#RockMyTBR 2018 Challenge

Hi everyone! I know this seems incredibly early, but I am nearly done with my 2017 #RockMyTBR (one book to go!), so I thought I’d draw up my 2018 list. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge created by Sarah K over at YA Book Traveler where she challenges you to draw up a list of books to knock off your TBR on a given year. Now I’m not sure if Sarah is actually officially running the challenge again for 2018, but I’ve had so much fun doing it over the past two years that I decided to unofficially do it again this year. The idea is that you use books that you already own and that have been on your TBR for a while. If you want to join me in unofficially doing this challenge, then you can find Sarah’s post about it here:

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2016/12/07/rockmytbr2017/

I’ve stuck with my tradition of having 12 books (though I’ve knocked one from this year’s challenge off before the year is over as I just couldn’t get through it, so I’ll be counting the challenge complete at 11 books), it’s nice and low pressure and allows me to read other stuff as well. As with last year, because it worked so well, I decided to let Twitter decided on my list. They did a pretty good job with last year’s list, so I’m hoping they will have done just as well for this year’s:

  1. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This was the decided winner of it’s poll, which I was quite surprised by as I had it up against Wintersong, which is a 2017 release, but I’m very glad it did as Code Name Verity is one of my favourite books (which I actually read for my first #RockMyTBR Challenge, so it’s actually kind of fitting) and this is one of only two of Wein’s books I haven’t read yet.
  2. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-It was an incredibly close run between this and Uprooted, and it ended up winning out by only 6% (so like one vote), but this was declared the winner. I’m so excited to read this one as I’ve heard such great things and as a feminist, I definitely want to read more books like this!
  3. Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-This is the year of Bardugo, as every poll I had a book of hers in, it won by a considerable amount, clearly Book Twitter is telling me something. I loved Six of Crows when I read it this year, so I’m excited to read the sequel.
  4. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Steifvater-I’ve heard vary mixed things about this book, so I’m excited and wary to try it. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors, but I’m very aware of the problems that have been brought up by #ownvoices reviewers about the Latinx rep in this one.
  5. Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-The second Leigh Bardugo entry on this list! I’m really excited for this one, simply because the cover of this book is just so beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before (basically a collection of fairytales), so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it.
  6. Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This one was really interesting because I put it in the same poll as ACOWAR and I was honestly expecting ACOWAR to win, but it was beaten by this by quite a way. Tips from those who’ve read the full Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, do I read this, or Days of Blood and Starlight first?
  7. Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-This was winning almost unanimously, until I think a couple of days ago? It ended up at 75% but that was still a lot more than anything else in any of the other polls! I think this is probably going to be my starter read of 2017.
  8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-I’m cheating a little here, because this is a 2018 ARC, but I’ve had it on my shelf since July when I got it at YALC, it’s been sitting there for five months where I could have read it and haven’t, so I’m still counting it.
  9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo-The last Bardugo entry on this list, I’m glad I’ve waited to read this one, because now I’ve seen the movie and know how awesome Wonder Woman is, I’m even more excited to read it.
  10. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor-Laini Taylor’s second appearance on this list. I’m not gonna lie, slightly terrified by the size of this book, but I’m also really excited to see where Karou’s story goes next.
  11. Vicious-VE Schwab-I’m finally doing it guys! Vicious will be read by me next year. I’m hoping to read it in the first half of the year, so that if I like it, I can get Vengeful straight away.
  12. Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’ve heard so much great stuff about this one, so I hope it lives up to expectations!

So that’s my list for 2018! Let me know in the comments what you think I should prioritise and why!

Thanks to the lovely people of Book Twitter who helped pick out my list for next year and I hope you enjoy hearing my thoughts on all the books you’ve chosen for me throughout 2018. I have a feeling this may be my best year yet and I’m excited to dive in when 2018 starts in a few weeks time (where did 2017 go people? Seriously, where?).

