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: 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: 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

 

 

TTT: Series That I Don’t Plan On Finishing

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is “Series That I Don’t Plan On Finishing”. I had some trouble thinking of my answers for this one, so I stuck to 5 instead of 10. What are some series you don’t plan on finishing?

1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series by Lewis Carroll

I know this entry may upset some people, but these books were just too wacky and nightmare fueled for my adult self. I may have enjoyed them as a kid (though I don’t believe I would have) but this series is one I don’t plan on finishing in the future.

223285462. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

The heroine was not my favorite, and I thought the storyline relied on tropes that I have seen done multiple times before. After reading so many books with a similar storyline I don’t really feel the need to continue on with this series.

3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I believe everyone who has read this series agrees that it should have ended after book 3. After reading book 4, I made the decision to not continue on with the series that I had previously enjoyed.

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan6518042

Zombies aren’t my thing (I’m terrified of the prospect of them), and neither are questionable unhappy endings. While I enjoyed the story while I was reading, I don’t see myself continuing on with the series.

5. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

I didn’t really feel connected to the characters in this series which is why I don’t think I’ll be continuing on (plus its been so long since I read the first one I kind of forget what it’s about haha).

TTT: Books that Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Books that Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. Here are some books that make me want to travel to other worlds and places.

1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – The classic story of traveling to another land. Whenever I hear about the land beyond the wardrobe, I want to travel there!

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This book was one of my favorite reads of 2017! The tale of Lazlo Strange traveling to the lost city of Weep was so enchanting it made me want to travel to the city myself.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab – The ability to travel across dimensions to different versions of the same city is such an interesting concept that would be amazing. Being an Antari would be amazing.

4. Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol – Kricket’s travels through a wormhole to an Alien planet that she is destined to save made the universe seem so much bigger and more attainable!

5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Stumbling into an entire fantasy world while going to visit family sounds absolutely magical (although a more friendly entry into the Shadowhunter world than Tessa’s would be nice).

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – The island of Thisby sounds like an amazing place for a vacation, and I would totally love to journey there to watch the Scorpio Races.

7. The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding – The world of this duology (Dragonfly is the first one) by Julia Golding is one that I stumbled into by accident and consequently could not put down. I love this fantasy world and it is one of the series that I’m constantly drawn back to. There is just so many places in the world to explore and I hope more books come out eventually.

8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – This is the second book in the Six of Crows series, but more traveling occurs in this one that makes me want to travel all around the Grishaverse (from Ketterdam to Fjerda and back!).

9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – A more low-key traveling story, but Catherine’s adventure to the Abbey was so funny and enthralling that it made me want to travel to an abandoned building in the country.

10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – All of the space travel that happens throughout this series makes me want to travel throughout the solar system! I’m still waiting for a moon base vacation to be available.

What books make you want to travel?

TTT: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books!

There are so many AMAZING books coming out this year (and next!) that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Here are just a few on that list!

1. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (October 23, 2018)

Throne of Glass is one of my all-time favorite series, so you can probably guess my excitement about the series finale!

2. Vengeful by V. E. Schwab (September 29, 2018)

Vicious is my favorite Schwab book (you can read my review HERE) and when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I LOST MY MIND. I absolutely can’t wait for Vengeful to come out and will be anxiously awaiting September.

3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (2019)

This book sounds so amazing, with dragons and knights and queens and m/f friendships (plus it’s written by the AMAZING Samantha Shannon). I can’t wait!

4. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (July 31, 2018)

The Darkest Minds is one of my favorite series, and I can’t wait to get a post-quel book in Zu’s point of view!

5. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (October 30, 2018)

I absolutely adored the Lux Series in high school–I kind of have forgotten a lot of it by now–but I still remember the character Luc. This new book is supposed to be (somewhat) about him and I’m excited for this story!

6. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (October 2, 2018)

Strange the Dreamer was amazingly enchanting with a twist I didn’t see coming. So excited to see what happens in the sequel.

7. Wildcard by Marie Lu (September 18, 2018)

Warcross was one of my favorite books of 2017, so of course it’s sequel/conclusion is on my most anticipated list for 2018.

8. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (September 4, 2018)

I know, I know, I still haven’t read Godsgrave which is book two in this trilogy, but Nevernight took me for such a wild ride I know I’ll be thirsting for book 3 soon after I’m finished.

9. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton (June 26, 2018)

Jane Eyre is one of my top two favorite classics (the number one spot oscillates between it and Persuasion), and this year seems to be the year of retellings! This ghostly retelling of a classic sounds like something I’ll absolutely love.

10. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choski (2019) Goodreads

There isn’t that much about this book out in the world yet, but the synopsis and the amazing author mean this story will be delicious.

What are some of your most anticipated reads?