Finished Book Series I Haven’t Finished Yet

Hi everyone! A while back, I went through my Goodreads shelves and I made a list of all the series I haven’t finished and I separated them in 3 categories: the series I want to finish, the ones I may finish and the ones I have no intention of ever finishing. Today, I want to talk to you about some of the series I know I want to finish and that also fulfill another requisite and it’s the fact that all the books in the series are already out.

Without further ado, here are some finished book series that I have not finished yet but that I’m planning to:

*Click the series titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Stalking Jack The Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco

I loved the first two books in this series and I was highly anticipating books three, but I heard so many mixed things about it that I never picked it up. Nonetheless, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell, the characters are definitely the strong suit of these books, and I want to know what happens to them and their relationship, so I’m hoping to finish this series.

The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco

I read the first book in this series last month, May 2020, and I loved it and I was suppposed to read book two as part of a buddy read this month but I was simply not in the mood for it. I’m hoping to continue with this series soon because I don’t want it to become one of those series that takes me years to read. Also, because since there are two timelines I’m very intrigued and can’t wait to figure out how things changed so drastically from one timeline to the other.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

I read Lady Midnight when it first came out and I read Lord of Shadows last year, and I really enjoyed both of them, but I’m not particulary excited to read book three, I’m just not invested in the characters or the story. I will read Queen of Air and Darkness because I don’t like to leave series unfinished especially when I only have one book left to read, but this will be my goodbye to the Shadowhunters world.

Daugther of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller

I read the first book in this series almost two years ago and it was so much fun, it was one of those feel good, fast paced, entertaining YA fantasy books and I definitely want to read the conclusion to the story. Also, I want to read more books with sirens/mermaids on them, so I can’t wait to see how they are incorporated in the second book of this series.

Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor

I read and LOVED Strange the Dreamer last year, but after that ending I have been hesitant to reading book two because I’m scared it’s gonna break my heart. Still, I want to know where the story goes and what happens to the characters. This is such a mysterious and well written series that I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends.

Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan

I read Crazy Rich Asians years ago and I read China Rich Girlfriend last month and enjoyed both of them so much. These series is lighthearted, ridiculously entertaining and so much fun! I’m hoping to read the last book within the next couple of months, so I won’t fall in the same trap of waiting years to pick it up.

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

I read The Fifth Season a few months ago and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna continue with the series or not since the first book is a very heavy book and I ended up feeling devastated and a bit hopeless after reading it. Nonetheless, it’s being a while since that and I’m feeling very intrigued about where the story is going next, so I’ll definitely continue with the series.

The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski

I read both The Last Wish and Blood of Elves this year after watching the Netflix show and I flew through those books, they are very fast paced and the world they take place in is fascinating. I’ll definitely try to have read at least the first 4 books in the series by the end of the year.

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Reading this series is a project I started in January 2020 and I’m failing miserably at it. I haveo nly read the first book, The Eye of the World, and I LOVED it, I defintely want to continue with the series and I don’t want to let any more time go by without reading the next book because that makes it more likely that I won’t keep reading. I’m hoping to read at least book 2 and 3 before the end of the year.

Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

I read Sleeping Giants in 2019 and it was such an interesting and thought-provoking book that I inmmediately made my best friend read it and she really liked it too. Nonetheless, I have heard very mixed things about books 2 and 3, so I’m scared to read them. But then ending of book 1 left me intrigued enough that even if I’m a bit nervious, I’ll continue on with the series.

What finished series you haven’t finished yet? Which of the series mentioned should I prioritize?
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Ranking all the books I read this month aka My May 2020 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! Today, I want to share my wrap up of all the things I read in May, but before that I want to encourage you to support the protests going on right now against the murder of Black people by the police, which were sparked by the murder of George Floyd. If you want to know how to help, click this link where you can find where to donate, petitions to sign, where to text or call to demand justice, and other useful information.

In terms of my wrap up, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in May:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a disappointing romance:

20.Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon (3 stars):  The writing was flat, I was bored and the characters were two-dimentional. But there were some cute moments and the steamy scenes were actually really good. (My review)

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:

19. Wylde by Sawyer Bennett (3,5 stars): I really liked the hero in this book but the heroine was so judgemental and “not like other girls”. (My review)

18. Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert (3,5 stars): Solid novella! The main couple in this was cute and there were a couple of really steamy scenes, but I didn’t care about the plot at all.

17. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (3,5 stars): I liked this and while I really liked the main couple, their relationship relies too much in the past. 10 years is a long time and people change and I feel like this book would have been better if it showed the characters falling in love with the people they are in the present and it didn’t rely so much in them being in love in the past.

16. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (3,5 stars): This is my least favorite book of the series so far. It took me a long time to get into it because 1) this book starts in the middle of a “case” so I wasn’t as invested in it as I was with the cases in the other books and 2) I usually don’t like very religious characters and this book opens by introducing a new and very religious character. The second half of this book is a lot stronger than the first and I liked how it ends. 

15. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (3,5 stars): I wasn’t invested in what was happening in this book and I didn’t care about the characters for most of this book. But the last 100 pages of this are brutal and brilliant, I teared up reading them, I was incredibly emotionally affected by everything that happened and I suddenly cared about all the characters and their safety. And the ending! The commentary of this book on the cyclyc nature of violence is brilliant and the depiction of the social, political and economical situation in Chile in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s is outstanding.

14. Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This book started really strong, the banter and chemistry between the characters was great, but the transition from the flirty relationship of the beginning to a more romantic relationship was lacking something.

The Ones I Liked

The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:

13. Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli (3,7 stars): The friendship in this book is so cute and the political aspect of it is really interesting. This book feels like a conversation starter about the link between the personal and the political, how that link particulary affects minorities, and how we shouldn’t engaged politically only when it’s easy or convenient for us but, at the same time, how self-care within political activism is incredibly important.

12. Unforgettable by Melanie Harlow (3,8 stars): This book pleaseantly surprised me and it ended up being my favorite of the series. The romance is great and it has a very positive depiction of adoption. (My review)

11. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (3,8 stars): I really liked this, the little girls are the best part of this book and the relationships that both main characters have with them are so sweet and I loved seeing how all of them learned to trust each other. My main issue with this is that it took me a while to actually believe or be invested in the romantic relationship between the main characters.

10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (3,8 stars): This wasn’t an enjoyable read, but it was brilliant. My main problem with this is that I really dislike terrible parents in books and this book was asking me to look beyond them being terrible parents to understand the traumas and expectations that their childhoods had caused and understand that they couldn’t see what they were doing to their kids, and I had a hard time doing that. But I really liked how it explored the different ways in which women and people of color experience otherness

9. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai (3,9 stars): THIS IS SO STEAMY!! I loved both of the main characters, they have so much chemestry and such a captivating dynamic. Also, this is incredibly sex positive which I LOVED. The heroine is japanese and bisexual.

8. Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert (3,9 stars): I really liked the characters in this book and their relationship. This is so emotional and angsty and I loved it. My main complain is that the ending was a bit hasty, but overall this was really good.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:

7. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (4 stars): The writing – as always with Elizabeth Acevedo- was fantastic. I just wish that the two main characters had met sooner and that we got to see more of them intarcting and bonding. This was such an emotional read and the ending made me tear up.

6. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel (4 stars): I loved a lot of things about this book, but especially the relationship between the main characters, Jay was so patient and kind, I loved their banter and the whole hate to love, slow-burn romance worked so well with these characters and I was so invested in their relationship. (My review)

5. Beach Read by Emily Henry (4 stars): This was darker than I was expecting, but so good. Interesting character, great writing and a swoony romance. (My review)

4. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (4 stars): I liked this one more than the first book in the series, it was quick and entertaining. The different types of werewolves in this book were fascianting and the fact that no one could be trusted kept me gripped.

3. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (4 stars): This is such a fun read! I was fascinated by how excessive and opulent all the descriptions of wealth are, the strongest element of this book is that sucks you in into this world of privilige that’s so far removed from normal life. I was interested in all the characters and storylines and I’m specially invested in Astrid story.

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (4 stars): This book was really dark and unexpectedly fast-paced (at least it felt that way to me). I was completely invested in the story and once I finished the book I was shocked and I truly didn’t know how to feel, I still don’t. This was really good, engaging and thought-provoking.

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month one brilliant book that instantly became one of my favorite books:

1. Jade City by Fonda Lee (4,7 stars): This was so intense and I was so invested. The concept of this story is unique and captivating and I LOVED the characters so much. This book broke my heart but it was SO GOOD. It’s definitely a new favorite book for me.

 What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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May 2020 tbr (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + New Releases) & Life Update

Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well and staying safe! I have been in an unexpected hiatus for the last two weeks and I thought I would give you a little life update about why that happened before getting into the books I’m hoping to read in May.

Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away at the beginning of april (it was unrelated to what’s been going on in the world) and that, on top of the lockdown and all the stress because of current events, proved to be too much and I had to step away for a while. There’s also a more lighthearted reason, I started to watch The Office for the first time a week ago and I’m already on season 6, it has absolutely consumed my life and because of that, it took me even longer to come back. But now I’m ready and excited to talk about books again!

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Most of the books on my tbr for May are written by Asian authors because it’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I also included some new releases that are coming out in May and that I’m really excited for!

As always, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020 and I chose an emoji that represents each one. Next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil.

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

Without further ado, here’s my May tbr:

🔮☁️⭐The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: I have been meaning to read this and lately I have been hearing people whose recommendations I trust talk about how much they love it, so I’m finally picking it up.

🔮☁️ Jade City by Fonda Lee: one of my friends loves this book and while I wasn’t that interested when I first heard about this, her excitement made me really want to read it

☁️⭐🦄 Want by Cindy Pon: I have been meaning to read this for SO LONG and it’s finally time

☁️⭐💫🦄China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan: I need to continue with this series and what better time!

☁️⭐🦄Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I really liked Ng’s other book Little Fires Everywhere and I have heard this one is even better, so I’m excited to give it a chance.

☁️A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai: I want to read more romance books by Asian authors and this seems like a great place to start.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler: This is a romance set in Alaska and it gives me The Simple Wild vibes and I loved that book, so I’m excited to see if I enjoy this one. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

Beach Read by Emily Henry: this has a great premise and it seems like everyone who got an arc loved it, so I have high expectations. (Release date: May 19th 2020)

🔥 🦄🌞Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: I love Acevedo’s other books and I have heard nothing but great things about this one, so I’m excited to read it. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

🔥🦄 Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez: the first book in this duology is my favorite middle grade of all times, so I can’t wait to see how the story ends. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

What are your reading plans for May? If you want to buddy read any of the books on my tbr, let me know in the comments!

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10 Long Books That Are Totally Worth Reading

10 long books totally worth readingHi everyone! Today’s post was born one day when I was staring at a very long book and wondering if it was worth putting so much time into reading it when I could read 2 or even 3 books in that same amount of time. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had thoughts like this and that’s why I wanted to make a list of some long books that are totally worth the time investment.

For the purpose of this post:

  • Long book = over 500 pages.
  • I only considered the first book in a series, no sequels.

Now let’s get into the books!

16bcb-martin-george-r-r-a-game-of-thronesA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin  (837 pages) 

I know this book is particulary intimidating for a lot of people because it’s not just one long book, it’s a long series of really long books. BUT the amount of world building, the complexity of the characters and the relationships between them, as well as the intricacy of the political scheming make this book and this series fascinating and so worth the time investment required to read it.

Children of Blood and BoneChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (544 pages) 

Another leghthy fantasy book that it’s worth commiting to read! This is a captivating book with an incredibly well crafted world and magic system and, unlike GOT, it’s an action packed story that goes by quickly. My favorite thing about it though are the characters, Amari is a new all time favorite, and if you are a fan of character development, you’ll like her story arc in this book. This is an angsty, dramatic and emotional fantasy book that’s definitely worth the read.

Strange the DreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor  (536 pages)

This is the best book I have read so far in 2019, so off course it needed to be included on this list. After months of being in a fantasy reading slump, this book reminded me what I love about fantasy and how awestruck I can be by a new magical, whimsical world. The writing is stunning and it sets a tone of wonder and  posibility that goes perfectly with the mystery within the novel. This fascinating story of gods and monsters will make you feel invested until it hits you with a shocking ending and that’s why it’s totally worth the read!

The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray (578 pages) 

This book is not for everyone because it gets quite scary at some points, but I loved it and I’m grateful because it helped me discover my love for spooky books.  This is a really atmospheric read that has a creepy vibe, mystery elements that make the story intriguing and characters that are captivating and complex. So, if you want a YA book with unique elements and you don’t mind the spooky stuff, you’ll love this and yout won’t care that it’s a longer read!

The long way to a small angry planetThe Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (518 pages)

This is probably my favorite Sci-fi book of all time and I think it’s a fantastic choice if you like quiet books that are character driven and tackle important themes. One of the strenghts of this book is that diversity is at the forefront of the story and it’s included in an interesting and thoughtful way; there’s different species, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, body types, cultures, religions and so much more that are represented. This is long read but it’s so captivating and thought provoking that you won’t want to put it down.

The Wall of Winnipeg and MeThe Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (673 pages) 

If you haven’t read any Mariana Zapata books know that she is the queen of slow burn romances, so you’ll have to wait a while but the payoff in her books is SO WORTH IT. This book has a heartwarming romance, amazing character development of the male protagonist, an incredible and relatable female protagonist and low angst and drama. If you like sports and workplace romances, slow burn and the marriage of convenience trope, you’ll  love this book and you won’t mind the almost 700 pages. 

crazy rich asiansCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (527 pages) 

This is a fun, very extravagant read that’s full of descriptions of oppulence and excesses. It has hints of  plot that keeps everything together, but it’s mainly a book about the lives of very rich and superficial people in Singapore, a setting that gives this book an interesting and unique background and it’s what makes this book special. If you’re looking for a light and entertaining read that has a unique setting, this book is definitely worth reading even when it’s a bit long.

a7b60-secret-historyThe Secret History by Donna Tart (559 pages) 

If you like unlikeable and morally grey characters, then you’ll find that this book is worth the time investment! The characters in this story are enigmatic and fascinating and even when they did things or had thoughts that were disturbing, I never found myself quite disliking them. Add to that, how atmospheric this book is, how beautiful and compelling the writing style is and how fascinating the underlying commentary about power, elitism, morality, depravity and freedom is, and you’ll have a masterpiece and one of my favorite books of all time.

fc04c-the2bgirl2bof2bthe2bdragon2btattoo2bby2bstieg2blarssonThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson (658 pages)

If you like mystery books with great plots but even more amazing characters, then you won’t mind that it’s 600 pages long. All the characters in this are complex and captivating. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most interesting characters I have ever encountered. Add the fact that this book tackles discrimination, violence and harrasment against women that is perpetrated by men who disregarded them as nothing, while at the same time having some amazing female characters, and you’ll understand why this book is so special and totally worth reading!

7ec4e-jk-rowling-the-cuckoos-callingThe Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (561 pages)

This book is not only long, it’s also a slow read, so I totally understand why some people don’t want to read it. BUT if you like character driven stories, full of fascinating characters with mysterious and interesting backstories that have complicated relationship with each other, I really think you should give this one a chance. Plus, the writing is really good and the mystery is highly entertaining.

 

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10 Cities that Books Made Me Want to Visit | Top Ten Tuesday

Cities that Books Made Me Want to Visit

Hi everyone! When I started blogging I participated in Top Ten Tuesday regulary and I loved the fact that it allowed me to interact with so many people from the community, because I miss that, I decided to start participating again!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Today, the topic is places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit, so I decided to write about 10 cities that are the setting of some amazing books and that play such an important role in the story that after reading the books I can’t help but want to go visit them myself.

*If you click the title of the books, it will take you to the Goodreads page for the book

Without further ado, here are the 10 cities that books made me want to visit:

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman-—> Manila, Philippines

Honestly, all the #romanceclass books I have read made me want to visit the Philippines, but If the Dress Fits is my favorite #romanceclass book and it’s the one that mentions more especific places from Manila like the Dangwa flower market and the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, as well as different types of food that sounded delicious.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan —–> Taipei, Taiwan

I really want to go to Taipei, and especifically, the food markets that are constantly mentioned in this book, I’m just so excited to try delicious food! Also, the observatory inside Taipei 101 sounds so cool, I really want to see the city from that height.

Darius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram —-> Yazd, Iran

Iran is the most recent addition to this list, I read Darius the Great is not Okay in January and I fell in love with the way Darius talked about Iran.  I would love to go to Yazd and see the Jameh Mosque, the Towers of Silence and the Atashkadeh.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan —-> Singapore

While reading Crazy Rich Asians, I couldn’t help but be incredibly intrigued about Singapore. I can’t wait to visit the food markets and the impressive buildings, especially the Marina Bay Sands and the gardens by the bay.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares —-> Santorini, Greece

I’ll confess that my desire to visit Greece is due to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and the movie, as well as to the Mamma Mia movies. But, even if the Mamma Mia made me want to go to Greece even more, it all started with Lena and her trip to Santorini in the first book of the series.

City of Ghost by Victoria Shwab —-> Edinburg, Scotland

There are so many European cities that I want to see and to be completely honest, Edinburgh wasn’t one of them until recently when I read City of Ghost. Now I can’t wait to go to the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Vaults! Also, I’m so excited by the fact that book 2 is taking place in Paris and especifically in The Paris Catacombs, which I have been to.

Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie —-> Costa Rica

Ryke and Daisy are my favorite couple in this series and they talk so many times about Costa Rica that it put this country at the top of my list. I’m not sure which city or region they were in, but I would love to go to Cahuita, which is supposed to be a place to relax and find peace.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – Los Angeles

I have wanted to go to L.A. for as long as I can remember, but the last few years, it had been slipping further and further donw the list of places I wanted to visit, until I read this book and it made me want  to go to L.A. so badly! As I said on my review this is a love letter to Los Angeles, there’s commentary on different neighborhoods, who primarily lives there, what type of activities are done and what types of food are sold in them. It simply made me feel excited about going to L.A. again.

Like Us  Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Philadelphia 

I already was interested in going to Philadelphia thanks to the original Addicted/Calloway Sister series, but if I’m being honest, the Like us series was the one that really made me want to go to Philly. It’s just that the bodyguards talk about their city with so much love that I can’t help but being curious!

Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid – Chicago, United States

I loved this series, I have already read like 10 books in this series between novels and novellas and I have spent so much time with the ladies of this knitting group that I can’t help but want to visit their city!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Prague, Czech Republic

I had never thought about visiting Prague before this book, but then I read this and soon after I met a dear friend who is from Czech Republic and so I knew the universe was telling me that I needed to visit this beautiful city. It’s being almost five years and I’m happy to say that I’m visiting my friend in April in Prague and I’m so excited!

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