TBR: June 2018

Hi, readers!

Happy June! Anyone else busily making summer reading lists? I’m aiming for a mix of unread classics and brand new reads. There are so many great books I want to pick up that I’m already setting aside some serious reading time in June. I’ll be sharing some great summer reading ideas in the next few weeks here on the blog. This month, I’m hoping to finish a few books I’ve been slowly reading, as well as set aside time for some quick reads.

Here are three books I’m hoping to pick up this month:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I won’t lie. I’ve decided to read Sharp Objects now because of the impending HBO series. This story follows Camille, tasked with reporting on the murders of two girls in her hometown. It’s a murder mystery that sounds like it will be all kinds of intense and scary. I loved Gone Girl and am excited to give this a try!

Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland

Abigail, a young British woman, is sent to America to work for Douglas Elling as a governess twenty years before the Civil War. But when Abigail learns Douglas is helping a slave to escape, her entire life changes. I think this story will be quite emotional but it’s well reviewed.

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard

A plane crash in 1960s Atlanta leaves a city bereft. It is now up to the residents left behind to move Atlanta forward. I’ve heard mixed things about this book but it’s received a fair amount of hype. We’ll see if it lives up to expectations!

That’s it for today! What books are you hoping to read in June?

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TBR: May 2018

Hi, readers!

Happy May! This month, I’m committing to reading books written only by authors of color. I’m doing this in part to boost my own reading stats, as I set a goal to read more books by authors of color this year. You can read more about my 2018 reading goals in this post and in this first quarter follow up. I’m really excited about the books I’m sharing in today’s post! Some of these have been on my shelves for some time now and I’m eager to dive in, finally.

Here are six books I’m hoping to pick up this month:

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This YA fantasy/magical realism story is about a young girl who travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal family after her mother commits suicide. Astonishing touches on grief, culture, family history, and love. This book comes very well reviewed and I’m sure it will be quite the tearjerker!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Here’s another YA story! Combining historical fiction and sci-fi, Ireland tells the tale of a young black woman named Jane, who was born just before zombies walked during the Civil War. Nation also comes highly rated and should be an interesting reimagining of our country’s past.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Daughter follows Julia and the impact on her family of a horrible accident that killed her older sister. This book takes place in Chicago, which is where I’m from, and tenderly looks at the cultural norms and experiences of one Mexican family, and how much courage it takes to truly be yourself.

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts

Full disclosure: I did start this book several weeks ago, but was bogged down by other books and personal events and never made any real progress. I want to get back in my habit of reading one non-fiction book per month, and I this will be an excellent choice for May. This book takes a hard look at the reproductive rights of black women in America and I know will be both shocking and informative.

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

Earlier this year I was gifted a copy of Literary Witches, which profiles women writers both famous and less so. It was through this book that I discovered Eileen Chang, who was born in 1920. Love in a Fallen City is a short story collection that focuses on love, the balance of family life, and sexuality. I enjoy reading one short story collection throughout the month, as that extra time allows me to savor each story and consider the collection as a whole.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

This well-reviewed historical fiction novel just came out yesterday! Map follows two girls living 800 years apart, each searching for home. Their journeys parallel in what I’m sure will be heart wrenching ways. This story is about family, the Syrian refugee crisis, and adventure.

That’s it for today! What books are you hoping to read in May?

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Tome Topple Update & Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

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Today I’m covering two topics: my Tome Topple project for 2018 and the upcoming Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. That’s right, I finally (finally!) finished The Odyssey! I’m also really looking forward to the readathon this weekend as a means to make some serious progress on my reading for the month. In April, as you’ll see in my forthcoming April Wrap Up post, I finished two big books this month, each of which were over 500 pages. While I’m definitely proud of this accomplishment, it has impacted the quantity of books I read this month. I’m hoping to boost that number this weekend!

