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2017 Reading Challenges

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It’s that time of the year when we have to choose the challenges in which we are gonna participate in. After thinking about for a few days, I chose to participate in 4 challenges hosted by other people and one challenge that I will be hosting that’s part reading challenge and part blogging challenge. I have participated in one of these challenges before, the rest are new to me and I’m excited to see how I do. 

This year I want to try and be more involved in the part of the challenges that’s more community oriented. Last yeat I read the books and kept track of how I was doing in each challenge and I shared that in  my wrap up, but I rarely linked my wrap ups or reviews in host’s blog, I rarely commented in others people posts that were related to the challenges, I never participated in a twitter chat. It’s like I participated, but not really. I want to change that this year. 

Here are the challenges I’m paticipating in: 

1.  Diversity Bingo 2017

I have been saying for a while that I want to read more diversely, but it’s only in the last couple of weeks that I feel like I have been making a consious effort to accomplish that goal. I want to keep working in 2017 to read more diverse books and specially more #ownvoices books, that’s why I decided to participate in the Diverse Bingo 2017. The idea is to cover all the squares within the course of a year. It was created by a bunch of wonderful people of twitter (you can find out who, if you click in the image).
At the end of 2017, I will have read 36 diverse books and that’s really exciting.



2. Beat the Backlist 

As weird as it may sound, I usually read more backlist books than new releases in a year. Because of that I joined a challenge to read backlist books in 2016 and this year I also wanted to participate in a similar challenge and that’s why I joined this challenge hosted @ Novel Knight. My goal is to read 30 backlist books in 2017, even if I think I will read more based on the amount of backlist books I read in 2016.

Also, I will participate in the Hogwarts House Cup Mini challenge that’s tied to the Beat the Backlist challenge. My house is ravenclaw. You get points for your house based on the backlist books you read and every month a house wins the house cup.

3. Flights of Fantasy 

This challenge is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and Rachel @ Hello, Chelly. The idea is to choose a certain number of fantasy books and see if you can read them in a year. Last year, I participated in this one and I even participated for a while in the Flights of Fantasy Book Club. My goal for 2016 was 30 books and I didn’t complete that goal, but I did read 27 fantasy books. I was so close! Lately I haven’t been reading as much fnatasy as I used to and that’s why I didn’t complete the goal.

For 2017, I’m lowering the number of fantasy books I want to read and that’s why my goal is to 20 fantasy books in 2017.


4. Goodreads challenge 

The last two years I set a goal of 52 books in my Goodreads challenge, which means 1 book per week. In 2015, I read 55 books and in 2016 I read 100 books. I have been thinking about this for a while and I decided that I will try to read 80 books in 2017. I think that I will read more, but I want to push myself a little without putting to much pressure in myself.


5.The Pride and Prejudice Project

This is a sort of challenge that I will be hosting, the idea is to post once a month a review of a book that is based on or is a sort retelling of Pride and Prejudice or maybe a review for a movie adaptation or a TV show or a web series based on Pride and prejudice.

                                                                   

To know more, here’s the original post  

Do you participate in challenges? What  2017 challenges are you participating in? Are you participating in any of the challenges I mentioned above? 

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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon | Sign Up & TBR

 



I’m signing up for my first 2017 readathon and I couldn’t be more excited, specially, because I choose an amazing readathon to participate in. The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon is hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon, focusing on diverse (especially #ownvoices) books, that will take place from Sunday 1st January to Sunday 15th January. 
 
Here’s my tbr for the readathon and I’m very excited because all the books are not only diverse books, they are also #ownvoices books. I don’t think I’m gonna read all 7 books, because I don’t think I will have enough time, but I will try! 
  I have been dealing with anxiety for as long as I can remember and lately it     has been really bad. I feel like it may be good for me to read It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 

 

I have never read a book written by a trans person or with a trans main character and Redefining Realness  by Janet Mock has been on my tbr for a really long time. That’s why I’m choosing this book for this category. 

 

When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez is a #ownvoices book that is centered around depression. I discovered this book recently when I was looking for #ownvoices books to add to my tbr and I have been meaning to read ever since. 
 
