Amanda’s November Wrap Up

I read a incredible total of twenty books this month. How did I do it? Honestly I have no idea. I think it’s because I’m usually reading a physical book, an ebook, and an audiobook usually all at the same time. I managed to complete my GoodReads reading challenge this month by hitting 150 books for the year! I’m going to aim to reach 175 by the end of December which I think I can do because it’s another twenty books!

Physical Books

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Ebooks

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Authority by Jeff VanderMerr
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
Up Shute Creek by Denise Grover Swank
In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

Audiobooks

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This is all I have today for this post. What did you read this November? Did we share any books? Feel free to leave me your thoughts in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

B&N Book Club – October

Hi book friends, Amanda here.

Today I’m going to share with you my first Barnes and Nobel Book Club adventure!

This month’s book club book is An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. When I found out this was the book I knew I had to participate because I’m a die-hard fan of the Green brothers.

I also decided to participate because I’ve recently moved and I’m interested in attempting to make some bookish friends that I can hang out with in real life instead of just over the internet. In a perfect world, all my internet friends would live close to me, but we sadly don’t live in a perfect world.

So I’m writing this post the morning before book club and I will add more after I have attended the meetup tonight at seven pm! I binge read the book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (AART), last night because I let myself get distracted all month. I’m a huge procrastinator so this is pretty typical for me. I was mostly waiting for a solid block of time to spend with the story and characters.

Here are a few thoughts I had while reading this book:

“Wow, hitting on all the relevant topics.”
“I can’t stop reading parts in Hank’s voice because I totally adore him.”
“I love that April can recognize that she is flawed and imperfect. She acknowledges that sometimes her motivations were selfish and shitty.”
“Yaaas, NaNoWriMo!”
“I wonder if April May talking about writing and book events are ideas that he asked John about or learned while booktouring with John.”
“WHAT WAS THAT ENDING. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US HANK?!”

I wrote down quite a few more thoughts, but those will likely be included in my review which I will write after the book club meet up!

So, I’m super excited for my first time attending a book club. I’m not totally sure what to expect, but I’m happy to be doing something I’ve never done before.

The Next Day – 

Hi Friends! It’s now Thursday and I was too sleepy to finish this post last night. So I’m here with some coffee and ready to tell you all about the wonderful time I had last night.

Driving to book club, I was super nervous and anxious mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. I was worried that I would be the only younger person there. I was also worried that I would be the only one to show up.

All of these worries were washed away as soon as I sat down in the circle of chairs that had been set up for the meeting. I showed up early (because I hate being the one that shows up late.) I made sure to have time to walk around and maybe pick out a few new books to take home. (I did. I bought Pillow Thoughts Pillow Thoughts II by Courtney Peppernell and Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.) Then I walked over to the B&N Cafe (it’s NOT Starbucks!) and ordered a ridiculous Starbucks coffee (I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts girl.) I even asked the cashier if he could spell my name wrong to complete the experience (he didn’t.) I asked him for directions to where book club was happening.

Making my way through the stacks with my coffee and my new books I started to get more excited. As the circle of chairs came into my line of sight I saw that three or four of them already had people in them. So I found an empty chair and took my seat.

There was an awkward silence here and there, nothing too unusual. The B&N employee (I’m so sorry, but I can’t remember her name.) showed up and we all had some casual conversation while we waited for it to be 7pm. We wanted to allow a little bit of time for any last minute stragglers. (Good thing we did because there was a handful of people that came right at or right after seven.)

We all introduced ourselves and added whether or not we enjoyed the book. I think I liked it the best out of everyone. Some didn’t like it at all, some thought it was alright, and some just liked it. I was definitely a little disappointed that the others didn’t love it as much as I did but to each their own.

It didn’t take long for us to get right into it. Barnes and Nobel provided us with some interesting discussion questions that we mostly disregarded after they were read to us and went off on our own tangents. Most of this meeting was spent with the four younger (ish) members explaining various things about social media and being YouTube famous and things like this. It was interesting seeing the difference in knowledge and understanding between the age differences. We spent a lot of time answering questions about the difference between traditionally famous people (sports players, actors/actresses, etc.) and internet famous people. (READ- famous for doing a job vs. famous for being themselves was what we decided the difference was.)

Overall, I had SO much fun. I laughed a lot. I talked a lot. I learned a lot. I will definitely be continuing to participate in this book club. I’m actually going to try to find another one because sadly the B&N book club isn’t as regular as I’d like.

The things I didn’t like:

  1. I left without finding out what the next book choice is going to be (not because I left early, but because there isn’t a specifically determined time for the next book/meeting.)
  2. (See above) – There is not an announced time for the next meeting or even a book chosen. WHY BARNES AND NOBEL WHY? (Supposedly because of the holidays, but I think the holidays are some of my favorite times to read. So lame excuse B&N.)
  3. This isn’t a regular thing. I guess I just assumed that this was a monthly book club. But they have had three meetings since May. So disappointing.

