Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

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Over the many years since I started tracking the books that I have read, I’ve always been a huge YA Dystopic and Thriller fan. But once I started branching out from those topics, I discovered the books below that made me appreciate and love reading other genres. This is my Top Ten Tuesday list: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone.

  1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega (YA Horror)
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA Sci-Fi)
  3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (YA Western)
  4. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (Middle Grade)
  5. Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (Children’s Graphic Novel)

  6. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (YA Fantasy)
  7. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
  8. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA Contemporary)
  9. Runaways Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (YA Comic)
  10. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Comic)

 

 

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August 29th: I Failed at NEWTS and That’s OK

As I’m sitting here typing this I realized I absolutely failed at the NEWTS readathon this month and that’s okay. I thought this month would be full speed ahead and a straight shot to the end of the reading race, but instead there were a few detours along the way. I was sick for a week, had a death in the family, work was insane and I was watching copious amounts of Netflix and movies with my boyfriend Sam. But you know what? I honestly don’t care that I didn’t reach my reading goal.

I think the biggest realization that has come to me this year and specifically this summer is that everyone has a different reading pace and that’s okay. It’s okay for me to read 2 books for one month and 10 the next month. But being a Booktuber the pressure is on to continue to read all the books and quite frankly, I don’t feel that pressure anymore and it’s amazing. Did I fail at reading every day and the NEWTs readathon I was *attempting this month, yes, but that’s okay.

All I can do is try. Try my hardest to read. To make time to read. And I’m excited to say I’ll be continually trying to read for 30 minutes for every day in September and documenting it. There are so many spooky books that I NEED to get to this fall and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to strive towards my goals. I can’t wait to see where my fall reading adventures take me.

 

August 4th: Hot Mess

August 4th. I’m basically failing at this point of my goal. I spent most of Sunday spending some quality time with my mom and shopping for most of the day. It’s actually quite rare that she shops and enjoys it. While we sweated our butts off at a warehouse sale, I didn’t get much reading done. Once we had our day trip wrapped up, I came home and made fish tacos (for the first time) and cleaned my apartment. By 10ish I was ready for sleep and I went to bed. While I read barely anything… on the positive side, I actually READ 7 PAGES! I can’t beat myself up over not meeting my reading goal, but I still have to remain positive! 7 pages is better than none! Hopefully, later in the week, I can get back on track.

August 4

August 2 & 3 Update

Being 3 days into my reading challenge I’ve already noticed a reading pattern. I’m doing the bare minimum. I’m getting my 30 mins in and I’m just being lazy and not challenging myself to read more. Today is Sunday, August 4th. Which means it’s the last day before the new work week starts. When August 1st hit I started a new book. That book is Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I’m hoping to finish this book by the end of the week. Since I have read a total of 83 pages so far, that means I need to read at least 68 pages each day this week in order to finish my goal. Will I achieve this weekly goal? Stay tuned to find out later this week!

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August Daily Reading Goal

After the Reading Rush (previously The Booktubeathon) ended I’ve been on this reading high. But there has been this thought that I had throughout all of July that I’m going to do in August. That thought has turned into a goal I am challenging myself for the month of August is… Reading for 30 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I did this a lot in grade school, middle, and even high school. I remember vividly we always had the first 20ish minutes or so to read in one of my language art classes one year in high school and the number of books that I finished was at an all-time high. Since then community college never did anything like that. My adult job and day to day life don’t make me do that. So I thought what the heck let’s bring this back and see what happens.

My focus is to read all the books I own! Maybe not all, but most. The fall release season is fast approaching and I need to get my butt in gear if I want to catch up on series or just read older books that have been on my bookshelves the longest before I can buy any more books.

At the end of each daily blog post, I will most likely end with a chart of my reading progress. This will track the number of pages that I have read so far for the month of August! I’m so excited to get back into truly loving reading and defeat my TBR pile once and for all!

August 2nd

The Reading Rush TBR

It’s my favorite time of the year again the BookTubeAThon… wait hold the phone. Recently the BookTubeAThon has changed its name since last year to include everybody from all platforms and is now called The Reading Rush! I’ve participated in this readathon ever since it was started so to say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. The past few years for this readathon I have been moving at this time so not much reading has taken place, but for once I’m not moving and I can’t wait to get home from work every day and read! In the video below is my TBR for The Reading Rush. What books do you plan to read?

Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

Title/Author: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craighouse
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 402
Rating: ★★★★ stars

I’m not familiar with the 12 Dancing Princesses story, so I went absolutely blind into this book (other than the hype I received at ALA MidWinter Conference).

Annaleigh, her 11 sisters, father, and stepmother live in a manor right next to the sea. The 12 girls are princesses that sneak off in the night to go dancing and to get away from their town who thinks the family is cursed. One by one each individual girl slowly gets picked off and dies. As the tension grows and Annaleigh slowly becomes mad, is this all just a horrifying dream or reality?

The cover is beautiful. I love all the detail on it and it gives off a good feel to how I was picturing the book while reading it. I felt this story was a nice slow burning pace seeing how our main character slowly starts to go mad towards the end of the book. The end of the book was very interesting and the stepmother ended up giving me vibes of Melisandre from Game of Thrones.

However, I felt that there was this weird love triangle to be forced between Annaleigh and two other characters. Eventually, I grew tired of the dancing plot and was ready for the end of the book.

Overall this book was definitely interesting and is worth the hype. 4/5 stars. If you liked the Selection series by Kiera Cass I think you would enjoy this book.

I received an ARC from the publishing house at ALA MidWinter Conference.