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Smutathon TBR

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Hi everyone! December is defintely the month of readathons for me, I decided to participate in 3 of them before I remember that I have so much school work for the first half of the month and I’m going to be traveling during the second half. I’m probably gonna fail all these readathons, but I’m trying anyway!

About the readathon: SmutAThon is a romance focused readathon hosted by Riley @ Riley Marie and Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and it will take place from December 10th-16th.

There’s six challenges and I chose a book for each one of them. So here they are:

The hating game

Enemies to Lovers: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy and Joshua are competing for the same job after the companies where they worked merge. At the beginning they hate each other but they end up falling in love. 

I have heard mixed things about this, some people love it and others have issues with it because of that, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it, but at the end, some people I trust really liked it so I’m giving it a chance!

 

Dirty Rowdy Thing

Friends with Benefits: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren 

Harlow and Finn were married for 12 hours after a trip to Las Vegas. They still see each other occasionally and they still have a lot of chemestry.  When they see each other, they either end up fighting or having sex.  Until it turns to more. 

I’m a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s books, so I’m pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy this one. It’s the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first, but I think it’s not a big deal.

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Fake Relationship: Big Rock by  Lauren Blakely

A playboy, whose father needs him to cool it for a bit because of some conservative investors, asks his best friend/business partner to be his fiancée for one week and she agrees. Then all the pretending in public leads to something more.  

I’m a bit nervous about this one, because the main guy (the description of the books is written from his pov) sounds like he’s a bit too cocky. I like cocky protagonist, don’t get me wrong, but he sounds like he may crossed the line to inssuferable. Also, that cover is SO BAD! Still, I’m willing to give it a chance.

 

From Lukov with love

Slow Burn: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Jasmine and Ivan are figure skaters and they hate each other, but end up competing as a team and then their relationship evolves to something more. 

I have heard from several people that Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn, so I knew I had to read one of her books for this challenge. Also, I love figure skating so I’m excited!

 

 

Rafe

Forbidden: Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sloan is one of the youngest black female surgeons and single mom to twin girls, she ends up hiring Rafe, a big, bearded and tattooed guy to be their nanny and things happen between them. 

The premise of this one made me want to read it, thinking about this big, bearded and tattooed guy taking care of two little girls makes me smile everytime! I have heard this is fluffy and fun and it sounds like exactly what I need, especially since it seems like I’m gonna be extremely busy during the readathon.

 

A princess in theory

Different Worlds: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole 

Ledi, a grad student in a STEM field, starts to receive emails telling her she is some sort of african princess, she ignores them until Prince Thabiso shows up to tell her they are supposed to get married.

I have heard great things about this one and I can’t wait to read it! A black women in STEM and an african prince falling in love?! What more could I ask for?!

 

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Queer Lit Readathon TBR

I’m really excited to be participating in Queer Lit Readathon, which will take place from December 2nd to December 8th. This is an ambitious tbr considering I have a lot of school work and things to do before leaving for a trip on December 15. Also I’m participating in 2 other readathons in December, so I’m gonna be busy!

Anyway, here’s the bingo board for the Queer Lit Readathon with all the challenges:

Queer Lit Bingo

I’m reading 4 books for this readathon and I’m using each book to fill more than one square because they fit several squares and I don’t think I’ll be able to read more than 4 books that week, so here’s my tbr:

 

Ace Spectrum Main Character/ Historical Fiction:  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. 

This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and this is the perfect opportunity to finally get to it! I really enjoy the first book in this series, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I can’t wait to know what happens next in Felicity’s story.

New to Me Author/ Author of Color: They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera 

On September 5, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

This book had been in my tbr in more than one occasion this year and I haven’t gotten to it, but this is finally the time when I read it, that way I won’t have to say that I haven’t read any Adam Silvera books ever again.

Trans Spectrum Main Character/ #ownvoices: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

Amanda, a trans girl,  just moved to a new town and started at a new high school after a bad experience with bullying and transphobia. In the new school, she starts dating a great guy and has a ton of friends, but she isn’t sure if she should tell people about being trans or not.

This books has a trans main character, a trans writer and a trans model on the cover, which is amazing! I have read a short story by this author and loved it, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same way about her book.

