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April 2021 – TBR

April is here!!! Closer to warmer weather even though was a little snow falling yesterday afternoon here in Ohio.

This month I am going to be participating in two reading challenges, TBR and Beyond Book Club Egg Hunt challenge and Reading Rivalry Shadow and Bone theme challenge. Letting my mood guide me to what I will read this month, so far these are the books that I am in the mood to read in April and it might change throughout the month.

TBR Books

🌟 The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and it is a re-read for me. I really loved this book.

🌟 Poison Priestess by Lana Popovic : Historical Fiction (book will be here on 6 April)

🌟 Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and middle grade paranormal books.

🌟 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and getting ready for Shadow and Bone Netflix movie this month!

🌟 Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and hoping to get it finished before Netflix of Shadow and Bone comes out this month

🌟 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: YA Fantasy

🌟 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Group reads for TBA and Beyond Book Club and adult fantasy

🌟 The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: Historical Fiction/Mystery Thriller

🌟 The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Going to try to read this month….it was on my TBR in March. YA Historical Fiction/Mystery

🌟 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Swoon Group Read in TBR and Beyond Book Club – New Adult Fantasy/Romance and second book of From Blood and Ash

🌟 Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: YA Mystery/Thriller – I have heard great things about this book and really looking forward to reading it

I think my book list is doable this month. I have been cross stitching again and I have been listening to books while I am doing it so finger crossed that I do get all of these done this month.

What are you planning to read for April? Are you planning to do any reading challenges?

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March 2021 – TBR

It is March!!! Getting closer to warmer weather and less snow. February was really rough with the cold and snow fall for everyone.

This month I am going to be participating in two reading challenges, TBR and Beyond Book Club Clover challenge and Reading Rivalry Hamilton challenge. Hoping the below books will fit the prompts for both challenges.

TBR Books

🍀Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: This is one of the group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club. Non-fiction true crime.

🍀The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse: Mystery/Thriller

🍀The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson: True Crime

🍀A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg: Historical Fiction Mystery

🍀Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann: Historical Fiction

🍀The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: YA Mystery/Thriller

🍀The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: YA Historical Fiction/Thriller

🍀All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (I didn’t get a chance to read last month): Mystery/thriller

🍀From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This is TBR and Beyond Book Group Read – Contemporary Romance (I don’t usually read this genre but heard a lot about the series and want to see if what it is about)

🍀When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole: (I didn’t get to read it in January): Psychological Thriller

🍀City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: TBR and Beyond Book Club Middle Grade Group Read. Middle Grade Fantasy

What are you planning to read for March? Are you planning to do any reading challenges?

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February 2021 TBR and Monthly Reading Challenges

Hello! February is here and it is getting colder out too. Below is my TBR for February…lately I have been letting my mood to select what I want to read. I am a burn out on YA Fantasy right now and I am trying to put more books into my TBR that I know I would like to read and not give up on the book.

I do have some e-ARCs that I will be reading this month for blog tours.

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (TBR and Beyond Book Club Monthly Group Read)

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna (TBR and Beyond Tours Blog tour)

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

For February, I am going to be doing two reading challenges. With TBR and Beyond Book Club and Reading Rivalry.

TBR and Beyond Book Club monthly challenge is about finding your one true bookish love. It is like the Dating Game with 6 doors that hold bookish character. There is still time to sign up for the group and the game.

For the challenge I selected contestant #6.

Prompts for contestant #6:

Read a book with a murder or about a serial killer: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Read book with a supernatural element: Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Read a Historical Fiction: In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

Read book with a strong female character: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Hoping to get these books done before the end of February so I can move onto another prompt.

Reading Rivalry is a monthly theme reading challenge. This month theme is fantasy and I am in the The Kingdom of Grimdark.

For this challenge, I am going to use books from my TBR that I am reading this month.

What are you going to be reading for February? Are you doing any reading challenges?

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December 2020 TBR

Welcome to December! This year has gone fast and not the best year either, looking forward to 2021 and hoping it will be a better one. I am hoping that I will get a lot of reading done this month since we will not be travelling for the holiday.

The books I selected for my TBR this month are going to used for two monthly reading challenge this month. The two challenges are TBR and Beyond Book Club’s Do You Want to Build a Snowman Reading Challenge and Reading Rivalry monthly reading challenge which Harry Potter’s Hogwarts House theme. I only have two more books to read to reach my Goodreads reading goal.

Here are the books that I am planning to read this month, these might change depending on my mood.

What is everyone planning to read this month?

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

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November 2020 TBR & Book Challenge

Hello! November is here and it is getting colder and yucky in Ohio right now. My TBR for this month will have a lot of thrillers, mystery and historical fiction books in them. I am doing only one reading challenge. I am doing TBR and Beyond Book Club’s Crime Detective Agency Reading Challenge. It is a follow those clues to solve a murder that we match books with the clues that are given. It sounds like a lot of fun and I do love murder, mystery books.

Here is the TBR and Beyond Book Club’s reading challenge. We have 11 clues to solve the murder.

Also the November group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club can be used for some of the clues. I am hosting The Night Swim by Megan Goldin in the group and I am going to be reading the other two. This month group reads are:

My November TBR are below but I might have some changes to them. It depends on my mood at the time but I am going to try to stick with them for the challenge. I do have some books this month that I have to read for blog tours.

What are your TBR for November? Are you doing any reading challenges?

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October 2020 TBR and Book Challenges

Hello! October is my favorite month and I am excited to get spooky, creepy books read. I am doing two book challenges this month. The first one I am doing is TBR and Beyond Book Club‘s All Hallow’s Eve Camp game. I am part of the Nightmare Crew for the game which will be really fun.

