more information.

The four prompts for this year are:

  • Design
  • Voice
  • True
  • Sport

Olive explains them more in the video, but I’m going to share the books I’m planning to read for each prompt. I have six books picked out for the month, which seems very manageable since it’s a month long event. Here are the books I’ll be reading along with each prompt they fulfill.

I will also be reading:

Design:

Collapse by Jared Diamond- This discusses how societies succeed or fail, so I’m using it as the design of societies in regard to how well they prevail or fail.

Voice:

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus- I am using this one for voice because it’s got the ridiculous 90s voice, and I’m curious to see how absurd it’s going to be.

Empty Mansions- I am listening to this on audio so it works well for voice since the audio book contains the voice of the subject of the book.

True:

Killers of the Flower Moon and Karla- They are both true crime books.

Sport:

Lethal Marriage- This talks about the toxic marriage of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, and I’m doing it for sport because of the games they played with each other and how they acquired their victims.

I’m highly looking forward to this month of nonfiction November, and I can’t wait to see what others will be reading. Will be participating? Let me know what you plan to read if you are, or if you may be thinking about it.

Until I rant about books again,

TropeAThon TBR [Readathon]

Official Twitter for the Readathon

I’ve wanted to do a readathon for awhile. I stumbled upon this one via Twitter so I knew I needed to join. This one looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun… so I knew I had to create the perfect TBR for this readathon. I don’t expect to read eight books in one week since I have Ever, so I’m going to double up on some of them. I don’t think this is a bad thing because I’m still reading.

Creepy Atmosphere/Night time reading/Magically inclined:

Creepy atmosphere: All of these books take place in the bayou where murders and other creepy events are occurring.

Nighttime reading: These are my nighttime reads (even though they are on audio). I listen to them while I feed Ever and when I relax while playing games on my iPad at night before bed.

Magically inclined: The community is full of magical creatures such as mermaids, shifters, dragons, and witches. Definitely full of magic to me!

Second chance:

I’m considering this one as a second chance because I’m hoping Adelina is going to redeem herself after her actions in the first book. As I don’t want to give any spoilers, I’m hoping this is a second chance for The Young Elites.

Fated Mates:

As much I want to read A Court of Mist and Fury, I know I don’t have the time right now. I’ve been meaning to read Night Circus, and the cover just has this feel to me the two characters are meant to be.

Initials in the title:

It’s part of the Mavericks series… and my initials are S, M, and other things so I’m counting this one since I’ve wanted to read it anyway.

Halloween Colors (Purple, orange, and green)

Orange on the cover. Yes, this is an erotica novella. It’s a reverse harem one I found on Kindle Unlimited. I think it’s going to be awesome.

Missing person:

This book was just one which popped up on Kindle Unlimited. I realized it would be perfect. I can’t wait to read it. Missing person stories intrigue me.

And these are all the books I’m hoping to get done for the readathon. I don’t know if I will, but I’m going to try my hardest. Let me know if you are doing this readathon too.

Until I rant about books again,

October TBR [Blogtober]

I haven’t been sticking to a TBR recently because I have been trying to get through the massive amount of NetGalley books I’ve accumulated. I’m currently down to 14 I need to read with 12 pending. I do not plan to go on a requesting binge again because it almost drove me to a massive slump. My TBR can change. So this is a tentative TBR for this month.

The first two books on my TBR are for sure since these are the ones I’m currently read. They are:

The Young Elites has been on my TBR for years. Something told me to read it finally. The supernatural power thing definitely seems like an October feels thing. I am liking this book so far. I have liked everything I’ve read by Marie Lu.

This is a thriller I picked up from kindle Unlimited. I need a break from romance for a bit so this was in the popular section. I just started it, but I’m curious to see how Jessica Shaw is going to handle the situation of finding out she was a missing child and the story behind what happened. I have a feeling I am going to really like this one.

Here are a few more books I want to read this month (hopefully):

Started this last month, need to actually finish it.

This just seems like a fitting October read.