5 Stars Prediction: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

This is the story of  Arthur and Ben, who meet-cute at the post office, and what the universe has in store for them. 

Another one of my anticipated releases of 2018, I have really high hopes for this which makes me a bit nervous to read it, but I’m still excited. Also, I’m taking no chances, I will have read an Adam Silvera book by the end of 2018.

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Tome Topple TBR

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Hi everyone! I’m participating in a few readathons in what’s left of 2018 and today I bring you my tbr for the first one.

For years I have been meaning to participate in Tome Topples but I always end up being really busy in the dates of the Readathon, this round I can finally join in and read some of the long books on my tbr. The goal is to read books that are over 500 pages, the readathon will take place from Nov 16th to Nov 29th and it’s hosted by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes, Adriana @Perpetual Pages, Sarah-Jane @The Book Life, Sian @Readers Rambles, Caz @Little Book Owl and Sam  @ Will Read For Booze.

There’s 5 challenges:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I won’t try to complete all 5 of them, my goal is to complete at least 2 of them, reading more than 1 tome and reading a tome that’s part of a series, and I’ll try to complete the challenge of buddy reading a tome, but I’ll have to look for someone that’s reading one of the books I chose. Anyway, without further ado, here are the two books on my tbr:

 

Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare 

In this book, the Shadowhunters from the Los Angeles institute have to deal with forbidden love, a trip to the Courts of Faerie, a spell book of terrible power, an extremist group of Shadowhunters and mounting tension between the Clave and the Downworlders. 

I have been meaning to read this book since it came out, at first, I didn’t read this because I wanted to wait until the release date for the next book was closer, and then, I didn’t read it because I was spoiled about something sad that happens, so I wasn’t as excited to read it. BUT now that the next book comes out in less than a month, it’s time to finally get to this.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

This is a West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that it’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the monarchy.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and I don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet. I have heard great things about this book from most people, so I’m excited to read it even if I’m a bit worried about the romance because that seems to be the one thing that most people didn’t enjoy about this book.

 Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you reading? If you want to buddy read any of these books, let me know! 

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My TBR for the Latinx Book Bingo

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There’s only one week left before the #LatinxBookBingo begins! I’m so excited to be one of the hosts of this readathon and I’m incredibly happy with the response that we have gotten so far from so many people in the book community. If you want to participate, but need recs for your tbr, here’s a list I made with 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo. Also, if you’re participating, remember to follow the official twitter account @latinxbookbingo

Now, here’s my tbr:

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a Latinx Main Character

When all her classmates, including her boyfriend Maks, die in a bus crash, Lula tries to bring Maks back with her healing power, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous and it turns out, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back.

I really liked the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, so I’m excited to continue on, even if this follows a different main character. #ownvoices Latinx rep

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I’m honestly ashamed to say that I haven’t read an Adam Silvera book, but all his books have been in my tbr for a long time and this is the perfect opportunity to finally read one of them! #ownvoices Puerto Rican rep & #ownvoices anxiety and OCD rep. Also, there’s Cuban-American rep. 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa – On Cover Representation 

Fitness trainer Tori Alvarez goes on vacation and she vows to keep it a man-free zone, but then she meets a guy on the plane, who turns out to be actor Carter Stone. She doesn’t recognize him because he underwent a physical transformation for a movie, he’s  looking to get back in shape and Tori agrees to help him without knowing who he is.

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and since I’m a huge fan of romance books, I really wanted to include a romance with a latinx main character on my tbr. #ownvoices Puerto Rican Rep

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by  Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Historical Fiction 

Set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990’s Colombia, this is the story of a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. 

I found out about this book a few months ago and since I’m Colombian, I immediately added it to my most anticipated books of 2018 list. I can’t wait to see what Ingrid those with this story! #ownvoice Colombian rep

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – Contemporary/Romance 

Since her mother passed away, Analee Echevarria spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes but she isn’t able to tell him. At the same time, in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. 

