Whoops: February TBR Challenge

Hey bookworms! Today I thought of something. When I wrote up by February Wrap-Up, I forgot to mention my monthly TBR-challenge. At the beginning of the year I decided to complete a monthly TBR-challenge as opposed to setting specific TBRs per month. If you are new here, a TBR is a ‘to be read’ list generally designed for each month of your reading year but can also be used during challenges, readathons, etc.

My monthly TBR-challenge consists of 5 different challenges. In the month of February, I successfully completed 4 of the 5 challenges. The ones I completed and the books that helped me do so are as follows:

  1. Read a New Release from 2018: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  2. Read a New Release from the Current Month: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
  3. Read a New Release from Next Month (ARC): Fat Angie: Rebel Girl by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  4. Read a Sequel: The Last Life of Prince Alastor (Prosper Redding 2) by Alexandra Bracken

The challenge I didn’t complete was to read one of my TBR-jar picks. My randomly selected picks for the month were The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. Since I didn’t complete that challenge, I rolled those two over to this month, as long as my remaining pick from January, A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, and a new Book of the Month Club pick, One Day in December. My goal is to read two of those selections this month.

As far as March goes, so far is looking pretty good. I have completed two of the challenges so far and am currently working of two of the others. What challenge haven’t I started working on? The TBR-jar picks, of course!

Wish me luck! How are you doing on your goals for the month so far? I want to know. Leave a comment below or contact me through any of my social media links!

 

February 2019 Wrap-Up

Greetings bookworms! Since we are now a solid week into March, I figured it was about time that I bring to you my February wrap-up. Things have been a wee bit hectic lately, so I apologize for the delay. I have also been feeling sort of buried alive under all of the ARCs that I am scheduled to read this month and next. I have literally spent every spare second that I have trying to read them all!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the books I completed in February:

  1. What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman (ARC received from Henry Holt and Co.):   4-stars
  2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton:   3.5-stars
  3. Between the Lies by Michelle Adams (ARC received from Headline Press):   4-stars
  4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (audiobook):   4-stars
  5. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (ARC received from William-Morrow Books):   5-stars
  6. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage:   5-stars (and added to my ‘Favorites’ shelf on Goodreads!!!)
  7. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (audiobook):   3.5-stars
  8. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (audiobook):   5-stars (another new ‘Favorite’!!!)
  9. Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo (ARC received from Candlewick Press):   unrated
  10. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann:   3-stars
  11. Sadie by Courtney Summers (audiobook and hard copy):   4-stars
  12. The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken (ARC received from Disney-Hyperion):   4.5-stars
  13. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (audiobook): 4-stars
  14. The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (ARC received from Doubleday Books):   4.5-stars

There you have it! The 14-books that I managed to completed in February, the shortest month of the year. I am feeling pretty happy with that outcome. Participating in Contemporary-A-Thon definitely helped as I crammed a lot of things into that week. As always, having the opportunity to listen to audiobooks while I am walking my dog and while commuting is also super helpful towards getting a high page count per day.

I think I did a fairly good job over the course of the month reviewing all of these books on here so you should be able to find my specific thoughts on each one if you scroll through my February posts.

If I had to choose, I would say my favorite book of the month was Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I was just blown away by how creepy that was. A really solid thriller and a debut, I believe, which is impressive.

My most disappointing read of the month would have to be, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. The hype killed that one I think. I had been anticipating it for so long and then it just didn’t live up to the standards I had created for it in my head.

What were your favorite books or most disappointing books from last month? I want to know! Leave a comment here or contact me through my social media links. I wish you the best of luck with you reading for March. May the pages always be in your favor!

Ahh, nothing makes me happier than a good Hunger Games reference. Cheers & Happy Reading~

 

RIP Visitor Counter

Good morning bookworms!

Some of you may have noticed that my site has been off for a couple of days. I apologize for that. Apparently after some WordPress updates my old ‘Visitor Counter’ was creating an error that took my blog down.

Unfortunately, I had to deactivate and ultimately delete the data from my old ‘Visitor Counter’. I am now going to hunt for a newer version that I may be able to implement instead.

