February TBR | Reading Plans

Hey everyone! Well, another month has pretty much passed us by. Where did January go? It’s been a pretty good reading month and with a couple more reads I’m trying to get a couple more reads in, but I’ll discuss that in my wrap up (yes, wrap ups are coming back!). As of writing this post I have read four of the six books that I picked for January and I’m hoping to finish at least one more before the month ends. As a reminder I’m not punishing myself if any are unfinished – I am carrying them over and picking them up as I can, but I’m not pressuring myself with any punishments or anything. My wrap up will come in a few days, but for now let’s get to what the cards determined for February.

4 of Diamonds – Netgalley
2 of Spades – Kindle + YA
Jack of Clubs – Under 300 Pages
King of Clubs – Rich’s Stack of 5
10 of Hearts – Historical
2 of Clubs – Classic

Most of these made me sigh with relief as I was hoping for a slightly lighter month – especially since I’m always playing catch up due to the century that was 2020. For the most part I was really happy with what the cards revealed.

For my NetGalley pick I went with the next blog tour I have scheduled, so This Golden Flame will be covering that card pick. For the Kindle + YA I have a collection on my kindle that is just YA, so I decided to be kind to myself and chose a short story/novella, which was The Automaton’s Treasure.

Under 300 pages did make me cheer just a bit and I was super excited to grab Kiki’s Delivery Service right off my book cart. Rich got it for me for Christmas and I have been dying to read it ever since, so I jumped at the chance to squeeze it into the TBR.

I groaned just slightly when that king card came up, just because most of the books Rich chose when I started this challenge are a bit on the larger size and I had already had one of the stack of 5 on January’s TBR. For this one I ended up going with Kill Creek.

Historical is one that will probably be removed from the board at some point just because I don’t have a ton of historical books – but for this category I’m including other genres that may have a historical setting, so I went with Stalking Jack the Ripper since I really need to get to that series.

Finally we landed on classic and I won’t lie, I was cringing just because I haven’t been in the mood for classics, but then I remembered that I still have some Shirley Jackson that I haven’t read so I leapt at the chance to pick up Let Me Tell You by her. Even though it was released only a few years ago, it’s previously unreleased work by her, so I’m counting it.

So there we have it! I think this months picks will be mostly easy to handle and if nothing else, fun to read!

Happy reading!

January TBR and Reading Plans

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month where I used a deck of cards to pick some (usually physical) books off my TBR/backlist to hopefully read the next month. I’m not punishing myself if I don’t read everything at this point as I’m just feeling things out. If you aren’t aware of the method I’m using or want to know more about it, please take a moment to read last month’s post where I explain everything.

Spoiler alert – as of this writing I have no read all six books I picked for December and let’s be honest, December was probably not the best month to start this in as it’s a busy month during an easy year. So far I’ve read two of the six books I picked, but I am hoping to get more done in the last week of the year (fingers crossed). I currently have two of them on audiobook and have started the other two already, so even if I only finish one or two more I will be happy. Again, I’m not going to punish myself if I don’t complete them, though I may roll them over and try to read them in the following month.

With that being said, let’s get into the plans for January!

  • 3 of spades – Anthologies
  • King of clubs – Rich’s Stack of 5
  • 9 of clubs – Anthologies
  • 6 of diamonds – Horror/Thriller
  • 10 of spades – Romance
  • 9 of hearts – YA + Random # generator

So for the first anthology I let myself cheat a little and picked something on my Kindle that I’ve started and definitely need to finish, which was Come On In. In most instances with this TBR game my intent is to pick physical books, but for January I do want to be a little nice to myself as well as get stuff done.

Out of the five books that Rich selected before I ever started the game I selected The Hero‘s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. This has been on my TBR forever in my middle grade section, so I was glad it was one of his picks.

The second anthology I picked was Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean which is something I picked up a while ago after hearing about it in passing. Then came Horror/Thriller which I was super excited about, I had a stack prepared of some that I wanted to read, so I selected The Haunting of Blackwood House.

I was actually kind of bummed when romance came up this time, but only because I haven’t been in a huge romance mood as of late, so with that in mind I’m going with Bed of Roses which is the second book in a series that I really need to complete.

Finally I got to YA + Random # generator, after conferring with Rich we agreed I should pick 10 books and then select a number from that, so that’s what I did. I pulled YA books off my cart and put them in a row, which then resulted in Shutter being picked.

So there you have it, those are the six books (beside review books and others that find their way in) that I’m planning to get off of my TBR in January. Wish me luck!

Happy reading!