 

 

I have been meaning to read Kindred by Octavia Butler for years and when I saw it was one of Naz @ Read Diverse Books recommendations for this category, I inmediately knew it was the book I was gonna choose. This book is a Science Fiction book with a black woman as a main character and I’m really excited to read it. 
 
 
 
 
 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling has been on my tbr for over a year, as well as her other book Why not me? and I think this readathon is the perfect opportunity to read it. 

 

I had so many option for this category, but at the end I decided that I need some YA Fantasy in this readathon. My choice was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have heard great things about it and I can’t wait to read it. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

This book was recommended to me by one of the girls @TheBookVoyagers on twitter. Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol has a latina main character and it’s written by a latina author, as a latina myself I really want to read it. 

 
 
 
 
 
If you are participating, please leave a link to your tbr in the comments. I would love to check it out! Also, if you have read any book in this list, let me know if you liked them
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The Diverse Books Tag

It’s been a long time since I did a tag and when I found this, I felt like I had found the perfect one to post. This is The Diverse Books Tag created by Naz @ReadDiverseBooks

The Rules

  1.   Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  1. The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
  1.  If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one.A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.
The Tag

Find a book starting a lesbian character 

     I really enjoyed reading this book, specially, because it’s one of the few YA books that I have read that it’s not a coming out story and I feel like that made it different and interesting to read. The main character gets involved in a little bit of a mystery related to a famous actor that just died. Said main character happens to be a lesbian and we get to know here ex gilfriend and her love interest and it’s just part of the story not the entire plot and I really enjoyed that




 Find a book with a muslim protagonist
I am really sorry to say that I have not read any book with a Muslim protagonist, but I’m currently reading Sofia Kahn is not obliged by Ayisha Malik and it’s really good so far.



 

      Find a book set in Latin America

    City of Clowns was originally written in spanish, it’s a graphic novel by Daniel Alarcón, a peruvian author, and Sheila Alvarado, a peruvian ilustrator. If you haven’t read any books by Latin American authors, you can start with this short graphic novel that tells the story of a young man who’s father just died and he is remembering his life and his relationship with his father and through his story the author talks a little bit about a particular time period in Perú. Also, a constant theme in this graphic novel is poverty in Perú.

 
Find a book about a person with a disability 

      Run by Kody Keplinger is about a girl who is legally blind and what made this a very interesting take on a character with a disability is that as a reader you can definitely tell is an #ownvoices book. There’s so many subtle moments that let you understand someone who is legally blind in a better way. But at the same time, the author does included a very important conversation in a not so subtle way about the conception that disable people are a burden; off course the author makes very clear throughout the book that this is not true.

 
Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
Labyrinth lost by Zoraida Cordova is an amazing YA fantasy book that it’s based on the culture and spiritual believes of a few different Latin American contries. Almost all the character are latinxs and also there’s a great depiction of bisexual characters. This book made me so happy, because I’m colombian and there were some cultural references that I related to. Actually, there was a sense of familiarity that I felt throughout this book that made it special for me. 
 
 

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

I started to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a long time ago, I read like 25% of it (I think!) and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t finish it. At the time, something came up in uni and I didn’t have time to read this book, but after that I’m not sure why I didn’t pick it up. I actually was really enjoying it. Big part of this book takes place in Nigeria and by reading this you can learn a lot about the history of this country. Also, Chimamanda’s writing is beautiful. I will pick this up again soon.

Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

This was the hardest answer to come up with, I have not read any books that fit into this category and I didn’t have any on my tbr either. At the end, I remember hearing  on Booktube about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, which is a book about a  boy that decides to go to school outside his resevation and all he has to deal with because of that decision. It sounds interesting, but I’m not sure about this one because I have read mixed reviews.

Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.)
I didn’t have a book for this one, but after looking for a while I found a book that I think I will enjoy. It’s Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman, a historical fiction book set in India about a girl trying to find her place. I love stories about the way girls live in different countries, time periods or cultures and that’s why this book sounds interesting to me.

Find a book with a biracial protagonist. 

I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han a long time ago and I really liked it. It’s a really cute romance book, but the most interesting thing about it was the relationship between sisters and the Korean heritage.

 
 

Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.

