quarterly backlist TBR | 2019 part 1

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Hello my fellow book lovers! As I mentioned in my 2019 reading goals post, I am doing quarterly backlist TBRs to get to some of the books I’ve owned for years, but haven’t picked up yet. Here are the three books I would like to get to in January, February and March.

eliza and her monsters

Because I find TBRs intimidating, I want to start off with a book that seems right up my alley. I bought Eliza and her Monsters soon after it was released, but I never think about picking it up, despite it seeming like something I’d definitely love. Many of my friends recommend it and it’s been compared to Radio Silence, so my hopes are high!

the night circus

I don’t read fantasy often, but I have tons of them on my TBR. The Night Circus is very beloved, so it seems less daunting than high fantasy books. I own a mass market paperback, however, and I’m already dreading picking it up.

the book thief

I have owned a copy of The Book Thief for so long, I didn’t even live in this house yet! I love historical fiction, but I don’t read it as often as I’d like to. I have to admit I’m intimidated by the hype! I hope I’ll love it as much as everyone else does.


So this was the first quarterly TBR of 2019! For more books I want to read, check out my monthly TBRs!

Thank you for reading,

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TBR | January 2019

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Welcome to my first monthly TBR of 2019! I will also be doing quarterly TBRs, but those will contain I am intimidated to read.

Because I am a mood reader, I want wiggle room, but here are some of the books I’d like to read in January!

our stories, our voices

I started reading Our Stories, Our Voices in December, but I didn’t get around to finishing it. I really liked this non-fiction anthology and Amy Reed’s essay was my favourite so far. I’m keen to continue this!

the obelisk gate

Back in November, I picked up The Obelisk Gate, but I’ve kind of neglected it since. I am determined to finish this series soon, however, and I’m hoping to continue The Obelisk Gate this month. You can read my review of The Fifth Season here.


So this is my very short January TBR. I wasn’t in the mood to read in December, so I’m taking it slow. I’m aiming at reading five books this month, though, so I have plenty of mood reader choices left 😉

Which books do you want to read in January?

Thank you for reading,

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TBR | December 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Last month’s TBR wasn’t the biggest success, but I’m nonetheless back with another one today! I would like to reach 100 books in 2018 ASAP – I’m currently at 92 – in order to start my best/worst books of the year lists, so I plan on reading a bunch of short books this month.

Because I am a mood reader, I want wiggle room, so here are some of the books I’d like to read in December!

non fiction

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I got a River in Darkness a couple of weeks ago on Kindle because it was on sale. I don’t know much about it, but this memoir about a man’s escape from North Korea has received quite a lot of praise. It was released back in 2000 and is less than 200 pages long, so I shouldn’t take me too long to read this. Because I don’t know a lot of details about the regime in North Korea, I hope this is going to be an insightful read.

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I finally gave the Netflix series Mindhunter a chance and wow, it was so much better than the pilot led me to believe! I love true crime and am especially interested in serial killers and FBI profiling, so I’m very keen to read this book! It’s not a short read, but because I plan on picking up the audiobook, it’s going to be fine.

anthologies

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A while ago I posted a list of anthologies and short story collections I’d like to read, but I haven’t started any of them yet! Because I’d like to reach my new reading goal ASAP, I though this would be the perfect time to finally pick up Open Mic!

fresh ink

Fresh Ink is another anthology I’d like to get to this month. It was made in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and stars authors such as Jason Reynolds and Malinda Lo.

contemporary

the incendiaries

The Incendiaries is a short literary fiction novel that has received tons of praise! I’m a bit hesitant because I don’t always understand literary fiction, but I nonetheless want to give this a chance!

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What We Lose is a coming-of-age novel about a light-skinned black woman named Thandi who always feels like an outsider. Once again, I hope I am mature enough to understand the themes discussed in this literary fiction novel.


These are the books I would like to get to in December! Despite the number of short books on my TBR, it’s nonetheless daunting because I own physical copies of most of these books, so I’ll have to sit down and read them as opposed to listening to them on audiobook.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are on your TBR?

