January 2019 Reading List

Here it is – my first reading list of 2019! After a successful year of reading in 2018 (I managed to read over 80 books – I am not even sure how I managed that one!) I am excited to dive into all the fantastic new books being released in 2019!

I have quite a few books that I am excited for in 2019, but I’ll be sharing those in a post later this month! For now, here’s the books I am most excited to read in January! Some are older releases that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, while others are January releases I simply can’t wait to pick up!

  1. Once a King by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  2. Evermore by Sara Holland (Release Date: December 31, 2018)
  3. The Wicked King by Holly Black (Release Date: January 8, 2019)
  4. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. Mcmanus (Release Date: January 8, 2019)
  5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Release Date: January 15, 2019)
  6. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Release Date: January 22, 2019)
  7. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Release Date: January 29, 2019)
  8. Enchantee (ARC) by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  9. Courting Darkness (ARC) by Robin LaFevers (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  10. Bloodwitch (ARC) by Susan Dennard (Release Date: February 12, 2019)

What books are you most looking forward to reading in 2019?

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SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 4 – 6)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 (review is now available here) and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This second half of the series review will feature Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Kingdom of AshOverall, I feel that Maas really found her stride in the second half of the series. With world-building (mostly) out of the way, and a plethora of well-developed characters and plot points to choose from, Maas was able to focus on weaving an intricate plot that, at times, left me reeling in awe and wonder.

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December TBR + Christmas Wishlist

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in November – in fact, I managed to read 7 books, despite a wildly busy month at work! I totally did not anticipate this level of reading success in November, but I am so happy that I found so much time to read this month, despite everything else going on in my life!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

With Christmas just around the corner, I have decided to put myself on a “Book Buying Ban” until the New Year, which means my monthly TBR will be limited to the four books currently in my To Be Read Box, and one audiobook!

  1. Hunting Prince Dracula (Audiobook) by Kerri Maniscalco (Release Date: September 19, 2017)
  2. Heart of Thorns (ARC) by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Enchantee (ARC) by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)

That being said, I do have quite the Christmas Wishlist, which is lined with new releases! For anyone looking for gift ideas of their own (and for my own reference in the future), I thought I would share my Christmas Wishlist here as well!

  1. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 5, 2017)
  2. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  4. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Release Date: October 5, 2018)
  5. Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  7. Once a King by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  8. Evermore by Sara Holland (Release Date: December 31, 2018)

WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR WISHLIST? LET ME KNOW!

SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 1 – 3)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This first series review will feature Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire. My feelings about these first three books are torn, as is evident in my individual reviews below, but overall I feel that without these three books, Aelin’s story, and the general tale Maas’ has woven, would have been less impactful and certainly less cohesive, as a significant amount of character development and world building occurs in these three books.

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Dabbling in #NaNoWriMo

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month (often referred to as NaNoWriMo)? I imagine many of you have – but if you’re like I was a couple years ago, this may all be new to you! If that’s the case, you may be wondering – what the heck is NaNoWriMo? 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

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November 2018 Reading List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in October – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List! I totally did not anticipate this level of reading success in October, but I am so happy that I found so much time to read this month, despite everything else going on in my life!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  6. Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release Date: November 6, 2018)

I am also planning to purchase the Throne of Glass Collector’s Edition (Release Date: November 6, 2018) by Sarah J Maas and re-read the book that started this entire series! For those of you who don’t know, Throne of Glass means quite a lot to me. I had strayed away from reading, for multiple reasons, but I picked up Throne of Glass during a time when I really needed to rediscover my love for reading, and Maas teleported me to a world I so desperately needed in order to escape my own reality. Since that first book, Maas, Aelin, and the world of Erilea have been sweeping me away on adventures and experiences unlike other.

October 2018 Reading List

Better late than never… right? October has been wild thus far, and between work, family, and life, my blog had to take a back seat for a couple weeks. I am hoping to get back into the blogging groove in the next couple weeks, but I make no promises! That being said, if you’re looking for regular updates, I am still sharing my love for books quite regularly on Instagram and Twitter.

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month (I know, I know, I say that every month!) – with an exciting new teaching job to navigate I am not sure how much time I’ll have to read, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – even half would be an accomplishment!

 

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Vengeful by VE Schwab (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  6. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Release Date: October 2, 2018)
  7. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Release Date: October 2, 2018)
  8. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Release Date: October 2, 2018)
  9. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: October 23, 2018)
  10. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Release Date: October 30, 2018)

 

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!

September Reading List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in August – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month – with an exciting new teaching job to navigate I am not sure how much time I’ll have to read, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – even half would be an accomplishment!

  1. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  2. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  3. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (Release Date: September 3, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  6. Imposters by Scott Westerfeld (Release Date: September 11, 2018)
  7. Rule by Ellen Goodlet (Release Date: September 11, 2018)
  8. Vengeful by VE Schwab (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  9. The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  10. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (Release Date: September 25, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!

These Rebel Waves Sara Raasch

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, These Rebel Waves is a thrilling new fantasy series – full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world – from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work. Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war. Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre. As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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