BEAT THE BACKLIST 2018 TBR

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a 2018 challenge tbr. I wasn’t planning on doing any challenges next year but then I heard about this one and I really like the idea of it. The aim of the Beat The Backlist challenge is to cut down your tbr and read more backlist titles. 

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Throughout the next month or two I will be creating a more solid tbr which you guys will be able to find on my Goodreads shelf.

My goal for this challenge is not to go overboard and to try and read the books I want to and to try and finish off some series.

So without further ado, here is my tentative 2018 Beat The Blacklist tbr!

BOOKS I WANT TO READ

Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1) Unearthed (Unearthed, #1) We Are the Ants The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) Opal (Lux, #3) You

DREADNOUGHT // UNEARTHED // WE ARE THE ANTS // THE DARK PROPHECY // OPAL // YOU

Winger (Winger, #1) The Book Thief The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Dark Matter The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4) The Smell of Other People's Houses

WINGER // THE BOOK THIEF // THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET // DARK MATTER // THE CREEPING SHADOW // THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES

SERIES I WANT TO START/ FINISH

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1) A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

ALL FOR THE GAME TRILOGY

SHADES OF MAGIC TRILOGY

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I don’t know if I’ll be able to read all of these books in one year since I know 2018 is going to be a great year for releases but I have been looking forward to reading these for ages so I think this challenge could really push me to start them!

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Are you guys participating in Beat The Blacklist? Have you read the books on my tbr?

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MY HOPES AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE “RAVEN CYCLE” TV SHOW #1

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new tv chat posts. Whether or not you’ve read the Raven Cycle series, we all know that it’s being turned into a tv show on Syfy, so today I thought I might talk about my hopes and expectations for the show!

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IMPORTANT

**Adam must be relatable and he MUST BE DEAF OR I WILL RAGE – we have almost no deaf rep in media, let alone half deaf so I will be mega pissed off if they don’t include this.

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  • I hope Henry is mentioned and seen every now and then in the show before he becomes and main, it would be amazing to see him random questions in class or for only some of us to understand who he is
  • The Grey Man needs to be confusing to the audience
  • Magie Stiefvater is exec producer, sci-fi channel

ADAM

  • Must be deaf
  • Representation

VIBE

  • Stranger Things vibe
  • Sense of family – strong

CAST

  • They would be stupid to include an all-white cast
  • MUST look like teens – Spider-Man style

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  • The books primarily focus on the characters, rather than the plot so I am hoping it will be an emotional show
  • Similar to Stranger Things in terms of magical elements, if I crap myself it’s giving off the right vibe
  • Characters make the series, rather than the plot

CAST

Diverse, close to teenage age

Gansey – white

Ronan – don’t particularly care – so long as he’s tanned I’m good, car oil, biracial maybe?

Noah – White because he’s a ghost duh

Henry – Asian (in the books)

Blue – poc, Blue’s family

Adam – idc

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Are you looking forward to the show?
What are your hopes & expectations for TRC?

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Most anticipated Releases | Summer 2017 – 2018

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Summer 2017 – 2018 (December – February)

December, 2017

Foolish Hearts Silver Surfer, Vol. 5: A Power Greater Than Cosmic Lumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View

FOOLISH HEARTS / SILVER SURFER VOL 5 / LUMBERJANES VOL 7

Foolish Hearts – December 5th, 2017

Silver Surfer Vol 5 – December 12th, 2017

Lumberjanes Vol 7 – December 12th, 2017

January, 2018

 

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) Spider-Gwen, Vol. 2: Weapon of Choice Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) The Threads We Weave Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3) The Hazel Wood Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue

BATMAN / SPIDER-GWEN VOL 2 / CRUEL PRINCE / THUNDERHEAD / THE THREADS WE WEAVE / BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY / THE HAZEL WOOD /  WIRES AND NERVE VOL 2

Batman: Nightwalker – January 2nd, 2018

Cruel Prince – January 2nd, 2018

Spider-Gwen Vol 2 – January 3rd, 2018

Thunderhead – January 9th, 2018

The Threads We Weave – January 9th, 2018

Beneath The Sugar Sky – January 9th, 2018

The Hazel Wood – January 30th, 2017

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue – January 30th, 2018

February, 2018

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA / LUMBERJANES VOL 8 / COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEARTALL OUT

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – February 6th, 2018

Comics Will Break Your Heart – February 8th, 2018

Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold – February 20th, 2018

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages – February 27th, 2018

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What books are you looking forward to this season?

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LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOGGING AND MENTAL HEALTH

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new discussion, in which I chat with you guys about how our mental health can affect our blogging!

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So, just to preface I have extreme anxiety and I had depression from the age of 11 to 17 so I know a bit about mental health. I also run a blog (duh) and I’ve noticed over the past year, how my grossass anxiety has been affecting how often I post on my blog and also how I feel about them before and after they go live.

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So recently I finished high school, so my anxiety has been fluctuating from barely there to do not get out of bed or you’ll get run over by a bus. Because of this, I have not been prepping as many blog posts, just putting them in my drafts to gather dust.

I find that my outlook towards blogging always counts the most towards whether or not I ever get anything done. If I’m in a good mood I might feel good enough and have enough of a clear mind to dedicate a day to writing reviews and then I try to blog for all of the next day and then I will give myself a day off.

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So, how does my mental health effect my blog?

  • It affects my outlook on life in general and my attitude towards blogging.
  • It affects what I talk about: Is it relevant? Am I ranting? Is it a lacklustre blog post?The tone of my posts can differ depending on how bad my anxiety is for the day
  • Do I write a discussion or a tag?
  • I generally feel more inclined to blog and talk about books when I’m in a lighter mood. On these days I don’t feel obligated to blog and I will probably write a tv chats post or a recommendations post.

