Category: Book Lists

New-To-Me Authors from 2022 I’m Excited to Read From Again

Posted January 30, 2023 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
New-To-Me Authors from 2022 I’m Excited to Read From Again

Inspired by the recent TTT about new-to-me authors from 2022, I thought it would be fun to talk about the NEXT books I’m excited to read by those authors. Not all of these books are 2023 releases so you’ll see a few “oh dang I should read their backlist books” titles on here too. Some of them are missing and don’t have an upcoming release announced. 2023 or Later Releases I’m pumped to already have a review copy of Katy Birchall’s next release, THE LAST WORD. I’m not mad about anything that claims to be a mashup of THE HATING GAME and BEACH READ. It’s enemies-to-lovers, obviously. I also have another backlist title by Birchall in my next section. As I talk about below, Ashley Winstead has both romance and mystery books in her backlist and as upcoming releases. She has two announced books – MIDNIGHT IS THE DARKEST HOUR and THE BOYFRIEND CANDIDATE. I don’t know if they’re coming out in 2023 or later but I’m going to keep them here just in case. I’m absolutely jacked up for MEET ME AT THE LAKE. I told myself there was no way that EVERY SUMMER AFTER was as good as people kept saying… and it was. I read it in one sitting. I’m really excited to see if her next release lives up to all the hype. Talk about a gorgeous cover, too! Lucy Clarke’s ONE OF THE GIRLS surprised me in a really good way! I’m not as excited […]

The Rise of Cozy Reads (Recs, TBR, and Other Media)

Posted January 27, 2023 / Book Lists, Discussions, Features / 2 Comments
The Rise of Cozy Reads (Recs, TBR, and Other Media)

The latest book trend in the past couple of years has been around all things COZY. It can mean something different to everyone and encompass a number of genres, but lately it’s all about the cozy mysteries and cozy fantasy books. (Hell, even romance books are getting lighter – I’ve noticed with many that I’ve read in the past few years, the “black moment” is not as big and dramatic as other books I’ve read in the past. The couple has a reasonable issue to fight through and the drama is lower.) All of my favorite booktubers have also hopped on this genre trend, with tons of themed reading vlogs and recommendation lists coming out regularly. I, for one, love it. I wrote about my fascination with and interest in cozy mysteries (books and movies) a few years ago and have always added them to my TBR. I also have discussed companion series set in cute, cozy, small towns. I haven’t really gotten to cozy fantasies yet but I’ve added a ton to my list. I finally made a Goodreads shelf specifically for “cozy reads” of all genres for when I really just need it in my life. So why this trend now? I think the last few years have been hard on all of us, collectively, with the pandemic and state of the world. (Realistically ever since 2016…) We all want something lighter, something cozy, and something comfortable sometimes. I remember when the hygge moment took the world by […]

Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 – How Did I Do?

Posted January 26, 2023 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Most Anticipated Reads of 2022 – How Did I Do?

Last year’s post was a bit more detailed because I was looking at my “five star predictions” – I forgot to do that one for 2022 so this is mostly through other posts instead. TTTs always have some “most anticipated” book prompts and my seasonal TBRs usually include them for each season of new releases. I’m also going to include books from my “jazzed up for this” shelf on Goodreads – the books I’m most excited about land on there. I did cull these a little bit since it got out of hand and many of them weren’t truly my most anticipated. Overall Stats 37 books on my most anticipated lists for 2022 Read 15 books (41%) | Didn’t read 22 books (59%) Ratings of books read: 5 stars = 3 books = 20% 4.5 stars = 2 books = 13% 4 stars = 7 books = 47% 3.5 stars = 1 book = 7% 3 stars = 1 book = 7% DNF = 1 book = 6% Books I Managed to Read Overall, a pretty good job here! I didn’t read as many books as I thought I would from this fake most-anticipated list, but it does have a lot to do with overall number of books read. I only read 75 books in 2022 again. In any case, here’s how the breakdown of ratings worked: 5 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars Under 4 Stars Above in order: 3.5 stars – 3 stars – DNF Books I Didn’t Get […]

