10 Books I Plan to Read This Spring

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It's spring! (although it doesn't feel like it where i am...) Spring isn't my favourite season, and is actually my second least favourite with summer being dead last. I just don't like hot weather, it forces me to go outside into the sun and I don't like being in bright sunlight. But one thing that I do like about spring is that my workload isn't too demanding so I have more time to read than I do in the colder months.

A reading goal that I literally just decided on is to read all of my unread books on my shelves before I buy any new ones, so obviously this post won't have any newer books in it. I also never know what's being released, so there's that too πŸ€·πŸ»

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz - This book is my current read, but I started reading after I started this post, so on the list it shall go πŸ˜…

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I haven't read any of Jandy Nelson's books, but I couldn't resist the blue edges of this book.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I've had this book on my TBR for ages so I figure it's time to get it read now.

Batman -The New 52 - I have been horrendously behind on Batman comics for years. In fact, the last time I was up-to-date was during the Return of Bruce Wayne arc. That was in 2010. So, I've been buying the TPBs of the New 52 run and I plan to read through all of them.Well, the main series comics, because there's about four Batman titles running at the same time and that's a lot of time and money.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd - I've been staying away from this comic for a long time because of how bastardised the Guy Fawkes mask has become and also the fact that the movie pops up everywhere on November 5 when everyone gets the point of the holiday completely wrong (*cough*guyfawkeswasaterrorist*cough*), but because I like Alan Moore's writing, I'm giving it a go.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater - I know that I say that I'm going to start this series, but I have money now so I don't have much of an excuse to not read it anymore.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - I don't have much of a theme going for my April TBR, but this book seems like a nice spring-y book.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - Another book that's been on my shelves for ages! I love mysteries, and I've heard some really good things about this series.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff - Yet another book that I've had for ages! Goodreads is telling me that this is also a mystery, but I'm not so sure if it is or not.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - I haven't actually read anything by Lauren Oliver but this is another mystery that I'm looking forward to.

What's on your Spring TBR?

I'm Back, Babies ✌🏻

Well, hey there, buttercups.

So, I disappeared. Again. My organisational skills are probably never going to get any better, but I did tell myself that I would prioritise university work over everything else, and that is exactly what I did.

Last month I only posted once before disappearing into the void because I had to get two extensions for two 4000 word essays that I had to do and I literally just finished the last piece of work that I had to do. For now.

Other than that, nothing exciting has really happened other than I got paid so I can start blowing all of my money on books again. I'm mainly just glad that I finally have time to myself again so inbetween uni I'm able to do the things that I like to do, like reading and blogging, of course. Also PokΓ©mon. I finally got PokΓ©mon Moon and I'll be getting obsessed.

Hopefully I'll see you all around very soon!

Romance Books on My LGBT+ TBR 🌈

Even though I'm a single pringle and Valentine's Day means almost nothing to me, I do like to read romance books during February. However, one of my resolutions for this year was to read more diverse books and I had the idea that throughout February I would read LGBT+ romances instead of the het stuff I'd been reading in the past. I will admit that sometimes I whine about how "there's no diverse books that I want to read", but that's my own fault because I haven't dug deep enough to find diverse books to read, and I plan on seriously changing that. I have a tendency to use "romance" pretty lightly as it could mean that just has a bit of an emphasis on a romantic relationship between characters, so not every book on this list will be strictly romance.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - I actually DNF'd this book a few years back because I considered it to be "too sugary and rainbowy". Looking back, past me had a pretty terrible reason for not finishing it. It's an M/M romance so of course it's going to be "rainbowy". This time I'm willing to give it another chance because not only have I grown up since then, I've got more of a taste for fluffy romances now (at least i'm hoping that this book is fluffy).

Ash by Malinda Lo - Yay for retellings and double yay for LGBT+ retellings! I haven't read any of Malinda Lo's books yet (i still have Adaptation on my tbr pile, oops) but I have heard good things about them, so I definitely want to read them.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva - I'm always on the lookout for funny romances, and from what I've heard this one combines two of my favourite things in romance books: humour and adorable-ness. Also, the main character is of Armenian descent so we get bonus points for racial diversity!