Also TBR and Beyond Book Club has several group reads in October that have creepy and scary theme.

My October TBR is the following…this is what I plan on reading unless my mood changes and read something else.

Also doing the Reading Rivalry challenges this month, theme for this month is Six of Crows.

What are you planning to read in October? Are you doing any reading challenges?

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January 2020 Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello! A little late in posting my monthly wrap up and TBR so I decided to do both in one blog post. My reading in January started out great, I read 6 books but I got burned out with reading so many fantasy books that I needed to take a break. My intention was to read a different genre to finish out strong in January but the last two weeks of the month I decided to watch Netflix series. Sometime you need to take a break from reading so much so that you won’t get into a reading slump.

Here are the books that I read in January and short reviews for each one.

Lie To Me by Kaitlin Ward – The book was good and it was nice to see the main character figuring out her sexuality. Representation of mental illness and depression was addressed in the book. The only thing I wish there was more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better and less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – I enjoy the book, it had magic, adventure and some spooky moments in it but the only thing I did not enjoy is the pace and the predictable behind the twist in the book which I figure out in the middle of the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – I love any stories about Alice in Wonderland so I was really excited that a friend suggested for me to pick Queen of Hearts up. I found the series on Book Outlet which I couldn’t resist in getting. I found the retelling to be good and I thought it focus on the political aspect of Wonderland more than other retelling I have read. The book does focus on the darkness and brutality of Wonderland. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book was that it was really slow and it took awhile to get interesting but other than that I really liked it and planning to read the rest of the series. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I decided for 2020 to complete reading the Shadowhunter series this year. I am working on the Infernal Devices series and I really like this series so far. I enjoy the The Mortal Instrument series, I didn’t know about the order of reading the Shadowhunter series per Cassandra Clare but hasn’t made a big difference for me. When Jem and Tessa was introduce in TMI series, I was hoping we would get separate series about them. I really like this first book of the series, getting to read about how Jem, Tessa, and Will met and how Tessa find out who truly is and her struggle on accepting it. It was refreshing to see the development of the relationship and friendship were in the book. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – This was good start to fantasy series and debut novel for Amelie. I enjoy learning about the different affinities and how they use them. The world building was done well and the writing style was good. The two different POV between the two characters were nice to read and getting their background on how they came to be in the present time. It took me awhile to get the book finished because I was burning out on fantasy at the time and I need a break before I gave up on the book. I am glad that I did take a break from reading it because I came back with refresh brain and was able to enjoy the book more. I looking forward to next book in the series. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and more authors – I used the audiobook for the book and I like that the book had different narrators which was nice to have. I was excited to read about Simon to see him go through the academy to become shadowhunter and slowly regaining his memories of his friends. My favorite characters from the Mortal Instruments series are Simon and Magnus so I was happy to have book concrerating on Simon. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

For the challenges I was participating in January, I was able to get four books read for the TBR and Beyond Menagerie Boardgame.

My January book haul…

My January reading month was pretty good and hoping I have a better February month.

My February TBR…I am hoping to read 7 books this month because I know I won’t be able to get them all read.

How was everyone reading in January? What did you buy in January? What is on your February TBR?

JoAnne

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January 2020 TBR and Monthly Challenges

Happy New Year!! Hope your New Year was a good one and start out great. I spent New Year Eve and New Year Day catching up on watching Star Trek: Discovery, The Manadolarin, and The Witcher with hubby. I did start reading my first book of the New Year.

For January, my goal is to read five or more books this month. I am participating in TBR and Beyond Book Club.

Reading Challenges

TBR and Beyond Book Club

TBR and Beyond Book Club reading challenge is a two month challenge called Menagerie Boardgame. It is setup as a boardgame with rolling a dice to pick your prompts for books. It is a lot of fun and able to get your backlist down too.

My first roll and my books for each prompts. My second round I haven’t decided the books for the prompts yet.

I added some other books to my January TBR with the challenge books. Trying to get some of book series completed this year.

What are your January TBR? Are you participating in any monthly challenges this month?

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December 2019 TBR and Challenge

There is only 23 days until Christmas!!! Hopefully, 2020 will be slower year…doubt it. I ventured out once over the Black Friday weekend to get something for my son…I end up purchasing what gifts I needed to get over the internet. I did get several books for gifts for friends and myself (of course…lol).

Hoping to get more reading done then I did in November. I am going to participate in TBR and Beyond Book Club Help Dobby Get Ready for the Holiday Season. It is really easy and not consuming with ready a lot of books for the holiday which is doable for me.

Below is my December TBR for the game and what I am in the mood to read right now.

  • Read a book that has some read on the cover – Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Taila Hobert (it is a group read for TBR and Beyond in January)
  • Read a book that reminds you of the holidays – Afterlife of Holly Chase (re-read)
  • Read a book with snow on the cover – Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • Read a book with a winters cover – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Also doing a group read with TBR and Beyond for The Wicked King and Queen of Nothing. The Wives and Dangerous Alliance are ones that I am interested in reading this month. It is small TBR for December but with the holiday and spending time with family it will hopefully be easy one to achieve.

What on your December TBR? Doing any reading challenges?

Happy reading!

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November 2019 TBR

Wow! We are already in November Where has 2019 gone. Need to get my Christmas shopping done! For November, I am going to participate in TBR and Beyond Book Club Bad Boys, Bad Boys – Who You Gonna Choose reading challenge.

I am going do Cardan rope and if I get it completed I will move onto another rope.

  • Crown – The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Dark Fantasy – The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Betrayal – Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (re-read and TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Female Villain – The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Also going to read these especially my most anticipated release coming in the beginning of November.

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (releases on November 5th)

What is on your TBR this month? Are you doing any reading challenges?

Happy reading!