May 2021: TBR Announcement

Hey look it’s me posting something time-sensitive at a reasonable point in the month!

I took a kind of personal oath to accept less blog tours this year to help with my stress, so I only have one planned blog tour for May. This is much better than the months where I had 7+ 😅

My partner and I are also continuing with our practice of choosing books for the other to read. We’ve lowered it to 2 books a month instead of 3: one from our established TBR and one wildcard.

Let’s get started!

May 2021 TBR

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Rob’s Choices:

May Blog Tours/Book Clubs:

Additional Books

These are books that I’ve wanted to get to (or finish reading) for a while and hope to also read this month.

That’s all for now! Wish me luck! Have you read any of these books? Are you interested in any of these books? Tell me in the comments below!

Guest Post: Down the “look-into” hole #2 (with Bookrob13)

Note from Jenny: This is round two of the “Down the Look-Into Hole” series with Bookrob13! If you missed round one, you can find it here. This series consists of guest-posts by my partner, Rob, so the entire post is him talking, not me!

Subtitle: Staring down the look-into hole and seeing through to the other side.

What is “Down the Look-Into Hole?” This series is kind of the same thing as a “Down the tbr hole”, except that a while back I noticed that there were books that I wanted to keep in mind without necessarily knowing that I definitely wanted to read them. This lead me to create a ‘look-into’ list on Goodreads. In this post, I’ll continue going through this list and decide whether to “TBR IT” or “FLUSH IT”. As is customary, I’ll go through the list starting with the book that’s been on the list the longest. Let’s get started!

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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I’ve heard that Helen Oyeyemi writes really interesting and strange books, and that’s a big selling point for me! It seems to be about a family that passes down some special gingerbread recipe. The teenage protagonist and her mother set out to find the mother’s childhood friend and this seems to lead them on an interesting journey. I don’t totally understand, but I suspect this premise isn’t the main point of the book. Here’s an excerpt from the first page:

A gingerbread addict once told Harriet that eating her gingerbread is like eating revenge. “It’s like noshing on the actual and anatomical heart of somebody who scarred your beloved and thought they’d got away with it,” the gingerbread addict said. “That heart, ground to ash and short through with darts of heat, salt, spice, and sulfurous syrup, as if honey was measured out, set ablaze, and trickled through the dough along with the liquefied spoon. You are phenomenal. You’ve ruined my life forever. Thank you.”

I’m intrigued! I’ll say yes, but if you think there’s another book by her that I should read instead, comment below!

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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I actually just last night started Emily St. John Mandel’s previous book, Station Eleven, as an audiobook and I’m really liking it! It’s a book about a massive pandemic that ends society as we know it (maybe a bit too topical) and I’m really liking the way the author sets the atmosphere, and also her way of gettin at human nature. I should probably wait ’til I’m done with Station Eleven before moving this book to my TBR, but you know what, I’m really liking Emily St. John Mandel’s writing, so let’s just do it!

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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I’m going to be honest, I have no idea why I put this book on here. I recognize the book–and it’s not that I don’t think it belongs–I just don’t remember what drew me to it. That probably means I should kick it off. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll see it in a bookstore, pick it up, read the beginning, and get hooked. In the meantime, I’ll leave this massive historical mystery novel aside.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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I’ve been thinking about reading this one for quite a while now, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’m frankly surprised I haven’t already put it on my TBR. This is an intriguing mystery/thriller set in Nigeria about a woman who cleans up after her younger sister (repeatedly!) kills her boyfriends in apparent self-defense. Looks like things get tense (as if they aren’t already!) when the younger sister starts dating the protagonist’s crush! I’m in!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Finna by Nino Cipri

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This looks like the kind of wacky story that’s right up my alley. A customer at a furniture store gets sucked into another dimension and two workers need to track them down so that the company’s profits don’t suffer. The twist: the two workers were dating until a week ago! This novella is nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo this year and I made lists of Hugo- and Nebula-nominated books I want to read before the ceremonies, but… I didn’t add this one! I think that means I’ll be passing on this for now.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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As you may know, I tend to read a lot of science fiction. Annihilation is one of the most successful sci-fi books of the past decade (I think), so that explains why it’s on my radar. It looks like this is a story of an expedition entering some sort of post-apocalyptic zone where strange, unexplained things have happened. Add some intrigue amongst the members of the expedition and I’m sold!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long