But first, let me share some thoughts on The Odyssey. I am not at all ashamed to admit this book took me months to read given its impressive page count and detailed story. I especially enjoyed this translation because Emily Wilson provided fantastic notes and book summaries that really went a long way to help me understand the story and countless references. Also, Wilson’s text is very straightforward, which made the language much easier to understand. I definitely recommend Wilson’s translation for these reasons. The Odyssey is lyrical, epic, tumultuous, moving, and intense. If you’ve never read it before, you should definitely try reading it soon!

As for my next Tome Topple choice, I think I’ll read Jane Eyre. To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never read this one! I’m looking forward to reading it at last. You can also read my Tome Topple TBR post here, in which I highlight the four big books I want to read this year.

Finally, I’m sharing my TBR for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It starts this Saturday, April 28 at 8:00AM EST. The goal for this readathon is to read as much as possible in 24 hours! This weekend I plan to read…

American Panda by Gloria Chao

I’ve had an ARC of this for awhile now and am excited to finally read it!

Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield

This is a newly released library hold that I discovered courtesy of Book Riot’s Ready, Set, Hold series.

She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewell

This is also an ARC. It’s full of short entries about famous, infamous, and not at all known women throughout history. I think this book will be a great way to break up my reading throughout the day!

That’s it for today! Are you participating in the readathon this weekend? What book(s) will you read?

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TBR: April 2018

Hi, readers!

Happy April! I always love the start of a new month because it means a new reading month has arrived. Per my reading goals update post, I’m re-committing myself to achieving my goals for the year. My big focus right now is choosing more books written by people of color. White authors have a tendency to dominate the shelves, especially in the US and I want to be better at reading diversely.

Here are three books I’m hoping to pick up this month:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time now! Americanah is a modern star-crossed lovers story. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this book and I’m positive it will deliver.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I picked this up in February when it first came out and have been eager to read thus YA fantasy novel. I’ve read great reviews! This first book in what will be a series follows Camellia, as she navigates a world in which beauty is a commodity. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and Camellia will be forced to make life-altering choices to save her community.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This book, the first in a trilogy, follows Nahri as she discovers magic is real and learns about a new world. It’s epically long and sounds like an excellent introduction to a high fantasy series. This, too, has been extremely well reviewed and I, really looking forward to actually reading it!

That’s it for today! What books are you hoping to read in April?

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TBR: March 2018

Hi, readers!

Happy March! I’m really excited for all the great blog posts I have planned for this month. There’s so much coming over the next few weeks! But today we’ll start with this month’s TBR picks. February’s TBR picks did not go over so well. I didn’t read any of the selected books! This month I’m highlighting three library books, which will hopefully make me more inclined to pick these up this time. Also, each of these books have been on my TBR for a while now and I’m excited to actually read them! Here’s hoping these three choices fare better.

And now, on to the books!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

I’ve yet to read any Tessa Dare books, but I’ve heard great things about her books. I love Regency era romance novels, and this one promises to have everything I love: a rogue duke, a bookish heroine, and two stubborn protagonists. I’m pretty confident this will be a fun read!

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is a middle grade graphic novel about two friends who always do everything together, until one one summer when they end up in different camps! This book sounds like it will be heartwarming, charming, and delightful.

Spinning by Tillie Walden

This is a YA graphic novel about a teenager’s life on the ice rink and in figure skating competitions. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and I’ve had my eye on this coming of age story for quite some time.

That’s it for today! What books are you hoping to read this month?

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TBR: February 2018

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing my TBR for February. TBR stands for ‘To Be Read’. In last month’s TBR post, I shared three planned books to be read in that month. As for the rest of the books I read? I simply chose books that sounded good to me in that moment. As such, I read so many great books in January and had a very happy reading month! I’m continuing with this loose TBR format and I’m sharing three books with you today.

And now, onto the books!

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (out April 3)

Wolitzer’s new book follows a young college student who meets a feminist icon and undergoes a unique mentorship with her idol. I’ve already started this one and am enjoying it so far! It’s an interestingly written coming of age story.

