Books I Meant to Read in 2019

Let’s be honest, there is always going to be books that you are really excited to read but just never get around to it. I have always had a really bad habit about buying so many books and then just never reading them but buying more instead. Though I’m pretty positive that’s just one attribute of being a bookworm, haha! And last year was no exception to this. There were quite a few books that I had totally planned to read but somehow never did. I don’t know how that happens, but it does… FOR SHAME.


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.


The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

He’s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it’s come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it’s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.

Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule’s audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it’s impossible to predict what will happen next.

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Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations.

A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power.

Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard.

A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself.

A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.

When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives―and their hearts.


The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green

A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A brave soldier turned traitor. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief with no clue about his true identity. Their lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves, a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.


Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4) by Kendare Blake

After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.

Do you ever have plans to read specific books and then never do? Do you stick to your TBR religiously? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? What are some books you want to read this year? What are some books that you didn’t get to read last year but wanted to?



My November TBR

I know I’m a little late this month getting around to posting my TBR, but work has been insane lately and I just haven’t had the time until the past couple of days to get back to all of you beautiful friends. I do think I plan to be doing a person read-a-thon this weekend but I’m not committing fully to it yet until closer. You just never know what’s going to come up, you know? Like tonight, I don’t plan on getting much reading done because… IT’S TIME FOR THE MANDALORIAN!!!! That’s right, my Star Wars obsessed butt is going to be glued to the television after work. No one bother me, k thanks. 😉

Anyways, I’m pretty far behind on my Goodreads Challenge and so I’m going to aim pretty high for the remainder of the year. Luckily, I have plenty of vacation time coming up to really focus on my reading. Let’s just hope I don’t dive into a reading slump any time soon.

November TBR

  • Somerset by Leila Meacham – physical book
  • The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1) by Lisa Maxwell – physical book
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Trilogy, #1) by Patrick Ness – physical book
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl – physical book
  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – physical book
  • Valiant (A Modern Faerie Tale, #2) by Holly Black – physical book
  • City of Lies (Poison Wars, #1) by Sam Hawke – physical book
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – audiobook

What do you plan on reading in November? Is there a specific genre that you like reading during the holiday season? Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

My July TBR

Now let’s see if I can get through this intense TBR for July, which is basically just my TBR for the Iron Tome-A-Thon, with a few random current reads mixed in. Fingers crossed that I make it through!

July TBR

  • City of Lies (Poison Wars, #1) by Sam Hawk – physical book
  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – physical book
  • Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence – physical book
  • The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden – physical book
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – physical book
  • Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames – physical book
  • Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – physical book
  • The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series, #1) by Jenna Moreci – physical book
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book, currently reading
  • Surprise, Kill, Vanish by Annie Jacobsen – physical book, currently reading
  • Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown – audiobook, currently reading

What do you plan to read during July? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think about them?

WWW Wednesday – June 26th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand – physical book
  • Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown – audiobook
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – physical book

I’m doing a reread via audiobook of the entire Red Rising series before the next book is released at the end of July. I forgot how amazing this story is and starting Darrow’s journey again from the beginning has been amazing. He’s such an interesting character, whether you like him or not.

I’m still slowing moving my way through Winterspell. It’s a heavy book and the world-building is taking me a little longer to fully grasp, but I’m really enjoying the story. I hope to finish this within the next few days.

I haven’t read much of Middlemarch this past week, as I’m just picking it up when I feel like it. I enjoy taking my time with such a long classic read. I think this one will take me all summer to work my way through.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – audiobook
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – physical book, REVIEW

All I want to say is that I really enjoyed both of these stories. They’re extremely different but I had such a strong connection to both of them. I cannot recommend them enough!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – physical book
  • Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – physical book
  • The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series, #1) by Jenna Moreci – physical book

Iron Tome-A-Thon begins on the 1st, so my focus for July is going to be adult fantasy. I cannot wait!

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

The Iron Tome-A-Thon: Announcement & TBR

So I haven’t done a read-a-thon in probably over a year at this point. I usually participate in Tome Topple but I’ve missed the last two events due to being busy or on vacation during those times. Which is why I was just super excited when I saw a brand new read-a-thon being hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks, based around Game of Thrones and focuses on reading adult fantasy novels… I mean, how freaking cool is that?! Also, I can always appreciate fairly chill reading challenges where I don’t feel super pressured.


  • Dates: July 1st through July 31st
  • Participation Rules:
    • must post an announcement/TBR post somewhere online (Twitter, Instagram, blog, etc.)
    • must link back to the original announcement post on Aimal’s blog
  • Points System and Prompts:
    • The number of pages per book will equal the amount of points you receive for completing it. Example: 330 page book will equal 330 points.
      • All graphic novels will equal 100 points each.
    • Participation in the @IronTomeAThon Twitter chat on July 28th will automatically receive 300 points.
  • Prizes: Two winners will receive a book of their choice worth less than $20 from Book Depository. There are two separate chances to win – one for just filling out the participation form and another for completing the most points winner form. Winners will be announced at the end of the first week in August to provide time to complete wrap-up posts.
  • House Options: Each participant may choose one of five Houses to represent and earn points for during the read-a-thon. One House will be announced the winner of the Iron Throne at the end of the challenge.
    • House Stark
    • House Targaryen
    • House Lannister
    • House Martell
    • House Baratheon

Reading Prompts

Please note that all reading prompts are only meant for fun and participation in them is not required for the read-a-thon. You can still win the prizes and collect points without doing a single prompt!