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This looks to be an epic fantasy novel inspired by viking mythology. A warrior priestess is out for revenge after raiders destroy her village. This looks pretty interesting, and I really like the cover, but I’ve been burned by fantasy novels lately. Plus, I can’t put everything on my TBR (right?), so I’ll set this one aside for now.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

Going through this shelf, I’ve also realized that there’s a couple books that are actually on my physical TBR, so I get to TBR those too! We actually bought these two books yesterday! Here they are:

Jackpot by Nic Stone

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I really liked Nic Stone’s Dear Martin. It was a powerful story with compelling writing that really gripped me. Jackpot seems to continue the motif of following a teen dealing with the struggles of societal injustices. Rico, a high-schooler who works as a cashier teams up with her super-rich classmate, Zan, to find a customer who bought a winning lotto ticket that hasn’t been claimed yet. It looks like their journey will give us all a lot to think about. I’ve been very excited to read another Nic Stone novel, so let’s do this!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Red Widow by Alma Katsu

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I’ve been in the market for a spy thriller for a while now, and I’ve also been intrigued by Alma Katsu’s books. When I heard she was releasing a spy thriller and actually worked in intelligence for over 30 years, my curiosity was piqued! Once I picked up the book and read the first page, I was completely sold. This seems to be about two CIA agents involved in discovering an internal threat to the Russia Division. Lyndsey Duncan seems to be a senior agent and she’s in charge of the internal investigation. She becomes friends with Theresa Warner, the titular “Red Widow” and I guess intrigue ensues!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Well, that’s just 9 books out of 93 on my “look-into” list, but I still call that progress! Did I make any mistakes? Let me know!


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January TBR Announcement

It’s my first post of 2021 and today I’m bringing you my January TBR!

I’m participating in several TBR challenges and blog tours, so I have quite a few books I need to read for January. If you were here for my last TBR Announcement, you’ll also know that my partner and I have started a new thing where we each choose 3 books for the other to read during the month (two from our already established TBR and one wildcard).

Let’s get started!

January TBR

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Rob’s Choices:

December Blog Tours/Requested Reviews:

Additional Books

These are books that I’ve wanted to get to for a while or are part of book clubs/challenges that I’m participating in.

That’s all for now (and it’s a LOT)! Have you read any of these books? Are you interested in any of these books? Tell me in the comments below!

#Blogmas Day 23: WWW Wednesday – December 23, 2020

Round five of WWW Wednesday and Day 16 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

I am happy(ish) to announce that the only books I am currently reading are two from my last two WWW Wednesday books:

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I haven’t made any progress on them this month, but now that I’ve caught up on my other reading, I should be able to finish them within the next week!

Recently Finished

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour for The Write Reads and I really enjoyed it! I’m not much of a Middle Grade reader so I can’t really say how well it fits into that age category, but I think readers of all ages will find enjoyment in Amari and the Night Brothers.

You can read my full review here.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was another wonderful book club read with my crew at The Write Reads! We don’t have a book club name yet but I’m referring to it as the “Hannah Didn’t Know She Started a Book Club” Book Club for now.

This was a book that took a while for me to get into because I don’t care for historical novels, but once the action started going, I really enjoyed it! Though I was upset with the ending, I was still satisfied by it–if that makes any sense.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I just finished this one earlier this evening. I didn’t know what to expect, but I guess it was better than I thought it would be? This is one of the books on my TBR that my partner, Rob, chose for me to read and it’s a novella so it was pretty quick. I was surprised (and impressed) by how much happened in such a short amount of pages. I think I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series at some point.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book chosen by Rob and he chose it because it was a 5-star book for him and one of his all time favorites. Although I didn’t like it as much as he did, I still thought it was a really good book! It is just over 800 pages so it’s a bunch of a chonker, but I didn’t feel bored at any point. I read it in 50-150 page chunks so that might have helped a bit.

Reading Next

There are two more books that I want to have finished before the new year!

