November 2017 Update

You will be disappointed to know that for this month I only read one book.

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I mostly read short stories, poems, and graphic novels. None of which were bad but I wouldn’t call them great either with the exception of “Monstro” by Junot Diaz. That story was an amazing science fiction story about the relationship between Haiti and Dominican Republic.

I’m honestly just trying to power through the next couple of weeks this semester and hope I do well in my final exams and essays. I’m also procratinating by watching a lot of television, namely Turkish dramas and Netflix original series (like Stranger ThingsVoltron, and The Confession Tapes).

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Thanksgiving didn’t help much except for giving me time to finish and start new shows to watch. What I need is real room to read without feeling guilty about not reading for class. Hopefully, that will come soon in about 2 weeks when the semester officially ends. In the meantime, please bear with me.

What I Read

  • Latin@ Rising
    • “Through the Right Ventricle” by Steve Castro
    • “Two Unique Souls” by Steve Castro
    • “Monstro” by Junot Diaz
    • “Room for Rent” by Richie Narvaez
    • “Death of a Businessman” by Gianina Braschi
    • “Burial of the Sardine” by Gianina Braschi
  • Avatar: the Last Airbender, North and South by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  • Where Am  I Now? by Mara Wilson (Audiobook)
  • J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography  by Rich Geary
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

What I Watched

  • Stranger Things (Season 2)
  • Beyond Stranger Things (Volume 1)
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender (season 4)
  • The Weather Underground (Documentary)
  • The Russian Revolution (Documentary)
  • Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders 
  • The Confession Tapes
  • Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States (Comedy Special)

Feel free to comment about any of the things I watched or read this past month. I’d love to hear your thoughts and or questions.

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Am I Growing Out of YA?

The YA genre is what reignited my love for reading when I was in middle school. Realizing that I could suddenly read about people my age was an amazing discovery for me at that age. I had grown out of kids books like Junie B. Jones and Charlotte’s Web and entered the world of teenagers with their complicated lives of first loves,  friendship drama, and high school. I fell in love with the genre because I found some part of me in them whether it was those pesky butterflies in my stomach or feeling like an outcast, I didn’t feel completely alone.

As a 22 year old, things have changed, I have changed, my interests have changed. When I go to a bookstore, or when I browse for new reads, YA isn’t a huge part of my browsing history anymore. This is weird for me because for the vast majority of my life I’ve read YA books, and now I see myself paying attention to books outside that genre. Not only that, but I’m annoyed by some of these books!

I’ve tried branching out to the New Adult genre because it caters to people in their early 20s, i.e. me, but I can’t stand it either save Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas. Most of my annoyance with this genre comes from how all the books are the same and full of sex. Honestly, I think NA was created by YA authors who wanted to writer steamier romance scenes. It’s not what I’m looking for or what I was hoping for.

I know it’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure where this leaves me. Because I was so invested in the YA genre, I knew what to look for, what authors to read, what books to read, and so on. But, now I’m in some sort of reading limbo. I don’t know where to start, what books to read, what authors to look out for, or even what book to movie adaptations to keep an eye out for.

So what does this mean? I’m not sure at all. I do know, this has been bugging me lately, and I needed to let it out in some way.

Please let me know what are your thoughts? What books should I read next to help me through this limbo? Have you experienced the same thing?

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October 2017 Update

For October I tried my best to read books and watch shows in the horror or fantasy genre for Halloween. I did the best that I could between school readings, essays, and work. My list makes it look like I read a lot but considering how half of it came from school, and another portion audiobooks, I didn’t really read much. Most of my personal reading came from short stories from the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.

So, no, I didn’t do much personal reading and strangely (or not) my favorite reads from October came school assigned books. One was Nat Turner, a biographical graphic novel about Nat Turner and his slave rebellion in 1831. It has been the easiest and fastest read so far this semester because it’s just pictures without much text. I’m amazed from the way Baker was able to tell his story through his art.

My second favorite book was Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya. The book is amazing because it’s not like your typical zombie novel. The zombies in this story are not flesh eating scary beings, they appear mostly normal. The best thing about this book? It’s really a story about immigration and mental illness. So if you ever see this book, please go ahead and read it!

