#RockMyTBR August Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great August, mine has basically been work of one kind or another, but I suppose that’s just being an adult. I do have some cool things coming up this month though, I’m going to see Wicked with my friends in just under two weeks, which is my second time seeing the show and I’m really excited for that. I’m also going out for dinner with a friend of mine tomorrow, and I’m going to France in a couple of weeks, so that should be good too. Plus it’s my birthday next Thursday as well, so all in all September is shaping up pretty nicely.

Anyway for those of you who are new to my blog since I last did one of these posts, this challenge was started by Sarah K over at The YA Book Traveler, and I’ve borrowed it for my blog over the past few years. How the challenge works is basically you pick a list of backlist books that you want to read over the course of the year, and knock them off your TBR. I always do twelve books, one for each month of the year. August has been a busy month for me with work, but I still managed to read 4 books, bringing my total for the year so far to 32, so I’m pretty pleased with that. Here’s what I read in August:

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Vengeful by VE Schwab:

Definitely my favourite read of August, and one of my favourites of the year, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was even better than the first book, so expertly plotted and paced, with a brilliant cast of characters, including so many badass women, Marcella and June, the two new ladies in this book have my entire heart. I read this one from 28th July-11th August. Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/vengeful-villains-2-review/

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You by Caroline Kepnes:

This was my audiobook for August, and I have to say this was one of the rare times when I found the TV show better than the book. The narration, expertly done by Santino Fontana was definitely the best thing about this book, the writing wasn’t all that great and though the plot was decent, it felt like it was overly long. I read this book from 7th-18th August. Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/you-review-audiobook/

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An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:

This was my August #RockMyTBR book, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I’d heard so much hype about this book that I was expecting it to be something really great. Instead, I found the characters pretty flat, the world wasn’t particularly magical for a fantasy and I felt like the story dragged, though it ended in an exciting enough place that I’d still read the sequel. I read this book from 13th-31st August. Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/an-ember-in-the-ashes-review-an-ember-in-the-ashes-1/

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson:

This was my Netgalley read for the month, which I read from 2nd August-3rd September. Whilst I appreciated what this book did in terms of highlighting sexual assault, and the story is unfortunately still very timely twenty years later, I didn’t find the actual story as powerful or emotional as I was expecting. Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/speak-review/

So that’s what I read in August, here’s what I have coming up in September:

Into The Crooked Place-Alexandra Christo

My current read, I borrowed this ARC from my friend Hannah, after she won it at YALC. I loved Christo’s debut, To Kill A Kingdom, and so far I’m liking this book as well, though I sense that the real excitement is just about to start!

Stalking Jack The Ripper-Keri Maniscalo/The Last Namsara-Kristen Ciccarelli

I’m not really sure which of my #RockMyTBR books I’ll be reading in September, as it depends how long Into The Crooked Place takes me as to which one I’ll choose. If I finish it relatively quickly, then I will read The Last Namsara, if it takes me longer, I’ll go with Stalking Jack The Ripper as it’s slightly shorter. Either way, I will be reading both in the next two months as whichever I don’t read this month, I will be reading in October.

Lair of Dreams-Libba Bray

This is going to be my audiobook for this month, I just started it. I’m enjoying it so far, although again, the audio is split in a weird way, each “chapter” is actually several chapters in one part, which means they are over an hour and half each, so it’s probably going to take me a while to get through.

The Fountains of Silence-Ruta Sepetys

This is going to be my Netgalley read for the month, and I’m really excited about it, Ruta Sepetys always writes the BEST historical fiction, and I’ve never read anything about Spain under the dictatorship of General Franco before.

My reading progress this year is still going very steadily, I’m 5 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge and only have 8 books to go until I meet my challenge for the year. How did your August reading go? Let me know in the comments!

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#RockMyTBR July Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great July, honestly mine hasn’t really been all that exciting, I’ve been working pretty much non-stop all month, but I did get the weekend off to go to YALC last weekend, which was awesome, and definitely the highlight of my July, as it always is.

