April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs

How is it already time to come up with APRIL’s TBR???

Honestly, I’ve been struggling with keeping up with my TBRs for the last two months. January was pretty solid, but February and March showed some weak progress. It’s not so much that I’ve been diverging from my TBRs, but more that I just haven’t been reading as much. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been busy, or because I haven’t been excited about the books I’m choosing or what…

I’m giving it this last month to see how following a highly structured TBR works for me, before considering revamping my current routine. I am purposely not joining any readathons this month however, because I haven’t been participating in them and I’m going to scale back and only participate in ones that I’m truly excited about.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world. Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

This is my last Bardugo book left to read and I’ve been putting it off because I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to like it. I’m not a big superhero fan (I have only seen the ending of WonderWoman because it was on tv 😐) and I only bought it because I was feeling Six of Crows withdrawals and wrongly thought this would cure it. I am excited to try this out and who knows maybe it will spark a new obsession! This is also a signed copy so I was definitely be reading this because I will not want to give it away first! Continue reading “April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs”

Down the TBR Hole #43: Books 741-760

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

It Won’t Be Easy by Tom Rademacher
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
remove

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Date added: Mar 1, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #43: Books 741-760”

February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
  • Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
  • The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (ARC)
  • The White Book by Han Kang (ARC)

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
  • City of Glass: The Graphic Novel by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 10 by Karuho Shiina
  • Ao Haru Ride vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

As I was reading Girls of Paper and Fire on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I was clearly reading and I also had headphones in (no music playing, just like an added boundary). But the guy was like “wow you’re reading a book! no one does that anymore!” and a large part of me was like “ugh stop bothering me I’m trying to read” and a smaller part of me was like “yeah, I mean almost everyone around me on the train is on their phone.”

I guess to people who don’t read as frequently as I do, 9 books in a month is honestly impressive. But when I’m constantly surrounded by the hype of new releases and great reviews its hard to prioritize what I want to read because it sounds interesting, and what I want to read because I’m going to love it. Continue reading “February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour”

February in Review: 9 Books

By the time I end up posting my February wrap-ups it will be time to write my March ones! 😑

nbd it’s fine I’m just over here apparently in a month long reading slump and trying not to stress about it.

I read a total of 9 books in February, which is significantly less than the 19 books I read in January. However, my goal is to read 8 books each month in 2019, so I still beat my goal. Looking back, I feel like I had a pretty mediocre month in terms of content, but many of the books I read I gave high ratings too?? I don’t know, my brain just feels foggy.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

📘 February TBR
📙 2019 TBR
📕 Prior TBR
📗 Down the TBR Hole

Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 📗 
Published: Sep 15, 2015
YA Contemporary
twangy, bold, heartwarming
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 🔵
Published: Jan 29, 2019
YA Fantasy
dramatic, glittery, slow
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 🔵
Published: Nov 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
cinematic, dark, dynamic
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “February in Review: 9 Books”

Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]

It is 11:40pm on the eve of my day to host ReReadathon and I am just drafting this post  😐

I was just at a conference for work that as left me incredibly inspired, motivated, and empowered… but also freaking exhausted. I brought five (5) books with me on my four day trip and I read maybe 40 pages.

Anyway, I could not skirt around my duties for this incredibly readathon that I was so excited about (but failing so hard at!!), not to mention that I owe everyone a GIVEAWAY!

I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to not just read more books, but also to read books I already own almost exclusively. While my intentions have ultimately been positive, it’s been a struggle. Sometimes I need to remind myself that reading should be a relief, not a chore!

With that said, although I do feel the need to consistently be reading the newest, shiniest book, or to whittle down my ever-growing TBR, there is something so important about revisiting old favorites. Here are some of my favorite popular books I’ve read recently, (or not so recently!) that I’d love to make time to read in the near future.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I’m a little nervous to reread this because I don’t even know if it’s going to live up to the expectation I’ve set up for myself. I haven’t even touched this since I finished Crooked Kingdom so this is tremendously high on my list of books to reread. Continue reading “Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]”

March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month

Happy March!!! 🌻 Spring is only 20 days away!!!!!!

There are so many great things happening this month; I’m going on three (!) business trips (renting cars with a business account makes me feel SO grown up lemme tell ya), I’m going to the beach (it will be cold, but it’s still the ~beach~), I’m celebrating my birthday (I am old 😭), and SO MANY GREAT BOOKS COME OUT!! (that I can’t afford because I am broke!!)

This is structured a little differently from my January book birthdays post. For my first post, I really wanted to focus on fewer books so I could provide summaries. Ultimately, it was difficult to narrow down only a select amount of books, and when I sat down to write a post for February I kept procrastinating it because I didn’t know which books to pick and I just ultimately never posted it because I felt like it was no longer relevant (which was honestly dumb on my part because why would it no longer be relevant…? idk).

Instead, I’d like to include just a brief sampling with a larger selection of books. I still ended up weeding out a few I was like “cool” over but not “omg I NEED this” over you feel 😎

Anyway, I have a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card and about $400 worth of books on this list so either I’m going to burn a hole through my library card this month orrrr maybe I’ll just starve? (seriously though how do people afford to pay rent AND eat at the same time is there some kind of cheat code I am missing?)

I’ve set up this book with the title, author, and cover, along with the age range, genre, vague location and time period (when applicable) and approximate page count. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult
Historical Fiction (USA, 1960s)
368 pages

 

GingerbreadGingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Adult
Magical Realism (England)
272 pages

 

The Island of Sea WomenThe Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Adult
Historical Fiction (Korea, 1930s-present day)
384 pages Continue reading “March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month”

Down the TBR Hole #42: Books 721-740

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Dewey Defeats Truman by Thomas Mallon
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

Tetris by Box Brown
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

Buffering by Hannah Hart
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
Date added: Jan 29, 2017
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #42: Books 721-740”

Review: Literary nostalgia with complicated drama in Mandy Berman’s “Perennials”

Perennials

Page Count: 288 pages
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Random House Trade
Audience: Adult
Source: Purchased
cw: sexual assault

Have you ever read a book that was so harrowing, not because of the content, but because of how eerily similar it was to your own life?

Literally, this entire book was déjà vu. I spent pretty much the whole time in perpetual tears.

Perennials takes place at a co-ed summer camp in Connecticut (😭). The first few chapters take place in the year 2000, and then it jumps to 2006 for the last 75% of the book or so. Each chapter is told from a different point of view, whether it’s a counselor or a camper, but the majority of the story follows two young women, Rachel and Fiona, as they come back to camp as counselors for the first time since they were younger. Continue reading “Review: Literary nostalgia with complicated drama in Mandy Berman’s “Perennials””

March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads

I literally cannot believe we are almost coming into March… I have accomplished nothing I wanted to do this month.

My reading took a nose dive this month, so I only managed to read two out of the five books on my February TBR. I also still have to read one more book from my TBR jar, otherwise I have to unhaul it. To be honest, I have zero motivation to read it at the moment so I might just end up getting rid of it anyway.

I did absolutely terrible with all the challenges I “participated” in and so instead of scaling back like an intelligent person would, I, once again, am joining two readathons AND an additional book club 😑 I’m really fine.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar:

Lumberjanes vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

I am only relieved I pulled this one because I’ve just had no drive to read this after I mixed up the order and completely skipped it. It’s literally been sitting on the top of a large stack of books as a reminder. I’m excited to knock this one off my TBR. Continue reading “March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads”

Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Push by Sapphire
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #41: Books 701-720”