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - You know what really warms my heart? When bisexual people are represented in the media. I'm constantly on the lookout for things that feature bisexual characters because I feel like they can be either underrepresented or badly represented in the media (i.e. bisexual boys are portrayed as closeted gay boys and bisexual girls are either promiscuous or "just experimenting).

Honestly Ben by Bill Konisberg - I read Openly Straight a couple years ago and just liked it. It was enjoyable but I didn't find it spectacular, so I'm actually surprised with myself that I'm looking forward to the companion book. The characters were the best part of the first book and even though there will be new characters in this book, I'm still excited to see returning characters be expanded on.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz - Raise your hand if you remember all of the rave reviews this book got πŸ™‹ I'm obviously very late to this party (as i always am, but keeping up with new releases gets overwhelming sometimes), but so many people love this book that I just have to see for myself why.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - I was a little confused as to whether there was any romance in this book since the main characters are siblings, but there is a M/M romance in this so on the list it shall go! This is another book that got rave reviews and I'm late too, but that's okay because better late than never.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - The first thing that drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover (of course) but what really got me is that this book has a F/F romance which is something that I don't read a lot of and really want to read more of so I'll definitely be getting my mits on a copy sometime soon (i hope).

What books with LGBT+ romances would you recommend?

10 Books That I Will Definitely Read in 2017

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The actual prompt for this week is 2017 debuts to look forward to, but I have been so horrendously out of the loop for so long that I barely even know non-debut titles that are being released. So instead, I've decided to list which books that I'm prioritising myself to read in 2017. When I'll get around to reading them is obviously subject to change, but I'm promising myself that these books will be read, and they will be read hard. Or gently. I don't want to break them.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - I almost had a heart attack when this book was announced because it's A WONDER WOMAN BOOK WRITTEN BY LEIGH BARDUGO HOLY CRAP OMG. I'm actually excited for all of these books (well, except for the Catwoman one, because bleh, Catwoman) but because Leigh is the only author I've read, I'm especially looking forward to this one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't read The Raven Boys and I'm determined to change that. The only problem I have is that I don't know whether to get the series in hardback, paperback, or as ebooks (i've ran out of shelf space πŸ€·πŸ»).

The Dead Zone by Stephen King - I DNF'd this book a loooong time ago. When I was 14, to be precise. And it wasn't because I hated it, I was actually enjoying it, the library just got sick of me renewing it for me all the time. I got a copy for my birthday a couple of years ago, so it's high time I finally finished it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Oh, look, another Leigh Bardugo book! I actually met Leigh in autumn of 2015 and got a signed copy of Six of Crows and because I am terrible, I still haven't read it. I actually probably won't read this book until I've read Ruin and Rising because I would rather finish the Grisha trilogy properly before moving on to the Six of Crows books.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han  - I'm pretty sure that the last book in this series is being released this year, but I still haven't read the first book. I'm a sucker for fluffy YA contemporary and To all the Boys I've Loved Before seems right up my alley, so of course I'll be prioritising it.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - The only F/F romances I've read weren't published, so the only properly published LGBT books I've read are M/M. The fact that this book has a F/F relationship and a bisexual MC is two big ticks for me, so obviously I'll be wanting to read this book when it's released.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll - I'm going to be reading a bunch of classics this year anyway thanks to university, but I do want to be able to take the time to read at least one classic book that I want to read, and not one that I have to read. I've got a few classics that I really want to get to, but Alice in Wonderland is definitely a priority because I have a gorgeous copy that I still haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Winter by Marissa Meyer - I finally got all of the main Lunar Chronicles books in hardback and I'm actually hoping to finish them this month because I'm currently reading Cress. I knew that Winter was going to be the longest book in the series, but when it arrived in the post, I completely underestimated just how physically thick it is. Eep.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I write about vampires, so I feel like I have some sort of duty to read as many vampire books as I possibly can, so of course I would prioritise at least one vampire book. However, I'm specifically prioritising this because because I've put it down twice and still haven't finished it. I need to finish this book because A) it's vampires and B) I have a signed copy and I feel terrible if I don't read signed books that are personalised to me.

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I may or may not have a reread of the entire Lux series because I've had the last book since it was first released and I still haven't read it because I'm terrible and forgetful and am awful at time management. I need to see what happens to my beautiful aliens in the end!

What books are you prioritising this year?

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, friends!

