October 2017 TBR

I just can’t believe it’s October already!! This year is flying by way too fast… Despite my recent slump, I still managed to read quite a lot, although less than the previous month. Six of these were on my September TBR, so all in all not too bad even though I really need to read the other four as well. Hopefully soon… Although I haven’t put most of the titles on the next TBR for now.

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

Bookouture keeps putting up new thriller titles I’m dying to read on Netgalley, so I have been reading more ARCs than would have liked… But since they are anticipated reads in the first place I’m not complaining. 😉 Four of the titles below are ARCs and the rest of them a mix of more Halloween themed reads and books I’ve been looking forward to read.  I’m also hoping to read all the titles on my ‘non-ARC titles I have on my need-to-read-ASAP‘ list before the end of this year!

# TBR #

  • The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman (384 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Halfway by Lokesh Sharma (218 pages) ARC
  • Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (354 pages)
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (336 pages)
  • The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland (241 pages) NETGALLEY

  • The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney (483 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Hollow City by Madeleine Roux (428 pages)
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman (262 pages)
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (528 pages)
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (487 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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10 More TBR Jar Picks: The Numbers

I have been using my TBR jar for a long time now, although I only started keeping track of them just before the end of 2014. I have had mixed results with the ‘official’ rules, and therefore decided that I would create my own more relaxed rules and a shiny new TBR jar as well. I have been reading a lot of randomly chosen books since, and last year I finally made it to magic number of 25 TBR jar picks. It took me way longer than expected to read the next ten titles though, but now it’s finally time to present the following ten TBR jar picks to the world.

First of all, let me introduce you to the 10 books that have made it to this list:

26. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (May 13th 2016) (4 stars)
27. The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan (June 11th 2016) (3,5 stars)
28. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (July 23rd 2016) (2 stars)
29. Secret Letters by Leah Scheier (August 21st 2016) (3 stars)
30. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (November 2nd 2016) (3,5 stars)

31. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (November 22nd 2017) (5 stars)
32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (June 30th 2017) (2,5 stars)
33. The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (February 14th 2017) (3,5 stars)
34. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (August 2nd 2017) (2,5 stars)
35. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (August 20th 2017) (4,5 stars)

Let’s review my TBR jar choices, shall we? On to the numbers…

First of all some quick facts. The 10 books on this list have a total page count of 3.384 pages; an average of about 338 pages per book. The average rating is 3,4 stars, which is actually quite low considering 2 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and only 3 books received a rating below 3 stars. Still it seems like my TBR jar in general gives me pretty good choices.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic is actually quite surprising since I have been reading a lot of Adult books this year, but I guess my TBR jar wants me to read mostly YA? The MG number isn’t all that strange because I hardly read books belonging to that age group in the first place.

I somehow seem to read a lot more books written by female authors in general, so this graphic isn’t all that surprising. I still do wish to balance this number more in the future, but with the TBR jar making the choices it won’t be easy. xD

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. I’m actually surprised so many books were contemporary romance, because it’s not my favorite genre… Historical fiction isn’t a surprise, but what was unexpected is the fact only one of the books belonged to the mystery/thriller genre.

I have been reading less series in general, so I’m not all that surprised most TBR jar picks were stand-alones. I do have a few series I really want to get to, but in general it’s not the TBR jar that makes me pick them up. 😉

Most books that belong to my list of TBR jar picks are recently published, which is no surprise since I’m guilty of reading a lot of recently published books in the first place. It did surprise me books were published in 2014 or before! And one of them was a classic published in the 19th century.

Last graphic: unsurprisingly most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be the norm with the books I’ve read so far this year as well. No short and very long reads here, although two titles did have 400 pages or more.

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this TBR jar picks review; I’m looking forward to the next 10… Do you have a TBR jar and does it work for you? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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September 2017 TBR

I just can’t believe it’s September already!! This year is flying by way too fast… Despite my recent slump, I still managed to read a lot, although most of them weren’t actually on my August TBR. I only read four of those; oops? The other six went straight to this months TBR though because I’m happy to say that I finally have almost no pending Netgalley ARC left! Which means I’m taking a break from ARCs and will mostly read my own books during the final months of 2017. 😀

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

I admit I have been reading more ARCs than planned last month, but by doing so I finally have brought the pending NG ARCs number below five. Something that hasn’t happened in a looooong time haha. So September will be all about reading my own books! *happy dance* There are three ARCs on my list, but the other are all books I have been wanting to read for a long time (and a TBR jar pick). I’m definitely hoping to read all the titles on my ‘non-ARC titles I have on my need-to-read-ASAP‘ list before the end of this year!