This is all I’ve got for things I didn’t like. Basically, I didn’t like that this doesn’t happen more frequently. Other than this I loved it. I had so much fun talking about a book I enjoyed by an author I love with people I didn’t know.

I am definitely looking forward to whatever book is chosen next! Did anyone else join the Barnes and Nobel Book Club? What did you think of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

ABC Book Challenge |Q|

Hello, Bookworms! This week we are talking about books with the letter Q.

For those of you that are new here – each week we post about books beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet starting with A all the way through Z. We’re going to mention one or sometimes a few books that were memorable with the letter of the week and also books that are sadly still living on our TBR lists. So without further ado.

Read last week’s post here.

This week’s letter is – Q.

Most Memorable Books

Amanda

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – Another book written by the Queen. This series is excellent and i love every page (quietly dying as i wait for Kingdom of Ash to get delivered to my house Tuesday.)

Antonia

Queen’s Own Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey – This is one of the first series that I read by Lackey. I remember absolutely loving it though I don’t recall much about the actual story so I’ll have to reread them soon.

Books Still on Our TBR Lists

Amanda

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – Being released this December and I CANNOT WAIT. It’s going to kill me.

Antonia

(The) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This series sounds amazing; magic, war, intrigue. I hope I get to read it soon.

ABC Book Challenge |K|

Hello, Bookworms! This week we are talking about books with the letter K.

For those of you that are new here – each week we post about books beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet starting with A all the way through Z. We’re going to mention one or sometimes a few books that were memorable with the letter of the week and also books that are sadly still living on our TBR lists. So without further ado.’

Read last week’s post here.

This week’s letter is – K

Most Memorable Books

Amanda

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard – The third book in the Red Queen series. I’m currently rereading this series. So it’s memorable and on my TBR list as well.

Antonia

(The) Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts – This is one of my favorites of hers. It’s got badass women with great friendships, amazing romance, magic, mystery – basically it has everything I want from a story. I was actually thinking the other day that I’d like to reread this soon.

 

 

Books Still on Our TBR Lists

Amanda

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – The queen is releasing another book this fall. The final book in the Throne of Glass series. Another book that’s just going to destroy me mentally and emotionally.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I’m so excited for this new duology that focuses on one of my favorite supporting characters, Nikolai.

Antonia

(The) Kingfountain series by Jeff Wheeler – I keep seeing this series on my kindle and have heard really good things about it.

 

ABC Book Challenge |J|

Hello, Bookworms! This week we are talking about books with the letter J.

For those of you that are new here – each week we post about books beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet starting with A all the way through Z. We’re going to mention one or sometimes a few books that were memorable with the letter of the week and also books that are sadly still living on our TBR lists. So without further ado.

Read last week’s post here.

This week’s letter is – J

Most Memorable Books

Amanda

Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore – I was so excited for Cashore to come out with another book. I absolutely adored the Graceling books (once Antonia finally bugged me enough that I read them). So I was excited to see what she was going to come up with next. I liked it well enough, but not nearly as much as her other books.

Antonia

Joust by Mercedes Lackey – This is the first in her Dragon Jousters series. It’s one of my favorites. Dragons are pretty much an autobuy topic for me and I absolutely love the way Lackey portrayed them in this series; more like really intelligent animals that can be domesticated. I highly recommend this one to any fantasy lovers.

Books Still on Our TBR Lists

Amanda

(A) Jungle of Rogues by Bella Forrest – This is the fourth book in the newest season of Forrest’s A Shade of Vampire series. I haven’t read any of the books in this season yet because I hate waiting for the next one to come out. I also have a ridiculous TBR list, so I’m fine waiting and being able to binge read the whole series in a few days.

Antonia

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – I’ve read Around the World in 80 Days and loved it so I’ve been wanting to read more of Verne’s books.

 

Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Update

I’m here to give an update on my progress for the readathon that I’m doing this month! For those of you that missed my TBR post for this reading challenge (find it here) here’s the deal. A YouTuber by the name of Book Roast created this awesome reading challenge. We read books that meet certain requirements for each of the classes that you could take an O.W.L. exam for. I chose a book for each of the provided courses but definitely don’t plan to read them all. Just as many as I can so that I have more options to take when I decide to do the N.E.W.T. Exam reading challenge.

owls update

So I’m going to go over the books I’ve read and those that I still have left now that I’m just about two weeks into this reading challenge. I’ve had fun with all my choices for my TBR list so far. Without further delay here’s my update!

O.W.L. Exams Completed

Divination – A book featuring prophecies

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

shadow of the fox

History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (print book)

my lady jane

Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

yes please

Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

allies

Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

paranormalcy

O.W.L. Exams In-Progress

Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

city of bones

Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

air awakens

O.W.L. Exams Still TBR

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

the wicked deep

Arithmacy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan (print book)

zeroes

Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

this mortal coil

Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

hp - sorcerers stone

Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print book)

ADSOM

Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

So according to our grading scale for these exams, I will already be receiving an O for Outstanding. I still have until the 29th to finish the books I’m currently reading and get to the ones that are still on my TBR list. I’ll see you readers in two more weeks for my final update of the Magical Readathon!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.