2019 Book Bucket List

I honestly cannot believe that we are in the last 90 days of 2019! This year has been a big one filled with so many happy moments and so many books!
I really made a dent in my TBR and have managed to read a fair amount of books.

There are some books though, that I want to prioritise for the rest of the year and really get into before we chime in 2020.

1984 by George Orwell

Classics are something I struggle with but am still really interested in reading. 1984 has been on my TBR for two months now and I still haven’t picked it up, so I am hoping I get to it before 2020.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a new discovery for me this year and I am determined to read all the books she has published up to this point.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is one of the two Taylor Jenkins Reid books that I plan to read this year!

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I am so late to the party on this one I know, but I’ve only recently gotten into reading anything in the contemporary sphere and I am interested to see how this book examines such a dividing topic.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Honestly, I’m not even certain what Radio Silence is about, I think it has something to do with a radio station. I’ve heard so many good things about it though that I know I want to read.

Ninth House by Leigh Badrugo

Ninth House is so far out of my sphere of comfort. I don’t think I have ever read a book like it but it was one that I knew I wanted to try. I know its a new release and I have a hundred other books on my shelf that I should prioritise but I’m not, so here we are.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Not only am I finishing off books in series that I started this year but I also want to set myself up for some series to read in 2020. The Shades of Magic Series is one that I really want to get too.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn is my current read, so its one that I know I will finish this year!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

This series is HUGE and this book is a tome, but I am determined to finish it off in 2019, I started Throne of Glass in December of 2018 so it will be a feat I feel to complete it before 2020. I am so ready to see how this epic series ends.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Every year I complete a reread of Harry Potter. I absolutely love the series no matter how many times I read them. This year I am doing an audio re read and listening to the books narrated by Stephen Fry.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I cannot wait to get to Deathly Hallows. I feel like I always forget things from the last book in the Harry Potter series and end up rediscovering things I love!

Flashback by Shannon Messenger

This series is amazing! It has got to be hands down one of my favourites. Every book has had me smiling, laughing and crying like a hot mess. I cannot wait to see what Flashback has in store.

Legacy by Shannon Messenger

Even though this is a new release (being released in November) and I will have to wait who knows how long for the next book in the series, I don’t think I could wait knowing I can read Legacy this year.

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is definitely one of my all time favourite authors, but I just haven’t gotten to this last instalment in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Yet another new release and yet another Rick Riordan book. Greek mythology is my jam and following Apollo has been so enjoyable that its been hard not to pick up The Tyrants Tomb right now!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha trilogy is another series that I want to set myself up to complete in 2020, I have just put it off and put it off and I couldn’t even tell you why!

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is an author that I’ve heard nothing but good things about so I know that I need to get to this book as soon as I can before jumping into the Mistborn trilogy.

October TBR

October seems to be the month that I’m giving myself a hell of a challenge. Why? I have no idea… But I think its because I want to read so many of my books!

Heres what I’m looking at reading in October

I’ve put 14 books on my TBR this month. I don’t think I am going to get to all of them but hopefully I can read the majority! My TBR has a really good mix of fantasy, contemporary and classic!

What’s on your TBR for October?

September TBR

I know, I know September has already started and I am behind on posting my TBR! The pitfalls of reading a ton of books in August for the N.E.W.T.S is that I’ve got all the reviews to write an post so now my posts are all other the place!

I can’t complain though because I had such a great reading month in August an I really enjoyed my time spent in books, that being said I really want to continue this into September. This has definitely lead to me giving myself a hefty TBR but nothing is impossible right?… right?!

I plan to read 10 books this month, with a mix of poetry, fantasy, graphic novels, science fiction and even a classic an contemporary – I know, who even am I! I am delighted to get to all of these reads and am really excited about diversifying my reading.

Aghhh.. I am actually so looking forward to this reading month!

What are your reading plans for September?

