February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons

January was my first month reading from my very highly structured TBR and it worked pretty well! Out of the 8 books on my January TBR, I ended up finishing 4 of them, and I’m currently reading a 5th. As always, I deviated slightly from my TBR occasionally this month, but I’m very content with reading 5/8.

I’m slightly nervous for my TBR this month, especially since February is the shortest month, but with so many great challenges this month I’m very excited to read more!

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:

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (own)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. They’re also fearful about opening up a dialog. Not Orenstein. Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.

I bought this at my library’s used booksale without knowing much about it. It has a pretty high rating on Goodreads, but there’s also some disappointing reviews with how Orenstein handles LGBTQ  women so I’ve been hesitant to read this. Even if I don’t get around to reading it this month, I’d still be okay if I have to unhaul this one.  Continue reading “February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons”

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21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)

Since I’m ~extra~ my Goodreads shelves are flush with my physical shelves because I like to have things organized. I have a shelf of all the books I already own that I haven’t read yet, so I organized that shelf by rating to draw out the highest rated books I already own! This is going to be my loose 🌟 2019 TBR 🌟 which means I roughly have to read two of these books per month.

Many of these books are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while (big surprise) so hopefully this will help me 1) actually read the books I already own and 2) read books that I’ve been meaning to read since the dawn of time.

(I chose 21 books because that’s the number of books that fit the best in the graphic I made if you just want to scroll through to the end of the post since it is pretty long!)

Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Avg. rating: 4.70

This literally just came out so most likely this high rating is due to the swarm of enthusiastic readers starting this and loving it straight from the gate, so I’m curious to see how well it holds up. Still I’m beyond excited to read this and I’m so glad to see it in the top spot!

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 edition) vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
Avg. rating: 4.61

So this is kind of cheating because I’ve already read this series, but I borrowed the individual volumes from the library years ago, and I’m planning on purchasing the series and thought the 3-in-1 editions would be the best. Before reading this one, I’d obviously like to reread the first volume I own.

In This Corner of the World Vol. 1In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
Avg. rating: 4.56

I bought this recently without knowing anything about it, so I’m very excited to see it was received so well! I’m not surprised to see manga this high up on the list because I feel like manga is such a niche category and much of the manga I read I love so I can’t wait to pick this up.

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Avg. rating: 4.56

I read my first Kristin Hannah book this year and absolutely loved it.  While this book had been on my radar for awhile, I didn’t go out and buy it until immediately after I finished The Great Alone. I’m already planning on this in the next few months.  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”

November TBR: The Catch-Up Month

One of my favorite times of year is coming up: the winter holidays!! I absolutely love the atmosphere of hope and happiness practically exudes from everyone and it’s an ample opportunity to check back in with some old friends and family you haven’t heard from in a while. I absolutely love it.

It’s also a great time to reassess your yearly goals and make some adjustments.

Different from my previous TBRs where I’ve selected books by categories and book clubs or buddy reads I was involved in, November (and probably December) will be reserved for reading books I already added to my TBR earlier in the year but passed up on.

Out of the five books on my October TBR, I finished two of them and am currently in the middle of a third. I put a hold on a fourth book earlier in the month that I’m still waiting on, so while I’m going to add it to my November TBR because it’s probably going to be one of the first books I finish this month and it’ll make me feel good to cross it off 😅

I have 7 books I’d like to read in November, a notoriously busy month, especially with job hunting AND NaNoWriMo, so we’ll see how well this actually goes!

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

March: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (own)

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. 

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while and specifically bought this year with the intention of reading it that month. Obviously I didn’t, but I think this will be a good size book to fit in my purse and chuck out whenever I have a free moment.  Continue reading “November TBR: The Catch-Up Month”

June TBR List

So this will be a weird TBR because technically the title says June but I’m physically on camp property starting on the 10th of the month so all my previously strong reading habits will basically go down the train. Like usual, I have a list of books I’d like to read this month but I think I’m grossly overestimating what I’ll be able to read. Typically I’ve been finishing about three audiobooks a month due to my commute, but once I’m at camp I don’t have a commute so I’ll be lucky if I can finish one audiobook!

At the time of this post, I only finished 1 of my 6 books from my May TBR. To be fair, I’ve been reading, but because I’ve been insanely busy I just haven’t been in the mood for what I picked out.

Lined up I have seven books on my TBR for the month. My goal is to finish at least two of them before I head off to camp. Honestly, if I end up reading at least one of these books the whole month I’ll consider it a success.

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!

Nonfiction pick: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (audiobook, hopefully)

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

I’ve had a hold on this audiobook forever but it looks like it’ll come in this month (or at least at the very beginning of July)! I’m nervous to listen it with more opportunities for distractions, but it sounds like something I will enjoy regardless. (I might have to get my hands on a physical copy if it gets too much.) Continue reading “June TBR List”

25 Books I’m Reading in 2018

A couple years ago I lined up all the books I was going to read for a complete year in order on my bookshelf. I’m definitely a mood reader and I tried to predict my mood based on the season and the types of books I most recently read. For example, I tried to put a few light fluffy books to read in the summer after a classic heavy spring. Or after a five hundred page brick I put a shorter novel for a break.

I did surprisingly well; the point was the jumpstart back into reading after essentially reading only like three or four books a semester outside of my required reading for classes senior year. With that as my end-goal, I definitely fell back into a reading routine, but only got about halfway down the list.

This year I joined the Mount TBR Challenge and committed myself to reading two books a month I already own, to hopefully add up to 24 books by the end of the year. Clearly, I have a lot more than 24 unread books on my bookshelf, but in order to meet my six books a month quota I figured I’d divide it up like this:

  • 2 books off my bookshelf
  • 2 new books (Book of the Month subscription box and a new release)
  • 2 library books.

Continue reading “25 Books I’m Reading in 2018”

December Reading Wrap-Up: Audiobooks, Splurges, and Beginnings

Books Bought

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu (ARC)
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman (ARC)
  • Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
  • All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

Books Read

  • The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Chasing Light by Amanda Lucidon

December was the month of starting a gazillion books at a time but still not finishing them!! Watch out for January because it’ll be chockfull of all the books I finished since December!

I love the fall, it’s one of my favorite seasons, but there is really no. room. to. breathe!!! How do people have time to sit down and read in between the months of November and December? HOW???

I’m going to be honest, I really don’t count anything I finished this month as reading (as a personal rule). The Last to See Me was more than halfway done before the month started, I listened to To Kill a Mockingbird on audiobook driving to work, and Chasing the Light is literally a coffee-table book (I picked it up from my grandmother’s coffee table and read it in a single sitting).

December wasn’t entirely up to my personal standards. I would’ve liked to read more. At the end of the month there were three books I was at least half-way through. I just honestly didn’t have any time to sit down and read. Continue reading “December Reading Wrap-Up: Audiobooks, Splurges, and Beginnings”