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 ๐ŸŒŸย 2019 TBRย ๐ŸŒŸย 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.ย  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.ย  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”

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April TBR List

April is an insanely busy month for me (I feel like it’s busy for everyone!). I have work programs at least one day every weekend, and I’m also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! I doubt my reading habits will be as strong as they were this past month.

Out of the 11 books I included on my March TBR, I read or started to read 7 of them. I’m extremely satisfied with that number (it’s more than half!) because I definitely overshot the amount of time I was able to sit down and read this past month.

Moving forward into April, I’ve added 9 books to my TBR for the month. Again, I doubt I’ll get to all 9, and I’m sure I’ll read books that aren’t on my TBR for the month, but this is just a way to keep me on track.

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!

Friend book club pick: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (owned)

The Keeper of Lost Things

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realizing he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfill his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.ย But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

A few of my friends from college get together once a month to video chat over our chosen book. We’ve missed the past two or three months or so because of ~life~ so I’m excited to pick our book club back up and with a book I’ve been hoarding on my bookshelf! This also seems like a short and fast read so I’m excited to knock this off my TBR. Continue reading “April 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. Iโ€™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 Iโ€™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”

Summer Reading Wrap Up: Camp-No-Rules, Secret Bookshelves, and Summer Fluff

Books Bought:ย 

  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
  • Crazy House by James Patterson
  • Island Home by Tim Winston
  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  • Siege and Stormย by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Risingย by Leigh Bardugo
  • The House of the Spiritsย by Isabel Allende
  • Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Books Read:

  • In a Sunburned Country by Billy Bryson
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I was about to get SO excited when I realized that I read an equal number of books over the summer to the number of books I bought over the summer, but then I realized I also bought the two remaining books of the Shadow and Bone trilogy back in June.ย ๐Ÿ˜

I combined the months of June, July, and August into one post. I didn’t read that much each month, but I also didn’t buy a lot each month either. Also my summer went by like a whirlwind and I didn’t have time to write, think, and honestly I don’t know how I found time to read. Continue reading “Summer Reading Wrap Up: Camp-No-Rules, Secret Bookshelves, and Summer Fluff”