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#RockMyTBR November Update (2017)

Hey everyone! It’s the last month of 2017, like when did that happen? Also it’s 21 days till Christmas, I have presents bought and wrapped and everything already, I am feeling damn prepared and incredibly Christmassy! I’ll be off to the Edinburgh Christmas Market with my friends tomorrow, so the Christmas spirit is being well and truly embraced. If you are new to the blog, then welcome, this is the feature where I talk about my neverending attempts to attack my TBR and being constantly beaten by it (it’s a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller in all seriousness and you should check it out). November was insanely busy with deadlines, so I only read two books, but I am still on track for my Goodreads challenge, so not feeling too bad about that. Here’s what I read in November:

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House of Ash by Hope Cook:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, I read it from 9th August-4th November (on and off, it didn’t actually take me three months to finish it, I didn’t read any of it in September and only picked it up again in October). This was a decent take on a haunted house story, but it’s not my favourite book I’ve got from Netgalley this year. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/house-of-ash-review-e-arc/

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The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan:

This was my other read at the month, I meant to have a #RockMyTBR book as my other book this month, but I wasn’t into the book I had planned for November and I really needed a quick fun read because I was buried under with assignments, so a Rick Riordan book was perfect for that. This was actually my least favourite book of the series, it was still really fun, but I felt like the pacing was off and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic. Still there was some really great character and relationship development along with the always on point humour, so it wasn’t all bad. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/the-ship-of-the-dead-magnus-chase-and-the-gods-of-asgard-3/

That’s what I read in November, this is what I’m planning on reading this month:

Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-My December #RockMyTBR book. I wasn’t so keen on the first book in this series, but I’ve heard they get better, so I’m hoping I enjoy this one more.

The Crown’s Fate-Evelyn Skye-My current read, I really enjoyed the first book earlier in the year and this one has been decent so far, though I’m still waiting for it to really pick up.

Chainbreaker-Tara Sim-I LOVED the first book last year, so I was so happy to get this one from Edelweiss. I started it a few days ago and it’s been pretty enjoyable so far.

Beasts Made of Night-Tochi Onyebuchi-My Netgalley read for the month, I just started this one and I’m struggling with it at the moment, I’ll be honest.

I’m also hoping to start Tower of Dawn and read another book for #RockMyTBR as I couldn’t finish Afterworlds, though that may be a little optimistic!

I’m on track with my Goodreads Challenge, with only 3 books left to read to meet my challenge, so that’s pretty good I think! I will definitely beat my Goodreads challenge from last year, so I am really happy with that. How are your reading goals going this year? What are you wanting to get done before the year is out? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR October Update

Hi everyone! How is it November already? I swear it was only just the beginning of 2017 and now we’re nearing the end of the year. Still the fact that it’s November means I can officially get excited about Christmas so yay for that! If you’re new to my blog, then this is the feature where I talk about my attempts to tackle my ever expanding TBR and basically give a roundup of everything I’ve been reading. October was an incredibly busy month for me, so I only read two books, but I am still on track for my Goodreads Challenge, so that’s good. Here’s what I read in October:

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for October and I read this one from 8th-22nd October. Despite the fact that I found the time travel elements kind of confusing, I still really enjoyed this book, it was a great concept, there was a lot of diversity and I loved the setting, but I’m hoping the main character is developed a bit more in the next book in the duology as she was kind of outshone by the rest of the cast. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/the-girl-from-everywhere-the-girl-from-everywhere-1/

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman:

I read this one from 22nd-31st October. The concept and the worldbuilding were amazing, but the pacing and character development were lacking a little. Still I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second book in the series. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/scythe-arc-of-a-scythe-1-review/

That’s what I read in October, this is what I’m planning to read this month:

Afterworlds-Scott Westerfeld-This is my #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’m not very far into it yet though, so I haven’t really formed an opinion on it yet.

House of Ash-Hope Cook-I was meant to finish this as my Netgalley read for last month, but I was really busy with essays, so I didn’t manage to. I’m nearly finished with it, it’s been okay, but not my favourite book I’ve read on Netgalley.

