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.
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.
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! 😊
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!
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.
The curse has been broken. The struggles are over. Finally, the sun shines and all is right with the world in that I’ve been reading. A lot. I posted my wrap up for the month of January where I said that I had read 20 books. Well. Correction. It’s currently the 31 of January so I have read 24 books. Finally! It helps that the weather is fixing to be shit (again, sigh) so that means more time indoors to read.
So I figured why not do another round of a tbr? There’s been books that I have been dying to read for ages but just haven’t gotten to! February is the shortest month but I don’t care. I’m in a reading mood. Finally! So here are the books that I’m eyeing to add that I’m much more interested.
I hope to grab some of these in kindle format as I have been reading on my kindle a fair bit lately. Also on my phone through the kindle app. I really want to get caught up on all of these that I’ve been missing out on. I hope to get at least a quarter of these read next month! What are your tbr goals? 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’m hoping that 2022 will bring a lot more favourite books. 2021 had some steller reads and these are my top five favorites of last year.
This was a paranormal romance that had scifi elements and I’m still thinking about this book. Goodreads says I read it Jan. 6 of last year. I am now on book four of the series and hoping this is another series that I can finish this year. If you haven’t read these I highly recommend it! Each book has been five stars for me!
This was one that I’d had read in one sitting. I flew through the pages, eager to see what happened, and I found a new favorite author. I now must read everything by this author and I’m behind on her backlog already! Five stars!
I read this entire series last year. I’m caught up and I’m hoping that book five is not the last book. Each book was five stars. I will own the series in physical format when I can. I adored this lgbt werewolf/detective series. Need I say more?
Ahh, this book. I adored the first half but the second was torture in that I am really not one for mathematics and numbers. But the first half was absolutely brilliant and I’m still thinking about it. I may reread it and continue the series because I’m curious as to where this goes. If math and accounting is your thing then I highly recommend this book.
I read this in one sitting and wanted to immediately scream at the ending. I never had a reaction to a book like this before in my life. This easily is my top read of last year by far. I adored this flawless masterpiece. I must buy a physical copy asap.
The Rest of The Five Stars!
I read a lot of amazing things last year. I discovered Allison Brennan. I read and actually finished a trilogy by Kate Boorman. I devoured every book by Shea Ernshaw I could get my hands on. Alice Hoffman enchanted me with her Blackbird House. And Good Morning Midnight was brilliant and I’m eager to see the film starring George Clooney that I somehow missed when it came out. I hope next year is equally amazing for everyone in finding new favorites. Happy reading.
It seems lately that a lot of my close relatives and friends can’t find the time to read. They don’t want to either, but at the same time they do. It’s a weird reading slump and I have felt a huge reading slump this past year making me take an almost year long blogging hiatus.
How did I fix it?
Simple answer-I didn’t. I still feel that slump wanting to push it’s way back into my life. I adore reading but the past year it was hard. I went from reading to instead focusing on art and gaming. And it’s been a struggle coming back to reading.
I managed to get my act together a few months back and now I’m reading anything from one to two books a day. How?
I have no social life…lol, no I’m serious. I have few friends as I’m primarily an introvert. I like being alone with my books and my pets. I like tea more than coffee and I like not being on social media countless hours of the day because god is that stressful.
My main reasons and explanations as to how I read so much probably might help you…if you’re willing to meet this halfway:
°No more games. At least not countless hours of games. Schedule your gaming time responsibly. It will help, I promise.
°No more YouTube. Again, get off social media. Unless it’s research or homework or tied in with growing your blog? Bye-bye Twitter and YouTube and Discord.
°Make a Reading Schedule trust me! This will definitely help you read more! Make sure you put in at least two hours minimum for your reading time and you can easily knock out those tbrs.
°Focus on the good books. Dnf as you need to. Believe me, it took me a bit to actually get in the habit of dnf’ing books I truly wasn’t liking or enjoying. If you have to read it for school, that’s one thing. But don’t continue a book that you really aren’t enjoying and dnf it. It’s okay. Really.
°Pick small books. If you want to read more books consider picking small books that have been on your tbr for agessssss. Small books can easily increase the amount of books you’ve read for the month. And also? Novellas count! So do graphic novels and comics! Just read something!
°Have fun. Don’t stress about your tbr. Seriously. This is all about reading for fun. Enjoy what you’re doing and take reviews seriously in making sure they are spell checked and all but you gotta have fun doing this too. Don’t be so stressed out about blogging and statistics in being famous. Remember about reading just for pure pleasure? Do that again.
°Make your family leave you alone for a couple hours. Ask politely for your family/friends to get back to you later. You need downtime and you need to handle up on your own comfy cozy setting for a while. Rest. Relax. You deserve it.
°Make sure all chores are done. Getthings in the house handled and phone calls done before diving into a book. It’ll help in the long run-trust me.
°Pick a room and shoo everyone away. Distraction doesn’t help in terms of reading. I know, believe me.
°Make sure you have a drink/snack. Even if it’s a small book, or something else entirely snacks and a drink are a necessity so that you don’t have to get up for that later. I generally have a glass of tea with me and some chocolate!
I do hope all of that helps in your getting more books read. I know it seems like a lot of sacrifice but the payout is worth it, in reading more and therefore learning more too. If you have suggestions for more tips in reading more, please let me know in the comments! Or if you have questions, I’m open for chatting on Twitter @Lovesteandbook.
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.