Contemporary-a-thon Round 6 TBR

Hey readers! I was debating whether I should make a February 2020 TBR or if I should just do a Contemporary-a-thon round 6 TBR because I have another readathon that I really want to participate in, but it has a lot of prompts and many detailed information that would have just made the blog post super long. I hope you all will be okay with me making two separate blog posts on the two readathons I want to join in on! Let’s jump right in!

Dates:

February 10-16

Liveshow:

Saturday 2/15 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST on Julie’s channel

Hosts:

ChelseaDolling Reads

Pages And Pens

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Challenges:

1. read a contemporary book with green on the cover

2. read a contemporary from a new to you author

3. read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)

4. read a backlist contemporary (something that has been on your TBR for over a year)

5. read a dark/hard hitting contemporary

6. read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

7. read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!)

My TBR:

Eliza and her monsters

Read a contemporary book with green on the cover. I’ve been wanting to read this book for so freaking long y’all. It’s not even funny!

 

 


I wish you all the best

 

Read a contemporary from a new to you author. I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! Everyone has talked so much about it! I can’t wait to finally get to it.

 


On the come up

Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!) I really wanted to read a book by an aoc or a coc for this prompt and luckily, On the Come Up features both!

 

 


We were liars

Read a backlist contemporary (something that has been on your TBR for over a year). This book is so old and I’m honestly kind of nervous to read this because I’ve tried to before, but it’s finally time to actually read it. I don’t think it’s a favorite in the YA community but we’ll give it another shot!

 


Fifty shades of grey

Read a dark/hard hitting contemporary. Don’t roll your eyes at this (I can feel you rolling them now!) I’ve been wanting to re-read these books because I just re-watched Fifty Shades Darker so… here we are!

 

 


Nineteen

Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover. This book isn’t overly illustrated, but it’s illustrated nonetheless. This is a book of poetry, which should be quick to get through for me!

 

 


We are the antsRead a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!) There were many books I could have chosen for this prompt, but I went with We Are the Ants because a lovely friend of mine, Luvlii Books, loved this book so much, she got the symbol on the cover tattooed on her! If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is! Also, DylanIsReviewing really love this book as well! He’s recommended it quite a bit on his channel and I’m finally going to get to it!


That was it for my contemporary-a-thon TBR! I know it’s super ambitious and I honestly don’t know if I can do it, especially because I’ll be on vacation, but I’ll definitely try my best!

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2020 Bookish Goals

Hey readers! Due to personal things happening in my life, I’ve been absent from blogging since December 3, 2019. I WILL be okay. I just needed a moment to process how this change will effect my son and I’s lives. Now that I’m back and going, I would like to share with you all my 2020 bookish goals! Though 2020 started with devastation for me, I will not let it affect how the rest of my 2020 goes, so let’s get started!

Let’s start with the obvious:

Lido5BM4THow many books do I want to read in 2020?

I thought about this one for a little while before deciding that I want to ambitiously set my goal for 100. This is ambitious for me because I’ve never read 100 books in a year before. In 2019 I rad 75 books so I’m hoping I can push myself a little more!


 

toppng.com-old-globe-png-jpg-black-and-white-golden-globe-transparent-582x581I would love to read more books set in other countries other than the country I live in (United States). Most of the books I read take place in either the US or the UK. There have been recently published books set in places like Korea (Wicked Fox by Kat Cho) and Taiwan (Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen)! I can’t wait to read around the world! 

 


 

WordPress-Logo-Free-Download-PNGI want to be more consistent with my blog. I have so many blog posts planned and I’m super excited to get back into blogging because I truly do love it and the support is overwhelming! I love writing and I want to do more reviews. I have already signed up to do a couple of blog tours this year and I can’t wait to talk to you all about them!

 


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Like my blog, I also want to be more active on my booktube channel! I have been so blessed to have the support of 240+ people and I don’t want to let them down by quitting on my channel like I once have before. This year, I hope to film and upload more videos and I even have a few exciting video ideas! I would love to make more reviews on my channel as I only have one review posted. If you would like to subscribe, click this link!


reading journal

I want to keep a reading journal so that I can look back on all the books I read and write about the books I loved! I’ve seen videos of setting up a reading journal and they’re so beautiful! The aesthetic is amazing. The idea of journaling the books you read during a new year sounds so fun. I bought a journal and I’m still trying to set it up, but it’ll be great! I’m excited to start journaling in it.