Books Read

  • “It’s a Good Life” by Jerome Bixby (4/5)
  • Sweet Posession by Maya Banks (2/5)
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (4/5)
  • The One by Keira Cass (2/5)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.5/5)
  • Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (5/5)
  • Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya (4/5)
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Novel by Andrew Helfer (3/5)
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack (2.5/5)
  • Latin@ Rising
    • “Sin Embargo” by Sabrina Vourvoulias (4/5)
    • “Accursed Lineage” by Daina Chaviano (4/5)
    • “Coconauts in Space” by ADAL (3/5)
    • “Cowboy Medium” by Ana Castillo (2/5)

What did you read in October? Any new favorites or recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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September 2017 Update

As school continues and I try to again get into the (semi impossible) rhythm of school, work, and blogging my reading time has diminished. Now, my reading is mainly dictated by whatever my professors decide we should read, and this will be the trend until I graduate (hopefully next Spring).

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I read a couple of short stories from Latin@ Rising, an anthology of fantasy and science fiction. So far my favorite have been these ultra super short stories “Uninformed” and “Circular Photography” by Pedro Zagitt. There was another cool story called “Code 51” by Pablo Brescia, which was about aliens (duh!) and pretty weird.

As for pleasure reading, ironically, my favorite was How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Forster. However, I’m not sure one can call in pleasure reading because it’s helping me as an English major in school. It’s doesn’t tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about literature, but it does point out some of the things you should look out for or how to approach certain things.

Books Read

  • Love Misadventure by Lang Leav
  • Alexander Hamilton by Jonathan Hennessey and Justin Greenwood
  • The Selection by Keira Cass (audiobook)
  • Latin@ Rising an Anthology
    • “The Road to Nyer” by Kathleen Alcala
    • “Code 51” by Pablo Brescia
    • “Uninformed” by Pedro Zagitt
    • “Circular Photography” by Pedro Zagitt
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Forster

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August 2017 Update: School and Hurricanes

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It seems like a year has gone by since the last time I wrote an update, but really it’s been just a couple of weeks.

Since the last time I wrote to you guys I’ve gone back to school and that has kept me quite busy with readings, homework, and just trying to get back into to the groove of things. This also means, I won’t be reading much of what I want, and instead I’ll be reading whatever the professors assigned this semester.

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Then, Hurricane Irma razed its way through the Caribbean and Florida. For those that don’t know, I live in South Florida. While Irma didn’t hit my home directly as we thought,  there was a huge frenzy surrounding the storm before, during, and now after. This isn’t my first hurricane, but I can honestly say it has been one of the scarier ones I’ve ever gone through. Thankfully, me and my family are fine and safe, however the recovery process will be a long one, not just here in Florida but all the islands affected by it in the Caribbean.

If you’d like to help for the hurricane relief for Irma or Harvey, take a look at this article, How to Help Hurricane Irma Victims. I know the title says Irma, but it can also help Harvey victims.

[Insert awesome transition from Hurricane Irma to August reading]

As for my reading in August? I feel like I did a lot of that, but I just realized I only read about 4 books. This is apart from Fables: Camelot (Volume 20) which I did not finish, and a school assigned book.

FAVORITE READS

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Without a doubt my favorite book of the month had to be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because it was perfection! If you read A Court of Thorns and Roses and feel iffy about reading the next book, don’t be, read it! So far, it’s my favorite book in the series. I’ve even gone back to read some of my favorite parts, and it hasn’t been a month yet.

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I also really enjoyed  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, which I got to read with a friend. This is the first book in a trilogy and I can’t wait to get some time off from school and read the rest of the books. I loved Lara Jean because I found her so relatable in some ways.

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I also have to talk about my continued love for Legend of Korra and the new comic that was FINALLY released this past month! It was glorious and made me so insanely happy to return to the world of Avatar and my OTP couple, Korrasami.

BOOKS READ

MOVIES & TV Shows WATCHED

  • Watchmen
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Bodyguard
  • Before I Fall
  • In Your Eyes
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Pretty Woman
  • Game of Thrones (season 7)

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July 2017 Update

This monthly wrap up is coming a bit later than usual, but I’ve been busy lately.

