February 2018 TBR

Picture_20180203_224706655Hey everyone! After taking a long break from TBR lists, I decided that this month I felt like giving it a try again.  My goal is to read 8 books this month but I wanted to leave a little room for a couple spontaneous reads since I tend to be a mood reader.


These are the books I am really hoping to read this month.  Most of them are ones that I’ve been putting off for no particular reason but am really excited to finally get into them.  Links go to Goodreads.

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I feel so behind on this series.  I loved the first 4 books but for whatever reason I ended up setting this one off to the side.  With the series ending this year I really want to get caught up with this one and Tower of Dawn.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I loved Truthwitch!! I wanted to wait until book 3 was released before I read Windwitch but the publication got pushed back and with the prequel coming out, I decided I was finally ready to start this one.
  • Blackbringer by Laini Taylor – This was a more recent edition to my collection.  After reading Strange the Dreamer last year and falling madly in love with it I have wanted to devour everything that Laini has ever written.  I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition sometime this month.
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I received this as a review copy through LibraryThing months ago but was in a weird place with how I felt towards review copies so I wanted to wait until I had a break from them before diving into this one because it sounds absolutely amazing.
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I had hoped to read this one closer to when I read and loved Mistborn but of course other things cropped up and this one got set to the side.  Kind of easy to do with how big my TBR is.

What books are on your TBR for this month if you make one?


Shelf Control – February 1, 2018

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

12813630Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 419 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I don’t even remember exactly but it’s been on my TBR for at least 2 years.

Why I Want To Read It: I originally bought it because vampires… but I recently read my first Holly Black book (The Cruel Prince) and loved it so much that I want to read everything that she has ever written.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – January 25, 2018

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

17261190Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1)
   Jay Kristoff
Published: Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Length: 352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Stormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War, introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. When hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over. Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.  Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, the girl Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: June 2016 but added to TBR April 2016

Why I Want To Read It: I LOVE Jay Kristoff’s writing and all of his other books so I really wanted to read this trilogy but for whatever reason, I’ve set it off to the side.  My goal is to read it either in February or March.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – January 18, 2018

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

WOW! It has been a very long time since my last one of these posts! Oops! One of my main goals for the year is to concentrate on my own unread books so I have made a list of my priority TBR which consists of many books that have been untouched for a year or more.

22544764Title: Uprooted
   Naomi Novik
Published: Published May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
Length: 438 Pages

Goodreads Summary: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: September 2016 but added to TBR August 2015

Why I Want To Read It: I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I’m a big high fanstasy lover and this one sounds like it is totally up my alley.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

2018 When Are You Reading TBR

when-are-you-reading-2018Hey everyone! In my last post I decided to join in on the 2018 When Are You Reading challenge hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.  Today I’m coming back at you with my proposed TBR to complete the challenge!  These are all books I’m really excited to finally read that have been sitting neglected on my shelves for awhile.  For my challenge I will be reading these times as when the book takes place, rather than the time they were published.  Maybe another time I will try it the other way around but for now while I’m also focusing on reading my unread owned books the time setting is going to work better for me.  For added interest, I added the year the book takes place and also where it takes place.

 (Links go to the book’s Goodreads page)


There you have it! Technically I’ve already read three books in the 2000-Present range but I wanted to read Big Little Lies this year anyways before I watch the mini series so for the sake of the photo and TBR I added it there.  I’m currently in the middle of three of these books (Shadow of Night, IT, and Between Shades of Gray) so I’ll be checking off some of these books pretty soon!


Have you read any of these books?  What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels?