August TBR

Hey, loves. The last month of summer is upon us. I am so confused as to how that happened but I’m also so excited to get back to school already, so it’s very bittersweet.

I read so many books in July, so I am not stressing myself out too much when it comes to reading this month. There are two read-a-thons that I do want to participate in, though. Both are month long, so I have plenty of time, and I am definitely going to be stacking up on challenges between the two.

N.E.W.T.S:

I sat for my O.W.L.S back in April, I believe, so I am ready to take my N.E.W.T.S now! I was a journalist/writer, which means I have to get an A in two subjects, and an E in one subject. That is only 4 books in total, which is completely doable.

E in history of Magic
– A- read a fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
– E- read a book with a map: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

A in Muggle Studies
– Cover that includes an actual photo element: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

A in any other subject (herbology)
– Listen to an audiobook: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Disney-a-thon:

This is a new month-long read-a-thon where you get to pick a team and then complete the team challenges. I have chosen to be part of team Tangled because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Let’s look at the challenges.

Rapunzel- Read a book with glowing reviews: Fix her Up by Tessa Bailey

Flynn Rider- Read a dark/mysterious book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Snuggly Duckling Crew- Read a book with a dreamy cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Mother Gothel- Read a book with a power-hungry character (must be out of your comfort zone): The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
*I’m not sure if this one entirely fits, but the father is a treasure hunter and he seems scary (and it’s historical fiction so definitely out of my comfort zone)

Maximus- Read the group book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Special Ability: we can travel the map as we please

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In all, this is only seven books that I need to read, which is something I have been doing each month. I am stressed because I’m a mood reader, but hopefully, I can convince myself to read all of these!

Are you participating in any read-a-thons? Let me know in the comments!

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Life Update + Current Reads

Hello loves, it’s been a while. I was doing a really good job of posting twice a week on here for the past two months, but I finally wore myself out. I needed a bit of a break because I was feeling super slumpy about the blog. I had no motivation or inspiration, so I needed to step back for a little while before I started posting again.

I recently moved into a new house and while it’s been an overall good experience, it’s also extremely exhausting. On top of that, this week is the reading rush, so I’m trying to get a lot of reading done, which leaves no time for anything else.

I am hoping to get back into the rhythm of things, but I will be going back to posting one day a week, rather than two.

That’s all as far as my update goes, so let’s talk about what I’m currently reading!

It is day two of the reading rush when this post goes up, but it is day one as I am writing it.

So far, I have started the audiobook of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m about 20% in. I am hoping to get over 50% by the end of the night. I am also reading The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. I am not stressed about not finishing a book today because my hope is that I will finish both of these tomorrow, which will put me on track.

Aside from reading rush books, I’m also in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It is on hold this week but I will pick it right back up as soon as this read-a-thon is over. I am hoping to finish it soon, but it’s been taking me so long already, who knows how much longer it’ll take.

Finally, I am reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, which is also currently on hold. I may try to finish it this week in place of another book to complete a challenge, but I’m not sure if that will happen yet.

My reading this month has been going really great- I read mainly 4 and 5 star books, so hopefully, that trend will continue!

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Thanks for reading! Let me know what books you are currently reading, and if you’re participating in the reading rush. See you soon!

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June Wrap-Up 2019

Hey, loves! Happy fourth of July!!

I wasn’t planning on doing any more wrap-ups on the blog since starting a Youtube channel, but I don’t have time to film one, so I thought I would put it in writing instead.

This wasn’t my best reading month, as I’ve only read 7 books, which I think is my lowest number of the year so far (I’ve been doing a good job of reading 10+ books each month). BUT, I did read some new favorites!

Let’s look at what I read last month:

 

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All four of my 5-star reads have instantly become favorites for me.

Wilder Girls: This is an ARC I received on NetGalley, which I am so thankful for. It comes out in a few days and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE. It broke me, it was incredible, and the ENDING… that’s all I’m going to say.

With the Fire on High: This is Elizabeth Acevedo’s second book, and it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m so happy that I was finally able to read it, and it was exactly what I needed. It’s a really quick read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Night Circus: I got an ARC of The Starless Sea recently, but before I started that, I wanted to re-read this one. I read it back when it was still a newer book, before I had any bookish social media, before I was a critical reader. I didn’t remember anything from it, like at all. BUT, the re-read was so worth it. I don’t remember loving the story as much as I did this time. It is now one of my all-time favorite books. I can’t wait to read Erin Morgenstern’s next novel.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It: This is a poetry collection from Trista Mateer, and I LOVED it. It was so well written and really unique.

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Truly Devious: I am trying to work my way through some of the mystery/thrillers I have because I love reading them, but don’t pick them up as much as I’d like. This one was really good, especially for YA. I am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here: This book was just ok. I don’t want to talk about my feelings about it too much because I will be posting a video where I talk all about it!

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Romeo and Juliet: I was so bored by this play since I’ve known this story for years (as do most people). I don’t think I got anything new out of reading it. I could have just stuck to the movie adaptations.

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That is all for this short wrap-up. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you Tuesday :)

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July TBR 2019

Hey, loves! Happy July :)

Last month was not my best reading month, so I’m really hoping to make up for that this month. My TBR is a little ambitious, but I am determined to get as much reading done as I can. So, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading!

Currently Reading:

 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This is a buddy read with Jaime, or Leo Reads on Youtube, which I am almost done with. I am really enjoying it and it has been such a quick read.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt- I put this one on hold for a few months now, and I’m pretty sure it was on my TBR for June, but some other books came up and I didn’t get to it. I know I’m going to love it (I already do and I’m only one chapter in), but I haven’t been able to dedicate the time to it yet.

Secret Project:

I am doing a little bit of a secret video for my Youtube channel, and there are 4 more books I have to read for that. I don’t want to give them away, but they are on the TBR!

Biannual Bibliothon: July 11th-19th

This month is also the last time that the biannual bibliothon will be running, so I want to participate. There are 9 challenges, but I will be aiming for 5. I combined a few of the challenges because I know there is no way I will be able to do all of them.

 

Adult Book: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Book Based on its Cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Free Choice/ Wild Card Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I know I’m currently reading it, but I probably won’t continue until the time of this read-a-thon)

A Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before/Read One of the Hosts’s 5-Star Reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Read a Book You Were Really Excited for, but Never Picked Up/Read a Predicted 5-Star Read: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Reading Rush:

I will also be participating in the reading rush (formerly known as the booktube-a-thon), but my TBR for that will go up later in the month on my channel, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what’s on your TBR this month! I am always looking to add new books :)

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Recently Added To My TBR

Hey loves! Today I am doing a post talking about some of the books that I recently added to my TBR because these are books I am excited to read but I either 1. won’t get to them anytime soon or 2. they’re not out yet. These are books I still want other people to know about, but there is no good way to mention them on the blog.

Let’s take a look at what they are!

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My Dark Vanessa

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I got an ARC of this at Bookcon a few weeks ago and it sounds so interesting. It was blurbed by Stephen King, so obviously I have to read it. It’s a story about a teenage girl and her sexual relationship with her teacher. It is definitely going to be a hard read, but hopefully a good one.

Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley

In all honesty, I don’t really know what this book is about. HOWEVER, my friend Boston (Boston Reads Books on Youtube) talked about it at Bookcon and said it was one of her favorite reads this year. I actually just won a giveaway for an annotated copy of this book from the author, so I hope to read it soon!

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows Christina Lauren. This author duo has come out with some very popular romance books (which I have not read yet. It’s tragic, I know). All I know about this one is that it follows an actress who runs into her first love on set one day. This is right up my alley. I love reading books about Hollywood, so I really hope I love this one.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

I’ve talked about this a lot over on Twitter, but I am absolutely dying to read this one. I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since I heard the synopsis. It follows a school that is supposed to have 10 students, but one of them goes missing. I will not say too much about this one as mystery/thrillers are best when you go in blind. Everyone should add this to their TBRs immediately, though.

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

I saw this book on Twitter a few days ago, and I honestly only added it because of the cover. It is gorgeous and has books on it, so of course I want to own it.

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That is all for today’s post. Leave a comment letting me know what books you recently added to your TBR. I would love to add some new ones. Thanks for reading :)

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May 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey loves! Happy Tuesday :)

Today I want to talk to you about the books I read in May.

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May felt like such a long month- I mean, I was still in school at the beginning of it, but I’ve now been back home for over a month. I also went camping, spent time with friends, and, of course, got a lot of reading done!

I was able to read a total of 13 books. I have been aiming for 10+ each month of this year, so I am happy to say I reached that! This month was also filled with so many amazing reads, and I even found my favorite book of the year (so far). Let’s take a look at what I read!

The Books…

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These are my five-star books of the month, and they’re all audiobook reads. I was in the mood to re-read The Hunger Games trilogy (sorry that they’re out of order in the picture, please ignore that) since I haven’t read it since they first came out. I have also been watching all of the movies, and I forgot just how much I loved them.

