to-read

December Monthly TBR

I can’t believe it’s December. It’s here, you guys. 2016 is almost over and good riddance. I only finished 4 books in November (but I’m halfway through like 4 others.) I’m already looking forward to 2017 reading – especially because January usually means that life in general slows down a bit. So here’s my December TBR, and let’s hope I get around to at least half of it.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – This was actually on my November list and I didn’t get around to it but I really do want to soon.
  • Folding the Red Into the Black by Walter Mosely – I bought this at Book Riot Live and it’s some sort of non-fiction I guess? Whatever, I’m trying it because Walter Mosely.
  • Human Acts by Han Kang – I was one of the #readathon winners in October and this is what I picked! It comes out in January so I feel like I should read it now.
  • How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad – Okay so my favorite panel at Book Riot Live by far was “If We’re Not Crying, We’re Laughing” and Negin was on that panel and she was fantastically hilarious. I bought her book ASAP (before BRL was over).
  • Plucked by Rebecca Herzig – I’ve been dying to read this! And I wanted to in November when the paperback was released, and I bought it, but just didn’t have the time. It sounds like just a kind of goofy thing – the history of hair removal – but she goes into the social and political aspects of hair grooming and I’m just so here for it. I’m going to start this as soon as my family leaves (they’re going to be visiting for the next week, so).
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – I’m so mad I didn’t read this before going to BRL. I bought it back when it was released in October but you know how it goes. Time and all. Jade was another delightful woman on the same panel as Negin and yeah I need this.

On the Kindle:

  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Comes out in January! But I still haven’t finished the e-galley yet because I’m bad about reading short stories. But I will, I swear.
  • Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran – Another January release. I got approved for this kind of late, but I’m going to try to fit it in because I think it has to do a bit with the immigrant experience and having a child in a place you’re new to.
  • The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp – I feel like I was seeing this everywhere and it grabbed it while it was on a Kindle sale. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I saw the words “occult” “Twitter” “died” and “YouTube” in the description and that hooked me, I guess.

Here’s to hoping December is nice and relaxing! What are you aiming to read this month? I just realized I don’t have a single Christmas-y title in my pile. Hmph.

November Monthly TBR

Woot! October was another decent month (7 books read, 23 comics) and now things are about to get crazy up in here.

So, I don’t even remember if it’s still a thing but almost every year I’d see people participating in Nonfiction November, in which you binge on nonfiction for the month. Well, for the first time ever I actually remembered that before November hit, so I’m doing it whether it’s a “official” thing or not.

Now, this is kind of horrible timing because I’m doing quite a bit of travelling this month, plus Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but whatever I’m gonna try to do it. And I have a couple novels here, for easy plane and bed reading.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – Everyone has been praising this romance novel, so I finally bought it. I don’t buy much romance in paperback anymore, but I was at the bookstore and it sounds great, so why not. It was funny seeing the look on my husband’s face though when he saw it.
  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley – I’d love to fit this in before Book Riot Live in mid-November, since Walter Mosley will be there!
  • I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi – Funny lady calls people out on their shitty behavior. This should be a riot.
  • For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English – I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES.
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – Finally diving into this, and I’m sure it will be fantastic as I keep hearing.
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – I have this on audiobook too, I really want to read it before seeing the movie.
  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Joe McFadden – Quantum biology! I started reading the first chapter the other night, I’m really looking forward to diving in.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, it came out so long ago and I love Michio Kaku’s books.

Damn, non-fiction needs to chill with these long damn titles. OH and there’s a book coming out in paperback today, Plucked by Rebecca M. Herzig, that I’d like to grab and read as well. It’s about the history of hair removal / grooming and it sounds amazing.

So, what’s on your radar this month?

September Monthly TBR

I’m baaaack!

I read 4 books in August, which honestly was more than I thought I’d be able to, so that’s cool, plus 19 issues of comics. Not too bad. We’re all moved into the new place and books are unpacked, so I can finally get back into the swing of things with blogging and such. Yay! So this is late, but here’s what I’m gonna try for this month.

From top to bottom:

  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon – Continuing on with my Outlander re-reads. Not sure if’ I’ll actually finish this in September, but I’d like to dive into it.
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Because it’s one of the books on my physical “unread” shelf.
  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn – I actually only have about 130 pages left in this – so far I strongly recommend.
  • The Hike by Drew Magary – New Drew Magary novel! I’m excited but I also admit to being a little hesitant because what if it’s not as good as his first book? It’s not a sequel, but you still always have that risk, ya know?
  • Jessica Jones: The Pulse, The Complete Collection by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – Library find win!

