Today’s discussion is going to be something that I don’t think I’ve discussed before, my current Goodreads TBR.  My current Goodreads TBR is low, and by low I mean it’s around 100 books give or take.  A few of the books on my TBR don’t even have titles, covers or release dates yet. The reason why my TBR is so low is that I have stopped adding books to my TBR just for the sake of adding books to my TBR.  I REFUSE to add books unless I have a genuine interest in reading them.  I have also started to read more of what I want to read and I have stopped reading books just because everyone else in the community is reading them, which has made me a much happier reader.  Another reason why my TBR is so low is that right now there aren’t too many new releases that I’m really excited for and the ones that I’m looking forward to reading have already been added, some of them I even forgot to add, and recently added them.  I am also not ashamed to say that there are certain authors that I won’t read at all, and it’s just my personal preference to not read those authors.  I also think that my reading tastes have changed and I’m becoming more particular about what I read.



This weekend on Saturday to be exact, my number one favorite readathon is happening. It’s another round of the Biannual Bibliothon, and I haven’t missed a round of the bibliothon since I started doing the readathon in the summer of 2016! This is part 2 of my summer TBR, and you can read part 1 of my TBR here.

Without further ado here are the reading challenges and what I will be reading for each, and yes I will be doubling up because it is allowed.

1. Group book: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
2. Choose from someone else’s TBR- Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, I picked this from Emma from emmmabooks TBR!
3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1: The Haters by Jesse Andrews, Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I will only be reading one of these, which book I do not know yet. And yes, I have seen the Descendants Movie.
4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year: Whichever book I choose to read from challenge number 3
5. Read a predicted 5 star read: Instead of Three Wishes: Magical Short Stories by Megan Whelan Turner
6. Own voices – different than YOU: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
7. Read the last book you bought (the last book you acquired): The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I will be doubling up on challenges 1 and 7, 2 and 6, and 3 and 4.



This is a legitimate TBR, as in I have to read these books this summer.  I suggest reading this post before asking questions.  I’m taking two classes this summer and for one of them, there are books that I HAVE to read.  The following is the list of books that I will be reading for one of my classes, they are in the order in which they will be read. 

Picture Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Picture Book: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Graphic Novel: Coraline: The Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman adapted by Craig P. Russell
Children’s Literature Classic: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Fantasy and Science Fiction: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Realistic Fiction: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Historical Fiction: The Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Non-Fiction: Stars Beneath your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre
Anthology: Instead of Three Wishes by Megan Whalen Turner
Multicultural: Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Challenged book: Blubber by Judy Blume

Part 2 of my Summer TBR will include the books I plan on reading for the Biannual Bibliothon.




My favorite Goodreads group is The Stress-Free Reading Challenges group.  Megan from Bookslayer Reads is one of the moderators, and she’s an amazing blogger too!  Every season there is a reading challenge.  You create a shelf and add books to it for the challenge.  I set my winter goal at 40 books.  I have already read 13 out of 40 books for the challenge, I might decide to increase this goal because of the pace I am currently reading at.  Below you will find the remainder of books that I plan on reading the rest of the winter.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

The Color of Water by James McBride

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Moon

Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Black Moon by Romina Russell

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

There is also still time to sign up for my 2017 reading challenge, sign ups close on the 31st!

#FallTBR and Update

#FallTBR and Update

This fall I’m participating in a reading challenge.  It’s a stress-free reading challenge, and it’s a challenge created for the Stress-Free Reading Challenges Goodreads group.  I set my goal for this challenge at 15 books.  Two of the books, marked with asterisks are for review.  This TBR is only for the challenge and not all the books that I am going to read this fall.

Here are the 15 books:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I am currently reading this.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

*The Rise of Athens by Anthony Everett

*The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Recently I’ve been kind of slacking on some things.  I’ve been slacking on both blogs, I’ve just felt uninspired and unmotivated.  I’m also thinking of changing up the format of this blog somehow.  Does anyone have ideas on how I can switch things up with my blog?

