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Alphabet Reading Challenge Q-Z

The Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020 is finally over for me!

Its a fun yet stressing event that I task myself with every year. I might have to get more creative with certain letters. I feel Z should be like X where if it’s in the title you’re good.

Now we’ve come to the difficult letters of this portion. If you have any suggestions for Q , U, and Z I would love to hear it.

Next year these posts will be done differently.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a more in depth look into her TED Talk on the history of introverts and how the world works for and against them. She goes over how society and Western culture is shaped to uplift and reward extroverts.

RWBY : Vol 1 The Fall of Beacon Arc  by Bunta Kinami

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the manga of the first volume of the show. This is a great format for new comers. I thought it was really nice to revisit this story in a new art form. My only problem was confusion over who was talking. I read an ARC and hope that the final version cleared this up.  

Small Spaces by Katherina Arden

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Spooky Middle Grade. This was a delight! I haven’t read to my knowledge a scary middle grade novel and I think it’s better than some YA, or Adult. This was entertaining and creepy. I highly recommend for Goosebump fans.  

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was incredible & powerful. This has Native American folklore where a girl hunts down and kills monsters. She lives far away from her community and refuses to make attachments after being hurt in the recent past. It has the angry one paired with the soft one trope. LOVE to see it.

Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

Rating: 2 out of 5.

For one delirious moment I thought this was going to be a horror starring two mystery solving lesbians.  I hate to report that this is not that story. If you know a story like that please leave a comment. Thank you 🙂

The beginning set it up nicely for a lovely thriller mystery solving duo who possibly are more than friends but sadly that is not the case. Honestly I have no idea what this story is about. This was droll as all hell and I don’t recommend. Sorry.   

Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This duology was a disappointment after having loved the Remnant Chronicles. This duology focused heavily on the romance which was big mistake. This last book tries to over correct this but it didn’t fix the issues.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a delightful & fierce reading experience. I honestly loved everything about this gorgeously written tale. We have hate to love, magic, & tyranny.

For this to be a standalone the pacing was amazing. That’s usually thing that I notice the most to be off with a lot of fantasy but this one pulls it off.

I wish the magical elements were more or at least the world building/ lore in that area was more. Also the fight at the end could have been better.

There is a companion novel Written in Starlight out in January.

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a bridger book. A lot is being built for the rest of the series to build off which can slow the progression. This was still fantastic just not as heavy on the action but of the politics which is prevalent throughout the series.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the rom-com I’ve been needing! This was a feel good story that I needed to read. I couldn’t stop grinning while reading this just exudes good vibes. There are some super cringe things like with our Mean Girl© & the high stakes prom elements which I can over look for scholarship reasons buuut its still a mighty stretch. Either I’m old or I went to a low cal school but prom was never important. In any case this didn’t spoil or ruin my fun. I really LOVE friendships between siblings and M/F platonic friendships as well. I need more. Also, I’m glad to see lighthearted fun stories center Black characters. More of this immediately!

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this without every reading his fiction pieces. I’m aware of them and after having read this I’m even more interested in picking them up. This was interesting to read just for the insight into the world of writing back in the 50’s and how much and how little has actually changed. This focuses on his own work and how he writes. It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes of writers.

Have you read any of these? How would you like to see these posts done differently?

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Reading Challenge B

Reading Challenge C

Reading Challenge D- F

Reading Challenge G – K

Reading Challenge L- P

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My 5 Star Predictions

I’m stealing this from Kayla @ Booksandlala on Youtube. I don’t know if she originated this or not but watching her video inspired me to do this.

Let me start off by saying that I don’t read books that I think I’ll hate. If I pick up a book it’s because it has things about it that I know I’ll love now whether I will is entirely up to the book. I do try to not put expectations on books but the hype and the hope are just too strong lol

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

I was sitting on the fence with this one and still hesitant to pick it up because one I might become obsessed and two, I might completely hate it. I never know what I’m going to get from Schwab’s writing. I LOVED Vicious it’s my favorite. But the Different London series and the sequel to Vicious were awful. I did somewhat enjoy the Verity Duology. So, this book could go in either direction. I’m hoping from 5 stars based off others who have similar reading tastes to mine.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’ve forgotten what this story is about but I don’t care I want to read this SOOOO BAD. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from trusted friends and I need to be one of the screaming fans.