July 2019 TBR

Better late than never is definitely the moto I’m adopting until I’ve finally caught up on everything post Europe. To a lot of you this may not make sense as my first post back, but it does to me, so here we are… Let’s look ahead before we reflect.

sitting at half way through July I have managed to complete 4 books already! The rest of the month will definitely be quieter heading back to work so here’s what I plan to hopefully get read over the next 2 weeks.

I am around 100 pages into ‘The Kingdom’ By Jess Rothenberg. I haven’t even hauled this book yet, but I wanted to read it on the flight home so started it early. While I was away I started ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ By Kevin Kwan, I’m just under half way through this book at the moment so hopefully I can finish it this month.

What are your reading plans for July?

TBR: June 2019

I know that June is going to be a busy month. We are in the last 3 weeks of term and with that comes production along with so many other things. I will also be travelling at the end of the month, with that being said I am still setting myself quite the ambitious TBR because why not head into the month with a lot of reading goals?

With NINE books on my TBR for the month I really need to prioritise reading and really make smart decisions about what I want to get read first.

To start the month I want to finish the two books I am bringing into June from May which are ‘The Iron Trial’ By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, I’ve been listening to it on audio and I am really enjoying it. I also want to complete ‘Everblaze’ By Shannon Messenger. This is the third book in the Keeper of Lost Cities series which I absolutely adore.

After that It could go any which way, but I think I want to read the books in a certain order, as always this is a tentative guide and could change at any time. I intend to start with ‘Empire of Storm’ By Sarah J. Maas, this part of the Throne of Glass series which I’ve been working my way through this year. Once I finish ‘The Iron Trial’ I plan to move onto ‘Norse Mythology’ By Neil Gaiman. I started the Magnus Chase series and recently saw Avengers: Endgame and it has really reignited my passion for mythology.

While I’m listening to that I hope to read ‘Sky in the Deep’ By Adrienne Young, which I believe in a Viking story. I’m hoping there is some of this Norse Mythology that plays into the story.

I then want to move onto ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling which I also plan to listen to on audio, while also reading ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor’ By Rick Riordan and ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ By V.E. Schwab.

Some of the Series I haven’t started yet!

Just like my recent post about series that I had started but still needed to finish, I’ve got a LOT of series that I haven’t even started yet.

In the Waking Lands series we follow Elanna as she is forced to run for her life! This series sounds really good, I honestly don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet.

The Shades of Magic series is one that I think I will be picking up soon! Not only am I heading to England soon but I’ve really wanted to pick this series up! In this we follow a magic jump Kel who travels between the different London’s.

This is a series that I first heard about from Inabookshell on YouTube. I love Greek mythology. This series is another series based in Greek myth. I think I will pick this one up soon.

This is honestly a Duology I am so excited to read, i need to get to it as soon as I can!

The Iskari Trilogy is one I don’t know much about. All I read was dragons and dragon slayer and I was in. The third book isn’t out yet, but I kind of want to get to this series before it comes out.

the Nyxia triad is a science fiction trilogy. I love a good science fiction book and can’t wait to read these ones.

I only have the first 2 books in ‘The Keys to the Kingdom’ series, but its one that I am yet to start. I picked these up because I was interested in reading a Garth Nix book but wanted to start with some thing more middle grade, and here we are.

I only have the first book in this series so far the first instalment ‘Shoot the Messenger’ By Pippa Dacosta.

Honestly the cover of this book is what really drew me to the series in the first place.

This seems like a science fiction Fantasy series I can get behind.

The Seven Realms series is one that I picked up after seeing on Brittany the Bibliophile’s channel. She absolutely raved about them, I feel as though I have a similar taste in books to her and I am hoping that when I get to them I will love them just as much as she does!

This is one of those epic fantasy series that I wanted to get too. I haven’t read to much about it but the artwork alone seems incredible. The Falling Kingdoms series has been around for a while, but I am still keen to get to it.

For both the ‘Snow like Ashes’ series and the ‘Three Dark Crowns’ series I only have the first book. For some series I like to purchase the whole series before I start reading, for others I just pick up the first book .

