2020 TBR: May Edition

HAPPY MAY DAY COMRADES!

It feels like it’s been longer than two months that we’ve all been in lockdown and I know that things have been wreaking havoc on my brain. As a result, I’m hoping to get a little more “academic” in my reads for this month. I’m not holding my breath on finishing these three specifically since I know for April, I only read one of my planned three books, but it’s helping to just set goals all the same.

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Technically, I’m reading Mostly Void, Partially Stars as an audiobook since it’s the script for the first 25 episodes of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and I’m listening to the podcast itself, but it’ll make for something lighter between And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks (a fictional retelling of Lucien Carr murdering David Kammerer by Carr’s friends, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs) and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

I’m also finishing an incredibly fantastic ARC by Bella Di Corte, Machiavellian, and will be hosting my review as part of a small blog tour type release next week, so stay tuned!!

What are you hoping to read this month?

2020 TBR: April Edition

March lasted two-hundred years, but we are finally in April and with a new month comes a new beginning for those who need it. I know I do after the insanity of March.

So for April, I’ve got another short-stack TBR of a all different genres that I’m looking forward to.

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I’m also hoping to finish reading The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski and get through some ARCs I’ve got from NetGalley, so we’ll see how much I’m able to get through!

What are you hoping to read this month?

2020 TBR: March Edition

February has come and gone, and hopefully so has any and all illnesses that keep me from my books!

I wasn’t able to live up to my ambitious February TBR, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to push myself a little more with March and get through an equally as ambitious TBR. I’ve got a lot of romance, a lot of manga, and a few different stories that cross genres; I’m so excited to get to all of them!

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I’m looking forward to a solid month of some great books and given that I’m at 20 books out of 65 that I set for my reading goal, I’m feeling good about it.

2020 TBR: February Edition

We survived January!

Having made it nine books into my sixty-five book goal for the year, I’m feeling very confident about keeping this ball rolling.

My novel TBR list is almost exclusively fantasy for this month, with my top three choices being some books that I was really excited to read when they first came out (but never got around to), and another one that I am desperate to finally get through after trying to read it for years now.

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That being said, I’m also going to be continuing my Manga Mondays and focusing (almost) exclusively on some boy love titles that I’m really excited to get to. So stay tuned for those!

It’s going to be a fun month! Tell me about your TBR lists in the comments!

2020

We’re back to the roaring 20’s and I am so honestly thrilled that 2019 is officially in the past.

It was a really tough year for me where I was kicked a lot during the times when I was down, but there were good times too. I went to my first blogger events, I took my mom to see Michelle Obama on her birthday, I got an apartment all to myself! But the tough times weigh heavily still so I’m very excited to be moving past them.

Now that it’s 2020, the start of a new decade means it’s time to set some goals regardless of whether or not I actually complete them. For my GoodReads Reading Challenge, I want to read 65 books at least and unhaul any and all books I don’t finish. I have a bad habit of putting books down and saying “Now just isn’t the right time for this book” and not picking them back up. Well no more! Life is too short and my shelves are too jammed for books that don’t interest me. The same goes for ARCs. I have so many ARCs that I was dying to get my hands on, and yet they all still sit on my shelf. I don’t plan on doing much “influencer” blogging this year, at least not until I can get through the ARCs that I already have.

I want to have a more regular posting schedule on my blog, and I’ve got a relaxed schedule all planned out in my bullet journal to stay on top of it all. So stay tuned for weekly reviews every Wednesday with a manga feature on Mondays!

In personal goals, I want to quit smoking and use the money I’ll save to get a cat. I want to finish writing my book. I want to really live my life as myself, for myself, and stop being so concerned with how other people see me. I try way too hard to try and make other people happy or to get them to like me without taking care of myself. It’s time I think about how I want to live MY life and let’s hope a brand new decade will help me do that.

So here’s to 2020 and all the lovely books I’ll have to share with you all! Below is the list of books I’m hoping to read this January!

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May Wrap-Up: When Mental Health Gets You Down

I had set a big reading goal for May, to read all 10 of the Star Wars: X-Wing Series books. But with work and life wreaking havoc on my mental health, that didn’t happen.

I read one book this month and that was the first X-Wing book, Rogue Squadron.

June for me is set to be an even rougher month (for reasons that can be explained in this post from last year) but I’m going to do my best to get through a reasonable list of books of all genres to keep myself from getting sucked into an even bigger reading slump.

The number of books I read is so directly connected to my mental health it’s probably strange, but I do want to make up for being something of a vegetable this month. My goal is four books to actually finish even if the list is longer than that.

June TBR List:

  • Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child
  • The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
  • The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
  • The Curse of the Werepenguin by Allan Woodrow
  • The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (audiobook)

I’m also doing a two-man bookclub with a good friend of mine and we’ll be reading through A Song of Ice and Fire together so even if I don’t finish it this month, I’ll be reading Game of Thrones this month as well.

Tell me what you’re reading this month!

Don’t Fear The Big Books

One of the big focuses readers have these days is the Goodreads Challenge Tracker. Every year, countless lovers of books set their annual goals for how may books they want to read, some only setting a goal of a single book to take the pressure off, and some challenging themselves with goals of 100 books or more. For some, these triple-digit goals are commonplace, but for many, they’re a threatening presence of trying to measure up to others.

