January Wrap-up/February TBR:

Hello,

I hope you guys are having a good start to the weekend. It’s been very cold and dreary where I live and we even got a few snowflakes too. I’ve mostly stayed inside and worked on hw, took a nap, finished a short book, and started working on my February TBR. I have a much heavier homework load this semester than I ever had, so things have been pretty hectic lately. I wanted to get all of my end of the year posts up in January but unfortunately, it will probably be February and possibly March before I get everything out.

January was a slow month of reading for me. I hit a small reading slump back toward the end of November and while I was reading, I felt that I wasn’t enjoying the books that I was reading. It wasn’t until my fifth or sixth book in January that I feel like I finally got out of whatever rut I was in from last year. I only read 7 books this month but I think that is alright with the schedule that I have now. This semester I have quite a few big papers that I have to write and I am taking advanced grammar as well. I actually decided to take some books off my shelf for the moment so I can pick them up later.

Since I have so much I have to do in February I’ve decided to read some short novels and standalones. I also have some that are for specific challenges that I need to finish. I only have one book that is over 400 pages long which I have a hold for, though it might be a while before I get to it. I also have an ARC that I need to finish by the end of the month as well. I still want to do some challenges and experiments, but I haven’t figured what that will be yet, and I probably won’t be able to start anything major until March which is when my Spring break starts.

 

January Wrap-up: 

January Wrap-up Stats_

January Wrap-up

  1. The way I used to be by Amber Smith – I am not sure how to rate this one. I think this is an important book to read and brings up an important topic, but it doesn’t seem to add anything new. Granted this novel was written in 2016 and is still relevant today, but I struggled with this one (3 stars).
  2. Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven – I wanted to love this one. I loved All the bright places and it was one of my top favorite books of the year when I read it, so I got really excited when I saw this one. I struggled with this one as well. I listened to this on audio book and it was easier, but I had a hard time relating with Livvy. I think my favorite character was actually Jack. I thought that Livvy was a strong character, but she also did some impulsive things as well. Overall I would still recommend this one, it just wasn’t for me at the time (3.5 stars).
  3. You’ll Miss me when I’m gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon – I apparently had a bad start to the new year in reading because I also struggled with this one. I loved the story itself, but I just couldn’t relate to the characters. I liked Tovah more than Adina, and while I struggled to relate with Adina, I could also understand where she was coming from in her situation. I still think this is one well worth reading though (4 stars).
  4. Every heart a doorway (#1) by Seanan McGuire – I actually tried to pick this one up when it first came out, but couldn’t get into it at the time so I deleted it from myself. Everyone on Booktube was talking about the series this past year so I thought I would give it another try especially since I was looking for titles that started with an E, and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought the characters were pretty well developed and the story was unpredictable. I’m looking forward to continuing the series throughout the year and I would recommend this one (4 stars).
  5. Lost hills (#1) by Lee Goldberg – This was my Amazon First reads choice of the month and it wasn’t a bad one. I really liked the main character and even some of the side characters. The mystery itself starts off right at the beginning, but it is unpredictable in the way it ends. Another highly recommended one as well (4 stars).
  6. The bone season (#1) by Samantha Shannon – I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to get to this one. I saw it when it first came out and went by it thinking that it wasn’t something that I would enjoy, and boy was I wrong. This one got me out of whatever rut I was in at the beginning of the month. The tension was so high throughout the story, and while the character did have that need at the beginning to be protected by others, she did grow out of it toward the end. I also loved the hate to love romance and was exactly what I was looking for in a book. I also loved the side characters, though the syndicate gang was probably my favorite (5 stars).
  7. Home: A dystopian Journey by David Duane Kummer – This was a book I picked up on a website called Voracious Readers and it wasn’t bad. It took me a while longer than I thought it would, but I really enjoyed it for it being a short Dystopian novel. I plan to have a review up next week so I won’t say too much, but I would recommend it (4 stars).

 

February TBR: 

February is going to be an interesting month only because it starts one of the busiest times of the year for me. I have at least three papers that I have to write and a few tests coming up, so I am not entirely sure how much reading I will get done, but I want to squeeze in a few hopefully. I am sticking seven on to my TBR again since I feel like that is a reasonable number of books with the exception of one more that I put on hold. I also ordered a planner last year called Always Fully Booked by LittleInklings and I love it so far. It has a number of challenges in it which is where a couple of these books will be connected to since I wanted to read some shorter novels this month.

Currently reading: 

February TBR currently reading

  1. Grim Tuesday (#2) by Garth Nix – I haven’t even had a chance to get to this one, but I am hoping that February will be the month that I will be able to continue the series.
  2. Sinner (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater – I have been trying and struggling to get to this book even though I liked the characters in the previous three books of this series. Since I am using it for a challenge I am hoping to finish it this month.
  3. Only lies remain by Val Collins – I picked up this one on a website called Bookish firsts since I am trying to see about getting more ARCS every once in a while and this one seemed interesting. I’m only five chapters in and they are really short which is good. It is interesting so far.

 

TBR: 

February TBR

  1. The invited by Jennifer McMahon – I loved the winter people and I also love haunted houses so I am super excited for this new release. It just came out a few days ago I believe and I already have a hold on it. This one will probably be the first one that I pick up.
  2. You think it, I’ll say it by Curtis Sittenfeld – This one works for the challenge that I am working on in my planner where I have to read a book from a celebrities book club. I figured this would be a good month to do it and I chose this one. Apparently this is a book of short stories which is something that I don’t pick up very often. I also needed an extra “Y” title so this one worked out perfectly.
  3. Sleeping Giants (#1) by Sylvain Neuvel – I am also working on a challenge where I needed a book that had the color black on it, and I struggled to find one. This seems like it would be interesting so well see how it goes. It also has stars on the cover and will work for a cover challenge too.
  4. You are still the one (#1)by Rachel Harris – This one doesn’t go for any challenges other than needing another “Y” title (I have quite a few of those). I also thought it would be a nice one for Valentine’s day since I don’t read romance very often.
  5. Honorable mention – Uglies (#1) by Scott Westerfeld – I was originally going to wait on this one, but then I decided to go ahead and check it out. There was a hold on it so it will be a while before I can get to it which is totally fine since it is over 400 pages long. I’ve read afterworld by this author and wasn’t really impressed with it so I am a little weary, but intrigued as well.

So here is my latest Wrap-up/TBR. I have a couple of posts to write for next week in between papers but I am hoping to get my first review of the year up, along with my 2020 goals and my top favorite/least favorites of 2019 too.

Hope you have a good weekend,

Marybeth

2019 End of the year stats:

Hello,

It’s the day before February and I am just getting this up, but my first End of the year survey is up. I have a few other late posts coming up over the weekend as well but I’ll space them out to where they won’t come out all at once. Things have been extremely busy since the second week of school and a lot of things have been going on. Its only going to get busier from here until the end of the semester. This is my busiest semester yet with it being my next to last semester before I graduate in December. I also have a ton of papers and small assignments to do as well. I still plan to squeeze in some posts but after this weekend and the first week of February it might be sporadic until the summer at least. I want to do some new challenges and experiments to broaden my reading but I’ll explain about that in my next couple of posts.

For this particular topic I am using questions from the 10th annual End of year survey – 19th edition hosted by the perpetual page turner. The link should take you directly to the site. There are quite a few questions on the list that I might not have an answer to but I am hoping to get to all of them.

 

2019 stats: 

2019 end of the year stats

In order to condense my genres I added some YA and fiction together so that it could fit. This past year was a very good year for reading, but I noticed that while fantasy was my top genre of the year, I wasn’t into the ya fantasy as much as I was before. I was really just reading them to finish some trilogies that I’d been working on for the last couple of years. This year I want to jump into adult fiction a little more than I did last year and I want to figure out what I like and dislike in these genres.

2019 end of the year survey 1

I tried to line up the pictures of each book with each question, but it got a little out of place toward the end and I did forget a couple.

Best book you read in 2019? 

I had a hard time decided on what my top favorite book of the year was, so I went ahead and chose two. My first one is The whisper man by Alex North, and my second favorite is On the come up by Angie Thomas.

Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t? 

I’m going with The problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love most of Jennifer Armentrout’s books but I was very sad with this one especially since I could relate to the character so much. I think its one of those that if I had picked up a year ago I might have enjoyed it more.

Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read?

This is a hard one but I think I am going to go with Forest of a thousand lanterns (#1) by Julie C. Dao. I didn’t know that going into this novel that apparently it was based on the snow white story from the villain’s POV. I don’t normally enjoy retellings, but I must have read this one at the right time because it did surprise me when I read it.

Book you “Pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I think the one book that I got one of my family members to read was the red rising series by Pierce Brown. It was a little darker than what they normally read but we tend to read similar Sci-fi so I am always looking for more adult Sci-fi books to recommend.

Best series you started in 2019? Best sequel of 2019? Best series Ender of 2019? 

Best series starter: Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler

Best sequel of 2019: Nyxia unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen

Best series Ender of 2019: The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco

 

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Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? 

My new favorite author would be The last wishby Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve never heard of The Witcher series before but it reminded a little bit of the video game called Final Fantasy 7 and I knew that I had to pick it up. I’ve only read the first two short stories so far, but I have started Blood of elves (#1) and it is good so far.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? 

Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter. This was the only historical fiction novel that I read last year and I apparently read it at the right time. I’d actually started it in May, but ended up finishing it in September. I definitely enjoyed it more during the latter month than I did when I first started it. I’m definitely planning to continue the series next year.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I’m going with Morning star (#3)by Pierce brown. I loved all three books in this series but I think Morning star is probably my second favorite under Red rising. It also became one of my top favorite series of the year too.

book you read in 2019 that you would be most likely to re-read next year?

I don’t typically re-read books as I am usually reading from my backlist of books but I would be interested in re-reading either And I darken (The conqueror trilogy) by Kiersten White and/or The bone witch series by Rin Chupeco.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

My favorite cover of the year would probably have to be The Center of the universe by Ria Voros. If I remember correctly the main character loved astronomy and I think the cover goes extremely well with the story itself.

Most memorable character of 2019? 

I think my most memorable character of 2019 was Natalia in Right where I belong by Kristi McGee. This was a christian contemporary romance novel that I found while searching through my young adult section on my Overdrive account. Way back in January I was looking for a book that was different than what I was reading at the time since I believe I was reading a lot of fantasy novels. This one took me a little while to get to but once I got to it I loved it and the characters were probably some of my favorites. It’s definitely one that I would recommend.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

I’m not sure about this one but I loved Ron Rash’s The world made straight. Even though the topic of the story isn’t the easiest, he weaves nature in with his writing, and you can really see places that the characters visit. Even though it is a fictional story (also made into a movie), it talks about real places that are set in North Carolina.

 

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Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2019? 

I don’t know if this is a life-changing book or not but I read Lock in (#1) by John Scalzi and even though it is typically my genre (Sci-fi), it was a bit different than what I would normally pick up. I would highly recommend it though.

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read? 

Ruin and rising (#3) by Leigh Bardugo. I am terrible at finishing books in a series back to back after I’ve read the first book because I am always afraid that if I read them all at once I won’t enjoy them as much. This one wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be but it set me up to read King of scars (#1) for 2020. I tried to read it before I had finished the shadow and bone series and had a hard time remembering what had happened so I put it away to finish this series. I do wish I’d finished it sooner though.

Favorite Passage/quote from a book you read in 2019? 

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. I don’t really keep track of quotes that often.

Shortest & longest book you read in 2019?

Longest book: Star wars: (#1-3) The empires strikes back, Attack of the clones, and Revenge of the Sith box set (993 pages).

Shortest book: 1/2 prince Vol. 1 by Yu Wo (175 pages).

Book that shocked you the most?

Hunted by Meagan Spooner. I struggle with retellings sometimes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I figured out what was going on right toward the beginning but it didn’t ruin it for me and it was still enjoyable. Im honestly not quite sure why I kept putting it off though.

OTP of the year?

I am honestly not sure if i really have an OTP for this year.

Favorite non-romantic couple of the year?

I think I would have to go with Jackaby and Abigail Rook. The banter between these two was so good. (Since it’s been September since I read the book so I am not sure if there is a romantic connection toward the end of the novel).

Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously?

I am going with Madeleine Roux for this one.  I read Asylum a long time ago and loved it but was never able to pick up the rest of the series. I also loved this one and can’t wait to continue it.

Favorite book you read in 2019 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram?

I definitely picked up The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski from Booktube. I’d just discovered Booktube a few months ago and follow quite a few fantasy readers which introduced this series. I had no idea that it existed before, and I am really glad that I was able to find it.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

I don’t have a fictional crush this year.

Best 2019 debut you read?

I’m going with The whisper man by Alex North. This is a Thriller that I absolutely loved, and it made my top ten favorite books of the year.

Best worldbuilding/vivid setting you read this year?

The best setting that I read this year was probably in The child Finder (#1) by Rene Denfeld. The descriptions were lyrical, it really felt like you could feel the cold winter that was described in the story.