May16 Reading Wrap-up, Currently Reading, June TBR


I read five books in May which I feel really good about.  Three of the books I read were for review.  Many of you may have noticed that I added what I am currently reading, and what I am planning on reading in June.  Not every wrap-up will be like this, however as I am currently in the middle of reading a book, I thought I would add it in.  Also, I usually never make TBR’s because I never stick to them, the month of June is an exception as I will be taking part in a readathon and buddy reading a book.

Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for honest review.

Recently, I have been delving more into historical fiction, and this book is no exception.  Chasing the North Star is about the journey north to escape slavery.  This is only the second book I have read about slavery, the first being Beloved by Toni Morrison.

I loved that this book was a journey, and that the journey really showed the trials and tribulations of escaping slavery to the north.  Chasing the North Star is told from two different points of view.  The first is Jonah, his story is told from a third person omniscient point of view.  With this point of view, I was really engaged as a reader and was able to immerse myself into his story.

Readers aren’t introduced to the second character, Angel until page 75.  Angel’s story is told from a first person point of view, which makes this book really interesting in how it is written.  At some point in the book, Jonah and Angel’s stories come together️.  When their stories come together, the chapters alternate between Jonah and Angel.  I normally don’t enjoy alternating points of view in books, however it worked extremely well and didn’t disrupt the flow of the story.

I feel like Chasing the North Star did a much better job of showing the journey than Beloved.  While I did love Beloved, I felt like I was living Jonah and Angel’s journey more.  I loved both Angel and Jonah’s stories equally and how their relationship added a sense of lightheartedness and humor.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I loved this book, especially Harry and Ron’s notes. I gave it four stars because I was hoping for more. I would have liked if there was more information about some of the beasts, and if more beasts were included in the book. Despite the length of the book, it was informative and fun to read.

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

There was a lot of information packed into this short book. it was very informative and I learned quite a bit about Quidditch. Like, Fantastic Beasts, it was fun to read.

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I don’t know where to start with this book other than the fact that I loved it. The Distance to Home combined my favorite sport, baseball with an amazing story of love, loss, friendship, and one character’s journey back to playing the sport that she loved. This book was beautifully written, and I loved Quinnen’s development as a character. I can’t wait to read more from Jenn Bishop!

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I gave this four stars because it was told from multiple points of view, which at times was confusing.  There were times, due to the multiple P.O.V’s, I felt the story was a little bit all over the place.  Those are the only negatives that I have with this book.  I loved the friendships that formed throughout the story, especially because of how different all the characters are, they still found a way to become friends.  While everyone was different, they all had Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet in common, it was the place where they all came together, and for some became home.  Another thing that I enjoyed very much, was the vivid, imaginative, descriptive language H.P. Wood used.  For example, on page 26, “Everything about the Cabinet is grimy, and fusty, and strange.” I absolutely loved this description, I was able to put my own pictures in my mind about the Cabinet.  Also due to the writing, I was able to fully immerse myself in the time period and setting of the novel.  I will definitely be reading more from H.P. Wood in the future.

I am currently reading ME and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

June TBR

This is the first time that I actually have a set TBR.  This month I am participating in Tome Topple.  Tome Topple was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and it runs from June 6th to June 19th.  The only requirement is that the book has to be over 500 pages.  For the readathon I will be reading a bind up of Homer’s The Illiad and the Odyssey, which clocks in at 731 pages. For these two weeks, I will not be reading anything but this epic.

The second book that I am reading is The Crown by Keira Cass.  I’m really excited to read this one as it will be my first ever buddy read.  I’ll be buddy reading this with Yana from Books for Infinity.

Classics TBR

I was never really into classics, and there were some that I had to read for school. But this year I would like to read more of them, it is one of my goals for the year. Below is the list of classics that I am planning on reading this year, some of them are the Barnes and Noble Classics Editions. 

