• Monthly TBRs

    July 2019 TBR: Summer Reading!

    *Hello again loves! I know I just posted my June Wrap Up but it’s July 2nd so I need to get my July 2019 tbr out there!

    July is upon us and I have a great tbr this month! I'm doing my first ever buddy read with a great group on #bookstagram! Come check out my July 2019 tbr!

    My tentative July 2019 tbr:

    Lifel1k3, by Jay Kristoff (I maybe already read this….)
    Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
    Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
    Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor
    Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson
    City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
    Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson
    We Hunt the Flame, by Hafsah Fazil
    Nocturna, by Maya Motayne
    If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch
    Wonderwoman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

    My first buddy read!

    This month I’m so excited to do my first buddy read! I am reading the book Falling Kingdoms with a great group of people on #bookstagram! I’m very hyped for this book because everyone who’s read it says it’s amazing.

    Top priority books.

    I want to read all of these but the books I want to get to first this month are:
    Falling Kingdoms
    Queen of Shadows
    Days of Blood and Starlight
    Skyward
    City of Bones

    Books I want to buy in July:

    As always there are books I want to buy. If I can I’d like to pick up all of these this month!

    The Merciful Crow, by Margaret Owen
    Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine
    Spin the Dawn, by Elizabeth Lim
    The Storm Crow, by Kayln Josephson
    Dev1at3, by Jay Kristoff
    Soul of the Sword, by Julie Kagawa
    Burning Chambers, by Kate Mosse
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK Hardcover Edition)

    I’m so ready for lazy summer days!

    In the middle of all this reading, I hope to have some great summer experiences! With Independence Day on the 4th kicking it off. I have a road trip planned and it’s also my birthday month! I’m really going to try to control myself and not buy too many books. We shall see if I succeed or not!

    What are you looking forward to buying and reading in July?

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

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    June 2019 TBR + Summer Reading

    *I’m so excited for June’s tbr! I chose books that I’ve been wanting to get to for ages. I’m also excited to have a way better reading month than I did in May. It was ok, but not amazing. Anyway, here’s my list of books I want to read in June 2019.

    Hello friends and welcome to my June 2019 TBR! I have a great list of books I want to get to this month! You can check out my list in this post!

    Hello friends!

    Is it really June already?? I’m so excited for hot weather and summer reading. I’ve got ten great books picked out for my June 2019 TBR. I am going to make myself read them all or die trying. Haha!

    I have them mostly prioritized but I’m still going to go with my mood when I’m ready to pick my next read. But, honestly, I can’t wait to get to all of these amazing looking books!

    Here is my June 2019 TBR

    1. Winter, by Marissa Meyer
      -This is number one because I kinda started reading it in May. Lol.
    2. An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson
      -I’m reading this in anticipation of the release of A Sorcery of Thorns!
    3. Heir of Fire, by Queen Maas
      -I’m so excited to get back into this series. I’ve missed Celeana’s sass.
    4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
      -So many people have recommended this to me and I loved Strange the Dreamer so I’m VERY excited to start this trilogy!
    5. Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo
      -I read Shadow and Bone months ago and I loved it! I’m not sure why I stopped reading this series.
    6. Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson
      -I want to read this book because of the cover. I know, I’m pretty basic. Lol.
    7. Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
      -This was recommended to me by many people on Instagram, but @phantomfable recommended it first and I trust her with my life!
    8. City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
      -I started reading this series waaaaay back when it first came out but I never kept up with it. I’m really excited to revisit it.
    9. Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
      -I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series!
    10. A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab
      -Another series I started months ago and then never finished.

    So that’s my June 2019 TBR.
    What are you most excited to get to next month??

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see what books I read last month and read my mini-reviews here!

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    May 2019 TBR + Making Changes

    *Well hello May! I am so excited about my May 2019 TBR! I’m making some huge (to me) changes in my reading life and I’m so pumped about them! Can you tell?? Read on to see what I’m planning to read this month and which book releases I’m looking forward to the most.