Book that was the most fun to read?

I’m going with Daughter of the siren queen (#2) by Tricia Levenseller. This one wasn’t quite as good as Daughter of the pirate king, but I still loved it. I think I ended up rating it 4 stars.

Book that made you cry/almost cry?

I don’t really gravitate toward books that make me cry, but I would have to say that the ending of The shadow Glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco was pretty close. I do have to say that it is a bit ironic that I love this trilogy because I originally read The girl in the well and had an extremely hard time with it. This one though, made my top ten books of the year.

Book that made you the maddest (either liked it or didn’t)?

I’m not sure if I read a book that made me mad, but I was a bit upset that I didn’t enjoy The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout because she is one of my all time favorite authors.

Hidden gem of the year?

My hidden gem of the year was probably The unfinished life of Addison stone by Adele Griffin.

Book that crushed your soul?

The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco. I read this one before Fantasy kind of fell apart for me and I am glad I did because it was my most anticipated book and I loved it. It was so sad but unpredictable and I didn’t see most of the plot twists coming. If you haven’t read this series, I would highly recommend it.

Most unique book you read in 2019?  

I struggled with this question a little, but I think I am going to go with The unfinished life of Addison stone by Adele Griffin. I realized that this is also under hidden jems too, but I think both fit.

So this was my 2019 survey. 2019 was a good year for reading though there were a lot more books on my list that I didn’t enjoy as much as I would if I’d read them earlier. I finished up quite a few series, but also started a bunch more, which is typical. In my next couple of posts I’ll have my top/least favorite books of 2019 and my January wrap-up/February TBR. I’m also thinking about doing a decades of books post as well.

 

Hope you have a good weekend,

Marybeth

January TBR 2020:

Hello, and welcome to the first TBR of the new year!

I hope you guys are having a great weekend so far. It’s been pretty laid back over here as things from the holidays have mostly calmed down. We have one more party to go to tonight, but after that it seems that things will be back to normal or at least as normal as it gets with school starting back up a week from Monday. I plan to do as much reading as possible if I can between now and the time that I have to go back as this semester is going to be a busy one.

This month I plan to read all of the books that I had tried to start in December, but never got to. I tend to overly ambitious toward the end of the year and add too many books to my list though in the past I have been able to finish most of them. This past year has been an incredibly busy year with a lot of changes so I wasn’t able to get in as much reading as I wanted to. It was still a pretty good year for reading and I am super excited to see where this year leads me.

 

January TBR: 

January 2020 TBR

Books I own:

  1. Blood of elves (#1) by Andrzej Sapkowski – I read the first two novellas in this series almost back to back but for some reason I wasn’t able to get into this one yet. This month I really want to finish it though and continue the series as I have the boxed set of the first three books. I’ve also started the series on Netflix and hope to continue it this week.
  2. A feast for crows (#4) by George R.R. Martin – I started this one back in December and was having a hard time getting into it with the new characters so I am hoping that it picks up. I also want to read A dance with dragons this year so I can get caught up with this series.

Books for review:

  1. Lost Hills (#1) by Lee Goldberg – I got this one through Amazon first reads. I’m finding that some of these books are really interesting and so far this one seems like it will be one that I will enjoy.
  2. Home: A dystopian journey by David Kummer – I got this one through Voracious Readers only and haven’t really been able to get to it even though it is a short novel. Its really interesting so far though.

library books:

  1. You’ll miss me when I’m gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This was from my December pile and I am not very far in, but it is very interesting so far. I”m hoping to finish it by the end of the weekend hopefully.
  2. The way I used to be by Amber Smith – This was another book from my December TBR of library books. For some reason a lot of the books that I picked up in December had big topics in them (I’m not sure on this though) and i was going to start this before the holidays but decided to put it off until after the new year. I’ve read a few pages of it and it is definitely going to be a tough one to read so it might be a couple of days before I get to it.
  3. Freeing yourself from Anxiety: 4 simple steps to overcome worry and create the life you want by Tamar E. Chansky – This was added to my list just this afternoon so I can start it over the weekend. This past summer my anxiety spiked right when I started the fall semester and thats when I realized that I needed to do something about it so it didn’t overcome my personal and school life. I’ve also had some big things going on over the past few month so my grandparent’s actually found this for me to pick up. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so we shall see how it goes.

Overdrive books:

  1. Sinner (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve been trying to read this one for the last couple of years or so, and always seems to be one of the last books that I pick up before it has to be taken back to the library again. This month I plan to finish this one which will definitely help with a few challenges that I am working on as well. Cole was probably my favorite character out of the entire wolves of mercy falls series so hopefully things will pick up soon.
  2. Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven – I’m not quite sure what to think of this one. I’m really sure if I like Livvy or not, but I do like Jack’s POV more. It’s still iffy on whether or not I will enjoy more than I am, but I do plan to finish it as it is another one of those that I plan to finish this month as I have been trying to read it since 2018.
  3. Grim Tuesday (#2) by Garth Nix – I read Mister Monday (#1) last year for a challenge and thought it was all right so I decided to put the entire series on my Goodreads shelf. I haven’t been able to get to this one yet but we’ll see how it goes.
  4. Every heart a doorway (#1) by Seanan McGuire – I’ve heard a lot of things about this series and I thought I would go ahead and try it out. I’m a bit skeptical of it, but the series seems to get better after this one so I am willing to give it a try. Its all right so far and pretty short, so I am hoping to finish it over the next couple of days.

 

So this is my TBR for the month. My next post is looking back on 2019 and my 2020 goals/resolutions. This year is going to be a busy one, but I also want to try out some new things this year to try and get my blog back on track.

Hope you guys have a good weekend!

Marybeth

 

December Wrap-up:

Happy New Years!

I hope you guys had a good holiday and a great start to the new year. It’s been pretty hectic over here lately but I think things are calming down for the next few days. I’ve been with my grandparents for the entire month since I got done with finals and it has been fun. We’ve been having parties with our neighbors and family, which being an introvert can be exhausting, but catching up with family has been good too. December was an interesting month for reading as I tried to focus on books that I had tried to pick up before but never got to. There were a couple of books that I got stuck on for a while, but overall, most of the books that I read were okay. I also saw The Rise of Skywalker on thursday and it was better than I thought it would be. Next week is my last week of vacation before school starts and I am going to try and catch up on as much reading as possible between now and the 12th of January.