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TBR | November 2018

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I haven’t done a monthly TBR since May and I can definitely tell the difference. I am still a mood reader, but I am falling behind on my physical TBR and am in dire need of keeping track of it. I recently rearranged my bookshelves in order to help me with this issue and plan on discussing this further in an upcoming post.

Anyway, when I spotted Jamieson’s structured TBRs, I knew that would be a good system for me as well. This month’s TBR isn’t as carefully put together, but it’s definitely one of my goals in 2019 to decide my TBR based on specific genres.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

fantasy

children of blood and boneAt this point, I’m not even sure whether I should continue Children of Blood and Bone. I have given the book numerous chances already, but I can’t seem to get into it. Isn’t it a waste of time to read a book if you know the chances of you continuing the series are slim anyway? When and if I continue listening to the audiobook, I hope I’ll enjoy it more.

the obelisk gateI read The Fifth Season in September and it truly lived up to the hype! I’ve borrowed The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky from the library in the meantime, so I have to read them soon.

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what if it's usAs I mentioned in my books I want to love, but am afraid I won’t post, I am hesitant to pick up What If It’s Us. I very much hope it’s going to live up to my expectations. I own a paperback copy, but could also read the audiobook.

historical fiction

burial ritesBurial Rites is the only book from my five star predictions post I have yet to read. If this one doesn’t live up to my expectations, those predictions were a complete disaster…

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insaneI had never heard of Insane until I saw it in my audiobook service’s collection. I immediately knew I wanted to read it, as it examines the treatment of mentally ill people in courts, jails and prisons. It’s a rather gruesome read at times though, so be careful if you want to pick this up as well.


These are the books I would definitely like to get to in November. Which books would you like to read this month? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned?

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Books I want to love, but am afraid I won’t

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I have another five star predictions post coming up as soon as I finish reading the first batch. Today, I am going to talk about something similar, yet different. These are books I am desperate to love and have hyped up in my mind so badly. Nonetheless, I know in the back of my mind these won’t be five star reads, for various reasons 😦 So here are some books I really want to love, but am afraid I won’t.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can read the synopsis there.

what if it's usI love Becky Albertalli’s books and Adam Silvera’s work has received high ratings from me as well. Unfortunately, however, Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointing reads of the year so far and What If It’s Us has been receiving mixed reviews as well. If this doesn’t live up to my expectations, I’ll be so disappointed 😦

the astonishing colour of afterEver since I saw the cover of The Astonishing Color of After and read the synopsis, I’ve been meaning to read it. This book has received many glowing reviews and I’m convinced this is a beautiful read about a mother who has died by suicide. That said, it contains magical realism elements and I struggle with those. I don’t have a lot of experience with the genre, so whenever I read magical realism, I am confused. I desperately hope that won’t be the case with this novel.

the sword of summerI keep buying Rick Riordan’s work, but having read ten of his books in the past year and only mildly enjoyed those, I probably shouldn’t. They’re fun, but repetitive and predictable. I will continue to read his work and I hope his other series will be more entertaining, but based on my experience with Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus, but hopes shouldn’t be too high.

the incendiariesThe Incendiaries is just one of the many literary fiction novels on my shelves I want to love. I am in my early twenties and want to read more adult literature, but I am absolutely not done with Young Adult yet – I don’t know whether I’ll ever be. Furthermore, despite having loved some adult fiction, there are other novels I just couldn’t connect with. I hope I will get used to this “genre” and I will love all the ones I’m so keen to read.

children of blood and boneI started reading Children of Blood and Bone many months ago, but wasn’t in the mood for it at the time and temporarily DNF it. Last month, I started all over again by reading the audiobook, but it has been several weeks since I listened to it :/ I want to get back into fantasy and I know so many people love this series, but IF I manage to finish this book, the chances of me continuing the series are slim.


So here are some books I am keen to read and want to love, despite that little voice in the back of my mind telling me there are several reasons why I won’t.

Have you read any of these books? Am I worried for no reason?

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#Spookathon 2018 TBR

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Spookathon is a read-a-thon that starts on October 15th and ends the 21st. Follow @thespookathon on Twitter for more information!

