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SUMMER GOALS + Life Update!

Wow… May is almost over, and this is my first post this month. You may have noticed this blog has no schedule at all (sometimes I post several times a week, sometimes nothing for a month), and since I mostly just do it for my own fun, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Still, I’d love to hear from all of you and what you’re reading!

You know how a lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions and vow to get their life in order next year? Well, I usually do that around May/June, and vow to get my life in order in one summer. I’m not expecting any miracles, but still, I put together a list of what I would like to achieve / should be achieving by September.

Since I’m going to be very busy with exams and the Eramus+ programme in June, this checklist is mostly for July and August, so… I basically want to turn my life around in two months. Uh, yay? Wish me luck!

GENDER STUFF / LIFE UPDATE: I’ve been increasingly feeling more masculine and less comfortable with my body lately. At this point, I honestly don’t know whether I’m a masculine nonbinary person or a feminine trans man, and gender is fake anyway, but what I DO know that I definitely want to be more masculine than I am right now. This is complicated by many things, including that I still live with my parents that I’m not out to, and also I have no independent income and no money. Still, I’ve been looking into small things I can do, and this summer checklist will reflect that.

I have… complicated feelings about transition. I wouldn’t want to go “all the way”, just pick and choose certain parts. I don’t particularly want to change my name or my gender marker at this point (since there is no third option, so it would be incorrect anyway), but from what I heard from several other trans people, those might be requirements for top surgery, which I do want. (Honestly, if I did change my name, I’d probably just change it to Alex, and given that it’s currently Alexandra, that would be kind of… a waste of effort?)

Because it’s not enough for me personally to decide which part I want and which I don’t, I also have to 1) have the money, 2) convince several (most likely cis) doctors to allow me to transition, which is… the biggest bullshit ever, right up there with having doctors not tying your tubes unless you’re X age and have X children, because clearly you don’t know what you want. Also, right now the state of transition in Hungary is awful: gender marker and name changes are on hold indefinitely, and the surgeons do such shitty work that the closest doctor people recommended to me is in Serbia.

I used to go to a psychologist for depression and anxiety, but it didn’t really worked out, so I stopped going and never looked for another one. Lately I’ve been feeling the depression less often, but the anxiety is as intense as ever, so that’s definitely a sign I shouldn’t have stopped looking. Since I also need a professional to talk about transition and “diagnose” me as trans, that’s another reason why I should look into finding a good one, which… I have no idea if it’s possible in my city or not, and I certainly can’t afford to travel to another city, so that will be fun. I’m also worried that this cis doctor will not find me “trans enough” because I don’t fit a binary / traditional view of masculinity.

I have also been meaning to start exercising to be healthier, but I never did, because hahahahaha no. However, several other trans people said that building muscle (especially in my back) would be a good way to look more masculine, and it might help with my chest dysphoria as well, so that’s another thing I’ll be looking into.

SUMMER CHECKLIST:

  • Study French (I need a certificate for my degree)
  • Do research for my thesis + try to put together an outline and a bibliography (I’m writing it on Peter Darling by Austin Chant. Yes, really.)
  • Put actual effort into finding work instead of waiting for opportunities to come my way (because I seriously need money for like, everything else on this list. I’m itching to finally find a proper full-time job, but I can’t do that next to university, so at least for another year)
  • Go swimming regularly OR go to a gym regularly
  • Try to find a psychologist that doesn’t suck and I can afford
  • DO NOT buy more than two books a month, seriously, holy shit* (I’d say no books, but I’m trying to be at least a little bit realistic here)

*Exceptions are allowed for books that are less than 2 dollars, and pre-orders placed before writing this post.

SHOPPING LIST:

  • New bedsheets that aren’t pink
  • Masculine or neutral clothes, probably from thrift shops (because it’s cheaper it’s probably less obvious that I’m in the men’s section on my own)
  • Sports bras, that I have been looking for and they are incredibly difficult to find damnit
  • Preferably a binder
  • Sweaters for fall/winter
  • A one-piece swimsuit would be nice
  • I kind of need a new bag that’s big enough to fit my folders because this one is about to fall apart
  • Pattern and yarn for that hippocampi I want my mother to crochet
  • Masculine deodorant? (this will be difficult to pull of and explain to my family, but hey)
  • That “Do You Have a Geiger Counter?” from Redbubble. Possibly the Nick Valentine one as well.