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This month I did most of my reading the last week of July because it was Booktubeathon! I also found a way to listen to audiobooks from my local library, so I got to reread a lot of old favorites and new books through there. By the end of the month I read a total of 14 books! Yes, that’s a lot of books to go through in one month. Yes, half of them were audiobooks. Yes, I’m counting them too.

I also had a huge book haul this month mostly because of school and because I’m a nerd, I like to get my books early. However, I did get a couple of books for fun like A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the other two books in The 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancey.

Because I’ve been reading so much this past month, I haven’t been watching a lot of TV or movies. I’m still watching Black Mirror’s season 3 which I love but because each episode is different it’s different from other shows that grab you and don’t let go. At the moment, I think the only show worthy or my full, undivided attention is Game of Thrones.

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Monthly Favorites

I really want to say Animal Farm is this month’s favorite, but I feel like that’s cheating because it’s not a new read. But, it still is my favorite read new or old. I also watched the animated film from the 90s, which I loved although they didn’t include Betsy the mare. Apart from that difference, I liked the animation because it was the old school 2D kind before 3D animation was the norm.

As for new favorites, I have three completely different answers.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because it’s been a long time since I’ve delved into any fantasy series, and I enjoyed it.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating because it was such a sweet and quirky read that really does boost your mood.

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Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang because it was truly weird and science fiction and reminds me of how much I enjoy stories that are unapologetically weird.

 

New Books I Read

  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire (2/5)
  • We Are Okay by Nina Lacour (5/5)
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews (2.5/5)
  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea Handler by Chelsea Handler
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (4.5/5)
  • Fables: Snow White (3/5)
  • Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2 (5/5)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (4/5)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating (4/5)

 

Books I Reread

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Recap

I am going to give myself a pat on the back this week for almost completing all the challenges this week for booktube-a-thon 2017.

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Reading Challenges

Out of the 7 challenges announced at the beginning of the readathon I finished 5 of them. I would call that an accomplishment and I’m very proud of that.

Read a book with a person on the cover.

This was the easiest challenge to do because all of the books I had in my TBR had people on the cover. ALL OF THEM. In other words, I only read books with people on the cover this week.

Read a hyped book.

For this challenge I FINALLY read the very hyped A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m happy I finally read it and I can see why so many people loved it so much. I, myself, really liked it and immediately bought the next two books in the series and I hope to read them this upcoming week.

I should also mention, I went to sleep 4 nights in a row to read this. Yup, this readathon was not good for my beauty sleep.

Finish a book in one day.

I had 4 graphic novels in my TBR (and I don’t care if that’s cheating) so this one was also easy to complete. I read both FablesSnow White (Volume 19) and Paper Girls (Volume 1) in one day.

Read about a character that is very different from you.

Initially, I was going to read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for this challenge, because it’s about black woman traveling back in time when slavery still existed, but I never got around to reading it. I did read about Feyre who is a hunter and is forced to live with a fairie nobleman, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been a hunter or lived with a faerie. I’ve also never been a paper girl from 1980s like the characters from Paper Girls, or a princess like Snow White in Fables. So, I think I pretty much covered this challenge.

Finish a book completely outdoors.

I didn’t have a chance to do this challenge because the heat has been unbearable lately in South Florida. However, I did read 50% Dreamology by Lucy Keating outside.

Read a book you bought because of the cover.

For this challenge, I read Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I should be ashamed for buying the book solely for the cover without really paying attention to the synopsis, but that’s exactly what I did. Thankfully, I really enjoyed this novel and I’m glad I read it finally. If you need a happy book for a mourning period, I recommend this book.

Read seven books.

Nope, I didn’t finish this one and I didn’t expect to. But, I am proud of reading 5 books in one week.

The Books I Read

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Photo Challenges

 

Each day of the readathon there was a photo challenge announced at midnight on Bookstagram aka Instagram. I was able to complete all except for a cosplay challenge. I post at least one picture a day on Instagram @readingturtleduck

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