My entire TBR: a Six for Sunday fail.

I was going to participate in this week’s #SixforSunday prompt, but instead this post has evolved into me sharing with you my entire TBR. My physical one, thankfully for the sake of my own sanity, is very small. My digital one, however, is a different story. I love rereading, so I always have books I’ve already read on my TBRs, but here I’ll only be mentioning books I have not read. For the sake of not letting this post get too out-of-hand I’ll also be mentioning up-coming releases very sparingly.

My Physical TBR

I posted a photo on Instagram a few months back with my entire physical TBR and it consisted of 16 books, none of which are books I consider a priority and all of which I do have a timeline for. My physical TBR has since gone down to 14 books, some of which have changed. These books have their own shelf on my bookcase.

This list is more up-to-date than the above picture:

1. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
2. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 10 by Izumi Tsubaki
3. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 11 by Izumi Tsubaki
4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
5. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
6. The Crimes of Grindelwald the Original Screen Play by J.K. Rowling
7. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
8. Giant Days Volume 10 by John Allison and Max Sarin
9. Giant Days Volume 11 by John Allison and Max Sarin
10. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison and Max Sarin
11. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
12. Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
13. Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book by Kelly Kordes Anton and Tina DeJarld
14. Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book Maxim Jago

This month onwards I’ve decided to challenge myself with reading a chapter of a manga or graphic novel a day, and with the final volume of Giant Days coming out this year, I expect my to-be-read graphic novels and manga is going to shrink considerably. That’s never actually been a goal of mine because I like always having a comic available to me and I tend to want to drag out the stories because I love them so, but I think it’s pretty inevitable with my new challenge. As for Life and Fate, I recently finished Anna Karenina so I’m taking a break from Russian classics at the moment. I’m planning to collect all the Vintage Classics Russian Series, and I’ve only read 1/6 so I’ll have to get a move on with that sometime soon. Crimes of Grindelwald I’ll pick up before the third movie is released for a refresher, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance I’ll read closer to the release of the last book in the trilogy so I can marathon the series. The Midnight Lie is a similar situation, I’m going to read that at the end of this year so I have a smaller gap between it and it’s sequel. As for the last three books, they’re textbooks and I’ll get to them when I get to them, hopefully this year.

My Audiobook TBR

I have an Audible account, but I listen to majority of my audiobooks through the library. I currently have 0 unread audiobooks in my audible collection, but that number will increase by 1 with the release of Age of Empyre. I tend to buy a new audiobook when I’m in need of one to listen to, so my audiobook TBR doesn’t ever really exist.

If we’re counting my Wishlist as my TBR then I have the following books:

1. Love Without Borders by Angela Braniff
2. Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
3. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

I’m really hoping the library will get Home Before Dark and then that book will move to my library TBR, as for the other two novels, when I get around to purchasing them I doubt they’ll be on my TBR for long.

My e-book TBR

I collect e-books through Kindle and Kobo. Having a Kindle is extremely convenient if you read ARCs through NetGalley, and as I’m living in Canada it’s Kobo that syncs up with Overdrive and allows me to read e-books through my library. As a result of having two e-readers I also have a mismatch of e-books through both services.

On my Kindle:

1. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3. The Neanderthal Box Set by Penny Reid
4. All Fired Up by Elle Kennedy
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
6. The Watchman and Other Poems by L.M. Montgomery
7. Lovesick Ellie Volume 4 by Fujimomo
8. Lovesick Ellie Volume 5 by Fujimomo
9. Lovesick Ellie Volume 6 by Fujimomo
10. Lovesick Ellie Volume 7 by Fujimomo
11. Lovesick Ellie Volume 8 by Fujimomo
12. Lovesick Ellie Volume 9 by Fujimomo
13. Bound by Mark Lawrence
14. Kiss Me At the Stroke of Midnight Volume 1 by Rin Mikimoto
15. Matchmaking For Beginners by Maddie Dawson
16. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
17. Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
18. I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman
19. Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan
20. Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury
21. Little Wren and the Big Forrest by Michael J. Sullivan
22. Traditions by Michael J. Sullivan
23. The Game by Michael J. Sullivan
24. The Autumn Mist by Michael J. Sullivan
25. Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

On my Kobo:

1. Girl Meets Billionaire by Lauren Blakely,  J.A. Huss, Julia Kent, Laurelin Paige, Brenna Aubrey, Layla Hagen, Annika Martin, and Jules Barnard 
2. Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
3. Trade Me by Courtney Milan
4. Stealer of Souls by Diana Wynne Jones
5. Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson
6. Heroes Wanted Anthology edited by Laura M. Hughes
7. The Play by Elle Kennedy
8. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

I keep track of my unread e-books by making sure to always mark finished books as read on the devices, then the devices do the separating for me. It’s not the best and I really should make my unread e-books their own shelf on Goodreads. I actually wish I had more manga on my e-book TBR because reading manga and graphic novels on the largest screen available to me is definitely my preferred means of consumption. I also do make an effort to read classics before I buy their physical editions, especially since e-book versions often come free or are available at the library. I do enjoy having romance novels available to me when I’m in the mood for something light and fluffy and a lot of those tend to be free as well which is why I have a few unread in my collection. Technically I’m reading and not particularly enjoying The Watchman and Other Poems, we’ll see if I finish or DNF it. As for my various short stories, I dunno, I don’t love short stories, so they’re never a priority and will probably stick around for a while.

My Library TBR

This is it, this is where things get a bit out of control. My library TBR is the one instance where it doesn’t stress me out to have a bunch of books I want to get to.

My holds and books that I’m currently borrowing:

1. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
2. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
3. Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran
4. The House of Yan by Lan Yan
5. Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
6. The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
7. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
8. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
9. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
11. No Filter by Sarah Frier
12. The Selection by Kiera Cass
13. Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen
14. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
15. Know My Name by Chanel Miller
16. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
17. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
18. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
19. The One by John Marrs
20. Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
21. The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag
22. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
23. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
24. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
25. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
26. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
27. Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

These next few are on my wishlist (I always max out my holds):

28. Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
29. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
30. Joy at Work by Marie Kondo
31. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning
32. You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
33. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
34. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
35. Rules For Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell
36. Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner
37. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
38. Facebook by Steven Levy
39. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
40. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
41. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
42. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
43. Red Notice by Bill Browder
44. Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane
45. The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
46. Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie
47. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
48. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
49. Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
50. The Scientist and the Spy by Mara Histendahl
51. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
52. The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill
53. A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
54. A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian
55. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
56. Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
57. Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
58. What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
59. The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
60. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
61. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
62. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
63. Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
64. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
65. The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
66. The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
67. She Said by Jodi Kantor
68. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
69. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
70. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
71. Blowout by Rachel Maddow
72. This Tender Land by William Kent Kruegar

To be honest at one point I was putting anything that seemed remotely interesting on my library wishlist or on-hold, and it got to the point where I would borrow something, read a few chapters, and then immediately return it due to lack of interest, so recently I’ve made an effort to read a preview before a book gets to be on my library TBR.

My Goodreads TBR shelves

When it comes to my TBR I primarily use Goodreads to keep track of books I have my eye on that I’m either unwilling to purchase just yet, or that I’m hoping the library will acquire. Here are my TBR shelves:

‚Ě•Want to read: I use this to keep track of both my physical TBR and e-book TBR, it isn’t always up to date, and as I keep my physical TBR together on it’s own physical shelf I rely on that over this digital list. As for the e-books, I really should give them their own shelf and keep better track of them.
‚Ě•Pre-orders: for books I’ve preordered physical copies of, I add these books to my WTR/TBR shelf after I’ve acquired them. I rely on this shelf quite a bit.
‚Ě•For TBR: this shelf houses books I want to read and purchase, usually I’m just waiting for them to go on sale before I do.
‚Ě•Library borrow: I very poorly keep track of books I want to borrow from the library here, I have a library wishlist through the overdrive app so this shelf is a bit redundant but whatever.
‚Ě•Potential reads: this shelf is for books that have caught my eye, usually these are books I’m hoping my library will eventually acquire.

I’m not going to be talking about up-coming books in this post (but if you’re interested in seeing the up-coming releases I’m interested in you can click here) so really the only shelf you haven’t seen is my Potential Reads shelf, it’s pretty lonely right now:

1. Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

Alright, that’s it for today. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Leave me a comment down below letting me know how you keep track of your TBR. Are you the type of reader who likes having a large one, or does that stress you out?

Happy reading! ūüíó

2020 Asian Readathon Recommendations & TBR

The Asian Readathon is a month long readathon taking place during Asian Heritage Month (May) and is hosted by readwithcindy. This year’s challenges are as follows:

1. Read any book by an Asian author.
2. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to.
3. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you.
4. Read a book recommended by an Asian.
5. OPTIONAL: Read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and participate in the #LittleFiresReadalong and #LittleFiresWatchalong

For more information click here.

