The Long overdue what I’ve been reading post

HI!

It’s been awhile since I’ve last updated you guys on what I’ve been reading so I thought I would share with you guys all the books I have read since The Reading Quest has ended if you’d like to see what I managed to read for the reading quest you can click here.

Since then I have managed to read 12 books!

Overall I m really happy with my reading I managed to read 1 classic on my Classic Club TBR and 2 books that have been on my kindle for years!

Pages: 2,784

I had a lot of fun just picking up books that were calling to me after trying to find and fit in books that “worked” for challenges. Its a lot of fun having my reading freedom back. By the time you are reading this I should be working on bringing back my weekly reading wrap ups which I really enjoy writing each week!

Favorites

  • Still Life with Strings has been on my TBR for years ever since I read some of the authors other work. I really love music themes as well as this authors writing I can’t wait to read more by this author!
  • Displacement is the first book by Lucy that I’ve read but she has been on my radar for quite a while I really loved her relationship with her grandparents and a lot of it reminded me about my my relationship with my grandparents. I have another of her books checked out from the library right know and I’m really excited to read it!

What are you currently reading?

Arya

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Blog Ahead October is here!

I’ve been thinking about participating in this blogging event for a really long time. I think it would be great to participate in because as you can see on my blog I haven’t been the best blogger lately. I love posting but some times ( a lot lately) life gets in the way. So having a little bit of a cushion and posts could really help my blog game.

Lately whenever I post a blog post I have just written it and that has made it hard to participate in this community the way I would love to. So the goal of Blog Ahead October is to write and plan ahead 30 posts that will go up after October. However since I don’t want my blog to be empty for the month of October I am also going to be posting through out the month I’m shooting for 2-3 posts a week. So I’m going to be hopefully working ahead as much as possible.

The Rules

Increase the number of blog posts you have pre-scheduled by 30 during the event.

On Oct 1 check your completed post total. Add 30.

Ex. Oct 1– 2 scheduled posts
Oct 31– 32 scheduled posts
Only post that will go live after Nov 1 and are completed count towards the challenge.

So my official goal is to plan ahead 30 posts since my completed posts is a big fat zero. I’m update my progress here though out the month!

0/30 posts completed

Diverstiy Bingo 2017 Check in and Plans!

 

Hey Guys!
The end of the year is coming so its about time for me to actually look at my diversity bingo board and see what I have to accomplish.

Ok I have done so much better than I thought I would have but it looks like I still have 5 more challenges to go.  In this post I’m not going to go over the books I’ve read yet instead I’m going to try to sit down and think up some books I could possible read for the squares I haven’t crossed off yet.

I’m actually not surprised with the squares that I am left with beside the Hijabi Mc square. I thought I would of hit that one already this year but I guess not. The one that I thought I would of not hit yet it the anaphylactic allergy square but I found a book I actually wanted to read which kind of surprised me.

Anways… back to the problem at hand. What to read for the left over challenges.

some possibilities

West Asia Setting*

Contemporary World Arranged Marriage

Mc W/ Wheelchair

Hijabi MC (own voices)

Book Set in Central America+

* I found this awesome blog called Asian Ya were I found some awesome recs for all of asia and picked some interesting ones from the West Asia Setting for my list. Check it out!

+ I so far have only found one book set in Central America that appeals to me. If you have any suggestions I wold love to hear them!

Happy Reading
Arya

Belated #TheReadingQuest Wrap-up!

Hello!

Woah its been a whirl wind guys but I’m back to share with you guys how I did for The Reading Quest readathon hosted by  Aentee @ Read At Midnight and designed by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder.  My sign up post is here where I link to all the information!

I managed to read a book for almost all of the challenges I  didn’t finish one book which was for the challenge to read a book with over 500 pages. I did however I did start A Little Life for the challenge and am currently reading it!

Now on to the books!

book with a one word title – Binti

book that contains magic- Ink and Bone

book based on mythology- Akata Witch

book set in a different world – Maresi

first book in a series- Beauty

Read a companion novel or short story- The Bone Knife

A book concocted by 2 authors- Because You Love to Hate Me

Buddy read a book- The Upside of Unrequited

A book set in either the future or past –Finding Wonders

Read whatever- Between the World and Me

A book you previously DNF- Eliza and her monsters

Read a graphic novel, novella or poetry collection-  Monstress vol. 2

Book referencing an animal in the title- The Tiger’s WatchThe Tiger’s Watch

book with a verb in the title- Falling for Her

Book with a weapon on the cover- Mask of Shadows

Book with red on the cover- Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us

book with a movie/tv adaption- Orange vol. 1

fairy tale retelling- Girls Made of Snow and Glass

book cover has stricking typography- Gabi, A girl in Pieces

book translated from another language- The Vegetarian

a banned book- Sweetness & Lightning

book cover with partially obstructed face- Once and For All

book with less than 500 ratings on Goodreads-  Starfish

book published by a small press- Zenn Diagram

Woooh…. and that’s it! I read 24 books in 4 weeks! Also on the plus side I was able to read all of my review copies and am currently writing up and posting reviews!

