This post can be entirely blamed on May @ My 1st Chapter, who I hate a lot for roping me into this.
I don’t usually participate in many readathons, because I’m a very big mood reader, in terms of both the books I want to read and also when I actually want to read! And though I was interested in the Reading Rush from last year, I didn’t care much for this year’s Stay at Home prompts.
But May convinced me that it’s just a readathon to read as much as possible while staying at home, and I don’t have to do the prompts, so… here I am!! Posting a TBR for a readathon that started yesterday. (It’s FINE I am completely on top of things.)
If you’d like to know more about the Stay Home Reading Rush, click here to find out more!! It lasts for 4 days and I’m planning to read 8 books like the ridiculous person I am.
Because I’m somewhat competent for once in my life, I read two books yesterday already!! Which is the also kind of the worst because it took me 2 weeks to read 3 books, and suddenly now I can read 2 books in 1 day.
But I listened to the audiobook of All Systems Red and really loved it! I’ll be honest, I’m not Entirely sure of what happened, and while I paid attention (for once), I feel like I missed out on some things because I didn’t actually read the words. However, I had a lot of fun listening to it, and I really love Murderbot, so it ended up being a pretty enjoyable book for me.
I also read the ebook of Queens of Geek, which was a completely spontaneous decision when I saw it on Scribd! It was entertaining and cute, and I binged it in one sitting!! It did feel preachy at times, though, like I couldn’t read a few pages before getting some monologue about this important issue. Which, of course, was great to read, but I just wanted more story, you know?
(Queens of Geek qualified for the “make you smile” and “somewhere you wish you could go” prompts, technically.)
I think the entire series is up on Scribd as audiobooks? They’re all quite short, and like I said, I enjoyed the first one a lot, so I’m excited to continue! I think I’ll try to listen to one every day, and read another book from my TBR as well.
Unfortunately, because Scribd is the WORST, they’re saying the rest of the series will be “available in a week :)”… which is when my free trial ends and I’ll have to pay. But joke’s on them because I have like 700 emails and I’m not afraid to use them for more trials!!
This series is basically about a sentient security unit droid named Murderbot. It avoids all social situations whenever possible and therefore is very relatable to me, and I really like the themes of figuring out what it means to be “human”!
I’ve been wanting to read Rivers Solomon for SO long, and The Deep is another novella that will be perfect for my dwindling attention span! Scribd again is the worst and told me “available soon :)” about the audiobook, but I will be using my ever-so-honest method of obtaining to access it.
(Technically, I can still read the ebook, but Daveed Diggs is narrating the audio and the Hamilton fan buried deep inside me needs that.)
I haven’t read much about this one, though I know it’s about the descendants of African slaves and a historian who keeps all their traumatic memories. And my friend Silvia recommends this, so obviously it’s going to be good!
I read about 50 pages of this like a week ago, so I want to keep going with it! So far it’s not really Wooing me yet (seeing as… I stopped reading it and haven’t picked it up since), but I also haven’t read that much. I’m hoping things will start to pick up soon, and I can’t wait for the f/f romance to start developing officially!!
This book is about a Black girl who joins a prom competition in order to win money to afford her dream college, but in the process falls in love with one of the girls she has to run against. The author was the SWEETEST and sent me this ARC herself with some swag, so I will actually cry if I don’t love it.
We’re going to ignore how I impulsively added this to my TBR .2 seconds after seeing it on Scribd. (I really should become a Scribd sponsor considering 1) how many times I’ve mentioned them in this post, and 2) how the majority of these books I am reading from Scribd. But… I also said that they’re the worst. So things are a bit conflicting.)
There is definitely a strong chance I will not finish this and/or end up reading it at all, because it’s the longest book on this list at 380 or so pages, but! If there’s anything that will make me fly through it quickly, it’s my love for Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books.
I’ve also heard nothing but amazing things about this one, so I’m confident I will enjoy it immensely! I don’t know much about it except that it features a circus and good portrayals of mental health, so it’s great representation of myself (meaning: I’m both a clown and mentally ill).
When I watched Ariel Bissett’s video at 1:30am on the day this post goes up, I saw that she also had a tag with questions you could answer, so I thought I’d just stick it in to this post because I clearly cannot shut up and let myself write a post less than 1k words long! I won’t make you suffer for much longer though, I’m giving nice, easy, short answers. Shocking, I know.
1. how is your reading going while staying at home?
March was very good, in which I read 23 books total, but April has seen only 5 books so far. I’d definitely say I’m overall more motivated to read, though!
2. where have you been reading at home?
I’ve been reading mainly in my room on my bed, or in the living room! I should try reading outside one day, though.
3. best book you’ve read while social distancing?
Not counting rereads, The Dragon Republic! I love you Fang Runin!
4. what is your ultimate feel good book?
I’ll be posting a list of my comfort reads soon hopefully, but definitely The Lightning Thief or the entire Percy Jackson series. Absolutely no one is surprised.
5. what is one book you wish you could buy or borrow?
Steel Crow Saga!! I’ve been in the mood for anything but YA fantasy, but I still want to read fantasy books, so this adult fantasy would be perfect for me if only I had access to it.
6. pick an author to shout out!
I think for this one I want to shout out Adiba Jaigirdar! Her debut The Henna Wars is releasing next month, and I’ve been anticipating it for so long. I have an eARC that I’m very excited to get to, and I hope you all find a way to pick it up as well, because I know it’s going to be amazing!!
are you participating in the stay at home reading rush? i am still surprised that i am what are you currently reading? have you read any of the books on my tbr? and what’s the best book YOU’VE read at home??