Holiday TBR: 2020 Edition

Trust me when I say that Michael Bublé’s Christmas album is most definitely playing on my Spotify right now as I write this holiday TBR. I usually save my holiday reading and watching for November & December anyway, but I think we could all use some early holiday cheer this year, to say the least. 

I haven’t dug too deeply into holiday TV and movies just yet – I did watch the first episode of the current season of Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network and Holidate on Netflix. I’ll probably share more of my thoughts on the latter in my November wrap up, but this movie wasn’t as Christmas-y as I thought it would be (which I guess makes me feel less guilty for watching a Christmas movie already during the first week in November). It was also unfortunately on the ‘stupid comedy’ side of cheesy Christmas movies. At this rate, I should probably do a post on upcoming holiday movies coming out this year, but I’m actually not too excited about this year’s new release lineup? I’m most looking forward to the second season of Sugar Rush Christmas on Netflix, and I will be checking out the second Princess Switch movie and Dash & Lily. Knowing me, I will check out more of Netflix’s Christmas movies and a cable one or two, but I have a feeling I’ll be relying on some old favorites this year. 

Back to the books, I’ll be sharing the holiday-inspired reads I’ll be reading in November and December! 

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – I am so excited that one of everyone’s favorite contemporary romance authors, Christina Lauren, have come out with their first holiday romance! I’m having trouble tracking down physical copy from my county library, but I do have a e-copy on hold from the Libby that I should be getting access to later in November or early December. 

Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory – Yes, I will be continuing to read The Wedding Date companion series out or order, but it is 110% worth it because this fourth installment is holiday-inspired! I admit that I haven’t read too much of the synopsis, other than the fact that it takes place in England, but it really  doesn’t matter because I’m just looking forward to checking out Jasmine Guillory’s holiday take on this world. I’ll likely end up reading The Wedding Party (book #3) before I read Royal Holiday, aka the perfect excuse for a series binge-read!Read More »

Getting Rid of Books on my Goodreads TBR #1

I don’t know why, but one of my favorite types of blog posts to read are ones dedicated to taking books off your to-be-read pile or Goodreads want-to-read shelf. Goodreads is really the only way that I’ve tracked books on my TBR. Yes, I always live in fear of the books on my shelf mysteriously being deleted, but I’ve never been good about keeping track of the books I want to read in another way.

I do not care about how many books are on my Goodreads TBR – I accepted a long time ago that my TBR list will probably never break 80 books (let’s be even more honest, 100) because I’m always adding books on to my list. However, on Sunday morning when I was putting books on hold from the library and using Goodreads to do so, I realized that 95% of the time when I go to check out books from the library, I’m scrolling all the way down to the books I’ve most recently added…and not the books that have been on my TBR for months or even years! While yes, we all know that we tend to get more excited about new releases or books that have recently gotten rave reviews from friends, I am someone who will read books I’ve had on my TBR for quite some time. 

But this Sunday I realized that no matter for how long I’ve convinced myself, there are just some books on my TBR I’m never going to get to. Maybe someday I will, but I want to get rid of the sense of pressure I feel when I see them on my list. For today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of the books I removed from my TBR. I didn’t include all of the books I removed , but I took about 15 off!

The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon – Paige Toon’s The One We Fell in Love With had been on my TBR since October 2016. At some point, this book was a Zoella Book Club pick, and I want to say that’s how it ended up on my TBR. However, since Paige Toon is a British author, her books are difficult to find in the US both bookstore and library wise. I’m also not the biggest fan of the ‘two-to-three women find out they’ve been dating or in love with the same guy’ trope. 

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan – If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll know that Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer has been on so many of my ‘ I’ll read this eventually lists.’ I always felt pressured to read this one because so many people love Rick Riordan, and I actually have a personalized copy generously gifted from a friend. However, I’ve really begun to realize that I am just not a middle grade fan (if I do pick up a MG, its synopsis absolutely has to grab my interest), and I’ve never been super in love with Rick Riordan’s books. It’s definitely a ‘it’s not the book, it’s me’ thing, being that again I’m not a hue MG reader, not super into mythology, and I wish I had read Percy Jackson for the first time when I was younger vs. checking them out for the first time in high school largely because of BookTube. 