I went to the library and found a ton of books I’m dying to read! Sadly, I won’t be able to complete all the challenges, but I’m going to mention them in my post anyway, in case you’re participating as well. Because I didn’t take the size of the books into consideration, I might have to start reading them before October 15th. I know that’s technically not fair, but there’s absolutely no way I’ll be able to read eight books in one week. Actually, I don’t even tend to read eight books in a month!

challenges

  1. read a thriller
  2. read a book with purple on the cover
  3. read a book not set in the current time period
  4. read a book with a spooky word in the title
  5. read a book with pictures

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When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can read the synopsis there.

pieces of herKarin Slaughter’s most recent release Pieces of Her is incredibly popular in my country, so I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. I gave Pretty Girls by the author five stars, but was rather disappointed by The Good Daughter. I’ll be reading this novel by listening to the audiobook.

a study in charlotteA Study in Charlotte is the first book in a Young Adult mystery series. I own the hardcover, but could also listen to the audiobook.

burial ritesI have to read Burial Rites ASAP because it’s the final book from my ‘five star predictions’ post I have yet to read. My expectations for this historical mystery novel are clearly high, so I hope it won’t disappoint. I own this on Kindle.

Slasher Girls & Monster BoysThis Young Adult horror anthology stars authors such as Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu. I’m most definitely going to read Slasher Girls & Monster Boys as I’ve been meaning to read an anthology right before I go to bed for a while. I have the paperback and plan on reading one story each night.

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City of Ghosts is a paranormal Middle Grade novel about a girl whose best friend is a ghost. I haven’t read any of Schwab’s work before and I’ll be listening to this on audiobook.

the seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle.pngWhen I first heard of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – published as 7 1/2 Deaths in the USA – I thought “copying  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo much??!”, but apparently, that’s a complete coincidence. Lately, this mystery novel has been receiving much praise, so when I spotted it at the library, I immediately grabbed it.

elizabeth is missing.pngElizabeth is Missing is a psychological mystery about Maud, an elderly woman with dementia, who believes her best friend Elizabeth has gone missing. This book has been on my TBR for ages, I can’t even remember what made me add it in the first place. This is another book I borrowed from the library.

we have always lived in the castle.pngI don’t tend to read classics, but when I spotted We Have Always Lived in the Castle at the library, I knew I was going to read this during Spookathon because it’s so short.


So this is my very ambitious Spookathon TBR. Will you be participating as well? Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet?

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#ContemporaryAThon TBR (round 3)

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It’s time for my second ContemporaryAThon TBR of the year! This readathon is hosted by Book Hangover on Twitter and several BookTubers! It starts midnight September 17th and ends midnight September 23rd.

contemporaryathonBecause I am currently in a reading slump, I think this is the perfect time to join this readathon! Contemporaries are my favourite type of books and are generally less intimidating than fantasy, sci-fi etc., so this will hopefully help me read more regularly again 🙂

That said, I won’t pressure myself to complete all the challenges. I want to be chill about it and won’t beat myself up if I only end up reading one book.

Anyway, here are the challenges! For each challenge, I gave myself two options because I am a terrible mood reader: usually an audiobook and a book I own.

1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover

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Harbor Me was on of my most anticipated August 2018 releases (you can find more here) because I have heard nothing but great things about this middle grade novel!

could also work for ‘a diverse contemporary’

Far From the Tree has been on my TBR ever since it was released last year and I am convinced I’m absolutely going to love this novel, which is why I bought it last month. You can see my book haul here. It’s about three adopted siblings and apparently it’s heart-breaking at times, so this sounds right up my alley!

could also work for ‘new to you author’, ‘a diverse contemporary’ and ‘5 star prediction’

2. Read a dark/spooky contemporary

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Karin Slaughter is an incredibly popular author in my country. I’m pretty sure it was released in Dutch before it was even released in English elsewhere! I’d like to work in a bookstore again and considering Pieces of Her is such a best-seller over here, I want to read it soon. This would be my third Karin Slaugthter novel. I rated Pretty Girls five stars, but sadly wasn’t blown away by The Good Daughter.

