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!

April TBR | Reading Plans

Well everyone, here we are again. It’s almost the beginning of April, so it was time for Rich and I to sit down and do my monthly card picks for what I would like to get to in April. The last couple months haven’t exactly been wins for my card picks in terms of getting through the books, but I’m keeping anything I don’t read out so I can pick it up if I have time. That being said I have just been super busy, and with Camp NaNoWriMo happening in April I don’t know how much free time I will have. We’re just going to have to see how it goes.

So let’s get into what cards I pulled for April:

9 of Diamonds – Fantasy
4 of Clubs – Mystery
5 of Diamonds – YA
6 of Hearts – Random Kindle
3 of Spades – Anthologies
7 of Diamonds – Rich Pick

For the first one I decided to pick up a fantasy from an indie author that I’ve been wanting to read, so I picked The Falling. For mystery I’m stretching it a bit by picking The Hollow Places as it’s not technically a mystery, but I checked Goodreads and say that people had shelved it as a mystery, so I’m counting it.

For the YA pick I decided to pull from my TBR cart which has some of the books I really want to get to on it, so I pulled Rules For Vanishing because it’s high time I got to it. Next was the random kindle pick, which I’m going to select Poems for the End of the World for. Picking an anthology wasn’t hard since I have a stack of them, so I pulled Hungry Hearts.

By this time Rich was disappointed that I hadn’t pulled a face card yet, so he was happy to see that I drew a card for Rich Pick. He also stuck to my TBR cart even though I told him he could also peruse the TBR shelves, but he pulled Greek Myths since he knew I really wanted to get to that one.

So that’s what the cards determined for this month! We’ll see how well I do. I’m hoping I’ll get to most of them as well as maybe getting to some of my carry overs from past months.

Happy reading!

March TBR | Reading Plans

How is it already the end of February?! I know it’s the shortest month, but it went by SUPER fast. Still, I find that when I get towards the end of the month I’m really excited to draw my cards to figure out my stack of six books that I put on my TBR. As a refresher I did take inspiration for this from others, but made the rules my own. If I don’t complete the books I don’t punish myself, I’m simply using this as a fun way to try and tackle my (mostly) physical TBR. Any books not finished do get carried over and I can pick them up in following months if I am in the mood to.

With that, here’s how March’s cards came out:

2 of Spades – Kindle + YA
9 of Clubs – Anthologies
5 of Diamonds – YA
10 of Hearts – Historical
9 of Spades – YA + Color
7 of Clubs – Contemporary

For the first challenge I browsed my Kindle for something that was calling to me and decided to finally finish A Tyranny of Petticoats, which has been on my currently reading shelf longer than I would like to admit. The anthology I grabbed from my stack is Color Between the Lines which I’m super excited for.

Next I decided to go with Pet for my YA pick since it’s something I picked up recently and want to pick up sooner rather than later. Historical is a hard category with me and I’ve pretty much decided I’m going to switch out the Historical prompts for something else in the future – I just don’t have enough books to choose from for this prompt. My pick is definitely stretching it, The Saturday Night Ghost Club – but I decided it counted since it’s set in the 80s.

For YA + Color I turned to the random color generator and came up with a very unique mustard yellow/gold color. For this one I had some difficulties, but my boyfriend agreed that the balloons on 10 Blind Dates were close enough to count.

Again, the last choice was a stretch – when I pick Contemporary I don’t necessarily need contemporary to be the main focus, I just consider it something set in the contemporary setting, so because I wanted something a bit spooky in my TBR I went with The Haunted since people do have it shelved as contemporary on Goodreads (hey! my game, my rules haha).

So those are my plans for March (besides review books and mood reading) and I’m excited. Hopefully I’ll make my way through them!

Happy reading!

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!