April 2021 TBR

Happy spring! It is hard to believe that it is already April 2021 but I’m definitely not complaining. I don’t know about you guys but I am so ready for spring. This has been one of the easiest winters for me in quite awhile but it’s still my least favorite season. Since I am still working from home, I didn’t have to drive to or from work in any snowstorms and am so grateful to have had at least one winter off from that. But enough about that… Today I am presenting to you my April 2021 TBR in all its singular glory. That’s right, folks, there is indeed only ONE book on my TBR this month. And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke! 🙂

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a mighty tome that I have been wanting to read for many years now and I decided that this would finally be the year that I would make it happen. I spent the past few months consuming books in the attempt to get a good start on my Goodreads reading challenge before I would have to devote a lot of time to reading this Russian classic. Clocking in at 1,440 pages, I knew that I would need to block off at least a few weeks, if not more. A couple of weeks ago I sat down with my copy and in addition to relaxing the spine a bit to prevent the dreaded broken spine, I also leafed through and tabbed off the volumes and parts of the novel in an effort to come up with a loose schedule for reading it. There are 4 volumes plus an epilogue and within those are 17 parts total. I figure that if I can read one part every couple of days, I will need just a little over a month to complete the entire book. Once I start reading it I will be able to better gauge how quickly I can read it or how slowly I want to take it. From what I’ve gathered doing research on this book, this is not one to rush through.

When I first decided to read War and Peace this year, I wanted to do a little research on the different translations to find the right one for me. This article from Tolstoy Therapy really helped me start to narrow down the translation I wanted to read. I already owned a used copy of the Aylmer and Louise Maude translation but after finding a blog post by The Ardent Biblio where the author included a single line from three of the more popular translations, I decided that it was not the translation for me. I ended up choosing the Anthony Briggs translation which just seems to flow a little better for me. If you are wanting to read this book, I highly recommend doing some research to decide which translation will fit better for you. What works for me may not work for you or the next person.

I am really excited to get started on this book and I am hoping to do a few updates here on the blog and Instagram as I read.

Are you a fan of reading the classics? What’s the biggest book you have ever read?

21 Books In 2021 Challenge

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since my last post. What can I say, 2020 was a doozy. My hope this year is to be more active here but at the same time still keep things low key and as stress free as possible. This is supposed to be fun 🙂

My first post for 2021 is a reading challenge that I have been seeing around both in the blogging world and on Instagram. It seems like the perfect way to knock off some books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long as well as books I acquired last year that I had fully intended on reading in 2020. My full reading goal for the year is 75 books so this will be only a fraction of what I hope to read this year. This challenge is pretty self-explanatory… to choose 21 books that you want to read in 2021.

I feel like this is a pretty good mix of genres so I should be able to fit all of my moods whenever they strike. What books are you hoping to read this year that you haven’t gotten around to in years past?

Halloween TBR

Happy October everyone! I absolutely love this time of year. Everything about fall is fantastic to me. One of my favorite things to do is to pick out some spooky and thrilling books to read all month long. I’m not so great at following through with my TBRs but I am most successful with my Halloween TBRs. I think I’ve picked some really great books, including a couple I don’t have in hand yet.

I have a couple other books that I will also be reading this month that I am super excited about:

What books do you plan to read this month?

20 Books of Summer: 2020

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Hello! I’m here for another attempt at the 20 Books of Summer challenge! I don’t know that I’ve ever read all of the books I’ve picked for my challenge TBR but it’s fun to put them together anyways. I am a mood reader so I put together a different variety of genres to keep me interested all summer long. I will also be focusing on ARCs as I mentioned in my last post but I decided not to include those in this list. So here we have my book choices for the next three months. I don’t have them in any particular order so I will just pick and choose throughout the list as I go. The two books marked with an * are books I need to read before two of the ARCs on my list for June.

(All links are to each book’s Goodreads page)

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  1. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  2. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  3. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  4. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan
  7. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  8. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  9. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Misery by Stephen King
  11. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike*
  12. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  13. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  14. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
  15. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  16. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  17. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  18. DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff*
  19. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  20. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The following are the ARCs that I will be focusing on for the month of June. As I mentioned above, two of these ARCs I need to read a preceding book for and I included those books in my challenge TBR, marked with an *. I also marked the corresponding ARCs with an *. I put these in order of publication date and my plan is to read them in this exact order.

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  1. Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
  2. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
  3. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
  4. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  5. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  6. The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
  7. TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff*
  8. The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike*

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Have you read any of the books on my list?

 

 

February 2020 TBR

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February is finally here! January seemed to drag on forever and ever. I had a great reading month starting off the year with 27 books read (thank you audiobooks haha). I’ll probably hit a few slow spots this year as is my usual way with reading so I’m glad I’ll have some extra cushion for those times so I can still meet my goal for the whole year. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, I am a mood reader 100% so TBRs don’t always work out for me. I try to keep them pretty loose and just go with the flow. I don’t force myself to stick to my TBR if I’m not in the mood for what I had originally picked. For right now, I’m feeling pretty much locked on to fantasy so this is my plan for the month.

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  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I also have an eARC for Ruthless Gods, the sequel to Wicked Saints so I may fit that in this month, too. I will also still be working on finishing my reread of Gone With The Wind. That one has taken a little bit of a backseat the last couple weeks of January so I’m looking forward to picking it back up.

Have you read any of these books? What books are you planning to read in February?