July TBR | TBR Card Challenge

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t posted a TBR or a card challenge update in a while, so figured now was a good time. I’ve been in quite a bad slump the last few months but I’m trying to get myself out of it, especially since I’m behind on my goal for the year. That means a lot of mood reading, but I’m also trying to get back on my more structured picks such as through the cards.

I’m still working on some card challenges from previous months, but I do have audiobooks available for a number of them, so I’m hopeful I can knock those out pretty easily.

For this month I picked the following:

  • Nine of Clubs: Anthologies – Love Beyond Body, Space and Time
  • Ten of Hearts: Rich Pick – So You Want to be A Viking (he wanted to be kind and pick a short book)
  • Jack: Under 300 Pages – Wolf’s Rain Volume 1
  • Seven of Spades: Spin a Wheel – Nightbooks
  • Three of Hearts: Random Color – The Ex Hex
  • Four of Diamond: NetGalley – This one I’m leaving to just pick one on my list when I get to it.

Other than those I’m going to concentrate on ARCs that I have commitments to and mood read where I can. What’s everyone else reading this month?

Happy reading!

TBR Card Challenge | January

Hey everyone! I know I’m a little late in posting this, but I wanted to get it up nonetheless. I did draw cards for January so I wanted to share them – here they are!

  • 2 of Clubs – Classic
  • 8 of Spades – Netgalley
  • Ace – over 500 pages
  • 6 of Clubs – Middle Grade
  • 3 of Clubs – Mom Pick
  • 10 of Clubs – Ghost Stories

This months picks both excited and upset me, but here we are. For classis I decided to pick up Beauty and the Beast (the original story) since it’s been a very long time since I read it. My Netgalley pick will be Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu (which spoiler, I have read – so watch for my review closer to release date).

For over 500 pages (this is where I whimpered) I picked Skyward and the middle grade I picked was Malamander.

My mom was excited to hear that mom pick came up since it hasn’t happened since the first month I started this challenge, so she picked Our Last Echoes. Finally for ghost stories I went with Haunted Theaters which I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while.

Happy reading!

December TBR and Reading Plans

Hey everyone! November was a hard month for me. I had a number of things go sideways as well as some hard things going on, so admittedly not a ton of reading happened. I’m hoping to finish the year strong though. So without anything else, let’s get to the card picks for December.

First we got a queen, so that is of course a Calypso pick and this month she decided I was going to readh The Taking of Jake Livingston. We then got 9 of diamonds which was a fantasy, so I picked Thirteens. The next pick was a Jack, which means under 300 pages and at this point I was thanking the cards for being nice, for that one I’m going to pick up the next volume of Kamisama Kiss (I really need to finish this series as well as Fruits Basket).

We then got 7 of spades which is a wheel pick, so I did a random number generator to pick wheel 3. This was the romance wheel which has a mix of titles and authors on it, so it landed on Tessa Bailey and for this I’ll be reading Window Shopping. Next was 2 of diamonds which is middle grade and I picked Dark Waters which I have been wanting to read since it came out. Finally I had a little moment of crying because we got a king which means Rich’s stack of 5, and for that I picked Wintersong.

Other than that and some review books I don’t have any concrete plans for December, I’m just hoping I can get out of my slump and get back on track. What’s everyone else reading?

Happy reading!

November | TBR and Reading Plans

Hey everyone! How is it already a week into November. Nanowrimo is in full swing, so there’s that. I’m already behind there but I have been writing every day, so there’s that. When it came to picking this month’s cards I was very much trying to go easy on myself, not just because of Nano but also because I would really like to make some progress on catching up on a number of things this month. Let’s get to the picks!

  • Two of Hearts – Fantasy
  • Five of Diamonds – YA
  • Jack of Spades – Under 300 pages
  • Two of Diamonds – Middle Grade
  • Three of Diamonds – Random Letter/Title (I)
  • Eight of Hearts – Random Letter/Author (T)

So like I said I went into this wanting to be kind to myself, so I took that theme seriously. For a fantasy I chose the seventh volume of the Buffy reboot comics. To be fair I’m kind of hate reading these right now, I want to give them a chance of course, but to me Buffy canon is the ultimate. I’m sure newcomers to the series would enjoy these new comics, but for me I keep hoping they redeem themselves.

For YA and under 300 pages I went with the next two volumes of Kamisama Kiss (19 and 20). Yes part of this was to go easy on myself, but this is also one of the series I want to finish this year and I’m so close (there are 25 volumes total) so I need to get through them.

