Challenge: 2020 A to Z Book Challenge

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I was working through editing some small aspects of my blog this week and noticed it’s been almost two whole years since I participated in any book challenges? I figure the A to Z Challenge is basic enough that I can use the books I’ve already completed this year in an attempt to both catch up and actually participate in a book-related challenge for the first time since 2018.

The A to Z Challenge is relatively straightforward: Read a book that begins with each letter of the alphabet. I’ve seen it done where if the first word of the title is the or a, it can be overlooked for the first letter of the second word and I’m gonna run with that. Links are to the Goodreads page for the book and not my personal reviews since I’ve gotten so horrible about writing them with any amount of regularity. Let’s do this thing!


A: A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

B:

C: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare 🐛🐛🐛🐛

D: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

E: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya 🐛🐛🐛🐛

F: The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth 🐛🐛🐛🐛 ½

G: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega 🐛🐛🐛🐛

H: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith 🐛🐛🐛

I: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab 🐛🐛🐛🐛 ½

J: 

K: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison 🐛🐛🐛🐛

L: Lu by Jason Reynolds 👾👾👾👾

M: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor 🐛🐛🐛🐛

N: Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen 🐛🐛🐛🐛 ½

O:

P: Patina by Jason Reynolds 👾👾👾👾

Q: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 🐛🐛🐛🐛

R: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

S: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 🐛🐛🐛🐛 ½

T: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab 🐛🐛🐛🐛

U:

V:

W: When You Know What I Know by Sonja K. Solter 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

X:

Y:

Z:

Have you ever done an A to Z Challenge? Do you have any suggestions for the letters I haven’t completed yet? Let’s talk about it in the comments! 🙂

Movies: MCU Movie Challenge

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! I’ve been talking about making some changes to my blog for a few months now. Adding movie related content is one of the changes I’m considering making. (Is this something you’re interested in seeing here? Let me know in the comments! 😊)

I realized recently that I haven’t watched most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, so I’m challenging myself to watch all existing MCU movies by the end of summer. 22 September 2020 is when summer will “officially” end so we’ll go with that for the official challenge end date. I’m planning to watch them in chronological order so I’ll list them below. I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!

I’m not going to give each movie its own full review post because I’m still not 100% sure this is something I want to do on this blog regularly. For now, I’ll add a “Movies Watched” section to my monthly wrap ups. I also use Letterboxd (it’s kind of like Goodreads but for movies) so you can see my progress/thoughts/reviews on the movies in this challenge (or whatever other movies I’m watching) there. I’ll try to remember to update this post and my wrap ups with the appropriate Letterboxd links and a rating.

A quick note before we dive into the list… I intentionally didn’t include any MCU movies that won’t be released before I’m hoping to finish watching this already massive list of movies.

Without further ado, the list of MCU Movies in chronological order is:

Have you seen any or all of the MCU movies? What are your thoughts on them? Are you up for taking the MCU movie challenge with me? Happy reading (and watching)!

My Fave Underrated Sci-Fi Novels: May, Myself, & I (2/31)

Hello, bookworms! As I said in my May TBR & To Do post, I’m going to at least attempt to participate in May, Myself, and I. In case you missed it, May, Myself, and I is a challenge for daily vlogging in the month of May that was created by one of my fave YouTubers, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

This post is for day two, so the prompt is: Stars

When I think of the stars, I think of science fiction, so I thought this would be a great prompt for sharing some of my favourite underrated sci-fi novels. Of course, underrated simply means I feel like there should be much more hype around these books, but hopefully we can change that! Here are a few of my underrated faves in alphabetical order with their descriptions. 😀


Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story – and he’s searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

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Want by Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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Warmstone by Chris Speck

Seven carries his dying son, Erik, across the ice wastes. The old men of the frozen Eastern tribe say that he will not last even another short winter.

The boy’s clear blue eyes see much further than the horizon. He sees beyond the Black Mountains and through the paths of iron-giants to the great machine at the centre of the world. He sees hope.