The Hibiscus Daughters Duology is a magical realism series, with some of the most stunning covers. This is another series that I saw on YouTube and was drawn to.

April Book Haul

April has (insanely) come and gone and throughout the month I got some books that I ordered during March – when I wasn’t on a book buying ban – and that I received in April. Not that I need to add any more books to my TBR, but here we are.

‘The Field Guide to the North American Teenager’

By Ben Phillppe

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’

By Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Tom Taylor, Chris Visions, Rico Renzi, Marcio Takara

Spider Gwen Volume 1

GWEN STACY IS BACK IN THE WEBS AND HAS AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MYSTERY TO SOLVE!

THE SPIDER-WOMAN of Earth-65 was convinced that the Lizard’s threat died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But a new reptilian rampage leaves her with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but also his death. While her father, Captain George Stacy, struggles with Gwen’s double life, troubles mount as the Osborns make their debut — and Gwen finds herself on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most-wanted list! Perhaps Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman of Earth-616, can offer some wise lessons about power and responsibility that might come in handy when Gwen battles the Goblins! Plus: Discover who wields the shield as Earth-65’s Captain America joins the fray — but will she be on Gwen’s side?

‘Spider-Gwen: Weapon of Choice’

By Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez

Spider-Gwen Volume 2

Gwen’s life is turned upside down after the SPIDER-WOMAN event at the worst time ever as Captain Frank Castle is bearing down on her. Does she stand a chance against Castle’s punishment?

‘The Devil’s Thief’

By Lisa Maxwell

Book #2 in the Last Magicians Series

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-travelling thief. 

‘How to be a Pirate’

By Cressida Cowell

Book #2 in the How to Train Your Dragon Series

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking Hero–dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this rip-roaring adventure he recounts his early days–when he still had a lot to learn about sword fights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

‘Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster’

By Liza Palmer

Carol Danvers kicks off her U.S. Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she’ll be tested in ways she never thought possible-and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process-in this atmospheric and exciting prelude to the upcoming Marvel Studios’ film, Captain Marvel! Focusing on Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau as they wend their way through a space that was still very much a “boys’ club” in the 80s, the important social-cultural themes explored in this novel are sure to draw in not only fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but readers of social issue-focused YA who gravitate toward relatable protagonists learning to navigate the world around them, and to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.

‘Grim Tuesday’

By Garth Nix

Book #2 in The Keys to the Kingdom Series

The second incredible book in The Keys to the Kingdom, now in hardcover 
Arthur doesn’t think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday — the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges — in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur’s family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything — an adventure that will include stealing a Sunship, surviving a very weird work camp, befriending a bearlike spirit, fighting the void like Nithlings, and travelling to the scary Far Reaches for the ultimate showdown.

‘Nightfall’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #6 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

‘Flashback’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #7 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

In this unforgettable seventh book, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for. 

Wrap Up: April 2019

Another month of 2019 has come and gone. I’ve really enjoyed posting a wrap up of each month to reflect on the books I’ve read and everything that has been involved in the month whether it be readathons or things in everyday life.

So this month I didn’t end up reading as much as I anticipated but I still think I did a pretty good job. I ended up reading 7 books. I read ‘Skyward’ By Joe Henderson et al; ‘The Outcast’ By Taran Matheru, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell, ‘The Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard, ‘Estranged: Volume 1’ By Ethan M. Aldridge, ‘Exile’ By Samantha Shannon and ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

All of these together meant that – YAY – I passed SEVEN O.W.L.S Exams for the readathon a took part in in April.

O.W.L.S Readathon

Review: ‘Fake Blood’ By Whitney Gardner

Review: ‘The Wicked King’ By Holly Black

Weekly Update: 9.4.19

Wrap Up: March 2019

Goal Update: March 2019

Book Haul: March 2019

Review: ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger

Review: ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ By Rachel Hollis

Weekly Update: 21.4.19

Review: ‘Doughnut Kingdom: Cucumber Quest Volume 1’ By Gigi D.G.

Review: ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger

Review: ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell

Weekly Update: 29.4.19