Tome Topple Round 12 TBR

You know, I don’t know why I keep making TBRs because I never stick to them lol But they’re fun, so why not?

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about my TBR for Tome Topple, a… bi-annual? I’m actually not sure how often it happens because quarantine made everything weird, but it’s a readathon created and hosted by Sam of Thoughts and Tomes (as well as other co-hosts each round), where you try to read tomes (books over 500 pages) in two weeks time following the given prompts.

You can check out Sam’s video below:

Here’s the important information:

  • Dates: August 8th-21st (starts midnight in your timezone)
  • One book can be used for ONLY two prompts! So the minimum number of books is 4-5, and the max is 9.
  • Prompts:
    • The tome that’s been on your TBR the longest
    • A tome audiobook
    • The tome you’ve most recently acquired
    • A standalone tome
    • Read one (1) tome
    • A tome written by a Black author
    • Tome from a genre you don’t usually read
    • Tome on your TBR with the most pages
    • A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple
  • If you complete…
    • 1-3 challenges: STUDENT
    • 4-6 challenges: SCHOLAR
    • 7-9 challenges: SAGE

The prompts are optional! This is a chill readathon where the main goal is to read at least ONE tome (a book over 500 pages). That’s the baseline. The prompts are there for inspiration and fun!

Now that we have all of the important information, let’s talk about the books I hope to read. I’m aiming for four books, but even I know I most likely won’t complete these, buuuuuut that’s okay! I’ll at least have tried.

Also, disclaimer for me: some of the books I’m picking are less than 500 pages, BUT they’re in the mid-high 400 page range, so I’m counting them for this challenge. I’m trying to pick books already on my shelves like a good doobie.

I’ll be combining a bunch of the prompts together, so…

1 . A tome written by a Black author / read one tome

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I’ve been wanting to read this series for yearrrrrs, but due to my incessant reading novels slump, it’s been hard for me to pick anything up. I did start reading it when I first bought it to see how I liked it and remember being hooked really quickly, so I’m hoping that this will be a read that I thoroughly enjoy and such. (The book itself is 468 pages, so not quite tome level, but it’s fine.)

2. A tome audiobook / a tome with the most pages on your TBR

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – (Below is the synopsis for the first book, The Way of Kings)

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

After finishing the first book, I was left reeling with everything that had happened! The book left off on such pivotal moments that I know are going to send the characters into new journeys and such, and ahhhh I can’t wait to read it! I’ll be listening to the audiobook, which is 48 HOURS long. (Help.) The physical hardcover book itself is over 1,100 pages, which is probably the longest book on my TBR right now. So. Yeah.

(I listen to audiobooks on the 1x speed because I like to take every word and sentence in, allowing me to visualize everything in its entirety, so this is going to be a big endeavor if I’m going to complete each of these challenges, just saying.)

3. Tome that’s been on my TBR the longest / genre I don’t typically read from

The Chronicles of Narnia (books 1-7) by C.S. Lewis

Narnia…the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don’t believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell.

Yeah, I have the movie tie-in edition from a million years ago when Prince Caspian came out, so it’s a bind up of all of the novels in the series. Now each book itself is roughly 120-ish pages (more or less), but the bind-up itself is 766 pages. I’ve owned this edition since 2008, so it’s definitely my oldest tome on my TBR by far, and it’s also from a genre I rarely read ever: classic. It’s still fantasy, of course, and like many, I already know the story (at least of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), so it won’t be totally foreign to me, I hope. I just always struggle reading classics, but I hope to read one book in the series per day to break it down and such.

4. A tome I’ve most recently acquired / a standalone tome

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

I had gotten this book around the time of its release, and, well, I had a hard time getting into it. The writing is kind of what puts me off from it, but I’m going to give it a go as it’s the only standalone tome (at 496 pages) that I have that’s newer. I hope I can get into it, but with all of these other books I hope to read, I don’t know that I’ll get to it.


I don’t have a book for the prompt for a tome from a previous round of tome topple, so those are all of the books on my TBR! I hope to read just one of these, which I think will be a major accomplishment in itself.

Are you joining in? What’s your biggest tome on your TBR? Which tome have you had the longest? Tell me all the things!

Reading Rush TBR

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to talk about my TBR for the Reading Rush, which is hosted by Raeleen of padfootandprongs07 and Ariel of Ariel Bissett. They’ve been hosting this readathon for a couple of years now, I believe, and I decided that I wanted to give this readathon a go. I’ve been having…okay luck with readathons this year, and they made these challenges super easy to combine books for, so that’s what I’m doing.