Anyway, for those of you who are new to the blog since I last did one of these, this is a challenge started by Sarah K over at the YA Book Traveler, that I’ve kind of borrowed for myself over the past few years. It’s a really nice, low pressure challenge, you just pick a list of backlist books that you want to read, and read them over the course of a year. I always do 12, one for each month. July was a bit of a weird reading month for me, I read 3 books, but because of how busy I was with work, I didn’t find any that I really LOVED. Here is what I read in July:

43694151Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay:

This was my Netgalley read for July, and well really for June as well, it took me a LONG time to read! It was an okay retelling/sequel of Alice in Wonderland, but it was so slow paced, the characters were really flat and it was kind of confusing to follow because there were a ridiculous number of subplots. I read this one from 27th May-13th July (I told you it took me a long time to read). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/ever-alice-review-e-arc/

The Priory of the Orange TreeThe Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon:

The book group I’m part of on Goodreads had this as their monthly read for July, so I finally had an excuse to squeeze it in. I read the audiobook, because that 800+ page behemoth is not exactly portable. I enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get into because of the sheer number of places and characters, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed the characters and their stories. I also loved how awesome all the female characters were and how much agency they had!  I’m looking forward to seeing what Samantha Shannon has up her sleeve for the companion novel. I read this one from 1st-16th July. Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/the-priory-of-the-orange-tree-review-audiobook/

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This was my July #RockMyTBR book, and I was really excited for it because I’d heard such good things from my friends, but I was sadly disappointed. I found the story slow and confusing, and I just couldn’t connect to the characters at all, which no amount of Laini Taylor’s writing could save. It also took me forever to get through, I read this from 28th June-28th July, so exactly a whole month, which is very unusual for me! Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/strange-the-dreamer-review/

So that’s what I read in July, here’s what I have coming up for August:

Vengeful-VE Schwab

AGH, I AM ACTUALLY KICKING MYSELF THAT IT TOOK ME THIS LONG TO GET TO THIS BOOK. I’m loving this so much, it’s everything I loved about the first book, but with 10x the BAMF women, which pretty much makes it the perfect book. I’m about 200 pages into this, and so excited to see what happens next.

An Ember In The Ashes-Sabaa Tahir

This is my #RockMyTBR book for August, which I would have started as my first August book, but I was really desperate to read Vengeful, so I’ve pushed it back slightly. I’m really excited to read this one, as I’ve heard such good things, and by and large, my #RockMyTBR books have gone well this year, so I’m hoping this will be another good one.

The Diviners-Libba Bray

I’ve been reading this as an audiobook since I finished Priory last month, and I’ve been enjoying it. It’s a bit strange, but in a good way and it took a while for me to get into it but I’m really enjoying it now and I can’t wait to find out who the killer is and how Evie, Sam, Jericho and Will defeat them.

Speak-Laurie Halse Anderson

This is going to be my Netgalley read for this month as they are re-releasing it for its 20th anniversary. I know this book has been very important to a lot of people, so I’m hoping that I enjoy it just as much.

My reading progress this year is still ticking along quite steadily, I’m still 7 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, and I’m hoping that if I push it, I might be able to make the elusive 40 books this year. How did your July reading go? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR June Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great June, I definitely did, although between graduation, grad ball and meeting up with various friends, I’m not exactly sure where the time went. It was definitely an incredibly memorable month, my graduation celebrations were just as great as I was hoping, especially Grad Ball, it was lovely to have one last night to celebrate with my friends, though I know we will be friends for a long time to come, it’s not going to be quite the same as when we were all at Uni.

Anyway, for those of you who have only started following the blog since I last did one of these, I’ll give you a quick roundup, #RockMyTBR is a challenge started by Sarah K at the YA Book Traveler and I’ve borrowed it for myself over the last few years, as I love that it’s a nice low pressure challenge, you essentially just pick a list of backlist books from your TBR that you want to read and read them over the course of a year, I always do 12, one for each month. June was a pretty average month in terms of quantity, I only read two books, they were both pretty long though (500+ pages each), and it was a great month in terms of quality as they were 4 & 5 star reads, so I’m still pretty pleased with that. Here’s what I read in June:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1)

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee:

