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January 2020 TBR

I realize we’re now about a third of the way through the month, but in my defense I was making a TBR game board for the first week and I was still trying to finish my last December book :/

I made a Bookopoly board, which I’m not showing off because A) I am not great at drawing (especially freehand with a Sharpie haha), B) I never got around to putting the title “Bookopoly”) on the board, and C) my board might have been ruined less than 24 hours after I finished it. I’m still too upset to really assess the damage, so I’m ignoring it and hoping it fixes itself because I spent at least 12 hours working on it and I was fairly pleased with how it turned out.

Anyway… That’s not why we’re here, but it is relevant because the board chose my TBR. I think my rules are pretty much the same as Becca’s from Becca and the Books over on YouTube (her board was one of the inspirations for creating my own), but I could be mistaken.

I don’t have a set number of rolls, because I think I’ll just feel it out every month (assuming my board is still functional). Rolling doubles means I have to roll again (as in regular Monopoly) and add an additional book to my TBR. This month, I did six rolls but two of those were doubles, so I ended up with eight rolls/books.

Because I’m still trying to finish the Winter Magical Readathon, I might have to add more books, but this is what I have so far.

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

Read a Library Book– For this one, I’m probably going with The Girl in the Tower by Katharine Arden. I was hoping my hold on this would come through later so I could use it for Polarthon next month, but oh well.

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

Husband Picks– This one made me nervous haha. Husband picked Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (I think his reasoning was that it looked cool) and my reaction was gleefully screeching “LESBIAN NEROMANCERS IN SPACE!” at a pitch I think only dogs could hear πŸ˜›

The Spindlers

Children/Middle Grade– My Magical Readathon pick for “starts with S” works for this one, so I’m reading The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver.

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)

Outside My Comfort Zone– I think I’ll be borrowing for this one and checking out Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. This one was already on my TBR for 2020 because there’s a PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt to read a Western, which is outside my comfort zone.

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits, #1)

Historical Fiction– Another book I have out from the library. I’ll be reading The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite which has been on my TBR for almost a year, and I finally got to the top of the holds list, yay!

The Odyssey

Community Shelf Card: (Owned) Book on Goodreads TBR the Longest– That would be Homer’s The Odyssey :/ I’ve actually read it before, but it was almost 20 years ago, so I’ve been wanting to re-read it for ages anyway. Hopefully I’ll be in the right mood.

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

Comics/Manga– Ok, I haven’t for sure chosen something or this one, but since I have gone through a few pages of Chapter 5 of the Magical Readathon to see my first couple of prompts, I think I’ll be going with The Steel Prince vol. 1 by V.E. Schwab for this one.

The Hate U Give

Chance Card– I pulled The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for this one. I swear this book has probably been on my TBRs than any other :/

This…might be too ambitious considering I only have three weeks left in the month haha. (I’m also in a tiny slump, ugh.) But, two of these are pretty short, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping to get through all of them, but it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. If I read most of them and start the others, I’ll call that a win.

What’s on your TBR this month?

Have you read any of these? What did you think of it/them?

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Beat the Backlist 2020: Sign Up and Some TBR Picks

I can’t believe it took me so long to get this post together, because I’ve been thinking about it since mid-December haha.

Last year, I participated in Novel Knight’s Beat the Backlist challenge, and I did really well with it. In my 2019 Stats, Challenges, and Goals Wrap Up post, I talked about the breakdown of backlist vs 2019 release books I read, but in summary, I read a lot more backlist than new release books. That isn’t unusual for me, because I don’t buy and immediately read many new releases (and I’m not really getting ARCs anymore, which I keep meaning to talk about), but I’m still pleased with the results.

I’m excited to be participating in this challenge again this year, because it’s low pressure and helps keep me focused on reading books I already own. I’m not going to try to make a true TBR for this year’s challenge, because I’m a mood reader and can’t always stick to a TBR, but I did pick a few books from my shelves that I will probably be reading this year.

