SUMMER READING BOOK BUCKET LIST

I’ taking two classes for the summer but I’m still going to try to kick summer’s ass when it comes to reading. I hope I can read all these books from the months of May (last week)-August (last week).

Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan (and honestly all of his other non-Percy Jackson books)

Image result for heroes of olympus seriesI read the first book 2 summers ago and I still want to continue with this series. It’s time to fully finish all of his books during the summer because I love how witty and corny his books are.  Maybe I’ll do a week of Riordan or something like that.

 

Every single book Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has published

Image result for chimamanda ngozi adichie booksI read The Thing Around Your Neck and We Should All Be Feminists  and I absolutely loved both books. I now want to read every single book that Adichie has published and I’m going to try to do it during the summer. Such a beautiful author with beautiful books.

 

 

The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

Image result for bloodlines series booksThese covers can honestly choke. Anyways, I read the first three books and never continued with the rest. I love this world (despite how incredibly cheesy these books are) and I really want complete the series. And yikes, I forgot most of the characters names but I’m sure everything will come back to me once I jump back to this world.

 

 

Shade Of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

Image result for shades of magic seriesI haven’t started this series at all. However, I won a big ass sign framed book poster in a giveaway so I think it’s time to give these books a shot. And I know nothing about these books but I heard pretty good things about them!

 

STANDALONES GALORE

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Catch up on Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter World

Image result for The Dark Artifices seriesI still need to read the Bane Chronicles, Shadow Hunter Academy and start the DA series. A lot to catch up on lmao.

 

 

 

 

There’s a crap load more but these are the ones I really need to read. Let’s hope for a productive summer!

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Books I NEED to read|#1

I have a never ending mental TBR of books that I really want to get to. I thought I share with you guys some books that I plan on reading in the next couple of weeks! I will make it a goal to finished all 4 and then I’ll just keep this series going. This is sort of like a monthly TBR minus the “month” aspect. Let me know if you had read these books!

30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s to Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
 
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
 
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

25526296Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.

27774758An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 

18209268Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Febuary Wrap-Up|No Bad Books Month

I had a pretty bad month when it comes to my mental state but I still ended up reading 4 books. Despite me wanting to read more, I’m still happy because I read somee awesome books

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Least Favorite Book: Tiny Pretty Things (gave it 3 stars though)

New Authors ReadMia McKenzie  Sona Charaipotra  Dhonielle Clayton  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

New Authors I want to continue reading: All of them!

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 4

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 4

Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 0

Number of YA: 2

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 0

Number of Short Story Collections: 2

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 2

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 0

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 0

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Here We Are| Tiny Pretty Things|Black Girl Dangerous

Mini Reviews

Nada

TV/Movie Reviews

Nada:(

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read at least 2 books
  • Blog more like WAY more
  • Do my 200 follower giveaway

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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January Wrap-Up|Success!

Well, this month was a pretty good reading month for me. I read a total of 10 books!

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GENERAL
Favorite Book: Difficult Women by Roxane
Least Favorite Book: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
New Authors Read: Roxane Gay, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, R.J. Palacio, Meredith Russo, I.W. Gregorio, Alice Pung
New Authors I want to continue reading: Roxane Gay, Alice Pung

READING CHALLENGES
Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 7
Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5
Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ
Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1
Number of YA: 6
Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 3
Number of Classics: 0
Number of Short Stories/Novellas:1
Number of Short Story Collections: 2
Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6
Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 2
Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 2
Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Falling Kingdoms Books 1-3|None of the Above|If I Was Your Girl|Wonder|The Naturals|Lucy and Linh|The Thing Around Your Neck

Mini Reviews

The Bad, The Good, The Great|#Diverseathon Wrap Up

TV/Movie Reviews

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read more Mystery/Thriller books
  • Read Books by Black Authors and Books with Black protagonists (black history month)
  • Read a classic from my Classic Life Challenge {here}
  • Keep up with blogging at least 3x a week (I did everyday in January!)

 

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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Friday Reads 01/27/17 + #Diverseathon Update

Happy Friday Everyone!

This has been my most stressful week I’ve had for a while. I went back to college and classes have been rough. I dropped two of them and hopefully, the school doesn’t drop one of my other classes because then I will be in a world of hurt.