This is a sad day as I have loved watching the numbers rise over the past year, both in total number, as well as the number of visitors per day, per week and per month.

RIP Visitor Counter. You were a good while you lasted.

My Favorite Contemporary Novels from 2018

In honor of Contemporary-A-Thon happening this week, I thought I would write about my three favorite Contemporary Novels from 2018. It is important to note that these are the best Contemporaries I read in 2018, they were not necessarily 2018 releases.

To be honest, I really only started reading Contemporary books at the end of 2017. Previous to that, I generally read horror, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and non-fiction exclusively. I mistakenly believed that I would find Contemporary stories boring or not relatable.

The book that really changed that for me was, Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills, which I received in an OwlCrate subscription box and figured I may as well give it a go. I absolutely adored it. I loved the humor and the characters and all the drama. After that I started picking up Contemporaries whenever I could. In the beginning, I mainly went with this that were recommended from various BookTubers. Now that I am more familiar with Contemporary authors and the styles that I like, I try to keep up with all the latest releases.

Without further chat, let’s get into my top 5 Contemporaries from 2018 (in no particular order):

  1. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – When Monday Charles goes missing, her best friend, Claudia, seems to be the only person to take notice. Claudia knows that Monday would never leave her with a new school year looming and all that comes with that. Claudia brings up her concerns repeatedly to her parents, to adults at school, even to Monday’s family and everyone seems to brush her off. More and more confused and more and more concerned for her friend’s safety, Claudia decides to investigate the matter herself. This book is vivid, heart-wrenching and important. Jackson’s writing is so smooth and engaging. I finished this book in 2-days, absolutely loved it and have recommended it to friends since who have enjoyed it as well. This story takes place in present day Washington D.C. and focuses on missing kids who are overlooked and abandoned. It examines failures in our society in a really creative way and I feel it is quite an impactful read.
  2. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – This is another vivid and heartbreaking story concerning loss, grief and the art of moving forward. Following two high school students with equally complicated histories, this story examines their relationship development and their efforts to rediscover happiness after great personal tragedies. Again, Kemmerer’s writing really set this book apart. I found it fluid and easy to enjoy. I felt connected to the characters and my heart truly hurt for them at times. I loved the format of this as well, which ties in correspondence, both in letter and email form. In my opinion, that trope tends to add depth to a story, as sometimes characters (and real people) are better able to express themselves through the written word than through interpersonal communications. I feel like it allows us to delve deeper into character’s inner thoughts, dreams, desires and motivations.
  3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – At the time that I read this, I felt like I was the last person on the globe who had not read this story. I won’t go into too much detail here, as with the movie released last year, I feel like everyone pretty much knows what this is about. A boy, corresponding with a crush, coming out to his family, friend drama, teenage angst, it was amazing and adorable and I loved it. The end.

I am currently in the middle of three YA Contemporary books for Contemporary-A-Thon Round 4. Although not all created equal, I think they all do offer up a bit of modern day social commentary which can provide a great service to those who read them. So, with that being said, what are some of your Contemporary novels that you may have read lately? What would you recommend to others or what books do you feel are important for people to read and discuss? I want to know! Leave a comment below or contact me through any of my social media links.

Cheers & Happy Reading~

January 2019: Wrap-Up

Just like that, the first month of 2019 has come and gone. I am so happy with my reading for this month. I actually set a new personal record and completed 17 books! This is just insane to me. I was one book short of completing my TBR Challenge for the month, as well, but I will write more about that in a separate post.

Without further ado, let’s get into the books I read this month:

  1. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – This Adult Thiller received a full 5-stars from me for keeping me at the edge of my seat!
  2. The Witch of Willow Hall  by Hester Fox – This Adult Historical Fiction brought me all I wanted in creepy, gothic atmosphere, 4.5-stars!
  3. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I read this YA Contemporary with the Dragons & Tea Book Club on Goodreads. We completed it in 5-days. I found it original and hard-hitting and ended up giving it a full 5-stars.
  4. Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2) by Colleen Oakes – I read this book to complete my ‘read a sequel’ challenge for the month. I thought this was a great continuation to this YA Fantasy series which tells the origin story of the Queen of Hearts; full 5-stars.
  5. White Stag (Permafrost #1) by Kara Barbieri – I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, Wednesday Books, and took part in the ‘Blog Tour’ to help celebrate its publication. This is the start to an all-new YA Fantasy series involving goblins and a goblin king. Overall, I found it interesting and ended up giving it 3.5-stars.
  6. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – This YA Contemporary set in Italy follows 16-y.o. Lina as she tries to navigate the world after the devastating death of her mother. Even though that sounds very sad, this was actually a funny and heart-warming story about found friendships and love. I gave this a full 5-stars as well.
  7. She Lies in Wait (DCI Jonah Sheens #1) by Gytha Lodge – I received this Adult Crime Thriller as an ARC from the publisher, Random House Books, and really enjoyed reading it. I would definitely continue on with this series. I gave this book 4-stars.
  8. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King – My favorite author. A short-story collection I am kicking myself for not picking up earlier. This is now my all-time favorite short-story collection full of tales of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Absolutely horrific! 5-full DARK stars.
  9. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee – I received this Middle Grade Space adventure as an ARC from the publisher, Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint of Disney Books. I had so much fun reading this story. One of my favorites of the month! 5-out-of-this-world stars.
  10. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – This YA Horror took me the longest to read. Not really because of the story. The story was really unique and I was surprised, pleasantly, by how dark it was. This book is a chuncker though – 450 pages in the hardcover format. I gave this one 4.5-stars.
  11. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon – I listened to the audiobook for this Adult Horror novel. It was such a great experience. Walking my dog at night, listening to this, with no light but from my headlamp, in the cold of winter on a desolate island. It doesn’t get more atmospheric that that. I loved the mysterious horror elements of this. Just the whole vibe was really cool and well-done. I look forward to reading other books from this author; 4-stars.
  12. The Lonely Dead by April Henry – I received this book as an ARC from the publisher, Henry Holt and Co. Unfortunately, this book and I did not get along. We were scratching and biting and pulling each others hair. Nope. Just did not work for me; 2-stars.
  13. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy #1) by Michelle Hodkin – This was one of my TBR jar picks for the month of January. This is a YA Paranormal Romance. There was mystery in this. There was a lot of witty dialogue and a male lead to totally swoon over. I hella enjoyed this one and was so happy that I finally read it; 4.5-stars!
  14. Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson – I am so happy that I finally picked up this YA Mystery. Set at a boarding school in rural Vermont, this book literally checked all of my boxes. I loved this so much and actually just received the long-awaited sequel, The Vanishing Stair, in the mail today! This one received a full 5-star review from me.
  15. Hell: The Possession and Exorcism of Cassie Stevens by Tom Lewis – I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book was hella creepy and actually had an interesting take on possession. Unlike any other possession stories I have ever read, this one is told mainly from the perspective of the person who is possessed. I thought it was really a fun little read overall; 3.5-stars. Thank you, Tom!
  16. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) by Alexander Bracken – This Middle Grade adventure was steeped with creepy, Halloweenie vibes and I adored it. The sequel is being released next Tuesday, February 5th, and I have an ARC from the publisher, Disney Book Group. Starting that one tonight and really looking forward to continuing on with this story; 4-stars.
  17. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff – I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Park Row Books, and am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this early. What a book! This Adult Historical Fiction novel tells the tale of a group of female spies during WWII. Told in 3-perspectives this book drew me in from the very beginning and never let go. Vivid, poignant and heartbreaking, I would recommend this book to all; full 5-stars!

That is it, folks! That wraps up my month. Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite book of the month or least favorite? I want to know. Leave a comment below or you may contact me through any of my social media links.

Cheers & Happy Reading~

 

Book Outlet Boxing Day Haul

Hello bookworms! A while back I did a post listing my Christmas Book Haul. During that, I mentioned that I had crushed the Book Outlet Boxing Day Sale, and well, that’s probably an understatement. Those boxes have finally all arrived so I thought I would quickly share that haul with you!

