[Beat The Backlist] Book Series I Need To Finish in 2019

How many book series have you left half unfinished? For me, I’ve actually managed to get through a fair chunk of the ones which I had started, so I’m only left with a few! But there are still some series which I am yet to complete.

This list doesn’t include book series which I am yet to start, only those where I have read the first book and the next book has already been released.

Six of Crows (Duology) by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like I’m really ashamed that this is actually something I have to admit to… but I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet. I read Six of Crows nearly 2 years ago, and the Grisha Trilogy last year, but for some reason I just never came back to Crooked Kingdom. I’ll rectify this soon, I promise.

Red Queen (Series) by Victoria Aveyard

I think it has been over 2 years since I read the first book in this series, and I did actually really enjoy it! The mixed reviews for Glass Sword put me off a little, but I’ve heard that the series picks up again, so I’m hoping to give it another go later this year. I still remember the first book quite vividly, so I don’t think I’ll need to re-read.

Nevermoor (Series) by Jessica Townsend

So only the first 2 books have been released so far, but I loved Nevermoor so much and was so hyped about the release of Wundersmith last year, that it’s a crime I haven’t read it yet! I need to catch up on Morrigan’s shenanigans ASAP!

That’s it!

I know what you’re thinking, this list isn’t really very long? Well yes, you’re right, there is only a total of 5 books left to read here. However. Wait until you see the list of series I want to start this year… this list is just going to keep on growing…

Which book series do you hope to finish/catch up on this year?

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[Anticipated Releases] January 2019

I was going to do a generic “Most Anticipated Releases of 2019” post, but I realised that there are SO MANY books that I am excited about this year, that it would have taken you a year to read the list!

So instead I shall be doing an “Anticipated Releases” post on a monthly basis, starting here, in January…

The Wicked King by Holly Black

  • Publication Date: January 8th
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

  • Publication Date: January 10th
  • Publisher: The Borough Press

So I’ve actually already read this one and believe me when I tell you you HAVE to read it immediately! It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s already my Book of the Year for 2019. The more I think about it, the more I love it and want to re-read it over and over again.

Read my review here.


Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

The Winter of The Witch by Katherine Arden

  • Publication Date: January 10th
  • Publisher: Del Rey


Moscow has burned nearly to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune.

Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya.

With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all…

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

  • Publication Date: January 17th
  • Publisher: Transworld Ltd.


A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • Publication Date: January 29th
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (Imprint of Hachette)


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Which new releases are you most looking forward to this month?

[TBR] December 2018

December, December, December…


I’m ultimately failing at my reading challenge this year, but do I care? NOPE.

I’ve come to accept that I won’t complete it this year, and that is absolutely fine. There are much more important things in life and overall I’ve had a very successful year in other ways.

That being said, I’ve set myself an ambitious TBR for this month to go out with a bang, but I also have a fair few unfinished books on my shelves which I’ve started reading throughout the year but never actually finished.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I have less than half of this HUGE book to finish… let’s hope it doesn’t destroy me. Who are we kidding? I’ll be dead after this book, nice knowing you all!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Again, less than half to go! I started reading this book in the summer but could feel myself slipping into a major slump so I put it down. Id really like to finish it though and I reckon I can do that this month!

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

This is a short story collection based in the Grishaverse which I’ve been dipping in and out of throughout the year. I’m exactly 50% through this one, and it’d be great to finish it before King of Scars is released in January.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kauffman

I’ve been listening to this one on audiobook alongside the physical book as I’ve found I enjoy it much more that way, although I haven’t listened to any in a couple of months. *Hits play…*

Pages and Co: Tilly and The Book Wanderers by Anna James

This is actually a super fun, quick read. Again, I’m over halfway through so it shouldn’t take me long at all to finish. Hopefully I can get this one ticked off in a day as soon as I finish KoA.

What are you going to be reading this December?

June 2018 Book Haul

Guess what guys..?


I know, I’m equally as shocked as you are.

Thankfully though, some wonderful publishers friends have been super generous this month and sent me some amazing books.

I’m going to start with an incredible stack which I hauled from the TeamBkmrk blogger/bookseller event a few weeks ago, which was simply wonderful. We were treated to some incredible proofs and FINISHED COPIES of the new edition Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Like, hold my purse because I may collapse from excitement. We also got exclusive samplers of King of Scars!

TeamBkmrk Haul:

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

That’s Not What Happened (ARC) by Kody Keplinger

Grace and Fury (ARC) by Tracy Banghart

Phantom by Leo Hunt

Colour Me In (ARC) by Lydia Ruffles

Other Books Hauled This Month:

The Extinction Trials / The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M Wilson (Thank you Usbourne!)

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Burning Brightly by Alexa Donne (Big thanks to Titan for these 2!)

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood (Won a giveaway from Scholastic – lucky me!)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Mirage (ARC) by Somaiya Daud (Thank you Hodderesque)


See any favourites here? Talk to me about the books you’ve hauled recently.

