#RockMyTBR September & October Update (2018)

Hi everyone! It’s November, and as you can tell from the title, I kind of skipped my September update, October was just so crazy for me, workwise that I figured it made more sense to combine my reading updates for the two months as I just haven’t had time to sit down and write two separate posts. I’m sorry about that, but fourth year is really kicking my butt!

As you might have guessed from my late post, I haven’t actually read that much since I’ve been back here, I only read 3 books over the whole of September and October, which is one less than I usually do, even with Uni, so yeah, not great and I have ridiculous deadlines through November, so I’m not imagining this will be a great reading month either!

For anyone who is new to the blog, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge, originally started by Sarah K at The Book Traveller in which you aim to cut down your TBR over the course of a year. I’ve kind of borrowed it for myself this year, since she isn’t officially running it and it’s become a fun way to keep you guys all updated on what I’ve been reading. Like I said, I read three books in September and October and they were these:

18180495Vicious by VE Schwab:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for September, and as expected, since it’s Schwab, I LOVED IT. The way the story was told, though confusing at first, was really clever, the characters were all so complex and well developed and it was such a unique little story. I’m so excited to get to Vengeful where the women will take centre stage. I read this book from 4th September-17th September. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/vicious-villains-1-review/

40360718Sea Witch by Sarah Henning:

Sea Witch was my Netgalley read for September, although I actually started it in August, it took me forever to get through, which probably tells you a lot about how little I enjoyed it! It took me from 15th August-3rd October to read and I had to take a lot of breaks. The plot just moved SO SLOWLY and the character and world development was so shallow. The idea of a Sea Witch origin story was a great one, but the execution was flawed. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/sea-witch-review-e-arc/

36220335For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig:

My other ARC read for this month, a physical arc this time. I actually really enjoyed this one, it was a little slow in places, but I thought it was a really creative concept, the main character was awesome and it was great to see a fantasy story with a mentally ill protagonist, especially written by an #ownvoices author, we need more of them. I read this one from 20th September-12th October. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/for-a-muse-of-fire-for-a-muse-of-fire-1-review-arc/

You may have noticed I had no #RockMyTBR book for October, I was meant to be reading All The Crooked Saints, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it, so I’m just going to read 11 books for my challenge this year, same as last year.

So anyway, that’s what I read in September and October, here is what I have planned for November, if I can squeeze it in between my deadlines:

Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11)-Derek Landy-I thought the spooky season was the perfect time to start reading this book, plus I was feeling a little slumpy after I finished reading For A Muse of Fire so I thought an old favourite author would help pull me out (it did, yay!). I’m about 40% of the way through this and although it’s not the fastest paced book, I’m loving being back in Valkyrie and Skulduggery’s world.

Firestarter (Timekeeper #3)-Tara Sim-I got approved for the finale of Timekeeper on Edelweiss which has made me very happy! I’m again about 40% of the way through this one and I’m really enjoying it, Danny and Colton are honestly just the softest, sweetest boys and I want to protect them at all costs. I’m really excited to see how this series wraps up.

Strange The Dreamer-Laini Taylor-I suggested this book for the Goodreads book group I’m in and it won the group vote, so I’m definitely going to try and join in! My friend absolutely loved Strange The Dreamer and we usually have very similar tastes in books, so I have a good feeling about it.

Kingdom of Ash-Sarah J Maas-I am definitely not going to finish this behemoth of a book this month, but I know as soon as I get it am going to have to start reading it. I want to know how everything ends, but at the same time, I AM NOT READY. I know I will be emotionally broken by this book.

Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This is my #RockMyTBR book for November, I know it’s only a novella, but honestly, it’s just what I need right now, something small and sweet and quick!

So there we go, my November TBR. It’s stupidly ambitious considering how many deadlines I have, but I think I should be able to finish at least 3 of them! I’ve slipped back to being just on track with my Goodreads challenge, so I’m hoping that I still manage to keep momentum going in November, as I only need to read six more books before I meet it! How’s your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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#RockMyTBR August Update (2018)

Hi everyone! September is here, and that can only mean one thing: my birthday is next week people, in fact it’s exactly one week from today! I’m turning 22 this year, so I will naturally be playing the Taylor Swift song over and over again on my birthday and milking that for all it’s worth (sorry in advance friends!). I’ve arrived back in Scotland today, after a busy last few weeks at home, in preparation for moving in to my flat for my final year of Uni on Sunday, so that’s pretty exciting.

