My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. September TBR My main goal for August was to catch up on some ARCs – I was hoping that 80% of the books I read would be ARCs, or at least 8 books (assuming I’d read around 10). At the time of writing this, I’ve read 5 so hopefully I can sneak in a couple more. Library September I decided that after focusing on ARCs for August, I would focus on my library books for September! It’s not as catchy of a name but whatever. Below are the books I currently have checked out. I know I won’t end up reading all of them but my plan is to prioritize some of the overdue books first and then work my way through in somewhat “due date order.” I don’t think I need to be as aggressive in this one – about half of my library books could or should be read in September, so hoping for 5-6! That order would be: VENCO (already returned this because it was overdue and I now have a Kindle copy), A CURIOUS BEGINNING, KINGDOM OF ASH, THE FIREFLY SUMMER, DROWNING, LITTLE SECRETS, DIVINE RIVALS, THE FAIRY […]
Month: August 2023
Cute Covers with Water on Them Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. If you give me an open-ended TTT, I’m going to make it about book covers! I thought with the basic prompt of “water” for this week, I would show some cute or favorite book covers with water on them.
I recently developed a way to track all of my series, which has definitely been helpful and interesting! I kind of audited where I was with a bunch of them and tracked if I do an okay job of finishing them. I’ve had the numbers adjust just a little bit since February. Right now, 50% of my series are completed, 17% have been started (only one book read), 18% are ongoing (I’ve read more than one book in it), and 15% of them are no longer of interest to me. Not too shabby, honestly. It would be great to finish more without starting a bunch but who can resist that siren song? I thought it would be fun to share some series I hope to start, finish, and everything in between before the end of the year. New to Binge I’ve had these two series on my radar for a while and it’s finally time to read them! I plan to read all three books in the ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART trilogy when the third book comes out in October. I own the first two and just want to read all three in a row. THE NATURALS was recently redesigned and rereleased so I made it a point to buy all of them right away. I had been planning to track down older copies and researched it many times before learning of the new covers! I definitely know I’ll want to read all four of these in a row […]
If there’s one thing Will Dean has, it’s the audacity. What an ending!! I did not see that coming at all. (Had to get that off my chest first, now on to an incredibly vague review!) The synopsis of THE LAST ONE intrigued me so much when I watched a the booktuber vlog her reading experience. Basically the first 10% of the book is the synopsis and a bunch of other stuff happens after that – I strongly recommend going into this book as blind as you can so I’m definitely not going to share anything else that happens lol. My main theories right off the bat were some of the classics (everyone is dead including the MC, it’s all a dream, etc.) – needless to say I won’t tell you if anything was right. I couldn’t put this down and finished it in one day. Once some ~things~ happen and are revealed, the book is a pretty slow-ish thriller. It’s not fast-paced like many others but I still couldn’t stop reading because I was dying to know what would happen next. There are some strong twists but not too many, which was really nice (no whiplash like other thriller books/writers). It’s a little slower at parts like I said and thus I think it’s a LITTLE too long, but the ending was so good. I can’t believe how the author chose to end this lol. There was a lot of character backstory that I think was supposed to make us […]
Latest prompts stolen from Hannah at So Obsessed With Bookish Things are still going really strong with reading for this year! I’m way ahead on my Goodreads goal and only have to complete ONE BOOK to finish. Ironically I’ve been stuck on two books since before the weekend and have yet to cross that bridge. I had a super busy weekend but hopefully I can crank through the rest of my TBR before next week. Currently reading: I’m currently trying to get through ARC August but also following my moods and library holds lol. I’m reading YOU, WITH A VIEW from Libby on my Kindle. I decided to splurge and get the audiobook for NONE OF THIS IS TRUE in addition to my BOTM copy that finally came in, so I’ll be focusing on finishing that up soon too. Currently audiobook-ing: See above. I have another audio mystery/thriller out from the library as well (ONE OF US IS BACK) that I need to get to but I’m concerned my other holds of the physical copy and ebook aren’t going to coincide. Ideally, I’ll finish my current audiobook and immediately start this one even if the other copies aren’t in yet. Currently recommending: I recently posted my five-star reads of 2023 so far, of which there are technically ten. I featured nine of them in the post because one was a children’s graphic novel that I didn’t review. Currently in my cart: Nothing right now! I did make a fun list on […]
Genre Freebie: Upcoming Mysteries and Thrillers I’m Excited to Read Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I pretty much exclusively read contemporary romance and mystery/thrillers these days (with the occasional fantasy novel thrown in). I thought it would be fun to share some upcoming mysteries and thrillers I’m excited to read! These are all books publishing after this post goes live (from the end of August into possibly next year). Here are some unreleased books to add to your TBR!
