Books Without Romance (T5W)

This week’s topic is a hard one. We’re supposed to come up with a list of five books that don’t have any romance in it, or at least the romance must be barely noticeable.

Being a sucker for love and relationships, it was kind of hard gathering five books that didn’t have any of that sweet, cute and adorable action, but I was able to find enough books for this list!

Top Five Wednesday

As always, Top Five Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Sam — who has a booktube channel — and anyone can join whenever they feel like it!

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Not finishing books

Not finishing books you started is something that I don’t see a lot of people talking about, even though I’m 85% certain we all do it.

I hate leaving a project half completed, it makes me itchy and feel anxious. I like having closure, in this case closing a book and saying “I hated this book, but hey, I finished it so I’m entitled to my opinion!” However, because I force myself to finish something I’m hating, I get into a reading slump where my desire to read goes to level zero. It makes me feel like something I loved doing before (reading) has now become a chore.

That’s why, as of 2016, I started giving up on some books. Since then the reading slumps have become less frequent and I’ve come to terms with book-induced anxiety — I got better at managing it, but it’s still a work in progress! I even created a Goodreads shelf called “will-not-finish”. (Look at me, all committed!)

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2017 to-be-read (TBR) shelf

The upside of being a part of the book-loving community is being up to speed with the latest literary news. The latest releases are included in this, obviously. However, the downside is adding way too many books to the “to-be-read” shelf, more than I have the time for.

Every year I add around 160 books to this shelf on Goodreads. But because I get excited very easily, some of them I end up not wanting to read at all until eventually I forget about them. The books I included in this list are an exception — I added these books to my “to-be-read” shelf in 2016 and I intend to read them in 2017.

I just hope that around this time next year I’ll be able to say that I’ve completed this challenge I set myself. But without further ado, let’s move onto my top twelve books I want to read in 2017 that I didn’t get a chance to read in 2016. Phfew, that was long!

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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon (TBR)

Hurray! Another readathon will be taking place shortly in January (1st-15th) and I’m sure it will bring me immense joy to the point where the cold that is excepted to arrive here in Lisbon will no longer bring me down. It is the Dumbledore’s Army ReadAThon, created by the lovely Aentee over at readatmidnight (credits for graphics and idea), designed to make us read more diversely as we begin the New Year.

There is a list of challenges to be completed, which I will keep track of in my Twitter page (@bookishrita), related to the reading prompts. BUT, before I set an overly ambitious reading pile for myself, I’d like to share my personal ID:

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I know, how uncommon it is for a book blogger to be a Ravenclaw… Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to my overly ambitious reading pile.

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Holiday BookTubeAThon 2016 (TBR)

The time has finally come! Fuzzy socks, fingerless-gloves and warm pajamas are going to be my best friends from 29th December to 31st December during the Holiday BookTubeAThon 2016.

I still have one book to read until I reach my 2016 reading goal challenge and, hopefully, during these three days I’ll surpass it. But, while I’m still waiting for my favorite time of the year – the days during which I can bury myself in books and not speak to a single soul without feeling alone, – I have a reading list to set and share, so here it is!

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Bookish Female Friendships

Don’t you just hate it when authors create female characters that only interact with each other to compete over a boy? Or, worse yet, never even interact with each other?

Creating real female characters and female friendships seems relatively straightforward, seeing how half of the world’s population is female. However it is left very clear, as soon as you start watching enough movies and reading enough books, that it appears to be a much harder task. Just Google “Bechdel Test” and the pieces of work that don’t pass the test to get the point I’m trying to get across.

However, there are some writers out there who have been able to write complex women and dynamic relationships between women. I decided to make a list of the books that have been able to achieve this to honor and share some girl power.

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