October TBR 2018

I’m praying that October is a better reading month than September, or I’ll never complete my Goodreads goal! I have so many magical / creepy / just downright perfect books to read this month, and I’d love to get to as many as possible!

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
  • City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
  • The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
  • Black-eyed Susans – Julia Heaberlin
  • The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
  • Bruja Born – Zoraida Córdova
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Wicked Like a Wildfire and Fierce Like a Firestorm (preordered) – Lana Popović

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September TBR 2018

I realise, in spite of a good start to the month, I’ve been a bit absent in my posts. I mean, there are several reasons why that I don’t really want to go into too much (just know that struggling with mental health is absolutely exhausting) and also that so far in August, I’ve read 15 books. FIFTEEN. That’s a new record for me, I’m so proud. This summer I’ve got my Goodreads goal from 19 books behind schedule to 4. How, I don’t know.

September is going to be a strange month I think, I’m not too sure what to expect in terms of time I can spend reading. I’ll be going back to uni, and there’s all the generic admin / catching up / initial reading / appointments / packing that come with that, and I’ve got various things planned as well.

And I need to finish the first draft of my dissertation. Crap.

So, in short, I don’t know how many books I’ll get to, and I’ve been so much of a mood reader recently (more than normal I guess) that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I’ll get to in September, so I’ve listed a few that I’d like to get to sooner rather than later. The first two books on this list are for uni though, so those are a given.

  • Journals – R. F. Langley
  • Complete Poems – R. F. Langley
  • Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake
  • Emergency Contact – Mary H. K. Choi
  • Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas (I’m feeling like trying to pick one up every month from this series)
  • Marlena – Julie Buntin
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton (After reading The Price Guide to the Occult in August and adoring it, it’s about time I picked this one up!)
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Katherine Webber
  • All These Beautiful Strangers – Elizabeth Klehfoth (I’m really enjoying thrillers at the moment for some reason)
  • Neverworld Wake – Marisha Pessl

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I Want to Read 10 Books in a Week?!

I’m challenging myself here, and I’ve already started this challenge, as of this morning. I really want to try and make a dent in my huge TBR, and so I’m prioritising some of the shorter books that I have and also really want to get to.

I’ll have to average around one and a half books a day, which is very ambitious for me. But if I do pull it off, I may be on track again with my Goodreads goal, which is a bonus. Here is my TBR for this challenge I have set for myself:

  • Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • What Girls Are Made of – Elana K. Arnold
  • Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • Dreamology – Lucy Keating
  • Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
  • Soundless – Richelle Mead
  • Hope Is Our Only Wing – Rutendo Tavengerwei
  • The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

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If I’m not feeling one of these and I want to swap it out for something else, I probably will! I’ll update you when I’ve spent the week reading and let you know how I do!

 

The Marvel Readathon 2.0 TBR

I’m not really a fan of Marvel, but I love readathons (and the host of this one just happens to be my bestie so🤷‍♀️) so I’m taking part in it! It lasts from the 6th-12th August and you can read all about it here.

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  1. Ant-Man: A book below 150 pages
    • My choice: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • I mean, it’s 155 pages but I don’t have anything shorter that I particularly want to get to soon.
  2. Wasp: A book set in summertime
    • My choice: The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
    • I think, judging by what she said at a panel event I was at, this takes place in the summer months as it’s in Scandinavia with endless days – so summer. I may be very, very wrong.
  3. Ghost: A book featuring technology – bonus points if it’s cool tech
    • My choice: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
    • This probably shouldn’t count, but it’s about a reality TV show, and one of the kids is into technology (stage lighting, gaming, computers/hacking etc) so I’m going for it. I have nothing else I can think of.😂
  4. Hank Pym: A book with a rehashed plot that feels new (eg friends-to-lovers, chosen-one, etc.)
    • My choice: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    • Does this count? I’m not sure. I’m not even sure whether I should read TOG or The Assassin’s Blade first, so any advice would be welcome!
  5. GiantMan: A book that you don’t know anything about
    • My choice: From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
    • I’m trying to work my way through my Netgalley list – I’m sure I knew what this book was about when I requested it, but I’ve definitely forgotten now.
  6. Scott Lang: A book that features family
    • My choice: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
    • I got this on Netgalley recently and I am so excited to get to it as soon as I can!

August TBR 2018

I desperately want to try and catch up on my Goodreads challenge this month, and though I won’t be on track, at least I’ll be heading there. I’ve managed to bring it up from 19 books behind schedule to 10/11 in the past six weeks, so fingers crossed I can bring that number down further.

LucytheReader is hosting a readathon this month – the Classicsathon – which I am going to join in, if only to read one or two books! The aim is to read as many classics as possible, but I want to read a variety in August before uni starts again, so I may just aim for one or two.

I’m so indecisive at the moment, and also worried that I may be going into a reading slump, so I’ve kept this as short as possible so that I can just pick up whatever I may be in the mood for! I’m in the mood for either Rebecca or Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, though I can’t decide between them so I’ll see how I feel when I come to pick one up.

  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (I’m about two-thirds of the way through this already and would just like to read some more of it!)
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Katherine Webber
  • It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
  • A Sky Painted Gold – Laura Wood

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Books I Want to Read This Week

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I am officially finished with my second year of university now, and it’s such a relief. It’s been undeniably difficult in so many ways, but I have an amazing stack of books that I am desperate to get to and can now work my way through! I’ve come home for a while now, though I’ll be heading back to uni soon, but I have brought plenty of books with me and here are some that I want to get to most:

  • The Wicker King – K. Ancrum
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samir Ahmed
  • Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic for Tea – Robin Stevens
  • Clean – Juno Dawson
  • Another Place – Matthew Crow
  • Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

I have brought more than just these back with me (self-control goes out of the window as I now drive myself back and forth to uni), but realistically these are the ones I’m most like to get to and finish whilst I am home. I have admittedly nearly finished Leah on the Offbeat (and it is amazing), and I just cannot wait to read all of the books I’ve been staring wistfully at for the past few months.

March TBR 2018

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As I write this post, I am three books behind my Goodreads goal, meaning that in order to catch up by the end of the month, I need to read 11 books in March. 11 books is very ambitious for me, especially as I only read four in February and I will have uni work to be getting on with too. However, I do want to focus on getting through some review books from NetGalley, and I find them a lot quicker to get through, so fingers crossed!

Uni books

  • NW – Zadie Smith
  • Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
  • Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

Physical books

  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
  • Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens (I actually have almost the entire series from the library, but we’ll see how many I get through)

NetGalley books

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes – C. G. Drews
  • The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X. R. Pan
  • Clean – Juno Dawson
  • The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  • Piecing Me Together – Renée Watson