My to-read list for the OWLs readathon | in which I study to become a curse breaker

Last year, I was too late to participate in the O.W.L.s readathon as it is hosted every April by Book Roast. I did take part in the N.E.W.T.s readathon, which kind of felt like cheating since I hadn’t take the previous exams. If you’re somehow unaware, O.W.L.s are the exams Hogwarts students take in 5th year, and partly decide their career paths later on. Certain careers require a specific set of knowledge, and you can only do that job if you have the required minimum scores on certain subjects.

I’m so in awe of G, who created this readathon. She put so much time and effort in it! She created a whole booklet of Wizarding Careers you can study for, and each Career has the required O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s levels. You can either pick a career and study for those subjects by fulfilling the fitting prompt, or you can just take random subjects if you don’t wish to do a career. You can find the booklet with Wizarding Careers here, and the fitting prompts per subject here.

I can’t wait to participate! The readathon spans the entire month of April, so you have about 4 weeks to collect the necessary O.W.L.s for your career path.

I’ve decided to go for the career path of curse breaker. I had some trouble deciding between librarian and curse breaker, but for now I’ve decided on curse breaker. If I have a good reading month, I might end up going for both because they share quite a few subjects. Let’s take a look at the subjects I’ll need to follow if I want to become a curse breaker!

The one rule you should be aware of is that you’re not allowed to use one book, comic, etc. for multiple subjects and prompts.

ANCIENT RUNES

> read a retelling

I think that the only retellings I have on my shelves are both digital copies. I could read The Wrath and the Dawnwhich has been on my TBR for literal years. Or I could read Wintersong, which sounds pretty interesting but I’ve heard mixed reviews on.

ARITHMANCY

> read a work written by more than one author

I have quite a few options for this one. I might read Leviathan Wakes, which I bought in a secondhand shop last year. I didn’t even realize James S.A. Corey was a pseudonym for an author duo until I looked up books that could fit this topic. I also interpret this prompt as multiple creators, which qualifies most graphic novels for this subject too. There are some on Scribd that I’m quite interested in reading, like  The Avant-Guards Volume 1Misfit City Volume 1, or Goldie Vance Volume 1.

CHARMS

> age-line = read an adult work

There are honestly so many books I could choose for this topic. I have quite a lot of adult works on my TBR, and I haven’t decided which one I’ll end up reading for this subject. Here are some books I kind of feel like reading at the moment and might pick, but this is definitely not set in stone. Last year, I read and loved the Fifth Season and I’m excited to continue the trilogy with The Obelisk Gate. On Storytel, I have the audiobook of both Sleeping Giants and My Sister, the Serial Killer. The latter is quite short, which would be useful in a readathon. On Scribd, the e- and audiobook of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo are available. Everyone has been screaming about this book, and I kind of want to know why. Like I mentioned earlier though, I might end up reading something completely different.

defence against the dark arts

> reducto = title of the book or series starts with an ‘r’

I’m fairly certain I’ll end up reading The Three-Body Problem for this prompt, because I’ve lent it from the library and the series is called Remembrance of Earth’s Past. I do also own a physical copy of Riders, and although my book is translated (Dutch) the title has remained the same. Or I could end up reading Rise of the Dragons, which I have absolutely never heard anyone talk about and has been on my Kindle for years.

potions

> next ingredient = read a sequel

This is another prompt I could pick 10+ books for. I have so many sequels on my shelf! I think it’s likely that I’ll end up reading either Holy Sister or The Shadowglass as those are probably my 2 most anticipated reads of 2019. I could also read Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 2, because I recently read the first one and absolutely loved it. Some other options are Tower of Thorns and Blood for Blood.

transfiguration

> read a book with sprayed edges or a red cover

I don’t have any books with sprayed edges, so I’ll go for a red cover for this subject. Red is apparently a popular cover, because I have a few options already on my shelves. I might read The Mime Order, which I’ve been meaning to read since 2016. Bone is also an option, and would be quite a quick read since it’s a poetry collection. Scythe is an extremely popular YA dystopian/science fiction novel I still haven’t read, so April might be the time I finally change that. Spellslinger seems like an intriguing read too, and I can feel myself gravitating towards that one right now. Lastly, I also have I Am Not a Serial Killer as an option.