For December I read 15 books. I struggled with a few of the books that I had picked up for some reason and I think it was just because I was so busy during the holidays. I also think I was in a small reading slump that I finally got out of. I only had a couple of 4.5-5 stars rating this month and most of the other books were around 3-3.5 stars. Overall, I did read a lot in December, but I didn’t quite enjoy some of the books that I picked up. i have some goals for this year that I will explain in the next couple of posts that I have coming up next week.

 

December Wrap-up: 

December stats

This month was an interesting month as most of the books were okay with only a couple that were rated 4-5 stars. The books that I picked up this month were books that I had on my Goodreads shelf for a few years and I was ready to finish them before the new year. I also picked up some to work for a few challenges that I am working on through Goodreads. One of my goals this year is to finish some of the longer challenges that I have been working on for the last couple of years or so.

December Wrap-up

  1. Sword of destiny (0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski – This one was slightly different than The last wish by Andrzej Sapkowski but I still really enjoyed it. After reading the first novella in this series I did have some unanswered questions about how Geralt met a couple of the characters and Sword of destiny answered both questions and set up the plot for blood of elves all at the same time. I’ve started the book but haven’t been able to really get into it that much, so I am hoping to pick it up for January and continue the series (5 stars).
  2. The child finder (#1)by Rene Denfeld – This one was a bit of a surprise. I was intrigued by it when I first heard of the story and it definitely took me a while to get to, but I am glad that I did. I loved the atmospheric writing and how it was set around winter and December was the perfect time to read it. The story did take me a little while to get into but once I started it didn’t take long for me to finish (4 stars).
  3. The jewel (#1) by Amy Ewing – This was a trilogy that I have been wanting to finish for a long time and I was finally able to pick up all three books at once. I don’t normally do this but when I went to try and find a review that would catch me up on this novel I actually found the audio book on Youtube which was really nice. It wasn’t quite as good as it was when I read it way back in 2014, but I can see why I really enjoyed it back then (3.5 stars).
  4. The white rose (#2) by Amy Ewing – I read this one not long after it came out and loved it the first time. The second time reading it, I found that it was just alright. It did seem to drag a bit at the beginning of the story, but I did love a few of the characters (3.5 stars)
  5. The black key (#3) by Amy Ewing – This was the only one in the trilogy that I wasn’t able to pick up around the time that it came out and never thought about it for a couple of years at least. Ever since last year I’ve tried to get it, but I was finally able to pick it up this past month. It was pretty predictable and I think I liked Violet less in this one than the last two books. I was glad that I read it since it was a short read but I’m not sure if I will recommend it or not (3 stars).
  6. And the trees crept in by Dawn Kurtagich – This was one of those books that I got super excited about, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I’ve been wanting to read the dead house by Dawn Kurtagich, but haven’t been able to get a copy yet, so when I saw this one at my library I decided to go ahead and get it. It started off really quickly but unfortunately I think that might have caused it to drag a bit toward the middle of the book. It got pretty repetitive and by the time we find out what happened to the characters I wasn’t as interested in it (3 stars).
  7. Hunted by Meagan Spooner – This one also surprised me. I didn’t have high hopes for this one as I normally don’t have good luck with fairy tale retellings. I didn’t really have high hopes for this one but I found myself really enjoying it even though I did figure out who the beast was about halfway through the novel. I think having the Russian twist with the firebird tale helped me enjoy the story more. I have found that I love story that focus around ancient Russian history and was really interested in it. Overall, I would recommend this one (4 stars).
  8. White hot kiss (#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This was another reread for me as I had originally planned to try and finish this trilogy in December, but wasn’t able to get to the other two. This was another book that I read way back in 2014 or 2015 (not sure) and loved it when I picked it up. This was originally picked up on a whim as I remember being in a reading slump and I think thats why I enjoyed it so much. When I picked it up a second time I did find that it wasn’t as good but still enjoyable in some ways (3 stars).
  9. After you (#2) by Jojo Moyes – I had a hard time with this one. I would definitely say that this was one that I DNF’d. I can understand why this one was written, but on the other hand, I’m not sure if it was really needed. Originally I wasn’t going to pick up Me Before You (#1) in 2018 because I don’t normally like Adult romance novels but I am glad that i did because I absolutely loved it. When I saw this one I was a bit skeptical but decided to go ahead and add it to my shelf anyways. I really didn’t like the main character in this one. I feel like it was a bit dramatized, but on the other hand, I can sort of see why the main character reacted the way she did. I’m probably not going to continue the series though (2.5 stars).
  10. Carry on (#1) by Rainbow Rowell – When this first came out I was excited about it because Fangirl was one of my favorite books of the year when I read it. I feel like if it had been a bit shorter I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I really liked the characters but felt that the story kind of got repetitive and it almost put me in a reading slump. I am glad that I read it though and would still recommend it if you loved Fangirl (3 stars).
  11. The Rosie Project (#1) by Graeme Simsion – This was another one of those that I was a bit skeptical about, but decided to go ahead and try anyways. I read this one on audio book and while it did make it easier to read I still had to DNF it. I probably wouldn’t recommend it (2.5 stars).
  12. Hikaru no go: Descent of the go master vol. 1 by Yumi Hotta – One of my unofficial goals of 2019 was to read more manga that was on my goodreads shelf. I would say that I accomplished this one but I really only read enough for a challenge that I had started last year.  I really enjoyed this one and look forward to continuing the series at some point (4 stars).
  13. A conspiracy of thieves (#4) by Megan Whalen Turner – I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as I did the other three books in this series but I am excited to read the last two to see where this series ends. I’ve been reading this series for the last year or two and it is really good. Gen is by far my favorite character throughout the entire series but I love most of the other characters too. This one was a bit different than the other three as it focuses on a different character, but it ties in really well to the series. I also love that it is so unpredictable as once you think you’ve figured out what is going on a different plot twist comes up. This is one that I would definitely recommend (4 stars).
  14. The walls around us by Nova Ren Suma – This is one of those books that I am not quite sure what to think of. At first I thought I would like it, but then it kind of felt like it was all over the place and I wasn’t so sure of it toward the end of the book. I did think the story was interesting and different as your not entirely sure of the time frame. The story seems to be set in the present day, but also have flashbacks of what the characters went through. I think it wrapped up well, I’m just not sure of it (3 stars).
  15. Biomega Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei – This was another manga that I really enjoyed. It was darker than some of the others that I have read, but I think thats what made it interesting. It was definitely a weird one but one that I would also recommend (4 stars).

 

So this is my December Wrap-up. Overall it wasn’t a bad month for reading. Even though it’s a few days late my January TBR is up next. I’ve started a couple of books, but haven’t really made any progress yet though I am hoping to have a couple of reviews up once I do finish them.

