Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. Here are the last ten books that I have added to my Goodreads to-read shelf:

a-gentleman-in-the-street-a.rai1. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai
I saw this book on my feed a few days ago and it got quite a few good ratings. I also haven’t ventured into the Adult Erotica fiction genre yet and I wanted to try it out.

princess-knight-o.tezuka2. Princess Knight, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
This is said to be one of the first Shoujo manga out there and as I am a fan of Shoujo manga, this is definitely a must-read.

poison-study-m.v.snyder3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
A prisoner who gets to choose to die or to become a food tester for a commander. How awesome does that sound? It’s also similar to the Throne of Glass series, as far as I have heard, and that is exactly my cup of tea.

ask-me-how-i-got-here-c.heppermann4. Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The story of a girl who gets pregnant, decides to get an abortion and the aftermath of this decision, written in verse. I have only read books by Ellen Hopkins that were written in verse and I like this writing style. The YA contemporary fiction genre is also one of my favorites and this book sounds very intriguing.

it's-all-your-fault-p.rudnick5. It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick
A night out lands the main character in jail. This sounds like a fun contemporary and I’m all for it.

how-to-train-your-dragon-c.cowell6. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
I have seen the animated movie a few years ago and loved it. Although I have heard that the book series is quite a bit different from the movie, I am all for a middle grade series.

devious-minds-k.f.germaine7. Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
A new adult novel that takes place in university and is about gossip and hot guys. I love to read these books from time to time.

the-nightingale-k.hannah8. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
I love reading historical fiction, especially in the time of WW II. This is exactly the time that it takes place in and I heard nothing but great things about this book.

the-magicians-l.grossman9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
It seems like this is a book people either love or hate. It is said to be similar to Harry Potter, although this is an adult fiction. Maybe I get to it some time soon and can make my own opinion about it.

not-if-i-see-you-first-e.lindstrom10. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
This book sounds simply amazing! A blind girl that doesn’t want to be belittled just because she is blind. Plus a possible love story. This is right up my alley and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. Here are some of the books that I (sometimes even pre-ordered) wanted to get to, but unfortunately didn’t:

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-r.ahdieh uprooted-n.novik a-court-of-thorns-and-roses-s.j.maas an-ember-in-the-ashes-s.tahir more-happy-than-not-a.silvera

1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book sounds like so much fun with this adventure and romance story and yet I didn’t get to it last year. I definitely have to read it this year; maybe even the sequel.

2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I really love fairy tales and this one caught my eye immediately. I want to read it so badly!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
That’s a funny one. I had this book even before it came out. I got approved for a netgalley of this book and didn’t get to read it. Then it came out and I got myself a copy and I still haven’t read it. There’s practically no excuse to not read it anymore.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Slaves? Soldiers? A world inspired by Ancient Rome? I really need to read it asap!

5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
A story that has elements of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind mixed in with LGBTQ+? Why haven’t I read it yet?

carry-on-r.rowell a-madness-so-discreet-m.mcginnis lair-of-dreams-l.bray stand-off-a.smith library-of-souls-r.riggs

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I wanted to re-read Fangirl before diving into this one and I knew I didn’t have the time to re-read the book and then to read Carry On. It will happen this year. Soon.

7. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A historical fiction novel where the main character lives in an asylum sounds not only creepy, but like the perfect read. Have to read it very soon.

8. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I got this book right when it came out because I loved the previous book in this series, but somehow I didn’t get to it yet.

9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Same as the previous one. I got this book because I loved, loved, loved Winger and I still haven’t read it yet.

10. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
See also above. I have loved the first and second book in this trilogy and I want to know how it ends! It will be on one of my next TBR’s.

I need to find out which book to read first!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

#TBRTakedown 3.0 Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

Monday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 358
Books: Wolf by Wolf, Fruits Basket Vol. 3

Tuesday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 252
Books: Wolf by Wolf, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Wednesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 241
Books: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Thursday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 198
Books:Isla and the Happily Ever After, Maybe Someday

Friday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 564
Books: Maybe Someday, Tape

Saturday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 207
Books: Tape, The Book of Ivy

Sunday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 256
Books: The Book of Ivy

Wrap-Up

Number of books finished: 6
Number of pages read: 2076

What an amazing way to start the year! I have read a book a day (except for Wednesday) and completed six of the seven challenges. I didn’t get to read the book that was out of my comfort zone (Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov), but that was alright. I wasn’t feeling like reading it by the end of the week anyway. I might read it later in the month, but we’ll see about that 😉

So overall I read quite a few books and pages and I am six books ahead with my Goodreads Challenge, which is great. Now I can read the books on my TBR and then finally (hopefully!) read some of the bigger books I am always afraid to read because they take forever to read and also because I am afraid to fall behind with my challenge for the year. I think every year should start with a read-a-thon, what do you think?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Ten Resolutions I Have for 2016 // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Ten Resolutions I Have for 2016. I already posted my 2016 Resolutions a few days ago. So I wanted to tell you what ten specific books I wanted to read in 2016:

a game of thrones1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This book has been on my TBR so often and I even started reading it once, but unfortunately I was afraid to fall behind too much in my Goodreads reading challenge, that I just put the book down and never picked it up again. This year will be the year I am going to read at least the first book in the series.