I don’t usually recap my favorite books of the year but it’s honestly been a great year so far. I thought I would share some of my five-star favorites of 2023! I almost added all of my 4.5 star reads and called this my “favorite” books of the year… but the quantity overwhelmed me hahah. I have 10 five-star reads through mid-August (one of them was a children’s book that I didn’t review called Dewdrop so the cover isn’t below.) Have you read any of these?
As everyone around here knows, I’m a huge fan of Suzanne Young and all of her books. She’s such a talented writer and her prose is so accessible (definitely mean that as a compliment – I read her stories SO quickly!). IN NIGHTFALL is a bit different for her in some ways, and different for my reading tastes as well… which I loved! The story follows Theo and her brother Marco as they head to Nightfall, Oregon with their father for the summer as punishment for a big party they threw. Her dad is originally from there and his mom lives there, so they stay with her. She’s been an enigma in the kids’ lives and they’re basically meeting her for the first time. She’s prickly and has a lot of weird rules, like don’t stay out after dark and don’t talk with the locals. Naturally both of them ignore these rules and immediately fall in with some local teens. The town (and most people there) are really creepy and mysterious. There are some upcoming traditions that they want Theo and Marco to partake in, as well as their nightly parties on the beach. Theo starts to feel like something weird is in the air in Nightfall and these two podcasters in town for the Midnight Dive event are investigating it as well. The book is a little creepy but breezy and easy to read as well. I really liked the tension being slowly turned up throughout the book as […]
I know I’m going to get to the end of the year and have a ton of books left on my list to read but hopefully this guides me a little bit! I always make anticipated release lists or TBRs each month/season, but I’ve been fresh out of blog post ideas lately and this seemed like a good option to share! I also made the decision to not include any holiday books or cookbooks on here just for the sake of not adding one million books lol. Already Out & Priority 2023 Releases All That’s Left to Say by Lord // I’ve been a huge fan of hers for years and am always anxiously awaiting her next book. This one sounds like a contemporary/mystery and I’m excited for it. Business or Pleasure by Solomon // Another author I adore and can’t wait to read! I’m shocked I didn’t read this earlier in the year actually. None of This is True by Jewell // This has gotten super high ratings so far and I made sure to include it in my BOTM box! I read and liked one of her other books but hopefully this segues into more of her backlist as well. Wrong Place, Wrong Time by McAllister // McAllister’s debut is one of my favorite thrillers so I have super high expectations for this one! Also snagged it for my BOTM selection. One of Us is Back by McManus // My favorite YA mystery/thriller author! Really excited to get back into the Bayview world. […]
(These titles are too long to include in the blog post title.) I surprised everyone on Threads when I put vampires last on my “fantasy creatures” ranking. Honestly it’s because I’ve basically only read TWILIGHT? I can’t think of many other vampire books I’ve actually read lol. Regardless, the hype was getting to me with this series! I read the first book on a whim a few days after I checked it out from the library, also on a whim. I wasn’t expecting to see it on the shelf! I thought it would be something I’d read on Kindle Unlimited when I did my annual “one month of KU” subscription to read a few things before cancelling. Once Jamie posted about loving it and reading it in 24 hours, I decided to just go for it. Yes, it delayed me finishing the ToG series yet again but it was worth it. I ended up also subscribing to KU so I could read it on the go, and then I figured I’d start the second book while I had the subscription. I was advised to actually read the novella (#1.5) in between the books so I went for that first, and then launched into the official second book. I’m sorry in advance for how this review is mostly built around a comparison to FOURTH WING, but hear me out. I basically heard about these books at the same time. Both were popular romantasy series getting SO much hype out of nowhere. […]