Sunday, March 5, 2017

Update and On my radar #1

I'm going to be focusing more on this book blog now. I'm no longer going to make youtube videos though i'm still keeping my channel. The videos i've done are staying, and who knows maybe i'll make another video someday, but I am disabled and live in chronic pain and frankly videos take more spoons than blogging does. Also I enjoy blogging more than talking, it's just all around easier for me personally.

I'm still going to do a review for every book I read as I really want to keep a record of the books I read and my thoughts on them, and of course talking about books with other book lovers is a wonderful thing! I'll just also be adding more content to this blog, like the top 5 wednesday stuff and book hauls.

I won't be worried about challenges anymore. I'm going to read when I want to and what I get done I get done. Heck maybe i'll get more done this way, who knows. The reason is because even though I was still ahead in my Goodreads goal I was getting less ahead and it was stressing me out as I didn't want to read at the time. I have more hobbies than just reading and life can be stressful, I don't need to add more stress than is necessary. Reading for me is a fun pastime. I love to read, to go on adventures the books take me on, to learn from them etc. I don't need to put stress on myself over that. In a way it frees up my mind in a way I think will be very beneficial to my reading.

So this post is going to be what is currently on my reading radar. I'm not calling a March "want to read" because i'm not going to be able to read all these in March anyway. But these books are on my radar and why. I hope to get to them in the foreseeable future. These are all books I already own.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
It is expected to come out April 4th and I got it as an E-ARC from Netgalley so this should be the next book I pick up. It sounds like an interesting sci-fi book. I haven't delved too much into sci-fi but I did love the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis and would like read more science fiction.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

I've read a few LGBT YA Contemporary books and loved them! I'm bisexual myself and the first one I read and fell in love with is "Not Otherwise Specified" by Hannah Moskowitz, a book with a black bisexual female MC recovering from an eating disorder that I highly recommend! Then I read "Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe" and also fell in love with it! I've read a few other LGBT books that are not Contemporary as well ("The Abyss Surrounds Us" and "The Edge of the Abyss" by Emily Skrutskie, "Far From You" by Tess Sharpe, and "Chameleon Moon" by RoAnna Sylver for some). Basically give me all the LGBTQIA+ books! I have so many I want to read!

This book, Noteworthy, has an Asian-American bisexual protaganist and it involves music. Can't wait to see how this one goes! It is expected to come out May 2nd and I also got an E-ARC of it by Netgalley, giving me some more time before this one comes out than Defy the Stars. Hopefully i'll get to both of these soon :).

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I had planned out 15 books I want to get to in 2017. A book a month plus an extra book for every 4 months of the year...guess what? I'm behind. Though that's somewhat because I got an E-ARC of "The Edge of the Abyss" by Emily Skrutskie in January and decided to re-read the first book "The Abyss surrounds us" first and then read the sequel (Reviews Here for the first one and Here for the sequel..loved them both! It's a duology about lesbian pirates fighting sea monsters <3) as well as participating in Diverseathon in January where I read Far From You and Chameleon Moon, also loved both of them! Reviews linked on their names. I read those in January instead of what I had planned but I don't regret any of it as I had an awesome reading month in January!

That said I do still want to read those 15 books, maybe I should do a post on them too, so I better get on it and I was supposed to read The Night Circus in February initially (as well as Dracula which I had planned for January but did read it February) as The Night Circus is on that list. I've heard many people love it and it sounds like a magical good time!

The Long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers

This is also on my want to get to in 2017 top 15 list. I've heard many great things about this book and want to read it so much!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I read Illuminae, the first book in this trilogy, in November and loved it! The 3rd book is coming out later this year last I heard so I need to read Gemina!

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

I've also heard many great things about this graphic novel and I want to read more graphic novels. All I know is it's an adult steampunk fantasy graphic novel with a disabled MC and that is all I need to know to go into this!

Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

I also want to read more Manga and i've heard some good things about this one and it sounds interesting. Soma Yukihira enrolls in a tough culinary school.

Life within Parole and You're not going that way by RoAnna Sylver

Life within Parole is a book of short stories and You're not going that way is a short story, all of which are in the Chameleon Moon world. I loved Chameleon Moon and want to devour all I can from it! There is also one more short story that recently came out, called Always Be You that I need to get.

The Tale of the body thief by Anne Rice

I've read the first 3 books in "The Vampire Chronicles" series by Anne Rice and this is the 4th. I loved the first 2, liked the 3rd and want to see what goes on and how much I like it from here. There are 12 books. So far i'm interested in continuing with it but will see how it goes as it's a long series.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Also on my want to get to in 2017 list.

White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

I've been wanting to pick this book up for awhile. It's the first book in a series that sounds similar to the tv show iZombie while different at the same time. Sounds like it's up my alley. Need to read it to decide if I want to pick up the rest of the series or not and i've heard good things about it.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

The first book in a long middle grade series about a skeleton and a girl named Stephanie (hey that's my name! ^_^) that i've heard wonderful things about. I read a sample of the first couple chapters awhile ago and liked it, it was on kindle, and have since picked up the first 3 books in the series. I could only find them in the UK and I live in the isn't really worth it to pick up just one book from the UK due to shipping, so I got the first 3 to make it worthwhile and I do think i'll enjoy it...let's hope so!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The second book in the Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children trilogy. I read the first one in January of 2016, my first book of 2016 actually so it's been awhile. I didn't like the first book but I got the second as I wanted to try it and see if it gets better as i've heard mixed things in that regards. I've heard people who love the first book disliking the 2nd and 3rd and people who didn't like the first, like me, liking the 2nd and 3rd who knows. If I don't get to this by 2018 though I think i'll unhaul it because if I don't get to it by next year I never will. It's just not something i'm excited for.

Sorry to leave off on that note. If you see a book here you really want me to get to by all means let me know! Comments are always welcome and appreciated! :) Happy reading!

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