Currently Reading Updates: Been a Bit Since I Posted!

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I know, I know. I dropped off the face of the earth, but I’m currently on my way to NYC!!! 🥰 An early birthday present to me! But as I’m traveling I’m also reading. Here’s what I’ve read recently and what I’m currently reading:

What I’ve Read:

I’ve been reading a lot of smut and romance because it’s easy and quick. However I also finally read a Kate Quinn piece and gave it 5 ⭐. It was so good!!! I read Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi and gave it 5 ⭐ too. There’s a few that I haven’t shared. It’s just a lot of things to add.

Currently Reading:

First let’s get the romances out of the way…

Rescuing Rayne by Susan Stoker

Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn

Tempt Me With Diamonds by Jane Feather

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Now for the fantasy books:

I’m rereading Way of Kings to prep for book two. I’m enjoying it again and I am only 200 pages in.

Other books I’m reading:

And I hope to finish these by the end of the trip. I doubt that I’m going to finish Way of Kings, but the others are mostly romances so I should fly right through them. After these are done, I’m going to start earnestly making a dent in my tbr of books that I’ve put off reading. But until then…

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

August 2022 TBR: Goals, Plans, and Hope To Beat the Reading Slump!

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I’m posting this early, I know, but I am crossing my fingers that next month is going to be a huge reading month for me! I have so many books that I have put off reading that I’m going to read these. I just have a few plans in place.


My Plans:

Basically read, lol. I’m going to try to read two books a day of I can, and hope life doesn’t get in the way again.

Limited computer + phone. Now, I do use ebooks on my phone so that’s an exception. And I’m posting from my phone to my blog so another exception. Otherwise, nope.

Read my tbr, STICK to my tbr. Often I’m a mood reader but I’m going to see if I can actually stick with a tbr and see if that helps!


My TBR:

All of these have been on my tbr at least once or twice, however Iron Widow + The Traitor Baru Cormorant are rereads in preparation for the the sequels as I plan on catch up on finishing series that I’ve started.


Now if I read all those and somehow stick with my planned tbr, here’s another set that I hope to get through!

These are high on my wishlist but I don’t think I’ll be able to get a few of them as some are brand new. I’m really hoping to make good headway into my reading for this coming month. Let me know what all your tbrs look like and if there’s any recs you want to share based on my tbr. I hope everyone has an enjoyable reading month ahead!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

July 2022 Wrap Up: I Failed Reading 50 Books In a Month (Again)

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This month started weak and by the end I barely managed 20 books for the month. I am blaming getting horribly sick the first couple weeks and being super busy. I’m struggling with my Goodreads goal of 350 books. I’m just now at 150! I need to get my butt in gear. Anyways. Here are the books that I’ve read for July. Some were good, most were meh.

I don’t have all the pictures because that’s a lot but here’s a fair bit of them! Blade of Secrets and Alone Out Here were both very good! The rest were mostly 3 stars.

I’m really hoping next month I will hit my reading stride, although next month I may be going to New York. Not sure if that’s still in the works since three of my family that were going to go is now ill, and one has Covid. So fun times.

I hope everyone had a good reading month! If you have any of these that you’ve read, please do share your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: I Read a Couple Things At Last!

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I’ve been slowly returning to my reading schedule and I’m still getting over being sick. I’ve read a few things here and there, only three, but that’s much better than before! Here’s what I have been reading:

I re-read Hawksong to get myself out of my slight slump and gave it 5 ⭐ of course.

Ripped was a means to read more of my kindle romances, and I gave it 4 ⭐.

Season of Kings I’m about halfway through but should finish up tonight and have a review up soon!

Reading Next:

I’m fixing to start all these, hoping that I can finish them within a few days. As for my ebooks, these are what I’m reading:

I’m in a romance kick, so I should be flying through these easily! Suggestions for indie romances would be great if y’all don’t mind dropping some in the comments. I’m new to the genre, really. I’m really trying to get through all these before my next slump. I hope to post another update tomorrow or the day after.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top 5 Historical World War II Fiction Novels On My TBR

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I’ve been meaning to read more historical fiction as it’s one of my favorite genres. I adore it, but lately I’ve been reading fantasy and sci-fi, a few romances here and there. I’ve compiled a list of books high on my tbr for your perusal. Here’s some of what I’m interested in.

Goodreads Summary

An unforgettable story of love, hope and betrayal, and a testament to the courage of humanity in history’s darkest days.

