December TBR

Hello! Happy December. I did not have a new post up last week because I just wanted to enjoy time at home and not worry about anything going on online.

I am back with a TBR post today, though. I am really excited to share my reading plans with you all because 1. it’s the last month of the year and 2. I’ll be home by the middle of December for winter break so I’ll have a whole lot of time to read!

I’ve luckily already hit my goal for the year, so I’m not stressing myself out to read too much, but there are a couple of books I want to finish!

Let’s just get into what I’ll be reading!

The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories by Henry James

This is my current read. I’ve actually gotten through 3-4 stories, so I’m almost halfway through it, but November was a slow reading month, and I never got to finish. My goal is to read 2 stories a week, but I don’t know if that’ll actually happen because of finals. I’m going to try, though!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

It’s the last month of the year. I really need to finish this one because I think I started it in the Spring. I am definitely going to do it. It’s the next book I’m going to pick up, so it will get read! I swear!

I’ve talked about how I’m going to read this one so many times this year, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This one is another that has been on my TBR before (I think October?). I am definitely going to get to it, too, because I am part of a blog tour for it! That post will be up in January, so be on the lookout for that!

I’ve also been in the mood for cute contemporary books to get me out of my mini slump, so I’m hoping this one will do the trick!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

This is the last book I’m going to try to read this month. The cover is a girl surrounded by snow, so obviously, this would be the perfect time to read it. Plus, I just really love Lauren Graham, and I’ve owned this book for way too long. I think it’s time to read it!

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Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought of them if you did! Also, feel free to share your TBR with me :)

Jessica

October 2019 Wrap-Up / Blogtober Day 31

Happy Halloween! It’s the last day of Blogtober. I can not believe it. I am incredibly proud of myself for putting up one blog post every single day of the month. This was an incredibly rewarding experience that challenged me in more ways than one. But, with all that being said, I’m very glad it’s over. And I can’t say that I am planning on doing this ever again (but who knows, maybe I’ll be back here again next year).

As it is the end of the month, it is time for a wrap-up! I read a total of 11 books this month! This is a big improvement after September’s 2 books.

I already wrote a post talking about the first half of reads for the month, so you can check out that post to hear more of my thoughts on those.

Here are the rest:

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

This book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but I did! I’m actually really looking forward to reading the next book now! The writing felt natural, the pacing was good, and the story was interesting. The one thing I will say is I got a bit confused at times. There were many characters, lots of places to remember, etc. The details got a little fuzzy. However, I really enjoyed the style as a whole, and once I got the two POVs separated, it was fine! I thought the worldbuilding was done really well. I felt like I was right there with the characters; I could picture all of the scenes in my head.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Disconnect Vol. 2 by Michelle Halket:

This book was incredible! I don’t read a lot of short story collections, but now I want to put more of an effort into doing so. The premise of this one was that one poet would write a poem, and then another would write a short story inspired by it, and so on.

I really enjoyed this one, especially because it had short stories written by poets whose work I’ve read before! If you have any recommendations for short story collections, please send them my way!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert:

I actually wrote a whole blog post reviewing this book! I thought it was so well written, and it was very enjoyable. It has a hate to love trope, plus amazing rep, and fun, relatable characters! It is the perfect recipe for a book honestly.

 

 

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin:

I’m technically still reading this one, but I only have about 50 pages left. I’m definitely going to finish it by the end of the day, and so far, it’s at about 3.5 stars. It was really slow to begin with, and it took me a long time to actually get into the story.

At the point that I’m at now, I feel like it’ll either get bumped up or bumped down, depending on the ending! I’ll update this after I finish it to let you know what the final rating is!

 

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How did your reading look like for the month? Did you read any new favorites?

