Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Top Ten Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


Seasonal TBRs...my nemesis. I have discovered that I'm really not good at sticking to TBRs. Nonetheless, I am making one because these truly are books at the top of my "desperately-want-to-read" list. I have a "Read These Books NOW" excel sheet that tracks which books I've started or put on TBRs. That has been a big help with making these seasonal TBRs. So here is what I would like to read over the next 3 months:


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


  1. The Toll by Neal Shusterman - Confession: I haven't read Thunderhead yet, although I do plan on it soon. I was putting it off until the third book had a release date. I'm so excited to finish out this trilogy because Scythe was one of the most unique and insanely incredible books I've ever read. I preordered it the second I saw it was available for preorder. Release date: November 5
  2. Supernova by Marissa Meyer - I really enjoyed Archenemies and would love to know where Meyer is going with this story! Release date: November 5
  3. Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston - the sequel to Heart of Iron! I have this one preordered as well. I thought it was meant to be a duology but the Goodreads blurb makes it seem like there may be more. The cover of this one is just as stunning as the first book and I am SO ready to read more of the story. Release date: July 23
  4. Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg - All I really know for this one is that it takes place in Wisconsin (close enough to Minnesota to make me happy) and things aren't what they seem for the MC. It's pretty vague but definitely caught my interest. Release date: July 9
  5. Wilder Girls by Rory Power - First of all, the cover - WOW. It's a horror book which isn't usually my go-to genre, but it sounds very dystopian like with a virus that is taking over an island with an all-girls school. Release date: July 9
  6. Let's Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry - I enjoyed Heretics Anonymous and am excited that Henry has another book coming out. It follows a girl named Ellis who has anxiety and has prepared for all the different possibilities of doomsday. Sounds right up my alley. Release date: August 6
  7. Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan - Literally it says in 1992. SOLD. It's a feminism book and it takes place in the 90s. Sign me up. Release date: September 10
  8. The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen - The premise says "What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?" and doesn't that sound awesome?! Release date: September 24
  9. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo - This is Bardugo's first adult novel. I love the cover. The story follows Alex, a 20 year old woman who is tasked with keeping tabs on Yale's secret societies. It sounds like there is some paranormal/fantasy edge to it. Release date: October 1
  10. Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao - Another Anastasia retelling to make my list (Soul of Stars is the other), but this one is more fantasy than sci fi. It looks so dark! Release date: November 19

Tell me what books you're anticipating in the second half of 2019.
Are you looking forward to any on my list?

Monday, June 10, 2019

May Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - purchased Hardcover from Amazon for $12.91
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa - gifted from Netgalley
  2. Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King - received from Kindle First Reads
  3. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell - purchased from Amazon for $0.00
  4. The Delphi Revolution by Rysa Walker - purchased from Amazon for $1.99
  5. Bound by Birthright by Janeal Falor - purchased from Amazon for $0.00
  6. Attraction by Penny Reid - purchased from Amazon for $0.00
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. The Wicked King by Holly Black - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  2. Sadie by Courtney Summers - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara - borrowed ebook from my local library
  4. Someone's Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins  - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  5. Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  6. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  7. Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe - borrowed ebook from my local library

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in May?
Have you read any of my books?


Monday, June 3, 2019

Books I Read in May


I read 4 books in May.


  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (Audio, 10 hr 21 min, 2019, YA Fantasy, Library) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and series challenge
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (Audio, 7 hr 57 min, 2019, YA Mystery, Library) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar reading challenge 
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (Kindle, 432 pages, 2019, YA Contemporary, Netgalley) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Popsugar reading challenge, and Netgalley challenge 
  • There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Audio, 9 hr 26 min, 2017, YA Horror, Library) - 2 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal
Pages read: 432 pages + 27 hr 44 min
Pages DNF: 0
Total pages: 423 pages + 27 hr 44 min

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

I'm working on one of the four hardest classes in my degrees and that means my reading is falling by the wayside. I'm not forcing myself to read the things on my TBR as much, I'll catch up later. Right now I'm basically listening to audiobooks from my library. I'm probably going to just have a couple of catch up months after this month and not add anything new to my tentative TBR.

My Tentative TBR for June:
  • Fake It Till You Break It by Jennifer P. Nyugen
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 
  • The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Top Ten Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


I love this prompt and find it really fascinating. A lot of these books I have read over the last year or so but they were released in different years. I had the most trouble with the last three years because there were others that almost made the cut.

