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The TBR Tag

I was tagged to do the TBR tag by Jess. Created by Dana, the TBR tag is a fun way of embarrassing yourself when it comes to tackling the never-ending TBR. Lucky for us book lovers, nothing embarrasses us for long.

How do you keep track of your TBR?

I use a range of stuff that starts with my bookshelf, continues on with my Goodreads to-read and to-read-so-bad-it-hurts shelves and ends with my Kindle and Kobo libraries. It's a pretty complicated process where there are instances like uh-I-didn't-know-I-owned-this-book and oh-I-own-THIS-book.

Some of my print TBR. Emphasis on some.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBooks?

Most of them are eBooks as I've been reading books in their electronic formats more and more. I buy print editions for books I know I will love but sometimes I just can't wait and buy them as eBooks (see: Vicious by V. E. Schwab). I mostly just buy eBooks because it's easier for me to maintain my library that way and the one shelf I have in my room is mostly full despite being so big.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?


Whatever suits my mood. I try to stay on top of latest releases but as a mood reader, it's pretty much out of the question. I've tried (and failed).

A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

Goodreads tells me that it's Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and my brain tells me a list of books that starts with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and then just goes on and on and on.

A book you recently added to your TBR? 

Vicarious by Paula Stokes. I'm always up for YA sci-fi and this one has a Korean stunt girl as the main character who's searching the real and the virtual world for her sister. The only sad part is that it comes out in March of 2016. Uh...

A part of my Goodreads to-read shelf.

A book in your TBR because of its beautiful cover?

Volume 1 of The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker which I'm so stoked for because I recently rediscovered comics and I'm never going back. Also, artsy vintage covers are the best. Can I has it now instead of January 27th, 2015?

A book in your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I wish I could've said Twilight by Stephanie Meyer but that's not happening ha. I'm least interested in reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I loved Divergent but all the meh reviews of Insurgent and then the fact that I got spoiled for Allegiant... Let's just say that I don't want touch the series at all right now. I just might in the future. Maybe.

An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited for?

I've tons of unpublished books in my TBR going as far as 2017. Yes, I'm serious about my reading life. Apart from the obvious book four, five and six from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maass and the finale of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, I can't wait to read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

A book in your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Graceling by Kristin Cashore which I planned on reading this year but haven't gotten around to it. However, I plan to binge-read the trilogy next year.

Hell yeah. // No... // YASSS. // Of course, yes.

Number of books in my TBR?


No idea, really. I guess the number is more than six hundred? It keeps changing because I mainly keep track of it on my Goodreads and I tend to cull every few months. I hardly ever keep track of my print TBR except when I'm buying books he he.

I'm tagging Mel and Amber to do the tag.

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Monthly Recap: November


November is over. Much wow because 2015 is so close.

LIST OF NEWSWORTHY

This month was mainly about two things: lack of functional internet and my best friend's wedding.

A and I on her wedding. // Somewhere in the state of Punjab. // Shoe shopping from Lark and Finch!
Internet Blues
I planned and brainstormed so much for sci-fi month but I couldn't actually sit down and write any posts because the internet was having connectivity issues. I got it fixed around mid November but now it's not working properly and just ugh. Kill me now. However, I'm getting a new broadband connection in a few days so hopefully there won't be anymore issues.

Sci-Fi Month Updates
Despite failing in my plan to blog and to reread Marissa Meyer's Cinder and then moving on Scarlet and Cress, I did manage to sci-fi out some. I read a comic after ages and abso-freaking-lutely loved it! I also watched the first three X-Men movies and a few episodes of Doctor Who.

A's Wedding
My best friend's wedding was supposed to be in December but she calls me casually during early November and is like I'm getting married in a week or two. We texted back and forth and I'm all wonders like is she married yet or what. But then she was like yes, getting married on 23rd November so just come, okay. Thus, I planned a trip for five days since there were going to be three events and I wanted to spend time with her as she's leaving for the US in the first week of December and it feels somewhat surreal because most days I just feel like a twelve year old with a best friend who's a married woman. What.

TV WATCH

Basically, a month of playing catch up with TV shows.