On the Kindle:

  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson – ARC and I’m really looking forward to it, and the author is going to be at Book Riot Live!
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – Another ARC and the premise reminds me of the Pauly Shore movie Bio-Dome so I’m quite excited to start it.
  • The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine – Seriously, I have a ton of ARCs for books coming out in October. I’ve heard great things about Alameddine so I bet this will be a good one!
  • More by Hakan Gunday – Another ARC, I think this is a novel about the human traffickers who smuggle refugees into Greece.

And of course, I have ton of other books on my Kindle waiting for me. After my books being packed for so long though, I’m finding myself reaching for print more, so I’m struggling a tiny bit with e-book reading. I’m sure that will fade.

What else are you excited to read this month?

~Sarah

My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

Playing Dead Audiobook

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

August Monthly TBR

Happy August! The last month of summer. How sad.

July was a great month (found a new apartment, celebrated 9 years with the honeyman, NYC trip, etc) but I didn’t really get much reading done. I read 4 books, 1 graphic novel, and 9 issues of comics.

I’m not expecting to get much reading done in August either, since I’ll be packing in a lot of my free time, but here’s what I’m going to try to fit in this month. It’s all e-books, since all of my print books will be in boxes soon.

 

  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This is a YA novel coming out soon about a teenage bruja (witch) who rejects her powers and in doing so accidentally vanishes her family. I’ve tried to start this a couple times lying in bed but I’ve been so worn out the Kindle just falls on my face. Next time I have a couple free hours, this is what I’ll be diving into.
  • Time Salvager by Wesley Chu – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, since I love Chu’s other series. I want to get this read because I think the sequel is coming out in a couple months.
  • A.D.H.D Nation by Alan Schwarz – Another review copy for an upcoming release, and this is about the over diagnosis and medication of children under the ADHD label.
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Comes out in mid-September and I CANNOT WAIT to sit and have a go with this.
  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole – This is the second in Cole’s post-apocalyptic romance series, and I’m looking forward to seeing these characters again and figuring out what caused the power to go out.
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I have this AND the second book on my Kindle, and it is so ridiculous that I haven’t read it yet. I know the third book comes out in October, so now’s the time, right? I don’t know why I keep hesitating, these books have been getting fantastic reviews.

The ONE print book I might get to this month is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, if I can get to it within the next week or so. Here’s hoping I can get some down time to sneak it in soonish.

What are you hoping to read this month? Any new releases you’re excited about?

~Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: On A Whim Books

the broke and the bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

The topic this week is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim – notice that it didn’t say Ten Books I Read On a Whim. Yeah I’m going to make use out of that.

1. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips – I just grabbed this from the library over the weekend. I had seen it around on blogs and stuff, but I literally have no idea what it’s about. It’s only 177 pages, so hopefully it’ll be a nice, short surprise.

2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Okay this one I actually did pick up, buy, and read on a whim and I continue to fangirl over it.

3. RunLoveKill by Jonathan Tsuei and Eric Canete – Awesome comic series, you can get the volume for like $10 so you should definitely check it out. I grabbed the first issue because I loved the cover.

4. Paradox by Jim Al-Khalili – SCIENCE PARADOXES THAT AREN’T REALLY PARADOXES. Who knew that could be such a fun thing. Happened to grab it off a B&N table one day when the honeyman was buying me books and it was so great that I didn’t notice the tub overflowing while I was reading it in the bath.

5. In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero – I haven’t seen this actress in much, but the cover of her book looked interesting and it’s about her family getting deported when she was a child, so you know, topical to current events. Actually spent the money on it on Audible without hearing a single review or any buzz. Currently reading/listening.

6. Plucked: A History of Hair Removal by Rebecca Herzig – I don’t remember how this book crossed by radar, but I thought the concept was intriguing so I got it from the library. The intro was actually really intense and I was in the mood for something lighter so I ended up returning it before reading, but I plan on spending the $9 for the Kindle version soon.

7. The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale – Pretty fantastic historical romance that I bought at the grocery store purely because the hero had a tattoo on his chest. Tattoos on heroes are not so common in historical romance, and maybe it should be because this rocked.

8. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling by Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones – I happened upon this in the “new comics / YA” section of the library and grabbed it. Apparently it’s based on a book by Marc Mauer about the mass incarceration, which of course I will also have to read at some point.

9. My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek – The title and cover jumped out to me at the library one day and that was all I needed. As delightful and smart as this was, I’m still hoping that Switek will dip his toes into the “dinosaur fiction” pool because I’m pretty sure he’d be awesome at it.