    My May 2019 TBR is here! Find out how I'm changing my TBR and putting less pressure on myself to read more. And find out my most anticipated releases!

    The new and improved May 2019 TBR.

    This month I’m making some big changes in my reading life. Are you a TBR maker? What about a TBR follower? I have loved making a TBR in the past. It’s fun to look at all the books I have to read and decide which ones I want to read next. One thing I learned about my TBR last month is that it can be a good thing and it can also be a really bad thing.

    I always followed my TBR. Like, to the letter. If it wasn’t on there I couldn’t read it that month. Having a TBR always makes me feel like I have to finish every book on the list. I pressure myself to read faster if it looks like I am going to run out of time. This just doesn’t work for me. Like most readers, I always read the books I’m most excited about first. So it shouldn’t surprise me that I ran out of excitement for the rest of my TBR by the middle of the month.

    Let me tell you, this does not make the reading life very fun. I felt like I had to force myself to read, which is something I’ve never had to do before. Reading shouldn’t be about deadlines and books you HAVE to read. Unless, you know, that’s your job.

    My plan for May.

    So, this month, while the flowers are blooming and it’s getting beautiful outside, I’m going to be reading each book as it comes to me. No set TBR, no preplanned list. I’m just going to read whatever most excites me at the moment.

    Since it is the first of May I have my first book picked out. It’s The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book is a beast, and if it’s the only book I get to this month, honestly I think I’m good with that. I know it won’t be the only book I read, but I’m tired of pressuring myself to read as many books as I can. I want to enjoy my reading and actually remember the books I read.

    New releases I’m excited about.

    There are a few books coming out this month that I’m excited about. The first being Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and Finale by Stephanie Garber. It’s going to be hard to pick which one to read first because they both release on the same day.

    Other books coming out this month are We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal; The Farm by Joanne Ramos; and Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Children of Ruin is the sequel to Children of Time and it sounds very interesting. I have never read Children of Time but I added it to my wishlist.

    *For a comprehensive list of new May releases please click here.

    That’s all from me for now. What do you think about this new TBR format? I think I prefer it to just a boring list of books that I might read and that I really know nothing about. I hope this was fun and that you found some new books to add to your TBR!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. My April Wrap Up can be found here. You can also see my O.W.L.s readathon results!

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    O.W.L.s 2019 Magical Readathon

    *I am very excited about O.W.L.s 2019! It’s readathon time again which means I will read lots of books. Or, at least I plan to. πŸ˜‚As always, I’ll link the books to Goodreads so that you can add the ones that interest you to your own TBR lists.

    It's O.W.L.s 2019! If you've ever dreamed of having a wizarding career now is your chance! I'm taking exams to be a Librarian. Which career will you choose?

    O.W.L.s 2019

    This is the second time I am participating in the O.W.L.s readathon, and I am beyond excited for it. I might even be fangirling a bit.πŸ˜‚

    This year G has really outdone herself. She has created a FREE pamphlet with wizarding careers in it…GUYS….she blesses us with this. Without G, the wizarding world wouldn’t be the same. I’ll link her YouTube video below so you can check out all the details and get access to the free pamphlet.

    O.W.L.s 2019 Magical Readathon Video

    If you like Harry Potter at all you won’t want to miss this readathon! Oh, and the community is awesome! The Magical Readathon has a dedicated Twitter page that you can find here. —> Magical Twitter

    If you’re on Instagram you can use #magicalreadathon2019
    That’s where I’ll be spending most of my time, basically because I forget to check my Twitter…..

    Ok, on to the actual list of books I want to read.

    If you watched the video then you know that there are twelve prompts for the O.W.L.s 2019 Readathon. The wizarding career you choose determines how many O.W.L.s you have to complete to pass you exams and be eligible for the N.E.W.T.s in August.

    For instance, I chose the Librarian career, because it sounds awesome and way cooler than you think. To pass my O.W.L.s for this career I need to read 5 books. The prompts are very easy. It’s the books that we pick that determine how much effort we will have to put in.

