September TBR

Hello Kittens! I have no idea why I continue to try to plan by TBR in advance, since I end up changing it pretty dramatically each time, but it makes me feel better for some reason. This month’s TBR will mostly consist of ARCs that I need to get read by the publication dates. I overdid it on my Netgalley requests for this month, and that will limit how many other types of books I can pick up. I will also be participating in a TBR challenge with one of my Facebook book clubs that is designed so that I can’t plan that much in advance. I have two vacations this month, so I’m really looking forward to getting a good chunk of reading done. What does it mean when you plan the books you will bring on vacation before you start packing anything else?

Here’s what the plan looks like right now:

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Smash It! by Francina Simone

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters (book club selection)

Total Planned books: 9

Mid-month Check-in and New Project

Hello Kittens! July feels like it’s operating on warp-speed and I can’t believe we’re more than half-way through the month already. I wanted to give a quick update on my TBR and give you a head’s up about a project I’m planning to start in August that will impact future TBRs. (All links below are to Goodreads)


July TBR progress

So in July, I had planned to read 11 books and I’m doing okay with the goal so far.

I’ve managed to complete:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

The Shadows by Alex North

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells


I’ve also read a few things that weren’t on the official TBR:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Once & Future v.1 by Kieron Gillen


And I have one book from the TBR that I’ve already started reading:

Malice by John Gwynne


A New Project:

I’ve been fascinated by how librarians are represented in literature for a long time, but starting next month, I’m really going to be leaning in to this trope. I am going to be attempting to read 2 books each month that feature a librarian, and I will be ranking them on the lemonade scale, my personal rating, and a new rating that will evaluate how accurately I think they represent the profession. My ultimate goal is to take this reading experiment and turn it into an article for publication (probably in a boring professional magazine that only other librarians will read…but still). I’ll be putting together an official reading list and posting it soon, but if you know of any books featuring a librarian main character please comment with your suggestions! Any genre is fair game!

Series plans pt. 2

Hello Kittens! Welcome back for part two of my post about the series that I will be attempting to read this year. In my last post, I showed you which series I have already started, but for this post, I’ll be showing you the series that I would really like to start this year. I have seen so many good recommendations for series this year, many of which are actually not new series. I am really excited to give them a shot in the second half of 2020 because, let’s be honest, books are the only good thing about 2020 thus far.

Series I’m looking forward to starting (links are to Goodreads):

LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike, #1)

Lifelike series by Jay Kristoff. This is a YA dystopian sci-fi trilogy. The last book just published at the end of June. All that I know about it thus far is that is has a steampunk vibe and is written by half of the writing duo that brought me the Illuminae Files. That’s enough information for me to at least pick these up.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

On that same note, I’m looking to get into the Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. I’m not sure Kristoff writes anything except trilogies. Either way, I’m giving it a try just because he wrote it. On reflection, I’m putting a lot of stock in the works of a guy from whom I’ve only read one book…which he co-authored. Anyways, tons of people have raved about this one so I’ll be going for it soon. (Also, can we just talk about how awesome that cover is?)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers. This series has 3 books currently, with a 4th book expected out next year. I know very little about this series except that it is a space opera sci-fi novel for adults. One of the Booktuber’s that I follow selected it as a book club choice, so I added it to my list but had too much on my plate at the time that the book club actually read it.

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel. This is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy trilogy that was highly recommended by the same Booktuber. I know that it starts off with a young character falling into a crater with a giant hand and that the series is that character growing up and looking into the mystery of that hand and why it came to be there.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This is a 5-book Fantasy series that I’ve heard has a unique magic system. The series is complete as far as I can tell, with the last book publishing last year.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. A lot of people at work are reading Sanderson right now, working through his entire catalog as far as I can tell. I’m going to start here because a lot of people talk about this series. It looks like it started out as a trilogy, and then Sanderson added on 3 more books set in the same world several hundred years after the events of the first trilogy ended. Right now, I’m only going to commit to the first 3 books. If Sanderson is as good as everyone says he is, then I’ll continue on and look at which of his series to move to next.

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown. I’m venturing into this series because of a book club that I’m in. There are currently 5 books in the series and the book club plans to launch into the second book next month (for all I know we’ll just continue reading one of these a month until we run out of books). This is a YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi book with a color-based caste system.

Total books if I finished all of the currently published titles: 25 (not including the second half of the Mistborn series)

That’s a pretty lofty set of series goals for the rest of this year, and in all likelihood, I will probably start more of these series than I will actually finish this year. That’s okay. That’s the best part of getting most of my books from my local libraries; if I don’t like something, I can put it down or give it back without consequences.

