January 2020 TBR

2020 is here! I want to begin the new year and decade off on the right note and get some serious reading done while I still have the time. Here is what I’m looking at reading in January.

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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickenson Skyward Chasing River Forever, Interrupted Kingdom of Ash Legacy Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone The Pretenders The Tyrant’s Tomb The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel This is Where it Ends New Moon

I think I’ve got a pretty broad range of books for the month, which should mean that there will constantly be something on my TBR that I am eager to pick up… Fingers crossed!

What are your January reading plans?

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?

TBR: May 2019

A new month is a fresh start and new reading adventures await. For the month of may I am participating in the tail end of the #Avengersreadathon2019 for the first half of may before getting back into my own reading for the rest of the month.

Let me be the first to say that these are ambitious reading plans! I’ve made the decision that even if I don’t finish all the #Avengersreadathon2019 books before May 14th, I am going to continue on with them as my TBR for May.

I’ve really enjoyed starting series in the last month or so. They are all books I want to get to and starting them has helped me get excited to continue with the series.

For May I plan to read two graphic novels ‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’ and ‘The Ripple Kingdom’. When it comes to novels I want to read ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas, ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Demon King’ By Cinda Willams Chima. I also plan to listen to ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

What are you planning to read for May?

November TBR

cropped-headerFirst of all WHAT IT’S NOVEMBER ALREADY!.. Ok, glad I got that out of my system. Down to what you actually came here for (which I’m guessing isn’t a freak out about how quickly 2018 is passing).

Books. Books. Books.

What am I going to read in November? As I am sitting here writing this I am beyond torn. Do I finally start the Throne of Glass series, seeing as I will not have the completed series (yay!) or do I start Renegades so I can actually read a sequel when its released?

So many options, so hard to choose! BUT I think this will be my plan…

First I will read ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend, the very highly anticipated sequel to ‘Nevermoor’, because yes I preordered it – I know, how organised am I?! – and I really want to read it before my kiddos at school because you know they will accidentally spoil something in their excitement to share. Also it should be arriving on November 1st, so perfect timing.

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After I’ve completed ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend, I think I will finally read ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Myer so I can hopefully be ready to read ‘Archenemies’ By Marissa Myer (which I also preordered) when it arrives on the 15th.

IF I finished both of those and I still have some November to spare I think I will jump into’All the Wandering Light’ By Heather Fawcett the sequel to ‘Even the Darkest Stars’ which I ended up reading in October. This sequel comes out on November 15th.

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While all this is going on I also want to listen to ‘Obsidio’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on Audible.

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Busy! To say this is an ambitious TBR is an understatement I think, but I like a challenge.

 

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what books are you planning on reading in November?

 

TBR: September

September is here and hopefully the weather in Melbourne warms up and there is actually a chance to read outside! YAY!

for this month I only have 2 books planned and then I want to see what I am vibing when I finish them.

So my set books for the month. I plan to finish reading ‘The House of Hades‘ By Rick Riordan

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I then plan to move onto the final book in the series ‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan.

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After that I want to see where the month takes me. I’m not sure if I want to pick up a standalone novel or if I want to continue with ‘The Trials of Apollo’ series straight away.

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What does your TBR look like for September?

August TBR

After two average reading months I am determined to make August count! My goal for the month is going to be to at least – absolute minimum – complete the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

I am currently reading ‘The Son of Neptune’ which I started not that long ago. At the time of writing this I am 110 pages in.

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I’ll then move onto the third book in the series ‘The Mark of Athena’ by Rick Riordan before reading ‘The House of Hades’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Blood of Olympus’ by Rick Riordan.

If I can get all of these read I will more on to the Trials of Apollo series!

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Just on Rick Riordan binge at the moment! I think it’s a little bit ambitious, but I am hopeful to get through them.

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What books are you planing to read this month?

 

TBR: May

April is over and May is upon us!

I mentioned in my April wrap up that I felt I hadn’t had a very productive (in life or reading) April but that I wanted to focus on a more positive and productive May.

This starts with an AMBITIOUS TBR. Now I am aware that there is little chance that I will get through all these books in May but I have a focus for the month and I want as many options as possible so I can’t feel that inevitable ‘I have nothing to read’ feeling when I finish a good book and the next one in the series isn’t available.

My focus for the month is:
Middle Grade

I am a huge fan of middle grade. I love the stories being a little lighter than Young adult and I love discovering new stories that my kiddos can read.

I’ve purchased quite a few Middle Grade and want to try and get some read. I won’t be STRICTLY sticking to this as I did just finish ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ which is a young adult fantasy and I want to read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ this month as well.

But, aside from all those things, there are the books I’ll be trying to work through this month.

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This is just a glimpse at the books I HOPE to get through for the month of May.

I’ve planned a pretty hectic reading month (sorry social life/optometrist) but it needs to be done!

All the books I plan to read this month are:

  • Complete ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ by S.B Nova
  • ‘The Wizard of Once’ by Cressida Cowell
  • ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ by Sarah J. Mass
  • ‘The Apprentice Witch’ by James Nicol
  • ‘The Magic Misfits’ By Neil Patrick Harris
  • ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell
  • ‘Furthermore’ by Taherah Mafi
  • ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundell
  • ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ by Kelly Barnhill
  • ‘The Isle of the Lost’ by  Melissa Dela Cruz
  • ‘Aru Shah and the End of Time’ by Roshani Chokshi
  • ‘The Girl in the Tower’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘Tess on the Road’ by Rachel Hartman
  • ‘The Serpent’s Secret’ by Sayantani DasGupta

So there are A LOT of books I plan to get to this month and I know there is no chance I will get to all of them but I am going to work on getting through as many as I can.

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What are some of the books on your May TBR?

 

 

 

 

Book Rediscovery: Unread

Recently I picked up some books that were at my friends house from when I lived with him 6 or so years ago. I’ve been meaning to do it for, well six years but I’ve had the time recently so I went and picked them up. I’ve ended up keeping about half of them and some are books that I’ve read and some I haven’t.

These are the ones I’m still to read.

img_1123‘City of Glass’ By Cassandra Clare
(Book #3 in the Mortal Instruments Series)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

img_1125‘Delirium’ By Lauren Oliver
(Book #1 in the Delirium Series)
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

img_1128‘Wood Angel’ By Erin Bow
Plain Kate lives in a time afraid of magic. She has a gift for carving ‘lucky’ wooden-charms. Known as Witch-Blade, her unusual gift attracts dangerous attention in a place where witches are burned. When her village falls on bad times, suspicion falls on Kate. Scared for her life, she seeks the help of a mysterious stranger.

 

 

 

img_1130‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ By Jenny Han
(Book #1 in the Summer Series)
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

img_1134‘The Sun Also Rises’ By Ernest Hemmingway
The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

img_1136‘The Scarlet Letter’ By Nathanial Hawthorne
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.
She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt.
Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.

img_1140‘Born Wicked’ By Jessica Spotswood
(Book #1 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles)
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

img_1148‘City of Ashes’ By Cassandra Clare
(Book #2 in the Mortal Instruments Series)
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

img_1153‘The Darkest Minds’ By Alexandra Bracken
(Book #1 in the Darkest Minds Series)
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living