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.

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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?

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Happenings

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Most of my weekend was cleaning house and getting ready for this winter storm that started this morning.  We’re supposed to get 12+ inches where I live.  Not looking forward to it. But anyways…  One of the things I did this weekend when I was cleaning was to tidy and dust my bookshelves.  And I had just enough light to take some photos.

20180120_12304420180120_123109These are only three of my bookshelves but they are the only ones that fit in our office space right now. Eventually when my parents move out, the whole room will be mine so I will be getting my full wall of shelves that I’ve always wanted.  I also took a few closeup shots of some of my favorite shelves.

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My Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings shelf!  I have so many GoT Funkos that I ran out of room and had to move some to the shelf below it.  Same with LOTR.  The Balrog is also sitting on my desktop PC because it’s so big!

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My lovely Laini Taylor shelf!  Definitely going to need more space for some Strange the Dreamer paperbacks and room for the sequel and any other book she writes in the future! And I am still so in love with my custom Karou funko from Cait @ A Page With A View (link to her Etsy shop here)!  She does great work on all her custom Funkos! I NEED to get the Alina and The Darkling Funkos that she has for my Leigh Bardugo shelf!

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Eventually Leigh will need enough space for her own shelf completely but for now she shares with a couple of my other favorites – Susan Dennard and Mary E. Pearson!  Completely random placement for Meiko and Pocahontas, I know, but don’t really have anywhere else to put them at the moment haha.

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I can’t wait to get the new shelves I want because I’m running out of room for my favorite authors! My Jay Kristoff shelf is going to be overflowing this year with LIFEL1K3, Obsidio, and hopefully Nevernight #3 coming out! Plus, I need the Godsgrave paperbacks when those release haha.

Coming up this weekend, Ethan and I are both taking Friday off work for our 6th wedding anniversary and heading up north!  I’m so excited to go back up and the weather is going to be great for this time of year.  I’m really looking forward to some time out in the fresh clean air and just relaxing for the weekend.

In book news, I’m currently reading The Cruel Prince and even though I didn’t get any reading done this weekend I am loving it! Target had it for 15% off on Cartwheel so I ended up picking up a copy on Friday after work.  I’m hoping to get up to a Barnes & Noble sometime soon to try and find a copy of their exclusive black cover edition.

I have a few ARCs in my pipeline as well.  I was recently invited to review three upcoming titles for Ballantine Books, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin’s Press.


32912154PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin (4/17/18) Ballantine Books

An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life—since she was twelve years old—for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her.

Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter. He doesn’t believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn’t believe him.

Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs.

Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won’t see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile.


36347830SONG OF BLOOD & STONE by L. Penelope (5/1/18) St. Martin’s Press

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.


35297405SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS by K. C. Archer (4/3/18) Simon & Schuster

An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.


Have any exciting reads that you’re planning or other exciting things in general?

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)

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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!

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

20 Books of Summer Progress

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We’re about halfway through the first month of the 20 Books of Summer challenge so I thought I would do a quick progress report.  I was hoping to be a little further along but some I’ve had a few things come up that require my attention more urgently in my free time.  We’re getting our townhouse ready to sell so we have a lot of cleaning, painting, and decluttering to do.

28763485What I have read so far has been a pretty mixed bag.  I started the challenge off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed in it.  I loved her debut novel so I was hoping to love this one just as much.  You can read my review here.  Next, I decided to switch things up from cutesy YA to gritty NA with 33852935Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher.  I had heard how crazy this book was from a few people and after loving F*ck Love, I knew I would probably like this one.  And I did!  It was so messed up and had a few unexpected twists that threw me!  Read my review here.

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While reading challenge books I also have some ARCs that I need to read so I also read and enjoyed Here and Gone by Haylen Beck.  It is a compelling thriller due to be released on the 20th of this month.  Read my review here.

Getting back to the challenge, I chose Everland by Wendy Spinale to 26085520be my third book.  I had this book forever sitting on my shelf unread.  I love Peter Pan so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling but unfortunately it fell really flat for me.

Currently I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  I’ve been dying to read it since it was released and I finally got a copy when I started my Book of the Month Club membership.  I’m not very far into it 27833670because my weekend was spent moving boxes and getting painting supplies but I am really intrigued by it so far.  I also joined a street team for M.C. Frank recently so I’m currently reading her book, No Ordinary Stars, which is dystopian set in 2525.  So far it is a really 27419429fascinating dystopian world and I’m excited to continue reading it.

I haven’t quite decided yet if I’m going to count my side reading towards my challenge goal or not.  I am notoriously bad at sticking to TBRs so I might just have to.  But we’ll play that by ear and see how the rest of the summer goes.

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How is your summer reading going?

 

Bout of Books 19: Day 1 Update

 

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Day 1 of Bout of Books 19 is over!  I think I made some pretty good progress on my goals and TBR.  Today I’m going to have a little less time to read because we leave tomorrow after work on our mini vacation so I have to pack tonight.

Day 1 Progress

Number of Pages Read: 238

Total BoB Pages Read: 238/1500

Books Read:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (pg. 224-462)

And since I was late in joining the party I will be posting my goals and TBR here with this post!  I thought about not doing a TBR but since I am going out of town I will need to bring books with me anyways so I might as well include them.  These are books that I have taken from my proposed May TBR.

GOALS

  • Read at least 1,500 pages
  • Read at least 30 minutes every day
  • Participate in at least 3 daily challenges

TBR

  • finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (481 pages left)
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (583 pages)
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (624 pages)
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon (I plan to read the hardcover which also has a few chapters of Outlander at the back so I’m not sure on the exact page count for the novella.  I may or may not read the included Outlander chapters depending on how much time I have left.)

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If you are participating in Bout of Books, what are you planning on reading?