Magical Readathon #NEWTSReadathon2019 TBR

It’s almost time for another Magical Readathon! In case you hadn’t heard of this readathon before, it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by the wonderful Book Roast and divided into two parts: the O.W.L.s in April and the N.E.W.T.s in August. The  readathon runs the whole month of August and you can find more details in the video below!

 

Back in April I participated in the O.W.L.s, and after passing all twelve Hogwarts subjects I had a free pass for any career. I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist career this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms and Herbology. Below I’ll reveal a tentative TBR, which might change as there are still two weeks left before the readathon starts and who knows what I might read until then. 😉

First up the subjects needed for the Magizoologist career! For this career I need an O in Care Of Magical Creatures, and E in Charms and an E in Herbology, which basically means I need to read 7 books before the end of August… The needed titles are highlighted in the picture below and the prompt descriptions are on the left.

I don’t think I’ll be able to read the amount I did last year and complete almost all subjects (especially since I’ve decided to go on a two-week blogging break in August), but I’ve made a tentative TBR for the remaining nine Hogwarts subjects and we’ll see if I can manage to pass them all with an Acceptable at least. I won’t be stressing too much about reading them all though, but I guess it does help that a lot of these titles are books I can’t wait to read in the first place. 😉


Are you joining the N.E.W.T.s readathon this year? Have you read any of the titles on my TBR yourself? Any title you think I should read first?


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July 2019 TBR

I can’t believe we are now officially done with the first half of 2019!! I mean, were did the last six months go??? My June TBR went pretty well and the only reasons I didn’t finish the last three is that I’ve been trying to both come closer to finishing a couple of challenges and picking up titles on a whim depending on whatever I was in the mood for. I’m actually reading The Boy Who Steals Houses right now though and I still plan to read the other two very soon.

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I’m going to mostly read my own titles in July, a mix of titles I’ve been dying to read and others I need for challenges. I also have a most anticipated release ARC (guess which one that is?!), two upcoming blog tour reads, a Criminally Good Book Club (Instagram) read (The Puppet Show) and a buddy read with Nicki in the second half of July (The Willow Woman). I’m looking forward to all of these! And I’m having a feeling that picking a July favorite will going to be HARD. xD

# TBR #

  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (416 pages)
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (352 pages) 
  • Block 46 by Johana Gustawwson (300 pages)
  • The Closer I Get by Paul Burston (276 pages) ANNE CATER BLOG TOUR 22/07
  • The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon (400 pages) NETGALLEY

  • The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (352 pages) NG BLOG TOUR 05/08
  • Force Of Nature by Jane Harper (432 pages)
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (384 pages)
  • The Willow Woman by Laurence Westwood (454 pages) BUDDY READ WITH NICKI
  • The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven (352 pages) CRIMINALLY GOOD BOOK CLUB

And a last-minute addition as this title popped up on Netgalley and of course I couldn’t resist:

  • The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater (? pages) NETGALLEY

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


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June 2019 TBR

I can’t believe we have already started the sixth month of the year!! I mean, we are already almost halfway done with 2019; where did the time go? My May TBR went pretty well and the only reason I didn’t finish all ten titles in time was because I had to finish a pile of pending ARCs and other challenge titles instead. Whoops? I did start reading Six Stories, so technically I will have read all of them soon…

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I’m hoping to finish my June and July ARCs early this month so I will be able to take a break and read mostly my own books until August… Both to fight a lingering blogging slump, finally read some of those backlist titles and to get my ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% again. I’m looking forward to read the titles below!

# TBR #

  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (352 pages) 
  • The Friend Who Lied by Rachel Amphlett (362 pages) SENT BY AUTHOR
  • The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart (352 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland (273 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen (276 pages) ANNE CATER BLOG TOUR 16/06

  • The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen (400 pages)
  • The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (480 pages)
  • We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby (288 pages)
  • The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (347 pages)
  • Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (522 pages)

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


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#BeatTheBacklist Epic BTB Bingo: Final 14 TBR

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge as well as the Epic BTB Bingo card this year and so far things have been going way better than planned. In fact, I’m down to my final fourteen prompts to complete the full bingo card! I wasn’t expecting to reach this number this quick, but I guess it shows I have really been reading my backlist titles this year. Want to see my progress?

I already have a few line bingos, but I want to get the full bingo and with only 14 titles left and 7 months to read them, I don’t think that will be too much of a struggle. I’ve decided to make a TBR for the prompts that are left so I don’t have to go hunting for titles whenever I want to read another bingo title.  Find out what books I picked for my final 14 below!

FINAL 14 TBR

ROW 1

# BANNED BOOK: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
# ANTHOLOGY: Alles Is Breekbaar (Fragile Things) by Neil Gaiman

ROW 3

# GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
# BLURBED BY A FAVORITE AUTHOR: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen
# SET IN A PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: The Island by Victoria Hislop

ROW 4

# BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

ROW 6

# CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS: Cut And Run by Mary Burton
# A BOOK YOU LEARNED ABOUT FROM BTB: Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ROW 7

# BOOK ABOUT FOOD: The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
# AMPERSAND (&) ON COVER/IN TITLE: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

ROW 8

# COVER LOVE: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
# POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

ROW 9

# PART OF A DUOLOGY: Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
# NEXT IN A SERIES YOU STARTED: Force Of Nature by Jane Harper


Have you read any of these titles and/or which of these do you think I should give priority to?