The Books

Monstress, vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu is a the first in a series I’ve really wanted to read for a few years now. I absolutely love the art style (Sana Takeda is the illustrator), and I’m really curious to see how I feel about steampunk comics (I tend to enjoy steampunk, but I haven’t read a ton of it yet).

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver was a book I picked up a few years ago, and I still haven’t read it. I think this is going to be my first book of the year, though, because I am still working my way through the Winter Magical Readathon, and I’m up to the prompt “Read a book that starts with the letter S, for Slytherin,” and this one fits. Plus, in addition to working for Beat the Backlist and the Magical Readathon, it also works for one of my goals for myself, which is to read more broadly. I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but I’ve been adding some to my TBR lately, and I might as well kick things off with a book I already own πŸ˜›

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz ZafΓ³n is the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and I’m really hoping to re-read The Shadow of the Wind and then continue on with the series this year. I loved the first book, and I picked up the last one in 2019, so I can binge my way through them if I want. This also works for my goal to continue/finish series I own.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige is the third book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I read the first two last year and liked them a lot, so I’m looking forward to finishing the series this year. This one also works for continuing/finishing a series I own.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the sequel to Vicious (which I loved) and I still haven’t read it. I think I will get to it this year, though, because I’m starting to feel like I’m almost in the right mood for it.

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare is kind of a random choice because I think I have three of her books on my TBR shelf and I just grabbed the one on top of the stack πŸ˜› I discovered my love of romance last year by reading a Tessa Dare book, and I’ve read several of her books since then and enjoyed them all. So, I don’t know if I’ll necessarily read this one this year, but it’s likely I will.

There are definitely more books than these that I hope to read this year, but when I was thinking about my options, I tried to think of the books I really thought I would be reading this year, and not just the ones I hope I get around to. All of these are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while, anyway, and they’re all by authors whose writing I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Are you participating in Beat the Backlist?

Do you tend to read more backlist or new release books?

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2019 Final Quarter Book Haul

Happy 2020!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely holiday season and end of a decade, and I wish you the very best in 2020 πŸ˜€

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve actually posted something on this blog, yikes :/ While I do feel bad, because this is something I enjoy very much, I have to say that when things get hectic, blogging is one of the first “non-essential” things I drop from my plate. Unfortunately, during December I also dropped reading and…pretty much everything else haha. I don’t put a lot of stock in New Year’s Resolutions, and that’s not something I really do, but I do like to think back over the year and take stock of how I could improve during the next year. From there, I choose a word for the year (which I started in 2019, and I might talk more about my 2020 word soon), brainstorm goals for various areas of my life, and get to planning.

So, that’s what I did during December. I planned, a lot. I’ll leave it there for now because that isn’t the point of this post, but I have several posts about how 2019 went and what I have planned for 2020 in the works, and those should be going up over the next week or two and I’ll talk more about all this stuff then.

For now, let’s just get to the books, shall we?

These are not in the order I purchased them, except for the Kindle books at the end. I’m far too lazy to actually do it that way πŸ˜›

First up, the OwlCrate books!

Somehow, I got these out of order while I was trying to get this picture. Top left is December’s book, The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White. Below it is Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, which was the November book (this one also has blue sprayed edges and it’s gorgeous ❀ ). Both I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi and Crier’s War by Nina Varela were in the October box, which was super cool!

Then there was the book I won in a goodreads giveaway

I started reading romance in 2019, and I’m totally hooked at this point. I’m still not a huge fan of contemporary stories in general, but I’m starting to figure out what I do and do not like, so it’s getting a little easier for me to choose contemporaries that I enjoy. So, after reading the description of The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, and checking out some reviews by people who enjoyed other books I liked, I entered the giveaway. I was super excited to have won a copy, and I think this will be one of my first books of 2020!

The comics

I almost never buy comics, manga, and graphic novels because they are pricey :/ But, thanks to a Barnes & Noble gift card and stumbling upon a sale around the holidays on Amazon, I snagged The Steel Prince volumes 1 and 2 by V.E. Schwab, Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie Liu, and Descender volume 1 by Jeff Lemire. I’ve wanted to read all of these since they first came out, so I’m really looking forward to diving into them this year.