  1. 2009 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett - I think this is up there with To Kill a Mockingbird for me. It's definitely going to be a classic.
  2. 2010 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - I think this book should be required reading in school. I believe I read this for a banned book challenge and it is one of those books I am utterly shocked by. It's important and it is a great starting point for many important discussions to be had.
  3. 2011 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - This is my all-time favorite book and I was happy to find that upon reread...I still love it just as much as I did the first time I read it, which may have been 2011/2012 time period. Too lazy to go look.
  4. 2012 - Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - I LOVE Saga. It's everything I like in a fantasy world. The artwork is incredible. The characters are so awesome. The plot is devastating.
  5. 2013 - Pivot Point by Kasie West - This is an alternate universe type of book and it was so well done. It's still my favorite Kasie West book by leaps and bounds.
  6. 2014 - I Must Say: My Humble Life as a Comedy Legend by Martin Short - I listened to this book in the last year (I believe in late 2018) and have to say that it is one of my favorite memoirs ever. I can't say I was ever a superfan of Short, but I did adore his works and found him to be so hilarious. This book covers his comedy career, his friendships, and his marriage to his late wife, Nancy. I laughed and cried while listening.
  7. 2015 - Truth or Beard by Penny Reid - 2015 books weren't much to write home about. I should say the ones I've read aren't much to write home about. So my top is this smutty gem.
  8. 2016* - Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Another top top book for me. Everything about this book was well done and incredible.
  9. 2017* - Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia - My favorite book about a character with anxiety. I really connected with Eliza and I love the artwork in it.
  10. 2018* - Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa - This book is one I struggled to get through until I picked up the audiobook. It's now my new favorite of 2019. I'm not sure anything will top it. It's heavy on Japanese lore and there's lots of action!
Honorable mentions:
2016: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, and Heartless by Marissa Meyer
2017: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Daughter of the Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh, Warcross by Marie Lu, Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, and Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
2018: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bout of Books 25 [Days 5-7 Progress + Finish Line]


To sign up for Bout of Books, go here. It's a low pressure readathon and I love participating. I'm an expert once again, so I will be encouraging as many readers as I can :) To see my TBR and goals for BOB, see my TBR and Goals post.

[DAY 5 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 46%, ended at 52% (25 pages)
Sadie by Courtney Summers - started at 45%, ended at 70% (2 hr)

DAILY TOTAL: 25 pages + 2 hr // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 131 pages + 9 hr 51 min // 1 book finished
READING UPDATE:  7AM I got a good little bit of reading done yesterday AND got a good bit of reading done for school too. Hoping to keep up with that trend today.
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[DAY 6 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 52%, ended at 56% (17 pages)
Sadie by Courtney Summers - started at 70%, ended at 100% (2 hr 24 min)
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - started at 0%, ended at 6% (33 min)

DAILY TOTAL: 17 pages + 2 hr 57 min // 1 book finished
READATHON TOTAL: 148 pages + 12 hr 48 min // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE: 12PM I think I'm going to be able to finish Sadie today. I would like to make another huge dent in Serious Moonlight - maybe even hit 75% - that would be goals!
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[DAY 7 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 56%, ended at 61% (21 pages)
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - started at 6%, ended at 17% (1 hr 1 min) 

DAILY TOTAL: 21 pages + 1 hr 1 min // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 169 pages + 13 hr 49 min // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE: 10AM I cannot believe it's the last day of the readathon already. I feel like it's flown by at the same time it's been dragging too. Nick gets home today and it's the series finale of GOT so I don't know how much reading will take place. We will see :)
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[FINISH LINE]

TOTAL: 169 pages + 13 hr 49 min // 2 books finished

FINAL THOUGHTS: Had a very successful reading week and accomplished all the goals I had set for myself. I finished The Wicked King by Holly Black and Sadie by Courtney Summers. I participated in one chat and did a little bit of cheerleading throughout the week. It was a ton of fun. I cannot wait for August!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Top Ten Page to Screen Books I Haven't Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.



Keeping it relatively short and sweet today, these are the ten books that I either own or have access to at the library that are already adapted with the exception of The Knife of Never Letting Go (released in 2020). It's a wide array of different books and I want to read them all!!
  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  9. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
  10. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

Monday, May 13, 2019

April Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston - preordered hardcover on Amazon for $14.10
  2. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen - won paperback ARC on Goodreads 
  3. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor - purchased hardcover with store credit at local bookstore
  4. The Diviners by Libba Bray - purchased paperback with store credit at local bookstore
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence - received on Amazon First Reads for $0.00
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick - borrowed the audiobook from my local library
  2. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith - borrowed the audiobook from my local library
  3. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West - borrowed the audiobook from my local library

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in April?
Have you read any of my books?

Bout of Books 25 [Days 1-4 Progress]


To sign up for Bout of Books, go here. It's a low pressure readathon and I love participating. I'm an expert once again, so I will be encouraging as many readers as I can :) To see my TBR and goals for BOB, see my TBR and Goals post.

