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#TomeTopple Readathon


It’s been awhile since I have participated in a readathon, but I thought for the month of April I’d continue to work my way through my Shelf of Shame. Frankly, having 200+ unread books and working at a library is both the best and worst things in the world, so readathons really are an amazing way to motivate yourself to work through the TBR. This readathon happens for two weeks, from¬†April 7th to the 20th in your timezone.

Well, Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes created a really great readathon and one that focuses on those pesky 500+ page reads. If I am being honest, I always find myself super intimidated by the chunkier books, and perhaps that simply stems from the fact that I am always worried about padding in books. However, I have a few chunky books in my Shelf of Shame that I thought this would be a great chance to knock one or two books out of my TBR.

Here’s what I have selected as my TBR:

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

There are also challenges you can do to make your experience a bit more rewarding as well. They are:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

With the two books I’ve selected, I feel like I may be able to complete challenges 1, 3, and 5. Except that A Conjuring of Light fits all three of those challenges. I think this readathon is going to be a lot of fun, and definitel check out #TomeTopple to see what folks will be reading these next two weeks. I’ll let you all know at the end of the month how well I did! ūüôā



#ARCAugust Week One Wrap Up!


I love #ARCAugust.¬†#ARCAugust is hosted by the amazing¬†Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat¬†and I swear they don’t know how much I love this little event that they run. I mentioned in a previous post that my TBR pile for this event was a tad over-ambitious, but honestly, after this first week I have made some awesome progress.

  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by¬†Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James¬†by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by¬†Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by¬†Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost¬†by Zoraida C√≥rdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor‚Äôs Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood¬†by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

Total Read: 4/16

Favourite Read This Week: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu. This book, just, ugh, feelings.

You’ll notice two more items were added to this list. That is because @SimonTeenCA sent me a few September ARCs, and now I definitely need to make sure they get reviewed. Here’s a pick fo what they sent me!


I am hoping to have as productive #ARCAugust, and we’ll see how I roll next week. Right now I am in the middle of¬†Labyrinth Lost¬†by Zoraida C√≥rdova, which I am enjoying very much. It’s definitely got a very different paranormal vibe to it which is keeping me hooked. As for the books I’ve recently finished, expect to see reviews of them on the blog very soon!

If you are particpating in #ARCAugust, how did your first week go? I’d love to know in the comments!

May Wrap Up and June Reading Goals~


If you can’t tell from this picture, my reading mojo came back full force. It’s been over a month since my mother passed away and reading fell a bit on the wayside. As I was telling Molly, I just haven’t had the motivation for awhile to read, and now all of a sudden I just started flying through books again. I loved the majority of the books that I read above and I’m hoping June is equally a stronger month.

For June I want to do something different. My husband and I are planning to move in the fall and obviously my TBR shelf of shame is too huge to take with me. My goal between now and the fall is to read my own books and see how many of them I can knock out. This is where for the next few months I going to get you all to help me out. I asked on Twitter for people to come up with challenges for me.

Here’s June’s challenges:

  1. Read an Adult Fantasy novel
  2. A one-word title.
  3. A book that is has purple on the cover.
  4. A must-read Molly recommendation! (Night We Said Yes)
  5. An LGBTQIA+ read
  6. Read This Savage Song by V.E Schwab (because I’ve had it for awhile)
  7. Something by a Canadian author.
  8. A book with a dog in it or as the main character.
  9. Something sci-fi.
  10. Read something that has blue on the cover.

At the end of the month I will let you all know if I accomplished these challenges, as well as share all the physical books I read. I am hoping to share an updated picture of the Shelf of Shame to give you a sense of how much has been read. We’ll see how this goes, and hopefully by September my TBR will look more manageable.

Hahaha… manageable. Who am I kidding? ūüôā



February is generally my 2nd least favorite month (with August being my LEAST favorite month) and while the 60 degree no-snow weather IS helping me feel less bleh than usual, I still can’t wait for this month to be over.

Why do I hate February so much? It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s usually very very snowy, and it has the dumbest holidy in the world. Yes, I hate Valentine’s day. I’ve always hate it. And I just started to hate it more when after moving back to Japan in 2008 (which was SEVEN years ago yesterday holy crap) my boyfriend broke up with me ON VD. BLEH. BLEH BLEH. Dumbest holiday dumbest month can it just be March?

That said… at least I have a six day long vacation this month! AW yeah. So I plan to read my face off. Husband is going to an Artificial Intelligence conference and while he’s gone I plan to read at least 3-4 books. So this is my stack for the month… I plan to:

Re-read The Dream Thieves
Binge read This Savage Song, The Lost & the Found, and Down with the Shine while on VACA

and then read the rest for review.

In January I read 19 books but… I don’t think I’ll make it through that many. (A lot of these are really thick!)

