January 2023 TBR


Hello, reader!

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I don’t typically do TBRs. Mostly because I’m a mood reader and I had convinced myself that TBRs are not my thing. I discovered last year, though, that any month where I actually made a TBR (typically for a readathon) I not only read more, but I found it less daunting when deciding what to read next. So… dare I say that I might be jumping on the TBR train?

Well, clearly I am, else this post wouldn’t exist 😂

I’m excited to give TBRs a go in 2023 and see if it helps me to reach my bookish goals for the year. Now, I’m gonna say right now that there may be more books on this TBR than I’ll actually be able to get to in January, but I’m going to give it my best shot! And if I don’t manage to read them all, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

All that being said, let’s get to what I’m hoping to read in January!



  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
  • What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
  • Slappy, Beware! by R.L. Stine (my 12 friends, 12 recommendations book of the month)
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#5OnMyTBR – Something New


#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for my first 5 on My TBR post of 2023! This week, the theme is picking something new, which, honestly, could mean a lot of things. I’ve decided to interpret it as books that I have newly arrived in my house and tell you all about my recent library haul 😁 Playing fast and loose with the prompt, but I think it works!

That being said, let’s jump into the list.


#1. Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

I’m so excited I spotted this at my library when I was going to pick up some holds! The librarian said it had just come in and I’m glad I snagged it. This book has been all over the book community and it sounds like something I would love. Cosy fantasy is truly calling my name in 2023 and I’m quite happy to go along for the ride. Excited to give this one a go!


#2. Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse has swiftly become one of my favorite authors. I wanted to read Tread of Angels last year, but that clearly didn’t happen 😅 I was glad I spotted it when I was poking through the new books at the library. It’s a lot shorter than I was imagining, so I’m hoping I can squeeze it into my reads for January.

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First Lines Friday #66


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, to those who celebrate 😉😂 I’m actually excited for Christmas this year because I’m not working. I’m technically working the holiday, but my job is counting Monday as the actual “holiday”. Which works out great for me! I’m happy that I’ll be able to actually open presents with the family this year. But, before we get all festive, it’s time for another First Lines Friday post! Today, I’m featuring a book that was on one of my year long 2022 TBRs. I may not be finishing those TBRs, but I want to read at least one more, dang it!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can get me pumped to pick it up.


The Line(s):

“Patricia was crying.

Wallace Price hated it when people cried.”


The Hints:

This is an adult fantasy that was released last year.

I read a book by this author and absolutely loved it.

It heavily deals with death and what happens after.


The Reveal:

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Meant To Read In 2022


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Top 5 Tuesday post, but I couldn’t pass this one up. We’re getting to the end to the year, which means it’s time to reflect on the year that was 2022. So when I saw the topic today was book I meant to read in 2022, it felt very appropriate. To be honest, and I’m sure there are quite a few of you in the same boat, my list of books that I meant to read in 2022 could fill an entire library 😅 I’ve trimmed it down to the five that I was anticipating the most and yet still haven’t read.

Now, let me share them with you!


#1. Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston

I started 2022 knowing that Amari was a book I was going to get as soon as it came out. I loved the first book in this series so much and I was stoked for the sequel. And I did buy the book as soon as it came out! Did I read it? Clearly not 😂 I don’t know why I’ve held off picking it up. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the continuation of Amari’s story. Perhaps it’s one of those things that I’m hyping it up so much that I’ve psyched myself out.


#2. The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Here’s another book that I got as soon as it came out because I was so hyped for it! The children of gods competing in a competition that can have dangerous consequences? Sign me up! I even have a personalized, sign copy of this book I was so excited for it. And it sits on my shelf, judging me as I pick up all kinds of books that aren’t this one. Sigh… I had the best of intentions! I’m still eager to give this one a read, but it probably won’t be before 2023 hits.

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 23, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

That’s right, y’all. I’m finally giving this much talked about romance a read. I literally just started it last night, so I can’t really say how I’m feeling just yet. So far, I’m liking Alex, so that’s good! I can’t get behind a romance when I don’t like one (or both) of the MCs. I’m looking forward to getting more into this!