Enough with that tiny life update. THIS IS A BOOK BLOG AFTER ALL?!?!?!?

Anyways, here are the books I want to read this weekend (that will hopefully help me lower my stress levels)

 

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

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The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

#Diverseathon Update

As I predicted, I have not been reading a lot. However, I did read and finish Shadowshapers so yay! I was initially going to read George but I decided to read Difficult Women instead (still #own voices!). I will be doing a wrap up soon so make sure to look out for that post in the near future so you can hear my thoughts of these two books!

 

What are you reading this weekend?

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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|Short Story Collection Full of Authentic Voices {review}

5587960In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

REVIEW

Note: I gave this 4 stars at first but while writing this review, I realized how amazing this book is so I bumped it to a 5!

There’s something in Adichie’s writing style that always grabs my attention. Excluding this book, the only work I read by her was We Should All Be Feminists and that too provoked the same emotions I felt reading this novel. Although not all the short stories were memorable, a good amount of them made it to my top favorite short story list of all time. While reading, I kept thinking “Wow, this could easily have been a full length novel” and “Wait, this story is over no please I want more!”

I am not a short story reader and usually think nothing of them but with Adichie, she made me care about these characters she fabricated in the matter of 20 pages. She made me root for them. She made me think about important issues including marriage, religion, family and cultural alienation, topics I have never gave much thought about. This work was just phenomenal. All stories had amazing promise, but I will highlight some of my favorites.

The Arrangers of Marriage

A Nigerian woman migrates to America after getting tangled in an arranged marriage with an “American obsessed” doctor. This short story explores the themes of estrangement in one’s culture and conforming to american naturalistic ideals. Our main character faces the challenges of converting all of the habits and traditions that she’s accustomed to into American culture. I definitely loved this short story because I’m always interested in the arguments on whether we should be promoting and discouraging assimilation (though, I’m against it because we should be celebrating other cultures but that’s just my two cents).

The Shivering

This story explores the themes of religion. Two Nigerian people come together when they find out about a deadly plane crash in Nigeria that may or may not had a loved one on board. Both characters contrast one another, one who seeks faith while the other questions it. As a person who has struggled with coming into terms with my own religion, this is a must read!

Imitation

A haunting look at the functionalities of relationships. A Nigerian woman living in America finds out that her husband has a girlfriend in their home country. I loved the imitation part of it because it was so powerful and indelible. The character, Nkem, was insecure but I fell absolutely in love with her. Out of all the short stories, this ending is what packed the right punch for me. Another story that I wished was a full length novel.

Jumping Monkey Hill

This one..oh yes. The short story expresses the biases of men possess when it comes to women writing a story and confers on the human experience in women’s writing. It’s relevant, more than ever. I loved all the multicultural backgrounds, I loved the messages that Adichie conveys. Book reviewer, writers, men, women, people of color need to read this.

A Private Experience

Two disparate women hide in a store during an abrupt religious riot on the streets. The story relies on the motif of contrast: One woman is Igbo Christian, while the other is Hausa Muslim. One studies medicine, the other is a trader.Chaos flutters outside, while calmness floats within. It’s a striking story of two opposites coming together, in their own little private experience.

These are only 5 out of the 12 captivating stories that Adichie craftily assembles. All of them exposes something that will impinge you, like it impinged me.

Adichie is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. I praise her for sharing her stories and philosophies  about cultural formalities, social justices, different relationships and feminism. The stories she tells sometimes makes me uncomfortable which is a good thing (be more comfortable being uncomfortable) The stories makes me reflect on my own experiences and America today.

Anyone with a beating heart should read The Thing Around Your Neck.

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Friday Reads 01/20/17

Happy Friday Everyone!

I know today kinda sucks being January 20th but reading is a great way to distract myself! YAY!

I only plan on reading/finishing one book this weekend and that’s The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m already about half way through and I’m enjoying it so far! There’s only two stories that I wasn’t feeling but the rest are pretty worthwhile.

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

Friday reads the thing.jpgIn “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.

 

What are you reading this weekend?

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