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August TBR – The N.E.W.T.S.

The Magical Readathon is a Harry Potter themed readathon created and hosted by Book Roast. Check her fun fun channel out!

Hey everyone!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you all my TBR for the N.E.W.T.S. I failed last year, but this year I WILL become a healer! I need to read a total of 10 books, but I am determined!

Before I get into this post, most of what I list are ARC’s of books that haven’t been published yet. I am very fortunate to have parents who support my decision to pursue an MLIS and am privileged to work at a library and be able to attend full librarian conferences which allow me to obtain these ARC’s.

Now to my TBR!

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Healer Requirements
E in Charms
E in Defense Against the Dark Arts
E in Herbology
E in Potions
E in Transfiguration


Healer Prompts

Charms A: Read a book that you think has a gorgeous cover
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

Charms E: Read a comic/graphic novel/manga (or book under 150 pages)
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Defense Against the Dark Arts A: Book that’s black under the dust jacket
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Defense Against the Dark Arts E: Gilderoy’s memory charm – (grab a pen! first book that you remembered just now from your TBR!)
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

 Herbology A: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (if not – green cover)
Stormrise  by Jillian Boehme

Herbology E: Read a book between 350-390 pages
Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell

Potions A: Pollyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book!
Nevernight  by Jay Kristoff

Potions E: House ingredient: book with a cover in your Hogwarts house color
American Royals by Katharine McGee

Transfiguration A: Read a book with LQBTQA+ representation
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Transfiguration E: Read a book that’s not a first in the series
Frankly in Love by David Yoon


Extra TBR

Handle with Care by Helena Hunting
Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman
Fortuna Sworn by K. J. Sutton
Unverified by Kristen Giese
Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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Cya! ^^


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July Wrap-Up

It’s that time of the month! Let’s get straight to it!

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Total Books From Planned TBR: 7/11

I’m actually really proud of that considering I’m a huge mood reader. For some reason I want to be able to stick to TBR’s more consistently. I just think it makes for more organized content for myself later on lol. Other than that, I’ve been trying to read 10 books a month, but Jade War took up a lot of time so I’m still going to call this a win! ^^

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Books Read

 In Waves by AJ Dungo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 
»my review« Bittersweet and informative but ultimately too simple for me. Fun fact, though! I couldn’t figure out why the author’s name sounded so familiar, and then I realized I used to play Lineage 2 with one of him and a few of his friends about 15 years ago. I checked his Facebook page to confirm, and sure enough it was him and he talked about publishing this graphic novel! Small freaking world. o.o

 Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry (arc) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 
Full review to come closer to publishing date, and I’m also still trying to process this. Orpheus Girl tells the story of two sapphic young women in conservative Texas who are caught together in a compromising position and are sent to conversion therapy camp. Major trigger warnings for homophobia, torture, depression, and suicide. Let’s just say, I am cishet, and this book physically hurt me. I gave this a 3 stars for the same reason I gave Fat Girl on a Plane 3 stars: it illustrates a cruel truth about the world yet still tells an important story.

 Stardust by Neil Gaiman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Whenever I think of the word “whimsical” I will forever think of Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I listened to this as an audiobook because it’s narrated by Neil Gaiman and I was easily and eagerly sucked into the little town of Wall and the world beyond. The lyrical prose and Gaiman’s soft and comforting voice set the tone for a perfect fairy tale. I plan to do a mini review of this one as soon as I get to Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane.

 Jade War by Fonda Lee (arc) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Review to come because I once again deleted it with no way to get it back. -.- This was awesome!! It expanded on the world and characters of Jade City, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book as carefully as I did this one (which is why it took forever). I have so many thoughts on this, and even though I gave it 5 stars, I don’t know if I can say it’s perfect. For now I’m settling with “clever but I’m salty” ehe…

 The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas (arc) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 
Review to come closer to publishing date! The Magnolia Sword is an #ownvoice Mulan retelling that is more historically accurate than Disney’s Mulan. I changed my rating from 5 stars to 4 stars because its length didn’t allow for chemistry to build between characters and information about the world was dumpy everywhere. However, for some reason I flew threw this in 2 days because I still thought it was an enjoyable read.