READING CHECKLIST:

  • Continue filling the Around the Year in 52 Books list in order (one book a week)
  • Participate in all the Devour Your TBR monthly challenges with at least a few books (Jazzy June, Sci-fi July and Avid August)
  • Do (my best on) the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge
  • + Make progress on my other yearly challenges, but I’ll have plenty of time for that in the fall/winter too.

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That’s it! Unless I forgot something that I will edit in later.

What are you all doing for the summer?

~ Alexa

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#Hamilthon TBR

How to cope with not having time to read for fun because you have so many articles to read for university? By putting together a TBR for the next month, of course.

In March, I’ll try my best to participate in #Hamilthon, a readathon based on the songs of the musical.

Note: Some of these are on my February TBR as well, but we’ll see if I have time to read them.

What’d I Miss? — Read a book 5+ years old.

Blueeyedboy

Wait For it — Read a book you’ve been waiting for (a new release, a library hold, or just one you’ve been excited to read).

Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)

My Shot — Read a standalone book.

Bleeding Earth

Burn — Read a book with a fire-related title or cover.

Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers, #1)

Satisfied — Read the last book in a series.

Washington on Your Side — A book featuring a devious plot or cunning scheme.

An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)

Your Obedient Servant — Read a book with more than one POV.

Helpless — Read a a book featuring a romance or a marriage.

The Kiss Quotient

The Schuyler Sisters — Read a book that’s part of a trilogy.

The Election of 1800 — Read a book set in the past.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)

The World Was Wide Enough — Read a book set in a country (or originally written in a language) not your own.

Beyond the Veil

Take a Break — Finish a book in a day.

Cora and the Nurse Dragon

Who Tells Your Story — Read a book written by a marginalised author.

Like Nobody's Watching

The Reynolds Pamphlet — Read something short (novella, graphic novel etc.)

Herland

Alexander Hamilton — Read a book with a name in the title

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1)

 

~ Alexa

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Year of the Asian (YARC) TBR

Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1)I’ve seen several people put up their TBRs for the Year of the Asian challenge recently. At first I was unsure about participating, because I want to buy fewer books this year and read my owned books instead, and I don’t own most of the 2018-2019 releases that are on everyone’s TBRs. Plus, I’m already participating in 3-4 different yearly challenges and also have my own personal goals, so do I REALLY need another one?

Then I thought, I probably have tons of books on my owned TBR by Asian authors (or at least some), I just maybe don’t even know they are by Asian authors. So I decided to do some research and collect the books I own that qualify for the challenge. Some of these books are on my other challenge TBRs as well, which is good because I definitely couldn’t do this many without at least some overlap.

Green and blue award badge with a Indian Cobra in the center, and with two gold stars above the award.The Year of the Asian challenge has both monthly prompts, and challenge tiers. I don’t think I’ll actively participate in the monthly prompts, but maybe I’ll manage to do it at least a few times. As for the tier, I’m in love with the bengali tiger badge but there’s no way I’m going to read more than 50 books by Asian authors. 😦 I’ll be aiming for either the Indian Cobra (11-20 books) or the Malayan Tapir (21-30 books).

The Kiss QuotientFebruary’s prompt is tropes, which is good, because I might actually have a book for that one: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, which has the “practice relationship” trope. Based on the blurb, it doesn’t quite sound like fake dating, but I think it definitely counts as a trope.

January: Family
February: Tropes
March: Challenge

This Twitter thread of cheap books by Asian authors is also pretty helpful!

This post will keep getting updated as I finish more books.

Already read in 2019:

  1. Polyamorous: Living and Loving More by Jenny Yuen (January)
  2. Angelfall by Susan Ee (February)

Books I own (including ARCs, and anthologies where not all authors are Asian):

  1. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  3. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligGreen and blue award badge with a Malaya Tapir in the center, and with three gold stars above the award.
  4. The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (anthology)
  5. Ash by Malinda Lo
  6. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  7. American Panda by Gloria Cho
  8. The Girl King by Mimi Lu
  9. No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  10. Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas
  11. His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade
  12. Deadline by Stephanie Ahn

Books I MIGHT find in my library/borrow/get for free (legally):

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  2. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

New releases/sequels I MIGHT break my buying ban for:

  1. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  2. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  3. Ruse by Cindy Pon
  4. Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee
  5. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

~ Alexa

 

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Fantastic February TBR

You might remember me participating in some of Kathy’s monthly challenges last year – they are great because they give me a theme to narrow down my TBR, but also leave a lot of freedom to choose my books within that limit.