Jessica

Recent Reads #1 / Blogtober Day 17

Last month, I only successfully read 2 books. I was in a HUGE slump, and I hated it. But with school and other things taking priority, I couldn’t focus on reading. This month has already been so much different. I’ve read quite a few books already, so I thought I would talk about some of them today in an effort to keep my wrap-up at the end of the month a bit shorter :)

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Maroon Daydreams by Cheyenne Raine:

This was a really enjoyable poetry collection! I always enjoy Cheyenne’s writing, and this collection definitely showed me why. It’s very relatable, so I could connect with many of the poems in it. I also really loved the pictures that came with this one, they were a nice touch!

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo:

I did a whole separate review post on this series as a whole, so make sure to check out that blog post to hear my thoughts! I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but this was a really fun series, and I’m so glad I got to mark it off my TBR.

Ratings: 3/5 stars, 5/5 stars

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz:

This is a kids classic book of scary stories that I’ve actually never read. I picked up the bind-up of the three books from this collection for a school club, but I was actually pleasantly surprised! This one was good, but not amazing. There were a couple of creepy stories, but they didn’t really get me. Obviously, they’re aimed at children, so that’s to be expected!

Rating: 3/5 stars

Even More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz:

This was my favorite out of the three. I tabbed the most stories that freaked me out in this one. I think the stories were more original and interesting than the previous book. It was a pleasant surprise.

Rating: 4/5 stars

More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz:

This one was good. Nothing too memorable. I enjoyed it, but I was hoping this last one would be the best. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. There were a couple of good stories in this one, but none that really stuck out to me.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:

This is a classic that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. We all know the story of Frankenstein and his monster- or at least, we think we do. The original story is so much creepier, and it was actually quite sad, too. I listened to the audiobook which I think added to my enjoyment. I don’t know if I would have bothered to read it anytime soon had it not been for that.

Rating: 4/5 stars

24 Hour Read-a-thon Recap / Blogtober Day 15

Hello everyone! I recently did a 24 hour read-a-thon in order to get the amount of books I had on my TBR under control. I was in the middle of like 5+ books, so I needed to lower that number and work through some! Here’s a look at how it went:

12 am:

  • I stayed up for about a half an hour to read “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” I read the first “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” book a couple days before! I have a bind up of all three books, so my goal was to finish the other two during the read-a-thon. I got about 40 pages in before I called it a night. I am not a night person at all.

8:30 am:

  • I went for a run in the morning, I showered, and made breakfast. During the run and the making of my food, I listened to the audiobook of Frankenstein! I thought this would be the perfect read for this read-a-thon because it’s only a 7 hour audiobook (3.5 hours at 2x speed), and it is a spooky classic! I’ve never read it before, so I thought why not now? I was able to get about 2 hours into it, and I was enjoying it a lot!

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11:00 am:

  • I finished reading “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” It only took about another half hour or 40 minutes or so. The book is only about 100 pages, so it was definitely a quick read. I enjoyed this one a lot, it was better than the first in my opinion. I gave it 4 stars.

5:00 pm:

  • Then, I went to a few stores with my mom and grandma because I needed to buy some things for school. It took up a few hours, so we didn’t get home until about 3pm. I ate some food, and then I started the final book in the bind up of Scary Stories- More Tales to Chill Your Bones. I finished this one in about an hour as well. My favorite of the three was definitely the second one, but they were all pretty good!

8:00 pm:

  • I had four hours left to listen to 5 hours of an audiobook (about 2.5 hours on 2x speed). I tried to listen to as much as I could, but I honestly wasn’t in the mood to finish the book that night. I listened on and off until about 10:30 pm, and called it a night.

Final Stats:

  • Finished two and a half books.
  • About 300 pages total (I wasn’t keeping track, especially with the audiobook)

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I am happy with the amount of reading I did. And I finished Frankenstein the next day! So I definitely did a significant amount of reading over the course of the weekend, which is all that I wanted to do!

I love doing read-a-thons like this because I don’t usually get to spend a lot of time reading each day. This helps me make it a priority :)

Jessica

October TBR – Slightly Spooky Edition / Blogtober Day 2

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October is one of my favorite months of the year (second only to November). I love the atmosphere- cool weather, falling leaves, warm-toned colors. Plus, the cozy feeling you get. You can lay in bed with a warm blanket, read a spooky book, light a pumpkin candle, take a bath. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year.