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20 Backlist Titles I Want To Read Soon

I know I made a list of priority titles to read in 2019 in December, and I still want to read the remaining twelve titles on that list, but the fact that I still need to get to more than half of these titles shows that my priorities have shifted and I thought it was time for an updated list. All of the titles mentioned below are 2018 releases or before (I might make a list of 2019 releases I want to read soon as well). Some titles I need to read for a challenge, others I’ve been meaning to get to for ages… What they all have in common is that I finally want to read them soon!

So what titles have been high on my radar, but haven’t been able to read so far? Find out a full list below.

# Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde (289 pages). I need a couple of lighter reads on my TBR and I’ve heard great things about this one.
# Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (514 pages). Strange The Dreamer is one of my all time favorites so I can’t wait to finally read the sequel!
# Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (448 pages). I’m a huge fan of his work and have enjoyed every single story so far. While Beartown wasn’t one of my absolute favorites, I’m still looking forward to read the sequel soon.
# The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (400 pages). I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages and I’m not sure how it slipped between the cracks of my TBR mountain… Another YA contemporary at hand for when I need a change of genre.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (343 pages). This title has been on my TBR for years, and even though I have a feeling it will be a new favorite, I somehow never actually pick it up. The historical setting in Australia sounds amazing!

# We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby (288 pages). I needed a funny read for a challenge and I’m having high hopes for this one.
# The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (340 pages). I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long time now, and I want to get to it before her newest story comes out.
# The Archived by Victoria Schwab (321 pages). Schwab is one of my absolute favorite authors so I honestly don’t understand why I haven’t read this one yet.
# Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (371 pages). I need this one for a challenge, and I’m definitely curious what I’ll make of it.
# Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (336 pages). A Jack The Ripper retelling sounds bloody brilliant and I’ve been meaning to read it since it was published. How on earth did it happen that I didn’t manage to read this one yet?!

# Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton (361 pages). I like historical fiction set in foreign countries, and there is just something about this title that makes me want to read it soon.
# The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (304 pages). I’ve been meaning to read more of her work and I need a retelling for a challenge, so I’ll probably read it soon.
# The Island by Victoria Hislop (473 pages). It’s been a while since I read her work and it fits one of the prompts of a challenge, so I’m going to try and pick it up soon.
# Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson (300 pages). I’ve been wanting to read this title ever since I first heard about it and I’m definitely going to do so ASAP!
# Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (311 pages). I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this story and I can’t wait to finally get to it!

# VOX by Christina Dalcher (336 pages). I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one, so I’m looking forward to discover what I make of it.
# The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen (400 pages). This sounds like such a fun read and I’m excited to be finally reading it now I have a physical copy!
# Finders Keepers by Stephen King (545 pages). I’ve been meaning to pick up another King for a while and after debating I decided to finish the Bill Hodges trilogy first before picking up a new story. I read the first book years ago and wasn’t a fan at the time, but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the experience better this time around.
# The Weight Of Feathers byAnna-Marie McLemore (320 pages). Another YA read I’ve added to the pile for when I need a change of genre… The blurb sounds fascinating.
# Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (384 pages). I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this title that I just haven’t got another option but try and find time for it. I’m looking forward to this one!


Have you read any of these titles yourself or do you want to? Any titles I should give extra priority to?


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May 2019 TBR

I can’t believe we have already started the fifth month of the year!! Time seriously flies by way too fast… My April TBR went pretty well and the only reason I didn’t finish all ten titles on it was because I had to finished a pile of pending ARCs and my readathon reads instead. Whoops? Circe goes straight to my May TBR though.

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I’m hoping to get my ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% again this month, but I have a huge pile of ARCs pending so I’m not sure I will be able to. xD I’m hoping to read at least a couple new arrivals though including Circe and Six Stories.

# TBR #

  • Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small (304 pages) NG BLOG TOUR 17/05
  • The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison (320 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Breakers by Doug Johnstone (231 pages) ANNE CATER BLOG TOUR 23/05
  • Circe by Madeleine Miller (337 pages)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (406 pages)

  • The East End by Jason Allen (304 pages) NG BLOG TOUR 09/05
  • Your Life Is Mine by Nathan Ripley (304 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Dead Inside by Noelle Holten (350 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski (225 pages)
  • Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (328 pages)

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


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April 2019 TBR

I can’t believe it’s April today and that we are into our second season of the year already!! Time seriously flies by way too fast… My March TBR went pretty well and the only reason I didn’t finish all ten titles on it was because I already read way too many ARCs compared to my backlist titles… No need to say that ratio is no longer below the promised 40%. xD The Murmur Of Bees is due in April though, so it goes straight to my April TBR.

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I’m hoping to get my ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% again this month, but I do have quite a few ARCs due soon so I’m not sure how well that will go. I’m also doing the O.W.L.s Harry Potter themed readathon, so quite a few titles will be for that challenge (almost all except for I’ll Be Gone In The Dark)… I’m waiting for a bunch of books to arrive though including Circe (thanks again Eva for helping me order them! <3), so my TBR might change once they do. 😉

# TBR #

  • Circe by Madeleine Miller (337 pages)
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (352 pages)
  • Release by Patrick Ness (287 pages)
  • The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer And Annie Barrows (322 pages)
  • Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney (484 pages) NETGALLEY

  • The Silver Ladies Of Penny Lane by Dee MacDonald (275 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Murmur Of Bees by Sofia Segovia (476 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Song Of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon (426 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Dare by Carol Wyer (348 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Little Darlings by Melanie Golding (304 pages) NETGALLEY

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


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