TTT: Spring TBR!

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is Spring TBR! There are so many wonderful books that I’m hoping to read this season, but here are the Top 10 I’m excited to get to!

  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – I love Lu’s Warcross series, and am so excited to see how she takes on the historical fantasy genre.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – A classic that I’ve been wanting to read for ages, I finally think it’s time to pick up this bad boy!
  • All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – This one came in February’s Owlcrate which I had to pick up because of the gorgeous Throne of Glass playing cards, and seems so interesting! It’s also the pick for the #yaallegiancebookclub on Instagram in March.
  • The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey – My Book of the Month pick a few months ago, I’m hoping to get to this one soon because I’m looking forward to reading about the roaring 20’s…in the roaring 20’s.
  • Anna K by Jenny Lee – I’ll admit that I haven’t finished Anna Karenina (I tried to start it when the Keira Knightley movie was released, but never finished), but this retelling sounds like the perfect read for a spring day.
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – I’ve been buying the series as it comes out over the past three years, and I need to finally read them.
  • Lifelike by Jay Kristoff – another series I’ve been putting off because the third one hasn’t released yet, but with the release date of June I guess Spring is the perfect time to start!
  • The House on the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune – A new release by the author of one of my favorite paranormal romances, Wolfsong! I’m so excited to try this one out.
  • Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs – excited for the latest Mercy Thompson installment!

TTT: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is perfect for the last day of the year: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019. I’ll admit, I struggled making this list a bit so today I only have four discoveries! Let me know what some of your bookish discoveries in 2019 were!

1. The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews (see my mini series review HERE) – Ilona Andrews is an author whose name I’ve heard bandied about it the past, but this past year I finally picked up the Kate Daniels series after seeing the final book released. I’m so glad I did! I ended up reading all 10 books in less than four months and even met the Ilona Andrews writing duo to get some books signed!

2. Book Beau Traveler – I’ve known about Book Beau for a while, but I didn’t realize until 2019 that they had products other than book sleeves (which I never bought, because why buy it when you can make it yourself?!). I splurged and purchased a Traveler – which is basically a large pouch with two zipper pockets – and it has changed my every day carry life. I am able to fit my kindle and planner or small paperback in the larger pocket, and all my assorted charging cables and such in the smaller one. It makes it TONS easier to just grab and go! I also did buy standard Book Beaus this year because they have added zippers to all their sizes – and I hate sewing zippers.

3. Audiobooks – Okay, so I didn’t really discover audiobooks this past year, but I now listen to audiobooks A TON more than I have in the past. I listened to maybe four audiobooks total before 2019, but since joining my online library (Libby) I’ve been picking up audiobooks and LOVING them. I now listen to an audiobook during my commute, during slow times at work, or even just while doing chores around the house. It’s become a way to keep my reading up while also staying busy.

4. Yearly Reading Challenges (Beat the Backlist) – I’ve done short readathons hosted on Instagram before, but never engaged in full-on community reading yearly reading challenge until last year. I really enjoyed the Beat the Backlist challenge, and will be participating in it as well as Romanceopoly this year to continue doing yearly reading challenges!

TTT: Favorite Books of 2019

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is perfect for the last day of the year: Favorite Books I Read In 2019. So without further ado, here are my top 10 reads of 2019 (in no particular order):

  1. Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  2. Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
  3. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  4. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  5. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  6. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  7. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  8. Him by Sabrina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
  9. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  10. Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop

Beat the Backlist 2019

With the new year only being two weeks (!) away, I wanted to announce my participation in a year-long readathon for 2019!

One of my goals for the year is to make sure that out of all the books I read AT LEAST 75% are books I already own or series I have not yet finished. That’s why I’m super excited that a Novel Knight is hosting a year-long reading challenge – Beat the Backlist 2019! If you want to join in, there are (optional) mini reading groups where you can help your team rack up points by finishing books!

Another one of my personal goals this year is to finish series consecutively. I have SO MANY series where I own one (or all) of the books and have never finished the whole series. 

Keeping these goals in mind, here are some of my choices for my TBR for the first three or four months of the year. 

  • The Fallen Kingdom Series – I read the first book this year and really enjoyed it so I went and bought the whole series…and never finished it. This is definitely a series on the top of my Back List. 
  • The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson – I’m hoping to finish Elantris in December, and then I’m planning to dive right in to this series which has been on my TBR forever. 
  • City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty – I HAD to have this book (and ended up getting it signed at BookCon!) but have still not picked it up. Part of the reason is I heard there is a cliffhanger, but the second one is coming out in January so I need to catch up!
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (and more Outlander books) – I still need to finish the fourth installment of the Outlander series and hope to work even further ahead. 
  • This Mortal Coil Series by Emily Suvada – Even thought it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, I still have not read either book in this series – although I own them both!

If you hadn’t noticed – I own all the books in all the series listed. I know, I’m ridiculous and have a book buying problem – which is why I’m trying to cut back to only buying two books a month (I already know I’ll be breaking it in January because of some highly anticipated releases and sequels though haha). It’ll help my bank account and my public library hopefully!

Along with posting on my blog with quarterly updates, I’ll be attempting to participate in Book Rewind Thursday hosted by BookCrushin as much as possible. This challenge is dedicated to sharing reviews from Backlist books every Thursday. Although I doubt I’m disciplined enough to post EVERY week, I’ll be trying my best!