I’m ashamed to say that I have not read a book with a trans character before. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock has been on my tbr for a really long time;  I haven’t read anything like it. This book is the memoir of a black trans woman and her quest for identity.  I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet, but I can’t wait to read it.

 

 Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? If you have recommendations for books that fit into this categories, please leave them in the comments. 

I’m tagging

 
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Series Review: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 Title:  Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Published by:   Henry Holt & company / Orion Children’s Books

Publication date:   2015 /2016

Genre:   YA, Fantasy

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Lately, I have been making an effort to read more diversely and to read more #ownvoices books, because of that, you will see a few review of #ownvoices books  in the coming days, which is so exciting and it makes me so happy. Here’s the review for the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo.

THINGS I LOVED:

I loved how diverse the cast of these series was.  There were POCs, a disable character and LGBTQ+ characters. Also, I want to make a note that this book is a #ownvoices book since Leigh Bardugo has talked about having Osteonecrosis and she even mentioned it in the acknowledgments of Crooked Kingdom and the symptoms are similar to the ones Kaz goes through in the book.

Each character had a distinctive voice and personality, each character had qualities and skills that made them necessary for the plot, but also, they had flaws that made them a danger to themselves and the others.

All the characters developed throughout the series and none was left stuck being who they were at the beginning. Each character had a lot of things that they needed to work on, but each character had one specific journey that they needed to take and it was amazing to see each character be brave enough to go on that journey during the series and see them change and grow.

-Also, the dynamic between the characters was one of the most interesting parts of these books. There was tension and disagreements, but there was also appreciation of the qualities and abilities each one of them brought to the group and to the plans they were trying to accomplish. The relationships between all the characters changed throughout the series and they became these very complex and sometimes fragile friendships, but even when they were fragile they were there and these characters were bound together thanks to all the things that they went through.

THE SHIPS WERE GLORIOUS! I specially loved Jasper and Waylan (my favorite scene in the entire series and I’m not even kidding was between them in Six of Crows). Also, I loved Kaz and Inej.  I wish Inej had been a tiny bit more understanding with Kaz because he obviously has a trauma, BUT that was handled well at the end and I loved the ending Leigh Bardugo wrote for them because it was so realistic. Mathias and Nina were just alright for me and I liked them a lot better in the second book than in the first.

-I enjoyed getting to know the grisha world better and I really liked the fact that the world became more complex because it wasn’t only about Ravka, it was about all these other countries as well. I think that the fact that Leigh Bardugo expanded the world so much, made it possible to see that an action may seem justifiable from the perspective of one country but not another, and there can be different version of the same history depending on the perspective.

THINGS I DIDN’T LOVE:

I honestly don’t know what to tell you. I obviously didn’t like everything because I gave Six of Crows 4,3 stars and Crooked Kingdom 4 stars. But I didn’t lower the rating for some big issue or for something specific. There were little things that I don’t remember that well now that I’m writing the review (I read the book like one week ago), so I don’t think they were that important.

The only thing I would mention is the fact that I didn’t care about the plot that much (I just noticed that I didn’t say anything about it in this review). There was nothing wrong with it, it’s just that I was reading for the characters, the relationships between them and the ships. Definitely not for the plot.

 

Overall rating: 4,2 stars 

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it? What #OwnVoices books have you read and loved lately? 

bookish list · Diverse Books

Anticipated Diverse Books of 2017

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This post was inspired by Maha’s post 7 of my most anticipated diverse reads of 2017, which you should check out! 


I really want to read more diversely in 2017, so I have started a tbr list full of diverse book to have a lot of options from where to choose. From that list, I choose my most anticipated diverse books that are being release in 2017 to talk about in this post. I hope you find a few new books to add to your tbr!

Release Date: July 18th 2017 

This book had me as soon as I read Indian folklore in the synopsis. Also, it has a really pretty cover. I’m not gonna lie, that definitely helped to convince me! There’s something called Library of All Things in this book when people can reverse their fates and that sounds so brilliant and I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. 

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Two indian-american teens, an arrenged marriage and a summer program for aspiring web developers. This sounds so cool! I already know what I’m gonna be reading in summer 2017, because we all know summer is for contemporaries and this sounds like the perfect contemporary to read in a really hot day. I mean look at the cover she’s drinking some kind of perfect summer drink. 


