Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

Ok my pandas, this might be a long post, but bear with me here. This month is going to be super jam-packed because I have three main topics I have to cover: my YallWest wrap-up, the #AsianLitBingo along with accompanying shenanigans, and of course, my BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe this blog is already almost one year old; how time flies!!! However, more on that and YallWest later. I will say though that all these things happening all in the month of May means that my blog schedule is going to be super jam-packed. Not only will I be posting everyday, you might even see two posts on one day: a review and either another type of post or another review. I’ll try to space it all out, but I make no promises. And of course, I chose to do this all during AP exam season. Ain’t I brilliant?

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Anyway, let’s focus on today’s big announcement: the #AsianLitBingo! The amazing Shenwei has all the official rules and such on their blog, so please click here for all the official rules and such! This is going to be so much fun, from author interviews to Twitter chats, to of course, prizes. I will be reviewing all the books I read for this challenge this month and I will try to make as many posts centered around Asian rep as possible. Ooh and shout out to Aentee for creating all the gorgeous graphics! Speaking of gorgeous, here’s the bingo sheet:

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Being the ambitious Hufflepuff that I am, I’m going to try and do a blackout of this. Keyword: try. You never know though! Anyway, keep reading for my TBR. (I will try to keep this updated throughout the challenge by bolding the ones I’ve read.) Let’s go! Continue reading

That Never-ending List: Beat the Backlist Challenge

This summer I tried to read as many hyped books as I could, and I somewhat achieved this goal. Next year, I’m going to be using the Beat the Backlist Challenge created by Novel Knight to continue persuing this objective. I’m anticipating about 50 reads released in 2017, so I’m hoping to do around 75 from by backlist? This year, I met my Goodreads Goal of 100 books back in September, and that was with a lot of rereads and book slumps, so I’m hoping to achieve at least 125 total reads in 2017. This number may change as the year progresses, but for now I’m sticking with 125. I don’t have a definite list as to which books I’ll be reading as some I’ll be reading this year, but here is a very small portion.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
  • Serpentine by Cindy Pon
  • Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan
  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

What books are you thinking of reading next year? Will you participate in this challenge?

Hello, it’s me: Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon Introduction Post

Hi guys! I’m going to be participating in the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon hosted by Inge and Aly of Of Wonderland and Olivia of Olivia’s Catastrophe. I’m super excited to participate, especially since fantasy is my favorite genre. Today I will be doing my introduction post, so for those new here, I hope this will help you get to know me better!

Who are you?

My name is Isabella, and my blog is called The Book Pandas!

Why are you joining the read-a-thon?

I love fantasy and these are three of my favorite book series, so I couldn’t pass up this chance! Also, I love participating in read-a-thons because they motivate me to read even more!

Which books do you intend to read?

I have a super long TBR list right now, but I don’t know how quickly I’ll get through it, so the number of books and which books really depends. I will definitely be rereading these three series though!

How many pages do you think you’ll manage?

Again, see above, but since I’m rereading, I’m hoping to get through a total of 20 books.

What’s your favourite thing about the fantasy genre?

I love being transported to different worlds, especially where there are varying types of powers and/or magic. I find that the world-building in the fantasy genre is usually the most creative and awe-inspiring, and I love that feeling of escape.

Which fantasy books do you always recommend?

The list goes on and on, but for starters: Harry Potter, all of Rick Riordan’s Books, all of Leigh Bardugo’s books, all of Sarah J. Maas’ books, all of Cassandra Clare’s books, the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, the Splintered series by A.G. Howard, The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani, and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Which fantasy books are you dying to read?

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is high priority on my list!

If you could travel to one fantasy world, which one would it be?

Idris! Or just the Shadow World in general. Something about it being hidden in plain sight makes it more appealing, and there are so many fabulous Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Velaris too also sounds like an amazing place to be!