ARCs I Need to Read

So the purpose of this post is mainly to make me read these books because never before have I actually gone through with reading an ARC. I’ve started them, but have never finished. Hence, in order of publication…here are the not-yet-published books I have in my possession that I need to read:

 

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Romanceopoly: An Introduction + January’s TBR

I thought I’d make a little introduction post for Romanceopoly in case anyone’s unfamiliar. It’s a reading challenge hosted by the ladies at Under the Covers Book Blog and Jessica at Peace Love Books.

You’ll find all the rules, challenges, and recommendations on the Romanceopoly site, but here are some introduction videos, as well:

Under the Covers:

Peace Love Books:

I’ll be completing the board via the direct route as a native, which means I’ll be going clockwise around the board, from “Welcome to Romanceopolis,” to Dungeon, to Firestation, to Heartbreak Hospital, and all the way back to the beginning. This should total to 39 books for me to read.

Now, that sounds like a lot, and considering that I should be starting grad school in June, these books may end up being the only ones I read until the end of the year…but that’s fine.

My plan is to read roughly 3 a month, plus the mystery challenges when they pop up. I may get ahead of schedule, I may get behind schedule, but I WILL finish.

JANUARY TBR

Leather Lane: Read an urban fantasy where the series is already completed.

I am currently reading this one, and it’s Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

Library: Read ANY book you want!

I plan to read Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare for this one so I can finish up the Castles Ever After series.

Kickass Lane: Read an urban fantasy with a picture of a kickass heroine on the cover.

For this one I’ll be reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

There’s still time to sign up if you want to participate! Even if you don’t want to play along, you could always use the prompts anyway to get some ideas. Regardless, happy reading!

Looking Ahead

In the past, whenever I’ve set reading goals beyond hitting a certain number…I’ve pretty much failed. But this year, I really want to whittle down my owned TBR. I own 315 unread physical books, y’all. THREE. HUNDRED. AND. FIFTEEN. I’m obviously not going to read them all this year — let’s not be ridiculous. I do, however, want to read at least mostly owned books this year. I did that in 2018, but most of them were also purchased in 2018…so that was pretty much a fail. I have 141 unread Kindle books. To me, since I can’t ~see~ them and they’re not taking up actual space on my bookshelves, they don’t bother me as much, but I’d still like to whittle those down, as well. The way I’ll be doing tackling my TBR is by using different challenges (e.g., Read Harder, Reading Women, POPSUGAR, etc.) that have prompts covered by my books. I’ve already made a list of the ones that’ll work and put them in a TBR jar to pick them out if I don’t already have something in mind.

For some more concrete goals…*

  1. Read at least 10% of my physical TBR. As it stands, that should be about 32 books, but I will try to keep it at 10% even if it grows.
  2. Complete the Romanceopoly 2019 board. I’ll be participating as a native via the direct route, which means I need to read a book from every street/category — which will be 39 books. For more information on this, check here.
  3. Read more diversely. This is pretty vague, but it shouldn’t be too hard considering how not diversely I read in 2018. We can only go up from here, folks. Only up.
  4. Read the complete poetry of e.e. cummings. Okay, this one’s very specific, but I love all of the poetry I’ve read by him and I’ve had the complete collection for nearly two years. It’s time.

 

 

 

 

*These goals may change since I should be starting grad school in about 5 months (holy crap), but we’ll see…

Looking Back

 

2018 reading statistics

I thought I’d go through my reading statistics for 2018 since it’s the end of the year and all. In addition to tracking my reading on Goodreads, I also use a spreadsheet. Mine is sort of a combination of Sophie’s over at Portal in the Pages and the one over at Book Riot. I’m just going to go through the sections I find interesting and highlight what I like and don’t like. In the next post, I’ll look ahead and list the goals I have for 2019.Read More »

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

tpatdTitle: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Published: 2018
Genre: GN, HF, YA
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Source: Library
Grade: A
Synopsis: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

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Essay Review: Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

patelTitle: Politics and the English Language
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1945
Genre: NF
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
Source: Own
Date Read: April 20, 2018
Grade: A-
Synopsis: ‘Politics and the English Language’ is widely considered Orwell’s most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of aesthetics; it was always inextricably linked to politics and to truth.’All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.’Language is a political issue, and slovenly use of language and clichés make it easier for those in power to deliberately use misleading language to hide unpleasant political facts. Bad English, he believed, was a vehicle for oppressive ideology, and it is no accident that ‘Politics and the English Language’ was written after the close of World War II. (Goodreads)

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Book Review: Ten Ways to Be Adored when Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean

10waysTitle: Ten Ways to Be Adored when Landing a Lord (Love by Numbers #2)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Published: 2010
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 389
Source: Own
Dates Read: April 5-20, 2018
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Since being named on of London’s “Lords to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless…like falling madly, passionately in love. (Goodreads)

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Book Review: Virgin by Analicia Sotelo

vTitle: Virgin
Author: Analicia Sotelo
Published: 2018
Genre: P
Format: Paperback
Pages: 95
Source: Library
Date Read: April 11, 2018
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo’s debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman.

In Virgin, Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and myth-making, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity–of naiveté, of careless abandon–before sharply exploring the intelligence and fortitude of women, how “far & wide, / how dark & deep / this frigid female mind can go.” At every step, Sotelo’s poems seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail–grilled meat, golden habaneros, and burnt sugar–before delivering clear-eyed and eviscerating insights into power, deceit, relationships, and ourselves.

Blistering and gorgeous, Virgin is an audacious act of imaginative self-mythology from one of our most promising young poets.

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Book Review: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. and Bryan Talbot

shsTitle: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Authors: Mary M. and Bryan Talbot, Kate Charlesworth (Illustrator)
Published: 2014
Genre: GNHF
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Source: Library
Dates Read: March 22 – April 9, 2018
Grade: B
Synopsis: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love, and courage, set against a vividly realized backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a  stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote‘s lavish pages bring history to life.

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