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Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge - August Update: The Vegetarian & Ouran High School Host Club

Is it almost September already?  Wow!  Anyway, now that means that I've completed 16 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge!  The tasks I completed  this month required me to read a translated book written by and/or translated by a woman and a book of manga.  For the tasks, I selectedThe Vegetarian by Han Kang and Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for September:


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I've read a lot of odd books, but The Vegetarian by Han Kang might top the list.  I'm not entirely sure how to review this one, but here we go.  While reading this short novel, I felt like I was missing some context.  Not that it took it took away from the story or anything, but it seemed like I was definitely out of the loop somewhere.  That said, it certainly added to the unsettling aspect nature of the Kang's book.  The story is also told from three different perspectives at different points yet none of them …

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my Beat th…

LOHF Anniversary Readathon - Announcement & TBR

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I'm sharing my tbr for the LOHF Anniversary Readathon hosted by Ladies of Horror Fiction and Alex @ Hey Little Thrifter in celebration of the Ladies of Horror Fiction's anniversary which will run for the entire month of September.  I loved taking part in their February 2019 readathon for Women in Horror Month, so I'm glad to be back to celebrate this milestone with them.  The goal, like before, is to read horror novels written by women and they have five reading challenges: 1) By an indie author, 2) By an LGBTQ+ author, 3) By a POC author, 4) A YA/ MG novel, and 5) A translated book or a book set in another country.  You can share your progress by using #lohfreadathon on Instagram or, like me, Twitter.  Here are the books I hope to read in September for the readathon:
By an indie author


The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste - I wasn't able to get to this one for the readathon back in February and I still need to read it.  What better time t…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library (perhaps you checked it out, borrowed it from a friend, received it for review, etc. and want to own it yourself.) (Submitted by Annemieke @ A Dance with Books).  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:


An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1)by Curtis Craddock


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab


The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


Foundryside (Founders #1)by Robert Jackson Bennett


Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee


The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll


Titanshade by Dan Stout


What books would you like to have in your own personal collection?  Have you read any of these?  If you haven't, I highly recommend them!  As …

Music Monday: The Revivalists

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a few of my favorites from The Revivalists.  I just happened to hear some of their music on the radio recently and it reminded me of just how much I love their sound.  Try Wish I Knew You, Change, and It was a Sin:








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Sunday Funday: The Reading Rush TBR - Mini Reviews & Wrap Up

Happy Sunday everyone!  I know it's been nearly a month since The Reading Rush (previously known as BookTubeAThon) ended on July 28th, but I just now remembered that I ought to share my final thoughts on the books that I read for the challenges.  I read all of the books for all seven challenges, the only thing I didn't get to during the course of the readathon was watching the movie adaptation.  I did watch the movie later on, though, when it became available to me via my local library, so I will share my thoughts on it down below as well.  Keep reading to see my mini reviews from this readathon:


1. Read a book with purple on the cover


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Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy is so much fun and it has a great sense of humor.  The pacing isn't always the best and tonally it jumps around a quite a bit, but overall it was totally worth picking up especially if you're into Arthurian legend at all.  Once & Future is like a fun c…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my Avid Au…