10 Books to Read in 2019 from my TBR

It should come as no surprise that, as a bookworm, I have a fairly big TBR made up of books from the last five years.

img_6983In fact, if you know me, you’ll know that my owned TBR is about 270-280 books. In 2019, and the next few years, I want to really cut that down by (obviously) reading more books but also by unhauling. My reading tastes have changed quite a bit over the last five years and books that interested me before, just don’t have that same effect now. I just need to learn to let go of those books!

Knowing that there are that many books on my TBR, I thought I’d list out 10 of the books on my TBR that I most definitely want to read this year. So without further ado, here they are…

  1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia img_6984
  2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  6. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  8. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  9. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Bonus book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

img_6985Most of these books have been on my TBR for at least a year so I absolutely want to read them. I definitely want to unhaul some books so I can create a better system that encourages me to read more of my owned books without feeling overwhelmed.

Are any of the books on my list on your TBR? Or perhaps you’ve read them already?

WWW Wednesday: 13/03

WWW Wednesday: 13/03

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

I decided not to post a WWW Wednesday last week based on having posts going up on Thursday and Friday, but it turns out you didn’t miss much as I didn’t have anything to bring to the table. However this week is a little different because I read 2 books. Yep, you read that right. I read and finished two books this week!

It may seem like a low number to some, but I am pretty proud of that. I just wish I could read 2 books a week every week!

What are you currently reading?

I’m still reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare but I’m hoping to finally finish it over the next week. I first picked it up a month ago exactly today to read on the plane to and from Poland ready for the Cassie Clare signing a week later, but I haven’t read any of since then. I just want to finish it now!

What did you recently finish reading?

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and it was fantastic. I started reading it on the train to her signing in Birmingham last Tuesday and finished it just under a week later. I also read The Near Witch on Saturday on my train to and from London for V. E. Schwab’s Forbidden Planet signing. I managed to read the book in 4 hours which I was pretty happy with as I haven’t read a book in a day in a little while. (Picture from my train down to London featuring The Near Witch – isn’t under the dust jacket pretty?)

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am planning to read The Devouring GrayTruly, Devious and A Study in Charlotte in March so my next read will be one of those, I’m just not sure which one yet.

What are you guys currently reading?

World Book Day 2019: Top 5 Childhood Reads

World Book Day 2019: Top 5 Childhood Reads

For World Book Day this year, I have partnered up with some fantastic UKYA bloggers, who you can see in the picture above, to bring you guys some fun posts about our favourite childhood reads. If you didn’t see Layla’s blog post about her favourite childhood reads, make sure you catch it over at her blog here.

I think World Book Day is a great initiative to encourage children to develop a love of reading early on in their lives. If you’re unsure of what World Book Day is, it is a day mostly celebrated in Primary schools across the UK where children are encouraged to read and dress up as their favourite book characters. Children are given a £1 book voucher which they can either use in exchange for a specially written World Book Day book, or they can use either towards a physical book or audio book of their choice.

World Book Day was always a fun day for me. One of the best things about it when I was younger was the dressing up as a character from a book. I remember one year I went as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz wearing my little red tap shoes and carrying a little, fluffy, toy dog. I dressed as other characters but that’s the one that stands out the most. My mum used to take us to Waterstones with our £1 voucher and we’d pick our World Book Day book.

To celebrate World Book Day this year, myself and the bloggers you see in the image above have come together to bring you our top 5 childhood reads. So without further ado, here are mine:

  1. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson – I don’t remember much about what this book involved, but I do remember that I really enjoyed this one and read it quite a few times. An honourable Jacqueline Wilson mention that I also loved but haven’t included is The Lottie Project.
  2. Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows – I read and collected the ‘fairy books’, as I called them, religiously. Not just the books in the series though, but also the special jumbo books. I don’t even know how many I read, but I really loved these books and would class them as a staple part of my childhood.
  3. Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy – Cathy Cassidy’s books were some of my absolute favourites when I was younger. I had every single book of hers and would read some of them over and over again, Scarlett being one of them. If I could put more than one of her books on this list, I totally would. To the left, you can see a picture of me with Cathy. I met her once at Hay Festival and again when she came to my local bookshop. I was 17 when this picture was taken, but had to meet her because I just loved her books! If I’m totally honest, she was my favourite author when I was younger.
  4. Candy Floss by Jacqueline Wilson – I used to love Candy Floss and back when I didn’t have that many books to read (couldn’t really buy them for myself as I wasn’t earning anything at the age of 9), this was definitely one of the books that I re-read over and over again.
  5. Felicity Wishes: Friendship and Fairy School by Emma Thomson – These books were some of my absolute favourites when I was younger. They also remind me of when my mum used to take me and my sister to the library to get these books out and how one year, we completed the Summer reading challenge and won a medal!

Honourable mentions:

  • Katie Morag
  • Milly Molly Mandy
  • Lettice the Dancing Rabbit
  • Goosebumps
  • Animal Ark
  • My Secret Unicorn
  • The Rainbow Fish

So those are my top 5 childhood reads, including some honourable mentions! Make sure you check out the rest of the blog posts by the fabulous bloggers I have partnered up with to celebrate World Book Day with!

Isabelle will be sharing her top 5 childhood reads next, so you make sure you look out for that! Her post can be found on her blog here.

Are you celebrating World Book Day? What are your favourite childhood reads?

WWW Wednesday: 27/02

WWW Wednesday: 27/02

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

Finally, I can bring you guys a WWW Wednesday that isn’t the same as the last few weeks because I finally finished one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I can’t wait to read some smaller books and hopefully have a successful reading week.

What are you currently reading?

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I started this two weeks ago on the plane to and from Poland but after we landed home, I focused solely on reading The Priory of the Orange Tree. I will be looking to finish this one this week as I am just under half way through it.

What did you recently finish reading?

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI finished reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon yesterday. After reading it for just under a month, I finally tackled the beast and I won! I think it’s probably the longest book I’ve ever read so I’m glad that I’ve finally read a book that long.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read some shorter books now as Priory was so large that it took pretty much all my reading focus in February. I’m leaning towards either Clockwork Angel or Truly Devious.

What are you guys currently reading?

WWW Wednesday: 20/2

WWW Wednesday: 20/2

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves me answering three WWW questions about my reads.

This past week has been slightly disastrous in terms of reading however, I do have a reason for why I haven’t finished anything and that’s because I was in Krakow, Poland for a long weekend away with my boyfriend! The only opportunities I had to read was on the plane there and back as we were out and about every day.

What are you currently reading?

I’m still reading Priory. I can’t wait to finally get this one off my TBR/currently reading as I’ve been reading it for almost a month now. Work and life has got in the way of me reading this one but hopefully I’ll be able to read the majority of it or even finish it by its release date next week. I’m also reading City it Glass which I started on the plane last Wednesday so I’m just under half way through that too.

What did you recently finish reading?

….nothing. I’m so sad I don’t have an answer for this question this week!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure to be honest. I’m focusing on finishing both my current reads at the moment but I’d like to read another Cassie Clare book, Truly Devious and/or Muse of Nightmares.

What’re you reading this week?

The ‘I Should Have Read That’ Tag

The I Should Have Read That book tag was created by Beth at Books Nest. She tagged me to do the tag and you can find her own answers here.

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 10 others to take part
ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Kate hasn’t actually told me to read this specifically but I feel that because she loves Victoria Schwab so much and her series A Darker Shade of Magic that I should really get to finishing this series. I know that I will have to re-read the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic because I don’t really remember very much from it.

A book that’s been on your TBR for forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

Uprooted by Naomi Novik is a book that has been on my shelves since it was released but  I just haven’t picked it up yet. When I bought it, I really wanted to read it but I was going through a time when I was buying basically every book I could get my hands on so I ended up with a load of books to read, but I wasn’t actually reading them at the same pace I was buying. I do still want to read this one though and Spinning Silver.

A book in a series you’ve started but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This year I want to finish more series and this is on my list of series to finish this year. I especially want to finish it as King of Scars was released at the end of January so I want to read that.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy it as I don’t tend to get on very well with classics but it is a book I would really like to read and having read the first few pages, it doesn’t seem toooo bad.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

So I’m cheating a little bit as it’s not quite a book, but a series instead. The Mortal Instruments books are so incredibly popular but I’ve only read the first two. If I read all of the Cassandra Clare books that I own, I would be able to clear about 12-13 books off my TBR alone. That’s a lot of books to read by one author!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love but just haven’t read yet

I’m struggling to think of an answer to this one because I usually watch the film/tv adaptations of books if I really enjoyed the book. I’d probably say Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I don’t love the film but I did quite enjoy it and I haven’t read the book yet. I want to read the original story first though before I read this.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

This is difficult because there are a lot of books that are all over instagram that I haven’t yet read. Perhaps Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas because that came out in October and I still haven’t read it. If I’m honest, I haven’t even read Tower of Dawn yet but I do want to get this finished now.

This was quite a fun tag to do and it’s given me a little more chance to focus on the books I do want to read in 2019.

I’m now tagging:

Lauren @ Fiction Tea

Kate @ Reading Through Infinity

Connie @ Connie Reads

Mia @ The Cosy Reader

Kirsty @ The Bibliophile Girl UK

Layla @ Readable Life

Justine @ I Should Read That

Ruby @ RubysBookBlog

Bec @ Two Book Thieves

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

WWW Wednesday: 13th February

WWW Wednesday: 13th February

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves me answering three WWW questions about my reads.

I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday for a few weeks as after my great month of reading in January, I’ve definitely slipped in February. I blame Priory of the Orange Tree to be honest..

What are you currently reading?

I’m still reading Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I finally reached part 2 of it but I’m still in the first half of the book. I really need to get a move on with this one before it’s release at the end of February! Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

What did you recently finish reading?

I have actually managed to finish one book in February so far, despite the fact I’ve been trying to get through the beast that is Priory. I read Heartstopper by Alice Oseman and absolutely flew through it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going away today for a long weekend to Poland so I’m taking City of Glass by Cassandra Clare as it’s much shorter than Priory so it’s easier to take on the plane but also because I’m meeting Cassie on the 22nd February at a signing. I do want to finish Priory but it’s so big, I know it’ll take me until the end of the month to finish it!

What’re you reading this week?