May Wrap up/ June Goals

MayWrap-Up

Welcome to my first ever monthly wrap up!
Update: I originally posted that I had read 14 books but I was obsessed with reading Dreadnought and…. finished it before the 31st was over!

This month I managed to read …. 15 books!

That’s a total of 3,085 pages!

This month I also officially starting blogging here! School is official over here as well so I now have some time I can dedicate to other things like getting this blog going and having fun blogging.

I posted my first ever review and joined in some events around the blog-a-sphere.

June Goals

My goals for June is to get some reviews up as I’m writing this post I’ve read 92 books so far this year and have only review one.

Also I am really looking forward to interacting with some other bloggers I want to make this my biggest priority!

I  want to post regularly I don’t plan on making a schedule but I would like to post 2-3 times a week at least.

If possible I wold love to get ahead in my blog schedule having some posts to fall back on when my life gets busy will help me keep up with my blog.

How was your reading month? What are your goals for June?

Happy Reading
~Arya

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for the second half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favorite weekly meme out there and I really liked the topic this week so I thought i would join in for my first time ever. This week’s theme is most anticipated books releasing in the second half of 2017. I actually don’t pay much attention to books release  day but I do have quite a few that I am eagerly waiting to be released.

  1. Mask of Shadows- Lindsey Miller
    Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
    Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
    When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
    But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

2)Wonder Woman: Warbringer- Leigh Bardgo

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

3) Down Among The Sticks and Bones- Seanan McGuire
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

4) Little & Lion- Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

5) A Map for Wrecked Girls- Jessica Taylor
We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.
For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.
To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

6) That inevitable Victorian Thing- E.K. Johnston
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

7) Wicked Like A Wildfire- Lana Popovic
Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

8) The Language of Thorns- Leigh Bardugo
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves

9) There’s Someone Inside Your House- Stephanie Perkins
Scream
meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

10) All The Crooked Saints- Maggie Stiefvater
Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.
The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.
“The Soria family are saints as well, and the miracle they perform for pilgrims to Bicho Raro is as strange as most miracles are: They can make the darkness inside you visible. Once the pilgrims see their inner darkness face to face, it’s up to them to perform another miracle on themselves: banishing the darkness for good. It can be a tricky business to vanquish your inner demons, even once you know what they are, but the Sorias are forbidden to help with this part. They’ve all been told that if a Soria interferes with the second miracle, it will bring out their own darkness, and a saint’s darkness, so the story goes, is a most potent and dangerous thing.

Book Deprived Week 2 Update

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Woot week 2 of Book Deprived Readathon is over! My post is a little late since I was out of town but I did get some reading done.

This week i read ……. another 4 books!

This week was a little bit busier than last week but I still managed to get some reading done!  I managed to finish 2/3 of the books from my TBR last week( total shocker I suck at following TBRS) .

MY Favorite book of the week was: Here We Are!

Total page count for the week was 857!

8/45 books read

Next Week TBR

The color matching continues! LOL

What are you reading this week?

Happy Reading
~Arya

My Classics TBR

Classics intimidate me!

That’s why this year I decided to challenge to read 12 classics this year. So far prior to creating this blog I have read 6 classics that means I am 1 book ahead!

Now that I’ve finally started making a hole in the gigantic pile of unread classics that have been slowly suffocating me. I’m even more driven to read more and more classics. So here’s some of the classics that I am really excited to get my hands on

These  books are all books that I have started in the past and was so intimidated or otherwise to busy to finish at the time. Out of the 3 Moby Dick is the one I am most excited to get back to (I’m that strange person who likes the long drawn out boat scenes)!

This collection of classics are all books I wished I had read when I was younger. These were all classics that I can say I’ve heard a thousand things about and have seen T.V. adaptions and was always curious to see what the original book was like.

This collection of books are all ones that are consistently recommended to me and I really want to read them!

So here’s some of the classics I’m really looking forward too. Maybe now that I wrote it down I’ll actually get to them! This is only a small collection of classics that I want to read but they are at the top of my list.

Are you a fan of classics? What are your favorites?

~Arya

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

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Ok as soon as I heard about this weekly meme I knew  I had to participate. Reading diversely and supporting diverse authors is so important to me that I want to share and showcase them as much as I can on this blog and I think this will be the perfect way! So check back every Thursday!

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal @ bookshelvesandpaperbacks! each week you pick one book in  three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. Check out the announcement post here for more info.

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Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

I’ve just read this book and I was obsessed with it. This is also my first book I ever reviewed here if you’d liked to check it out!

tres electro

In the village of Huanan, in medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing’s name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny and power. Jing’s life isn’t easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, and her family has come to the conclusion that in order for everyone to survive, Jing must be sacrificed for the common good. She is sold as a bride to the Koh family, where she will be the wife and nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju’nan. It’s not fair, and Jing feels this bitterly, especially when she is treated poorly by the Koh’s, and sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away, and find home again. With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to Huanan–and to herself.

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‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.
Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.
Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world where what’s in your head is more important than what’s between your legs.

I’m really excited to get my hands on both of these books and I heard some amazing things!

What diverse books are you waiting on? I would love to know!

~Arya

Get Social Blogger Event

Since I’m new to blogging I haven’t had the chance to make any friends yet and I also want to make sure I stay active when it comes to being social with other bloggers. I decided to join in the Get Social! Blogger Event.
I joined the blogging world to interact with other readers so I’m jumping in feet first by joining in this event hosted by Herding Cats Burning Soup The goal of this event is to get to know other blogs and comment on their blog at least once a week!
It takes place from June 4th-17th
And that’s it how simple is that!

Don’t forget you can also use the #getsocial17 on social media as well!

~Arya

#DiversityBingo 2017 Progress

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I’m Sure you’ve all heard of diversity Bingo by now but I wanted to post that I am official joining in! I’ve officially been participating in this bingo since the beginning of the year but since I just started blogging I thought I should share with you guys that I was joining in.

So I will be adding links for all the books I have read so far this year to this page as I review them on my blog.  Below the books I used for the bingo board I will also be including the books I read through out the year

Note: Books with astericks are ones where I really would like to read a different book for this challenge if I get the chance before the end of the year!

Bingo Squares

  1. Romance with Tran MC- Beast
  2. SFF with Mc with disability- Six of Crows
  3. *Practicing Jewish MC-Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  4. Indian MC  – A Time To Dance
  5. Displaced MC- In the Country We Love
  6. MC with under-represented body type- Faith Vol.1
  7. Neuro- diverse MC- Furiously Happy
  8. Retelling with Mc belonging to LGBT+- As I Descended
  9. Bisexual MC- Ida
  10. Mc with Invisible Disability- Under Rose-Tainted Skies
  11. Free Choice- Dreadnought
  12. Own Voice- We Awaken
  13. Mc with Chronic Pain- Far From You
  14. *Arab MC- Ronit & Jamil
  15. Book by an author of color- Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
  16. Pansexual Mc- The Melody of You and Me
  17. Black Mc- The Hate U Give
  18. Mc on the Ace Spectrum- Every Heart a Doorway
  19. Visualy imparied Mc- Run
  20. Indigenous Mc-  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  21. Diverse Non Fiction- I am Malala
  22. POC on the Cover- I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  23. Deaf Mc- You’re Welcome Universe
  24. Immigrant or Refugee- In Order To Live