This month I decided not to participate in any read-a-thons because I feel like they’ve put in me in a bit of a slump recently. I have been doing way too many of them. That being said, I do still want to read some mystery/thrillers and fantasy books to put me in the Autumn vibe.

Here are the books I want to get to:

Currently Reading:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I started this one at the beginning of September,  and I’m about halfway through, so I know I will finish it soon. Especially because it’s the only book I’m currently reading. I’m reading it on Scribd and my trial is ending soon, so I need to finish it ASAP!

 

ARCs:

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler

This is an ARC I was really excited about but have heard some mixed things, so I’m a little apprehensive. But, it is an ARC and I do want to give my feedback to the publishers, so that is the goal for this month. This is a fantasy that’s actually going to be turned into a Netflix show very soon, which is super cool! It came out yesterday, but September was just not a good reading month for me, so I didn’t get a chance to read it sooner. All I know is that it involves dark magic- if that doesn’t scream Halloween, I don’t know what does.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

I am actually going to be buddy reading this one with Jake (JakeDoesBooks) this month, and I could not be more excited. This is a mystery that involves a bunch of coworkers who get trapped in an elevator and slowly a bunch of secrets get revealed… It sounds incredible!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This one is a romance, and it’s one that I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. I feel like I haven’t read an adult romance in a while, so I am really looking forward to it. It comes out on November 5th, in case you want to check it out for yourself!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

I am going to be doing a full review for this book in January for a blog tour that I am so excited about! I do want to make sure I get a head start on it, though because December is a hectic month both in terms of school (finals) and life (Christmas). So, I hope to at least get halfway through it this month, and finish it in November (unless if I finish all of it this month).

Other:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

This is the third book in the Grisha trilogy, and as I mentioned with S&S, I only have 2 weeks left to finish both this and the second book. I think I can manage it, though. The books aren’t too long. So far I’m enjoying the series, and I can’t wait to see how it ends!

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

This has been on my TBR for ages. I actually have it marked as read on Goodreads, and I have a feeling that I only read about 1/2 of it. This is a book I got when I was first getting into the book community, so I marked my DNFs as read (I don’t now). Maybe I did finish it, but just don’t remember the story. I don’t know. But, I want to re-read it so that the nagging feeling it gives me can be put to rest!

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That is all! Seven books shouldn’t be too bad, but that’s also what I said when I set my last TBR. Who knows how this will go. It all depends on school (and keeping up with Blogtober).

Also, let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts on them were!

Jessica

Happy Blogtober + Mini Wrap-Up / Blogtober Day 1

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It’s officially spooky season, though, let’s be real- it’s been spooky season for weeks for me now! I love the fall time (maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday season), so I’m really excited to be participating in Blogtober this year! It just seems fitting.

I’ve never done Blogtober before, but last Christmas I was successful with Blogmas and posted 25 posts! Hopefully, I can do the same this month (but with 31 posts!).

That’s right! I will be posting every day of October (or at least, I plan to). Life happens sometimes, but I have planned ahead and gotten many posts prepared for the month. So here’s to hoping I can do it!

I’m also going to be using a couple of the prompts that Hâf posted on her page, but most of the posts will be ones that I have decided to do on my own! If you need some Blogtober inspiration, definitely check out her post :)

Today I just wanted to let you know what you can expect from me this month, and just let you know how last month went for me reading-wise.

What to Expect:

  • Reviews
  • Tags
  • Recommendations
  • Discussion Posts
  • Advice
  • Poetry

I want to make my content as varied as possible this month. I hope that you guys can all find some posts that you enjoy, but don’t feel obligated to like every single one of them- they might not all be relevant to you!

