Category: Book Lists

Spring Bingo TBR Ideas

Posted March 6, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
Spring Bingo TBR Ideas

Hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews Another season, another round of bingo! As usual, I’m here to share some of my best ideas for filling this card out. I’ll be honest: most of the boxes on my cards get filled out somewhat organically, where I read a book and THEN see that it fits. I still really enjoy making these seasonal lists, thinking about my long-term TBR plans, inspiring myself whenever needed, AND hopefully helping others find books for them too! Completed so far / current reads   Author shares last initial: Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rains (both R last names) School setting: Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (boarding school – creeeeepy one) Set outside the US: Enchantée by Gita Trelease (Historical fiction / fantasy set in Paris) Ideas for the rest    Warm climate: The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley (luxury resort in the Mayan Riviera) Weapon on the cover: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (sword) Three word title: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio (obvious lolol)    Novella: A Wedding on Lavender Hill by Annie Rains (novella in the Sweetwater Springs series) Yellow cover: The Dating Game by Kiley Roache (bright yellow, eh?) Standalone: Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (self-explanatory)    Spring release: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (have a borrowed ARC – comes out in May too) Water on the cover: One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase (look at that lake y’all) Book you own: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (on my Picky Pledge TBR!)    Large cast […]

March TBR

Posted February 27, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 14 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. February Progress       One of the bigger issues with moving from December to January is how quickly those review copies for January creep up on you! I had way too many ARCs due between January and February and definitely didn’t get ahead (December is holiday month, obvs). I was able to do some catching up AND getting ahead in February though, so I can’t complain too much! I OWE YOU ONE and THE AU PAIR were overdue egalleys that I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped, but still had pretty positive ratings. THE BRIDE TEST is something I couldn’t resist – I NEEDED IT. I finished CROOKED KINGDOM in anticipation of KING OF SCARS, which took me most of the month to read. Whoops? Up Next in March Review Copies (Egalleys) Enchantee by Trelease | The Truth About Leaving by Blitt | The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Applehans | One Night at the Lake by Chase | You Owe Me a Murder by Cook I talked recently about my desire to develop an egalley reading schedule that allows me to catch up, stay on track, and get […]

Picky Pledge

Posted February 25, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
Picky Pledge

I noted in a couple of wrap-up posts that I wanted to join Hannah and Alexa in their Picky Pledge, which is where they read books from their shelves and limit book buying. I’ll admit that I definitely don’t have a book buying problem because of how picky I already am, but I DO have a problem with not reading backlist books on my shelves. I *used to* have a book buying issue, which has led to a lot of books on my shelves that I either (a) will never read or (b) still definitely want to read but haven’t yet. I’ve already embarked on this for January and February, as you saw in the linked Bulletins, but I thought I’d run through some ideas for a Picky Pledge TBR. For more details on the project, be sure to read Alexa and Hannah’s posts I linked earlier! Both of the books below could be interchanged because they fit both categories – I bought both books because they’re book two in a series or duo, and I love both of the authors. I just put them this way arbitrarily. Because there are 12 prompts for the Picky Pledge, I decided to read one book from my shelves each month to finish up the challenge. Below are some ideas that I pulled from combining and cross-referencing my “to read” and “own physical” shelves on Goodreads. A book you bought for the cover   The Last Little Blue Envelope by Johnson | The […]

February TBR

Posted January 31, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 10 Comments
February 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 Progress My major reading goal this month was to finish up the ROSE GARDNER series with the final three books, and I succeeded in that! I was cranking through them and finished all three in about a week, even while I had other reading obligations for blog tours and book club going on. PRETTY and ARCHENEMIES were for those two things, respectively. I finished THIS LIE as an audiobook to get the review copy done from Netgalley and FAMOUS was my first read of the year. NINE was a hold but I had anticipated it on my TBR for the month – woo! Up Next in February Review Copies (Egalleys)       I Owe You One by Kinsella | Enchantee by Trelease | The Au Pair by Rous | Comics Will Break Your Heart by Hicks | The Dating Game by Roache | The Bride Test by Hoang I have been a failure at reading review copies so far in 2019. I think it’s because I got some unsolicited ARCs, which I’m actually very excited about in theory, but I wasn’t planning for them. I’ve also been shying away from fantasy so far this […]

Read-Bait: Resorts, Camps, and Retreats

Posted January 25, 2019 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
Read-Bait: Resorts, Camps, and Retreats

I used to do quite a few posts under this umbrella and am simplifying them a little bit to share some more! I’ve always loved books set in cute bed and breakfasts, hotels, or campgrounds. There’s something about this kind of insular setting where people stay, get to know each other, and sleep overnight. This is probably part of the reason I love boarding school books so much! I wanted to go slightly beyond the “vacation” aspect and talk about more specific places people may stay for a week or so – health resorts, marriage “boot camps,” summer camps – things like that. All of the books on this list (except TWO that I’ve already read) are on my TBR. Retreats and Resorts    Nine Perfect Strangers was fascinating – the book alternates between these people (and a couple of the retreat’s employees) as they start their so-called wellness journey. I can’t get into the specifics really, as the story gets weird and wild, but I thought it was so interesting. Couldn’t put it down! The Last Resort is waiting in my Netgalley queue and is specifically about a resort that deals with failing marriages. When a tropical storm hits and traps everyone inside, some shit apparently goes down. Christmas at the Lakeside Resort was on my TBR for the holiday season but I never got around to it. When the MC inherits some cabins by a lake, she sets out to turn them into a little camping resort. This story seems lighthearted and more vacation-oriented […]

Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

Posted January 24, 2019 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 5 Comments
Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

