The Goodreads Book Tag

Goodreads is Facebook for book lovers. It doesn’t deal with things like selfies and vacation photos but instead is all about BOOKS. We update statuses about our reads, mark books we want to read, keep track of what our friends are reading and use it as our personal book catalogue.

It’s the best idea ever.

I was tagged to do this tag by Rebecca @ bookishlyrebecca and it’s PERFECT because I’ve been using Goodreads properly for about three years—marking all the books I’ve read, rating them and much more.

Now since I usually schedule my posts in advance, like I’m doing with this one, my answers to the questions may not match with my actual Goodreads status when it goes up. Don’t get confused lol.

1. What was the last book you marked as read?

I finished rereading Prodigy by Marie Lu, which is part of one of my favourite dystopian trilogies.

Since I’ve been in a book slump for a few weeks, I started rereading books that I like and own in an effort to get out of this slump. I’m going to read my way out of it. It’s slowly working because I’ve finished rereading quite a few books and have started on one new one as well. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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2. What are you currently reading?

I’m rereading Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (finished rereading the first two books in the series) and I’ve also started reading A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas which released only a few days back in my country.

3. Which was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. I’ve seen it being praised quite a bit online and it’s also one of the books of the month my Goodreads club is reading this month so I marked it. I don’t often join in on reading the books of the month because I’m a mood reader and I can’t stick to a TBR for the life of me, but I DO usually mark them because I know that if so many people chose it, it should be good.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Well I’m a mood reader AND I’m currently in a book slump so who knows? I do want to get to the following books soon though:

  • Champion by Marie Lu (reread)
  • Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (new release)
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (if I can get it)

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5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do! I always rate the books I’ve read. I wish we had a feature to rate half stars as well though. I usually end up marking the higher star rating and write my actual rating in the review.

6. Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Yes I am! I’ve participated in the reading challenge for the past few years and I’m doing it this year as well. I’ve set my goal as 150 books and I’m really proud to say that I’ve finished reading 80/150 books at this point! A lot of it was read during my semester break when I had nothing to do. For the last month I’ve been in a slump because I don’t have time to read and when I do, I ended up watching Korean dramas. Now it’s taking a while to get back to reading.

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7. Do you have a wishlist?

Not really. I have books that I want to get but it depends on the availability in my country and the prices. I mostly just go with the books I can afford at the moment, whether they’re in my TBR or not.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

No clue! I’ve been wanting to go to the bookstore for the past three weeks but I turned out to have plans on all of my Sundays. (I only have Sunday off since I have college six days a week) I’m hoping to go this Sunday but let’s see because something else might pop up during the week.

I usually decide after going to the bookstore depending on what I can find that I’m interested in reading and if I can afford it.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes?

Okay so I know that book lovers usually have some favourite quotes but I don’t. While I’m reading a book, I get immersed into it and I might notice and acknowledge a good sentence but I won’t mark it or remember it. I concentrate more on the story than the lines.

This always puts me in a spot when I’m asked for quotes or if I want to doodle a quote in my book because I have to google for some.

10. Who are your favourite authors?

  • Cassandra Clare
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Marie Lu
  • Colleen Hoover

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11. Have you joined any groups?

I’m always enthusiastic about joining groups but the fact is that I’m just better off alone doing my own thing. I ALWAYS join groups, join in for maybe the first week, and forget about it.

Right now I’m in three groups and the only group I even look at regularly is Addicted to YA. I only converse in the group once in a blue moon.


Tag! You’re it.


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Do you use Goodreads? If you don’t, have you heard of it before? Do you like to keep track of your reading or do you prefer to just wing it? Are you part of the book community online on twitter and/or Instagram? Let me know in the comments!

Cleaning out my Goodreads TBR (Part 3)

Part 1 | Part 2

And I’m back to clearing a few more books..

