July TBR

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Ok, I know I said I was coming back…but I’ve done a PRETTY bad job at keeping up on posts. I mean, here I am already, late on my July TBR.

Speaking of TBRs…I’m not really DOING them at the moment. I have a few things I want to hit each month (1 book of the month book, 1 backlist book), but other than that, I’m doing a lot of mood reading lately which I LOVE. I do have a few ARCS to get to this month, although I’ve slowed down significantly on accepting those.

With all that being said, here are the books I am DEFINITELY going to read this month:

  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – this is the Dragon and Tea Bookclub pick for July, and since I already have it sitting on my shelf, what better time to read it?!
  • More than Maybe by Erin Hahn – I absolutely LOVED You’d Be Mine by this author, and am actually on the blog tour for this one, so I will for sure be posting a review. I can’t wait to get to this one!

Anybody have other suggestions for books I HAVE to get to?? Let me know!

xoxo

Jen

March TBR

Ok, TBRs have not been working well for me lately, but we’re going to give this another go. I have a few books that I need to get to this month, but the rest of it is pretty flexible, which will be nice.

Here are the books I KNOW I’ll be getting to this month:

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  • Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco: ARC releasing March 3rd
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas (duh)
  • Malice by Pintip Dunn (Dragons and Tea March pick)

Beyond that, I’ll be picking a BOTM book and a backlist read for this month, and I’m buddy reading Queen of Air and Darkness with Amy!

What are you guys reading this month?

xoxo

Jen

Down the TBR #41

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to start this series. If you haven’t checked out any of these lovely blogs, do it NOW!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s what’s on the chopping block this week:

ONE: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

I originally had added this to my TBR to support the author, and that’s still true – if this book crossed my path, I would read it for no other reason than to support them. BUT the reviews are definitely wishy-washy, and the synopsis isn’t jumping at me enough to make run and get it right this second.

VERDICT: DELETE – for now

TWO: Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

I loved the first two books in this series, and definitely will be reading the third installment!

VERDICT: KEEP

THREE: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This sounds super cute and has gotten a LOT of great reviews. I’ll probably get to it eventually!

VERDICT: KEEP

FOUR: My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand

Loved the other ‘Jane’ book I’ve read, and definitely want to read all of the rest!

VERDICT: KEEP

FIVE: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

This book sounds cute, but again, wasn’t jumping out at me when I reread the synopsis. I think it’s going to get cut from the lineup…for now.

VERDICT: DELETE

Have you read any of these? Let me know if I made any mistakes!

xoxo

Jen

February TBR

Another month, another TBR that I probably won’t follow. WHOOPS. But it never hurts to try, try, try again, right??

Here are the ARCs that I’m really hoping to get to this month:

  • Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (Jan 7)
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Feb 18)
  • Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (March 3)

Beyond that, here are the books that I’m HOPING to get to. Will it happen? Probably not, but I’m feeling optimistic.

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  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake (a backlist 2019 read that I didn’t get to)
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (a backlist 2020 pick)
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Dragons and Tea Bookclub pick for February)
  • A BOTM pick – but I haven’t decided which one yet. I’m eyeing Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser. ANY SUGGESTIONS??

And that’s it, ya’ll! Have you read any of these? Which do I NEED to get to?

xoxo

Jen

January TBR

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! Hard to believe it’s 2020, but here we are. I’ve been a little lose on TBR’s lately, and I think that’s going to continue – my reading mojo seems to do better that way. I do have some ARCs that I have to (should) get to this month – we’ll see how that goes. I’ve been falling a liiiiiittle behind with reviews. Whoops.

ARCS:

  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
  • Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Foul is Fair by Hanna Capin

Beyond that, here are the books I’d like to get to over the course of the next month:

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  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (BOTM pick)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (backlist 2019 pick)
  • Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman (backlist 2020 pick)

I’m also hoping to do a few audio rereads:

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • A Heart So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Yikes guys. That list is a little hefty for the first month of the decade. Nothing like starting strong???