If he can get there, Seven will trade everything he has to save his son…

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Zenith by Sasha Alsburg and Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


Those are just a few of my favourite underrated sci-fi novels. What are some of your fave sci-fi novels that deserve more hype than they get?

I’m A Disney Princess: May, Myself, & I (1/31)

Hello, bookworms! As I said in my May TBR & To Do post, I’m going to at least attempt to participate in May, Myself, and I. In case you missed it, May, Myself, and I is a challenge for daily vlogging in the month of May that was created by one of my fave YouTubers, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Today’s prompt is: Running

So, gather round because it’s storytime.


Back a million years ago (Or, like, five. Whatever.) I used to run recreationally. I really enjoyed pushing myself to run faster or longer. I especially loved trail running.

I realized, however, that I had never run in an actual race. I decided it couldn’t possibly be that difficult so I started looking into ones I might want to/be able to run in.

At this point in time, I was still religiously watching Carrie Hope Fletcher’s videos whenever the notifications popped up that she’d posted them. (I don’t watch anyone that way now.)

One day while I was still looking for the right race for me, Carrie posted a video of herself singing an original song, Why Can’t I Be A Disney Princess? and I thought, “Huh… I wonder if there’s a Disney Princess race…” (Spoiler: there is) So I did a Google search and LO AND BEHOLD I found the race I knew I wanted to complete. I would be a Disney Princess and I’d have the medal to prove it.

However… This is Disney we’re talking about, so of course you can’t just run the race, finish it, collect your medal, and be on your way. There’s specific time constraints and if you aren’t running fast enough, you’re picked up in a van and not allowed to finish. (No finish = no medal = no crown) I realized after registering that this meant I had to actually train specifically for the race, which I had zero experience with.

But, train I did. I did a lot of treadmill runs, a few trail runs, and I started doing pilates again (like once a week because I couldn’t be bothered that much) to break it up a bit. I carried on like this for quite a while.

But then, because I am me and I can’t seem to fully follow through on things (WHY AM I LIKE THIS), I stopped training altogether sometime around the end of November/middle of December. I did not start again. At all. If you think this means I didn’t do the race, please read the title of this post and come back. I’ll wait here.

So February rolled around and I gathered my pride and my running shoes and drove down to Orlando, Florida the day before the race. I walked around the parks, ate some creme brulee, and went to the race’s safety expo. It was a pretty fun and relaxing day.

Then race day came. I was worried that being around that many people would make me more nervous than I already was, especially since I literally knew zero of them. But, the energy at the starting line was so positive and uplifting. Everyone was just there hanging out and waiting for their turn to start (the race started in waves based on previous race times). It really felt amazing.

Finally, it was my turn to start (if you’ve never run a race, you automatically start with the last group) and off we all went. I remember still feeling excited for the first three or four miles. Every once in a while, I passed by people standing in line to have their race day photo taken with Disney characters, but I knew that if I stopped I wouldn’t have a fast enough time to be allowed to finish so I stared and kept on running.

Around mile 9, one of my knees started to ache a bit. It wasn’t horrible and I had a bit of time built up from running faster on the down hills, so I moved over to the side of the race and did a few stretches. It helped, but I was still in a little pain when I jumped back into the race.

By mile 11, my knee had gotten worse and my other knee started to ache as well. I didn’t have time to stop again, so I pushed through it. I figured I would ice them when I crossed the finish line because I was GOING to cross that finish line. I pushed myself harder.

Somewhere between mile 12 and mile 13, my left hip started to ache. The pain was far worse than the pain in both of my knees combined. They stopped doing time sweeps, so I took a moment to stretch a little and got back into the race. This time, the stretching did nothing. The rest of last mile was agony, but I finished it. I crossed the finish line, collected all the goodies, and went off in search of several ice packs.

I walked a bit, stretched, and laid in the grass to let the ice sit on my knees and hip. I had done it. I had become a Disney Princess!


I certainly had no idea I would be able to run 13.1 miles before I decided to do it. What’s something you’ve done or accomplished that you didn’t know you could?

Audiobook Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Hey there, bookworms, and happy hump day! I read Nyxia for the Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon Challenge 5: Space Explorers: A Book Set In Space. It was definitely not what I was expecting so I decided I needed to write out a full review to unpack my thoughts and feelings about it. Let’s get the TW/CWs I noticed out of the way first.

  • Torture
  • Strangulation
  • Death

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I’m not going to lie… I kind of went in expecting that the point-of-view character would be an average white girl named Nyxia. I’m going to just go with that YA has given me an overall expectation that mediocre white chicks are often the main characters when it comes to post-apocalyptic and space fiction. Also, I may have skimmed the synopsis a bit too lightly.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when the protagonist was a black teenage boy from Detroit whose roommate is a Japanese girl. Just like that, my interest level went up a notch. Not only was the cast diverse, but the protagonist was a guy which I don’t see often enough in the novels I read. Each character was developed relatively well, though I would have liked to see more development in some of them.

Nyxia is set in the future, but not too far off in the future that things are overly different from our world and our time. The bulk of the story takes place in space between Earth and the planet Babel has been hiding from everyone, named Eden. The world building in this novel is incredibly complex and at points I had trouble absorbing it, but overall it was really well done, I thought.

While the beginning of this novel screamed Avatar at me, what with the far away planet and unattainable resource guarded by natives, the rest of it was more like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner but set in space and I am totally here for it. At the beginning, Scott Reintgen hooks your attention with details and emotions and he holds it through the novel with action and conflict. The tension at some points during the book was enough to keep me listening long after I probably should have turned it off to do things like sleep. It was slightly confusing to me that they never actually made it to Eden, but given the way it was set up I’m hoping we’ll get to see it in the next book of the series.

There was one part that I had to put the novel down after for a bit, which was the one that caused the TW/CW up at the top of this review. I know that my PTSD with this specific thing isn’t as bad as some, so please be aware of this going into the novel. It isn’t glanced over at all, but focused on for a good bit. Just remember to practice self care and that no matter how well-written a novel is, it’s not worth triggering yourself over.

The audiobook of Nyxia is narrated by Sullivan Jones and Dominic Hoffman. Honestly, while I was listening I wasn’t sure whether it was one narrator or two because their voices and use of inflection are so similar. I feel like this really worked for the audiobook. I like the way they gave life to the story and to Emmett’s thoughts and emotions. I hope they narrate the next book in the series because this duo really made the novel so much better through their narration.

I’m really happy that I finally got around to reading this one because it was so much better than I thought it was going to be. I don’t know why I went in expecting what I did but, wow, my expectations were blown away by this novel. The only huge drawback for me was the cliffhanger-ish ending. Basically, I need the next novel in the series last week.

Overall, I rate Nyxia 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself.

What are some of your favourite books set in space?

Readathon: Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon

Hey there, bookworms! I’m a bit later than I intended to be with this post but better late than never, yeah? I’m participating in this year’s Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon. I like this readathon specifically because each of the twelve books is considered its own individual challenge and I can feel a bit less stress over trying to read every single one of the twelve books in just a week. At the start of the challenge, I posted my TBR on Instagram, but I thought I’d post it here as well and talk a little about why I picked each book so here goes!

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Challenge 1: Witches & Matchmakers: A Book With Paranormals

For this one, I picked The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco. I’m already reading this as my buddy read with Katie, so I figured I’d put this one on the list and kill two books with one readathon. I’m planning to read the physical version of this one.

 

Challenge 2: Stormy Weather Ahead: A Book Involving Nature

I picked Roar by Cora Carmack for this one because it looked interesting to me when it first came out. I was looking at what book Shelflove Crate sent out with the box associated with this challenge prompt and this was it so I went with it. This is one of the ones I’m reading in digital audiobook format.

