Sunday By My Shelf: Standalones

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Sunday By My Shelf! This is a bookish meme that was started by Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles. The purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. It is bi-weekly, with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here!

This week, the books I’ll be talking about are all standalones that are collecting dust on my bookshelf. All of these books are ones that I can’t wait to get to, but have been left behind in the rush of new books. I’m hoping to make room for them on my bedside table TBR soon!

#1. The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

I bought this book because it was blurbed by one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire. The fact that it sounds like a modern day X-men (in a fashion) didn’t hurt, either! I really do want to pick this one up soon. It just sounds like it would be a wild ride with lots of moral ambiguity. And if it’s suggested by one of my favorite writers, I have to give it a chance, right? Right!

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Sunday By My Shelf: Series I Want To Start

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Sunday By My Shelf! This is a bookish meme that was started by Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles. The purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. It is bi-weekly, with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here!

Technically, I should have posted this last Sunday. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, though, and I spent the entire day being spoiled and lazy, lol. So I’m bringing you last week’s topic this week! The books I’ll be talking about that are chilling on my physical TBR, waiting for my attention, are series that I own, but have not started. Most of the ones I’ll be discussing are series where I bought the first book but have yet to pick up the rest of the series because I still haven’t read the book I bought! There are quite a few to talk about, so let’s dive in.

#1. The Legacy of Orisha series

I’ve been interested in this series for quite some time. I received the first in the series as a gift and ended up buying the second on a whim while shopping. Because that’s the type of person I am 😂 I’m excited to dive into The Children of Blood and Bone and discover the world that Tomi Adeyemi has crafted! And, besides all that, the cover is just iconic. We love to see a dark-skinned black girl front and center on a YA fantasy!

#2. The Arc of a Scythe series

This is one of those books that I picked up simply because of internet hype. So many Booktubers love this series! Of course, it also sounds incredibly intriguing: a world where no one dies, so a whole organization forms to cull the population. I can only image the moral dilemmas that will arise! I picked the first book up at a Barnes & Noble some time ago and now it just sits… patiently waiting for its time.

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Sunday By My Shelf: Apr 26, 2020

I’ve mentioned quite often the fact that I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to books I own, yet have not read. It’s the reason why I decided to participate in the #StartOnYourShelfathon. It’s my not-so-secret shame. But the even bigger shame?

…I often forget what books are even on that shelf 😬

I know, I know! How can I forget what books I’ve purchased over the years? Because ya girl has a pretty terrible memory, not gonna lie. And I’ve spent my past few reading years reading books I had recently purchased instead of books I already owned. Or, and this happened quite often, buying a bunch of books at once, only reading one or two, and stowing the rest on the TBR shelf to be forgotten.

But I have decided to change my ways! I’ve already made it a mission to reduce my owned TBR by at least 10% this year. And I’ve found something that I think will help to keep these poor, forgotten books in the forefront of my mind! Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles has started a new bookish meme that is just perfect for me! It’s called Sunday By My Shelf and the purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. (We’ll not even talk about my Goodreads Want to Read shelf…) This is a bi-weekly meme with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here. While you’re there, why not give her a follow, as well? She writes great, bookish posts!

For now, though, let’s get to this week’s theme, which is:

Series on my shelf I have started, but haven’t finished

#1. The Mistborn Series

I started the original Mistborn trilogy a long time ago. At least, it feels like it’s been a long time! I fell in love with the universe and the characters fairly quickly, yet it is taking me forever to get through the trilogy! It has nothing to do with the books. I tore through the first book and the second was as gripping, if not more so. I own The Hero of Ages and it sits on my bookshelf, judging me. It’s not as though I don’t want to read it… I just constantly skip over the book to read something shiny and new.

This is clearly a problem for me.

That being said, I’m planning on reading the last book of the original trilogy soon because I recently discovered there’s another Mistborn trilogy! It’s set in a more modern time frame and it sounds like it’s going to be incredible!

#2. The Girls of Paper and Fire Series

I read Girls of Paper and Fire last year and absolutely fell in love with everything about the book. The world-building, the writing, LEI AND WREN!! Everything combined in a perfect mix to knock my socks off. So, when the sequel came out, I had to snatch it up!

And now it sits on my shelf… gathering dust. This is another instance of me buying a bunch of books at once and getting distracted by another one. I think Ninth House was the culprit this time. I honestly forgot I bought this until I went to write this post and was looking through the books on my shelf! I have problems!

Either way, I’m still really eager to continue this series. I’m going to have to bump this one up the TBR list.

#3. The Strange the Dreamer Series

I started this duology an embarrassingly long time ago 😅 I would die for Lazlo and Sarai, not gonna lie. I just love them and this story so much! And Laini Taylor just has an incredible way with words. And yet, here I am, with Muse of Nightmares staring at me from my shelf as I pick up other, newer books. It’s silently judging me and I deserve it.

