It is currently 8:28 am and I’m up, I’m dressed, and making myself a cup of tea. I’ve handled a few needed things (feed cats, get bkfast), and I have a few books that I’m going to start reading. I’m not documenting this beyond checking in via posting. Anyway, here’s what I hope to read today:
I posted about this yesterday and I’m very excited to dive into this intriguing and beautiful book!
This is an old historical romance that I’ve had forever and a day. Mass market paperbacks usually go quick for me so this should be a breeze.
And a brand new release. I have this out from the library so I definitely need to read it!
And that’s what I hope to read today. Later tonight I’ll check in at ten and showcase what all I read. I’m hoping to get more than three books done but we’ll see.
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.
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!
I already have two tbrs that are going well. I’ve finished two books so far today on the first of February, and hope to read many more! I thought for fun I would add a third tbr, but this one will be black authors to celebrate black history month!
I don’t know how many of these I’ll get to this month but I really do hope to read a good chunk of each tbr I’ve posted! What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve had a lot of tbrs over the years and many books that I had every intention of reading but failing to do so. I’m hoping that next month-where I already have 40+ books on my tbr-I can get some of these out of the way. Let me know your thoughts on if you’ve read any of these!
Notes: there’s at least two different covers for this book and both are equally gorgeous!
This is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.
In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar’s army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing to America, Miri and Vanya have been raised by their babushka, a famous matchmaker who has taught them to protect themselves at all costs: to fight, to kill if necessary, and always to have an escape plan. Can they bear to leave the homeland that has given them so much?
Before they have time to make their choice, war is declared and Vanya goes missing, along with Miri’s fiancé. Miri braves the firing squad to go looking for them both. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri’s own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance.
Thoughts: I’ve been drawn to this book for years. I love historical fiction and a good romance. I’m hoping to squeeze this in next month!
Notes: I have read book one but it’s been a few years! I need a reread!
The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written
Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.
Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.
My Thoughts: Who doesn’t love a good Jane Austen retelling? I loved this first book and I really want to do more “Series Review” on my book blog. This is one series I hope to get to this year.
Notes: I adore historical fiction. Especially the ones that really capture the past and sweep me away to another place and time.
When Zenobia takes control of her own fate, will the gods punish her audacity?
Zenobia, the proud daughter of a Syrian sheikh, refuses to marry against her will. She won’t submit to a lifetime of subservience. When her father dies, she sets out on her own, pursuing the power she believes to be her birthright, dreaming of the Roman Empire’s downfall and her ascendance to the throne.
Defying her family, Zenobia arranges her own marriage to the most influential man in the city of Palmyra. But their union is anything but peaceful—his other wife begrudges the marriage and the birth of Zenobia’s son, and Zenobia finds herself ever more drawn to her guardsman, Zabdas. As war breaks out, she’s faced with terrible choices.
From the decadent halls of Rome to the golden sands of Egypt, Zenobia fights for power, for love, and for her son. But will her hubris draw the wrath of the gods? Will she learn a “woman’s place,” or can she finally stake her claim as Empress of the East?
My Thoughts: This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read this!
Notes: I must be the last person that hasn’t read this yet…right?
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
The Bear and the Nightingale is a magical debut novel from a gifted and gorgeous voice. It spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent.
My Thoughts: This sounds so beautiful and cool. I’ve heard mostly positive things about this!
And finally… the last of these five books that I hope to read next month…
Notes: I have had this on my tbr since 2016. That is just sad.
A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year
In her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years by the shared experience of profound loss, the enduring strength of an ancient culture, and the redeeming power of family love.
Luz James, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her strictly-by-the-rules sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base in Okianawa. Luz’s older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has just been killed in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her sister’s death and a lifetime of constant moving from base to base, Luz turns for the comfort her service-hardened mother cannot offer to the “Smokinawans,” the “waste cases,” who gather to get high every night in a deserted cove. When even pills, one-hitters, Cuervo Gold, and a growing crush on Jake Furusato aren’t enough to soften the unbearable edge, the desolate girl contemplates taking her own life.
In 1945, Tamiko Kokuba, along with two hundred of her classmates, is plucked out of her elite girls’ high school and trained to work in the Imperial Army’s horrific cave hospitals. With defeat certain, Tamiko finds herself squeezed between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans. She believes she has lost her entire family, as well as the island paradise she so loved, and, like Luz, she aches with a desire to be reunited with her beloved sister.
On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and your entire clan waits for you in the afterworld, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that, if she surrenders to the most unbrat impulse and allows herself to connect completely with a place and its people, the ancestral spirits will save not only Tamiko but her as well.
Propelled by a riveting narrative and set at the very epicenter of the headline-grabbing clash now emerging between the great powers, Above the East China Sea is at once a remarkable chronicle of how war shapes the lives of conquerors as well as the conquered and a deeply moving account of family, friendship, and love that transcends time.
My Thoughts: I have mixed feelings in reading this book. On the one hand I feel I might love it. On the other I honestly put this off because of the hype that surrounds this book. I still want to read it I’m just tentative in doing so but hopefully next month I might finally get to it.
Those are some of my oldest books on my tbr. I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to my next post which should be a WWW Wednesday post here in a couple days. I may have something else in between. We shall see.
