WWW Wednesday || 10/7

WWW Wednesday || 10/7

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 recent reads.

Over the last week, I’ve actually read a fair amount! I’m quite happy that I’ve essentially made up for about a week of not reading anything by reading 3 this week. Here’s to hoping I can keep that up for the next few weeks, especially with YALC coming up!

What are you currently reading?

I just picked up The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh last night after I finished The Wrath and the Dawn.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished S.T.A.G.S. by MA Bennett and I have to say, I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as I thought I would which was disappointing. I then read Book Love by Debbie Tung, which was a cute book full of bookish cartoons. I then finished The Wrath and the Dawn just last night!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Depending on when I finish my current read, I’ll be moving onto We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faisal which is released in the UK in August. I want to read it before I head to YALC, ideally.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday || 3/7

WWW Wednesday || 3/7

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 recent reads.

Can you believe it’s July already? The year is going super quickly but I’m also very happy that we’ve finally made it to July because 1. it’s my birthday month and 2. YALC is happening!

With that in mind, I’ve still got quite a few books on my TBR to get through and this week, I’ve barely made any progress with them. I’m just not feeling completely in the mood for the last two books on my immediate YALC TBR, unfortunately.

What are you currently reading?

My current read is still S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett. I’m only a few chapters in so not entirely sure what to make of it just yet but hopefully I’ll be into it after the first 100 pages!

What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing this week, unfortunately!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I need to read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh before YALC comes around so realistically I need to have my current read finished by the end of this week and have TWATD to read the week after because once the first two weeks of July are done, I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of me what with work, studying, my birthday and exams!

What are you reading this week?

The Struggles of Having a Big TBR

The Struggles of Having a Big TBR

I wanted to discuss something that many of us in the book community have to deal with and that’s a TBR list. Now TBR lists can be used in a variety of ways. Maybe you have a TBR list of all the books you own, or perhaps you have a monthly TBR. For this post, I want to talk about my owned TBR and how, though it is great to look at my own personal collection of books, it can be quite overwhelming to see all the unread books on my shelves.

So being overwhelmed by books? Well, that’s something I’ve been dealing with for the last 5 years or so now. I became the reader I am now back in Spring 2014 and my TBR has honestly not stopped growing since. I do have a big owned TBR list and there is absolutely no way I can deny that. I have about 250 books on my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads and I am constantly in the process of trying to bring it down to 200 books.  I’ll be honest, it’s not going too well but I am trying and I do feel like I am more motivated than any other year to decrease the number of books on my TBR.

Now as I said earlier, having a big TBR can be great at times because I’m never stuck for books to read but it can also be overwhelming because I do have so many books on my shelves staring at me, asking for me to pick them. Well believe me, if I could read all of them at the same time, I absolutely would and sometimes I just get this urge to try but of course, there’s no way I can keep track of 250 books at a time. Although of course, I’d leave one or two spare! Despite this positive of always having books on hand to read, I do feel the pressure to read them. There’s so many hyped books especially that are on my shelves to read that I just haven’t yet because I was reading something else when it was released or I wasn’t in the mood. I’ve even developed this habit of buying special or signed editions of books that are in a series I own but haven’t read yet because there are only limited copies available. It’s a serious problem.

Sometimes I really do wonder how I ever let myself buy this many books. Having a lot of books to read isn’t exactly the worst situation to be in, but I do sometimes just feel guilty for going on such a book buying splurge when I started reading again in 2014 because there are so many books from those early years that I haven’t even got to yet.

How will I ever get through them all? Will I ever get through them all? I want to read them all but I just don’t think I can.

So attempting to read the 250 books on my shelves and the pressure that comes with that? I’ll be the first to admit that I am a slow reader and that really does hold me back from getting through my TBR, not to mention all the new releases contributing to that. I just wish I was one of those people that could read over 100 books a year. I know, I know, I shouldn’t compare myself to others at all because we all read at different speeds and that’s great but while some people are reading 100+ books a year, I’m struggling to even get to 60 books read in a year. If I was able to read even 100 books a year, I’d be able to get my TBR down to almost nil in 2/2.5 years.

I’ll be honest my TBR does feel never ending and some days I really do feel like I am being drowned in books.

I do have plans to try and combat my TBR which includes finishing any series I’ve already started as so many of the books on my TBR come from series. For example, one of the biggest series on my TBR are the Shadowhunters books. If I read all of the books I own from that world (not including the three that I’ve already read), that would knock 11 books off my TBR alone which is quite a considerable amount. It looks like I’ll be looking to get that series read over the next year for sure!

Of course, having a big TBR isn’t always bad. I love knowing that once I’ve finished my current read, I have plenty of reading material to suit my mood. There’s also the added benefit that I can never be bored and that I have so much choice, I can literally dive into whatever world I feel like. I also love having a large owned TBR because it is my personal library collection and so it’s unique to me.

There’s just so much to read and so little time!

