Welcome to another lovely Monday! Or, if it’s not so lovely, welcome to end of another Monday! I’ve just had a long day at work and now I’m ready to unwind with a book. Before I get to that, though, it’s time for another 5 On My TBR. I’m actually pretty excited about this week’s theme. It’s monsters living among us, which has been left open to interpretation. Which means I’m gonna play fast and loose with it 😂
That being said, let’s see which five books from my TBR I can pick out!
#1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I suppose this is more so a person living among monsters… but I told ya I was playing fast and loose! I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and I seem to be a particular fan of his middle grade. That’s why I’ve been dying (see what I did there?) to read this creepy tale about a boy who is raised by ghosts. There’s something about a dark and spooky middle grade that I just love. I’m sure this book with be no exception!
#2. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
We’re going with a more human monster with this one. This is the first book in the Hannibal Lecter series and Hannibal, if you didn’t know, is a cannibal. He’s also a respected forensic psychiatrist before people realize that he’s also a serial killer with a taste for his fellow humans. So I think that qualifies as “living among us”. Either way, I’m intrigued to see how his story, and this series, begins.
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR though not on my usual day. I had a blog tour stop yesterday and I like those posts to have their own 24 hours on the blog before posting new stuff. Thus, the 5 On My TBR was pushed back to today! The theme for this week is books with characters in their 20s. Ngl, I had to look up a Goodreads list to see what books on my TBR featured 20 year olds 😂 And who knows how accurate it is, but I’m sticking with my choices!
That being said, let’s see what’s made the list!
#1. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite awhile. Why haven’t I read it yet? Mostly because it’s in a genre that is very hit or miss for me. It takes a lot for me to really love a contemporary, but I think this book has what it takes! I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m eager to follow Queenie’s journey as she tries to figure who she is and who she wants to be. Also, I freakin’ love the cover!
#2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Sticking with the orange theme, here’s a book that has been on my TBR for a long time for a very different reason. I mean, she thicc and I’m scared. But, there are dragons, sooooo… I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I do love the fact that it’s a standalone. I have so many series going right now, y’all, I don’t need another one in my life. Still, I’m excited to get to this one once I can suck it up and get over the page count.
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! And today’s theme is something I don’t talk about nearly enough for how much I love them… epistolary books! What are epistolary books, you ask? According to Google, it is a work of fiction that is written in the form of letters or other documents. I do love a novel that is written in an unconventional format, so these books are right up my alley! Which means I had quite a few on my TBR to choose from, lol.
Let’s see who made the list!
#1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve even stuck it on a couple of readathon TBRs and, yet, it remains firmly unread. It’s told through a series of emails and all different types of documents, which is what originally caught my interest. The fact that everyone seems to love it has kept it around this long. I am going to read this, and hopefully soon!
#2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is one of those books I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet. I gotta be in the right headspace to read the journal of this young Jewish girl hiding in Holland during WWII. To think what she and her family must have endured… it’s a tragic but important story and I will read it one day. I even have a copy on one of these bookshelves, so I’ll hopefully be picking this one up sooner rather than later.
Another Monday has arrived, which means that’s time for 5 On My TBR! And there was no way I was missing this one. Why? Because our theme today is all about magical schools! This is one of my favorite bookish tropes, though I haven’t read a ton lately. That just means there is plenty on my TBR from which to choose.
That being said, let’s get to the post!
#1. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I can’t talk about books with magical schools (or Wundrous Societies) and not include this book. I fell in love with this series when the Middle Grade Marvels group read as one of our monthly books. I’ve been meaning to continue the story for quite some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I need more Morrigan, Jupiter, and Fenestra!
#2. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
This book has been on my TBR for quite some time, so I honestly forgot that it was set at a school! The premise captured my interest, but I recall there was some controversy about it that made me put it on the back-burner TBR. Still, a book about a young woman who is trying to get from under the shadow of her famous, witchy grandmother sounds intriguing.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 5 On My TBR, so I figured it was about time I brought it back. The topic this week is science and I’m interpreting this one in a couple of ways. I have a mixture of science fiction and and non-fiction centered around science and they’re all books that I can’t wait to read!