  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a book for another book club I’m part of (The Backlist Readers Book Club) and One of Us is Next is the last book that Rob chose for my December TBR. I’m trying to read these as fast as I can, but with Christmas coming up, I also want to be able to take some time to rest. Can I do both? Who knows! Wish me luck!


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#Blogmas Day 16: WWW Wednesday – December 16, 2020

Round four of WWW Wednesday and Day 16 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

I’m still reading basically all of the stuff I was reading during the last check in. I did forget to mention last time that I’m also reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.

This is a book club read so we read a certain amount for each week which is why I haven’t finished it yet. I’m having so much trouble keeping up with the names on this book. I keep calling one of the main characters Lisa even though her name is Sara. I have no idea why. It’s pretty good so far so hopefully the second half is just as good!

Here is a recap of all of the books I mentioned last week that I am still reading.

I haven’t made any progress in Catching Fire and The Bride Test but I am reading The Priory of the Orange Tree pretty consistently! I originally was trying to do 50 pages per day but I got too busy and haven’t succeeded in this the past few days.

Recently Finished

Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I finally succeeded in reading a NetGalley book and then I ended up receiving another one for an upcoming blog tour so my percentage has not really change unfortunately.

This book was pretty good but the weird insta-love between the two main characters was very strange for me. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing-style which seemed more YA than Adult and was repetitive or contradicting at times.

I would say that the best part of this book was the fantasy aspect involving witches and spells, so I wish it would have explored that side of the story a bit more.

You can read my full review here.

The Spark by Jules Wake

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book shocked me with how much it related to my life. It follows a woman and her new boyfriend as they struggle with an ex who refuses to let go. I went through very similar events around two years ago so I related to this book so much that it physically hurt at times to read it, but I just couldn’t stop.

You can read my full blog tour review for this one here.

Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe by CP Ward

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This, like The Spark, was a blog tour read for Rachel’s Random Resources. It’s super Christmassy–if you couldn’t tell from the title–and involves a fifty-two year old woman taking a risk on her dream of running a cafe in an amusement park called Christmas Land (told you it was super Christmassy).

Despite some of the British phrases that often stumped me while I was reading, I really enjoyed this book. Once I finished it, I was desperate to figure out how to make hot chocolate with cocoa beans and marshmallows without gelatin.

You can read my blog tour review here.

Reading Next

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston (Tour Date: December 19)

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Though I want to mostly focus on continuing/finishing the books I’m currently reading, I do have an upcoming blog tour post for Amari and the Night Brothers. I’ve literally only seen 5-star reviews for this, so I’m super excited!

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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#Blogmas Day 9: WWW Wednesday – December 9, 2020

Round three of WWW Wednesday and Day 9 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

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This is a book I got approved for on NetGalley and I’ve been trying to up my percentage. I have 4 blog tour books on there that I can’t review until my day on the tour, but this one is not blog-tour related.

So far, I’m enjoying this an average amount. I’m not a fan of the writing style nor how certain plots are unravelling, but I’ve got my fingers crossed!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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This book is SO HUGE and Rob chose it for my monthly TBR, so I decided to get started on it early on. It’s extremely well-written, but I’m getting overwhelmed with how many names and relationships are being thrown my way. Rob says that it’s good at reinforcing previous names/events, so I’m hoping that’s enough for my terrible memory.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Yeah, I haven’t made ANY progress on this book since last week because I’m a hot mess. I’m hoping to get back into it soon and hopefully finish it this month (or week).

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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This is another book that I featured last week that I haven’t made any progress on. I’m in a bit of a reading slump if you couldn’t tell. Basically all the books I’ve been reading recently are for blog tours. I’m around a third way through with this, I think, so it shouldn’t take too long to finish it. I’ll just have to settle in one day and get it done.

Recently Finished

A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from the Author in partnership with Book Tasters. Going into this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it much, but it actually ended up being pretty great. It covers some heavy topics but the message that it presents of being open to new experiences was really nice.

For my full review, click here.

You Never See Rainbows at Christmas by Elaine Spires

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a blog tour book with Rachel’s Random Resources. The writing wasn’t my style, but the overall message of the book was extremely powerful. This is not only a book about learning to move forward from past trauma/mistakes, but it’s also deals with issues of homelessness and classism.