Series plans, pt. 1

Hello Kittens! July is certainly off to an interesting start so far. How’s it going for you? I just had to send a correction email because I sent an email saying it was only the second week in June (no, it wasn’t just a typo. I literally forgot it was July). So there’s that.

In any case, today I want to talk to you about some reading goals that I have for the rest of the year related to series. I feel like I’ve either been starting or hearing about series books lately and there are so many that I want to start/finish. Reading a series is a whole different matter from picking up a stand alone novel.

You as the reader are going into the book with the knowledge that if it is good, you are committing a potential unknown quantity of your time to finishing it. Series are serious commitments for the reader. Plus, there’s always the chance that you get deeply invested into a series and then that series doesn’t get completed for some reason. As someone who likes order, I can’t tell you how sad I was that Sue Grafton passed away, and that she did so when she was one book away from finishing her Kinsey Millhone detective mysteries. Plus, let’s not forget the agony that is being a George R. R. Martin fan right now.

For today, I’m going to tell you about the series that I have either started and hope to continue with or finish this year. I’ll follow up with a post later this week of the series that I want to start before the end of this year.

Series I’ve already started (links to go to the Goodreads page for each series):

Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

Claire LeGrand’s Empirium trilogy. I’ve already read Furyborn and have Kingsbane on my shelves right now waiting to be read. I was also lucky enough to get an e-ARC of Lightbringer, which marks the end of this trilogy and will be publishing in the Fall (hopefully). I reviewed Furyborn earlier this year and am definitely invested enough in this series to finish it off by the Fall. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy series that features elemental magic and power-hungry angels meddling in human worlds, plus two awesome female heroines.

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)


The Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman. This series currently has 6 books published, with book 7 set to publish in December and book 8 already hinted at on the author’s website (although she says it’s a long way off). I just finished book 1 as part of my July TBR and really enjoyed it. It’s an adult Fantasy series revolving around the concept of alternate worlds and the preservation of creative thought through books. So far we have a Librarian, a dragon, a Holmes-like detective, and an evil villain with enormous power and a long-standing grudge. I might be able to finish the next 5 books before the new one publishes in December since they’re not very long.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. I read the first book in this series last month and liked it enough to continue on. I think this series is now complete with 7 books total (not including prequels or novellas). The books seem to get longer as you get further into the series. I’m not 100% invested in this series yet, so while I will be continuing on, I’m not going to make it a priority to get through all of the books by the end of the year. I think I’ll shoot for one additional book per month in this series. This is a YA series that follows an unwilling court assassin who is dealing with a corrupt and brutal king from within his own court. There was also a lot of hinting at Celaena’s past and the potential for it to impact the future, so I expect to see that backstory develop over the next few books.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Serpent & Dove series by Shelby Mahurin. I read the first book in the series and am keeping my fingers crossed that I get approved for the second book, Honey & Blood, on NetGalley. If I don’t get it, I might have to do something really crazy, like pre-order it or subscribe to a fandom box or something. I am deeply invested in this series and can’t wait to see what the next book holds. Originally this series was set to be a duology, but a little internet digging is turning up the information that Mahurin and her publisher have confirmed that there will be a third book. I don’t know if it will be a continuation of the original story or if we’re going to move on with new characters. This is a YA Fantasy series that follows a witch who ends up being forced to marry a witch hunter. It is equal parts romance and action and I loved the fact that the magic system demands a literal price at the time that it is used. It is the most unique magic system that I have come across in a while. I’ll definitely be finishing the next book as soon as it comes out and will be anxiously awaiting the publication of the third book.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The first book in this trilogy was one of my favorite reads this year, so I will definitely be continuing on with the series and finishing it by the end of the year. I’ve heard the second and third books don’t continue the story in the traditional way, so I’ll be interested to see what kind of ending we get with the third book. This is a YA Sci-Fi book following young teens who are dealing with the fallout from a hostile takeover/attack of a planetary colony by a large and mysterious corporation.

The Murder of Twelve (Murder She Wrote #51)  Murder in the Storybook Cottage (Book Retreat Mysteries #6) The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (Meg Langslow, #8) Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)

I will also be continuing with several cozy mystery series, including: the Murder, She Wrote series currently written by Jon Land, the Book Retreat mysteries by Ellery Adams, the Meg Langslow mysteries by Donna Andrews, and the Hannah Swensen mysteries by Joanne Fluke. While I’m invested in all of these series, they are all ongoing (as far as I know) and I won’t stress about reading every single published book in the series by the end of the year. I use these as escapist books when I get into a slump or when I just need something light.