September Reading Plans… a (sort of) Emojiathon TBR??


Hello friends! I’m really behind on my Goodreads Goal, so I’m going to focus on reading some of the shorter books in my collection for September.  I have loads of ebooks that are novella length, so I’m hoping to breeze through several of those this month, as well as some of the many shorter audiobooks I have. I listen to audiobooks on 2x speed, so anything that’s 6ish hours or less, I can read in one afternoon during my commute home and then while walking my dog later.

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Ambitious February TBR

I’ve been collecting books for Black History Month for a while now. At last count, 13 of the 20 books on my TBR are written by black authors and/or have black main characters.  The rest are books I had already started reading in January, ARCs, library books I need to get to, and my book club’s pick for the month.

I only have access to about 6 of these on audio, and considering almost everything I read in January was via audiobook, I know this big TBR of physical books is going to be really tough for me. Fingers crossed that I get through at least 75% of these.

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January TBR + I need recs!

Hope everyone is having a great January so far! I don’t typically plan out a monthly TBR unless I have readathons to participate in, but there are a lot of books I’ve been wanting to get to, both 2017 releases that I missed and older releases that I’ve had an urge to dive into, so I found myself writing out a list this month.  Here’s what’s up next for my TBR…

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2017 Releases I Missed

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas || They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

There are a lot of 2017 books that I haven’t gotten to yet, but these are the two I regret the most. I read about 1/3 of THUG back when it first came out, and then got distracted by a readathon and completely forgot about it for months.  What I’ve read so far has been fantastic, so I’m anxious to get back into it.  Adam Silvera is one of my favorite authors, and the only author who I collect. I already have 3 copies of TBDATE and I still haven’t read this book yet! I’m embarrassed 😳. Because of my mental health struggles, I have a hard time picking up books that don’t have a guaranteed happy ending, so both of these have been on the backburner for me. I’m considering listening to both of these via audiobook to help me get through them.

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In the Company of Shadows series

Evenfall || Afterimage || The Interludes || Fade
by Santino Hassell and Ais

I’ve been wanting to read this series for awhile, and after seeing the huge online following it has, that’s made me even more eager to pick it up.  Santino Hassell is one of my favorite authors, but I’ve been hesitant because each of the books in the series is SO LONG (all are around 1,000 pages).  I really don’t know what made me pick up the first book, Evenfall, this week, a 1,427 page tome that’s literally the longest book on my TBR and probably the longest I’ve ever attempted to read as well, right after I set a very lofty 2018 Goodreads goal! But I was sucked in almost immediately, and even after all my complaining on Twitter about how long my Kindle initially estimated it would take me to read (28 hours 💀), I’ve already flown through nearly 50% of the book in the three days since I picked it up. I doubt I’ll get through more than the first book or two this month, but with how quickly I’ve been devouring Evenfall, maybe I’ll surprise myself! I’m such a sucker for slow burn, hurt/comfort, and damaged, complex characters who are secretly a bit soft inside.  I started shipping Sin and Boyd from the moment they met, and I can’t wait to see where this long series takes them next. The fact that all of the books are available for free online completely blows my mind!

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Fallen series

Fallen || Torment || Passion || Fallen in Love || Rapture || Unforgiven
by Lauren Kate

Okay so I admit…I only watched the movie adaptation earlier this week because I thought one of the guys on the cover was really attractive 😂. The movie turned out to be really terrible and cheesy but somehow still manages to make me want to pick up the books. Based on the reviews from my GR friends, this series is really polarizing for people! It seems like every person has rated it either 1 star or 5 stars, so I’m definitely intrigued even more now. I found the entire series on audiobook through my library, and I’ve already started listening to the first book during my daily commute. I don’t hate it so far so we’ll see if I end up reading the entire series or not. If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Book Club


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver

Nothing exciting to share about this one, it’s just this month’s pick for my food co-op’s book club so I need to get to it as well. This will be our first read, and my first time participating in a book club!

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What’s on your TBR for January? 

My 2018 Goodreads goal is 200 books (80 higher than I normally read, because why not??). Help me reach it by recommending your favorite novellas, short books, audiobooks, and Spanish language children’s books.  

October Wrap Up & November TBR

October Wrap Up

It’s been almost a year since I posted a monthly wrap up. I’ve read a lot of books this year, and already met my Goodreads goal this month, but I’ve been so bad about blogging regularly. I haven’t had the passion for it, and I didn’t want to force myself when I wasn’t feeling up to it.  But I had a fantastic reading month and wanted to share the books with you all. I’m hoping to start posting more regularly again, even if I end up throwing in some non-bookish posts in here and there, like what music I’ve been into lately. I’m participating in quite a few readathons this month, so many that it covers virtually the entire month, so we’ll see if I stick to my big TBR or not!

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September TBR

I don’t always make a monthly TBR because I’m a huge mood reader and TBR piles can put me into a reading slump if I don’t feel like reading anything on my pile. Instead, I tend to rearrange the small bookshelf by my bed every couple months to cycle in titles I think I’ll want to read soon, and move the ones I probably won’t.

With that said, I’ve been in a huge reading slump for the past month and I need to change something. I only read six books in August. Three of those were graphic novels and one was an audiobook, so really just two physical novels. For someone who averages 12 books a month, this slump has been really frustrating for me.  My hope is that by making a TBR post, I’ll put a little bit of pressure on myself to get through these books!

This is my (hopefully not tentative) TBR pile for September.  I’m making the list fairly short to leave room for some mood reading throughout the month, although with one of the books being over 600 pages, I may not have time for much else.


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