17838475.jpg13. The Taking by Kimberly Derting

YA sci-fi. Kyra has been missing for five years and wakes up in a dumpster one day with no memories of those missing years. Also, she hasn’t aged a day. Everyone she knew has grown and changed and she has no idea what happened. She and her old boyfriend’s younger brother who is now her age go around seeking answers. I don’t think I’m missing much..

 

20911660.jpg14. The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

A disgraced underground lord comes to earth and enrolls into a school to find a girl who can restore immortality to their race. Um.. okay? I’m not into the “supernatural-guy-pretends-as-human-and-gets-the-secretely-special-girl” anymore. This weirdly reminds of twilight.

It’s a YA urban fantasy.

35452015. The boys next door Jennifer Echols

I have no idea how this book got into my TBR. Maybe I marked it years back?

Its about Lori and two brothers next door. I think its a love triangle as well. I don’t like the cover either..

I’m removing this.

2065851016. Kiss the sky by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

I think I just marked this read because I’d heard about the series and wanted to try it. Now, seeing the synopsis, its not something I would want to read anymore.

Rose is a successful woman and agreed to let her life be filmed for reality TV in a last-ditch attempt to revive her fashion line. Connor is her live-in boyfriend and vows to protect her while also not ruining the show as he doesn’t want the producer to get what he always wanted-Rose’s virginity.

Yeah, no thanks.

1786067117. Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal

Keira used to lead a normal life, but she has powers passed down through her heritage. After some things, she sets out to find other families like her’s and meets a boy… something something…

Not interested.

723553318. The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson

There’s some war, a different type of world with lots of warriors. There’s a slave, brightlord and a scholar. I sense a love triangle.

It’s marked as epic fantasy.

 

 

 


That’s all for today!

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Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Do you want to? What are your views?

Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag

The first half of 2016 is officially over! Wow this year is going by fast. I saw this tag over at  ‘s (see her post) and it seemed interesting, so here I am, doing it! Till now I’ve read 136 books and I have to say, quite many were really good. So, let’s move on to the tag, shall we?

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

fighting redemptionThis book. Yes. Uh huh. The feels. Oh my gawd. Fighting Redemption is one book that I gave five stars immediately in the beginning of this year. I cried, I laughed, I loved, I broke and I was made whole again. I just love it so much. This is a love story, yes, but it is also so much more. The relationships, the death, the grief, the determination, the love, the guilt-it all just comes together, you know?

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

a court of mist and furyDo you even have to ask? I would have said this for the best book but I felt this was more suited for best sequel. I didn’t like Tamlin and Feyre in ACOTAR and I wasn’t that up for them together in this book. But but but oh my word, Rhysand blew my hat off. Feysand is OTP and Rhysand is bae. I’m in a Percabeth dilemma here. *marry me! no, marry her!*

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

the star touched queenThere have been so many good releases but one that I really want to read is The Star-Touched Queen. Its an Indian myth retelling and everyone’s been loving it. I have the book as an ebook but have yet to read it.

 

 

 

 

Most anticipated release for second half of the year

Oh there are so many! Aargh. Let me look at my list..

Biggest disappointment

 

too lateColleen Hoover is my favourite romance author and I expected a lot from this novel. Until the last I went on and on because it was CoHo and I love her stuff but I hated the ending and this disappointed me so much. Other books I just pick up and may not like but I really thought I’d like this one. Read my full review here.

Biggest surprise

if we were a movieThis book didn’t catch my eye much. I liked the title and expected cliched scenes. But, the story was really good and the romance was a slow build up. The relationship developed how I want a love story to. I really liked this book and went on to read other books by the author after this. Read my review here.

 

 

Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

suffer loveI would say Kelly Oram again but I read Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake and I totally loved the book. I even doodled a quote from it 😀 Here’s my review.

 

 

 

Favourite new crush

d6d2136d4a11cf96c29dc5cba14e7625Rhysand, my love, come to me.