December TBR and Reading Plans

I’ve taken a break from doing monthly reading plans and TBRs because 2020 has not been conducive to my reading habits. I had a number of months where my anxiety and stress were so bad that it threw me into a major slump.

Well, I’ve decided it’s time for them to come back! This is for a number of reasons – firstly because I like having some kind of plans, but also because I really want to tackle my ‘backlist’ and have something outside of review books.

I’ve been seeing a ton of TBR games floating around on booktube and thought some of them looked so fun and I decided that the best one for me to try would be using a deck of cards to determine my TBR. This is in no way an original idea, I saw versions of this on both Maddi’s and April’s channels. So using the same premise I came up with my own version.

On my board I have 36 total prompts which may get re-organized after a while but for now will be kept the same. There are 15 genre specific prompts, 13 more random or combo prompts and then 8 duplicates (4 from genres and 4 from random).

I then picked out prompts for what would happen if I drew the face cards or an ace. For Jack I have to read a book under 300 pages, Queens result in Calypso picking a book, King would be a book selected from a stack of 5 books that Rich has pre-selected (you can see post-its for these on the bottom right of the board) and an Ace would be a book over 500 pages. Rich and I mutually agreed that I can only draw one Ace per month. I also decided to start with selecting six – if it’s more than I can handle I will decrease it, but otherwise I’m going to stick with it. I’m also not going to give myself a punishment if I don’t complete everything (maybe in the future, but for now I want to enjoy the experience).

After helping me figure out everything and helping me make my board, Rich was just as excited as I was to select things for my December TBR – so we did it right away – here’s what happened!

  • 7 of hearts – Mom pick
  • 4 of hearts – Random Color Generator
  • 2 of diamonds – Middle Grade
  • 5 of diamonds – YA
  • Queen of clubs – Calypso pick
  • 7 of clubs – Contemporary

Hilariously, right after I called my mom and asked her if she was alright with there being a ‘mom pick’ it was the first one I ended up drawing – I read her the titles of five books and she picked Harrow Lake.

For random color I did a random color generator and got a pinkish tone, this one took me a while to find one that fitted, but finally I came up with Throne of Fire having a very similar color throughout its cover.

For middle grade I immediately pulled Dead Voices off of the stack sitting right behind me because I need to read it. For YA I selected one I already have a bookmark in, which is The Silence of Bones.

For Calypso’s pick I presented her with three options and let her see me putting a treat on each of them. Her decision was swift and final, The Last Final Girl it is.

And finally I came to contemporary, this one was another easy pick of one I already have a bookmark in and desperately want to get to – I Believe in a Thing Called Love.

So there you have it, this is my December TBR (besides review books) and we’ll see how I like this new TBR game that I’m trying – I’m super excited! What do you think of TBR games or the rules I have set myself?

Happy reading!

May Reading Plans

We’re already a month into May and my days are still blending together, so we’ll see how much of this I actually adhere to, but I’m going to do my best to get some solid reading done.

As always, I concentrate on books I’ve received for review and then try to fill in more around them. Since I’m working from home right now (and in a weird head space) I admittedly haven’t been listening to as many audiobooks as usual. I’m hoping to get that number back up as that’s partly how I knock out some of my backlist.

Beyond that, I’m participating in the TBR and Beyond monthly challenge for Middle Grade May. Since the first week of the month has been hectic work wise I haven’t yet decided on my TBR for that, but I have a whole pile of middle grade books pulled that I can read from.

So I guess what I’m saying is that besides review books I have no really solid plans, but I am looking forward to chipping away at my TBR.

Happy reading!

April Reading Plans and Clearing the Hoard Update

We’re already more than a week into April, but I thought I should still discuss my reading plans. With everything going on I am feeling like I’m in a bit of a slump, but I’m hoping April I will really tackle the books I have on my list.

My main goal for April is to get ahead on my review books so that I can then really tackle backlist books or those I have coming in. Bringing in books to ease anxiety is a real thing, I just need to get reading.

As for clearing the hoard, I kinda failed this last month. I only read three books that I have physically, and one was a re-read, so technically only two counted. Still, after the month that was March I am not too disappointed.

Here’s hoping April will be a great reading month!

Clearing the Hoard: Update and Month 3

This challenge was created by Caffeinated Fae in an effort to reduce the number of physically owned but unread books in her collection. Make sure to head over to her post (linked above) to check it out.

Another month has already gone by! In total this past month I read six physical books, though one of them wasn’t on my TBR shelf (The Forever House) as it was a re-read. I did finally get to The Cheerleaders, but alas I didn’t love it so it will be going to my local bookstore so someone else can love it. The rest of them have been moved to my read shelves.