For middle grade I chose the second book in the Crowns of Croswald series. It’s been a while since I read the first one and I definitely want to continue on with this series, so this was a good opportunity to do so.

I had a hard time finding a book that I wanted to read that started with an I, so this was an adventure. I finally settled on If Walls Could Talk, a cozy mystery I barely started a while ago when it was gifted to me. It ended up getting put down for no reason, so I’m glad to be getting to it.

I then got the shock of another random letter selection, this time for author name. Thankfully this can be either first or last name, so I selected Odsburg by Matt Tompkins.

So those are the picks for November! I know I’ll be able to get through the manga and graphic novel pretty quickly, but we’ll see what happens with the rest as well as the catching up I need to do! What is on everyone else’s TBRs?

Happy reading!

October TBR and Reading Plans

Hey everyone! Somehow we are at the end of September, I swear the month just started! This is probably going to be a brief post, but I’m excited to get to spooky reads in October. I’m also always trying to play catch up lol as 2020-2021 have really messed with me. Onto the card picks!

  • King – Rich’s Stack of Five
  • Six of Hearts – Random Kindle
  • Seven of Clubs – Asian Author
  • Queen – Calypso Pick
  • Five of Spades – SciFi
  • Five of Diamonds – YA

So far I haven’t picked one for random kindle, I figure it will be a mood read. For Rich’s Stack of Five I went with Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Tales of the Slayer. I have a huge stack of books by Asian authors, so that’s why that is specifically a prompt, for that one I picked Iron Widow.

For the Calypso pick we once again gave her three choices and she ended up going with The Lost Village, though it was close for a bit there.

Choosing a SciFi was a little hard since I don’t have a ton, but I picked The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. Finally I chose All These Bodies as my YA pick since I received a finished copy from the publisher and want to read it ASAP.

Other than that I’m hoping I pick up a ton of spooky books and as always work on narrowing my pile of TBR picks and review copies. Someday we will get out of this Pandora’s Box situation and things will get better.

Happy reading!

September TBR & Reading Plans

Hey everyone! I feel like each month goes faster and faster. I don’t know if it is because of the times we are in or just another aspect of getting older – but here we are selecting cards for next month! Rich and I went through and changed a few of the prompts, we gave the board a little sprucing up you could say.

Here are what the cards decreed:

  • 8 of Hearts – Random Letter Author
  • Queen – Calypso Pick
  • 7 of Diamonds – Rich Pick
  • 8 of Diamonds – Non-Fiction
  • Jack – Under 300 Pages
  • 9 of Clubs – Love in Color

I’m going to keep this brief but some of the picks were pretty hilarious, especially the random letter for the author name. My first three picks were duds (I, Z and X) but we finally got G, which led to Not That Bad by Roxane Gay.

Then Calypso pick came up and thankfully Calypso was feeling like cooperating. I gave her three options, but what she settled on was Haunted New Orleans.

And then we got Rich Pick! Apparently the cards were having fun with me. Rich ended up picking Written in Red by Anne Bishop which wasn’t a huge surprise since he bought it for me.

The next couple I selected pretty easily with my non-fiction being Nevermore by Troy Taylor and the under 300 pages book being Horribly Mutilated by the same author.

Finally anthologies came up and for this one I selected one I got from Book of the Month recently – Love In Color.

Here’s hoping I can get them all of them plus churn through more of past picks. We shall see!

Happy reading!

August TBR & Reading Plans

Hello everyone! Time to talk about what I plan to read in August. I may be taking on more than I can handle, but I not only did my card draws but also am going to do the Trope-ical readathon!

For my cards I drew the following:

  • 3 of Diamonds – Wheel #3: The Proposal
  • 6 of Diamonds – Horror/Thriller: Home Before Dark
  • 5 of Diamonds – YA: My Best Friend’s Exorcism
  • Jack of Spades – Under 300 Pages: Kamisama Kiss #18
  • 5 of Hearts – BotM: The Guest List
  • 6 of Hearts – Random Kindle: The Folcroft Ghosts

For the Trope-ical Readathon I tried to have as much crossover as possible with these picks as well as previous card picks. I’ve made a graphic to show my TBR for this readathon. If you want more information on it make sure to check it out on JenJenReview’s Blog post.

Who knows what I will be able to complete, we’ll just have to see. For the most part I just want to have some fun! Are any of these books on your TBR?

Happy reading!

July TBR | Reading Plans

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again – I’ve drawn my cards for the books from my ‘backlist’ that I want to read in July. I won’t lie, so far June has been very slumpy. I’ve read two of the six books I pulled last month and while I’ve made progress on previous month’s picks, I’m still kind of grumpy with myself. So let’s just ignore that and go on to the July picks!

