Booktubeathon (Aug. 3rd to Aug. 9th)

So annoyed I must have accidentally hit published before this was complete. Well, anyways.

Yes, it’s true I am participating in a second read-a-thon right after #7in7readathon, but there are reasons. My reading was seriously lackluster this past week, therefore I am giving myself a second chance. Plus I kinda loved the reading challenges. I did try to pick mostly new books from #7in7readathon’s TBR/

And of course week after next I’ll be participating in BoutofBooks14!

Thanks booksfordaysonend for prompting me to participate!

Okay, so here are the books I plan to read next week for the Booktube-a-thon. If you are interested in participating, you can find more info here. The direct link to the Youtube channel is here. I seriously I doubt I will be posting a video because I’ll have to use my phone, but I plan to be active on Twitter while I’m reading for participation purposes.

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The challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
    1. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
      1. I have a lot of covers with blue, but this is a library book so it was moved up on my to-read list. I actually picked this up on an impulse at my library last week. It was super popular last summer and with summer winding down a road-trip book feels like as good a time as any.
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
    1. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
      1. Not a ton of options on my bookshelf with the last name beginning with an “L.” It was between this and In The After and since they’re both apocalyptic books I went with the one I wanted to read more.
  3. Read someone else’s favourite book
    1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
      1. My cousin read this duology and loved it, I just never got around to it, so I’m planning to get around to it this coming week finally.
  4. Read the last book you acquired
    1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
      1. This book is going to be the end of me. This is the kind of book people say not to read during a read-a-thon. But I MUST find out what the fuss is all about. Plus it’s a library book and since it’s a new release I won’t be able to re-new it like I can the others.
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
    1. Changing Diapers by Kelly Wells
      1. This book is small and mostly filled with snippets so I think it’ll be easy not to let go until I’m done, plus I HAVE to finish this asap.
  6. Read a book you really want to read
    1. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
      1. I just really want to read this. I got it during a book outlet haul earlier this year and I was so excited because it’s totally a book that would pique my interest.
  7. Read seven books
    1. All of the above
    2. {Plus} Drug & Drop Volume 1 by CLAMP
      1. I wanted something small to give me a break between the denser books on the list.

The seventh reading challenge is such a long shot considering #4 is a monster for what I typically read. If you’re participating let me know so I can check in throughout the week :)

#7in7readathon TBR

I was checking my subscription feeds and just realized the #7in7readathon is not only this week, but started yesterday! Whoops! The readathon runs from yesterday, Monday, July 27th to Sunday, August 2nd.

I love readathon season, which is what I call this time of year when there seems to be lots of fun reading parties going on. I will also be participating in Bout of Books 14 which is coming up in two weeks! And so far that’s all I have planned, but as I find more I’ll be signing on up. If there’s a readathon coming up you think I’d like please let me know!

I’m already a day late, so I am going to make this quick and list the books I plan to read for the rest of the week. I will also explain where I will be sharing my updates. At the end of the readathon however, I will post the final results on this blog. There shouldn’t be an issue reading seven books in six days as I threw in a manga to help lighten the load.

Daily updates will be posted on the following social media, so please link up if you are participating too…
Twitter: @Tiff_Nanny and Facebook: ANanny’sLiteraryMusings

TBR This Week…

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  • We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han
    • I just started this the other day and I know I can and will most likely finish by the end of today.
  • Changing Diapers by Kelly Wels 
    • I am on a mission to cloth diaper as soon as my son arrives later this year (mid-Nov) and this book was getting pretty good reviews because it has the best information to decide whether or not cloth diapering is right for you. My husband is still on the fence though he does see the practicality behind it. Hoping I can get some more information in my arsenal from this book on why this needs to happen.
  • Opposition by JLA
    • To be honest I am just ready to finish this once and for all. I have picked this up countless times since the book was published and I still can’t believe I haven’t finished it.
  • Drug and Drop Volume 1 (CLAMP)
    • I was re-organizing my bookshelf when I found my old Legal Drug (CLAMP) mangas. Even though the series was never completed back in the day, I found out online they re-vamped them with a sort of spin-off type thing. I don’t even remember what the original manga was about much, I just remember how much I used to love it. Planning to read this then ship it to my friend in San Diego in her goodie bag I am sending out soon.
  • The Time Store by Andrew Clark
    • This was the book of the month for my book club back in June? And I’m a failure and haven’t finished it yet. I really liked it once I got started, hoping I can dive right back in. There’s this family that can time travel from within a family-run store that sells/repairs clocks. If I remember correctly there’s an overall mystery the family gets brought into, but being that I have just started I haven’t gotten to that part yet.
  • What I Know for Sure by Oprah
    • One of my book club peeps, also my sister-in-law, also one of my favorite people, purchased copies for the rest of the book club because she had read it and loved it so. I had flipped through and read a  couple of snippets but I haven’t finished it yet. This one kinda reminds me of one of those life lessons kinda books, except it was written by Oprah so you know it’s going to be good. I’m hoping it’ll provide me with some further peace during this very transitional part of my life.
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    • I needed a seventh book and this one has been on my shelf for years! Plus, it’s short, perfect for a readathon!