What are you all planning on reading in January?

xoxo

Jen

December TBR

The LAST TBR OF 2019! Wow that year flew by. I have been TERRIBLE at sticking with a TBR this year, so I have no doubt this month will be more of the same. HOWEVER, I do have a few goals for December:

First, I’ll be participating in TisTheSeasonAThon again (click the link for more info!), and I am so so excited! I did make a TBR for this week, and my husband will be traveling on business, so I will have plenty of time to read! These are the books I’m going to try to get to for the readathon, and what challenges they tick off:

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  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (the buddy read book)
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver: snow on the cover, holiday themed book
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: book related to music
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: book you received as a gift

Second, I want to finish ALL of my 2019 ARCS. Luckily, I only have 2 left, and I’m halfway through one of them:

  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
  • Coral by Sara Ella

As for the rest of the month, I will either be picking up Backlist Reads (there is NO way I will finish all of the ones I wanted to hit in 2019) or 2019 releases that I think could be potentials for my top 2019 pubs. Here’s hoping we can squeeze one last month of good reading into the decade!

Happy December, everyone! What are you all planning on reading??

xoxo

Jen

Down the TBR #40

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to start this series. If you haven’t checked out any of these lovely blogs, do it NOW!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s what’s on the chopping block this week:

ONE: Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

I’m not sure if I can make a good judgement on this one since I haven’t actually read Lady Smoke yet, but I liked the first one well enough. I guess I’ll keep it for now?

VERDICT: KEEP

TWO: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Since I am Maas trash, why is this even a question?

VERDICT: KEEP

THREE: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

Beyond the fact that I am annoyed that the title has a hashtag in it, the synopsis uses screen names and I’m not sure I could read a book with that format.

VERDICT: DELETE

FOUR: Rule by Ellen Goodlett

This one got VERY mixed reviews when it came out, and the general consensus was that it didn’t live up to the hype. As I’m not in a huge fantasy mood at the moment, I’m going to pass on it for now.

VERDICT: DELETE

FIVE: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

Everyone LOVED this when it was released and I will get to it one day, I swear!!

VERDICT: KEEP

Have you read any of these? Let me know if I made any mistakes!

xoxo

Jen

November TBR

I’ve mentioned it a few times, but lately having a TBR hasn’t been working the best for me. I know there are books I SHOULD be reading but really I just want to mood read all the things. This will be a good month for that, because it’s Thanksgiving AND I’m going on vacation for a week. Bring on all the beach reads!

HOWEVER, duty calls, so there are a few things I HAVE to get to this month. These are the ARCs on my plate:

  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo: released Oct 8 (YES I KNOW I’M LATE OOPS)
  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan: Nov 5
  • Coral by Sara Ella: Nov 12

And while I don’t want to make a solid TBR for the rest of the month, these are some books I’m hoping I might get around to:

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  • Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What are you hoping to get to in November? Happy reading!

xoxo

Jen

Down the TBR #39

Web

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to start this series. If you haven’t checked out any of these lovely blogs, do it NOW!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s what’s on the chopping block this week:

ONE: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been hoarding this series for over a year, and still haven’t cracked it open. But I loved Schwab’s other work, so I will definitely be reading it at some point!

VERDICT: KEEP

TWO: Die Rebellinnen by Tracy Banghart

LOL this is actually the original Grace and Fury which I’ve already read, of course! Also… it’s in another language.

VERDICT: DELETE

THREE: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

I loved My Plain Jane so much that after I read it I immediately bought this one. It’s sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be read!

VERDICT: KEEP

FOUR: We Are Young by Cat Clarke

After reading the synopsis of this one, I’m going to give it a big, solid, ‘meh’.

VERDICT: DELETE

FIVE: Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

I liked the first book in this series, so I’m definitely planning on reading the sequel. I’m just not sure when.

VERDICT: KEEP

Have you read any of these? Let me know if I made any mistakes!

xoxo

Jen

October TBR

How is it already the SPOOKIEST TIME OF THE YEAR already?? I love October reading – I always try to save up some really good Halloween-vibe reads for this month. While those will be mostly mood reads, I do have a pretty good idea of a couple really great reads I’ll be getting to FOR SURE this month:

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FRIDAYFRIGHTATHON

If you don’t already know what this is, check out THIS POST right now – there’s still time to join us! I’m so excited to be cohosting this again, and can’t wait to read all of these spooky reads with some of my best friends. Join us for one or all of them!

  • American Predator by Maureen Callahan
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
  • Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

ARCS

I do have a few ARCs I NEED to read this month, but luckily they seem to meet some spooky vibes:

  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

 

Other than those, I know I’ll be joining in for the Dragons and Tea Book Club pick, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. LOOK AT THAT COVER and tell me you’ve seen a creepier one.

What does October hold for all of you?

Happy reading!

xoxo

Jen