Medievalathon TBR

Hello Readers! I’m participating in the month-long reading challenge that I heard about on YouTube, known as Medievalathon. I liked that the challenges seemed easy enough and there was plenty of time to complete it. (January 10th-February 10th)

You can watch the announcement video here: https://youtu.be/sRRvc6pjPBI

I’ve chosen to compete as a member of the Clergy for this challenge.

My prompts are:

Level 1 Altar Server: Read an underrated book

My book choice: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Level 2 Faith Scholar: A book about books

My book choice: The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

Level 3 Priest: A book w/ a person on the cover

My book choice: If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier

Level 4 Bishop: A book with the chosen one trope

My book choice: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Level 5 Pope: Read whatever you want

My book choice: currently undecided

August 2020 TBR

Hello Kittens! I hope August is off to a good start for all of you. I’m coming into this month with a lot of optimism about the amount of reading that I will be able to do. Life is settling down a little and there are several great titles coming my way soon. Without further ado, here’s my reading plan for the month of August.

All links go to Goodreads

Leftovers from July:

Malice by John Gwynne. I’ve made it more than halfway through this book and I will be finishing it in the next week or so.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I’m about 15 chapters into this book and am also listening to it on Scribd, which is a surprisingly enjoyable experience. I get nostalgic when listening to a book that I am also physically reading because it takes me back to those times when we would listen to a book that we were reading as a class in elementary school. I swear I can actually smell the crayons each time I sit down to read this.

Read-a-longs:

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. This is for one of the Facebook book groups that I participate in and is the only read-a-long that I am doing this month. I felt like I was really overloading my month with ultra-structured reading, so I’ll only be choosing one or two books each month from a book group from now on.

Librarians in Literature:

I’ve got my first two titles for my Librarians in Literature project that I blogged about last month. The goal of the project is to read some books featuring a main character who is a Librarian and examine the book from the perspective of a professional Librarian. I want to take a look at how accurately books are portraying the work that we do. Plus, it’s just fun for me to read about a Librarian in a different context.

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin. Okay, so i’m starting off with a title that’s a little outlandish, but this project is supposed to be fun as well as academic.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. I think this will be a slightly more serious treatment of the profession. It also looks like there is more than one Librarian featured.

ARCs:

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard. Pub date is 8/4.

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner. Pub date is 8/18.

All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn. Pub date is 8/18.

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest. Pub date is 8/25

Everything else:

Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land.

Total August books: 8 (+2 to finish)

I’ve kept it a little more modest this month in an effort to take a little pressure off and leave more room for spontaneity. I hope you all have a great reading month ahead of you full of fantastic titles. Stay well, Kittens.

July 2020 TBR

Welcome Kittens! I hope you’re staying cool and getting ready to enjoy a safe and socially distanced holiday weekend. I’ve been busy planning my reading for the month, with the goal being to create a more realistic reading plan that I actually stick to. The best thing about reading is that even when things don’t go according to plan (*cough* last month *cough*), there’s no real consequence. As long as you’re reading something, you’re winning.

For this month, I’m breaking the TBR into a few categories. Category 1 is read-a-longs that I hope to participate in. Category 2 is ARCs that I need to get done before they publish. Category 3 is books that I would really like to get to this month, most likely because I borrowed them from the library and they need to go back soon.

(links are to the book’s Goodreads page)

Read-a-longs:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I got really behind on this read-a-long from last month, but I am determined to finish this fantastic book this month. This was a read-a-long over on oliviareadsalatte’s (one of my favorite booktubers) discord server. Technically it finishes this week and I definitely won’t make that deadline, but I’m going to read it nonetheless.

Malice by John Gwynne. This one is for the Shelf Space Book Club run by Jessie Mae over on Instagram. I really enjoyed the last pick, Kings of the Wyld.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This one was chosen by a Facebook Book club that I participate in.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. This title is the July book club book for The Page Turners book club on Facebook. (Yes, I’m in more than one Facebook book club. Sue me)

ARCs:

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. Pub date is 7/7

The Shadows by Alex North. Pub date is 7/7. I just started this one today and it is definitely twisted.

True Story by Kate Reed Petty. Pub Date is 8/4

Everything Else:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Already in progress on this one and liking it so far.

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. Also already in progress. This was my most recent Bookopoly roll for my book club and it’s pretty short.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Library book.

A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney. Library book and Alice in Wonderland re-telling.

That’s a total of 11 books that I’m committed to reading this month. Hopefully there will be more, but those are the top choices. I still have a few days of Bookopoly left, so that may throw a few curveballs in there, but the fun kind of curveballs. I will probably continue to let the Bookopoly board choose some titles for me even after that challenge is over. It’s fun!

 

June 2020 TBR

Welcome back Kittens! I’m going to be testing out a few new posts on the blog, including a new monthly TBR feature near the beginning of each month. It’s just a bit of fun and a way to help me organize my reading…and hopefully remain realistic about what I can accomplish.

June’s TBR title’s currently include (Links are to the title’s Goodreads page):

Haze by Rebecca Crunden

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (already in progress)

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager– I got an e-galley of this one, but it is also going to be a Book of the Month selection and I’ll probably pick up the physical copy that way.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides– I feel like I’m one of the few thriller lovers who hasn’t read this book yet and I was able to get a copy from a nearby library.

The Shadows by Alex North (e-galley)

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Knight of the Silver Circle by Duncan Hamilton– I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dragonslayer. You can find my review here.

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– This is another series that many people read that I just never got to.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (e-galley)

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (currently in progress and reading as part of a read-a-long from the publisher on Instagram)

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (part of @livreadsalatte’s read-a-along)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (part of a read-a-long for the Shelf Space book club on Instagram run by @jessiemaebooks)

Total books: 14

I added a few shelves to my Goodreads bookshelf this month to help keep things straight. Thanks to the quarantine I now have shelves for: “blame-booktube”, “netgalley”, “botm”(Book of the Month), and “dcb recs”. That last shelf is recommendations from one of my best Librarian friends who has also been reading a ton during quarantine. Every time we talk lately, she recommends 3-5 books for me and I needed a way to keep it all straight. Her tastes tend a little more towards contemporary romance, but sometimes that is exactly what I need.