Me, when I realised February is all about fantasy novels:

Me, when I realised February is the shortest month of the year and my fantasy TBR is the longest:

Obviously, I have to narrow the list down somehow.

First, I have way too many ARCs. I know this is relative, because other people sometimes have 40 or more, but for me? If the number goes over 10, I cry. Especially because for several months now I’ve mostly been reading shorter reads up to 250 pages, and most of my current ARCs are over 300 or even 400.

Thankfully, many of these ARCs are fantasy, paranormal or magical realism (and most of them aren’t even overdue yet), so my main goal for February will be to reduce that number as much as I can.

Also I’m in love with Jodie Whittaker and the 13th Doctor, but this isn’t really news. Just putting that out there.

Those were all my fantasy ARCs. I’m most excited about The Girl King, Wicked Saints and New Suns.

My secondary main goal is to get to the fantasy novels I bought in January so they don’t just sit on my shelves for several years after being bought, like some of my other books have been. These new books are:

There are also two fantasy/fairytale anthologies I’d like to read, although I doubt I’ll have time for them this month:

And just for fun, here are all the fantasy novels on my yearly TBR, so you understand why I say it’s the longest:

The Burning Maze
The Girl From Everywhere
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Given to the Sea
American Gods
Neverwhere
Ólomerdő
City of Strife
Enchanters
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Of Fire and Stars
Boots for the Gentleman
My Heart is Ready
Angel Radio
Wild Seed
Shadow Magic
Thornfruit
The Abyss Surrounds Us
Crooked Kingdom
Plastic Wings
Mask of Shadows
Beauty and Cruelty
Daughter of the Burning City
Close Quarter
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
Running with the Pack
The Fifth Season
Kindred
The Amulet of Samarkand
Equal Rites
Uprooted
Children of the Knight
Unburied Fables
Bellamy and the Brute
Widdershins
Hexbreaker
Boots for the Gentleman

What are some fantasy novels you’re looking forward to reading?

~ Alexa

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Just Checking In

Hi everyone! So, the exam season is still going on, and I still have two exams left – the hardest two, actually, because why not leave those to the end, right?

Despite this, I have actually been reading a lot instead of studying, but I didn’t have the time to actually post here.

Awesome Books I Read This Week

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: Aroace protagonist with her half-Deaf bisexual brother and his biracial boyfriend. In the 1700s. I love them all so much.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant: Listen. This is already my favourite book this month, which is strange because I hated the original Peter Pan. But this one has a really complex trans protagonist, as well as a complex Captain Hook, who end up falling in love.

In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis: This is a sci-fi retelling of Sleeping Beauty where Maleficent and Aurora end up together, and if that’s not enough for you then I don’t know what is. (Apparently retellings with romancing villains is a theme this week.)

Movies/Shows I Watched This Week

Do you see a pattern? This month, I FINALLY read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and… it’s kind of ironic, but I didn’t really like the book. The writing was difficult to understand and I felt like it dragged on too long. But because I love the story, I decided to binge-watch some adaptations, and I adored all of them.

Seriously, I can’t pick a favourite. The 1995 and 2005 versions both had their charms and strengths in different ways, and the Zombie one was a mess, but a glorious mess. I actually loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because the new sideplot (zombies) gave a different context to many of the same scenes and interactions, and brought some real uniqueness and fun into the story. (Also, that scene where Jane saves Bingley’s life, and 5 seconds later Lizzy saves Darcy’s? Poetic cinema.)

Not to mention that recognising actors/actresses in movies is my favourite thing: the 1995 version had Colin Firth as well as Helena Bonham-Carter’s cousin, the 2005 version of course had Keira Knightley, and Zombies had… Donna Sheridan, Romeo Montague, The Eleventh Doctor, Olive Byrne, and Cersei Lannister. No, really.

Shout out to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which holds a special place in my heart. I didn’t rewatch the entire thing, but I did revisit some of my favourite videos.

Currently Reading

Despite my struggle with the original Pride and Prejudice, I haven’t given up on Jane Austen yet: I’m way too intimidated to start Emma or Mansfield Park with their 500+ pages, but I figured giving Northanger Abbey a chance wouldn’t hurt. (I’m also planning to try Persuasion, because they are both under 300 pages. That seems manageable.)