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So, does blogging and mental health correlate for you? Does the way you’re feeling affect the quality of your content, or whether you even post anything?

I think, for me, my mood will always determine the quality of my blog posts and then how I communicate you guys. If I’m not, feeling it, then I might not answer comments for a month or two, which has definitely been known to happen. I also might avoid social media and might just rewatch tv shows and ignore my responsibilities.

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Does mental health affect your blogging?

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HARRY POTTER RE-READATHON

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new readathon post! For 2018 I decided I ould try and do a year-long readathon, but I never end up completing them. So for 2018, I thought I would aim for a more laid back goal, hence, my Harry Potter readathon I am about to introduce you to!

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So, my readathon… my plan is just to read a book a month. I don’t plan on doing anything extreme.

THE PLAN

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JANUARY – HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

FEBRUARY – HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

MARCH – HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

APRIL – HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

MAY – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

JUNE – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

JULY – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

AUGUST – THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

SEPTEMBER – QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES

OCTOBER – FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (SCREENPLAY & THE TEXTBOOK)

NOVEMBER – FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM 2 SCREENPLAY

DECEMBER – (basically the three Pottermore short stories) SHORT STORIES FROM HOGWARTS OF HEROISM, HARDSHIP AND DANGEROUS HOBBIES / SHORT STORIES FROM HOGWARTS OF POWER, POLITICS AND PESKY POLTERGEISTS / HOGWARTS: AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE

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Along with reading all these books (and probably listening to them on the bus to work but whatever), I will hopefully be watching the films along with them.

I would also love to be able to flip through some of the illustrated editions as I listen to the audiobook because I still haven’t gone through them.

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I would love for you guys to join me in my lowkey chill readathon because I know I haven’t read the books in a while and a bunch of you guys have never read the books before. So, I am excited to get into this series with you guys, having discussions here on my blog about the series throughout the year, and hopefully, you guys could join me in watching the films too!

 

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Will you guys be joining me in my re-read? When was the last time you read HP? Have you read HP?

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5 Books I Want To Read In Summer

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a seasonal post, talking about all the top 5 books I want to read in Summer this December – February. Let me know if you plan on reading these books this season too!

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Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)

UNEARTHED

December 1 in Australia // January 9 in the US

I met Amie Kaufman yesterday (I am still screaming) and so I got to get my copy of Unearthed signed, along with my copies of the Starbound trilogy. I have been waiting for Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner to team up again and I can’t wait for this series!

 

The Threads We Weave

THE THREADS WE WEAVE

January 9

So, we have a trend…

As soon as Amie Kaufman announced this on her Instagram I immediately knew I had to read it. She and Meagan Spooner also wrote another Starbound novella a few years ago but I think this one is written before any of the characters meet and I am ultimate trash for the trilogy so duh I’m going to read it.

Also, you can get this emailed to you if you send in your pre-order receipt for Unearthed.

The Hazel Wood

THE HAZEL WOOD

January 30

As you guys have probably realised, I am have been pretty into retellings and anything related to fairytales/lore lately. It sounds fantastic and right up my alley, it sounds like a dark fairytale and I feel like I haven’t read a properly dark story in a while so sign me up.

 

The Power

THE POWER

So this book actually came out last year but recently it has gotten a bit of hype, which is how I found out about it. This novel sounds absolutely fantastic, it’s set in a world in which all women develop the ability to electrocute people and therefore there is a massive gender power shift and I really need to read it.

 

 

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

27 HOURS

I actually received an arc of this a few months ago but because of classes, I wasn’t really able to read it. This was my most anticipated novel for 2017, but as more people have read it, a lot more negative reviews have come out. That being said, I know next to nothing about this book, other than I think there is an ace and a deaf character and that is so exciting!

 

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What books are you planning to read this season? Will we be reading any of the same books?

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December TBR | Where I try to catch up with my 2017 goals!

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with my December tbr and a goals catch up for the year!

My main goal for 2017 was to be more chill and laid back with my reading, which I think I’ve done pretty successfully. However, my other big goal was to read big books and guess what, I totally didn’t have any time to actually do that!

I wanted to do this a few months ago but between school and blogging I just haven’t had the time, so I’m doing it now, last minute in the last month of the year (whoops!)

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This month my main goal is to read bigger books. I started out the year hoping that being more relaxed with my reading would help me to read larger books and really get through my high fantasy TBR pile, but alas I just have not had the time!

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MY 2017 DECEMBER TBR

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A FEAST FOR CROWS / THE  HAMMER OF THOR

This month I would really like to try and read some larger books but I would also like to try and catch up on some goals if I have the time. 

MY GOALS: HOW HAS MY 2017 G0NE?

SPECIFIC BOOKS

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) Homegoing The Upside of Unrequited The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time (The New 52) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

Sleeping Giants, Homegoing, The Upside of Unrequited, The Black Prism, Six of Crows, The Flash Vol. 6, The Sword of Summer

Yeah… so my individual goals for books didn’t go so well this year, but I think that is purely because I raised the bar too high. I haven’t had the time for Black Prism, I don’t read the Flash comics anymore, and I haven’t been in h mood for Upside at all this year. Hopefully, 2018 will be kinder to me.

SERIES GOALS

Finish at least 3 series/trilogies I started prior to 2017

  • Steelheart trilogy
  • Young Avengers trilogy
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Start and finish at least 1 trilogy in 2017

  • The Fifty Shades trilogy

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What are you reading this month? Did you keep up with your 2017 goals?

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