May Hopefuls

Hi. I’ve written a few TBR posts before but I haven’t really stuck to them at all. This month I’m being quite ambitious, though, and I thought what better way to keep myself accountable than with a TBR? So, here are my May “hopefuls” – books I’d like to get to, if possible.

First of all, I have a few NetGalley books I am planning to read.

I got approved for these three recently and I already made a dent in two, so I’m quite convinced I’ll read them soon. Spin the Dawn isn’t a new release and I’m not sure why it was on NetGalley, maybe because the second book is coming out this month and people will be more likely to request it and review it if they also get the first book – but I was smart and requested just one, in case I don’t enjoy it. I have a feeling I will, though.

It’s my birthday halfway through the month and I’m lucky to be getting MANY books. I picked a few I already own, and a few I’ll be receiving to read physically. It’s quite a big stack of books, but it’s the 2nd and I’m already halfway through one. Many of these are my most anticipated releases of this and last year and I think I’ll fly through them.

Audiobooks really boost my numbers every month, and I enjoy them immensely. I can journal, clean or shop AND read all at once! There are a few audiobooks on Spotify, which I’ll definitely be listening to.

And lastly, I’d like to continue with some series I have as ebooks. Luckily, all of these are novellas, rather than full length novels. Although I’d like to read all of them, I’d be happy with reading one of each.

That makes… 19 books. More than I’ve ever read in a month. If I read them all – perfect. If not, I’m positive I can read MOST of them.

Any books on here you’re looking forward to reading? Or maybe you’ve read them already? What did you think?

Thanks for reading. As always, talk soon!

Lowest Rated Books on my TBR

Hi! I’ve been slacking off on posting (and working and reading, too), but I thought, in the vein of my previous posts where I discussed all of the highest and lowest rated books I’ve read, I’d write one about the books on my TBR, too!

From the lowest to the highest rated ones (according to Goodreads), here they are:

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Goodreads rating: 2.83

Ouch! This author duo really can’t catch a break, can they? Sam and Ilsa’s last hurrah is about twins throwing a New Years party, where each can invite 3 guests and not tell the other who’s invited until they arrive. The amount of 1 and 2 star ratings on Goodreads I’ve skimmed for this book is staggering, and it really put me off reading it. I will give it a try, but probably closer to New Year’s as I hate reading seasonal books… off-season?

Looker by Laura Sims

Goodreads rating: 3.08

Honestly, I have no clue what this one is about or why exactly I added it to my TBR (I don’t know when either), but a quick read of the synopsis tells me it’s a mystery/thriller about a woman stalking a famous actress. Apparently it’s not very good. But it’s short, and Mona Awad (the author of Bunny) thought it was “a perfect dark pleasure” so I might still give it a go.

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

Goodreads rating: 3.19

Poor David! So many of his books have terribly low ratings. What does that say about my taste in books (since he’s one of my favourite contemporary authors)? Marly’s Ghost is a sort of a retelling of A Christmas Carol, but set around Valentine’s. I have it on my physical TBR and was going to read it in February, but didn’t get to it and now I feel like it’s off-season again and I’d rather wait until next year. Is that silly?

Family Trust by Kathy Wang

Goodreads rating: 3.23

Okay, I was confused about Looker, but at least mystery/thriller is a genre I read quite often, so it’s somewhat understandable that it was on my TBR. This one, thouh? I have no idea why I added it, what it’s about and honestly, I don’t care to find out (I still did, and it’s time to say bye to it, because I don’t see myself picking it up willingly).

84K by Claire North

Goodreads rating: 3.27

Claire North seems to be a polarising author. I’ve read 3 of her books and liked 2 of them, and I would consider her to be a writer I like, so I’m still very interested to read 84K. It’s a sci-fi dystopian story where people can pay off their crimes and get away with them (is it really a dystopia, then?) It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, too, so I should really pick it up soon and see how I feel about it myself.

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Goodreads rating: 3.32

Sometimes I add books to my TBR based off a vague description I hear… Like this one. I know it’s an epic fantasy and it’s Indian inspired and by an Indian author. It has to do with kingdoms and taking over the throne, maybe? Not terribly unique, but still something I could potentially want to read, though reviews say it’s long and slow.

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Goodreads rating: 3.33

I admit, I might’ve added this one to my TBR purely based on the cover, because, let’s face it, it’s stunning! The Antidote is a YA fantasy set in a world where magic is forbidden and the main character (who obviously has magic) has to save her best friend (and the crown prince) with it. Does this sound absolutely typical? Yes. Will I read it, still? That’s a maybe – it’s a standalone, which appeals to me a lot. I’ve started too many series!

