Category: Book Lists

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 […]

Predicting What Books I Read for the Rest of the Year // Jul-Dec TBR

Posted July 11, 2022 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
Predicting What Books I Read for the Rest of the Year // Jul-Dec TBR

It’s funny because back when I was reading 150-180 books per year, it would be impossible to actually sit down and figure out all of the books I might read for a certain portion of the year. I knew I’d be reading anywhere from 10 to 25 books per month (!!!) so I never knew what random title may sneak in at the last minute and bump something else from the TBR. Now that my reading life is more depressing (for ME) at 75 books per year, I can almost predict exactly which books I’ll get to in a given month or season. I’ve wrote multiple TBR posts lately (spring TBR with only new releases, my summer bucket list and TBR, my most anticipated books – which included books I have review copies for – of the second half of the year) but thought it would be kind of fun to guess my TBR for the second half of 2022. Here’s where I’m at so far and where I need to go: Total Read January through June: 32 books Total TBR July through December to Meet Goal: 43 books (7 per month) I know I have to be realistic when I look at this number and not just assume I’ll read all of the review copies publishing from July through December plus some owned copies. I know I won’t get to EVERY review copy as my tastes and moods change. I need to spend at least 50-70% of November/December books […]

Christmas in July: Upcoming 2022 Holiday Books

Posted July 1, 2022 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Christmas in July: Upcoming 2022 Holiday Books

Here I am for my annual “Christmas in July” post that features upcoming holiday releases for the new season. I feel like I’ve actually noticed more than ever before lately and I’m so here for it. I used to not have any issues reading 90% of the books on my holiday TBR but with my overall reading numbers much lower than usual the past few years, I just don’t have time to read nearly as many holiday books as I’d like! I hope to reallllly carve out a ton of time in Oct-Dec to read as many as humanly possible. Season of Love by Helena Greer // I’m a sucker for any holiday book that takes place on a Christmas tree farm and the “queer, Jewish take on classic Hallmark tropes” line of the synopsis really works for me. So This is Christmas by Jenny Holiday // Very sad to see that this is the last book in her Royal holiday series! The synopsis indicates that it takes place in Eldovia (while some bits and pieces of the previous books took place between there and NYC) so I’m pumped. Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert // I have most of Reichert’s books on my TBR and I have a feeling this will be the first one I actually, finally read by her! Set in a Christmas market? Sold. The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park // Another very fun setting – the mall! This story involves the teen children of rival food court […]

Summer Plans including TBR and Bucket List

Summer Plans including TBR and Bucket List

I used to make seasonal TBRs and bucket lists (aka the different trips I wanted to take or plans to make during that season) when I was blogging more regularly. I was working on my TTT the other day for my summer TBR and was thinking it would be fun to bring back this “feature” to share what I hope to do and read this summer. It has also been a bit less fun to write posts like this because I’m reading like half as much as I used to, but here’s a “wishful thinking” TBR for this season at least! Summery TBR Review Copies I have a number of review copies that are publishing this season but these three will likely have the most summer vibes! I’m excited to get to all of them within the next couple of months. New Releases I have a TTT post coming up next week that lists some new or upcoming releases on my summer TBR but decided to pick a few summer-specific books to include here. These three books are coming out this summer and will likely be fun and light reads. Summery Stories I reread the first book in Han’s Summer series a couple of years ago and have plans to finish off my reread via audio this summer, since the TV show is now out. They were renewed for season two so I’d like to get books 2-3 done before they catch up to the show! I also hope to […]

June TBR

Posted May 30, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
June 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. June TBR I got behind yet again in April because I spent the last week of the month with friends on a vacation, which meant I didn’t really have solo time for reading… despite hoping I’d get to enjoy some time with my books in the hot tub! In any case, I hope (as usual) that I can get back on track in May. The month is somewhat busy at the beginning but I’m hoping some car rides will allow for audiobooks… woof. Review Copies I’d love to get ahead on some review copies that are coming out later this summer, like SUMMER ON BLACKBERRY BEACH and THE TRUE LOVE BOOKSHOP. I’m desperately needing some summery romance books so a few of these will hit the mark! SOMETHING WILDER is the latest Christina Lauren and I actually don’t even know what it’s about, but it looks summery. I’ve also been super into thrillers lately so I’m hoping that I’ll keep up with reading those, like VERY BAD PEOPLE and THE COUNSELORS. And finally, I have an audio review copy of I KISSED SHARA WHEELER – I really hope to get to that […]

