Anti-TBR Tag

I’ve been seeing this one going around Booktube and the blog-sphere and decided that it looked fun! I think it was created by Nicole @Nicole and Her Books on Booktube!

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Sorry guys. I know I know. Superheros are cool, but this one holds like nothing that interests me. I also didn’t love the Lunar Chronicles so I’m going to pass on this one.

A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?

War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy

I read Anna Karenina a few years ago and I didn’t love it, so I’ll probably never read War and Peace. I found the writing in Anna Karenina to be rather wordy and I’m pretty sure that War and Peace is just as long and wordy. If I am going to read a book over 1000 pages long, I’d rathe read a book that I know for sure I’ll enjoy.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Rainbow Rowell. I read Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl and they didn’t really interest me either? The writing was meh, and the author herself has far too many problematic elements in these works for me to really want to support her.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

I’m not going to read another book by J.K. Rowling. I read the Harry Potter series, but I don’t plan on reading anymore of her books.

An author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?

Holly Black

I read The Cruel Prince, and …eh…it was not for me. Something about the writing style and the plot just was not something that interested me to pursue further, but I’m also happy for those who love the series, since the short story collection just came out!

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

Contemporary. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some great contemporary books, but they never really interest me unless there is some kind of fantasy or sci-fi element involved. I Just find contemporary fiction to be something I don’t reach for. I read to escape, so to read a novel set in our world, it’s got to have a pretty noteworthy story. Do you have any contemporary fiction stories that you can recommend?

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Gamechanger- L.X Beckett

I started this and don’t remember why I didn’t finish it. I returned it to the library without finishing it. I think part of the reason why is because I got busy or maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it? There were some interesting elements in here and it was set in an interesting world, with diverse characters, but I put it down for whatever reason. I might go back to this at some point, but for now, it shall remain unfinished.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have since DNF’ed?

The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

Kind of going off the other question from earlier, I don’t plan on reading the rest of the series because it just didn’t interest me enough. It just wasn’t for me.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories- Holly Black

I think the fact that I didn’t like the first book in this series is going to explain why I’m not interested in the new entry to the series.

What are your answers! I want to know! Post them below or post the link to your Anti-TBR Tag in the comments.

~Cam

December TBR

The Anatomy of Story- John Truby
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn
Stamped from the Beginning- Ibram X. Kendi
Words of Radiance- Brandon Sanderson
These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong
Kingdom of Flesh and Fire- Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Empire’s Ghost- Isabelle Steiger
From Fire & Shadows- J.F. Baptista
The First Sister – Linden A. Lewis
Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb
We Set the Dark on Fire- Tehlor Key Meija
The Vanished Queen- Lisbeth Campbell
The Dragon Republic- R.F. Kuang
A Deadly Education- Naomi Novik

What is everyone else planning on reading?

~Cam

July TBR

I cannot believe that the year 2020 is half over! This year has simultaneously lasted forever while also going by way too quickly. I have a lot more time on my hands now that I’m only in one class, so I have a lot of plans for reading. About half of these are ARCS or review copies that I was given by the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books this month. What are you planning on reading this month?

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn
The Eternity of Masks and Shadows- Karsten Knight
Spring Girls- Karen Katchur
The House of Styx- Derek Künsken
Voice of War- Zack Argyle
The Hollow Gods- A.J. Vrana

Foundryside- Robert Jackson Bennett

The Angel’s Game- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Curse of Ash and Embers- Jo Spurrier
Shp of Magic- Robin Hobb
Upon a Burning Throne- Ashok K. Banker

What are you planning on reading in July? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

January TBR

Happy New Years! Here are some of the books that I am planning on reading in January of 2020! I think I have a pretty broad selection here, so my hope is that I can find some brand new loves.

Vicious- V.E. Schwab
The Magicians- Lev Grossman
Velocity Weapon- Megan E. O’Keefe
The Starless Sea- Erin Morgenstern
Starsight- Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings- Brandon Sanderson
Radiance- Catherynne M. Valente
The Anatomy of Story- John Truby
The Savior’s Champion- Jenna Moreci

There are a few books here that I’ve been meaning to read for a very very long time, so I know that those will be the priority, but I feel like I have a really good spread here for books I want to get through. I’m hopeful to find some new favorites this year. What are you reading first in 2020?