All of this is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Goodreads rating: 3.36

A YA mystery – it was bound to pop up on this list! As far as I can remember this one is about a group of friends who befriend an author and she ends up writing a book about their lives and drama ensues. It sounds good to me, I’m not sure why the ratings are so average. I wish my library had it…

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Goodreads rating: 3.36

I had no idea what this is about, so I read the synopsis and it’s giving me major Ready Player One vibes. That, in turn, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Hey, if you’re new here, I HATE Ready Player One. This is coming off the TBR straight away, sorry.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Goodreads rating: 3.42

Last but not least, this is a mystery/thriller/horror and it’s meant to be weird, that’s why I added it to my TBR. I don’t know much about it and I don’t want to, because I prefer to go into these kinds of books blind. I kinda forgot about the existence of it until now, and it made me want to put down everything I’m currently reading and pick this up instead. So, I guess, thanks me for looking through my books on Goodreads and having this fantastic idea for a post – I owe me one!

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! As always, thanks for reading! I’ll speak to you when I’m a year older (it’s my birthday in 2 days and let’s face it, I probably won’t post 2 days in a row).

Books I wish I read in 2019

Hi! Only 2 weeks left of this year (and this decade) – can you believe it? I’m having a 1/3 life crisis, but I won’t get into that for all of our sakes. What I do want to talk about today is all the books I didn’t get to this year but had big plans on reading. They’re on top of my tbr pile and I’ll be getting to them asap.

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

First is Five Dark Fates. I’ve caught up with the series in September – just before this was released, and planned on picking it up straight away, as the ending of Two Dark Reigns had me shook (for a lack of a better word)… and life got in the way. That’s literally the story of my life. The plan is to buy a copy and read it early next year, so all is fresh in my memory and it doesn’t hinder my enjoyment of this finale.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

I know how the story ends – we’re told in the very first chapter of Nevernight. But I still want to know so many things. I’ve had a very strange relationship with this series, while reading the books, but distance makes the heart grow fonder and I am dying to read Darkdawn (especially after the Youtube miniseries done by Piera Forde. Have you seen it?!) It’ll be happening when this releases in paperback, or if my library has it.

Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman
The Toll by Neal Schusterman

I only read Scythe in March this year, and I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I kinda gave in to the hype and… oh, boy, was it worth it. As with most books I’m excited to read but don’t end up reading – I don’t own these, and I can’t always afford new books, especially when there’s like 60 unread ones sitting on my shelf, staring at me. I am planning on getting these very soon, though, and probably binge reading them.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t buy hardcovers if I can avoid them (they’re expensive and awkward to hold while reading), so I didn’t get Skyward when it came out last year. The paperback released by now, but I’ve been too busy reading Sanderson’s other books and kinda forgot to pick these up. It will happen, hopefully soon, as everyone seems to love it (including my boyfriend).

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Okay, I have no excuse for this one. I own it. It’s been sitting on my shelf since the second week of November and I just haven’t picked it up yet. I’m kinda scared, because while I loved the author’s And I Darken series, and I quite enjoyed The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, I’m currently reading Slayer and can’t get through it. I’ve been anticipating this book like crazy and I don’t want to be disappointed.

An honorable mention to The Diviners by Libba Bray, a book which I’ve been thinking of maybe reading for years and years, but only committing to recently.

Are there any books you really wish you read this year?

I’ll talk to you very soon!

December TBR

Hi! I’ve been thinking about this list for the last couple of days and I managed to finally slap together a makeshift TBR for the month. After my reading slump in November, I’m not going to overload myself with books – we all know how busy December is for all of us working in retail/hospitality/customer service, and I’ve taken on a lot of responsibility for the coming month because I’m a people pleaser (but that is completely beside the point, I’m just complaining because I regret my decision BIG TIME), so I know I won’t get to as many things as I would like to.

Here are my vague reading plans for the month:

Slayer by Kiersten White

Carrying this book over from November. I decided to put it down for now, but I’d like to finish it before the end of the month, so fingers crossed it’ll happen.

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

After finishing Words of Radiance, I’m dying to continue with the Stormlight Archive series. As it’s recommended to read Edgedancer before Oathbringer, I’ll be doing just that, and very soon, because I CANNOT WAIT! Ya girl’s excited.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

(Look at the paragraph above)

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I badly want to join the hype. I just know I’m going to love this book (I mean, I don’t know and I’ll be crushed if I don’t), so I plan on reading it ASAP.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

What can I say? I need Ronan back in my life. I love The Raven Cycle and I’m excited to find out more about the world and magic in said world. The reviews have been great, too, which makes me even more hyped to read it.