I had a lot of fun and made some new friends while I participated in this readathon! Thanks again to our lovely hosts for hosting this amazing fun event I can’t wait for the next one!

Arc Review: The Tiger Watch

 The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I received this a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

I was so excited about this book. The plot line was what drew me into reading this book. I love reading books that incorporate animals and magic so I clicked on this so quick when I saw it on Netgalley.

Very early in this book I discovered that our main character Tashi is non binary and  that was awesome and I really loved seeing the rep and They were really well fleshed out. I liked that Tashi was who they wanted to be and the plotline/ biggest struggle wasn’t about their identity. Tashi was a really interesting character to read about they had a lot of character development in this book even thought it was only about 180 pages.

Besides, Tashi the next character I was really interested in was Xian. Xian I have mixed feeling about much like Tashi but while reading this book I really felt like he reminded me of Prince Zuko for Avater: The Last Airbender. Who I adore and I am really curious to see more of him through out the this series. I felt like he has a lot of hidden pieces inside of him and I’m really excited to how his character develops.

I really liked the concept of Inhibators! Bonding to and animal for life and only having their life span is really unique but I didn’t really understand why they could or would want to. We get a little bit of information on how they are able to but we never understood why they do. Again the book was really short which I feel is probably why we didn’t get all of the explanations that I wanted.

The pacing of this book was pretty quick. We immediately started the book off with action and there was always a lot going on which was why I read this in one sitting. However I feel like the book ended rather abrupt and felt like one story was written and they randomly picked a place in the story and chopped it there to keep the reader wanting to read the next book(s).

With all of that being said I really enjoyed this one and I recommend it! It was really fasted paced and easily a one sitting read. The next book is told from a different point of view and I’m really curious to see the world from their eyes.

I gave this book a 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

 

Ink and Bone : Book Review

 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book was addictive!

When I sat down to write this review the above sentence was the first thing to come to mind. Mind you I’ve heard good things about this book but I was worried that the hype would kill this book for me and it totally didn’t. The premise of this book was so fascinating. Libraries controlling the world, book smuggling, and alchemy! Ding Ding we have a winner!

The cast in this was amazing! I loved that so many characters in here are diverse and the fact that they are so different from one another was was expressed with out having to be the main focus of the story. Beside the diversity of the characters they all had really interesting story lines and I’m really excited to explore them further as the story progresses!

The plot was also really interesting. I really lie that the book was paced with action and the plot twisted and turned in directions I didn’t expect and I’m really happy that I couldn’t pin point what was coming next. However, I did have a little bit of trouble with the pacing about halfway through I found it a little bit clunky and had trouble pushing myself through but I picked back up again and I stayed up way to late trying to finish this book!

The world building and the magic (alchemy) system was really interesting and I really liked the way it was explored. Also the fact that being a librarian was the dream goal for the characters was totally amazing and I lived for that! However, I don’t think the Alchemy system was as well explained as how the library system was. I’m hoping that it is explained better in the later books. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however since the characters are also left in the dark on how Alchemy is used to preserve their world. I’ve very curious to see how that is going to be treated in the future.

Overall I really recommend you to check this book and series out! It was a really cool kind of dystopian that I wish I would of read so much sooner than in I did.

Weekly Wrap up 8/12/17

Weekly

Hey Guys! I’m back with another weekly wrap up. I actually haven’t done a weekly wrap up since the end of Booktubeahon. I fell in to a reading slump for a little over  a week and didn’t get any reading done at all. However I did do some reading last week so I wanted to share that with you guys. My reading is going really well currently due to the reading challenge I am participating in and  will be posting updates for that hopefully in the future,

On to the book!

 

Weekly Stats
Books Read: 3
Pages: 640

Even though I didn’t read alot I really liked all 3 books I read over the week!

What I Posted this Week

Book Scavenger Hunt

The Liebster Award!

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Next Week…

I am currently participating in The Reading Quest and am really enjoying reading! I’m hoping to write up reviews for all of the books I have as Arcs during this readathon and actually post some reviews on the blog finally!