BIBIB / Booktubeathon Wrap-Up

The week of the summer Biannual Bibliothon and Booktubeathon is over! I had a ton of fun reading with the whole community, and even though it took me a few days I ended up having a ton of fun getting involved with the readathons on Twitter. Even though I dropped off doing blog challenges on Day 3, I ended up completing 7 books (plus 2 and a graphic novel that didn’t go with any challenges) and all 7 reading challenges of each readathon while having a great time, so I’d count that as a success. I also read some amazing books along the way!

Without further ado, here are the books I read during the Biannual Bibliothon and Booktubeathon! Continue reading

Review: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin | BIBIB Day 2

The Biannual Bibliothon challenge for day 2 is a book review, hosted by Kassie. Since the only reviews I have on this blog so far are for books I didn’t like or thought were only okay, I decided I would write a review on a book I absolutely loved, or more specifically, 2 books: The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, the first of the Broken Earth trilogy.

5ssnRating: 5/5 stars

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

A season of endings has begun. 

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. 

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. 

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. 

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
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Blogger Book Tag | BIBIB Day 1

I’m so excited to start off this week’s readathon with this tag! So far everything’s off to a pretty good start with my reading. I read 135 pages of Flame in the Mist last night, and another 20ish pages before I got ready for work. Unfortunately I have work all day, but I’m hoping to read Of Mice & Men outside on my break. Now that I’ve got the reading update done, here’s today’s blog challenge, a tag created by Nana of 4teenliars!

1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

Here’s my full TBR, but I’m planning on reading Flame in the Mist, When the Moon was Ours, Of Mice & Men, Far From You, Challenger Deep, November 9, and Ash.

2. What is your favourite genre to read in Summer?

For some reason I’ve never been the type of person who likes to read specific genres at specific times. In summer I tend to actually read a bigger mix of genres than I usually would! If I had to choose I would probably say bigger fantasy/scifi series, because I can read all the books in a row without having to stop for school.

3.Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

I usually read in my room, but in summer I like to hang up a hammock in my back yard and read there sometimes. I also love to go to local coffee shops and read there; it’s so peaceful and a great change of scenery.

4.What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I love the challenge to read a book you found somewhere besides booktube. It’s been great to see a bunch of recommendations of books I haven’t heard a lot about!

5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?

This is cliche, but I have to say the Marauders from Harry Potter. I’m the worst Marauders stan ever in the world, and they’re just the best. But of course I would include Lily in this because she’s also the best.

6.What are your plans for summer?

Most of my big plans for summer have already happened, so now my plans are mainly just working a lot to save up money for college. Earlier this summer, though, I went to nationals for forensics in Louisville, nationals for debate in Birmingham, and on a family trip to Tennessee.

7.Do you have summer reading playlist,If not what would be on it?

I don’t have a reading playlist, but my playlist I’ve been listening to lately has a lot of Glass Animals, Portugal the Man, Declan McKenna, Paramore, and Lorde.

8.What is your favorite summer movie?

I’m weird in the fact that I don’t really like movies! I don’t think I’ve watched a movie all year, definitely not all summer, so I can’t think of one. But a classic would definitely be High School Musical 2, so I’ll go with that.

9.What book do you read every summer,if not what thing do you do every summer?

I don’t have a book I read every summer, but every summer I go on a vacation somewhere with my family.

10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

I’m pretty new to blogging, so I haven’t picked out any to do yet. If anyone has tags that are fun, link me to them and I’d love to check them out!

My first blog challenge is officially complete! I’m excited to get back to reading from my TBR and seeing what everyone else is reading.

Biannual Bibliothon + Booktubeathon TBR

I’m so excited to participate in my first ever readathon(s)! Even though both of these are taking place in the same week I’ve wanted to do both for a while so I decided I would just combine them and try to do both. I don’t know how successful I’ll be, since I’m working quite a bit next week, but I’m ready to read whenever I have spare time.

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Luckily, I’m in a big reading mood because the most recent books I’ve read (The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee) have both been 5-star reads, and my biggest challenge so far was to not start reading my TBR books too early!

I’ve been able to pick out 7 books that I’m excited to read that fit into all the challenges for both events, so here they are! I based the books I checked out from my library on the Biannual Bibliothon challenges, since they’re more structured, and tweaked them to fit into the Booktubeathon challenges. Continue reading

Review: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart—and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents’ politics seem much more complicated. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

For my first ever Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be recommending some of my favorite children’s books. Top 5 Wednesday is a group started by Lainey and currently run by Samantha, and the Goodreads group is here.

This list was difficult to narrow down, because I read all the time as a kid. However, I did end up with 5 kids’ books that aren’t Harry Potter/Series of Unfortunate Events/Percy Jackson-level popular and that are still definitely worth a read. Continue reading

Review: Want by Cindy Pon

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Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary. Continue reading

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Rating: 2/5 stars

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Continue reading

Welcome to GalacticReads!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! My name is Abby; I’m an 18-year-old girl living in the United States. I’ve been in love with reading for as long as I can remember, and I’ve made this blog to share some of my thoughts on what I’m reading. I’ll try to keep it updated pretty frequently, but I have a busy freshman year of college coming up.

On this blog you’ll see a pretty typical mix of posts. Every month I’ll try to do a wrap-up of what I read, I plan on writing reviews for most things I read, and I’ll post as many recommendations or miscellaneous rants as I can think of. Continue reading