The Ship of The Dead (Magnus Chase #3)-Rick Riordan-I desperately want to get to the newest Rick Riordan book this month!

Invictus-Ryan Graudin-One of my other Netgalley reads, I’m not sure I’ll finish it though as I only have two weeks left to read it and a lot of other Netgalley stuff to get through!

I’m on track with my Goodreads challenge, so I’m pleased with that. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR September Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is so late, I’ve been really busy with essays and uni work and I haven’t had time to write reviews, I’ve only just caught up now! Anyway, it’s October, and I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update, if a little later than usual. For anyone who’s new here, I do one of these each month where I talk about how tackling my TBR is going. September wasn’t bad in terms of reading, I read 3 books and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads Challenge (just), so I’m quite happy with that. Here is what I read in September:

23174274Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard:

I read this one from 28th August-10th September. I wanted to like this one, I really did, but it was such a chore to get through! I had hoped that this series would get better, but Mare was completely intolerable in this one, the story lagged, the plot was basically non-existent, I wasn’t keen on the writing and it just generally wasn’t a very fun experience to read. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/glass-sword-red-queen-2-review/

35005611Charlotte Says by Alex Bell:

This was my Netgalley read for September, I read it from 18th August-30th September. This was a very creepy prequel to Frozen Charlotte and it was definitely unsettling to read at times, but I still enjoyed it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/charlotte-says-review-e-arc/

25324111And I Darken by Kiersten White:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for September and I read it from 12th September-8th October. I really wanted to enjoy this one more than I did, I loved Lada, but the plot and other characters didn’t really work for me. It was a very dense read and took me way longer than it should have to get through. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/and-i-darken-the-conquerors-saga-1/

That’s what I read in September, this is what I’m planning to read in what’s left of this month:

The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-This is my #RockMyTBR book for this month, I’m around halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

House of Ash-This is my Netgalley read for this month, I thought it would be a good one for October as it sounds suitably creepy.

Scythe-Neal Shusterman-I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages but haven’t got around to it, so I thought this time of year would be the perfect chance!

Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas-I know I said I would read this last month, but I just haven’t had time! I will hopefully start this when I’m at home for reading week!

I’m 2 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge right now, which is still good, though I was further ahead before I got back to Uni! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

#RockMyTBR August Update (2017)

Hi all! It’s the beginning of September, what? I have just over a week before I return to Uni, the last time I did one of these I had 5 1/2, how did this happen?! I’m actually looking forward to returning to Uni though, I haven’t seen one of my Uni friends since before we returned home for the summer, so it will be nice to see her again. Plus, it’s my 21st birthday in 11 days, so that’s pretty exciting! Anyway, that’s totally off topic, the point is, it’s September, I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update for you all, my monthly updates of how tackling my TBR has been going over the last month (not that it helps any, the darn thing is growing of it’s own accord by this point). August was pretty successful in terms of reading, I read 3 books and am 4 books ahead of my reading challenge, which I put up to 34 books (one more than last year), so I’m pretty happy with that. Here’s what I read this month:

23006119Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for the month. I read this from 1st-8th August, which I was pretty pleased with as it’s quite a hefty book and I don’t usually read books like that in a week, but that just goes to show how addictive this book is! I’m really glad I loved this one as it was so hyped and if I hadn’t liked it I would have felt really bad as it sounded like it was something that was right up my alley. I recently bought Crooked Kingdom and am really excited to read it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/six-of-crows-six-of-crows-1-review/

35299976Resurrection by Derek Landy:

This was my second read of the month, which I read from 8th-20th August. I love Skulduggery Pleasant so obviously I was really excited for this new one after a three year break from the series. I did love some things about it, but it wasn’t my favourite book in the series and definitely felt more of a reintroduction book than anything else, I think better is still to come from this new, revamped Skulduggery. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/resurrection-skulduggery-pleasant-10-review/

28260402The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon:

