Goodreads Randomize Challenge

Hello lovely readers, I know it has been forever and a day since I have posted and I’m not sure if anyone is still with me but I hope you are all doing well and are safe from the real world.

So I decided to challenge myself to get my Goodreads TBR down. It is currently at 1,981 (more so because I haven’t been adding in the last year too much unless I am about to read it.) So I am not sure if this has been done yet or not (if it has, feel free to tag the creator so that I can give due credit) but I thought a good sure way to force me to get that number down is to use the random number generator to compose a list of 5 books. I will decide if those books will be deleted off my TBR or I have to read them before I move on. Not sure if that makes sense to the world or just in my head. I guess it’s a spin off of Down the TBR Hole by Lia at Lost in a Story (I couldn’t find the blog though) , now that I think of it. Also, I ordered the books by when I added the book to my goodreads with the oldest being number 1. Last, if I land on a sequel- then I just read the 1st book in it’s place.

Okay, without further ado…. the first numbers are 1,068, 934, 1,943, 1,655, and 1,518.


The first book (934) was a Count All Her Bones By April Henry so I will be reading the first book Girl, Stolen.  Girl, Stolen (Girl, Stolen #1)                                     Image found on goodreads.

“Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what’s happening, the car is being stolen.

Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she’s blind, he really doesn’t know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes–now there’s a reason to keep her.”

This book had 4 stars and sounds like it is right up my ally. I love reading thrillers. 



Book 1,068 is A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor. I remember asking for this book so many times and being frustrated about not finding it. Just saw that is at my library. I will also be reading this.

A Map for Wrecked Girls

                                      Image found on Goodreads.

“We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?”



The third book (1,518) is The Last Summer of the Death Warrior by Francisco X. Stork. I will be reading this as well.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

                                    Image found on Goodreads.

“One is dying of cancer. The other’s planning a murder.
When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony’s Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he’ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister’s killer. But then he’s assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his “Death Warrior’s Manifesto,” which will help him to live out his last days fully–ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be;and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life.

Nuanced in its characters and surprising in its plot developments–both soulful and funny–Last Summer is a buddy novel of the highest kind: the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be.


The fourth book (1,655) is Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.

Broken Things

                                   Image found on Goodreads.

“It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

This looks like it has a lot of potential. I will be reading this!



The last book for today is (1,943)… actually isn’t out yet lol so let me spin again.

Okay the new number was 1,575 which was Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury.

Last of Her Name

                                     Image found on Goodreads. 

“Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered–down to their youngest child, Princess Anya–and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn’t think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father’s vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.

That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia’s sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.”

This one, I am a little iffy on. I think I will test read it and see where it goes from there.  I will update here soon with what I rated each and the next 5 books. 


If you have read an of these, tell me what you thought!

January TBR

So I should probably start my saying that I hate TBRs, so why am I doing it? Good question… Honestly it’s because my Owlcrate planner is asking for it and I’m hoping that it will make me more focused because my reading was… crappy in 2019 compared to other years. I do find that TBR’s put me off reading the chosen books sometimes as well (I don’t like being told what to do even if it’s by my own self). So without further ado…


I separated this into 3 categories- ARCs, Books on my shelf, and audiobooks-, and hopefully this won’t be all I read because I want to get some new releases in too.


  1. This is my America- Kim Johnson

This Is My America

This is probably my most anticipated book from my TBR. It sounds like the type of books that I love to read- the ones with a strong message and a strong dose of today’s reality. I will read this one first.

2. Given- Nandi Taylor


I’ve started trying to read this, but I think it wasn’t the right time so I will be trying again to get this read and reviewed by the release date. I find myself having trouble getting into fantasy at the beginning and usually end up loving it so I am hoping that will be the case for this one as well.

3. Turtle Under Ice- Juleah del Rosario

Turtle Under Ice

I think as soon as I saw “for fans of Elizabeth Avecedo” I requested it. It looks like it is right up my alley and written is verse.

4. The Train is Being Held- Ism`ee Williams

This Train Is Being Held

This is another one I am excited for especially because one of my goals is reading  Latinx books!, but it also seems interesting so this is another highly anticipated book.

5.What the Other Three Don’t Know- Spencer Hyde

What the Other Three Don't Know

This is one of those “Judged a book on it’s title” situations and it reminded me of like a Karen McManus situation so I requested without reading the description so I’m curious as to how it’s going to turn out. I decided not to read the description and see how it goes so wish me luck.


