March TBR

Spring is so close now I can feel it! (Please note that I just typed that as there is several inches of snow outside.)

I’m not going to really try for a lot of reading this month as I just purchased a Nintendo Switch with the new(ish) Legend of Zelda game. Only a little over a week into the month and I can already tell you that I’ve put more hours into that than any of the books I’ve started.

So this month I’m going to try to read:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | by: JK Rowling (re-read)

Heir of Fire | by: Sarah J Maas

City of Ashes | by: Cassandra Clare (audio book)

Clockwork Angel | by: Cassandra Clare (re-read, book club)

If I can do it, great. If not, well at least I’m ahead in my Goodreads challenge so far.


February Wrap-Up

I am embarrassingly late with this post but the last few weeks have been pretty crazy. It looks like it may stay that way for a bit longer too. Not crazy in the way that I’m on the go all the time, but crazy in the sense that my entire routine has been entirely upended and I’m not doing a great job at handling it.

Last month I was able to finish all six books I set myself to read and then even squeezed in a short seventh so that was nice. So the finished list looks like this:


The Sun and Her Flowers | by: Rupi Kaur ★★★★★

I’m not a huge poetry fan. I have no reason why, there’s no real excuse other than I think I’m too stupid to understand it most of the time. Rupi Kaur is a pretty popular author though and I’d seen her Milk and Honey pop up in my Tumblr feed so often I thought I should at least peek at her work and give it a try. I fell in love immediately and so had to grab this when I saw it for sale in Barnes and Noble during one of the post-Christmas shopping trips. Wasn’t disappointed in the least.

City of Bones | by: Cassandra Clare ★★★★☆

This is a series that has been on my TBR list forever and I figured it was about time to get to it. It’s the book I tried Audible with so it was a bit of a new experience since I’ve never tried audio books before. The book itself wasn’t bad either but I have to admit that I enjoyed the prequel series, The Infernal Devices a bit more. It’s only the first of the series though so I’ll see were it goes.

After You | by: Jojo Moyes ★★★★☆

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if this was a book I was even going to pick up. I read the first a couple years ago and then borrowed this one from a friend but never really felt the need to see where Lou went afterwards. It was a good read though and I’m a little sad that it took me so long to finally pick it up. I’m also sure that my friend is glad to have her book back as well.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | by: JK Rowling ★★★★☆

This was, and still is, the book that has me yelling at Harry t stop being an idiot and actually do what the adults tell him to do. Also, this time around I am really not feeling very sympathetic in regards to Dumbledore’s crap. Oh and Umbridge still gives me nightmares.

Crown of Midnight | by: Sarah J Maas ★★★★★

I really have no idea how to even start about this one, or how to keep it short. This book gave me so many feelings it wasn’t even funny. If by the end of this series Chaol does not get a happy ending I will be so very, very, very upset.

Go Set a Watchman | by: Harper Lee ★★★☆☆

I’m only giving this book three stars because it brings up some good points about racism and white privilege, but it took a long time to get there and I spent most of the book asking when it was going to be over.

Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family | by: Diana Lopez ★★★★☆

This book is pretty much proof that I am a dork. I saw Coco when it was in theaters and fell in love with it. I was glad my first two choices were already sold out that day. I bought the digital release so i didn’t have to wait for the later bluray editions to come out and now my almost three year old lives it too. I saw mention that the companion novel was pretty good and even had some extra scenes with Coco as she grew up and so I had to give it a try. It was a cute read, and easy being a middle grade novel, but it’s hard to beat the visuals that the movie gives you. However, if you’ve seen the movie, then I really do suggest that you read this to go with it.

Short month but a lot of books, at least for me.

Goodreads challenge: 12/48

February TBR

So last month I was able to finish five books and get a good handful of others started. As a result, even with this being a short month, I’m planning on trying to finish more than I did last month.

I’ve also finally decided to try out audio books and so signed up with Audible. I’m a bit surprised to say it’s working out pretty good for me so far, even if I did wish they gave more than one credit per month for a book. The audio book is good for my walks to work, and when I’m doing boring stuff at work like setting up and signing off on resident’s medications.

So without further ado, the books on my TBR list for this month are:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | by: JK Rowling (re-read)

City of Bones | by: Cassandra Claire (audio book)

Crown of Midnight | by: Sarah J Maas

Go Set a Watchman | by: Harper Lee (book club)

The Sun and Her Flowers | by: Rupi Kaur

After You | by: Jojo Moyes

So what’s on everyone else’s TBR lists this month? Let me know in the comments!

January Wrap-Up

I can’t believe we’re already a month through 2018. Where on earth did this month go? maybe it’s because I had my nose in several books through out the month.

This month I read through five, count them, five books. I know that’s not that impressive but it’s a lot for me. The books I read this month were:

The Girl Who Drank The Moon | by: Kelly Barnhill ★★★★★

I first heard of this book when I was scrolling through Facebook and the cover caught my eye. It was a cute read, written with younger readers in mind but that most certainly didn’t stop me from enjoying it.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | by: JK Rowling ★★★★★

It’s Harry Potter and that’s really all that needs to be said. The forth book wasn’t one of my favorites the first time I read through the series though with this rereading I can’t remember why.