Marybeth

 

 

 

December TBR:

Hello,

It’s the middle of the month already, and I’m just now getting to my December TBR. It’s been a crazy past couple of weeks with finally finishing the fall semester on Wednesday, and looking for a job for the holidays. I’ve finished two books so far, but haven’t really read much since the first week in December. I’ve got a few end of the year posts coming up over the next few days or so. I’m still unfortunately trying to transfer to a different store, but I think I should be back to working over the next couple of days. I’m really only reading one book right now and it is all right. I’m hoping to get catch up though, as I have an ambitious TBR this month and only about 15 more days to go before the end of the month. I do plan to add my end of the year stats over the next few days as well as my 2020 plans.

 

December TBR:

I’ve already read two books this month but I won’t add those until I post my wrap-up at the end of the month.

I’m currently reading And the trees crept in by Dawn Kurtagich and a reread of The Jewel (#1) by Amy Ewing. And the trees crept in started off really well, but it has tampered off a bit and I am having a hard time getting through it for some reason. I’m hoping to finish it over the next couple of days or so. The Jewel is a reread that I read a few years ago but haven’t been able to finish the trilogy. I was finally able to get The black key (#3) by Amy Ewing this month and I am hoping to knock out the trilogy this week. I’m currently reading about 21 books right now (not all at once) and am hoping to get through at least most of them. There are some that I really want to get through before the new year so I can start with a new TBR.

Library books: 

December TBR library books

  1. And the trees crept in by Dawn Kurtagich
  2. A conspiracy of kings (#4) by Megan Whalen Turner
  3. Carry On (#1) by Rainbow Rowell
  4. You’ll miss me when I’m gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  5. The way I used to be by Amber Smith
  6. The walls around us by Nova Ren Suma
  7. The white rose (#2) by Amy Ewing
  8. The Black key (#3) by Amy Ewing

 

Ebooks:

December TBR Part 3 ebooks

  1. Sinner (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven
  3. The Rosie Project (#1) by Graeme Simsion
  4. Every heart a doorway (#1) by Seanan McGuire
  5. Hikaru no go: Descent of the Go Master Vol. 1 by Yumi Hotta
  6. Biomega Vol. 1 Tsutomu Nihei
  7. Grim Tuesday (#2) by Garth Nix
  8. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (for some reason in number 8 I forgot the picture so that’s why it’s blank)
  9. After you (#2)  Jojo Moyes

 

Books I own: 

December TBR part 2 - books I own

  1. A feast for crows (#4) by George R.R. Martin
  2. Lost hills (#1) by Lee Goldberg
  3. Home: A dystopian Journey  by David Kummer
  4. Blood of elves (#1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
  5. White hot kiss (#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (reread)

 

So this is what I have for this month. I’m not sure if I will be able to get through all of these especially with the month halfway over, but I am hoping to get through most of them.

Hope you guys have a great week!

Marybeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Wrap-up:

Hello,

I wanted to get this out earlier, but things got pretty crazy toward the end of November into December with finals and papers. I’m finally free for break now so I am trying to catch up on monthly posts and end of the year stuff. I haven’t done much this year, but next year I have some reading goals that I am thinking about. I’ll talk about it more in one of my posts coming up after my December TBR (also getting out late).

Oh, I’m also trying out a new graphic for my stats information for the month. I’m not sure if I like this one or if anything needs to be changed, but I think I might continue this into 2020.

 

NOVEMBER WRAP-UP STATS

November was a very good reading month, considering I was doing a lot of reading in school and had a couple of papers. It was kind of a weird semester because I had a lot of stuff to do, but no big projects at least until December. Thanksgiving was a pretty busy week, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of reading done but I did get some in. I did have to DNF two books that I just didn’t like, but other than that it was an overall good month.

November wrap-up

  1. Serena by Ron Rash – I love Ron Rash and especially after getting to meet him last spring for one of my English classes, I was really curious about his other books. For my southern lit class we had to read Serena, and while I was a bit excited about it, I was also a bit weary of it. It was a good thing that I was because I really disliked Serena. I didn’t mind the other characters, though Serena got added to my top least favorite characters of all time. Overall I would recommend this book if you are interested in Rash, but Serena can be an interesting and difficult person in the story (3.5 stars).
  2. The whisper man by Alex North – I’m not quite sure how I heard about this one, but I saw it on my Overdrive and placed a hold on it. I’m so glad I did because it ended up on my top favorite books of the year. October/November has always been the  mystery/horror months for me, and it was the perfect time to pick it up. It’s one I would highly recommend (4.5/5 stars).
  3. The last wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – A few months ago, I started watching Booktube and heard about this series being talked into an adaptation. I’d never heard of it before which surprised me, though I am slowly moving into Adult Fantasy so I’m also kind of not surprised that I did. That probably doesn’t make sense, but anyways, this year YA Fantasy has not been the best for me and I was a little weary getting into it because I’d also heard that it was a set of fairy tales introducing the Witcher. I was pleasantly surprised by how I enjoyed it though, and ended up getting the rest of the series (4.5 stars).
  4. The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – I’ve seen this one around for a while, and I was trying to remember if I’d read it before but wasn’t really sure. I decided to pick it up and while I thought the plot was interesting it definitely felt more character driven. I also predicted the mystery right before we found out about it, so I really lost interest in it after that and decided to DNF it. If you like the paranormal genre I would recommend this one, but I am not sure if I will try to read it again. I think I had too many mystery/horror novels at the time to really invest in it (2 stars).
  5. Flipped by Van Draanan Wendelin – I really liked The running dream (I think that’s what it is called), and while I thought this was a great growing up story, I did find it really cheesy at times. I definitely think it’s more on the middle grade side and would highly recommend it for someone who loves reading contemporary novels. I think if I was still in high school I might have enjoyed it more, but I am glad I read it. It allowed me to take a break from the other books that I had picked up and was a short fun read (3 stars).
  6. Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy – I was a bit apprehensive going into this one, but I’d thought I would try it to see if I would like it. I had to DNF it about 20-25 percent into the story because I did get tired of the main character. I thought the plot was good and the mc had good intentions, but the things she did got kind of repetitive. I won’t say that you shouldn’t read it, I’m just not entirely sure if I would recommend it or not (2 stars)
  7. The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – I usually don’t pick up free books on Amazon prime, but apparently this was exactly what I needed to read before Thanksgiving. I love stories about houses with vengeful spirits and a background, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There was a hint of romance between the main character and one of the other characters, but it didn’t take up the whole plot of the story, which was a refresher. I tried to find this book elsewhere, but so far I haven’t found it on other than Amazon. I would highly recommend this one though if you are looking for haunted houses.
  8. A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – This was the last classic that I read for my Southern lit class (we had to read three books), and it was pretty good. This one was a new one for me and I am glad that I read it. I loved learning about the culture and the times that it was set in. It was definitely an eye opener for me and I am glad to have been able to pick it up when I might not have picked it up before. Overall it’s one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
  9. Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I have a ton of manga that I am interested in picking up and eventually watch, but for some reason I always go for the one’s I”ve seen and read a million times (Naruto, Vampire knight). This was a new one for me and I loved it. I’m definitely planning to continue it after I pick up a couple of others and would highly recommend this one (4 stars).

