January TBR

What’s this? What’s this? There’s books waiting to be read~ What’s this? It’s this month’s TBR!

Okay, corny song aside, I haven’t done one of these in… years. Since 2015, to be exact (at least for monthly TBRs. I’ve since made challenge TBRs). I stopped because I often found myself not actually reading the books in said TBR because I’m such a mood reader, but this year I want to try to set a goal and actually achieve it.

So, the other day I posted my list for the POPSUGAR 2020 Reading Challenge, and I’m definitely going to stick to that list for most of my reading. There are some books I want to read that aren’t on my list, but are on my shelves, so yeah.

Since there’s roughly four weeks per month, I want to aim to read one book per week, so these TBRs will have (at least) four books listed for me to read. This isn’t including all of the webcomics and other stories I keep up with online, mind you, but just novels/manga/comics that I hope to read.

I’m going to attempt to read three books from the main list for the challenge, and then one book from the advanced list each month.

I’ve also included a bonus book in each month because there are books that I’ve been reading for way too long and just need to finish, or I started last year and still need to finish.

Okay, enough rambling, here’s my TBR for January!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Bonus book!

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Remembrance by Rita Woods – Challenge prompt: A book that’s published in 2020

Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

Ohio, present day. An elderly woman who is more than she seems warns against rising racism as a young woman grapples with her life.

Haiti, 1791, on the brink of revolution. When the slave Abigail is forced from her children to take her mistress to safety, she discovers New Orleans has its own powers.

1857 New Orleansa city of unrest: Following tragedy, house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom. Desperate, she escapes and chases a whisper…. Remembrance.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar – Challenge prompt: A book written by a trans or non-binary author

The story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker.

It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour’s mother once knew is changing, and it isn’t long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour’s house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour’s idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.

More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow’s daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – Challenge prompt: A book with a great first line

The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Advanced challenge prompt: A book written by an author in their 20s.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


That’s all I have for this month! I’m excited to see what this month of reading brings and to see how these challenges push me to read books I never would have thought to pick up otherwise (probably).

Let’s chat!

What are your reading goals for this month? Any book in particular you’re excited to read? Anything on my list catch your eye? Let me know!

Disney-a-thon TBR

That’s right, I’m joining another readathon! Everyone’s coming up with a lot of good ones lately, so I’m excited to join!

And, really, if you don’t know me by now: hi, my name is Rayna and I love Disney.

So as soon as I saw there was going to be a readathon based around Disney, OF COURSE I HAD TO JOIN. Disney-a-thon, here I come!

Let’s go over the details of the readathon and then I’ll jump into my team and my TBR!

Hosts: Izzy of izcurrentlyreading, Ally of nature of pages, Francisco of Books Under Covers, and Divya of celebrityreadshush.

Time: August 1st-31st

There are four teams for this readathon, and each of the hosts is going to be head of their team:

  • Izzy is hosting Team Aladdin
  • Ally is hosting Team Tangled
  • Francisco is hosting Team Lion King
  • Divya is hosting Team Mulan

Each team has their own prompts and reading goals, but I’m going to talk about my team: Team Aladdin!

So each team has a total of five books to read (this is including the group book for their specific team), and each group has a special ability granted to them by one of the characters in their movie!

Here’s the prompts and how many points they’re worth:

  • Jasmine: a book that features royalty – 10 points
  • Aladdin: a book that includes romance – 10 points
  • Magic Carpet: a fantasy book – 10 points
  • Jafar: a book that sucks you in as if you’re in a trance, and one you must read only at night/in the dark – 25 points
  • Abu: this is the group book: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – 50 points

Our special ability is granted by, you guessed it, Genie! Our special ability allows us to DNF a book if we’re not liking it and keep our points for that specific prompt, excluding the group book.

I’m pretty excited because for my TBR I picked books that I think are going to be really fun to read – and they’re all ebooks, which makes me feel like I’m reading faster, even though I’m probably not lol

Here’s my TBR!

  • Jasmine: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Aladdin: The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  • The Magic Carpet: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Jafar: The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Abu: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I’m going to take it easy this month and only participate in this readathon. Last month kind of overwhelmed me, haha!

Let’s Chat!

Can you keep one jump ahead of the bread line? One swing ahead of the sword? Or are you going to be swept under by the Cave of Wonders? (If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know and tell me what team you’re on!) Which book are you most excited to read in August?

The Book Junkie Trials & Medievalathon TBRs

Why, hello there. It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it? Well, today I’m coming at you with a couple of TBRs as I make July a super busy month filled with writing for Camp NaNoWriMo, as well as two month long readathons, and moving to a new state! Fun fun!

The Book Junkie Trials

This first readathon is The Book Junkie Trials, created and hosted by Rachael Marie of Rachael Marie Book Junkie. Her announcement video covers all the bases as far as what the reading challenges for every team are, so I’ll let you peruse that, but basically there are four teams: Scribe, Mage, Outlaw, and Bard. You take a quiz to be determined which team you’ll be a part of, and then you can follow the respective leader’s video to learn about each trial and their destinations to The Bookie Grail.

So I am part of the Magi team, and as such, we are following the map that Rachael Marie created from Orcs Cove, down to Ol’ Pirate Cove, through Glimmer, into the Draconic Isle, and finally to the Bookie Grail.

Each stop has a specific goal that each team must achieve in their respective routes to reach the Bookie Grail.

