In March, IndieAthon takes place and I couldn’t be more excited! Last week I showed you some book recommendations from me and some of my bookish friends and today, I’m going to be talking about the books I am going to read! I have a long list of books I’m hoping to get to but probably won’t. I’ve decided to not use the bingo card, because I TRIED and high-key failed to fit the books I wanted to read to the card. I might add the books to the bingo card after I read them, but it’s not working for me! And with my history of failing at bookish bingo cards, it’s not a big surprise to be honest haha.
No way I’m going to get through all of these but I really want to! A couple are lower priority but I really do want to read them all. But then I also have some ARCs I need to get to, I have a buddy read book and a book club book I need to get to. SO MUCH TO READ and yet not enough time.
No More Heroes by Michelle Kan – This is about aro-ace superheroes and I couldn’t be more excited!!
The Collective by R.S. Williams – Pirates, time travel, secret agents and friendship: sounds amazing!
We Go Forwardby Alison Evans – Two girls are both travelling, meet in Berlin and become friends and it just sounds amazing (plus, there’s an aro-ace MC so I’m happy).
Power by Lisa Lagaly – I read the first book in this series a while ago and loved it! I can’t wait to see what will happen next!
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – I have yet to find a single person that didn’t love this book and SO many people have recommended it so I better read it!
Survivors’ Dawn by Ashley Warren – This comes across as an New Adult version of The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and I absolutely loved that book so I can’t wait for this one!
Phaethon by Rachel Sharp – I got this book a while back in a giveaway and I never got around to reading it! It sounds like fun, and it has hackers and fae 🙂
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic – This is probably one of the most popular self-published books I’ve come across and it sounds really interesting, so it better be good!
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – I’ve had this book on my radar for a while and I’ve heard so many good things about it! I mean, who doesn’t want to read about diverse superheroes and villains?
Are you taking part in IndieAthon? What’s on your TBR? Any of these perhaps? What book are you most looking forward to?
Remember how I said I wasn’t going to read that much anymore? Well, let’s forget that for a bit because I’ve been reading so much this month! Mainly because of Riveted, which allowed people to read 25 books for one day each. That was really fun (and a little stressful). I’ve also read some other books and overall had a pretty great month! Christmas was fun (and I got a few books), and I got some eARCs, and blogging has been great too! I hope you had wonderful days too!
I’ve been wanting to make this post for weeks now but I got kind of anxious about it. Idk why. But I finally figured out which books I’ll be bringing on vacation and I’m going to talk about them!
In the past couple of months, I’ve read quite a few ARCs and I have bought a lot of books I wanted to read, but never got to actually read those. A lot of those backlist books I’ll be bringing with me, and I’m trying to read all my ARCs before I leave so I can write and schedule all the reviews.
In a couple of weeks, I will be away on vacation, and I do not know to what extent I will have access to internet so sorry in advance if I reply late to your email/comment/message. I will most likely not catch up with all your wonderful blogs, because that is just not doable (and it’s a vacation so it’s time to just relax and read). I will try to reply to all of the messages at least when I get home.
What I will do on vacation is hopefully read a lot of books! I’ll be going to Vienna and Budapest (and the rest of Hungary) with my parents and without the rest of my siblings, so that’s weird for me. But the pup is going so I won’t be lonely 😛
The end of June is approaching really fast, which means three things: 1) it’s almost summer break for me!!! Only one more exam and I’m done! 2) Camp NaNoWriMo is around the corner 3) My blog will turn 1 soon! Yay! My blog’s first birthday 🙂 I promise to make this month special (I got big plans, including a blog makeover and giveaway).
What I read in June
I read a total of eleven books! I read four ARCs (Starfish, The Thieves of Nottica, Something Beautiful and City of Strife) and I am currently reading two others. I read quite a few books that have been at the back of my tbr, including the final two books of The Raven Cycle, the Lara Jean trilogy and the Lorien Legacies. I also read Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the companion of the Wolves of Mercy Falls and I have been dying to read since forever.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3) ★★★★- SO GOOD. I love this series.
The Raven King by Maggie Stievater (#4) ★★★★☆ – This was a perfect conclusion to a perfect series. The only thing I didn’t really like was how a character was suddenly introduced near the end of the series. I didn’t like him very much.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (#2) ★★★★☆ – I loved it, I loved the Covey girls and the other characters (well, except Chris, Stormy and Genevieve), but Kitty is seriously the best! She’s so funny and sassy. And I love the development Lara Jean is undergoing, she’s growing up and I love seeing that happen.
The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore (#6)★★★★ – The ending broke me *cries* I still can’t believe that happened. This series is very long but so good!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (#3)★★★★☆ – I love the story and though it was quite predictable, I loved every single minute I spend reading it. I would definitely 100% recommend this series if you like contemporary love stories about family and growing up. Also, Jenny Han, I need more. I need the Lara Jean goes to college stories. I NEED IT.
