Middle of the Month TBR Changes

Do you ever have one of those moments where you start to read something or listen to an audiobook and suddenly if grabs you in ways it didn’t in the past?

Welcome to my middle of the month TBR changes!

Okay, so that might be a bit extreme. I don’t know that I am going to finish the TBR I had to begin with. I started another class so reading may end up on the back burner for the next few weeks since I’ll be doing a LOT of homework related reading.

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Some books might carry over to next month anyway. That said, here’s what decided to grab my mood instead of the picks I already had:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

As you may or may not know, Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors. I loved the Shiver trilogy when I read it years ago. I’m not sure how I would feel about it now but I also loved reading The Scorpio Races as well as her to Faerie books (sorry the name of them escapes me at the moment…Lament is the title of one of them, I believe.) That said, I never got around to reading the Raven Cycle when it first came out.

It took me a long time before I ever picked the first one up. When I did, I read the first one, which was a while ago, I enjoyed it but I think I wasn’t in the mood for that type of story.

A few months ago I decided I’d listen to it on audible and several months after that I find myself picking up series again suddenly desperate for more of the story. I listed out books 2-3 since those are the ones I read this month and haven’t been able to put down.

Also, in addition to reading the Raven Cycle, I’ve been reading some of the books I planned to read with the addition of these books. As I said, some are ones that I planned to read but also some are not.

Since October is almost over, and I just started my class, I will¬†probably have to move some of the planned books further down the TBR pile. You will probably not see another TBR pile from me until after January, but hopefully, I will be able to share my thoughts on some of the books I’ve promised to review and some that I have been hoping to review as well.¬†

Let me know what your reading and if you’ve had changes to your TBR pile that came out of nowhere!

~mk

October TBR 2019

Hello lovelies, I hope you are having a fantastic week. I have been beyond busy lately reading books both planned and unplanned. That said, I am so excited for my reads this month. Some of them have been a long time coming and some of them are books that recently came out. I’m not sure that I will get through all of these since I will be taking a class starting this month but I really hope to get through them.

  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. (Graphic Novel) I’m sure I will get through this one pretty quickly. It looks short and sweet and is perfect for this time of year.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I have had so many people tell me they loved Margaret Rogerson’s writing and I have been looking forward to this one for a while. Fall seems like the perfect time of year to check it out!
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I attempted this one a while ago but I didn’t get very far since I was at a very busy time of my life. I was very interested to continue at the time but I couldn’t. I can’t wait to give it another go.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. As I said it’s been a long time coming…I have never finished the Harry Potter series and part of that is because I don’t want it to end, even though I’ve seen all the films, I’ve always taken my time with the books ever since I got my hands on them. So I figured…it’s time.
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot wait to start this one. I have been slowly making my way through the Throne of Glass series. I can’t wait to continue Aelin’s story!

Maybe Reads — So I have a few other books that I want to read or listen to. I’m not sure I will get to them all but I thought I’d share them here as well:

  • The Falconer by Elizabeth May.
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I may get to this one next month but I’m not sure. I definitely want to take my time with this one.

What are you guys reading this month? Do you have any books you cannot wait to get to? Do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know!

~mk

2019 Fall Reading Recommendations

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are doing well! I have a question for you today, well a couple of questions actually.

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How many of you fall on the Pumpkin Spice Everything bandwagon and how many of you fall on the apple cider bandwagon? How many are on both sides?

I often find myself specifically on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon but when I think about it fall is more than just the drinks. I find that I am on the “cozy blanket, warm drink, and good book or ‘hygge’ bandwagon”. So with that said…what types of books do you enjoy reading in the fall? What helps to bring the hygge vibe? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m going to list ten books/series that I think help to bring this fun season out in all it’s glory!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Now, of course, I think Harry Potter is great and can be read in any season, but there is something about reading Harry Potter during the back to school season. The magic, the mayhem, the fun, the friendships…everything about the series helps bring out the fall season. As someone who read most of the Harry Potter books as a teen or Adult (despite the fact that they came out when I was a kid, like most millennials) I find that I enjoy them now more than I think I would have back then. I doubt I would have had the proper appreciation for J.K. Rowling’s talent as much as I do now. So grab yourself a copy of Harry Potter, curl up with a blanket and some butterbeer, and get reading!
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This book is one of the rare and I mean RARE books that I have been able to inhale in a single sitting. I could not put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way with words and storytelling that I find to be unparalleled. This is also a book that I feel you jump into without knowing much. It’s about a man who returns to his childhood home and looks back on his memories of a young girl he was friends with as a child. Don’t let the description fool you, this book has elements of fantasy that I cannot put into words. It’s worth the read!
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. If I had read any of the other books in the Shadowhunter series (which I am hoping to get started on soon) I would probably recommend them for fall, but since I have only read the Mortal Instruments, I recommend spending your Autumn season with Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, Jace, Simon, and Alec. When I first read the series, I loved it. As I grow older and change in my reading taste I love it a little less but, I just recently finished the final book in this series. I am so glad I did. I laughed, I cried. I missed the fun and banter of these characters. If you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments, I definitely think it’s worth checking out.
  4. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This is a Contemporary or Women’s Fiction genre. It’s the story of a young girl named Novalee Nation who is pregnant and ends up abandoned in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. This story brings a number of interesting characters alongside Novalee who help raise her and her child. It’s an amazing story about love, family, the importance of friendship and growing up even during the tough times. I love this story so much, I’m due for a reread of it myself, and I definitely recommend it!
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is another Adult Fiction novel. It has elements of Magical Realism to it and honestly, it’s amazing. There was a film that came out a few years ago, and it just doesn’t do the novel justice. The story of Henry and Clare as the try to manage their life together, including Henry’s Time Travel ability…there are amazing laughs, tears, mysterious moments, and hardship. It’s a beautiful story, one I would recommend for almost any season but definitely a good one to curl up with on a rainy fall afternoon. (Make sure you have tissues for the sad parts!)
  6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a stand-alone YA Contemporary fiction novel. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. It’s about a water horse race that takes place in November. Puck and Sean are two of the riders in this race. Sometimes people die in this race. With Puck being the first girl to ever enter such a dangerous race, it’s an amazing story and definitely, a different type of YA read!
  7. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. Have you ever seen the Television series called Haven? Although I would say this short book is totally different from it, it’s the basis for that TV series. The Colorado Kid poses an unsolved mystery to the reader. It is the first (and currently only) book I have read by Stephen King. It’s definitely a confusing short mystery but if you like unsolved mysteries, I’d definitely check it out!
  8. The Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I did. Eon is the story of a young girl masquerading as a boy so that she can train to become a Dragoneye. It’s a great YA fantasy duology. It’s fast-paced, fun, and imaginative. Definitely worth checking out!
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is trapped on Mars. Watney is funny, inventive, intelligent, and totally trapped. With the help of NASA Watney will have to be more creative than he has ever been in order to find a way home. Definitely one of the funniest and smartest novels I’ve ever read.
  10. The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. As a child, Jude was taken from the human realm to live in the world of faerie. Cardan seems to hate her as much as she hates him. Now Jude enters the politics of faerie and begins to play a dangerous game. With the final book about to be released, if you haven’t started this trilogy I would definitely jump on board. Fae stories are some of my all-time favorites, and I definitely suggest this series. Holly Black is amazing and I cannot begin to explain the dynamic between Jude and Cardan. Definitely, a great place to start!

So I hope that you enjoyed this post and that these recommendations are ones you will be interested in and check out. Let me know if you have some favorite fall reads or any recommendations for me!

~mk