I caught up on the first and started the second season of The Originals and it's definitely so much better than the lame ass The Vampire Diaries (which I really need to stop watching because ugh storyline and Delena makes me barf).
I also started catching up on the fourth season of Suits and it's definitely the weakest yet.
I started watching Selfie and it's so-so. No surprise about it getting cancelled.
The Big Bang Theory, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are pretty much awesome comedies.
Kind of relieved that Awkward and Faking It went on breaks and that Awkward's next season is going to be the last one because it can get really annoying sometimes.
I watched more episodes of Doctor Who and it's all kinds of awesome.
Revenge's current plot is annoying me and I need it to get better. Whiny Emily is no fun.
Arrow is going great and The Flash is super great because of how much different it is from Arrow.
Finally, I started watching Daria from the beginning because I never did that and I want Daria's sarcasm in my life.

MOVIE WATCH


Sci-fi-ing it out.

X-Men (6/10) - My expectations were sky high and while I liked pretty much all the action-filled scenes, I wasn't blown away by it.
X2 (6/10) - X2 walked down a similar path in its execution as its predecessor and delivered.
X-Men: The Last Stand (5/10) - My least favorite up till now, the third installation left me feeling a little underwhelmed.
Maleficent (7/10) - There were some things that I loved and others that were okay. Overall, a good watch.

APP WATCH

Ever since I got my first ever smartphone in June, my life have also been all about apps. So I decided to add this category since I keep installing new apps and getting rid of the ones I get tired of/find no use of anymore.




Two Dots - I hardly ever play games on my phone but when I do, I wait for them to be released on Android like you don't even know. I'm on Level 58 right now so, yes pretty addictive.
Sleep Bot - Jessica mentioned this app in her blogpost about health and exercise related apps and I have to say that I'm digging this one.
Smash Hit - This one's mainly premium but I'm willing to buy it because hot damn those graphics and smashing things is basically fun and an anger reducer.

LIST OF READS

What's reading? Sigh.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (150 page preview)
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1, The Faust Act by Kieron Giller and Jamie McKelvie

LIST OF BLOGPOSTS

This is what happens when I get ticked off at the internet.

I posted my introduction to sci-fi month.
I posted a list of 2015 YA sci-fi to look forward to.

LIST OF BOOK BUYS

Only bought an eBook which tells me that December is book buying month. Yay!


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (I got a $1.99 Kindle deal!)
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (thank you, HarperTeen!)
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (thank you, Greenwillow Books!)

PLAYLIST

The soundtrack of The Hunger Games Mockingjay, Pt. 1 is just so awesome!

Up in Flames be so rad. // Mapei rocks. // In love with Mockingjay's soundtrack especially Animal.

November 2014 by Sana on Grooveshark
How was your November?

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2015 YA Sci-Fi to Look Forward to

It's always fun to see what sci-fi trends are popular in a certain year. In 2013, it was mainly about time travel with popular releases like Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays, Kasie West's Pivot Point, and Lauren Miller's Parallel and a comeback of dystopia with Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave, and Alexandra Bracken's continuation of The Darkest Minds series with Never Fade and Amy Tintera's Reboot.

In 2014, YA sci-fi releases had varying degrees of success, some were hyped too much others not at all and most involved a group working towards a common goal. Duology starters like Mindee Arnett's Avalon and Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam's Elusion failed to impress many readers while, Sophie Jordan's Uninvited fast-paced story kept us hooked and Melissa Landers' Alienated slowly build up to its finale. Others like Marissa Meyer's Cress, Erika O'Rourke's Dissonance and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's This Shattered World have been included in the highly anticipated lists of many.

What does 2015 have in store for all of us? I compiled a list of top sci-fi to look out for next year.


Sci-Fi Series Starters


Series starters are roughly mentioned according to their release dates. I just hope the ones without any don't get pushed back to 2016 because hello, awesome book blurbs!


Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton - More fantasy than sci-fi, Seeker has already been optioned by Columbia Pictures. Seeker follows a female assassin who travels the globe from Scotland to Hong Kong. I expect great things.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab - This is much more of sci-fi fantasy with magic, parallel worlds and time travel and a protagonist named Kell who's a smuggler. Hello, new series with a treacherous main character, I think I'm going to love you seeing as the 150-page preview blew my mind.

Dove Arising by Karen Bao -Initially, this book had an awesome cover and I wanted to read it mainly because of that. Sadly, they changed it

The Cage by Megan Shepard - A half dozen teenagers trapped in a human zoo which is controlled by an otherworldly race known as Kindred.

The Leveller by Julia Durango - Fall into a brand new series about Nixy whose job is to be a bounty-hunter with a twist. Dragging kids from virtual reality back into real life should be easy enough but not when the game’s billionaire developer's son, Wyn, goes missing.