 

Challenge 3: Shakespeare Mystery Town: A Book With A Mystery

I feel like this could be almost any book because they’re all a mystery at the beginning, I think. I looked at the book they sent out with the box associated with this challenge prompt and I’ve read it. While I enjoyed that book, I didn’t enjoy it enough for a reread. So, I picked Turtles All The Way Down by John Green because it has a mystery in it and, while I’ve already read it, I loved it enough for a reread. I’m planning to read it in digital audiobook format this go so that’ll at least be different.

 

Challenge 4: Wild Heart: A Book About Family

With this one, I just went with the book Shelflove Crate sent out for the month associated with the challenge prompt, Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović. I couldn’t think of any other family related books at the time and this one’s been on my TBR a while. I’m planning to read the hardcover version of this one.

 

Challenge 5: Space Explorers: A Book Set In Space

I’ve had Nyxia by Scott Reintgen on my TBR since before it was released and I was supposed to be reading it to tell one of my work friends what I thought and I just never got around to it. It was the obvious choice for me for this prompt and I’m going to be reading it in digital audiobook format.

 

Challenge 6: Enchanted Journeys: A Book Featuring Travel

This could have been so many books, but in the end I’m picking An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson because it was suggested and the cover looks cool. I’m planning to read the hardcover version of this book.

 

Challenge 7: Fight The Power: A Book With Rebels

I wasn’t sure which one to pick for this challenge, so I looked at the list of suggestions Shelflove Crate put out and decided on Renegades by Marissa Meyer. It wasn’t a difficult choice for me once I saw this one on the list because I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by Marissa Meyer so far. I’m planning to read the hardcover version of this one unless my digital audiobook hold comes in before I get around to finishing it.

 

Challenge 8: Timeless: A Book Involving Time

For this one, I went with another book that has been on my TBR for what feels like ages, The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. I also got an email about the sequel recently that reminded me how long this one’s been on my TBR so I’m going with it for this prompt. I’m reading this one in digital audiobook format.

 

Challenge 9: Royal Pains: A Book With Royalty

I picked The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross for this one. I got this book in one of my Shelflove Crates and it has Queen in the title so I figure it must have royalty in it. I’m planning to read this one in hardcover format.

 

Challenge 10: Hide and Seek: A Character On The Run

Initially, I picked Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra, but after reading a couple Goodreads reviews and seeing the associated TW/CWs, I needed to change it to a different book. Katie recommended a few, from which I chose Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I am honestly shocked I haven’t read this one yet because it was one of my most anticipated releases this year, but I’m hoping to read it in digital audiobook format. At least I will if my “available soon” library hold has anything to say about it.

 

Challenge 11: Fiery Redheads: A Book With A Redhead

This one leaves so many options that I had trouble narrowing it down. In the end, I picked To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo because I own it and haven’t read it, which usually wouldn’t bother me at all but this one looked good. I’m planning on reading the hardcover of this one.

 

Challenge 12: Magical Manipulators: A Character With Hidden Abilities

This one was a no brainer since I just got this box from Shelflove Crate. I’m going with the book that was included in the box, Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I’m planning on reading the hardcover.

 

That’s it for this challenge TBR! Are you participating in the Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon? What books would you pick for each challenge?

​May 2017 Wrap-Up

I know I’m late. Let’s just wrap up May so we can properly begin June, shall we?

 

Books I’ve Reviewed In May

Well, you might remember me saying in my April Wrap-Up I was going to back way off on reviewing to get some research done for my WIP…which totally happened to coincide with a HUGE book slump. I did manage to read a couple though!

 

Other Things I Did In May

I ended up doing quite a few non-review related things in May.

I participated in a few Blog Tours:

HUGE READING SLUMP: It was horrible. I think I’m at least coming out of it now? I’ll get back to you on that though.

I did finish researching on two topics for my WIP, but there’s still a lot more than I initially anticipated….

I co-hosted TBRathon with some AMAZING bloggers and bookstagrammers. It was fun, even though I didn’t actually manage to finish any of my books….