Seriously though, if Rhysand existed, he would find it very hard to go anywhere without girls trying to snag him. He is love he is ❤ he is the best and he is my bae. *add an exorbitant number of dark night-sky blue colored hearts*

 

 

 

Favourite new characters

 

rebel of the sands.jpgAmani from Rebel of the sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I really like this badass girl who shoots amazingly and is also something else that I cannot say because it would be a huge spoiler. I really like her and I can’t wait to see more of her.

 

 

 

Book that made you cry

 

me before youJojo Moyes took killing-the-main-character to a whole new level. I’m not going to worry about spoiling you because by now you SHOULD know this story. It made be bawl *sniff*

 

 

 

Book that made you happy

 

tell me three thingsThis book made me so happy. So so so happy. I loved the characters, the relationships, how the boy and girl became close and how to ended. Read my review.

 

 

 

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

the crownI didn’t like The Heir and didn’t expect to like The Crown either. But the moment I saw the cover, I knew that I had to get this, even if I didn’t like it. I had already bought the first three books and I figured since I’m anyway going to buy The Crown, might as well get The Heir too. So, now I have all five but I’m sure we can all agree that this cover is gorgeous ❤

 

 

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Are we seriously going to do this? First, I started Jane Eyre and I’m more than half-way through but I’ve let it go to the wayside; I really want to finish it this year. Now, other than The Star-Touched Queen and my anticipated books, the following are ones I want to read this year. (If I don’t feel free to bombard me with comments reminding me)

 

And that’s it! If you want to do this tag, well, I tag you!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Are you waiting for the same books I’m anticipating? Any other books?

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning out my Goodreads TBR (Part 2)

I posted the part 1 to this yesterday, you can check it out here.

*Title links lead to GR pages


2136477. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Jack, 16, has always been taking medication daily and has a scar on his heart- these are the things setting him apart from other students. One day, he skis medication and realises he is SO MUCH stronger and faster. And, he also almost ends up killing another guy. Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. There’s a feud, and they’re recruiting etc.

Another good-but-not-good-enough story, as I get from the premise.

21469108.jpg8. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

I have no idea how this came into my TBR. It sounds pretty interesting and if the story is written like the synopsis, I’m pretty sure I would get bored soon and would DNF it.

YA historical fiction, slightly fantasy. There’s time travelling and drawings and mad obsessions… Not my type but it might be the BEST for some others.

 

24909485.jpg9. Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

This is the fifth book in her Fallen series. In the fourth book, Daniel and Lucinda got their HEA. This book is about Daniel’s friend Cam. Cam loves Lilith but she’s in the underworld. He makes a bet with Lucifer that if he can make her love him in fifteen days, Lilith will be allowed back into the world and they can get their HEA. Otherwise, there’s a place for him in Hell.

I didn’t particularly like the Fallen series and only marked this because I wanted to finish the whole series. Now, I’m changing my decision. I’m not interested. I believe this can be read as a stand-alone too, without the previous four books.

16068780.jpg10.  The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I read the synopsis now and I’m not understanding how to tell you want it is. There’s a surrogacy auction, something about being/having the jewel and the MC being purchased. There’s lies between the jewel’s facade and an illicit affair.

 

 

916687711. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Synopsis sounds intriguing. Science fiction>steampunk, YA, historical and kinda fantasy. Interesting and I’m pretty sure I added it because I thought it would be a good story. But now I realise its kinda not my type. I might come back to it someday but not sometime soon.

 

 

12. Heart of Brass by Kate Cross

12004775.jpgArden, undercover for The Wardens of the Realm who protect 1898 steampunk England, has the status, wealth, and independence of a countess – and can see the final moments of a murder victim’s life. Her husband Lucas vanishes until she spots him one night. The Company wiped his memory, sent him to kill her, but he cannot. Yet if he does not, someone will — and kill him.

Oooh. But again, not my type, so I’m removing it. Steampunk, romance, historical. Pretty sure I added this just because it had “clockwork” in its series name. I believe I had just finished The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare then.