# TBR #

  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (510 pages)
  • I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist (544 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni (366 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Dollmaker Of Krakow by R.M. Romero (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages)

  • Flowers For Algérnon by Daniel Keyes (311 pages)
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown (382 pages)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (386 pages)
  • Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (354 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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August 2017 TBR

I just can’t believe we’ll be starting month number 8 of 2017 tomorrow already!! This year is flying by way too fast… Despite my recent slump, I somehow managed to read and review all TEN books on my July TBR! I don’t think this has happened before, although I guess it did help that most titles were ARCs with upcoming deadlines haha.

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve decided to dedicate August mostly to my own books and finally read those titles I’ve been posponing for way too long due to my ARC overload. True, two of these are still ARCs, but I’m excited for both so they don’t count right? I’ve also added five more titles of my ‘non-ARC titles I have on my need-to-read-ASAP‘ list, which will hopefully mean I will have made a huge dent in the list (9/15 if I read all) by the end of the month. Also I might reread This Savage Song as well before I read the sequel.

# TBR #

  • Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (510 pages)
  • The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness (536 pages)
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages)
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (322 pages)

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (386 pages)
  • Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (354 pages)
  • The Other Girl by Erica Spindler (352 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown (382 pages)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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July 2017 TBR

I just can’t believe it’s July already… It seems like only last week we celebrated New Years, but I guess the calendar doesn’t lie haha. I managed to read quite a lot of books in June, although I did pretty bad actually sticking to my monthly TBR. Only five out of ten this time, and the fact I feel terrible that I didn’t read the two non-ARCs I promised myself I would read. Shame on me! All these titles go straight to my July TBR though. 😉

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

I was hoping to make a true dent into my ARC mountain last month, but even though I read lots of ARCs last month I still have a huge pile left. So I guess it will be another month with a lot of ARCs… Although I’m determined to read at least a few titles of my ‘non-ARC titles I have on my need-to-read-ASAP‘ list this time as well as possibly a classic and/or Dutch/Spanish book.

# TBR #

  • Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (400 pages)
  • The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney (459 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Reported Missing by Sarah Wray (356 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Girls In The Water by Victoria Jenkins (328 pages) NETGALLEY

  • The Lost Book Of The Grail by Charlie Lovett (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Court Of Lions by Jane Johnson (500 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Aristotle And  Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (359 pages)
  • Slip by David Estes (416 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (336 pages) NETGALLEY

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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June 2017 TBR

Wait, what? It’s June already? JUNE? I can’t believe we’re already starting the sixth month of 2017… And hey June, don’t let me down. 😉 May was a really good reading month even though I didn’t get through all the books on my TBR… Blame my Netgalley request addiction and other ARCs that came up first. 7 out of 10 isn’t a bad number at all though, and since I’m currently reading The Gypsy Moth Summer it’s technically almost eight.

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

I still have a huge pile of ARCs even after reading no less than 18! ARCs last month, so June will be another ARC-heavy month. I’m determined to read at least a few titles of my ‘non-ARC titles I have on my need-to-read-ASAP‘ list as well though, as well as possibly a classic and/or Dutch/Spanish book.

# TBR #

  • Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (400 pages)
  • Aristotle And  Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (359 pages)
  • Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson (350 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Slip by David Estes (416 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Mayfly by James Hazel (432 pages) NETGALLEY

  • Reported Missing by Sarah Wray (? pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon (218 pages) ARC
  • The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien (? pages) ARC
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White (475 pages) + sequel ARC

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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15 Non-ARCs I want to read ASAP

Those who follow my blog regularly have probably realized by now this year has been all about my ARCs so far… I have a huge backlog of ARCs and I’ve been slowly trying to scale the ARC mountain, and it does show in my reading numbers. More than 70% of the books I’ve read so far in 2017 have been ARCs!! I do love my ARCs, but I feel like I’ve been neglecting all those poor non-ARCs on my TBR pile for way too long now… So I decided to sit down, browse my owned books and compile a list of the fifteen titles I want to get to first. They are from a mix of different genres and both new and older releases; here we go!


Have you read any of these titles? Which do you recommend I should pick up first? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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