United as One by Pittacus Lore (#7)★★★★☆ – This book is a perfect conclusion, it was even more action-packed than the previous ones and I really enjoyed it. At some moments I just couldn’t put it down. I loved John in this book, I mean, I probably wasn’t supposed to, but I loved this “I don’t care if I live or die, let’s kill some mogs” attitude. It was just awesome.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★★★★★ – I ADORED THIS BOOK. The main character was so relatable and it was just amazing. I was so happy to have won an ARC of this book! Review will be up soon (ish?).
The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray ★★★★☆ – This book surprised me in many ways and I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved the diversity. Review here! (if you want to win an ecopy, the giveaway is still open!)
Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson★★★★ – I won this book and started reading this because I was curious and wanted to get a gist of what it was about. Then I accidentally ended up reading the whole book *grins awkwardly* It was really good and a review will be up soon!
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault ★★★☆ – It was a little hard to get into because there were so many characters to follow. It was really good though! I’m currently reading the second book and will post a combined review of the both of them in a few weeks or so.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater★★★★ – The Wolves of Mercy Falls series was my absolute favourite series in my teenage years. I read it over and over and loved it so much. And yes, it’s a bit cheesy, but I love it. The only thing that could have made this little reunion with this series would be more Sam and Grace, because I need more Sam and Grace ❤
Look at all those stars though! So many great books 😀
A quick look at my tbr
I decided to introduce a new section in my wrap-ups which is to take a look at what’s on my tbr and what I added this month. I just introduced a few new shelves on my goodreads and I love shelving books 🙂 I added a diversity shelf to show off some of my favourite diverse books and also an anticipating releases shelf to keep track of books I want to read in the future but aren’t out yet. It really helps me to declutter my tbr.
What I added to my tbr (and haven’t read yet):
I was already planning to read The Butterfly On Fire because I got an ARC but I never added it to my tbr (oops). Chasing Eveline I won in a giveaway. A Million Junes sounds like a wonderful and magical book about family and the cover is to die for. Truth or Dare I added because it has asexual-aromantic representation and you guys know how much I want to read about ace characters! Symptoms of Being Human I only very recently after finding out it’s about a person with fluid sexuality and I am so in for that (I don’t like the cover but still…). I’m planning on reading at least Chasing Eveline and The Butterfly on Fire this month, and probably not the others since I don’t have a copy of them, and I’m trying to not buy more books.
My TBR is currently at 33 books which is 4 books less than last month 😀
Have you read any of the books I read this month? What’s your favourite? Did you have a good month for reading?
I had a very good reading month, again! I’m on a roll! I read a lot during my week long break in Austria, which was so much fun! I’ve gotten to a point that taking more than 5 days for one book feels like a lot, which is kinda weird because that is a completely normal amount for me. Maybe even a little fast. So let’s see what I read this month.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard ★★★★★ This is such a cute book, I loved the representation and I weirdly connected to Steffi’s muteness. I’ve had a similar phase (a little less drastic though, but I barely ever talked).
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ I just spent half the book swooning over how awesome Nikolai is and the other half being dragged into this awesome story.
A List Of Cages by Robin Roe ★★★★★ This book is simply amazing, you have to read it! It has a great brothers-like friendship and it’s very sad and beautiful. It has great ADHD representation and deals with topics such as abuse and loss.
The Baker Street Peculiars by Roger Langridge ★★★★ This is a graphic novel set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and I loved the feministic aspect to it! It has great diversity and also has supernatural aspects to it!
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner ★★★★ This book was supposed to break my heart, but didn’t. It was still very beautiful and sad.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★ It has the perfect level of cuteness and adorableness to make you smile all the way through the night as you keep reading until you’re finished.
Pure by Julianna Baggott ★★★★ I reread this book because I wanted to start the second book in the series, but I completely forgot what happened. I think it was a very good idea because I’m now reading the second book and I definitely needed a (large) reminder.
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★☆ This book was even better than The Upside of Unrequited. I simply couldn’t put it down!
In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis ★★★★ This is a wonderful short novella which is a futuristic Sleeping Beauty retelling set in space! The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because it could have been more, I needed more of the world and characters!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber ★★★★ The huge hype around this book left me feeling slightly disappointing, I simply wasn’t as dragged into the story as I expected to be. It was quite good though and I will definitely continue the series.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphey ★★★ It was a little “meh” for me, the characters weren’t really to my liking and the story was a little flat. Not a huge success.
Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe ★★★★ I technically haven’t finished this yet as I’m writing this (I’ve got two days to finish and it’ll be April), but I’m 99.9% sure it’ll be a 4 star read for me. It’s really good and I love the ghost aspect to it! It reads like a contemporary with paranormal elements to it.
Long list huh? I read so much!
Next Month’s TBR
This is what’s on my tbr this month! Rabiah: The Gift is an ARC, Fuse is the second book in the series I’m currently reading, the other books were voted on my twitter polls (I didn’t know what to put on there, but this seems like a good list!): More Happy than Not, A Monster Calls, Heartless and Six of Crows!
