2014 LGBT Challenge Survey

The LGBT Challenge is hosted by Niji Feels. I only read two books from the TBR I selected at the beginning of the year but I discovered a lot of new, wonderful books when I strayed from that pile, some books with pleasantly surprising LGBT themes. There were phases where all I wanted to read was adult M/M romance and for a few weeks I just marathoned all the yaoi and shounen-ai possible. I’m disappointed I didn’t read any lesbian fiction or anything outside the male/male romance, I need to broaden my reading spectrum so I’m definitely going to work on that next year.

I also want to participate in more discussion/recommendation posts so hopefully I can actually keep up with doing that. Aaand commenting on other bloggers’ posts and reviews, I spent so much time lurking and reading, it would have taken very little for me to actually praise all the lovely challenge participants and their amazing posts. Anyhow here’s the survey and if you want to take part in the 2015 challenge then you can sign up here.

1. Number of YA LGBT books you have read in 2014
Seven

2. Top 3 YA LGBT you read this year
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz – Such a strange book but I adored Teeth and Rudy. I loved how their friendship progressed throughout the book although the ending killed me.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – very subtle LGBT themes.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Noah and Brian’s relationship is wonderful.

3. YA LGBT book you recommended the most to other readers in 2014. (Had they read it?)
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz, I always recommended this one with a ‘expect bizarre plot’ warning. I’m not sure if the people I recommended it to read it.

4. YA LGBT book you are most likely to re-read (next year)
I’ll probably reread my favourite Ronan/Adam scenes from the Raven Cycle, I’m shipping them so hard and I’d love to reread Teeth. It makes my heart ache but I love the feeling.

5. YA LGBT that you keep meaning to read, but still haven’t… (because reasons…)
More Than This by Patrick Ness. I got bored within the first few pages, I was also in a nasty reading slump so that didn’t help at all.

6. YA LGBT that totally surprised you, (in a good or bad way)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Such a weird book but I was surprised by how much I loved Austin and Robby and by how much I wanted them to be together.

7. Favorite debut or new to you YA LGBT author of 2014
Hannah Moskowitz, her writing sucks me in each time. I just feel for her characters.

8. Best YA LGBT cover(s) of 2014
Favourite LGBT Covers of 2014

9. Favorite YA LGBT review/post
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It was so easy expressing how much I enjoyed this book, one of the easiest reviews I had to write this year and I love this series so its become my favourite.

10. 2015 release(s) you are most excited about
2015 LGBT Releases

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I just love the name and the cover.
2. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – The concept sounds interesting and I love the setting.
3. Anything Could Happen by Will Walton – This sounds like it shall give me all the feels
4. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz – because she’s one of my favourite authors.
5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – After reading Fangirl I searched up fanfic for Baz/Simon so a full length book by Rainbow Rowell was a dream come true. I am beyond excited for this.

Bout of Books 10 Read-a-Thon

Bout of Books

My exams are finished. It’s so relieving being able to do whatever I want without the pressure of school weighing me down. I can read ALL the books now! 😀 So of course I’ll be taking part in a readathon. 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 Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. I’m excited~ I currently have about 98 unread books so I want to make a dent in that this week and immerse myself in all the worlds! I feel very enthusiastic and ambitious for this readathon. 😀

Do All the Things!!

Goals

Bout of Books TBR

I’m trying to get through series on my shelves so this is my tentative TBR. It might change depending on my mood.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand I am not a fan of this series, the second book was hella disappointing but I already own the 3rd book so I might as well see it through the end.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman There’s a movie and I love contemporary so I might as well get started on this.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson I’m currently reading it, it’s addictive so I might start the second book for the readathon.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness I am so excited for this one, the storyline is incredible.
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta Another one I’m really looking forward to, I read about 300 pages a few months ago but I’m still struggling to let this series go. I love it too much to finish it.