I’m someone who sets large goals and I am also someone who ends up feeling pressured to read said goals. It can be really hard to ignore this pressure that isn’t even there! No one is judging people for how much or how little they read on Goodreads, but knowing that doesn’t always make a difference.

This year I’ve dropped my goal from 100 to 80, and I’ve just dropped it again to 75.

But this isn’t about TBR lists or reading goals, it’s about being intimidated by large books.

The point of mentioning the Goodreads Challenge, is that my fear of books that are over 500+ pages take longer to read and then I end up behind schedule to reach my goals. I always feel like I’m on a tight deadline when I’m really not. Reading isn’t a race.

The thing with large books, especially fantasy or science fiction novels, is that they can also be complicated, slowing down reading times to make sure everything makes sense and leaving time to look at maps, or pronunciation guides, or timeline breakdowns, or even a cast list. There’s work involved when it comes to a lot of larger books which can also be an intimidating factor.

But what I’m trying my best to get at is that it’s okay to take your time. It’s okay to book a big book down for a minute to read something quick. Make a bigger book your “before bed” read where you only read x number of pages before turning out the lights. Read it with a friend to help motivate you through it! There are so many big books that are amazing and worth the effort it takes to read them.

What are some big books you’ve always wanted to get to but been too worried about getting through it? Let me know in the comments!


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March Wrap-Up and April Goals

March wasn’t a very good month.

I let my anxiety get the best of me and as a result I made a lot of mistakes and wasted a lot of my own time. I only finished one of the several books I was hoping to get to and really only read three books total. Not the best in terms of my usual.

That being said I also came to the conclusion that even wrap-up posts put a lot of pressure on me to be reading as often as I can be, which isn’t always realistic. Instead what I need to focus on is writing reviews when I finish the books I’m reading (oops).

I’m hoping things can quiet down a bit come April, and that I can focus on staying away from screens and get through some of the heftier books with the help of Audible (which I am loving right now). This is also why I’m breaking my own small-TBR rule and picking a bunch of things so here’s the list!

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas — as part of the read-a-long this month
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama — switching between Audible and the physical copy of the book every few chapters
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — officially out tomorrow (April 2, 2019)
  • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon — will be using Audible for this beast that I wasn’t able to get to in March
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling — officially out April 19, 2019! Thanks to the author for my ARC
  • Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey — for the next IGTV episode of Fantasy Flashback (watch the first episode here, the transcript/written review is coming soon)

So that’s it for now! Lots of reading to do to make up for the missteps in March. What are you reading this month?


 

March Goals

It’s March 1st and therefore time for some March goals!

Reading Goals

There are three books that I want to get to this month but won’t be upset if I only get through two of them since one of them is a BEAST of a book.

  1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – I had a bunch of fun reading the first book last month, and I can’t wait to meet more of the characters in this delightful world.
  2. The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry – I’ve collected the majority of my grandfather’s favourite novels over the years, but have never given my grandmother’s favourites a chance. Anne Perry is one of her favourites of all time and she loaned me a copy of this last month so I’m hoping this month I can read it so we can talk it over together.
  3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I am over-the-moon excited for this beast of a book, and being over 800+ pages, it’s gonna be a doozy of a read but I am up for the challenge. Definitely planning to get through this one piece by piece before bed every night and focusing on hitting a page count each night rather than going by chapters.

Ban Goal

I have accumulated a massive collection of books being hoarded in my room despite 99% of my personal library being in storage. Because of this, I’m saying that I need to read at least half of all of these books before I buy any more.

I’m also limiting my requests on NetGalley as I’m also struggling to keep up with those as well as physical books (both in my collection and from the library).

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stick to this ban, but I’m hoping that with upcoming costs for college come September (yes, I am going back to school!) I’ll at least have some more motivation to stick to it.

Personal Goals

Some personal goals I have this month end up looking like more of a to-do list. I’m hoping to find a new family doctor, a new therapist to help manage the symptoms of my BPD that I’m struggling with, and to do more writing. I also want to legit take better care of myself by cutting out junk food as much as possible to start and therefore improving the state of my skin.

I also want to try and find a day job that’s better suited to my personality but that one is a little lower on the list than the rest.

I really just want to make March the month that I take real steps towards being more of an adult and less of a floundering attempt of an adult.


This is what I’ve got for March. What goals do you have?

February Wrap-Up

February has been a bit of a rough month, but I’ve made it through and did a decent amount of reading at the same time!

While I didn’t meet my reading goal in terms of books I hoped to finish, and I also lowered my GoodReads goal from 100 down to 80, I’m proud of what I was able to read despite the things in my personal life I’m dealing with. Not to mention I did end up reading two out of three of my goal books (Six of Crows and Throne of Glass).

So far this puts me at 16/80 books read this year and I’d say that’s not too shabby!

How did you do this February?


Finished Books

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells
  3. A Victorian Flower Dictionary by Mandy Kirkby
  4. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
  5. the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace
  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  7. The Strange Case of Moderate Extremists by Alexander McCall Smith

In-Progress

  1. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
  2. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
  3. Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Did Not Finish

  1. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Coles
  2. Some Girls Bind by Rory James
  3. Limetown by Cote Smith