I don't know about any of you, but I am definitely the type of person to set goals for myself. Whether I actually achieve those goals, is another story, but I do like setting them. Last year I didn't do too great on the blogging front: I graduated from the undergrad degree, had a minor breakdown in the summer, started my postgrad degree, and sort of figured out how to manage blogging, reading, and uni a lot better. This year, I want to be able to do a lot better. Blogging is something that I've enjoyed for almost six years (six years, good grief) and it's not something that I want to give up any time soon.


Post regularly

I've never been one of those bloggers who somehow manages to post something every single day. For me, it's just not a realistic goal to want to post every day, my brain just doesn't churn out content like that, and if it did, I'd be posting total garbage. In November, I did pretty okay with posting three times a week and I hope to keep it up again this year. However, even though I do post on set days, I don't want to have an incredibly rigid schedule of, for example, meme-review-discussion because that feels too restrictive to me. I do like participating in Top 10 Tuesday, but if I can't come up with anything, or I don't like the prompt for the week, I'll skip it and plan something else instead. I don't want my content to go stale, so by not focusing on memes and reviews, I'll be able to keep it as fresh as I can.

Comment Regularly/Reply to Comments

Guess who's terrible at both commenting and replying to comments? It's me. Hello, I suck at being social. This has to be my absolute worst blogging habit and there are three things to blame: me, my shyness, and my memory. You'd think that after five years of blogging I'd be perfectly okay with typing out a comment and clicking send, but no. Shyness is something that doesn't disappear from my personality once I go online, and it's always been difficult for me. Replying to comments, however, is down to my horrendous memory and I hate it because it makes me look so terrible and antisocial. This is probably my biggest goal of the year because I've boxed myself in my own little corner for way too long and I need to get out of it. It actually embarrasses me to say that I don't have any blogger friends because I never make any attempts to talk to me people.

Read More Posts from Blogs I Don't Follow

A bad habit of mine is that I tend to only read blogs that I follow, and obviously it's not doing me any favours because there are so many great posts out there that I'm missing out because I don't follow the blogs they're posted to. Reading posts from previously unknown blogs will be a great way for me to find more blogs that post the kind of things I like to read, and even from there I'll be able to expand my reading list even more because after unfollowing people who's posts I didn't read anymore, it's a bit bare on its bones.


Read At Least 50 Books This Year

I am really not very good at reading challenges. I didn't take part in any challenges last year because I knew that I wouldn't be able to complete them, but this year I'm feeling a little bit more confident. I'm not a speedy reader and I get easily distracted so I'm only able to read one book a week. I used to read at least two books a week when I first started this blog, but brain things happen and now I can only manage one. If I do some very basic maths, there are fifty-two weeks in a year and I read at least one book a week so I think that fifty is manageable. I don't think I'll ever have the superhuman ability to read one hundred or more books in a year, so fifty will do me just fine.

Give More Genres a Chance

I don't really consider myself to be a "genre snob" but I can sometimes have a tendency to stick to what I like. Every now and then (usually when i'm not feeling well) I fall down into a YA contemporary hole and have difficulty getting out of it, and I really do want to try to branch out my reading tastes and be a more indiscriminate reader when it comes to different genres. The biggest hurdle for that will more than likely be high fantasy for me. My concentration isn't great and my memory is shocking so whenever I open a book and see a map or family tree, my brain tends to shut down, so I want to try to keep it awake and give high fantasy more of a chance.

Read More Diverse Books

I'm actually somewhat embarrassed to admit that I don't read a lot of diverse books, and I'm something that I really need to change. For a while, to me, "diverse" meant LGBT+ books, which is so incredibly wrong because diverse means so much more than that. I was doing better with reading more LGBT+ books, but I don't think that's good enough. I want to read more books that feature POC characters or disabled characters, and by disabled I don't just mean pretty white girls who have depression because there are so many disabilities that need to be represented. Quite a few bloggers that I follow have great discussions about diverse books (Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity especially sticks out in my mind) and it's high time that I got my ass in gear.

