#ReadIndie TBR

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Last week I posted about my involvement in the #ReadIndie event that’s going on. Here’s a link to the post ICYMI. But in a nutshell, between 1st and 16th December we will be posting reviews for indie books. I already have one review written and ready for posting but the goal is at least two reviews. Therefore I came up with a few books that have my interest that I will be trying to read and review between now and #ReadIndie ending.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Graphic Novel Series TBR

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Today’s topic for Top 10 Tuesday is a rewind. In other words, we go back and choose a previous topic and do that. I saw Jamie do a 10 comic TBR list and decided that one looked like fun (excuse my laziness, I’ve been awake for like an hour).

I don’t really use the term ‘comic’ but instead prefer to say graphic novels. It’s hard enough having people think you’re reading comics at 23. Also, I had to include some manga series in my choices so I felt like graphic novel was a better umbrella term.

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December 2015 TBR

In my last post, Update: I’m a Slow Reader Again, I mentioned that the combination of dorm life and schoolwork has been impeding my reading progress. Lately I’ve been going through my TBR shelf on Goodreads and removing books I’ve lost interest in. When you first join the book community you have this unrealistic idea that you’re going to read all the things and write all of the reviews. That usually leads to a large to-be-read shelf on Goodreads, a bunch of book related bills and shelves and shelves of unread books.

It’s not a bad thing though. The money we spend benefits the industry and makes sure the publishing companies keep pushing out those beautiful hardcovers and floppy paperbacks. I’ve always thought it a good thing to have a variety of unread books to give you some selection when you’re deciding on your next read, I just don’t have the time nor money to keep up my previous habits.

Below is, I guess, what you would call my December TBR . Once my finals end on December 15th I’ll be preparing to head back to good ole’ Trinidad for a few weeks, and I’ve noticed that I read much more at home than I do in my dorm.

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October 2015 TBR+!

So I didn’t finish any books in September. I started reading Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher and got 230 pages in until school started getting the better of me. Then I also started my monthly pick with Sara and Abby, The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which I hope to finish either today or tomorrow. Altogether I read between 400-450 pages which I’m proud of compared to July and August, but it’s still not enough to require it’s own wrap up.

As for this month I hope I can keep that momentum and even build on it. As usual I have a new monthly book that I’ll be reading with Sara and Abby, and some darker series that I hope to start and/or continue. Based on my previous months’ progress and the fact that I have two exams and two papers due before the 20th, I most likely won’t be able to get to everything so the following is more of my reading pool where I’ll pull from, rather than a set list of things I hope to read.

So without further rambling here’s my October 2015 reading pool:

Carry The Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

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CTO is the book Sara, Abby and I agreed to read this month. October is LGBT history month here in the US so I suggested we read a book with a queer theme in honor of that. This book is still fairly new having been released in April 2015 but the reviews on Goodreads appear generally positive. I’m hoping I can do a full review on this actually.

Changeless by Gail Carriger

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The sequel to Soulless which I read in August (I think?) with Sara and Abby. Since then Sara and a friend who started the series upon my recommendation have finished the series. Meaning, I’m very far behind. Luckily the series also fits the loose theme of dark supernatural stories that I’ve adopted this month.

The Others by Anne Bishop

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An adult modern fantasy series following a protagonist who can see the future when her blood is spilled, or something like that. I do own the first book on Kindle so it’s really a matter of starting it.

The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

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A series that takes place in Lousiana and involves witchcraft or voodoo, I can never remember which. I was skeptical about this series at first but I bought the first book on Kindle one day when it was on sale. I’ve also been looking for a book that involves voodoo, maybe this is it?

Anna by Kendare Blake

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A ghost story that’s gotten mostly good reviews from a lot of people I follow on Goodreads. And the best part? A male protagonist!! I’ve had the first book on Kindle for a while so here’s to Anna creeping me out 😁

Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Currently reading/ In progress:

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The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (69% complete)

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (p. 230 of 673)

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August 2015 TBR!

I wasn’t planning on doing a TBR for this month because of my reading slump last month and the fact that I’m traveling to the US to study next week (!!!!). As of late I’ve been getting back into my reading groove so I decided it wouldn’t hurt to toss my ideas out into the world.

Before I start I want to say there won’t be a buddy read with Abby, Sara and myself because Sara is out in the mountains somewhere with a bunch of kids for her job. But as far as I know, our monthly read along will continue next month!

Now the list:

Illusive and Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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(rollover from last month — currently reading)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I would like to read The Diviners because of LOD’s release later this month but this depends on how quickly I can finish Illusive. I really wouldn’t like to have to toss this chunky book into my luggage to tote across the ocean.

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

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If I don’t end up with enough time to read The Diviners, TTC is a definite possibility for my next read.

The next set of books consists completely of stand alone novels and are my choices for what I read on the plane. I still haven’t decided yet and I probably won’t until the day of my flight:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Once I actually land in the US I’ll be swept up in a tornado of paperwork, back to school shopping, events and orientations the week before classes start so I’m leaving the rest of my month open for flexibility.

  • – GJA

July 2015 TBR

I didn’t do a TBR for this month because I had no idea what I was in the mood for. It’s the 9th and I’ve already read a couple of things so I’ll add them here but this is going to be my most open ended TBR as far as I’m concerned.

 

Soulless by Gail Carriger

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It’s become sort of a thing that I buddy read at least one book a month with my friends Sara and Abby and this was the book we chose this month. I have no problem with this because this looks like it might be pretty similar to Penny Dreadful.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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End of Days by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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June 2015 TBR!

Happy June everyone! It’s a new month and that means a new TBR. As with last month, I will be taking part in a read along which will be the main theme of my reading this month. Without further ado, let’s get into the TBR.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I started on City of Bones today as part of the #shadowhuntersreadalong on tumblr that is being hosted by bookmad and c-parks. Over the course of the next two months we’ll be reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles in tribute to the Shadowhunters tv show that was picked up by ABC Family. I’ve never read the series so this is the perfect opportunity for me to read it and experience it with longtime fans.

This month covers the first three books COB, COA and COG as well as Clockwork Angel. How invested I get in the series as a whole will determine whether I read all the way up to COG and Clockwork Angel and continue on into next month’s leg of the readalong. In case I decide for whatever reason I have a couple of backup books along with the June new releases that I can pick from.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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End of Days by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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May 2015 TBR!

HOW IS IT MAY ALREADY!? (sigh) Anyway, it’s time to talk about what I plan to read in this new month.

I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to be taking part in a read-a-long and a buddy read session this month (look at me being all social and stuff!). Those two coupled with the book I’m currently reading are probably going to take up my reading month so allow me to elaborate under the cut:

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Series I Hope to Start & Finish in 2015!

2015 is the first year where I will be reading consistently for the entire year. I’ve read a few books here and there over the years, but never like I have in the past few months. With this new hobby, I decided to set some goals. And one of those goals is to catch up and/or finish some series. So far this year I’ve finished a few but this is a list of ten series, in no particular order, I hope to start and finish in the remaining months. Continue reading

April 2015 TBR!

Would this be considered a late TBR list? I think this is considered late.

Anyway, here in Trinidad April means one thing — Easter. And Easter means exams. Whether it’s secondary school Easter exams or university finals, there are lots of exams. Mine begin at the end of the month but I’ll probably be having my usual pre-finals meltdown once classes end so I dunno how in the reading mood I’ll be. Nonetheless, I have a couple books that I want to try reading this month.

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