Monday, August 27, 2018

REST-OF-THE-YEAR TBR // specific bookish plans (but no promises)

Hola, mis amigos! I feel like I keep missing posts, so apologies for that. :P Life... gets in the way of blogging sometimes. Especially when it's late August and school has just started. (More on that in my upcoming "life update" post!)

Today, I'm sharing with you my rest-of-the-year TBR. Which I'm very excited for, because planning out the books I want to read - or should read - in the near future is one of my favorite things to do! Even though I often fail to stick to those plans, haha. I don't consider myself a mood reader, but if a self-imposed list of upcoming reads is too long/complicated or becomes boring, I will turn my back on it. :P

So, I suppose I should make this clear from the get-go: I make plans, yes, but no promises. As I'm sure every one of my lovely readers understands, life sometimes tries to crush me under the weight of its demands and responsibilites. Still, I'm going to try! I'm going to try to read all of these books before the end of 2018.

Let's not talk about the end of the year, though...



(One more note: These fun plans of mine disregard the several series I'm in the midst of reading. I intend to continue with those series alongside these other books, of course, but fitting them into this post felt like a bit much. So these are pretty much only the stand-alones on my TBR.)

September: The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

Historical fiction isn't my favorite genre - it doesn't appeal to me anywhere near as much as fantasy does. But I REALLY want to read this one! Stephanie Morrill is one of the authors behind the Go Teen Writers blog, which I love, and though I've wanted to for a long time, I haven't yet read any of the books by any of the GTW authors. (Shame on me.) Also, the book Stephanie Morrill co-authored with Jill Williamson, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, is my favorite writing craft book.

I've heard many a good thing about The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and I'm dying to finally read a book by this author. Hopefully I can find time to read this next month!

 October: Entwined by Heather Dixon

I feel like it's been too long since I read a YA fairy tale retelling. Better yet, I've NEVER read a YA retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. (I'll have to crack open the ol' Brothers Grimm collection later, because I'm not even all that familiar with the original story...) I chose October for Entwined because I seem to remember hearing that it's sort of creepy-ish?? Or at least has some eerie elements?? I don't support Halloween, but this book sounds like it'll make a perfect autumn read!

Besides, I've been meaning to get my hands on a Heather Dixon novel. Both this one and Illusionarium are on my TBR, so I had to make a choice. XD

November: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter is amazing, and I enjoyed Embassy Row too - though that one wasn't as good. Since I've yet to read anything but series by this author (does she even have any stand-alones other than this one?? I think not) I'm intrigued as to what she's capable of in a stand-alone setting. ;)

The cover and synopsis scream COLD NOVEMBER WEEKEND, WRAPPED IN A BLANKET. *nods* I shall oblige. Plus the story sounds like a blend of fast-paced, fun, cute, and intense. #HereForThis XD

December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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This particular cover is very spring-y, but I'm determined to finally read this classic at Christmastime. :D

I'm familiar with the basic story, thanks to abridged versions from my childhood. I know a lot of the characters' names and personalities. I KNOW ABOUT THE TRAGIC LAURIE THING. AND THE BETH THING. *cough*

But I must read the original! No matter how intimidated I am by the length of classics like this, I can pretty much guarantee that I'll be cracking Little Women open come December. Mark my words...

And then there are school breaks. Fall break. Thanksgiving break. Christmas break. I don't know how much reading time I'll have during my breaks - life will be happening, and I'll also want to write a lot - but here are some stand-alones (one or two have sequels, I think) I'm adding to the list in hopes that I'll get around to them. They've been calling to me from my monstrous TBR pile for QUITE A WHILE - meaning that I badly want to read them! We'll see. :P


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ~ Lots of my friends like this one, and it just sounds... exceptional.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab ~ I'M DYING TO READ A VICTORIA SCHWAB BOOK. I feel like I, as a fantasy fan, am missing out... XD

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ~ Lots of rave reviews alllll over the place. There are so many WWII novels on my TBR, and - as you well know - historical fiction isn't even a genre that usually appeals to me!


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson ~ Sounds like a fun fantasy with a REALLY cool concept! O_O

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo ~ Idk, it sounds very dark?? But also soooo cool! I've gotta try it.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ~ If "circus fantasy" isn't an official sub-genre, IT SHOULD BE. Everyone seems to be falling under the circus story spell, and I'm no exception. ;)


I know this is EXTREMELY ambitious of me, but I'm afraid that if I don't read these books - books that have screamed at me from the depths of my TBR for what feels like forever - sooner rather than later, I'll never get around to them...? *shrug* Maybe I'm just tired of waiting.

No promises whatsoever, but I'm going to make the effort. If I don't succeed, I'm not going to beat myself up or anything drastic like that. *snorts* But, I know I'm going to get to at least some of them, and that excites me!

