Category: Book Lists

Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

Posted January 15, 2020 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

Just like last year, I decided I should make a big ol post about TBR ideas for the Popsugar Reading Challenge! Sometimes it just helps me to circle back and remember what my ideas were at the beginning of the years if I start to get lost later on. I was REALLY excited to see this list because all of the prompts seem attainable this year. Seriously, I’d probably read *most* of these without a lot of prompting. Other resources: Popsugar Reading Challenge post and Popsugar Goodreads Group TBR Ideas A book published in 2020 This is one I’ll be sure to cross off right away, as I tend to read new releases pretty frequently! I decided to list some January titles I’m excited about since I’m sure that’s when I’ll check this box off. It could be ONE OF US IS NEXT, A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN, or A CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS. A book by a trans or nonbinary author I struggle with heavier contemporaries like I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST but I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I think the likely option for me based on my existing TBR will be OVER THE TOP by JVN because they identify as nonbinary.   A book about a book club I’ve been seriously meaning to read THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY for while and I don’t really know why, but that will work here. I also have an egalley of UNDERCOVER BROMANCE, which involves […]

Five Star Predictions

Posted January 6, 2020 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
Five Star Predictions

Post found on Pretty Deadly Reviews | Inspired by Mercy’s Bookish Musings For the past few years, I’ve written some prediction posts at the end of the year to predict which books I may rate five stars in the following year. They’re all upcoming releases and usually from authors I already know, love, and have rated many books five-stars from. I did alright with 2019 predictions, with MOST of the books coming between 4-5 stars. Here I go again, this time for 2020 releases… I decided to order them from the most likely to be five stars, down to the ones that maybe are wishful thinking but still have a good chance. The King of Crows by Libba Bray | This series has been such a wonderful experience. I loved Bray’s writing before, but holy crap – she is so damn SMART. I loved the first book, seriously enjoyed the second, loved the third… I’m hoping she REALLY gets me with the final book. I’m simultaneously not ready at all and also cannot wait. Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young | As you saw in last year’s post and the recent update, I was spot-on in assuming that the first book in this series would be a five-star read. I was blown away. I’m continuing to hope and assume Young will knock my socks off yet again in book two! Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally | I adored the Hundred Oaks series even though there were a […]

January TBR

Posted December 26, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
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. Last month’s progress: I definitely blew it with my challenges for the end of the year because honestly I just stopped caring about forcing myself to complete them. I did a reallllly good job with my holiday books and review copies though! I was able to squeeze in so many Christmassy books. Review Copies I have quite a few books publishing in January for review (those seriously creep on me every year!) so that’s mostly what you’ll see here instead of the usual breakdown of review copy variety. MERMAID INN, YOU WERE THERE TOO, and TWEET CUTE are all publishing in January. BLITZED is from December (didn’t have time with my holiday romances, whoops!). I usually keep this section for egalleys only but I’m including GIRLS WITH RAZOR HEARTS in this section because it’s going to be my first book of 2020 and it’s an ARC publishing in March. Required Reading Book Clubs My YA book club is going to continue the Cursebreakers series when A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN releases in early January. My adult/mystery/women’s fiction book club hasn’t made a final decision on our book yet, so I’ll probably […]

Books I Should’ve Read in 2019

Posted November 28, 2019 / Book Lists, Features / 7 Comments
Books I Should’ve Read in 2019

I would usually make a TBR post at this point of every month, but my holiday TBR list and challenge-related TBR posts went live recently (and they’re pretty all-encompassing). No need to reinvent the wheel here and share the same TBRs! I thought that INSTEAD of a December TBR, I’d reflect on all of the books I should have read in 2019. Or, maybe some books I would get to in December if it wasn’t fully planned out for Christmas novels. I DID do a pretty great job of reading *most* of my highly anticipated books in 2019, but a few escaped me somehow. I usually keep at least one Kasie West book on the back burner for when I need a quick and enjoyable audiobook I wasn’t planning for, so I’m not super surprised I didn’t read FAME, FATE, AND THE FIRST KISS, but I currently have more than one KW book waiting for me. The other 2019 release I definitely should have read was HOPE AND OTHER PUNCH LINES by Julie Buxbaum because I’ve loved her writing so far. I was super excited for this one and am not sure how I managed to avoid reading it this year. Lastly, I should have read I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman in 2018, which means I definitely should have read it this year! Whoops. How am I sleeping on this one?! As you can tell, there are quite a few books I was jazzed up for and just never got around […]

Holidays 2019 | To Read & Watch, Readathons, Etc.

Posted November 18, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 5 Comments
Holidays 2019 | To Read & Watch, Readathons, Etc.

Usually I’m getting jazzed up for Christmas in September and forcing myself to wait until at least Halloween, but this year I’ve been feeling weird! I’m not super duper into the holiday spirit like I expected, post-Halloween. I’ve been listening to my holiday music since 11/1 and hopefully reading some holiday books at the end of the month PLUS decorating this week will be helpful. Here we go – onto the usual holiday fun and plans! I have a system right now for scheduling my reading through the end of the year, which includes ranking and prioritizing my holiday reads. I’ll show you the priority reads and review copies (generally one in the same) then all the books I’d LIKE to get to. Scribd actually has a lot of these on audio and I don’t usually listen to holiday audiobooks since I have other stories to continue reading in December. BUT this year I’ve done a lovely job of finishing up challenges nice and early, allowing December to basically be 90% Christmas books. I have a good amount of review copies this season! The book I’ll be starting with, as a quick novella before December, is The Matchmaker’s Mistletoe Mission. I’ll be hosting a readalong of All I Want for Christmas is You with Forever Romance in early December, so be on the lookout for that! I’m participating in a holiday blog tour with Harlequin to share A Wedding in December and Coming Home for Christmas in December, and then The Little Bookshop on the Siene in early January. […]

Did My 2019 Five Star Predictions Come True?