A Safe Girl To Love

I am also reading two anthologies: A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett, which is about the experiences of trans women (fiction stories), and How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens edited by Joanne Merriam, which is about immigrant experiences in a sci-fi setting.

What’s Next?

The Poison Within

Goodreads will tell you that I’m also currently reading The Poison Within by Rachel Marie Pearcy for the Sapphic Book Club, and Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – which might actually be her first book?! The truth is that I haven’t really started either of these (I read the prologue of the first one) but I will. Soon.

I also really want to catch up on Doctor Who, because I would die for the Thirteenth Doctor, no kidding.

You can already read my review of Rescues and the Rhyssa on the Lesbrary, but it will be up on this blog tomorrow as well.

Challenges

Sooo we’re only halfway through January and I somehow already completed 10-15 prompts for Around the Year in 52 books, which has 52 prompts, and the Popsugar Reading Challenge, which has 50. Oops? From this, you might think I’ll finish them way too early, but I’m not too worried because 1) last year I finished most of the prompts before August, then slowed down significantly and barely finished the last one in December, 2) I can double up, and I plan to do that for ATY at least, 3) I realised Beat the Backlist actually has a bingo with 80 PROMPTS, so yeah, I’m not running out of challenges anytime soon.

Still, my next exam is on Thursday and I’m way behind on studying, so I’m putting a hold on the things in this post until then.

How are you all doing? Feel free to share what you’ve been reading/watching in the comments!

~ Alexa

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2019 Retellings Challenge TBR

I have seen the 2019 Retellings Reading Challenge around a couple of times, but I dismissed it because I figured already read most of the retellings on my TBR. However, when I finally caved and looked at my TBR, I realised that’s not true at all!

I’ll try to focus on the books I already own for this challenge, but if I manage to read those, then I might purchase a few more for the remaining prompts. Reading my owned books will get me at least two bingos if I do it right, so that might be enough. (Books marked by the emoji are the ones I own.)

  1. Beauty and the Beast: 🍀Bellamy and The Brute 
  2. Set in a foreign country: 🍀Children of the Knight
  3. Standalone book: 🍀Uprooted
  4. Wonderland
  5. Award winning: The Song of Achilles
  6. One word title: 🍀Ash
  7. Bronte or Austen: 🍀Gay Pride and Prejudice
  8. Native American
  9. A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams2019 release: Once & Future
  10. Egyptian Myth
  11. Greek Myth: Circe
  12. Debut author: House of Salt and Sorrows
  13. Free space: 🍀Unburied Fables
  14. Shakespeare: 🍀Vinegar Girl
  15. Asian myth
  16. Indie book: 🍀Marian
  17. Russian folklore: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams
  18. Weapon on the cover: 🍀King Arthur and Her Knights: Enthroned / Enchanted / Embittered
  19. Norse Myth: 🍀The Gospel of Loki
  20. Peter Pan: 🍀Peter Darling
  21. Over 500 pages
  22. Set in space: In Ageless Sleep
  23. Middle Eastern myth
  24. Brothers Grimm: 🍀The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion
  25. Written 10+ years ago: 🍀Briar Rose

~ Alexa

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2019 READING CHALLENGES

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for resolutions and new yearly challenges! It’s also the time of the year when everything is full of reading challenges and I want to join all of them but I know that wouldn’t be healthy at all, given how much I stress over books already.

Without further comments, here are my 2019 plans.

  • Read at least 52, at most 104 books for Around the Year in 52 Books.
  • Complete as many prompts for the Popsugar Reading Challenge as I can. (TBR on the ATY link above.) Hopefully at least 25, which is half the prompts.
  • Attempt to read all the books on my owned list below – but if not all, then at least 40. Since all of these books were published before 2019, this TBR doubles as my #BeatTheBacklist TBR as well.
  • Be more picky about requesting ARCs!!
  • Goodreads challenge: starting at 150, might change it during the year.

This post was inspired by Demolish My TBR by Kathy, but I didn’t want to give it the exact same title.

My owned TBR is around 400, so I had to use some criteria to narrow the list down – I tried to focus on the oldest books added to my TBR, and also pick more physical books than ebooks so I can unhaul them if I end up not liking them that much. There are a few books that I’m already not sure I’m going to like but I still want to give them a chance, and they’re taking up precious space on my shelves.

Physical TBR

  1. Darwin-játszma by Ágnes Mészöly [Hungarian YA?]
  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  3. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
  6. Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka
  7. The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry
  8. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  9. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
  10. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  11. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  12. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
  13. Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris
  14. Faith by Lesley Pearse
  15. Stolen by Lesley Pearse
  16. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  17. Plastic Wings by C.T. Callahan
  18. Run by Kody Keplinger
  19. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  20. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
  21. Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough
  22. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag by Oliver Bowden
  23. Előhívott önarcképek [memoirs by lesbian women in Hungarian]
  24. Eltitkolt évek: Tizenhat leszbikus életút [interviews with sapphic women in Hungarian]
  25. Verazélet by Anna Lovas Nagy [sapphic poetry in Hungarian]
  26. Kecskerúzs by Agáta Gordon [classic lesbian novel in Hungarian]
  27. Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
  28. A sokszívű by Kitti Szurovetz [book about polyamory in Hungarian]
  29. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
  30. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  31. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  32. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  33. Beauty and Cruelty by Meredith Katz
  34. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  35. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  36. A Country Full of Aliens by Colin Swatridge
  37. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  38. Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
  39. Ólomerdő by Csilla Kleinheincz [Hungarian fantasy]
  40. Shifting Fog by Kate Morton
  41. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
  42. The Lightkeepers Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
  43. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire [Hungarian translation]
  44. All Systems Red by Martha Wells [Hungarian translation]
  45. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  46. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  47. Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward

E-book TBR

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
  3. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  4. City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
  5. Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw
  6. Humans Wanted by Vivian Caethe
  7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  8. Keeping Long Island by Courtney Peppernell
  9. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  10. Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney
  11. Don’t Feed The Trolls by Erica Kudisch
  12. Boots for the Gentleman by August Li
  13. Running with the Pack by A.M. Burns
  14. My Heart is Ready by Chace Verity
  15. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  16. Angel Radio by A.M. Blaushild
  17. Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
  18. Shadow Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
  19. Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari
  20. Thornfruit by Felicia Davin
  21. Flicker by Melanie Hooyenga
  22. Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson
  23. Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler
  24. King Arthur and Her Knights by K.M. Shea

Bonus personal challenges

  • Re-read the Bartimaeus sequence in English (3 original books + prequel)
  • Re-read the Harry Potter series in English (7 original books)
  • Read Blessed Epoch, Vol. 1 by August Li (1,093 pages :))
  • Read the Witches and Death series in Discworld (11 books)

I have also been promising my friend to read Pride and Prejudice since forever, and I might as well include some other books by Austen as well… So, I hope to get to the following ones in 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Emma
  • Persuasion
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Mansfield Park
  • + 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries
  • + 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie

That’s it! See you in a year when I check in with how this went…

~ Alexa

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December TBR – 2018 is ending?!

Yes, we have reached the final month of 2018 – which means this is my last chance to finish those books I’ve been meaning to read this year. This month, I’m going to concentrate on three things:

  1. finishing my 2018 ARCs, and maybe getting a headstart on my 2019 ones
  2. reading the shortest books on my TBR for Short-A-Thon (and probably before that, too, if I finish with the ARCs)
  3. catching up on some sequels that I own but haven’t read

2018 (or earlier) ARCs

2019 ARCs

Sequels

How did your reading in 2018 go? Are you content? Are there any books you definitely want to read before the end of the year?

~ Alexa

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Short-A-Thon TBR

With my owned TBR out of control, I occasionally do this thing where I go on my owned Goodreads shelf, set it from shortest to longest, and start reading the short ones to at least tick some books off that list. And now Kathy and Destiny are doing a readathon about doing exactly this, so of course I’m participating!

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I’ve actually cleared out everything under 50 pages already, so my easy ones are gone, but I still have quite a few under 100. For this readathon, the maximum page number I’d consider would be 150, maybe 200, but if I go in order from shortest to longest then I doubt I’ll get there. Still, here’s everything on my TBR under 150 pages – let’s see how far I get in 10 days? There were more of them than I thought, so maybe not too far. (I’ve put stars next to the ones that I might prioritise if I decide not to go in order, and also marked the holiday ones.)

In fact, with this many books, I am considering dedicating the entire month of December to reading books under 200 pages on my owned TBR.

