Top Ten Tuesday 2/4 – predicted perfection

It’s ya girl, back at it with another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s prompt is “Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads.” Honestly, I could have made a list of 20 (or more) titles for this list, because my TBR is crazy-long and I have quite a few books that I’m certain I would love, if I just had the time to enjoy them! To that end, this list is just a sample, but hopefully the point still comes across.

Side note: I do realize most of these are fantasy titles. Those just happened to be the ones that first came to mind as I was working on this.

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Top Ten Tuesday 12/17 – Winter 2020 TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve written a TTT* post, for a variety of reasons (including vague prompts and my life being chaotic), but here we are with an easy one: my winter TBR this year. As you may recall from some posts a while ago, I won quite a few books recently, both from Goodreads giveaways and from other giveaways, so I have plenty of reading material for this winter. Plus, I have a KILLER range of genres. Seriously, I feel like I’ve outdone myself on this one 😉 This is a very tentative TBR, and a lot of these are ARCs, so I have split the list into ARCs and some books that are already out that I’m excited for. Let’s go.

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/5 – Feels Like Fall

Were back with another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes (Autumn scenes/colors on the cover, autumn atmosphere, etc.)” I won’t lie, I had a hard time with this one, and I ended up only coming up with five, but I included another five from my TBR that seem autumn-ish and/or have really pretty covers. There are very few books that I strongly associate with seasons, but these at least have echoes of certain autumnal notes I enjoy.

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November 2019 TBR (or, an attempt to read what’s actually on my shelf)

It’s the first of November, and there is snow on the ground. There has been since yesterday, and I am both cold and unhappy about this. What I am happy about, though, is that cold weather is great for reading inside, curled up under a blanket…and that I have a great TBR this month.

I’m participating in a TBR Jar event this month with a group called We Be Book’n. The goal is to cut down on your existing TBR by having someone else pick the books from your list for you. I asked my partner to choose 8 books for me, from a much longer list, and these are the ones she selected:

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WWW Wednesday- 10/16 (or, why am I so indecisive?)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Taking On a World of Words. Every Wednesday, the posters present their answers to the 3 W’s:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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Top Ten Tuesday 9/24 – Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is pretty self-explanatory, as you might have guessed from the title of this post: “Books on My Fall 2019 TBR.” I have WAY too many I’m looking forward to, both new releases and a few backlogged books, but here are some of them, at least.

1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, let’s be real: who DOESN’T have this on their list? In mid-October she’s coming to my city, and I am so excited to see her speak! Plus, I can meet her and get the book (and one other item) signed. The anticipation is killing me.

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WWW Wednesday – 9/18

Trying out something new today! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, and I’ve seen a lot of fellow bloggers doing it, so I figured I would take a stab at it as well. There are three W questions to answer, so here they are along with my answers!

What are you currently reading?

I’m actually doing two books right now: listening to the audiobook for Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay (I love it so much so far!!), and reading my eARC for The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (which I can already tell will be a powerful read once I get into the real meat of the story).

What did you recently finish reading?

Just two days ago I finished “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell,” a Cosmere novella by Brandon Sanderson. It was exactly what I would expect from Brando Sando: creative, a little dark, full of badass characters, and with stellar worldbuilding. I really hope he writes a full novel in this particular world at some point!

In terms of full books, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow was a beautiful and magical read. Would recommend; check out my review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The next two books I’m looking forward to reading are Crier’s War by Nina Varela and The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman. Just yesterday, I read a glowing review of the latter that has me even more excited about it. And the former just sounds right up my alley.

So what about you? What are you reading now? Read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments. And if you have your own WWW, feel free to share that link as well!

All for now,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

Thoughts on a Thursday 9/12 – TBR, Tours, and Things

Surprise, surprise, it’s once again a Thursday where I don’t have a designated post planned, so you’re going to get some more fun updates on me, my reading life, and my non-reading life as well.

First, my TBR for the remainder of this month:

Holy HECK I have so many books I want and/or need to read. I’ve got quite a few ARCs (which are entirely my fault—damn you, NetGalley), as well as some sequels I desperately want need to read. My copy of Darkdawn arrived earlier this week, and you better believe I will be devouring that one soon.