    O.W.L.s Prompts for the Librarian Career are:

    • Ancient Runes (A retelling): Cress, by Marissa Meyer
    • Arithmancy (A work written by more than one author): Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman
    • Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: Title starts with “R”): The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
    • History of Magic (Published at least 10 years ago): Angel’s Blood, by Nalini Singh
    • Transfiguration (Sprayed edges or red cover): Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse

    Of course, like the overachiever I am, I picked books for the other seven O.W.L.s prompts:

    As you can see, I over plan everything.

    Creating my O.W.L.s 2019 TBR was fun and challenging! I spent several hours working out all the details. But it was so fun. Reading, and basically everything involved with it has really become a super fun hobby of mine. It helps me relax and have a creative outlet so I don’t go bonkers being a stay at home mom.

    I hope you’ll join us for the O.W.L.s readathon 2019! It was so much fun last year. This year is going to be even better!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen ✨

    P.S. You can catch my March wrap up here.

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    March 2019 TBR + Reading Goals

    *Welcome to my March 2019 tbr and reading goals. I will briefly list the books I want to read and then talk about my goals for the month. If you have an iPhone, I have a life hack that can get you reading more books this month.

    It's time for my March 2019 TBR and reading goals! One of my favorite goals this month is to read more with the help of the Screen Time app on my iPhone.

    The books I plan to read.

    Books I’ve already finished because this post is late.

    Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
    I’ve actually already read this one. I loved it! It’s a great entry into the world of the Grishaverse. It was really well written and I liked it quite a bit. It was full of action for the most part. Oh and monsters parading as handsome men. I read this book for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2019 Reading Challenge.

    A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer
    Again, because this post is late, I have already read this book. And it was the best! I have never read a more perfect Beauty and the Beast retelling. If you love strong female characters, then this one is for you.

    The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Caroll
    I was not planning to read this, but I had a hold for it on Libby and it was auto-borrowed for me. (If any of you know how to turn that off, could you help a girl out?) I did start reading it and it’s ok. I’ll have more to say on it for my monthly book chat later this month.

    Books I’m going to read this month.

    The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, by Christopher Paolini
    The newest book set in the world of Alegasia is finally here! It’s been sitting on my shelf since the beginning of January and I need to read it. I’m excited to join Shaphira and Eragon again. I also picked this book for the TCS Reading Challenge.

    EnchantΓ©e, by Gita Trelease
    I was lucky to get this book in my February LitJoy Crate. I’m really excited to read this book as I know nothing about the French court during the time of Marie Antoinette. There’s magic involved so it’s going to be fun.

    Crown of Feathers, by Nicki Pau Preto
    I got this book in my February Owlcrate and it’s so beautiful! Aside from that I’m really excited to read this story about sisters.

    Reading People, by Anne Bogel
    This is one of my picks for the TCS 2019 Reading Challenge. This book deals with the link between our reading lives and our personalities.

    Books I still want to read, but only if I finish the others first.

    Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor
    I read Strange the Dreamer last month and it was beautiful. I have never (ok, that I can remember) been so enamored with a world or with a main character such as Lazlo Strange. The end of the Strange the Dreamer ended on such a sad note that I need to find out what happens.

    The Song Rising, by Samantha Shannon
    The latest book in The Bone Season series and I’m very anxious to get this one started. The cliffhanger at the end of The Mime Order had me all in a tizzy so I need to read this one asap.

    The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black
    I haven’t had this book for very long, but #bookstagram is making me want to read it pretty bad. I know literally nothing about it, which is shocking considering the buzz when The Wicked King came out a few weeks ago.

    Think, Learn, Succeed, by Dr. Caroline Leaf
    I am continuing this read from last month. I’m doing it along with Dr. Leaf’s book club and YouTube videos. I am loving this reread. I think there are more page markers than book at the moment, but there are so many good things I’m learning.

    Reading goals for March 2019.

    One of the biggest goals I have set for myself for this month is to read more. I would love to get through 10+ books a month and I know I can if I stop wasting time.