 

So this is my November Wrap-up. It was a good reading month, though I am hoping to catch up in December. I have an ambitious TBR for December and I’m hoping to pick up some good ones too.

Hope y’all have a good start to the week.

Marybeth

(I’ll add in the links to Goodreads tomorrow when I post my December TBR).

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 ways that my reading/life has changed:

Hello,

It feels like it has been ages since I’ve done something other than TBR or wrap-up. I think over the last few months I have lost a little bit of energy and with school and work I tend to forgot to blog. I have plans though, and some ideas that have been forming over the last couple of weeks that I think are going to work out. We are literally in our last full week of school before the holidays and it feels a little surreal to be there. I want to have a couple of posts out this week but I have so much going on with papers, work on the weekends and projects that I might not be able to get to it this week. But onward with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 

How life and my reading has changed over the last year:

  1. This year has been a whirlwind of change for me and I used to absolutely hate change, but now I’d like to say that I think I am handling it a lot better than I used to. I think I’m starting to realize that some change is good.
  2. Over the last three months I have come to realize that my anxiety had grown to the point that it had become almost hindering. I’d had a major change over the summer and then jumping right back into the school year with some minor medical issues that eventually got resolved caused me to have three breakdowns just in the first week of school alone. I was also taking 4 classes back to back with one class on my other days which was more overwhelming for me than I thought it would be so after two weeks of school I decided to drop one of the classes and I am now trying out medicine (since then) and seeing a counselor which is definitely helping it. I am in a better place today with the exception of some family stuff going on though I do know that I have a ways to go.
  3. Since switching to an English major my reading has definitely broadened over the last six months and I am loving it. I have read more classics this year than I have in the past including The sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and Serena by Ron Rash. I have a greater appreciation for some of the stories that we have picked up that I would have otherwise ignored.
  4. My top favorite genre of all time is Fantasy, but this year I have noticed a complete switch. All of the ones that I have picked up this year have either been 3.5-4 stars. I’m not saying that they were all bad books it just seems like I am not as invested in them as much as I used to be. Yet I still add Brandon Sanderson novels and others to my Goodreads TBR in hopes of getting back into it. lol.
  5. Since fantasy has taken a back end for me at least I have found that I have really been enjoying sci-fi more than I was. Sci-fi is probably my second go-to genre, but most of the books that I have been surprised by the most have been sci-fi novels. I’ve also gotten into a thriller/horror kick as well.
  6. I’m definitely a lot more picky about adding books to my TBR than I used to be. I still have some challenges that I am finishing up on Goodreads so I mostly add books that will work with those challenges. It might take me a while to get there, I hope that I will eventually finish them sometime.
  7. I used to not really focus much on the critical reading, but most of my classes this semester focus on analysis works and it has started to work into the books that I read as well.
  8. Over the summer I think, I started really watching booktube more than I had been before. I knew that it was there, but I mostly watched YouTube for music and movie reviews/reactions. Now I watch a lot more booktube and have quite a few booktubers that I really like. I definitely wouldn’t have discovered The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski without booktube.
  9. Adding on to booktube, it has also given me more confidence to start thinking about my own channel which I plan to talk about in my December TBR post. I just have to get over my camera shyness at least a little bit. I don’t really like watching my self being filmed or listening to myself talk, but I am up for the challenge. Also if anyone has any advice on starting booktube and editing platforms, I would be very grateful.
  10. As I start to transition into my final year of college (I graduate next December), I am realizing that I am reading less than I used to. May-beginning of August and December-beginning of January are still my best months of the year, but I am a bit behind in my reading goal that I am not entirely sure if I am going to finish it this year. It has caused me to start thinking about my reading goals for next year, but we will have to see how it goes.

 

So this is my Top Ten post of what has changed in both my reading life and my personal life over the last year or so.

What are some changes that you have noticed over the last year or so?

 

Thanks,

Marybeth

 

 

October Wrap-up/November TBR:

Good morning,

I hope y’all are having a good Monday morning. Our cold snap finally got here on Friday and I am loving the cold weather. I had a very busy week last week, but this week looks like it might be a bit quieter. I have a lot of personal stuff that I have to deal with over the next couple of weeks, but we are also in the last four and a half weeks of school before finals which is a little bit scary to think about. November is one of those months where it could be extremely busy, or not much could be going on either. This semester has been oddly weird as normally I would be very busy but I really only have a lot of reading for my classes. I do have two projects coming up that I have to work on that are due toward the end of the month.

October was one of the weirdest months of reading that I have had in a long time. I wasn’t quite in a reading slump as I enjoyed the books that I was reading and have started, but I just seemed to not have much motivation to finish them as fast as I normally do. I don’t really have a TBR this month except to catch up on the books that I am currently reading. I might add a couple more depending on how busy things are, but we shall see. I also have a couple of reviews up from books that i had read in October that should be coming up over the next couple of days or so.

 

October Wrap-up: 

October Wrap-up (1)

Number of books read in October: 3 

Number of pages read: 956 

Number of books read yearly: 79 

Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This one definitely surprised me. It reminded me a little bit of The Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones. I’m not sure if I like the romance of the characters (if there is one) yet but we’ll have to see in the second novel though I have heard mixed reviews about Undying. I am interested to see where it goes though and would definitely recommend this one (4 stars).

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I wasn’t going to pick this one up but then I realized that it would finish up a few sections of some challenges that I am trying to finish. I could definitely see the appeal to it, though it did feel like there was something missing that I can’t place my finger on. There were times where it was a bit cheesy, but overall I really liked the banter between the characters. Nimona was definitely an interesting character, and there was more to her than we initially think toward the end of the novel. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a light fantasy graphic novel (3.5 stars).

Underlying by Janelle Harris – I picked this one up from Amazon first reads and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It did drag a little bit at the beginning of the story, but the author does a good job of not telling us what is really going on until about 3/4 of the novel. This was released on November 1 so I will have a more detailed review up later this week.