August was a relatively decent month for me, reading-wise. With my summer job finishing mid-August, I FINALLY had time to read again and finished three books this month, bringing my final summer total up to 15! I’m very happy with that, since with Uni starting, my time is all going to be sucked away again, so it was nice to get a leg up with my Goodreads Challenge over the summer.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this feature, a quick rundown: this is a reading challenge created by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which challenges you to cut down your TBRs, I’ve kind of co-opted it for myself this year, since she wasn’t running it officially and I really enjoy it. Like I said, August was a relatively good month for me, I read 3 books (including two bricks!) so I’m pretty proud of myself:

36576048Fawkes by Nadine Brandes:

This was my Netgalley read for the month, although I did actually read a lot of it in July, I just didn’t finish it till August. This book was so awesome, it had such a cool magic system involving masks and colours and I loved the way the author integrated the magic with the real history of the Gunpowder Plot. There seriously need to be more fantasies set in the Tudor/Stuart era because they are ripe for magical twists! Apparently her next book is going to be about Anastasia Romanov, so I’m super excited for that one. I read this book from 4th July-11th August (on and off). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/fawkes-review-e-arc/

18048665Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor:

The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my #RockMyTBR book for August. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but the second one was a bit of a letdown for me. It was way longer than it needed to be, the plot was relatively thin on the ground, it was really depressing and there was an unnecessary attempted rape scene that kind of soured me on the whole thing. I read this book from 27th July-13th August. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/days-of-blood-and-starlight-daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-2-review/

31450852Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas:

AH SO I FINALLY READ IT. I was a little bit nervous, because Chaol is not my favourite, but I really enjoyed this one, the world building was brilliant, Chaol’s healing journey was beautiful, there was SO much more diversity than in the other books in this series and for once, a SJM romance didn’t make me want to gag! Granted it was still about 200 pages too long and quite slow, but still, I really enjoyed it. I read this one from 13th August-3rd September (told you it took a while!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/tower-of-dawn-throne-of-glass-6/

So that’s what I read in August, here’s what I have coming up in September. I’m super excited, I have so much amazing stuff coming up for my birthday month:

Vicious-VE Schwab-I just started this book a couple of days ago, but thanks to my super long train journey today, am over 100 pages in. I’m enjoying it, I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m loving it yet, but it’s still quite early days, I get the feeling that this one is going to be quite a slow burner!

Sea Witch-Sarah Henning-This is my Netgalley read for this month, kind of hanging over from last month because I just didn’t really have time to read much of it with everything I had going on at the end of August. I’m not really sure how I feel about this one yet, it’s okay, but I’m not really far enough through it yet to have decided.

The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas-Yes, yes, I know, I’m finally reading this. It’s the book of the month for a book club I’m part of on Goodreads and since the movie will be out next month, I figured it was finally time to see what everyone was talking about so much last year (better late than never!).

A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult-I got approved to read Jodi Picoult’s latest on Netgalley and I’m super excited for it, so once I’ve finished Sea Witch, I will definitely be moving onto this one.

So there we go, that’s my September TBR, I doubt I will finish everything, since the first month back at Uni is always a bit manic, but I’m hoping to get at least three done, the fourth would be a bonus. I’m now 3 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so I’m quite happy with that, has given me a nice buffer for being back at Uni and probably not reading as much. How’s your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR July Update (2018)

Hi everyone! August is upon us (how, what, why, when, I do not understand how time does this to us? January lasts forever and then the rest of the year flies by!). July was a super busy month for me, first with work and then with YALC last weekend, so whilst I somehow acquired ALL the books, I sadly did not read ALL the books, I only read two, the first time this has happened in a summer since I started blogging. But hey, I can’t read all the books, all the time, and I definitely shouldn’t feel guilty about that *I tell myself, whilst still feeling guilty*.