I created a post containing a list of books that are ownvoices for their LGBT+ aspects. It’s still growing and you can find it here.

I participated in two bookstagram challenges:

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Diverse Bingo 2017 Card Update (pitiful, I know)

 

Books I Hope To Review In June

  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • The Hollow Crown
  • The Alchemists of Loom
  • Shadowshaper

 

Other Things I Hope To Do In June

More research for my WIP, which means continued decreased posting — SORRY!!!

I’m signed up for one blog tour and I might add one more just to mix things up a bit.

I’m hosting #ownrainbows, which is a giveaway challenge on Instagram

I’m planning to participate in 3 Instagram challenges in addition to ownrainbows, which should be interesting because I’ve taken no photos….

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That’s all for now!

A List of #ownvoices LGBT+ Books

You might have noticed I suck at titles. No matter! A couple weeks ago, I had a post on Twitter asking for any and all books y’all could think of that are ownvoices for the LGBT+ aspects. And WOW did y’all deliver! I had people responding, quote retweeting, and DMing me on both Twitter AND Instagram to tell me their favourite ownvoices LGBT+ books.

I was initially asking so that I could use the books for myself for reading and pictures for my own bookstagram account, but the overwhelming number of books that came at me that I had no idea existed before made me want to do more with it. I got together with a few amazing people and we decided to host an Instagram challenge.

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I also decided to provide the list for y’all in a way that allows everyone to see it all put together. I’m going to list them in alphabetical order by title. I’m also going to add what the ownvoices rep within the book is in parenthesis. There are some that I’m unsure what the ownvoices rep is, so I’ll just put a ? for those.

Please let me know in the comments or shoot me a DM on Twitter or IG if you know what a book is ownvoices for. Likewise, if I’ve not included a book you know to be ownvoices for the LGBT+ aspects, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list! Also, if I’ve gotten any of these incorrect, please let me know so I can fix it.

I also want to go ahead and note that I know some of these books are problematic for other marginalizations. I am not excusing their problematic nature at all. The hurt caused by them is real and valid. DO NOT tell someone who has been hurt that their pain is not valid because the book is ownvoices, even if they are the same marginalization as the author. Marginalizations ARE NOT  a monolith. I am only listing books based on the ownvoices marginalization represented. I’ll put an asterisk (*) next to those I have heard may contain harmful content. If I missed any please let me know and I will add it.

 

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A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White (Gay)

A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman (?)

A Little Complicated by Kade Boehme (?)

A Matter of Disagreement by EE Ottoman (?)

A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox (?)

A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett (Trans)

Abroad by Liz Jacobs (?)

Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Bi)

Afterimage by Santino Hassell (?)

All Roads Lead To You by Harper Fox (?)

An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color by Ellyn Peña (Trans)

Another Enchanted April by Eric Arvin (?)

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (?)

Ariah by B. R. Sanders (?)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Gay)

As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper (?)

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi (?)

Ash by Melinda Lo (Lesbian)

Azrael and the Light Bringer by Eric Arvin (?)

 

B

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (Trans)

Bad Comes First by Kris Ripper (?)

Bait by Alex Sanchez (?)

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune (?)

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Acespec)

Better The Devil You Know by Bey Deckard (?)

Black Iris by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North (?)

Body Language by C. C. Carter (Lesbian)

Borrowing Trouble by Kade Boehme (?)

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Gay)

Boy With Thorn by Rickey Laurenriis (Gay)

Breach of Contract by JR Gray (?)

Breakaway by Avon Gale (?)

Breaking Down by Kris Ripper (?)

Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox (?)

Business Makes Strange Bedfellows by EE Ottoman (?)

 

C

Caged by Bey Deckard (?)

Cam Girl by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Catalysts by Kris Ripper (?)

Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill (Gay)

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver (Aspec/demisexuality, Polyamory, Trans/NB)

Chance of the Heart by Kade Boehme (?)