outlander-d.gabaldon2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I heard nothing but fantastic things about this series. Especially since a TV show adaptation has been released. This seems to be an epic historical fiction combined with a lot of romance and I am definitely in the mood for it. So I’ll hopefully read it soon.

lord of the rings3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have read The Hobbit in January 2014 and I actually wanted to read Lord of the Rings some time after that. It never happened. It needs to happen so that I can also watch the movies and gush about the amazing story and characters and world building.

heir-of-fire-s.j.maas4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight was my first read of 2015 and then I read The Assassin’s Blade around summer. I loved both the sequel and the prequel to this series and I really, really want to read on. I just haven’t picked the book up and read it.

this-shattered-world-a-kaufman-m.spooner5. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
I loved the first book in this companion trilogy, These Broken Stars. I had this book on my TBR a lot of times throughout 2015, but I was never in the mood to read it. I hope this year I will be.

city of bones6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This was one of the books that was on my must-read list of 2015. I even started reading it and got about 150 pages in before something else took my interest more and I put it down and never picked it up again.

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-r.ahdieh7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I got this book because I really loved the stories of 1001 Arabian Nights as a kid and I wanted to see what a YA retelling would be like. I never got around to reading it, but I really want to this year.

since-you've-been-gone-m.matson8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I have loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by this author and I wanted to read her other books, especially this one, as soon as I got it. But of course I never got around to it and then it wasn’t summer anymore and it didn’t feel right to read it during fall. This spring/fall I will read it!

uprooted-n.novik9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is such a beautiful book and it’s about princesses and dragons and I cannot believe I still haven’t read it. Needs to happen very soon.

the-bees-l.paull10. The Bees by Laline Paull
This book has been on my radar since before it came out. When it came out I never saw a copy at my bookstore and I didn’t want to order it. So when I finally saw it in the bookstore, I had to have it. I also got it for my birthday from a dear friend of mine. That was last year. The premise sounds just way too interesting: It’s about the life of a bee from the perspective of a bee. How awesome is that?!

I don’t even know which one to pick up first!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

#TBRTakedown 3.0 // Read-A-Thons

Another year, another read-a-thon. I really enjoyed the first two read-a-thons of this kind that were also hosted by Shannon over at leaninglights on Youtube (my posts for the past read-a-thons can be found here and here).

This time around the read-a-thon starts on Monday and ends on Sunday (4th – 10th). The announcement video as well as the challenges be found here. As always I am very excited to participate in a read-a-thon, especially one with reading challenges. They seem to be a lot of fun.

#TBRTakedown 3.01. A book from the most recent haul. – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
This is not a book from my most recent haul, but from the one before; I am still counting this book for this challenge. It is from a recent haul, after all. Also, I am excited to read this book. After a few disappointments by CoHo and a very satisfactory read, I hope that this one will surprise me in a positive way.

2. A book that has been on my TBR shelf over a year (or the longest). – Tape by Steve Camden
I still have the receipt from when I bought this book. It’s from the end of March of 2014. That’s definitely a long time this book has been on my shelf and I had it already as an option in a few read-a-thons and also monthly TBR’s, but I never managed to pick it up. Now is the time for it!

3. A book outside my comfort zone (genre, content, etc.) – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
This one definitely counts not only for genre (classic!), but also for content (older man ‘in love’ with a child). I wanted to read this book for years and finally got it some time last year and I still haven’t picked it up. As with the previous book: now is the time to read it.

4. A first book in a series. – The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
The second and last book in the duology came out recently and I heard quite a few great things about this duology. Since I am a sucker for YA dystopian fiction, I knew I had to pick it up. I also got it for very cheap on my Kindle, so that’s a bonus, I guess.

5. Complete a series/read a sequel in a series. – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
As I already mentioned in my TBR yesterday, I had this companion trilogy for over a year and have read the first two books in 2015 and now I need some happy fluffy romance and read this book.

6. Read a FIRE color book (i.e. shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy; lucky colors for 2016!). – Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I got this book in the Illumicrate subscription box and I heard only fantastic things about it. I have also just started watching The Man in the High Castle and this seems to be similar to that story. I love reading historical fiction, especially around the time of World War II and this story comes with a twist. I’m quite excited about it.

7. Read a non-novel item (poem, verse, novella, short story, etc.) – Fruits Basket, Vol. 3 by Natsuki Takaya
I have just read Volume 2 of this series and I cannot wait to continue with it. It’s so much fun to read: there are a lot of laugh-out-loud-moments, always situations where I tear up as well as the mystery involved. This makes for a perfect shoujo read.

I have to work fulltime Monday to Friday, but I hope to get a lot of reading done before and after work. Other than work I have not much planned so far. It is doable, but we’ll see how it goes.

As always, I will be posting my wrap-up by the end of the read-a-thon.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