Aaaand I think I’m tapped out at 9! Ah well, I got more in here than I expected. What have you picked up on a whim?

~Sarah

May Monthly TBR

April was actually a pretty good month! I’m happy with the number of books and comics I was able to read. It’s a miracle. May might get busier near the end of the month for me, but I’m hoping #BoutofBooks will offset that for me. In fact, I’ll stick this in here now and consider it my sign-up post:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

You’re joining in, right? You really should. Scientifically proven to be good for your health. (No, I don’t have a link to the proof for that, just take my word for it.)

On to the May pile!

  • imageHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’m trying to purge more books, and I didn’t want to put this in the “donate” pile until I get to read it. Time to re-focus on #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!
  • 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – Ditto above, and I know there’s a lot of love for this novel.
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Reading his Black Panther run has me itching for more Coates writing.
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi -I’m hit-or-miss with short story collections, but I have a feeling Oyeyemi’s writing style will be perfect for it.
  • Maestra by L.S. Hinton – This is being compared to 50 Shades of Gray, but there’s no romance or messy emotions. The girl apparently kills some of the guys that she has sexy sexy times with? I don’t know, but I’m very curious.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Yet another super popular novel that I really need to read or just get off my shelf.
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I forgot I had this on Audible, so yeah. Diving in.
  • Grunt by Mary Roach – I was pretty excited to get approved for this one on NetGalley.

And there’s a few other e-books and galleys I’ll try to get to if I can, AND Joe Hill has a new novel coming out soon that I’m going to get my greedy little hands on… but leaving the list kind of short worked well for me last month, so I’ll stop here. What are you looking forward to this month?

~Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

the broke and the bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Ahh, what a nice and easy topic this week – Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR. This is kind of perfect, because I’ve been looking at the Read Harder Challenge and checking what I still need to cross off, so I have a good idea of what I want to seek out soon.

1 – Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I heard about this on the Book Riot podcast, and I got the sample on my Kindle. It sounds super amazing – a Victorian kind of setting in an England in which the magic is disappearing, and the kind of “head” magician is a black man, and it’s his job to try to bring the magic back. And he apparently finds out that women’s magical abilities are being suppressed, which is nuts because they need all the magic they can get and women should be able to freely practice magic, and it just sounds feminist and fabulous. I ordered a paper copy from Amazon (because screw you publisher, I’m not paying fucking $12.99 for an e-book) and I’m about 80 pages in so far and it’s GREAT.

2 – The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma – I had this out from the library at one point but didn’t get around to reading it before it was due, and I’ve been regretting it. And now I’ve been hearing extra buzz because it’s shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. I really gotta get my hands on it again.

3 – On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss – This checks off the “indie press” category, and I’ve had the audiobook from Audible for a long while now but haven’t got around to it.

4 – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – This book is BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW and guess who grabbed a copy at the library? That’s right. And it wasn’t even on the express shelf. Hell yeah. I actually have already kind of forgot what it’s about, but I remember hearing excitement about it and it’s on the NBA longlist, so it should be good, right?

5 – When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – I tried reading an Eloisa James book before but got really annoyed with the main characters and DNF’ed. But, this one will count for the “fairy tale retelling” category and I’ve hardly read any romance this year, so why not. Better not ruin Beauty and the Beast for me though.

6 – Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson – This sounds like it could a fun, disturbing, weird read and perfect for the “microhistory” category.

7 – Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – I have had this on my Kindle for AGES. I’m going to focus on trying to read mostly digitally in October I think, so this will work for that and the “written by an author from Africa” category. I’ve read Beah’s memoir and that was really good. It’ll be interesting to see how his fiction is.

8 – The Dinner by Herman Koch – A book that got a lot of praise and that I have sitting on my shelf. It has an unreliable narrator… and that’s all I really remember from the description. It’ll cross off the “originally published in another language” category since it first came out in Dutch.

9 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Alright, so one of the categories on the RH challenge is “book published before 1850”. I have never read Frankenstein, so I might FINALLY give that a go. I also kind of have Wuthering Heights in mind for this, but I don’t know if it counts since it would be a re-read. It’s been a couple years so I might re-read it anyways, I kind of miss it.

10 – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This sounds like it might be a really fun read, and it’ll work for the “takes place in Asia” category. The dynamics between the old and young, and mainland Chinese and American-born Chinese, sound really interesting. I added it to my holds list on Overdrive.

Is there anything in particular you’re excited to read this fall? A new release, or something just perfect for the season?

~Sarah