Bout of Books 17 {TBR}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Happy Sunday everyone!!

Today I’m bringing you my Bout of Books 17 TBR – all the books I’m planning on reading during this next week’s read-a-thon – the read-a-thon kicks-off tomorrow and you still have time to sign-up if you want (just click on the button above :D).

I’ve decided not to try to be too ambitious with my list since I always end up not reading all of the books I challenged myself. So, this time, I picked up only four books; one of them is to actually finish and other is a re-read.

So, let’s see what I have decided to read for this next week:

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All page numbers are according to Goodreads – they might actually vary with the book itself (since apart from Throne of Glass, they’re all earcs from NetGalley!)! As for Labyrinth Lost, I’m not entirely sure how many pages I have left but on Day 1 progress (tomorrow!) I’ll let you know 😉

I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to participate in all challenges since I really want to mostly read and not spend all my days updating my progress. But it’ll depend on the challenge and how much I have read. We’ll see how that goes 😉

For everyone participating or not, good luck with your reading ^_^

Ner

 

TBR | July

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY MY FELLOW AMERICANS FRIENDS!!!

Alright, another month is beginning (or is already underway hehe xD) and with it a brand new TBR!!

So far I’ve been quite good at keeping up with my list, never once straying from it. I’m really excited to show you all the awesome books I’m planning to read during this month of hot weather (depending on which side of the hemisphere you live) and vacations.

Check out the books I’m planning on reading this month:

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What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | June

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So, June is here, apparently! And I’m so glad that my pseudo-reading-slump is slowly fading!

As you guys have probably noticed, this year so far has been terrible when it comes to reading. I changed my Goodreads Challenge to only 35 books because I am so behind schedule!

So, here it is, the five books I’m planning to read during the month of June! Check them out:

TBR | June

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What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | April

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So, we’re in April now… seriously?! But the year just started and we’re already in April?! Come on time… stop flying like this. Ain’t nobody got time to do anything like this!!

Anyway… first of all, I’m not going to do a March wrap-up since I didn’t read anything *sighs* Maybe this new month will be different since I have a TBR planned and really want to go through with it.

Secondly… I need to share it with you… MALEC!!! Did you guys see MALEC kiss on Shadowhunters?! Wasn’t it beautiful, perfect, sexy as hell (seriously, I found it sexy) and simply amazing?! I’m still fangirling even after all these days! MALEC and Simon are pretty much the only thing that is making me watch the series so this was something quite of an accomplishment!! I mean, look at that (WARNING: don’t see the gif if you haven’t seen the episode and/or have heart problems!)

Okay.. I’m good *continues to internally freak out*

So, here’s my planned TBR for the month of April:

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As you can see, I’m so in a Mortal Instruments moment!! As you know, I haven’t read the series yet but I am currently buying all the books so I can finally become a Shadowhunter. I’ll be buying one/two books a month! Yep, that is definitely happening! And I have to thank that kiss for that hehe ;P

And I’ll be extremely happy if I can read both my Uni books and The Inquisition (which will be released next month and I want to review it before the launch). We’ll see how that goes but do pray for me, please!

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | Halloween

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I usually am not the type of person to read a specific genre depending on the time of the year. Thematic readings and myself normally don’t get along. But this year I have decided to try my luck and read a few “scary” books for Halloween. 

Therefore I have also decided to share with you my TBR for these last two weeks of the month of October which represent the Halloween period.

Halloween isn’t a very famous holiday here in Portugal. Sure, nowadays we have the costumes and the horror nights and the whole Halloween spirit but it’s not particularly ours. We kind of borrowed it from other cultures.

But I’ve always admired the way American people celebrate Halloween and always wished we had something like that here. We normally used this holiday as a way to visit our family’s graves and remember the dead. It’s when we are more conscious about the spirits around us and respect them.

Still, I have decided to be slightly thematic and read a few books I consider to be “spooky” or simply “Halloween-ish” enough. Let’s see how it goes 🙂

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Ted Saves the World will be part of #readwithben read-along and is currently free to download so you can go and get your own copy in time for Halloween. To know more about the read-along you can follow Ben on Youtube or his Instagram account dedicated to this monthly feature. Trust me, I adore Ben so you should follow me 😉

What about you? What are your reading plans for Hallowee? You can share with me your scary book  on the comments 🙂

Ner

TBR | September

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August was yet another month that simply didn’t work that well for me. From all the books I wanted to read, I only managed to read 4… 4!! Well, 5 if you count Hunter which was a DNF book (but will pick up in the future, don’t worry :P).

And now it’s September and we’re almost at the end of the year. And I’m starting Uni this month as well. So you can say that this new month will be quite complicated but I’m praying for the best 😉

TBR | September

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Apart from Twilight Visitor, I don’t really believe I’ll be following this exact order. There are a few books in this TBR that I’m so pumped to read that I might jut jump into it. And I cannot wait to re-read Throne of Glass since I’ll try to but all the rest of the books I’m missing for my birthday next month 😉

And this month I’m having again that bit of Reader’s Choice so you can help me exactly with the problem mentioned above. Which book after Twilight Visitor YOU think I should pick up? Depending on the book you guys vote, my second reading will be up entirely up to you – last month Witch Hunter won and I’m so happy you guys voted for it 🙂

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | August

*For those who had received it – I had published this post by mistake before August even started! Sorry about that!*

July was a terrible month… I had so high expectations for that month and it ended up the worst! Still, I’m hoping that August will be better and that I’ll be able to read most of my TBR 🙂

TBR | August

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Hunter and Spelled are again part of my TBR since I really but really want to read them. And this time I’m not allowing any reading-slump to mess up my read/review schedule.

This time I have decided to do a bit of a Readers’ Choice but instead of you picking up the book I’ll be reading next month, you’ll be picking up the book I’ll be reading after Spinning Starlight. It’s pretty simple: from this list, you choose the book I should be reading after R.C. Lewis on by commenting on this post. Easy, right? As soon as I’m done with Spinning Starlight, the book you guys voted the most will be the one I’m reading 🙂

I had planned on adding a Doctor Who story but I looked at my NetGalley list of books to read and review and pretty much had a stroke. I have so many things to read and so little time. Let’s pray I’ll be able to tackle down my NGTBR *fingers crossed*

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | July

July is here which means that it’s time to share another TBR list – because last month went really well (I only missed/skipped one book out of my June TBR) and I thought I should give this another go.

So, there is it, my July TBR:

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TBR July + extras

After analysing just how many books I normally read per month while I’m on vacations, I’ve decided to choose eight books as a TBR goal for July. Six are the official list while the other two are extras.

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | June

I don’t normally do TBR because I always end up reading something totally different to what I had proposed myself to read. But this month I’ve decided to try it since I have a lot of things that I want to read but never really got around to do so.

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Really looking forward to all these books. I had them aside to read for a while but never got in the mood to actually pick them up. Hopefully this month I will be able to finally see what’s the fuss is all about with Station Eleven, Shatter Me and The Selection – everyone seems to be either in love or hating these books. Let’s see in which category I fall into.

But first, I need to finish A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin since I’m 90% done with it and will definitely be finishing it tonight..

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

TBR | March [University Books]

Picture taken from @Pages of Forbidden Love


I guess you all know that I’ve recently started classes on my last semester on my second year at University. 

It’s no news that I’m studying British and North-American Literature and, this time, I’ve decided to try my luck with a North-American subject – I prefer the British part of my degree but since I can’t choose only one “language”, I’ve opted for North-American.

This new semester I’ll be studying Romantic British Literature and Contemporary North-American Literature. So, I’ve decided to show you the books I have to read for both subjects and, if you happen to have an opinion about the books, you’re welcome to share it below on the comments.

Though this post title is TBR | March, it doesn’t mean this books will all be read in March. Though I will try to at least read two and start a third but it will all depend on my pace while reading them – and I want to read other things between them.

Let’s beginning with the subject in which I only have to read one book since the rest are a compilation of poems: Romantic British Literature.

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley

 
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

Not exactly what I was expecting to read for this subject but still a pleasant surprise. I already had this book on my shelf since I bought it last year alongside my Victorian British Literature books and a book about Edgar Allan Poe. Never thought I would read this for the Romantic subject – being honest and embarrassing myself completely, I thought I was going to study something less Gothic and more light. Still, it’s a book I’ve always wanted to read.

Now, let’s move on to the subject I was less enthusiastic about but now can’t wait to go on with it: Contemporary North-American Literature.

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

 
Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger’s New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of children. The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

This book arrived today and I immediately started reading it since in two weeks we’ll be talking about it in class. I’m only in the beginning but what I’ve read on the underground sounded interesting. And I trust my colleagues and friends’ judgements when it comes to books and they all say this is amazing. I don’t know, I’ve never been a Contemporary sort of person neither an American classic one but I admit being rather curious about this.