Now it’s time to see what’s on my list.
#1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
One day, I am going to finally read the Broken Earth trilogy. One day!
This series, and this book in particular, has been on my TBR for forever. It sounds like a science fiction novel that would be right up my alley. Something that focuses on the characters and their struggles but also has incredible world-building. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book, which is why I’m so excited to pick it up! Now I just gotta squeeze it onto a monthly TBR, lol.
#2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about the movie. Which is kind of funny because I haven’t seen the movie, either 😅 But a book that tells the true tale of the Black women who helped make NASA what it is? Yes, please! This sounds like one of those non-fiction books that won’t read like a textbook. Those are the ones I can just eat up! I’m looking forward to getting to this one… eventually.
#3. Kindred by Octavia Butler
I’ve been wanting to dip my toe into Octavia Butler’s books for a long time. I figured, why not start with one of her more popular sci-fis?
The subject matter of this story promises to pack quite a punch, so I feel like I need to be in a good mindset for it. But it also sounds likes it’s going to be absolutely amazing. I do love a bit of historical fiction, too, so here’s hoping I love this one, too.
It’s Monday, it’s rainy here near Boston, and it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! Today, we’ll be exploring the stars and talking about books that involve aliens. It wasn’t too hard to find five books that are on my TBR that features extraterrestrials because I do love sci-fi, but I don’t pick it up nearly enough. I don’t know why… I typically fall in love with the sci-fi books I do pick up. It’s just so hard to drag me away from fantasy 😂
But enough rambling! Let’s get to the post!
#1. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out because it sounds like something I would love! There’s a secret library, an alien who loves human music, and DRAMA! I mean, I was immediately hooked just because of the secret library aspect, lol. I honestly haven’t heard much about this book, but what I have heard makes me think I’m going to absolutely love it.
Also, the cover is so pretty 😍
#2. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
The main reason this book is on my TBR is because Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. The fact that this sounds like it’s going to be epic certainly helps, though! In this one, the aliens aren’t so friendly and our main character wants nothing more than to be able to join the fight against them. It sounds like it would be a fun and fast-paced read and I can’t wait to pick it up!
After being sick last weekend and having no motivation for the rest of the week, I’m back! I swear, having a cold as an adult knocks you out way more than when you’re a kid. I had zero energy even after I started feeling better! But that’s neither here nor there… we’re here for another 5 On My TBR. This one was a bit of a struggle for me because the theme is light reads. Going through my Goodreads TBR, I realized I apparently enjoy dark books that are going to hurt my soul because picking a few that I thought counted as “light” took… awhile 😅 But I finally founds five light reads that I can’t wait to pick up!
#1. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
I’ve actually just picked this book up for an upcoming The Write Reads blog tour, but I’ve only just started so I’m cheating a little. This sounds like it’s going to be a quick and lively read, with some interesting twists. We’re following Evie Thomas, who no longer believes in love because she has somehow developed the ability to see how a couple’s love story begins… and ends. This sounds like a light contemporary with a hint of the fantastic and I am here for it! Also, this cover is super cute. Also also, I’ve been wanting to give Nicola Yoon a try for ages! Here’s hoping I love it as much as I think I will.
#2. Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton
I adored this author’s debut, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, so when I heard about her sophomore novel, I knew I was going to want to read it! It follows a teenager who, illegally, plays the lottery… and wins. Now she has to figure out how she’s going to claim her winnings when no one she knows even realizes she’s the lucky winner. It sounds like it’s going to have a lot of interesting themes and a look at how something like winning the lottery may not be all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve heard nothing but great things so far and I can’t wait to get to it! I also love this cover, like, young adult contemporary covers are just killing it lately.