Other (Physical) Books

I grabbed And I Darken by Kiersten White at Books a Million, I think. It was a random find in the bargain section (that sticker is one of the awful ones that leaves behind residue or damages the cover or both, ugh), and I’d been considering buying it for a while anyway. Then there’s Blood Heir by AmΓ©lie Wen Zhao, which was a pre-order and one of my most anticipated 2019 releases. Finally, I decided to pick up All the Bad Apples by MoΓ―ra Fowley-Doyle with the US cover instead of ordering the UK one, because my copies of her other two books are hardcover and I wanted them all the match as well as much as possible. She’s one of my favorite authors, so I feel like this is going to be a 4.5 or 5 star read.

Finally, there’s the Kindle books

Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #39)

I grabbed Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie because it’s a Halloween-y book, I really like Poirot, and it was on sale πŸ˜›

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

I saw Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman on sale (probably something to do with the show?) so I had to get it. I’ve had this on my TBR for…a very, very long time :/ Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it…eventually.

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch, #2)
The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch, #3)

I also found The Heart Forger and The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco on sale. I have The Bone Witch in hardcover, but…I didn’t love it enough to really want the whole trilogy physically :/ I definitely preferred The Girl From the Well duology, but I did still enjoy The Bone Witch enough to want to finish the series.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)

I couldn’t pass up A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers because I really enjoyed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet earlier this year. I can’t wait to get into this one soon.

They Called Us Enemy

I think They Called Us Enemy by George Takei was a Kindle Daily Deal or something a couple of weeks ago, so I pounced on it. I really like George Takei, and I want to read more graphic memoirs, so this is high on my 2020 TBR.

The Queen of Ieflaria (Tales of Inthya, #1)

And this–The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin–is why I don’t do any wrap ups until after the first of the year haha. I literally bought this last night, so I’m glad I didn’t write this post over the weekend like I’d originally planned πŸ˜› This one has been on my TBR for almost two years, and (at the time I’m writing this on January 1st, in the US) the Kindle edition is on sale for $3.99. It’s a f/f fantasy romance that sounds awesome, and I’m super excited about finally having it.

And that’s a wrap on books I bought in 2019, whew. Amazingly, despite how many books have come in, my physical TBR size hasn’t changed that much. If anything, I’m pretty sure it’s actually smaller than it was last January. I unhauled a few books, but I think I read way more than I unhauled.

If you want to see what else I got last year, here’s my first quarter haul, second quarter haul, and third quarter haul.

I think for 2020 I’ll do more frequent haul updates, because I missed books at least twice this year doing it quarterly :/

Let me know some of the books you’ve acquired recently, and which one(s) you’re most looking forward to reading πŸ™‚

Have you read any of these? What did you think of it/them?

Happy 2020, and I hope it’s your best year yet πŸ™‚

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A (tentative) December TBR

I really love the TBR games I’ve seen people on YouTube do, like Codie’s Book Corner’s Wheel of TBR, Jadeyraereads’s TBR Pursuit, and Becca and the Books’s Bookopoly, and I’m kind of working on setting up my own thing, heavily inspired by Codie’s wheel. (I might keep brainstorming and come up with my own TBR game. I’m working on ideas, but I haven’t figured out how to make any of them work yet.)

This month, I decided to do a super cheap and quick wheel made from a round piece of cardboard I drew 10 sections on and then stuck to the cork board over my desk, because I’m not investing the time, energy, and/or money into making a nicer version until I’ve tested it to see if it works for me.

I had a list of possible TBR prompts I’ve been collecting for a while anyway, because I was thinking of doing another TBR-prompt-jar kind of thing, but I like this more. So, I cut out little squares of paper, wrote a number on each to match each prompt I have (currently 36), stuck them to my super fancy wheel with a paperclip, replaced the chosen prompt with a new number after each spin, and now here we are. (If I end up making the wheel nicer, I’ll probably laminate everything, put the actual prompts on squares or whatever, and attach them differently.)

