I recently wrote a post about the video games I am most anticipating this year (and into the future) which reminded me of the list I had been compiling on random post it notes scattered throughout my house of all the books I am so excited to read this year.
If you’ve been here for a while or even if you are new (Welcome!) it might be obvious that I am a pretty avid reader. Now I know things are most likely going to slow down once Bubs is in the mix but I am hoping to still be able to read something each month, even if its just one book.
Every year I look forward to seeing all the books that they are going to be released in a new year, it always seems like an exciting ‘fresh start’ for the year and even through everything going on last year it was something to look forward too.
Without adding to much to the preamble, these are the books that I am most looking forward too picking up this year.
Since I am writing this post so late there are some books that I am am mentioning that have already been released that I just haven’t picked up yet.
I am so excited for all these books to come out and these are just the releases I know about that I’m excited for. If you have any book recommendations of new releases leave a comment so I can add it to my list!
The beginning of the April Year-a-thon is here and that means we start reading the Highest and Lowest rated books on your Goodreads TBR. So these are the two books I’ll be picking up this week.
‘Empress of A Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza is the lowest rated book on my Goodreads TBR so I will be picking that up, along with ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman which is my highest rated book.
I’m really looking forward to reading both and I’m a little glad that this challenge is making me prioratise books that may not of been on the forefront of my TBR.
April is here and with it a global pandemic and a ton of time to read. Along with the O.W.L.S I am planning to complete the April Year-a-thon reading challenge as well as reading a couple of additional books.
as well as one of the following books…
Overall, I am hoping that I can get all 10 of these books read as well as finally finishing ‘The Secret History’ Which I have been reading for a couple of months already!
What are you most looking forward to reading this month?
I am so excited that the O.W.L.S are upon us. This is one of my all time favourite readathons, hosted by Gee from Book Roast on YouTube. The O.W.L.S have happened every April for the past 2 years with this being the 3rd year its run. It really couldn’t come at a better time either!
Gee has also created a careers guide which is linked to her announcement video each time and has this year added some more career options. Even with these awesome additional careers I still chose one that was in the original guide and that is…
This means that to pass my O.W.L.S I need to read 8 books, for each of the subject prompts which are as follows.
These are the books I’m picking up for each prompt.
Heart Rune: Read a book with a heart of the cover or in the title
I’ve decided to reread ‘Wild at Heart’ by K.A. Tucker for this prompt. I know that its one that I enjoy and even though I only recently read it for the first time, I cannot wait to get back into it!
Magical Qualities of Number 2: Balance/opposites: read something outside your favourite genre
For a book outside my favourite genre I decided to go with ‘Empress of a Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza, a science fiction. I don’t really have many genres I don’t like but I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and contemporaries lately.
Lumos Maxima: White Cover
I’m not really sure yet which book I want to read with a white cover yet so I’ve got three options to choose from ‘The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater, ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff and ‘The Dragon Republic’ by R.F. Kuang. I am leaning towards ‘The Dragon Republic’ since I recently completed ‘The Poppy War’ and I want to be up to date before the third book is released.
Grindylows: Book set at the sea/coast
After watching Emma at Drinking by my shelf, do a 24 hour readathon where she read all the Lemony Snicket, I knew I wanted to read them again since I realised that when I read them as they came out I never finished them. I got up to book 3 which I remember being set by the sea so I decided to save ‘The Wide Window’ for the O.W.L.S.
Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title that starts with M
After narrowing it down from my three options, I decided to pick up ‘Maybe This Time’ by Kasie West for the prompt. I want something fun and light to throw into this TBR so a contemporary seems like the best option.
A book from the perspective of a muggle (Contemporary)
For the contemporary I wanted to mix it up a little bit and pick up ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman, a contemporary graphic novel. This is one that I am so excited to pick this one up!
Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages
I actually found it really difficult to find a book that filled this prompt and after going through my graphic novel collection and found that ‘Thor: God of Thunder Reborn’ by Jason Aaron, Mike Del Mundo and Christian Ward fit the bill perfectly!
Animagus Lecture: Book/series that includes shape shifting
I don’t think I have any other books on my shelf that have shape shifter as a feature which works out perfectly because I am almost done with my Twilight reread, which means I can fill this prompt with ‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer.
I am so happy that it’s O.W.L.S season again and I really cannot wait to get into all these wonderful stories. Thisreadathon could not have come at a better time, so if you have the chance, join in, let me know if you will be participating and we can connect as a community and read some amazing stories together!
Whether you celebrate or not, it’s nice to spend some time reflecting on those we care for deeply.
With that being said I decided it’s also a perfect time to list some of my favourite romance and contempoarary stories. As an aside from Valentine’s Day, I usually find myself reading more romantic stories during the summer months. These are just a few of the books I’ve enjoyed.
These are only some of the books that I’ve enjoyed from the contamporary/ Romance Genre. All featuring adorable couples that I abslutely love, so if you are in the mood for a fluffy read, I would definitely recommend all of these stories!
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Send me any of your favourite Romance and Contampary reads, I’d love to read more!!
Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.
Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realises how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.
Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.
And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.
Chasing River follows our main character Amber as she is embarking on an epic trip around Europe. We pick up with her in Ireland as she runs to make a tour. She runs through The Green – a park in Ireland – when a pipe bomb goes off and she is saved by a mysterious stranger. This is where our romance begins…
When it comes to romance protagonists as much as I liked the story I didn’t enjoy Amber. I felt as though she was just a random person with no real distinctive personality. I felt as though she got super attached super quickly.
I found the examination of the gangs in Ireland and how the impact on family of its members fascinating as a sub plot to the story, as well as the deep connection in the Delaney family.
‘Chasing River’ is the third book in a collection of K.A. Tucker ‘Burying Water’ from what I’ve gathered these books don’t all need to be read and each book can be read individually. As this is how I read the book this could of impacted my opinion of Amber as I did not read any of her back story.
Overall I enjoyed reading ‘Chasing River’. I chose to listen to the Audiobook which had a fantastic narrator who changed between an american accent for Amber as well as an Irish accent for River. The romance was one that I enjoyed, even though it was a bit insta-lovey.
Plot:6/10 Ease of reading:7/10 Character Development:7/10 World Building:5/10 Quality of Writing: 7/10 Overall:3.5/5