#3. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Speaking of young adult contemporary covers that are killing it, can we just appreciate the one for Adiba Jaigirdar’s sophomore novel? Because 😍 This book is following our titular characters after they land in a fake dating scheme so that Hani’s friends will stop invalidating her bisexuality and Ishu has a hope to be elected head girl. It sounds like it’s gonna have pining and lots of awkward but sweet moments, which I plan on eating up. This is the kind of book that definitely strikes me as a lovely, light read that will leave me floating on air. Here’s hoping I’m right!
It’s been a minute since I’ve done a 5 On My TBR, hasn’t it? This week, I had to dig through my pile of books to find five literary fictions that I’m looking forward to reading. I don’t delve into literary fiction too much, but I have quite a few that are hanging out in the limbo that is my TBR. And quite a few that I’m very interested in! It’s just… my fantasy-centric brain definitely shifts me away from them, lol. Still, the five books I’ve picked are at the top of the list when it comes to literary fiction I would like to read soon!
#1. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
I got this book through Book of the Month because of severe FOMO. Everyone I knew who had picked this one up was raving about it! It sounds like it will be a difficult, but compelling read as it follows a young Nigerian girl and her struggles to find her voice. I’m not the best when it comes to getting on with literary fiction, but the premise sounds great and I want to know why everyone has loved it so much.
Plus, like, look at that cover! Gorgeous 😍
#2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Funnily enough, this is another book I got through Book of the Month, haha. I read my first Backman a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with his writing. I still think about A Man Called Ove to this day! So when I saw this book, which tells the story of people meeting during a bank heist/hostage situation, I knew I was going to want to read it. I’ve heard great things about this one, as well! I imagine it will be fun, quirky, and strangely dark, and I am here for it.
We’ve made it to the last Monday of March and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! First, can we talk about how we’re almost done with March? Unlike March 2020, that took fifty years to be over, this one has flown by! It’s almost April and I’m just not ready, lol.
You know what I am ready for, though? Talking about five books featuring royalty that are on my to be read pile! (My transitions are smooth like butter 😂) There were quite a few I had to choose from, so I’ve picked five that I’m most likely to pick up sooner rather than later. So let’s see which books have made the list!
#1. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
Imma be honest and let you know I didn’t really know there was royalty involved until I read the synopsis. I got a beautiful copy of this book from Illumicrate and I really want to read it, lol. It works for this list, though, because one of the main characters is a fae prince and another is the outcast of the royal fae family! Which already sounds like a recipe for d r a m a. The author also shared a song playlist for the book which makes me want to read this even more!
#2. King of Scarsby Leigh Bardugo
Nikolai is one of my favorite characters from the Grishaverse, so it only makes sense that I would be excited to read a book centered around him. Of course, I say I’m excited and, yet, I haven’t even bought the book 😅 Probably because I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom either and I want to read that one first. Yeah… I’m terrible, I know! But, once I finally get myself in gear, I can’t wait to read about Nikolai as he maneuvers about being a king.
I’m back with another 5 On My TBR post! Today, we’re going to be focusing on books with green covers. I wasn’t sure if I would have a lot of green books from which to choose… at least none that immediately popped into my head. A lot of the covers I gravitate towards are either blue or black. Blue being my favorite color and black just being kind of ubiquitous on book covers, lol. After going through my TBR, however, there were a lot more than I was expecting! Here are the five that I’ve chosen as the ones I’m most excited to read. Let’s jump in!
#1. The Queen’s Gambit by Beth Brower
We’ll start this list with a fantasy novel that has been on my TBR for an embarrassing amount of time. So long, in fact, that I completely forgot what it was about 😅 It seems like it’s a classic fantasy tale of a kingdom at war with a leader who has to make tough choices. Throw in an enemy soldier who defects but may or may not be a spy and it sounds like something I’m going to enjoy! It also has an average rating of 4.36 on Goodreads, which is pretty impressive! I should pick this one up sooner than later.
#2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is probably the greenest of the green books on this list, lol. It’s also one of the ones I’m most excited to read. I’ve only read one book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I absolutely loved it. And I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this one. It focuses on the titular Evelyn Hugo as she recounts her life story to a young journalist. There’s drama, there’s romance, and it has a LGBT aspect! It sounds like something I’m going to really enjoy.