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!

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!

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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.

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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.!

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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?

 

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

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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

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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?

 

September Owl Crate

So I finally caved and subscribed to Owl Crate last month when I found out that there September theme was Darkness, and there would be a Throne of Glass inspired item inside! I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep today, and wanted to share what I found inside! (be warned, don’t continue if you don’t want spoilers for this months box)

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This lovely picturesque letter summarizes what was in the box, but if you don’t feel like reading that fine print continue on for my picture-by-picture dissection.

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Let’s start off with the pick for this month’s book, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake! I am super excited for this book, which doesn’t come out for another four days (September 20). I actually had to cancel my Amazon pre-order because it came in this lovely box! With this book came super cool swag: a signed paper form Kendare Blake, a copy of a handwritten letter from the author with a map on the other side (I love me some maps), and a foldable fortune teller featuring themes from the book! And can we all just appreciate how beautiful this book is naked?

There were also two little samplers included: one with an excerpt from P.C. Cast’s new novel Moon Chosen, and one with the first chapter from an upcoming serial Remade writteb by a ton of cool authors.

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Now onto the cool merch items! My personal favorite was the Celaena’s Cake candle from Melting Library! I absolutely love cake candles, and anything Throne of Glass, so the mixture was a wonderful surprise. There was also a beautiful bookmark with a Six of Crows quote on it, which will never leave my copy of the book so it doesn’t get ruined. I can’t wait to use the fizzy fortune teller bath bomb, which dissolves to give you a yes or no answer when you drop it in the tub (reminds me and the box curators of the Raven Cycle). And last but not least, the awesome Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children pouch (book not included).

I adored this month’s box, and I hope that I can scrape enough money together for next month’s. The theme for October is Once Upon a Time! If you like what you see here, you can click this link and sign up today: OwlCrate

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.

 

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!

-Emily

TBR Tuesday

Behold! Here is a brief look at two of the top books in my To-Be-Read pile.

I will be the first to admit that I am a hoppy reader. I will jump between four books at any given time. Currently, I am reading Winter, The Star-Touched Queen,  The Grisha Trilogy, and re-reading City of Bones. One of the books that I am highlighting today, which I have been wanting to read for over a year now is:

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Rennee Ahdieh

I absolutely love retellings, and was so happy when I heard there would be one about A Thousand and One Nights! I was anxiously anticipating this book even before it came out, however, for some reason I just have not sat down and read it! With the release of Empire of Storms out of the way, hopefully I will be able to crank this read out.

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The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

I am always on the look out for new assassins stories. The Night Angel Trilogy was recommended to me by a friend. Hopefully I will get to read this one soon! I started reading the first few chapters, and I love scrappy little Azoth. Can’t wait to see this little street urchin transform into the assassin he was meant to be.

What books have you guys been waiting to read?

Happy reading!

Emily