Thursday, January 21, 2021

YA Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Animated Scooby Doo Movie

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the animated Scooby Doo movies. They were actually first coming out when I was little, and I don't know about you, but I definitely had some favorites. This list goes through Camp Scare, which came out in 2010. I haven't seen many of the movies after that, so I can't accurately make recommendations. The recommendations are based on general plot, themes, and settings of the movie.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
This is the first of the animated direct-to-video films. As a kid, I actually really didn't like this one, as it scared me too much. I still avoid watching, but I remember the movie enough to give you some recommendations if spooky zombies are your groove.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost (1999)
This movie draws inspiration from the Salem witch trials. There are two plots in the movie, one involving the fake ghost of a witch, and one with the real ghost the first was impersonating. Along with an evil witch, the movie also features good wicca magic some great music with the band The Hex Girls. These recommendations all feature witches, and the first one also has a similar setting.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
This movie has the Scooby gang investigating UFO sitings in New Mexico. The movie features secret gold mining, fake government agents, satellite systems, and an actual alien (and an alien dog)! These recommendations all feature aliens that come to earth.

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase
Cyber Chase sees Scooby and friends fighting off a computer virus and trapped in a video game. The gang has to fight through the levels of the game to defeat the virus, as well as previous villains they'd faced. These recommendations are books that also feature video games.

Rush by Eve Silver

Warcross by Marie Lu

Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire
Legend of the Vampire is the first of many Scooby Doo movies not to have a real supernatural creature, instead it is all special effects and people in masks. In it, the gang travels to Australia, where they encounter a rock music festival haunted by a local vampire myth. They also run into their old friends The Hex Girls.

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

For the Record by Charlotte Huang

Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico
In this adventure the Scooby gang travels to visit Fred's friend in Mexico, Alejo Otero. Alejo and his family run a hotel, but it is being haunted by 'El Chupacabra'. The movie (and its villains) plays with Mexican and Aztec mythology and beliefs. The Aztec pyramids and the Day of the Dead ceremony make an appearance.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster
This is one of my favorite Scooby-Doo movies! Scooby and friends travel to Scotland to visit Daphne's extended Blake family, specifically Loch Ness. Unfortunately, the mythical Loch Ness Monster is terrorizing the family festivities. We have an especially exciting cast of characters, with Del Chillman and Professor Fiona Pembrooke both trying to prove the monster is real. This movie is loads of fun, with great music and great adventures.

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Aloha, Scooby Doo!
On a trip to Hawaii, the gang uncovers a mystery involving an upcoming surfing competition. Locals are angry that the mayor has opened up the surfing contest to mainlanders, not just the usual native Hawaiians. They believe the mayor has also angered ancient spirits, as the evil 'Wiki-Tiki' has kidnapped Snookie, the girlfriend of the surfer Manu, and caused destruction. To get to the bottom of the mystery, the gang investigates a nearby volcano.


Juniors by Kaur Hart Hemmings

Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
While Velma is working on a restoration of the Sphinx in Egypt, the rest of the gang come to visit her. Unbeknownst to them, Velma has discovered the tomb of Cleopatra. They run into Rock Rivers who's investigating a curse on the tomb and a treasure hunter looking to loot it. Soon the gang, friends, and enemies are all trapped inside the tomb, with the spirit of Cleopatra and an army of mummies between them and freedom.

Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Allison Moulton

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
As a treat from Fred's parents for his parents, he and the gang go on a mystery cruise. Unfortunately, the gang solves all the mysteries. Luckily for them, a bigger one seems to be afoot. First, they rescue a castaway who says his ship was attacked by ghost pirates, and then an eccentric billionaire lands on the ship with a jetpack. After the cruise itself is attacked by the ghost pirates, the gang decide to take on the pirates themselves.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

Chill Out, Scooby Doo!
Fred, Daphne, and Velma are in Paris on vacation, with Scooby and Shaggy set to join them. Unfortunately, Scooby and Shaggy are taken by a hunter to be used as bait to catch the Abominable Snowman. After escaping, Scooby and Shaggy make their way to a weather station, where old friend Del Chillman happens to reside as weatherman and DJ. Fred, Daphne, and Velma follow in their footsteps and everyone is frequently besieged by the snow creature.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Unlike the previous movies, this one takes place in the gang's hometown of Coolsville and features real magic and mystical creatures. Scooby and Shaggy travel to a magical world to try to stop a magician from turning their friends into monsters. The characters have adventures with fairies, witches, and more!

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
In Tokyo, the evil Black Samurai is resurrected when his armor goes on display in a museum. Later, the gang arrives so Daphne can compete in a martial arts competition. They learn about the legend of the Black Samurai, and do what they can to stop him, but not everything goes according to plan.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
The Mystery gang travel to a school for magicians in an Irish castle to check on Velma's sister Madelyn. Once there, they learn a griffin is scaring off the students. They agree to try to solve the mystery, but it gets more and more complicated as they uncover a legend about the griffin and a staff belonging to the original owner of the castle.