An Anonymous Girl was a really good thriller. I haven’t read many thrillers recently, but I need to get to reading more soon.

Now, Daisy Jones and the Six. I have so much to say about this book, but also don’t want to say too much. It is currently my favorite book of the year. It is just that good. I also read it twice within the month, and I plan on re-reading it again next month. So, yeah. Just read it, please.

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I also fit in a few poetry collections this month, and two from people I call friends. Shannon O’Connor and McKayla DeBonis are really talented writers, so I highly recommend checking out their work!

Red, White, and Royal Blue was an incredible read that I am so happy I was given an ARC of. It is an LGBTQ+ romance about the first family in the US and a prince from London. It was such a fun, quick read, but the characters were so well-developed and fleshed out.

Another book I read was The Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan which I also received an ARC of. I did rate this a 4 stars, although it’s more of a 3.5. Unfortunately, I will not be reading any more work from this author as she has proved to be a bit problematic on her Twitter.

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This is another poetry collection I read, but unfortunately not one that I loved. I follow Morgan on Instagram and love the visual form of her poetry, but this collection was not what I thought it would be. Just an ok book.

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This book was another ARC I received a while back, but I really, really didn’t enjoy this one. It was a short read though, so it only took me about an hour to read. The writing style was just not for me, but luckily it was my only low-rated book of the month!

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Definitely leave me a comment down below letting me know what your thoughts on these books are if you’ve read them! If you haven’t tell me which ones you are looking forward to reading :)

Also, I recently started up my Youtube channel, so if you want more content from me, you can check it out by clicking here! See you on Thursday!

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June 2019 TBR

We are halfway through the year !!!

That is absolutely insane. 2019 has felt like one of the fastest years of my life, even though I have accomplished so much already.

Last month was really busy even though I have been off from school for quite some time now. It has been nice to spend time with friends and family, but now I need me-time!

Anyways, this TBR is a long one, so let’s take a look!

Currently Reading:

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson- I started this at the end of the month, thinking that I would finish it before May was over. I haven’t. But I’m almost there!! I am loving it so much.

The Secret History by Donna Tart: I keep starting this and putting it down just because it’s intimidating but I WILL FINISH this month. I will use force on myself if I need to.

The Bibliogames:

If you didn’t know, there is a month long read-a-thon that Myonna on Youtube hosts called The Bibliogames (previously the booktube games) and this month’s theme is sky high. The goal is to read as much as you can, and the team that has the most average pages read wins. I am on team villains, so there are some challenges set for us to read.

Group book: Vicious by V.E. Schwab- I am in the middle of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria, which I absolutely adore, so I can’t wait to read more from her.

Gym: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- This challenge is to read a format you don’t typically read, and this is a play. I never read plays, so I thought this would be a good choice. Also, I just got this one at the Strand, so I want to read it soon.

Lunch: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- The challenge is to read a book with a satisfying ending and I have no idea if this counts but I love Elizabeth and The Poet X meant so much to me, so I’m hoping this satisfies my need for her writing.

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Mad Science: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett- I would probably need to use two hands to count how many times this book was on my TBR for the month. I really need to finally read this book because I have had it on my TBR for way too long.

Archery 101: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab- I personally think Lila is a badass main character, which is what this challenge is.

World Domination: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- I am buddy reading this book with someone on Twitter, and I am so excited. I have had this on my TBR for far too long, so I can’t wait to get to it.

Summer-a-thon:

This read-a-thon is one I heard about through Melanie, or Mel to the Any, who is a blogger and booktuber! Definitely be sure to check her out, she is incredible. Also, there is some overlap with books from the previous section because it would not be realistic for me to read 12+ books in a month since I’m also a mood reader and pick up books randomly.

Beachy Read: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons- This is a book written by a girl on Authortube! I was so excited to receive an ARC of it. It sounds so incredible, and I can’t wait to read it.

Sunrise Colors: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- Already talked about this one. My edition is a pretty pink.

Roadtrip/Travel: True Believer by Nicholas Sparks- I own two Sparks books just because I am a sucker for the movies, but I have not read either of them yet. All I know about this one is that a journalist/writer moves to a small town (?) and stuff happens. I think.

Set in Summer: The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman- I have an ARC of this book, but I won it in a giveaway and have not read it yet. I have heard so many good things about it though, so I am thrilled about it.

Food on the Cover: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- This is another one that I talked about already, but it’s all about cooking so there is lots of food on the cover.

Drink your favorite summer drink while reading: A Study in Charlotte- I will attempt to do that with this book, which I also already talked about.