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Quirky fun space crew shenanigans, sign me up! This sounds like such a fun science fiction romp and I am here for it.  

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

I’ve been sitting on this one waiting until I get the nerve to pick this up and let it devour me. The first chapter killed me and I just know that if I ever get the function of my brain to full power again I’m taking the day off to read this bad boy.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

~ I still haven’t read this ~  That’s my national anthem. Two months ago I wrote a post roasting myself over the books I had but haven’t read and this was one of them. I think the biggest reason this sits waiting for the day to be chosen is because I know I’m going to love it. I’m scared of the cost of that love, so I let it sit and collect dust.

A Record Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Every time I think I’m ready it turns out I’m not lol I’m not ready for the emotional connections I’m going to make with the characters and then disaster will strike leaving everyone an emotional wreck and I just. can’t.  I will read this when I seek out the wizard for courage.

Someday I’ll read these books and then I’ll do a follow up post to see how this all goes.  

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

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A Roast 2 Me part 2

This is a follow up on my Roast to Me post. If you haven’t read it please do so here, It’s a grand ole time.

Basically, I’m trying to see if I made any progress on those books.

Let’s find out.

First up, Jade City by Fonda Lee, Ah, darkness my old friend, this beast still sits wondering when it’ll see the light of day. & I wonder when I’m going to stop lying to myself that I’ll get to it soon.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, I guess I’m still planning to die waiting to read this.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, I actually read this. Yay me! One down and oh, too many to go.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Well, that victory was short lived. This story is as short as that victory and yet…

Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Since writing the previous post I believe another was released and to no one’s surprise I haven’t read any of them.

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner, I have read 1 ½ books in this 6? book series. So half a point for doing bare minimum effort. To be fair, I absolutely hated the first book and I put down the second one at the halfway point because it was a booore.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, I actually forgot I had this so, nope, haven’t read it. Go Me for buying and not reading. Oh, wait, that isn’t the goal? Darn.

Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Hey, hey, hey add two points to my net negative because I have read these two. I don’t know if this is a win since I didn’t enjoy these much 😦

Scooby- Doo! I have read a few of these comics but not all of the ones I have. I think I have 3 more to go. These are fun and I love the Scooby Gang so this is a win either way.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, A dragon better not eat me now because I finally read this and freaking LOVED it! Now to just read the last book in the series.

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino, I wave at this one as I scroll on by. Shame, my name be thy.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, By my calculations I’m still in the red. Hopefully, I’ll get to this before people start colonizing Mars.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, One of my Favorite books of the year!! Also Past me was right to be super jealous. I am so glad I picked this up. Now if I could do that with the rest of these.

So, what have we learned? I buy books and then never read them, check. I then go on to roast myself over this in not one but two posts, check.

I’m only sorry for the books that languish in the ether of my kindle or on a shelf, you deserve better!

I guess the upside is they have each other for comfort in these trying times. I too, have them to turn to if only I remembered to do that.

Are any of these books on your never ending tbr pile? Let’s commiserate in the comments.

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A Roast to Me

This is a call out post to myself to read the books I already own.

I thought if I saw the amount of books I have that I wanted to read by now in black and white that it would finally light a fire under me to actually read them.

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I’ve tried in the past couple of months to set a monthly tbr even though I know I’m a mood reader not a structured one. I just really wanted to get this under control.

But with all my lists and plans nothing changed

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I don’t know how it got so out of hand (yes, I do) I stockpile books like wood for winter. You never know when you’ll run out of books to read.

It could happen.

Before this year I kept a good pace of reading the books I got.

It was manageable for so long because mentally I’ve been healthy and I kept a consistent schedule and well this year… yeah.

I know this is the furthest thing from being a real problem it’s just a frustrating time for me and instead of adopting healthy coping mechanisms I’m writing this.

I think the hardest part to accept is how much I use to read and how much I can realistically read now. Realigning my mindset and my objectives is something I’ve been working on.

‘Cause honestly the only one making me feel guilty or overwhelmed is, me. No one cares if I read one or none, if I write a review or not.