I think part of what’s stopping me is the fact that, once I read Muse of Nightmares… that’s it. The story is over. And I’m not sure I’m ready for this story to be over! Still, I do want to finish this series sooner rather than later.

Side note: I’ve also read the first book in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and haven’t finished that one, either. But I don’t own any of the other books in the series, so it’s getting an honorable mention.

#4. The Six of Crows Series


Look. I’ve owned Crooked Kingdom for quite some time. I bought it almost as soon as it came out because I adored Six of Crows. Kaz! Inej! I needed more! But, once again, the sequel in this popular duology found itself gathering dust on my shelf as so many of it’s predecessors have.

I swear I buy these books with good intentions! I am going to read all of them at some point in time!

I’ve mentioned before that I think the reason I haven’t pick this one up is that I have… heard things. And I know it’s going to rip my heart out of my chest and laugh as it’s doing so. Which, honestly, I’m okay with. I love a book that can make me feel that much.

But I’m just not ready 😭

#5. The Kingkiller Chronicle Series

This is a series that I started more recently than some of the others on this list. My husband read the first book, The Name of the Wind, and convinced me that I would love it. I gave it a try and ended up completely wrapped up in Kvothe’s story! My husband has owned the second book for what seems like a really long time. I can feel a little better about myself, though, because he hasn’t read it either 😂

I suppose I can also tell myself that I’m waiting for the last book to come out before continuing on. Let’s ignore the fact that I’ve read every Game of Thrones book and have no idea if we’ll ever get the last books in that series. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

What are some series you have yet to finish that are chilling on your physical bookshelf? Did you do your own version of Sunday By My Shelf? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Mar 27 – Apr 2

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

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Sooooo… I have three bookshelves and a box filled with books that should have gone on my fourth bookshelf. That got broken during our cross-country move and I still haven’t replaced it. I have to get ready for work, so I don’t have time to get a picture of all of the bookshelves, so I had to pick one. Seeming as I’m trying to focus on reading my owned books this year, I decided to go with my TBR shelf.

There it is in all it’s over-burdened glory! I will say that the stack on top to the far right have been read. There just isn’t any room on my other bookshelves to move them, atm 😅 And I’ve read The Merciful Crow, but I wanted to keep that pretty edition in my bedroom so I could just gaze at whenever I felt the urge, lol. Other than that, every book on that shelf is a book I haven’t read.


And let’s not talk about the books I have downloaded to my Kindle app and the audiobooks waiting for me on my Audible account. I’m pretty well-stocked for this whole COVID-19 situation, at least when it comes to books!

How many bookshelves to you have? Have you read all the books on your shelves? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

My First 2020 Readathon: #StartOnYourShelfathon!

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As 2019 rolls to a close, I’ve been contemplating my reading plans for 2020. I’ve mentioned before that I have an entire bookshelf full of books that I own but have not read. I’ve also mentioned that I’ve thought about making my 2020 TBR consist entirely of books I already own. So, when I stumbled across the #StartOnYourShelfathon over at The Quiet Pond, it’s like the fates were aligning!

The goal of this readathon is to read books that you already own, but have not read. Perfect, right?! Now, these have to be books that you have not read before (no re-reads allowed). That defintiely won’t be an issue for me as I’m not big on re-reading books. I’m just excited because this readathon fits into my goals so well!

On top of that, though, there’s an adorable story to go along with the readathon. Castor, an adorable sloth who is also a Star Collector, has misplaced his stars and is trying to reconstruct his map. Every book you read counts as a new star to add to Castor’s collection. You can download star maps and give yourself an amateur star collector name and it’s all just the cutest! Please go check out the announcement/rules post over on The Quiet Pond because they explain it much better than I ever will.

Now that I’ve announced that I will be participating, I’m also supposed to announce my goals and my TBR. Since I’m planning on doing most of my 2020 reading from my bookshelf overflowing with unread books, I went ahead and made a shelf on Goodreads with all of those books! Which came out to exactly 100 books! There is no way I’m reading 100 books in a year! Especially with some of the beasties I have sitting on that shelf…

Looking at you, Priory of the Orange Tree.

This year, I beat my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books by quite a bit (I’m currently sitting at 77 books read!) so I’m planning on bumping that up. I’m thinking I’m going to move it up to 60 books so as not to freak myself out and hope to blow it out of the park, as well! With that being said, I think I’m going to set my goal for this readathon to the same amount. That would be over half of my TBR bookshelf!

Obviously, I’m not going to make a list of 60 books from my shelf because I would be typing all night. Instead I’ll just leave you a link to my TBR bookshelf on Goodreads.

Alright! We have a goal: 60 books from my TBR bookshelf in 2020! I think this is an attainable goal and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally put a dent into my owned TBR pile. If you think the #StartOnYourShelfathon sounds interesting, again, you should definitely check out the post over on The Quiet Pond! Let’s help Castor get his stars back!

Are you planning on joining in on this readathon? Do you have a ton of owned books that you haven’t read like me? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!