This is also not necessarily a complete TBR because the Winter Magical Readathon is happening! This time, it’s not possible to set a TBR ahead of time, so we’ll see how it goes. Check out the website and G’s video for more details if you want to join in πŸ™‚

The Books

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1

For my first Magical Readathon book, I went with the first three volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. This bindup is 576 pages (my prompt was to read a 500+ page book from my existing TBR), and I needed to read it for another challenge. Also, it fit for my “Outside My Comfort Zone” TBR wheel spin (I’ve only read one manga before, and it was The Nightmare Before Christmas, so this is my first manga-that-started-as-manga read), so it’s all around a win.

Odd and the Frost Giants

I’m hoping to read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman for a challenge. It’s really short, I think, so I should be able to get through it in an evening.

Forbidden (Old West, #1)

If I can get it from the library this month, I really want to read Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. It would work for a challenge, and I’ve wanted to try a book by her for a while anyway.

Hurricane Child

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender made the TBR because I only realized at the end of November that I still haven’t read a children’s book for award-related prompts in a couple of reading challenges, and this one fits both perfectly.

The rest of these are wheel choices.

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

I got Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire as the “Random” prompt on the wheel. For this, I could do a random number generator for my shelves, then for the books on that shelf, or I could just randomize my Goodreads TBR. I chose the latter, and I’m glad I got this one because it’s short, and I can use it for another challenge.

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

For a “5-Star Prediction,” I decided to read A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano, which I got from the library after I read the synopsis. This middle grade story sounds so cute and magical and I really feel like it’s going to be a 5-star read.

A Christmas Carol

My next wheel spin landed on “Re-read,” which is perfect for this month because every December (as I mentioned in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday) I re-read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

For “Classic,” I’m counting newer (20th century) and older classics. I think I’m going to read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie because I’ve been itching to read more of her books anyway, and I’ve finally convinced myself I don’t absolutely have to read them in a particular order. (Also, I really like Poirot.)

The Book Thief

Next I got “Adaptation,” and I will probably be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (which I still have not read even though I’ve owned it for like 6 years on my Kindle).

Binti (Binti, #1)

For “New-to-Me Author” I’m probably going to try Binti by Nnedi Okorafor because I’ve wanted to read it for a while, I’ve only heard good things about it, and I also want to use it for at least one other challenge. (Plus, it’s a short read, and this is the final month of the year πŸ˜› )

Amber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk, #1)

For the “Color” prompt, I went to an online color wheel spinner thing and it gave me “orange” as the color. I’m going with Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene for this one. (If I do make my wheel nicer and keep it, I might do different colored segments on the wheel itself like Codie did, to make this prompt easier.) This edition is from last December’s OwlCrate, and there’s orange in the stone and the sunset, but also on the naked spine. (For this prompt, the book just has to have the chosen color somewhere on it.)

Bitter Sweet Love

For “On My Shelf a Year or More” I chose Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet, which I’ll also be using for another challenge.


Finally, I got “Graphic Book” (comics, manga, graphic novels, etc.), and I’ll probably read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson for this one because I have owned it far too long, and it works for a prompt for a challenge. (I can not believe I still haven’t read this omg.)

Wow that was long, yikes.

I’ll probably make a new post for the remaining weeks of the Magical Readathon to share which prompt(s) I get and what I’m going to read for those, but I’m really hoping I’ll be able to use mostly books from this list, because I think all but maybe one or two of the books on here are for other challenges.

Thirteen books might be kind of a lot, depending on how this month goes. But, one of those is a poetry collection, four are pretty short (under 200 pages), one is a bindup of manga, one is a graphic novel, and two are middle grade. I also have or plan to get the audiobooks for almost half of these.

So, I’m not super confident about reading all of them, but I think I can if I don’t get fully sucked into a slump or something.

What are you reading this month?

Are you participating in the Winter Magical Readathon? If so, what prompt(s) did you get this week?

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Tome Topple is Coming!

Weirdly, I’m actually not that excited about this round 😦 Usually, I’m screaming (often literally) about it, but the closer this round gets, the more “meh” I feel about it.