The God Game by Danny Tobey

This one is an early January release I need to get to. I’ve had an ARC for a while now, so it needs to happen soon. I don’t like the comparison with Ready Player One – that book is probably one of my most hated books EVER, so if they’re similar in any other way than just plot wise (which I still find interesting and think it can be well done – RPO just was terribly done), then I’m super unlucky.

Some would say those are still very ambitious reading plans, especially with Oathbringer being such a brick of a book. If I read all of those – great! If not, I won’t beat myself up.

How many books are on your December TBR?

November TBR

Hi! It’s the first of November!

I decided to to cut down on the amount of books I’m planning to read this month, because I would like to, for a change, complete them all.

I am participating in the Triwizard Tournament Readathon hosted by Chapter Charms, so I’ll be reading at least one book for that this month.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I’m carrying this one over from last month’s TBR as I didn’t get to finish it in October.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I’m hoping this will be a 5 star read for me – I badly need one or I’ll get into a big reading slump. I’m afraid I’m hyping this up too much in my head. To anyone who for some reason doesn’t know what Ninth House is about, it’s Bardugo’s first adult novel and it’s a paranormal fantasy about secret societies in Yale. It’s meant to be super dark and I can’t wait to start it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

I’m representing Durmstrang for the Triwizardathon the dragon I need to defeat is the Swedish Short-Snout – which means my challenge is to reread a favourite that makes me feel protected. This fits perfectly, and allows me to continue with my reread of the series (I will, as always be live tweeting the whole process). The second challenge I picked, for the method is Bewitched Sleep, which means I need to read a whole book in bed, which this also fits, as I do most of my reading in bed.

84K by Claire North

I need more sci-fi in my life, so I’m picking this one up, because I’ve read Claire North’s books in the past and loved them. It’s set in a dystopian where you’re allowed to commit any crime, as long as you have the money to pay for said crime. It’s sounds like an interesting and unique concept and I’m excited to read it.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

I’ll be listening to this on audiobook. My boyfriend is currently reading it and it’s a good time to get it done at the same time, so we can discuss it.

Slayer by Kiersten White

I’m a big Buffy fan and turns out also a big Kiersten White fan (I read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein last month and it was SO good, and I love her And I Darken trilogy), so I think I’m gonna enjoy this one.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

This book has been sitting on my shelf for the past 3 years. I think it’s time to give it a try. It’s a dark and gritty fantasy – my favourite kind. So why have I not read it already?

And that’s all the books. Honestly, I’d also like to get to The Starless Sea by Erin Morgerstern, Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater and The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White once they come out on Tuesday (cause you KNOW I will be getting them all on that day!), but I don’t think it’s realistic. If I get to them – great – if not, I’ll read them soon.

Any of those on your tbr this month? Let me know!

Talk to you soon.

October TBR

Hi! It’s day two of Blogtober and I thought I’d share my TBR for this month with you all.

Because I seem to have caught a bad case of crazies this month, I’ve put 10 books on my to-be-read pile. From the last two wrap ups I think you can tell I don’t read that many books a month, but let’s pretend Halloween season gives me superpowers, and let’s get into the books.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Not pictured above, as it is a carry over from last month and I’ve already finished it.

IT by Stephen King

I’m currently listening to it on audio, but since is nearly 45 hours long, I don’t think I’ll finish it any time soon, so it’s my only audiobook for the month.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

One of many thrillers on my list, as it is October, the spooky season. I picked this one because of BooksandLala.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I really liked her other book, I See You and thought I’d give this one a try.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

My first ever Liane Moriarty book and I’m excited! I’ve heard loads of praise for Big Little Lies, and if the writing of this is to my liking, I’ll pick it up, too (obviously not this month, though).

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Also my first Shari Lapena (I don’t read mystery thrillers usually, though I like them, don’t ask me why), and I was highly influenced by Lala to pick it up. What can I say, the girl has good taste?

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

This one is exciting, as it is written by an Irish author and set in Galway – which is very close to where I live (everywhere in Ireland is, to be honest). It’s also a bit of a break from all the thrillers, being a YA fantasy. AND it’s about witches!

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Another YA fantasy, this one historical. I loved Kiersten White’s And I Darken trilogy, so this one is very exciting.

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

I read anything Schwab writes, and love all of it, no exceptions. This should be fun and quick. It’s not pictured because it’s actually on the way to me now.

Like, Follow, Kill by Carissa Ann Lynch

I have an eARC for this one and it’s coming out on the 25th of the month!

Do you see any books you’ve read and liked? How many books are on your tbr this month? Let me know!

I’ll talk to you tomorrow!