As you can see, this is more of a list of options rather than a TBR. I might still end up reading something else, but it’s far more likely I’ll pick these ones up. Which ones should I get to first? Are you participating in the readathon?

books on my spring 2019 to-read list | #toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Once again, it’s time to talk about seasonal TBRs. As you may know, I have been making monthly to-read lists using prompts from a reading challenge. I only pick those at the beginning of the month, so I have no idea what will end up on my monthly to-read lists for the spring months. However, today I’ve picked 10 books I might be in the mood to read soon.

Fruits Basket volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya
I bought this manga volume last year, when I first decided to give manga a try. It’s an extremely popular series about an orphan girl who starts living with a family that has an ancient curse resting upon them. That’s really all I know, and it’s all I need to know.

The School for Good and Evil (School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
I’ve had this middle grade fantasy novel on my shelves for a while, but I keep forgetting about it. I don’t read much MG, so this will definitely be a book out of my comfort zone. Middle grade novels tend to be quite quick reads though, which is something I’ll need in the upcoming months.

Maresi (Red Abbey Chronicles #1) by Maria Turtschaninoff
I picked this fantasy novel up during a book sale in January, and am so excited to read it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s about an island inhabited solely by women in a world where men get to make all the decisions and choices. It’s only 250 pages long, which is quite short for an SFF novel!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
No, I still haven’t read this book. I know, it’s terrible of me. I’ve read both Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys before, and quite enjoyed them. Thus, there’s really no reason for me to believe I won’t like Between Shades of Gray, which is a YA historical fiction novel centered around a Lithuanian family in WWII.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
I tend to read more YA contemporaries during the spring and summer seasons, as they’re often more light-hearted and cute. I’ve had this one on my Kindle for a while, and it seems like the perfect time to finally read it. I believe this is set in Tuscany, which simply radiates summer vibes.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this YA dystopian novel, and I really need to read it soon. I feel like I don’t have to talk about its synopsis since everyone but me has already read it.

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Like I mentioned before, I tend to read more YA contemporary during the spring and summer months. If the Dress Fits is a book by a Filipinx author about a plus size girl who takes her friend to her cousin’s wedding as a fake date. Fake dating + Filipinx characters + plus size girl? Yes, please.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
I quite enjoyed Sandhya Menon’s debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, and am looking forward to reading more of her work. While her first book followed a girl who loved to code, this one is about an aspiring filmmaker! I love ambitious women, and I can’t wait to see what Twinkle has in store for me.

Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory is well-known for her adult historical fiction novels, which I haven’t read yet. This is a YA historical fiction book, however, set in Italy in the 1400s. I’m going to be honest, I read the words ‘Italy’, ‘1453’, ‘heresy’, and ‘witchcraft’ and I was sold.

The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Do I know what this YA fantasy novel is about? No. Have I owned a digital copy of it for ages? Yes. The Queen’s Poisoner is one of those books I bought when it was a Kindle deal, and promptly forgot about. No more hiding on my digital shelf though, I am going to tackle this book soon.


Will I actually end up reading these 10 books during spring? Who knows. I truly hope so. Have you read any of these books? Which novels are on your spring to-read list this year?

March prompts | my reading challenges for the upcoming month

This might be the post I look forward to writing most every month! If you’re unaware, I’ve started a new way of creating monthly to-read lists I can actually stick to. I use a random number generator to select 3 to 4 prompts of the Popsugar 2019 reading challenge at the start of every month. I then try to match my owned book (physical or digital) to the selected prompts. If I don’t have any that could fit, I’ll check the library or my audiobook subscription service next.

Here are the posts I wrote in January and February! I’m really loving this way of putting together a TBR. I actually manage to stick to them because I don’t set the books in stone.

