Friday Favorites: TBR Books

I have been told that it is Friday and honestly I’m not sure I believe it. For reasons unknown to me, I have been totally off with my days all week. I was convinced that yesterday was Friday and Monday was Wednesday and I’m just confused at this point. I suspect the nargles are behind.

But since it is Friday, we get FRIDAY FAVORITES! This week’s topic was the one I had so many issues with my wording on. But you know those books that have been on your TBR for aaaaaaaaaaaaages and you know you’ll love them but you just don’t find yourself reading them? I call them my favorite TBR books.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I KNOW! The fact that I haven’t yet read this series is shocking to numerous of my bookish friends. For the longest time I refused to pick the book up because the cover just seemed a little cheesy to me (I am insufferable cover snob sometimes and it is stupid of me). But during my time on bookstagram I have been told that I am daft and I need to pick up this fun, easy read. I wont lie, I keep hearing about this Thorne character and I am quite intrigued.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
I have owned the first book in this series since at least September 22, 2012 (Thanks Facebook Memories). DAMN NEAR 7 YEARS and I haven’t so much as opened the book. This is not a widely known series but the few that I know who have read it, RAVE about it. Because I am who I am…I’ve bought the rest of the books in the series. And…the books for the 2nd series in this world. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ THEM. I have problems, y’all. But I have been told I’ll love the series *fingers crossed*

Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
I cannot even begin to describe how much I want to read these books. But have I? NOPE. Which makes zero sense because the blurb on the front of this book says “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Like…YES, PLEASE! I have a deep appreciation for cop procedural TV series (my most recent favorite is The Rookie with Nathan Fillion!), so I know this book will be well loved by me considering it has magic too. I’m sure once I start this series I’ll be singing my usual tune of “OMG WHY DIDN’T I START THIS SOONER?!?”

Keiko Series by Mike Brooks
Everything about this series screams “READ ME NOW, KIBBY! DO THE THING!” Readers, I have not done the thing. It has smugglers, a ship captain with the name Ichabod Drift, secret pasts, con artists, and Old Earth. What’s not to love about all that?? This is another series that I bought all the books to before even reading one word. I have a tendency to do this because I lack SELF CONTROL and probably a huge emotional void that I try to fill with pretty books I can post on bookstagram. At the end of the day, this series sounds like it could easily crash land its way straight to my heart…if only I’d actually read it.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Apparently, the trees speak Latin. I want to know how this is possible. Hell, I want to know what this book is about. Because it sounds all whimsical and dark and fun. I’ve never read a book by Stiefvater and I am quite looking forward to it. Many people on bookstagram have yelled at me to read this series and I’m thinking this might be the year. Granted…I said that last year.

So what books have you had on your TBR for ages that you know you’ll love?

Friday Favorites posts from around the bookish community:

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Well, bookish peoples, we have completed the first month of 2019. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL HECK? HOW IS TIME DOING THIS? *cough* Okay, I’m good now.

I’ve always been bad at keeping track of my book reading and buying, so I’ve never been one for monthly wrap ups, hauls, and TBRs. But this year I am trying to be more mindful of my consumption of books. So, welcome to my first attempt at a wrap up/haul/TBR on this little blog of mine.

January Wrap Up
Books Acquired: 11

Books Bought:

ARCs Recieved:

  • Enchantée by Gita Trelease
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg (I got this through the Amazon First Reads program)
  • Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (I just found out last night that this book is being pulled from publication at the current time so I won’t be counting it towards my stats for the month)

Books Read: 6 + 3 in progress

  • Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty | ALL THE STARS! Read my review here
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | 3 Stars! Read my review here
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa | 4.25 Stars! Read my review here
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller | 1.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole | 4.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • (Audio Reread) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4.5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the audiobook performance (review for book is here, I’m actually working on a separate review of the audiobooks because holy hell are they good!)
  • In ProgressEnchantée by Gita Trelease | I am enjoying this book so damn much. Good chance this will be a 4.5 or 5 star read for me. As I said to Sabreena over at Books and Prosecco: The writing is so decadent, and it literally makes me want to drink champagne while I read.  
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Since this is a reread I can still hold true to my 4 star rating of the book. I am confident in saying that I’ll be giving the audiobook performance a 5 star for this one as well.
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I’m doing this as a buddy read with my Sanderson Sisters. Two of them haven’t read this one before and one has. Really, I can consider myself as having not read it either because with the exception of a few random moments (and one BIG MOMENT from the end), I don’t remember much at all.