 

Those are some of my major goals that I want to accomplish in 2020! I’m super excited to actually do these! I also want to start planning my book! I have so many ideas and I just want to write something important that I feel needs to be shared with the world! I don’t exactly know what that book is at the moment, but I hope to figure that out this year!


 

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Blogmas Day 3

Hey readers! Today, I’m doing The End of the Year Book Tag! I wasn’t personally tagged, but before the year ends, I thought doing this tag would be perfect to include in my blogmas posts! The tag was originally created by Ariel Bissett!


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

wicked saintsIf you answered no, you’re lying to yourself. Of course there are books I need to finish before 2020, and that’s a whole other post I want to treat you all with during blogmas, but one I definitely want to get to is Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I got the ARC of the sequel, Ruthless Gods, so I’m stoked to read this book!


Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

HPBSYou’re probably going to roll your eyes but…. it’s Harry Potter. It’s always going to be Harry Potter. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. I read Harry Potter during any season of the year and I feel like it’s the only series you can feel warm and cozy through any season. Harry Potter really is the series I would escape to if I could so it’s no surprise that I chose it for this particular question!


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

COV&V_JKT_Trade_032819.inddHonestly, no. Since it’s December, I’m a bit late for the books that I wanted that already came out. I will say though that I want the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone which is Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi which actually came out today on December 3, 2019! I still have to read Children of Blood and Bone, but I have a really good feeling about this series.


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

10 Blind DatesAgain, this is a separate blogmas post so I’m going to answer as vague as possible because I don’t want to spoil my future post, but I really want to get to Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston, and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan by the end of 2019! I’m reading them for different readathons that I’m crazy excited for too.


Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

wicked saintsPossibly Wicked Saints just because I am already 80 pages in and at first I was hesitant to read it because the synopsis sounds amazing, the cover is beautiful, but I wasn’t 100 percent hooked after the first chapter so I thought that it might start off a bit slow, but once you get further in, the action kind of surprises you. I’m not sure how I feel about it now, but I definitely think that there’s potential in being one of my favorite reads.


Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Yes! I have a few secret TBR videos/blog posts in mind and I’m very excited to get to filming/writing about them! I definitely want 2020 to be a better reading year for me, though I read more than the goal I set for myself this year. I’m very proud of how far I’ve gotten in 2019, but 2020 is a new decade, a new year, and I think 2020 will be the year of personal growth for me. I’m beyond nervous but also very ready to start a new book, forget chapters! I want to re-write my story.


 

Blogmas Day 2

Hey readers! Today’s post is all about Christmas themed books that came out or are set to be released in 2019! I want to go over the Young Adult audience and the Adult audience. I couldn’t find a whole lot of Christmas themed books (they mainly thrive in the Adult Romance genre), but the ones I did find sound like cute and even magical reads!


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

10 Blind Dates

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Sophie spends Christmas with her family in South Louisiana where her long-term boyfriend, Griffin, resides. Griffin makes the decision to break up and while Sophie is devastated, her family chooses 10 different blind dates for Sophie to go on. Griffin begs Sophie to take him back, but she is confused because she might have fallen for someone who isn’t available.

My thoughts: 10 Blind Dates sounds like a cute, fluffy Christmassy contemporary to snuggle up with and drink hot coco with! I plan on reading this in December during Tis’-the-season-a-thon!


Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

43822698Release Date: November 5, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Nora is rumored to be a witch and feels a deep connection to the woods. While in the woods, she runs into Oliver Huntsman who had disappeared from a Camp for Wayward Boys in the middle of a snowstorm. People expected him to be dead, but he’s not. Nora is determined to get answers on what happened and how he survived, but Oliver has secrets he doesn’t want to get out.

My thoughts: Though this isn’t set during Christmas time, I find snowy settings to feel like a Christmassy read. This sounds very atmospheric and an overall good fantasy book!


Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

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Release Date: October 1, 2019

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Vivian Forest has only traveled out of the country once, so she doesn’t pass up the opportunity to travel with her daughter’s work trip to England. Vivian gets attracted to a private secretary who works for the Queen. They share some kisses and even have a fling! But when she’s preparing to leave back home, they realize that they don’t want to be apart from each other.

My Thoughts: You don’t see a lot of romance books written with older main characters these days. Romance has bee taken over by early 20s or late 20s. This age group is refreshing to see! It also sounds like a potentially smutty Christmas read!


Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

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Release Date: October 15, 2019

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: Becky Brandon loves Christmas and looks forward to how Christmas always is with her family, but chaos might ensue when an ex-boyfriend makes an appearance. Did I mention that Becky is married? There will be chaos.

My thoughts: I wouldn’t normally go for these type of books, but I kind of want to know what happens with the ex-boyfriend. And the best part, it’s set during Christmas time!


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Blogmas Day 1

ALL THE READATHONS!

Hey, readers! I might fail these readathons, but I’m planning on participating in many readathons during the month of December. Speaking of December, can you believe 2019 is almost over? It’s crazy how fast this year flew by! I want to get into my December TBR because we are going to cover a lot of awesome readathons this month!


Reindeer Readathon (Dec. 1-31)

Hosts:

Erik @ Breakeven Books , Hilary @ Melted Books , Savy @ Savy Writes Books & Donna@ Donna Tsundoku

Prompts: 

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Dasher: We Were Liars

Dancer: Daisy Jones & the Six

Prancer: Shadow and Bone

Vixen: Girls of Paper and Fire

Comet: 10 Blind Dates

Cupid: Fifty Shades of Grey

Donner: Let It Snow

Blitzen: Paper Girls Vol. 1

Rudolph: Children of Blood and Bone

Christmas Star: Children of Blood and Bone


Snowathon (Dec. 1-15)

Hosts:

Layla , Gabriela , Alyssa & Jackie

Prompts:

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1. Children of Blood and Bone

2. 10 Blind Dates

3. Paper Girls Vol. 1

4. Let It Snow

5. Girls of Paper and Fire

6. Girls of Paper and Fire

7. Children of Blood and Bone

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1. Let It Snow

2. 10 Blind Dates

3. Girls of Paper and Fire

4. Fifty Shades of Grey

5. Children of Blood and Bone

6. Let It Snow

7. 10 Blind Dates


The Bookie Trials: Winter Quest (Dec 2-8)

Host:

Rachael Marie’s Book Journey

Prompts:

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The Queen’s Armada: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngyn

Orc Eaves: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngyn

The Beacon of Hope: Hot Coco with Let it Snow by John Green

Serpentine Allegiance: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Rural Haven: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngyn

Eastern Escape: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngyn

Graves End: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Glacial Pass: Let it Snow by John Green

Desolate Ruins: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngyn

Daemonic Residue: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Dark Shard: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Tis-The-Season-A-Thon (Dec 2-8)

Hosts:

Heather , Kristin , Trina & Amy

CHALLENGES:

1. Read a book w/ snow on the cover

– Let it Snow by John Green

2. Read a holiday themed book

– Let it Snow by John Green

3. Read a book you received as a gift

– Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

4. Read a book while enjoying your favorite holiday treat

-Hot Coco with 10 Blind Dates

5. Read a book that has a title related to music

– Let it Snow by John Green

*BONUS: buddy read 10 BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston with us!


I also want to participate in the Winter Magical Readathon 2019 hosted by G! But that readathon is very unique and you can’t really prep for it. It’s kind of spontaneous and unpredictable. It’s a choose your own adventure and I’m incredibly excited for it! I had my eye on other readathons, but I’m already participating in so many that I’m honestly just trying to avoid a reading slump from being overly ambitious.


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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey readers! I was tagged by Shyla Fairfax-Owen to do The Sunshine Blogger Award tag! Thank you for the nomination (tag), Shyla!

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Let’s jump in to the questions!


Name one thing that you’re obsessing over / geeking out about these days!

I’ve honestly been needing out over One Direction again. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with them and when they split up, I kind of stopped listening to their music for no particular reason and I just recently started listening to their music (even from their first album). I’ve been listening to their solo music and I’m just so proud of them!

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What’s a more appealing reading experience to you, series or standalone?

STANDALONES. I love standalones for many reasons.

  • you don’t have to wait a whole year or more to get the sequel
  • you don’t have to re-read every book in the series before the upcoming sequel to remember the world/characters
  • if you didn’t like the book, you don’t have to guilt trip yourself into reading the rest of the series to wonder if it ever got bettersorcery of thorns

    Show off your latest book haul (purchase, gift, what have you)!

My husband and I went to a used book store called 2nd & Charles and I found this UK edition of I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve never owned a UK edition of any book before up until a week ago.

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You’ve had a rough day, how are you going to spend your evening?

