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March TBR + Spring Bookish Bingo Sign Up

Yikes this is going up late :/ I really should have just posted my March TBR, then posted again when the Spring Bookish Bingo post was up on Pretty Deadly Reviews, but I was an idiot. Oh well.

I don’t usually do TBRs, but since I got the reading planner in the December OwlCrate, I’m miraculously managing to (kind of) stick to them. It’s very strange, but I’m enjoying it, even if it doesn’t last forever.


Little Darlings

For the rest of the month, I don’t have to rush through any other ARCs (I just finished Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan), because the next one I have doesn’t come out until the end of April. Buuuut… I might read it this month. That’s Little Darlings by Melanie Golding, and it comes out April 30th.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is my current read, and it made my TBR because it was finally my turn to get it from OverDrive. But, now I think I’m going to have to go back on the wait list because I’m not in the right mood anymore ūüė¶ I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to this book.

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

I’m so hoping to (finally!!!) get to The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi! It was the book for the January OwlCrate, and I only put it off this long because I needed to get through a couple of ARCs first, and then I was hoping it would be the choice for Book Roast’s book club, Book in a Jar, and it was! So! Excite!

Invision (Chronicles of Nick, #7)

I’m almost through The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon, at last! This is kind of part of a personal challenge I set for myself, to finish some completed series I’ve started. I just need to read Invision (book 7), which I *just* got from OverDrive as an audiobook, and then…

Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8)

Intensity, which is (as far as I know) the last one. I can’t believe I’m actually going to finish this series, after all this time. I started reading this in like…2012, wow.

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

While not officially on my TBR yet, because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get War Storm (finally) this month or not, I’m really hoping I can, so I can finish King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (book 3 in the Red Queen series). I made it to the halfway point and decided I did want to get the last book, so I’m waiting to finish it. Very impatiently. (I bought the first book, loved it, bought 2 & 3, then forced myself to wait until I’d read those to get the 4th one…like a moron…This is why it blows up in my face when I try to be responsible.)

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

John Dies at the End by David Wong (aka Jason Pargin of Cracked.com) is also iffy, for totally different reasons. I started this last month, because it was one of husband’s picks, and it was fun and amusing for a while. Now, I’m just annoyed by it and strongly considering DNF’ing it. But I am going to try to read more.

Sawkill Girls

I also finally(!!!) got Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand from OverDrive, and I’m really excited to get to it because I’ve only heard amazing things. (Also, it’s apparently a nominee for a Bram Stoker award, so if I read it, I’ll have read a whopping two nominees. I usually don’t remember to check nominees until after long after winners have been chosen -_- )


Wow, uh.. This is longer than I expected, and I’m thinking maybe I should have split this into two posts :/ I’ll try to keep the Spring Bookish Bingo part short.

The card!

Some books I might read for it:

  • Warm Climate: Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon (set in New Orleans)
  • Weapon on Cover: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (crossbow)
  • Three Word Title: (Do articles count as words for this?) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Novella: Down Amonth the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  • Yellow Cover: Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon (I read this at the beginning of the month, so that’s done)
  • Stand-alone: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding (I think this is a stand-alone)
  • Large Cast of Characters: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • LGBT: The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • 2019 Debut: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (I’ve already finished this one)
  • The Undead: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • Author of Color: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

I might not read most of these, who knows. I don’t know what I’ll pick for an epistolary, because I think I’ve exhausted my collection and my library’s (it’s a tiny library). A school setting might be tricky, too, but I’ll dig through my library and my own shelves and do some googling.

I think I have multiple options, either from my shelves or the library, for the others, but I’ll just have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for.


What are some books you’re hoping to get to this month, or during the spring?

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February + Winter Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

I’m finally (mostly) over whatever was making me ill for the last 2ish weeks, so hopefully I’ll have posts up regularly again, yay.

I think the only good thing that came out of me being sick was that I read a ton. It’s weird because it was the first time in my life (that I can remember) when I was ill and not only able to read, but that was all I felt up to doing. Usually, I can’t even make myself read when I’m sick.

Because I was sick and my brain wasn’t really functioning well enough to write reviews or anything, I should have at least one coming up soon (King¬†of¬†Scars), probably later this week.

Okay, enough updating. Time to get to what I read last month and all that.


February was actually a decent reading month for me.

I read 10 books (almost 11, but I finished that one on the 1st of March), and 2 fairy tales. Of those, 8 counted for Beat the Backlist.

If I did the math right, I read 4,331 pages last month. Not bad at all, if I do say so myself.

I read:

  • Harry¬†Potter¬†and¬†the¬†Deathly¬†Hallows by J.K. Rowling (a re-read)
  • Red¬†Queen by Victoria Aveyard (a re-read, reviewed here)
  • Rapunzel by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (Fairy Tales Fridays)
  • Glass¬†Sword by Victoria Aveyard (reviewed here)
  • The¬†Dark¬†Descent¬†of¬†Elizabeth¬†Frankenstein by Kiersten White (reviewed here)
  • The¬†Six¬†Swans by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (Fairy Tales Fridays)
  • The¬†Blacker¬†the¬†Berry by Wallace Thurman (one of husband’s picks from my TBR)
  • While¬†You¬†Sleep by Stephanie Merritt (ARC review here; release day March 5th)
  • The¬†Essex¬†Serpent by Sarah Perry (one of husband’s picks)
  • King¬†of¬†Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • The¬†Wrath¬†&¬†the¬†Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (the winner of my Kindle TBR poll)
  • The¬†Rose¬†&¬†the¬†Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I might still review all of those last 4, instead of just King¬†of¬†Scars, I’m not sure.


