2019, Books, booktube, readathons, reviews, videos

Reading Women Month Bingo – Second Check-in!

Hey friends! I am participating in Reading Women Month Bingo for June and here is my second check-in (June 8-14). I didn’t read much that was part of the board but this is such a fun challenge and I look forward to reading more books and making a BINGO!

Check-in #1: https://allthesewanders.com/2019/06/14/reading-women-month-bingo-first-check-in

My Progress:

Here’s the site, if you want more info:  https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019

2019, 2019 unhaul challenge, Books, booktube, readathons, reviews, videos

Reading Women Month Bingo – First Check-in!

Hey friends! I am participating in Reading Women Month Bingo for June and finally got around to my first check in (June 1-7). This is such a fun challenge and I look forward to reading more books on the board!

Here’s the site, if you want more info: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019

2019, Books, booktube, readathons, Reading the World, reviews, videos

Asian Readathon Updates & Reviews

Hey friends! I participated in Asian Readathon and wanted to share what I read and some of my thoughts. There were 4 challenges and I met them all 🙂

Title: Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 1
Original Title: Bishōjo senshi Sailor Moon Kanzenban #1
Country of Origin: Japan
Author: Naoko Takeuchi
Genre: Fantasy Manga
Published: 2013

Synopsis: Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy teenager who finds joy in eating, sleeping and playing video games, finds out she is Sailor Moon, Guardian of Freedom and Justice. She must protect Tokyo from evil invaders and find her fellow guardians.

Title: Don’t Let Him Know
Author: Sandip Roy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: 2015

Synopsis: After Amit finds a mysterious letter indicating one of his parents had an affair, we catch glimpses into the lives of his family and their stories.

Title: The Vegetarian
Original Title: Chaesikjuuija
Country of Origin: South Korea
Author: Han Kang
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: 2007

Synopsis: After haunting nightmares she can’t shake, Yeong-hye decides to become a vegetarian. Her family doesn’t agree and her life quickly spirals out of control.

Title: Number One Chinese Restaurant
Author: Lillian Le
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: 2018

Synopsis: Beneath the facade of a popular Chinese restaurant lie family secrets and ambitions that might tear apart the restaurant and the family legacy.

2019, 2019 unhaul challenge, Books, readathons, reading, reviews

Scallywagathon Wrap Up: May 5-12

Hey friends!

I finished Scallywagathon 2019 last night and read 3 books!

For more information and the prompts, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/scallywagathon2019/home

The Map

I double-dipped and chose books from my 2019 Unhaul Challenge to try and work on those stacks a bit.
(https://allthesewanders.com/tag/2019-unhaul-challenge/)

Here are my thoughts

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Published: 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Starr and her friend Khalil are stopped by a police officer after a party. The officer shoots and kills Khalil and Starr struggles with the event and finding justice for her friend.

My thoughts: This was written very well. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like the story because YA Contemporary is just not my favorite genre to read, but I found that this story was engaging, heart wrenching and eye opening, all at the same time. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a story based on lives that many people have lived and that happens in America all too often.

Title: The Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)
Author: Colleen Oaks
Published: 2014
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling/Origin Story

Synopsis: Princess Dinah is destined to be Queen of Wonderland and rule beside her father. When her father brings a long-lost sister to court, Dinah’s world is turned upside down.

My thoughts: Although I thought the first half was a bit slow, I liked the build up of Wonderland that is very different from how Alice will find it in the future. Dinah is a conflicted character and I am curious to see where the story leads and how Oaks envisions her descent into becoming the evil queen we all know her to be in Wonderland.

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Published: 1999
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: Melinda’s first year of high school isn’t going so well. After a traumatic experience at a party that involved her calling the cops, her friends shun her and her parents don’t understand her. Afraid to speak up, she withdraws completely until enough is enough.

My Thoughts: This was done well, although the writing style isn’t my favorite. I am not a fan of short, choppy chapters and vignettes because they typically don’t hold my attention. With that said, the format worked for the story as we are in the head of a traumatized and erratic teenager who is trying to deal with the aftermath of being attacked. It was sad and heart wrenching because I’ve unfortunately known too many people who’ve had similar experiences and were afraid to speak up.