My #Pondathon TBR

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.Hi everyone! As you might know (and if you don’t then you really should because this is amazing) my lovely friend CW created a magical readathon called the Pondathon! There’s a whole backstory and a very thorough explanation of this readathon which you can all find on CW’s blog here, and I really encourage you to read up on it a bit and join too because it’s going to be so much fun! You can join a team, complete quests, create your own character… it’s truly is amazing and I’m in awe of CW and how she put this all together.

Anyway, in this post I’m going to be sharing my own character with you all, as well as the books I’m planning to read.

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My character is an adorable little bee called Clover, Captain of the Clouds, and her title might have been inspired by digging through a fantasy name generator for a little bit, haha. It took me a little bit to find her name and title, but once I did it fit perfectly because 1) I love alliteration, and 2) it reminded me very much of a song called Captains of the Sky by Sky Sailing, which I immediately made Clover’s theme song. Lees verder

My Best Friend Picks My TBR, 2020 Edition

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Hi everyone! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might’ve known that last year my best friend Fadwa and I did a little project in which we both picked out a small stack of books the other had to read within the year. If you read either of our wrap-up poststhat we posted recently, you might also know that we loved doing this and that we both found new favorite books through each others recommendations. This is why we decided that we’re going to be doing it again this year, and I’m so incredibly excited about it!

Today I’ll be sharing the books Fadwa picked for me, why she picked these books, and my very excited reaction (or not, who knows, maybe I suddenly hate Fadwa’s reading taste, that’s a thing that could happen. definitely.) to her choices.

Also! If you want to see what books I want Fadwa to read in 2020, you can check out her TBR here.

408647981) I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

Fadwa: This book is on here for a completely selfish reason,which is that I want Laura to read it with me. I haven’t read I Wanna Be Where You are either, even though I’ve been dying to do so for MONTHS. Things kept getting in the way. But hopefully buddy-reading it with my best friend will help make it a priority. It has everything I love in a fluffy YA contemporary: a cute romance, a road-trip, a main character with a passion she’d do anything to go after AND the main character is Black and lord knows we need more fluffy books about Black girls.

Laura: We’re staring this off with a buddy read? That automatically means we’re starting off strong because I always love reading books with Fadwa! And I can’t wait to read this one because it sounds so happy and fluffy and I tend to really like road-trip books so, I can’t wait! I might’ve already ordered this one.Okay, I definitely did. Lees verder

All of the Books On My TBR Shelf – A #StartOnYourShelfathon Sign-Up Post

#StartOnYourShelfathon: A 2020 readathon hosted by the quiet pond. read your unread books and collect stars!

Hi everyone! When CW first announced she was planning on creating a year long readathon all about backlist books called the #StartOnYourShelfathon I was super excited and immediately wanted to join. This readathon is all about getting to those books on your TBR that you’ve been neglecting for quite some time, while being motivated by a lovely sloth named Castor and his star maps.

I have quite a few books on my TBR and I’ve been wanting to reduce this for some time, so this readathon sounded perfect. And with me being the way I am, I got over excited and bought a TBR cart so that I’d have a better overview, made myself a spreadsheet that included all of my physical TBR books, the kindle books I’m still most excited about, and my ARC TBR, and I also installed the Bookly app to track my reading. So. I guess I’m prepared, and I’m very ready to get started.

So, let’s go discuss my goals and my TBR for this readathon!

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  1. My physical TBR currently consists of about 60 books, and I want to cut this down to 30 or maybe even 20. I know that reading all of them just isn’t realistic, and I also just don’t want to do that because I still want to have a good selection of books on my TBR at all time, but I do want to cut down my TBR by a lot since it’s just too much right now.
  2. I suck at setting time aside to physically read a book, so I want to make it a goal to read for at least 30 minutes a day whenever I’m able to and track this using the Bookly app.
  3. I do want to allow myself to buy books (since I barely do that anyway) but these will count towards my end goal. Even if I add books to my TBR I will still have a TBR of only 20-30 books in the end.
  4. I want to stop requesting e-arcs, or at least restrict my requesting by a lot, because doing a lot of ARC reading and keeping up with this readathon will be too overwhelming. I will read 2020 releases at the same time as everyone else, and I will read them as an audiobook so that I won’t add more physical books to my TBR.
  5. I want to DNF more books, because I’ve read too many disappointing books this year and I can’t waste my time on more of them if I want to succeed in this challenge.

