My 2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

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December came and went in such a quick flash that it took me by surprise. I, unsurprisingly, failed at Blogmas. But now I am ready to revive my blog once again. And what can be better but reading & blogging goals?

 

In 2017, my reading/theatre goals were simple:

 

  • read 100 books (GoodReads challenge) – which I did
  • watch 10 theatre plays – I watched 24 and will talk about them later
  • listen to 20 audiobooks – I came close but didn’t hit 20

 

I also wanted to read one book in French and one book in German, and I didn’t even come close to doing that. So, I am going to try again in 2018.

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I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT) Read-A-Thon TBR

I suck at read-a-thons. Sad but true. I was only ever mildly successful with BookTube-A-Thon Read-A-Thon 2016. I did okay with LGBTQIA+ read-a-thon too, but I still did not finish all I wanted. So, when Sam from Sam’s Nonsense came up with idea of a “I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT)” Read-A-Thon, I immediately jumped on it. Even though I will probably fail at it too…

This read-a-thon will take place from Sept 18th-22nd.

Challenges:

1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

2. Read 10 pages/day

3. Read a graphic novel

4. Finish 1 book

5. Read for 20 mins/day

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISATRAT2

Twitter Sprints will be 9am PT/12pm ET & Again at 7pm PT/10pm ET
And Twitter chats are daily at 5pm PT/8pm ET

Sam’s video announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uib76P1MZEM&t=5s

So, here is my TBR:


1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

The shortest book on my shelf is Sophie Carlon’s Burn and zines. But I have read those already, so I needed to pick something else (unless her third zine arrives on my doorstep during the week).

Since I am seeing Yerma next Thursday, I picked Frederico Garcia Lorca’s collection of plays a month ago. I will be reading Yerma as my choice for the smallest book as it is only 50 pages long.

2. Read 10 pages/day

Shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Read a graphic novel

I have several graphic novels borrowed from OverDrive that I need to finish this upcoming week (or more like in 1-2 days), but I am putting only 1 volume of manga on this list. It will be “What did you eat yesterday?” volume 8.

4. Finish 1 book

At least 1 graphic novel + Yerma.

5. Read for 20 mins/day

If I have time to read, I usually do not read for less than half an hour.

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Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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My book reviews

BookTube-A-Thon TBR

Who doesn’t love a good challenge? Or an opportunity to tackle some of the books that you have always wanted to read but never had time to? Well, that’s what read-a-thons are for.

Next week, beginning Monday, July 24, and till Sunday, July 30, the BookTube community will strive to complete all of the seven challenges announced by Ariel Bissett in this video. Obviously, I have to try too.

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My #LGBTQIAREAD TBR

Okay, I am not very good with TBRs or read-a-thons or read-a-longs as I am a moody reader and prefer to read what I want to read in a particular moment. But when I watched George’s video on YouTube announcing Queer Read-A-Thon, I just had to sign up! I mean, I read queer lit anyway, and it is Pride Month, so I am going to do it!

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September TBR // September 7, 2015

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Under a spell of temporary insanity, I decided that these are going to be all the books I will read in September. Considering the fact that September 10-20 will be devoted to TIFF (and my schedule there is pretty intense), this TBR pile is overly ambitious. Or outright crazy.

Nevertheless, I am excited. I have heard great things about these books, and I am super pumped about some of these (I’d say probably about the books on the right). I understand that there is a very high chance I won’t have time to read even half of these, but I will try my best. Almost all of them were picked from the library, so I will just go in the order of which books are due sooner. (Worst scenario, I will just read the rest of the books in October.)

I have already started reading Margaret Atwood’s collection of short stories, as you know. I am reading one story at a time, whenever I fancy it, so this book will be featured in my TBR piles until I am done with it.

I am 70% done with Rook and I love it. I thought I’d finish it in August, but August was a pretty busy month for me.