Release Date: February 28th 2017

This book is inspired in the Black Lives Matter movement, so off course I have to read it! Thsi is one of those books that you know it’s gonna be important and powerful even before you read it. Also, such an amazing cover and it’s being made into a movie and the main character is gonna be played by Amanda Stenberg from The Hunger Games.

Release Date: February 14th 2017

Let’s start by the obvious, this is the most gorgeous cover ever! This book has LGBTQ+ characters and I have heard that it handdles it really well. I read Nina Lacour’s other book Everything Leads to You and I really liked it, so I can’t wait to read this one! 

Release Date: February 7th 2017 

This sounds great! I love book where royals are trying to claim the throne. Also, there’s a fugitive and a madman, and that sounds so cool. I was part of a twitter chat with the author and she is really nice and there was a lot of talk during the chat about the diversity on this book, because it has an asian main character, which I’m really excited about. 



Release Date: May 16th 2017

This book is about a  secret organization that cultivates teenage spies and that sounds so cool. But even better it turns out that there’s two spies trying to make a girl fall in love with them, but instead of that, they develop feelings for each other. I CAN’T WAIT! 


Which are your most anticipated diverse reads of 2017? Do you want to read any of the books in this list?  Which were your favortie diverse books in 2016? Let me in the comments! 



Bookish Posts Around the Web

Bookish Post Around the Web #6



Hi guys! This week was amazing. I found a few blogs that post about diverse books and I think that’s so important, so I wanted to promote them and their content. I love diverse books and I added a lot of books to my TBR thanks to some of these post. If you are interested I hope you check them out. Also, there are some post that I included because I found them interesting and useful. I hope you enjoy this post! 


1. I was looking for diverse books to add to my tbr and I found Maha on twitter. Her latest post was about her  7 most anticipated diverse reads of 2017  and there were so many wonderful books in that list that I knew inmidiately that I needed to follow her and share her post with you guys. 

2. I found another list of amazing recommendations about Books with Muslim Protagonist  posted in the amazing blog The Book Thieves. 

3. More and more diverse books, that’s what we need! 

4. This time of years is just perfect for list about anticipated releases, I found them in so many blogs, but one of my favorites is 2017 Releases on my Radar. So many book to add to my TBR. 
5. I thought the next post was so useful! Here are some Gift Idead for Friends Who Don’t Read (Spilers: They’re All Books) 
The Pride and Prejudice Project

The Pride and Prejudice Project | Introduction

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I want to start by saying that I love Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen! P&P was my introduction to classics and it’s still one of my absolute favorites. Actually, I watched the 2005 movie adaptation first and after that I read the book and fell in love with it. Recently, I watched the web series Lizzie Bennet Diaries and thanks to that I decided to read the companion book The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
 
After finishing that book, I was thinking about posting a review for it and an idea occurred to me. I’m gonna start the Pride and Prejudice Project. Yay! You may be wondering, what does that mean? . Well, it means once a month I’m gonna be posting a review of a book that is based on or is a sort retelling of Pride and Prejudice or maybe a review for a movie adaptation or a TV show or a web series based on Pride and prejudice.  I will review one of those things every month or post some sort of bookish list related to Pride and Prejudice. I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun! The first post will be up next month and it’s gonna be the review of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. So if you are interesting in knowing my thoughts, come back.
 
If anyone wants to join, I would love to do this with someone else. If you want to join, the idea is you post one review or bookish list every month about something related to Pride and Prejudice, there’s not gonna be a specific date. If there’s more that one person interested, I can put one those linky boxes so you can put your links. Let me know in the comments if you are interested !
 

Also, if you have recommendations for a P&P retelling or an adaptation, whether book, movie, TV show or web series, let me know! and if you have posted reviews or any kind of post related to P&P, please let me a link in the comments, I would love to check it out!

UPDATE: If you are participating, you can leave your link in the comments on  the lastest PPP posts on my blog, that way we can all check each other posts. Also, it’s not necessary to participate every month. Whenever you post a review or  any post related to Pride and Prejudice, you can link it in one of my post . You just have to say somewhere in your post that it’s apart of the Pride and Prejudice Project and that’s it.