I could probably add more goals but everything can be condensed to; I will make an effort to cut my physical TBR down to 30 books. That’s it. But apparently I like to ramble a lot. Sorry.

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Okay so this is an overview of my TBR cart. A look at all of the physical books that are on my TBR. I feel weirdly ashamed of this, especially because it doesn’t even include my e-TBR, or the “pile of shame” books that I hide behind this first row of books I’m actually excited about, oops. But hopefully I’ll be able to show you all my physical TBR at the end of the year and not feel shame anymore? Anyway, let’s dive into what books are on here. Lees verder

All of the Queer Books I Want to Read for Pride (But Will Realistically Probably Not Get To)

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Hi everyone! I’m currently in between finals so I have a little bit of time to read again and I’m enjoying it so, so much! It feels so incredibly good to finally have time to properly sit down and read whatever I want for however long I want to again, and I truly can’t wait to do more of that during the summer.

I’ve also been making quite a few reading plans for pride month and my TBR is absolutely massive, but because I still have two finals and a birthday (I’m turning 22! AAAAH) in June I’m not sure how much reading I’ll realistically be able to get done. But I like having a big TBR, I like having options, so let’s just go with it.

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Firestarter by Tara Sim – I absolutely love this series and I’m both excited and scared to finally finish it off by reading this one, but I’ve been putting it off for way too long so… it needs to happen.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – This book sounds and looks adorable and I’m ready for some queer adorableness.
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it because it sounds incredibly intruiging, so I’m very happy it’s finally available on Scribd.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – This is a very last minute add-on to this TBR because I had no idea it was queer until a few minutes ago, but I’ve been wanting to read this one very badly so I’m super happy I might get to in June! Lees verder

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-Up, TBR + Update Post

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Hi everyone! This year, the super lovely and incredible CW, Lily, Shealea & Vicky are hosting the Year of the Asian; a year long reading challenge dedicated to reading books written by Asian authors. They’re also doing fun prompts, twitter chats and even a giveaway! If you want to know more about this and maybe participate in this challenge yourself, you can check the sign-up post here.

I’ve been thinking about participating in this challenge ever since it was first announced but I wasn’t too sure about it until I saw more and more of my friends joining, and I thought it might be fun to do it as well. (You know, peer pressure and stuff.) Besides that, I also noticed that I had already read three books by Asian authors this year and I’m currently working my way through another, and that both my backlist TBR and my anticipated 2019 releases list are filled with amazing books by Asian authors. So, why not?

This post will also serve as my update post, so whenever I read another book for this challenge I will add it to the “books I’ve read” section at the end of this post. Lees verder

February, The Month of the Buddy-Reads: a TBR (I’m Very Overwhelmed, Help)

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Hi everyone! I don’t often tend to buddy read books. I think I might’ve done less than a handful of buddy reads in the past, but while doing our “best friends picks my TBR” blog posts Fadwa and I decided to buddy read Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee together, and that led me to have a very fun, impulsive and possibly very dumb idea: let’s do a project in which I buddy-read books throughout February!

This was originally meant to be about 4 books, one for each week of February, but once I made a tweet about it asking who would want to buddy-read a book with me I once again ran into a big flaw of mine: I suck at saying no. And that’s how we’ve ended up here, with 11 books on my TBR and a very overwhelmed Laura.

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October TBR

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already October? Because I sure can’t. This year is going by so quickly, it’s almost scary. It’s as if an entire day passes each time I blink.

Luckily, I’m incredibly excited about October because I always get into this “I want to read all day every day” mood during autumn. There’s just something about sitting inside, curled up under a blanket, while it’s cold and rainy outside. I love it. And my TBR for this month is looking amazing!

I have to admit, I set up this TBR on the first of the month, and it’s the second while I’m writing this because I want this post to go up tomorrow and I’ve already finished one of these books. And I’m almost halfway through another. I’m very tempted to add more books to this but I know I shouldn’t, because that’ll only make me feel more stressed.

Anyway, I really hope that this month is going to be an amazing reading month for all of us!

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September TBR

Hi everyone! I know we’re already a couple of days into September and it might be a little too late to post a TBR, but I’m trying to get back into blogging (I haven’t written a review in a couple of weeks and I feel really bad about it) and I thought I’d start off by making a bit of an easier post, since reviews are always really hard to write for me.