 Heartstopper by Alice Oseman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was really cute, but I need to read the next installment to have a real feel for the story. Essentially, this is about two boys who become friends over rugby. One is out as gay and the other is questioning his sexuality. I have a feeling I’m going to love the series as a whole, but for now I’m going to stick with a safe 3 stars. Mini review to come along with Heartstoppers Vol. 2!

 Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
RTC! o.o Um…holy shit?? I heard this was steamy but woaaaaa was this steamy! Imagine reading this several feet away from your mother (obvs. like me). I had to leave the living room because I was scared to make embarrassing faces in front of my family. Needless to say, there were much more sexy times than I’m used to, but there was also a lot of plot, too! I had so much fun reading this and would also love recommendations for books like it… but I think I might also need Jesus >.>

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Book Reviews

 The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
 Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
 In Waves by AJ Dungo
 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Posts I loved by you! 

This pirate captain’s review of Gods of Jade and Shadow.
This adorable Pancake Book Tag and Mukbang from Elaine from Elaine Howlin
This interview with Rebecca Kuang that made me wonder how someone so young could be so talented from Petrick Leo of Novel Notions. 
This review of The Rage of Dragons that got my hype for this book from Hiu Gregg of The Fantasy Inn
This post on broken, awkward, incompetent, and mismatched heroes that made me nod in agreement over and over again from Kathy at Pages Below the Vaulted Sky
This review of Jade City that made me remember why I love the Green Bone Saga so much by Mr. Renzol

dividerWhew! Done! I’m hoping my allergies and migraines go away soon so I can get back into the swing of things, but overall, I had an enjoyable month! How was yours? Any new favorites or interesting discussion posts I should check out? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 10 Tuesday: Book I need to read by my favorite authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently run by That Artsy Reader Girl. Hop on over to their page and show them some love!

Hey everyone! I seem to have found some Wifi to write up a post, so today I’m coming at ya with a list of books I need to read from my favorite authors. I don’t know about you all, but once I find an author I love I almost always buy most of their other works. Maybe that’s not everyone??? I have problems…and a migraine -.-

Anyways, today I’ll be choosing books I haven’t read from authors from my Top 10 Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors post. Hope you enjoy!

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The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

I’ve started and stopped this 2 times now. In fact, it’s been on my currently reading shelf for probably half a year >.>. I’m enjoying it, but for some reason I haven’t read it all the way through yet. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime this year..!


The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I will read all the N.K. Jemisin books one day! Actually, mortals going up to the god realm is one of my favorite tropes so maybe I should have chosen to read this one before The Killing Moon. It hasn’t gotten the best reviews, but I’m hoping I’ll like it anyway.


Exo by Fonda Lee

I had no idea Fonda Lee had other books out besides the Green Bone Saga! This is a YA sci-fi that sounds way different than her other works, but humans integrating with alien societies from Fonda Lee sounds like it could be a good time.


Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I find the idea of super hero stories exciting, but for some reason I’m always hesitant to read one. That, and the books in this trilogy are huge! The last book is coming out this year, and I’m guessing I will binge the series during the beginning of the year.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

So this sounds spooky, and I’m not sure if I will ever get the courage to try this one out. I love scary anything, but because I went to Catholic school until college, exorcisms tend to freak me out. But it’s Rin Chupeco, and I’m curious. So maybe!


Legion by Brandon Sanderson

For some reason I’m not drawn in by the story of a man with tons of people living inside his head. However, I know that I’ve enjoyed most of Brandon Sanderson’s other works and am pretty confident I’ll enjoy this one, too.


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

I’m saving this one for when I’m craving an angsty romance because that’s what this seems like. I’m used to Christina Lauren’s rom-coms but haven’t enjoyed the one serious romance I’ve read by them. I still have high hopes for this one, though!


Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I had a lot of fun reading Furyborn and really liked how fun Claire Legrand’s writing was so I decided I need to read everything she ever writes! Sawkill Girls seems to have a different vibe from Furyborn, but I’m hoping I enjoy it, too!


Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve had this on my physical TBR since it first came out. At first I didn’t read it because I didn’t like waiting for sequels. Then I didn’t read it because I heard there was a tragic romance and I didn’t know if I could take that. But I loved Strange the Dreamer, and I still believe I’ll read this…one day!


Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

I might be cheating a little with this one because Into the Crooked Place isn’t out yet, but this is only Alexandra Christo’s second novel. I gave To Kill a Kingdom 5 stars last year, so I’m expecting good things from this one!

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Cya! ^^

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Top 10 Tuesday: Set-Ups I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently run by That Artsy Reader Girl. Hop on over to their page and show them some love!

Hey everyone! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday post was supposed to be settings, but I changed it to set-ups. I don’t think of settings I want to see more of that often, but I’m always daydreaming about some scenario in certain story set-ups.

I’m pretty sure if I just looked a little bit more I could actually find stories with these premises, and there are definitely titles that already come to mind. But the more the merrier, right..?

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A story featuring dragons and dragon riders from around the world

– Self-published cover of The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

A story where both players and non-players are trapped in an MMO

– Lineage 2 Lindvior raid

A retelling of Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong

-Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, and Liu Bei

Pirates battling on the high seas

– Last Battle by Reha Sakar

A romantic comedy featuring a YouTube celebrity

– YouTube beauty guru, Michelle Phan

A world where humans and dinosaurs coexist

– Dinos and Kids by James Gurney

Stories based on Filipino mythology

– Three children of Bathala and a mortal

A world at the bottom of the ocean


Civilizations in outer space

– Found in Fairest by Marissa Meyer

A retelling of the trembling of Yggdrasil

– Yggdrasil by Olga Demidova

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What are some story set-ups you’d like to see more of? Can you recommend me any books based on what I’d like to see more of? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 10 Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently run by That Artsy Reader Girl. Hop on over to their page and show them some love!

Hey everyone! I’ve always wanted to join Top Ten Tuesday but didn’t think I would be able to come up with a list of 10 things for each prompt. This time around I’ve decided if that happens I’ll just have a shorter list than everyone lol.

This week’s prompt is auto-buy authors, and I somehow managed to come up with 10 of them. This wasn’t the easiest list because there are some authors who have some works I’ve adored but also have other titles I’m not interested in.  For example, Catherynne M. Valente and Leigh Bardugo have written some of my favorite books but, unfortunately, they didn’t make my list. 

But here are the authors who did.

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N.K. Jemisin


Fonda Lee

Notable Works:
Jade City
Jade War


Marissa Meyer


Rin Chupeco


Brandon Sanderson


Christina Lauren


Angie Thomas


Claire Legrand


Laini Taylor


Alexandra Christo 

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Have you read any of these authors’ works? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments! Until next time!

Cya! ^^

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July TBR

Hey everyone!

First things first, some of you may have already noticed, but I changed my blog name.  I wasn’t happy with Milkz’ Bookshelf when I first created this blog, but not having a blog name was preventing me from actually having a blog. Milkz is part of an old gamer name that I don’t even use anymore. I’ve finally settled on Justine Time, and I’m liking it a lot better. More on it in my ‘About’ section coming soon.

Moving on!

I used to never make TBR’s because I am a huge mood reader, but I’ve gotten used to completing them for Reading Rivalry. You can check it out here, but in short, each month people are put into 1 of 5 teams. The goal is for your team to read the most pages in a month. There are also 10 prompts and about 8 bonus challenges you can complete to gain even more points. I’ve been joining the Reading Rivalry challenge since it first started, so I thought I would finally mention it here.

Aside from Reading Rivalry, I’m also joining the Book Junkie Trials. GO TEAM MAGI!!! \o/


July TBR

Note: I’ve already read a couple of these before posting.

