Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Top 5 Tuesday! The prompt for today is the top 5 anticipated reads for January to March 2022. It was pretty difficult to narrow these down to five, but I did my best. So, here they are! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted at Meeghan Reads!Read More »
Hello, everyone! It is the start of another month, which means it is time again to plan out what I want to read. I’m not participating in any readathons this month. So, I’m mostly picking these books based on what ARCs need to be reviewed and what books I’m in the mood to read.
In total, I want to read at least 10 books in January 2022 to start the year off strong. I have several ARCs to get through this month, and there are a couple new/recent releases I really want to get to, as well. I’m also going to be reading The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin along with other members of The Oasis Discord channel. I’ve already finished one book this month, Of Darkness and Light by Ryan Cahill, that I started prior to the end of last year. Since I’m already done with it, I’m not including it in my goal of 10 books.Read More »
It’s a new month and new year, which means it is time to look forward to new books being released! There are quite a few new books coming out this month that I am looking forward to and plan to add to my shelves (if I haven’t already). Here are the top six that I am looking forward to the most!Read More »
Hello, everyone! It is the end of November, which means it is time for another monthly wrap-up. This month has been pretty great, and I’ve read some awesome books. Most notable, I finished off the Green Bone Saga by reading my eARC of Jade Legacy, which releases today, and now I have a new favorite series and book! I still can’t believe it considering I’d never read any of them until a little over a month ago. I also read The Eye of the World, which has been on my TBR for years. It’s been a great month of TV, as well. I finished watching Foundation and started Wheel of Time and Hawkeye. I’ve also been watching Doctor Who and am looking forward to the finale this Sunday. While many of the shows have had some good episodes and others that fell a bit flat, I’ve really been enjoying all of them. This really is a wonderful time to be a fan of fantasy, sci fi, and comic books because there is tons of great TV material coming out.
The holidays are also upon us, and Thanksgiving was a lot of fun, despite being a ton of work. I spent time with family and ate so much food I felt like I could vomit. I also put up my Christmas decorations in mid-November and have been trying to save the tree and ornaments from the cat ever since.Read More »
Hello, everyone! Today I’m bringing you a spotlight of an indie book I’m looking forward to reading in the near future. The author is looking for reviewers and readers to get the word out about the book. So, if it sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, use one of the links below to purchase the book or contact the author to see if you can get a review copy.Read More »
Hello, everyone! November only has one more week, which means it is time to look forward to the new books coming out in December. So, here are my top 5 most anticipated releases for December 2021, in no particular order, that I will definitely be adding to my shelves in one form or another (if I haven’t already):Read More »
Hello, everyone! It is the start of another month, which means it is time again to plan out what I want to read. I’ve decided to continue with the more flexible TBR approach I switched back to last month. So, I won’t be participating in a readathon this month; although, I should probably be participating in NetGalley November. lol.
In total, I want to read at least 8 new books in November 2021. I may end up reading more than this, but 8 is a comfortable number for me that I think is achievable. In addition to the new 8, I plan to read the one book left over from last month’s TBR, Before We Disappear.Read More »
Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has been loving spooky season and enjoys the day today however you choose. My wife and I will be giving out buckets and buckets of candy (our neighborhood is quite popular and takes Halloween very seriously), and I’m looking forward to it. This month has been pretty quiet. I’ve enjoyed spending more time outside during the little bit of cool weather we have had. It has also been a pretty great reading month. All of the books I’ve read have been 3-star reads or above, with most of them being 4 or 5 star reads. I also read manga for the first time, and it is a medium I definitely plan to explore more moving forward.
For those that were following along here and on Twitter, I failed my book buying ban pretty early on. Initially, I wanted to avoid buying books for the entire month, but I only lasted 8 days. I did, however, manage to buy far fewer books this month and didn’t buy any for the last two weeks of the month. I still consider that to be a pretty big accomplishment, and I’m thankful for it considering how many books I’ll be buying in November…
Progress On My 2021 Reading Goal
After meeting my annual goal last month, I’ve been less focused on acquiring certain numbers. However, I still added quite a few books to my annual total this month, which brought me up to 117 for the year, so far.
October 2021 Reviews
In total, I completed 4 full-length book reviews, 6 mini book reviews, 2 comic book reviews, 4 manga reviews, and 1 audio drama series review. I reviewed the following books:
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | See the review!
- Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao | See the review!
- Shang-Chi (2020) by Gene Yang | See the review!
- The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart | See the review!
- Child of Light by Terry Brooks | See the review!
- A Promise of Return by Rebecca Crunden | See the review!
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | See the review!
- Star Wars: Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon | See the review!
- Sinister War by Nick Spencer | See the review!
- The Magi Menagerie by Kale Lawrence | See the review!
- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart | See the review!
- Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons | See the review!
- The Way of the House Husband Vol. 1 by Kousuke Oono | See the review!
- The Way of the House Husband Vol. 2 by Kousuke Oono | See the review!
- The Way of the House Husband Vol. 3 by Kousuke Oono | See the review!
- The Way of the House Husband Vol. 4 by Kousuke Oono | See the review!
- Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventure: Ravagers by Nicholas Briggs | See the review!
I continued participating in First Lines Fridays throughout the month. However, I did my last Stacking the Shelves and transitioned to a weekly wrap-up post instead since I was trying to acquire less books. I like the new format better and will be sticking with it for the foreseeable future.
I also participated in one Top 5 Tuesday, wrote a post detailing my reaction to the new Superman being bi, and wrote a post about my 9 most anticipated releases of November 2021.
Looking back on my TBR for October, I met almost all of my goals. I finished reading all but one of the books on my TBR, and I finished reading all the comics I set out to read. I got a lot of new ARCs, but I also read several this month. My NetGalley feedback ratio is beginning to take somewhat of dive. So, I’m going to have to be a little pickier about what I request for the near future. I also wish I could have done more Halloween themed posts, but I had such a packed schedule of reading/content that it didn’t really happen. I’ll definitely be planning better for next year. Overall, though, it’s been a great month. I enjoyed having a bit more flexibility in my reading choices since I wasn’t taking part in a readathon this month. I hope you all had a great month and wish you the best for November! Happy Halloween!
Hello, everyone! October is almost over, which means it is time to look forward to the new books coming out in November. There are so many new releases that I must have in the coming month, and it is too hard to rank them in any order. So, here are my top 9 most anticipated releases for November 2021, in no particular order, that I will definitely be adding to my shelves in one form or another:Read More »
Hello, everyone! It is the start of another month, which means it is time again to plan out what I want to read. I’m not participating in a readathon this month. After the last couple months, I’ve decided to take a break this month to keep things more flexible. So, I’ll be reverting back to my old format for my TBR where I pick a set number of books I want to read with approximately half of the titles pre-planned. The other half will be based on my mood as the month progresses.Read More »