If you’d like to hear a little more about the Reading Rush for this July 20th-26th stretch, then here’s their video:

They also have videos specially for the reading challenges and the vlog challenges:

So, with that, let’s jump into the reading challenges, which, by the way, you can combine or switch up as you see fit to fit your reading style/habit/mental health, so keep that in mind as we go! I’m going to list them all below, and then talk about the books and how I’m combining the challenges for the books.

  1. A book that is the same color as your birthstone.
  2. Read a book that starts with the word “The.”
  3. Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.
  4. Read the first book you touch.
  5. Read a book outside/a book that takes place outdoors/that has a cover of the outdoors/etc. (Be safe during quarantine, please.)
  6. A genre that you want to read more of.
  7. A book that is set on a different continent than where you live.

I think these challenges are pretty fun! So for this readathon, I’m only picking two books. I’m combining five of the challenges for one book, and then the last two for the second.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

“Buttercup’s Baby” is at the end of this edition.

Here’s how The Princess Bride fits into the first five challenges:

  1. My birthstone is the peridot for August, which is a pale green gem, and there’s a lot of pale green in this cover (I have a peridot ring so I color matched the cover lol).
  2. “The” Princess Bride.
  3. I. Love. This. Movie. It’s so cheesy and so funny, and I’ve been meaning to read the book for a long time now, so I’m going to give it a go!
  4. When I was thinking of books for these challenges, The Princess Bride was quite literally the first book I touched because it was the first pale green cover/spine I saw on my shelf.
  5. I can read this outside if I want to because we have a porch and such, but I’m not about to read in 90+ degree Fahrenheit humid weather, so I’ll just read by the windows. There; sunlight.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen’s own “darling child”—tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.

Here’s how Pride and Prejudice fits into the last two challenges:

6. A genre you want to read more of: I want to read more classics, or at least the ones currently on my shelves for now. I just find them much harder to digest and read because the language is so different from how we use it now, even through translation.

7. This book is set in the United Kingdom in Derbyshire, England, so yeah. Since I live in the USA, it’s set on a different continent from where I live.


Now, do I think I can read both of these books in the span of a week? I’m not very confident I can lol But I’m going to try, and that’s all that matters. I’m really only participating in the Reading Rush to have fun, and I liked the challenges, so why not?

Are you participating? How many books are you reading? Are you going to try to read one book per challenge, or combine a few together like I did? What’s your most anticipated read for this readathon? Let me know in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday: Intimidating Books

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Today’s topic is about five books that intimidate us when it comes to reading them. I actually did the My Intimidating TBR Tag on my channel last week, so I thought that this would be perfect to mention some of the books from that tag, but also talk about a few different ones.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Why is this one on here? Because it’s such a well known and beloved classic that I’m afraid I’m not going to love it as much as others do. I’ve watched a bunch of movie renditions of Austen’s books, and Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favorite, but I’m still worried I won’t enjoy the book as much because I read Sense and Sensibility by her and it was a lot of old language and kind of hard to get into. But I hope that I enjoy it! This is my smallest book on this list coming in at just under 500 pages long.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Again, another well beloved modern classic, I think, and I’m just intimidated by it because soooo many people like this book. And it’s large. I got the special anniversary edition as soon as I saw it and decided I’m finally going to try reading it. The synopsis sounds awesome and I hope that I like it when I get around to reading it. This one’s 592 pages, which isn’t horrible, but I think it’s just because of how well known and loved it is that makes this intimidating.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Can we just talk for a second about how GINORMOUS this book is? It’s as long as A Game of Thrones. And it doesn’t really even fall into any sort of genre because it’s a mix of romance, historical fiction, fantasy… There’s just a lot going on with this series. And I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show, which really made me want to read the book before watching the series, so I want to try to do that, but this is a time commitment piece. The edition I have is 850 pages long, so there’s that, too.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

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I’m making it my mission this year to finish this first book in this series. I WILL DO IT, DAMMIT. I’ve been reading this for years now, and I’m almost half way through. I’ve watched the first season of the show, and spoilers run free on the Internet, so I know a lot of things that happen, but I still want to read this series because it is really interesting! I find that even though there’s way too much death and a whole lot of sexual things, it’s still a good series for politics and fantasy read. Just… over 800 pages for the first book alone, and the rest are well over 1000 pages each.

1 . The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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Can we just talk about this book for a second? I got this on audiobook because I’ve seen the MONSTER in stores and thought, “Maybe the audiobook will be better.” Well, I’ve started the audiobook a while ago, and it is interesting and I’m enjoying the narrator and the story so far, but it’s over 45 hours long. Forty. Five. HOURS. And if I had bought this in book form is would have been over 1000 pages long – and this is just the first book in this ongoing series. Talk about a time commitment, but I really love Sanderson’s writing and storytelling, so I hope to finish this eventually. It’s just hard when the only times I really listen to my audiobooks are when I’m driving long distances, which isn’t too often.