~Cam

WWW Wednesday: October 9th

This tag is hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Diviners- Libba Bray
Goodreads

I literally just started this yesterday, so I don’t have many thoughts on this one quite yet. Look out for a review soon.

Recently Finished Reading

Into the Drowning Deep- Mira Grant

I just finished and wrote a review for this! Check it out here.

To Be Read

Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo

This is one of my most anticipated releases for October. I would have started it yesterday, but it was delayed in shipping. 😦 I’ll start it as soon as I have finished the book I’m reading. Look out for a review soon!

What about you? What are you currently reading? What did you finish recently? What are you planning on reading soon? Let’s discuss in the comments! Have a wonderful day and as always keep reading.

~Cam

October: To Be Read

It’s finally October! This is the perfect time to read some spooky books and thrillers! I had a busy month last month in September, and I don’t think that it’s going to let up any time soon, but I still have an extremely ambitious TBR. I know that school is going to keep me incredibly busy, but I am very very excited about some of the books below!

The Diviners- Libba Bray
House of Salt and Sorrows- Erin A. Craig
Into the Drowning Deep- Mira Grant
The Turn of the Key- Ruth Ware
The Well of Ascension- Brandon Sanderson
Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo
Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

The Greatest Show on Earth- Richard Dawkins
After the Flood- Kassandra Montag
An Unkindness of Magicians- Kat Howard
Marrow Charm- Kristin Jacques
Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
The Future of Humanity- Michio Kaku

What will you be planning to read in October? Are we reading any of the same books? Have you already read any of the books I’m reading? Let’s discuss, and remember, as always, to keep reading 🙂

~Cam

WWW Wednesday- September 25th, 2019

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

This is a re-read for me. I love Brandon Sanderson and all of the books I’ve read from him. This is such an interesting concept. This is a story that has loss, love, despair and hope. It has everything that I love. The characters are dynamic and well fleshed out. I’m also planning on re-reading the second book in the series, The Well of Ascension, very shortly after I finish this one.


Recently Finished Reading

Okay, this is a book that I was super excited to read and I was not disappointed! This is a story of a witch and a witch hunter who are forced into holy matrimony and the chaos that ensues.

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the development of characters and their romance was developed well. It was definitely not insta-love and I found myself rooting for them at the end. Some of the twists were a little out of nowhere, but I still enjoyed myself while reading.


Reading Next

This is the sequel to the book I’m currently reading. This will also be a re-read for me, but I don’t remember any of it. I’m excited to continue immersing myself in the world. I will be reading the third book, Hero of Ages, for the first time and I’m excited to see what the conclusion to this trilogy is.

What are you reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you planning on reading next?

I hope you have a wonderful day, and as always, happy reading.

~Cam

September: To Be Read

September, oh September! Oh how I love September. Whilst I live in Florida, and the weather never changes, I still love September. September is peak hurricane season (Dorian is about to hit, so I’ll have plenty of candlelight reading time). Even so, I feel like the weather starts to lighten up just the slightest bit. It (usually) rains less and it starts to get the slightest bit less humid. School is back in session so I have less time to read, but I want to be a little ambitious this month. While I probably won’t have the time to get to everything, here’s a list of some of things I’m going to try to get to:

Darkdawn- Jay Kristoff
The Poppy War- R.F. Kuang
An Unkindness of Magicians- Kat Howard
The Final Empire- Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension- Brandon Sanderson
The Saviors Champion- Jenna Moreci
Serpent & Dove- Shelby Mahurin
The Greatest Show on Earth- Richard Dawkins
Elantris- Brandon Sanderson

What will you be planning to read in September? Are you reading any of the books I’m reading? Have you read any of the books I’m reading? Let’s discuss, and remember, as always, to keep reading 🙂

~Cam