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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 (YARC) Sign-up Post & Progress Tracker

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 The other day I was watching Mel to the Any 's video for her May TBR and she mentioned the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. I was intrigued so I went to see what it is about. Well, it is a reading challenge for the whole year to  celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors. The goal is to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. Any publishing year is fine as long as it is read in 2019. I feel like I can never have to much diversity in my reading so I have decided to participate in this challenge.

The other day I was watching Mel to the Any ‘s video (down below) for her May TBR and she mentioned the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. I was intrigued, so I went to see what it is about. Well, it is a reading challenge for the whole year to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors.

The goal is to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. Any publishing year is fine as long as it is read in 2019.

I feel like I can never have to much diversity in my reading so I have decided to participate in this challenge.


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Mel to the Any

Hosts for this challenge are:

Sign-up post

Check out any of the hosts blog posts for the official guidelines/rules for the challenge, and for more information about prompts, link-ups, discussions, giveaways and more!

Also. follow them on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) for announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun. The official hashtag for this reading challenge is #YARC2019.

My Goal:

Because we are almost half way through the year😱 and I can't count the books that I've read over the past few months I'm going to set my goal to read  

There are different badges for each reading goal. I'm aiming to read 11 to 20 books so my badge is the Indian cobra.

Because we are almost half way through the year😱 and I can’t count the books that I’ve read over the past few months I’m going to set my goal to read 11 to 20 books for this year.

There are different badges for each reading goal and because I’m aiming to read 11 to 20 books, my badge is the Indian cobra.


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Currently reading:

Real World by Natsuo Kirino and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

YARC books read:

I will be posting the books that I read for this challenge here. I will also leave links to review blogs or my goodreads review.
I also made a YARC2019 shelf on my goodreads here.

Hellicious by by Mina Elwell,  A.C. Medina, Kit Wallis (Contributor), Jio Butler (Contributor), The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang and A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tehereh Mafi

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I’m really excited about this challenge!

Are you participating in the #YARC2019? Do you have any books to recommend for me?

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Hi friends and welcome to WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words that answers three {W} questions.

~What are you currently reading?
~ What did you recently finish reading?
~What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I'm reading Real World by Natsuo Kirino and I'm reading this for the #asianreadathon (@asianreadathon). I'm also reading a graphic novel for my #YARC2019 reading challenge.

 I'm on page 53 in Real World and, honestly, I'm not loving it.  It is a thriller set in Toyko though and I'm  excited to finish it. Hopefully, it picks up soon!

I'm only on page 9 in Persepolis but it is a graphic novel so it should be a pretty fast read.

I'm also just starting A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, which isn't pictured, for another one of my #asianreadathon challenges.

Currently reading:

I’m reading Real World by Natsuo Kirino and I’m reading this for the #asianreadathon (@asianreadathon). I’m also reading a graphic novel for my #YARC2019 reading challenge.

I’m on page 53 in Real World and, honestly, I’m not loving it. It is a thriller set in Toyko though and I’m excited to finish it. Hopefully, it picks up soon!

I’m only on page 9 in Persepolis but it is a graphic novel so it should be a pretty fast read.

I’m also just starting A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, which isn’t pictured, for another one of my #asianreadathon challenges.

Real World: Amazon US I goodreads
Persepolis: Amazon US I goodreads
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: Amazon US I goodreads

Just finished: On Monday, I finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and ya'll... I love this book! If you like enemies-to-lovers and suuuuper, super slow burn romance, then I recommend you to read this book.

Just finished:

On Monday, I finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and ya’ll… I love this book! If you enjoy enemies-to-lovers and suuuuper, super slow burn romance, then I recommend you to read this book.

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My next read will Girls of Paper and Fire and it will be my last #asianreadathon challenge. I'm real excited to get to this one, too. I've heard so many good reviews for it!

Next read:

My next read will be my last #asianreadathon challenge. I’m real excited to get to this one, too. I’ve heard so many good reviews for it!

Amazon US I goodreads


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Alright, that’s all of my recent and soon to be reads. What are you reading? Have you read any of these books mentioned in this post? If so, what were your thoughts?

Down TBR Hole · TBR's

Down the TBR Hole #3

Hello all! How are you? How was your weekend? Happy belated mother’s day to all who celebrated!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything fun?

Alright. I’m back this fine Monday with another Down The TBR Hole post.

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules: 

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood I'm pretty sure I added this with intentions of reading it before it was adapted to the TV series. I didn't but still watched the show and I own a copy of this. Verdict: Keep


The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

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I’m pretty sure I added this with intentions of reading it before it was adapted to the TV series. I didn’t but still watched the show and I own a copy of this.