Since I’m reading the first one… makes sense to read the second.

Of course I need to know how it all ends.

Cats. Enough said.

I love my cats. Here they are:

Daisy.
Buddy.

These are some books I hope to read this month. At least I want to try and stick to some type of list. I’m also going to be reading NetGalley books, but I think most of them come out next month (I could be wrong). There will also be more kindle Unlimited books in the mix. I’m really unsure.

If you are doing Blogtober, I’m excited to see the posts and TBRs. It’s cool to be doing an event like this. I wanted to do a readathon… and I’ll possibly be doing Trope-athon at the end of the month. Readathons usually make me nervous, but I am weighing towards actually doing it so be on the look out on a TBR for that soon.

Until I rant about books again,

Goodreads Monday [September 30]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

Here’s the book of the day…

Synopsis:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding bestseller that has captured the world’s imagination.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. I think I picked it up because everyone was talking about it or I liked the cover. I know it’s a book people have mixed feelings on. I constantly say I’m going to read it yet I still haven’t even tried? I guess we will see if I do get to this book anytime soon or not. It looks like I will love it. Someday I will read it… I swear.

What is on your Goodreads shelf to read? If anyone is doing this, I would love to see your book choice so I can add more books to my own TBR.

Until I rant about books again,

My Crazy NetGalley TBR!!

NetGalley is an addicting thing to me lately. Since I’ve been on this romance kick, I’ve been requesting so much romance. Which is good when I get approved. And sad when I don’t. But I requested way too many so I still have 20 books to read, and I have like another 18 pending. So right now my ratio is shot to hell, and I’m doing my best to catch up. I don’t plan on ever asking for so many at one time again. I plan to save it for the ones I really love. I’m hoping my ratio will stay good after the crazy pending requests have cleared since I’m working as fast as I can to get through the ones I do have.

Here are the 20 books I’ve got on my NetGalley TBR at the moment.

They are all romance books. So I’m excited. A few don’t come out til next year so I’ll be just mentioning those in my wrap ups and avoiding any big reviews until closer to their release dates (Tweet Cute and The Neighbours). The rest of these do come out the next few months so be on the look out for either a mini review or larger one depending on my thoughts on a particular book.

Are any of you reading a lot of NetGalley books right now? How do you limit yourself? Also will Berkeley Press ever not reject me? So many questions.

Until I rant about books again,

2019 DNFs [So Far]

I know book reviews and wrap ups are great. But I’m also trying to write other posts which could be interesting. I used to not be someone who DNFs books, but I have too many books to read at this point. Not to mention, I have a five and a half month old so my reading time is precious to me. I DNFd 15 (!!) Books this year. So far.

I used to push through books but now I just DNF them. That’s easier. Sometimes I just remove them completely and don’t even count them to DNF if I just read a short bit. It’s how I make my reading system work for me.

I got this book from booksirens. It was much too sci-fi for me, I just couldn’t get into the premise. I would say it would be great for YA sci-fi fans. Just not for me.

Another book from booksirens. The problem with this book is I did not enjoy the romance. I was like three chapters in and the main character was being asked by her potential love interest to show him her goodies. This was so he would agree to fake marry her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes so I decided no.

The dialogue in this YA book was too simplistic. It seems like it was meant more for tweens. I liked the message of being eco conscious with clothes and such. I also didn’t love the gay best friend being a stereotype.

Just another new adult romance I couldn’t get into. I think my issue was yet another cliche romance I wasn’t feeling. This seems to happen a lot with the office romance books to me.

This is about two people who meet after bad relationships and fall in love. It just was not interesting. I felt like nothing was going to happen so I just ended up being unable to finish the book at 75%.

The narrator was a mess in this book. And I just was so upset when I read reviews to see if other people shared my thoughts. I want to avoid spoilers, but I don’t understand the appeal of this book.Didn’t like the language and structure of the book. I only made it ten pages in before I gave up.

I thought this was going to be an adorable romance. It was a Christian romance though so it wasn’t for me. The story had cute aspects, but I’m not religious so the book wasn’t the right fit for me.

