#T5W | Summer 2017 Reads

This week, we are talking about Summer Reads.

Here is my list last year: Summer 2016. While my sentiments about seasonal reading still remains the same, my choices will be different. I do understand wanting to read a certain book or genre that is influenced by the weather outside. Even a book cover can (be) inspire(d) by the seasons. And some books are marketed and released to appeal to a certain overall mood for that season. Contemporaries tend to be more popular during spring and summer while darker reads such as horror and mystery make a comeback during fall and winter.

Personally, my kind of “summer read” is adventure stories. Fantasy stories whether they be light or high or epic. Long books. Finished series to binge read. Something to take me away from reality. I don’t really go anywhere for summer due to my dislike of scorching heat and glaring sunlight so books are my way to go. And I’m lazier in the summer. It’s too hot to move. LOL.

James Rollins books. You’re probably sick of me mentioning this author every so often. What can I say? He’s my favorite and I’ve grown comfortable with how he writes sci-fi mystery thrillers. I’m listening to one of his works right now, War Hawk, which he co-wrote with Grant Blackwood. Kane is my new favorite dog. I’ve read a good chunk of Rollins’ backlist and I’m actually looking forward to re-reading those that I’ve only listened to on audio. I’m sure I have copies of it lying around my room somewhere. I know for sure I have copies from Sandstorm to The Devil Colony in the Sigma Force series. I don’t mind them as mass market paperbacks, strangely enough. I just need to find that push to finally re-read it.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. And I guess I’ll put A Court of Wings and Ruin on here too. I have both books. I waited for ACOMAF to be released in paperback to match my copy of ACOTAR. As for ACOWAR, I was sucked in by Target having an exclusive edition on their shelves. One of my weakness is any kind of signed whatever from the author may it be a book plate, a printed signature, or in this case, a stamped signature on the naked book. I’m not the biggest fan of ACOTAR but from what I heard, the next two books are way better. So no better time to marathon read these two.

Chain Mail: Addicted to You by Hiroshi Ishizaki. The title sounds like some cheesy New Adult-y novel. But this is a Japanese horror thriller. Yep. I don’t really know what it is about since the GoodReads blurb is a mere sentence or two. Really, this could be a placeholder for any of the Japanese fiction I have in my possession. I just picked this because while I was rearranging the literal stack of books by the foot of my bed, I saw this. I almost forgot I had it so I decided to include this book here. Who knows, maybe I will read it.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. And with this, binge read the rest of the series. I have this in digital and I actually wanted to read this last week. But I decided to go with Daughter of Smoke and Bone instead since I have physical copies of the whole trilogy. But I still want to read this as soon as possible. I’ve always been intrigued by the first book’s premise. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and trilogy.

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. I have have physical copies of the whole trilogy. Two of them, I got in a haul last year. And the third one was graciously gifted to me. Actually, any New Adult read would do. I just chose this for this purpose because I have the whole trilogy in paperback. But it could be anything. Hopefully, I will find the drive to finish Infini or some other steamy NA I recently added to my TBR.


Summer is still a couple of weeks away. I’m still trying to work on my Spring TBR (4 out of 10, I keep getting distracted by other books). But I’m sure I’ll get to these eventually, summer or not.

#T5W | I Still Have Four Months to Go

Long time no see. This week, we are talking about Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year.

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I’m not much of a TBR girl. I’m a mood reader and I rarely follow at TBR. And really, those things can get away from my grasp fast. I acquire books faster than I can read them. I can read about one book a week but buy up to eleven in one go. Oops. 😉

Anyway, I’m splitting this into to Top 5s: five books I want to read before 2016 ends and five series that I want to start before 2016 ends. I’m only going to include books in my physical possession, books that are already released by the time of this post. For the series, I’m talking about those that I own, at least the first two books. I will not be counting any unreleased sequels. If only one book is out in a series, then that counts as only one book. Get it? Enough of these rules!

BOOKS

  1. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I loved  A Darker Shade of Magic and I had this in my possession even before I finished that book. Why I didn’t marathon it, no one knows. I actually plan to read all of VE Schwab’s books before the end of the year but this takes priority.
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve read mixed reviews but I’m way more intrigued than discouraged. This spurred a random impulsive Book Outlet haul not too long ago so I guess I really want to read this book? Yes.
  3. Lock In by John Scalzi. I’ve been wanting to read this book since hearing about it on booktube but I’m never in the mood for it. Soon, hopefully.
  4. Goth by Otsuichi. Out of all the Japanese books in my possession, I really want to read this as soon as possible. I want this book so badly that I bought it full price. (Which ended up being cheaper than buying it from an online bookstore that I frequent.)
  5. Any Brandon Sanderson book. I have the Mistborn trilogy, The Rithmatist, the first two books in The Reckoners series, and the first two books of The Stormlight Archive . I need to get started on this train!