So here’s the list:

  • Sharon Cameron “Rook” [still reading – almost done]
  • Margaret Atwood “Moral Disorder And Other Stories” [I started it but I am still reading]
  • Kelley York “Made of Stars”
  • Stephanie Kuehn “Charm & Strange”
  • Nina LaCour “Everything Leads To You”
  • Melissa Landers “Alienated”
  • Libba Bray “Beauty Queens”
  • Courtney C. Stevens “Faking Normal”
  • Becky Albertalli “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”
  • Patrick Ness “More Than This”

Eight books to read if you don’t count Rook and Atwood. That’s crazy! But I am super excited.

If you are going to see movies at TIFF this year and see someone reading one of those books in the line, that will probably be me. ;D

 

August Wrap-Up // September 4, 2015

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So, here is the list of books I read in August:

  • Andy Weir “The Martian” (my review)
  • Charles Bukowski “Absence of The Hero: Uncollected Stories and Essays Vol.2 1946-1992” [I didn’t really like it as much as I expected]
  • Margaret Atwood “Moral Disorder And Other Stories” [I started it but I am still reading]
  • John Green “The Fault in Our Stars” (my review)
  • Vera Brosgol “Anya’s Ghost” (my review)
  • Andrew Smith “Grasshopper Jungle” (my review)
  • Patrick Ness “A Monster Calls” (my review)
  • Sharon Cameron “Rook” [still reading – almost done]
  • Justin MacCormack “Twilight of the Faerie – Book 1: Spring” [the ebook I was sent to review – my review is on GoodReads]

Compare it to my planned TBR list.

I didn’t read “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater as I really want to marathon the whole series, but I still haven’t bought book 3. I also started but haven’t finished Margaret Attwood’s collection of short stories. But I did read one eBook which was not on the list and I almost finished “Rook”, so it was a really good reading month! Almost all of the books I’ve read were fantastic!

But if I have to choose, The Martian, A Monster Calls and Grashopper Jungle are my favourite reads of the month.

August TBR // July 31, 2015

So here is my TBR list for August! Some of these books I have already started reading, so I am hoping that I will get through this list no problem:

  • Andy Weir “The Martian” (I bought this book 2 days ago and I am already half through it! The movie based on this book is premiering at TIFF in September this year and I am SO pumped to see it!)
  • Charles Bukowski “Absence of The Hero: Uncollected Stories and Essays Vol.2 1946-1992” (I got it from the library and I have read the half of the book although I admit that it is a slow progress, as I do not enjoy it as much as vol.1.)
  • Margaret Atwood “Moral Disorder And Other Stories” (I had it on my July TBR and I didn’t read it, so I am adding it again)
  • Maggie Stiefvater “Shiver” (I plan to start this series in August)
  • John Green “The Fault in Our Stars” (I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t think I would, so I’d rather read the book)
  • Vera Brosgol “Anya’s Ghost” (I saw it mentioned on booktube and got it from the library; it is a graphic novel)
  • Andrew Smith “Grasshopper Jungle” (It was recommened by Regan at “peruseproject” on YouTube and it sounds fantastic, so I am really excited about reading it – also a library book)

In July I got 4 ARCs from the authors on GoodReads (one is a hard copy with a gorgeous cover, and three are ebooks). I started one of ebooks and I really like it so far. I hope I will finish it as well in August.

Seeing as it is the last day of July and I am already half way through two of the books on my list, I have very high hopes for this month! I am trying to balance the types of genres I am reading, so I have YA, fantasy, contemporary, a graphic novel, a collection of short stories, sci-fi and a dystopia. I am VERY excited! 😀

p.s. I need to stop buying books. And stop requesting books at the library too.

 

July Wrap Up // July 31, 2015

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Here is the list of the books that I read in July*:

  • Veronica Roth “Insurgent”, “Allegiant”, “Four” (my review)
  • Malinda Lo “Asha” (my review)
  • Charles Bukowski “Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 19-44-1990” (it was a library book and sadly I returned it before I took this photo, but it was in my July TBR photo)
  • Jamie Meadows “Against the Odds” (ebook, finished in July)

*I don’t know why I added James’ book to the pile – I finished it in late June… Oops.

My target was to read 5 books in July, which I did, although I didn’t get to reading Margaret Atwood’s books and swapped them for the rest of the Divergent series.

Overall, I am quite happy with myself! I am back on track and I am reading writing reviews! Yay!

August TBR to follow.