Introducing the new cat cards that I picked up! I of course still love my gem cards that I got from work, but I had to get these and immediately wanted to use them for these picks.

The cards were not very kind to me this month, we saw our first ace and I wanted to cry since that meant I had to read a book over 500 pages!

  • Ten of Clubs – Ghost Stories – Ghosts of Salem
  • Five of Diamonds – YA – Summer of Salt
  • Ace of Diamonds – Over 500 Pages – Days of Blood and Starlight
  • Four of Clubs – Mystery – The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
  • Eight of Spades – In Progress (meaning something I have started but put down) – A Dash of Trouble
  • Kind of Clubs – Rich’s Stack of Five – Goblin

I had Rich pick a couple books to add to the stack of five because a couple had been removed. There will be some tweaking of the board next month as I removed a couple prompts that didn’t really fit my selection of books.

So there we have it, I’m really hoping I will be able to knock a good amount of these out as well as some of the previous ones. I recently got a number of audiobooks for the previous picks and am trying to get back into listening to them. Working from home I have found that I don’t listen to audiobooks as much as I do at the office (at the office I could easily knock out a couple books a day) because I have other options of things to listen to at home. Fingers crossed I fall back into them!

Have you read any of these? Happy reading!

June TBR | Reading Plans

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I drew the cards to see what I would be pulling to read from my physical TBR. So far I managed to make progress on some previous books that were picked and read three of the books I had selected for May. May was a little bit of a make up month for me so I was happy with what I completed. I would have liked to read more obviously, but will pick them up as I’m keeping them pulled until I read them. Now onto what’s coming for June!

This month the cards I drew were as follows:

  • Three of Diamonds – Wheel
  • Four of Hearts – Contemporary
  • Five of Clubs – Wildcard
  • Three of Hearts – Paranormal Romance
  • Ten of Diamonds – BotM
  • Jack of Spades – Under 300 Pages

So, you may have noticed that Wheel is a new prompt! I switched out a few prompts that didn’t really fit with what I had on my TBR. For Wheel I created a number of wheels with different themes in an app, so when this came up I did a random number generator to pick the wheel (which ended up being the middle grade wheel) and it selected The Girl and the Ghost.

For Contemporary I decided to do something fun and picked K-Pop Confidential and since Wildcard allows me to choose whatever I want I picked up Bridge of Souls since I’ve wanted to read it since I got it.

When it came to Paranormal Romance I knew I was going to pick the next book in the Krewe of Hunters series since I am way behind on that series, so that will be Dying Breath. I have a number of books from BotM that I need to get read so this one took me a while to choose, but I finally picked Piranesi.

Finally I was really happy to pull a Jack since that meant something under 300 pages, so I grabbed Kamisama Kiss #17 since I really need to finish that manga series and already have all of the ones I haven’t read.

So those are the books that were picked for June! I have confidence that I should be able to get through them, but who knows?

What is everyone else reading in June?

Happy reading!

May TBR and Reading Plans

Hey everyone! It’s time to see what the cards picked for me this month. I only read two of my picks from last month sadly (April was a far different month than I thought it would be) but as always I’m carrying over what I didn’t read. I have a stack of the books still waiting from these picks, so I’m going to get to them.

  • Jack of Diamonds – under 300 pages
  • Four of Clubs – Mystery
  • Six of Hearts – Random Kindle
  • Two of Hearts – Fantasy
  • King – Stack of Five
  • Nine of Hearts – YA

For under 300 pages I selected a book I picked up non long ago but something that I was very excited for, Ghosthunting Oregon. I’m a sucker for history/ghost stories and this was an impulse buy in my local Barnes and Noble.

For Mystery I selected The Lost Apothecary, as I’m also really trying to get to my BotM picks since I have a ton of them left unread at this point. My random kindle pick was Lightfall, which spoiler alert if you saw my post yesterday – I have already finished! For fantasy I selected the first Starfell book since I do want to try and read a lot of middle grades in May, but also because I have wanted to get to this one ever since I picked it up.

Rich had just picked another book to go on the Stack of Five choices, which was Vampires Never Get Old, so I was glad to select that one. Finally for my YA pick I selected The Perfect Escape.

Rich and I made a few changes to the board this month, we switched out a few prompts that I didn’t really want on there anymore, so I’m excited for the new options to come up in the future.

So that’s what the cards determined for me this month! Hopefully I can get to these as well as some from previous months so that the stack can get smaller.

Happy reading!