Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #105

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

KultiSpider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)Strange GraceArchenemies (Renegades, #2)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata
I think the most surprising thing is that there is a Zapata books I haven’t read! especially one so popular…. but I will! One day! This one isn’t at my libraries except as audio so erg, I can’t do that. I know I’ll have to buy this one.

Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
This was a difficult choice. I’ve lost interest in this series as I had to stop reading it as the repetition was starting to annoy me. It has been 2 years since I read it and I’m not inclined to return. Although, this isn’t to say I wouldn’t recommend the series to others– it is interesting. 

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Okay, I’ve heard AMAZING things about this one and it has been recommended to me as well. I do plan on reading it. For some reason I feel like waiting for a languid day in the autumn or winter…. honestly I almost feel like reading it today haha, but think I’m putting it off until December/January.

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Now, I’ve heard good things about this one, but I also wasn’t a fan of The Queen’s of Innis Lear. So, I’m not sure… ah okay, I’m going to pass because a lot of people are saying it is a slower pace which isn’t usually my style.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
This is another difficult one for me. I enjoyed Renegades but did think it was a wee bit… wandering, if you will. It felt overly long, which seems to be the theme with this one, but I do love stories where the main characters are anti-heroes/villains. Uggghhhhh this is a hard choice, but I suppose I’ll remove this one as I don’t think I’ll get back to it. Such a shame… Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #105”

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TBR Lows & Highs #104

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

SuperBlack BeachThe Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery, #2)The Wendy (Tales of the Wendy, #1)

Super by Jennifer Chen
Sounds like fun, but also doesn’t sound like my thing. I’ll pass.

Black Beach by Glynis Guevara
None of my libraries carry this one, so I’ll be removing it for now.

The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson
Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games — sounds great, but again none of my libraries have it 🙁

Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy
I don’t read cozy mysteries often anymore, but I do want to keep a few on my TBR and the first book in this series was a lot of fun to read.

The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky
I’ve heard great things about this one! I do plan on reading it sooner or later. Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #104”

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TBR Lows & Highs #103

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (Paola Santiago #1)Rebelwing (Rebelwing, #1)The Throne's Trials (The Throne's Trials, #1)Almost Invisible

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This book does sound lovely and fantasy-like, but I think it will be too slow-paced for me.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
So, another one that sounds great, but I just don’t read MG anymore :/

Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
I’m just not feeling this one anymore…

The Throne’s Trials by Nadhira Satria
The synopsis is a wee bit confusing to me and I am cutting back on the royal books on my TBR since I seem to stray away from them now.

Almost Invisible by Maureen Garvie
While this sounds powerful and important, I tend not to read contemporary fiction like this.

Yikes… guess I’m feeling cutthroat today. Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #103”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a post to share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It is hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

Currently Reading

Raise Hell (Hell Hounds Harem, #7)Girls Save the World in This One

I’m really hoping to make progress with Girls Save the World in This One and finish Raise Hell. Hopes and dreams! ^_^

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This Week’s TBR List

Alrighty, let’s see if I can stick to a TBR this week.

Berkley Street (Berkley Street #1)The October Faction, Vol. 1Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (Zoey Ashe, #1)The Queen's Line (Inheritance of Hunger, #1)

  • Berkley Street
    This is a buddy read — 1 spooky novella a week!
  • The October Faction, Vol. 1
    Another weekly spooky buddy read, but this one is a comic.
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
    A week before this one gets returned! Yikes, I gotta read this one quick. It is a reread I just hope I like it as much as I did the first time. 
  • The Queen’s Line
    This is a buddy read I’m really late getting to 😕

Queen's Quality, Vol. 3Better Than People (Garnet Run, #1)Who We Truly Are (Enhanced, #2)Barbarian's Hope (Ice Planet Barbarians, #10)

  • Queen’s Quality, Vol. 3
    I’m so excited this one came in!
  • Better Than People
    This is another library book that I’ve been waiting for! I’m super excited to read it.
  • Who We Truly Are
    I’m kinda feeling like continuing this series.
  • Barbarian’s Hope
    I usually don’t put Ruby Dixon on my TBR, she’s just an author I randomly pick up as needed, but I think I’m going to need a feel-good read. This may be because I’m watching one of the creepier episodes of Supernatural, buuuuut yeah I need books that balance out my creepy reads.