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

I’m really excited to read this short story collection! These stories promise to touch on love and family obligations. This will be my first book by Chang, an author I discovered in the book Literary Witches.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (out February 6)

A Cuban-American woman travels to Cuba after her grandmother dies. Our protagonist learns more about her family history and I believe this book shifts perspectives between past and present. I’m really looking forward to this one!

That’s it for this month’s TBR! What books are you excited to read this month?

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#24in48 Readathon TBR

Hi, readers!

This weekend I’m participating in a readathon: the #24in48 Readathon! I’ve linked to their official website, but essentially, you read for 24 hours over the course of a 48 hour time period. This particular challenge takes place on Saturday, January 27 and ends Sunday, January 28. But I work most of Saturday, so I’m adjusting my personal challenge to be Friday (that’s tomorrow!) and Sunday. I’ll post an update next week to reveal how much I actually read this weekend. It’s also worth noting here, that this Readathon is a fun goal to attempt. You are not a better reader for completing the challenge, nor are you a worse one if you decide to do something else this weekend.

And now…my TBR for this Readathon challenge!

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

This is the third book in the Rules of Scoundrels series. You can read my review of book one, A Rogue By Any Other Name, here and my review of book two, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, here. I’m really enjoying it so far but haven’t had enough time to really dive into this book. I’m feeling confident I’ll finish it this weekend.

The Strays by Emily Bitto

I’m not very far in this one yet but I’m enjoying this story of two friends growing up on one of their parents’ artist colony home. This is a fairly short book so I think I’ll finish this one, too.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

It’s been years since I read this series and I thought it was time for a reread! I’m hoping to start this first book, at the very least. Ideally, I’ll be ready to start book two by the end of the weekend!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

To be quite frank, I don’t expect to start this book before the readathon ends. But it’s always nice to have goals! I don’t remember this second book very well so I’m looking forward to continuing with this series.

Is this too many books? Probably. I’m perpetually terrible at estimating how many books I’ll read in a given time frame. But at least this way I’ll have some variation if I don’t feel like reading a particular book at any given time.

That’s it for today! Will you participate in this reading challenge this weekend? What books will you pick up this weekend?

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Tome Topple Picks for 2018

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing another TBR list for 2018! I shared in my post on my 2018 reading goals that I’d like to read some larger books this year. I’ll be participating in #TomeTopple, a trend started on YouTube. I’m using this challenge to read, finally, longer classic novels! My plan is to read one each quarter during the year and I’ll post periodic updates here on the blog.

And now, onto the books!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Somehow, I’ve never read Jane Eyre. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, except to hazard a guess that it always seemed too long. I’m familiar with the plot as I once saw one of the adaptations on a plane and I really enjoyed it at the time. I’ve owned this copy for several years and it will be nice to read it!

Middlemarch by George Eliot

This is another book I’ve had on my shelves for a number of years but I’ve yet to read it. My copy clocks in at a daunting 794 pages! I’ve heard great things about this book and the plot sounds right up my alley. I’m excited to read this book!

The Odyssey by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson

I read The Odyssey in my freshman high school English class. I was not a fan because my instructor ruined the text through heavy analysis. I had more pleasurable experiences with the Greeks during college, but I’m very much looking forward to rereading, finally, this beautiful story. I received this new translation for Christmas and it’s the first every Odyssey translated by a woman!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This is another book I read for high school English class. While I enjoyed it at the time, I’ve yet to revisit it outside of a class reading assignment. This was my introduction to the Brontë sisters and I remember really enjoying the story. I’m excited to reread this book! But I need to go out and buy a copy first. Somehow, I don’t own this book!

That’s it for today! Have you read any of these books? What tomes are you hoping to read this year?

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5 Star TBR Predictions

Hi, readers!

