Fall TBR

Since I’ve wrapped up my 2016 Reading Challenge, I’m feeling free as a bird! I can choose whatever I want…which honestly is what I usually do anyway. I don’t usually see any kind of trend with the books I pick in regards to the seasons, with the exception of summertime. I tend to go for those typical beach reads during my summer vacation. With that being said, these books don’t follow any kind of rhyme or reason, necessarily. They’re just books I’d like to read pretty soon.

These are 5 books I’m planning to read this Fall.

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

This is the first book on my list because I’ve already bought it! I’m ready to dive into this book. This book came out on my birthday this year, back in June, and I’ve been planning to read it since long before then. Many have compared it to The Princess Bride, saying that it matches that story’s sense of humor and wit. I’m obsessed with the royal family and their history, typically reading their stories through historical fiction and the occasional coffee table book. This will be refreshing, I hope!

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The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

Beth Moore has joined the ranks of fiction writers! She’s one of my favorite human beings ever, ever amen. I just recently learned that this book even existed and once I realized it was A) set in New Orleans and B) a MYSTERY, I knew I needed it in my life as soon as possible. I’m expecting it to be funny and poignant, moving and well thought out. My expectations are high, but Beth Moore always comes through!

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

This is the sequel to Graudin’s novel Wolf by Wolf, where we saw death camp survivor Yael, a skinshifter, survive an insane motorcycle race across the world where she ended it all by shooting Hitler. Yes. Hitler. But was it really him? Graudin has a brilliant way of writing that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a movie theatre, watching the story unravel frame by frame. This take on history imagines a world where the Allied forces didn’t win WWII and the world descended into Axis control. It’s so gripping and just straight up thrilling. I’m hoping the sequel carries that on! (This book will be released on November 1!)

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I know that I loved the first book, Six of Crows, but I don’t remember much more than that. Last year, I read like 6 or 7 fantasy novels in a row and they’re all blending together in my mind. I’m going to have to do some kind of refresher on the first book before I pick this one up, but I AM looking forward to it! I really enjoy the Grisha universe. I think the magic is logical and different, rich in history and intriguing. This cast of characters makes for a page turner, that’s for sure! I remember someone getting kidnapped and that the crew was betrayed somehow. That’s a good place to start!

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

First of all, how did Benioff have time to write this book between writing and producing freaking Game of Thrones? He’s a genius. Or a madman. Probs a mad genius. Either way, this book sounds fascinating. A thief and a deserter are given one job to avoid being shot by the Soviets: find one dozen eggs. This book ties together historical fiction, a coming-of-age story, humor, terror, and survival. I can’t wait to pick this one up soon!

What books would you like to read this Fall? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

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Booktubeathon TBR

I am not a Youtuber (or Booktuber), but I thought this seemed like a fun challenge to jump in on! (Here’s a video about everything you need to know, in case you aren’t familiar with this challenge!) My TBR is always and forever out of control, so since the goal is to read 7 books in 7 days, I figure this is a great chance for me to tackle my stack! You read from July 18-July 24!

The Booktubeathon challenges are:

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2. Read a book only after sunset.
3. Read a book you discovered through booktube.
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors.
5. Read a book that is older than you.
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7. Read seven books.

Here are the books I’m going to try and read over the next week as well as the challenges they’ll qualify for:

A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf (#1)

Wedding Night by Sohpie Kinsella (#2)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (#3)

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (#4)

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery (#5)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (#6)

I have a lot going on this week, so I really don’t think I’ll make it through all these books. But I like having some mini-challenges to help motivate me! I’ll update you next week on how it all went.

Are you participating in Booktubeathon? Let me know what’s on your TBR in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

October Wrap-Up

This month, I read a total of…11 books! That’s above my average number of books read for the last few months. I’m very happy with that! As per usual, I’ve included a few keys words or phrases about the book, as well as the rating I gave it. If you click on the book title, you can read my full review for it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (This was the second time I’d read this.)

  • My life. Farmer Levi. Fan-fiction.
  • Rating: 5 stars

Manga Classics: Les Miserables by SunNeko Lee (art), Crystal Silvermoon (adaptation), Stacy King (English script), Victor Hugo (original story)

  • I dreamed a dream. Of time gone by. Need I say more?
  • Rating: 4 stars

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  • Precious. Spunky. Obsessed.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  • Meh. Magical. Humdrum.
  • Rating: 3.75 stars

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Second read because it’s my book club’s book of the month.)

  • Poetry. Basketball. Unexpected.
  • Rating: 4.75 stars

The Importance of Being Earnest (play) by Oscar Wilde

  • Hilarious. Change of pace. Timeless.
  • Rating: 5 stars

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

  • Fast paced. Twisty. High fantasy.
  • Rating: 4.25 stars

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

  • Sassy. Entertaining. Easy Read.
  • Rating: 3.75 stars

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

  • Still spunky. Lovely. Heartwarming.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Nimona (graphic novel) by Noelle Stevenson

  • Hilarious. Unique. Confusing ending.
  • Rating: 4.25 stars

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, art by Adrian Alphona

  • Refreshing. Kick butt. Surprising.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

September Wrap-Up

This month, I read a total of…7 books! As per usual, I’ve included a few keys words about the book, as well as the rating I gave it. If you click on the book title, you can read my full review for it.

Drama a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier

  • Broadway. Unrequited love. Nostalgia.
  • Rating: 4 stars

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

  • Dark. Intense. Unexpected.
  • Rating: 3.75 stars

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

  • Satisfying. Insight. Still-don’t-like-Tris.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

  • Powerful. Masterful. Long Live the Queen.
  • Rating: 5 stars

Kristy’s Great Idea: Babysitter’s Club graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier

  • Uneventful. Slow. Great art.
  • Rating: 3 stars

Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, edited by Stacy King, illustrated by Po Tse

  • Spot on. Heartwarming. Easy read.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio

  • Surprising. Slow. Fresh.
  • Rating: 4 stars

June Wrap Up//July TBR

In the month of June, I read a total of 6 books, including 2,264 pages. That’s not too shabby in my book. (pun always intended)

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (click to read my review)

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (click to read my review)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (click to read my review)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (click to read my review)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (click to read my review)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (click to read my review)

 

For July, I don’t have too much planned. I’ll be spending the last few days of the month in New York City, but other than that I should have oodles of reading time. However, I don’t want to get too committed, so I’ve only chosen 3 books for July. When I finish these, I’ll probably find something to fit my guilty pleasure bill…something that has vampires or schools for magical children.

My July TBR pile consists of:

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (young adult fantasy that Emma Watson claims to love…I need no other reason than that)

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (this story reminds me of the movie Enchanted and also…the pages have colored ink)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (young adult contemporary that seems fit for summer)

I’m hoping to also reread To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee before picking up its sequel. I’m just not sure if that’ll happen in July or not.

What did you read in June? What do you hope to read in July?

Happy reading! – Caitlyn