What are you reading this week? 

Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #102

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)The Hollow GirlThe Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1)The Summer PrinceKick (Jenkins Cycle, #1)

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorapor
I swear eventually I’ll get to this one…

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
Ehhhh I don’t think this is one for me, unfortunately. I’m not super interested which isn’t a good sign when I’m super into creepy, gothic reads. So, I’m removing this one.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Okay, okay, I know this is a strange one for me to remove, but I have two other books by this author on my TBR. I’ll read this eventually, but I do know I want to read Vicious and This Savage Song more.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
As much as I love the cover and know that I’ve seen this one on a few book lists, the synopsis just… bores me :/ Just not for me, I think.

Kick by John L. Monk
This one sounds hilarious and morbid. Honestly… I’m having a hard time not borrowing this one from KU right now– whoops! looks like I borrowed it. 😉

Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #102”

Posted in Anticipated Reads, Once A Month Posts

October ’20 Anticipated Releases

I want to share books being published in the upcoming month that I’m super excited to read. These are DEFINITELY on my TBR list although I may not be able to read them this month.

Emoji Legend
🐲 – I own a Review Copy

🌟 – Top 5 Most Anticipated
🎯 — Planning to read this month

Week of the 5th

Famine (The Four Horsemen, #3)The Ippos King (Wraith Kings, #3)Spoiler AlertThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Week of the 12th

Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick (Zoey Ashe, #2)Brothersong (Green Creek, #4)Winter, White and WickedDelivering Evil for Experts (The Guild Codex: Demonized, #4)

Week of the 19th

Among the Beasts & Briars

Week of the 26th

White Trash Warlock (The Adam Binder Novels, #1)

Honorable Mentions:
Okay, these aren’t actually on my TBR, but I keep thinking about them and once they come in at my library I might pick them up on a whim… we will see.

What are book are you excited about
being published in October? 

Posted in It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Sunday Post

Weekly Recap & TBR

Okay, I ended up not giving a wrap up of my reading week, last week, so I will start with that and then give a preview of what I think I’ll read this week. Please excuse my diversion from my routine, life is just getting in the way….

Anyhow — the wrap up from Sept. 27th to Oct. 5th

Emoji Key
From Monthly/Weekly TBR — ✌      Challenge Reading — 👑
Kindle Unlimited – 🍰                                  Graphic Novel — 💥
Novella (under 200 pages) — 🌱                         LGBTQIA — 🌈
Review Copy — 🐲                               Group/Buddy Read — 🐾
Owned/Purchased — 💰                   Recommended to me —🎮

The Alien's Mail-Order Bride (Risdaverse)Pretty Human (Risdaverse)When She's Married (Risdaverse)When She's Ready (Risdaverse)Puppy Love (Her Secret Menagerie, #1)

Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, Vol. 2Just Like That (Albin Academy,  #1)Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 2Failed Princesses, Vol. 2

  • Our Dreams and Dusk, Vol. 2 by Yuki Kamatani 💥🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – This series is so good. I didn’t realize there were such inclusive manga.
  • Just Like That by Cole McCade 🍰🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Cole McCade does it again. This book is great and I’m looking forward to reading the next.
  • Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen 🐾🎧
    ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Years ago I read that this book has a great audiobook and I kept meaning to read it. Finally I suggested it as a buddy read and I finally got myself around to reading it. It is… a pretty good book and I could listen to the next, but I’m not dying to get to it yet.
  • Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 2 by Sina Grace 💥🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐
  • Failed Princesses, Vol. 2 by Ajiichi 💥🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – This series is so cute.