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Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was another blog tour book with Rachel’s Random Resources. I was pretty excited to see how many Christmas-related novels I signed up for this month because I love the Christmas atmosphere.

I never really felt like I connected with any of the characters in this novel, which is why I had a hard time getting into the story. It was, however, really refreshing to see how emotionally mature these characters were.

For my full review, click here.

Reading Next

I’ve got two tours coming up in the next week so I’m planning on reading those very soon.

The Spark by Jules Wake (Tour date: December 11)

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Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe by CP Ward (Tour date: December 14)

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Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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#Blogmas Day 2: WWW Wednesday – December 2, 2020

Round two of WWW Wednesday and Day 2 of Blogmas! To read my first WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I started this book MONTHS ago as a buddy read but then I got caught up in a bunch of other things and never finished.

This is a reread for me so hopefully I can finish it soon! I honestly don’t remember how much I liked it the first time but dystopian YA might actually be my favorite genre (I know I’ve led a lot of you to believe that it’s romance but I’m not so sure).

I’m looking forward to finally finishing this because I’ve kept my buddy read group waiting for way too long.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I started reading this back in October and put it down because it was honestly creeping me out. There’s an extremely weird power imbalance between the two main characters that makes me severely uncomfortable.

I’m hoping that the story will get more reasonable as I continue through it because I enjoyed The Kiss Quotient a lot. You can read my review for that book here.

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A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio

I got a copy of this from the author in partnership with Book Tasters so I should be finishing and reviewing this book within the week!

I think it’s a romance novel, but I’m not quite sure. It’s got promising reviews, so I’m hoping I’ll like it!

Recently Finished

In the past week I’ve finished the following books:

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a reread for me and to be honest I don’t think I cared for it much. I was listening to it on audiobook with Rob and I wasn’t really a fan of the narrator, so that might have influenced my decision.

This was a novel that didn’t do a good job at keeping me hooked and I often found myself zoning out while listening. I’ve never read the third book in this series before so here’s hoping it’s more enjoyable!

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Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I got this book from a Bubbles & Books book box and I was excited to figure out what exactly it was about! The main character is a woman who has special abilities and is part of a secret organization for people like her. When she buys and unlocks a mysterious puzzle box, she finds herself face-to-face with a super hot shapeshifter. Chaos ensues.

This book leaned more on the fantasy side than on the romance side, but I wasn’t mad about it. I do think that it bit off a bit more than it could chew and as a result certain plot lines didn’t quite make sense to me.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t really read non-fiction books, so I was a bit scared about reading this book. I hoped that since it was marketed as YA it would be more readable, and thankfully that ended up being the case.

I didn’t rate this five stars in the end because a few chapters rubbed me the wrong way–for example, the chapter where he deadnames his cousin several times–and sometimes I felt like there was too much focus on trying to make the last sentence of a chapter a catchy/strong one-liner. Sometimes I felt like that these one-liners ended up taking away from the strength of the overall point.

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As usual, Karen M. McManus delivers another wonderful mystery/thriller novel!

This book is full of twists and turns (though admittedly many were predictable) and I loved all of the main characters.

I read this book for a blog tour so you can catch my review here!

Smash It! by Francina Simone

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This book had so much promise and I really liked the writing style, but in the end it ended up being 300 pages of people being completely terrible to each other and apologizing over and over again. I really don’t enjoy when I find the main character of a book unlikable and I didn’t like Olivia nor several side characters.

The book also has some offensive/insensitive comments/jokes included in it. In particular, statements regarding a Hawaiian character and an Israeli/Palestinian character.

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A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was a fun and lighthearted Christmas romance and a very quick read. The plot is incredibly unrealistic, but if you’re looking for a nice escape this holiday season–like how we all love to watch A Christmas Prince on Netflix–you’ll probably enjoy this.

It relies heavily on the insta-love trope, so just a warning beforehand if that’s not your cup of tea. I also read this for a blog tour so you can read my review here!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ahhh I love Maggie Stiefvater so much. This book was very slow in the beginning but once it picked up, I couldn’t get enough of it!

