Own Voices October TBR!

    Own Voices October is a readathon hosted by two lovely ladies on Booktube, Katie and Mel. The month is a celebration of reading Own Voices literature, which is something I amyaa trying to get more of in my own reading. I’m not great at explaining things but Own Voices is a movement to try and read more books from diverse authors representing themselves in fiction in some way. Katie does an amazingly better job at describing it than I ever could so watch this!
I have quite a list of possible books, these are just books I might try to pick up in addition to my Spookathon books! This month I’m trying to read either Spookathon and/or Own Voices. I’m sure along the way I’ll slip something else in but that’s my priority. I also have a few books that I have super high on the TBR. I’ve bolded these hoping it’ll keep me on track. I’d love to review at least a few of these for the site.

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (my one and only reread on this list)
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithanwhalerider
  • We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda
  • The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
  • This Side of Home by Renee Watson
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

   There are a few more I’m still trying to find kidsreadjacquelinewoodsoncopies of in easy access and as always these are just… ideas for me. I’m terrible at TBRs but these are some of the ones I’ve put on my list/in my piles to read! More suggestions would be great, and any opinions on these would be welcome as well!

Spookathon TBR!

     There are a couple themed readathons happening in October I am interested in doing. Spookathon is the first of these. Run by three lovely ladies over on Youtube it has really ghostsbroad requirements and so it’s going to hopefully be an easy one to do. The idea is to read spooky or thriller style books throughout the month of October. It’s enough of a nice twist on the ‘read horror books in October’ idea that it hooked me. It’s also right in theme with a lot of what I am currently reading anyway! I’ll be doing this one in conjunction with Own Voices – I’m going to try and find some good Own Voices thrillers and mysteries that will fit the Spookathon. Currently I believe there is just the one challenge ‘Read a Thriller’ with several possible future ones to come! So tentatively I’ve got a few things I might choice from:

       These are just a random assortment of thrillers, spooky books, or mysteries that I have available right now. I’ve adopted a ‘make a outbig list that way you can read at least one or two and say you succeeded’ rule of thumb with my TBRs since I’m so notoriously bad for them. I’ll most definitely be changing this around, adding more Own Voices novels, and
picking up more books/putting a few down, but there are a few on here I definitely want to get to! If more challenges are announced I’ll update this to meet those, and soon I’ll have up my Own Voices TBR as well!

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Waiting on Wednesday 09/21/16

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spines.

I’ve read almost all of Lauren Oliver’s books. I was on the fence for this one but read an amazing review and a suggested reading style for it. It hyped me a bit and I believe she’ll be at Yall Fest. The only thing I’m not sure about is if I want to pre-order it or picked up a signed copy at Yall Fest!

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Publishing Date : October 4th, 2016

Publisher : HarperCollins

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Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

DiverseAThon! TBR and Recommendations

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    I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain why diversity is important, but here we are. People are still making disgusting videos and posts fighting against diversity and representation. It almost makes my brain short circuit, I simply do not understand the want to read the same characters over and over in the same stories. I can’t understand not want to represent everyone. This world is a quilt of cultures and colors and beliefs, how can we NOT look for that in our books and media? There are untold multitudes of Diversity, I would love to see more if it reflected in literature – YA, Adult, SFF, etc.  I struggle myself finding my own sexuality represented, to me that’s a small part of me – but the fact that people out there can’t find their race or their culture, that’s the heart breaking part. I’m not going to link to anything that doesn’t support Diversity in this post, especially not the highly offensive video that triggered the DiverseAThon’s creation (check out the announcement video from Joce with links to all creators). Just take my word, it’s out there. You can find plenty of transcripts of the video (I wouldn’t recommend watching it to give it the supporting views) or posts with summaries of things said.
This post is to celebrate Diversity – I want to see more of it, and I’m purposely seeking it out this week (have been and will continue to do so) for the #DiverseAThon. Some amazing Booktubers created this readathon in response to the above mentioned video. I’ve been cooking up a TBR for it and as this is the first day I thought it’d be appropriate to share that as well as some recommendations. In fact, I’m going to skim through everything in my house/on my Kindle and just list anything and everything I can find with diversity in it.
I’m looking a Diversity in a very wide lens. I’m looking for Persons of Color, Gender Diversity, Cultural Diversity, Mental Health/Physical Diversity, Learning Diversity, Religious Diversity,  etc. I’m also looking at author and/or story for sources of these. I
grayflaghave an especially keen interest in anything that might possibly have individuals of the Asexual Spectrum (#pride), and anything with learning disorders. I unfortunately only have one read on this list that hits the Ace Spectrum (that I know of) but if anyone has more please send them my way. That’s where I sit (as a Demi/Gray leaning into full Ace) and I would LOVE to see more of that. I also only have one book representing my own personal learning disorder (Dyscalculia) – I may have representation of others. Again, please bring on the recommendations.
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Waiting on Wednesday 09/07/2016