As Nazis occupy his beloved city, Professor Josef Held feels helpless. So when he discovers his former pupil Michael Blum is trying to escape the Gestapo, he offers Michael a place to hide in his attic.

In the quiet gloom of the secret room, Michael talks of his beautiful, fearless girlfriend, Elke. Michael insists that not even the Nazis will come between them. But Elke is a non-Jewish Dutch girl, and their relationship is strictly forbidden.

Josef sees the passionate determination in his young friend’s eyes. Furious with the rules of the cruel German soldiers and remembering his own heartbreak, Josef feels desperate to give Michael and Elke’s love a chance. But then tragedy strikes, and Josef is faced with an impossible choice.

In the dark days of war, with danger and betrayal at every turn, no-one can be trusted. If Michael is to survive and get back to the woman he loves, it will be down to Josef – to find the hero inside himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive.

Even if it means putting his own life in mortal danger.

A heartbreakingly beautiful story about courage against the odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, All The Light We Cannot See, and The Nightingale.

Goodreads Summary

The next gripping and emotional historical fiction read from international bestseller, Mandy Robotham.

Norway, 1942. War rages, and operation Shetland bus is in full swing. Under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and other locals smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea to the relative safety of Scotland.

But when one mission goes awry, and Rumi’s husband is lost to the dangerous waters, she retreats from the clandestine group, vowing never to take to the seas again.

Meanwhile, her childhood friend Anya has been placed in Lebensborn, one of Himmler’s secret Aryan maternity camps. And when Rumi learns the fate of Anya’s child, she knows she has no choice but to face her fears and help Anya flee from Nazi grip…

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

‘Heart-wrenching. Emotional. A powerful story of wartime love and devotion’ Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan

A powerful and incredibly moving historical novel inspired by an untold story of the Second World War.

Vancouver 1941

As the war rages around the world, Hitler’s fury is yet to be felt on the peaceful shores of Mayne Island. Sweethearts Hayden and Chidori are in love.

But everything changes after Pearl Harbor.

Now seen as the enemy, Chidori and her family are forced into an internment camp. Powerless to help them, Hayden joins the Royal Canadian Air Force to bring about an end to this devastating war – the thought of Chidori is all that keeps him alive.

Can they both survive long enough to be reunited?  Or will the war be the only thing to separate their love?

Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.

August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.

Goodreads Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.

In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son–but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper–a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.

Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC–until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.

Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

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And there we have my top five! I really hope to get to these soon, and I have Kate Quinn on the docket and I may start that soon. I’ve been dying for some good historical fiction to lose myself in. If you have suggestions to add to the list, please do feel free to leave a comment! I love hearing from my followers, new and old. Share with me your favorite historical and I may add them to the next list!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: Well My Reading Challenge Went Terribly

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Wow my blogging and reading took a nosedive. After my last post I fell ill and was coughing, wheezing and had a low grade temp. I am still Covid free, thankfully, but I am also still coughing like no tomorrow. I’m attempting to read as I’m I’ll but it’s hard to focus when you’re coughing that hard! Let’s see. I think that I read a whopping 4 books. Yeesh. No, wait, 5 books. Kaikeyi was a reread. Here’s what I’ve read:

What I’ve Read:

My two favorite books were easily Kaikeyi and Alone Out Here which for those that don’t know is pitched as a Lord of the Flies but in space YA book. While the ending was a bit a cop out, I otherwise gave the book 5 stars as I did for Kaikeyi. Rise of the Mages was a dnf as I did NOT like the main guy character at all. He was in his twenties yet was constantly acting like a whiny bratty eight year old. Plus, the plot and world building didn’t seem new to me. Rafe was fine for writing and the characters were okay but I felt bored by most the book. Bright Ruined Things was also a dnf and just not for me at all.

Currently Reading:

I’m eager for these and I have here my stats:

Wake the Bones: 25%

Maker of Swans: 10%

What Souls Are Made Of: 30%

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting: 10%

The Darkening: 10%.

Next Reads:

Next up are a few ebooks. I might have a few physical books too, but I’m not sure what I’ll pick next. I’m just hoping to cram as much reading in as possible. Now that I’m mostly better from that bought of crap that came out of nowhere I’m trying to catch up. I’m in the middle of several books at once and I hope to get back to frequent updates. Feel free to suggest some books in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts on which books should be high on my priorities!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: I Posted Earlier But I Want To Try More Frequent Posts!

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Okay as the title says I posted earlier but I am in a blogging mood! I promise not to become spammy or anything like that. Two, maybe three posts a day. Hopefully!

