Category: TBR Lists

Whipping Netgalley into Shape – 80% Here I Come

Posted January 7, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 Comments
Whipping Netgalley into Shape – 80% Here I Come

I wrote in my recent resolutions post that I really want to get my Negalley ratio up to 80%. I’m pretty proud of myself for currently being at 74% – that’s honestly quite a good number! I thought it would be fun and motivational for me to take a look at the egalleys I have on my Kindle, pick out 15 that I definitely still want to read, and develop a little TBR. A few are not released yet and I have real plans to read them ahead of their pub date. I’m going to attempt to not request any more books unless they’re ones I’d read literally ASAP when approved! This is obviously also not an exhaustive list of egalleys I have or books that are coming out soon, more just like ones to get excited about finally reading! Not Published Yet I’m actually reading REUNITED ON DRAGONFLY LANE this week! I’m so bummed to leave Sweetwater Springs behind but her next series sounds just as atmospheric. LIFE’S TOO SHORT is the final book following these characters and I loved the second book (compared to the first) so hopefully this one is just as good. A PHO LOVE STORY – man, I literally remember when this was announced and I was so so so excited. The fact that it’s been on my Kindle for months and I still haven’t read it super early??? Dang. And THE MEET-CUTE PROJECT comes out very soon. Gotta get going on it. Backlist I […]

January TBR

Posted January 6, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 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 I completely forgot to make a TBR for January since I didn’t technically post/write one in December – I kept my EOY TBR for both months including all of the holiday books I wanted to read. I always feel very refreshed at the start of the year but am still carrying over some books I wanted to read in December. Owned Books to Read The first four books in this section are from December. I was hoping to read them but holiday books got in the way. I own physical copies of all of these (KISS MY CUPCAKE, SEX AND VANITY, MAJESTY, and INSTANT KARMA), plus I got a copy of THE WIFE UPSTAIRS from Book of the Month. Review Copies I fine-tuned this list a bit because I have some that I’m really excited for and hope to get to this month. SNAPPED already came out and A PHO LOVE STORY is upcoming. REUINTED ON DRAGONFLY LANE is a late Jauary release. SANDCASTLE BEACH (currently reading at the time of finally writing this post!) doesn’t come out for a few months. I just knew I needed to read some […]

Holidays 2020 | To Read & Watch, Readathons, Etc.

Posted November 11, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 Comments
Holidays 2020 | 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’ve already read two holiday books (the two novellas below) and some of these are review copies. I thought it made more sense to hire new releases since I’m generally focusing on them! I’m looking forward to reading A Princess for Christmas because Jenny Holiday has become a go-to author for me. There are a lot of books involving twelve things – The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, 12 Men for Christmas, and The Twelve Dates of Christmas. All sound great! I have review copies for the dog one, as well as In a Holidaze and Season of Joy. I read Booked for Christmas and The Christmas Wish already. The latter is a series-starter so I may read the first book and then read A Very Merry Match after. Two of my favorite holiday authors are at it again, so I’ll be reading Christmas at Fireside Cabins and Christmas at Holiday House. Finally, I just hope to read One Way or Another because it sounds cute. Christmas in Vermont // Christmas Camp // Christmas Shopaholic Prince in Disguise // 25 Days til Christmas // We Met in December Most, if not all? of […]

EOY (November & December) TBR

Posted November 6, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 3 Comments
EOY (November & 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. November & December – End-of-Year TBR When I realized I had an even thirty books to read in the last two months – wooooof – I thought it would be helpful to just list out what those books might be, based on a few different categories. I have a ton of holiday books, as always, plus leftover egalleys, owned books, and other recent released I’d like to get to. there are a few extras because I never know what mood will strike. Here we go! Holiday Reads I actually already finished BOOKED FOR CHRISTMAS and THE CHRISTMAS WISH. They’re novellas so I thought it’d be nice to kick off November with two quick reads right off the bat. IN A HOLIDAZE and SEASON OF JOY are both review copies. CHRISTMAS AT HOLIDAY HOUSE is a must-read as the next book in the Haven Point series. THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS is a preorder I have coming soon from Vroman’s (an indie bookstore that needed our help!). CHRISTMAS AT FIRESIDE CABINS is the newest Christmas book from Jenny Hale, so you know that’s on my list. The last three below are new releases […]

October TBR

Posted September 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
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. ARCs I had WELL PLAYED and THE BLACK KIDS on here last month but good lord, my reading is so terrible. I have so many egalleys I’m behind on that I really need to get my shit together. I’m also adding TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW because I’ve been in the mood to finally pick it up. For the sake of variety, I’m adding SNAPPED, LOVE YOUR LIFE, and SORRY NOT SORRY as more ARC options for the month of October. All of these are adult contemporary or rom-coms so hopefully they’ll keep me going. Recent Releases – Owned I spoke about KISS MY CUPCAKE and SEX AND VANITY last month but didn’t get to them. I wasn’t sure if I would purchase MAJESTY, but I ended up snagging the ebook. Add it to the list of books I now own and need to read! Woof. Get a grip, Lauren! Recent Releases – To Buy/Borrow I know I want to read DEAR JUSTYCE as soon as possible because I loved DEAR MARTIN. I’m sure it’ll be quick and powerful at the same time. As for other somewhat recent releases that I hope to buy […]

