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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Booktubeathon 2017

If you don’t know what Booktubeathon is, it is a readathon hosted by Ariel Bisset on Booktube aka the bookish side of YouTube. It’s a week long readathon full of giveaways, challenges, and of course reading. This year it begins on July 24 to July 30. For more information check out her videos:

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2017 Reading Challenges

I’m pretty sure I failed last year’s readathon like I’ve failed every readathon I’ve ever done.

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Well, I didn’t fail completely because I did participate in every single photo challenge, which I would say is an accomplishment. This year, I’m planning on doing as many photo challenges but I don’t know how many of them I’ll complete because I don’t have much time to prepare because they are announced at midnight each day.

I might not know what the photo challenges are yet, but I do know what the book challenges are:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
  2. Read a hyped book.
  3. Finish a book in one day.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

As for this year’s TBR I have 7 books that I’m really excited to start. They are:

Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Fables Volumes 19 & 20 (Challenge 3 & 5)

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating (Challenge 6)

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Challenge 4)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Challenge 2)

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All of the books have a person on the cover, so the first challenge will be completed no matter what I read. I’ve also chosen 7 books for the last challenge, but I don’t expect to complete it even with four graphic novels on the list.

What will you joining BookTube-A-Thon? What’s on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

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June 2017 Update

For June I did quite a bit of reading since I finished summer classes! Woohoo! So I took advantage of my free time and read as much as I could. I read a little bit of everything from graphic novels, to non-fiction, and new adult, but no YA. Kind of shocking, for me at least, and believe it or not, I’m still processing that fact in my head.

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My least favorite book might actually be November 9 by Colleen Hoover. It’s not that I HATED this book because I really didn’t but it was a frustrating read. I found Ben, the male protagonist, so infuriating and the ending didn’t make much sense to me.

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If you’re wondering why, take a look at the spoiler section in my review HERE.

My favorite book this past month was The Last Neanderthal because it was so different from what I normally read. I loved that it took me back to a time where it was about the individual and nature. The stress was not a modern day type of stress or problems, and that was in a weird way relaxing to read about.

Anyway, this month I read:

I also continued reading the Fables comics with volumes 16 – 18.

  • Fables: Super Team
  • Fables: Inherit the Wind
  • Fables: Cubs in Toyland

I don’t normally have a monthly TBR because I end up not following them at all, but for July I am set on reading these books.

  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  • We Are Okay by Nina Lecour
  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire
  • Orange by Ichigo Takano

And maybe Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. Ever since I found out the book had illustrations, my interest has peaked and now I want to read the book.

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We’ll see how next month goes.

Let me know what you read this past month. What was your favorite book? Your least favorite book? What’s next on your list?

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May 2017 Update

May was a really bad reading month for me. I had major reading slump. Mostly, because I came back to school for summer school, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good with reading assigned books at the same time as books for fun (I only read books for fun during school when I get lazy with my schoolwork). It’s especially true now that I’m taking a Medieval English Literature class and have to decipher / translate old English to modern English. By the way, Medieval English looks like English but with a bunch of grammar and spelling mistake, made up words, and a very different pronunciation.

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I kept trying to get into a reading mood and started several other books but for some reason or the other, they wouldn’t stick. In the end, I finished two assigned readings, and three books for myself, two of which I had started reading last month. That’s a total of five, so I guess it’s not that bad.

Books That I Read

  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (4/5)
  • The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (4/5)
  • Mandeville’s Travel by Sir John Mandeville (3/5)
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman (4/5)
  • On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen (4/5)

I may not have read much this May, but I did watch and finish a lot of shows and movies thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and my beloved local library.

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Looking back, my favorite movie is either Hidden Figures or Joy, I still can’t decide but they both made me tear up. None of which have review and might not get one except for Arrival.  Meanwhile, my least favorite show / movie and biggest disappointment was Cherry Season, a Turkish drama (probably my least favorite Turkish drama EVER too).

Some of the TV Shows & Movies I Watched

  • Angel 
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Kiraz Mevsimi (Cherry Season) 
  • Kevin Hart: What Now?
  • Dave Chapelle (Netflix Special)
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Martian
  • Loving
  • Southside With You
  • Joy
  • Hidden Figures
  • Arrival
  • Sedece Sen (Only You)
  • Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix Original)

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Yeah, that was a lot of TV and Movies and that’s not all of it…

As always, I’d love to hear what you read or watched this month, or discuss any of the shows / movies / books I read this movie with you. Let me know in the comments below.

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April 2017 Update

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have months where it feels like I didn’t read. But surely I had to read something, didn’t I? It’s what I do, I read. I have a blog, an Instagram account, and pursuing an English degree, all of which concern and influence my reading habits. So why can’t I remember what I read last month?

Thankfully, I have a Goodreads and a personal reading journal that reminds me what I read in April.

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Most of what I did read in April were either graphic novels or short stories, with the exception of Thirteen Reasons Why (which I read in preparation for the Netflix series). Looking back, I didn’t read as much because I was too busy watching series after series on Netlflix.

Books Read in April

  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
  • Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • “Feeders and Eaters” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Singing My Sister Down” by Margo Lanagan
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • Stories from the Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
    • “The Frog King”
    • “The Giant and the Tailor”
    • “Sharing Joy and Sorrow”
    • “Sweet Porridge”
    • “The Golden Key”
    • “Tom Thumb

My favorite reads this past month is definitely We Should All Be Feminists because I think it should be read by everyone. It is about feminism and why we need and how to address the problem and make a change for the better moving forward.

My least favorite read was “Singing My Sister Down” because I had no idea what was going on until I talked about it with someone. I thought it was about a weird sacrificial ritual when it was actually about the death penalty. Yeah, I was completely off.

Currently Reading

*I finished reading it before posting this.

Shows & Movies I Watched in April

  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Jo Koy: Live From Seattle
  • The OA
  • Michael Che Matters
  • Trevor Noah: African American
  • Paper Towns
  • Making a Murderer
  • Louis C. K. 2017
  • Passengers
  • Moana
  • Sully
  • Phonebooth
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Rock and a Hard Place

My favorite show was 13 Reasons Why and The OA, I can’t choose just one because they were so good for very different reasons, but they both left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the second season of each show. My favorite movie was Passengers because it was just fun to watch even if it’s not the best movie in the world, I would definitely watch it again to pass the time.

I don’t have reviews for most of the things I’ve listed on here, but if you want to talk about something go ahead and let me know, I would love to talk about it…. Especially The OA.

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UPDATE: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

This past Saturday, I joined Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I didn’t completely fail. In the past whenever I’ve joined a readathon, I fail (almost) miserably, but this time around it was different. Sure, I didn’t finish either of the books I intended to read, but I read about half of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. That’s a total of 128 pages!

I could have stayed inside my house the entire day to read, but I had social engagements to go to.

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Either way, I’m really enjoying both books I chose for this readathon, and I expect to finish them soon.

If you participated in this readathon or if you have any tips for me and any future readathons let me know!

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