And there you have it! I didn’t notice until I was writing out the pages for each book that I wrote it in ascension order. Yup, from the smallest to the biggest, this is what I’m intimidated by. But I’m determined to finish all of these at some point in my life, it’ll just take a while to get there.

Accompanying video: Top 5 Wednesday | Intimidating Books

What are some of the books on your TBR that you’re most intimidated by? How many pages are they? Are they well known and beloved? Let me know!

Disney Princess Book Tag

Hey guys! I was browsing around a few blogs yesterday when I stumbled upon the Disney Princess Book Tag on Alexa of Alexa Loves Books‘ blog. As soon as I saw it I KNEW I had to do it (because I’m a huge Disney lover). The tag was originally created by Soudha of Stacks and Cups. So without further ado, let’s jump into it!

3 Princess Facts

  1. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel and I got to meet her when my husband and I went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon in December 2014. Best. Day. Ever.MK_GROTTOACHAR_7136608585
  2. I was terrified of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves when I was a kid. That scene with the witch on the cliff at the end? Terrifying. But when I tried watching the movie as an adult I was extremely bored.
  3. I have seen – and own – every Disney princess main movie (you know, the big name title movies, not necessarily the sequels or spinoffs) in either DVD or VHS form. Most are in DVD/Blu-ray.

The Questions

Snow White – What’s your favorite classic?

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As I’m not super huge into reading classics, this one’s tough for me. I will say that I really love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. It’s my favorite of his plays and to me, it’s a classic. I love the folly and the faeries and the jokes.

Cinderella – What book kept you up way past your bedtime?

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I can definitely say that recently Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone kept me up past my bedtime. I mean, it wasn’t super late… well, 1:00AM – but I still had to sleep and stuff. But this book gave me all the feels and you can read about those feels in my review.

Aurora – What’s your favorite classic romance?

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Again, as I don’t read many classics, this one’s kind of hard for me. But, I’ll say that I do enjoy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Okay, I know, cheesy, cliche, but it’s true. I really enjoy this tale of star-crossed lovers and how they dared to defy the world around them for love. It’s tragic, romantic, kind of sad, and just one of those ones that I can’t help but love.

Ariel – Name a book about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams.

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I really think that The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is definitely one of those books that falls under this category. Here you have Lia, a princess, who doesn’t want to be forced into a marriage for politics, and so she, along with her best friend, run away to fight to live where they might possibly have some freedom. You can check out more of my feels in my review.

Belle – Name a book with a smart, independent female character.

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Well, where do I start? For this one I’m going to pick Sofia from Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I love Sofia so freakin’ much. Though she’s got a rough past and she’s a con artist, she’s also very independent and extremely smart. I think that being able to read body language is a skill that people often taken for granted, and plus she’s just quick with her actions and her mind. Plus, she doesn’t need no man, but I mean, Gideon’s perfect for her, so… Yeah. Read more about how much I love her in my review.

Jasmine – Name a book with a character that challenged the social conventions of his/her world.

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For this one I think I’m going to have to go with America from the Selection series by Kiera Cass. She challenged the social norms of the palace many times over because of her position in society and how she was often viewed during her stay there during the Selection process. Though she wasn’t super groundbreaking, she did have many great ideas for how things could be run and how things could change, which was nice. You can check out more of my thoughts here. (And look, Jasmine even matches the cover!)

Pocahontas – Name a book whose ending was a roller coaster of emotions.

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I thought this was going to be harder to choose, but as soon as I looked over at my shelves I knew which book fit this perfectly: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. SO MANY FEELS. That twist! Those deaths! The magic! Ugh, there was just so much that happened at the end of that first book that I seriously just can’t deal. My mind is still reeling from what happened. Check out more of my blown mind thoughts here.

Mulan – Name a book with a kickass female character.

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I mean, do I really need to say it? Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I love Celaena and just how much of a badass she is. She’s just one of those characters that I would not want to mess with if I ever crossed her on the street. She has her charming side, but she’s mostly a fighter – an assassin – and so I just think she’s really cool and powerful. You can check out more of my thoughts on her here.

Tiana – Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.

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I think that the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews features an eclectic group of characters who are hardworking and self-made. From Kate herself who was raised by a Warlord and thrust into the world to fend for herself days at a time as a child to when she’s an adult living on her own and fighting/killing beasts, to Curran who had a tough time growing up but he managed to win himself the spot of Beast Lord at the age of fifteen, to Andrea who holds a lot of baggage within herself but she’s one of the best sharp shooters in the city, let alone the state, and many other characters. I honestly just think it comes with the world and how dangerous it is. More of my thoughts are here.

Rapunzel – A book that features an artist.

