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! β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘ 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

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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

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

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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

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

Hello Everyone,

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!


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

Brief Hiatus Over: Apologies That I Was Gone a Bit!

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been gone most of this month and for that I apologize. I still somehow managed to get followers though so welcome new people! I hope you all enjoy my content and any suggestions you have that you’d like to see on my blog, please comment down below and I’ll see what I can do.

I left briefly because of all the things: heat wave in Missouri is awful, Roe Vs Wade being overturned, I was ill briefly (just a minor bug I still thankfully don’t have Covid), and stress. So. Much. Stress.

So I took a brief break, gathered a few new reviews that I hope to post soon, a few discussion posts, and some random other things too including my monthly wrap up and next month tbr!

I’m going to try to start posting once a day. I may post more than once sometimes but I am easing back into my regular posting schedule. I hope everyone is doing okay and that they’ve had a successful reading month.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

April 2022 TBR: Allllllll the boooooooooooooks!!!!

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I’m in a reading mood! Finally I’ve been seriously crushing my tbr! So I thought I would have a massive tbr (as always πŸ˜†) and share with you just what all I want to read. I’ve embraced that I’m a heavy mood reader so really anything may be chosen for April. Here’s some of what I have to read:

These are all my library books; a couple are not library books but ones that I own!

My TBR Cart:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

The Heartbreak Bakery by AR Capetta

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

I Must Betray You by Ruta Septys

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

The Red Palace by Jane Hur

A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

As if that’s not enough, though some I can just fly right through, I’ve also got these!:

I adore historical romance, can you tell?

I’m not going to list titles for all the historical romances there, but some authors are my favorites including Kerrigan Bryne, Kinley McGregor, and Sabrina Jeffries. Others I haven’t yet read from but recognize their names. I’m eager to get to at least some of these! (And if you want to recommend me some of your favorites, just let me know in the comments who think I should read next!)

Of course I’m not done yet! Did you really think that was it? Lol, not quite!:

Look at all the fantasy!

So many of these I’ve put off for ages! I’m hoping to finally get to these as I’m in a reading mood at last! I really want to read more hefty fantasies this year, and April seems the perfect month for it!

And finally, I learned how to make a collection on my kindle! I made a collection of my tbr of all the books that I haven’t read. And um. Guys. 380 books. 😬:

Clearly I’m not going to show every book in my kindle. That just takes up too much space, but I’ll list a few of my top priorities:

The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (possible re-read)

First Riders Call by Kristen Britain

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak

I hope to get some serious reading done this month. In between all the things that I’m doing for my family, I’m sure that I’ll be able to squeeze some books in! How’s your April tbr going? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Writing Fanfiction as Therapy, A Discussion

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This is something that I thought long and hard about. I don’t see a lot of people talking about this either. I write fanfiction. I used to publish it on AO3, but nowadays it’s private on my laptop. I’ve churned out 350 pages of fanfic month after month, year after year. I share it with no one because my writing desperately needs an editor that doesn’t require lots of money I don’t have. Writing fanfiction (mostly Avengers fanfics) I have found it actually helped relax me, and find out things about myself that I hadn’t realized before. Now granted, I know this isn’t for everyone. But for me this is a great stress relief and gets me to keep writing and focusing on practicing world building and characterization and things like that. Win win.

I’m not going to share my fanfiction with anyone any time soon, but I will note that it’s super easy to write out five hundred pages and counting of fanfic in two, three months. But when it comes to original worlds it suddenly becomes impossible to do that. Each word is a fight. Each page is a battle. But still I press on. I’m not a published author. I tried self publishing exactly once and it was a dismal failure. So writing continues to remain a personal therapy choice. (I also do art. I sketch!)

Here’s a pro tip: writing fanfiction mostly for yourself? Helps you to become a better writer and makes your blog writing more relaxed and easy. You know how to write. You’ve researched, you edit along the way, you get really into details and you find a voice people either like or don’t like. Writing fanfiction also doesn’t have to be a thousand pages, it can be short stories. It can be anything you want it to be. But so long as you write.

Writing as Therapy as helped me a bit but a real therapist would be much better. I’m not suggesting you replace writing for a real therapist I’m just saying that maybe it can help relieve stress. So long as you can write without your family pestering you lol.

I’d love to know your thoughts about this. And if you’re a fanfic writer, please share your stories in the comments, I’m always up for reading them!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book