I’m trying something new this year. January is always a good time to try new things, am I right? Each quarter, I’m going to choose five books from my TBR that I’m confident I will love and give 5 / 5 stars. Then, at the end of each quarter, I’ll share an update with the accuracy of my predictions and some brief thoughts on each book. I’m trying this for three reasons. One, to keep reading books I already own. Two, to focus on books I love. I do try to push myself when it comes to reading. I like to try new books, authors, mediums, and genres, which sometimes means that I read books I don’t love or even enjoy. And finally, I’m hoping to read some really great books!

And now, onto the books!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I’ve heard such delicious things about this YA book! This is a fantasy read about a young woman, Isobel, who works as a portrait artist for dangerous fairies. Through her work she meets Rook, and, after Isobel makes a terrible mistake in a painting, together they must band together to survive the angry fairies. The romance should be delightful and I think this will be a pretty quick read, too.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

I bought this book at O’Hare airport last year. I’d had my eye on it for awhile and finally took the plunge and bought it. And now, I’ll finally read it! The Mothers is a haunting story about secrecy, cover ups, young love, and living with hard choices. This literary fiction read promises to explore the ‘road not taken’ mentality. This book was well reviewed by several book sources I trust and I know I’ll enjoy reading it.

Still Life by Louise Penny

I’ve only recently admitted that I’ve yet to read any books by Louise Penny. But since I received Still Life for Christmas, I can remedy that fact fairly quickly! The first in a mystery series, Still Life follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team as they investigate a death in which not everything is as it seems. I’ve heard nothing but great things by anyone who reads Louise Penny, so I’m very much looking forward to starting this series!

Wildwood by Colin Melroy, Illustrations by Carson Ellis

Wildwood tells the story of Prue and her friend Curtis as they journey into the Impassable Wilderness to rescue Prue’s brother. This book has magic, mystery, and danger. Seems like quite the adventure! I bought this middle-grade fantasy book several months ago and am looking forward to finally reading it.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I am so excited about this book! I’m not sure I have the right words to convey just how excited I am for this Rear Window-esque thriller. This book promises to have all sorts of tropes I love: noir elements, an unlikeable woman protagonist, a couple whose lives aren’t as perfect as they seem, and secrets. Oh, how I love secrets in a novel!

That’s it for today! I’ll post an update towards the end of March. Have you read any of these? What book do you think you’ll really enjoy?

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TBR: January 2018

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing my TBR for January. TBR stands for ‘To Be Read’. I’ve decided to try something slightly different for this month’s selections. Instead of choosing and sharing ten books or more (I always get so optimistic!), I’m going to share three books with you today. That’s right, three!

While I have a much longer TBR list in my head, on Goodreads, and on many, many lists floating around my home, I want to try a less restricted reading plan. I will definitely read these three books during the month of January. These are books I’m excited to read and looking forward to sharing with you! But as for the other books I’ll read this month? Those are a bit more up in the air. I can let the reading magic sway me any which way, with considerably less pressure on my end. If I like this format, I’ll continue with it for as long as it suits me!

And now, onto the books!

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

This short story collection received quite a bit of buzz last year. The stories blur genres and detail the lives of women, their bodies, and violence enacted upon them. These stories seem to be shocking and haunting. Roxane Gay loved it.

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

This book comes highly recommended from the Reading Women Podcast. It was even nominated for their yearly non-fiction prize! This is a memoir in which the author shares her experiences and recovery after having a stroke at the age of thirty-three. This promises to be a beautiful and touching story. Plus, Roxane Gay loved it (clearly I value her as a trusted source) which means it’s going to be great.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (out January 2!)

This book is receiving such incredible praise. And with comparisons to the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, I know this book is going to be a huge hit for me. Anna, a recluse, lives to observe her neighbors from the safety of her own home. But when she hears and sees something she shouldn’t, the race is on to uncover the truth.

That’s it for this month’s TBR! What books are you excited to read this month?

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