I’ve put together some of my favourite books by Asian authors, and since I’m Asian all these recommendations meet challenge #4.

Anna K by Jenny Lee
‚Ě•Jenny Lee is Korean
‚Ě•Features half-Korean main characters, and Thai characters

Anna K is a young adult retelling of Anna Karenina, but with all the glam and drama of Gossip Girl and Crazy Rich Asians and will probably make my best of 2020 list. I read Anna Karenina for the first time this year and I have to say I prefer this retelling.

Anything by Lisa See (my personal favourite Lisa See novel is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane)
‚Ě•Lisa See is of Chinese heritage
‚Ě•Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, and Peony in Love take place in China and feature Chinese characters
‚Ě•The Island of Sea Women takes place in Korea and features Korean and Japanese main characters
‚Ě•China Dolls takes place in the States and features Chinese and Japanese main characters
‚Ě•On Gold Mountain is a non-fiction novel exploring See’s heritage

Manga is one of my personal favourite forms of storytelling, my personal favourites, all written by Japanese mangaka and featuring Japanese characters are:
‚Ě•Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi: fantasy quest story, setting inspired by the Three Kingdoms of Korea period
‚Ě•Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi: the original magical girl, takes place in Toyko
‚Ě•Highschool Debut and My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara: slice-of-life, romances taking place in high school in Japan
‚Ě•Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka: slice-of-life romance taking place in high school in Japan (Sakisaka’s works is a great place to start with shoujo manga)

Little Fires Everywhere is the obvious choice given it’s the readathon book; it is written by Celeste Ng whose is Chinese-American and features Chinese characters.

Everything I Never Told You is also by Ng and also features Chinese-American characters.

Some of my other favourites and soon to be released titles are as follows.

‚Ě•Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali (Indian-Canadian author, Indian, Chinese, and Pakistani representation)
‚Ě•Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (own-voices Japanese representation)
‚Ě•The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan (own-voices Taiwanese representation)
‚Ě•This Time Will Be Different by Lisa Sugiura (own-voices Japanese representation)

Middle Grade
‚Ě•Stargazing by Jen Wang (Taiwanese author, Chinese representation)

‚Ě•The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Filipino-Indian-American author, novel inspired by Indian culture)
‚Ě•The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (own-voices Indian representation)

Historical Fiction
‚Ě•Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (own-voices Korean representation)
‚Ě•A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (own-voices Indian representation) (my blog is named after this book!)

‚Ě•The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (own-voices Vietnamese representation)
‚Ě•When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (own-voices Indian representation)

‚Ě•When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (own-voices Indian representation)
‚Ě•The Girl With Seven Names (own-voices Korean representation)
‚Ě•In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park (own-voices Korean representation)

Up-coming novels/recently published novels (none of which I have read):
‚Ě•Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Too (own-voices Korean representation) April 14, 2020
‚Ě•If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (Chinese-Korean-American(?) author, Korean representation) April 21, 2020
‚Ě•The Silence of Bones by June Hur (own-voices Korean representation) April 21, 2020
‚Ě•The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (own-voices Bangladeshi representation, this book also features a f/f romance!) May 12, 2020
‚Ě•My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong (own-voices Chinese representation) May 12, 2020

And of course I thought I’d share with you what I plan on reading:

‚Ě•When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (own-voices Korean representation) meets challenges 1 and 3
‚Ě•Trade Me by Courtney Milan (own-voices Chinese representation) meets challenges 1, 3, and 4 and was recommended by In Love & Words
‚Ě•Reread: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (own-voices Chinese representation) meets challenges 1, 3, 4, and 5
‚Ě•Reread: The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini (own-voices Afghan representation) meets challenges 1 and 3
‚Ě•Reread: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Filipino-Indian-American author, novel inspired by Indian culture) meets challenges 1, 2, and 3

And to top things off here are some of my favourite Asian Booktubers and Bloggers:
‚Ě•A Clockwork Reader
‚Ě•A Court of Crowns and Quills
‚Ě•Alexa Loves Books
‚Ě•Books With Chloe
‚Ě•Carla’s Book Bits
‚Ě•Forever and Everly
‚Ě•In Love & Words
‚Ě•Monica Kim
‚Ě•Nish and Ngoc
‚Ě•Paper Blots

I’d love to hear some of your favourite Asian books, booktubers, and bloggers.
Happy reading! ‚ô•