TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #7 | Top of Your TBR

Hi, everyone! Back again for another Top 5 Wednesday (even though it…isn’t quite Wednesday). Anyway, T5W is a weekly meme by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes; there is also a Goodreads group, if you’re interested in learning more. This week’s theme is “top of your TBR.” Since I pick my monthly TBR by picking randomly from a jar, I figured I would use the last five books I added to my Goodreads TBR. Hope you enjoy!


5. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

So I only added this because I have to read it for a class, but I haven’t started it yet. I hope it isn’t a sad read, but….we’ll see, I suppose. I’m pretty interested in it.

4. Ring by Koji Suzuki

I did not know my favorite horror movie was a book until just this month?? I have to read it now! I hope it is just as spooky as the movie adaptation; I remember first watching it when I was eight or nine and being terrified.

3. The Black Company by Glen Cook

I forgot how I got ahold of this book…I think I was Google searching for fantasy novels? Anyway, I read the synopsis, and though it seems dark, I think it would be interesting to read.

2. The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman

This is another one that I found searching for fantasy novels. It seems like a classic “heroine has an adventure” story, and it seems like a fun read. On Goodreads, it looks like a lot of polarizing reviews, either they loved it or hated it. We’ll see!

1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. This is practically a classic, and I still haven’t read it yet. But the movie trailer got me interested. I saw that it has eight books, so why not? I’m still not sure what’s going on in the series, so maybe it’ll be one of the series I start this year!


And there you have it, everyone, the last five books added to my Goodreads TBR! Let me know what the most recent books you’ve added to your TBR — maybe they’ll be added to mine, too!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #6 | 2019 Reading Resolutions

Hi, everyone! Here we are at another Wednesday, just in time for Top 5 Wednesday. T5W is brought to you by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There is also a Goodreads group if you want to learn more about it and/or participate! This week’s theme is 2019 reading resolutions. Let’s begin!


 

5. Keep track of my bookish stats

This is sort of a reading resolution, isn’t it? Either way, seeing everyone’s 2018 wrap-up posts have inspired me. I never kept track of what I read outside of what I do through Goodreads. And graphs? Yes, please, I love visuals. It would also be interesting to see what kinds of books and genres I read more of. I’ll be tracking this through Kal’s blogging spreadsheet!

4. Reduce my physical TBR as much as possible

Probably like many a book lover, I have let my bookshelves become overrun by unread books. To try and remedy this, I am creating my own TBR jar. I have of my unread books written on slips of paper (minus the ones that are part of a series, so I don’t read them out of order). Then, every month, I will pick four titles and (try to) read them all along w ith books I choose. You can see it in action in my January TBR!

3. Find more books with queer protagonists

A goal like this one is going to be forever ongoing. I won’t ever not keep an eye out for books with queer characters. However, there is a small caveat: at least half of these books will have queer characters of color, disabled queer characters, mentally ill queer characters… In short, I am trying to find more queer characters outside of white cisgender gay men/boys.

2. Read at least five 2019 releases

If you all couldn’t tell from my list of reviews, I am horrible when it comes to reading new releases. I think I only read three or four 2018 releases last year? So I really want to try harder in reading them this year, and seven seems like a good enough number. I already have a good amount of books in line, so I think this will be fun.

1. Start two new series

I’m pretty excited for this one! I want to read more series that are longer than three or four books. On top of that, I want to make it a bit more challenging. I already know of some series, with preconceived notions about them. To combat this, the two series I read will be ones that I have never heard of before. Without knowing anything, I hope to be able to fully enjoy myself without any expectations for once!


 

And there are my reading goals for 2019! Do you have any 2019 reading resolutions? If so, let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #5 | Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! For those of you that do not know, T5W is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. There is also a Goodreads group if anyone wants to join or look through the prompts.

This week’s theme: books I did not get to in 2018. These are pretty much all books that were not published in 2018 because I am behind on new releases as it is, and it would be too long of a list…
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anywho, let’s get started!



5. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

So I did technically start this back in the summer, but I quickly put it down because it was too dense for me at the time. I do not see myself getting to it all during the rest of the month, so maybe next year! Because I do want to get to it eventually.

4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I read The Brightsiders back in May or so, and it was alright. Nothing to call home about, I think, but it was still pretty fun to read. I had Queens of Geek on my TBR for over a year. I meant to read it after The Brightsiders, but totally did not get to it. I might read it early next year because I heard there was some good rep in this one, too!

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

A book that I bought this year and never got around to reading… Go figure. As far as het couples go, I heard this one was really good. I hope when I get to it, it is good and that it stands up to the hype. A very nice cover, too!

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I have heard so many good things about this book! I wish I got my hands on it this year, but who knows, maybe next year! February or March, maybe? Hopefully I can get to it because the sequel came out this year or is coming out next year (I forgot which).

1. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Another book that I bought and never read. And look at that cover! Very purple, very pretty. It is yet another book that I heard really good things about from people whose reviews that I trust. Along with that, I have not read many books (if any) with Latinx characters and magic simultaneously. I’m excited for it!



There you go, folks! Another T5W brought to by yours truly. What are you hoping to read in 2019 that you did not get to this year? Let me know!

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #4 | Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

Hi, everyone! Another Wednesday, another T5W! Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme brought to  you by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. There’s also a Goodreads group if you want to look at the prompts and participate, too! This week’s prompt is most anticipated 2019 releases… Get ready for lots of fantasy because I just did a thread on Twitter about 2019 fantasy releases not too long ago.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!


5. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Gonna be honest, I have yet to read the Grisha Verse trilogy. But I did read Crooked Kingdom, and a few of the characters from the trilogy appear in it! So yeah, I’m pretty excited for this book, less because it’s about Nikolai, and more because it’s another Leigh Bardugo book.

Publishing Date: 29 January 2019

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4. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

I’ve been meaning to read The Hate U Give for the longest time, but still haven’t gotten to it. When I heard that Angie Thomas was coming out with a second book, I still got excited along with everyone else. A YA book about hip-hop?? Yes! Who’s ready for this book to be on the NYT Best Seller’s list for more than a year? I am.

Publishing Date: 5 February 2019

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3. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

I absolutely loved Children of Blood and Bone when I read it earlier this year. That ending kind of ruined me, and ya know what? Zélie deserves nice things. And if she doesn’t get these nice things, I’m rioting. Full on rioting, I don’t care. This girl has been through enough. I’m also (im)patiently waiting for the cover to come out because I know it’s going to be just as gorgeous, if not more so, than the COBAB cover!

Publishing Date: 5 March 2019

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2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is one of the books I saw when creating the fantasy releases list. I read the synopsis on Goodreads, a few reviews, and I fell in love. I’m really thinking of pre-ordering it, and I rarely pre-order books. And that cover??? Is absolutely gorgeous, my goodness.

Publishing Date: 26 February 2019

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1. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

I’ve been seeing the hype for this book since almost the beginning. I follow Mason on Twitter, and they’re just as excited to see this book out on the shelves than all of their friends who’ve read it (probably more so, honestly). It’ll be the first YA contemporary about a non-binary teen that I’ll be reading, and I’m so excited!

Publishing Date: 14 May 2019

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And these are my top 5 anticipated 2019 releases! I’m so excited for all of them, and I hope you all are, too.

What books are you excited for in the new year? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #3 | Favorite Book Covers

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Happy Wednesday, folx! As always, I have a Top Five Wednesday for y’all. This weekly meme/post is held by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and there’s also a Goodreads group for the prompts. This week’s prompt is something I love thinking about: book covers! I’m not going to lie, I’m someone who somewhat judges books by their covers, especially if I didn’t hear about them before then. So this is going to be a fun post!

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I started reading The Night Circus back in August, but never finished it because I had to return it to the library before I moved back into my dorm for college. However, this cover?? Is so gorgeous. I love the font of the title, and the style and color of the circus is so cute.

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #2 | Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

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Hi, everyone! I have another Top Five Wednesday here for you this week. As always, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes hosts this weekly meme/post, and if you’re interested in participating or seeing prior prompts, there is also a Goodreads group you could check out. This week’s prompt is pretty self-explanatory: classics you wish had modern adaptations. I…don’t really have strong feelings towards classics outside of one or two, so we’ll see how this goes, haha.


1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I said that I only have strong feelings for a few classics, and this is one of them. I really enjoyed it the first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I watched one of the adaptations for AP Literature, the whole shebang. But I think a modern twist to it would make it a lot of fun. Such as…Darcy’s actually a woman, and she and Elizabeth are, like, extra gay. Please and thank you. Continue reading “TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #2 | Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations”

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #1 | Books for My Younger Self

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Hi, everyone! So I’m going to start participating in Top Five Wednesday, a weekly meme/post that is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. There’s also a Goodreads group that has all of the prompts.

This week’s prompt: books for my younger self. From the group itself, these can be “books that you wish your younger self would have read to learn a life lesson, get more self confidence, open your eyes to a new perspective, etc.”

So, here are my five books for this week!


1. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

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While I wasn’t that impressed with the writing itself, I’m sure younger-me would have loved it. Specifically, though, I wish this book was around when I was in middle school because it had a character in it specifically say he was pansexual, and boy, were my middle school years full of that good ol’ “Wait, I’m not straight” angst.

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