Complete Required Reading Lists

I've been studying Literature since I was in school and probably the worst crime you can commit as a Literature student is to not read the required texts. You might be able to somehow scrape by on SparkNotes, but it's way better to actually knuckle down and do the required reading. It's painful, but it's necessary. During my undergrad degree, I had a bad habit of not reading all of the required books because I either hated them or was lazy, but still managed to do particularly well. With my postgrad, I've only missed three books on my required reading, one because I've already read it, one because I hated it, and one because I completely forgot that it was on the reading list (oops). I want to keep going with this because I think that I'll be able to do so much better in my assignments if I actually know what I'm talking about.


Exercise Regularly

I am a lazy potato, I will admit to that. I'm very comfortable to be at home lazing around, but obviously that isn't good for my health at all. Last year I went to the gym on a pretty regular basis because my cousin-in-law wanted some company while she slimmed down for her wedding, and I just needed to be more active. Recently, I haven't been going at all and I'm not happy about it. I don't hate exercise like I used to because I know that it's good for me and it's a waste of money to pay for a gym membership and just not bother to go, and I really can't afford to waste money like that. Plus, I do want to lose some weight. I'm not fat, but I'm certainly not at a healthy weight and I'm not happy about it, so I do want to get to a point where I can feel comfortable with my body.

Eat Better

Here's the thing: to say that I have the diet of a five-year-old would be completely false because five-year-olds eat better than me. I tell myself every single year that I want to eat better, and I never manage to because I am such a picky eater (hold your judgements, please. i don't have the patience for people who hate picky eaters anymore). I don't like healthy food at all and every single method of trying to get myself to eat it never works. Trust me, I've tried everything: hiding it in other food, trying "gateway" vegetables, cooking veggies differently, just forcing it down my throat, nothing works. Nothing stops vegetables from tasting, smelling, and feeling like something that should not be swallowed. Trying to get myself to start eating vegetables is hopeless so I want to try eating more fruit because that's something that's doable for me, and also to not eat so much greasy food and start cooking again. 

Figure Out What the Hell I'm Doing

This is the exact reason why I'm still in university: I have absolutely no idea of what I want to do with my life. I have no career plans because the thought of working in a normal job and having to talk to people all the time terrifies the living bejeebus out of me and there's not a lot that I want to do that doesn't involve being creative. I do want to write, but at this moment in time, there isn't a way that I'd be able to make a living off of writing because I haven't written anything since summer last year and I'm still trying to find my niche. Speaking of writing, though...

Start Writing Again

I really, really need to get back into practice with writing. I'm hoping to do another creative dissertation for my masters degree because writing 1600 words of pure academic work is not something that I can see myself doing. Last year I didn't do as well in my dissertation as anyone I knew and it was all down to leaving everything until the last minute and having not had any good writing habits for a long time. My way of writing was to have one really good draft that I didn't proofread and then hand it in, hoping that I would get a good enough grade for it. That didn't work for my dissertation and I don't want it to happen again (i was also ill at the time, so that didn't help) This year, I really want to make a good stab at actually writing and finishing a novel for the first time because novel writing is something that I've never been good at, but I do have a pair of characters that I want to expand on. Hopefully this will be something that I'll finally be able to achieve.

What are some of your goals for 2017?

Bye-Bye Sci-Fi Month!

It's now the end of November, which unfortunately means the end of Sci-Fi Month 😭

Even though I didn't post anywhere near as much as I'd hoped and planned, I'm glad that I posted at all, because quality is more important than quantity. I don't feel like I just threw together any posts at the last minute, which is something that I tend to do in these kinds of events, and instead I took my time and went at my own pace (even if that meant straying away from what i'd actually scheduled, oops).

But anyways, I really have had a blast both putting together posts and reading everyone else's posts, as well as reading and watching some good bits of sci-fi (I had a fit of laughter at one particular scene of the Watchmen movie, and I'm not sure if it was intentionally funny). For December, though, I will be taking a wee break from blogging to enjoy the holidays to their fullest and also to plan out posts for January properly so that I can fully get back into the swing of posting regularly in the new year.

I will see you all next time!

[Sci-Fi Month] My Unpopular Sci-Fi Opinions

We can't all agree on everything. That's just a fact of life. However, there are times when you don't agree with the vast majority of people and end up being the black sheep. That's me, hello, I am a black sheep. I don't necessarily take pride in having different opinions but I'm not ashamed of it either, it's just how it is. Not everyone has the exact same taste, and if we did the world would be so incredibly boring. So, I am here today on this hopefully glorious today to share with you all my unpopular opinions on sci-fi!