THIS BOOK GUYS! I read this one from 21st-28th August and loved every single second of it. Finally, the book was more streamlined, the plot was better paced, the character development of Paige was stunning and the scope of the world is starting to be expanded. I cannot wait for the fourth book to release next year and join Paige on the next stage of her journey. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/the-song-rising-the-bone-season-3-review/

That’s what I read in August, here is what I plan to read in September (aka the month where I die under the weight of new books. Birthday + new book releases=Poor but very happy Jo):

Glass Sword-Victoria Aveyard-This is the one I’m reading at the moment, the sequel to Red Queen, I started reading it on Monday before going to her event! It’s still a bit slow at the moment and the chapters are rather long, which is a little off-putting to me. I’m hoping it will pick up soon as I want to finish it before I go back to Uni next week.

And I Darken-Kiersten White-This is my #RockMyTBR read for this month, I’m really excited for it because I’ve heard such good things and historical fiction with a female Vlad The Impaler sounds right up my alley so I’m hoping I enjoy it.

Charlotte Says-Alex Bell-I’ve finally managed to get my Adobe Reader on my laptop working so I downloaded this one as my Netgalley read for the month! I don’t feel like I’m far enough into the book to judge how I feel about it yet, but I’m definitely getting the same creepy vibes as from the first book.

Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas-This one is a little ambitious and I probably won’t get it done before the end of September because I’m sure it’s going to be a mammoth like her other books, but I think I’d like to at least start it before the end of September.

I’m 4 books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge at the moment, and that’s after I upped it to 34 books, so I’m quite pleased with that! This month is probably the last month that I’ll really get a lot of reading done as summer is nearly over, I’ll likely be back to two books a month once I get back to Uni, but at least the summer has given me a nice cushion for the rest of the year! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR Challenge July Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe this is the last day of July, this month and my summer holidays from Uni are just flying by. I was literally complaining not long ago that my holidays were too long, and now I’ve realised I only have like 5 1/2 weeks to go, which seems like a lot but if it goes as fast as the holiday that’s already gone, I’ll be back at Uni before I know it! Anyway, that is besides the point, I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update, an update of my monthly TBR tackling challenge. July was almost as succesful a reading month for me as June, I read 3 books in that time, so I was pleased with that, and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads challenge. Here is what I read this month:

Frozen Charlotte by Alex BellFrozen Charlotte by Alex Bell:

I read this from 4th-10th July, so it was a pretty fast read, my #RockMyTBR read for the month, and it also counted towards my YALC Reading Challenge as I bought it when I first went to YALC two years ago (I missed getting it signed by Alex Bell at YALC this year though as I was in other signing queues at the time). I enjoyed this book, it was nothing special but it was a quick, fun, easy, light horror read that worked well for what I needed at the time. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/frozen-charlotte-review/

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:

This was my second read of the month, I read it as part of my YALC Reading Challenge from 11th-19th July, so another relatively quick read. I did enjoy this one, but it did feel like the author pulled a bit of a bait and switch and the book in the end wasn’t really about what it had been about at the start? It was so awesome at the start but then the romance sort of took over. I’ve heard that the second book gets better though and I picked it up at YALC, so I hope the promise shown in the first half of this book will be seen again in the second book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-1-review/

The Mime Order by Samantha ShannonThe Mime Order by Samantha Shannon:

I read this one from 3rd-30th July, although I did take a week’s break from 3rd-10th to read Frozen Charlotte, so it was really more the 11th-30th that I read the majority of this book. I wasn’t expecting much after the first one, but I really enjoyed it, this book really stepped it up in every respect and I can’t wait to read the third book of the series. Here is my review (which I just posted!):

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/the-mime-order-the-bone-season-2-review/

That’s what I read in July, this is what I have coming up in August:

Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-This is my #RockMyTBR read for August. I did a poll as to whether I should read this or The Song Rising first, and this won, though you better believe I will want to read that one in August as well. I’ve heard such good things about this book from basically everyone, so I hope enjoy it!