 

November TBR: 

Normally I add these in the order that I added them to my currently reading shelf on Goodreads, but this time I decided to switch it up and start with the ones that I was close to finishing or need to read.

November TBR

Serena by Ron Rash – This was one of the novels that I started for my southern lit class and will probably finish it later tonight hopefully. I love the story, but Serena is definitely one of my most hated characters. I’ve never really had a least favorite character list started that I can remember, but Serena is going on the top of the list. I’ve been reading it in short amounts of time only because I end up wanting to throw the book across the room half the time. I would still recommend it though.

The last wish (#0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – I heard about this one on booktube about a month or so ago and couldn’t believe that I’d never heard of it. It sort of reminds me of Final fantasy which I love so I went ahead and bought this one. I also ordered the boxed set of the first three novels and hope to start them in January. I also chose this one for my project in one of my classes. I’m only a few chapters into the first story and I am planning to really get into it over the next couple of weeks since I have a lot to do for it. I’m also excited to see how the Netflix show goes as well.

The whisper man by Alex North – I picked this one up after hearing really good reviews about it, and I am really enjoying it. It definitely has a scary feel to it and it is already tense as well. I’m only about 34% into the story though I am not sure if I will be able to finish it before I have to return it again, but hopefully I will be able to.

The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – This was another book that I picked up on a whim because of booktube. I also discovered that Simon & Schuster Riveted had the full copy up so I just decided to read it. I unfortunately haven’t gotten very far into it, but it is all right so far. Hopefully it will pick up once I get further into the story.

The creeping by Alexandra Sirowy – Another novel I got through Riveted that sounded intriguing. There were too many novels to choose from so I just decided to focus on these. lol. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but I shall continue through it.

The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – Another book that I wanted to pick up for October but haven’t really gotten to yet. What I have read is very interesting though, and it feels like one that I would enjoy. I think I got this one through Amazon Prime.

Black Lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I unfortunately haven’t been able to find this one yet and debated about finding another manga, but I am determined to read this one as it sounds like one I would really enjoy.

A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – I completely forgot that I was starting this one about halfway through the month and forgot to add it to the list. This is the last novel that I have to read for Southern lit. I have the link up to the Goodreads description in case anyone is interested in it.

 

So this is what I have for November. I have plans for the end of the year as well though it might be December before I am able to do anything. Im also still thinking about starting a YouTube channel though I may start it during Thanksgiving break. November can be a busy month for me but I am hoping to get in some reading as well.

 

Hope you guys have a great week,

Marybeth

September wrap-up/October TBR:

Hello,

I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. I can’t believe how fast this month is flying already. I would have had this out earlier this month, but October is a busy month for me with papers and midterms, so I got a bit sidetracked on some of the posts I wanted to get out. It’s also been unbearably hot here for the last few weeks, but we finally have fall weather and it is definitely nice. I have a very loose TBR this month since I’ve only read one and I finished it this weekend. Last week I had my fall break which was really nice and refreshing. I have two midterms and a test this week so I am going to be extremely busy studying and reading for school. I start my second book for my Southern lit class next week, and I am not entirely sure about it, but I am excited to start it. I also have a couple of big projects coming up where I have to read some books and do some side stuff for that as well. I think I already have my book chosen, but I am still kind of in the deciding mode right now.

Last week I also got a sinus infection and an ear infection though I am feeling a lot better this week than I was last week. I also got to go to Books a Million on my way back to campus yesterday since my grandparents were going in as well. I ended up with a paperback of The name of the wind and The last wish by Andrzej SapKowski which is part of the Witcher series. Even though I have struggled with Fantasy this year I have never heard of this series and I was intrigued enough by it to buy the first one since I’d never heard of it before.

 

September Wrap-up: 

Number of books read this month: 8 

Number of books read by year: 76 

Number of pages read monthly: 2,818 

   Genres read: 

Historical Fiction: 1

Sci-fi: 2

Contemporary: 2

Nonfiction: 2

Classic: 1

September Wrap-up

  1. Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter – This was one of the last books that I needed to finish from when I started it back in May. When I first started it, I wasn’t in the right mood to read it since I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I picked this one back up toward the end of August and absolutely loved it. I loved the banter between the characters and the mystery was very interesting though I did kind of predict who it was before the end. I’ll probably be continuing this series sometime next year hopefully. (4 stars).
  2. Nyxia Unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen – I received an ARC of this one way back before it was released and for some reason I struggled with trying to start it. This month I decided to look for an audio book and stumbled across this one on my Overdrive account. I can’t remember who the speaker was, but he read the story so well that I was able to get back into it and finish it in two days (5 stars).
  3. I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – This one was also an ARC that I got from Netgalley last year that I struggled to start for some reason. Once I got into it the story picked up and it was alright. I haven’t been real big on Contemporary this year either but the ones that I have picked up have been interesting so far (3 stars).
  4. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner – This one was definitely interesting and I was surprised by how easy it was for me to read. The characters did frustrate me multiple times and there were a couple of sections where it did get dense, but I am glad that I got the chance to read it.
  5. I’ve been thinking…Reflections, prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life by Maria Shriver – I was looking for something different to read and found this one on my Overdrive account. I read the audio book and it was interesting. The personal stories of the author made it more interesting than it would have been. I’d like to try and find more of these for something different every once in a while though (4 stars).
  6. Skyward (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I feel like Sanderson is going to be a hit or miss for me at this point. I’ve only read the first book in his Steelheart trilogy though I did add The way of Kings to my TBR for next year. This one took me a long while to get into though I did enjoy the second half of the story much better than the first. I liked that the first half set up the characters, but it did feel a bit slow at times. Overall I am excited to see what happens in the second book in the series (4 stars).
  7. On the come up by Angie Thomas – I did not expect to like this one as much as I did, but I absolutely loved it. I picked it up on a whim and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I was invested in the characters from the very start and loved the romance though it did come as a surprise to me. This is one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
  8. The end of procrastination: How to Stop Postponing life and life a fulfilled life by Petr Ludwig – This was not quite what I was looking for when I was browsing through Overdrive, though it was alright. It did get kind of repetitive after a while though. I’m not sure if I would recommend this or not (3 stars).

 

So this was my September Wrap-up. Overall it was really good, and I was impressed that I was able to get so much read considering all of the reading I was doing for my classes this month. October and November are both extremely busy months for me, but I plan to have a TBR up for them even if I might not get to all of them until December.

