Emojiathon TBR​

This was meant to be posted yesterday but the only change is that the yesterdays are now the day before yesterday.

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Hey-o! It’s me Wilmarie and let me just tell you that college can be sucky and by that I mean it can suck the life out of you. Two and a half weeks in and I am already feeling dead inside. What does this have to do with my Emojiathon TBR? You’ll see now. So, I want to be a good student and I also want to take care of myself, physically and mentally. Physically I been doing pretty good but mentally I need a break. That break is in a shape of a book, many books, which is why it’s so important for me to take time to read but since classes started the only reading I’ve done is through audiobooks.

I really need to create a routine and stick to it. In that routine, I need to make reading a priority. My goal is to actually get up the moment my alarm goes off and take 30 minutes to read before starting my day and an hour before going to bed. This way I start and end my day relaxed. Again, what does this have to do with my TBR? Well, I have created a very ambitious TBR so that I can force myself to take a break. I never do monthly TBR, the only one I do are for week-long unofficial read-a-thon, and I never usually finish it. If I’m going to be honest, I’m probably not going to get anywhere near close to this one but that isn’t going to stop me from trying. I got lots of short books and books I know I will not be able to put down. This month is also emojiathon I thought it would be cool to create my TBR using these challenges. Emojiathon is a monthlong read-a-thon where the challenges are based on emojis. I’ve always wanted to participate on an official read-a-thon and this one sounds like such fun which is why this is the perfect one Anyway, the video down below should explain all the information of the emojiathon including the hosts and challenges. I must say this is a bit of a lengthy post but bear with me. I promise it will be an interesting one.

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Let’s start by naming the challenges I will be following. There are 14 books which is 3x the amount of books I would normally read in a month but between some being short, listening to some on audiobooks and the fact that there are books I know I won’t be able to put down I think I can complete at least 6. By the time I wrote this post I have completed one and started some but I’m going to leave those updates to twitter. I have made a thread where I’m going to try to update whenever I have new info or have finished books. I decided not to do a wrap up on here since I’ll be talking about the same books I mentioned here and for that there are Instagram and Twitter. You should totally follow me.

  1. 💓 Read a book by a favorite author
  2. 🍺 Read a book that takes place in college
  3. ⭐ Read a five stars predicted read
  4. 👀 Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
  5. 🏳️‍🌈 Read a diverse book
  6. 🌎 Read a book that takes place somewhere other than where you live
  7. 🎧 Listen to an audiobook
  8. 😱 Read a scary book
  9. 💯 Read a book that’s less than 100 pages
  10. ⏲️ Read a book in 24 hrs
  11. ✊ Read a book about a social justice topic
  12. 🌈 Read a book with your favorite color on the cover
  13. 😅 Read a book you said you were going to read but never did
  14. 📚 Freebie! Read whatever book you want

 

You are probably wondering why there are 15 challenges and 14 books and that’s ‘cause one of the book counts for two challenges.

1) Read a book by a favorite author 💓

I accidentally chose 4 Victoria Schwab’s book for this month TBR. I mean after Vicious she has become one of my favorite authors and I want to read most of her books. So, why not use books I’m sure I’ll love to get my reading motivation back and make sure I stay on track? For the first challenge, I am reading A Gathering of Shadows. This is the second book in her Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. The first book was a bit of a slow start for me compared to Vicious that hooked me from page one but after a couple of pages, it got so good but like so good. I had already started this book as a library loan but at that moment I had so many library loans that I had to read so I was only able to read around 50 pages out of 512. It took me a second to get into it but as soon as I realized what was happening I was in love. Of course, that was the same day I had to return it to the library but such is life.

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2) Read a book that takes place in college🍺

To continue with this very Schwabtastic TBR we got a reread. You might be thinking oh no and let me tell ya oh yes. I am rereading for the second time this year Vicious. I know, I know. I talk about this book in almost every single post, but can you blame me? It’s an amazing book! I actually have a review and you should check it out. So, Vicious is set between past and present. The past is when Victor and Eli are friends in college so a big part of this book, I dare to say half of it, is set in college. I was planning on rereading this book anyway because Vengeful, the sequel, comes out this month so it’s a win-win. Of course, I’m not excited at all.

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3) Read a five stars predicted read ⭐Seeing how much I loved Vicious and continuing with this month TBR, that should be called the Victoria Schwab read-a-thon TBR, this answer should not surprise you. I just know that Vengeful will be a 5 stars read. I am not ready. I am not okay. I need it already it! My birthday is this month so if you by any chance want to get it for me for my birthday I will not be opposed to that. I don’t know how those that read it when it first came out are okay because it’s been a couple of months for me and I’m definitely not okay. I mean I do believe that it’s an unnecessary sequel but that isn’t stopping me from wanting it with all my heart soul.

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4) Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere 👀

5) Read a diverse book 🏳️‍🌈

For these challenges I got, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. I’ve seen this book everywhere and everyone seems to be giving it five stars. This book is magical realism which is a genre I don’t think I’ve ever touched and I’m pretty excited. I was actually on the library waitlist for this book for months now and my turn is finally here, and by that I mean in 1 to 2 weeks, making the timing perfect. I love contemporaries that deal with hard topics and even though this is magical realism, it is close enough for me. This fits the diverse challenge because the main character is half Asian. Honestly, I just can’t wait to dive into this book.