What will I end up reading in March?

a book you see someone reading in a movie or on TV

When I did my research for this topic, I immediately thought of the Rory Gilmore reading challenge! Rory is often seen reading in Gilmore Girls, and people have put together a list of books she has featured. Now I only have to match my to-read list to hers!

sense and sansibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 
This is one of the books Rory Gilmore is seen reading, and it’s the perfect time for me to read another classic. I’ve read quite a few books by Jane Austen, and have enjoyed all of them so far. I’m hoping this will be no exception! I got a copy from the library for this prompt, as I didn’t own any of the books in the challenge yet.

a book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America

We Were There Vol. 1 by Yuki Obata
I picked this volume of manga up on a whim in a secondhand book haul, and I still haven’t read it. I have no clue what it’s about either. I was intrigued by the premise when I bought it, then promptly forgot it.

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
I’ve never watched the anime nor read the manga, and I’m looking to change that soon! I also bought this secondhand because these volumes aren’t cheap and I’m not sure I’ll end up loving it. I hope I will! I think this will be a quick read, so I might pick this up if I end up not having a lot of time.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
All I know about Under the Udala Trees is that it’s an #ownvoices novel set in Nigeria, based on the country’s folktales and war.

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
This seems like a contemporary novel I will end up absolutely loving. It has a plus-size main character and a best friends to lovers trope (I presume) under the cover of fake dating. Everything I absolutely love! The author is from the Philippines.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, and still haven’t read it. For some reason, I find Khaled Hosseini’s works quite intimidating and haven’t been brave enough to give his books a go. I need to change that, starting with the book I actually own a copy of.

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
If I put this book on my to-read lists enough, I might actually end up reading this. Someone explain to me why I keep putting it off? I have no idea, because it sounds absolutely epic!

a book by two female authors

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I have no idea what this is about, but I’ve seen this cover everywhere in the past few months and it seems like an interesting mystery/thriller novel!

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
These two authors have co-written two books, and I’m not sure which I’ll end up reading first. Both are available on the audiobook app(s) that I use, so I could choose either. If I’m not mistaken, this one is about women who participate in an ethics study on morality.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
When this came out a few years ago, everyone in the bookish community seemed to love it. I still haven’t read it! Once again, this is available on the audiobook app(s) I use, so I might choose this as my audiobook of the month.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren is a pseudonym for two authors, making their books the perfect fit for this prompt. I might go with Autoboyography which is available as an audiobook, or I might end up buying one of their new adult contemporaries instead. I’ve been in a romance novel mood lately…

a book that includes a wedding

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renée Ahdieh
I’ve had an ebook copy of The Wrath and the Dawn for years, and I still haven’t read it. I know, it’s embarrassing! Especially since so many bookish bloggers and vloggers love this series. For some reason, I’m afraid I won’t like it…

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
I might reread Game of Thrones in March. I know, ambitious… There’s definitely a wedding in here, although probably not a happy one. The final season of the show will start in April and I’m so not ready because I’m several seasons behind on the show. Maybe I’ll reread this book, or maybe I’ll try to watch multiple seasons worth of the show in one month. Who knows?


There you have it, my monthly prompts for March! I’m really loving this system of picking out a monthly to-read list. It’s not too restricting, but it does push me towards certain books. So far, I’ve been able to fulfill the chosen prompts every month! Have you read any of these books? Which should I pick up first?

February Prompts

At the start of the year, I wrote my first ‘monthly prompts’ post, called January PromptsIt was a new way for me to tackle regular to-read/TBR piles because I am the worst at following through with them. I love making to-read lists for readathons, and fitting them together with the challenges provided. But when left to my own devices as I make a monthly (or even seasonal) TBR, I end up reading every book except the ones on my list.

So I decided to create my monthly TBRs for 2019 in a similar manner to the ones I create when participating in a readalong: by following prompts and challenges. I use the Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge‘s 40 challenges as prompts. Through a random number generator, I pick 3 or 4 prompts per month I want to complete. It allows me to be flexible enough to switch books around that fulfill the prompt, but gives me some direction too.

