Wrap-Ups/TBRs

March Marathon – Reading My TBR & Book Buying Ban

I’ve been in a really good place with my reading recently – I’m already 9 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal of 75 books and I’ve finally managed to cut down my currently reading books to just 1 or 2 at a time. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use my reading drive to now try to cut down my ever growing TBR.

My plan is to spend March exclusively reading books that I already own without buying anything new or reading from the library.

As it is not particularly about the spending, I will allow myself to buy books I already own in other formats (i.e. the audiobook when I already own the ebook). I’m also allowing myself to buy from time-limited deals IF it’s a book I already want to read because I’ve added it Goodreads (can’t miss those deals 😂). I’ll keep this to a minimum, I just know I’ll be more tempted if I don’t make it an option.

As of writing this post I have 235 unread books with 174 of them being on my ‘TBR’. The rest are books I’ve had for a long time that I have no particular drive to read anymore, though I do occasionally read books of this kind. With big numbers like this, a single month tackling it is hardly going to make a difference, but I’m hoping that it’s going to form better habits for me and allow me to drastically cut it down throughout the year.

I have about a week left of February to hopefully read a couple more so I’d ideally like to have no more than 220 unread books by the end of March, but we’ll see how this goes.

TBR

I wasn’t sure whether to set myself a TBR as it’s just about tackling my TBR, but I thought I’d list a few books that I’m currently drawn to reading. I know it’s a lot more than I could get to.

  1. The Magicians Trilogy – Lev Grossman (currently reading)
  2. The Selection series – Kiera Cass
  3. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  4. Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst
  5. Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab
  6. Lord of the Rings series – J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Heroes of Olympus series – Rick Riordan
  8. A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer
  9. Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Sin Eaters Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
  11. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

 

What are your reading plans for March?📚

Lists · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books with F/F Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog prompt hosted and run by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week the prompt was a love freebie so I decided I wanted to make a list about my favourite books featuring f/f relationships as they definitely deserve some more love.

Ash – Malinda Lo

Ash

Ash is a queer fantasy retelling of Cinderella. Ash is left with her stepmother after her father’s death, leaving her consumed with grief and little happiness. She eventually meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, who encourages her to embrace life and love.

Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

Emi loves films and she is slowly making her way into the world of film making by designing sets. One day she finds a letter from a film legend that leads her to Ava and sets her off on a new path and gives her a sense of adventure.

Annie of My Mind – Nancy Garden

Annie on My Mind

Annie and Liza are young teen girls who are slowly falling in love and learning to navigate their lives together. They face many obstacles to their love along the way, but also have many triumphs.

Not Your Sidekick – C.B. Lee

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)

Jess Tran lives in a world where many people have superpowers, her parents being well-known. She gets herself an internship, hoping to prove herself and show her capabilities, but ends up working for a well known supervillain. She is sworn to secrecy, but the one person who understands is Abby, her secret crush who also happens to work for the same villain.

Infinity Son – Adam Silvera

Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Infinity Son follows a misfit group of people of various backgrounds with different powers who are working together to defeat the specters, a group of people who steal powers from phoenixes. They face many challenges along the way, but the celestials never give up.

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Celie is born into a life of poverty and segregation in which she is subject to sexual assault and separation from those she loves. Through the people she meets and the places she goes, Celie slowly finds spirit and joy.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

This book follows three young women, Evelyn, May, and Nell, working to gain women the right to vote. As they fight for freedom, they face many obstacles and challenges, but also find love, friendship and community.

Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat (Simonverse, #3)

Leah is bisexual, though none of her friends yet know, despite knowing how accepting they will be of her. They are quickly reaching the end of high school and their friendship group is being rocked and changed in unexpected ways.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)

Every year eight Paper Girls are chosen to serve the king, but this year there is also a ninth girl of fire, Lei. She and the other girls begin training to be the king’s consort at the palace, where she falls in love.

Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

Princess Dennaleia has always known she was set to marry the prince of Mynaria to form an alliance between their lands and protect their people, but she has two secrets. One, that she possesses a forbidden magic with her affinity for fire, and two, that she is actually in love with the prince’s sister.