What are some of your bookish goals in the new year?

TTT: Cozy/Wintry Reads

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Cozy/Wintry Reads. I’m going to take this prompt and combine it with my Winter TBR! 

1.The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book inspired my medieval Russia seems to have some pretty divided reviews, but I’m excited to pick it up this Winter. 

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been putting off reading this book because I didn’t enjoy Shadow and Bone as much as the spin-off series, Six of Crows. I really need to finish this series before King of Scars comes out and the Russian-esque landscape is perfect for winter reads!

3. Deathless by Katherine M. Valente – Seeing a Russian themed TBR yet? This book has been pretty highly recommended on Instagram so I’m going to give it a try!

4. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand – A Scrooge retelling right in time for Christmas? Count me in.

5. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – I haven’t read anything by the late and great Sir Pratchett, and based on the time of year I feel like Hogfather may be the perfect place to start. 

6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I have never finished this classic, and I think that December is the perfect time to pick it up with the beginning being set around Christmas.  

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Another classic that I have not yet gotten to. I know part of this book is set in the winter, so even though it’s going to be sad I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A classic that I’ve been slowly chipping away at. I think this one will be perfect to read on snowy nights.

9. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – I love to curl up with a warm cup of tea and a new fantasy world. I’ve been looking forward to reading Sanderson’s first published book for a while now. 

10. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – I feel like this book is a combination of a thriller, a mystery, and a fantasy novel. I can tell this one will keep me up late at night snuggled beneath the covers!

Fall Book Tag

It’s been a while since I did my last book tag and they’re so fun I want to get back into them! The Fall Book Tag was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. 

CRISP FALL AIR – A BOOK THAT FELT FRESH AND NEW:

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I’m currently reading This Mortal Coil, and while there are a lot of common tropes from both YA and Science Fiction in it, they are presented in such a way that they feel so fresh! So far I’m loving the book and am thinking it might be on my top reads of 2018.

HOWLING WINDS – AN ENDING THAT BLEW YOU AWAY:

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Even though I read the Six of Crows Duology ages ago, the ending of Crooked Kingdom still haunts me every now and then. I’m so excited that we will get to see more of one of the characters in King of Scars this January!

COMFY SWEATERS – A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU THE WARM AND FUZZY’S:

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I really enjoyed the romance in The Kiss Quotient, and it’s the most recent book that gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. (There have been a lot I’ve read since then that have had great romances, but none as sweet.)

BRIGHT COLOURS – A COVER WITH RED, ORANGE, OR YELLOW:

The City of Brass has been on my TBR list for ages (I even got my copy signed at BookCon this year!) but I haven’t yet gotten to it. I definitely need to before the sequel releases this January!

LEAF FIGHT – A BOOK WITH NON STOP ACTION:

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A war is happening in Kingdom of Ash which leads to some non-stop action throughout (and that’s the only thing I’ll say about it 😉 )

PUMPKIN SPICE – YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED READ:

 

TTT: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning colors, and the nights are getting longer. It’s the perfect weather for some spooky fall reads! Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Books On My Fall TBR. This prompt is the perfect time to announce that I will be participating in #Victober which is a challenge to read books published in the Victorian era (1837-1901) during the month of October (for more info check out Lucy the Reader’s announcement on YouTube HERE). Along with some Victorian reads I have some creepier new releases I’d like to get to as well, so without further ado here are some of my anticipated fall reads!

1.Wildcard by Marie Lu – The sequel and finale to Warcross (one of my favorite reads of last year) finally released today and it’s next on my TBR!

2.Vengeful by V. E. Schwab – Another book coming out this month that is a sequel to one of my favorite books, Vicious! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one because I need some more Victor Vale <3.

3.Shirley by Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever, but I actually have not read any other books by Charlotte Brontë! So I’m excited to finally pick up another book by the author of one of my favorite books.

4. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë – Another book by a Brontë sister, I’ve actually never read anything of Anne’s although I’ve read her sisters’ popular works (Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre) and felt the pressing need to catch up after I read this amazing article about how ahead of the times her novels were! Agnes Grey was a book written about a governess (before Jane Eyre had been started by Charlotte!) that was often criticized as an attempted “copy” at the time because it was not published until after the aforementioned novel.

5. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – The last Brontë book on this list, and perhaps the one that Anne is most well known for. I can’t wait to read this book which is often viewed as a criticism of her sisters’ romanization of alcoholic and abusive leading men (and for this reason among others was scorned by Charlotte Brontë herself).

6. Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy – During high school I read Tess of The D’Urbervilles and absolutely loved it, so I’m excited to dive into this one next month! I’ll be watching the newest movie adaptation of this for the Victober readathon as well.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I’ve been seeing this book all over the place recently and I’m taking it as a divine sign that it’s destined to be on my Victober TBR.

8. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – I loved Strange the Dreamer when I read it earlier this year and was left gasping after the cliffhanger! Can’t wait for the conclusion of this duology.

9.My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton – A retelling of one of my favorite books (Jane Eyre) where Jane Eyre can see ghosts and becomes involved with a ghost hunting society. How perfect is this spooky premise for the month of October?

10. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah. J. Maas – No fall reading list would be complete without the conclusion to the Throne of Glass series! I absolutely cannot wait for this and it’s my most anticipated reads of this year.

What are some books you’re planning on reading this fall?