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
In a summer adventure, Scooby and the gang travel to Fred's childhood summer camp Camp Little Moose to serve as camp counselors. But once they get there, the camp is empty. Monsters from camp legends have scared everyone away. While trying to solve the mystery, the gang discovers that weird things are also happening at the nearby Camp Big Moose. To solve the mystery they must team up with campers and counselors and find out what is at the bottom of Big Moose Lake.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Did you grow up with these Scooby-Doo movies like I did? Let me know your favorites in the comments, and if you plan on reading the books I paired with them! Disagree with my choices? What do you recommend?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Title:
 A Dark and Hollow Star
Author: Ashley Shuttleworth
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release: February 23, 2021
Pages: 512
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.

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First Impressions

I really enjoyed this book! In general, I preferred Nausicaä and Arlo's chapters, but Vehan and Aurelian weren't bad either. I love Nos so so so so much! She is chaos incarnate, which makes her a super fun character. She's also incredibly broken by the experiences of her past. I'm glad we get to be in her head during the book, because it helps us get to know her in a way that you just wouldn't get otherwise.

The book is a little slow at the beginning, but I don't know how much has to do with it truly being slow vs the weird format I had to read it in. The eARC was kinda messed up and so until I was *really* into it, reading was slow going.

Characters

Some of my favorite moments are when Nos and Arlo are interacting. Arlo gives so much of herself, even to virtual strangers, and Nos realizes that. Nos has never been given much care (except maybe from her sister Tisiphone), and Arlo opens a door to healing that wasn't previously open. I can't wait to see how their relationship develops.

On the other hand, there's Aurelian and Vehan. Vehan is amazingly innocent. While he has struggles, everyone in his life has kept from him just how cruel (and evil) his mother is. Aurelian is partially responsible for that, but for good reasons. These boys are going to need to come to terms with a lot of hard stuff before they have any true chance of being together.

World Building

A Dark and Hollow Star is set in our world, but it's much bigger than it is for us. First off, there's the faerie courts and all that entails. Additionally there's the realm of the immortals. Arlo, Vehan, and Aurelian are all mortal (even if they have a longer lifespan). Nos though, she's a former Fury that has been banished to the mortal realm. And boy is she pissed off about it. So Nos has made it her mission to make trouble for immortals, which is how she gets drawn into a mess in Toronto with half-fae, half-human children being killed. You could say it all goes downhill from there.

Final Thoughts

One thing I really appreciated was how full the book was of casually queer characters. A range of sexualities and genders are present, and every POV character is queer. Non-cis/straight identities are everywhere, and it felt like a little snapshot of what our own world could be. As I said before, this world is really big. You learn a lot in this book, and yet it still feels like I know nothing. I just know this series will be full of twists and turns and I can't wait to discover them all!

Author Bio:

Ashley Shuttleworth is a young adult fantasy author born in Canada and currently living in Ontario. They have a degree in English Literature from Trent University with an emphasis on Milton and the Romantic Period, as well as a focus on Ancient History and Classical Studies. They’ve worked many jobs in their life, roles such as a bookseller for Indigo Bookstore, a barista at Starbucks, a teacher in South Korea, and a Wine Merchant for their local wine store. In their spare time they enjoy cosplay and gaming (particularly The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts) and adding to their ever-growing collection of prop swords. They’re also pretty big into winter sports like skating and skiing and driving back and forth between work without snow tires. Despite the fact that there are roughly 9000 fanfics on their computer, A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR is their first published novel.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2020 But Didn't Get To


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. I add so many books to my TBR every year that it's impossible to read them all. That doesn't mean I just forget about them at New Year's. Here are some books that released in 2020 that are still hanging out in my TBR pile!

1. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (January 7, 2020)













2. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (February 4, 2020)













3. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (March 3, 2020)













4. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (March 3, 2020)













5. Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari (March 17, 2020)













6. The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib (May 5, 2020)













7. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (June 2, 2020)













8. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (June 2, 2020)













9. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (July 7, 2020)













10. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston (August 4, 2020)













11. The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (September 8, 2020)













12. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (September 15, 2020)













13. Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston (October 20, 2020)













14. Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett (November 17, 2020)













15. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley (December 1, 2020)













Have you read any of these books? Are there any in particular you think I should fast-track to the top of my list?

Monday, January 18, 2021

Quarantine Releases (25)


New week, new books! There's a ton of great stuff coming out today, and I know I can't wait to read a bunch of them!

This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic.

Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who’s everything Izzy’s not: bold, confident, comfortable in her skin. Mo invites Izzy to join her group of friends and introduces her to the Chicago open mic scene.

The only problem? Her new friends are college students—and Izzy tells them she’s one, too. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends, and she can hardly remember all the lies she’s telling to keep her two lives separate.

Her controlling boyfriend is getting suspicious, and her former best friend knows there’s something going on. But Izzy loves comedy and this newfound freedom. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is or, finally, truly stand up for herself.

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Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Things can change in a second:

The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.

The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he’s in trouble.

The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.

And the second Frankie joins his uncle’s gang in exchange for paying for his father’s medical bills, there’s no going back...or is there?

As Frankie does things he never thought he’d be capable of, he’s forced to confront the truth of the family and future he was born into—and the ones he wants to build for himself.

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We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.