June 2018 TBR

How is it June?! JUNE?! I’m flabbergasted at how quickly this year is going, and no way am I half way through reading all of the books I wanted to read this year… can we slow down time for a bit please?

But with June, comes PRIDE month!

I’ve made sure to include some LGBTQ+ rep reads in my TBR this month, and although this is a highly ambitious TBR considering my reading record so far this year, and my reputation for having never completed a TBR, one can only hope a miracle will happen and I’ll actually get through all of these…

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

I’m just about half way through this one now (and loving it so far!) so I hope to get it finished by the end of this week.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A carry-over from last month, and one I’m reading a little as I go, I plan on finishing this lovely classic this month.

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

For some strange reason, I still haven’t checked this off my list… It’s sat half finished on my shelf, but because it’s short stories I don’t feel any need to rush and finish it. It would be nice to tick it off my TBR this month though and help fight my failed reading challenge…

Out of The Blue by Sophie Cameron

This book sounds wonderful, and after briefly starting it last month before leaving my copy at work when I had time off, I’ll be buddy reading this with Kate @ ReadingThroughInfinity as part of our Pride Month reading list. This book has F/F rep and a magical realism vibe that I’m so excited to read!

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has been on my TBR for too long now, I definitely missed this ship with the movie coming out earlier this year (which I still haven’t seen… ashamed). So now is the time. I will read this book!


There are lots of other books I really want to read this month, but the chances of me actually getting to them are so slim, that I didn’t want to set myself up for even more failure by adding them here… I guess they’ll just have to wait another month.

Fingers crossed I can get through all of these this month.

What’s on your TBR for June?


February 2018 TBR

Happy February, people!

My oh my is this year flying by already…

But another month means another lot of books to be read, and I’m really hoping to stay on track with my reading goals! Goodreads is telling me that I’m already 1 book behind schedule. Which is why for this month, especially as it’s the shorter of the months, I’ve decided to choose books that I know I’ll be able to read quickly.

My February TBR:

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

I finished Wintersong at the end of last month, and it left me needing more! So my copy is being picked up today, which is why it isn’t included in my photo, and I’ll be diving in straight away to find out what happens to Elisabeth and The Goblin King!

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

This has been on my book shelves for quite some time now, so it’s about time I got around to reading it! I also haven’t read any contemporary in a while, so I’m kind of feeling it this month.

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

I was sent a review copy of this book in December, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. I have a feeling this one’s going to be very powerful…

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Another one that’s been on my shelves for a year! Now that The Girl in The Tower has been released, it’s definitely time for me to read this. My colleague at work has highly recommended it to me, and hopefully I’ll love it as I plan on reading the sequel straight after!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

This one is being carried over from last month as I’ve just been dipping in and out of this. I always struggle to read a collection of short stories in one go, so I’m spreading them out in between regular reading. I’m already about 30% through though, so I should have it finished early on.


What books do you plan on reading this month?

January 2018 Wrap-Up

How has January come to and end already?! I’m totally unprepared for February, I haven’t prepped ANY of my upcoming blog posts, nor have I set up my BuJo for the month. I have some serious work ahead of me on my day off tomorrow… OOPS!

Time is going scarily quickly, and I’m seriously concerned that I’m not going to be able to read all of the books I want to in my lifetime…

I did, however read some AMAZING books this month. In fact, I think this has been one of the most successful reading months I’ve had in terms of 5 star reviews!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

img_2396This book was incredible. A new release middle-grade novel, this was a magical adventure story with an important message at it’s heart – acceptance. Accept people for their differences and don’t be so quick to judge! I loved this, and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with a big heart. One of the best children’s books to be released in years.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Conjuring of Light (ADSOM #3) by V.E. Schwab

img_2413The concluding book to the “A Darker Shade of Magic” trilogy, was everything I needed and more. After reading this, I felt hollow and empty. In a good way, might I add. The kind of emptiness that you feel after reading a REALLY good book, and not knowing how to fill it. I will sorely miss this series and Lila Bard is still my fave.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

img_2462I have discovered a new favourite book. This. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! I thought after reading ACOL I would go into a huge reading slump, but this was the perfect book to follow on with. It was magical, dark, romantic and just heartbreaking. The ending killed me and I seriously can’t wait to read Shadowsong as soon as my pre-order arrives (I’m hoping it’s today…)

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

img_2441I haven’t yet finished this, but I wanted to include it in my wrap-up, because I have finished the first short story and figured it deserved a mention! This is a collection of 6 short stories set in the Grishaverse. The first tale, Ayama and The Thorn Wood, I rated 4.5 stars.

This is a book I’ll probably keep dipping in and out of as I’m not really a huge short stories fan, but I really do love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, which is why I’ll stick with it, and likely just read one story per week in amongst my regular reading schedule.

What books did you read in January?