Anyway, for those of you who are new to my blog and aren’t familiar with this feature (welcome!), #RockMyTBR is a challenge originally created by Sarah K at The Book Traveller where she challenges us to cut down our TBRs, I started doing it in 2016, and I’ve kind of co-opted it for myself this year as I don’t think she’s officially running the challenge. So like I said, July wasn’t a great month for me, reading wise, so here are the two books that I did read this month:

25322449Radio Silence by Alice Oseman:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for the month and I also read it as a YALC prep book, because the author was at YALC. I liked aspects of this book, the focus of friendship, the worries about University and the future and the diversity of the book but I did find it incredibly slow and the plot was quite uneven, there were too many different strands and they didn’t really fit together for most of the book and I thought the characters were a bit flat. It was a decent book, I just don’t think it was right for me. I read this book from 27th June-9th July. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/radio-silence-review/

36859561Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

So if you’ve read my review of this book which I posted on Friday, it will be no secret to you guys that I LOVED this book. A beautifully creative and wonderfully diverse fantasy world, an intricate and interesting magic system and a generally engaging plot made for wonderful reading, it was just a shame about the lacklustre romance otherwise this totally would have been a five star read for me! I was so sad that the author’s signing line was too long at YALC (as this was one of my other YALC prep reads) for me to get this book signed. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/children-of-blood-and-bone-legacy-of-orisha-1-review/

So that’s what I read in July, this is what I have coming up this month:

Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor-I’m already about halfway through this book and kind of unsure about it, there’s less focus on Prague this time and more on Eretz and the magical stuff, which is fine, I do like the fantastical aspects of this book, it’s just the Karou/Akiva angst is kind of grating on me at the moment. I don’t know, we’ll see how this one turns out.

Fawkes-Nadine Brandes-This is my Netgalley read from last month (I DNF’ed Spinning Silver and started this instead) and I’ve been really enjoying it, my only complaint is that I’m so busy with work, I don’t have time to read it as quickly as I would like to! I’m about 3/4 of the way through this one, so close to finishing, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all winds up.

Undecided 2nd physical book-Okay so basically I don’t know when I’m likely to finish DOBAS because of how busy I am at work, so I’m not gonna decided what my second August book is gonna be until I know how much of the month I have left to read it: my options (i.e. books I am not sending back up to Scotland with my mother this week) are Tower of Dawn, Our Dark Duet, Ash & Quill or The Game of Love & Death, so basically, if I finish DOBAS by the end of next week then I’ll probably go Tower of Dawn or Our Dark Duet, if it takes longer then I’ll be reading Ash & Quill or The Game of Love and Death.

Sea Witch-Sarah Henning-My other Netgalley for this month, which I’ll be starting once I’ve finished Fawkes. I’m really excited for this one, I love villain stories, and I think the Witch from The Little Mermaid is a really interesting one, so I’m excited to see Henning’s take on this.

So there we go, that’s my August TBR. I probably won’t finish all of them, but I would really like to get three if possible! I’m still 3 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge so that’s making me very happy! How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

Oh and I know I plugged this on my Twitter, but I just thought I’d share the link again here for any blog followers who don’t also follow me on Twitter, I did an interview with BookmarkChronicles for her Summer Spotlight series and it just went live this week, so if you want to know a little more about me and my blog, it would mean a lot to both me and her if you checked it out:

https://bookmarkchronicles.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/summer-spotlight-series-jo/

#RockMyTBR June Update (2018)

Hi all! How can it be July already, I swear I only got home like a week ago, I can’t have been back for over a month, this summer is going too fast! I was off visiting my friends this weekend, we spent all weekend just chatting because we haven’t seen each other in so long, and it was so great (plus we had homemade pizza and cookies, which were yummy!). My summer job starts on Wednesday, so this is likely to be the last #RockMyTBR post where I’ve read a lot of books, but you can’t say I haven’t made the most of my free time, as I read another 5 books this month.

If anyone is unfamiliar with this particular feature, #RockMyTBR is a challenge created by Sarah K from The Book Traveller in which she challenges us to cut down our TBRs, which I’ve kind of co-opted for myself this year. June was fantastic for me, as I had pretty much nothing to do other than read and write, this is what I read:

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody:

This was one of my Netgalley reads this month, which I actually read most of in May, so it’s kind of a cheat, but I finished it in June, so it still counts! I was really excited for this book, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. It’s a bit of a slow starter, but it has a really cool world and magic system and I really enjoyed Enne’s character development. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel next year. I read this book from 10th May-4th June (I told you it was a slow starter!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/ace-of-shades-the-shadow-game-1-review-e-arc/

28933383Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for June, which I read from 31st May-10th June. I was actually really disappointed in this one, not because it was a bad book, it wasn’t but I had such super high expectations of it that it was basically impossible for it to meet them, which is not really the book’s fault! Whilst I loved the gang still, I felt like the plot was convoluted, the pacing was really off and the ending was anticlimactic. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/crooked-kingdom-six-of-crows-2-review/