Part of my TBR this month was decided by the prompts we were given for Reading Rivalry this month. Here are the prompts I have not yet completed, along with the titles I plan to read for them:

  • Book Containing a Father Figure: The Ten Thousand Doors of January (currently reading, expect a review Saturday-ish)
  • Book in a 7+ Book Series: Sixth of the Dust (I consider the Cosmere books to be one giant series, and though it is a novella, this one is still above the 50-page minimum set by RR, so I say it counts)
  • Book Featuring Good vs. Evil: Serpent & Dove (I’m not 100% this actually works for this one, but I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say it does)
  • Urban Fantasy: The Water Dancer (yes, historical fantasy can still be urban)
  • Book with a 4+ Word Title: The World That We Knew
  • Author Highlight – Jay Kristoff: Darkdawn (obviously—have I talked about it enough yet?)
  • Book Involving Flight: Wayward Son (assuming I can get it right after it comes out)
I’m not going to subject you to pictures of all the books I just listed, but ugh this cover is so pretty!!

The rest of my TBR contains some ARCs that are coming out either later this month or on the first of October. Those titles are:

  • The Bone Ships
  • The Memory Thief (I do have an eARC, but I just applied for the blog tour for this one, so if they accept me, I won’t need that review posted until mid-October even though the book releases sooner)
  • Resurrection Girls
  • Crier’s War (I am especially excited for this one—fantasy with a f/f romance and some sci-fi-like elements? Count me in!)

Oh, and I’m listening to the audiobooks for the Caraval series right now. I just started Legendary, and it’s pretty good. I don’t quite get the obsessive love some people have for it, but maybe it’ll get there. We’ll see.

I know it will be all but impossible for me to finish all these books in such little time, but hey—I can be ambitious, right? I’ve finished five this month so far, which is way faster than my usual pace, so who knows?

Next item of business: BOOK MAIL.

I got two books in the mail this week (one purchased, one won on Goodreads) and just found out yesterday that I won another giveaway, so that one should be arriving soon as well. Expect a book haul post, hopefully with prettier pictures than last time. I also got a really pretty book a week or two ago that I want to show off, so…maybe I’ll include that, too.

So what’s new with me?

I’m so glad you asked! The short answer is, not much. The long answer is, I’m just working, reading (mostly on my commute), writing this blog, and doing more LSAT studying (do my prep books count for my reading goal?). Community choir rehearsals have started up again, so I also have a weekly dose of singing to look forward to…though we’re working on things for a holiday concert, so it’s mostly Christmas carols. At least some of the arrangements are fun? But dang, the version of Jingle Bells we have —originally performed by Barbara Streisand—is going to get very annoying, very fast. Look it up!

Finally, some upcoming tours I’m getting excited for:

  • Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House (already have my ticket, just deciding what 2nd book to bring for the signing line…)
  • Fierce Reads Fall Tour (no tickets, just show up. It’s in early October, but it is on my calendar–one of the stops is just 20 minutes from my house, and there are FOUR major authors coming!)
  • Felicia Day, Embrace Your Weird (I have access to presale tickets right now and am SUPER tempted, but not sure I can justify spending even more on books…even though I LOVE Felicia as an actress and general human being…)
  • Not for books, but HELLA MEGA TOUR. If you haven’t seen yet, there is an epic tour coming up next year featuring three rock legends: Green Day (my favorite band), Fall Out Boy, and Weezer. One of the stops is near me, and you’d better believe I plan on going.
This image is not my local bookstore’s, but it was the only one I could find with all the authors and their books

That’s all for now, folks! Any of these books on your TBR (or ones you’ve already enjoyed)? Planning on going to any of these events? Should I get the tickets for Felicia Day? And how do you feel about Christmas carols in September? Leave a comment and let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday 9/10 – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is one that always shames me a little: books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading, and why. I actually had SO MANY options I could have gone with here–my TBR is out of control. But alas, here we are. Here are my top ten, chosen only somewhat at random, with a bonus one at the end. Enjoy!

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