September TBR

Posted September 2, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
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. ARCs I have a handful of egalleys I should read, but I think these are the ones I’m most likely to target. WELL PLAYED comes out soonish so it’d be good to be more on top of things lol. YOU HAVE A MATCH comes out next year, whoops, but I can’t wait much longer to read a new Emma Lord. And finally, THE BLACK KIDS came out last month and I want to get to it. Recent Releases – Owned I bought a lot of books over the last few months, which is different for me, but I hope to read them soon. KISS MY CUPCAKE is by a favorite author and I can’t wait to dive in! SEX AND VANITY is the latest from Kevin Kwan – I’ve been curious to read more since his first series. SUMMER AT LAKE HAVEN obviously continues the Haven Point series that I love so much. And lastly, I’m currently reading THE INHERITANCE GAMES. I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes and a friend helped me borrow an ARC of this one, so I’m reading it now. It just came out yesterday. Recent Releases – To Buy/Borrow […]

August TBR

Posted July 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 5 Comments
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. ARC August As always, I’m participating in ARC August! It’s been hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat for many years at this point and I’m pretty sure I’ve participated every year? As you may have guessed, it’s a month-long challenge to focus on reading review copies. I thought it would be easier to highlight some books here using my new Netgalley Shelf app. I did already read COBBLE HILL, so ignore that one, but these are some that I hope to read in time lol. I’ve been decent about reading review copies, even though I’m not reading much. Here are some of the top books on my TBR: The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald Simmer Down by Sarah Smith You Have a Match by Emma Lord Float Plan by Trish Doller The Black Kids by Christine Reed Recommended for You by Laura Silverman Well Played by Jen DeLuca My goal is to try to read 6 review copies during August. My reading has been so minimal that I’m barely even reading 6 a month, but I would rather have all of my reads be egalleys than have overdue books […]

July TBR

Posted July 10, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
July 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. Update from June, Moving Forward to July: June was another horrible reading month – the worst in quite a few years… since I started blogging maybe? Five books! I read some good ones though, so I can’t complain about most of the quality… I decided to pull my leftovers from June that I want to read and a few books I hope to get to in July. No categories of any kind, just books. Must Read My only must-read book, technically, is for book club. We selected THE FELL OF DARK. It comes out next week so I’ll probably try to read it right away. I haven’t preordered it yet because I want to see if it ends up on Scribd or through the library, but I’ll buy it if needed! Leftovers from June to Read I didn’t even glance at my TBR page for June when picking out my next read, so the category method didn’t fully work for me. The books I did read came from it, for the most part, so whatever works! Here are some leftovers I didn’t get to that I really hope to read in July: […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #295: Most-Read Authors

Top Ten Tuesdays #295: Most-Read Authors

Most-Read Authors (Recently/Overall) 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’m always interested in revisiting this stat when the prompt comes around! I feel like I used to read so many long-running series like Gossip Girl and The A-List with millions of books, so those super random authors would be in my top list. Goodreads removed the most read authors feature so I decided to look at some of the books I’ve read in recent years and think about my go-to authors. This isn’t a technical list where I sorted and counted, but a general idea! Sara Shepard I have to include Shepard as my most-read author, even just because of the endless Pretty Little Liars series. I’ve continued to read all of her releases (yes I’m two behind right now) too, so there’s about a million books read by Shepard. Cecily von Ziegesar After reading Gossip Girl and the many spin-offs, I was wondering what she’d write in the future! She finally has a release coming out this October and I’m reading an egalley as we speak. I love the cover and it’s awesome to see her stick to the rich-ish NYC themes I loved so much (and hated because good lord), but it’s definitely more adult. […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #294: Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesdays #294: Anticipated Releases

Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020 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 feel like so many pub dates have shifted that a lot of my books from my post for the first half of 2020 would move into this list! I’ve decided to keep this list away from those books (to highlight more), since I already posted about them. I also am going to avoid review copies AND books from my Summer TBR posts (here and here). Therefore, we’re looking at books being published between late September and December. I absolutely couldn’t put down Dear Martin when I read it so you know Dear Justyce is on my list. I hope it’s equally impactful and quick to read! I’m super excited for A Deadly Education because it sounds similar to Harry Potter with a wizarding school. Gorgeous cover too! Simmer Down focuses on the food truck scene, which is something I’m super into in general, so this will be awesome. Another fun cover too! I love books set over the course of one day, and This Is All Your Fault involves saving an indie bookstore too. Sounds right up my alley. The Truth Project is another one that drew me in because it’s a bit of Lauren-bait. DNA results come back and […]