33876596Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls:

This is the first book that I’ve read in preparation for YALC this month (I’m so excited that I can finally say this month!). I read this one from 11th-20th June. Whilst I enjoyed reading a historical fiction that wasn’t set in WWII like my usual historical reads are, I was hoping for more focus on the suffragettes than there actually was, and I was a bit disappointed that despite the great focus on class issues and LGBTQ+ issues, there was barely any mention of POC suffragettes, which was a massive oversight to me, considering that there was a big contingent of Indian suffragettes in the UK. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/things-a-bright-girl-can-do-review/

36389267A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews:

This was my other Netgalley read this month, and another of my most anticipated reads of the year, as it’s Cait (PaperFury)’s book. I liked the characters in this one, but I found the plot a bit lacking, and the writing a little overdramatic at times. I read this one from 5th-22nd June, which is a little bit long for a book that’s not even 300 pages, but it took my a long time to get into! Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/a-thousand-perfect-notes-review-e-arc/

36515061Legendary by Stephanie Garber:

OMG you guys, THIS BOOK THOUGH. Without a doubt this book is my favourite book of 2018 so far, it was dark and magical and Tella was just amazing and there was so much more worldbuilding and so many twists and turns and just AHHHHH! I was so blown away by this book, I read it in just over a week, from 20th-28th June. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/legendary-caraval-2-review/

So that’s what I read in June, this is what I have coming up this month:

Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’m knocking off two items from my list here, as Radio Silence is my #RockMyTBR book for July, but I have to read it before YALC anyway, as Alice Oseman is going to be there, so yeah, feeling very accomplished with this one. I’m not totally sold on the plot just yet, but I love the friendship between Aled and Frances already. More books focused on platonic m/f friendships PLEASE!

Spinning Silver-Naomi Novik-My Netgalley book for this month. I have to admit, I’m struggling a bit with this one and I’m kind of confused as to what is going on, but I’m hoping that things will pick up with it soon!

Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi-The last book I have to read in preparation for YALC. I’m so excited about this one because everyone seems to have loved it so much, so I’m hoping that I will too!

Grace and Fury-Tracy Banghart-My next Netgalley arc for this month, I’m really excited about this one because it’s supposed to be really feminist and it’s got two sisters at the heart of it and I love books about sister relationships.

So there we go, that’s my July TBR. I might not actually finish all of them, because my job starts this week and I’m going to get super busy, but I at least want to finish both the books that I need to read for YALC. I’m currently 4 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge so I’m feeling good about that, though I know the number might go down after my job starts! How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR May Update (2018)

Hey everyone! I’ve been at home for just over a week now and am starting to settle in to my family’s new house. It was definitely weird coming back from Uni and not being in the house that I’d lived in for most of my life, but our new place is nice and now that I’ve got my bookshelves exactly the way I want them, I’m liking my room a lot more! Since I’ve been home, I’ve finished my first round of edits on my novel and done a lot of reading, as well as writing a lot for The National Student and on here, it’s so nice to be able to do what I want and not have to focus on Uni work.

Anyway, it’s June, so that means it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR Challenge Update, for those of you who aren’t familiar with what that is, #RockMyTBR is a challenge set up by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of adopted for myself this year, to knock books of your TBR. May was awesome for me in terms of reading, as my exams finished on the 4th and I basically did nothing but read after they finished, so I finished 5 books! This is what I read in May:

35958295Almost Love by Louise O’Neill:

This was one of my Netgalley reads of May, I wanted to finish it, as I had started it before all of the exam craziness set in, so it was nice to be able to get back to it and finish it. It was an okay book, but the unlikeable main character and lack of plot made it difficult for me to connect to. I read this one from 18th April to 9th May. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/almost-love-review-e-arc/

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for May. I read this one from 2nd-10th May, just over a week, which is pretty good for me! I didn’t love Rose as much as Verity, it was more harrowing and tougher for me to read, and the pacing was a little off, but I did love Rose and her crew of Rabbits and I think this is a really important book as I had no idea about all of the things that happened at Ravensbruck and had never even herd of the Rabbits before reading it. This is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/rose-under-fire-code-name-verity-2-review/

35214860Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody:

This was my YALC book for the month as one of my resolutions for this year was trying to actually read more of the books that I have acquired there since going in 2015, though I’ll have added even more after the 2018 event next month! Anyway, I read this one from 10th-16th May, it was a nice, short, entertaining read, I liked the murder mystery aspect and the whole setting and illusions were really cool, though the pacing was off at times. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/daughter-of-the-burning-city-review/