When I first posted my 2019 challenge sign-ups, I included some TBR ideas for a few of the challenges. I love having that kind of post to look on when I’m failing to remember what I planned. The one challenge I didn’t do that for, however, was the Popsugar Reading Challenge. The main reason is that it’s such a loooong list and my goal is to hit at least 40 out of the 50 prompt ideas. I wasn’t going to put 50 book ideas on there when I know it’s unlikely I hit that many. However, I keep finding myself looking and wondering what books fit some of those categories. I thought I’d share some of my ideas because so many people are participating this year and may also find it helpful! Some categories will have multiple ideas, some will have one, some will have zero. I’m also only putting books that I haven’t read… so there are some obvious ones that will not appear! I’ll link up some lists if they help too. Other resources: Popsugar Reading Challenge post and Popsugar Goodreads Group Already completed Published in 2019: Famous in a Small Town – Mills Meant to read in 2018: Nine Perfect Strangers – Moriarty Featuring an amateur detective: 34.5 Predicaments – Swank Item of clothing/accessory on cover: Pretty in Punxsutawney – Crompton Told from multiple POVs: This Lie Will Kill You – Pitcher About someone with a superpower: Archenemies – Meyer Still to attempt   Becoming a movie in 2019 | Plenty of options HERE and HERE (for YA) […]

Potential 2019 Rereads

Posted January 21, 2019 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
Potential 2019 Rereads

I don’t do as much rereading as I could, should, or want to. I always tell myself I don’t have enough time with all of the other NEW books out there. However, the best kinds of rereads that sort of take away from this issue are (a) audio rereads because it’s like bonus reading time anyways and (b) rereads of books I read for the first time a VERY long time ago, so it’s like I’m reading it again for the first time. I’ve had success with some nostalgic series in the past. I hope to reread some more recent releases this year though, because lots of books have sequels coming out and I decided I wanted to be prepared! Last year, I featured SIX books I hoped to reread in 2018. Guess how many I reread? ONE. I reread Caraval in preparation of Legendary and it was an excellent choice, but good lord – I need to prioritize rereading more!!    GOSSIP GIRL series by Cecily von Ziegesar Reason: This is one of two books I’m keeping on here from last year because… I’ve been itching for more nostalgic rereads after finishing the A-LIST series with Cristina, and this is the ultimate classic high-school-into-college series for me. Format: I absolutely would love it if this series had audiobooks, but they don’t (they might for the first book or something weird?). I recently went and purchased some of the paperback books because they were super cheap but I have to round out my […]

January TBR

Posted January 3, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 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. December Progress I knew I was going to read mostly Christmas books throughout December, so this is not surprising at all. I basically kept my TBR open with these reads. I didn’t read for book club because we pushed it to January and didn’t finish the ROSE GARDNER series either. (I knew that’d happen!) I ended up DNFing one of the books above, but it was on my TBR and I attempted it! Up Next in January First Book of the Year! Foolish Hearts by Mills I made FOOLISH HEARTS my first read of 2018 for a few reasons – Emma Mills never disappoints me. Her books are quick, cute, and fluffy, which means I can usually finish them in 1-2 days. Getting my reading year off on the right foot is key for me, so I borrowed a copy of FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN from a friend in order to make Mills my first author/read of the year in 2019 too. WOO! [Already finished] Required Reading: Book Club & Blog Tour     Archenemies by Meyer | Pretty in Punxsutawney by Crompton We pushed ARCHENEMIES to January because one of […]

DNFs & Books Put on Hold in 2018

Posted December 29, 2018 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
DNFs & Books Put on Hold in 2018

I don’t DNF books very often because I think I’m quite good at determining which books will work for me and which won’t. Looking through these six books I stopped reading or put on hold, I see a few patterns. I typically will DNF a book around the 20% mark, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less. I think that’s usually enough for me to know for sure that I’m not interested anymore. A few of these DNFs are books where the audio narrator wasn’t for me or the writing style wasn’t what I expected. One of these books was “out of my norm” so I’m not surprised it didn’t work for me either. Regardless of the reason, keep reading to see the “mini Goodreads reviews” that I posted when I stopped reading. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox DNF at 35%. Yikes, this was nothing like I expected. I feel so weird right now. I was expecting something witchy and creepy, but this gave me the heebie-jeebies in a totally different way. I strongly disliked all of the characters initially and then the story took a few turns I don’t currently want to read about. I can’t fault the book though; I knew this wasn’t in my wheelhouse and decided to read it to get out of my comfort zone. Many, many others have enjoyed it! I truly think if gothic historical fiction with (apparently, later on) witchiness is your thing, give it a shot. Leah […]

Five Star Predictions

Posted December 10, 2018 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
Five Star Predictions

Post found on Pretty Deadly Reviews | Inspired by Mercy’s Bookish Musings My Post from last year found HERE Inspired by a post I read last year, I went ahead and made my own version. I’m here again to do the same thing this year! The premise here is that I will predict which books I think will earn a five star rating from me in 2019. I have been a lot pickier about my books lately, so I feel like many will end up as 4.5 star reads, but here’s why I think these will be rated highly – (a) the premise sounds RIGHT up my alley, like a super Lauren-book, (b) it’s from a favorite author, and/or (c) the book already has mostly five star reviews from friends with similar tastes. Let’s get to it!    Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young | As you know (especially from last year’s post), Young is one of my favorite authors and she realistically has not disappointed me yet. I got a copy of GIRLS recently and I guarantee I’ll be reading it ASAP in the new year. It seems like a powerful story that could earn five stars. Finale by Stephanie Garber | I’m happy that the CARAVAL universe is expanding once more! After rereading book one before starting book two this year, they were cemented in the “favorites” list. I didn’t love LEGENDARY quite as much as its predecessor but I have super high hopes for the finale (ha!). Famous in […]