Weekly Check-in #1 for 2023: I Read 15 books so far

I’m starting my Goodreads Goal small, at 50 books, and so far I’m well ahead of schedule! I’m at ten books and counting. Mostly fantasy, with a couple light hearted historical romances flung in to avoid the dreaded slump.

So many five star reads, but a couple that were just three stars. Wheel of Time & Luck in the Shadows we’re both rereads that are five stars. I hope to finally move on with the series of both books. Wheel I’d ever gotten up to book seven and I remember nothing lol. Luck in the Shadows I only ever read the first book. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is also a five star reread, but I need to continue the series for that as well. The rest I read was a few short Tor stories that aren’t able to be shown here, all of which were mostly three stars.

Currently Reading:

I have to pick both of these up from my library but I’m super excited to finally get my hands on these beauties!

Next Up:

These are three physical reads on my owned tbr that I’m fixing to work on. I’m hoping to complete more series this year, and I also just need to get more books read for my Read 100 Owned Books Challenge. Thirteen isn’t a bad start but I seriously need to increase my reading. I’m trying but lots of things keep interrupting.

Kindle Ebooks TBR:

This is my only book on my kindle tbr, as I’m very much a mood reader right now. I’m unsure what else I’ll be reading and I do hope to be more frequent in blogging here soon. January has been quite busy, busier than usual. I hope everyone’s reading week has gone well!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

January TBR 2023: Can I Read 50 Books in a Month?!

Happy New Year!!! 🥳🎉🥳

If you saw that I have a huge challenge to Read My Shelf down a hundred books, then you’ll know I’m going to put in serious effort in making that goal happen. I used to read hefty amounts as a kid. I could easily manage 50 small chapbooks a month. But nowadays, it’s harder to focus and concentrate. I’m hoping that this is the year of reading and making my goal to read 500 books for 2023 happen! I’ve tried making that goal before, but always wound up only reading 200/250 books. This year I barely scrapped 300. I’m a fast reader. I love reading. But depression, anxiety and stress has made reading a challenge. I’m trying to get back into it and crossing my fingers this year wins!

My Big Priority Reads:

There are a few books that I haven’t gotten to the past few years that I’ve been putting off. Here are my top fifteen!

The Dragon Republic I put off long enough, along with Theft of Swords and Song of Achilles. All of these are books I’ve been dying to get to, but just pushed off for some reason or other.

Series Continuation:

Likewise, here are ten series that I’m hoping to get through!

Several of these I’ve started but dnf’d for now. Storm Front I’m at book six. (I think.) A few I have but never cracked open like Lamora and Abercrombie. I very much want to get through these!

Other Priorities:

Huge stacks of unread books, but these aren’t as much of a priority as the others apart from the “clear your shelf” challenge I have going on. I’m serious about reading more than just 20/25 (rarely 30) books a month. I know for a lot of you that’s a lot but for me, it’s really not. I miss reading and I hope, along with the rest of you that also suffer slumps, can get back into reading for 2023.

Here’s to a happy new year!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

2023 Goals + Reading Plans: Ambitious As Usual

Hello Everyone,

I have already posted about my “Read 100 Books Challenge”, now I am focusing on which books. I’m in the mood for a few rereads but also I have specific reading plans in place. Let me show you what I am reading for January 1.

I read this book back in October 2021 and I’m still thinking about it! If that’s not a sign for me to reread it and start this coming year on a high note, I don’t know what is. Sure that ending left a sour taste in my mouth but I’m going to read it again anyway and continue on with the series. This time, I’m checking the physical books out at the library. I cannot stop thinking about this book. The world building. The math. The whole atmosphere! I miss it and I am determined to get back into the series!

Another book I can’t stop thinking about is The Ruin of Kings. Everyone seems to be reading this series and though I’ve read book one I haven’t continued. I’m glad my library has the whole series so I can binge accordingly!

I’ve got so many series, authors, and books to discuss but those are my top two projects I’m focusing on in January. Also I hope to read this because of the date:

I’ve been intrigued by this for ages but heard mixed reviews so no idea how to feel about it.

I also have at least fifty odd historical romance books that I want to get through. I’ve a handful of other fantasy novels, some ya, and a few historical fiction books on my tbr. I hope to get as many crammed in as possible to start with but with past slumps I’m not holding my breath. What are your reading plans? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

December Reading Plans: Preparing for Read 100 Books Challenge

Hello Everyone,

My reading plans for December are light and easy. I’m just going to mostly mood read and catch up on a few things here and there. I’m also going to plan to read 100 books for the start of next month, January, for the Read Your Books Challenge.

I’ve modified the challenge to better work for me, but here are the rules and stipulations for me:

  • Read 100 Books for January
  • NO new arcs
  • Preorders are allowed up until Dec 31
  • Only allowed to check out library books to be part of the series that I’m reading
  • No ebooks library or freebies, I must read what’s already in my kindle!
  • I may not add new want to read books to my Goodreads shelf unless part of a series

Those are my plans for December so that I can hopefully manage to knock my tbr from 5500 down a bit. I’d like to see it down to a 1000 books but I’m not holding my breath lol.

TBR booklist soon to come.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

TBR Tuesday: Reading All the Things!

Hello Everyone,

I’m now going to post my tbrs on Tuesday and my weekly check-ins on Friday. I hope to stick to the schedule but with my scattered mind we’ll see. Here’s what I’m working on!

Current Reads

ITS FINALLY HERE!!! My library copy of Babel has come in! I hope to start reading it tonight!

I’m in a fantasy heavy mood, and I’m also reading some classics off the banned book lists, and some old fantasy and sci-fi books that I missed out on. My reading is all over the place as I attempt to cram in all I can before the end of the year.