I read this while I was being induced and dealing with a newborn. I wasn’t about a really long book regarding dragons I found super boring so I just put it down. I am not a huge adult fantasy fan. I do love Samantha Shannon’s other series though… I can’t wait for the last book. It’s been so long…

This book was too dry for me. I also think I had issues reading it because I was pregnant with a boy at the time. Not that I’m worried about Ever becoming like the child in the book, but I just couldn’t deal with the narrator incessantly going on and on. I plan to try again in the future with this one since I have heard it’s worth the time. I will probably do it on audio.

I only tried up to page 50, but I didn’t feel any desire to read this book. I thought the forensics and setting could keep me going, but I did not care. Also, the spoilers I read about annoyed me. Maybe I’ll try this again someday, but I have other books to read so this will be a did not finish for now.

This book was annoying at the start when the main character went on and on about being a social media influencer. Then it got worse when the love interest when mmm juicy ass and she walked in on the guy just grabbing his balls while he was naked.it was supposed to be like some cute story, but I was super turned off so no thanks.

I just saw this as a bad rip off of The Kiss Quotient, but just bad. It was so dry and uninteresting. The reviews also aren’t great.

I just was not in a good mindset to read this book… it’s about homelessness and mental illness. I know it’s going to be a good book, but I have been reading a lot of romance so it just doesn’t work currently. I will probably pick up a copy from Amazon soon though.

And those are all-of the books I have put on my DNF list for now. I’m hoping the rest of 2019 is just filled with good reads but I’m currently in a reading slump so guess I shall see what the rest of the month will bring…

Until I rant about books again,

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? [To me, yes!]

I enjoy reading as much as I can. I love going to the library and getting a big stack of books. I love choosing a book off my shelf and getting lost in a story. That being said, I haven’t had time to go to the library and I have a few piles of unread books on my shelf. Or near my shelf. Don’t ask. But I also have a five and a half month old which sometimes leaves less room to read books easily. Hence, I’ve been using the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. I also use Libby, but I don’t love the romance choices my library has to offer right now. So when I was given a chance to sign up for two months of Kindle Unlimited for just 99 cents, I said hell yes.

What’s the appeal of Kindle Unlimited for me?

  • I don’t have to buy the books
  • I can check out up to 10 books at one time
  • I can read on my phone or iPad and whisper sync keeps me right where I left off.
  • There’s so many romance choices.
  • Ebooks are easier for me right now with the baby, and I just really love ebooks.

The other nice things about Kindle Unlimited so you can just cancel at any time. So if I decide I’m not using it enough, I can just let it go. Then again, I can pick it back up if I miss it too much. I also have Prime, but I haven’t looked into Prime Reading or Kindle First yet. I’m just too excited about the books I’ve got to read from Kindle Unlimited. I currently do have ten books out because I’m insatiable, but I just wanted to share a few I’m most excited about from what I’ve added to my KU library

Book one of The Mavericks series by Max Monroe. This was a cover pick, but I did enjoy her book My Brothers Billionaire Best Friend so I am anticipating this will be another fun read. Just with athletes instead, and I never mind a good sports book.

Privileged by Carrie Aarons was suggested to me by Steph from Steph’s Romance Book Talk, and you can find her YouTube channel here. She’s awesome, and she reads a lot of romance so if you want awesome romance books in your life, check out her channel.

Chandler Ainsley did an enemies to lovers recommendation video on her channel, and this book was on the list. She said it was a problematic book, but she didn’t care and enjoyed the book. You should check out her channel in general and because she does Kindle Unlimited recommendation videos as well.

These are the books I’m most excited to read on Kindle Unlimited. I have just started Privileged, and I’m hoping this helps to get me out of this reading slump.

This post was inspired by Bree from Falling From Romance talking about her own journey with KU. Find her post here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with KU and reading so much romance. If you have any KU recommendations, let me know. I’m always open to more.

Until I rant about books again,