    If any of you have a newer iPhone then you should all know about Screen Time. Like a good screen addict I ignored it for a while, but last week I checked it to see where I was spending my time.

    I was not pleased with the results. I was spending the equivalent of a whole day on my phone. Um….what?! There are only 7 days in a week and I was spending one of them on my phone. Doing what?

    It’s no wonder I never had enough time to read. I was spending all of my free time on my stupid phone. Since that day I have removed all of the games from my phone and I have set a limit on how long I can use Instagram during a 24 hour period. I think I use Instagram even less because now I’m worried about running out of time and then actually needing to use it. πŸ˜‚

    Other reading goals.

    With time limits set on my phone, I now have time to make progress on my other reading goals.

    I want to read 10 books this month, more if I can. And of those books I want most of them to be unread from my bookshelves. Book buying is a big thing with me, but I don’t buy them just to have them. I buy them because I want to read them. My aim is to keep my unread books below 50. I’m way above that now, so I have some reading to do.

    That’s all from me this time.

    Happy reading loves,

    Alicen

    Ps: If you want to know how I felt about the books I read last month you can check them out here. You can also check my latest book chat here.

  • Monthly TBRs

    February 2019 TBR: Bookstagram Edition

    *A new month means a new TBR and I’m very excited about my line up of books this month. So many of these were recommended to me on Bookstagram. I can’t wait to dig in. Grab some coffee or cocoa and add some new books to your TBRs.

    Bookstagram recommended books to me. I'm taking the time to read them this month.

    The books I’m most excited to read.

    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

    I’m so excited to finally get my hands on a beautiful copy of this book from Illumicrate. I got special editions of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. They were so expensive but so worth it!

    The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

    I can’t wait to get back into this series! The end of the first book was such a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next and I also need to know if my “ship” is going to sail.

    Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

    In anticipation of The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm, I’ve been reading back through the Inheritance cycle and it has been so fun! There are so many things that I forgot about and man, the action is getting intense!

    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

    I received this book in my January Owlcrate box and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds fantastic and fun and just wonderful.

    Books to get to if I have time.

    These are the books I’ll read if I finish my most anticipated list first.

    Sky in the Deep by Adrianne Young

    I’ve known about this one for a while and I finally got my hands on a copy. I’m also reading this for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge prompt, “a book by a new author”.

    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

    I’m pretty excited to get to this one too, but it’s not at the top of my priority list. I do hope that this one has a little more action and maybe some more character development than the first book did.

    A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

    I have not idea what this book is about, I just see it on bookstagram and booktube all the time. Not to mention every time I get on Book Outlet it’s staring me in the face. I’m hoping it will be a good read and I won’t have to dnf it.

    Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

    Again, I don’t know much about this book, but I see it everywhere so I’m giving it a shot.

    Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

    This book sounds really interesting to me. I know barely anyhing about it other than there’s magic (?) involved. I got this one in an Owlcrate box last year and I really want to get to it before it becomes another book on my shelf collecting dust.

    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    Another book on my list that I don’t know anything about, but the cover looks sweet so I’m going to read it.


    Have you read any of these books on my list? If you have did you like them? Love them?

    I’m always looking for recommendations too! Let me know if you have read any books that are similar to these ones and I’ll check them out.

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. I’m reading Strange the Dreamer and Think, Learn, Succeed for part of the TCS 2019 Reading Challenge. You can get all the info to participate here.

    P.P.S. Want to read my January Wrap Up? You can access it here.

  • 2019 Reading Challenge,  Monthly TBRs

    2019 Reading Challenge + January TBR

    *Welcome to the January 2019 Reading Challenge here @thecozyshelf.

    The Cozy Shelf 2019 Reading Challenge + my January TBR

    2019 Reading Challenges

    I’m participating in a few reading challenges this year:

    • The Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge
    • My personal Goodreads challenge
    • The Cozy Shelf reading challenge

    This year, my goal for Goodreads is to read 100 books. I read 71 books this year, and I wasn’t really focusing on completing my goal, which was 60 books. So I think with some actual motivation behind it I can get to 100 books pretty easy.