  

If you aren’t aware, Book Outlet is an incredible store that caters to book dragons like us who like to haul a lot of books. Basically, they get overstock or scratch and dent copies from larger retailers and sell them at HUGE discounts. I shop on bookoutlet.com all the time and have never once had a bad experience.

For this haul, I purchased 24 books in two separate orders. For the first order, I had a $25.00-off coupon and for the second order I had a $15.00-coupon. The highest price book I purchased was the one Adult Fiction book on the list; it came in at $7.99 and the lowest priced books, of which there were a few, were $3.19. The majority of the books were hardcover with a few paperbacks mixed in.

  

In no particular order, the books I hauled were as follows:

  1. The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) 
  2. The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2)
  3. Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)
  4. The Savage Dawn (Girl at Midnight #3)
  5. There’s Someone Inside Your House
  6. Akata Witch
  7. Akata Warrior
  8. Fawkes
  9. Perfect (Flawed #2)
  10. Starry Eyes
  11. The Beast is an Animal
  12. Space Opera
  13. An Enchantment of Ravens
  14. Grey Wolf Island
  15. Love & Luck
  16. Obsidian & Stars
  17. Always Forever Maybe
  18. A Million Junes
  19. A Torch Against The Night (Ember in the Ashes #2)
  20. No One Gets Out Alive
  21. Apart in the Dark
  22. A Room Away From the Wolves
  23. Young Jane Young
  24. Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1)

  

That wraps it up! Whew. I need more shelves.

Did you shop the Boxing Day sale? Did you get any of these books? Have you read any of these books? I want to know! Leave a comment here or contact me through any of my social media links.

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Hey, Nerds! It’s time for another edition of Top 5 Wednesday and today’s topic is to list your 5 most disappointing reads of 2018. It’s funny this came up because I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Over on BookTube (the bookie subculture of YouTube) everyone is posting their year-end videos and this is a topic that gets discussed a lot.

I am glad that I only have to choose five because, frankly, I really didn’t read that many that I would say ‘disappointed’ me. Also, I just want to note that these are not necessarily my lowest rated books, they are just the ones that I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would. Without further ado, let’s get into those disappointing reads:

  1. Wonderblood by Julia Whicker – This was actually the first book I completed in 2018 and man, did it let me down. (side note: I also think this was the first book that I ever reviewed from NetGalley) This was a post-apocalyptic, Adult, sci-fi mess, that I was really expecting so much more from. There was over-the-top brutality, right from the very start – and I read brutal things, guys, you know that – but this was just ‘shock value’ stuff. In my opinion, it was really detrimental to the overall story. There were a few cool things going on with religion and the politics but it was just so discombobulated story all the cool things got lost in the mess. I very, very, VERY generously gave this 3-stars but if I had it to do all over again, it would be a 2-star.
  2. The Dead Ringer (Agatha Raisin #29) by M.C. Beaton – I have loved reading Agatha Raisin books since I was a tween. In fact, I continue to read cozy mysteries to this day because they remind me of that time, of home. Agatha Raisin, in my memory, was one of those fun-loving, if be it a little wild, female amateur sleuths who always had a good mystery to solve; like Jessica Fletcher or Miss Marple. However, apparently over the years, Ms. Raisin has grown into a horribly negative and bitter old codger. I just did not enjoy this at all and was so disappointed with the writing and characters. It was nothing like the stories I remembered.
  3. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro – This is easily the most popular book on this list and hopefully, if this is one of your favorite books, you don’t take offense. The thing is, I really expected to love this YA Mystery that follows teenage descendants of Holmes and Watson. I just didn’t. I was so bored. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. I didn’t like them. I didn’t care what happened to them and I found nothing intriguing about the mystery. The only good thing for me is that I was able to take the rest of the series off my tbr list. Again, I generously gave this 3-stars. The writing was perfectly fine it was just the content that disappointed me.
  4. The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince (Villains #2) by Serena Valentino – This is the second book in Disney’s, Villains series, which essentially tells the origin story of some of the world’s best known villains. I read the first book in the series in 2017 and really enjoyed it. That one told the origin of the Wicked Queen and although I did find the writing a bit immature, there were some really cool, original ideas added to her story. That’s what I expected going into this one as well. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and man, did this one disappoint me. It was SO terrible. Beast’s character was awful! I felt like writing an anonymous, heartfelt letter to Beauty and telling her to stay away from him. He had no redeemable characteristics whatsoever. I hated him. The end. Moving on.
  5. Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard – This was actually one of the last books I read in 2018 and again, major disappointment. The synopsis for this sounded so good. A psychotic serial killer type person, a missing girl, did he do it, did he not. It sounded trippy and creepy and I got that for about the first 25% of the book and then it just got too weird. Think of the plot lines of like As The World Turns circa 1987 and then add some bullshit to it (ahem, more bullshit). I mean, just blah. It lost my interest with it’s ridiculousness and never gained it back. The writing, again, was good. It wasn’t the writing, for me it was what I consider to be very weak content. I’m not sure what the author was thinking for this one. But, you know what, it has worked for a lot of people because the overall rating on Goodreads is currently 3.81, so what the hell do I know? Take it with a grain of salt.

