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

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!

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?

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!

 

 

TTT: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far). I’m so excited to write up this summary of my Mid-Year favorites! These are listed in the order I read them this year, not necessarily in position (because having to rank these would be verrryy difficult). I’ve linked to my review where applicable, and to Goodreads for the others!

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Goodreads)
  2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Goodreads)
  3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  4. Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Goodreads)
  5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  6. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  7. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie
  8. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  9. The Rose and the Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh