Teaser Tuesdays #65 – January 30th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m about to start the next book for my book club, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. I’ve a heard a lot of good things about this book so I’m excited! Let’s hope it’s a good one!

My teaser:

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The scythe arrived late on a cold November afternoon. Citra was at the dining room table, slaving over a particularly difficult algebra problem, shuffling variables, unable to solve for X or Y when this new and far more pernicious variable entered her life’s equation.

–Chapter 1, page 5
(hardcover)

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WWW Wednesdays #65 – January 24th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

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

What am I currently reading?

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26695561I’m still steadily reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. The last two of the six outcasts were introduced and I can’t wait until the groups adventure really begins! I also picked up another M/M book (surprise, surprise), the first book in the Unbreakable Bonds series, Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. I’m really liking the characters in this book so I can’t wait to see what happens throughout the rest of the series, since the other books all focus on a different character.  I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. There was a slight pause on this book while my friend caught up, but we’re getting back to it! I’m excited to see how the conclusion plays out. I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s still on the back-burner – and probably will be until I finish the Six of Crows duology.


What did I recently finish reading?

29622131I finished reading The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. This was the first book I read for the book club I recently joined. The first meeting I attended was last weekend and it was great! It was held at the apartment of the two girls that started the club. There were snacks, everyone was so nice and welcoming, we talked a ton about books (of course!). It was really a great time and I’m so glad my co-worker invited me to be a part of it. Really, the whole thing is so well-organized and awesome. I can’t wait for the next meeting! But, back to the book, The Glass Spare was a quick, easy read. The characters were interesting enough but I didn’t really love any of them. You can definitely tell this book’s main purpose is to set up the next. There were a few things that I felt like should have been touched on before this one ended, but they weren’t. I did think the world-building was neat. It was kind of a mix between medieval and the beginnings of technology. I’ll most likely pick up the second book but that one will determine if I continue the series or not. I also finished reading  Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. Like I mentioned in my last WWW post, it was a fun, quirky read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


What do I think I’ll read next?

28954189Next up I will be starting Scythe by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series. This is this month’s pick for the book club. We got to vote out of three books and everyone selected this one. It was already on my TBR list, so I was excited! Once again, I’m so excited to be a part of this club. It’s nice having another outlet for books besides the blogosphere. I’ve mentioned before, not many of my friends read and one of the one’s who does is so busy she barely has any time to, no matter how many books I peer pressure her to start… xD


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #64 – January 11th

Shhhh, yes yes I know – it’s Thursday. But I was busy yesterday, so how about we let it slide, yeh? xD


WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

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

What am I currently reading?

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29622131Right now I am currently reading five books. FIVE! I started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Six of Crows duology. I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m enjoying it! I’m super excited to learn more about Kaz – he seems like such a neat character! I also began The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I’m mostly focusing on this one at the moment because my first meeting for the book club I joined is next Wednesday so I’d like to finish it before then if I’m able. It’s another one I’m really enjoying! I’m still plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. One of my friends is a bit behind in our buddy read so hopefully we keep at it once she catches up! I started reading a M/M book, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the first book in the Offbeat Crimes series by Angel Martinez. It’s a fun quirky read so far! I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. It’s kind of on the back-burner for now as the others are holding my interest a bit more at the moment.


What did I recently finish reading?

14061957I finished up the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It was so good! My emotions went on a roller coaster throughout this book but I have to say I was overall pretty satisfied with how things wrapped up in the end. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author! I also read the third book in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday, Gemini Keeps Capricorn. This series is so cute and funny! I hope there’s at least a few more. I’ve come to really like this author as well.


What do I think I’ll read next?

Honestly, my mind is too busy with wanting to just finish the books I’m currently reading that I don’t even want to think of what I’m going to read afterwards. Especially now that I’m back to work and school starts up again soon! I’ll most likely have something for this spot in my next WWW post though!


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #64 – January 9th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I mentioned in my previous WWW post that I had decided to join a book club through one of my co-workers. The first meeting of the year is next week so I recently started reading the book that had been picked out for this month. That book is The Glass Spare, the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I’m about 1/3 of the way done and so far I’m digging it. I hope I continue to do so as I keep on reading!

My teaser:

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The estherpetals gave Wil a sleep that was mercifully free of dreams. She awoke with a sense that she had blinked and everything from the night before had just disappeared.
The mirror said otherwise. She sat at her dressing table and selected a pale pink lipstick to hide the cut on her bottom lip.

–Chapter 6, page 70
(hardcover)

Beat the Backlist 2018

Hey everyone! I stumbled upon Emily’s post about the  Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight, and decided it looked like fun! I’ve never involved myself in a reading challenge besides the Goodreads one, so I thought, why not give this one a try? It sounds fun and it’s easy enough for a lazy potato like me to participate in! :D

The goal of this reading challenge is to read books published before 2018. Easy, right? Maybe not for those who love to read new release after new release, but I rarely ever read new releases, so I thought this challenge would be perfect for me!

This seems like a neat challenge because you are assigned a team. Each team earns points by reading books published before 2018 and at the end of each month one person is drawn from the team with the most points to receive a book of their choice! Awesome, right?

There is also a photo challenge via Instagram, which is just for fun. I actually decided to make an Instagram account solely related to books and my blog so check it out! I literally made it 15 minutes ago, so there’s nothing on it now. But that will soon change! As long as I remember to post… ^^;

I made this post as a requirement for signing up for this challenge so once I’m all signed up I will add which team I’m on!

my team:

my goals:

Goals aren’t required for this challenge, but I thought I would set some to make myself more active and motivated!

  • Participate in at least 2 of the 4 Instagram prompts each month
  • Write one review of a book dedicated to this challenge at least every 3 months (since I’ve been seriously slacking in the review department)
  • Have 4 out of every 5 books I read be dedicated to this challenge

And there we go! Interested in this challenge? Click the linked text above and go for it! Link your sign-up post in the comments so I know you’re joining! I’d love to see if we’re on the same team!

Happy reading! :)

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 & 2018

Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone had a fun (but safe!) time last night! I sure did. I seriously cannot believe it’s 2018 already. Times flies, especially the older you get… D; Either way, another year means more books to read, yay! I already started a new book today to celebrate. Whoo!

This post is going to touch on my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge and then on my 2018 as well.

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2017 At the beginning of 2017 I set my reading goal to 60 books. It is what I had done the previous year and I had managed to exceed that so I figured that was a reasonable number, especially with me working two jobs and returning to school. This year I also exceeded my goal by reading 64 books! So challenge completed! :D

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2018This year I will once again be challenging myself to read at least 60 books. I feel like it’s still a doable number for me since I’ll still be in school and am currently looking for a second job once more. With my new job I haven’t been reading quite as much so I’m hoping to make time to read more on  a regular basis during the week. Wish me luck!

And that’s that!

Did you meet your 2017 reading goal? How many books are you hoping to read this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)