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!

BookTube-A-Thon TBR

I’m trying to knock a lot more off my TBR before the end of the summer, so I’ve tried to pick as many out of my TBR jar as possible.

1. Let a coin toss decide your first read.

My coin toss was between An Ember in the Ashes and Eleanor and Park, and Eleanor and Park won!

2. Read a book about something you want to do.

I’d love to go ghost hunting in Scotland, so I’m going to FINALLY pick up my ARC of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I’m so excited for this one!

3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.

This one will be a reread for me, since I’ve been wanting to reread The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken before the movie comes out (which is this Friday!).

4. Read a book with green on the cover.

I’ll be reading Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller, which has a cover with a beautiful blue-green ombre-ish background!

5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.

Keeping this one short because it’s the middle of summer and I don’t want hat sweat hair. I’m continuing on with the Saga series and reading Saga Vol. 3.

6. Read a book with a beautiful spine.

I will finally be picking up The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner for this one. I adore the new covers of the series, and the spine has a cool marbling effect underneath the title.

7. Read seven books.

The hardest part of this challenge: getting through all of these! Not sure what I’ll pick for my seventh book – if I get that far! We will see how I do, I’m aiming to hopefully finish at least four of these picks.

Are you participating in BookTube-A-Thon? What are some of your TBR picks for this week?

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Books On My Spring TBR!

I’ve listed these in no particular order of importance, just the first ones that managed to come to mind. I have so much reading I hope to get done! The title of each book links back to Goodreads if you’d like to read more about them.

  1. The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore – This is a series that my friend has been begging me to read! I just started this one recently, and can’t wait to see where it goes. 66693
  2. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – This has been on my TBR forever. I can’t wait to finally read it now that the final installment, Obsidio, is out! 23395680
  3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – Since ACoFaS comes out in the beginning of May, I’ll count it as a spring release. I love Maas and the world of ACoTaR, so my excitement to return shouldn’t be any surprise!31076583
  4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I’ve been waiting to read this forever, and now that the author is going to BookCon (and I am too!) I NEED to.18798983
  5. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs – I love the world of supernatural beings that Patricia Briggs has made, and I can’t wait to dive back in.35294265
  6. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne – This book is a retelling of one of my favorite books, Jane Eyre, only SET IN SPACE. When I heard about this combination of a classic and a science fiction world, I knew I needed to read it.35721194
  7. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I have been shamed about not reading this book many times, and I need to finally cross it off the list.2495567
  8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – A book set in a fae world that I have been cajoled about multiple times. Another long standing TBR installment that needs to be read!22818666
  9. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – When I found out Brandon Sanderson was going to BookCon I was ecstatic because people always rave about him. Then I realized that although I own 5 Sanderson books, I have not read any. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish some of his work before seeing him speak!2432721
  10. Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I received this book from NetGalley and it sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to pick it up and see how it is.34323570

Have you read any of the books on my list/are you looking forward to the same ones? I’d love to hear more in the comments!

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?