I should also put Maggie Stiefvater on this list but I don’t own a single book by her. I really should remedy that. I’ve heard nothing but good things about her Raven Cycle and I want in on the action.

SERIES

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I have all three books and I’m trying not to pick up Six of Crows. I want to read this first before going into that.
  2. The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I have the first two books, my copy of The Winner’s Crime is even signed! I bought it signed, by the way lol. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this trilogy and it involves music so… gimme!
  3. Snow Like Ashes duology by Sara Raasch. I bought both books in the Philippines during my vacation. It was cheaper there. Again, heard nothing but good things… this is in a lot of underrated book lists.
  4. Starcrossed trilogy by Leisa Rayven. I have all three; I even got the 3rd one for free! I’ve been curious about this series, at least Bad Romeo, for a long time.
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. I have the first two books. I found the first one as an ARC at a dollar bookstore. I even have a sampler of this when it first came out. Yeah, I think I really need to get started on this.

I also wanted to include You by Caroline Kepnes but that’s a duology and I don’t have the next book yet. I might decide on that once I read You. I fully intend to.

MAILBOX MONDAY #8 | Book Outlet’s Summer Sale

It’s only Mailbox Monday this time. 😉

I was gone for a couple of weeks and I realized I only pre-scheduled one post. I actually put a couple as Drafts because I planned to do reviews on my tablet while I was on vacation but duh… I was on VACATION so I didn’t even bother. I actually didn’t touch my tablet unless I was on the plane. I finished one book, Confessions by Kanae Minato, and started another one, Armada by Ernest Cline, all in the South Korean airspace. I’ve yet to write about my trip. You know me. Lazy. 😉

While abroad, my beloved Book Outlet sent out another $5 off coupon. It started on the 14th of June through the 17th, I believe. I was still in the Philippines when it started. I got back to Los Angeles on the 15th and was dead to the world until the 16th. With 12 hours left, this is what I ended up with.

That’s 11 books for a little over $30. More if you include shipping but eh. I didn’t go up to $50 for the Book Outlet bear. What sucks is that Book Outlet stocks up on some titles that I really want AFTER the sale. So yes, I have another haul after this and then after that, I saw more titles. Eh… I had to stop myself. I’m too excited. This is getting out of hand. LMAO.

But that’s not to say that I picked these titles up just for the sake of the sale. No, I actually have all these on my wish list. All but one, to be honest. One was an impulse buy that is influenced by Good Reads reviews.

  • Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. I have digital copies of these books but as I’ve realized lately, my heart of hearts still prefer physical books and all the space they take up.
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Another book that my brother already read that I didn’t know about. He’s never led me astray with his reading choices before so here it is.
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I keep picking this up and putting it back whenever I see it at a bookstore.
  • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. The first book in this duology is on its way. That sparked the other purchase. I was eyeing both books when I was in the Philippines but I ended up buying another duology instead.
  • Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. What can I say? I liked The Devotion of Suspect X and decided to go ahead with the rest of his works.
  • Steelheart and Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. Let’s see what the Youtube praisehype is all about. I also bought the Mistborn trilogy boxed set in the next transaction making it 6 Sanderson books in my possession. My next read will be The Rithmatist.
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. I didn’t even realize it but this is my 2nd Julie Berry book. I also have The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place from my last huge haul. I kept seeing this under new arrivals and the cover was so intriguing. It has good reviews so I took the plunge. Last time I did that, it was a slam dunk. (Confessions by Kanae Minato. Now one of my favorite books!)
  • Lock In by John Scalzi. I’ve wanted this for such a long time. I can’t wait to get to it… eventually.
  • Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu. I already read it. I loved it. The book was such a blast and this was definitely right up there with it. I enjoyed it a lot – probably more than I enjoyed the book!

Legend: The Graphic Novel actually was the final book to satisfy my 25-book goal for 2016! Yay! I’m done. But not really. It’s not stopping there. I’m currently reading Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith. I have the whole Escape from Furnace series, another impulse buy from the Mother’s Day sale. And I am enjoying it a lot. I’m hoping to finish it either tonight or tomorrow. Anime Expo is this weekend so I want to get all my reading out of the way.

How about you? Did you take advantage of the Book Outlet sale? ‘Til the next one!