May 2020 TBR + Goals

May is here and here I am, still making TBRs and goals despite not ever really following through with them. But I’m persistent and stubborn and I want to make them anyways because at least I’m making goals for myself. Even if I never achieve them!

I haven’t blogged in a while because of not only the COVID-19 pandemic and me having to work different hours and being stressed about that, but also because of lack of inspiration and energy for blogging and reading. My mental health over the years has been going through major ups and down, particularity these couple of months of 2020 have been huge down months where I was tired and unmotivated. I have had some terrible days. My struggle with my depression and anxiety is still a work in progress much like this blog and my love for reading. So I just didn’t do anything which made me feel worse but at the same time, I probably needed the break.

But now I’m hoping to get back into this and even If I’m not the best I’m going to do the best I can.

Now let’s transition to the blog stuff, I want to blog hop and comment more. Which is a goal I will always have set for myself. I also want to be productive by writing blog posts ahead of time that way I don’t have to struggle.

I also want to revive my bookish Instagram account. The one I’m barely active on and have only posted 3 things since making it. If anyone wants to give me some ideas on what I could post or some helpful tips let know. Link some blog posts or whatever! I’ll be glad to read anyone’s tips on IG.


TBR

I’m splitting TBR into groups. What I need to read (as in ARCs or books I’ve been given to from giveaways and publishers) and What I want to read (which obviously doesn’t need an explanation) I have plenty of older ARCs I still need to read as well as ARCs that I need to since they are coming out soon and some I’m a part of blog tours. I want to read ARCs so I can actually advocate for future releases and help promote them. Also I just really want to get my NetGalley ratio up so I can request more to read/never read.

Then for the books I want to read, since its Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month I want to read books from Asian & Pacific Islander authors. Then I have Spinning Silver which is a book I started in April, which HI want to finish and then start on Uprooted, because I really enjoy this writer’s work. I also have These Witches Don’t Burn on here because the sequel comes out this month and I want to be on board before I read that. Granted my TBR could change and this isn’t definite.

ARCS TO READ

PHYSICAL/DIGITAL BOOKS I OWN TO READ


Thanks for reading ūüôā

October TBR

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So I’ve actually been planning out this TBR since July. I wanted to go all out for my reading in October. This TBR features all sorts of creepy and scary monsters and people and settings. Also a super ambitious TBR so we’ll see how far I get.

I also do have some non-October/Halloween books that I still need to finish from my September TBR that I’m not including here because aesthetics (??!?)


WITCHY BOOKS

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather


MONSTERS, DEMONS, & GIRL GANGS

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale


GHOST STORIES

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


THRILLERS & KILLERS

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


SPOOKY AUTHORS

Rin Chupeco

The Bone With

The Heart Forger

The Girl from the Well

The Suffering

Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Cruel Prince

 

June Wrap Up

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Wow I can’t believe it’s already July! For me June went by quick and slow at the same time. It was a very weird month for me. Also I had a TERRIBLE reading slump from the beginning of the month towards the middle of the month, so I only actually read ONE book this month. I’m currently reading a bunch of books right now so that’ll make up for my terrible reading in June. Also I’m on vacation typing this, so that’s one of the reasons for my delay in posts.

READ

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #1) Р8.5/10 

I enjoyed this one quite a bit and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Bruja Born!

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POSTS

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Books I DNF’d Too Quickly
Beach Reads / Summer TBR
Series I Want to Finish

TOP FIVE TUESDAY

Covers with Green, Blue & Purple 

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY

Summer Reads
Fave LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature Cis M/M Relationships
Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

WWW Wednesday

June 13

Thursday’s Top 4

Thursday’s Top 4 – Books I Read for the Cover

Tags / Challenges / Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Misc.

Anticipated June Releases
June TBR
June Favorites
Favorite Blog Posts of June

 

June TBR

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Heyyy It’s June and it’s also Pride Month! So most of my TBR will be¬†LGBTQIAP+ books.

Also I technically already have a TBR for this month since I’m participating in the MARVEL-A-THON, which you can read here. So I may or may not be able to get around to most of these but I’ll try anyways.


Pulp by Robin Talley

Release Date: November 13 2018

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A little side-note but this is my first DRC I got approved for, which I was so surprised by and I am really happy about.

This is a queer historical fiction & contemporary, featuring two lesbian girls, one from the 1950s and one from present day. I also want to say that there is 2 f/f relationships in this.


Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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This book has been hyped by so many bloggers I follow and I can’t wait to read this. This features a Bi MC and a genderqueer love interest. This deals with rape and sexual assault. I’ve previously read How to Make a Wish by the same author and I loved that book so much.


Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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This is the sequel to And I Darken. The second major POV character is Radu who is gay and having read the first book I know that there is a side f/f relationship.


Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

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This was previously on my TBR in May but I never got around to it. This has a queer girl of color and possibly a f/f relationship.


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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This is a very well-known queer novel that I’m so ready to read. There’s a f/f relationship in this.

When the Moon Was Ours + Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

It’s really about time I got to read Anna-Marie McLemore. When the Moon Was Ours has a Pakistani trans boy & Wild Beauty has a Bi Latina MC.


April TBR

I have a pretty big TBR (again) for April!! Some books are from my March TBR which I’m going to include a link to here. However,¬†I got some new books to read during March. I also recently got a library card so this of course could change whatever I decide to read next.

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As usual my TBR is ambitious to say the least, but I think I can it handle this month. I talked about what most of these are about in my March Haul post.

Wish me luck!

Sav

March TBR

It’s finally March and it’s time for me to get to really reading. There’s a few on here that were from my previous TBR in February, but I got plenty of books to read that I bought in February.

Synopses are linked in case you want to know more about these books!

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Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Tiny Pretty Things (#1) by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra
+ Shiny Broken Pieces (#2) by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

As the months goes along this TBR will be not be entirely completed as I’m always looking for new books to read and sometimes I decide to immediately read a new book over one in my TBR. (haha i hate myself) But I’m March is the month where I can actually sit down and read everything on my TBR list and then some. Wish me luck!¬†


 

That’s it for my TBR! Comment down below what you plan on reading in March or comment whatever you think of my TBR, I could always go for some recommendations!

Thanks,

Sav 

February TBR

It’s February already !!?!?! So why not post my really late February TBR?


And I Darken by Kiersten White
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Girl from Eveywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis 
Land of the Lustrous Vol. 1 (Houseki no Kuni Vol.1) by Haruko Ichikawa 
Delcious in Dungeon Vol. 1 (Dungeon Meshi Vol. 1) by Ryoko Kui 

New Year, New TBR List

So I know it’s been a LOOONG while since I last posted on here but I’ve got more time to focus on writing on here and for reading. So here’s my January 2018 TBR list!!!

TO READ IN JANUARY: 

  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig¬†
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor¬†
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  • Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda¬†
  • Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda¬†

 

Sav

august tbr

so here comes another tbr that i will most likely not fulfill. i’m in a reading slump again and i cannot seem to be able to pick up a book or finish one. hopefully this month that’ll change. i’ve decided to trim down my tbr since my last tbr list is overly ambitious.¬†

AUGUST TBR LIST

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (finish it)
  • The Woods – Chelsea Bobulski¬†(received from Goodreads giveaway)
  • Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes
  • 10 Things I Can See from Here – Carrie Mac (received from Goodreads giveaway)
  • The Girls – Emma Cline
  • Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios¬†(received from Goodreads giveaway)
  • The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
  • The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

wish me luck,

sav