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’

All the Rage is a contemporary novel about sexual violence, which is a very difficult topic for me to read about. I have several books that deal with that subject matter on my TBR, but I keep postponing picking them up because they’re guaranteed going to be triggering. Nonetheless I want to read All the Rage soon, it has been on my monthly TBRs numerous times, so it’s about time I start reading it.

could also work for ‘new to you author’

3. Read a diverse contemporary

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Solo is written in verse and is about Blade Morrison and his passion for music. I don’t know much about this book but because if it’s format, this sounds like the perfect read for a readathon!

could also work for ‘non-traditional format’ and ‘new to you author’

Technically I’m cheating because You Bring the Distant Near is historical fiction, but I think this multi-generational novel must end in modern times. Either way, I’ve been looking forward to reading this for months because I know I’m going to love it!

could also work for ‘new to you author’ and ‘five star prediction’

4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format

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Fresh Ink is a diverse anthology, which is not a format I tend to read. Additionally, besides ten short stories, there’s also a graphic novel and a one-act play. I wonder what those will be like on audiobook!

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’, ‘diverse contemporary’ and ‘new to you author’

How I resist is a collection of essays by authors and celebrities. Considering the amount of people that contributed to this, it’s surprisingly short, so this would be a good pick for a readathon.

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’ and ‘diverse contemporary’

5. Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover

I apologise for skipping this challenge. I wanted to find a title or author with the exact same initials as mine (C and V), but the only one I could find was the Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Despite owning that book, I know for a fact I won’t read it now.

6. Read a contemporary from a new to you author

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Let’s Talk About Love and Tyler Johnson Was Here are two contemporary novels I own and have been meaning to read for a while. They’re both about three hundred pages long, so that sounds very doable!

could also work for ‘a diverse contemporary’

7. Read a contemporary that is a 5 star prediction

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I’m sorry for being lazy and repeating these books. I’ve been working on this post for over an hour and I AM TIRED. Anyway, as I’ve said previously, I think I’ll absolutely love these books, so these are my five star predictions!


So this is my ContemporaryAThon TBR! Will you be joining as well? 🙂

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Try a Chapter Tag: sci-fi & fantasy

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Sometimes when I’m looking at tags I want to do or topics for Top 5 Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday, I feel like I can’t always participate because I read so many contemporaries and few other genres. I used to love fantasies, but after a while each book started to seem the same because of overused tropes. Additionally, fantasies require more concentration because of the magic system, world building, etc., which is why I rarely listen to the them on audiobook.

Clearly, I’m intimidated by these books, especially series. Sci-fi on the other hand has never been my cup of tea, but there are some I’d like to read. That’s why I wanted to do the Try a Chapter tag today, which was created by BookParadise!

I chose five fantasies or sci-fi novels I own and read the first chapter of each. Afterwards, I’ll decide which one intrigued me most and I’ll continue. Hopefully, this will lead to me reading these genres more regularly. I’m hoping to read at least one physical fantasy book a month. Because I own these books, I’d obviously like to read them all someday, but I really need to push myself to do so because I’ve been too intimidated to pick them up.

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These are the five books I chose! When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

library of fatesThis cover is so beautiful!!! It surprisingly started with the author’s note and it was empowering. The author urged readers to resist and persist. I hope that theme is going to be present in the story as well. I read the prologue which was only six pages long and it didn’t provide a lot of information, so I don’t think this will be the winner.

city of brassThe first chapter of City of Brass – which is adult fantasy, not young adult – was twenty pages long, but I decided to stop after merely eight because 1) it didn’t seem fair to read so much more compared to Library of Fates and 2) I was already very intrigued! The story is told from multiple point-of-views so I only got to know one of the protagonists, but I cannot wait to get to know the others!

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Iron Cast started off with a bang. I read twelve pages and while I didn’t find out anything about the fantasy aspects, I was entertained and I instantly liked the main characters. I’m keen to learn more!