General info
◊ All about reading the shortest books on your TBR.
◊ Starts at 12.00 AM, your own timezone, on December 21st.
◊ Ends at 11.59 PM, your own timezone, on December 31st.

50-100 pages:

  • 🎃 The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss: Halloween is over, but I’m excited to read this short story collection in the world of Learning Curves.
  • 🎄Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet: This is a Christmas novella, so perfect timing!
  • Write Faster Today by Emma Fisher: Hah, my problem with writing isn’t exactly the speed as much as the lack of inspiration, but I’m still curious what this has to say.
  • Jack The Ripper: The Truth About The Whitechapel Murders by Tom King: No, I don’t know why I downloaded this either.
  • 🌟 Sleepwalking by Cara Malone: I think this is F/F? And has a pretty cover, so I’m actually excited.
  • She Died In My Arms by Ono Ekeh: This is a prequel novella that sounded intriguing. Maybe if I like it I’ll look into the full series.
  • Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday: M/M contemporary romance with an interesting premise.
  • Wounded Beacon by Leslie Lee Sanders: I have no memory of this, but it’s a M/M dystopia?
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling: I’ve never read anything by Kipling, but this is short enough to try and sounds cute?
  • Outworlder by Joe Vasicek: This is some kind of sci-fi with a mysterious girl…
  • Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters: This is supposed to be heartwarming AND has a Hungarian character? I’m always curious to see Hungarian characters so this should be fun.
  • Rainbow Rebel by Lina Langley: I barely read any M/M books and yet I own a bunch. I guess I should get on that.
  • Deep Space: Short Stories by Milo James Fowler: A collection of sci-fi stories that I know nothing more about.
  • His Grandfather’s Watch by N.R. Walker: Another M/M story! But this one is on my tentative 2019 ATY TBR so, I might skip it.
  • Written Stars by Magnolia Robbins: Finally another F/F story.
  • 🎄 Christmas at the Wellands by Liz Jacobs: M/M Christmas story, so again, at least it fits the season.
  • 🌟 A Little Familiar by R. Cooper: I’ve heard MUCH praise for this one so I’m excited to read it!
  • Still in Your Care by Josslyn Scott: This is a F/F story that I actually feel kind of uncomfortable about based on the blurb, but I guess I’ll give it a try. Eventually.
  • 🌟 Worth More Than Words by Michael Barnette: This is another story I’m excited about, so if I don’t get to it now, then I’m reading it for ATY next year.
  • Jealousy Survival Guide: How to Feel Safe, Happy and Secure in an Open Relationship by Kitty Chambliss: I’m pretty interested in open and polyrelationships for someone who doesn’t even want one relationship.
  • A Sprinkling of Lesbian Short Stories by Q. Kelly: What it says in the title.

Total: 21

101-150 pages:

  • 🎄 Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane: Another Christmas story, so it’s going on the priority list.
  • First Flight by Sarah K.L. Wilson: Dragons!
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: White Queen, Red Queen by Michael W. Simmons: I have… no idea why I downloaded this.
  • 🎄 Second Chances by Kiska Gray: Another M/M holiday romance – I didn’t know I had this many of them! That being said, I’ll probably leave this one for 2019 because it fits a difficult prompt for the Popsugar Challenge.
  • Subtle Bodies: A Fantasia on Voice, History and Rene Crevel by Peter Dubé: This was in a bundle I think, so I know nothing about it.
  • 🎄 Snowbound with the Biker by Amy Lamont: M/F holiday romance with the bad boy trope.
  • Hunger by Perrin Briar: Yep, this has… zombies.
  • Starstuff by Kaylim: A fairytale-ish Sci-fi story apparently.
  • 🌟 My Heart is Ready by Chace Verity: I remember I pre-ordered this partly because it came out on my birthday, but all of Chace Verity’s stuff has wholesome queer characters, so I’m interested.
  • 🌟 A Walk Between Stars by Tyler R. Parsons: A sci-fi with an interesting premise.
  • Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen: Lots of LGBT superheroes!
  • Spare Dick by Sarina Wilde: Okay, don’t judge me… yes, this is mostly erotica, but it’s a polyamorous one so I’m curious.
  • The Reclusive Billionaire by Lucy McConnell: A M/F romance between two scientist that seemed intriguing.
  • Crazy For a Geek Girl by Nicolette Dane: F/F romance with geeks, I suppose? Honestly, this was free and had lesbians, so…
  • How ADHD Affects Home Organisation: Understanding the Role of the 8 Key Executive Functions of the Mind by Lisa Woodruff: God knows I need this. Maybe it has some useful tips.
  • 🌟 Write Good Sh*t by RoAnna Sylver: RoAnna’s books are all amazing, so of course I’m interested in writing advice from one of my favourites!
  • Only Human by Jenya Tilar: Another book I have no memory of getting, but it has werewolves I think? Or wolf shifters?
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 3 by Charles Soule: Excited to continue with this series.
  • Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn’t It Bromantic by Joe Kelly: I haven’t read any Deadpool comics and it’s a crime.
  • love, and you by Gretchen Gomez: A poetry collection that is also on Destiny’s TBR!
  • Play Me A Song by Jessica Kale: Another F/F romance, with music I guess?
  • Blood Bound by Idella Breen: Paranormal F/F romance!
  • Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg: Another Young Avengers volume from a different continuity? I don’t understand comics.
  • Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell: Okay, so clearly this has witches? It’s ridiculous how little I know about most of these books. My standards are low when something is free.
  • Fixer Upper by Cara Malone: F/F romance in the countryside.
  • One By One by Yawatta Hosby: This is a horror/thriller mystery that sounds pretty creepy.
  • Eat Your Heart Out by Dayna Ingram: Lesbian zombies?! Or… at least lesbians AND zombies?
  • A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins: Lesbian fairytale!

