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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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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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July and August Book Haul

Hey Everyone!

I hauled some books in July and August. A lot of books. I went to Worldcon and… I really have no other excuse, and I am totally okay with that.

So, yea, have fun looking at all the pretty new books I got haha!


JULY

Preorders:

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Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Half Price Books:

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

ARC Trades:

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The Girl King by Mimi Yu
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Netgalley and Edelweiss:

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos  (RTC)
The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie
City of Lies by Sam Hawke (DNF at 34%)
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

AUGUST

Online:

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Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
A Hero Born by Jin Yong

Book Outlet:

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Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
River Secrets by Shannon Hale
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Ruin by John Gynne
The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Trades and Giveaways:

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
[ARC] The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Worldcon- Hardcovers

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Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Worldcon- Paperbacks

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Risuko by David Kudler
Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
[ARC] In An Absent Dream by Seanan Mcguire

Worldcon- Signed

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River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Worldcon- Haikasoru

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Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
The Melancholy of Mechgirl by Catherynne M. Valente
All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
Goth by Otsuichi

 

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The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin


See anything interesting? Hope you enjoy!

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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