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I think that The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor is a good one because Karou is a spectacular artist. She’s even going to school for it, if that says anything. Often in the first book it talks about her sketches of the chimera, and in general, and how detailed they are. She’s able to capture so much detail when observing something in front of her and I think that that’s an incredible talent. More of my thoughts on her here.

Merida – Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon features a mother-daughter relationship that at first seems loving and caring, but as time passes it becomes a bit more strained and difficult. I mean, I really enjoyed their relationship at the beginning; I thought it was strong and one that is rarely seen in YA books. But then it kind of fell away as the book went on, and though that made me sad, I understand it. More of my thoughts here.

Anna & Elsa – A book with a great relationship between siblings.

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I think I’m going to have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book features twins Wren and Cath and it deals with their relationship over the course of the book. It’s rocky at times, very up and down, but the sisters would do anything for the other if it came down to it and I think that that’s the best part. I think that they definitely make a great duo. Check out more thoughts here.

And that’s it! You guys should totally do this tag if you love Disney princesses because, well, why wouldn’t you?

And this is optional, but I’m going to tag some people who I think should do this tag:

If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!

What are some of the books/characters you’d pick for these questions? Let me know!

January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

I know this is a few days late, but better late than never, right? So, here I’m going to talk about the books I read in January and what I didn’t finish from my January TBR that I talked about a while ago.

So the books I read are:

  • This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This was one of my favorite reads last month and a great way to start the year. A sci-fi adventure with romance and mystery? Great read. You can read my review here, but I did rate it 5/5 stars.
  • Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi. I thought this was very fast paced but there were a lot of things I didn’t know what to think about in this. I rated it 3.75/5 stars. You can read my review here.
  • City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. As this is the second book to The Mortal Instruments series I didn’t give a review, but I will be doing a trilogy review when I finish the third book. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in a fairy tale retelling quartet of books. I thought this sci-fi adventure was cool, but I had some trouble connecting with the characters. I rated this 3.75/5 stars. You can read my reivew here.

These are the books I had left on my TBR but didn’t finish and the reasons why:

  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I really like the story and the plot and everything, I do, but I was just having a really hard time trying to read this book and only got about 40% of the way through over two weeks of reading it. I’m not sure if it was a slump or what it was, but I think I’m going to put it down for now and try to pick it up in March.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. I knew I wasn’t going to get to this book after the slump I had with “Falling Kingdoms” so I’m going to try my best to read it this month and see if I can finish it. It’s a chunky book, so we’ll see how it goes.

I really wanted to read all of those books this past month, but it just didn’t happen. So let me talk about the other things book related I did in January.

  • End of 2014 Book Survey – this was created by Perpetual Page Turner and she offered others to do the survey as well, so I participated in it!
  • #ProjectTBR and TBR Jar Challenge – well, I’m already failing the jar challenge as I didn’t read HP last month, so I’ll try to make up for it this month and also pick a new challenge. Project TBR is going okay; I’ve read four books this year so far and can’t wait to read more.
  • Most Anticipated 2015 Reads – I talk about my top five most anticipated reads. Very exciting!
  • Genre: Fantasy – I talk about the difference between high and low fantasy while also giving some examples of each. Of course, there are many more types of fantasy than those two, but it’s what I give.

Okay, now for the February TBR!

  • “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling. Going to try really hard to read this one this month so I can also cross off the TBR jar challenge for January as being completed.
  • Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. I’m really anticipating reading this so I plan on picking it up this month. It’s about how the four seasons are at war with one another and how Winter is wiped out – or basically wiped out. It’s a fantasy YA book.
  • City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare. This is the third installment to The Mortal Instruments series and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll put up a review of the first three books after reading this one.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor. This is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy. It’s about a girl, Karou, who isn’t sure who she is or where she comes from, but strange things are happening around her and she doesn’t know how to explain it. I’m excited to read this first installment.
  • The Selection” by Kiera Cass. This is the first book in the Selection trilogy (which is now becoming a six book series) and it’s about a girl named America who is thrown into the world of dresses and becoming the potential bride to the prince. It sounds intriguing and am excited to read it.
  • Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. I’m not 100% sure what this one is about except for it is Ms. Bronte’s only novel and it’s also one of literature’s darkest romantic passions… Sounds intriguing, right? (At least from the description on the back.)

For the TBR Jar Challenge I chose, at random, to read a book with 500+ pages. I have a couple on my TBR for this month that meet that requirement, so I’m going to use “City of Glass” as that requirement. Hopefully I actually read all of these books this month, but we’ll see. Hopefully Netflix won’t distract me too much, because it’s also taken away from my writing time, as well.

Accompanying video: January 2015 Wrap-Up & February TBR

What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments!