Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Reading Rush TBR

It's read-a-thon time! The last handful of summers something called the Booktube-A-Thon took place, and now it has been rebranded and renamed to The Reading Rush. The Reading Rush was created by Ariel Bissett (the creator of the Booktube-A-Thon) and Raeleen Lemay. Every year Ariel put so much time and effort into the BookTube-A-Thon and it always showed, and now her and Raeleen really kicked it into gear with creating a website. On this website you make a profile and once the read-a-thon begins you'll be able to update your reading progress, earn badges, make new reading buddies, and if you're in the mood for some retail therapy or maybe want to buy books for the read-a-thon you can find a list of 100 discounted books from Book Depository. The Reading Rush also has a YouTube channel. This year this week long read-a-thon will take place July 22-28th.

Like every year, there is a list of seven reading challenges to make it a more fun experience. You do not need to complete these challenges to participate, but I always do because it makes it more exciting for me. Plus, it helps me figure out what books to read. So in this post I will be discussing the challenges and the books  I'll be reading to complete those challenges.

If you're interested in being friends here is the link to my profile! Let's be reading buddies and cheer each other on!

Monday, July 15, 2019

[Top Ten Tuesday] Auto-Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is currently being run by That Artsy Reader Girl. A prompt is given each week, and I hope to do it every week so I always have something going up on Tuesdays. This week I am talking about books I will automatically buy or pre-order because of the author!

It was hard for me to think of a handful, because honestly I don't buy books often. So I am cutting this one a little short. Which sucks because it's my first Top Ten Tuesday post in three months, but I don't want to lie and add authors I don't auto-buy. I hope one day I am able to be more generous about what books I spend my money to pre-order but until then these authors are the authors currently who write the books I will probably always automatically pre-order.

Let's jump in!

[Book Review] The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

[Book Review] Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Friday, July 12, 2019

[Manga Book Review] My Hero Academia Volumes 16-19 by Kohei Horikoshi

I recently watched the current available seasons of an anime titled My Hero Academia, a show  I have easily fallen in love with. It probably won't be until Autumn until the next season, so until then I want to try to read all of the manga that has been published and the chapters that haven't been bound yet into volumes. I have officially read all of the volumes published at the moment. I do plan on continuing to read the individual chapters on the VIZ app (If you're interested in reading this
series and cannot find it anywhere, a VIZ subscription is like $2 or $3 and it's totally worth it) since I have a subscription but this is where my reviews will end for now. I do plan on continuing my reviews of the volumes, and once more are published I'll definitely re-read them and review them but until then this is the end! I highly recommend reading the manga or watching the show and then coming back so we can talk about the brilliance of this story. To avoid spoiling anyone, I am going to always have this opening in each post along with in future posts I'll have a link to previous reviews. Please understand that once I am deep into the series, there may be spoilers. It's hard to review these manga volumes without talking about specifics of what is happening.

My Hero Academia Volumes 1-3 Review
My Hero Academia Volumes 4-6 Review 
My Hero Academia Volumes 7-9 Review 
My Hero Academia Volumes 10-12 Review

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

[Graphic Novel Review] The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint, Griffin, Justin, & Travis McElroy. Illustrated by Carey Pietsch

Welcome to the Adventure Zone!

SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure!

READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters!

MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time!

Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided ("guided") by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash-hit podcast it's based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.

With endearingly off-kilter storytelling from master goofballs Clint McElroy and the McElroy brothers, and vivid, adorable art by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins is the comics equivalent of role-playing in your friend's basement at 2am, eating Cheetos and laughing your ass off as she rolls critical failure after critical failure.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

June Wrap-Up 2019!

June has ended so now it's time to reflect on my month! In this post I will list my book reviews, other blog posts, movies, tv shows, life updates, music, and plans for the next month. I will of course link any reviews and anything non-bookish (which means I don't have a review) I will write a few sentences of my general thoughts! This is the year I plan on reading books I either on my shelves or on my kindle that I really need to get to. I also need to tackle finishing a lot of series I have started in the past.

Let's jump in!