So, I’ve read six books and am in the process of finishing 3 more. Darn, I was hoping to read more than I acquired this month. Oh well, at least it’s not a huge gap in numbers. I wonder how I’ll do next month since it is a short one…


February TBR

My original plan for February was to read only books with tragic love stories. But then ARCs happened and I have a few that I need to get read and review ASAP. So, I have some heart breakers and some ARCs (which may also be heartbreakers *crosses fingers*)…and some books to finish from last month…

So, that’s the plan. I am pretty notorious for never sticking to a strict TBR, but I think I might be able to do it this month. GO TEAM TBR!

How did y’all do this month?

Friday Favorites: Teacher/Mentor Characters

Hello, hello and welcome to another Friday Favorites! This week’s topic is Teacher/Mentor Characters. This is one of those topics that I know I’m going to realize like five other characters I want to add to the list after I post this. I love teacher/mentor characters but I also have a garbage memory, so the fact I could think of six is a darn miracle.

REMEMBER: If you have a Friday Favorites post of your own, drop the link in the comments so I can add it to the post list I’ll be making at the bottom of this post!


Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter

Professor McGonagall is the teacher I wish I’d had at some point in my academic career. She is snarky AF, fierce AF, and 100% would have kicked my ass into line. It doesn’t hurt that she was portrayed in the movies by Maggie Smith who is one of my favorite actresses (can I also mention how amazing she is as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey?). If Rowling had killed McGonagall, I would have rioted. As much as I dislike all the additions to the HP universe, I wouldn’t be against a McGonagall origin story.

Mercurio and Chronicler Aelius from Nevernight

Mercurio is that grumpy, verging on cruel, mentor character that I love. For some reasons I love tough love in a book (but not real life…I’ll start crying if someone barely raises their voice to me. I’m the worst.) and Mercurio definitely deals some tough love to Mia. Chronicler Aelius is actually the character that inspired this prompt for me. I don’t know what it is about librarian characters that just always stand out to me. The Chronicler always seems to have a wise word and a good smoke for Mia.

Jeremy Danvers from Bitten

As an Alpha werewolf in Bitten, Jeremy Danvers is both mentor and teacher to many characters in the book. I will be 100% honest with you and admit that I originally thought of Jeremy for this list purely because I have such a book crush on him. But I confirmed with my resident Kelley Armstrong fan over on #bookstagram that Jeremy definitely fits the bill for this topic.

Kelsier from Mistborn

*sigh* Oh, Kelsier. He was just a man, but oh what a man he was. He is not only the lead of the crew tasked with killing a god, but he teaches our main girl, Vin, how to be a kick ass Mistborn. Kel could give Kaz Brekker a run for his money with plots behind plots. While Kel is a fantastic leader of men, he really shines as the teacher to Vin. He teaches her so much, not just about her Mistborn powers, but how to trust and become comfortable in herself.

Numair and the Badger God from The Immortals Quartet

I feel the need to admit that this is kind of a hot for teacher entry for Numair. He was one of my first book boyfriends. All powerful mage with a mysterious past and a bit of a reputation for being a ladies man? Yeah, sign me the heck up. And I couldn’t not include the Badger God, because he is a grumpy god and a badger. Basically a grumpy Hufflepuff, like me.

Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Okay, yeah, sure…Giles is technically from a TV series, but there are books based on the show and that’s the loophole I’m jumping into so I can feature one of my favorite characters of all time. Giles deals with a lot of shit from the Scoobies and reacts with anything from genuine, caring wisdom to scathing snark. He’s got a dark, mysterious past and a great signing voice. And I’m starting to realize I’m just focusing on all the things that make me have a crush on him instead of how awesome he is a as a mentor and teacher to Buffy and the Scoobies. I’m pretty sure that if Giles hadn’t been around, Sunnydale would have fallen to one of the many apocalypses.

And for good measure, here are some extra Giles gifs because I couldn’t choose my favorite:


So, there is my list of favorites for the week! Do you have any beloved teacher/mentor characters?