Total: 28

Honorary mention:

  • 🌟 Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: This is next in the Wayward Children series, which I love. Unfortunately it’s 157 pages, which is still pretty short, but I have SO MANY books that are shorter than it. Also, it fits several semi-difficult prompts on my 2019 challenges, so maybe I should just leave it for next year?

I actually have 50 more books that are between 150 and 200 pages, so yeah – definitely not listing all of them here (but if you’re curious, you can check them on my Goodreads shelf). The above list is more than enough! With this many short books, how is my TBR still so long? Please help.

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · TBR

Remember November TBR 2018

Have I mentioned I love Kathy’s challenges? Earlier, I participated in Sci-Fi July, and managed to read a total of one book for Sequel September. I skipped the October challenge, so if I join in November, then that’s every two months since I started following Books and Munches!

Remember November is all about finishing goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. I don’t make yearly resolutions, but I do have a few yearly goals/challenges that I haven’t completed. I’ll try my best to finish them in November, and if I don’t… well, there’s always December?

(Note: I’m also doing #mythoton in November, so I’ll try to be clever and pick books that fit several challenges.)

Rules
◊ Post a blogpost saying you’ll be joining me trying to reach all those goals and challenges we committed ourselves to throughout the year.
◊ Share your list of challenges, goals and whatnot and state what you’re going to try and reach / tick off during this month’s read-a-thon.
◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #RemNovember so we can follow up on each other!

Around the World in 52 Books

Remaining: 6 out of 52 prompts

  • A book from the first 10 books added to your TBR (Good Omens)
  • A gothic novel (Jane Eyre?)
  • A book with a location in the title (Leányrablás Budapesten, or Keeping Long Island)
  • A book nominated for the Edgar award, or by a Grand master author (Lisey’s Story, or something by Agatha Christie)
  • A medical or legal thriller (The Nemesis Cell, or something by Robin Cook if I’m desperate)
  • A Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner or Nominee (The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet)

Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae – HAS to be a book with a queer female character, preferably F/F. doesn’t have to be a lesbian!

Remaining: 5 out of 25 prompts

  • Women in uniform (Skin | Deep)
  • Romantic comedy (I have no idea, and I didn’t think this prompt would be hard. recs please? I’m looking for F/F books.)
  • Second Chance romance (Drive by J.L. Gaynor)
  • Summer reads (Summer Swim)
  • Age difference (My Writing Professor)

Goodreads yearly challenge

Remaining: 10 out of 250 books

I think I started with 100 or 150 books, but kept raising the stakes, and now I’m here. I don’t think I’ll raise it again, but I do want to reach 250.

Candybook Land game

I’m on square 76 out of 132, and how many books it will take to reach the goal depends on my dice rolls… and also on finding a book to fit the given prompts. I actually don’t think I’ll finish this game this year, but hope dies last.

~ Alexa