Don't Hex and Drive (Stay a Spell #2)Sabrina the Teenage WitchBoyfriend MaterialMating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates, #1)The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2Five Minutes Longer (Enhanced World #1)

»Did Not Finish

The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)

I finally got around to my ARC of The Babysitters Coven 🐲, but after just 13% I decided it wasn’t for me. Such a bummer….

Final Thoughts on the week

Lots of graphic novels! This seems to be a trend. I’m also in the mood for books with witches and mysteries, which you aren’t seeing too much yet… but yeah.

Currently Reading

Raise Hell (Hell Hounds Harem, #7)In the Hall with the Knife (Clue Mystery, #1)The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3)

No progress on Raise Hell, but I do hope to read some more of it this week. I seem to totally be in the mood for mysteries and I have a love for that old movie, Clue, so I allowed an indulgence and started In the Hall With the Knife. I’m 60% in and while I’m enjoying it, I wouldn’t say it is an amazing book. This morning I started listening to The Crawling Darkness because, again, I’m interested in reading mysteries– ghost stories even more. It helps it is an audio which I was craving too.

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This Week’s TBR List

I’m still not totally in the right mindset to be following a weekly TBR, but thought I should try to get myself back on track somehow. Maybe this will help. So, here are 6 additional books I’m going to try reading this week.

BonesAngel Unseen (Unseen MC #1)Hench

  • Bones by Howard Odentz
    This is a buddy read novella for this week. It is only like 30 pages or so, so I think I can get it read.
  • Angel Unseen by J. Bree
    A victim of my mental overhyping… I want to read it so badly, but I’m afraid I won’t like it, so I keep pushing it off.
  • Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
    Another buddy read! Plus, I have a review copy for it. I really really want to read it…

Trade Deadline (Hat Trick, #3)Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (Zoey Ashe, #1)Trace of Evil (Natalie Lockhart #1)

  • Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
    My copy finally came in from the library! Only a week left to read it, so I do need to pick it up this week.
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
    So, this will be a re-read, but I have a review copy of the sequel and want a refresher before continuing on.
  • Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
    I’m throwing this one on my TBR because I do want to read a mystery and this one is a review copy I have. I’m feeling more paranormal mystery story, but this might fit the bill.

What are you reading this week?

Posted in monthly TBR, Once A Month Posts

October ’20 Monthly TBR

I like sharing what books I’m planning on reading each month and it also helps me remember which books I want to read. I actually look back at this post periodically throughout the month– I’ve lost counts of the amount of times I’ve double-checked it and realized I had forgotten about a buddy read!!

So, what exactly is on my TBR this month….

»Group/Buddy Reads

White Trash Witch (Alexis McDade #1)The Rise of Monsters (Angelus, #1)The Queen's Line (Inheritance of Hunger, #1)Gryphon's Pride (Gesa's Menagerie, #1)Famine (The Four Horsemen, #3)

BonesBerkley Street (Berkley Street #1)The Last StopThe Monster of Elendhaven

Spooky Novellas – one a week

HenchThe Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)Don't Call the Wolf

So, a ton of these, but 5 are novellas, soooo not too bad, right?

»Challenge: Read more YA

Again, I want to read 4 YA books that aren’t graphic novels — I’ve got Don’t Call the Wolf and The Girl From the Well, so I’ll just be putting down 3 other possibilities…

In the Hall with the Knife (Clue Mystery, #1)Cemetery BoysAmong the Beasts & Briars

»Challenge: Branch Out

This challenge is here because I want to get back into reading other types of books, especially Thrillers and Mysteries. The Spooky Novellas are helping this, but I do want to add 4 more.

The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3)He Started It

I like sharing what books I’m planning on reading each month and it also helps me remember which books I want to read. I actually look back at this post periodically throughout the month– I’ve lost counts of the amount of times I’ve double-checked it and realized I had forgotten about a buddy read!!

