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.Β  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.Β  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”

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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”

November Reading Wrap Up: Books, Books, Books

Books Bought:

  • Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crossing Over (Camp Rolling Hills #2) by Stacy Davidowitz
  • The Last to See Me by M Dressler
  • Straying by Molly McCloskey (ARC)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
  • The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
  • Tumbleweeds by Leila Meachan
  • Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabin Alameddine
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Call Me By Your Name by AndrΓ© Aciman
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Books Read:

  • Spinning by Tillie Walden
  • Crossing Over by Stacy Davidowitz

Ya girl was supposed to post this the first week of December, but as you can tell from the two lists above, my life is currently unbalanced so instead I’m posting on a Saturday!! (??).

November was one of the most hectic months I’ve had in a long while. I drove down to North Carolina for a weekend, my grandparents were visiting for four weeks, and as always, Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo wiped me clean.

I’m not surprised–or disappointed–I only finished two books this month (one of which is a graphic novel and the other is a middle grade novel). I picked up a lot of books and just couldn’t settle down into one. I had a pile of half started books stacked up on my nightstand, I renewed my library books until I reached my renewal limit, and I could never concentrate long enough to read more than a few pages at once. It’s fitting that the only two books I finished this month were books I could finish in two or three sittings. Continue reading “November Reading Wrap Up: Books, Books, Books”