 

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on having a big TBR. How many books do you have on yours? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your TBR list? Are you desperately trying to bring your TBR list down? Do you like having a big TBR with plenty of books to look forward to?

WWW Wednesday || 26/6

WWW Wednesday || 26/6

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 recent reads.

Ah, that last week of June. I can’t believe it’s July next week. 2019 is going far too quickly, although it does mean that next week I’ll be able to say ‘I’m going to YALC this month’! I haven’t done very much over the last week except working, studying for the new module I started last Monday which I have evening classes for again this week and reading. I’m ok with that though. I feel like the next couple of weeks will be full of excitement once we hit July because I absolutely just can’t wait for YALC!

What are you currently reading?

My current read is S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett which I’ve just started today so I’m not very far through it. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, which was my current read last week. I really enjoyed it and found it so interesting. I also finished Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne on Tuesday evening.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am hopefully going to pick up The Wrath and the Dawn once I’ve finished my current read. I haven’t really felt like reading fantasy as much which is a little sad because I do really love fantasy but I think it’s because it’s Summer and, like a lot of people, Summer is putting me in the mood for Contemporary. Not such a bad thing though as at least I’m reading!

What are you reading this week?

19 Books I’d Like to Read Before 2019 is Over

19 Books I’d Like to Read Before 2019 is Over

The UK hardcover copies of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor on the bottom of the pile with a copy of Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor on top. Strange the Dreamer has a deep blue cover with the outline of clouds on it. It has gold, foiled writing of the book title and authors name with a gold, foiled stencil of a large moth in the middle of the cover. Muse of Nightmares has a blood orange cover with the outline of clouds. The book title and authors name is written in silver, foiled writing with a silver, foiled stencil of a large butterfly in the middle of the cover.

Most people talking about the 19 books they want to read in 2019 at the beginning of the year, but I figured that there’s still so many books that I’d like to read that are on my TBR and we still have half the year left that I may as well write up all the books that I want to read in the remainder of the year.

This year, I think I’m doing pretty well in terms of my reading. I’ve hit my Goodreads goal of 30 books and am now aiming to double that by reading 60. We’ll see if that happens but I can live in hope.

Not all of the books on my 19 books to read list are books that I haven’t read yet. I decided that I’d like to do something that I rarely do this year and that’s reread some books. There are definitely some books I need to reread before I go onto the next book in the series but I also want to re-read them just because I do. Due to there being re-reads on my TBR, I’m going to split this into two sections.

First-Time Reads:

  1. A Thousand Beginning and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman has a black cover with several small drawings on it including dragons. It is lay on an open book and surrounded by a grey blanket. The title of the book is position on the middle of the cover in teal writing.Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  7. Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
  8. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
  9. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  10. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
  11. Warcross by Marie Lu
  12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  13. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  14. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Re-Reads

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. SchwabThe UK paperback of A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is lay flat on an open book. The cover has a red figure stepping over circles in the colours of grey, black, white and read. The title of the book is across the red character and the authors name is at the bottom in black writing. The book is lay next to a bookmark which has the two main characters on it. There are also two themed candles placed behind the book and bookmark that are both red.
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

I feel like this list is a little ambitious what with working full time and with the studying and exams coming up over the next six months, but after YALC has passed, I definitely want to focus on getting through this list as I really need to knock some of my owned books off my TBR.

 

WWW Wednesday || 19/6

WWW Wednesday || 19/6

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 recent reads.

This week has not been a great week for reading so I hope you’re not expecting to see a long post about my current reads. My boyfriend came home after a 10-day trip abroad and then it was his birthday at the weekend so I’ve spent every evening and all weekend with him since he came back. I then started my new accountancy qualification (called ACCA) on Monday evening so I haven’t had much chance to read at all over the last weekend!

What are you currently reading?

My current read is Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho which I’m looking to have finished by the end of the weekend. I’m quite enjoying it so far!The cover of Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho featuring a Korean girl and Korean boy in the middle of the cover with a pink and purple background with the outline of trees and the moon. The text is at the bottom of the cover.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished anything this week. Booooo!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am looking to read S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett and Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. Both are on my YALC tbr, which I need to get back on track with!

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday || 12/6

WWW Wednesday || 12/6

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 recent reads.

I’ve been focussing a lot on reading more recently, especially in the last week. I’m edging closer and closer to my Goodreads 2019 goal of 30 books with only 3 books to go now until I reach it. I’m aiming to have hit that goal (and hopefully have gone over) by the end of June but we’ll see!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho. I’m not very far into it yet but I have high hopes for it!Wicked Fox book cover by author Kat Cho - shows two figures backlit as they are in front of a large moon and forest. Wicked Fox text is on top of this in the lower half of the image, with authors name also

What did you recently finish reading?

This week, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg and It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne. I was a little disappointed in The Kingdom but quite enjoyed It Only Happens in the Movies so it was a fairly average reading week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have 6 books to read for YALC still so I’m planning to continue making my way through my TBR for that. I’m not sure what I’ll be in the mood for but I think my next read will be between S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.

What are you reading this week?