I’m going to either watch some reading vlogs and sip on some hot coco while sitting on my big, comfy couch or I’d take a hot bath with a bath bomb, get ice cold water, a snack, and a book and read in the tub

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Morning person or night owl?

I used to be a night owl before I had my son, but now that I have him and he’s a year old now, I’ve learned/got forced in to being a morning person. Sometimes I just want to roll over and sleep longer, but mommy duties!

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Are you pickier about food or books?

I’m definitely pickier about food, but fortunately I’ve started to try new things and I’ve recently discovered my love for Brussels sprouts, asparagus and broccoli! When I say I’m picky, I seriously mean that I am a picky eater so for me to say I love those vegetables is a huge step up.

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Name one bucket list item!

This one item has been on my bucket list since I was 8 years old and it’s to visit and explore Ireland! Traveling in general is on my bucket list, but I feel like everyone wants to travel and explore part of the world that we’ve never been on, but I really want to go to Ireland.

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If you could invent one thing, anything at all, what would it be?

Because it’s 11:13 p.m. and my brain is lacking any creative juice I’ve ever had, all I can think of is an app for any readathons we want to participate in, sort of like Goodreads, but only for readathons. An app would be cool to be able to track our TBRs, daily page count, and statistics.

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If you were starting University/College tomorrow, what would you major in?

Realistically, Medical Coding because my mom is a coder and she makes pretty good money and I would love to major in something that’ll get me a good paying job to help support my family.

My dream major would be pre-med or biology and go to medical school to be an OB/GYN. I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was young but I really just feel like I’m not smart enough to even try. I would definitely love to though.

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If you could travel to one book world, which would you choose?

I would without a doubt travel to the world of Caraval and participate in a game. Caraval is such a magical game and hopefully the prize would be something special and awesome! I’d love to meet Scarlet, Tella, Julian, and Legend.

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Who would you cast as the lead in a screen adaptation of your favorite book (whether or not it already exists)?

One of my favorite reads of 2019 was With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

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I would cast Madeleine Matock as Emoni because she is Puerto Rican, she has the curly hair, and she is just as beautiful as I would imagine Emoni to be.Madeleine Mantock


That was such a fun book tag! I am nominating The Bookworm ChroniclesScribbles & WanderlustThe Book CorpsA Little Haze Book BlogA Book A ThoughtThe Book Of Jess The Book MermaidThe Little Red ReviewerBook EscapeJenniely & Adventures Of A Bibliophile

My questions for you all will be:

1. What book that hasn’t been adapted yet do you really want to be adapted?

2. Which book character would you bring back to life?

3. Tea or coffee?

4. Most Anticipated 2020 release?

5. What is your current goal? It doesn’t have to be book related and can be a small goal or big goal!

6. Hobby besides reading?

7. Road trips or plane rides?

8. Any pets or animals you just find really interesting?

9. Booktube or Bookstagram?

10. If you could write a book or are writing one, what would the genre be and why?

11. Which book is your favorite read from 2019?


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Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Hey there, readers! I found this tag while scrolling through blog posts and I thought this one looked really fun, so I decided to do it, even though I wasn’t tagged!

The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged

zero's journey
This one was kind of hard for me to think of because I tend to read dark books, but I recently got an ARC of this manga and it was amazing. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and coming back to this world was super nostalgic.

 


sorcery of thornsThis was very hyped and I was a bit disappointed. I still don’t get why everyone is going on about this book. Yes, the magical library was a unique concept, but I personally felt that it could have been better.

 


harry potterI obviously have to go for any of the Harry Potter books, but I’m going to go for Sorcerer’s Stone just because it was where it all began. I wish I could read these books for the first time all over again!

 


pumpkinheads
People are going to roll their eyes BUT HERE ME OUT! This graphic novel was adorable and it gave me all the fall feels. It even made me hungry with the harvest festival treats! I think it’s a must read!

 


WTFOH
I have to go with Emoni for this one. The book was all about her cooking delicious meals and even had a few recipes that anyone could try if they wanted! I wish Emoni was real, I’d hire her to be my personal chef!

 


finaleFinale was my most anticipated book of the year! I adore the Caraval trilogy and I got the ending I wanted. I was literally jumping for joy reading some of the scenes in this book.

 


This was a super fun tag! Hope you enjoyed this, friends. I will tag The Bookworm ChroniclesScribbles & WanderlustThe Book CorpsA Little Haze Book BlogA Book A ThoughtThe Book Of Jess  and The Book Mermaid!

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