I really do hope you enjoy the content I put out though, and I’m excited to see the feedback. All of those posts are ones I’ve done in the past, but I’m not good at mixing up the content, so I feel like I have many similar posts in a row.

September Wrap-up:

I read a whopping two books this month. That’s right. I was only successful in reading two books. I’m definitely disappointed in myself, but school kept me very busy. For the first two weeks of the month, I was also just trying to fall into a routine of some kind, and once I did that I was able to read a bit more. However, I still only finished two books.

The first one was The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I absolutely loved that book, and I’m happy to that I was able to read the ARC before publication date (something I’m guilty of not doing pretty frequently). I wrote a whole review of it that went up a couple of weeks ago, so check it out here if you’re interested in hearing more in-depth thoughts.

The second book was Almost Home by Madisen Kuhn. This is her third poetry collection. I absolutely loved the first two, so when I received this in the mail, I was incredibly grateful. This was such a beautiful collection, and I think Madisen grows so much as a writer with each new poem. There were so many poems I could relate to and ones that just really pulled at my heart. I highly recommend it.

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That is all, for today (but I’ll see you tomorrow and the next day and the next day…)! Let me know if you’re doing Blogtober in the comments :)

Jessica

August TBR

Hey, loves. The last month of summer is upon us. I am so confused as to how that happened but I’m also so excited to get back to school already, so it’s very bittersweet.

I read so many books in July, so I am not stressing myself out too much when it comes to reading this month. There are two read-a-thons that I do want to participate in, though. Both are month long, so I have plenty of time, and I am definitely going to be stacking up on challenges between the two.

N.E.W.T.S:

I sat for my O.W.L.S back in April, I believe, so I am ready to take my N.E.W.T.S now! I was a journalist/writer, which means I have to get an A in two subjects, and an E in one subject. That is only 4 books in total, which is completely doable.

E in history of Magic
– A- read a fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
– E- read a book with a map: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

A in Muggle Studies
– Cover that includes an actual photo element: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

A in any other subject (herbology)
– Listen to an audiobook: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Disney-a-thon:

This is a new month-long read-a-thon where you get to pick a team and then complete the team challenges. I have chosen to be part of team Tangled because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Let’s look at the challenges.

Rapunzel- Read a book with glowing reviews: Fix her Up by Tessa Bailey

Flynn Rider- Read a dark/mysterious book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Snuggly Duckling Crew- Read a book with a dreamy cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Mother Gothel- Read a book with a power-hungry character (must be out of your comfort zone): The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
*I’m not sure if this one entirely fits, but the father is a treasure hunter and he seems scary (and it’s historical fiction so definitely out of my comfort zone)

Maximus- Read the group book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Special Ability: we can travel the map as we please

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In all, this is only seven books that I need to read, which is something I have been doing each month. I am stressed because I’m a mood reader, but hopefully, I can convince myself to read all of these!

Are you participating in any read-a-thons? Let me know in the comments!

jessica

Life Update + Current Reads

Hello loves, it’s been a while. I was doing a really good job of posting twice a week on here for the past two months, but I finally wore myself out. I needed a bit of a break because I was feeling super slumpy about the blog. I had no motivation or inspiration, so I needed to step back for a little while before I started posting again.

I recently moved into a new house and while it’s been an overall good experience, it’s also extremely exhausting. On top of that, this week is the reading rush, so I’m trying to get a lot of reading done, which leaves no time for anything else.

I am hoping to get back into the rhythm of things, but I will be going back to posting one day a week, rather than two.

That’s all as far as my update goes, so let’s talk about what I’m currently reading!

It is day two of the reading rush when this post goes up, but it is day one as I am writing it.

So far, I have started the audiobook of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m about 20% in. I am hoping to get over 50% by the end of the night. I am also reading The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain, and I am only about 100 pages in, but I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. I am not stressed about not finishing a book today because my hope is that I will finish both of these tomorrow, which will put me on track.