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spines.

I am SUPER excited about this particular release, I have  NetGalley arc to read and will have a review up a few weeks before the release! This one looks so amazing.

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by Marie Brennan

 

Publishing Date : September 13th, 2016

Publisher : Tor.com

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The sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm. Its clarion call creates ripples, substance, something more. It is a summons, a command. There is will. There is need.
And so, in reply, there is a woman.

At the beginning—no—at the end—she appears, full of fury and bound by chains of prophecy.

Setting off on an unexplained quest from which she is compelled to complete, and facing unnatural challenges in a land that doesn’t seem to exist, she will discover the secrets of herself, or die trying. But along the way, the obstacles will grow to a seemingly insurmountable point, and the final choice will be the biggest sacrifice yet.

This is the story of a woman’s struggle against her very existence, an epic tale of the adventure and emotional upheaval on the way to face an ancient enigmatic foe. This could only spun from the imagination of Marie Brennan, award-winning author and beloved fantasist, beginning a new series about the consequences of war—and of fate.

June Library TBR

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I’m really bad at TBRs. Real bad guys. So bad. BUT I’ve discovered I’m much better at reading a TBR if I have to actually get rid of the book. So for the past two months I’ve been doing library trips to test this. It works. I had to hang overs from last month – The Familiar Volume 2 and All The Birds In The Sky (which I have started).

I got way to many! I’m SO EXCITED about almost all of these but a little worried about getting to it. Still! Plans! I’ve made them! I’ll conquer at least part of these, because come on – this pile is full of amazing.

#TomeTopple Read-a-thon TBR

Tome Topple is a TBR created by Sam over at ThoughtsOnTomes on Youtube, and this is a two week read-a-thon with a focus on reading big books.

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Not that I need an excuse to read big books, but I’ve been a bit bad about it lately. It’s satisfying to burn through a bunch of little books and make my Goodreads numbers jump up but it leaves my awesome chunky books that just want love alone on the shelves. SO! I decided to jump on this band wagon!
There 5 challenges, as below:
1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel
And the read-a-thon runs from June 2- June 19th.

So what am I reading!?
Otherland : City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams – This series has been on my shelf so long I have the later books in hardback, acquired not long after publishing by my mother. I have heard amazing things about this so I’m pretty excited to actually try this one.
Star Wars : Kanan Volume 2 This one isn’t actually in my grubby paws yet but it’s on it’s way (got the shipping notification from Amazon yesterday). I love Star Wars Rebels and Kanan is a great character, I can’t wait to pick back up with this graphic novel series. 
Impulse by Ellen HopkinsThis is kind of a cheese read. Ellen Hopkins books are prose and read super, super quick for me. In fact I almost used this one as my sub for the Graphic Novel challenge since these are usually such a quick read.
Deep Fathom by James Rollins I really enjoy James Rollins books just for pure escapism of them. However this one seems to take place under the ocean. Have I ever mentioned I’m thalassophobic? I’m sure it’ll be fine, psssh, nothing like reading a book about the depths of the sea to help me get over it right? Right?!
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – I’m already reading this bad boy on Audio so I thought I should throw this one in, since it’s quite a chunker. I have it in paperback and I’ll be bouncing between the two versions. Spooky Victorian mystery! Fun (no, really, Wilkie Collins is cracking me up)!

With all of these I think I have met all the challenges. Fingers crossed I’ll get at least one or two of these done! Is anyone else doing this one? What’re you reading?