I think it’s because I’m a mood reader, and what I’m in the mood to read right now are a few sci-fi books on my shelves that are definitely not tomes. (I do own a couple of sci-fi books that count, but I’m not in the mood for them. I might still try one, but I’m not excited about that idea.)

I might be able to get away with fantasy instead, because I can almost always read fantasy, but we’ll see if my brain is cooperative and allows that πŸ˜›

But, I’m still going to try to participate, because there is one thing I want to re-read that totally counts, and I might be in the mood for other things by the time this round starts/finishes.

If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, it’s a readathon created by Sam over at Thoughts On Tomes on YouTube.

The point of the readathon is to tackle large (500+ page) books, but something like an omnibus or short story collection doesn’t count, unless the individual works are all 500+ pages. Graphic novels do count, though.

This round of Tome Topple begins on November 9th at 12:00 AM and runs until November 22nd at 11:59 PM (your timezone for start/end times).

  • If you have a Twitter, there’s a Tome Topple twitter account you can follow for sprints and stuff like that.
  • There’s also a Goodreads group, which could be handy for finding tomes or buddy reads.
  • If you use Instagram or Twitter, you can (probably) also find other readers, tome suggestions, etc. by using the hashtag #TomeTopple.
  • Oh, and there will be Instagram challenges happening, so check out Sam’s IG if you’re interested in that.

My (Possible) TBR Options

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

I might take this opportunity to re-read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (and, if I’m feeling it, I might re-read Shadow of Night and then finally read The Book of Life). This one is about 580 pages, but the first time I read it, I finished it in like 4 days. I’m not sure if I’ll have a similar experience the second time around, but I’m hopeful.

Under the Dome

I might try picking up Under the Dome by Stephen King. I’ve only read his non-fiction and 2-3 of his horror novels, and I’m not a fan of his horror :/ I know, it’s like sacrilege to say that when you’re a horror lover, but I just don’t like it. So, I’m want to try something else, like his fantasy and sci-fi stuff (and yes, I know at least some of that veers into horror territory, too), but I’m not going to force myself to finish it if I’m not feeling it after about 100 pages. My copy is around 1,100 pages, yikes. (I’m really hoping my hold on the audiobook comes through in the next week.)

From Hell

I’ve saved Alan Moore’s From Hell for like a year so I could read it during Tome Topple haha. I almost read it last month, but I held out because I was hoping there would be a Tome Topple round, and here we are. I don’t know if I’ll actually read it this time or not, but there’s at least a 45% chance I will πŸ˜› This graphic novel is around 575 pages.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

I really (really) need to have read The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang like four months ago :/ I had an ARC of this, but my depression got in the way of reading it, but now I feel like I should just buy it, so… I need to read it, I want to read it, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling it right now. It is, however, 560 pages, so perfect for Tome Topple.

The Book Thief

I still haven’t read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak :/ I know, I know. It’s like, illegal or something, to be a book blogger and have not read that book, but the hype got in the way for me. I’m sure it is really good, but I couldn’t force myself to read it for years. But, if I find myself in the mood for historical fiction, I might pick it up. It’s about 550 pages.

There are also some prompts, if you want to challenge yourself a bit, or if you need help trying to decide what to read, etc.


  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read
  5. Read an adult novel (aka not childrens, middlegrade, or YA)

The Book Thief hasn’t been on my TBR the absolute longest, but it’s been on there a very long time. I’d say we’re approaching 10 years, which means only a small handful of classics/modern classics over 500 pages have been on my TBR longer, so I would totally count this one for prompt number 2.

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in a series, and The Dragon Republic is the second in a series, so there’s prompt number 3.

I could count From Hell or The Book Thief for prompt number 4 because I don’t read graphic novels often, and I don’t read historical fiction often.

Three of my choices are adult novels, so I can get prompt number 5 if I actually read one of those.

I absolutely do not expect to read more than one book for Tome Topple, but who knows. Last year in November, I read my entire Tome Topple TBR, so anything could happen.

Are you participating in Tome Topple?

If so, what’s on your TBR?

Do you have any recommendations for 500+ page books?