[TBR] August 2019

I’m a little late posting this, but here’s the TBR pile I’ve set myself for this month (spoiler alert: I’ve already strayed from it… whoops!)

The Confession by Jessie Burton

I’ve now finished this one and thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m hoping to type up a full review later this week, but I ended up giving it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Descendant of The Crane by Joan He

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and after reading quite a few contemporaries recently, I think I’m ready to jump back into a good fantasy!

The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad

I’ve seen a fair few posts raving about this one, so I bought a copy for myself a few weeks ago – let’s hope it’s as beautiful as its cover!

I’ve also decided to pick up Women Talking by Miriam Toewes. I’m not sure how I feel about it so far, but it’s only short so it shouldn’t take me too long to finish.

What books are you reading/hoping to read this month?

[Beat The Backlist] 2019 Sign-Up!

Here we go… a second attempt at knocking off those books which are forever doomed to the eternal TBR pile…

Beat The Backlist is a reading challenge hosted by Novel Knight, with an aim to reading the backlist titles that we push to one side in favour of new releases. Anything published in or before 2018 counts, and the book must be started and completed between Jan 1st – Dec 31st 2019. For example, I started reading Normal People in December 2018, so although I haven’t finished it yet, it can’t go against this reading challenge!

So, without further ado, here’s a quick list of some books I hope to read this year:

January TBR:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Further Backlist TBR:

The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Viscious by V.E. Schwab

Everless by Sara Holland

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Furyborn by Clare Legrand

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This of course isn’t the limit to the amount of books I want to read for this challenge, nor will it remain exclusively to the ones I’ve included here as I’m very much a mood reader, but I feel like this is a great place to start!

Will you be attempting to Beat The Backlist this year? Sign up here.

[TBR] January 2019

Happy New Year!

Wowza, another year gone… but with a brand new year starting, that means more amazing new releases, a fresh start to Reading Challenges and of course, resolutions we’ll probably never stick to!

And here’s something else I’ll probably never stick to… my January 2019 TBR.

I’ve chosen some (I hope) amazing books to kick start the year with and get me started towards the glory of actually completing my goodreads challenge this year…

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I started reading this on my commute to work this morning, and boy am I glad I decided to kick off the New Year with this! I’m only 50 ish pages in and it’s already looking to be amazing!

Normal People by Sally Rooney

I’ve also started reading this one already. I’m 80 pages in and throughly enjoying it so far.

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

I had hoped to get to this one before the end of 2018 but that just didn’t work out for me… so here it is at the top of my TBR for 2019. It sounds brilliant and I’ve heard great things – very much looking forward to getting started on this!

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I swear, if I don’t read this book this month, someone needs to shoot me. I think this may be the 5th time this books has been on my TBR over the course of 2 years… THIS IS THE ONE.

What’s on your TBR 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 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?


May 2018 Book Haul

Every month I tell myself: “I will not buy any books, my book haul will be small because my shelves are full enough and I have so many books to read already…”

Every month I lie to myself.

So here we are, at the end of May, with another stupidly huge haul. My excuse to myself this time is that it was my birthday this month, so I’m allowed. I will always find some kind of excuse, it seems.

In my defence, it is actually half the size of previous months, and the stack just looks huge because actually the books that I hauled are FAT. I’m talking 600+ pages for some of them…

Anyway, here are the books I hauled this month in all of their glory:



  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeyab Joukhadar – This book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. It follows a Syrian refugee and their family at the start of the Syrian war, and includes elements of mythology and old stories.
  • The Queens Of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton – I’ve seen this one all over twitter and Instagram, and as a lover of Shakespeare, I couldn’t resist picking up this fantasy retelling of King Lear!
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber – One of my most anticipated releases of the month, I’ve already starting reading this one and can’t wait to dive back intot he world of Caraval.
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – I’ve wanted to buy this since it was released, so this is one of the books I treated myself to on my birthday.
  • Skylarks by Karen Gregory – Another birthday purchase, I felt like reading a cute contemporary. I finished reading this a few days ago and it was wonderful. Romantic, gritty and based upon a relevant political foundation. Full review to come soon.
  • Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – One on my summer TBR, I’ll be reading this one next month along with Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda.
  • I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – I’ve heard incredible things about this, so decided to pick it up on a whim when I happened to wonder into yet another bookstore…
  • Sense and Sensibility and Emma by Jane Austen – These editions are to add to the beginnings of my classics collection. I adore these cover designs and plan on collecting them all.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (I forgot to include this in my haul stack photo!) – Read it, loved it. I’m a Maas junkie, what can I say? Read my review here.

From the Publisher:

  • War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – I was going to wait until the paperback for this one, but a huge thanks to Orion Publishing for sending a finished HB copy my way!
  • The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton – One for a Bookstagram promo, it sounds very dark and intriguing! Thank you to Becci at Orion for my copy.
  • All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller – Thank you to Shrina at Harper360YA for sending this beautiful book to me! It’s a re-telling of Cinderella’s Stepmother due for release in July, and this is another book I’ll be promoting on my Instagram.
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – I can now binge both Scythe and Thunderhead, and see what all the hype is about! Thanks to Walker for this one!

Which in this stack should I read next? I’m currently reading Legendary after finishing Skylarks.

Are any of these on your wishlist/TBR? Comment below 🙂


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?