On The Road
Jack Kerouac

 

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.

This cover wasn’t the one I wanted but I found a copy on a bookstore and decided to buy it straight away instead of waiting for it to arrive after buying it online.
Again, a book I was not expecting to read, ever, but now I’m curious. Not only does it have a movie to accompanied it – and if it’s faithful enough I might even watch it – but my teacher already said several things about this book that made me wonder why people love it.

Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut

 

It took Vonnegut more than 20 years to put his Dresden experiences into words. He explained, “there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again.” Slaughterhouse Five is a powerful novel incorporating a number of genres. Only those who have fought in wars can say whether it represents the experience well. However, what the novel does do is invite the reader to look at the absurdity of war. Human versus human, hedonist politicians pressing buttons and ordering millions to their deaths all for ideologies many cannot even comprehend. Flicking between the US, 1940’s Germany and Tralfamadore, Vonnegut’s semi- autobiographical protagonist Billy Pilgrim finds himself very lost. One minute he is being viewed as a specimen in a Tralfamadorian Zoo, the next he is wandering a post-apocalyptic city looking for corpses. Slaughterhouse Five-Or The Children’s Crusade A Duty-Dance with Death is a remarkable blend of black humour, irony, the truth and the absurd. The author regards his work a “failure”, millions of readers do not. Released the same time bombs were falling on South East Asia, this title caused controversy and awakening. Essential reading for all. So it goes.

I’ve always heard the name Vonnegut and people saying amazing things about his work. But I’ve never been truly interesting in finding out who he was and what he wrote since he was labelled Contemporary. But when my teacher said his name and I had to face myself into buying this book, I became aware that I was being an idiot for not wanting to know more about this author. I mean, I’m studying Literature and I don’t want to read the greatest names in Literature history?! What the heck is wrong with me?!
So, I’ve just ordered this book and from the plot, it sounds pretty good – more interesting than what I initially thought it would sound.

TBR | February [Review Copy Cleanup]

Picture taken from @Pages of Forbidden Love

February is here!!!

And with it, another month to get around to read some of the books on our TBR pile. Mine is getting bigger and bigger and I seriously need some motivation to read certain books, hence me signing up the Review Copy Cleanup. I will try to read some books I’ve got for review since I’ll be starting classes February 13th :S

And, the other day I was with my two best-friends at the café and I was showing them the books I have on my Kobo to review. They looked at me as if I had grown another head. I’ve counted 11 (eleven) books and I seriously need to narrow it to, at least, 6 (six) books – that’s my goal for this challenge.

So, I went through my list – again – and saw the expire dates and decided to choose those I’m looking forward to read. I’ve managed to narrow the list to the number I’ve proposed myself.

Here’s the list, by author’s last name order, of books I will try to read and review for this month:

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And now a special book sent to me by the author herself:

I might add some other books to the list or change some books in this list for others… But for now I guess these are the main focus of my future reading.

In the meantime, I wish to ask you which book, from this list, should I start reading as soon as I finish The Demon Lover and The Magic Warble?!

You can leave a comment with your opinion – let’s say this question will be open till February 6th (that’s how long I think it will take me to read the book).

Oh, a quick note: 
I was contact by Victoria Simcox herself in order to host a giveaway for her book The Magic Warble. So, keep an eye out on the blog during this month ’cause you never know when the giveaway will start 😉

XX Ner

Bout of Books 6.0

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Hey hey, I’m entering a new read-a-thon.Bout of Books will take place from January 7th to 13th, a whole week dedicated to read books and only that.

The reason why I’m entering this is the huge TBR pile I have on my desk waiting for me to pick them up and start reading them.

Honestly, it’s almost as high as my ceiling. I do believe this kind of challenges to be a good way for us to read those books we left behind during Christmas and to clean our TBR. I sure need that 🙂

So, here’s the official information about Bout of Books from the official blog:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team.”

I still don’t have a list of books that I’ll be reading during this read-a-thon but I’ll try to post them as soon as possible – possibly near the start of the challenge. I still need to decide which ones I should read first so I’m a little bit in a dilemma. I might through them to the air and the ones that fall with the cover down, will be the ones I’ll be reading eheh xD

Are you going to participate? If you are, which books will you be reading?

XX Ner