It appears to really work for me, because I managed to fulfill all 4 prompts for January! I read so much last month, and am glad to have read some books that had been on my to-read list for a while.

So here are the prompts that will guide (some of) my reading throughout February!

Read a book by an author whose first and last name start with the same letter

 

For this prompt, I have 4 books on my physical TBR that could fit.

The Mime Order (Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
I started this series in 2016, and still haven’t continued. I have no idea why because I absolutely adored the first book, The Bone Season. Maybe this will be the push I need to finally continue the series!

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
If I’m not feeling up to reading a dense SFF book like The Mime Order, I could decide to pick up Noteworthy instead. This is a YA contemporary in which a girl disguises as a boy to join an all-male a cappella group in order to finally get a prominent role and showcase her talent.

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Another one that could complete this challenge is Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. If I’m not mistaken, this series is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy and is set during the Napoleonic Wars but with dragons. That sounds absolutely epic, and once again I have no idea why this has been on my shelf for so long and I still haven’t read it.

The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston
I actually have a translated copy of this book, which is called Onverschrokken. I bought the Dutch translation in a book sale last year (or the year before? what is time) but somehow reading a translated version intimidates me. Ridiculous, considering Dutch is actually my first language. This is a YA historical fiction novel set in the Roman Empire during Caesar’s rule.

Read a book that takes place in a single day

 

The Dinner by Herman Koch
I’m not entirely sure this takes place in one day, but that’s what a list on the internet told me. I guess I’ll find out when I read it? This is about two families who have dinner together at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their seemingly normal conversation hides a conflict; their 15-year-old sons have committed a horrifying act.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
If I’m not mistaken, this novel follows 5 friends who are stuck repeating the same day over and over again. I loved Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and I’m really excited to read more of her works. I don’t own a copy of this myself, but Scribd has the audiobook! I’m hoping to make this my audiobook of the month in February.

Read a book about a hobby

To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to make of this topic. Should I read a nonfiction book about one of my hobbies? Should I read a book in which the main character shares a hobby of mine? Or should I read a fiction book in which the character simply has a prominent hobby? I don’t know.

 

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
I have a copy of this novel on my Kindle – actually, all the possible reads for this prompt are ebooks. I seriously need to start reading the endless amount of books I have on my ereader. I tend to forget about them since they’re not staring at me from my shelf. This novel follows a woman who returns to her Cotswold hometown the rescue her family’s bookstore. Obviously, since you’re reading this blog post, you know that reading is my #1 hobby.

From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
From Twinkle with Love follows two films geeks who are making a movie together for the upcoming Summer Festival. While the characters want to become filmmakers and movies are not simply a hobby to them, watching movies is most definitely a hobby of mine. One I need to explore more in 2019 as I watched a sad amount of movies last year.

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
I know, this book is kind of a stretch for this topic… We’re going with it anyway! The Girl from Everywhere follows Nix who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship. Together they travel the world, across the centuries. It’s travel + time travel! Now, time travel clearly isn’t a hobby of mine because unfortunately I’m incapable of doing so. Regular travel, however, is one of my favorite things on Earth. A lot of my happy and joyful memories are from trips I’ve taken around the world. That counts, right?

Reread a favorite book

 

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
January marked the release of King of Scars, which is a novel set in the Grishaverse focused on Nikolai. Although I’m really excited to read it, and sincerely hoping to avoid spoilers, I feel like I’m not ready to pick that book up yet. It’s been years since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, and I feel like I’m due for a reread first.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin Lafevers
Another trilogy I want to reread this year. In 2019, Courting Darkness will be released which is a continuation of this series. When I first read the 3 books currently out, they were simply a trilogy. Now they’re adding more books, which I find really exciting! I remember adoring this series about assassin nuns in 15th century France!


I’m really excited about this month’s prompts! I was so happy when the random number generator gave me the ‘reread a favorite book’ challenge, since it’s the perfect time to do so – with the release of Courting Darkness and King of Scars, that is. Have you read any of these books? Which should I read first? Do you know of any other books that take place in one day?