Phew, this book must have one of the longest titles ever! Anyway, this was my #RockMyTBR book for June and I really enjoyed it. I loved the historical setting, the m/m romance, the characters, the humour, I just found it so much fun to read. I was very disappointed to see that her upcoming release, The Madness Blooms was so harmful to trans readers however, and I hope that she truly does make the changes that she has promised to. I read this one from 1st-12th June. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/13/the-gentlemans-guide-to-vice-and-virtue-review-montague-siblings-1/

Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant, #12)

Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant #12) by Derek Landy:

I’ve been a bit unsure of the newest Skulduggery Pleasant books thus far, but I really enjoyed this one! It felt like a return to form for this series, more like the first “phase” of the series, with more humour, more Valkyrie and Skulduggery moments and just generally more exciting things happening. There’s a lot of setup for potentially exciting things going forward in the series and I look forward to seeing what happens next. I read this one from 13th-27th June. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/bedlam-skulduggery-pleasant-12-review/

So that’s what I read in June, here’s what I have coming up for July:

Strange The Dreamer-Laini Taylor

My #RockMyTBR book for this month. I’m not quite sure what to think of this one yet, I’ve been reading it kind of sporadically over the past few days, I’m just not finding it all that easy to get into, but I’m hoping that changes? We’ll see how it goes for the next week.

The Priory of The Orange Tree-Samantha Shannon

Yes, I’ve finally dived into this beast! I’m reading it as part of the YA Addicted Book Group, a group I’m part of on Goodreads, as it’s our book of the month. This is my first audiobook (at least since I was a kid) and I’m actually really enjoying the format, I don’t think I could have faced this book any other way, the audio breaks it up into nice, manageable chunks and I’m nearly done with Book One, having only started on Monday.

Ever Alice-HJ Ramsay

This was my Netgalley read for last month, but I’ve carried it over, as I didn’t manage to finish it, due to being so busy at the end of the month with graduation. I’m nearly done though, I have about 8 chapters left, so I should be done by the end of the weekend, or Monday, at the latest.

Vengeful-VE Schwab

I’m not actually sure if I’ll get to this as I think Strange The Dreamer is probably going to take me the whole month to read, but if I finish it before the month is out, then this one will be my next read, otherwise, it will be my first read of August as I’m determined to read it before the end of the year.

I’m still doing pretty well on my reading progress this year, despite not reading as much as I would have liked to last month, I’ve read 24 books and am still ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so I’m hoping it can stay that way, even though I’ve just started my summer job and am going to be very busy over the next six weeks! How did your June reading go? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR May Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good May, mine honestly seemed to pass in a blur, what with finishing up at Uni, packing to come home and visiting friends, I genuinely don’t know how it came and went so quickly.

Anyway, for those of you who are new to the blog and haven’t seen me do one of these before, #RockMyTBR is a challenge started by Sarah K at the YA Book Traveler and I’ve kind of borrowed it for myself over the past few years, because it’s a nice, low pressure challenge, you basically just pick a list of backlist books from your TBR that you want to read and you read them over the course of a year. I always do 12, one for each month of the year. May was a good reading month in terms of quantity, I read 4 books this month, though none of them were new favourites. Here’s all the books I read in May:

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We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo:

This was one of my Netgalley reads for this month and it was….yeah not great. I’d heard a lot of really great stuff about it before I started reading it, and I just found it so underwhelming. The plot was confusing, the characters were bland and I just generally didn’t enjoy reading it. I read this book from 3rd April-8th May (dipping in and out quite inconsistently). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/we-are-blood-and-thunder-review-e-arc/

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for May and again I found it kind of underwhelming. I’m not sure this style of book is really for me anyway, the prose was way too dense, the plot was extremely confusing and I could not get on board with the age inappropriate romance. I read this one from 30th April-16th May. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/uprooted-review/

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes:

This was my other Netgalley read for the month, and one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I did enjoy it, but not quite as much as I was expecting to, it was quite slow and took a while to get into and it wasn’t quite as fantastical as I was hoping. Still I did love the main character and when the book was exciting, it was really exciting! I read this one from 9th-26th May. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/romanov-review-e-arc/