[DAY 1 PROGRESS]
The Wicked King by Holly Black - started at 63%, ended at 100% (3 hr 49 min)
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 21%, ended at 22% (4 pages)
Sadie by Courtney Summers - started at 0%, ended at 12% (57 min)

DAILY TOTAL: 4 pages + 4 hr 46 min // 1 book finished
READATHON TOTAL: 4 pages + 4 hr 46 min // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: 10PM Today was kind of a little hectic and I was zoning out a lot trying to work on college. I did finish the audio book for The Wicked King (spoiler alert: 5 stars!) and started the audio for Sadie. I will probably read a little of Serious Moonlight in bed here in a few minutes. I popped into the chat as well, so I am 2 for 2 on goals.
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[DAY 2 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 22%, ended at 24% (8 pages)
Sadie by Courtney Summers - started at 12%, ended at 20% (38 min)

DAILY TOTAL: 8 pages + 38 min // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 12 pages + 5 hr 24 min
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[DAY 3 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 24%, ended at 36% (51 pages)

DAILY TOTAL: 51 pages // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 63 pages + 5 hr 24 min

READING UPDATE: 7AM Yesterday was a little hectic and I didn't get much read. I ran a few sprints and will be again today over on my twitter @sjanee11. I need to catch up on college today, so I am unsure of how much I will be able to read.
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[DAY 4 PROGRESS]
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett - started at 36%, ended at 46% (43 pages)
Sadie by Courtney Summers - started at 20%, ended at 45% (2 hr 27 min)

DAILY TOTAL: 43 pages + 2 hr 27 min // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 106 pages + 7 hr 51 min

READING UPDATE: 7AM As expected, I didn't get a whole lot of reading done yesterday. Honestly today might be more of the same because I have to stay on task for my class. I may run a few sprints today.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bout of Books 25 [Goals + TBR]


It's time for BOB readathon once again. I am participating for the 22nd time! Bout of Books 25 runs May 13 to 19 and is hosted by Amanda and Kelly. I am going to try and update on Twitter and Goodreads. My goal is to just read because I'm also in college full-time and just started one of the big four classes. As always, my goals are small and attainable because I want BOB to be a success!

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Participate in one Twitter chat
**Be a cheerleader!

[TENTATIVE TBR]
(Finish my current reads)
**Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
**The Wicked King by Holly Black
**Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
**There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon


Interested? Sign up here!

I'm also an Expert again and will be trying to visit tons of blogs and tweets to encourage my fellow BOB-ers - as well as run some sprints on Twitter!


Monday, May 6, 2019

Books I Read in April


I read 6 books in April.

  • Wildcard by Marie Lu (Audio, 10 hr 51 min, 2018, YA Sci Fi, Library) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge, and Popsugar challenge
  • The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick (Audio, 5 hr 38 min, 2017, Adult Contemporary, Library) - 2 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Paperback, 418 pages, 2012, YA Fantasy, Purchased) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge, and Popsugar challenge 
  • The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith (Audio, 9 hr 36 min, 2016, YA Contemporary, Library) - 3.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Popsugar challenge 
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (Audio, 6 hr 42 min, 2014, YA Contemporary, Library) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal 
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Kindle, 425 pages, 2019, NA Contemporary, Netgalley) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and Netgalley challenge
Pages read: 843 + 32 hr 47 min
Pages DNF: 0
Total pages: 843 + 32 hr 47 min


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

In the month of April, I managed to read two 400+ page books and listen to four audio books during the busiest month I've had all school year - both for myself and my big kids. I'm behind a few books on my TBR - three, in fact. So I need to try and catch up if I can before attempting my tentative TBR for May.

My Tentative TBR for May:
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon [Netgalley]
  • Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee [Netgalley]

Monday, April 15, 2019

March Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - purchased at local bookstore with store credit
  2. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor - purchased at local bookstore with store credit
  3. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - purchased at local bookstore with store credit
  4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - purchased at local bookstore with store credit
  5. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte - received in March Owlcrate box
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. The Delphi Resistance by Rysa Walker - purchased with Kindle credit
  2. Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee - gifted from Netgalley in exchange for a review
  3. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne - purchased for $2.99 on Amazon 
  4. Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston - gifted from Netgalley in exchange for a review
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. Look Alive Twenty Five by Janet Evanovich - borrowed ebook from my local library
  2. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  3. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  4. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  5. Wildcard by Marie Lu - borrowed audiobook from my local library

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in March?
Have you read any of my books?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Books I Read in March


In March, I read 7 books.


  • The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle (Kindle, 280 pages, 2017, Adult Erotica, Purchased) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and series challenge
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Hardcover, 370 pages, 2018, YA Fantasy, Owlcrate) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge, Owlcrate challenge, and Popsugar challenge 
  • Look Alive Twenty Five by Janet Evanovich (Kindle, 317 pages, 2018, Adult Mystery, Library) - 3.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal and series challenge 
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Hardcover, 409 pages, 2018, YA Fantasy, Owlcrate) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge, Owlcrate challenge, Netgalley challenge, and Popsugar challenge
  • You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook (Kindle, 368 pages, 2019, YA Thriller, Netgalley) - 2.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Netgalley challenge, and Popsugar challenge
  • Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Audio, 14 hr 33 min, 2018, YA Sci Fi, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge, and Popsugar challenge 
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (Audio, 6 hr 36 min, 2018, Middle Grade Contemporary, Library) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal 

Pages read: 1744 + 21 hr 9 min
Pages DNF: 0
Average pages read per day: 56
Total pages: 1744 + 21 hr 9 min