TTT: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump! I’m feeling a reading slump coming on myself, so this prompt helped me brainstorm at just the right time. I’ve picked my top five at the moment because I’m struggling to think of more, so hop in the comments and help me out!

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis – Whenever I’m in a slump, i find that taking a step back and reading a childhood classic helps me recharge. Easier vocabulary and a well-loved storyline and world give the brain the rest it needs before diving back in and building new ones!

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – This book is one of my all-time favorites so I tend to turn to it a lot when I’m stressed or don’t feel like reading anything else. Aelin’s resilience always inspires me to better myself and work towards all the good things to come!

3. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Stables – I’m currently working through this series is absolutely amazing (and definitely geared towards adults)! When words get to be a little too much, I like to take a step back and read some graphic novels. The gorgeous images help fill in the world and give you some glorious eye candy ;).

4. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Although I love the entire Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit is the one that I reread the most. The shorter length and the action-packed story help me remember why I love reading so much when I’m struggling.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen – This book is what I read after strongly disliking a book (especially if it’s a generally popular one). Persuasion is my favorite classic (although Jane Eyre sometimes switches with it based on my mood) and there is something about misunderstanding leading to lost love that I absolutely adore. It’s also a reminder that other people’s opinions don’t mean that you have to change your own (which is something that I struggle with in everyday life)!

Comment below and tell me some of your favorite books to get out of reading slumps!

 

 

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!

May TBR Tuesday

With my final semester of college winding down, life has gotten a bit crazy so I’m going to try and keep the TBR super short this week. I also have been very much a mood reader lately, and am struggling to keep to prescribed reading lists.

Books I’ll definitely be reading this month:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – if you have been following the blog, you know that I’m a Maas fan and will definitely be finishing this soon
  2. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne – I’m also a massive Jane Eyre fan, and love stories set in space; that makes this sci-fi retelling the perfect mix (you can read more about it on an old Waiting on Wednesday post HERE)
  3. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce – I loved the first two books in this series (click the titles to see reviews for Wild Magic and Wolf-Speaker) and am trying to work through it between all the other books I’m reading!

Classic of the month:

I’m currently torn between whether to read The Odyssey by Homer (which I wanted to read before Circe by Madeline Miller) or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (HBO is releasing a new adaptation of this classic this month!). This pick will definitely depend on what mood I’m in when starting it.

Up next on my TBR:

  1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – I’ve been in the mood for some faerie stories lately, and have been trying to get through this forever. I’ll get to it eventually!
  2. Mistborn or The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – Sanderson is going to BookCon next month (which I am also attending) and I really wanted to read some of his books before attending! I know that he writes the kind of stories I will absolutely love, I just haven’t been able to dive into them.
  3. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – another series that I know that I’ll love but just haven’t had the time for it!

What are you planning on reading this month?

O.W.L. Readathon!

Hello everyone! This month I’ve decided to participate in the O.W.L. marathon run by Book Riot (check out her announcement on BookTube!). You can also check out the different prompts and instructions HERE if you so desire. If you’re already a part of this readathon, I made my own “Exam Report Card” to help me keep track of what books I’m reading for which prompt. You can find it HERE.

Some of these I’ve already read, but I thought I’d put them on here anyway. I’m trying to keep my list a little lighter this month because work is really picking up so I don’t expect to get through all of these, but I hope to finish as many as possible!

Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover

I’ll finally be picking up The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon for this one! I’ve been meaning to read this prequel novella to the Bone Season series (which is one of my favorites) for a long time. The symbol for SCION is located on the cover, so it makes it perfect for this challenge!

Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel

I received the book The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie from NetGalley last month, and I finally read it this month! The Ritchie sisters write some of my favorite NA romance series, so I was so excited to read their foray into YA science fiction! I’ve included the synopsis below if you’re interested in reading more about it, and will be posting a full review soon!

30301147

Add it on Goodreads HERE!

​In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

26114463

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book featuring a secret society or club

I didn’t knock all the books I wanted to off last month, so Nevernight by Jay Kristoff will be carrying over. Mia is a part of a secret society of assassins, plus I think she would appreciate the subject so I’ll be using this book for the DADA challenge!

Charms: Read a fantasy bookTheCruelPrince_9780316416948_OwlCrate_F1.indd

I’ve really been wanting to read a book with fairies lately, so I’m planning on reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which I’ve heard such amazing things about. I may end up switching it out for another book depending on my mood when I need to start it, just because I have so many fantasies on my TBR!

Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title

The classic that I’ve chosen to read in April is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’m also stretching this one a bit, but I’m going to count it as my “Herbology” exam because “North” is technically located in the title (just go with it). Even though I love Austen, I still haven’t read all of her books! I’ve been trying to keep my Classic of the Month shorter the past few months, both because classes are at fool swing, and I’m also reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace is a MONSTER of a book, so I’ve been slowly but surely working through it and am hoping to finish it by the month of May.

History of Magic: Read a historical fiction

I’ve read The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, which is a historical romance novel for this O.W.L.!

Potions: Read a book about/with alchemy29622131

I’m finally picking up The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano which I received in an OwlCrate last year for this challenge. The heroine’s brother is an amazing alchemist, and she herself can change things to gemstone with a touch! I’m excited to dive into this Midas inspired fantasy retelling.

Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting

For this one, I read Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce which includes a shapeshifting mage! I also know that later the heroine learns how to shapeshift, but that’s because I don’t read Tamora Pierce’s series in chronological order. (whoops)

Summary of April TBR (and what I’ve already knocked off)

  1. The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
  2. The Raging Ones  by K. B. Ritchie
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  7. The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  8. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

What are you planning on reading this month?

 

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…

26114463

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!

243272

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?