Category: TBR Lists

Top Ten Tuesdays #293: 10th Anniversary

Top Ten Tuesdays #293: 10th Anniversary

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! 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. It’s the 10th anniversary of Top Ten Tuesday this year, so we were tasked with looking at old topics and using them for this week. It could be picking an old one you missed, updating a past topic that you’ve done, or adding ten more books to a previous list. I’ve done various posts like slump-busters or books I couldn’t put down, and given that this year has been garbage for reading, I thought I’d do another one of these. Here are the recent books that grabbed me, I couldn’t put them down, and they helped break my slump a little bit.  

TTT: Summer TBR Part Two (Aug/Sept)

Posted June 17, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
TTT: Summer TBR Part Two (Aug/Sept)

I usually don’t mind including more than ten books in a TTT but there are just SO many good summertime releases to highlight on my TBR (like… more than 20)! I thought it would be more fun to spread the love between two posts this week to share the books from June/July yesterday and August/September today. I’m going through the technical end of summer (September 22nd). August They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman | Umm, Gossip Girl meets One of Us is Lying? Sold. Super duper sold on this one. It’s a murder mystery set at a prep school on Long Island. I am SO excited for this – cannot wait. More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood | I’m intrigued by this one – I don’t usually read books from a male POV but this one sounds good. The main character tries to become a “renaissance man” to prove to his longtime crush (and her family) that he’s worth her attention, but he ends up falling for his “tutor.” The Love Scam by Maryjanice Davidson | I have to admit that I love the cover more than the synopsis, but it does seem interesting! I think the gist is that a guy starts getting scammed by someone and then people fall in love… lol. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim | Okay I’m nervous about this one. I was obsessed with the cover and premise for her debut but I ended up not really loving it […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #292: Summer TBR Part One (June/July)

Top Ten Tuesdays #292: Summer TBR Part One (June/July)

Books on my Summer TBR 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 love making TBR posts even when my reading is hot garbage. I ended up with over twenty books to highlight between late June and late-ish September, so I decided to split this summer TBR into two posts! You’ll see the books from late June and July today, and books from August and September (through the 22nd) tomorrow. Late June You Say it First by Katie Cotugno | I’m a huge fan of her work and this cover is adorable. I can’t tell if it’s really the “people from opposite ends of the political spectrum come together and work it out” kind of book – it seems like it’s on the verge but mostly centers around them having conversations about a variety of topics. Summer at Lake Haven by RaeAnne Thayne | Another season, another time I’m surprised by a new Haven Point book! She keeps releasing them and I’m always excited 🙂 I’m jazzed to read about Samantha too! Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | I didn’t read her last release, which many people loved, but this one seems more up my alley – it’s a thriller where a girl returns to […]

June TBR

Posted June 3, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 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. Last month’s progress and approach for June: Lol I read TWO books from my TBR for May. I spent most of my time reading two cookbooks, one graphic novel, and one coffee table book. The others were random picks that I was in the mood for at the time. I’ve decided to follow along with my reading in May and just read whatever comes to mind, but following specific categories (like I used to do). There is one book that I have to read for book club, below, and then I’ll discuss each of the bookish categories I hope to follow and read ten books in June. Must Read THE DECK OF OMENS has been on my TBR since it was released but I just haven’t gotten to it. We chose it for our virtual book club this month since we read the first book together recently. I will definitely be going back-and-forth with the physical copy I ordered and the audiobook. TBR Category Method for June Sometimes it works best for me to choose a bunch of categories and make it a goal to read a book that fits within that […]

May TBR

Posted April 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
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. Last month’s progress: SIGH. WHAT IS READING?! I go through phases where I read a REALLY good book and it inspires me to read 1-2 more in a row, and then I stop reading for like a week. It’s frustrating as hell. I actually didn’t fully stick to my TBR last month either because I kept switching things around for the Magical Readathon, which I did complete! Woohoo! I also managed to read all of the egalleys I listed in my review copy section, except for one. Another score! Non-Review April Leftovers I had this listed last month for the Magical Readathon (and other reasons) but I never got to them. I’m keeping THE DECK OF OMENS, HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD, and THE ART OF LAINEY on my May TBR, but I’m not sure that I’ll read them… as usual. I’m hoping to get to DECK as soon as possible since I have the audio and physical copy to mix in throughout the month. Review Copies Super impressed that I read all of my egalleys last month except one! This month has a lot of new releases but there were quite a few […]