I have a lot of projects this month and decided this year I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. Instead reading will be my primary focus, especially arcs as I have found that I have approximately 389 arcs on Netgalley…not counting the titles that got backlisted and are no longer there, oops. I have taken a year away for personal reasons but now I really need to play catch up. 2022 is already looking to being busy busy busy. But I’m hoping to get the arcs to a more manageable number. Sooner rather than later. Anyway here’s my ambitious November Tbr!
Netgalley Arcs To Read:
There’s way more arcs, of course, but these are my hopefuls! Then we have the nonfiction books on my tbr.
I hope to do more than four, but honestly I generally don’t read a lot of nonfiction books. I have a few others I *might* can squeeze in…
Novellas for November:
These are the most immediate on my tbr, a few I have to wait for my library to get them. Network Effect is also an arc for Netgalley so bonus for that!
So many many books that I simply didn’t get to this year, and probably won’t be able to still. There’s authors who have large lists of books that I’ve only read a few. Classics that I hoped to read but didn’t manage it. Bestsellers. Prize winners. Favorite authors I still haven’t read of all their back titles. It was a good reading year but there’s still so much to read! Here’s hoping that the last two months of this year I can manage better than I had the past two.
A few of these you’ll have seen on here before. But I’m doubling up because some of these books are quite huge . These are series that I haven’t finished, or historical books I put off reading. The longest one I think (I could be wrong) is The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I’m not sure how big Diana’s last book in Outlander is yet but I look forward to finding out. I doubt I’ll get to all of these this year but I’m still quite hopeful. Hope your reading is going equally well. Let me know what I should prioritize in the comments!
I’m sure we’re all guilty of having books on our shelves languishing on our shelves, sitting and waiting with accusing eyes. I’ve easily got several dozen that I am guilty of not reading yet. Here’s a bit of a list of all that I’m hoping to get to soon! So settle in, bring up Goodreads, and be prepared to add books to your TBR!
Many of these I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t read them! I’m always looking at other books or arcs that are priorities and many of these I just don’t have and need my library to access them. Which ones should I focus on? Also? Final count for all of this is 125 books. Ouch. There’s more but these are top of my tbr pile for now. I’m hoping to get to them soon.
I’m going to be doing Saturday and Wednesday updates on my reading, as a means to keep track and to kick myself into reading more. Friday, I reached my goal of reading 200/200 books on my Goodreads challenge! But there’s still series, and other things that I need to read along with Netgalley November coming up where I focus primarily on arcs. At the moment I have read exactly one book but it was four stars.
Books I’m Reading
I hope to at least get three of these five read before Wednesday but that depends on how much busy I’m going to be with real life. Anyway these are my weekend plans. Hope everyone has a good weekend!
Another week has passed by rapidly and so it’s time for another WWW. I won’t have much to update but here we are attempting to keep track and posting more anyway.
What Have I Read?
I have read five books since the last batch, three of them were dnf’s and one was a dnf and a 1 ⭐ read being the Philippa Gregory book. It was just definitely not for me. But at least I had two glorious 5 star reads! Cry Wolf may also, but I’m hoping not, be the last of a delightful series so that would maybe be another series finished. Yay!
What Am I Currently Reading?
I have a bunch of novellas that I’m hoping to get through. Two aren’t novellas, and I started one, The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries as I enjoyed the first book so much I wanted to continue the series. I’ve read Elizabeth Bear before, but the other authors are all new to me apart from Aliette de Bodard who I also love.
What Will I Read Next?
These are ones that I *might* get to in the next week. Several, I have to wait for my library to get a hold of first as I don’t own them. I’m in a reading mood for a lot of different things that I just don’t have, lol. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to this past week. Let me know how your reading is going!
Lots of things happening in September. September first is my birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎂 Happy birthday to me!!! (I’ll be 32 for those curious.)
Series September is also going on, meaning you try to knock out as many series as possible.
Magical Readathon is happening but I doubt I’ll participate in that one.
Becca’s Bookopolathon which I think I misspelled lol, is also happening. I’m not sure I will participate in this yet or not?
Big Books September is something I’m doing for myself in reading as many big books as I can seeing as we’re at the home stretch of the end of the year.
Here’s my potential tbr subject to change:
Now I have read Eragon books 1 + 2 but I don’t think I’ve read book 3 and I know I haven’t read the last one.
I have read the Poppy War but not the remaining two.
I have read ALL of Pawn of Prophecy first original set up until the second series midway through.
And I’ve read book one of Sabriel but not the rest.
See a theme going here? Lol. I’m hoping to grab these from my local library and finish these all off hopefully. The rest I haven’t listed are ones that I’ve not read. These are some extras that I’m contemplating for series + big books:
I probably won’t get to all of these lol. And I’m still struggling in writing reviews, but I really am behind and hopeful that September can be my catch up month. Y’all can join me in #BigBookSeptember. I’d love for you to spread the word! Just tag me on Twitter as @Lovesbookandtea! What’s your tbr looking like? Read any of these? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve got quite the hefty tbr going and so I thought I’d share some that I’m looking forward to reading here soon (I hope!). In no particular order these books are high on my wishlist to read:
Each of these have elements history or mystery that I’m eager to explore. Some are new releases, while others are are backlist titles I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Are any of these ones y’all have heard of? Let me know in the comments!