Changeling Moon by EE Ottoman (?)

Changing Colors by Elyse Springer (?)

Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme (?)

Chulito by Charles Rice-González (Gay)

Climbing the Date Palm: A labor rights love story by Shira Glassman (?)

Close to Home by Kris Ripper (?)

Clouded Hell by JR Gray (?)

Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies by Alexis Hall (?)

Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale (?)

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (?)

Cold Fusion by Harper Fox (?)

Concourse by Santino Hassell (?)

Confessions of a Wild hear

 

D

Damages Incurred by JR Gray (?)

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

Daybreak Rising by Kiran Oliver (?)

Dear John by Kade Boehme (?)

Documenting Light by EE Ottoman (?)

Don’t Let Go by Harper Fox (?)

Don’t Trust The Cut by Kade Boehme (?)

Double Up by Vanessa North (?)

Driftwood by Harper Fox (?)

Duende by EE Ottoman (?)

Dynamics by Kris Ripper (?)

 

E

Empty Net by Avon Gale (?)

Equilibrium by LC Davis (?)

Evenfall by Santino Hassell (?)

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour (Lesbian)

Exes by Kade Boehme (?)

Exposed by Bey Deckard (?)

Extremes by Kris Ripper (?)

 

F

Failure To Communicate by Misha Horne (?)

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Bi)

Fast Connection by Santino Hassell (Bi)

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari (?)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (?)

 

G

George by Alex Gino (Trans)

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (Lesbian)

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (Lesbian)

Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe (?)

 

H

Hello World by Tiffany Rose (?)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Gay)

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (Bi)

Huntress by Malinda Lo (Bi)

 

I

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Trans)

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Lesbian)*

 

J

John & Jackie by TJ Klune (?)

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera (Lesbian)

 

K

Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman (?)

 

L

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (?)

Lunaside by J. L. Douglas (?)

 

M

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Gay)*

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Gay)

Mother of Souls by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

 

N

Nevada by Imogine Binnie (Trans)

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee (Bi)

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Bi)*

 

O

Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (?)

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva (?)

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Gay)

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (?)

 

P

Peter Darling by Austin Chant (Trans)

 

Q

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (Bi)

Queer Magick by LC Davis (?)

 

R

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (?)

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (?)

 

S

Seafood and Silence by Lynn E. O’Cannacht (Acespec)

Shadows of Ourselves by Apollo Blake (?)

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery (Bi, Poly)

Storm Season by Pene Henson (?)

 

T

Tales From Outer Lands by Shira Glassman (?)

Tales from Perach by Shira Glassman (?)

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (?)

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (Lesbian)

The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis (Gay)

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (Gay)*

The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones (Lesbian, Acespec)

The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman (?)

The Paths We Choose by Maria Hollis (?)

The Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer (Gay)

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman (?)

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie (?)

The Traitor’s Tunnel by C. M. Spivey (Trans, Acespec)

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (?)

 

U

Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler (?)

Unexpected Gifts by Kris Ripper (?)

Unteachable by Elliot Wake writing as Leah Raeder (?)

Until You by TJ Klune (?)
 

V

Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault (?)

 

W

Warming Trend by Karin Kallmaker (Lesbian)

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (?)

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (?)

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (?)

 

X

 

Y

You Can Still See Stars in Seattle by Kade Boehme (?)

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Your Happy End by EE Ottoman (?)

 

Z

Zi Yong and the Collector of Secrets by EE Ottoman (?)

 

Thank you so much to everyone who recommended these books for the list! I really appreciate all of you! 

​April 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s the last day of April… Where has the time gone?! I really liked having a wrap-up last month because it reminded me of the things I managed to get done (instead of pointing at my glaring TBR) and also helped me be mindful of my goals for this month. So I’ll probably make wrap-ups a part of my usual monthly lineup. Let’s go ahead and wrap up April then!

 

Books I’ve Reviewed In April

Considering I hit a couple of pretty bad reading slumps, I managed to do pretty well for reviews this month. Here’s the list of books I’ve reviewed on my blog with links in case you’d like to give them a read.

 

Other Things I Did In April

I took part in five blog tours. Some of them still have active giveaways linked if you want to have a look.

Worked on my WIP a bit

Participated in four bookstagram challenges

  • #DiverseBookApr (hosted by @booksaremarvelous)
  • #aprilbookstagram (hosted by @pagewithaview and @readwithmikee)
  • #NKBTBApril (hosted by @novelknight and @readit_writenow)
  • #countdowntocandles (hosted by @paperlyandco)

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Here’s my updated Diverse Bingo 2017 Card. A couple of my current reads will go on after I’m finished with them but I’m lagging so here’s what I’ve got so far.

 

Books I Hope To Review In May

  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C. M. Spivey
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

 

Other Things I Hope To Do In May

I’m scheduled for a few blog tours (and I’m super excited about them!!!!)

I want to continue working on my WIP which is going to mean a lot of research. That’s why I’ve cut back on my review goal and I’ll probably be a little bit less active here? But I want to make sure I really get this right and I know y’all will understand.

Participating in two instagram challenges

  • #DiverseBookMay (hosted by @booksaremarvelous — the May challenge also has an accompanying giveaway!!)
  • #bookstaBINGO May (hosted by @bookslayerreads)

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That’s all for now! Let me know how your April was in the comments or if you’ve read any of the books I’m planning to review let me know what you thought! Here’s hoping May will be awesome for all of us!

March 2017 Wrap-Up

March is over and April has begun! Let’s smooth out the monthly transition with a wrap up, shall we?


 

Books I’ve Reviewed In March

I’ve actually managed to review a few more than I thought I would in March, especially considering the reading slump I’ve gotten into toward the end. Here’s a list of the books I reviewed on my blog (with links in case you decide you’d like to read them).

 

Other Things I Did In March

I also had a relatively productive month outside of reviewing. March was actually pretty awesome for me that way. A few of the non-review things I did are:

  • I started working in earnest on one of my WIPs
  • I read and reviewed three books for the Beat The Backlist Challenge (go Ravenclaw!!)
  • I was able to participate in the Book Blast for The Iron Queen by Jacob Devlin, which was so awesome and so much fun!
  • I completed the A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Tag, which was created by Erica Robyn Reads (check out her blog after you read this post because she’s lovely!) 
  • I participated in TWO bookstagram challenges (#marchbookstagram hosted by @pagewithaview and @readwithmikee AND #NKBTBMarch hosted by @NovelKnight and @ReadIt_WriteNow) and really enjoyed both of them. 

     

    Books I Hope To Review In April

    I’m trying not to be too ambitious and also not to include any books I’ve signed up for the blog tour for so this list might seem short but it’s honestly just the tip of the iceberg just in case I get overwhelmed or hit a slump. 

    • Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (which is the April book for the Diversely Booked Book Club if you guys would like to join in on the read and chat) 
    • A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir 
    • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer 
    • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman 

     

    Other Things I Hope To Do In April

    • Continue making progress on my WIP (even if I continue at the glacial pace I seem to have adopted this past week) 
    • I’m scheduled for a few blog tours and I’m waiting to hear back on a few. I’m really, really excited about all of them!
    • I’ll be attempting THREE bookstagram challenges during April. I know. I don’t know what I’m thinking. Yes I do. They all look awesome and I can’t just pick. I’m going to be doing #aprilbookstagram (hosted by @pagewithaview and @readwithmikee), #NKBTBApril (hosted by @NovelKnight and @ReadIt_WriteNow), and #DiverseBookApr (hosted by @booksaremarvelous). I’m especially excited about that last one! 

     

    Anywho, that’s all for now. I probably won’t be around much today because of how much I hate April Fools Day, but I should be back around tomorrow. Welcome to April! I hope it’s a wonderful month for us all!!