As for this coming month, I do have a couple physical ARCs to get to, but I’ll also be trying to tackle a few more physical books on my TBR shelf. I am still making my way through Robots vs. Fairies one story at a time, and currently have the audiobooks for the following books:

-The Devouring Grey
-Trail of Lightning
-When the Moon Was Ours
-Night Music

Fingers crossed that I get to them this month, if not I’ll probably keep moving them forward until I do!

What are you hoping to get off your TBR shelves?

Happy reading!

Clearing the Hoard: Update and Month 2

This challenge was created by Caffeinated Fae in an effort to reduce the number of physically owned but unread books in her collection. Make sure to head over to her post (linked above) to check it out.

So here we are, in month 2! If you want a refresher of what books I had selected and my reasoning, etc, head on over to my previous post. In that post I had selected five books and I read….one of them. Oops.

To be fair, my audiobook loan for The Cheerleaders expired shortly after I wrote that post and I only just recently was able to check it out again, so it will definitely get finished this month. The others (besides Battlefield Ghosts, which I finished) will maybe be added to this months list. Besides those I did manage to remove 3 other books from my physical TBR which were The Witch Boy, Norse Mythology and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. So while I didn’t get to all the ones I picked, I did get 4 physical books off of my TBR.

This month (besides those from last month) I would like to get to The Devouring Gray and Dragon Pearl, which I finally had come in from the library. Other than that I’m not going to make a list since I do have carry overs from last month.

So while January didn’t go exactly as planned, there were still four books from TBR to Read and that’s not too shabby. We’ll see what this month brings!

Happy reading!

Clearing the Hoard Challenge: Month 1

This challenge was created by Caffeinated Fae in an effort to reduce the number of physically owned but unread books in her collection. Make sure to head over to her post (linked above) to check it out.

I have no where near the stats that she has in her post, I keep meaning to get some together but I have been busy with other things, but I can say that my number of unread books is definitely a couple hundred. Last year I did make good progress in removing some backlist from my shelves, but more progress is needed. I figured each month I could do posts of what I intended or hoped to read and then do an update at the end of the month to see how I did.

So if you read my TBR, you would know the physical books I pulled, but here’s a refresher:

  1. The Cheerleaders
  2. Night Music
  3. Battlefield Ghosts
  4. Dead Voices
  5. Robots Vs. Fairies

I’m not sure now if I’ll get to The Cheerleaders, as my audio book from the library expired. I’m back on the hold list, but I don’t know if I’ll get it back in time. A good number of the backlist books are consumed via audio book just because a lot of my physical reading time is used towards reading review copies. I do still have an audio book for Night Music. The others I am planning on reading physically.

Fingers crossed and happy reading!

January 2020 Reading Plans

It’s 2020 already and I’m hoping to hit the ground running. For the most part I’m planning to tackle more review books that I have since I’m trying to get caught up after my slump, but I’ve also pulled some of my physical books that I would like to get off my TBR this month as well.

The Cheerleaders and Night Music are books I currently have audio books for so those should be easy to knock out. I’m already half way done with Robots Vs. Fairies and the other two books are pretty short. So I’m fairly confident I can knock these ones out – my hope is that this happens and that I’m also able to pull additional books from my shelves. We shall see what happens in that regard.

There’s also always random books that I may pick up on my kindle or via audio books as the mood strikes me. Also, there are monthly challenges I want to participate in that I haven’t been able to check out yet, so this may have additions or changes based on that.

Happy reading!

December Reading Plans

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know the last few months have not been the best for me reading wise. I’ve struggled with a reading slump as well as been extremely busy in a time of year I wouldn’t normally be busy. It’s been a struggle in a year that has been amazing in the amount I’ve been able to read. With that being said, I’m hoping the last month of the year will allow me to pick up my pace again and end the year on a high note.

I have a ton of review books that I need to complete, some of which I’m in the middle of, so those are actually top priority for me. My reading slump definitely meant I wasn’t getting through as many as I needed to, so I need to correct that. I’ve already made decent progress as it is the 4th and I’ve finished three review books already.

Another priority is to finish up some of the books I’m in the middle of. There are a number on my currently reading shelf that have been there way too long. I would like to start 2020 pretty cleanly, I’m realistic enough that I know I won’t get to everything, but I’d like to be close.

So those are my plans for this month, no specific TBR just a lot of catching up. Fingers crossed.

Happy reading!