March 2018 TBR


Being a book blogger and reviewer is tough. There’s tons of books you want to read and then there’s tons of books you have to read. How do you balance the two? I’m still trying to figure that out.

But March, I’ve decided I want to make it all about me. I only have a few books I actually need to read, so most of my reads will be all for me. I love it when I can treat myself to some great books and not be bogged down with obligations. Obligation reading still makes me so frustrated even though it’s been years since I was in college and had to read a book to pass a class. I guess we never really grow out of that mindset.

This month I’m really excited and I’ve decided that I just want to read stories about love. I know February is the love month, but I can make any month about love by just choosing the right books. Here’s what I’ll be reading:

Of course there will be some books I borrow from the library which I haven’t received yet and books I’ll be reading for Netgalley. I do want to keep strictly to this list and not wander too far off. Let’s see if I can read them all!

What are you reading this month?

February 2018 TBR


It felt like only a few hours ago that I was writing my January wrap up. Now I’m sharing with you all my February TBR.

As it goes with TBRs, it’s player’s choice. You set out to read a certain number of books or specific books and sometimes that turns into an abandoned project or a bigger challenge. While I’ll be sharing my reads for February, keep in mind that this isn’t all set in stone.

It’s finally the month where I get to read whatever I want because I’ve caught up on my reviews. So this month, I’ve decided to pick up some long-standing books as well as some new popular fantasy novels I’ve been eyeing for some time. Here’s the full TBR:

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer
  • Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  • The Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Ted Hughes
  • The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Hot Mess by Emily Belden
  • London Belongs To Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

As you can see, there really isn’t any rhyme or reason for the books I chose. I chose these books because they were the ones I immediately wanted to read. I don’t think that’s bad and in many ways, it’s good. I love breaking up my books into different types depending on my mood. I think these will be fun. What do you plan on reading this month?


My January 2018 TBR

With all this talk of resolutions, I forgot to post what I’ll be reading this month. I’ve basically themed this month as “get your act together” month. This means reading those ARCs that have been sitting on my desk for months and clearing out some books before they’re released. That’s mostly what was going through my mind when I was deciding what books I wanted to read.

For the first half of the year, I think I’m going to be doing a mix of books I want to read and books I need to read. Not everything is about work, but sometimes it can be so throwing in a few books that engage me will help break up the stuff that needs a review. Here’s a breakdown of all the books I will be reading in January!

This might look like a formidable list of books, but I’ve got a lot of time to read now with my new job and will definitely taking advantage of it. I know that my “need-to-read” books will take precedent over my “want-to-read” books, so fingers crossed for me that I get to read everything I wanted.

What does your TBR look like this month?

November 2017 TBR

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I’m pretty proud of my list this month. First off, it’s a manageable list of books that I personally want to read. I know that this month (like every month) will have its random reads and books that need reviewing, but they’re unseen and unpredictably arrive. Whenever I choose my TBR for the month, I think fully and heartily for myself.

This month, I’m trying to catch up with my Book of the Month Club books. I actually skipped this month because most of the books (4/5) I already own and have either already read or will read in the future. It’s a sigh of relief to know more books aren’t coming my way for a little while. I love getting and buying books, but my book stacks are starting to reflect my mounting anxiety levels. I need to catch up.

Also, it’s November. There’s only two more months before the end of the year and I want to clear my shelves for 2018!

So here’s my book choices for November 2017. What will you be reading this month?

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

32920226Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

29864343When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. 

With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. 

As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette.

WARCROSS by Marie Lu

29385546For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

33916024Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.  Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show. 
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

33574211One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

September 2017 TBR

I mentioned a little bit about this over Instagram on the weekend, but I hate TBRs. Something about planning your books ahead of time and sticking to the plan seems rigid to me. Then again, I’m a rule follower and things like TBRs bug me because I am always following some rule or another. I like variety when I read and sometimes my tastes and moods decide what I read too.

So I decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of choosing five books to read over a month, I’ve just given myself a theme and going to run with it. Since this month is back-to-school for a bunch of people, I decided it might be fun to do a Young Adult/Middle Grade TBR.

However there are some setbacks to this plan. Being a book reviewer, I do have some books I need to read and some “adult” books that I want to read. How is a girl to choose?

Well first off, I’m going to try and read two books at once. Not at the same time, obviously, but I’ll be choosing one adult book and one not-so-adult book. This will keep my reads variant and also it’ll be fun to run this like a little experiment.

Secondly, I’m not going to beat myself up if all I read this month is one book. Life, if you’re not reading for a living, is a jerk sometimes and some days all you want to do is read but you have to go to work and sometimes weekends are packed with things and errands to do. Sometimes you just want to collapse on the couch after a hard day of working and just watch TV until you’re brain is numb. I’m not going to make myself feel bad for not reading enough when life gets in the way.

Alright, without further ado, here’s my TBR for September (links all lead back to Amazon to find out more about the book):

My “adult” reads:

  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (my current read)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
  • Book of Judas by Linda Stasi
  • Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

My young adult and middle grade reads:

  • You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan (my current read)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. OBrien

Now that I think about it, I might have gone a little overboard with my choices. #lifeofareader

I’m making an earnest TBR for August because I can’t be trusted

I bought way too many books this month and it’s only day 9! At this rate I’ll be building a fort and living in my books. Also I’ve been pretty lazy with reading and instead have been watching The Bachelorette. I’m still sore about the ending!

In an effort to keep myself in check and read more books, I’m making myself a TBR for August. I don’t normally do this because I feel like I always end up changing my mind or reading something else, but this month I’m determined to read all of these books. Don’t try to stop me, Smee!

It’s a pretty long list and it’s got some great reads. I know I won’t get through everything but at least I’ll get through most. Wish me luck!

You can find out more about the books I’m reading after the jump!

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Celebrate Black History Month with Some Amazing Fiction


Welcome to February! What is with February and being all romantic and lovely and all those good things in the world? It’s like December is all about Christmas even though there’s so much more going on in December than just Christmas.

But February is also Black History Month and being an advocate for diverse reads, I’ve got to put in a plug for some of my very favorite reads. You can go hardcore and read Frederick Douglass or Malcolm X. You can listen to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on repeat. Do whatever it is you want to do, but do it in celebration of black culture.

Before I get into my quick list of recommended reading for the month, I want to mention (as I tend to do from time to time) that diverse reads are so important. Many people (including myself) believe that racism is an extension of fear and ignorance. Why not break that stigma and read about other cultures!

Books about cultures aside from our own (or even our own, let’s not forget we come from somewhere!) opens up our minds to how other people live and exist in the world. We are humans and each of us holds traditions and heritage and culture different from the person you’re sitting next to. Why not celebrate our differences, learn a little bit about being someone else, and spread the good love across this universe.


Anyway, here’s a few of my favorite books to read during this month as well as a few I’ve got on my TBR for the rest of February. Let’s celebrate diversity and learn more about what it’s like to be on the other side of the pendulum OF LIFE!

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