Friday Favorites posts from the Bookish Community:

Friday Favorites: Epic Journeys

Welcome back to another Friday Favorites! This week the topic is Epic Journeys! I am particularly enamored with a good adventure story, so narrowing down my favorite journeys was a bit difficult. So, without any further ado and in no particular order, here are my favorite books with epic journeys:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Well, isn’t this a timely choice from me! But Netflix deals aside, Six of Crows is not only a damn amazing book (see my recent review here), but it has a journey of some epic damn proportions.


Kingdom of Ruins by D. C. Marino

I mean, this book has an archaeologist who travels to another world where nature communicates with people. There is much journeying and adventuring in this awesome story!


The Martian by Andy Weir

Okay, not a traditional journey, but there is definitely some epic traipsing around Mars. I have only ever read this book via audiobook and let me just say it is AWESOME! Mark Watney is the space pirate of my heart.


The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Look, I’m going to be honest here: I had to ask a friend if this book counted as an epic journey book because it has been so long since I’ve read it. I had vague memories of journeying, but was unsure if it was epic in nature. I’m not sure why I doubted the epicness in this book. It’s written by Brandon Sanderson, of course it’s epic!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

I loved, loved, LOVED the journey of the Golden Trio in this book. It was such a deviation from the past books and just talking about it makes me want to start my HP reread right damn now!


The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

What? Did you think I was going to leave this one off? I mean, is there any journey more epic than the ones in these books? No, I think not.

So that’s it for my favorites this week! I can’t wait to see what all of your favorite epic journeys are. Remember to drop the links to your posts in a comment and I’ll add them to a post list here! Happy Friday book people!

Friday Favorites posts from around the bookish community:

Friday Favorites: First Book in a Series

Hello, hello, hello! And welcome to the first FRIDAY FAVORITES post! I am so excited to start this weekly blog prompt challenge meme thingy! (I’m sure that’s the technical term for it…)

First, a quick announcement: I updated the main Friday Favorites page but I wanted to say it here too. My original intention was to have a link thingy that people could enter their blog post link in and it would make a list of everyone’s posts. Well, I found out that I can’t use plugins without a business plan (*biggest eye roll ever*). I’m not html savvy enough to know if I can work around this yet, so for now, here is what I’m going to be doing: If you do a Friday Favorites blog post or #bookstagram post, leave a comment with a link to your post and I will manually make a list at the bottom of my Friday Favorites post for people to see! I will do the list for any comments with links left in the first 48 hours after my post. I want to share the love to all, but I also can’t be updating the lists forever. Even if it doesn’t make it on to my list, the link will still be in the comments for people to find. Whew, this ended up being way more wordy than I intended. Sorry! I kinda hate that I can’t do the link thing in the way I originally wanted. If anyone has any insight they could provide it would be greatly appreciated.

OKAY, NOW FOR THE FAVORITES!

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown – Read a book about Mars and an uprising, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. This book is such a fantastic introduction to the brutal, yet brilliant author that is Pierce Brown. I will scream about my love of the Red Rising Saga forever (see my reviews of the trilogy here), but I am really looking forward to Brown starting a new series. I’d love to see what fresh hell he brings with a new book.

The Confectioner’s Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles #1) by Claire Luana – This book was my happy book of 2018. While I sadly haven’t had time to read the next two books in the series, I was blown away with how much I enjoyed the first book. If you want a book that will make you smile the whole time you are reading, then I highly recommend this book! (my review, riddled with Great British Bake Off gifs, here)

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archives #1) by Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings was my introduction to Brandon Sanderson. Because if you are going to start a new author, why not jump into the 1000 page first book in their epic, high fantasy saga? And honestly, it is one of the easiest “high fantasy” books I have ever read. If you are looking to try out some high fantasy, I’d recommend starting with The Way of Kings.

Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce – Tamora Pierce has built a beautiful world in Tortall and there are many different series within this world. Wild Magic was my (out of order) introduction. It has everything I want in a book: awesome female main character, snark, talking animals, grumpy (eventual) love interest, and solid world building. Though I’d consider this a middle grade book by today’s standards, it is still a fun, quick read.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Oh hello, favorite read of 2018! I honestly don’t know if I can fully describe how much I love this book. I read it in March 2018 and then reread it via audiobook at the end of December 2018. It’s just…so perfect to me. This trilogy will be one that I reread consistently for years to come. (read me scream about my love from this trilogy here)

Well that’s it for my first Friday Favorites! Thank you for joining me! What are some of your favorite first books in a series?