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen – I added When We Caught Fire on to my TBR originally because I was absolutely obsessed with Anna Godbersen’s Luxe and Bright Young Things series when I was in middle school.  There are definitely other series from my childhood I want to reread more, but I actually want to reread The Luxe series and see how they hold up? This huge sense of nostalgia overtook me when I saw two years ago that she was coming out with a new book, When We Caught Fire. Read More »

Recent TBR Additions: October 2020

Last week, I officially hit my unofficial goal of reading 100 books in 2020! I’m not sure if I’ll pass my 2019 reading total of 127 books, but regardless, I am so happy about how much I have read this year, given that the world has been a mess and I’ve been going to school throughout all of it.

One of the reasons why I’ve been able to read 100+ books per year for the past 3 years is likely because I’m always adding books to my to-be-read pile. I haven’t done a TBR additions post since May, & today I’ll be sharing some books I’ve added to my TBR over the past few weeks.

Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory

As a contemporary romance reader, I feel that it’s time for meto finally dive into a Jasmine Guillory novel. I know Party of Two is the fifth companion book in The Wedding Date series, and I should probably read one of the other books first, but I’m too intrigued by this installment’s political synopsis (a lawyer starts dating a high-profile politician). If you’ve read these books, let me know if I should read the first four companion books firs

Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu 

You likely know that I am more than willing to read ANY book about a wedding, and I am so intrigued by Diksha Basu’s Destination Wedding. The main character and her best friend travel to India for her cousin’s weeklong wedding, with plenty of family drama and relationship drama in store. 

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story  by Bess Kalb 

I’ve been doing a mini deep dive into non-fiction and memoirs in 2020, and the next memoir on my list is Bess’ Kalb’s Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. The book follows Bess Kalb’s relationship with her grandmother and four generations of women in their family. The novel is told in her grandmother’s voice. I’ll likely borrow this one as physical copy from the library, but I’m thinking about reading it as an audiobook. Read More »

August 2020 TBR ft. ARC August

I go in spurts of sharing my monthly to-be-read piles, mainly because I’m such a big mood reader and I tend to read more than what I list on my published TBRs – including this August TBR. I have a few books on hold from the library, so what I actually read will largely revolve around what books I’m able to get. I already have a few books out from the library that I need or want to finish – although my library is actually extending due dates past the usual 2 week deadline. With the fall publishing season right around the corner, I also have a few books that I need to read for review. I am really excited to be once again participating in ARC August, an annual readathon hosted by Octavia and Shelley of Read. Sleep. Repeat. This TBR will be split into my ‘regular’ TBR and my TBR for ARC August. 

Library & Owned Books TBR

The Heir Affair ( The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – After rereading The Royal We last week, I couldn’t wait any longer to read the sequel and I decided to checkout a digital copy from the library. I’ve had a hold for a physical copy of The Heir Affair for over a month now, but I think my country library system is a little behind on receiving new releases. I’m currently reading this one & loving it so far – if my physical copy does come in soon enough, I’ll probably transition to the digital to physical copy… but let’s be honest, I’ll probably will be finished reading it by then!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare – I hauled The Duchess Deal in last’s month library haul, so I won’t go into too much detail. I do plan on reading this one ASAP, although it’s not due until September. I took a little break from romance in the second half of July, but I know I’ll be ready to jump back in ASAP.

The Worst Man by Mia Sosa – The Worst Man was also part of my July library haul, but I know once I’m really back into the romance reading mood, this will be one of the first books I pick up!

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – After really enjoying Verity last month, I’ve decided to give Colleen Hoover’s another go, starting with Regretting You. So many of my friends have loved this one and it seems like a really great blend of YA and adult romance. Read More »

Recent TBR Additions: May 2020 Edition

Blame it on my wish for the public library to open soon and dream of being able to put ALL the books on hold, but my TBR has been getting even bigger during stay-at-home. I feel like I do have it under control or am at least finding a balance, since I’m reading everything that haven’t yet read on my bookshelves and broke out the iPad to read some e-books. Listed below are the most recent books I’ve added to my TBR.

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix –  I’ve been in the mood lately to mix up my contemporary reading game, which includes a supernatural thriller that follows a Southern women’s book club convinced that their new neighbor is a vampire. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires found my way on to my TBR because its Bad on Paper’s May book club pick. I’m not sure if I’ll read it before the end of May, but I’d love to read it this summer.

 

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley –  The Guest List was an April Book of the Month pick – it seemed like everyone I follow on Instagram chose this or Beach Read (which is the book I ultimately went with). This thriller is set at a wedding off the coast of Ireland, where a wedding guest turns up dead.

 

 

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The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – Blame this TBR choice on Bad on Paper too – can you tell I’ve been listening to so many of their episodes on my daily walks? The Idea of You is one of their go-to recommendations, but I’ve seen it hyped up in many other bookish circles. It’s often described as One Direction fan fiction, following a thirty-nine year old mother who begins a relationship with a member of a popular boy band.

 

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren – My Favorite Half-Night Stand is one of the two adult standalone Christina Lauren books I have left to read! The other is Dating You / Hating You – I’ll probably pick that up or Beautiful Bastard before their next 2020 release. Not important, I sort’ve wish My Favorite Half-Night Stand got a cover re-design to match the rest of their beautiful rom-com covers.

 

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Contemporary Romance TBR

Since about mid-2019, adult contemporary romance has been the genre I’ve been craving the most. I absolutely fly through most books in this genre, yet I find myself unsuccessfully attempting to take my time reading them because I want to enjoy them as long as possible. Everyone knows I love binge-reading series, but I’ve been trying not to binge-read the books in the series so I know I always have a book to look forward to.

Since I’ve been practically adding more contemporary romances to my TBR whenever I’m scrolling through Goodreads, today I’ll be sharing which adult & new adult contemporary romances I plan on reading (hopefully soon). I’ve divided this TBR by released books and 2020 releases still to come.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca – I’ve decided that on my next bookstore trip (or whenever I get a Barnes & Noble coupon) I’ll be buying Jen DeLuca. I’ve heard so many great things about this ren-faire inspired romance from many contemporary-loving bloggers. There will be also be two more books set in the Well Met world, Well Played (September 29) and Well Matched (2021).

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher – Not the Girl You Marry has received some mixed reviews, but I read its synopsis while strolling through the romance section in the bookstore and still added it to my TBR. I haven’t read a book set in the city in a while, and I love how the female protagonist, Hannah, is an event planner.

Roomies by Christina Lauren – I could probably dedicate a whole TBR to Christina Lauren books (actually, that’s not a bad future post idea…). Roomies received a ton of love and attention when it first came out in 2017, and I think it’s time for me to see what the hype is about.

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt – What the main character does in Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words honestly sounds like something I would do. After being fired from her job as a kindergarten teacher, Heidi starts a podcast reading the steamy scenes from romance novels and finds way more success than she could have imagined.Read More »

Spring Break TBR

I was so in the mood to read in February, but homework and other school obligations (and TV) definitely got in the way. I cannot wait to continue my reading excitement during my upcoming spring break, which starts for tomorrow night! I’m off from  school for the first full week in March and for a total of 11 days, including the weekends and the days where I don’t have class (even though I always have something to do on my ’no class’ days with me being me). In between catching up with my best friends and family anddddd doing homework, I want to dedicate so much time to reading, especially because I plan on diving into three of my truly MOST anticipated 2020 releases!

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian (ARC) – Siobhan Vivian is one of my favorite contemporary authors. We Are the Wildcats is hands-down of my anticipated contemporary releases this year. Between its field hockey-inspired & female empowerment premise and my love for Stay Sweet, I really have high expectations for this one. I’m also so excited and grateful to be part of the upcoming We Are the Wildcats blog tour!   

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett (ARC) – Another book in my top three anticipated YA contemporaries of 2020, I am beyond excited to dive into Jenn Bennett’s Chasing Lucky. The synopsises of her books truly keep up-ing the Jenn Bennett book game, as the main character, Josie, moves back to the East Coast to help run her family bookstore and reconnects with the bad boy in town. I really want to read Chasing Lucky during spring break while I have time to relax and won’t be too distracted by school work, so I can 110% allow myself to enjoy it. I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of Serious Moonlight during spring break last year, so I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition. Read More »

Recent Additions to My TBR: 2020 Releases and Backlist Edition

As much as us readers do our best to make our TBR piles smaller, we love adding even more books to them just as much- if not a bit more!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been adding more 2020 releases and a few backlist titles that I’ve always had my eye on to my TBR. I have a pretty solid idea of the books I’m going to be reading in February, focusing on some review copies, rereading, and hopefully a backlist book or two. But me being me and often straying away from my TBRs, I wouldn’t be too surprised if a few of these make an appearance in my February reading life.