Is it just me or did February just fly by? For some reason my month started off really slow (reading wise) but ended up being super busy. I finished 7 books in my week-long vacation alone, which is a lot! I’m a little late with my wrap-up and tbr so some of the books on my TBR I have already read and finished, and it seems like this month will be an amazing reading month.
What I read in February
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ★★★★
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (ARC, review will be up soon!) ★★★★
The Restaurant at the End of The Universe by Douglas Adams ★★★★
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (poetry) ★★★★
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (buddy read) ★★★★
Look at all those 4 star books! Almost all of the books I read were great! I’m thinking of maybe doing mini-reviews for the non-ARC books, if so these will be up soon.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard (finished) ★★★★★
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (finished) ★★★★★
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (finished) ★★★★★
The Baker Street Peculiars by Roger Langridge (finished, ARC, graphic novel, not yet reviewed) ★★★★
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (finished) ★★★☆
Geekerella by Ashly Poston
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Fuse by Julianna Baggott
(maybe) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (buddy read)
Some other books maybe? I just don’t know yet. If I will finally buy We Are The Ants, I’ll probably read that one too. Since it’s only the 7th day of the month and I’ve already read over half the books on my montly tbr, I will probably read some more.
My vacation in 7 bullet points
I had a wonderful time in Austria, and I think you can summarise it like this:
Snowboarding horribly (I didn’t dare to go beyond the baby slope), I fell a lot and couldn’t make decent curves so I gave up after a day. Maybe next time I should take classes and not be stubborn and think I can figure it out by myself haha.
Skiing a lot. We went skiing about 4 days I think and I love skiing! I’m currently at the level that even black slopes are doable, but blue ones are the most fun (you can go super-fast and you basically have to try to avoid all the slow skiers but so much fun). We went to a glacier, which was fun and super cold (it was about 15 degrees below zero (Celsius)).
A lot of hot choco.
READING READING READING. I have been reading so much and I loved it. With barely any internet and only four tv channels to watch, there was not much distraction.
Some Gilmore Girls (my latest obsession) and this Swedish-Danish show called The Bridge (Bron/Broen). My dad had a dvd of the third season so we watched some of it. And I have to say, although I thought it was boring in the beginning, it has started to grow on me. It’s about a detective Saga (isn’t that an awesome name?!?!) who has autism and she solves murders. It’s not like the usual detective series because it’s one case for 10 episodes. Ooh and I love the intro tune, it’s so calming: Hollow Talk by Choir of Young Believers
Sledding! This was by far the most fun activity we’ve done. My mom didn’t dare to go any further after like 10 meters, so me , my siblings and dad went all the way down the mountain, which is about 7 kilometers (that’s like 1.5 hours to walk). And then we went back up to do it all over again. I had the best time, but it was so tiring and I still have bruises from trying to brake.
Food! The food is so good. Toast and kaiserschmarren are the best things for lunch. Kaiserschmarren are sooooo good, seriously. They’re like pancakes but then shredded, with jam and often applesauce.
All the Light We Cannot See
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Princess Saves Herself in this One
Siege and Storm
An Ember in the Ashes
Which brings me to 282 points! Even more than last month 🙂
I had a great month! Both for reading and personally (especially the ending was great). How was your month? Any great books you’ve read?
I have loved and I have hated January, but overall I had a lot of fun! AND GUESS WHAT?! I actually was able to read almost every book on my January TBR!! I’m weirdly excited about that. So let’s see what I read this month:
Fate’s Fables by T. Rae Mitchell ★★☆ (review)
In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers ★★★★★
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ★★★★☆
Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair ★★★★ (review)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen ★★★★ (review yet to come)
The Sixth Event by Kristen Morie-Osisek ★★★☆ (review yet to come)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★
Escapades in Bizarrchaeology by Adrian Burrows ★★★ (review yet to come)
Next month’s tbr:
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (buddy read!)
Dreadnought by April Daniels (arc)
Sequence by Lorraine M.L. (arc; I’ve already started but got stuck so I’m going to try again)
Serpent by Sarah Fay Olson (arc)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audiobook, maybe?)
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I really want to finish all my arcs and then focus on reading more of the books I already own, and maybe buy new books 🙂
The Beat The Backlist Challenge
I’ve read a total of 6 books for this challenge, which is something I am quite happy with. Even though I haven’t reviewed a lot of them, I’m okay with it (yayy, some points for Gryffindor)
Mitchell T. Rae
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Escapades of Bizarrchaeology
Which brings me to a total of (let me grab my calculator) 244 points for January! (calculated by (total # pages)/10 + 50*(# books reviewed)).
I’m planning on doing the Hermione’s Library treasure hunt, which means you read a book with each letter of the alphabet, so I’ve now covered the F, the P, the R, the S and the Z (because that one could be anywhere in the title).
The Harry Potter Writing Challenge
I have to admit, I failed miserably in this challenge. I wanted to participate in all of the chats but I FORGOT. Every. Single. Time. ARGH *angry face*
However, I hope I make it up a little by having earned a lot of points for Hufflepuff! My word counts:
Stories/fiction writing: 849 (that’s a sad amount…)