Winter TBR

This year is shaping up to be the year of series, for me. A lot of the books on my TBR are either entire series or sequels. This means that I am doing a lot more re-reading than normal in preparation for these sequels. I don’t know if it’s the weather or my brain, but I am having a hard time reading new things. I feel like I don’t have the attention to want to get into new things. The winter has been hard on everyone in the Midwest, where I live. I feel, in particular, that my brain has been turned into mush and I am struggling in school, in work, and just my every day life.

Currently, I am re-reading the All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic. I originally read the series back in 2017 and it truly has dug its’ claws into me and has not let go. I read it between almost every other book that I have read. I am almost constantly talking about it and looking on the internet for other people talking about it. It is so interesting and well-written and it really has taken over my world. This may be part of the reason why I am struggling with reading new things.

I am planning on re-reading both The Cruel Prince and Children of Blood and Bone so that I can read the sequels! I remember enjoying both books but it has been a while since I read them so a revisit will be necessary. I am also excited to read Madeline Miller’s short story Galatea. I may also re-read Circe just because I loved it so much. I also need to revisit Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On because I believe the next one comes out this year. In addition, The Raven Cycle has a new installment this year about Ronan Lynch and other dreamers so I want to read that whole series again as well. There were parts I remember liking and others I wasn’t too fond of, though overall I really enjoyed the series. I find that most books need to be read again and again. I am naturally a fast reader and find it helpful, and comforting!, to revisit books again and learn new things about them.

How is this new year finding you, void? What new releases are you excited for? I miss the sun. I hope you are well. What is on your TBR this part of the year? Talk soon.

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a catch up

Hey, y’all. Happy Sunday! I hope August has been treating you kind. Me, not so much but we are getting there! This month has flew by so fast and I hope September is less of a whirlwind. My younger brother and I just came back from our public library and we both found so many exciting reads! I personally love and adore my local library, it is the most convenient and wonderful place. I live in a metropolitan area with an abundance of public libraries that are placed in each neighborhood. My library happens to be a five minute drive which is really nice.

I have slowly and surely been inching my way out of my reading slump. The book that really helped was The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson. I have written before about how much I absolutely adore his novels and this one is no different. I’m planning on doing a full in-depth author profile on him and my favorite novels from him, but for now, just know that I rated this one 5 stars as well, and that you should read it if you haven’t. Seriously.

I picked up six books from the library today. A few of them were on my Goodreads TBR, so I was excited to grab them. A couple were novels written by authors I have enjoyed in the past so I wanted to give them a read. Let’s get into it.

I picked up Giant Days by Non Pratt, which is the novelization of the graphic novels by the same name. I adore Giant Days. I’m probably the reason my library has all of the volumes, they are just so good! Really readable and relatable and so I’m excited to read a novel version of them. I hope that all of the things I loved about the graphic novels which transfer over.

Next I picked up All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout The Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell. This book has been on my to-read shelf for so long and I am so excited to get to read it. It features stories by so many authors that I love so I am ecstatic.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson is another book that has been on my to-read shelf for a long while so I am very happy that I ran into it. It seems like it will be a lot of fun.

I also picked up Jesse Andrews’ The Haters. I have previously read Me and Earl by him which I have an interesting relationship with. I really loved the book and the writing and it was very surprising and fresh for me so I’m giving this book a shot as well.

I also grabbed The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I’m just working through everything that she has written and this one is next on the list. I was surprised to see it at the library because all of her books are usually checked out with a mile long wait list.

Lastly, I picked up Price of Duty by Todd Strasser. I’m not sure why I picked up this book. Something about it caught by eye as I was leaving the library and I turned back around to go and grab it. It is about the effect war has on people and I am really interested in what this book has to say.

And that is it for now. School has started back up for me, as well as work, so I am going to be incredibly busy until term is over but I am super excited to make time for reading anyway. As always, you can follow along with my progress here because I mostly always update my Goodreads in real time.

I hope that as summer is waning down, you are being excessively kind and patient with yourself and the people around you. We’ll talk soon.

April TBR

The last time you heard from me, void, I was 22. I am now 23, which somehow how doesn’t feel all that different from 22. I guess the year will tell. I am ready to start tackling my giant TBR. Here are the books that I will read/finish reading in the first 10 days of April. Let’s get into it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

  • This book is kind of a cheat because I am mostly done with it and I am determined to finish it today. So far, I love it. I’ve got less than 150 pages.

Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinose 

  • This is a graphic novel and a ghost love story, which I am always about.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

  • I have been wanting to read this book since before it came out and I am so geeked to finally get into it.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 

  • If you’ve been around, you know that I have the entire Cinder series on my TBR but I just haven’t got around to it. I am hoping this duology will be a lot less daunting to dive into. I’m really excited to read it.

A Prince Without a Kingdom by Timothee de Fombelle, translated by Sarah Ardizzone

  • Mystery? War? Secret prince? Beautiful writing? Sign me up.

This is what I am diving into the first week of April. Also! April is National Poetry Month so just like last year, I will be posting more of my own poetry to share with you guys. So, you might see more of those posts than actual singular reviews but I will do a wrap up of everything I read this month.

Finally, as we move into spring, I hope you are being exceptionally kind to yourselves, even when it is hard. Let’s welcome the sun together, void.