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Want‘s first chapter was twenty-five pages long, but once again I only read nine of it because it wouldn’t be fair compared to the ones with shorter chapters. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as intriguing as the previous two.

on the edge of goneNot much happened in the first chapter, but I’m definitely looking forward to continuing this story. I really liked the main character and I’m curious to find out what happens next.


Like I said, I will hopefully read all of these books someday. That said, based on the first chapter, I think I’ll pick up Iron Cast first! While those eight pages of City of Brass were absolutely amazing, I want to start off with the standalone and pick up the adult fantasy next 🙂

Have you read any of these books yet? Do you always read a chapter before purchasing a book, or do you just make up your mind based on reviews and the synopsis like I do?

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Queer Summer Reading 2018 TBR

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! While checking out other readers’ blog posts, I came across Avery @ BookDeviant’s TBR for Queer Summer Reading 2018. This readathon is hosted by queer_reads on Twitter and you can find more information here.

The goal is to read four queer books in July and August. I decided I wanted to join this book club because I have been in a reading slump, but I’d like to get to some of the books I recently purchased. Four books seems manageable, so I’m really excited!

Several bingo sheets can be found here, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, so I won’t try to complete those.

Anyway, enough chitchat, here are the books I’d like to read during QSR 2018! When you click on the banner, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

radio silence.pngMany of my friends absolutely adore Alice Oseman’s work, so I ought to pick it up soon! I’ve owned a copy of Radio Silence for over a year now and I recently purchased I Was Born For This, so I want to pick up one of her books this summer!

the miseducation of cameron post.pngI’ve been hesitant to pick up The Miseducation of Cameron Post because I’ve heard the representation of bisexuality and Indigenous people isn’t done so well. Because of the film adaptation, however, so many people have been talking about this book. I want to read it for myself before I decide whether I want to boost the book and film. Besides, I’ve owned a hardcover copy for a while now, it’s time I pick it up.

let's talk about loveLet’s Talk About Love is about a black girl named Alice who is biromantic and asexual! That sounds absolutely awesome and I’ve been meaning to pick it up ever since it was released.

reign of the fallenI’ve been struggling reading fantasies for almost two years now, but many of my friends really enjoyed Reign of the Fallen. The bisexual representation is #OwnVoices, so I’m keen to pick it up! I’m hoping that by reading this genre more regularly, it won’t be as much of a struggle anymore.


So these are the four books I would like to read for Queer Summer Reading 2018! Some of these titles aren’t the most intersectional, but I chose to read books I own physical copies of because I’ve been neglecting those for a while.

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TBR | May 2018 & #Buzzwordreadathon !

may 2018.pngHello my fellow book lovers! Though I am a terrible mood reader these monthly TBRs have been working pretty well for me, so I’m doing another one today. In 2018 I attempt to read exactly ten books each month and as you can see, there’s still plenty of room left for me to read whatever I want.

I will also participate in the Buzzword Readathon, which is a readathon from May 7th to May 13th. You can watch BooksandLala’s announcement video here! Sadly I won’t be able to read the group read Undead Girl Gang because there’s no way I’ll be able to get that near the release date.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

anger is a giftAnger is a Gift sounds like a very hard-hitting, diverse YA contemporary, so my hopes are high! I received an e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley and I want to read it ASAP. This book is set to be released on May 22nd.

the girl and the groveThe Girl and the Grove is another ARC I need to get to in May, because it will be published on May 8th. I’d like to read it during the Buzzword Readathon because the buzzword is ‘girl’, but then I won’t be able to finish it in time for the release date :/

children of blood and boneI started reading Children of Blood and Bone a couple of weeks ago and I’m about one hundred pages in. Considering I haven’t read many fantasies lately, I’m taking my time reading this. That said, I ought to finish it by the end of the month. I really hope I’m going to love it as much as everyone else!

what happened.pngI’ve been meaning to read What Happened by Hillary Clinton ever since it was released! I’m currently listening to the audiobook and I love that it’s narrated by the author (just like her other books). I know Clinton isn’t perfect, but compared to who’s in charge now, I absolutely support her.


So here are four of the ten books I’d like to read in May! Which books do you plan to read this month? Feel free to leave a link to your TBR in the comments 🙂

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