Pride Month TBR | So many queer books!!

Normally I’d post a review but I asked on twitter whether you’d like instead to get a peek into my TBR this month, and the majority said yes so here I am! Sorry for the ones that preferred a review, I’ll write one for next week!

This month I’m going to try and read as many queer books as I can and I’m crediting Scribd for having such an awesome collection of books! Seriously, they should pay me by now, I mention them so often. Most of these books I’m going to read on Scribd because I was looking at my book shelves and apparently I own like 10 unread books and NONE of those are queer (*sad face*). So unless I order some new ones or magically find myself a good bookstore – OH MY GOD I JUST REMEMBERED I’LL BE IN NEW YORK THIS MONTH AHH THEY HAVE BOOKSTORES

Okay wow anyway, let’s get started on my (hesitant) TBR! I’m not sure I’ll read them all, but these are all the books I’m considering reading this month. I want to limit myself to books with LGBT+ main characters and will – if I can find it – list the LBGT+ representation! Also if you know any non-fiction I might like about queer people or queer topics, let me know, because I’m really new to this genre and I have no clue where to start.
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IndieAthon TBR | What I’m Going to Read

In March, IndieAthon takes place and I couldn’t be more excited! Last week I showed you some book recommendations from me and some of my bookish friends and today, I’m going to be talking about the books I am going to read! I have a long list of books I’m hoping to get to but probably won’t. I’ve decided to not use the bingo card, because I TRIED and high-key failed to fit the books I wanted to read to the card. I might add the books to the bingo card after I read them, but it’s not working for me! And with my history of failing at bookish bingo cards, it’s not a big surprise to be honest haha.

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No way I’m going to get through all of these but I really want to! A couple are lower priority but I really do want to read them all. But then I also have some ARCs I need to get to, I have a buddy read book and a book club book I need to get to. SO MUCH TO READ and yet not enough time.

  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan – This is about aro-ace superheroes and I couldn’t be more excited!!
  • The Collective by R.S. Williams – Pirates, time travel, secret agents and friendship: sounds amazing!
  • We Go Forward by Alison Evans – Two girls are both travelling, meet in Berlin and become friends and it just sounds amazing (plus, there’s an aro-ace MC so I’m happy).
  • Power by Lisa Lagaly – I read the first book in this series a while ago and loved it! I can’t wait to see what will happen next!
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – I have yet to find a single person that didn’t love this book and SO many people have recommended it so I better read it!
  • Survivors’ Dawn by Ashley Warren – This comes across as an New Adult version of The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and I absolutely loved that book so I can’t wait for this one!
  • Phaethon by Rachel Sharp – I got this book a while back in a giveaway and I never got around to reading it! It sounds like fun, and it has hackers and fae 🙂
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic – This is probably one of the most popular self-published books I’ve come across and it sounds really interesting, so it better be good!
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – I’ve had this book on my radar for a while and I’ve heard so many good things about it! I mean, who doesn’t want to read about diverse superheroes and villains?

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Are you taking part in IndieAthon? What’s on your TBR? Any of these perhaps? What book are you most looking forward to?

November Wrap-Up: The Month of Writing

Since NaNoWriMo took place in November and I was busy writing 50 thousand words (which I managed, yay), I haven’t had a lot of time to read. So I’ve been reading a little less than I normally do, but I don’t really mind. Not at all, actually. I think I’m going to try to not read as much as I normally do, is that a weird thing to say? I’ve been reading ~10 books per month for this entire year and it’s a bit crazy. I love reading but I’m constantly trying to push myself to read more, and that’s just not a good thing.

This month I’ve read 6 books, which is a really good amount!

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8 Things that Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book Immediately + Recommendations

I am back from my week-long hiatus, in which I went to Berlin, fell in love with the city and then sadly had to return to my home where it’s very boring and I have to go to school and let me just cry a little. I was so busy sightseeing that I didn’t even have the time to miss blogging! I’m very glad to be back at blogging though! It was strangely hard to come up with a topic to talk about today but I found something.

Today I wanted to talk about what makes me want to read a book. And I will not go into covers and titles, even though those play a very important role. Each topic will include examples of books I read and loved and books I want to read! So basically, this is a recommendation/tbr post 😛

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#1 Dark fantasy

I totally blame V.E. Schwab for this because her books are so wonderfully dark, it makes every other book feel light! It’s kind of weird, but I love it when books have a lot of dark themes, such as death, destruction, murder, assassins. Anything that’s inherently bad, I love it.

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#2 Con-artists & illusionists

I love it when characters are not who everyone thinks they are, when they have to fake to be someone else or something else. Illusions and cons are so much fun! There’s the complexity of coming across as genuine while there is the constant tension of not being caught.

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#3 Complex characters

Any character that’s morally grey, has many flaws and is not the hero by design will catch my attention. I love it when characters are flawed and not really the nicest people. Characters like Kaz from Six of Crows with skewed morals are the best kind of characters to read about.

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#4 Feminism

Give me all the female strong characters that fight for feminism (or male characters? But those are rarer)! If a story is about feminism or has feminist aspects to it, I am immediately drawn to it!

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#5 LGBT+ rep

For obvious reasons, I’m not a huge fan of romance, but when the romance is between LGBT+ characters or when the characters are just on the LGBT+ spectrum, I will immediately like it 147% more (I made that number up don’t worry).

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#6 A diverse group of teens

LGBT+ aside, I love it when there’s a group of teens that are of different cultures, backgrounds, etc. I always like it when a book changes POVs, it always gives an extra dimension to the story because you get to see things in different perspectives!

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#7 Coming-of-age

If it’s a story about growing up, gaining confidence and about that phase in life where you have to start making the big decisions, I will want to read it. I love stories in which the characters have to grow out of their small comfort zone and go out in the world, discover themselves. For this reason, I love it when books are set in the last year of high school.