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Finale by Stephanie Garber:

The third and final book in the Caraval trilogy was another one of my most anticipated reads for this year and again I was kind of disappointed. The plot was weak and slightly confused and there was far too much emphasis on the romantic drama rather than continuing with the more exciting plot threads that were introduced in Legendary. I did enjoy the characters though and found the ending quite satisfying, I liked how it tied everything together. I read this one from 17th May-31st May. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/finale-caraval-3-review/

So that’s what I read in May, here’s what I have coming up for June:

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue-Mackenzi Lee

My #RockMyTBR book for this month, I only started it two days ago and I’m already loving it, it’s so funny and Monty is a complete ass but for some reason I really love him.

Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant #12)-Derek Landy

The latest Skulduggery Pleasant book! I’m going to see Derek Landy again at YALC at the end of next month and I definitely want to have this book done by then, so as soon as I’m done with Gentleman’s Guide, I’m going to be moving on to this.

Ever Alice-HJ Ramsey

This is my Netgalley read for the month and will probably be my last Netgalley read for a while since I’ve cleared all the outstanding books on my shelves and haven’t been approved for any new ones yet. It’s kind of weird having nothing on my shelf, but I think having a Netgalley break might be quite nice!

You-Caroline Kepnes

I just started Audible again, as I got a discount so I’m finally going to make good on my resolution to read more audiobooks this year. I decided to start with this one as I really enjoyed the show when I watched it on Netflix at the end of last year, and I think it will be a really good one to try on audio.

My reading progress this year is still going really well, I’ve read 22 books and I’m still way ahead on my Goodreads Challenge. I’m hoping to try and get a lot of reading done this month before my job starts in July and I have less time for it. How did your May reading go? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR April Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good April, mine kind of disappeared in a haze of deadlines, lots of final activities for Uni, my family visiting and various other things, I actually don’t quite understand how it went so quickly.

Anyway, for those of you who have started following since I last did one of these, #RockMyTBR is a challenge originally set up by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler in 2016, where she challenged us to take a list of backlist books that we wanted to knock off our TBRs. I’ve kind of taken it for myself over the past two years as it’s a really nice, low pressure challenge. I have 12 books on my list, so I’m aiming to have them all done by December, reading one book a month. April was pretty good for me, not as good as March, but I feel like that was kind of a fluke anyway, I read 3 books, which is pretty decent for me. Anyway, here’s all the books I read in April:

38470247Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for April and I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting? I’m not really a comic book person and I struggled to get into Wonder Woman, so I didn’t really have high hopes for this one, but I really enjoyed it, it was nice to see Sarah taking on a different world for a change, and reading a book by here that wasn’t like a thousand pages long! I read this book from 28th March-11th April. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/catwoman-soulstealer/

41054664King of Fools by Amanda Foody:

This was my main Netgalley read for April, and I LOVED IT. It took everything I loved about the first book and turned it up to 11, it’s so brilliantly feminist and has so many wonderful and varied women, there’s amazing character development for everyone and enough twists and turns to make you dizzy! I cannot wait to read the third book now. I read this one from 4th-15th April (a 600 page book in under two weeks is very impressive for me!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/king-of-fools-the-shadow-game-2-review-e-arc/

41054515A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven:

I loved the first book of this duology but I feel a little bit lukewarm about this one. I still loved Izzy, but I didn’t feel that this sequel was quite as funny as the first book and the plot was kind of lacklustre and slightly lagging. I read this one from 11th-21st April. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/a-girl-called-shameless-review-izzy-oneill-2/

So that’s what I read in April, here’s what I’ve got coming up for May:

Uprooted-Naomi Novik

My #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’ve heard great things about this one. I’m struggling with it a little because the chapters are so long, but I’m not all that far through yet, so I’m hoping that it will get better.

Finale-Stephanie Garber

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! Only six more days to go until I finally get it. I love this series and I can’t wait to see how things end for Tella and Scarlett.

We Are Blood and Thunder-Kesia Lupo

My Netgalley read for this month. Honestly I’m not really enjoying this, I’m finding it kind of boring and confusing, but it’s a Netgalley book and I’m too far through it now to give up.

