December 2019 TBR

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Happy December everyone! I can’t believe we are starting the last month of 2019 already. This year has gone by crazy fast. Last month I had a HORRIBLE month of reading. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know I participated in this fall reading bingo in September and October…. well I completely overdid it (got a blackout) so once November hit, I had zero desire to read anything. The books I did try to read didn’t exactly go very well. I started The Scorpio Races on November 1st to go along with the setting of the book but I just could not get into it. I’m still only about a third of the way through it and I haven’t touched the book since November 8th. I did start and finish The Wives by Tarryn Fisher though. I was lucky enough to receive an eARC from the publisher and really enjoyed it. Check out my review here. I also started another eARC that I was excited to get approved for but that has been slow going as well. Not that the book isn’t good… I just don’t feel like reading.

But I am hoping to turn things around in December because what’s better than curling up with a cozy blanket and a good book on a cold, snowy night. I’m putting together a very loose TBR so I have some options but also have a general idea of what I want to try and read this month. I have some review copies piling up so I would like to focus on getting those read. A couple of them are sequels to books I haven’t read yet so I’m also going to add in the first book for those.

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  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – First off I need to finish this eARC since the book was already published on November 5th. So far I’m really intrigued by this Arthur retelling.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer graphic novel – I want to get this one read but you won’t be seeing my review until it is released per publisher’s request so hang in there until January 7th.
  • The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey – I was invited to read this from St. Martin’s Press and it sounds so good that I accepted. It also turns out to be one of the choices for Book of the Month this month so it must be good! This one publishes on December 10th so look for a review sometime around then.
  • Blood Countess by Lana Popovic – Ever since I saw the movie Stay Alive, I’ve had a weird interest in Countess Elizabeth Bathory so I am really excited to read this one. This one is scheduled for publication on January 28th.

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  • Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan  – I’ve been really looking forward to this one and now since I was approved for the eARC of the sequel, I’m even more excited! Ruthless Gods is going to be published on April 7th so I may put that one on the back burner until I can get through a few more of these that are going to be published sooner. But I may end up loving Wicked Saints so much that I won’t be able to wait.

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  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – I bought A Curse So Dark and Lonely shortly after it was published because it sounded so good and look at that cover… I then got an ARC of the sequel that is due to be published January 7th so I am thrilled to get to these two this month.

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  • One More River To Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick – This one I got a couple months ago from the publisher through LibraryThing. I’ve been putting it off because it didn’t quite fit into the bingo I was doing and then in November I just wasn’t feeling reading at all. This one published on September 3rd.

I’m also leaving things open for myself to read any of the books that I’ve purchased in 2019 but haven’t read yet. There were so many that I was excited for but had to put on hold because I didn’t want to attempt them when I wasn’t in the mood to read. Some of those may include:

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What are you planning to read in December?

October 2019 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

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Time for another readathon! I always look forward to participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon because I love being able to read all day long. This one is happening this Saturday, October 26th. Unfortunately I do have a few plans on Saturday so I won’t be able to spend the entire day reading but I am planning to read for as much as I possibly can. I’m not really going to set any goals for myself like I usually do but I did pull together a little TBR to read from. I will be starting Teeth in the Mist sometime during the week but I am including it in my TBR because I’m not sure if I will be able to finish it by Saturday.

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books. I’m not sure which ones I will be able to get to but since I am a mood reader I wanted to give myself plenty of options to choose from. I will be working on finishing Teeth in the Mist first and then go from there.


Are you participating in this round of Dewey’s? Do you like to participate in readathons?

 

October 2019 TBR

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Okay, well it’s almost Halloween so I’m allowing myself to celebrate all month long! October is one of my favorite months of the year because the weather is finally feeling like fall, the leaves are turning, and I love filling my month with Halloweeny movies and books. I’m continuing on with the #hdbfallbingo reading challenge so I have another month full of thrillers, mysteries, and horror reads. I am pretty excited about all of the books that I have chosen for my TBR this month. And of course I’m also leaving myself open to add other books as well since I am a mood reader.