 

What’s your favourite book with f/f romance?🏳‍🌈

Reviews

Review: Moonrise – Sarah Crossan

Title: Moonrise
Author: Sarah Crossan
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genres: Contemporary, Poetry

Moonrise

Moonrise is told from the point of view of Joe, a seventeen year old dealing with the fact that his brother is currently on death row for a crime that he didn’t commit. Ed, Joe’s brother, was arrested 10 years ago and Joe hasn’t seen him since. In the weeks leading up to his execution, people rally around Ed to do everything they can to stop the execution and are faced with their own struggles and regrets.

This was my first Sarah Crossan book, but I can already tell that I love her writing style and the topics that she writes about and I can’t wait to read even more. I’m already reading One, another of her books about conjoined twins.

It was an incredibly intense book that was beautifully written and I didn’t want to put it down as I was reading. It’s really emotional and makes you think about many uncomfortable topics that people generally avoid, making you confront and question the world constantly.

It’s beautifully written and is really accessible with it’s easy to read free verse poetry style. I think it’s a really important read and forces you to face the injustices of the justice system, regulations, and societal attitudes.

Lists · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog prompt hosted and run by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is to list the books on your TBR that you think will be 5-star reads. I count my TBR as the books I already own and am waiting to read so I will pick from this list.

Without any further ado, and in no particular order, here are my top ten predictions!

Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

Princess Dennaleia has always known she was set to marry the prince of Mynaria to form an alliance between their lands and protect their people, but she has two secrets. One, that she possesses a forbidden magic with her affinity for fire, and two, that she is actually in love with the prince’s sister.

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Scarlett has always wanted to see Caraval, a magical performance with audience participation. When she finally receives her invitation and attends, her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the shows organiser and it is revealed the winner of the Caraval will be the one to find her.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Uprooted

Agnieszka lives in a quiet valley next to a dark, corrupted Wood that constantly threatens their safe and peaceful way of life. They rely on a wizard, known to the people as Dragon, to protect them from the Wood, but the Dragon demands a young women from the village to serve him every ten years as payment for his protection.

Black Wings Beating – Alex London

Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)

In the world of Uztar, birds of prey and falconers who call them are revered amongst the people. Twin falconers, Brysen and Kylee, embark on a journey to trap the Ghost Eagle (a powerful and dangerous bird) as war threatens their home.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies – Mackenzi Lee

Loki: Where Mischief Lies

A young Loki is surrounded by Asgardians who don’t trust him, except for one person, Amora. Amora is banished to Earth to lose her powers and fade away after they cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, and Loki is later sent to Earth to investigate a series of murders linked to Asgardian magic.

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Alice and her mother return to her grandmother’s estate, the Hazel Wood, after her grandmother dies. In her life, her grandmother wrote a classic story of dark fairy tales that Alice is forced to face when a mysterious figure claiming to be from her grandmother’s supernatural world takes her mother away.

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Alex dropped out of school, grew up with drug dealers, lived on dead-end jobs, and is the only survivor of a homicide that has remained unsolved. Whilst at hospital, she is offered a place at Yale University and is tasked with monitoring its secret societies. They are well-known and prestigious, but there are sinister and occult activities that lie underneath the facade.

The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1)

Violet moves from the city to a rural town in the middle of the woodlands of New York, a town in which she is descendant of one of the founders. She is met with respect and fear from the townspeople, a fear she doesn’t quite understand until she meets the other founder children and sees the destruction they create. A mystery binds the teenagers together as they attempt to solve it and figure out their part in it.

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, an epic fantasy in which Kaz Brekker and the other crew attempt to pull of a dangerous and daring heist that they have no idea if they can pull off or survive. The sequel follows the aftermath and fallout of these events and put further tests on the team.

The Infinite Noise – Lauren Shippen

The Infinite Noise

Caleb is Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. For Caleb, this means he is an empath and can feel the emotions of everyone around him, including Adam, a classmate of Caleb’s whose overwhelming feelings seem to fit together with Caleb’s own. His therapist suggests that he gets closer to Adam, causing him to learn more about himself, the others, and what it means to be Atypical as they grow closer.

 

Have you read any of these books and were they 5-star reads for you? What books on your TBR do you predict will be 5-star reads?

Wrap-Ups/TBRs

January Reading Wrap Up

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January started off as a great reading month, reading 4 books in 4 days, but then I quickly fell into a slump for the rest of the month and only managed 1 more. My slump finally feels like it’s gone now so I’m looking forward to reading more in February.