Romanov-Nadine Brandes

This is going to be my other Netgalley read for the month when I’ve finally finished We Are Blood and Thunder, and I’m so excited for this one, I really loved Fawkes and I can’t wait to see what Nadine Brandes has done with the story of Anastasia Romanova!

I’m still really pleased with my reading progress through this year, I’ve read 18 books which is far more than I usually would have by this point in the year & I have a few weeks before I go home from Uni, so I’m planning on getting a lot of reading done in that time. I’m still 7 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so that’s feeling pretty good. How did your April reading go? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR March Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s March was great, I really don’t know where mine went, it passed in a whirlwind of project work, passing my theory test, meeting VE Schwab (again) and visiting home, plus AGMs for all my clubs at Uni, it’s been quite the busy month!

Anyway, for those of you who are new here, #RockMyTBR is a challenge originally set up by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler in 2016, where she challenged us to take a list of backlist books that we want to knock off our TBRs. I’ve kind of co-opted it over the last two years, because it’s a really fun, low pressure challenge. I have 12 books on my list, so I aim to have finished them all by December, one for each month. March was actually AMAZING for me in terms of reading, which is weird considering how busy I’ve been, but I’ll go with it. I read 5 books and 4 comics for a total of 9 (!!!!!) books over March. That’s summer level reading people! Anyway, here’s all the books I read in March:

42647021Speak Up! by Laura Coryton:

I actually became interested in this book because I interviewed Laura for one of my articles for my project. It’s definitely aimed for a younger audience, but it was a fun, quick read and I did pick up some useful tips for if I ever start campaigning in the future. I read this book from 28th February-2nd March (it’s only 224 pages, so it was relatively quick to read). I didn’t write a review of it, just because it was so short so I didn’t really see the point (I did however put a review up on Netgalley where I got it).

31309506Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane:

My mum got me this one for my birthday and I’ve kind of been dipping in and out of it since then, it’s a great one to do that with because it’s basically just a collection of mini-bios of all these really cool women and you can pretty much just read a couple of bios at a time then go away and come back. I really loved this one, reading about cool women from History is totally my jam! I also don’t have a review of this one because it would have been kind of tricky to review.

Shades of Magic #1 by V.E. Schwab Shades of Magic #2 by V.E. SchwabShades of Magic #3 by V.E. SchwabShades of Magic #4 by V.E. Schwab The Steel Prince (Vol 1-4) by VE Schwab:

I went to see VE Schwab at her Glasgow event in March and I really wanted to finish these before I went as I knew she’d be talking about The Steel Prince a bit. This was my first foray into comics and it was mostly succesful? I definitely preferred the first two to the last two, the last two felt kind of rushed, but the artwork was amazing in all of them and I’m really enjoying the story, I look forward to seeing what’s next for Maxim in the upcoming arc of the series, The Night of Knives. Again I don’t have a review for these, because they’re comics, and I didn’t really know how. I read them all on 6th March.

37541225To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo:
This was my #RockMyTBR book for March, and I really LOVED IT! It was dark, full of banter, had brilliant anti-hero main characters, amazing writing, lots of action and a brilliant slow burn romance. This is definitely the best Little Mermaid retelling I’ve ever read. I read it from 1st-13th March. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/to-kill-a-kingdom-review/

38746485Becoming by Michelle Obama:

I’m not usually a big non-fiction fan, but I loved Michelle’s book, she writes about her life in such a candid and honest way, like she’s sitting there telling you the story (I definitely get why so many people love the audio of this one) and I found out a lot of things about her that I didn’t know before, I think if it’s possible I admire her even more now. I read this one from 14th-27th March. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/becoming-review/

36430989Descendant of The Crane by Joan He:

My main Netgalley read for this month, since I finished Speak Up! so quickly. I loved the concept for this one but found the execution lacking, there weren’t enough fantastical elements for me, I didn’t feel like the world was fleshed out enough and the characters were a bit bland. I did however love the writing and the plot twists towards the end. I read this one from 3rd March-1st April (the pacing is not great, it took me a long time to get through). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/descendant-of-the-crane-review-e-arc/

So that’s what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up for April:

Catwoman: Soulstealer-Sarah J.Maas

My #RockMyTBR book for April, which I actually started a few days before the end of March, so I’m already a good 40% of the way through. I’m actually enjoying this more than I expected to, given that I’m not a comic book person and I’d heard mixed reviews.