As Bright As Heaven | by: Susan Meissner ★★★★★

This was my Book of the Month book for this month and boy am I glad I didn’t skip like I was thinking about doing. It had me crying like a baby through just about half of it.

Me Before you | by: Jojo Moyes ★★★★☆

This was another reread so there was no surprises with it.

Throne of Glass | by: Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★

This is a series that’s been on my TBR list for a while and even had this book on my Kindle for close to a year but I was constantly putting it off. It just seemed like it was going to be a lot more cliche than it actually turned out to be. Now I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner.

Goodreads challenge 5/48 complete.

January TBR List

I know we’re already ten days into the month and that I’ve already finished one of the books on this list but I figured I’d share it with you guys anyways.

Each month I need to read through four books to stay on track with my goal so this month I’ll be reading:

Me Before You | by: Jojo Moyes (re-read, book club)

As Bright As Heaven | by: Susan Meissner (Book of the Month Club)

The Girl Who Drank The Moon | by: Kelly Barnhill

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | by: J.K. Rowling (re-read)

What’s everyone else reading this month? Let me know in the comments.

2018 Bookish New Years Resolutions

For this year I’m going to keep it more or less straight forward. I had thought about maybe trying out some fun challenges but with me trying to work on getting my anxiety and depression under better control I figured simple would be better.


So here we go:

  • I’ve set my Goodreads challenge at 48 books this year. Eight more than I read last year so it’s not out of reach. That equals to four books a month which is what I was averaging the last few months of last year. Easy.
  • With the exception of what I read with my book club, and the new Shannara book by Terry Brooks, I’m going to stick to books written by women authors this year. I did well last year with half the books I read being written by women but there’s still a large number of books written by white men on my shelves and so I’d like to do my best to rectify that.
  • Read with the munchkin EVERY DAY for at least fifteen minutes. I’ve been slacking on this a lot lately. I’m embarrassed to say that she watches more episodes of Paw Patrol than is probably good for her.
  • And last is to have fun and to not sweat it. Sometimes when I’m falling behind on something it can trigger my depression but I don’t want my response to it to be to expect less from myself. I’d rather enjoy what I’m reading instead of worrying that I’m not reading it fast enough.

So there we are. What are some bookish resolutions the rest of you are setting for yourselves this year? Let me know in the comments.

My 2017 In Books

So in 2017 I was able to read through 40 books. That makes it the most books I’ve ever read in a year!! It also far surpasses my original challenge number of 24. Here’s a look at all of them:

There were a lot of good reads this year. I’d like to go into more detail about which ones were my favorites but I don’t have the most amount of time right now so I’ll work on that for another post.

Here’s to another year and more great books to read.

Happy New Year!!

We made it to 2018!! It was starting to feel a bit questionable for a little while towards the end there for me. The last few months of last year were tough and I’m still puling myself up out of a major depressive period.

I’m going to work on making up a few posts while I have a bit of free time right now. I’m also going to try to make a good effort to get on the ball with this blog. (Yes I know I’ve said that before but I really mean it this time.)

October TBR list

So we’ve reached my favorite time of the year again. Autumn leaves, sweaters, pumpkin spice everything. I figured there was no better time to reread one of my all time favorite series. That’s right, I’m doing the classic, and probably cliché, Harry Potter reread!!

I’ve only ever read the books once about ten years ago so I figured it was about time to pick them up again. My, very easy, goal is to read through them by the end of this year.

So October’s TBR is looking like:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | by: JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | by: JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | by JK: Rowling

Dracula | by: Bram Stoker (the book club read)

What’s everyone else reading this month?

September Reading Wrap-up

Another month, another FOUR books read. Not to bad if I do say so myself.

Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch | by: Rachel Patterson ★★★☆☆

Kitchen Witchcraft seems to be a popular trend within the pagan community as of late. I’ve seen a fair few books about the topic and so decided to pick one up and give it a try. This one came off as more of a general basic witchcraft book than something that’s specifically kitchen witchery. It’s also very Wiccan influenced if, like me, that’s not the sort of thing you’re looking for. It wasn’t a bad book as an introduction to witchcraft with a bit of a kitchen witch flair.

The Clockwork Dynasty | by: Daniel H. Wilson ★★★★★

This was an amazing book. Steampunk is one of my favorite genres that I haven’t read enough of and this was definitely one of the better ones I’ve read. I’ve had a few days to process it but i still have no words to describe how much I loved it.

In the Night Garden | by: Catherynne M. Valente ★★★★★

Another five star book. This one was a bit slow at times, and sometimes even hard to follow with it’s format sometimes. I’ll have to try to get the continuation of this one soon so that I can see how the stories end.

The Hobbit | by: J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★★

This is probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve read this book so I already knew I love it. It is the first time I’ve read it since the movies were released though so it was interesting to reread it with those in mind.

Goodreads challenge: 31/35 (If I keep this up I may have to raise it again.)

So that was it for this month. What did the rest of you read?