As the zumra plots to overthrow the kingdom’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power into a weapon, to wield not only against the Lion but against his father, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—a darkness that hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of her sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dare not unleash. In spite of the darkness enclosing ever faster, Nasir and Zafira find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose…but time is running out to achieve their ends, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.

Lush and striking, hopeful and devastating, We Free the Stars is the masterful conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology by New York Times–bestselling author Hafsah Faizal.

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Wench by Maxine Kaplan

A funny, fiercely feminist YA epic fantasy—following the adventures of a tavern wench

Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.

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Girl on the Line by Faith Gardner

A story that begins where too many others end, Girl on the Line is an essential #ownvoices tale of love, loss, and hope for fans of All the Bright Places and Girl in Pieces.

Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it.

But now that Journey has a future, she apparently also has to figure out what that future’s supposed to look like.

Some days the pain feels as fresh as that day. The one with the pills, the hospital, and the end that didn’t come. Her parents don’t know how to speak to her. Her best friend cracks all the wrong jokes. Her bipolar II disorder feels like it swallows her completely.

But other days—they feel like revelations. Like meeting the beautiful Etta, a community college student who is a world unto herself. Or walking into the office of the volunteer hotline and discovering a community as simultaneously strong and broken as she is.

Or uncovering the light within herself that she didn’t know existed.

Perfect for fans of Challenger Deep and Mosquitoland, Faith Gardner’s stunningly written and unflinchingly authentic #ownvoices novel unspools in heart-wrenching detail and shows how Journey finds a way to see another day.

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Red Scare.

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery's most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross...and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery's fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it's complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

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Playing With Fire by April Henry

When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.

But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.

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Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Something is rotten in the heart of Winterkeep...

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life.

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Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Rothschild

In the wake of sudden tragedy, twin sisters uncover a secret that rips open their world. Katherine Rothschild explores the pain and power of forgiveness in a stunning debut novel that will shatter your heart and piece it back together, one truth at a time. 

Sixteen-year-old Sabine Braxton doesn’t have much in common with her identical twin, Blythe. When their father dies from an unexpected illness, each copes with the loss in her own way—Sabine by “poeting” (an uncontrollable quirk of bursting into poetry at inappropriate moments) and Blythe by obsessing over getting into MIT, their father’s alma mater. Neither can offer each other much support . . . at least not until their emotionally detached mother moves them into a ramshackle Bay Area mansion owned by a stranger named Charlie.

Soon, the sisters unite in a mission to figure out who Charlie is and why he seems to know everything about them. They quickly make a life-changing discovery: their father died of an HIV- related infection, Charlie was his lover, and their mother knows the whole story. The revelation unravels Sabine’s world, while practical Blythe seems to take everything in stride. Once again at odds with her sister, Sabine chooses to learn all she can about the father she never knew. Ultimately, she must decide if she can embrace his last wish for their family legacy—along with forgiveness.

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If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur

Told in prose, poetry, and illustration, this heartrending story weaves Kiran’s and Sahaara’s timelines together, showing a teenage Kiran and, later, her high school–aged daughter, Sahaara.

Kiran is a young Punjabi Sikh woman who becomes pregnant after being sexually assaulted by her fiancé’s brother. When her fiancé and family don’t believe her, she flees her home in India to Canada, where she plans to raise the child as a single mother. For Kiran, living undocumented means constant anxiety over finances, work, safety, and whether she’ll be deported back to the dangers that await her in Punjab.

Eighteen years later, Kiran’s daughter, Sahaara, is desperate to help her mother, who has been arrested and is facing deportation. In the aftermath, Kiran reveals the truth about Sahaara’s conception. Horrified, Sahaara encourages Kiran to speak out against the man who raped her—who’s now a popular political figure in Punjab. Sahaara must find the best way to support her mother while also dealing with the revelation about her parents. (less)

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So many good books! I can't wait to pick up my copy of Wench, and I plan on devouring If I Tell You the Truth (even if it makes me sob)! What books are you looking forward to this week?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Top Ten Hopes and Resolutions for 2021


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. This will be a mix of bookish and general life goals.

1. Read 100 books in 2021 - Should be easy to do, as I've done it previously, but still I nice number to shoot for

2. Be successful in my classes - I'm taking three classes this semester, one of which will probably be the hardest I've ever taken

3. Actually finish video games that I start - *looks at all the video games sitting unfinished in the corner*

4. Work hard in physical therapy so my feet can recover to their best - In case you didn't know, I had two surgeries this year, one on each foot, and am currently in a cast on my right foot

5. Maybe actually write some words in my novels - I haven't written non-academically in ages and I both want to and avoid thinking about it

6. Get my Covid-19 vaccine!

7. Start in-person at my new college - I officially started in the fall, but have been all online. I would like to actually meet some of my new classmates

8. Post more book reviews - While I wrote at least a short review on Goodreads for every book I read this year, I would like to be better about really elaborating my thoughts and posting them on here

9. Collect all the critters in Animal Crossings - Bugs, fish, and sea creatures will be mine!

10. Make a dent in my existing physical TBR stack - I've got a couple shelves in my room dedicated to books I own that I want to read, and it would be nice to shave that down
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