I have a reading update! Did I finish anything? No. But I started several things and set them aside for later. Have y’all done that often? Or is it just me? I’m trying to figure out what sort of book I want right now and I honestly have no clue. 🤷 I just want to read which is a nice feeling to finally have again!

Currently in my kindle I have these I just grabbed and I’m eyeing Daughter of a Dead Empire next. Possibly I might start Bright Ruined Things too.

I have a bunch of old freebies that have sat in my kindle for ages that I very much am in the mood for! I adore romance novels so I’ve really got no excuse for not picking these up! Thoughts? Suggestions?

And then there’s the indie fantasies that I’m trying to muck my way through! So much goodness! I’m hoping to start another book as soon as I post this! 😊

Just checking in to see how much I’ve read:

Kaikeyi 45%

Sabrina and Corina anthology set aside for now

Unlimited Futures set aside for now

Rise of the Mages 25%.

Making progress!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Updates On Reading: A Few Things Here and There

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I haven’t done one of these in a while, so thought I’d share with how my “reading fifty in a month” is going. So far, pretty good!

Such a beautiful cover! 🔥

I’m in the middle of Kaikeyi and this is just beautiful. As it’s over 500+ pages it is taking me a while to finish and I’m rereading it immediately so that I can give a good detailed review. I should be finished by the end of the week. And it’s fitting that RF Kuang, one of my most favorite authors, blurbs it on the front!

Currently Reading:

Two are paperbacks and the other three are kindle books. I have started Bright Ruined Things which is a Kindle book and Bone Shard which is a physical library book.

Up next:

I’m trying to knock out as many as I can before I lose steam. I’m hoping to finish Priory first as I’ve had it on my tbr for ages. And I *think* it’s the biggest in that batch. Should be good enough to knock all these out within a few days!

How’s your reading going? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

July TBR 2022: A Hefty Batch of New and Old Titles

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I’m feeling ambitious as usual but I figured out how to lock my computer so I can get off that and read more, mwahaha. As I don’t watch tv, I’m setting a challenge to read 50 books (again) and I’m determined to actually do it this time! Last time I managed exactly half. This time I’m aiming for a successful month to read all I can. Big or small, I’m eager to get through this hefty tbr! Let’s get to it shall we?

I know, I know. Many of you are probably screaming at me that I haven’t read any of these. I’ve put them off and put them off. Well no more! This isn’t the whole pile, fyi. I’ve a crapton of Kindle books I hope to get to also. And a few of these have been on my tbr again and again. I hope this is the last time, I really do.

My plan:

  • Three books a day unless it’s over 500+ pages
  • Write those reviews as soon as I finish reading
  • If I can’t stand the book, dnf at 100 pages
  • Read at least three hours a day (I’m a fast reader)
  • No computer, no tv until I finish a book, with exception of the news at nine pm as I catch the weather there.
  • If I successfully do this I earn an expensive $50 book of my choosing as a reward!

And that’s my goal for the month of July. It’s already July fifth and I’m currently reading Kaikeyi and loving it. It’s well over 500+ pages so it is a bit dense and taking me a bit to get through. Plus I had to pause for a family get together though we weren’t celebrating much in all honesty we were just talking about the future and enjoying good food. So. Fingers crossed that this works.

Are y’all reading anything this month that’s on my list? Let me know! I’d love to chat about it with you!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

June Wrap Up: I Read 20 Books

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This is the lowest amount I’ve read all year I think, but to be fair I got rather busy. Only 20 books but that’s still not bad and I hope next month will double the number as I am at 130/350 for my Goodreads goal, yikes. Here’s what I’ve read for June!

I started out strong with my reading then kinda hit a slump and I barely read anything this month. 20 is a low number for me and these are some of the covers that I cobbled together for y’all.

The standout books for last month are Kaikeyi, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Love and Saffron and Alone Out Here. I also enjoyed the first half of the German Bride, and Outrun the Moon. The rest were all mostly “meh”.

I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging but it’s proving difficult in having the motivation as well as enough signal to actually post as I don’t have internet where I am due to expenses.

I also read a hefty classic this past month:

This book was a thousand pages long and took me almost two weeks to read. It was thick, a struggle to understand with the olde English and easily one of the hardest books I’ve ever read. I gave it 4 stars, as it dragged a bit in the middle but I loved the poetry.

But otherwise that’s basically all I read. I’m hoping my reading will pick up again in the next month.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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