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These books will all fulfill a square on my bingo card which makes me happy because I’m finally going to start getting some bingos with these reads.

  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

I’m also going to be adding a couple of books from my Kindle and hopefully find some good audiobooks as well.  From my Kindle I’m adding:

  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

What books are you planning to read this month? Do you like to theme your reads based on upcoming holidays or seasons?

Bout of Books 26 – Day 1

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Day 1 of Bout of Books is here! I’m so excited for this week of reading. I started preparing yesterday by making sure my two reading spots were clean and ready to go for reading time after work today. As I was doing so, I became curious about how other people like to read, if they have a special place in their home or if they prefer reading outside or in a coffee shop or library. So since my two spots were freshly tidied I thought I would share the two spots in my house that I do the majority of my reading.

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The first spot is in my home library. I love to cozy up in this chair with a candle, a book, and a kitty or two. Nika looks like she is also excited for some quality reading time this week! In the cart next to my chair I have my candle and TBR all set to go. It’s a loose TBR so if I end up not feeling like reading any of those books during the week, I’m going to choose something new from my shelves. The one exception is my re-read of Nevernight. That will continue 100%. I will have a close-up of the TBR stack a little farther down in this post.

The second spot is in the living room. These couches are so comfortable and so are the pillows, especially the buffalo plaid ones. I also have a candle ready for this spot and my iPad to do some Goodreads updates. I anticipate spending most of the reading week down in my library but wanted to have this spot ready to go if I needed a little change.

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Here is what I have for my loose TBR. I’m already in the middle of Nevernight re-read so I want to finish that one up before I choose any other book to read. I will be reading The Outsider as a buddy read with my friend Laura so this one will be probably read in small chunks. I wanted to read at least one graphic novel over the week so I chose two for my TBR to have some options.

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Monstress: Awakening
  • Marvel’s 1602

Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself in 6 words so here goes…

Sassenach, introvert, Ravenclaw, goofy, animal lover.


Where do you like to read? How would you introduce yourself in 6 words? What are you reading this week?

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Hey everyone! I’m back for another Top Ten Tuesday this week. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is Books On My Summer 2019 TBR. I went with eleven books this week because two of them go together. (Click the book cover to be taken to the Goodreads page for more info about each book.)

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  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I absolutely loved Shadow of the Fox last year so I was really excited to get an eARC of Soul of the Sword. I actually plan to read this one next after I finish the current review copy I’m reading.
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff – I love everything and anything written by Jay Kristoff and the first book, LIFEL1K3, was awesome and DEV1AT3 is officially out today so I’ll be reading this one as soon as I possibly can.
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – This one will be my first book by Riley Sager but I’ve heard nothing but great things so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I have an eARC to review for it so I’ll be reading it fairly soon.

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  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley AND The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley  – The Darkest Time of Night is the first book in a series that has the sequel, The Dark Above, coming out in July. The publisher sent me copies of both. They’re being called a cross between The X-Files, The OA, Stranger Things, and Mr. Robot. Very much looking forward to reading these sci-fi thrillers.

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  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – This one is a no-brainer for me. I’m a little surprised that I didn’t read it right away already. I love the books these two write together.
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I LOVED her debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens so I’ve been super stoked to read this one.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – I picked this one up on a bit of a whim at Target. When I first heard about it, I loved the cover and synopsis but was planning to wait on it for awhile. But the more I saw it on the shelf at Target, the more I wanted it.

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel by Margaret Atwood – I really enjoyed reading this book in high school as well as Hulu’s adaptation. I’m so glad that she is writing a sequel so I really want to read the graphic novel version of The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • The Steel Prince graphic novel by V.E. Schwab – I’m really interested in finding out more about Maxim Maresh before he became king of Red London. I loved the Shades of Magic series and I love graphic novels so this should be great.
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson – The sequel is coming out soon so I think it’s finally time to read this one. I had a feeling I was going to need book 2 immediately after reading this one so I waited to start this one until closer to book 2’s release.

What books are on your summer TBR?