Monthly TBR – June 2019

This is month three of my TBR list making. In March I tried categories and it was a bust. So when April rolled around I went back to something I haven’t done in a long time, a list of actual book titles. That seemed to work and I had a lot of success with it. Figured why not and tried it for May. May was also a success. If you don’t believe me, take a look:

Okay so it is a little deceiving since I DNFd two of the books, but I completed 8 of them and finished the long book I was reading in April. To me, this was a success and in the grand scheme of things that’s all that matters.

Since this seems to be working it is time to share my June TBR. This one is a tad different because I have two wild card categories. The reason for this is I’m hoping to get a couple of books I requested this month and if I do they will slide right into those spots. So not really wild cards since I know the titles, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too much. We shall see.

What do you do for a monthly TBR? Do you stick to a list or wing it? Share in the comments.

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Monthly TBR – April 2019

The past couple of months I have been trying new ways to organize my monthly reading. I guess these aren’t really new since I used to do them all the time, but they feel new because it’s been a while. In March I decided to go back to the category reading. I was somewhat successful, but I felt a little limited which was strange because the categories were broad. But it just didn’t feel right so I decided to try something else in April, something I haven’t done in a long, long time.  I took 11 titles that sounded exciting to me and decided that would be my April reading list.

*currently about half-way through We Hunt the Flames

To be honest I wasn’t sure how it would go. Like I said, I did this once, a long time ago before I became a mood reader. But I also felt like I had enough variety on my list that I could attempt it. And I knew I had more books on it than I would actually get through so I did have some choice. Was I successful? Personally, I consider it a win. So much, in fact, I am doing it again (after I finish We Hunt the Flames) in May.

What do you do for a monthly TBR? Do you stick to a list or wing it? Share in the comments.

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Monthly TBR – March 2019

Back in early March, I discussed how I was going to try and go back to a modified version of my TBR list for 2015.  It had been so long since I have done a TBR category list and I realized how out of practice I was. Things definitely didn’t go as planned for me but it was a fun exercise. Will I do it again? I’m not sure. It is possible I outgrew that style of reading. But here is what I read for each category in March:

This book ended up being a DNF. You can find out more HERE, but I wasn’t able to get past page 83.

Originally this was going to be a different book since my tour stop for Love from A to Z isn’t until the end of April, but there was a change of plans and I’m so happy I read this one early.

In truth, I could have used a few different books in this category, but this reread and March release fit perfectly.

This was an entertaining read. It was quick and fun. Nothing special, but fun nonetheless.

I started this one in February but finished in March so I’m going to say it counts. 🙂

This book happened to come in from the library and I devoured it and loved, loved, loved it. One of my favorite Christina Lauren books.

These are the two categories I didn’t hit in March. I guess I could use a few books in the Purchased category, but they fit in others so this will go unfilled.

Like I said, it was a fun exercise but I don’t know if I will do it every month.

Did you try a TRB list in March? How did it go?

*click on the book covers for more information on each book.

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Monthly TBR List: A Revisit

I have been thinking about my TBR a lot. Lauren had asked me about my TBR lists that I had done back in 2015. That led me to an old blog post of mine and to Lauren’s recent post about a TBR. It made me remember what I loved about categories since I have become a mood reader. I did this system for a year and a half and I really enjoyed myself and was able to get some books of my TBR and ensure I got blog tour and ARCs read as well. It worked for me until it didn’t.

Well, recently there was a template on Instagram stories. The template was for a follower to enter a number into your question box and then I had to post a coordinating book on my Goodreads TBR shelf that matched that number. I had 22 people play along and out of those 22 people about 18 of them ended up reminding me of books I had wanted to read that I had long forgotten about. When the question was done I realize one important thing…my TBR is neglected. I have new shiny-itis, and I need to stop and rail it in. There are so many books out that I have just forgotten about and I need to remember myself to be better.

So today, I bring you my new version of my TBR category list. My notebook (although I love it and loved flipping through it when I was creating this post) is a thing of the past. I am going to follow Lauren’s lead and do categories similar to what she is using but that are more fitting for my blogging/reading style and needs.

There will be 8 categories a month with anything over the 8 complete freebies. If I read less than 8 books, I’m looking at you February, so be it. Life happens and you deal.

New to Me: My monthly feature where I read a book some have suggested and you all vote on.
Blog Tour: Something I willingly sign-up for whether is it with a blog tour company, and author, or a publisher. Some months there may be two for this category, some months I may not need to do any.
Netgalley/Edelweiss: All the eARCs I have accumulated over the years. Spoiler alert…there are a lot
Kindle Unlimited: I subscribe to this Amazon service and I want to try and get my monies worth if I can.


TBR #: I’m going to try and read some of those long forgotten books discovered by the Instagram Stories Template
ALA/BEA: I have been to a couple BEAs and a couple ALA and have a lot of books from both. I’m going to try and read some of those long forgotten gems.
Purchased: This is the category I can get the new shiny win because it will likely be a new release and I can read it here.
Wild Card: I can pick a duplicate of any of these categories

Honestly I have no idea if this is going to work for me. I’m going to  try it for a month or two and see what happens. I could have outgrown a TBR list in the years since I stopped doing it. What I do know is I need to try and see what will work once again.

Do you have a TBR list? How do you figure out what to read every month?

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TBR – Upcoming Reads

I sometimes, all the time, get stressed out by the shear amount of books I own or want to read. It can be very overwhelming to look at all the options available to me. Because of this I often forget that I want to read something and then start something else. It is a vicious cycle and I try desperately to break it. I have yet to be successful but I still try. Will that being said there are 6 books that are high on my TBR priority list. Wonder how this will go.


TBR – Upcoming ReadsJane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Published by Kathy Dawson Books
Published: September 19th 2017
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Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


TBR – Upcoming ReadsLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Published: August 8th 2017
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A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.


TBR – Upcoming ReadsWicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons, #4) by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
Published: February 2nd 2016
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When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.


TBR – Upcoming ReadsLove Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
Published by Tor Teen
Published: April 24th 2018
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It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.


TBR – Upcoming ReadsThe Knowing (The Forgetting, #2) by Sharon Cameron
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: October 10th 2017
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Samara doesn't forget. And she isn't the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city's forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs -- and truths -- collide?


TBR – Upcoming ReadsReign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Published by Bloomsbury
Published: January 30th 2018
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.


What’s coming up on you TBR? Have you read any of these?

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