 

October TBR:

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy and this one looks to be just as busy but I am hoping to squeeze in some reading that isn’t for school. I do have a big project due for one of my English classes where I get to pick the book that I want to read and do a number of topics for it. I think I have the book that I want to read, but I will find out later this week, otherwise I will be searching for a couple of weeks before I make a decision.

October TBR

  1. Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – I actually just finished this one over the weekend and it was alright. I really loved the main characters though I’m not sure how I feel about the romance yet if there is one. I did really enjoy the puzzles and mystery of the temples that were in the story. I’m intrigued enough to pick up the second book but it will probably be next year before I get to it (4 stars).
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I’ve been reading this one since August and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s interesting and is definitely picking up now that I’ve gotten into the story, but there’s just something that I can’t pinpoint exactly whats missing. Its different though and i am intrigued enough to see how it ends.
  3. Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – On one of my challenges I am hoping to read more manga this year and I am doing okay with it so far. I haven’t started this one but it sounds really interesting.
  4. Under lying by Janelle Harris – This is an Amazon first read novel that I picked up on a whim while looking for a good mystery novel for the month and it is definitely interesting so far. I’ve only read a couple of chapters so far though. It definitely has fall vibes for it which is what I am looking for this month so I am excited to get into it.
  5. The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman – This is my most anticipated book of the second half of the year and I finally got it this weekend. I haven’t gotten far into it and it might be December before I am able to get back into it but I’m thrilled to be back in this world again and I am sure that I will enjoy it just as much as the first book.
  6. Serena by Ron Rash – I read the world made straight last spring so when I heard that my Southern lit class was reading it this semester I was definitely excited for it. We start it next week and I am not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, so we shall see how it goes.
  7. The last wish (0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – So, I have never heard of this series until I saw it on book tube a month ago, but it instantly gave me Final Fantasy 7 vibes for some reason and I was totally on board after that. My library has it through a different system which would take it a while to get here so I went and bought it on impulse at books a million the other day. I honestly wasn’t expecting my bookstore to have it since sometimes the books that I am looking for they don’t have at the time, but they did have this one. I really want to stop everything and read this one, but I am holding back my temptation since I do still have a very busy schedule. I am hoping to read it for my project though which would be very exciting if that worked out. I’m also interested in the Netflix show that is coming out sometime toward the end of the year, and hopefully it will air when I’m on Christmas break.

 

So this is my October TBR. I know I say this every month but I am hoping to get out some reviews that I have been neglecting this year. I also have a couple of fall tags that I am looking at doing as well.

I hope you guys have a good week,

Marybeth

Goodreads Mid-year Book Freak-out tag:

Hello,

Happy Monday and Labor day for those that celebrate it. I had the day off school today so I’ve been blogging and working on homework though I do have a couple of papers that i need to get to by the end of the day.

This is super late but I finally have it up  even though it is in September. I also have a couple of other tags that I am thinking about adding here over the next couple of weeks depending on my schedule.

 

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
  • I’ve read a lot of books this year that were disappointing, but I think the ones that I really enjoyed was the red rising series, both Golden Son (#2) by Pierce Brown and Morning star (#3). I think Morning star was probably my favorite in the series so far as Golden Son took me longer to get through. I enjoyed both and would highly recommend if you are looking for a really good sci=fi series.

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

  • I don’t usually read many new releases as I have a lot of books that came out over the last two years that I still need to get to, but the best sequel that I have read this year is Daughter of the siren queen (#2) by Tricia Levenseller.

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

  • I’m thinking about picking up Slayer (#1) by Kiersten White. I finished Bright we burn (#3) toward the beginning of the year and really loved that trilogy so I’m kind of interested to see if I enjoy this one too. Kiersten White’s novels are kind of a hit or miss with me so we’ll see how it goes.

 

4. Most anticipated release for second half of 2019?

  • The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman. My library already has this on preorder on Overdrive and I am number two in line. It’s unfortunately coming at a really bad week for me since I have midterms to study for in the first week of October, but I am excited for it as I enjoyed the first book.

 

5. Biggest Disappointment?

  • Windwitch (#2) by Susan Dennard. I really enjoyed Truthwitch and thought I would enjoy this one. I really like Merik’s POV but didn’t really care for anyone else in the story.

 

6. Biggest surprise?

  • I actually have two for this one. Toward the beginning of the year I really enjoyed Forest of a thousand lanterns (#1) by Julie C. Dao. i’m not usually a big fan of retellings but I really enjoyed this one.
  • Another one that I really enjoyed was Lock in (#1) by John Scalzi. Even though some of the tech did get a little complicated it was an interesting and unique read. I would definitely recommend this one.

 

7. Favorite New author?

  • Probably Bethany Griffin. I read The fall back in June and really enjoyed it. I feel like I have tried some of her other works before but if I did it was probably when I was back in high school.

 

8. Newest fictional crush?

  • I don’t really have one for this one.

 

9. Newest favorite character?

  • M. Savage from Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler. I looked at the summary for this one when I first started it and then having to double check it again while I was reading it. I didn’t have any idea that this novel was going to go into the direction that it went but it turned out to be a good thing. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing the trilogy.

 

10. Book that made you cry?

  • The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco. This was my most anticipated book of the year and I was kind of expecting the ending to go the way that it did but it still surprised me at the same time.

 

11. book that made you happy?

  • Right where I belong by Kristen McGee. I read this at the very beginning of the year in January and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is a YA christian novel which i haven’t seen many of. I actually found this one on my Overdrive account when I was looking for a good standalone to read. It also helped with some challenges that I was working on at the time as well.

 

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

  • I haven’t really watched many movies this year other than Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. For book to movie releases I haven’t seen any since Wonder I think.

13. Favorite review that you wrote this year?

  • I sadly have not been writing reviews this year. I have some planned for the next couple of months along with some mini reviews.

 

14. Most beautiful book that you have bought this year?

  • I don’t get to buy many books unfortunately, but for my birthday I bought The last magician (#1) and The Devil’s thief (#2) by Lisa Maxwell. I really like both book covers.

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Waaay too many, lol. I do have 5 that I really want to get to but it all depends on my school schedule and my mood.

  • The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman.
  • Raging star (#3) by Moira Young – tried to get to this over the summer but ran out of time to read it due to school starting. I’ll get to it someday.
  • Batman: Nightwalker (#2) by Moira Young – looking forward to this one since Batman is my favorite DC superhero.
  • Firefight (#2) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Hero at the fall (#3) by Alwyn Hamilton

 

So this is what I have for this year. I haven’t been able to read quite as much as I have wanted to due to school, but I have read quite a few that were interesting.

I hope you guys have a good week!

Marybeth