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  1. A book set somewhere other than where you live 🌎

For me, this is the easiest challenge of all because I live in Puerto Rico therefore 99.9% of the books I read are set somewhere else. But Puerto Rico is a United State colony and I am a US citizen so I thought it would be fun to try a little harder and read a book that isn’t set in the USA. That’s that’s why I choose The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. This book is set in Europe. The main characters are doing a year-long grand tour all over Europe. I actually discussed this topic in my History of Art class and I thought it was really interesting making this book an automatic buy. I’ve heard it has a very diverse cast and that it’s hilarious so it sounds like the perfect match. I actually started this book yesterday and so far I’m really enjoying it but I am not too deep yet so I can’t say too much. Stay tuned to my tweets for details.

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  1. Listen to an audiobook 🎧

You thought I was done with Schwab, but you were so wrong. I love audiobooks, I really do, so I’m always listening to at least one. That is why this is the second easiest challenge because it’s just an excuse to do something I normally would do—I was actually planning on listening to three other books from this list—I’m done with two. I own tons of audiobooks so I got plenty of options but because of who I am as a person I decided to not listen/read those but choose a book that just came out and that is City of Ghost by the amazing, the fantastic Victoria Schwab. This is a middle-grade book which is a genre I’m usually into but the synopsis is calling me and knowing who wrote it makes sure I’ll love it. I would say I haven’t read a ghost story in a while, if ever, but last week I finished Invisible Ghost by Robyn Schneider so I guess it wouldn’t be true. But before I read that book the statement could apply.

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8. Read a scary book 😱

  1. Thanks to Amazon I got a collection of scary books/audiobooks, that I can choose from and all of them are under 100 pages. I thought I should follow Lala’s, from BooksAndLala, advice and read a short one or in this case, listen to a short. I was looking for a scary book that would fit that category thought Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie by Harold Schechter would be a perfect one. This is a nonfiction so it isn’t really scary unless the thoughts of serial killers freaks you out. I mean I don’t get scared easily when it comes to books and movies and if I really wanted to challenge myself I would’ve chosen a book that would actually scare me, I’m looking at you Brick Slayer, but I’m not about that life. Since It’s under two hours I actually listened to and finished, it yesterday while cleaning. But I’ll talk more about it on my Twitter.

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  1. Read a book that’s less than 100 pages 💯

Another short book ‘cause why not? These are books I’ve been wanting to read and if they fit the challenge then why not use them? For a book under 100 pages, I got the novella or short story, not sure which the right category, The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo. This book is set in the grishaverse but you don’t have to have to read those books to read this one. This book is 54 pages long. I already read like 10 pages which are not enough for me to count it as cheating. I also already finished this book as an audiobook.

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  1. Read a book in 24 hrs ⏲️

I am a fan of the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles so when I saw that the Kindle version of Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen was under $5 I knew I had to get it. I was planning on reading a poetry book for this challenge but I hate reading a poetry book in a day. I prefer to read it little by little. If I’m honest I was probably going to read this in a sitting anyway because it’s so short and hilarious. I just know I’m going to reread it over and over again. I also need the physical copy and the other books in this series.

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Well, those are the books I was originally going to read but because life happens I added four more.

  1. Read a book about a social justice topic 

I still wanted to read the poetry book The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace just not in a day. Looking for a challenge that would fit it I found this one. This book does deal with social justice since it deals with the way women are treated by society. It’s a topic I am very passionate about and a book I have already started. So far so good.

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  1. Read a book with your favorite color on the cover 🌈

This one is tricky because the version with the color is not the original but I think it’s the cover of an edition on a different language. Still, I am still using it. The color is black. I wasn’t planning on reading this book at all but my dad got it for me and wants me to read it before the movie comes out so I guess I’m doing it. I’m going to try to read it in a day so I won’t get behind with the rest of the reads. This is another middle grade and I’m honestly a mix between intrigued and meh about it. That book is The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.

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  1. Read a book you said you were going to read but never did 😅

This is another book I wasn’t planning on reading. I’m going to listen to City of Ghost on Scribd and there the book doesn’t come out until the September 3 and since I had listened to my two other audiobooks on this list I was in great need of another. I don’t like cleaning without an audiobook so I looked through the challenges and the audiobooks I own and decided on this one, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. On cleaning days I go through audiobooks so fast like today I listen to The Witch of Duva and over 6 hrs of this one. I’m expecting to be able to finish this and City of Ghost before the month ends. I saw this book on Walgreens on June and ever since I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but it’s the kind of book you say you want to read but never actually buy. It wasn’t until there was a 2 for 1 sale on Audible that I got it and so far I’m loving it.

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  1. Freebie! Read whatever book you want 📚

This book I discovered thanks to Twitter. Different authors were talking about how did you know that a book was written by them and I saw her tweet and I got instantly curious. The book is Odd Spirits by S.T. Gibson. The book is It’s 70 pages and $2.99 so I don’t have much to lose. Plus this way I get to support a self-published writer. I have high hopes for this book.

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Well, that is my Emojiathon TBR which I know is very ambitious but it’s better to die trying than to not try at all or as Lilah Bard would say “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.I am very excited to read all of these books, so the motivation should be there. Thank you for reading this really long post. I hope you enjoyed it and…

HAPPY READING!

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