And just like that, this salty blog post is over! What were you most disappointing reads of 2018? I want to know! Leave a comment here or contact me through any of my social media links!

Cheers & Happy Reading~

Top 5 Wednesday: Hyped 2019 Releases I Don’t Care About

Hey bookworms! It’s Wednesday and time for my first ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post of 2019. Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group that has a topic for each Wednesday of the month that bloggers, reviewers, BookTubers, etc., can discuss. This week’s topic is: Hyped 2019 Releases That I Don’t Care About.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, let’s just get out of the way that even if I don’t necessarily care right now about a given book, doesn’t mean I won’t care about it in future. Also, if you really care about any of the books listed below, please don’t take offense. It’s not that I think they will be bad and it certainly is no shade on these authors, just for me, they aren’t something I will be picking up anytime soon.

With that lovely caveat out of the way, in no particular order, let’s get into my list:

  1. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – This is a BIG one. Probably one of the most hyped books of the year. Leigh Bardugo is an incredible writer and I’m sure this book is going to be sensational. Someday, I will read this, however, I have NEVER read a book set in the Grisha Verse (Bardugo’s fictional world). I need to read the Grisha Verse trilogy and the Six of Crows duology before I can even think about picking this one up. The good news is that I do own them both, so I am set up to someday be reading this book. It just may take a while, therefore I give zero F*s about it now.
  2. Enchantee by Gita Trelease – This book has been all over BookTube for a while, since the ARCs went out a month or so ago. This book is set in late 1700s Paris and involves magic and stuff. I don’t know. I guess it is kind of a magical alternative history sort of story. I have read the synopsis multiple times and get bored after the first few sentences so just feel like this book and I wouldn’t get along. Seriously, after reading the synopsis like 5 times, I still have no clue what this book is about. Therefore, don’t care. Maybe after more of my friends read it and get their reviews up I will be tempted to pick it up. Until then, meh.
  3. The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh – I don’t know, vampires. I just don’t care about a vampire story right now. Unless it is Dracula or anything written by Stephen King (i.e. Salem’s Lot or Doctor Sleep), I’m pretty much over it. I guess once some of my book friends read it, if they love it, I could be convinced to check it out. Currently though, my feelings on this are pretty, meh. Also, I have never read anything by Ahdieh, so that probably influences a bit as well.
  4. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Again, as with Enchantee, the synopsis doesn’t even hold my attention, let alone reading a 400-page book about it. Something about a Princess who’s Father is killed and a soothsayer and some magic, I don’t know. The cover is GORGEOUS though so don’t be surprised if some day, regardless of my lack of interest now, this one ends up on my shelf. 
  5. The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare – Okay, now this one, I can see as being the most controversial but, in my defense, I have only read one book that takes place in Shadowhunter World, so I would have a long way to go before I could ever pick this book up. Therefore, because of that, this one is barely a blip on my radar. I have read, Clockwork Angel, which I did love and I do plan to complete that triology and then move on to The Dark Artifices. I will probably never read The Mortal Instruments series though. I just feel like I am too old for it and Urban Fantasy isn’t really my thing unless it is set in Victorian London or somewhere atmospheric like that. So, Cassie Clare fans, don’t hate me, I do like her writing and definitely want to pick up more from her in future, I am just not completely invested in that world yet.

