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.
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.
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?
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Surprise! I’m going to do another reading challenge this year! I didn’t think I would be joining any other challenges this year but this one actually fits in perfectly with one of my goals this year so why not! Austine @ NovelKnight is hosting this great challenge. The goal of this challenge is to read books that have been on your TBR for awhile. Basically any book that was published 2018 or earlier is fair game. The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 so any book from your backlist read between those dates counts towards the challenge.
I already wanted to read a lot of the books that I’ve kept waiting on my shelves so I didn’t really have a set number or anything that I wanted to go with. So I just emptied one of my shelves and filled it up with different choices that I really want to read this year. Links go to Goodreads.
I will also very loosely be marking off squares for this bingo card. I’m not going to go out of my way to fill in any squares but any book published pre-2019 that fulfills a square will be great.
Are you participating in this challenge? Have you read any of the books on my list?
The last month of 2018 is here! This year has been such a blur. I am usually not a fan of winter because of my commute, but since my commute has been essentially cut in half, I’ve decided to just embrace it and spend my time getting cozy reading books. I’ve been doing pretty well with my monthly TBRs lately so I’m going to continue trying and put out a stack of books that I would like to try and read this month. I’m still a mood reader though so I’m not expecting myself to stick to it if I don’t feel like it anymore.
I decided to go with a wintery theme for this month. One of the books doesn’t quite fit the theme but Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm raved about this book and sent it to me for my birthday so I want to read it ASAP! It sounds so amazing! Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
- A Year in the Wilderness by Dave and Amy Freeman
- Son of a Midnight Land by Atz Kilcher
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I am really excited to read all of these books!
What are you planning to read this month?
My favorite month of the year has arrived! Fall is definitely in swing here which makes the perfect reading weather. My birthday is coming up on the 18th. And shortly after that, we have Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR except for last month when I read every single book and more on my October TBR. I was so excited that I even started planning my November TBR towards the end of the month. I know last month may have been a little bit of a fluke so I have one main goal this month. Finish the Throne of Glass series. Another bittersweet ending for me, like Muse of Nightmares was for me last month. The final book of Throne of Glass came out at the end of October and I’m a book behind in the series plus I still need to read the short story collection, The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve already started off the month reading Tower of Dawn and hopefully after I finish that, I will immediately start Kingdom of Ash. We will see what kind of mood I am in once I finish these massive books. For now, I have the following books on my list.
- Light Years by Kass Morgan
- The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
- Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
- Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
I initially had more on my rough TBR list that I started putting together last month but I don’t want to get overwhelmed and end up not wanting to choose any of the books. So as always I will say that this is a loose TBR and I may choose to read other books not on this list as well. I am very excited to read each and every one of these books though.
What are you planning to read this month? Are you good at sticking to TBRs or do you just pick and choose as you go?