Verdict: Keep

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The Last  Mrs. Parrish by Live Constantine I actually have the audiobook for this on hold at my library. It should only be a couple of days and I will have it. Verdict: Keep


The Last Mrs. Parrish

by Liv Constantine

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I actually have the audiobook for this on hold at my library. It should only be a couple of days and I will have it.

Verdict: Keep

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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll This sounds like a pretty interesting story and it has a pretty good rating on goodreads. Also, it's only $1.99 for Kindle! Verdict: Keep


I Am Watching You

by Teresa Driscoll

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This sounds like a pretty interesting story and it has a pretty good rating on goodreads. Also, it’s only $1.99 for Kindle!

Verdict: Keep

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The Pleasures of Men
by Kate Williams This actually has a terrible rating on goodreads. 😬 And it's historical fiction, which, if you don't know, I'm not a huge fan of. Also, if you need a good laugh, go read some of the one star reviews! Verdict: Go


The Pleasures of Men

by Kate Williams

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This actually has a terrible rating on goodreads. 😬 And it’s historical fiction, which, if you don’t know, I’m not a huge fan of. Also, if you need a good laugh, go read some of the one star reviews!

Verdict: Go

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia Margaret Stohl I'm not sure if I added this with the intention to read it before it became a movie or not. I have done neither. I do still plan on reading this and seeing the movie. Verdict: Keep


Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I’m not sure if I added this with the intention to read it before it became a movie or not. I have done neither. I do still plan on reading this and seeing the movie.

Verdict: Keep

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Ok. That’s all from me this Monday! I hope you all have a great week!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts on them? Have you seen any of the TV/movie adaptations (for those that were adapted)? What did you think of those?

six for Sunday

Six for Sunday – 2018 books I want to reread

Hi friends! I hope you all are having a good weekend! Have you done anything exciting? I haven’t I’ve just been hanging out around the house. It’s rainy and cold outside so we’re staying in. Perfect to get some reading done! Let’s get into this Six for Sunday post, shall we?

The meme #SixforSunday was created by A Little but a Lot. You can find weekly prompts here. This week’s prompt is for 2018 books I want to reread.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I just absolutely adore this book and I will definitely reread this time and time again.

I just absolutely adore this book and I will definitely reread this time and time again.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather When I read this book, I didn't know it was a duology. I did like this and I'd like to read the second book. I'll reread this just to catch myself back up on what happened so I can read the last book.

When I read this book, I didn’t know it was a duology. I did like this and I’d like to read the second book. I’ll reread this just to catch myself back up on what happened so I can read the last book.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Again, this is a duology that I haven't finished and I'd like to catch myself back up on what happened in this book so I can read the second book.

Again, this is a duology that I haven’t finished and I’d like to catch myself back up on what happened in this book so I can read the second book.

Year One by Nora Roberts Wouldn't you know it, another series that I haven't finished. Why am I like this?  This one is actually a trilogy and I'd like to someday read the other two books.

Wouldn’t you know it, another series that I haven’t finished. Why am I like this? This one is actually a trilogy and I’d like to someday read the other two books.

Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King and Owen King 

Heyyy! A stand alone! lol I'd like to reread this one because I had it checked out as an ebook from my library and it was about to expire. Then, I would've had to wait for about 8,547 weeks (😂 just kidding, sort of) to be able to check it out again. Therefore, I just sped read/skimmed through the last 200 pages or so. So, yeah, I feel like this is a good one for a reread.

Heyyy! A stand alone! lol I’d like to reread this one because I had it checked out as an ebook from my library and it was about to expire. Then, I would’ve had to wait for about 8,547 weeks (😂 just kidding, sort of) to be able to check it out again. Therefore, I just sped read/skimmed through the last 200 pages or so. So, yeah, I feel like this is a good one for a reread.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

This one is another one that I had on ebook and the formatting of this book is just not good for ebook. The style of this book is told from journal entries, case files, doctor's notes and files, screenshots from cctv. 

I feel like I didn't get the full experience through ebook and maybe parts of it didn't make sense to me because of the formatting. Anyway, I'd definitely like to reread this one as a physical book and get the full experience from it. 

Also, this book is generally creepy and it is the perfect book to read during the Halloween season!

This one is another one that I had on ebook and the formatting of this book is just not good for ebook. The style of this book is told from journal entries, case files, doctor’s notes and files, screenshots from cctv.

I feel like I didn’t get the full experience through ebook and maybe parts of it didn’t make sense to me because of the formatting. Anyway, I’d definitely like to reread this one as a physical book and get the full experience from it.

Also, this book is generally creepy and it is the perfect book to read during the Halloween season!

Alright, that’s my picks for this Sunday. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What are your 2018 book that you would like to reread?

Reviews

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – a cute friendship and love story


“For a long time I shined my light for someone other than me. But not anymore. Now I shine bright for me. You can create light even when everyone’s left you behind because that’s what you do. It’s what I do.” 