From My Bookshelf

These were chosen with a random number generator. I’m hoping to use this to pick my books for this section. Who knows, I may just let Twitter decide (if anyone responds lol)

  1. Tales of Beedle the Bard- J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library, #3)

2. The Gilded Wolves- Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

3. Keeping the Beat- Marie Powell

Keeping the Beat

4. Keeping Secrets- Saving Zoe and Faking 19- Alyson Noel

Keeping Secrets: Two Books in One: Saving Zoe and Faking 19

5. City of Saints and Thieves- Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves


  1. The Tenth Girl- Sarah Faring

The Tenth Girl

2. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky- Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1)

3. Legend- Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

4. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine- Maika Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

5. Hunting Prince Dracula- Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)


So this is hopefully what I will get read in January. I feel pumped and excited about 2020, hopefully it last and I reach my goals.


Have you read any of these books, if so let me know what your thoughts on them were, or will you be reading any of these ? Have a great New Year’s!

2 more challenges

What is #StartOnYourShelfathon?

#StartOnYourShelfathon is a 2020 star-themed readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of #StartOnYourShelfathon is to read as many unread books on your bookshelf as you can between December 13th 2019 and December 31st 2020.

#StartOnYourShelfathon isn’t an ordinary readathon too! The mascot of #StartOnYourShelfathon is Castor the Star Collector who is also a sloth friend of The Quiet Pond, who has lost all the stars he has collected over the years and needs your help to find them again.

For every book that you read as part of #StartOnYourShelfathon, you collect a star that you can add the star to your ‘star map’. Read books, collect stars, give yourself an amateur star-collector name, and create constellations! You can read Castor’s story and find information about and resources for the readathon here.

Information about Joining #StartOnYourShelfathon

  1. Join the StartOnYourShelfathon anytime between Dec 13th 2019 to Dec 31st 2020!
  2. To join #StartOnYourShelfathon, create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#StartOnYourShelfathon’ in the title or your tweet.
  3. In your post/video/thread, announce that you will be participating in the readathon. List your readathon goals and the books you plan to read! (Post templates and readathon banners can be found in the readathon resources below!)
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond on Twitter in all your updates! We would love to see your progress and your star maps – in-progress and completed!

My #StartOnYourShelfathon Goals

[If you have any, share your readathon goals! For example:]

  1. My #StartOnYourShelfathon goal is to read every single book that I have on my bookshelf.
  2. My #StartOnYourShelfathon goal is to read three books a month during 2020 that I have on my bookshelf.

[You can also share the first star map that you plan on finishing! You can download resources for the stars and star map here. Here is an example of a star map you’d like to finish, using the ‘placeholder’ stars:]


My #StartOnYourShelfathon TBR

I’ll be honest, I don’t do TBR’s. It honestly makes me not wanna read the book so mine will be what ever I pick up because I have over 100 on my shelf (between physical and e-books)

Join #StartOnYourShelfathon!

If you want to join #StartOnYourShelfathon, you can read more information in the readathon information post at The Quiet Pond.

The second challenge that I will be adding is #ARCapocalypse host by Howling Libraries. I have extremely too many unread ARCS that I want to read and review and that is a big goal this year as well.


2020 Challenges, Goals, and whatever else

So, 2019 was… something. I had a goal of 75 books and I’ve only read like 68 (12 of those in this month alone). I did not keep up with any of my challenges at all. I would like to say I have a good reason, but life was just a little extra this year. I got married to an amazing man, started my second year of teaching, started crafting more, etc.

With all that said, my bookish goals for 2020 are-
•Keep up with my reading blog!
•Complete some of these 5 million reading challenges that I seem to think is a good idea to commit to.
•Read more diverse books
•Read all my arcs in time !!
•Immerse myself in this reading to community

Reading Challenge Announcements
Bare with me, there are quite a few!

1.TBR and Beyond Challenge 2020 (Facebook)
2.  Monthly Book Bingo challenges from The Book Democracy Book Club (Facebook)
3. 2020 Popsugar Challenge
4. 52 books in 52 weeks 2020 reading challenge
5. Reading Women Challenge
6. Diversity Challenge 2020
7. 2020 Literary Escapes Challenge
8. Linz the Bookworm’s 2020 Reading Challenge
9. 2020 A-Z reading Challenge
10. Beat the Backlist Team TBR STACKERS
11. NJM Book Challenge 2020
And of course, there will be others throughout the year such as September’s Latinx Challenge, and whatever I find along the way. I’m really excited and hope I can keep up with it this year!