My Highest Rated Authors

Posted May 20, 2022 / Book Lists, Discussions, Features / 0 Comments
My Highest Rated Authors

As I wrote yet another glowing review for a Rachel Lynn Solomon book, I wondered if there’s any other author that I consistently rate as high. Taylor Jenkins Reid is up there. Anyone else? Katie Cotugno? I started thinking about this and decided to roll through all of the authors I’ve read and figure out which ones I’ve rated the highest in my years of book blogging. It was a little tedious but my parameters were the following: (1) I needed to have read three or more books by the author to count them for this experiment, since two books can sometimes be a fluke. Novellas or short stories in anthologies did not count as “one book” in the totals to determine if the author should be included, but… (2) …I did include novella book ratings in the rating calculation. For example: I read four books by the author, one of which was a novella, so that was counted for ratings purposes. I didn’t include short stories within anthologies because then I’d have to go into the review post and find the individual story rating. (3) I did not include authors where I’ve only read one series by them (3+ books). Saying I loved the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy doesn’t necessarily mean that Holly Jackson herself is on my highest rated author list, since I’ve only fallen in love with one series by her. For all I know, her next series may not hit me as hard. I did include […]

May TBR

Posted May 4, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
May 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. May TBR I got behind yet again in April because I spent the last week of the month with friends on a vacation, which meant I didn’t really have solo time for reading… despite hoping I’d get to enjoy some time with my books in the hot tub! In any case, I hope (as usual) that I can get back on track in May. The month is somewhat busy at the beginning but I’m hoping some car rides will allow for audiobooks… woof. Review Copies I did a great job of focusing on upcoming releases in April – I love when I can delete covers from the previous month’s TBR here! The only holdover is ALWAYS JANE. Usually I dive right into Jenn Bennett books but this one hasn’t had amazing reviews, so I’ve been hesitating. I recently got a review copy of THE CHANGE and it’s actually already been published so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Seems intriguing! Otherwise, VERY BAD PEOPLE and SEE YOU YESTERDAY are early May pubs so I should hop on them as well. I have other May egalleys I want to read but I’ll leave […]

April TBR

Posted April 4, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
April 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. April TBR March was not the worst, thanks to some cookbooks, but I still got behind on my reading challenge. I finished one egalley, one audiobook, and two cookbooks within the last two days of the month to get somewhat back on track. It just took me forever to read things and I wasn’t ever in the mood to read. Review Copies     I’m still playing catchup from March review copies and need to get ahead in April. I have IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, ALWAYS JANE, THE NO-SHOW and THE SUITE SPOT on deck. Audiobooks and/or Owned I have a copy of MAJESTY as an audiobook and maybe an ebook? Not sure. I have a copy of THE PARIS APARTMENT coming in my Book of the Month box so I hope to read that and also listen to the audiobook on Scribd. We’re hopefully going to read FRIENDS LIKE THESE for my book club this month and I bought the ebook on sale recently.

March TBR

Posted March 2, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
March 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. March TBR January was a good month where I got ahead on reading! Here’s hoping February is some of the same. I’ll be focusing on some review copies, as always, and the two library books I’ve had forever. Review Copies    I did a terrible job with reading in February. Yes, it’s a short month, but WOOF. Here are the same review copies from last month I didn’t get to. Luckily I think my review copy load for this month is a bit smaller so I can catch up and get back on track there. Audiobooks and/or Owned I have some audio/physical/etc. combos for the month as well. I’ve been dying to read the next FINLAY book but I don’t like reading more than one book of the same genre at the same time. I’ve had a ton of review copies in the mystery/thriller space so I haven’t been able to listen to this via audio. That’s a top priority for me. I also have a copy of MAJESTY as an audiobook and maybe an ebook? Not sure. And finally, I have a copy of THE PARIS APARTMENT coming in my Book […]