My #READDATHON to-read list!

In addition to my monthly prompts, I’m hoping to participate in more readathons this year. I recently found out about the Read&Dathon, and thought it looked really interesting! I don’t play D&D myself, but the hosts made it clear that it’s not a prerequisite for participating in the readathon. You can learn more about the readathon here and here.

The #readdathon will take place during the first two weeks of February, from February 1st to the 14th. The aim is to create at least one character, but you can certainly do more than that. To create one character, you need to fulfill a prompt in the categories race, class, and alignment.

There are more fun rules and prompts, but I’ll only talk about the ones I’m hoping to fulfill. Here’s what I want to read!

CHARACTER 1

The first character I chose is as follows.

Coincidentally, these all happen to have red covers…

Race: dragonborn
> read a book with dragons
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
> I’ve had a copy of this book for ages, and haven’t read it yet. If I’m not mistaken, this is set during the Napoleonic wars with the addition of dragons. It sounds absolutely epic, and a perfect fit for the race of dragonborn!

Class: barbarian
> read a book about something that angers you
The Outsider by Stephen King
> I haven’t read much Stephen King – in fact, only one – but this novel really intrigues me. It follows a detective trying to solve the brutal killing of an eleven-year-old boy. If the murder of children doesn’t anger you, I don’t know what to say to you.

Alignment: lawful evil
> read a book with an oppressive government
The Mime Order (Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
> I really need to continue this series! I started it years ago and absolutely loved it. Since it is sort of a dystopian novel, it has an oppressive government and thus a perfect fit for this prompt.

CHARACTER 2

One of the additional (and optional) challenges of this readathon is to create a character by letting a random number generator pick the prompts for you. I’ve done that, and picked the prompt according to the number and official lists of the hosts. I might not get to all these, but we’ll see.

Race: human
> read a non-fiction book
The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking
> I received this as a present from Inge a while ago and still haven’t gotten to actually reading it. TIME TO CHANGE THAT!

Class: ranger
> read a book featuring hunters
> I groaned when the random number generator picked this, because I genuinely have no idea what to read for this prompt. I’m not sure whether any of the books on my physical or digital TBR have any hunters in them. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Alignment: true neutral
> read a book you know nothing about
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
> other than the fact that it is a science fiction novel, I couldn’t tell you a single fact about Leviathan Wakes. I guess I’ll have to figure it out in February!

CHARACTER 3

If I’m incredibly lucky/productive, I might get to completing a third character. A second additional challenge is to create three characters without repeating any prompts. So I’ll aim to complete that challenge too!

Race: elf
> read a high fantasy book
> Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
> I should’ve read this book in 2016 and I’m incredibly embarrassed about it. I know I’ll most likely end up loving this, because I haven’t read a single book by this author I didn’t adore.

Class: rogue
> read a book about assassins
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin
> I don’t know whether this technically counts as a book about assassins but we’re going with it. Technically, the main character was tasked with killing Hitler in the first book which is assassination…

Alignment: chaotic neutral
> read a book someone else chose for you
> Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys | Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
> I asked some of my lovely friends to pick a book from my physical TBR shelf on Goodreads and of course, they came through. Alessandra chose Jurassic Park, Ely voted for Between Shades of Gray, and Annemieke picked Sorcerer to the Crown. Inge also chose a book (The Little Book of Lykke) but I decided to use that for the non-fiction prompt of a different character instead!


There you have it, my ambitious TBR for the two-week readathon! I know I most likely won’t be able to read all 9 books for the #readdathon but a girl can dream, right? I might replace some with shorter reads like manga too… Are you participating? Let me know!

The most recent additions to my Goodreads to-read list | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about recent additions to our TBRs. I chose to focus on my Goodreads to-read list, which is most definitely not the same as my actual TBR. I have separated my Goodreads want-to-read category in two lists: to-read, and interested-in-reading. The latter are books that I am interested in, but aren’t a priority for me, while the first are the books I truly want to get to as soon as possible.

Today, I’ll be sharing 10 books I’ve recently added to my to-read list.