We Are Blood And Thunder-Kesia Lupo

DOTC took me longer than anticipated to finish, so I didn’t get around to We Are Blood and Thunder in March, but I’m intending on starting it tonight and it’s going to be one of my Netgalley reads for this month.

A Girl Called Shameless-Laura Steven

I’m ridiculously excited for this one, I can’t wait to read it, I’ve been wanting the sequel to TEOOO since I read it last year.

King of Fools-Amanda Foody

This will be my other Netgalley read of the month and since I’m done with Uni as of Friday, I’m probably going to be reading this and We Are Blood and Thunder concurrently, I can’t wait any longer to read King of Fools after what happened at the end of Ace of Shades!

I’m so pleased with how much reading I got done this month, considering how much work I had to do, I’ve upped my Goodreads Challenge to 35, same as last year and I’m still 7 books ahead of schedule so it’s making me feel very smug and satisfied. How did your March reading go? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR February Update (2019)

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s February was great, I swear I always blink and then February is gone, it’s only three days shorter than 31 day months, but it feels like it’s even shorter than that. For anyone who just recently started to follow me, who haven’t seen this feature before, #RockMyTBR is a challenge set up by Sarah K over at The YA Book Traveller in 2016, which I’ve kind of co-opted for myself over the last couple of years. Anyway, she challenged us to take a list of backlist books that we wanted to read and knock them off our TBRs over the course of a year. My aim is to read one of the 12 books on my list each month, so that by December, I’ve read them all. February was pretty good, I read three books over the course of that month, and I’ve even got two books in the bag already for March, so I’m feeling pretty good right now! Anyway, here are the books I read in February:

35660233Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for February, and the first book of the two books I read pre seeing Hamilton a couple of weeks ago. I read it from 1st-14th February, so it took exactly two weeks to read. I didn’t really like this one though, it was incredibly historically inaccurate, and kind of cheesy, and I just didn’t enjoy it that much. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/alex-and-eliza-alex-and-eliza-1-review/

Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary FriendshipHamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott:

This was the second book I read in preparation for going to Hamilton and I have to say I enjoyed it far more. I loved that it focused on Peggy and really allowed me to appreciate just how awesome the younger Schuyler sister was, and it was far more historically accurate than Alex and Eliza whilst also covering some parts of the American Revolution that I had no idea about. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/hamilton-and-peggy-a-revolutionary-friendship/

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1)A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer:

This was my Netgalley read of the month, I liked that it was a slightly different take on a Beauty and The Beast retelling and that it featured a lot of diverse characters, including a disabled protagonist, but I found that the story lagged a lot and couldn’t really decide what it wanted to be. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/03/a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely-review-e-arc/

So that’s what I read in February, here’s what I’ve got coming up this month (minus the two books I’ve already finished):

To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo

My #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’ve started this one and I’m loving it already, vicious sirens, princes who want to be pirates, everything about this book screams me and I love it!

Descendant of The Crane-Joan He

My Netgalley read for this month, I’ve only just started it, but I’m already intrigued so I’m hoping that I’ll really enjoy this one.

Becoming-Michelle Obama

My second physical book of the month is going to be Michelle Obama’s autobiography and I can’t wait to read it, I love the Obamas so much, especially Michelle. I’ve heard really good stuff about it, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it.

We Are Blood and Thunder-Kesia Lupo

This will be my other Netgalley read of the month, if I get round to it. I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I saw a lot of other bloggers getting really excited about it and it sounds good, so fingers crossed I enjoy it!

I’m pretty pleased with my reading progress this year, I’ve read eight books already, am four books ahead of my 24 book Goodreads Challenge and have already finished two books this month and we’re only on the fourth day of March. How did your February reading go? Let me know in the comments!