February TBR (Fantastic February + Contemporaryathon + Catch Up on Classics)

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I usually don’t post tbrs, because I’m a mood reader, but in January I discovered that I can actually stick to them and since I signed up for a bunch of challenges and I’m participating in readathons and I made tbrs of books I needed to read in 2019, I think I’ll start making monthly tbrs. So here are the books I’m hoping to read in February, I’m being VERY ambitious, but I hope to get to all of them!

FANTASTIC FEBRUARY 

This is the prompt for February from the Goodreads group, Devour Your TBR, which is run by Destiny @ Howling Library and Kathy @ Books and Munches. You don’t have to be part of the Goodreads group to participate, just check out Kathy’s post.  This month, like you can see from the prompt, we are reading fantasy books and this are the ones I’m hoping to get to: 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty: I have been meaning to read this one for a long time and the sequel just came out, so I think it’s perfect timing.

And I Darken by Kiersten White: This is one of the books on my list of books to read in 2019, I can’t wait to finally read it!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: This book is one of my 5 star predictions, everyone seems to love it, so I’m hoping I’ll love it as well!

The Reader by Traci Chee I’m reading this because Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks loves it and talks so much about it that I’m sure I’ll love it as well!

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Mejia: One of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m so excited for a F/F Latinx Fantasy/Dystopia!

The Wicked King by Holly BlackI’m almost half way thorugh this one! It was one of my most anticipated releases of Janaury, but I didn’t manage to actually read it last month.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: Another of my most anticipated releases of January that I didn’t get to, I need to catch up!

CONTEMPORARYATHON 

This readathon is hosted by  ChelseaJulieNatasha, and Mel, the goal is to read Contemporary books and there are seven challenges that I will be trying to complete. Since it’s Black History Month, I decided to try to choose books with Black main characters and written by Black authors for most of the prompts of this readathon! Here are the ones I ended up choosing:

Read your most recently acquired contemporary novel – On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: Okay, so I haven’t acquired this book yet, but the Contemporaryathon is taking place one week after the release of this book and since I’m buying it as soon as it comes out, this will be my most recently acquired book.

Read a book with plurple (blue or purple) on the cover – Black Enough by Various Authors: This was one of my most anticipated releases of January and I decided to read it in Febuary instead of January, because it fits this prompt perfectly.

Read a diverse contemporary – Piecing Me Together y Renée Watson: I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and it’s finally time to get to it!

Read a dark or taboo contemporary – Sadie by Courtney SummersThis is one of  the 2018 releases I want to read in 2019  and it’s also on my 5 star predictions. This was the first book that I thought about when I read this prompt and I have high expectations, so hopefully I’ll love it.

Read a contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to – Dear Martin by Nic Stone: This book was in my 2017 releases I want to read in 2018 and I didn’t get to it, so I feel like it fits this prompt perfectly.

Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format- The Backstagers Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh (illustrator)I read an arc of volume 1 a while back and really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to continue on. Here’s my review of volume 1.

Read a contemporary with a picture on the spine- Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira AhmedI’m buddy reading this with Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks and some other people and I’m so excited!

OTHERS 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: This is February’s book for Catch Up On Classics, I have been meaning to read it for a while, but I find it really intimidating, so I have been postponing it and now it’s finally time to read it!

The Disasters by M. K. England: I’m the worst, I was supposed to be part of the blog tour for this book in December, but my mental health wasn’t the best when I was supposed to read and review this, so I didn’t get to it. Now, it’s finally time to do it!

Unbroken  by Various Authors: I’m reading this one for a blog post I’m writing and I can’t wait for you to see it!

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth: I’m also reading this one for a blog post, which you will see soon!

Are you participating in any of these readathons or challenges? What are you planning to read in February? Are any of these books on your tbr? Have you read any of them? 

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My TBR for the 7 in 7 Readathon

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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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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?

#DiverseAThon TBR

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This year my main goal is to read more diversely and after participating in the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon,  I have realized that joining this kind of reading events where there’s other people trying to read diversely and talking about diverse books it’s a big incentive to read the diverse books on my tbr. That’s why I’m joining the #DiverseAThon that will go from January 22nd to January 29th. The goal of Diverse-A-Thon is simply to celebrate diversity in literature by reading diverse books all week and engage in thoughtful discussions on Twitter under the #DiverseAthon hashtag.

Here are the books that I want to read during the readathon:

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Not your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I have heard great things about this, mainly that it’s funny and adorable, and for what I know, it has a very diverse cast of characters with an asian, bisexual main character. Also, this is an #ownvoices book, which makes me even more excited to read it.

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When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book was written by a latinx author and it has a latinx main character and that’s enough to make me really excited to read it. But add to that the fact that this has a trans main character and I couldn’t get this soon enough. I have heard so many people saying how beautiful this book is that I can’t wait to read it.

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Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Lately, this book is everywhere because they are making it into a movie. I wanted to read it before I knew it was gonna be a movie, but if I’m honest,  now I am more excited about it. I know this is a love story and it’s really cute, but I also know that there’s some amazing friendships in this. I don’t know a lot more, ok? I just want to read it.

Are you participating in the #DiverseAThon? What books are you reading? HAve you read any of the books on my tbr? Did you enjoy them?