Soul of the World (Ascension Cycle #1) by David Mealing
I saw this book on Nicole’s blog – thoughts stained with ink – on her favorite new-to-me authors of 2018. I thought the book sounded really interesting, so added it to my to-read list immediately. Thanks, Nicole!

It is a time of revolution. in the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. 

Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
I have Cait – Paper Fury – to thank for this addition to my to-read list. I swear, these Top Ten Tuesday posts always make me add so many books to this already seemingly endless list! It’s a fantasy novel about a Heartless, the immortal soldiers of a witch.

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
I don’t really think I have to explain this addition to my to-read list, do I? I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson’s books, so he pretty much is an auto-addition for me. After all, I’ve loved Warbreaker, Mistborn, and The Way of Kings so far. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Skyward and I know he won’t let me down.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

Under My Skin (Under My Skin #1) by A.E. Dooland
I recently read Solve for i, which is an adult contemporary f/f romance written by A.E. Dooland. Although I quite enjoyed it, the main character did get on my nerves at times. Min was one of my favorite characters in the novel, and after finishing I learned that there are two books focused on Min as well. So I added the first one to my to-read list!

Min Lee is a workaholic who can’t say no. She substitutes sleep with Red Bull and, through a combination of repression and bad habits, has managed to score herself a luxury apartment, a fabulous boyfriend and the approval of her billionaire CEO. Things are looking pretty awesome… well, apart from those body image issues that constantly plague her. It’s not until a troubled schoolgirl tracks her down from the Internet, stalks her to her home and noses her way into life that Min begins to admit that something is wrong in her perfect world. What if ‘she’ isn’t the right word for Min at all?

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Quite honestly, I can’t remember why I put this on my to-read list. Obviously, I’m interested in reading it. I just can’t seem to recall where I saw this book. Was it a blog? A BookTube channel? I don’t know! Either way, it’s a multi-generational story about witches.

After Grandmère Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I haven’t read a single Ruth Ware novel, but I know she’s a popular thriller/mystery writer. The reason I added this one to my to-read list is because it had a) the Scottish Highlands and b) a dead child + the protagonist in prison in the synopsis.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Wayward Son (Carry On #2) by Rainbow Rowell
How was this not on my to-read list already? I really thought it was! This is the sequel to Carry On, which is one of my favorite YA novels. I assume we’ll get more Baz and Simon in this book, which is all I could ever dare to ask for.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what to expect from Teeth in the Mist. It sounds like it will be a creepy reed – because teeth and mist, duh – and that’s exactly what I need in my life.

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations. Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching… 

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
I haven’t had much luck with domestic thrillers, but I’m not willing to give up on the subgenre yet. I will find one that actually manages to scare me/make me feel the tension! I saw this one in booksandlala’s 60 most anticipated releases of 2019 video. She reads a lot of thrillers, so I find it fun to go through her videos and search for ones I would want to pick up too.

When Abbie Cullen met Tim Scott, she was a struggling artist and he was the brilliant British co-founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful start-ups. Within six months, they were married. But when she promised him in her wedding vows that she would love him forever, she had no idea just how literally he would take it…

Recursion by Blake Crouch
I’ve heard so many people rave about Blake Crouch’s work, so even though I haven’t read any of his books, I immediately add new ones to my to-read list. Lately, I’ve wanted to expand my science fiction knowledge and reading, and Recursion seems like a pretty great way to start doing so.

What if someone could rewrite your entire life? “My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

 

January Prompts – a new way of tackling my TBR

I am notoriously bad at reading TBRs. I think making them is so much fun, but I never actually stick to them. I’m such a mood reader, and sticking to a rigid to-read list sucks the fun out of reading for me. However, I have noticed that I tend to read more when I’m challenged, or guided by prompts like I am during readathons. That’s why I decided to do ‘monthly prompts‘.

How does it work?