There you have it, nerds. The hyped books I currently couldn’t care less about releasing in 2019! What about you? Did any of yours make this list? Are you angry with my choices? I want to know! Leave a comment below or contact me through any of my social media links.

Cheers & Happy Reading~

Christmas Book Haul

Hey bookworms! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is feeling charged about the New Year. I know I am ready to tackle all of my bookish goals. One of my goals is to add more creative content to my blog – something besides reviews – so with that in mind, I thought I would start with sharing my Christmas book haul. I was so lucky to receive A LOT of books for Christmas so I am not going to go into detail into each and every book. Hopefully once I read them I can provide you more detail in a wrap-up or review. Without further ado, let’s get into this haul!!!

((Crowd Cheers))

From my significant other:

  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – YA Fantasy with pirates
  • Black Wings Beating by Alex London – YA Fantasy about falconers
  • The Initiation by Chris Babu – YA Post-Apocalyptic SciFi
  • The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde – YA Contemporary about a rock band
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – YA Contemporary with Magical Realism
  • Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim – YA Fantasy Mulan Retelling
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – YA Fantasy debut novel
  • Bone White by Ronald Malfi – Adult Horror
  • Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – YA Fantasy Snow White Retelling
  • Vengeful, Book 2 in Vicious by VE Schwab – Adult Fantasy
  • Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak – YA Contemporary set in Maine

From my parents (aka. the best parents in the world):

  • Wundersmith, Book 2 in Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – YA Magical Realism
  • What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra – YA Dark Fantasy / Mystery
  • The Window by Amelia Brunskill – YA Mystery / Thriller
  • The Devils Thief, Book 2 in The Last Magician series by Lisa Maxwell – YA Fantasy
  • Sanctuary by Caryn Lix – YA SciFi

From my sister and brother-in-law (aka. the best sis & bro-in-law in the world):

  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – YA Frankenstein Retelling
  • The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – YA Fantasy
  • Seafire – YA Fantasy with pirates
  • Muse of Nightmares, Book 2 in Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – YA Fantasy
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – YA Fantasy

Wow! That’s a lot but wait until my Book Outlet Boxing Day Sale boxes arrive…

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What books did you get for Christmas that you are totally excited to read? I want to know! Leave a comment below or contact me through my social media links. You can also find me on Goodreads @megs_bookrack.

Cheers & Happy Reading~

2019 Monthly TBR Challenge & Happy New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve bookworms! Cheers to a festive and happy new year! I am so ready for 2019~

Inspired by a recent video that I watched on the channel, Hailey in Bookland ((click on the channel name to view her January TBR)), I have decided I am going to institute a monthly TBR challenge.

Basically, this involves 5 challenges I need to complete every month. This will be in addition to any ARCs I will be reading for a particular month. The 5 challenges are as follows:

  1. Read a book that was released in 2018
  2. Read a new release from the current month
  3. Read a new release from the next month (I can use any ARC for this)
  4. Read a sequel to a series you have started but haven’t finished
  5. TBR Jar picks

*A note on the TBR Jar picks: Today I created my first ever TBR jar. I wrote down on scrapes of paper pretty much all the books that I own on my ‘unread’ shelf ((over 250)) and put them into a decorative box. Every month I will be pulling 3 random slips from the box and trying to read two out of the three. I just selected my three books to choose from in January and they are as follows:

  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson- YA Fantasy released in September 2017.
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston- YA Fantasy Retelling released in October 2015.
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- YA Paranormal Romance/Horror released in September 2011.

I haven’t quite decided yet which 2 of the 3 selected I am going to read yet but I am leaning towards, An Enchantment of Ravens and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I will certainly keep you posted on that. Every month I am going to try to complete all of the challenges listed above and I am hoping this will help me keep focused, as well as helping to clean up my backlist a little bit.

Thank you so much for sticking with me over the course of 2018! I completed 139-books this year and am absolutely blown away by that number. Looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in 2019. Best wishes to you all and happy reading~