Welcome To Blogmas and December TBR | Blogmas 2019

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and Happy December 1st! Yes, the year is almost over and we have some fun things planned this month. For starters, if you couldn’t already tell by the very obvious title, I am participating in Blogmas this year! Fun, right? I already post 5 days a week, so I figured an extra two days wouldn’t really be all that crazy to do, just for a few weeks I suppose.

I have some pretty fun posts planned for the holiday season that are bookish, and of course end of the year updates for my reading. I have been looking forward to this all year, I have been reading for an entire year, keeping track of monthly stats, for the simple reason of being able to re-cap a lot this month, so make sure to pay attention to that!


What is Blogmas you may ask? Well, Blogmas is the time in December where you blog everyday (or vlog, or BOTH) from December 1st all the way up until Christmas, which is December 25th.

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Typically, you want to do Christmas-y themed posts, but we are rebels and won’t necessarily do that the entire month. I’ll still be doing WWW Wednesdays and Top Ten Tuesday’s guys. There will be Christmas themed stuff, but I’ll mix it up a little bit because can we really type 25 Christmas themed posts? No, no I cannot.

I am so excited for Blogmas guys and I hope you are too! Leave links below in the comments if you are also participating this year! I would love to read your guys posts as well.

Let’s get into the second part of this post now, my December TBR!


So I really don’t plan on getting too much reading done, since it is one of the busiest times of the year with all the holidays, blog wrap-ups, and it’s also the start of my busy season at work. As much as I would love to finish the Harry Potter series this year, I really don’t think it will happen. I would love to have at least started book 6 by the end of the year and finish the series at the beginning of 2020. We will have to see.

The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

and then hopefully… Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

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November 2019 TBR

Hello everyone! I have decided that this month I will be participating in NaNoWriMo. I am pretty confident I can do this and I am just so excited! It’s my first year trying this so fingers crossed! I don’t have much of a TBR planned due to this, so this month I’m doing something a little different.

This month, we are doing a…. TBR JAR!

Yes, I’m doing it. I have found a lovely jar, I have written names of books on tiny pieces of paper and put them in my jar, so that throughout the month, I can pick the names and ta-daaaa, that’s the book I will have to read. I don’t expect to get to a lot of them, but even if I finish at least two books, I’ll be happy.


Okay so, there is one book that will be a definite read and that is Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer. I have been waiting all October for this book and I am just really excited for this.

Supernova (Renegades, #3)

Okay so… I think that’s it. I think just for this month, I will post TBR Jar Journal’s every Saturday and also NaNo updates as well, just so people can kinda follow along with where I am at.


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October 2019 TBR

YES! Spooky month is here! This month I am doing something really special with my blog, as I will be themeing the blog around Halloween/October. Just this month there will be little appearances changed to compliment this change, and also a ton of themed Fall/Halloween posts! I am so excited and have been working hard to prepare for this small monthly change. I’ve actually been working on it so much that I really have no idea what I’m going to be reading this month! I’m sure this won’t be my exact tbr, but it’s something to guide off of.


These Witches Don't Burn

These Witches Don’t Burn – Isabel Sterling

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, #1)

Nocturna – Maya Motayne

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now … everything has changed.

Batman: Nightwalker

Batman: Nightwalker – Stuart Moore, Marie Lu

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life the dark mysteries behind the gates of Arkham Asylum. Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and 18 year-old Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

Bruce Wayne is turning 18 and inheriting his family’s fortune. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads him to Arkham Asylym, the infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeline Wallace, a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope. Madeline is the mystery Bruce must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

Bruce Wayne is proof that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero, but can he survive Madeleine’s game of tense intrigue and deception?

This graphic novel adaptation from New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu and artist Christian Wildgoose is a dark, action-packed thrill ride!


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September 2019 TBR

Happy September everyone! I know I say this at like the beginning of every monthly TBR, but I really can’t believe it’s almost September. I don’t have that big of a list of books that I want to read, but here are a few that do come to mind.

Dear Haiti, Love AlaineMaika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?

Actually, a lot.

Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.

All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.

You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Renegades (Renegades #1) – Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


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August 2019 TBR

Hi everyone! Really exciting reading month this month since I will be participating in Disney-a-thon! This is a month long Disney read-a-thon taking place this month in August and was created by @izcurrentlyread and co-hosted by @natureofpages, @TheFranciscoMP, and @celebrityreadsh. If you want more info on this read-a-thon, you can find literally every piece of info you’ll need on their twitter page @disneyreadathon.

So basically how this works is everything is split up into 4 teams: The Lion King, Aladdin, Tangled, and Mulan. I am on the Tangled team! Yay!

Since I’m on team Tangled, I can jump to whatever prompts I like, but definitely check the rules on which direction your team should go if you aren’t on this team. I’ll basically keep going throughout the month of August and try and see how many prompts I can get through and how many points I can score for my team. These are each teams prompts:

So since I’m starting in Tangled, I’ll set up my starting TBR!


Team Tangled TBR:

Rapunzel – Read a book with glowing reviews:

Autoboyography

Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

Flynn Rider – Read a dark/mysterious book:

The Third Twin

The Third Twin – C.J. Omololu

The Snuggly Duckling Crew – Read a book with a dreamy cover:

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

I think after these book’s I’ll probably switch to different prompts so.. Idk. We will see.


List of group books for all groups:

  1. Team Lion King: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sanz
  2. Team Aladdin: The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell
  3. Team Tangled: A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
  4. Team Mulan: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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July 2019 TBR

Hello everyone! It’s July of 2019, and today is my first day at my new job! I am so excited to get this new job, a new beginning and a new fresh start for me. Since I’m starting my new job, I’m not expecting to read too much, but I still have a few books I would like to get to at some point this month. Let’s get right into the TBR!


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

A Court Of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. 

Heartless

Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Dry

Dry – Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival,

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


What is on your TBR for the month of July?


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