I have an arc of this and I’m extremely excited to finally read it!  This comes out September 18th and it sounds like a perfect YA Contemporary read. #ownvoices Cuban-American rep

La Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende – Magical Realism

This book tells the story of Patriarch Esteban, whose desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

Isabel Allende is my favorite Latinx author and I have read several of her books, but I have owned The House of the Spirits, her most recognized novel, for over a year and I still havent read it. BUT now it’s defintely the moment to finally read it! #ownvoices Chilean rep

 Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva – Poetry 

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. 

I just found out while writing this that while Melissa’s mother is from Guatemala, her dad is Colombian. Now, I’m even more excited to read it! #ownvoices latinx poetry

Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) by Ernesto Che Guevara – Non Fiction 

The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is the only book on this list that I chose especially to get a bingo. I wasn’t planning on reading this one, but since it’s short and it’s non fiction, it fit the requirements that I had. #ownvoices argentine rep

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez – Classic Latinx Author 

This book tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. 

I tried to read this book when I was 14 years old, almost 10 years ago, and honestly I got really confused and I DNFed it. After that, I have never tried agan until now. This is the most famous colombian novel of all time, it won a nobel prize for literature, and as a colombian, I feel a bit bad about not having read it. #ownvoices Colombian rep

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – Free Space

The entire De La Cruz clan gathers for the final birthday party that the Patriarch, Big Angel, is throwing for himself, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer.  When Big Angel’s mother, Mama America, dies herself, he must plan her funeral as well. Among the attendants is his half-brother, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not a life. 

Another 2018 release, I’m so excited to be reading! This sounds so interesting and I have heard the writing is beautiful. #ownvoices Mexican-American rep

Now, let’s check how many bingos I’m getting….

Latinx bingo board 2

 

 

If I read all the books on this TBR,  I get 2 bingos! And I’m missing only 1 book for my third bingo, so after reading all these books, I’ll defintely try to find a book with a Latinx Bisexual main character to read.

 

 

 

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90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo

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Hi everyone, I’m so excited to finally be posting this! Last week was the official announcement of the Latinx Book Bingo, which I’m co-hosting, and since then so many people on twitter have been asking for recommendations for the different squares of the bingo and, today, I’m delivering SO MANY RECS in this post! I have worked really hard for a long time to have a wide selection of books on this list, because I want this to be useful for as many people as possible.

But before getting into the list, I wanted to make some clarifications about it:

  1. I haven’t read every book on this list, but I read #ownvoices reviews for almost every single one of these books to make sure the Latinx rep was good. Nonetheless, if you know the rep in one of the books is not good, please let me know!
  2. When I mention a book is #ownvoices, this means is #ownvoices for latinx rep. I wish I had the time to especify if other kinds of rep are also #ownvoices, but I honestly didn’t have the time.
  3. Next to the title and author, there’s a parentheses (), in which I added information like the genre of the books and the kind of rep they have, so you could know if it works for more than one square.

With that out of the way, here are the recommendations:

Latinx bingo board

Latinx Bisexual Main Character
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy with Latinx Characters
Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness
On Cover Representation
Historical Fiction with latinx main characters
Female/Female Relationship
Contemporary/Romance with Latinx Main Character
Refugee/Immigrant Story
Latinx Neurodiverse Main Character
Non Fiction
Male/Male Relationship
Magical Realism with Latinx Main Characters
Fat Representation
Afrolatinx main character
Classic Latinx Authors
Transgender /Gender Queer Latinx Main Character
Poetry
Disabled/Chronic Pain Main Character
Indigenous Main Character
Free Space

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Are you reading any of the books on this list? or have you read already any of the books on this list? Let me know!

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Latinx Book Bingo Announcement

latinx book bingoI’m so excited to FINALLY be able to tell you guys about this amazing event I have been working on for a long time with some other wonderful people!

The Latinx book bingo will take place from September 15 to October 15, which is Hispanic Heritage Month 2018. The bingo is being hosted by Paola (@Mancerelle), Allie (@Alliembooks) and myself (@SofiainBookland) and it was created as a way to highlight books about latinx characters and written by latinx authors.

The aim of the bingo is to read as many Latinx books as you can, guided by the prompts on the bingo board.  You can also try to get a bingo (read all prompts on a single line or row — you can read horizontally, vertically, and diagonally), but it’s not necessary, we just hope you read some latinx reads during this month.