• Stardust by Neil Gaiman

• The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (arc)

• Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry (arc)

• The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (arc)

• The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

• Jade War by Fonda Lee

• In Waves by AJ Dungi

• Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

• The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas (arc)

• Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (arc)

• Heartstopper by Alice Oseman


Have you read any of these? Are there any in particular that you’re excited to read? What are some books you’ll be reading this month? I’d love to know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

 

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Got a Thing for AUTUMN Reading Challenge TBR

Hi everyone!

If you didn’t already know, I suck at reading challenges and readathons. Actually, lately that’s a lie. I didn’t blog about it, but I did complete my O.W.L.S. and last month’s Reading Rivalry. Regardless, I mentioned it sometime before, but I met my friend Sandra through the #booksfortrade tag on Twitter and we’ve been screaming about books in caps ever since! Sandra’s friend creates a pretty laid back challenge for her every season, and I thought it would be fun to attempt to join her! There are 12 challenges that you have to complete in 3 months. Easy enough, right?

If you want to join in yourself, check out Sandra’s YouTube video.

Here are the challenges and my TBR full of books I’ve been meaning to get to this year.


SEPTEMBER:

1. Wet Socks: Choose a book where a character has a chronic illness.

For this I’ll be reading Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. One of Dalinor’s sons has a chronic disease of the blood.

2. Dead Leaves: Choose a book with a murder that happens on another continent than yours.

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier is set in Ireland and it seems like it could get dark so I think there’s a possibility for someone to kill someone lol…

3. Don’t Forget Your Studies: Choose a book with less than 250 pages.

I am going to read The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang for this challenge! I honestly have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.

4. Short Days: Choose a book with a red or orange spine.

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta is orange all around. I was fortunate enough to win this in a raffle and am excited to get to it!

 

OCTOBER:

5. Pumkin Spice Latte: Choose a dark fantasy book.

I thought maybe Sandra’s friend didn’t like pumpkin spice lattes since she asked for a dark fantasy. Turns out, she actually loves them, so now Sandra and I are both confused. I picked Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski for this one. It’s about time I got back to this series, especially since Geralt has been cast for the Netflix adaptation.

6. 暖かくない (a-ta-ta-ka-ku-na-i) (not warm): Choose a horror book set in Japan or that’s inspired by Japanese culture.

I purchased Goth by Otsuichi at Worldcon, and it happens to be the perfect fit for this challenge. Asian horrors usually terrify me, so maybe I will read this in Hawaii when I’m close to all my family. >.>

7. Blodet drypper (blood is running): Choose a thriller book set in Norway.

Sandra and her friend are from Norway, hence the challenge. I’m waiting for a new recommendation from them because the first book they chose was over 600 pages long, and I don’t think I can commit to it. You’ll see what I choose when I read it!

8. Dead Bodies: Choose a classic horror book.

There’s so much talk about women in science fiction lately, so I’m choosing Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the mother of science fiction.

NOVEMBER:

9. Cozy Blanket: Choose a book with a pretty cover.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir was on my list of books I want to read before the end of the year so I made it a point to fit it on this list. Plus, look at the pretty cover! It’s even prettier in person.

10. Not My Life: Choose a “slice of life” manga.

I guess I want to cry sometime soon because I chose Hashi Mamoru Inu by Takashi Murakami. It’s about an old man who’s been abandoned by his family and decides to take a road trip with a dog who shows him the light at the end of the tunnel.

11. I Want to Sleep: Choose a book you read last year.

I want to re-read all of the SJM books before the last book comes out so I chose Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas since it is the next book in the series in my re-read.

12. F*ck Everything: Read a book that has inspired a game or is inspired by a game! (The challenge for Sandra: Read The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski & play The Witcher 3 before the new year)

I was going to continue on with The Witcher with a second book on this list, but I remembered  my brother bought me The Legend of Drizzt by R. A. Salvatore in May. I won’t be reading the whole trilogy, but I will get to Homeland.


I hope I complete this challenge ><! Are you interested in any of the books on my list? Feel free to join in on the challenge and check out Sandra’s videos!

Cya! ^^

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