This is probably the most unpopular opinion I have when it comes to sci-fi, but I genuinely think that Alien is the best movie in the series, mainly because I didn't like Aliens. The tone was so different to me that it felt off. I went in expecting another horror style movie, but instead it's a full on sci-fi action movie with lots of shooting, which isn't usually my kind of thing. Obviously I still liked Ripley and the aliens themselves, but the Marines kind of let the movie down so much for me. I thought they were a bunch of meatheads who just went in there guns blazing after being told that Xenomorph blood is acidic and then just mow them down like zombies, instead of the supposedly unstoppable monster that the Alien was in the first movie. I'm not a James Cameron fan anyway (apart from the first two Terminator movies), but I just remember being so let down by Aliens.

I can feel people's browsers being closed right now. I don't just think that Batman v. Superman wasn't that bad, it's my favourite movie of the whole year. I love this movie, and I honestly don't care about what other people think. If other people don't like that, that's fine because it doesn't affect me. It's not fine when people tell me that I'm an idiot or a "fake geek" for liking a movie, that's never okay, that's rude. Anyways, Man of Steel is one of my favourite movies, so obviously I had incredibly high hopes for BvS and I think that Snyder and Co. really delivered. The story moves at the same pace as a comic book (which is sort of Zack Snyder's trademark), has a good balance of action and dialogue, and most importantly, has incredibly accurate portrayals of the characters. Ben Affleck is now my absolute favourite Batman because his Bruce Wayne is pretty much lifted from the pages of the comics. I know that a lot of people prefer Christian Bale, and I did too at one point, but to me, Bale's Bruce Wayne is pretty bland. His scenes cut between him at home, him in public acting like an idiot, and him as Batman with very little transition. With Affleck, we see those transitions and how different each one of Bruce's personas is. I think the most common complaint with this movie is that it was "confusing" and too full of symbolism and imagery, and also "too dark". That's just the way that DC is and they've been that way since the 1970s/80s. DC stories tend to be larger than life and tackle issues such as what it means to be a hero, what it is that makes people good, compared to Marvel stories that are much more grounded (i'm probably wrong about that though, because i'm not a marvel fan). These days I think a lot of people expect every superhero movie that is released to be exactly like an MCU movie, which is not going to happen. Different comics companies do their own things and if they all just copied each other, they would be boring. What I'm basically getting at is, I think people were a bit too hard on BvS. It wasn't for everyone, but it didn't deserve to be ripped to shreds.

I actually have a full post on this point (clickety-click, so I'll keep this brief. Superman has basically become a punching bag for people who are not only a part of comics fandom, but other fandoms too. Lots of people say that he's "boring" or "overpowered" or "doesn't have a personality", and I completely disagree with all of those points. Obviously Superman is incredibly strong, but to me it's his personality that makes him the hero that he is. If Superman didn't have such a compassionate heard and wasn't intelligent, he would be a very different kind of hero. He'd be an anti-hero, which is not what Superman is. He doesn't throw regular people through walls or into concrete because he knows that it would kill them. He's about doing things the right way, and working with the law to keep people safe, instead of doing things his own way and basically landing criminals in the hospital like one certain hero that we all know (but i do still love, though).

I will admit that this opinion is a little bit uninformed because I haven't experienced a lot of space opera, but what I've seen is just not for me. I personally like my sci-fi to have an emphasis on the science part, like Star Trek does, rather than showing a cool spaceship and not really explaining how it works. Obviously there needs to be plot and characters and all that good stuff to, but my tastes definitely tend to lean more towards the science part of sci-fi. But who knows, maybe my opinion of this will change one day, and I'll open up to it more.

I'm not sure if this even counts as a sci-fi opinion (it's becoming unpopular on the internet in general), but I really don't. There's no proof of aliens existing apart from blurry and possibly fake images of "UFOs", and they've never made contact so how could I believe in them? Don't get me wrong, though. I like the idea of aliens, but I don't think that they're real because there's such a lack of evidence out there other than people saying that they do exist. If other people want to believe in aliens, then that's fine because it doesn't affect me at all, but I'll acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrial life when it's actually found.

Tell me some of your unpopular opinions!