Latinx bingo board

I just want to quickly explain that the idea is to read some intersectional stories, so the first square, for example, says Bisexual MC and that means read a book with a main character that it’s both Latinx AND bisexual. When the square says MC W/ Mental Illness, it means read a book that has a Latinx main characters with a mental illness. It’s the same with all the squares that mention other identities.

 Also, we have a few chats planned on Twitter and this is the schedule:

  • September 22
  • September 29
  • October 6
  • October 13

The Twitter chats will be done through the @LatinxBookBingo Twitter account, and you can use the #LatinxBookBingo hashtag for all your related tweets and posts. I will be posting a tbr and a recommendation list in the next couple of weeks in case you need help setting up your tbr.

I hope you can join us! If you have any comments or questions, please let them in the comments! 

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My TBR for the 7 in 7 Readathon

Seven in Seven Readathon

I haven’t participated in a readathon in so long and I really want to do it, so I when I found out about the 7 in 7 Readathon, I decided to go ahead and join in. The main goal of this readathon is to read 7 things in 7 days. I tried to chose short things that were already on my tbr and, at the end, I chose 7 books that amount to 1.519 pages and that help me accomplish all the challenges (the challenges I’m following are the ones shared on YouTube by Lala from booksandlala, one of the hosts, which are a tiny bit different from the ones posted on Twitter). Here they are:

1. Read 7 things! Can be ANYTHING – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

“Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”

I chose Nimona because I needed something short to read as my seventh thing for the week and I happened to own this one. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of graphic novels, but this one makes me think of books like Not Your Sidekick and Secondhand Origin Stories, which I love, so I hope I enjoy it. (Pages: 272)

2. Yellow on the cover and/or spine (SUMMER! ☀️) – The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

the abc murders

“There’s a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic.

A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident—but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.”

In july, I have become obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books and since they are short and fast reads, I thought they would be perfect for this readathon. (Pages: 224)

3. Read something outside your norm/comfort zone – The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

“Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.”

I have been meaning to read this one for a long time because I have followed Jen on Youtube for a long time, but I was a bit scared of picking it up since I’m not the biggest fan of short stories and bizarre and whimsical stories are really out of my comfort zone. I thought this readathon was the perfect opportunity to give this book a chance. (Pages: 212)

4. Read a book that starts with your first initial! – Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

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“1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.”

I was looking for more mystery books to read thanks to my new found obsession with Agatha Christie and I discovered this book. I’m a huge fan of the first season of the podcast Serial and I have heard so many people say that this is like Serial in book form, I can’t wait to read it. Since it’s short and the title starts with the letter S as does my name (Sofia), I thought it would be good for this readathon. (Pages: 225)

5. Read something outside/read a book that takes place mostly outside – Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

love & misadventure

“Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge.”

There was a time at the beginning of 2018 when I was reading a lot of poetry collections, so I got a few written by Lang Leav, but I never read them. Since I usually fly through poetry collections and I need to read something fast so I don’t have to stay outside for long, I thought it was a good idea to add one of her books to my tbr. (Pages: 176)

6. Read something and make-up a drink/food to match/inspired by! – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile“The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…”

“The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…”

Again, I’m obsessed with Agatha Christie and I read her books really fast so they are perfect for this readathon. Also, I think I can make-up a drink or food inspired by murder 😉 (Pages: 231)

7. Read something that takes place in your home (country or town) or is written by someone from your home (country or town) – Cóndores no Entierran Todos los Días by Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazabal

Cóndores no entierran todos los días

I didn’t find a synopsis of this book in english, but this is historical fiction about the civil war that took place in Colombia in the 1950’s. This author is from my hometown, Tuluá, and this book looks at how the people of my hometown lived during that civil war and all the horrible things that happened. This is the only popular book written about my hometown, since it’s a very small town.

I always knew that I wanted to read this book at least once in my lifetime and this seems like a great opportunity, because the book is really short and it’s perfect for this specific challenge. (Pages: 179)

Are you participating in the 7 in 7 Readathon? What are you reading for it? Are you participating in any other readathons? Have you read any of these books?