What are you planning on reading this month? How much do YOU hate Valentine’s Day? Tell me your stories!

September TBR Shelf Challenge

A few weeks back I decided to count how many unread books I had. It wasn’t looking good: 219 (and I’m sure this doubled after my little trip to Book Outlet) unread books. I have a book case and half of unread books, and I decided that since I’ve been so good with catching up on my coming due ARCs, I’d use September to focus more specifically on my personal books. With eight shelves of unread books, I asked my co-blogger to pick a number. She picked seven and here’s the shelf I will be tackling for the month of September:


Excuse the dog bed in front of my shelf! But yes, this is one of my hardcover shelves that also have some oversized paperbacks as well. Every week on my Twitter (follow @merrygodown for more antics) I’d share my progress of how much of the shelf I’ve chipped away at. Since I have a long commute to my library job, I’m hoping to get quite a chunk of this shelf read. I also made the decision that if it’s not something I want to keep after I read it, I am going to put it in my donation bag. We’ll see how I do! See anything in the picture that I need to read right away? Let me know in the comments.

With this challenge as comes two other things: I am going on a book buying ban for… as long as I can. I have been receiving a lot of books lately and while I won’t stop the publisher stuff (I like keeping relations!), but me personally buying things is definitely happening for sure. The other thing is: I am going on a library book ban. This is going to be hilarious considering I start working at a public library next week. Let’s all have a good laugh here. Girl’s gotta try though, and if it means I can get through a whack of books and donate the ones I don’t want to lend or reread, then this is a good thing for me.

If you want to participate along with me for the month, use the hashtag #SeptShelfathon and work your way through a shelf of books! This also pairs nicely with the fact that RYBSAT Round 6 (Read Your Bookshelf-a-Thon) is happening towards the end of the month. I hope some of you will participate with me so we can widdle our TBRs down a bit more!


Bout of Books 12.0 Read-a-thon!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.



This seems like an overly ambitious TBR for this read-a-thon, doesn’t it? Well, my last semester of library classes doesn’t start until the following week, so I thought this would be a great opportunity since I love read-a-thons and during ¬†my library classes, it’s impossible to participate in anything fun that is bookish without freaking about about tests! and assignments! and cataloguing! AHHHHH! My TBR has been selected based on ARCs that I need to get off my butt and read, and some of them fit my 2015 reading challenges such as the¬†Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge, as well as my personal¬†Month By Month¬†Challenge (where in I let my twitter followers select 12 books, and I must read one of them each month).

Anywho, here’s what I’ve selected for the read-a-thon:

Horns, by Joe Hill (borrowed)

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (Month By Month Challenge)

My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (ARC + Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (ARC + December’s SIT DOWN! SHUT UP! READ THIS! Pick)

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (ARC + Book Riots 2015 Read Harder Challenge)

Batwoman: World’s Finest Vol 3 by J.H Williams III (because I love Batwoman)

Hopefully I can get through all of these within the week. I’ll be proud of myself if I even get through two of them. The reason? Well, Dragon Age: Inquisition has been kind of stealing my life and I am super duper in love with it. LOOK AT MY QUNARI LADY! SHE IS PRETTY!

qunari herald

Anywho, here’s to everyone’s success during the read-a-thon! ūüėÄ

November TBR


A new month, a new TBR. I’ve been meaning to share my TBR each month, but life has been getting in the way more than I’d like! Here’s a few of the physical books I’ll be reading this month, some which I have had for awhile like¬†Prophecy (signed by Ellen Oh!) and¬†In Stitches by Trent Seely (also signed). As you can see I’ve already got book marks in¬†The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (halfway!) and¬†Chimes at Midnight (also halfway!) so those will definitely be finished. Finally, my random pick is¬†Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger whom I absolutely 100% adore with every fibre of my being. I’ll be lucky if I get to anymore physical books because this is really going to be a month of e-ARCs. Here’s what’s up for review!

  • Crash Into You by Katie McGarry – while River already tackled our main review for it, I’ll be playing catch up since I decided to tackle Pushing the Limits & Dare You To LAST month. Once I finish Crash Into You, I’ll be sharing my feelings on the series thus far.
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter – River also did the main review on this one. I am actually 31% into this book and it’s definitely interesting so far! Look forward to seeing how it develops.
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – I’ve had this ARC for awhile and it releases next month. I need to get on it.
  • Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci – fired this one up on my iPad and read a chapter. Seems interesting.
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam – IT’S REAL AND MINE TO REVIEW. SQUEE.
  • The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard – Because it sounds wonderfully creepy.

This seems ambitious, but totally do-able I hope since I’d like to get my e-ARC pile in a manageable state. Hopefully I’ll get through a huge chunk of it and River and I will have some new reviews, and may be even a new giveaway or two or share with you all soon. What do you think of my picks for the month? I’d love to hear your thoughts in our comments!