Monthly TBR, Reading Rivlary, TBR and Beyond Book Club

October 2020 TBR and Book Challenges

Hello! October is my favorite month and I am excited to get spooky, creepy books read. I am doing two book challenges this month. The first one I am doing is TBR and Beyond Book Club‘s All Hallow’s Eve Camp game. I am part of the Nightmare Crew for the game which will be really fun.

Also TBR and Beyond Book Club has several group reads in October that have creepy and scary theme.

My October TBR is the following…this is what I plan on reading unless my mood changes and read something else.

Also doing the Reading Rivalry challenges this month, theme for this month is Six of Crows.

What are you planning to read in October? Are you doing any reading challenges?

Magical Readathon, Reading Rivlary, TBR and Beyond Blog Tour

April 2020 Reading Challenges

I did not do a wrap up for March because I forgot but I read three books last month and I didn’t buy a lot of books either. I am hoping that this month reading will be better since I decided to do three book readathon/challenges. Trying to do these to help with having to stay inside all of the time and reading helps me with relaxing. Also trying something different with tracking the reading challenges that I participate in every month, I decided to use a bullet journal which is the first time using one.

TBR and Beyond Book Club April reading challenge called Mix and Match Reading Challenge.

Below is my TBR for Mix and Match Reading Challenge and my cards. I have already completed one of the the cards – Backlist Title – 2019 or before with Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

Reading Rivalry Reading Challenge – Star Wars theme of old Star Wars duo and new Star Wars duo. I am in the Mandalorian and The Child team. I am using the books I am reading for TBR and Beyond Book Challenge.

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon hosted by G (Book Roast) – the readathon is based on the magical world that J.K. Rowling had created. The Magical Readathon is based on two main events: the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams and the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests which are the two main exams students take at Hogwarts to find out which career would be place in. In O.W.L.s level have 12 reading prompts for each magical subject and to passed the O.W.L.s you have to select books on the prompts. Also, G is hosting quizzes on Twitter and Instagram to receive House points. My house is Ravenclaw.

I selected to do the Librarian career and I am doing the Legal Defence of Fantastic Beast Seminar, I will need to complete 6 O.W.L.s to complete my exams. I did change one of the books for the prompt instead of reading A Witch in Time for History of Magic, I am reading Serpent & Dove for that prompt. I did complete one O.W.L.s prompt for Transfiguration, I read Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

Is anyone doing any of these reading challenges? Which ones are you doing?

Happy Reading and be safe!

JoAnne

Monthly TBR

July 2019 TBR

Finally had time to post my July TBR. This month I am doing reading challenge by TBR & Beyond Book Club (check link if you want to join in the fun). This month game is Beach Book Book board game. The game runs until the end of August so gives more time to finish up books from the rolls.

After rolling the dice, my prompts are below.

I am also trying to catch up on reading some ARCs that I received. I am reading Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman which released date is August 6.

Also TBR and Beyond Book Club two books for this month for group reads and author live chat are When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington and Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

What is on your TBR for the month?

Reviews

Review: We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing

Published: February 26, 2019

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Synopsis:

Let Rebellion Burn.

At Medio School for girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run her husband’s or raise his children, but both wives are promised a life of comfort anf luxury, far from the frequent political uprising of the lower class.

Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret – that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio – and a chance at a forbidden love?

Review:

This story feels uncomfortably close to what is happening in our world with women being excepted to conform to being subservient roles and let’s talk about the wall that keeps out what the government considered to be “illegals” even though they are part of the same world. Does it sounds familiar?

The story is across between The Handmaiden Tale and The Hunger Games. The difference is that the story follows young women who are being trained at Medio School for Girls to be wives who are sold to the wealthiest, influential families. The twist is that the girls are married in pairs to one man, there is a Primera (whose roles is to handle the everyday household and the right hand of her husband) and a Segunda (whose role is to be the one gives her husband children).

We follow Dani and Carmen who have graduated from the school and have been married to Mateo. Dani was not happy to have Carmen to be the Segunda because of the way Carmen treated her throughout their time in school.

I enjoyed seeing the development of Dani’s character in the story. You see that she trying to be strong and tries to not show her fear that her secret would be revealed that can ruining everything that she work for and her family. She doesn’t allow her fears get in the way what she has to do to survive and becomes clear that she really wants to help and be part of the revolution with La Voz. To be able to fight for people who can’t do it for themselves. She was my favorite character from the book.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Carmen because I really didn’t like her in the beginning of the book but eventually I did start feeling different about her especially seeing how she started to show herself with Dani and seeing how relationship with Dani getting stronger. The romance that developed between Dani and Carmen is when I knew that Carmen was being real and truly care for Dani. Their relationship was so sweet and real in a world that was fighting against everything around them.

The one character that I really hated was Mateo. All I can say about him is that he is truly an egotistical asshole! I hope he gets what he deserved in the next book.

Overall, this book was amazing with it vivid descriptions of the world and you can tell the influence of Latin culture which was nice to read for this Latina.

I can’t wait for the second book to come out so we find out what happens with Dani, Carmen, and the rest of the characters in the book.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Monthly TBR

May TBR

Finally posting my May TBR, it has been a hectic and stressful week at work so I haven’t had the time to post about my TBR for May.

This time around I am not going to over the top with my TBR. Definitely reading three middle grade books this month because TBR and Beyond Book Club theme for the May is middle grade. We are having a middle grade challenge, if you want to join in the fun head over to our Facebook here.

The only middle grade books that I have read are the Harry Potter series so I am looking forward to reading these three and see how I like them.

The other books on my TBR carts are ones that I am hoping to get too this month.

What is on your TBR list for this month? What are you looking forward to reading?

Happy reading!

JoAnne

Monthly TBR

April 2019 TBR

Hello Everyone!

It is April and below is my TBR for the month. I am hoping to read most of these books and if not then I will roll over the ones that I did not finish into May TBR. I am doing several challenges this month. I am doing Reading Rivalry challenge, the theme for April is Jokesters & Tricksters! Sounds like lots fun, should check out the Reading Rivalry Facebook group if you are interested in fun reading challenges!

Another reading challenge I am doing is Dark Fantasy Match game by TBR & Beyond Book Club (check link if you want to join in the fun).

This month’s game is different. You MUST pick TWO cards to make a match (any two cards) and find a book with BOTH those themes in them and, of course, read the book. That will give you a match! I am excited for this challenge, I love dark fantasy books and I know this will definitely get me out of my reading slump. TBETTDark Fantasy Challenge

My April TBR cart for both challenges!

What is on your TBR for the month? Are you reading any good dark fantasy that you would recommend?

Happy reading!