TTT: Winter TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Winter TBR. I’m hoping to read a lot of books this season, although I’m not sure how many I’ll actually be able to get to. These are the ones at the top of my list:

Some books have been on my list for years, and others are ones that I’ve been meaning to finish as the year wore on and just never got to. I always try to wrap up series and any currently reading books as the end of the year approaches and winter begins.

What are some of your planned winter reads? How do you choose your winter TBR?

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!

TBR Thursday: June 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s already June! With pool reading and warm weather, I hope to be able to knock a few books off my TBR this month (as well as find a job). I pushed TBR Tuesday back two days this month because I was so busy I didn’t really have time to decide on what to read, but without further ado here are some of my hopeful picks for this month:

  1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – I’m in the middle of reading this one right now and am absolutely loving this retelling. I’m planning on finishing it later this week and may just have to dive right into the next one.
  2. And I Darkenby Kiersten White – with the conclusion to the trilogy coming out next month, it is high time that I read this series. One of the side characters is also gay which makes this the perfect read for Pride month!
  3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – An ARC of this ginormous book just recently came into my possession. Although I foresee this book taking me longer than a month to read, I’m hoping to start it in the next few weeks!

For the Classic of the Month I’m hoping to read:

  • The Odyssey by Homer – An adventure story that I still need to read! Two of the books high on my TBR are Circe by Madeline Miller and Ulysses by James Joyce, both of which draw on the mythology of this classic.

Looking to keep the list shorter this month because I’m definitely an impulse reader in the summer, and I’m anticipating the job search will take up a lot of my time!

Mar. TBR Tuesday

I recently made a TBR jar to help me decide what books to read next! You can check out how I made mine in my post HERE. This is the fun new way I’m going to be choosing a book or two to read each month. Note: you can click on the book covers below to read more about them on Goodreads.

And the first book that I drew for March was…

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff! I actually started this a while ago and put it down because I got distracted by other reads. Now I have no excuse, and I’m excited to return to this world!

I Instagram-polled my followers to help me decide my next read for this month, and out of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson, they chose Mistborn!

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series, and am excited to find out what all of the hype is about! (If you’d like to join in on some more of my shenanigans, my Instagram is @emiesnook)

I was also recently approved for an ARC of one of my anticipated reads of the year, The Raging Ones, the fantasy debut of two of my favorite romance authors, Krista and Becca Ritchie! This book is definitely moving to the top of my TBR for the month.

Other books that I’m hoping to read/finish:

  1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (my Classic of the Month!)
  3. Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Becca and Krista Ritchie
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (continuing with read-a-long)

I may be a little overly-optimistic trying to finish multiple 600 page books this month, in the midst of midterm exam season, but I’m going to try my best!

What books are you planning on reading this month?

Making a TBR Jar

I’ve had a major problem recently making decisions on what to read next, even though I have a million unread books that I need to get through. I decided to repurpose a candle that I have that was almost completely burned, although you can use a mason jar or any other type of container. This candle is Tessa from Belle and Co. Candlemakers, based on the heroine from The Infernal Devices series (some proceeds from each sales from this shop go to the organization She’s the First, so check them out in the link above!). I thought the quote on the label was perfect for a TBR jar! IMG_1696

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare

Cleaning out your old candle:

Because this candle was soy based, it was softer than those you may be able to get through large retailers. If you don’t have a soy candle or want to see the original instructions, check out the link HERE. To get the wax out I followed these three steps:

  1. Knife out all the wax that you can. If you’d like, you can save it to be reused later (if you love the scent as much as I loved mine!). It can be reused in a wax melter, or just left out to let the scent spread. Make sure you get the metal wick stand out during this step.
  2. Turn your tap on as hot as it will go and let the water warm, then fill your mostly empty candle up about 3/4 of the way. Try to keep your label dry if you want to keep it intact. Let this sit for a little while to further soften the wax, then scrub it out! It may be necessary to repeat this step a few times to get rid of a waxy film left behind. During later repetitions, dish soap can be used.
  3. Dry out the candle and then it’s ready for reuse! A TBR jar isn’t the only thing you can make it into. It can be a planter, a bookmark holder, the options are endless!

IMG_1700Making your TBR jar:

To make paper slips, I folded up an index card and cut it into pieces large enough to write things on. I’m trying to knock some books I already own off of my TBR, but I also wrote down some books that I’d like to reread this year. I color coded the slips with a slash of highlighter to remind myself if the book is a reread, a classic (read about my 2018 Classic Challenge HERE), or one that I need to pick up from the library.

Then all you need to do is pick out a title, and pick up a book! Hopefully this will help me get some more books read that are already on my shelves. I think a TBR jar is perfect for someone who is indecisive when deciding what to read next like me! Let me know if you try this out!

Feb. TBR Tuesday

Unfortunately, I only completed half of my January TBR challenge. I finished Golden Son by Pierce Brown and it’s sequel, Morning Star, but failed to muster up the moxie to finish This Mortal Coil, so back on the TBR it goes! Hopefully I’ll be able to rise to the challenge this month!

New on the TBR Pile: The Dark Calling (Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole         Goodreads31453592

Published February 13, 2018

I have been waiting on this book for FOREVER. It was originally supposed to be published in Spring of 2017, but kept getting pushed back. Now we are finally getting the next installment of the Arcana Chronicles in February 2018! The last book ended on a cliffhanger, so I will definitely be reading this one ASAP because I NEED to know what happens! If you guys want to see my review for Arcana Rising, Book #4 in this series click HERE.

Note: I haven’t included the synopsis because of series spoilers.

 

Old on the TBR Pile: The Iron King (The Iron Fey Book #1) by Julie Kagawa            Goodreads22818666

Published February 1, 2010

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS (it’s been sitting on my Goodreads shelf since 2013!). Everyone I’ve talked to that has read this series absolutely loves it, and as a lover of faeries and folklore I really enjoy the premise. I bought the entire series in paperback from a used bookstore, so now I have to actually start them this month!

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth.

For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery king…and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

What books are you going to knock of your TBR in February?

 

Jan. TBR Tuesday

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which will hopefully be TBR Tuesday for the remainder of the year. Each month, I will detail a new book that is high up on my TBR pile as well as one that has been on it a while and I hope to read soon!

New On the TBR Pile: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada     Goodreads

33876440Published: November 7, 2017

I’m a huge science nerd, and absolutely love anything dealing with genetics. I was super excited when I found out about this YA thriller focusing on a near future where genetic engineering is prevalent throughout society, and genes can be hacked and hold secrets. Here’s a shortened version of the book synopsis:

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

Old on the TBR Pile: Golden Son by Pierce Brown       Goodreads

18966819Published: January 6, 2015

I read Red Rising in one sitting last month, and am determined to read the rest of the series soon since the fourth one (and the start of a spin-off trilogy) comes out January 16. I absolutely loved all the characters introduce in Red Rising, and the sort of adult Hunger Games feel to it. I can’t wait to finally pick up the sequel!

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

What are you guys planning on reading next?