Monday, November 30, 2015

What Am I Currently Reading? Why Am I Doing a Terrible Job at Finishing Books?

There are two types of readers in this world: those that can only read one book at a time and those that read multiple books at the same time. I guess I fall under the second category since I'm currently reading about five different books... But recently, I've been having trouble finishing books, which means I keep adding more books to my ever-growing "current reads" list. This is becoming a problem, but I think I know why it's happening.

Time. First, I'm still in college, which means most of my time is taken up by the classes I take and homework + exams + projects. Second, when I don't have classes during the weekdays, I usually have work, which is a day-time job (and can be a night-time one as well). And after I'm done with work or classes, depending on my schedule for that day, I workout for about an hour to an hour and a half--this is a way for me to keep myself healthy, lower my chances of getting sick, and to relieve any stress.

Preference. In addition to reading multiple books at the same time, I also have the tendency to read certain books that I feel I'm in the "mood" for. For example, last May (2015), my reading mood decided to shift towards fantasy, and because of that, I read four books by Sarah J. Maas--three of them were from the same series and one from Sarah's newest series. That was an interesting month for me. And the summer before (2014), I was very into contemporary novels. Because my mood (or preference) for books can shift, I sometimes put books that I'm currently reading down and pick up a new one with a different genre.

Reading Slumps. Sometimes readers just have those days (or weeks or months) where they feel no desire to read anything at all. This has happened to me a couple of times; the usual cause is due to Netflix, exhaustion, laziness or just a lack of desire to pick up a book. It stinks, but it does happen to the best of us.

Down below are the books that I'm currently reading:

1) Magonia by Maria Davhana Headley (Magonia book #1)

Almost done reading this for a book club I'm in called, "The Reading Rebels." We (12 other girls and I) started a book club a couple months ago on Instagram to have monthly readalongs with our followers, and the "Book of the Month" (BOTM) for our November readalong was this book.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

2) Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles book #3)
Okay, so I started this book in the summer of 2014 but only read about 20 pages then just stopped. Not sure why I stopped, but I did. But I decided to pick the book back up since the last book called, "Winter" (book #4), just came out recently and many of my reader friends are currently reading it. 
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

3) A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston 
I received an electronic "Advanced Readers Copy" (ARC) during the summer (2015) from NetGalley, and I was so excited that I got a copy! But before I got the news that I got a copy of this book, I had just finished reading a book called, "The Wrath and the Dawn," and both books were inspired by the same classical tales "Arabian Nights"/"1001 Nights"--never read these classics, so I can't really say which one the books were based off of. So, when I started reading "A Thousand Nights," I knew it was going to be very similar to "The Wrath and the Dawn," which was not a good thing. I think that's why I held off on finishing this book.
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

4) Slumber by Christy Sloat (Slumber book #1)
I received this book for review by the author over the summer, and I read about halfway until I stopped, which might be due to the multiple releases of books that I've been anticipating for, and forgot to pick it back up. Then I forgot to take it with me when I went back to college, so that was also another problem I had.
Not all princesses get their happily ever after...
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.
I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
I’m crazy. I’m not a princess. 
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am. 
When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?

5) A Healing Heart (Riverview book #1) & A Healing Spirit (Riverview book #2) by Melissa A. Hanson
These books were sent to me by the author to review whenever I had any free time, so I'm not overly upset about not finishing these books, but I'd like to finish these soon. I hate not finishing books that were given to me to review, so I hope to finish these books and give them a complete, honest review soon!

On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident. Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night. Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost. Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin. Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life. One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living. As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her newfound happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet again. Outside forces begin to tear them apart and Bailey must learn to trust in herself and realize that she is worthy of happiness. That sometimes love and healing comes in unexpected forms.


  1. Oooo...I haven't heard of slumber, but I'm a die-hard fan of fairytale retellings. Also, Magonia is fantastic and Aza's journey is amazing. You should definitely finish that one first XD

    I hope college is treating you okay even if it is sucking up all your time. Good on you for taking care of your body and staying healthy! I'm email-subscribed so I don't worry about when you get reviews up, I know when you find time you'll eventually get them posted and I'll get an email to come check them out :)

    1. thanks for the lovely comment! and aww, thanks for email-subscribing, that really means a lot to me! :) i've finished "Magonia" a couple days ago & had some mixed feelings about it but enjoyed the story overall!