I’ve also combined my love for books with my love for statistics and have been using a bookish spreadsheet and a bookish journal so far this year.

booksread

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky – Mackenzi Lee
  2. The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Jack of Hearts (and other Parts) – Lev A.C. Rosen
  4. Supernova – Kass Morgan
  5. One of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus

My favourite was definitely The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky, though this was a re-read by listening to the audiobook. I absolutely love this series and especially Christian Coulson’s performance of the audiobook for the first book. It was fantastic getting to revisit both with this little novella. I am incredibly excited for the next book in the series later this year.

My least favourite was One of Us Is Next, though I still gave it 3 stars. I loved the first book in the series and feel the sequel was a little unnecessary. I liked it overall and the twist at the end was unexpected but planted very well throughout which is also brilliant with a mystery book. I found it a little tricky to follow, especially as there are a lot of characters both new and old in this book. I think maybe it would be best to read both books in this series together so they can follow on more.

currently reading

  1. The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper
  2. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  3. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  4. Vengeful – V.E. Schwab

bookhaul

  1. The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook)
  2. Serpent and Dove – Mahurin Shelby (ebook)
  3. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (paperback)
  4. Infinity Son – Adam Silvera (paperback)
  5. One of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus (ebook)
  6. The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow (ebook)
  7. A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer (paperback)
  8. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas (audiobook)
  9. The Selection – Kiera Kass (audiobook)
  10. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas (audiobook)

monthlystats

Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1730
Book Haul: 10 books

yearlystats

Format: Audiobook (1), Paperback (1), eBook (3)
Source: Bought (3), Library (1), Audible (1)
Age Range: Young Adult (5)
Release: Backlist (2), New (1), Re-read (1), Borrowed (1)
Genre: Mystery (2), Sci-Fi (1), Romance (1), Fantasy (1)
TBR status: Unread books – 233 (36.6%), Read books – 403 (63.4%)

Lists

Comfort Reads

Everyone has that list of books that they can always turn to when they are in a slump or when they just want something nice, easy, and familiar to read. These books are mine.

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

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I feel like this series is probably on a lot of people’s lists, but that’s just a testament to how great and comforting this series is. I can always read it and I love getting lost in the world over and over again.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

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I always associate this series with Harry Potter because I read and loved them growing up too. I love the characters and the concept, I have always considered it one of my favourite book series and always will.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

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I don’t reread books as much as I would like to, but this is one that I have already read several times despite it only being out a few years. My favourite thing about it is definitely the characters and I could read about them again and again.

Skellig – David Almond

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This books feels really personal and I read it at a time in my life when I really needed it. It is a beautiful story that I love to revisit.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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This wasn’t the first book I read with LGBT+ characters, but it was one I read early on and was definitely one of the ones that had the biggest impact on me. I could really relate to many aspects of the story and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

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I love this story and the message behind it so much and I really wish I had read it when I was a bit younger. I didn’t read it until I was in high school, but it was an instant favourite.

Inkworld – Cornelia Funke

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I’ve actually only read this series once, but I’ve included it because it is a story that I think about a lot and one that I deeply love. It is so magical and I love the concept of it. I really need to get around to reading it again soon.

 

What are your comfort read books? Are any of these on your lists too? Let me know!

Wrap-Ups/TBRs

Best Books of 2019

Throughout the year I kept a record of the books I was reading and each month I picked my favourite book and my least favourite books of the month.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at all the books I’d read and make a list of my top 12 favourite books then see how it compares to the picks I made on a month by month basis. How many will be the same? How many gems got lost in months of good reading? How many mediocre books did I end up picking as favourites for slower reading months?

My Overall Top 12 Books

  1. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
  5. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  6. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  9. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
  10. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  11. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  12. Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee

 

My Monthly Top 12 Books

January: Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee
February: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
March: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
April: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
May: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
June: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
July: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
August: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
September: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green
October: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
November: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
December: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

 

My top picks match a lot more than I thought they were going to! There’s 8 books the same on both lists and for the most part I’m happy with my favourites for each month, even if they didn’t end up being favourites for the whole year.

My absolute favourite book of the year is definitely Infinity Son by Adam Silvera by far. I can’t wait for it to come out this month✨

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What are your favourite books of the year? Are you happy with what you read?