After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga, Rob DeFranco and Peter Facinelli - This is probably going to be a series and from the intel I've gathered, it's supposed to be a huge dystopian hit. I get Barry Lyga but co-authoring are a director and Carlisle from Twilight? Do I want to read this? From what we do know about After the Red Rain, it's that the protagonist is a boy name Rose who lives in a world that's environmentally collapsing and discovers he has inhuman powers. Pretty standard dystopia however, I will admit that anything with environmental in it gets me every time.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - There's so much hype regarding Illuminae and for once, I think it's well-deserved because have you read These Broken Stars and Stormdancer? Illuminae follows a hacker and her ex-boyfriend on a fleet who team up to uncover the the truth behind the plague ravaging it.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight - Already optioned by Lionsgate, The Outliers includes a psychological weapon called EQ Transference and the group which calls itself the Outliers and is set in a utopian world.

Passenger by Alexadra Bracken - The news about Bracken's new series came at the right time as her highly acclaimed The Darkest Minds series came to an end this year. Passenger follows a modern teen's accidental discovery of her ability to time-travel and involves a treasure hunt. Fun times ahead.

Futuristic Stand Alones


Everyone likes a standalone now and then and good stand alones are getting increasingly hard to find. Hopefully that won't be the case next year.


The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick - Spanning from seventeenth century to 1920s and ending in a spaceship voyage to another another world, The Ghosts of Heaven promises a lot of things. The fact that there aren't many historical sci-fi in the young adult genre makes it all that more enticing to look forward to.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons - A sci-fi dystopia which I thought was going to be a series but apparently it's not? The Glass Arrow takes place in a world where women are auctioned off to the highest bidder and must run to survive.

The Memory Key by Liana Lu - Lora Mint lost her mother five years ago and now she'd have lost her memories due to the Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, if not for the memory key. But when her it goes haywire, Lora remembers a moment that puts everything into question. Lu's debut aims to question the significance and consequences attached with out ever-increasing need for technology.

Duplicity by N. K. Traver - Duplicity has hacking plastered all over it. It's a digital hell for Brandon when his reflection starts moving with a mind of its own. Now that's scary and exciting as hell!

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley - Despite being primarily fantasy, Magonia has sci-fi elements as it takes place in a land of trading ships. With a gorgeous cover and a promising story, Magonia is set to enchant its readers.

5 to 1 by Holly Badger - Another futuristic The Handmaiden's Tale-esque story where the ratio of girls to boys is 5 to 1. In a twist, the women decide to institute a series of tests for the boys to win wives instead of marrying them of to the highest bidders. Girl power, yo.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon - Illusionarium follows an apprentice scientist who's desperate to save his family. There are parallel worlds and humor and who doesn't want to read a book like this.
Tracked by Jenny Martin - Tracked introduces rally racing in the world of science fiction. But really, what more do you really need when there are fast cars involved? The cover could've been better, though.

Armada by Ernest Cline - If you haven't read Ready Player One yet, now's the time to do it. The highly anticipated sophomore novel is releasing four years after Cline's groundbreaking debut. Armada introduces us to Zack Lightman who discovers that the videogame he is so obsessed with is real and that Earth needs his help to defend itself from a possible alien invasion. I want.

The Good Ol' Sequels

I thought about not including this category but hello, it just means that we all get to get excited about these all over again heee. Here goes.


Fairest and Winter by Marissa Meyer - The fact that there will be two Marissa Meyer books releasing next year makes it worth the wait. First we get Queen Levana's story in January which sets the scene for Winter releasing in November 2015. Excite, much? Hell. Yes.

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson - The sequel to Steelheart got pushed back to January 2015 from its initial release date of November 20th, 2014. The good news is that the early reviews suggest it's a classic Sanderson awesomeness.

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan - The action-packed duology finale to Uninvited finds Davy on the run from government agents. What will her fate be?

Unchanged by Jessica Brody - Unchanged promises to reveal the the reality of Diotech along with secrets, and enemies unheard of before.

End of Days by Susan Ee - If you haven't read Angelfall and World After, you fail at life. End of Days is an I-just-know-it's-going-to-be-epic finale to Penryn's story and that's all we really know. Here's to more from the story in Raffe's point of view maybe?