Favorite Author: Jenny Han

While I am working my through all of Miss Han’s works, I wanted to give a shout-out to one of my favorite authors.

It all started when I picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in 2014 and fell quickly for her characters and the sweet story of family and first-love. After finishing the sequel P.S. I Still Love You earlier this year, I knew I had a problem ;) It was a good problem though because after completing the duology I knew I had a new favorite author.

I may not love every book in its entirety but there is always something to love. For me, one of those consistently awesome things would be the way she tells her story, the conveying of the character’s voices and the development from a to z.

Right now I am reading the third book in the Summer trilogy and while I have already been spoiled on the ending I am still flying through. This is a major rarity for me, once I know how a book ends I tend to lose interest instantly because where’s the fun in that? In this case I believe it has to do with the ending itself which makes me happy but also the fact that Jenny Han wrote this book and so I have to read it.

I love that every time I pick up a Jenny Han book I know I am in for a treat, I know I am going to love it. Her female protagonists can be a bit over-the-top but for the most part I think she nails the whole teenage-girl thought process. I am also a fan of happy endings in books which is why I gravitate predominantly towards fiction. Happy endings are not a requirement for all fiction, though I wish it were, so I have been let down a couple of times. This probably sounds like a silly tangent but in life we don’t always get happy endings and for me reading is my ultimate form of escape. I don’t want this post taking a not-so-cheerful turn so I’ll stop there.

Jenny Han writes happy endings, or she has so far, and I love that; which means I love Miss Han and her writing. As long as she continues to write like this I will continue to read her books and she will be a permanent fixture on my auto-buy list.

Next on my Jenny Han reading list is the Burn for Burn trilogy she co-authored with Siobhan Vivian.

Borrowed from Goodreads

How you can find Jenny Han…

TFW: Anticipated Releases (2nd Half of 2015)

So since this is my catch-up year where I’ve been spending most of my reading time reading books that are already out and completed I have to tweak this week’s Top Five Wednesday by Gingerreadslainey in order to participate. My tweak is that these will be books that are sequels to books I plan to read soon. For example, I already own the first book, and the sequel is due soon. I also made sure to keep this to series I definitely plan to start this year.

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The Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meahan Spooner – This is my #1 pick because the series comes back full circle and I love when authors do that. I was disappointed the Diana Peterfreund didn’t with hers, but Stephanie Perkins was champ! (Okay I am no longer allowed to say “champ” lol)

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray – Multiverses, enough said. ALSO gorgeous cover alert!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – I pre-ordered the first in this trilogy because the premise was so promising and I’ll blame a bit on the hype as well. Every time I pick up Snow Like Ashes and read the blurb I always make the decision to read it soon.

Ashes in the Sky by Jennifer M. Eaton – Oh man I was so excited about this when Lainey was promoting it that I pre-ordered the same day. I am ashamed I haven’t started the first book yet but it’s on my list to read before the end of the year. Soon, my pretty.

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel – This is kind of a toss up between Winter by Marissa Meyer and itself. And I chose the lesser known, but I wanted to pick something different. Too much fantasy and I get bored quick. That is not to say Winter shouldn’t be on this list, because I will definitely be wrapping up that series this year with everyone else.

—Funny how many of these books’ covers will be up for favorite cover of the year. Well I think it’s funny anyhow.—

What Am I Most Excited to Read this Month?

You can find the post where I list the books I plan to read for the month of July here.

I thought I’d pick one from the list and talk about why I’m so excited to read it.

For the month of July I am most excited to read: 

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

I have been wanting to read something from this author for a while and this book in particular has been on my list since it came out. I think the premise sounds fun and I will admit thanks to a particular Disney tv-movie from when I was younger I have a weak spot for this kind of trope. Also, from what I have read about this author she rarely lets her readers down so I am looking forward to this being well done and an overall perfect July read.

From Goodreads:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?