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 16, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

I’m participating in Netgalley November with a bunch of bookish friends and this was one of the first ones I picked up. I was excited to pick this up because it sounded like a different take on a vampire story. I was prepared for paranormal hijinks. I was not prepared for a vampire-half vampire-vampire hunter throuple but I ain’t mad about it! This book is dark and steamy and thrilling in the best ways so far. I’m loving the rep, the action, and the ✨drama✨

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#5OnMyTBR – Nonfiction


#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

I hope y’all are having a grand Monday! It’s time for another 5 On My TBR to kick off another week. This week I had plenty of books from which to choose since the theme this week is non-fiction books. I don’t pick up non-fiction nearly as much as I do fiction, so there are quite a few that are just languishing on my TBR.

I’ve picked five that I’d love to get to sooner rather than later, so let’s get to the list!


#1. The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson has to be one of my favorite non-fiction writers. His book about hiking the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods, was both informative and quite humorous. I had such a great time with that book, so I’ve been wanting to read another of his books. This one talks about Bill Bryson re-settling in the United States after spending years abroad. I’m sure it will be just as engaging!


#2. The Real James Herriot by Jim Wight

James Herriot was one of my favorite authors when I was a kid. I loved reading about his adventures as a Yorkshire veterinarian and tore through his collection of tales at rapid speed. So when I discovered that his son had written a biography on his dad, I knew I wanted to read it. It’s sat on my TBR for ages, now, but I would love to read it sooner rather than later.

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Down the TBR Hole #46


It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

Welcome to another round of TBR cleansing with a new Down the TBR Hole post! So my TBR has managed to grow by one book since my last round. I’m sitting at 686 books on my Want to Read shelf when I ended last round with 685 books! I mean, adding one more book to my TBR, in the grand scheme of things, is so incredibly minor. Especially when I already have such a ridiculous amount of books I want to read 😂 Still, let’s see if I can trim it down a bit more.

Wish me luck!


Devolution by Max Brooks

I added this book solely because of how much I enjoyed another book by this author, World War Z. From what I can tell, this is written in the same style, telling the story through journals. It also revolves around the mystery of Bigfoot and some huge disaster that overtook a small town. Not gonna lie, it sounds incredible! So, of course, it gets to stick around.

Verdict: Keep


The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

This book features one of my favorite tropes/genres ever. It’s a book about books! The main character has the ability to bring literary characters to life in the real world. Sounds like a great time, right? Well, not for Charley, who manages to let a few bad eggs loose in the city. I imagine this book is going to be such a fun time and I can’t wait to read it!

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #45


It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

Welcome to another round of TBR cleansing with a new Down the TBR Hole post! I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to keep my Want to Read shelf at the same number where I ended last time: 689 books. It’s still an unwieldy amount of books that I want to read, so it’s time to try and trim it down a bit more.

Wish me luck!


The Loop by Ben Oliver

I remember when this book came out. I thought the cover was awesome and promptly added it to my TBR without reading the synopsis. As one does. Having now read the synopsis it sounds like it has potential. Still taking it off, though. YA dystopian novels aren’t really my thing and it’s the beginning to a series. I don’t need to get myself into yet another series right now!

Verdict: Remove


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

I recently read (and thoroughly enjoyed) a different Lucy Foley thriller. Now I’m eager to give her other ones a shot! I own The Guest List, so it automatically gets to stay on the TBR. I’m equally intrigued by this one, though. It has isolation. It has a group of ‘friends’. It has MURDER! Like, say less, I’m in. I’m hoping I enjoy this just as much as I liked The Paris Apartment.

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Oct 26, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I know I talked about this book recently but I am still reading it. Because I overcommitted to buddy reads this month. Because all the books sounded SO GOOD! So far, I haven’t been disappointed, and that definitely holds true for this book. I’m loving the sisterly dynamics, the look into the suffragist struggle, and, of course, all the witchy stuff. I’m also loving Alix E. Harrow’s writing, which is unsurprising as much as I loved her first book, The Ten Thousand Doors of January.


Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling

After devouring The Ex Hex, I was eager to pick up the next book in Erin Sterling’s witchy romance series. I’m glad I did because I may have enjoyed this one even more than the first! I loved Gwyn and Wells so much. Their dynamic was *chef’s kiss* and I could read several books about their future shenanigans. I also enjoyed the underlying mystery in this book, though I definitely guessed its resolution. I just love a good, magical mystery, apparently.

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