MARIA’S #TBRTAKEDOWN READ-A-THON TBR

11348932_10153267815780465_1367828997_nHey readers! I just decided to participate in the TBR TAKE DOWN read-a-thon that is taking place this week, June 1-7th. I am going to do my best to stick to this TBR and knock out the 5 challenges below. I just started Clockwork Angel and am loving it, so I am hoping to marathon the Infernal Devices/Mortal Instruments series this month if possible. If you’re interested in participating, I would love to hear what you plan on reading. Following the challenges while making my TBR list was a lot harder than you’d think! CLICK HERE to watch Shannon’s read-a-thon announcement video

#TBRTAKEDOWN challenges:

1. A book that’s been on your TBR shelf over a year!

Forget you by Jennifer Echols. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand the small weird size of this book. It’s actually one of the reasons i’ve been putting it off… I’m terrible, I know.

2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, because it’s about time I continue on with her series.

3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

4. An “out of your comfort zone” book on le TBR shelf!
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It’s not that it’s really out of my “comfort zone”, but I really don’t read much middle grade and i’ve heard amazing things about this book.

5. A book from your most recent book haul!
Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting. Still in the new adult mood, so I hope it’s a good one!

maria

FRIDAY READS (#12)

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I am SO happy that it’s FRIDAY! I was supposed to have class this morning, but my teacher decided to cancel it. It’s a good thing, because we are getting a ton of snow today here in New Brunswick! I am getting the most out of my wonderful snow day while journaling, reading, making lists and cleaning. This was my first official week back to school after the holidays and although I do have a great schedule this semester, I spent most of my evenings on pinterest and wordpress than I did cleaning my place up. I am trying to get organized and start crossing things off of my famous to-do list, but my couch is just SO comfy. I don’t want to move!

This weekend, I hope to FINISH reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This is such an awesome YA fantasy read. I really am loving it, so why haven’t I finished it yet? Hmmm, laziness I suppose. Once I finish that book, I am planning on picking up The Mine by John A. Heldt, which Mallory and I will be reviewing for the author. Mallory has been raving about this, so I am looking forward to starting it. You can find The Mine on Goodreads HERE.

How are you spending your Friday? Let us know in the comments below!
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MARIA’S #12DAYSOFBOOKMAS READATHON TBR

10846780_10152837584945465_1444511147_nThe Twelve Days of Christmas is a readathon taking place on INSTAGRAM the 12th to the 23rd of december. The lovely hosts are listed on the picture if you would like to check them out.

I really like that this readathon is going to be twelve days long. It will be a great way to get a few extra books read before the new year (it’s going to be here before we know it!) Plus, I love BOOKSTAGRAM, so I am looking forward to taking some fun christmas book photos and sharing my updates with you on there. Since this is being hosted on Instagram, I won’t be doing daily blog readathon updates here, but you can check out our Instagram if you would like to know how I am doing.

This is what I plan on reading until the 23rd:
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1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (finish)
2. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (various authors)
3. Maybe not by Colleen Hoover
4. Dash and Lily’s book of dares by Cohn and Levithan
5. Written in Red by Anne Bishop

If some sort of Christmas miracle happens and I finish all five of those books, I will possibly pick up an other Christmas themed book. It will be busy for me with exams until the 16th, but when those are over with I will read read read as much as I can until the 23rd! Goodluck to all participants! If you are taking part in this readathon, let me know what you plan on reading in the comments below!

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FRIDAY READS (#11)

Happy Friday to everyone! So far i’ve spent mine in bed… It’s just one of those mornings I guess, but I am going to get up and start being productive as SOON as I post this. I just finished my last week of classes and am heading into exams. I have to say, I’m pretty lucky this year. My exam schedule seems pretty “doable”, so I am hoping to keep my good reading momentum going. I’ve actually been having a good reading week! Now that classes are over, I will be spending all of my time either studying, reading, or procrastinating. I’m sure next week will be interesting…

Now onto my Friday book pick:

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Today I am definitely continuing The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I am currently only 30 pages in, I am loving the Mara Dyer trilogy and can’t wait to post a full series review for you guys.

I was contemplating on taking a quick break from the creepy-ness to pick up something either in the urban fantasy or new adult genre, but still haven’t decided yet… I really want to read Written in Red by Anne Bishop, so I might pick that up if I feel like it. I’m craving some new adult romance ever since I read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, but have no idea what to read. I know that some NA is amazing, but others are just “meh”, so if you have any recommendations, do comment below!

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So that is basically my weekend reading plans. My boyfriend is working 12 hour shifts and I’m not working at all right now, so I should be able to get a good chunk of reading done if nothing gets in the way.

Question: Is there any December read-a-thons going on that I should take part of?
I’m sure everyone is trying to get as much reading done as possible before the new year. December can be a pretty crazy month though, with everyone preparing for Christmas.

One more thing… I’d like to wish my blog partner Mallory a very happy birthday today! Hope you have a great day girl 🙂 and it’s friday so don’t forget to celebrate!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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MARIA’S BOUT OF BOOKS DAY 1 AND 2 UPDATE

Well….. Unfortunately I was away both Monday and Tuesday. I’m a bit discouraged, but I’m hoping to be able to read more today on my day off. As long as my boyfriend doesn’t bother me…

Day 1

Book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins,
Read: 65% (ebook)

Day 2

Book: Anna and French Kiss
Read: 35 % (finished book)

Book: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Read: 6%

Books finished so far: 1

I guess I’m just disappointed because I didn’t have any time to read more of Spirit Bound yesterday. Still happy that I finished 1 book! That isn’t too bad, I still have time to catch up.

MARIA