I have a few things to tackle such as Banned Books, Newberry Awards, Women Authors, Goodreads Nominees, and Read Your Own Bookshelf. I hope to get through these and I’m at 15 books for the month already! I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep up the momentum into the new year and start off strong. Are you reading any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Current Reads: I’ve Already Read 12 Books So Far!

Hello Everyone,

Another current reads where I talk about what I’ve read so far this month. And I’m impressed with myself, I managed twelve (and a half!) books already! ☺️👏 Now granted I’m not anywhere near my Netgalley goal. I’ve read four Netgalley books (I’m working on the forth as we speak!) and I haven’t increased my percentage at all. But it’s still early. Let’s talk about what I’ve read!

Books Read:

I hate to say it. But I dnf’d this book and series. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the plot and I just gave it up. This was my second attempt and I’m calling it quits. Sorry for all the fans out there but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. 2 ⭐.

Immediately after that I read this and y’all. The hype is worth it! This was beautiful and five gorgeous ⭐! I highly recommend it especially for the Halloween season!

Then a few Netgalley books were read, a really cute graphic novel that I gave five stars to, and also a short story by Madeline Miller that I sadly gave two point five stars. I’m not going to be reading Circe or Song of Achilles any time soon. Sorry!

Current Reads:

I started a few things that aren’t on my kindle because I’m trying to power through and get them finished before the end of the year. Here’s what I’m working on:

Tigana is one that I’m eager for. Next year I plan on catching up with all of Guy Gavrial Kay and I have heard so many good things about his books.

Mask of Mirrors I have book two as a Netgalley Arc so I want to crush both of them this month. Considering their epic page count? I hope to be successful.

The Cloud Roads is by a top ten favorite author of mine. As I’ve caught up with Murderbot aside from the last book, I’m going to her fantasy series next!

The City We Became is a NK Jemesin masterpiece…or so trusted friends have said. I’m leery but excited at the same time.

Next Up:

I have a stack waiting for after I finish the ones above. These are shorter so hopefully I can finish them faster!

And that’s what I’ve been working on! What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley November 2022 TBR: Random, Popular, and Overdue Books

Hello Everyone,

I’m participating in Netgalley November, and I have a vague tbr in mind. I’m not doing the photos and challenges and all that, I’m just reading and plowing through as many arcs as I can, whilst uploading my reviews too. I’m two books in already so that’s a good start!

My dream is to get my feedback ratio from 14% to 45%. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I can see those numbers steadily rise (apart from those I’ve been approved for lol). I’d really love getting back to 80% but unless I work hard on it, it’s not going to happen. So. This month I’m working on making it my goal to read, read, read. No social media. No games. I’m holding myself accountable and I will get this goal met. Or die trying. Too dramatic? Maybe but I’m tired of those numbers staring at me in the face.

Just Finished Reading:

I finished this yesterday. In that I dnf’d because I was not by 40% of the book. RTC soon. (Also sorry about the cover size that’s the only one I could find!)

I’m about ten percent of the way through this. It’s starting off strong and most books published by Angry Robot I adore so why I haven’t read this yet I don’t know. Plus this cover feels just right with snow just around the corner! Inspired by Slavic Folklore? Yes please, sign me up!


These are the ten I hope to get to read this coming week. I’m hoping for a book a day, maybe two if I’m lucky. I’ve tried picking ones I’m truly interested in and hopefully I will manage to make a dent in my large tbr.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

November 2022 TBR: Assorted Books I Meant to Read For the Year

Hello Everyone,

I’m a little late posting this, but here I am still close enough to the start of the month to count! I have a hefty batch of books that I’d like to get to, but we’ll see how it goes! Anyway. Here’s my ambitious as usual list!

80 is ambitious. Hugely ambitious but I’m nothing if not optimistic and bored, lol. Are any of these books that I should prioritize? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

October 2022 Wrap Up: I Read 30 Books for October!

Hello Everyone,

I’m posting this a couple of days early mostly to get back on track with my schedule for posting. I’ve a few exciting things to post and share with you all. I’m looking forward to it, but first let me say. This month was a slam dunk in terms of reading! I read so much! Let’s show what the best books of October are!

October’s Best Books:

October started off rocky with a few dnf’s and low rated novels, but then I saw a trailer for The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and had to read the book immediately. It did not disappoint! It was the first five star read of the month and it was followed by a few small picture books (I got them on my kindle, as I didn’t realize until reading them they were picture books oops!), a graphic novel called Garlic and the Vampire that was utterly adorable, followed by The Tide Singer which was children’s fiction but excellent for the spooky season. Spectacle came shortly after that and it was very gripping and the cliffhanger is making me desperately want book two. Finally we end the month on a high note. I finally read Six Crimson Cranes and oh my god! The writing! The characters! The representation! It was so good I immediately put a special edition of the book on my wishlist and I plan to buy it asap! It was worth six stars, it was easily the best thing I read all month!!! I can’t wait for the second book and luckily I have an arc for it!

I’m looking forward to November and hoping to breach 30 books. I very much want that 50 books in a month goal matched! I’m crossing my fingers but as the holidays are fast approaching I’m unsure of exactly how much I have time for reading. I hope everyone has a good wrap up for October and let me know your thoughts about the coming month and how you think your reading will go.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Upcoming Release: Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao

Hello Everyone,

I just saw it on Twitter and wanted to share a huge anticipated release. I read a book ages ago and adored it. She’s one of my favorite authors and just did a cover drop. Ta-da!

Such a stunning cover! 😍

After the ending of the Iron Widow I can guess that it’ll pick up where it left off. I’m hoping that it’ll dive right into the action and that this won’t be another cliffhanger! But even if it is, as soon as I get a copy, I’m dropping everything and reading it immediately! Who’s with me?

Have you read Iron Widow yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear your theories about what happens in the next book.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book