February was also the last month of Winter Bookish Bingo, which I didn’t do so great with. I was close to getting more than one bingo, but didn’t quite make it.

  • Friend’s¬†Fave: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (review)
  • Blue¬†Cover: Modern¬†Tarot by Michelle Tea
  • Historical: The¬†Lady’s¬†Guide¬†to¬†Petticoats¬†and¬†Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  • Second¬†Chance: A¬†Christmas¬†Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Romance: Daughter¬†of¬†Smoke¬†&¬†Bone by Laini Taylor (review)
  • Features¬†Tech: The¬†Long¬†Way¬†to¬†a¬†Small,¬†Angry¬†Planet by Becky Chambers (review)
  • Dec.-Feb.¬†Release: King¬†of¬†Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Free¬†space: Days¬†of¬†Blood¬†& Starlight by Laini Taylor (review)
  • Start¬†a¬†Series: The¬†Bear¬†and¬†the¬†Nightingale by Katherine Arden (review)
  • Pink¬†Cover: The¬†Dark¬†Descent¬†of¬†Elizabeth¬†Frankenstein by Kiersten White (review)
  • Male¬†Main¬†Character: Harry¬†Potter¬†and¬†the¬†Sorcerer’s¬†Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Fantasy: The¬†Wrath¬†&¬†the¬†Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Author¬†of¬†Color: The¬†Blacker¬†the¬†Berry by Wallace Thurman
  • Fave¬†Author: Harry¬†Potter¬†and¬†the¬†Deathly¬†Hallows by J.K. Rowling (not my all-time fave anymore, but a fave…at least with the HP books)
  • Set¬†in¬†Europe: While¬†You¬†Sleep by Stephanie Merritt (review)
  • Animal¬†on¬†the¬†Cover: Harry¬†Potter¬†and¬†the¬†Chamber¬†of¬†Secrets by J.K. Rowling (snakes, phoenix)

Overall, February wasn’t a bad reading month. Blogging, though…it wasn’t good. I got way off schedule at the beginning of the month, finally got back on track, and then got sick. Oh well. I’m going to try to get a ton of things pre-written and scheduled ASAP so that hopefully doesn’t happen again.


How was your February? What was your favorite read last month? Least favorite?

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November Wrap Up/Winter Plans

I’ve been procrastinating this post all month because I kept wanting to wait until I could get a picture of the whopping three books I read last month, but it hasn’t worked out, so we’re just doing this.

Last month was NaNoWriMo, and the most recent round of Tome Topple happened. I did post about my Tome Toppple plans, but I didn’t expect to actually finish a book (I don’t think I ever have before during Tome Topple). How did I do? Well, I read all three of the books o_O That’s right, I made it through¬†Night Film, The Witches: Salem, 1692, AND¬†The Diviners¬†last month while also participating in NaNoWriMo. What?! I can’t believe it.

In my last update about all of this in November, I hadn’t finished my last book or NaNoWriMo. There was still time to fail. But…I didn’t. I don’t know what happened last month, but I was on fire.

I completed an actual entire first draft of a novel for the first time ever. It’s horrible, it needs so much editing and rewriting, but I actually did it! My final word count was 54,724 words! (The “goal” word count is 50k.)

Not only did I finish an actual first draft of a novel, but I also plan to go back and make it better probably during the spring. I can’t believe I really did it omg. I’m not going to lie, there’s a tiny bit of pride happening because of this.

I was also going to post my Bookish Bingo wrap up, but I totally lost track of what I read for the prompts and I didn’t do great with it anyway because I didn’t get much reading done this autumn.


That brings me to my winter reading plans and such!

First of all, Winter Bookish Bingo, yesss! I’m totally participating. Head over to Pretty Deadly Reviews to see the prompts for this round.

King of Scars¬†comes out in January(!!!)¬†so I’m considering pre-ordering that because I NEED IT! Aaah! Now I can finally read¬†Wonder Woman: Warbringer¬†because I’ll have another Leigh Bardugo book to read soon! You guys, I can not even begin to put into words how freaking excited I am for this book! It’s probably my most-anticipated 2019 release, honestly.

I’ll probably talk more about a few other 2019 releases I’m excited about in a later post (there’s a T5W with that prompt this month, but I’ll probably narrow it down to books released in the first half of the year).

Otherwise, I think I’m just going to try to read as much as I can before the end of the year. I’m definitely not hitting 30k pages read, but right now it doesn’t seem like I’m going to hit 25k, which was my goal once I started climbing out of The Great Reading Slump of 2018 :/ *sigh*¬†

And, hopefully, I’ll actually follow through with making some changes to this blog soon. I need to write a couple of reviews, and I have some ARCs I need to read and review soon. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping I actually get all of that done this month.