Aside from reading rush books, I’m also in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It is on hold this week but I will pick it right back up as soon as this read-a-thon is over. I am hoping to finish it soon, but it’s been taking me so long already, who knows how much longer it’ll take.

Finally, I am reading You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, which is also currently on hold. I may try to finish it this week in place of another book to complete a challenge, but I’m not sure if that will happen yet.

My reading this month has been going really great- I read mainly 4 and 5 star books, so hopefully, that trend will continue!

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Thanks for reading! Let me know what books you are currently reading, and if you’re participating in the reading rush. See you soon!

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June Wrap-Up 2019

Hey, loves! Happy fourth of July!!

I wasn’t planning on doing any more wrap-ups on the blog since starting a Youtube channel, but I don’t have time to film one, so I thought I would put it in writing instead.

This wasn’t my best reading month, as I’ve only read 7 books, which I think is my lowest number of the year so far (I’ve been doing a good job of reading 10+ books each month). BUT, I did read some new favorites!

Let’s look at what I read last month:

 

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All four of my 5-star reads have instantly become favorites for me.

Wilder Girls: This is an ARC I received on NetGalley, which I am so thankful for. It comes out in a few days and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE. It broke me, it was incredible, and the ENDING… that’s all I’m going to say.

With the Fire on High: This is Elizabeth Acevedo’s second book, and it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m so happy that I was finally able to read it, and it was exactly what I needed. It’s a really quick read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Night Circus: I got an ARC of The Starless Sea recently, but before I started that, I wanted to re-read this one. I read it back when it was still a newer book, before I had any bookish social media, before I was a critical reader. I didn’t remember anything from it, like at all. BUT, the re-read was so worth it. I don’t remember loving the story as much as I did this time. It is now one of my all-time favorite books. I can’t wait to read Erin Morgenstern’s next novel.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It: This is a poetry collection from Trista Mateer, and I LOVED it. It was so well written and really unique.

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Truly Devious: I am trying to work my way through some of the mystery/thrillers I have because I love reading them, but don’t pick them up as much as I’d like. This one was really good, especially for YA. I am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here: This book was just ok. I don’t want to talk about my feelings about it too much because I will be posting a video where I talk all about it!

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Romeo and Juliet: I was so bored by this play since I’ve known this story for years (as do most people). I don’t think I got anything new out of reading it. I could have just stuck to the movie adaptations.

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That is all for this short wrap-up. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you Tuesday :)

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July TBR 2019

Hey, loves! Happy July :)

Last month was not my best reading month, so I’m really hoping to make up for that this month. My TBR is a little ambitious, but I am determined to get as much reading done as I can. So, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading!

Currently Reading:

 

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This is a buddy read with Jaime, or Leo Reads on Youtube, which I am almost done with. I am really enjoying it and it has been such a quick read.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt- I put this one on hold for a few months now, and I’m pretty sure it was on my TBR for June, but some other books came up and I didn’t get to it. I know I’m going to love it (I already do and I’m only one chapter in), but I haven’t been able to dedicate the time to it yet.

Secret Project:

I am doing a little bit of a secret video for my Youtube channel, and there are 4 more books I have to read for that. I don’t want to give them away, but they are on the TBR!

Biannual Bibliothon: July 11th-19th

This month is also the last time that the biannual bibliothon will be running, so I want to participate. There are 9 challenges, but I will be aiming for 5. I combined a few of the challenges because I know there is no way I will be able to do all of them.

 

Adult Book: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Book Based on its Cover: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Free Choice/ Wild Card Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I know I’m currently reading it, but I probably won’t continue until the time of this read-a-thon)

A Book from an Author You’ve Never Read Before/Read One of the Hosts’s 5-Star Reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Read a Book You Were Really Excited for, but Never Picked Up/Read a Predicted 5-Star Read: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Reading Rush:

I will also be participating in the reading rush (formerly known as the booktube-a-thon), but my TBR for that will go up later in the month on my channel, so be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss that!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what’s on your TBR this month! I am always looking to add new books :)

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