We'll have to wait and see what sorts of craziness the rest of 2018 brings, I suppose.

The Lord's Truly,
What do you think of my rest-of-the-year TBR? Have you read any of these books? What's on your TBR for the near future?? Talk to me! :D


  1. Ahhhh you have two of my favorite books of ever on your TBR!!!! Salt to the Sea and A Monster Calls. <3 the second one is probably my favorite book EVER, so I really hope you enjoy it!!!!!

    And Lost Girl is in fact really good! So is Entwined, although I personally wasn’t craaaaaazy about that one (I think Heather Dixon just isn’t the author for me, haha).

    Best of luck with this TBR!!!!! It looks awesome 💕

    1. Aaaaaaah, cool! I knew A Monster Calls was a favorite of yours! ^_^ I can't wait to read both of them, EEEEP.

      YAY! I'm hoping I'll like it. <3 And same with Entwined - I'm interested to see what I think of that one. FAIRY TALE RETELLING, MEEP. XD

      Thanks so much, Faith!!!! <3

  2. Great TBR! The covers on most of these books are so stunning! Good luck with your reading goals! :D

    1. Thanks, Ivie!! AND YES, I COULD JUST DEVOUR ALL THESE COVERS. *heart eyes*

      Thank you so much! And same to you. <333

  3. Great post! I’ve. . . actually only read one of these??? It was Little Women, and it is SO GOOD. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    *adds most of these books to TBR*

    1. And I've read none of them, lol. YET. XD XD I'm definitely excited for Little Women!!

      Hehe, they all sound soooooo good, don't they???

  4. Oh! Entwined is awesome! It's soooo good :)

    I'm currently reading An Enchantment of Ravens right now. It's cover is soo pretty.

    I've been needing to read Not if I Save You First as well! Maybe we should buddy read it ;P

    Good luck! I should probably make a list of the books that I plan on reading for the rest of the year, but, uh... I probably wouldn't stick with it XD

    1. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. And Enchantment of Ravens too!

      I've never buddy-read before - that would be fun! ;D

      Thanks, Nicki! That's a problem of mine too. It's hard for me to stick to them, but I hope I can mostly stick to this one. XP

  5. Great list! The Night Circus is amazing and magical.

    1. Thanks, Skye! OOOOOOH, I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. :D

  6. I just finished Not if I Save You First and it was really adventurous - snuggled up on a cold day would be perfect for it! I also adored Entwined when I read it a few months ago. So magical <3
    Great TBR!

    1. EEP! I can't wait to read both of those!!! <3

      Thank you, Abigail. :D

  7. This is such a nice TBR! And Little Women is a perfect Christmas-time read. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on everything!

    1. Thanks, Hannah! Meeeeeeep, I can't wait to read it!! ^_^

      And I look forward to sharing my thoughts, hehe! XD

  8. AMAZING LIST!! I hope you enjoy them all. <33

  9. I don't normally read historical fiction either - certainly not from the 1920s (pretty sure that's when?), but I really really enjoyed The Lost Girl of Astor Street! (so did my mum ;) And Entwined - I adore it, it's so sweet and I need to reread it [again]. Not If I Kill You First - well, it wasn't like Embassy Row or Heist Society, which are my favourites of Ally Carter's, but it was one of my most recent reads!

    ...and I shall stop, before this comment devolves any further into "YES THAT BOOK I LOVE THAT BOOK". ;P
    - Jem Jones

    1. JEM!!! *tackle-hugs*

      I think I've seen you give a passing mention of The Lost Girl of Astor Street on your blog before - I'm so glad you liked it so much! And I can't wait to read it myself. :D

      I (mostly) enjoyed Embassy Row and I have yet to read Heist Society, though I want to at some point! Gallagher Girls will always be my Ally Carter fave, I think. But I still really hope I like Not If I Save You First, of course!! XD

      Lol! ;P

  10. YOU GOT THIS!!!!! My TBR is so huge right now, and just when I finally look at it and think, "Yes, I can finish this by the end of the year" I go and buy more books....

    I still have yet to read Little Women. Hmm. Maybe...NO I DONT NEED ANY MORE BOOKS TO READ

    1. Lol, the bookworm struggle. XD XD

      That's SOOOOO me! New, shiny-looking books catch my peripheral and suddenly I'm like a dog who's just spotted a squirrel. ;D

      Our poor TBR piles. *shakes head*

  11. Ooooh there are so many good books on here that I need to read too! I read Entwined ages ago, and I'm pretty sure I loved it, so I hope you enjoy it too! And the cover is gorgeous. xD

    Best of luck with getting through all of these!! :D

    1. I can't wait to read Entwined! And YESSS, the cover is amazing!

      Thanks, Melissa!!! :D


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