    The Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge is year long and you can find all the info here. I’m taking this one a month at a time because that’s how it’s set up and because I’m a mood reader. Last year this challenge had specific prompts for each month and I just wasn’t motivated by it. My book pick for January is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and it fulfills the prompt: “A backlist title by a favorite author”.

    The Cozy Shelf challenge is also year long and you can also take it a month at a time. Mainly for the reason that most of us are mood readers and I don’t like telling you what to read. I want to encourage you to pick up a book, not to make it feel like an assignment. You can find all the info and sign up for the free prompt checklist + monthly updates here.

    Or you can just sign up right here:

    My book pics for The Cozy Shelf challenge are Switch on Your Brain for the prompt: “A book about mental health” and Whichwood for the prompt: “A book you bought for the cover”.

    January 2019 TBR

    The rest of my TBR for January 2019 is mostly books I’ve had on my to read list (and my shelf) for ages. Ok, not ages, but it feels that way sometimes!

    The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

    2019 reading challenges

    Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuck

    Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

    the cursed child 2019 reading challenge

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Let me know what prompts and books you picked this month in the comments!

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    December 2018 TBR + Bonus Readathon

    *disclaimer: as always all books are linked to Goodreads so that you can add them to your TBR!

    December 2018 Book Recommendations

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    While fall is my favorite season, Christmas is my favorite holiday. And yes, it’s about the gifts. But not gifts for me. I love buying gifts for my family. Watching their faces light up is the best thing ever. It means I did my job well. 


    Here’s my December 2018 TBR

    A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

    The third book in the ACOTAR series. I can’t wait to see how Feyre and Rhysand kick but in this one. 

    december tbr 2018, the two princesses of bamarre

    The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson-Levine.

    This is a beloved childhood book of mine and I’m really anticipating this reread. I’m pretty sure that this is the book that got me into fantasy and really got me into reading. I have never been a fan of contemporary fiction, even when I was younger. I have always gravitated toward books that tell mystical stories.

    december tbr 2018, harry potter and the deathly hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

    Another reread for me. I’m excited to wrap up my year-long reread of the Harry Potter series. It wasn’t supposed to take a year, but here we are. After I finish this I’ll be giving The Cursed Child a shot. I’ve heard so many negative things about it, but I have to at least try. 

    december 2018 tbr, girls of paper and fire

    Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan.

    Another book I really want to get to this month. I just got it in my November Owlcrate box and I’m pretty excited to read it.

    Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk.

    My nonfiction pick for the month. This book is all about creating cleaning routines in your home so you don’t have to spend whole days cleaning. Which sounds like a really good deal to me. 

    Pride by Ibi Zoboi.

    Another Owlcrate book. I’m really not sure if I’m going to like this book or not. It’s a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I loved Pride and Prejudice so I’m giving this one a shot instead of just ditching it. 

    Those are all the books on my December 2018 TBR. Up next, my tbr for the Harry Potter readathon.


    Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon

    Here’s the readathon I promised! It’s another @book_roast readathon and this one might be my favorite. I’m not going to waste a bunch of words talking about it here. I’ll just link you to @book_roast’s YouTube video where you can get all the details for the readathon.

    For short readathons like this one, I like to pick books that I don’t normally reach for. They are typically books I want to read but I’m never in the mood for them. So this list may seem a bit boring but it’s a really good way to knock books off your TBR that have been there a while. 

    The first challenge in the readathon is to “Finish your coursework”. This means that you finish up your current read before you start any new books. I’m not sure what this is for me yet so I haven’t picked anything out yet. Obviously, it will be one of the books I listed above. 


    december tbr, christmas at hogwarts, mirage

    Help Hagrid decorate the trees:

    Mirage by Somaiya Daud. This is yet another Owlcrate book.