Barnes and Noble Classics Editions:

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Other classics:

The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Some of these books are intimidating, either because of their size or they way the are written. The largest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, War and Peace is 1,156 pages. After I read The Argonautica, which was difficult for me to get through due to the way it was written, I saw that the Illiad and the Odyssey was written the same way and I’m intimidated to read it. It took me about a week to read the Argonautica, which is only 155 pages and the edition of The Illiad and the Odyssey I have is 731 pages, I’m curious to see how long it will take me read it. 

2016 Re-reads 

This year there are some books that I would like to re-read. Some books just captivate you that much, you have the desire to re-read them. Also, when you re-read books, you pick up on things that you might have missed the first time you read the book. With that being said, the following is my list of re-reads:

1.) Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- I absolutely love this series and for many reasons. There is something so magical about the books, and I love how I get taken away to another world with these books. They are beautifully written, and I can always see images in my head when I read them.

2.) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- I always love re-reading the Harry Potter series, I always seem to rethink what certain things mean. I usually always re-read the books in December, because they are the perfect winter reads. I just love all the magic in them.

3.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien- I read this a while ago, maybe back in middle school. I haven’t read it since, but I think now might be the right time to read it again. The reason, I feel like now is the right time to read it again, is because I’ll actually be able to give it my full, undivided attention.

4.) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien- I love these books. They’re filled with so much action, and adventure, that it’s easy to miss things if you don’t pay attention. I’ll probably re-read these after I read the Hobbit, as the Hobbit is the prequel.

5 & 6.) Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn by Mark Twain- I had to read these for school so I couldn’t enjoy them, so I’m hoping that by reading them again, I’ll be able to enjoy them. I’m also hoping that by reading them again, I’ll have a better understanding of the important historical context.

7.) The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis- I think I read this book in fourth grade and I absolutely loved it, so I would like to read it again.

8.) Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingells Wilder- I loved this book growing up, and it’s been a really long time since I have read it. I’m really hoping that I enjoy it now as much as I enjoyed it when I was younger.

9.) Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White- This is another one of my childhood favorites. I love he story of friendship and since it has been quite a while since I have read some of my childhood favorites, I want to re-read them. Seeing as how I’m older, I’m curious to see if I have different thoughts about things in the book.

10.) Moneyball by Michael Lewis- I’ll probably read this one sometime between April and October, which is baseball season. This book goes deeper into the statistical side of putting a baseball team together. I read it once and was fascinated with what I read.

11.) Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer- I had to read this in one of my college classes and I found it difficult to read. I think the class read this the last week and half of the semester, so it was rushed read. I feel that if I take my time reading it, it won’t be so difficult.

12.) Beloved by Toni Morrison- There are things that I didn’t understand the first time I read this book, it may have been the historical aspects or something else that I didn’t understand. If I take my time reading it and less time analyzing, I might end up enjoying this book.

13.) There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston- I don’t remember how long ago I read this book, but I saw it in my bookcase and thought I would read it again.

14.) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit- I read this book so long ago that I forget what it’s about. I do remember, that when I read it, I absolutely loved it. Sometimes, I feel that it’s good to revisit books that were childhood favorites as an adult.

15 and 16.) Zodiac and Wandering Star by Romina Russell- OMG I am in love with this series, that’s all.

These books are definite re-reads. There are two books that are possible re-reads and those books are Finding Fish by Antwon Fisher and The Color of Water by James McBride

Rainbowthon 2.0 TBR


This month from the 7th to the 14th is Rainbowthon 2.0.  I did this readathon last year and was extremely excited when I found out that there was going to be another one.  With the Rainbowthon, the goal is to read one book that corresponds to every color of the rainbow, read six books of one color, or double up on two books and only read four.  Doubling up on two books means that if you have a book that has both green and blue on the spine that book will count towards reading a green and blue book if you have another book that has red and orange on the spine, that book will count towards reading a red and orange book.  Indigo is not included because indigo and blue are pretty much the same.  The six books that I’m reading for the readathon are the only books that are definite reads for February, other than that I have no idea what else I’m going to read in the month of February.

The books that I’m reading for Rainbowthon 2.0:

Red- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Orange- Zodiac by Romina Russell

Yellow- Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Green- Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Blue- Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Purple- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis