WWW Wednesday – July 1, 2020

WWW Wednesday

In an attempt to try and be more consistent with my blogging, I thought I’d try doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Since I don’t have any semblance of a posting schedule and don’t review every book I read, I figured this might be a way for me to give some quick thoughts about what I’m reading. 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Black Enough which is an anthology of short stories edited by Ibi Zoboi. I bought this along with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for the #BlackPublishingPower challenge. Black Enough contains stories by a multitude of black authors that speak to the experience of being black in America. I haven’t read much yet but I am excited to read from a perspective outside of my own and hopefully discover some new-to-me black authors.

I’ve finished a couple of books since last Wednesday. First was These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This YA book about elemental witches got a high three stars from me and and finished it in just a couple of days. I really enjoyed the plot since it had an element of mystery and suspense. I think where it lost me was the characters. I didn’t really feel connected to any of them besides Gemma. Keep a lookout for my June wrap-up for more of my thoughts on this book.

Since last Wednesday, I also read Riley Sager’s Home Before Dark. I had two days left of the month and really wanted to squeeze in one more books. This one was SCARY, like I ran down my hallway the other night because I was so creeped out. Sager has a way of making you think one thing is going to happen and then throwing you for a loop but the ending of this particular book REALLY had me shocked. I am planning to write a dedicated review because it was definitely my favorite book this month.

Next up for me is probably The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Percy Jackson series and since I really enjoyed the first book in May, I’m really excited to continue the series. I don’t know anything about the plot and really want to go in blind so I’m just going to have faith that Riordan can create magic and enjoyment a second time. I didn’t get to read this in June even though it was in my initial plans but from here out, I want to try and read one book from the series each month and finish in October. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’m mad I didn’t read this series earlier.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

July 2020 TBR

TBRs

It’s that time again; let’s talk about my reading plans for July! This month, I’m taking a break from reading groups and readathons to completely focus on reading my bookcase of unread books. Some of the books on my TBR for July are ones I specifically wanted to read this month, but I have some that were picked by a random number generator. As always, I am only holding myself accountable for five books. This way, I have some room to read other things if my mood changes. So without further ado, here’s my July TBR!

The first book on my July TBR is Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America. This is a YA anthology of short stories that includes authors such as Ibi Zoboi, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Nic Stone. I picked this up during the #BlackPublishingPower initiative because I generally enjoy anthologies and want to continue being conscious of the diversity on my shelves as well as my blog and my Instagram feed. I think the stories in this collection will introduce me to new voices that I can further explore.

In May, I read the first book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series for the first time, and I am excited to continue this series in July. I don’t want to say much about what The Sea of Monsters is about if you haven’t read the first book yet. Still, I am delighted to continue with what has proven so far to be a magical, fun, and compelling series.

I love the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe and am itching for more content. Good thing there’s quite a bit of it! I picked up The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee this past Sunday and am so excited to dive into it. This is the first book in a series chronicling the life of Avatar Kyoshi of the Earth Kingdom and the Kyoshi warriors. That’s all I really know about this book, but since the second book in this series comes out later this month, I want to go ahead and read this one.

I have a spreadsheet of all my unread books, and I had my partner pick a random number for this next book. He chose The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This was one of just a few texts I read in high school that I actually enjoyed, but I essentially marked it as unread so that I could reread it as an adult. This is a play that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials and exposes the chaos and hysteria of the time. I haven’t read a play in quite a long time, but I am ready to experience it again.

I used a random number generator to pick my last book, and I got Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. This is Kaling’s second memoir, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – so I decided Why Not Me? would be a fun, fast, summer read to enjoy outside in the sun. 

Those are the only books I’m holding myself accountable for this month, but I will likely be able to read quite a few more. I am excited about all of my choices this month. What are you guys reading for July? Have you read any of these? Come chat with me in the comments ❤

WWW Wednesday – June 24, 2020

WWW Wednesday

In an attempt to try and be more consistent with my blogging, I thought I’d try doing the WWW Wednesday tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Since I don’t have any semblance of a posting schedule and don’t review every book I read, I figured this might be a way for me to give some quick thoughts about what I’m reading. 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading both The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

I put The Hate U Give on hold through Libby back in April and June came along and I still had over a six-month wait. I’ve been trying to buy fewer physical books but when the #BlackPublishingPower challenge was happening, I thought it would be a good time to buy this book. (I also bought Black Enough which is an anthology put together by Ibi Zoboi). I am only about 140 pages in but already it is very impactful especially considering the target audience is YA. Getting these messages to people when they are younger is vital to change in future generations.

I am also reading The Fellowship of the Ring right now. This is for the #MakeYourMythTaker readathon prompt to read a book featuring a magical battle. This is a reread for me; I haven’t read this since high school. Since I don’t typically read fantasy, it is a bit dense but I’m listening to the audiobook while I read along and it’s been a good time. I’m a little over halfway through (just past the council of Elrond). I still have one book after this for the readathon but I’m not sure I’m going to finish on time. Oh well.

I recently finished reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Libby said I had another three weeks to wait on this book but just as I was about to go to bed, I got an email saying it was ready. Needless to say, I stayed up quite a while reading. I will talk about this more in my monthly wrap-up but I loved the experience of reading this book and devoured it in less than two days. Amazing.

Next up for me is These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This will fulfill the last prompt for the readathon I’m participating in this month – read a book with occult themes. I am excited to read this book though I know there are some mixed reviews floating around. I might not finish it in June but I will still carry it into July because I’d really like to get to it soon. After that, I am going to try to read Black Enough and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager since I got both of them this month. We shall see!

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading? If you participate in WWW Wednesday, link me your posts!

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Blog Tags

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a good weekend and are ready for another week. I’m attempting to get myself back into some sort of routine with blogging, bookstagram, and exercise so I figured I’d start my Monday by writing something.

I was tagged by the lovely Ivana over at Books and Prejudice to participate in the anonymous bookaholics tag ❤ I can’t seem to track down the original creator but if you know, please tell me in the comments so I can give proper credit.

Let’s get to the questions!

1. What do you like about buying new books?

I’m the type of person who goes through everything I own a couple times a year and gets rid of A LOT. I don’t like having a ton of things cluttering my space. Books seem to always miss my semi-annual life editing because I love having them around and knowing that I’ll always have something I can pick up and read fresh. I’ve gotten better about letting go of books I know I’ll never reread but overall, having books is just something I enjoy and having new books to be excited about is just fun.

2. How often do you buy new books?

I used to buy books all the time. I still do love a $2.99 ebook but when I moved for grad school, I really stopped buying books. I realized I didn’t have enough room for them in my apartment and I didn’t have time to read for fun. Since graduating, I have started buying a little more but it’s primarily ebooks that are on sale. I’d say maybe once a month I’ll get a new physical book.

3. Bookshops or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

I really enjoy going to the store and looking at everything and then selecting a couple of books I really want to own. I almost always pull out my phone and check either my Goodreads or wishlist and go down the list and see what I can find. It becomes a sort of scavenger hunt that shopping online doesn’t offer. For #BlackoutBestsellerList I recently pulled up my Amazon wishlist and hunted the store for books I was interested in buying. I came away with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi. It was fun locating different books in the store and then narrowing it down to the couple I could buy at that time. Plus it was the first time I’d been in a bookstore in months!

4. Do you have a favourite bookshop?

Not really. I usually find myself at Barnes & Noble out of convenience and since I haven’t really bought books that much since I moved, I haven’t explored local bookstores. That’s a goal of mine once I feel safe getting out more.

5. Do you pre-order books?

I don’t think I’ve pre-ordered a book since 2007 when The Deathly Hallows came out. I usually think on my book purchases a while before I commit to actually buying them because I’m scared of spending money on a brand new book and then not really enjoying it.

6. Do you have a monthly buying limit?

Nah. But if I go into a store, I usually have a number in my head of how much I want to spend and that all depends on what else I have going on that month and how I feel about spending money that day.

7. How big is your wish list?

I just started keeping a wishlist on Amazon so there’s not too much on it. I also use my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf as a place to track books I don’t yet own. That has about 80-90 books on it now. There’s a lot I want to read but I use Scribd or Libby to get access to many of those so I don’t actually buy them.

8. Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

I just got The Hate U Give because when I added it to my holds on Libby, it said there was a six month + wait time. It still said that in June so I just went ahead and bought it. Apart from that, three that I’d really like to have are:

  1. Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  2. Tomie by Junji Ito
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Well, that’s all the questions for this tag! I’ll tag a few people below but if you want to participate, consider yourself tagged ❤ Also, if you’ve already done this tag and I’ve tagged you, I apologize! I’m so behind on reading blog posts.

HayleyReviews

EleanorSophie

WhiteRoseStories

MyBookishFantasy

BookishBewitched