Updates

Day 1
Books Finished: 0
Currently Reading: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Pages Read: 312
Twitter Chat: I didn’t participate because I got sidetracked with Korean Dramas. It’s like the 10th time I’m watching My Name is Kim Sam Soon. ^^:

Day 2
Books Finished: 0
Currently Reading: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Pages Read: 0
:( I didn’t get any reading done today because I am at a friend’s house. It’ll be a tad bit rude if I just curled up in a corner with my book and ignored my friend. I tried to persuade her to join me in the readathon but we both got distracted with Teen Wolf. I’m very slowly, unsuccessfully working my way through by TBR.

Day 3
Books Finished: 1
Currently Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Pages Read: 111
I finally finished The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Great, fun read, I’m a bit indecisive as to what book I should read now.

Day 4
Books Finished: 1
Currently Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Pages Read: 130
I was reading If I Stay but I wasn’t really in the mood for contemporary so I switched to fantasy. The Amulet of Samarkand is slow in pace but I’m loving the character’s voices.

Day 5
Books Finished: 1
Currently Reading: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Pages Read: 100
My progress is rather slow. While I like the narrative voices of The Amulet of Samarkand, the pace is progressing slowly and I’m getting bored and distracted while reading. I’m still in the mood for fantasy but I don’t want to be a book whore, starting up several books and then struggling to finish them or worse, abandoning any of my current reads. *sigh*

Day 6
Books Finished: 1
Currently Reading: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Pages Read: 90
Everytime I read a few pages of The Amulet of Samarkand, I keep falling asleep. It happened these past 3 days, it’s my drowsy drug, I knock right out when I read this book. I am not really enjoying it, the characters are annoying, the pace slow and I don’t care for the major turning events. This is one of those moments where purchasing the entire series did not work out in my favor.

Day 7
Books Finished: 2
Currently Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I finally finished The Amulet of Samarkand, I did not like that book at all. It was very tedious to read. I don’t think I’ll make it very far into If I Stay. =/

Wrap Up

Total Books Finished: 2
Total Number of Pages Read: 905
Girl of Fire and Thorns: 4 stars
The Amulet of Samarkand: 2 stars
Next time I need to make a better effort to connect with more readers and visit more blogs. I was such a lurker this year. =/

Challenges

Ten Summer Titles I’m Looking Forward To

This challenge is hosted by River City Reading. These are all the books I’m looking forward to this summer, they include books on my shelf and new releases.
1. The Bitter Crown by Rae Carson
2. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
4. Winger by Andrew Smith
5. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Machetta
6. Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
7. Mockingjay by Suzanna Collins
8. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
10. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Bookish Battle Royal Challenge

This challenge is hosted by My Life in Books. For this challenge, 3 bookish characters must duel it out and a winner is choosen. My three characters are:
Sherlock Holmes:
Strengths:
1. Observant
2. Intelligent
3. Stealthy

Weakness:
1. Obsessive
2. Huge Ego
3. Likes to Show Off

Finnikin of the Rock
Strengths:
1. Physically Strong.
2. Stealthy
3. Experience with battle and wars

Weakness:
1. Pride
2. Loyal
3. Slightly Insecure

Marko from Saga
Strengths:
1. Vicious with a sword
2. Magic
3. Combat training

Weakness:
1. Made a vow not to kill
2. Family (he’ll do anything to protect them including giving up his life)
3. Careless at times

Outcome
Sherlock and Marko are a bit unpredictable. I think Marko may win this fight since he’s got magic and all the logic from Sherlock would be useless against spells and aliens. So Marko, with his spaceship, badass wife and sword has a pretty good chance of winning.

Rainbow of Books Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Neon Yeti Reads.
Rainbow of Books

Retitle Your Current Read

This challenge is hosted by Oh Magic Hour.
I’m currently reading The Amulet of Samarkand.
Retitle 1.: Mischief and Hijinks Always Leads to Trouble.
Retitle 2: Revenge Results in Government’s Most Wanted.
Retitle 3: 12 Year Old Magicians Have Idiotic Plans When Their Pride is Hurt.
Retitle 4: Sass Will Save Your Ass.
I feel like I can come up with any number of ridiculous retitles for this book. 😛