Simple. Every month, I choose around 3 or 4 prompts from the 2019 Popsugar reading list through a random number generator. I let it generate a number, look at the corresponding challenge, and go through my TBR (both physical and e-books). Then, I make a list op possible reads to fulfill the challenge. It doesn’t create a TBR that’s set in stone, but does challenge me to read certain books.

Let’s take a look at the 4 prompts for January.

Read a book with a two-word title

I have quite a few possibilities for this prompt on my existing TBR, and I haven’t even listed them all. I’ll probably choose one of these 4 for this challenge!

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
I’ve mentioned this quite a few times already since buying it in the fall of 2018, but I want to read it soon. This isn’t a book I want to have on my to-read shelf for years. I want to read a book from an author from every country in the world, and this is a Japanese novel. It sounds so adorable as well, even if it’s a bit ‘older’.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
I found this book in a secondhand bookstore, and was so pleased with myself! I actually have no idea what this is about. All I know is that it’s a science fiction novel/series.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
I’ve never watched nor read Jurassic Park. Cue horrified gasps… I know! I’m going to remedy that, however, by reading the book and watching the adaptation in 2019. Maybe in January, maybe later on. Who knows?

Down Station by Simon Morden
I bought this book at YALC 2018, mostly because of the cover. Relax, I’m kidding. The cover is the reason I picked it up off the table, but the synopsis is what sold me. This is about a group of people who are in a subway when the apocalypse starts, and escape through a service tunnel that leads to a different world.

Read a book about a family

It appears that I, once again, have multiple books on my to-read shelf that fit this prompt! That’s the upside of having quite a lot of books you haven’t read yet, I guess. I’ll pick one of these for this challenge!

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (Heartstrikers #3) by Rachel Aaron
Not a very traditional family, but a family nonetheless. The Heartstrikers series follows Julius and his family, the Heartstriker clan. They are Dragons, and Julius has always been an outcast because he is too nice. All he wants is to be left alone to do his own thing. Unfortunately, that’s not an acceptable path for a dragon.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
If I’m not mistaken, The Dinner follows two couples who are having dinner together at a restaurant. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son, and the guys have committed a horrifying act. That’s all I want to know before starting this one.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Kristin Hannah book – the last one destroyed me. In this story, we follow two sisters and their mother who come together to tell a certain story one more time. It was their father’s dying wish for them to do so. I’m intrigued, and can’t wait to find out more.

read a book with an LGBTQ+ main character

Another prompt for which I have a few possibilities. This time, I don’t own any of these as a physical copy, but an ebook instead. Which ones will I choose from?

That Feeling When (#lovehim #1) by S.M. James
I’m not entirely sure what this is about, I do know it’s has an m/m romance. I think I prefer going into contemporaries not knowing much so I can discover the story by myself.

Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith
This novel is set in the 1990s, and centers around a f/f romance! I really need to read more books with women loving women, as there are sadly far too little of those books. It follows Fran, who is just trying to make it through high school. Her comfortable (and invisible) life ends when she is suddenly nominated for prom queen, and needs to convince Nirvana to perform at her prom. Which means? ROAD TRIP!

Solve for i by A.E. Dooland
Solve for i follows 28-year-old Gemma, who has just discovered she isn’t actually straight. How? By realizing she has fallen in love with her best friend, Sarah. That sounds so adorable, and probably super angsty, but I really want to read this! I think I’ll probably end up picking this one.

a book based on a true story

the tattooist of AuschwitzSurprisingly, I think I only have one book on my current TBR that fits this prompt. I have a lot of historical fiction, but I didn’t think those were specific enough to count as ‘based on a true story’. They are based on true events instead. This one, however, is based on an actual person’s life and experiences in Auschwitz!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
As this is the only book on my TBR that fits this challenge, I guess I’ll have to read it in January! This follows a man who is a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and can speak multiple languages. Because of this, he is put in charge of marking his fellow prisoners forever by tattooing their number into their arms.


I’m intrigued to see whether this type of TBR actually works for me. It’s not set in stone, which makes it easier for this mood reader. But it does challenge me and give me some guidance! I guess you’ll find out at the end of the month.
Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I pick?