More series continuations and finales to look forward to are Aimee Carter's The Blackcoat Rebellion's third installation titled Queen, Lindsay Cummings The Death Code, Lydia Kang's Catalyst, Erin Bowman's Forged, Anna Jarzeb's Tether, Mindee Arnett's Polaris, Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam's Etherworld, and Jennifer Rush's Reborn.

What are you looking forward to in 2015 (which is only a month away eep)?

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Hello There, Sci-Fi


Take out your light sabers 'cause it's that time of the year again. Last year, the month long event was hosted by Rinn and this year it's being co-hosted by her and Oh, the Books!

Like last year, I wouldn't be posting as much as I've yet to write the posts despite having written all my ideas down. I'm not a hardcore sci-fi reader or sci-fi anything, to be honest. Yet I do enjoy the genre thoroughly and some of my favorite movies are sci-fi like Inception, Avatar, The Adjustment Bureau, and Megamind. When it comes to books, I only recently read Ernest Cline's Ready Player One before which I've only read YA sci-fi and Dan Brown books. I guess I got too distracted by YA fantasy to read much of anything? Oops. But sci-fi fantasy counts so it's all good.

My plans for celebration of sci-fi aren't as ambitious as they were last year because I always fail. Darn it.

Sci-Fi on a Screen

For all my love for the genre, there are some essential sci-fi movies I haven't yet watched but really want to. I'm planning to watch all the X-Men movies and whoa, there are a lot of them (meaning that I might not watch all seven of them).


X-Men
X2
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class
The Wolverine
X-Men: Days of Future Past

And oh, I'd be continuing watching Doctor Who.

Sci-Fi in Graphics

It's my goal this year to read at least one manga and I think I'll go for sci-fi fantasy graphic novels. I was a huge Archie Comics reader and then I just drifted into the world of books without any illustrations.


The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie - This I really want to read because it's totally calling to me.

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - Everyone raves about this graphic novel series and now I'm curious.

Sci-Fi to Read

There are some YA titles that I've been saving up to read in November which is basically Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. I'd be rereading Cinder because I really want to and Fairest releases in January so it also helps with that.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer

Sci-Fi to Post


My plans are still under wraps so stay tuned!

Do you like sci-fi? Are you taking part in Sci-Fi November? What are some of your favorite sci-fi reads?

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Monthly Recap: October


October started off with me still battling cold but I read and read which made it all better. Then the end of the month got very busy.

LIST OF NEWSWORTHY

Hello, this month's been fairly good and I read seven books (this is a lot since the maximum number I manage to reach in a month is eight).


Best friend's Wedding
My oldest and one of the best friends got married and I feel so weird because I'm so not ready for that. It's a new feeling for me though, she's the one who got married ha ha.

Bookshelf: 1, Sana: 1.
I got zee new bookshelf! Currently it's still in the process of being painted by yours truly. It's pretty big, has six shelves and well, I'm just so happy that my books aren't homeless anymore.

Baby Boy
My brother had a baby! He's his first child and the sixth one in the family. And he scream-cries which is pretty funny 'cause his voice got hoarse just from doing that so much. He's only a week old right now.

TV WATCH

I finally caught up on season one of The Originals and it's good.
The Vampire Diaries mostly suck. The show needs to end 'cause I just watch it for the nostalgia.
Still so happy that The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are back.
Faking It is mostly just stupid but it's only 20 minutes long so.

MOVIE WATCH


I only watched one movie? Ha ha.

Edge of Tomorrow (7/10) - My expectations were sky high and while I liked pretty much all the action-filled scenes, I wasn't blown away by it.

LIST OF READS

Rereading is my new favorite thing. So planning a Harry Potter next year! And oh, fantasy still rocks.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

LIST OF BLOGPOSTS

I was posting fine but then I got busy and couldn't post a couple of posts I wanted to for horror fortnight sigh.

I posted my reviews of Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.
I posted my review of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.
I posted my introduction to horror fortnight.
I wrote a post highlighting thirteen authors and YA horror.
I posted my review of The Young Elites by Marie Lu.
I posted the trend of island settings in YA.

LIST OF BOOK BUYS

Pretty books!


Etherworld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (thank you, HarperCollins)
Polaris by Mindee Arnett (thank you, HarperCollins)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill (thank you, Ballentine Books!)

PLAYLIST

MOAR Fall Out Boy, basically.

Froot is so different from the Marina songs I've come to love... // FALL OUT BOY :HEART EYES: // TS, I like your new album.


How was your October?