― Jeff Zentner,Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

First off, let me just say, I loved this book! I have heard so much (really good reviews) about Jeff Zentner’s books and I hadn’t read one until this one.

This book was laugh out loud funny! Josie and Delia are soo funny and quirky. I wish they were real people because I know that they would just be a ball of fun! Speaking of quirky, I’ve seen reviews from people who thought that the quirk was too much. I, personally, thought that it was fun and light-hearted besides they’re best friends, like, if you can’t be silly and goofy with your best friend then who can you be silly and goofy with?

Also, it is set in Jackson, Tennessee. For those of you that don’t know, I’m from TN and I live just a few hours out of Jackson. I thought that was pretty cool to read a story in a familiar setting. I don’t really come across many books that are set in Tennessee.

Josie and Delia are so girl power and I loved it!! I am here for all of that! It also has a little romance sprinkled in but that aspect didn’t take over the entire story once it did happen. Also, the romance is so subtle in this book but OMG it’s sooo adorable. I hardcore ship Josie and Lawson.

Also, it has a road trip! I love road trip stories, ya’ll! ❤

I’ve talked a lot about how this book is light-hearted and fun but it also very emotional. I had tears in my eyes and I was trying so hard not to cry in front of everyone so many times! This book touches so well on mental health, parental problems and struggles, growing up and growing apart (sort of). The mental health representation is done so well and I really appreciated that.

All in all I enjoyed the heck out of this book and I highly recommend it!

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures--and the TV show they host--in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show's guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous...and momentous.

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

“I’m glad things end, though. It forces you to love them ferociously while you have them. There’s nothing worth having that doesn’t die.”


― Jeff Zentner,Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

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Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday

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Hi friends! Welcome to Can’t-Wait Wednesday! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read (generally, books that aren’t yet released). It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Today, I’m going to be talking about Birthday by Meredith Russo.

Birthday by Meredith Russo

Boyhood meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this unconventional love story about two teens bonded for life when they are born on the same day at the same time by award-winning author Meredith Russo!

Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

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I’m sooo excited to get my hands on this book! I just know it is a gem. It sounds so emotional and I know that it will give me all the feels. Also, this is about a trans teen and it is written by an #ownvoices author. I have a feeling that I’m going to love this and it will be an exceptional read.

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What book or books are on your TBR that are coming out soon that you can’t wait to read? Any that you recommend?

Down TBR Hole · TBR's

Down the TBR Hole #2

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Hello all! How are you? How was your weekend? Mine was fine. Nothing too exciting happened, sadly.

Happy Monday and happy Teacher Appreciation Week! If you are a teacher, I want to say thank you for the countless hours and money that you spend and the many lives you touch. Without you no other profession would exist. If you’re a student, be sure to thank/be nice to your teacher(s) this week.

Alright. I’m back this fine Monday with another Down The TBR Hole post.

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

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I own a copy of this book and I’m planning on reading it during the fall.

Verdict: Keep

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IT by Stephen King

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I own this one as well and I plan to get to it during spooky season too (aka September-October).

Verdict: Keep

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator)

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I very much want to read this but I’m torn. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction or classics.

Verdict: Keep, for now

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Again, I’m torn.

Verdict: Keep, for now

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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Another one that I own
Another classic that I haven’t read.
Why am I like this?

Verdict: Keep

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Well, alright ya’ll. That’s going to be my five for today? I didn’t actually take anything off my TBR list today. Next time should be better, in terms of my TBR list shrinking, maybe.

Current TBR number: 343
Books taken off the list today: 0/5

Have you read any of these books? What are thoughts about them? Should I just let go of the idea of reading the classics on the list today? Again, why am I like this?

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six for Sunday

Six for Sunday: 2018 still unread

The meme #SixforSunday was created by A Little but a Lot. You can find weekly prompts here. This week’s prompt is for books released in 2018 that you still haven’t read.

Let’s jump right in!

I actually bought this back in October-ish of last year and still haven’t read it. I have it on my TBR for this month as one of the prompts for the #Asianreadathon so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 that I actually get to i this month!

This is the second book in the Chronicles of The One trilogy. I read the first in the series last year and really liked it. I have no reason as to why I haven’t gotten around to reading this.

Another book that I own and haven’t read (you’ll see that a lot in this list🤷🏻‍♀️). I’m a mood reader and maybe that’s why I haven’t read this book, yet. Yeah, we’ll go with that.

I actually just ordered this from Book Outlet. I’m still waiting to receive this but I think I will get to it this summer because it’s a road trip book and that feels like the perfect summer read to me!

I’ve heard such good reviews for this book and I’m on the hold list for the audiobook from my library. I’ll be listening🎧 to this one soon!

I own this one as well. I don’t know why I haven’t read it, yet.

Alright, that’s six books from 2018 on my TBR that I still haven’t read. What books from are on your 2018 TBR list that are still unread?