Plus, I just love making TBR’s and I love seeing what other people are planning on reading, so why not?

I really want to reread P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han this month because I loved the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie so much that I ended up rereading the first book last month, and I would love to reread at least the first two books since I read the third book not too long ago.

I also want to read Under a Painted Sky and Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed this month because my friend Fadwa has been telling me to read her favorite books for quite some time now, and I figured I’d finally get to it. (I’m sorry it’s taken me this long!)

I’m planning on reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman because she is one of my favourite authors (I loved her debut Girl Out of Water so, so much!!) and I got approved or the ARC! The book doesn’t come out until 2019, but I simply can’t wait.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson is on my TBR because I picked it up from the bookstore today, and I have this bad habit of buying books I’m excited about, and then letting them sit on my bookshelf and letting that excitement fade away. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen with this book, so I should pick it up very soon.

The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar and Odd One Out by Nic Stone are both ARCs that come out in October, so I kind of have to read them this month. Not that I don’t want to, of course. I’m incredibly excited about both of these titles!

I definitely hope I’m going to read more books this month, but we’ll see! Now tell me, what books are you planning on reading in September? 

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April 2018 TBR

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Hi everyone! I don’t want to put a lot of books on my April TBR, since I’m honestly not sure how much time I’ll be able to spend reading. Like I said in my March wrap-up, my finals are getting closer and closer and I really need to focus more time on studying, but I do think it should be possible for me to read the books that I chose. And I’m honestly very excited about them.

I’m already reading three of them (The Wedding Date, The Summer of Jordi Perez and I Was Born for This), two of them are ARCs that I want to finish this month (Space Opera and The Girl and the Grove) and the last two are very highly anticipated April releases (Now a Major Motion Picture and Leah on the Offbeat). But since Leah comes out quite late in the month, I’m not sure if I’ll actually be able to get it done. I’m not even sure if it’s going to get to my house before the end of the month, but let’s hope so because I cannot wait to read this book.

While these are all of the books on my ‘official’ TBR, I’m definitely planning on picking up more books. Especially audiobooks, but since I always tend to pick those up on a whim, I didn’t think putting some on here would be of much use.

What books are you planning on reading in April?

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SapphicAThon TBR

Hi everyone! I hope most of you have heard about SapphicAThon by now, but just in case you haven’t; SapphicAThon is a readathon hosted by Tasha, AmelieEliseJamieson, and Miriam that focuses on books featuring f/f relationships! It takes place from the 14th of December until the 28th of December. They also have a very pretty bingo sheet full of challenged that you can complete during the readathon if you want to. You can find the announcement post here.

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I’ve been having such a hard time coming up with what books to read because I just have so so many f/f books I’m incredibly excited about, and I felt like I needed to do something very unlike me, which is making a realistic and do-able TBR of about 5 books. But then I saw Tasha and Jamieson’s TBRs and I thought: screw it. I’m just going to pick a book for every single challenge and we’ll see what I’ll actually get done! So, here’s my TBR:

Bisexual MC: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
SF/F: The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
<500 Ratings: Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Jewish MC: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

QWOC MC: Huntress by Malinda Lo
Ace Spec MC: Daybreak Rising by Kiran Oliver
Established Relationship: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
Friends to Lovers F/F: Marian by Ella Lyons

Trans MC: Cinder Ella by S. T. Lynn
Non Coming Out Story: Echo After Echo by Emy Rose Capetta
Hate to Love F/F: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Both WOC: Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Disabled MC: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
F/F Retelling: Ash by Malinda Lo
Interracial F/F Relationship: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
MC Realizes They’re Queer: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale

There are only a few books that I’m for sure going to read: Winterglass, because it’s an ARC, The Love Song of Sawyer Bell, also because it’s an ARC (yes, I’m late, I know) and because my friend Min hyped it up so much that I can’t wait to read it, and The Edge of the Abyss, because I’m buddyreading it with Min. I also want to listen to an audiobook so either one of Malinda Lo’s books or Echo after Echo is also for sure going to be read.

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I’m so incredibly excited about this readathon and looking at my TBR, I kind of want to start right this second. Those 2 weeks are going to be great, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through a lot of these books.

So, tell me; are you going to be participating in this readathon? If so, what books are you planning on reading? 

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