Are you doing any of these challenges? Are there any I should check out?

2019 Challenges

Where has the year gone? With everything that happened last year (graduating college, starting my career as a teacher) and me getting engaged yesterday, I really didn’t keep up with the challenges last year like I would have liked to. This upcoming year, I hope to complete my challenges as well as keep up with this page and the bookish community. So with all that said here are the challenges that I hope to participate in this year.


  1. The 2019 A to Z Reading Challenge hosted by Gingermom

pinterest challenge co-hosted


2. 2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge-Author Edition hosted by Escapewithdollycas


3. Ampersand 2019 Reading Challenge

Join me for my #Ampersand2019 reading challenge!


4. Beat The Backlist 2019 hosted by NovelKnight


5. Popsugar 2019 Challenge

Reading Challenge 2019


6.  Retelling Bingo @cornerfolds

7. 2019 TBR and Beyond Challenge

8. New Releases Challenge- Unconventional Bookworms


and lastly a few personal challenges that I created for myself.

9. States Challenge- I will attempt to read a book set in each of the 50 states

10. Latinx reads- I will attempt to read as many books about or by Latinx authors

11. Diversity/own voices challenge


Please feel free to recommend books for anyof the challenges and let me know if you are participating in any of these!

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

The Accidental Bad Girl(photo was taken from Goodreads)

Goodreads Description

After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.


My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book. Kendall was so awesome and did what she had to. She’s a strong character who doesn’t take crap. I loved the entire story and the journey along with all the craziness and drama. Kendall has friends that help her along the way- Gilly and Simone. Simone is unapologetically a badass who isn’t afraid to be herself. Gilly is the drama tech guy who is by her side.  Kendall is forced into a bad situation and has to find her way out. Sorry this is all over the place. It was overall an amazing book that I absolutely loved!

Down the TBR hole #12

Here is the 12th edition of Down the TBR hole originally created by Lost in A Story. . My TBR is currently at 1535.
The rules are simple:
Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?
***All photos were taken from***

1. Stardust



I think this is a movie too right?

Verdict: Go


2. Lady Midnight

Date Added: 4/11/18

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Verdict: Keep

3. The Bane Chronicles

Date Added: 4/11/16

The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)

Verdict: Keep

4. Monument 14

Date Added: 4/11/16

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)

I feel like I have outgrown books like this.

Verdict: Go

5. Past Suspicion

Date Added: 4/11/16

Past Suspicion

Verdict: Go

End Total: 1532


Sneak Peak: The next review should be “The Accidental Bad Girl” by Maxine Kaplan


New Phone, Who Dis?

So I know it has been a long while. I am sooooo sorry. Thank you for sticking with me! School has been super hectic. I graduate in 2 weeks so this summer I plan on posting A LOT more. Within the next few weeks, I will be catching you all up on what I’ve been reading (I’ve actually been doing a great job on that front). I also plan on reading as many of my ARCS as possible this summer (new and old) and trying to organize a schedule with my blog. (and hopefully possible finding a job). In the meantime, leave the recommendation is the comments. I want books that give you all the feels. Catch me up on what you are reading, shows you are watching, adaptations that you are looking for, or anything else.

February Wrap Up

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1. Red Glass by Laura Resau

 Red Glass

3/5 stars



2. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

3/5 stars


3. Illegal- Bettina Restrepo


5/5 stars



4. Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages

3/5 stars

5. City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

5/5 stars

6. Frankie


5/5 stars


7. The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

5.5 stars


8. Mr. 60%

Mr. 60%

3/5 stars

9. Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

4/5 stars



So this is a bit late because I got super sick last month and I was so stressed over school and trying to keep up with everything that I decided to take a break.


Illegal by Bettina Restrepo


(Photo Taken from

Goodreads Description

A promise.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.

Bettina Restrepo’s gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

My Review

I am sort of at a loss for word in describing this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. This young girls journey to find her father and the struggle was something that I couldn’t even imagine but know that it happens often. I felt like some things kind of gloss the surface and it needed more depth but I felt like for the intended audience, it is probably meant to happen. I want more books like this !


Semi- Spoiler



Okay I am getting so frustrated with books where the parents seem so helpless and the child is the boss and makes the decisions and have to baby the parents. It frustrates me so much in books, movies, life… Sorry.. another mini- rant.