Friday Favorites posts from around the book community:

Sabreena @ Books and Prosecco
Alison @ Alison in Bookland
Ainslee @ Jest and Hearts
Brittany @ Bookishly Brittknee
Iza @ That Transylvanian Chick Book Blog
Sam @ Tinted Prose Reviews

Be sure to go check them out!

A Look Back at 2018 and a Look Forward to 2019

2018 was the year I truly immersed myself into the bookish community online. I gained traction with my #bookstagram account and started this blog. I learned the true value in books reviews and started reviewing regularly. I made more friends this year than I think I’ve ever made in my whole life. This was a year of so many books. So. Many. Books.

2018 Bookstagram Stats
Bookstagram Posts: 452
Likes Received: 138.8k (WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)
Followers Gained: 3,720 (Again, WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)

2018 Goodreads Stats
# of Books Read: 65. My goal was 100, so I obviously failed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
# of Pages Read: 26,540
Shortest Book Read: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge (270 pages)
Longest Book Read: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (1,248 pages)
My First Review of the Year: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (this was also my favorite read of the year!)
My Five Star Reads of the 2018 (not including rereads): Illuminae. The City of Brass, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, Kingdom of Ash, The Confectioner’s Guild, The Last Namsara, The Wicked King, LIFEL1K3, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Vicious

Looking at 2019, I have plans and goals. Which is not something I usually have. I’m aiming to continue my growth in the online bookish community because my first year here has given me such joy. But I also want to focus on my reading, because all my bookish social media focus has taken me away from actually reading. So, here are my bookish goals/resolutions:

  • Actually read 100 books – Last year, my Goodreads reading challenge was 100 books and I only got to 65. I am DETERMINED to not fail again. I’ll be trying to read more short stories and graphic novels this year, so that should hopefully help me hit my goal. I’ve also joined Beat the Backlist 2019, hosted over at NovelKnight, so that should also help keep me on track.
  • Lessen book buying and mostly read books that I already own – I just finished inventorying my owned books a couple hours ago. Of the 633 books I own, 398 are unread. That’s 63% darn percent unread! While I know I can’t truly topple my TBR, I can make a sizable dent in it if I curb my book buying.
  • Read more at home instead of re-watching Great British Bake Off for the hundredth time – I tend to do most of my reading during my lunch break at work. So that’s just under an hour, 5 days a week. While that is good, it’s not enough for me. I need to focus on reading again and turn off my darn TV.
  • Get better at reviewing – I’m new to the review game and I can tell that my reviews need work. I need to find my own style, my own voice, within my reviews. When I first started this blog I had the idea of audio reviews, but short ones, like a quick review/recommendation similar to how I’d recommend a book to a friend or someone asking about a particular book. Maybe I’ll start that up this year…

So, cheers to the new year and all the good things, bookish and not, that I hope it brings! And now, as is one of my resolutions, I need to go read!

Beat the Backlist 2019

I have spoken many times about the amount of unread books I own. Frankly, the number of unread books I own is shameful. Enter Beat the Backlist, hosted by NovelKnight. Go check out her blog for all the official info about the challenge, but I’ll sum it up for you…

Basically, read your damn (pre-2019) books!

Me to me…

So, without further ado or abuse of gif posting ability, here is the beginning of my Beat the Backlist TBR for 2019:

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Seven Realms and Shatter Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The final three books in the Jackaby Series by William Ritter
  • The Confectioner’s Coup and The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series by Brian Stavely
  • Hunting Prince Dracula and Escape from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  • The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  • Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  • The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

That’s just the beginning, mind you. On January 1st I will be taking an inventory of my current owned books and making a full blown list of books I plan to read in 2019. I really need to get my ratio of read to unread books in better shape. I will be setting my Goodreads challenge to 100, so I am aiming high next year.

Anyone else doing the Beat the Backlist challenge? And if yes, are you participating in the Hogwarts Houses? And if yes, what house are you in? Just wrapping up with a few rapid fire questions…

Happy New Year’s Eve eve! Cheers to many hours of reading in the new year!