Resurrection-Derek Landy-The 10th Skulduggery Pleasant! I wanted to read this back in June when I got it but I decided I needed to read my books for YALC first so now that YALC is over, I definitely want to try and get to this one as it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

The Song Rising-Samantha Shannon-AHH I NEED TO READ THIS AFTER HOW THE LAST ONE ENDED! I’m so excited to see where Paige’s journey takes her next and I’ve heard rumours that some of this one might be in Scotland which makes me really excited since that’s where I go to Uni!

Final Girls-I was meant to finish this one last month, but because of my computer issues and not being able to use my mum’s IPad very often, I haven’t got far with it. To be honest, I’m not loving it so I may give up and try something else I’ve got on Netgalley.

I’m 5 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment, though I don’t see that lasting as I have some pretty thick books to read this month, especially Six of Crows. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR Challenge June Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I had hoped to get this post to you sooner, as I generally get it up within the first few days of the month, and we are now just over a week into July, but I have had a very busy week! Anyway, you all know the drill by now I’m sure, a new month means another update about how my reading and #RockMyTBR challenge (where I try in vain to cut down my TBR) has been going. June was almost as successful a month for me reading wise as July, I read 4 books this month, which is twice as many as I would usually do. I love summer! So much free time for reading. So here is what I have read, with that extra free time (all of these also count towards my YALC Reading Challenge):

17899647The Archived by Victoria Schwab:

I read this from 30th May-10th June, my fifth book of Victoria Schwab’s. I liked this one, but not as much as the Shades of Magic books by the same author, I feel like I prefer Victoria Schwab’s adult writing to her YA? It’s a really unique concept, I just wasn’t sure that the plot and the pacing measured up to the brilliance of the concept. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/the-archived-the-archived-1/

29566743Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for June and I really enjoyed it! I sped through it in a week (11th June-18th June), partly because I had several long ferry journeys during my holiday in Greece and partly just because it was a good book! YA contemporaries aren’t usually my cup of tea, but Norah’s voice was so authentic and raw, I just loved it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/under-rose-tainted-skies-review/

32887579One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

This was my Netgalley read for the month. I read it (on and off) from 29th May-30th June. I was really excited for this one, but it wasn’t quite the mind blowing mystery that I was expecting. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/one-of-us-is-lying-review-e-arc/

20590667The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:

I read this one from 18th June-3rd July. I liked this one eventually, but it did take a while to get into and was incredibly confusing at the start and I wasn’t keen on the whole master/slave romance element. Still, it was an interesting concept and I think it has potential to get better. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/the-bone-season-the-bone-season-1-review/

That’s what I read in June, this is what I have coming up in July:

Frozen Charlotte-This is my #RockMyTBR for this month, though I’m actually nearly finished, so I’ll probably have a review of it up in the next few days! I wouldn’t say this is the greatest book I’ve ever read, but it is an engaging horror story. I now find dolls even more creepy than I did after watching Pretty Little Liars, and that’s saying something…….

The Mime Order-I bought this one because I had a doctor’s appointment that I knew I’d be waiting around for and totally forgot to bring a second book, even though I only had one chapter left of The Bone Season (real #bookwormproblem moment), I had to stop at Waterstones beforehand in order to make sure I had something to read and got this (it’s a good job I did as I was waiting a good two hours!). I abandoned it to read Frozen Charlotte as that was my challenge book for the month, but now I’m almost done with that, I’ll be getting back to it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone-I was meant to be reading this for my YALC challenge book this month but ended up reading The Bone Season instead, so I’ve just switched them over!

Final Girls-My Netgalley read for this month. I haven’t got far through it yet as I’ve been having problems with my Netgalley reading program on my laptop and have had to use my mum’s IPad as and when it’s been free, but I’m hoping to be able to finish it this month.

I’m back to being four books ahead of my Goodreads challenge, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep that up at least for the rest of the summer! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!