So, what exactly is on my TBR this month….

»Group/Buddy Reads

White Trash Witch (Alexis McDade #1)The Rise of Monsters (Angelus, #1)The Queen's Line (Inheritance of Hunger, #1)Gryphon's Pride (Gesa's Menagerie, #1)Famine (The Four Horsemen, #3)

BonesBerkley Street (Berkley Street #1)The Last StopThe Monster of Elendhaven

Spooky Novellas – one a week

HenchThe Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)Don't Call the Wolf

So, a ton of these, but 5 are novellas, soooo not too bad, right?

»Challenge: Read more YA

Again, I want to read 4 YA books that aren’t graphic novels — I’ve got Don’t Call the Wolf and The Girl From the Well, so I’ll just be putting down 3 other possibilities…

In the Hall with the Knife (Clue Mystery, #1)Cemetery BoysAmong the Beasts & Briars

»Challenge: Branch Out

This challenge is here because I want to get back into reading other types of books, especially Thrillers and Mysteries. The Spooky Novellas are helping this, but I do want to add 4 more.

The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3)He Started ItThe Midnight LullabyJane Doe (Jane Doe, #1)

»Misc.

And some miscellaneous books I want to read this month. 

Halloween Boo (Holiday Hunk, #1)Angel Unseen (Unseen MC #1)Haunted (Harrison Investigation, #1)Raise Hell (Hell Hounds Harem, #7)Trace of Evil (Natalie Lockhart #1)

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Monthly Goals

ARCs: There are 6 review copies on my TBR this month. So, I’ll be happy if I can read them all, but I’ll be happy with 5!

Reviews: So, I dropped the ball last month, this month I hope I can pick it up again… at least finish the earliest month and all the ARCs that I actually have read and are awaiting my review.

Genres: I’m trying to branch out from romance and I’m thinking thrillers and ghosts and mysteries with some gritty dark atmosphere to them.

What will you be reading this month? 

Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #101

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock, #2)Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2)The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights, #1)The Chase (Briar U, #1)The Goblin Emperor (The Goblin Emperor, #1)

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
I remember enjoying the first book and then stopped, because I forgot to read this one when it came out haha. I do think I’ll want to read this eventually, I just need to want to read mysteries.

Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
While I ended up liking the first book, it was a rough ride and I wasn’t too into it, so I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading this one.

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea De Salle
I’ve heard this one is amazing! It isn’t at the library though 😢, so I’m removing it from my list, but adding it to my Amazon Wishlist.

The Chase by Elle Kennedy
I grabbed this one free from Amazon! I loved The Deal but the end of the series did… well, I wasn’t a fan, so that is one of the reasons I’m hesitating starting the spin-off. But… I do like the hero and I want to read his story….

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
I’ve heard this one is great– I think it was even recommended to me– but meh? I continuously forget about it and the synopsis just isn’t grabbing me so… yeah, I’ll be removing it. Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #101”

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TBR Lows & Highs #100

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Rhythm, Chord & MalykhinThe Nerd and the Marine (The Morrison Family, #1)City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5)The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

Rhythm, Chord, & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata
Obviously I plan on reading every single book by this author. I love her slow burns! It isn’t on KU though, so I’m waiting until the next time I let myself buy books. 

The Nerd and The Marine by D.R. Grady
I remember adding this because I wanted to read more books with a nerdy female character. This one isn’t at any of my libraries though, so I’m removing it from my TBR. It is on my Kindle Wishlist though so I won’t forget it!

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab 
ehhhhh I just don’t know when I’ll get to this one. I’m not saying no forever, but I’m not interested in it as much as I am the author’s other works. 

✅ The Lost Sisters by Holly Black 
I swear I’m going to continue this series eventually!

 The Iron Trial by Holly Black 
I have so many Holly Black books on my TBR. I’m removing this one for now — this probably isn’t a forever decision.  Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #100”