Books on My TBR That *Aren’t* Contemporary or Mystery/Thrillers

Posted January 20, 2023 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 8 Comments
Books on My TBR That *Aren’t* Contemporary or Mystery/Thrillers

95% of my TBRs include contemporary books and mystery/thriller/suspense-types. Anything under fantasy or science fiction umbrellas tend to be graphic novels, and my nonfiction reads are always cookbooks. I’ve been reading a lot less than usual so I tend to avoid “heavy” or slower books, which I tend to associate with fantasy. Since 2020, I’ve only read 14 fantasy novels (which includes a *reread* of the ACOTAR series), plus 6 more books that were paranormal-ish or lighter fantasy). Looking at one of my genre pie charts from the past few years, the fictional (novels only) books outside of contemporary and mystery/thriller account for only 10% of my reads! Over the past couple of years, my fantasy/paranormal reads have only included books by SJM (rereads included), the next book in the WAYWARD CHILDREN series, anything by Holly Black or Libba Bray or Leigh Bardugo, and a few other random reads. In my quest to add more 2023 books to my Goodreads TBR, I found a lot of fun fantasy novels (and some sci-fi or other genres) and thought THIS post would be a great place to share those books. I hope it inspires me to pick up more non-contemporary or non-mystery books in 2023. Recently Published (2022) Some of these are by favorite/previously read authors like Susan Dennard, Holly Black, Brigid Kemmerer, Jenna Evans Welch, and Sandhya Menon. Others are new to me and recommended by various lists, booktubers, etc. over the last year. Backlist Titles Kind of the same thing […]

January TBR

Posted January 5, 2023 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
January TBR

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. January TBR January is about getting ahead or staying on track with review copies. My lowkey goal is to read 7 books most months this year – if I can manage that for 8 out of 12 months, I’ll stay on track with my goal of 80 books for 2023. This month’s TBR features the aforementioned review copies coming up, some new cookbooks, and other new and exciting releases. Review Copies I managed to snag FINALY DONOVAN JUMPS THE GUN as an audiobook review copy, which is awesome – I’ve listened to this whole series by audio so far. I have an egalley of THE VILLA that I should get to ASAP as well. Other review copies on deck include BEGIN AGAIN (one of my fave authors!) and JUST THE NICEST COUPLE (blog tour). Owned Books I bought SHELF COOKING 101 late last year but knew I wouldn’t be able to fit it in. I hope to get to this one and/or DAMN DELICIOUS in January. I need the excitement of a new cookbook to get me going this month!   I preordered both THE STOLEN HEIR (out this week) and FIVE […]

EOY TBR – 20 Books Left!

Posted November 19, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
EOY TBR – 20 Books Left!

EOY TBR to Finish My Challenge As of right this second, I need to finish 20 more books to finish off my Goodreads challenge. Usually that wouldn’t be an issue but I really have not been reading as much as usual lately. Days or weeks pass and I realize I haven’t finished a book! I wrote a post a bit ago predicting the books I would read to finish my challenge and decided to make this end-of-year TBR without checking out that post. I have more than 20 options, including 1-2 books I’m reading right now as I write this. I figured I’d do a quick November/December TBR since it’s almost December and I really have to get going on reading. Contemporary I have a nice mix of new releases, egalleys, and hardcovers here, from various locations and sources! These are all books I was looking forward to getting to this year and hope to have time for. ANON PLS is a new release that is bound to be addicting and exactly what I need. I usually blaze through Helen Hoang and Lauren Layne books too, so here’s hoping there’s some quick reads here! Holiday Romance Naturally this is the biggest section on my list! I always have lofty goals to read a ton of holiday books. I’m currently reading A SEASON FOR SECOND CHANCES and it’s been a nice lead-in to the holiday season: it begins around September and works through Halloween and other holidays before getting to Christmas… […]

Holidays 2022 | To Read & Watch

Posted November 11, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
Holidays 2022 | To Read & Watch