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I can’t think of any at this moment!

#8 When it’s written by one of my favourite authors

This is a very obvious one, but there are some authors that have become instant favourites, and I will read whatever they come up with. EVERYTHING. Especially when it comes to V.E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Holly Bourne, Maggie Stiefvater and Marissa Meyer.

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What makes you want to pick up a book? Are any of our interests the same? You got any recommendations for me perhaps?

The House Cup Reading Challenge | Sign Up

This is going to be a really quick post because I’ve impulsively decided to take part in this reading challenge and it starts tomorrow. I have not made a TBR yet, and I might not make one at all. We’ll see!

The House Cup Reading Challenge is 4 weeks long and starts tomorrow on 15 October, and ends on 12 November. It is hosted by  Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Lauren of Live, Love, Read, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. You’ll read 7 books, one for each year of Hogwarts, and beside that there are 13 challenges with prompts. You can read the full list here! You can get points for each of the challenges and the house with the most points wins! I am in Hufflepuff!

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My Summer (Reading) Plans (aka my Summer TBR)

I’ve been wanting to make this post for weeks now but I got kind of anxious about it. Idk why. But I finally figured out which books I’ll be bringing on vacation and I’m going to talk about them!

In the past couple of months, I’ve read quite a few ARCs and I have bought a lot of books I wanted to read, but never got to actually read those. A lot of those backlist books I’ll be bringing with me, and I’m trying to read all my ARCs before I leave so I can write and schedule all the reviews.

In a couple of weeks, I will be away on vacation, and I do not know to what extent I will have access to internet so sorry in advance if I reply late to your email/comment/message. I will most likely not catch up with all your wonderful blogs, because that is just not doable (and it’s a vacation so it’s time to just relax and read). I will try to reply to all of the messages at least when I get home.

What I will do on vacation is hopefully read a lot of books! I’ll be going to Vienna and Budapest (and the rest of Hungary) with my parents and without the rest of my siblings, so that’s weird for me. But the pup is going so I won’t be lonely 😛

Be prepared for a long post!

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Discussion: How My TBR and Reading has Changed Since I Started Blogging

Back when I had never heard of book blogging, bookstagram, booktube and pretty much any social media morphed with the word book, my reading ways were very different. Before the Summer of 2016, I barely had any idea what was going on in the bookish world.

It started slowly, with bookish tumblr, I was never active but my feed was filled with pictures of pretty books. I have had goodreads since halfway 2015, but never was active, I just used it to keep track of which books I read. I remember a time when I literally had a list in a notebook somewhere on which I wrote down every single time I finished a book. Now I have detailed lists on goodreads and even excel files.

Before I started blogging, I think I read about 50 books per year, of which most were from libraries. I think I bought about 20 books each year, and these 20 were almost all second hand or thrift store finds. I barely spent any money on books. This all changed when I started blogging and got caught up in the community. I started writing reviews, reading other people’s review and above all adding books to my tbr.

I wish I could look back at what my tbr looked like back in July of 2016, because I’m pretty sure it’s size grew exponentially after that. I still have 11 books from before July on my tbr and I’m pretty sure those were the majority of books. I think all the books on my tbr back then were books I actually owned, were part of a series I had started reading or were by authors I had read books of before. My tbr was almost literally a pile.

So what happened after I started getting more into the book community was that I got to know so many more books, books that were apparently very popular and amazing and of course, newbie as I was, I added pretty much all of the books I could find. This is one of those pitfalls that is very easy to fall into as a newbie.

Back in November (?) I started going through my tbr and it stressed me out, all those books I had yet to read, and half of them I didn’t even know what they were about. I started removing them. My tbr is now not very long but still, it’s stressful.

TBRs are weird mythical things that never seem to end, and I’m always torn about them. Are they good? Wasn’t the way it was back when I had no goodreads better? I just read whatever I felt like reading, whatever I found intriguing in the library. Now I spent hours contemplating which book to read next, reading reviews, adding and removing books from my tbr. Is that worth it?

True, I’ve found more amazing books than I’ve ever read before during my time as a blogger. I’ve found new favourites, read more diversely than ever, reviewed amazing ARCs and learned to love different genres. But on the other hand, reading back then was only for fun, no keeping track, no “oh no I need to read that book right now because…”.

Keeping track of what I’m reading is fun because I can see what I’ve read, I can look back at what I’ve experienced, but it feels like I ‘have to’ read a lot to make up for that long TBR. I won’t simply go to a bookstore and pick up any random book anymore, because is that book worth my valuable time? With over 40 amazing books I need to read, is that one book that intrigues me worth it?

I think we’ve all become a little obsessed with our tbr. At least, I know I have. And I’m trying to keep myself from being obsessed, because I miss that feeling of going to my dad’s bookshelves and just picking up a random book that sounds fun. I miss that feeling of wonder when going to the library and reading synopses of every book, because now I usually go right for the books that I’m looking for. I miss that feeling of not having to keep up with my standards. And I know that they’re completely my own, nobody’s telling me what to read. I’m putting myself on this path of ‘having to read everything on my tbr’.

Sometimes I feel like completely deleting my tbr, but I know I’ll never do that. Instead, I’ve made a someday-maybe list, with all the books that sound interesting, but without the pressure of having to actually read them. If I never end up reading them, I won’t be sad. On my actual tbr are only books I know I really want to read and I will read one day (preferably close). This system actually seems to work for me.

What’s your opinion on tbrs? Did yours change when you came into the bookish community? Do you get stressed about the endlessness of your tbr?

(if you didn’t know already, I have a weekly meme called Down The TBR Hole, in which you go through your tbr 5 books at a time. Go check it out)