36492834Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter:

This was my other Netgalley read for this month, which I read from 18th April-16th May. I was really disappointed in this one, I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society series and was hoping for the same fun, exciting read here, but it was mostly Maddie and Logan wandering around in the wilderness for 300 pages. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/not-if-i-save-you-first-review-e-arc/

36518231The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan:

This was another of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and again I was disappointed. I am not doing too well on my anticipated 2018 reads so far! I read it from 17th-26th May. This book suffered from serious middle book syndrome, whilst I found Apollo as hilarious as ever, the pacing was off and for the first time, I actually found a Rick Riordan book too long! I’m hoping that the fourth book will redeem this series. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/the-burning-maze-trials-of-apollo-3-review/

So that’s what I read in May, here is what I have coming up this month:

Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-My June #RockMyTBR book. I’ve just started it and it’s off to a slow start, but I’m only four chapters in, so I’m sure it will definitely pick up soon. I’m really happy to be back following Kaz and the rest of the Dregs on their next adventure.

Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-I know I had this on my list last month as well, but I’m not quite done yet. I am about 75% of the way through though, so I will definitely finish it before June is over, hopefully in the next week or so. It was a slow starter, but I’ve definitely got into it now!

Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls-This is one of the books I’m reading in preparation for YALC, and I’m really excited for it as I’ve never read a historical fiction book that has focused on the Suffragettes before and with it being the 100 year anniversary of the first women’s suffrage bill in the UK, it seems like the perfect time to read it.

Legendary-Stephanie Garber-This was another of my anticipated releases for 2018, so I’m hoping it won’t disappoint me. I just got my copy on Wednesday, and I will definitely be digging into it as soon as I’ve finished Crooked Kingdom and Things A Bright Girl Can Do.

A Thousand Perfect Notes-C.G. Drews-Once I’ve finished Ace of Shades, Cait’s book will be the next Netgalley book I read, and of course I’m super excited, as Paper Fury is one of my favourite blogs! Granted, I probably would have bought a copy had I known that Ace of Shades would take me so long to read, since I will probably now be reading this after it’s UK release date has passed, but oh well! Such is life.

So there we go, my very ambitious (once again) June TBR! I feel okay with being ambitious though as my job doesn’t start until next month and I don’t have much else to do other than read and write (what a wonderful problem to have!). I don’t know if I will finish them all, but I’m hoping I will get to at least two of the physical books and both of the Netgalley books, Legendary is the wildcard here. I’ve put my Goodreads challenge up to 35 books (same as last year) and I’m still 2 books ahead, so I’m very happy with that. How is you reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR April Update (2018)

Hi all! I AM FREE! FINALLY. All my exams are over, the weather is so beautiful today that I’ve been able to read outside, which is my favourite part of summer and I can now just spend my time reading and writing and blogging and not feeling guilty about it because I’m meant to be doing other things, so yay for that! I generally don’t know how May got here, April seemed to go by in a blur of assignments and revision and exams, but it’s all finally over and I am determined to enjoy my last super long summer before I have to start worrying about the real world.

Anyway, enough of my blathering on, as it is May, it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR challenge update, which for anyone who is new to the blog, is a challenge started by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of co-opted for myself this year, to knock books off your TBR. April was a bit sad for me in terms of reading, I only managed two books because I was super busy with assignments and revision, but hopefully now that my summer holidays have started, I will be able to read more! Anyway, here is what I read in April:

35406534Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton:

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, as it is the final book of the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, but sadly I was disappointed in it. It was poorly paced and not as exciting as I had been hoping for. I read it from 24th March-20th April (yup it took me a long time, it’s like 500 pages!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/hero-at-the-fall-rebel-of-the-sands-3-review/

34076952The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for April, I read it from 21st April-1st May, just over a week, short story collections really are perfect for exam season! I really enjoyed this one, I liked the darker take on fairytales, all with their own little Grisha touch and it was nice to be able to read something in the Grishaverse that you didn’t really need to have read the other books to understand. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/the-language-of-thorns-review/

So that’s my recap of what I read in April, here is everything I have coming up for May (and yes, it will be a lot, I am planning on making the most of my newfound reading time!):

Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This is my #RockMyTBR book for May (yes I know I said in my last post that it was for April but I swapped it and The Language of Thorns around as TLOT was shorter). I loved Code Name Verity, and although I’m not loving Rose quite as much as I did Julie, I’m sure I will still end up being punched in the feels.

Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody-I got this one from YALC last year and since one of my 2018 resolutions was to read more of my YALC books, I figured why not read it now. I’m really excited for this one, I’ve had pretty good luck with circus/carnival themed YA recently, so hopefully this one will continue the streak.

The Burning Maze-Rick Riordan-The newest Trials of Apollo book! I am super excited to have another Riordan to binge in like a week again, it isn’t May if I don’t have a Rick Riordan book to binge!

Almost Love-Louise O’Neill-One of my current Netgalley reads. I have to admit, I definitely preferred Asking For It to this one, as much as I disliked Emma, she’s a teenager, you can kind of forgive her for acting like a spoilt brat. Sarah is a grown woman and still acts like she is 16. I understand why, but that doesn’t make her easy to read.

Not If I Save You First-Ally Carter-The other one of my current Netgalley reads. This reads as more MG than YA to me, Carter’s protagonist is supposed to be sixteen but she definitely reads younger. I’m not enjoying this quite as much as I did the Heist Society books, but I reckon I might have if I’d read it at 13 rather than 21!

Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-After months of waiting and doing promo as part of the Shadow Gang, I finally have access to Ace of Shades after being approved on Netgalley! I’m super excited to finally get to visit the City of Sin.

So there we go, that’s my super ambitious May TBR. I don’t know if I will finish all of them, but I’m optimistic, because I usually do get a lot of reading done in May as I have very little else to do. I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so I’m hoping to put it up by the end of the month! How is your reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR March Update (2018)

Hi everyone! Today was my last class of my third year of Uni, I just have a few more assignments and exams to do and then I will be done. Much as I am looking forward to summer, it’s kind of daunting that next year is going to be my last year of Uni-like how? How did it go this fast? Speaking of things that have gone fast, it’s April already. Like how? I swear it was February like yesterday. Anyway, as it is a new month, it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR challenge update, which if you are a new follower, is a feature I do every month, updating you guys on my progress on Sarah K at The Book Traveller’s annual reading challenge to knock books off your TBR (I’m not sure if she’s officially doing it this year, so I’ve kind of co-opted it for myself). March was a little better than February in terms of my reading, I read three books rather than my usual two and am currently three books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge (yay!). Here are the books I read in March:

36909741Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen:

This was an ARC I got sent last year and finally got around to this month (I mean the book came out in March and I did finish it and review it in March, if not on release date, so for me, that’s not bad!). I started this on 28th February and finished it on 15th March. It was an okay book, I liked the concept and the fact that it was a WWII Jewish story that didn’t revolve around the Holocaust, but it was slow in places and not quite as exciting as I was expecting. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/orphan-monster-spy-review-arc/

35383830Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for March (one I got from my #otspsecretsister Amy last year), I read it from 15th-23rd March, so just over a week, which I’ll admit was helped quite a lot by the fact that I had a 10 hour round trip to London and back during that time! I really enjoyed this one, it was fun and a really great introduction to feminism for younger readers and definitely a very empowering book to read. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/moxie-review/

35997403The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. It took me a long time to read this, I was dipping in and out of it between 8th February to when I finally finished it on 29th March. I was expecting something much darker and more fairytale but there was too much in the contemporary world and not enough in the fantastical world, plus the pacing was incredibly poor. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/the-hazel-wood-review-e-arc/

That’s my recap of what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up for April:

Hero At The Fall-Alwyn Hamilton-I’m currently halfway through the final instalment in the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, and I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping it would be exciting, but it’s been quite slow so far and it’s not really held my attention as it should have. I’m hoping this latter half will be more exciting!

Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This is my #RockMyTBR book for April and I’m super excited because I love Code Name Verity and this is kind of a companion novel to it, so it should be amazing, although I definitely have to prepare myself to be punched in the feels again.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-This expires in like a week and a half, so I really have to get reading! I love the concept for this, but I’ve found it quite slow going so far.

Shatter Me-Tahreh Mafi-I may not actually get a chance to read this before it expires from my Netgalley, but so many people I know have read and loved this series, so hopefully I will get to it in the next month!

So there we go, that’s my April TBR. I don’t know if I will finish them all this month, but I hope so, because my Netgalley is extremely backed up and I would like to try and clear all the books I currently have on there before I go home for the summer (if possible!). How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!