I know a lot of people also struggle with similar guilt. We put a ridiculous amount of stress on ourselves unnecessarily.

My new mantra, “You will read all those books one day when you’re meant to.”  

Eventually, I’ll believe this, I hope.

A disclaimer what I consider for myself to be a lot may not equal to what you consider for yourself. Niether of us is wrong.

That’s enough rambling on to the main event

Jade City by Fonda Lee Jade City (The Green Bone Saga (1)) (9780316440868 ...

This one kills me every second it sits there. Bought this at the start of the year and I thought I would get to it right away. That was the goal but HAAHAHHa jokes on ME. Especially when people finish it and gush about how it killed them. That could be me but noooooope.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story eBook: Wang ...

This was put on my radar thanks to Twitter, earlier this year. I found it for cheap and got it and it’s been waiting ever since to be read. This is a monster size book and it sounds fantastic. This is Standalone Adult High Fantasy Japanese-inspired military story that takes place in the same world as another of his series. I’ll either die reading this or die waiting to read this.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

A sequel to Foundryside. I read the first book in February and absolutely loved it so I was ecstatic to get my hands on the sequel, that came out in March or April at this point every month runs together, and yes, you guessed it has sat untouched. LOL I love this for me.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Tea Master and the Detective: Aliette de Bodard: 9781596068643 ...

Another Twitter made me buy it and now it just mocks me. It’s a science fiction novella about solving a mystery with a sentient warship. I need a detective to solve the case of my unread books.

Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

I adore the hell out of the Murderbot Diaries. I picked them up only last year but could not wait to know the rest. Apparently, I can wait. This has an Artificial Intelligence having an identity crisis while denying having caught feelings = wonderful. I’m avoiding these like Murderbot avoids their feelings.

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner

Everyone I trust has raved about this series. I love fantasy and I like an ensemble cast of characters. This is an older series that I wanted to try. What’s another decade to wait to read it??

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This was a case of these were a lot of friends faves when they were younger and honestly I just love the sound of these fairytale retellings. I didn’t know anything about the Goose Girl before discovering this book. I mean I still don’t know much having not picked up this book -_-

Sabriel by Garth Nix

This came highly recommend and for all them it seemed like a steal. I have read the first book so I score one point which brings up my score to -99. I did enjoy it though. I like the death magic.

Scooby- Doo!

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (2010-) #75 (NOOK Comics with Zoom View ...

I got a Scooby-Doo comic book set because it’s Scooby-Doo. Funny story I had the theme song stuck in my head the day I found this. I hadn’t watched or heard it in years so coincidental or nah? I took it as a sign but still they go unread.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli The Last Namsara (Iskari) (9780062567987): Ciccarelli ...

DRAGONS, need I say more? Let the Dragons eat me if I don’t read this soon.

At this point I know you’re like stop getting books but I wasn’t actively looking which was easy thanks to a pandemic. Not being able to go to the store really cuts into accidental book purchases. (Notice I said cut into not cut out)

That’s how I came into possession of the next few books. Books were discounted and/ or easier to access. Why did it take a pandemic to make this happen??

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino

I have had my eye on this series since I saw Maleficent on one of the sequel covers. Being that she is my favorite I took it upon myself to get a hold of this series. I was a bit disappointed that they aren’t exactly standalones. Someday my dream will come true and I will read this. Or this will become my villain origin story.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut (1 ...

This gives me Life as We Knew It vibes but historically set in the fifties with empowering women in the forefront. I don’t know much more and I think I want to keep it that way, hence why it’s still to be read. I do look forward to the day this gets read. Whenever that is.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna A Spark of White Fire (1) (The Celestial Trilogy ...

Another science fiction, I’m sensing a trend. This is a space opera inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories. It sounds incredible so future me is really lucky when they finally pick this up. I’m jealous.

These are just the ones I feel the worst about.

Don’t get me started on the books I covet at the Library.

Like I said earlier this isn’t an important issue in this moment. I just needed to lightheartedly roast myself over the plethora of books that I really want to read but can’t/don’t.

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Instead of writing this I’m 100% aware I could have read at least one thing on this list -.-

The moral of the story: Read or don’t read just buy the book anyway