    Prompt: “A book with golden detail”. 

    december 2018 tbr, christmas at hogwarts, man's search for meaning

    Visit the Three Broomsticks for mulled pixie wine:

    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This book has been on my bookshelf for ages and I’ve always wanted to read it, I just never made it a priority. 
    Prompt: “A book you can finish in one evening”.

    Sneak into the kitchen and give Dobby socks:

    Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I basically bought this book for the cover and the way people talk about Tahereh’s writing. I’m very excited to read this one. 
    Prompt: A book with an item of. clothing on the cover.

    Use invisibility cloak to get into the restricted section:

    Looking for Alaska by John Green. I’ve never read a John Green book before and honestly, I’m not sure any of his books are worth the hype. But, this one has been on my banned book TBR for a while and it’s the only banned book I own, other than Harry Potter. 
    Prompt: A banned book.

    The last task for the readathon is to attend the Christmas feast. To do that you get to watch a Harry Potter movie or just have a marathon while you’re at it!


    That’s it for my December 2018 TBR and Christmas at Hogwarts TBRs. I’m probably not going to get to all of these but I can’t help myself. 

    I am just mostly excited for Christmas and cozy reading time. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Let me know in the comments!

    Happy reading, 

    Alicen

    P.S. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll be getting some exciting news about a challenge I’m doing for 2019! If you aren’t already subscribed, you can sign up below!

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    November 2018 TBR

    *Today is the first day of November! All you book lovers know what that means. New TBRs! I have just a few books on my list this month. With the holidays just around the corner I’ll be surprised if I get more than what’s on my TBR finished. 

    November 2018 Book Recommendations

    My November Reading List

    Although my book list is small it’s filled with some quite hefty books. I am really excited to read all of them, but the top of the list is A Court of Mist and Fury. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses last month for the #charmsextracredit. I loved it! I read it in about a day which is impressive for me considering I have two littles 5 and under. Let’s just say the interruptions are non-stop. 

    Anyway, you don’t want to know that. You want to see what my tbr looks like for the month of November 2018.

    The first book on my list is The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin.

    This book was on my tbr for last month but I just didn’t get to it. It’s the third and final book in The Passage series. I’ve never read this one so I’m very excited to dig into this one. I have high expectations for this book and I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

    Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

    I know everyone is all in a rage over Kingdom of Ash. I’ve yet to dig into that series so I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about. Please don’t hate me for not reading it yet. 

    Third on my list is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

    I have been wanting to read this book for a few month now. I have no idea what this book is about and I like to keep it that way. I’m so bad about this. Like I don’t even want to know the names of the characters. Just tell me if you liked the book or not and I’ll give it a go. No need to spoil everything for me. 

    Fourth on my list is A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

    I was lucky enough to pick up the special edition of this book from bookoutlet.com for cheap. It’s beautiful and I so can’t wait to read this one!

    The last book on my list is a non-fiction book.

    The Read-Aloud Family is written by Sarah McKenzie. In it she goes over how to start a culture of reading in your family no matter what age your kids are. And it’s full of lists of age appropriate books that you can read aloud with your kids. Since my boys are 5 and 2 I felt like there’s never a better time to start than now.


    Happy Reading Friends!

    That’s it for my November TBR. I’m trying to keep it low key this month and I picked all new reads because I know I’ll be able to get through them all. I love to re-read my favorite stories but I don’t go through them as fast because I already know what happens. The hunt for the conclusion isn’t as strong with re-reads. Unless, you know, it’s been a decade since I last read it. 

    Thanks for reading,
    Alicen

    P.S. What’s on the top of your TBR for November? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram!

    P.P.S. Check out my October Wrap Up and Book Haul here!

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    October 2018 Book Recommendations

    *Disclaimer: I am having a lot of trouble getting book covers to format correctly with Gutenberg. So this post has no actual pictures, but each book is linked to Book Depository. (These are not affiliate links. It’s just a way for you to see the cover images until I can figure out Gutenberg.) I really pick books based on their covers so if you’re like me just click the links to see all the pretty covers.*

    Book recommendations for October 2018

    It’s officially fall. I’m so excited for the change in season. The fuzzy socks, comfy pants, and never ending cups of coffee are in full effect. So are all the yummy smelling candles and cuddly blankets.

    It’s my favorite season of the year. The leaves changing colors and the cool air just give me a bad case of wanderlust. Because it’s hard for me to spend all my time driving around and seeing things, I use books as a major means of “travel” this time of year.

    Fantasy has long been my go-to genre. I love reading about different worlds and the people that live in them. I’m not a big fan of a lot of contemporary fiction. By contemporary fiction, I mean anything that’s set in the 21st century. If I wanted to read about any of that stuff I’d just sit on Facebook for about a day. I really love books that are realistic but not totally real. Like Harry Potter or The Passage. I also love historical fiction. (Side Note: I just finished The Women In the Castle and, WOW! I loved that book!) So the books can be newly published just not too realistic or contemporary in their themes. 

    Enough of my rambling about what books I like to read. 

    Here’s my list of 10 books I would like to read in October. If I don’t finish them in October I will be trying desperately to finish them before Thanksgiving. 

    Here are the books on my Fall TBR:

    The Passage
    By: Justin Cronin
    I would consider this book a spooky literary thriller. It’s been a really long time since I read this one. I kind of remember it. The fact that it’s sitting on my shelf means the I cared a lot about the story and the characters. I just can’t put my finger on why I loved it. I mean, I loved the characters and the plot was really good. It’s just a really good, well-written book.


    The Twelve
    By: Justin Cronin
    This is the second book in The Passage trilogy. I’ve only read this book once and I barely remember it. It was sad but I loved it just as much as The Passage. It’s been a while since I read it, but the writing style is comparable to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.


    The City of Mirrors
    By: Justin Cronin
    The third book in The Passage trilogy. I haven’t read this one yet, but I did jump up and down when I found a hardback copy in a secondhand store for $2.00. My husband thinks I’m the crazy book lady, but I don’t care.


    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    By: J.K. Rowling
    These books need no explanation for being on my TBR. It’s fall and it’s Harry Potter. Enough said.


    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    By: J.K. Rowling

    Again, Harry Potter doesn’t need an explanation to be on my TBR.


    Charms Extra Credit (Magical Readathon)

    *@book_roast is putting out a mini readathon challenge next week! for all us Harry Potter Nerds. I’m not going to spend any time explaining it so here’s the link to her video that will give you all the details.

    The Selection
    By: Kiera Cass
    (Alohamora)
    I’ve known about this series for a long while now, but I’ve never really been interested. I thought they were typical YA Fiction. My interest in reading this changed dramatically when I learned from a really reliable source (A.K.A. Modern Mrs. Darcy) that the story is loosely based on Esther from the Bible. Luckily for me my local library has the entire series on it’s shelves.


    Fire Bringer
    By: David Clement-Davies
    (Incendio)
    I’ve read this book a couple times. It’s a great spooky book about a prophecy and it’s about animals. I should clarify and say intelligent animals. Think Lion King, but the deer version. It’s a lot more intense than Lion King and definitely not for young readers. It is extremely well written fantasy.


    Nyxia
    By: Scott Reintgen
    (Lumos)
    I don’t know much about this book other than it sounded interesting to me. It was recommended by @book_roast.


    Life and Death
    By: Stephenie Meyer
    (Accio)
    Back in high school, I was a die hard Twilight fan. I’ve read a lot of bad reviews about this book but it’s short enough that I’m going to try it out. I’m not afraid to DNF a book, even if it is Twilight.


    A Court of Thorns and Roses
    By: Sarah J. Maas
    (Rictumsempra)
    Everyone raves about this series. I know I’m really late to the game but I’m okay with that because it just means I don’t have to wait for the rest of the series to come out. It’s always nice to find a great series and be able to binge read them!


    So what does your Fall TBR look like? Just a few favorites to re-read or a stack of new hot titles? Let me know in the comments below!

    Until next time,
    Alicen