Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Anticipated Reads Jan-Mar 2022

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!

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My Ranking of the 2021 Star Wars Books

Hello, everyone! As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now if you’ve been following my blog, I love Star Wars. I consume almost every type of Star Wars media that exists: movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, and comics. This makes today an exciting day due to the premiere of The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+, and I decided it would be the perfect day to reflect on all the Star Wars books from 2021 as the year draws to a close. So, here it is, my ranking of the Star Wars novels released this year.

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My 9 Most Anticipated November 2021 Releases

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:

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2021

Hello, everyone! This month has been a whirlwind. I crossed 1000 views and 500 likes here on the blog. Thank you all so much for the support! I’ve managed to post daily for the entire month, which was more difficult to keep up with than I thought it would be. I’ll probably slow down a bit for a while, but I have some great things planned for June, as well. So, we’ll see. It will probably depend on how busy work is in the near future. I made quite a bit of progress on my reading goals this month, and I actually finished my monthly TBR for the first time! Check out all the details below:

Progress On My 2021 Reading Goal

May 2021 Reviews

In total, I completed 13 full-length book reviews, 4 mini book reviews, and 2 comic book reviews this month. I participated in a blog tour and completed one requested review. I reviewed the following books:

Original Work & Blog Posts

I participated in a couple of memes throughout the month, including First Lines Fridays and Stacking the Shelves. I’ve found both of these to be fun to do, especially Stacking the Shelves. I love getting to show the ridiculous amount of books I pick up each week.

I also wrote several blog posts this month detailing my favorite Star Wars books, my most anticipated releases for next month, and ways COVID-19 has impacted my reading habits.

Upcoming Reviews

I read a couple books this month that I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet, and I don’t want to leave them out! So, here they are:

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Flash Fire by TJ Klune

Final Thoughts

Looking back on my TBR for May, I exceeded all of my expectations. I finished reading all the books on my TBR and read three more books than I initially planned. I got my first award for my blog tour review (Reality Testing), which made me really happy. Comic books also made a big comeback this month for me, and I made a dent in my years-long backlog. I’m actually completely caught up on several of my favorite ongoing books, which I would never have guessed would happen. I also made significant progress on the ARCs I have and am slowly improving my NetGalley feedback ratio. Overall, I’m satisfied with what I read this month and have had a lot of fun with the books and posts I was able to do.

My 6 Most Anticipated June 2021 Releases

Hello, everyone! Today I am going to be counting down my six most anticipated releases of June 2021. I plan to add each of these to my bookshelves next month (unless I’ve been lucky enough to get an advanced copy).

#6This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Release Date: June 29, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 4.30 out of 5 Stars

What Caught My Eye: The beautiful cover grabbed my attention on NetGalley, and the description for the book piqued my interest. This is the book I’m currently reading since I was lucky enough to get an eARC through NetGalley. The premise is interesting, and I love the mystery surrounding the MC’s power so far.

#5Seven Deaths of an Empire by G. R. Matthews

Release Date: June 22, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 3.97 out of 5 stars

What Caught My Eye: I saw other people talking about this one on Twitter. It seems to have lots of politics, scheming, magic, and action, which makes me excited about it as those are all things I love reading.

#4The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 out of 5 stars

What Caught My Eye: Once again, a gorgeous cover pulled me in to read more about it. After I read the synopsis, I knew there was no way this was not going on my TBR. I love historical fiction, fantasy, and mythology, and this book looks like an interesting blend of all three.

#3Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 4.42 out of 5 stars

What Caught My Eye: The word Sparta. Seriously, though. I love history, especially the Greco-Roman time period. And it is a retelling of a myth. I’m sold.

#2The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 4.49 out of 5 stars

What Caught My Eye: I wanted the ARC of this from NetGalley so bad. Unfortunately, I was declined (most likely due to my abysmal feedback ratio). I was sold after the first words of the synopsis: “Two boys, alone in space.” So, I’m definitely going to be picking this one up next week.

#1Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott

Release Date: June 29, 2021

Goodreads Rating: 3.53 out of 5 stars

What Caught My Eye: Um. The words Star Wars. 🙂 I read pretty much everything Star Wars, and I’ve enjoyed all the stories from the High Republic era so far. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for this one ever since Light of the Jedi first came out.

So, there you have it! My six most anticipated books of June 2021. Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

New Comic Book Day #5

This past week has flown by. I can’t believe it is already Wednesday again. Since time got away from me, I didn’t really get many comics read this week. I got caught up on Star Wars: The High Republic and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures. I also read the newest Star Wars and Amazing Spider-Man issues that were released last week to stay caught up on those titles. So, far I’m enjoying the High Republic era as whole, and the comics were a lot of fun to read. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much overlap between the book and comic characters.

My goal for this week’s reading is going to be a little smaller since I haven’t had the best record the last couple of weeks with doing what I said I was going to do. Once again, I plan to finish catching up on all the Star Wars titles. I only have two books left to catch up on. Given my recent reading rate, I think that is an appropriate expectation for this week along with the new issue from Amazing Spider-Man I bought today.

Here’s everything I bought today:

Amazing Spider-Man #66
Captain America #29
Champions #7
Daredevil #30
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1
Shang Chi #1
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #12
Way of X #2
Wolverine #12

What comics did you buy today? Do you have a favorite title right now? If so, let me know in the comments.