  • Orc Cove: Some say there are no talking to orcs, but a good political relationship is needed. Learn some orc customs by reading a book that is gruesome, gory, or gritty.
  • Ol’ Pirate Cove: Shiver me timbers! You’ll be walking the plank if you don’t learn how to sail better. Read a book that takes place, at least in part, at sea.
  • Glimmer: This isle is alight with gems and crystals, one of the most picturesque spots in the High Queendom. Make sure you fit in with a beautiful or colorful book.
  • Draconic Isle: Oh my! This island is swarming with wyverns and dragons. Brush up your draconic knowledge with a book that features dragons.
  • The Bookish Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten isle by a fallen star. Read the group book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

And each team has one ability and one flaw that can either help or hinder them. So the Magi’s ability is time manipulation. We have a three day lead on all other teams (which means we were able to start our first book on June 28th).

As for our weakness: One of our spells went awry, and now they are forced to read a book outside their comfort zone.

So here’s my TBR for this readathon:

  • Orcs Cove: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (already completed with my time ability)
  • Ol’ Pirate Cove: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • Glimmer: Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
  • The Draconic Isle: A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
  • The Bookish Grail: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I want to say my flaw book is Sea of Monsters because I don’t read middle grade all the often, if at all (minus the first Percy Jackson a few months ago).

This readathon lasts the whole month, so I’m excited to dive into these books!

Medieval-a-thon

This readathon is also taking place for the whole month, and it’s hosted by Holly of Holly Hearts Books. Her announcement video explains in detail everything that is taking place for this readathon, but basically it’s like a build your own character RPG type of thing, and I am here. For. It.

So the more books you read, the higher your rank will become, from lowly peasant all the way up to king or queen.

And the way this works: you get to dress your character.

  • Crown: A book where a character fights for the throne.
  • Helmet: A book with a dragon on the cover.
  • Breastplate: A shiny book.
  • Shin guards: A thick book.
  • Boots: A book that has yellowed over time.
  • Cloak: A book with red on the dust jacket.

But not only do you get to earn your armor, you also get to pick a weapon of your choice!

  • Sword: A book with something pointy on the cover.
  • Dual blades: A book with assassins.
  • Bow & arrows: A book with elves.
  • Ax: A book with mercenaries.

So, here is my TBR for this readathon:

  • Crown: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
  • Helmet: A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
  • Breastplate: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Shin guards: Stupid Love Comedy by Syusyusyu Sakurai
  • Boots & weapon: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Cloak: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

This is a very hopeful TBR lol I don’t know how many I’ll actually get to finish, but I hope it’ll be a lot of them over the course of the month!

Let’s chat! ❤

What do you think of these readathons? Are you participating? What’s your most anticipated read? How many books do you have set out to read for July, even if you don’t participate in these readathons? Let me know!

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

Hey guys, I’m here with another readathon that I’m probably going to fail at, yay! But I really wanted to join this one because this readathon, hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight, focuses on diverse reading and reading #ownvoices books. Since diversity has been an incredibly HUGE topic of discussion this past year, I definitely wanted to join in this readathon and read some more diverse books.

My House: Hufflepuff represent, whoo whoo!

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When: January 1st to January 15th, midnight to midnight your time

Points: There are points to earn for your House, whichever you sign up for. I’m not going to explain the points, but you can find out how they work on the sign up post.

The Prompts: There are a few prompts that are based off of different spells from the Harry Potter series that you can pick books based off of. Here they are along with my picks:

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Alright, for this one I’m going with Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. As a plus-sized woman, and how one of the main characters is also large, I find this fitting. Also because I’ve always struggled with my identity as a big person and having people see me for who I am, which is a topic this book covers (or so the synopsis says).

Potential 39 points + 5 for completion = 44 points

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I think for this one I’m going to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon because it has two characters who are diverse: a Jamaican female main character, and a Korean male main character, two groups of people which I’ve never read about, I think.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

da-readathon-protego

I’m going to read Style by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book features a f/f relationship, and Chelsea is a queer author, so it fits for the #ownvoices choice.

Potential 24 points + 5 completion points = 29 points

da-readathon-reducto

I had the hardest time thinking of anything, so I’m going to pick something someone else is reading which is milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s a collection of poetry and prose about survival, love, loss, and other things.

Potential 20 points + 5 completion = 25 points

dareadathon-impedimenta

I’m going to have to go with Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy because this book has been on my shelf for a while now and it features a teen who’s overweight and does beauty pageants and is confident in her body and I am here for that.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

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I’m going to pick Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz because I’ve heard so much hype and love for this book since joining the book community that I just need to read it for myself and see if it lives up to expectations.

Potential 35 points + 5 completion = 40 points

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This wasn’t recommended to me specifically but everyone and their mother has recommended this book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Once I finish Ruin & Rising, then I can move onto this book.

Potential 46 points + 5 completion = 51 points

Total Potential Points: 275 points
(this total doesn’t include any extra points such as review points & others)


Now will I read all of these in the two weeks this readathon takes place? Most likely not, but I’m going to read as much as I can because this is such an important and fun readathon, to broaden your horizons and read more diversely.

P.S. All of the banners were made by Aentee. I just edited the Hufflepuff one to include my info.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you planning on joining in on this readathon? What books do you plan on reading? What #ownvoices book did you pick? Which house are you representing?

Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: Message in a Bottle

Hey there everyone, here is my video for the Biannual Bibliothon challenge for day one! The challenge is called Message in a Bottle and you’re supposed to write a letter to your favorite character, so I chose to write to Aelin from Throne of Glass (because did anyone NOT see that coming? I mean, seriously.) I had a lot of fun with it even if it is a little choppy, but I’m still very proud of it!

If you want to skip over the TBR section, my entry starts at 3:23.

As far as stats go for the readathon, I’ll post what I’ve read on the next day’s blog post. So for today, since it’s the first day, I won’t post my stats of what I’ve read until tomorrow’s post, and so on.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you write a letter to? Would you write it to your favorite or least favorite character? Or would you write as one of your favorite characters to another character, such as Clary writing to Jace?