Book Hauls, Monthly TBR, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

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

Monthly TBR

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?

Monthly TBR

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!

Monthly TBR

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!

Blog Tour, Monthly TBR, New Releases

September 2019 TBR

For the month of September TBR, I am going to not have set TBR this month because I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do due to September is a really busy month at work but I do have several ARCs I have to read for blog tours. The following are some books that I want to read this month aside from the ARCs.

  • Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (FFBC Blog Tour)
  • Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis (Good Choice Reading Blog Tour)
  • #murdertrending and #murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil (TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Dragon & Tea Book Club Buddy Read)
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela (FFBC Blog Tour)

I definitely need the ARCs read for the blog tours and I really wanting to read Capturing the Devil, it is my most anticipated release for September.

Do you have any of these on your TBR this month?

Happy reading!

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July 2019 TBR

Finally had time to post my July TBR. This month I am doing reading challenge by TBR & Beyond Book Club (check link if you want to join in the fun). This month game is Beach Book Book board game. The game runs until the end of August so gives more time to finish up books from the rolls.

After rolling the dice, my prompts are below.

I am also trying to catch up on reading some ARCs that I received. I am reading Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman which released date is August 6.

Also TBR and Beyond Book Club two books for this month for group reads and author live chat are When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington and Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

What is on your TBR for the month?

Monthly TBR

May TBR

Finally posting my May TBR, it has been a hectic and stressful week at work so I haven’t had the time to post about my TBR for May.

This time around I am not going to over the top with my TBR. Definitely reading three middle grade books this month because TBR and Beyond Book Club theme for the May is middle grade. We are having a middle grade challenge, if you want to join in the fun head over to our Facebook here.

The only middle grade books that I have read are the Harry Potter series so I am looking forward to reading these three and see how I like them.

The other books on my TBR carts are ones that I am hoping to get too this month.

What is on your TBR list for this month? What are you looking forward to reading?

Happy reading!

JoAnne