I really meant for this to be kind of short, but I rambled a lot more than I expected, oops. I just sat down and really felt like writing a blog post, so…here we are ūüėõ

I hope your winter is off to a lovely start, and (if you celebrate any holidays this time of year) I hope your holidays are filled with joy ‚̧

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Fall Bookish Bingo Sign Up

I utterly failed with Summer, so I didn’t even both posting my card (I’m not sure I even got one space, honestly). And, with the reading slump bs, I considered not signing up for the fall round, but I just can’t stay away! I love Bookish Bingo (hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews), so I have to do it, even if I fail again.


 

Here’s the card for this round:


And here are some of the books I’m thinking of reading:

  • Made into a movie:¬†Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (I actually saw the movie first, years ago, and still haven’t read the book. Oops :/ )
  • Middle grade:¬†City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (assuming I can get a copy)
  • One word title:¬†Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • History with a twist:¬†The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • Witches:¬†Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Black cover:¬†The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (I’m pretty sure my edition has a black cover, but if now, I have plenty of choices)
  • Space or stars:¬†The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Fall release:¬†Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, OR¬†A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (if I can get one/both of them)
  • Purple cover:¬†The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • Legend or myth:¬†The Odyssey by Homer (I’ve been planning to re-read it for ages)
  • Pretty spine:¬†Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Less than 300 pages:¬†Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Anyone else participating this round?

If you¬† have any recs for the squares I didn’t list a book for (or even for the ones I¬†did list a book for), please leave them in the comments!

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May + Spring Wrap Up

Goodreads is finally functioning a little more, so I can do this the easier way, yay!

May was An Experience, oh boy. I mentioned in my April Wrap Up that I was about 3,600 pages behind for my page goal. That…that was a lot of pages to be behind by. By the end of May, to get back on track, I needed my total page count for the year so far to be at least 12,500.

So how did I do? Well, my total pages for this year was 13,282 at the end of May 31st! Ho-ly craaaap that was a lot of pages read in May!

In May, I read 17 titles and finally (finally!) finished¬†The Lord of the Rings! It took me about 2.5-3 months to read Fellowship and maybe the first chapter or so of Two Towers, but once I sat down and really started the rest of the book, I blew through it within the week, I think. I loved it, and I am so happy to finally be able to say I’ve read it haha.

Now, on to the rest of what I read:

may 2018 books

From last book of the month to first book of the month…

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge– 3/5 stars
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur– 4.5/5 stars
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins– 1.5/5 stars
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– 4.5/5 stars (-0.5 star because I didn’t really start loving it until after Fellowship :/ )
  • The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs– 3.5-4/5 stars
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– 5/5 stars
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– 4/5 stars
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel– 1.5/5 stars
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– 4-ish/5 stars
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw– 3.75/5 stars?
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee– 5/5 stars
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan– 4-4.5/5 stars
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan–¬†3.75-4/5 stars
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars

I pretty much did nothing but read every possible moment last month because I was determined to catch up while I was really feeling the urge to read. (That’s also why my blogging didn’t really happen last month, oops.)


I won’t get into my year-long reading challenges this time, but I’ll be doing a mid-year review/wrap-up at the end of June and include what I’ve read for the Pop Sugar and Book Riot’s Read Harder challenges.


Spring Bookish Bingo Results

Spring Bookish Bingo--finished

I was so close to getting every square this time around, ugh.

Here’s what I read:

  • Ocean Theme:¬†The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mythology:¬†The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Part of a Series:¬†Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (review)
  • Pink Cover:¬†Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy¬†by Hallie Lieberman (review)
  • Made Into a Movie:¬†Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • White Cover:¬†The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (review)
  • Spring Release:¬†The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (review)
  • New-to-You Author:¬†It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett (review)
  • Retelling:¬†Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards
  • Unlikeable Main Character:¬†Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Thriller:¬†The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Free Space:¬†The Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  • Intersectional Diversity:¬†The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Disabled/POC/LGBTQ+ character)
  • Animal On Cover:¬†She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi (review) (A wolf)
  • Aussie Author:¬†Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • 2018 Debut:¬†DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (review)
  • Epistolary:¬†Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Family:¬†Funhome: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Witches:¬†The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Flowers On Cover:¬†The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Set in Another Country:¬†The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia…I think)
  • LGBT+:¬†Everthing Leads to You by Dahlia Adler (F/F relationship)
  • Multi POV:¬†Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Second Chance:¬†Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (I counted this because¬†I gave¬†it a second chance after trying to read it as a kid and not liking it. I still didn’t really like it :/ )

And that’s a wrap, whew.

May, and spring in general, was kind of eventful. A lot has gone on in my personal life, and not much of it was good :/ But at least I’m back on track with my reading goals, I guess. (Well, at least my page count goal, if nothing else.) And I’ve managed to actually do pretty well so far with my reading resolutions for this year. But I think I’ve done enough updating and wrapping up for one post, so I’ll talk more about that in the mid-year update around the end of June/beginning of July.