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It is also Pride Month, so I want to be sure I feature some books with LGBTQ+ rep! A few of the ones I already talked about have some rep in them, too, but these are some others I want to read this month.

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore: I just recently purchased this and the cover is stunning. I know that this book features a bisexual character, and I have heard many great things.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman: I loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, and this book has been on my TBR for a really long time. I really hope I love it.

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What books are on your TBR this month? Let me know in the comments down below!

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May TBR 2019 // YOU Choose My TBR

Happy Tuesday loves!

I hope you had a good week since we last talked. I finally finished my Spring semester, so I am home until the end of August! I am going to have so much time for my creative projects- writing, blogging, journaling, reading, etc., which is incredible. I have been neglecting all of those for the past few weeks as the end of the semester was nearing.

Anyways, today I have a TBR for May- that you guys chose! On Twitter, I asked you guys to give me a number from 1-90 (I have 90 unread books), and I picked 8 of them for my TBR! Now that I’m home, I definitely feel like I can read 10+ books each month, but I wanted to give myself some flexibility.

I tried to pick numbers from the beginning, middle, and end of the scale so that there was a good mix. Here are the books!

7- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I bought this one on Bookoutlet ages ago without really knowing what it was. However, I’ve heard really good things about Emery Lord, so I am really excited to get to this one. I really hope I enjoy it because I have another book by her on my shelves. If I like this one enough, maybe I will get to that one really soon, too!

15- Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Sheier

This book looks like it will be a quick contemporary read, which is what I’m always in the mood for. I know that it deals with depression and is more of a darker contemporary. Those are always very on target for me.

23- A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

I picked up two Nicholas Sparks books on a whim one time because I love all of the movies made after his books. They always make me cry, so I’m hoping his books can do the same! I have no idea what this one is about, but it looked interesting enough at the time for me.

If you’ve ever read any of his books, please let me know. I have not heard much about them at all.

33- I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet read this one, even though I had been talking about it since it came out last year. I really have no excuses, I’m just worried that it won’t live up to my expectations. I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman a few months back and really enjoyed it, so I know I will give this one AT LEAST 3 stars, which is good (but let’s be honest, it’ll probably be a 5 star).

53- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I have heard nothing but good things about this one, and I’m pretty sure it will be a quick read! I have had it on my TBR for a while now, so I’m really excited to get to it!

65- Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

I received an ARC of this one so so long ago and it’s already been out for ages, but I have not yet gotten to it. I am an awful book blogger, I know. It was hyped up for a little while on Booktube, but I haven’t read or watched any reviews of it recently.

88- Storyteller: 100 Poem Letters by Morgan Harper Nichols

I’ve been following Morgan on Instagram for a really long time now, but I have not heard of any of her published work before. I decided to look it up and found this one, so I bought it immediately. It should be a very quick read, but I am excited nonetheless!

90- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I was so happy that someone said this number because this book is already on my TBR for the month because it comes out a week from today! I have started it, and I can not wait to read the rest. Just in the first 2 chapters, this book has made my heart so happy! I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book goes.

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That is it! Thank you so much to those of you who tweeted me numbers! If you missed it, be sure to follow me on Twitter in case I do something like this again soon (and I might!) or do some other fun things!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you next week :)

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April TBR

Wow, it’s already time for a new TBR post. March was such a short month for me- it completely flew by. I don’t know if that’s because February felt so long, which made this one short in comparison. Whatever it was, I’m glad we get a new month to start fresh in!

I am participating in the magical read-a-thon this month, which begins with the O.W.L. exams. If you haven’t heard of it, be sure to check out the channel Book Roasts which explains it all. Basically, it is a “muggle” version of the Wizard exams in Harry Potter.

I chose journalist/writer as my profession, so I only need to complete 3 exams. But being the overachiever I am, I’m going to be attempting to pass 9. I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but you have to aim high, right?

Also, I have 12 books on my TBR, so I’m just going to be putting a picture of the cover instead of going into detail about why I chose them like I usually do. It’s just way too many books, sorry!

Potions- sequel

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Charms- an adult book

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History of Magic- written at least 10 years ago

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Arithmancy- written by more than one author

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Astronomy- “star” in the title

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Defense Against the Dark Arts- title starts with an “R”

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Muggle Studies- contemporary

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Transfigurations- red on cover

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herbology- plant on cover

TBD- I want to give myself some free room with this one because I have so many books with plants on them. I’ll just see what I’m in the mood to read when the time comes!

Others: (buddy reads)

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So that is it for my TBR! It is super ambitious and I probably won’t read all of these, but at least this gives me some structure to my busy schedule. Let me know what books you’re reading this month in the comments!

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March TBR // More Read-A-Thons

Last month was full of read-a-thons, and this one is no different. I’m awful at them, but I always try to participate anyways because it helps me read more than I would on my own.

My TBR this month focuses primarily around the read-a-thons, but I’m going to try and squeeze in any other books that I can, too! We’ll see how this actually goes.

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Currently Reading:

Stormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee

I am reading a review copy that was sent to me this month because I want to get the review done ASAP! I should be able to get this done soon because I have already started it. I won’t say much because I have a lot of feelings that I’ll get into in my review (so look out for that).

The Secret History by Donna Tart

I’ve talked about this book a lot on my Instagram (which you should follow). I bought this book on a whim at Barnes and Noble, but it is one that I am very excited about! So far, I am really enjoying it, but it is a long book, so it’ll definitely take me a while to read.

Buzzword-a-thon- March 18-24

This is a read-a-thon hosted by Kayla (or booksandlala on booktube) and Chelsea (chelseasdollingreads) this time around, and I’m so excited. I haven’t participated in the past because I never had enough books to fit the challenge.

The buzzwords this round are: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How!

There are so many options with this, and I found lots of books to fit- and a few of them are books that I need to review, which is great.

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The Top Ten Lies We Tell Ourselves: And HOW To Stop Living Them by Dana Morrocco

I got this book on Netgalley AGES ago and I just suck at reading ARCs, so it’s been sitting on my virtual shelf for so long. I am really working on getting through all of my ARCs this year (even though so far I’ve been pretty unsuccessful).

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WHAT I Wish I Knew WHEN I Was 20 by Tina Seelig

Again, this is another Netgalley book, and I just want to through as many as I can in the upcoming months (I have about 9 on my shelf).

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WHERE I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

I bought this book on Bookoutlet a while back, and have yet to read it. I think I added it just to get my total about $35 or just to get an even number of books. I’m not particularly excited to read it, but I own it now, so I’m going to give it a try.

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WHEN We Collided by Emery Lord

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I can not wait to read it! The cover is super pretty, too, which just adds to my hype for it!

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HOW To Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

This was a kindle deal that I found one day, so I decided to get it. The reviews are very mixed for it, but I want to give it a try!

Zodiac-a-thon- March 20-26

This read-a-thon was created by Kerri, who is an absolute angel, and it is all about astrology! There are 6 challenges, and even though I don’t think I’ll be able to read all 6 books, I still decided to fill in the challenges aside from reading the group book! Some of them overlap with the Buzzword-a-thon books (since they are basically at the same time) because there is no way I can read that many books in a week.

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Buddy read a book with someone who shares your sun sign

For this challenge, I am reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid with a group of scorpios on Twitter! We made a groupchat and turned the buddy read into a mini group read.

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Read a book with an astrology/astronomy related word in the title

I am choosing Rust and Stardust by T Greenwood for this (because of the word “star” in it). This is another ARC I got from Netgalley, and it’s one that I actually really wanted to read, so now is as good a time as ever!

Read a book that fits the challenge for your sun sign

The challenge for Scorpio (which is my sun sign) is to read a book with romance in it. I am going to combine this challenge with the book Where I Belong from the Buzzword-a-thon since it has romance in it!

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Read a book that fits the challenge for your moon sign

My moon sign is Aquarius, and the challenge is to read a book outside of your comfort zone. For this one I am going with The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett. This is one of the first physical ARCs I’ve ever received, about 2 years ago, and I STILL haven’t read it. I suck, okay?? I’m not a big Sci-fi person, so we’ll see how this goes. Hopefully I enjoy it!

Read a book that fits the challenge for your ascendent/rising sign

My rising sign is capricorn, and the challenge is to read a nonfiction book. Again, I am combining this with a book from the buzzword-a-thon- either one of the first two would count. They are both self-help type books (those count, right?).

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#SOMreadalong- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

If you didn’t know, I am hosting a read-a-long for the shades of magic series by V.E. Schwab! This month is A Gathering of Shadows because we read A Darker Shade of Magic in February.

If you’re participating, let me know and use the #somreadalong to update your progress on social media :)

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I love to make a plan for myself every month with books I want to read, but I rarely ever stick to it fully. We’ll see how this month ends up going, I might ditch this TBR and just read whatever I’m in the mood for, but I’ll try.

Let me know what’s on your TBR this month!

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