Posted November 14, 2019 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
Did My 2019 Five Star Predictions Come True?

Post found on Pretty Deadly Reviews | Inspired by Mercy’s Bookish Musings For the past few years, I’ve written some prediction posts at the end of the year to predict which books I may rate five stars in the following year. They’re all upcoming releases and usually from authors I already know, love, and have rated many books five-stars from. I usually count is as a win if I end up in the 4-5 star area for these predictions. Let’s see how I did from 2019 releases! Five Stars, Baby! Honestly, if you had asked me when reading my 2019 prediction post which book would be MOST likely to be five stars if I had to pick one, it would have been Girls with Sharp Sticks. I truly have loved everything written by Young and this book was unbelievable. Easily one of her very best. If you haven’t read it yet, pleaseeeee do. There’s Something About Sweetie was SO DAMN GOOD and pulled at my heartstrings continuously. It was really hard to read at times but just so well done and realistic. I adored Ashish AND Sweetie so much. So Close: 4.5 Stars Hooo boy was I ready to get inside Nikolai’s head with King of Scars! The cover is so stunning. I believe it did take me forever to read because hello Lauren does not read fantasy in a timely manner. This book was so excellent and lived up to juuuust about every expectation I had for it. I can’t […]

November + Non-Holiday December TBR

Posted October 31, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
November + Non-Holiday December 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 Progress Finally feeling good from October! I managed to pull from my TBR, pretty much exclusively, and read a LOT of books. I didn’t finish STEPSISTER after getting about 8% through. It wasn’t bad, just not in the mood for it really. I also am still reading IMAGINARY FRIEND. Otherwise, I fullllly booked out my reading month and it made a world of difference. As you can tell from the title, I’m going to put all of my November reads AND my December non-holiday reads into this TBR post. I plan on reading mostly Christmassy books throughout December and didn’t feel like duplicating with a December TBR that looks like my same holiday TBR post (coming late November). I spoke about how I plan to finish up my challenges in October/November recently, so you’ll see some books on here too. Up Next in November-December Review Copies The Pretenders by Hanover | The Bromance Book Club by Adams Ricochet by Berla | Blitzed by Martin I’ll definitely be focusing on review copies of Christmas books in December, so I probably won’t get to anything else… but here are some options for November […]

2020 Releases I Can’t Wait For

Posted October 21, 2019 / Book Lists, Features / 12 Comments
2020 Releases I Can’t Wait For

Here to fuck all of your TBRs up again, y’all! Sorry, I am definitely not sorry. We’re all in this together. I recently saw a decent amount of 2020 releases get announced and/or obtain gorgeous covers, so I thought I’d throw some of them your way. I’m only doing January for June because my list got a little out of control.   We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding | January 2020 Synopsis excerpt: Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. This book will probably be sad and I hope not super confusing – going forward and time for some chapters and going back in time for others sounds right up my alley though! As you’ll probably hear a million times in this post, I love this cover too. Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward | January 2020 Synopsis excerpt: Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she’s been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby — one who fell, but didn’t survive. I’m a sucker for mysterious-accident-related-memory-loss books! I’m intrigued by the boyfriend that the other half of the synopsis mentions. I’m pretty bad about actually reading mystery books after they get put on my TBR so hopefully […]

October TBR

Posted September 26, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 Comments
October 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 Progress September was another garbage reading month. I’m burnt out and just in the mood to be lazy with videos and podcasts instead of reading. I also should give myself a break every September and have zero reading expectations in general since my life gets super busy! Anyways, I made a strong push at the end of the month thanks to Contemporary-a-thon and managed to get some shit read. (Yes, I posted this earlier and am HOPING to finish a few of these on here lol bye) Up Next in October Review Copies Mooncakes by Walker | All Eyes on Us by Frick | Ricochet by Berla The Map From Here to There by Lord | His Hideous Heart by Adler  I did a terrible job of tracking things and actually looking at / following my TBR from September, so you’ll see some rollovers on here too. I have a couple plans with these though. I might read MOONCAKES specifically on Halloween or right around then. I also will be splitting HIS HIDEOUS HEART into maybe two stories a week throughout the month, or a story per day depending on my […]

Fall Bingo TBR Ideas

Posted September 16, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
Fall Bingo TBR Ideas

Another season, another round of bookish bingo! Bekka posted the new card on Twitter instead of on her blog this time around, so go check that out! As usual, this is mostly updated (as of 9/13’s finished books and current reads) with what I’ve read for the first half of September. My TBR ideas are subject to change of course! Read or Currently Reading Paranormal | Lair of Dreams by Bray I finished LAIR OF DREAMS this month for the Diviners Readalong. I’ve said it a hundred times by now, but I never should have slept on this series. I love it so much. The first book is my favorite of these two so far, but I am prepared for shit to get real in the next two books. Non-linear narrative | Girls’ Night Out by Steinke / Fenton This story alternated between three friends, but one of them went missing. Her perspective was in the past while the other two characters were primarily in the present day, after she went missing and they’re tying to find her. Definitely non-linear with these snapshots of the past! Author of color | Of Curses and Kisses by Menon I’m currently reading this one and I guess I could say I’m savoring it… but really I just haven’t been in the mood to read anything… even a book by one of my favorite authors. It’s intriguing so far and has a completely different feel than her other books! Reread | The Darkest Part of the […]