And that’s it for this post!

Have you read any of these? Do you want to? What do you think?

 

 

 

Cleaning out my Goodreads TBR (Part 1)

If you’re a book lover and absolutely adore reading and are obsessed, you would understand my problem of having toooooo many books in my TBR (To Be Read). I not only have it in Goodreads, but also in my notes app with a list of them and a whole album of photos called “Screenshots”. These are basically the schreenshots of books I want to read taken from Instagram photos. I haven’t been screenshotting since I got my new phone and my “social media cleanse” phase but I already have soo many.

In this post, I will be mentioning some books that I removed from my TBR list on Goodreads. Yes, I wanted to read them (and still might) but they’re not high in my preference list. I’ve got hundreds of books to read and it helps to prioritise. This way, I also get to revise what I can read next and realise what all I have.

So, here we go. (*Titles lead to Goodreads pages)

7058405.jpg1. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

I’m not sure why I marked this originally. Maybe I was in a phase where this would have been my type of book, but it’s not anymore. Its a Mystery-Crime novel. I’m not into that genre right now.

Its about a girl who comes back to her town after her parents’ funeral and finds that her childhood friend died (murdered, more likely). She’s getting into the story and a local detective is following his leads too. Small town with a disturbing past.

10805997.jpg2. Deviant by Adrian McKinty

Again, a mystery novel that I’m not interested in. Here’s the GR synopsis:

Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

376127.jpg3. Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb

This looks like an interesting read about body image but I’m letting it go. Here’s the synopsis:

Growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1970s, Lori Gottlieb learned the lessons her culture had to teach her—for example, that “no one could ever like a girl with thunder thighs.” Lori took those lessons seriously, and saw her world fall slowly apart as she developed a fierce reluctance to eat—winding up hospitalized when her “diet” took over her life. Fortunately, she recorded the journey in her diary, and her story is funny, slyly insightful, and surprisingly universal.

87056934. Dark Mirror by Mary Jo Putney

YA fantasy book with magic and such, but it’s ratings and reviews aren’t good enough so this is going.

The youngest daughter of an earl discovers she’s got magic. An accident causes her to use it and reveal her powers. She joins a club or something and learns her full capability. She’s drawn to a Marquis. There’s some danger in Britian etc.

 

18600267.jpg5. The Revealed by Jessica Hickham

Another YA fantasy book with a girl whose father is one of the most powerful men. He’s running to be leader but an underground organisation turns up kidnapping 18 year old who have powers. She’s next and she isn’t going down without a fight.

The thing is, reading so many fantasy books, these cliched books don’t hold much appeal anymore. I’m removing this.

 

6. Compulsion by Martina Boon

20759498.jpgYA paranormal fantasy with ghosts and freedom-less MC. After her mom dies, she moves in with her aunt and is found prisoner in that home again, but this time with ghosts. There’s a sun-kissed boy, a mysterious cousin, love, danger and death.

Not my genre anymore so its going out.

 

 

 


I’m doing this clearing out a little at a time along with adding my “Screenshots” TBR into Goodreads to have it all in one place. I’m making this a series so arounf 5-6 books per post. Comment below if you’ve read these books, heard of them or would like to read them. Also, let me know if you’d be up for series’ like these. I WILL be doing them but I would like to know your thoughts 🙂

Reading 2016

I’m half way through my Goodreads challenge!

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It isn’t something big but I don’t have much of time to do anything else, so I’m really glad about it.

I thought with my finals coming up, entrance exams and starting for college, I wouldn’t have much time to read therefore I pledged less than last year.

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Maybe I should change it to more, push myself. I’m not sure.

I thought I won’t read much at all this year but then my brain went something like this:

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I don’t have much time for a bigger blog post, so that’s it for now!

How are you guys faring? Any new accomplishments? I’d love to hear all about it!