May TBR

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Once again, I failed to make a lot of progress on my TBR. I did not finish A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story, or You’d Be Mine while I did make a little bit of progress on two of those books. That being said, I did finish a book that I picked up and put down before I picked up any of those books. While the book, Internet Famous, was a struggle to finish, it still feels good to finally finish that story.

Looking ahead to May, I still want to focus on some of those books that I have been working on. However, I also want to finish reading an eARC that I received in order to review it before its release date. Here are my choices:

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

I think that I am struggling to finish this book because it is really angsty and repetitive. I’m also not a huge fan of several characters in this book, including the love interest, which makes it difficult to finish reading. That being said, I am not the target age range of this book which skews as younger YA. Since I received this as an eARC, I am committed to finish it and provide an honest review.

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Don't Date Rosa Santos

This book sounds right up my alley! I heard from other reviews that there is a large focus on the main character’s culture, which I always love to read in stories. I also have this book as an eARC, so I am determined to read and review it in order to provide an honest review before the release date.

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I always struggle to read books involving celebrities or people trying to be famous, but I hope this is an exception. I barely started this book, so I’m not entirely sure about my feelings towards the characters or plot yet. The country music focus will be great to read as summer comes closer.

 

What books do you plan to read in May? 

 

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February TBR

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Usually, I find that I don’t end up reading the books on my TBR. In January, however, I read every book on my TBR! Here’s my January TBR and my thoughts on the books that I read:

  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)

After reading a string of contemporaries, I thought this book would be the perfect way to break them up…and it was! I definitely needed some action in my reading during January and this certainly delivered.

  • Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson

Life Just Got Real

I was actually really impressed with Life Just Got Real which makes me happy because I usually don’t find myself enjoying books written by celebrities even if they have a co-author. However, I think this book had a clear writing style (which I enjoy) and I also liked how this book included faith which doesn’t usually appear in YA books.

  • Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List

I was thrilled when I saw my library got this book on their shelves. I love Kasie West’s fun contemporaries and how I can breeze through them in one sitting. This book was no exception.

Now for my February TBR! Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I have a feeling that I’m going to be drawn to cute, contemporary books. Additionally, I’ve been wanting to reread some books that I read before blogging, but can’t remember. Here are my top three choices for February:

  • My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Unfair Godmother (My Fair Godmother, #2)

I reread the first book in this series, My Fair Godmother, back in January. My sister and I loved this series in early high school and recently discovered a third book in the series. As a result, we want to read through the first two books before reading the third.

  • Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts

I read Sweethearts in high school, but don’t remember too much about it except that it was pretty hyped on a blogging website I read in high school. I’ve been taking pictures of this book for my Bookstagram and I’ve really wanted to read it again.

  • Be Mine by Sabrina James

Be Mine

I love the books Sabrina James write about North Ride High, but I still haven’t read Be Mine. Since this book centers on Valentine’s Day, it would be such a cute book to read during the month of February!

 

What books do you hope to read in February?

 

September TBR

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Looking back to my August TBR, I’m happy to say that I read most of the books on my TBR list! I think I finished a lot of the books on my list because they were books that took place in the summer. With falling around the corner, I knew I would never get around reading the books on my list if I didn’t finish them in August. Here are the books from my August TBR:

  • Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

I started reading this book while on vacation, but really struggled to finish this. The biggest reason was because many of the stories weren’t very summery, even though they were in a summer short story collection. I found that many of the authors tried to stray too far from the typical summer romance that they loosely connected to the collection’s theme, if at all. See my full review here.

  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)

For me, this series definitely got better as it went along. Even though this isn’t my favorite contemporary series, it was the perfect series to finish off the summer with. See my full review of the series here.

  • We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Like I mentioned with the book above, this series definitely got better as I kept reading. Looking back this book was a little over the top with drama, but I still overall enjoyed it. See my review of the series here.

  • Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

Unfortunately, this is the only book that I didn’t read on my TBR. This has actually been on my TBR list for awhile, however, I never find myself picking it up. I think one of the main reasons is that I forget about it until the end of summer. Since I’ve been warned it’s a sad book, I don’t feel myself reaching for it because I want my summer to end on a lighter note.

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall

Besides the short story in Summer Days and Summer Nights, this is the only story that I’ve read by Jennifer E. Smith. Despite hearing mixed reviews for her books, I absolutely loved this one and will definitely read more of her books in the future.

 

For September, I want to focus more on books that take place in school or during the fall. Some of these books appeared on my previous TBRs, but I found myself not wanting to read them during the summer months. Here are my choices for September:

  • Surviving High School by Lele Pons and Melissa de la Cruz

Surviving High School

I’m definitely going into this book with mixed feelings. I haven’t heard that many positive reviews of this book and wasn’t a huge fan of a Melissa de la Cruz book that I read earlier this year. Hopefully, this book exceeds my expectations!

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

Unlike Surviving High School, I’m going into Fish in a Tree with very high expectations. This book reminds me of some of my favorite middle grade books, Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Rules by Cynthia Lord, so I hope this book lives up to my high expectations! This book is also exciting for me to read because the main character has a learning disability, which I really haven’t seen in other books.

  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater

All the Crooked Saints

I received this ARC through the Shelf Awareness Pro newsletter and hope to read and review it before its release date! There’s some controversy surrounding this book, so I’m not exactly sure what to expect going into it.

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

This is the one book on my list that I’m not sure if I’ll actually read. This book is very hyped, so I was so excited to find it at my local thrift store (on half off day!). I really enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s short story in Summer Days and Summer Nights, so I’m interested in reading more of her work. My one problem is that I haven’t read the Grisha series, so I’m not sure if I should read this before reading that. To anyone who has read these series: What do you recommend?

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

This has been on my Kindle for AGES, but I haven’t got around to reading it. Recently, I’ve found myself on a contemporary kick, so this book really hasn’t crossed my mind. However, I recently started thinking about this book again and think it would be great to read once the summer is over. I have loved every book by Ruta Sepetys, so I have very high expectations for this one!

 

What books are on your September TBR?