Maggie Stiefvater has a way of making me constantly ask “wtf is going on!?!?” in the best type of way. I’m excited to read the rest of this series because I was not ready to let Ronan Lynch go at the end of The Raven King. I will defend that boy to the ends of the earth.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Rob really wanted me to read it, but I often find adult books like this wordy and boring. While I did complain to him about there being “too many words” while faking exhaustion, this book was actually pretty exciting.

Heavy trigger warnings for gore, rape, and sexual assault in here. It was a lot more rapey than I thought it would be. Leigh Bardugo has constantly stressed that this is NOT a YA novel so definitely don’t go into it thinking it will be light.

Reading Next

I have a lot of tours coming up in December and Rob’s picked 3 books he wants me to read in December so here are some books I plan on starting within the next 7 days.

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Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell

I’m reading this as part of a blog tour and I’m excited because the cover is so freaking cute!

My tour date is December 7th, so I’ll need to get this started and finished in the upcoming week!

You Never See Rainbows at Christmas by Elaine Spires

This is also a blog tour I’m participating in and it fits right into the Christmas theme. I’ve never really read many Christmas books in December before, so I’m excited to feel the Christmas spirit in my reading.

My tour date for this is December 5th.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is one of the books Rob chose for me to read and it’s an absolute beast, so I want to get started on this early on and give myself the entire month to finish.

I’m honestly extremely terrified of the size of this novel, so I’m hoping I can survive it.

Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!


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#Blogmas Day 1: Intro & December TBR

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to try something new this year and participate in Blogmas! As you can see, I’ve updated my graphics for the month to reflect this.

On top of this, my partner (Rob) and I agreed that starting this month, we’re each going to choose 3 books for the other to read: two from our existing TBR shelf and one wildcard.

Let’s get started!

What is Blogmas?

From what I’ve managed to gather from Twitter and other blogs, Blogmas is a December blog challenge where you post a blog post every day leading up to Christmas. You can choose to do 12 days of Christmas or 24/25 days of Christmas depending on how adventurous you want to be. Some people even do the entire month of December for a total of 31 posts!

I’m going to try to do the 25 days of Christmas variation and post once per day (including December 25). Unlike many other bloggers, these posts aren’t necessarily going to be Christmas themed–in fact, most of them will not be. I have a lot of reviews to catch up on and several blog tours this month so that’s probably what a majority of my posts will entail.

Onto my December TBR!

December TBR

I’m going to include the three books that Rob’s chosen as well as my December blog tours for now. I might end up reading more books depending on my schedule.

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Rob’s Choices:

Guess which one was the wildcard in the comments!

December Blog Tours/Requested Reviews:

That’s all for now! Let me know if you’re also doing Blogmas or if any of the above books interest you!

Guest Post: Down the “look-into” hole with Bookrob13

Subtitle: Staring down the look-into hole and seeing through to the other side.

This post is kind of the same thing as a “Down the tbr hole”, except that a while back I noticed that there were books that I wanted to keep in mind without necessarily knowing that I definitely wanted to read them. This lead me to create a ‘look-into’ list on Goodreads. In this post, I’ll start going through this list and decide whether to “TBR IT” or “FLUSH IT”. As is customary, I’ll go through the list starting with the book that’s been on the list the longest.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

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I remember coming across these first several books at the same time, maybe all from the same article. I guess, technically, I don’t remember this first one. Let’s see! Oh wow, this has quite a wild synopsis! Check it out. I have been known to read some books with pretty out there characters yet still grounded in how we live as humans (e.g. Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles, A Spy Novel (Sort Of) or Apathy and Other Small Victories) and this seems to be of that flavour. I haven’t read one in a while though. A 3.40 rating on GR, but Roxanne Gay’s review calls it “Excellent excellent”.

Verdict: TBR IT!

Naamah by Sarah Blake

A retelling of the biblical flood from the perspective of Noah’s wife, Naamah. This is a pretty compelling premise with a lot of potential for examining some important life questions. I just sampled the first few pages on amazon and I kinda like it.

Verdict: TBR IT!

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Oval by Elvia Wilk

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Some speculative fiction where the protagonist’s boyfriend develops a pill that temporarily makes the user more generous. His hope is that this could cure income disparity. The protag, Anja, on the other hand, is horrified. Also, they apparently live in some eco-friendly, corporate-run artificial mountain. Sounds somewhat interesting, but nothing’s really gripping me about it.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

I’m a sucker for epistolary novels. This is written as a letter from a Vietnamese-American son to his mother who can’t read, so it seems more like him trying to put some thoughts to paper, but I dunno. He discusses his family’s history with roots in Vietnam, as well as revelations about his own life. The synopsis calls it “a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity”, which makes this even more compelling for me.

Verdict: TBR IT!

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The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

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I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a mathematician. This is a story about a mathematician, Katherine, facing both a tremendous math problem (the Riemann Hypothesis) and those tremendous problems we all face: who is she? what is love? what is the cost of ambition? I really almost put this on my TBR when I first read about it because it’s quite rare to come across a mathematician character who’s treated as a human.

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

I’ve been wanting to read a novel by Louise Erdrich as I’ve heard a lot of good things. This one is the coming-of-age story of a boy in the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota wrestling with trying to understand a terrible crime that (I think) happens to his family. It’s described as a “mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture”. That sounds good to me! I guess it’s as good a place to start reading Erdrich as any. Or do you have a better suggestion?

Verdict: TBR IT!

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Well, that’s just 6 books out of 53 on my “look-into” list, but I think that’s a pretty good start. Did I make any mistakes? Let me know!


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6 series that I never completed and why

Have you ever started a series with great enthusiasm only to give up before you got to the end? I sure have. A lot.

Here is a list of some of the series that I began and never completed. I’ll tell you where I left off and why I stopped reading. If you come across one (or more!) that you think I should finish, please let me know!

1: The Hunger Games

Where I left off:

Right in the middle of Mockingjay

Why I stopped reading:

I started reading The Hunger Games at some point in high school. I had the goal of finishing the series before the final film came out because I often want to read a book before seeing its adaptation.

When I got to Mockingjay, I found myself extremely bored the entire first half of the novel. So bored that I just put it down and didn’t pick it back up.

A couple years later I tried to read it again only to stop at around the exact same place for the exact same reason. I still watched the film if you were wondering.

2: The Maze Runner

Where I left off:

The Death Cure

Why I stopped reading:

I never actually planned to leave this series incomplete. It was just bad timing I suppose.

I don’t remember when I read The Maze Runner but I know that I finished it before the movie came out. I then set my sights of finishing The Scorch Trials before that movie came out and succeeded.

Unfortunately, when I got to the The Death Cure I had just graduated from undergrad and was in the process of moving across the Pacific Ocean. I never got around to reading it and now at this point, I’d have to start from the beginning.

3: Divergent

Where I left off:

Allegiant

Why I stopped reading:

I don’t know if this is a spoiler or what but I read Divergent, Insurgent, and Four and then I bought Allegiant to read. I tend to have really bad anxiety about not knowing what’s going to happen in a book or film–I often can’t see a film without reading the synopsis first–and so before I read Allegiant I decided to look up the story. I didn’t like what I read and so I never bothered actually reading the book.

4: Harry Potter

Where I left off:

In the middle of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Why I stopped reading:

To be honest I think this was just the case of me being terrified as a kid of the sheer volume of this series. I had watched a bunch of the movies and decided that maybe I should take a crack at the books.

I was probably just ending middle school or starting high school and I think I just got scared of the idea of having to read 7 “giant” books.

5: The Mortal Instruments

Where I left off:

I think book 3??? I honestly can’t remember.

Why I stopped reading:

I was actually really enjoying this series. I had started reading it when I was doing this amazing thing where I would read a book a week on my kindle.

I bought the first 3 or 4 novels on my Kindle to read and I can’t remember why I stopped. It was probably that I was tired of not reading physical books or that my school workload became too demanding.

6: Ender’s Game

Where I left off:

The middle of Speaker for the Dead

Why I stopped reading:

I read Ender’s Game my sophomore year of high school as part of an English assignment. We were given a list of approved books and we got to choose which one we wanted to read.

I finished reading it, wrote up my book report or whatever it was I had to do, and decided that I liked it a lot. I bought Speaker for the Dead maybe in college? I’m not exactly sure when, but before I read it, I reread Ender’s Game again. After a few chapters of Speaker for the Dead, I found myself bored and stopped.