2020 Releases

Most Likely by Sarah Watson (Release Date: March 10)- You had me at The Bold Type meets future female president of the United States. Most Likely follows four best friends as they head into their senior year of high school together, with one of the girls destined to become the future president of the United States. I’m so intrigued to see how this book comes together, between the four main characters and how- and if-the identity of the future president is revealed.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse (Release Date: April 7)- Having loved Monica Hesse’s Girl in the Blue Coat and The War Outside, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this 2020 release until I was scrolling through Twitter earlier this month! They Went Left is set in in a similar time period as Monica Hesse’s other two YA books, taking place in 1945 and following Zofia’s life after being liberated from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (Release Date: May 5)- 2020 may just finally be the year in which I read a Kiera Cass book- and no, it still won’t be The Selection (but maybe one day!). The Betrothed is set to be a YA historical romance. Having loved so much new adult and adult contemporary romance lately, I’m ready to delve into the genre.

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2020 5 Star Predictions: 2020 Releases Edition

One of my new favorite ways to ring in the bookish year is by choosing new releases that I believe will earn 5 stars upon reading them. In 2019, I was pretty accurate about the books that I predicted would be 5 star reads, and even the books that didn’t get a full 5 stars were mostly pretty close.

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: March 31

We Are the Wildcats is currently my most anticipated contemporary release of the year! I loved everything about Siobhan Vivian’s previous release, Stay Sweet. The book is told over 24 hours, following a high field hockey team’s sleepover/initiation.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Release Date: May 5

I haven’t met a Jenn Bennett that I haven’t LOVED, so I’m sure Chasing Lucky will be no exception. I always love the character growth, relationships, and maturity in her books. Chasing Lucky also takes place in New England at a family-run BOOKSTORE.

House of Earth & Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 3

Sarah J.Maas is another favorite author of mine whose books I haven’t ever not loved. I’m so excited for her to enter the adult fantasy world with Crescent City. I’d read this book regardless of its synopsis, but I’m so intrigued by this one. I’m also excited to see SJM take on a contemporary fantasy setting, although Fae will of course be involved.

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2019 Series TBR Results

t’s the end of 2019, and my relationship with series is very much still complicated.

Back in January, I chose six series to prioritize on my TBR for the year. Three series had just one more book coming out, while I wanted to start and read all books published so far in the other three series (two of them also had their series finales published in 2019).

I’m here today to admit that I didn’t get to all the series and books on my priority series TBR. And yes, I still deserve all the fangirl screams for the one series I didn’t get to at all. As you’ll see below, said series is an absolute must for my 2020 TBR plans. However, I’m really content with my series progress overall: having read the three series conclusions, starting one series, and starting a trilogy that had been on my TBR for far too long.

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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden // The Winternight trilogy – Katherine Arden’s The Winter of the Witch was the first book that I completed on my 2019 series TBR. Overall, I loved the atmospheric writing and various relationship developments and character growth throughout the Winternight trilogy, although I expected a lot of disconnect from the main character and plot in the final installment.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman // The Arc of a Scythe trilogy – The most anticipated book on my series TBR, The Toll marks a bittersweet ending to my reading experience with the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. This series is worth all the hype and more, developing on so many plot threads and themes with each installment. The Toll wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned as the series conclusion when I first picked up Scythe, but I still absolutely loved it and was a really satisfying series finale.

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Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart // Grace and Fury duology – I wish Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury duology got much more attention because this is such a fantastic feminist, dystopian-like series. This seems to be on theme with the series finales on this list, but I didn’t LOVE Queen of Ruinas much as I had hoped. I still really enjoyed it, but it lacked in climatic moments. However, having also re-read Grace and Fury this year, I have still have much love for the first book and the world-building within.

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