April TBR

Posted March 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 3 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. Last month’s progress: Woof y’all. Yes, I did a good job of sticking directly to my TBR for the most part (especially where it counts, like the review copies and blog tours)… but my reading is still kind of shitty. There are some moments or days where I’m in the mood to read, but the whole COVID-19 thing has not motivated me. I wrote a post on this actually. Anywaysss I’m behind on my reading challenge and just hoping this is a season of poor reading instead of a permanent change in my reading life. We’ll see! Magical Readathon I signed up for the Magical Readathon (OWLS) the other day and listed a whole TBR over there to meet the prompts to become a Professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts 🧙🏼‍♀️🧹🤓 These books all fall under various potential prompts for the readathon, which you can read about on that post instead. THE DECK OF OMENS comes out this month and I’m super excited for it. HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD is from last month – more on that later. THE ART OF LAINEY is a super backlist book I have  to read […]

March TBR

Posted February 28, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 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. Last month’s progress: I got so bogged down trying to read KING OF CROWS (which is fine because it was wonderful) that I got super behind on my reading. I wish I was able to finish a book before KoC was published, because then I would have gotten on track. I spent the rest of the month constantly two books behind schedule and trying to catch up. I snuck in a short non-TBR book, which helped during my car rides, but overall it was a weird reading month. I was unmotivated to read for the majority of the month, so some TBR picks will carry over into this month. Review Copies I’ll be reading THE JUNE BOYS for the pub month and then ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS and SUPER ADJACENT for blog tours. My backlist choice is MARRIAGE ON MADISON AVENUE and my freebie is UNDERCOVER BROMANCE since it comes out this month too. I also was just added to another blog tour for the end of the month for THE SEA GLASS COTTAGE (not pictured but below). Required Reading Book Clubs We picked GHOSTED for my adult book club because one of the […]

February TBR

Posted January 31, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 6 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. Last month’s progress: I seriously stayed true to my TBR in January – wowee. I’m impressed. I usually take a lot of care in curating my “first month of a new year” TBR, so it makes sense that I worked it and stuck with it. I’ve already gotten started on one of the books on here because my library due date (digitally) is 2/3 and I wanted to be mostly done before the beginning of the month. Anyways, January was good! I got behind on my reading challenge once or twice but was always able to get ahead later. Review Copies Man, the beginning of the year really comes at you quickly! I suddenly had some February releases I really needed to hop on. STARTING OVER AT BLUEBERRY CREEK, BEEN THERE MARRIED THAT, and FOUL IS FAIR all come out in February. IN FIVE YEARS comes out in early March so it’s not too far out, but definitely want to get to this one in February. And as for the backlist title, I’m really trying to push myself to read ALL EYES ON US finally because I keep missing it and it fits a later challenge. […]

My 10 to Read in 2020

Posted January 30, 2020 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 8 Comments
My 10 to Read in 2020

I made a little challenge in a few years ago called the Must Read in 2016 Challenge – we all set out to read a very specific list of books that we REALLY needed to read in 2016. The idea was to include books from previous years that you were excited to read and never got around to, so you were resolving to READ THEM OR ELSE. It was not successful for me in any way because dang I STILL have not read some of those books. I’m working through my Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul personal challenge for this year, which has me picking 2-3 books per month based on a predetermined color (of the cover/spine of the book), reading a chapter, and deciding if I’ll immediately keep reading it or unhaul it. Nonetheless, there are plenty of books otherwise that I still really need to READ OR ELSE. It feels like I’m making TBR posts every damn day on this blog because of my challenges, readathon, monthly reading plans, etc., but this post is really just a quick way to share some books I genuinely hope to read in 2020 because it’s about damn time. In fact, it’s far PAST time. I saw Hannah posted the ten books she’s targeting to read in 2020  based on a hashtag/challenge from Kayla of Idle Wild Reads (#my10toreadin19). I don’t want to formally sign up for anything or include this in my list of challenges, but I thought it would be […]

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 […]