I’m actually more behind than usual on holiday things. I try to start watching movies and listening to music right after Halloween but it’s been a weird year that’s going by way too quickly! I hope to start making some headway this weekend (with movies and music at least) and maybe start my first holiday book next week! Here are my reading and watching plans for this season. Here’s a roundup of ALL of the holiday books I may read, including review copies (both backlist and current year), new releases, and backlist titles that have intrigued me. This year I only have four holiday review copies – I tried to keep the amount lower than usual because my reading life has been shitty. Really excited for all of these though! These are the top holiday books that are intriguing to me this year. I know for sure I’ll get to the new Maggie Knox and Jenny Holiday, but the others – we’ll see! Way more backlist than usual – I even deleted some of the older ones because I just know it ain’t happening. Some of these remain from the past few years just as a reminder. I think I’ll definitely read the 2021 Jenny Bayliss and probably the Codi Hall since I have the second companion book for review this year. I join holiday-themed readathons or challenges each year usually, but I haven’t yet identified any for this year. Not sure if they just haven’t been announced yet or […]

October & November TBR

Posted October 14, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
October & November TBR

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. October and November TBR I thought I would have a fun TBR method in September and I just really did not read enough. I did manage to read or start four books from that TBR though! I’m a little late at posting this so I figured I’d include books for my October and November reading plans. I’ll probably focus mostly on non-holiday books since I usually post a holiday book TBR separately. I read those most often in December but I certainly sprinkle them in throughout the last three months. Review Copies I have a decent mix of books here – there are some seasonal reads like WITCHFUL THINKING and SPELLS FOR LOST THINGS, a couple of magical realism books like THREE KISSES ONE MIDNIGHT and THE REWIND, a mystery like NINE LIARS, and a contemporary like RIVALS. Owned Books I’ve been really meaning to read THE AGATHAS for a while now and I don’t know why I’ve been delayed! I hope to read YOU’RE INVITED for the Literally Dead Book Club in October (finally participating!). And finally, SAGA volume 10 was just delivered and I’m pumped to get back into these […]

September TBR

Posted September 2, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
September TBR

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 I’m doing something a little different for my TBR this month. After having a lot of success with my 7 books in 7 days challenge, I knew I wanted to challenge myself in a different way to get going on my goal. I definitely didn’t want to read 7 books in a week again because it was a lot of pressure, but I came up with something fun to do for the month of September. My goal is to read at least two books a week but I would prefer three, especially in the weeks before we go to Hawaii. I recently broke my “EOY TBR Predictions” post into a few categories of books: comic, cookbook, magical, mystery, contemp, and holiday. For the month of September, I’m going to aim to read or start three books each week from the three biggest categories: magical, mystery, and contemporary. The Categories Magical: books that involve some kind of magic. This could be magical realism, time travel-ish things / parallel universe kinds of books, or fantasy/paranormal books. Mystery: a catch-all for mysteries, thrillers, and any crime-related fiction I may read. This includes the vaguely mysterious […]

July & August TBR

Posted July 14, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
July & August TBR

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. July and August TBR I did a ton of TBR posts in the last couple of weeks so I kind of forgot to do my standard monthly TBR! I’ve talked about my summer TBR, the upcoming summer releases I’m excited for, and the books I plan to read in the second half of the year in order to finish my Goodreads challenge. We’re halfway through July now and I’ve finished two books so far (not shown below), so I thought I’d pull together the books I’ll read in the second half of this month as well as August. Review Copies I was able to complete THE COUNSELORS and THE DEAD ROMANTICS (which wasn’t on my actual TBR for the month) so a few of those aren’t here. I started one other book from my June TBR but ended up DNFing it. For July and August, I hope to read some contemporary romances (SOMETHING WILDER, THE TRUE LOVE BOOKSHOP, and THE HOOKUP PLAN). I hope to get to CARRIE SOTO IS BACK over the next month as well, which is more of a contemporary fiction kind of book? Not sure about the romance […]