Castle Black

Castle Black is the main stronghold of the Night’s Watch, seat to their Lord Commander, and sits at the center of the Wall. The Night’s Watch is a military order tasked with protecting the Seven Realms from what lies beyond the Wall: old, evil supernatural forces and invading armies. The Night’s Watch’s men give up all titles, lands, honors and previous families when they join the order; their only brothers are each other, and they must rely on their own order to protect the realms of men.

You must read the group book, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.


Winterfell is the ancestral castle and home to one of the Great Houses of Westeros: House Stark. Built by Brandon the Builder with the help of giants after the Long Night, Winterfell is considered the capitol of the North and sits atop hot springs to keep it warm from the oft-brutal winters.

You must read a book set (partially or fully) in a cold environment.

King’s Landing

King’s Landing is the capitol of Westeros, located on its east coast. Built by Aegon the Conqueror 300 years prior to the events of A Song of Ice & Fire, King’s Landing is the home of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep. It is a study of contrasts: where kings and queens leisure in the castle walls, the city’s poor starve and die in the streets below. Home to the High Septon and the dragon pit, King’s Landing is wondrous and terrible at the same time.

You must read a book about or involving royalty, politics or government.


Sunspear is the capitol of the South, and is the seat of another of the Great Houses of Westeros: House Martell. During Aegon’s conquest, Princess Meria Martell defied the Targeryan invasion and House Martell became the only House to resist Targeryan conquest. Due to immigration from the Rhoynar, the Dornish peoples differ culturally and ethnically from the rest of Westeros.

You must read a fantasy book inspired by a non-Western setting, or read a book by an author of color or an indigenous author.


Old Town is one of the oldest cities in Westeros, said to be constructed by the First Men. It is home to the Citadel – a place where people all over the world come to train to be maesters: an order of healers, scholars, scientists and messengers. Oldtown is also home to the Starry Sept, which is historically the seat of the High Septon.

You must read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training.


Valyria, also called Old Valyria, is a ruined city in Essos. Once home to the dragonlords, Valyaria is a long-dead city that was the capital of the Valyrian Freehold. Valyria was the center to much innovation, both good and evil – the dragonlords practiced magic that led to the development of wonders such as dragonglass and Valyrian steel, but also to abominations such as half-beast, half-human chimera borne of blood magic. It is the ancestral home of House Targaryan.

You must read a book about or involving dragons.


Asshai is a mysterious port city located at the southernmost edge of the Shadow Lands. The buildings and streets are constructed of black, oily stone that absorb all light and make the city look dark and dreary. Despite its appearance, Asshai is a popular destination for trading ships, trading in goods such as dragonglass, gemstones, gold and amber. There are no children in Asshai and the people wear veils and masks. Bloodmagic, necromancy and all such depravities are practiced openly in Asshai – no practice is forbidden.

You must read a dark/grimdark fantasy or read an urban fantasy.

My House Targaryen TBR

  • City of Lies (Poison Wars, #1) by Sam Hawk – King’s Landing
  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – Castle Black, Sunspear
  • Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence – Oldtown
  • The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden – Winterfell
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Valyria
  • Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames – Asshai
  • Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series, #1) by Jenna Moreci

Will you be participating in Iron Tome-A-Thon? If so, which House will you represent? Do you enjoy reading adult fiction? What are some of your favorite adult fantasy novels?

Book Tag: I Should Have Read That

I warned my blogging bestie, Britt @ Geronimo Reads that I was going to steal this tag from her.. and y’all know I keep my promises! Ha! But seriously, I hardly ever do any book tags anymore but I love talking about the books on my TBR, even ones that I’m ashamed to admit have been there for eternity. So this just seemed like the perfect tag to dive into on a Friday.

Please feel free to do this tag as well!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read


Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Britt has been RAVING about this book ever since she finished reading it recently. Contemporary is a genre I’m very picky about reading, but I think she’s finally convinced me that this book it totally worth giving a chance. I plan to snag it on audio at some point soon.

A book that’s been on your TBR for forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up


Middlemarch by George Eliot

I’ve had this sitting on my shelves for like 5 years now and every year I say that I’m finally going to pick it up… and it still hasn’t happened. BUT! I really do plan on picking it up this summer. It’s a special goal of mine and by golly, it’s gonna happen!

A book in a series you’ve started but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet


The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3) by Melissa Grey

I read this series about a year ago but never got around to finishing the last book. It was an alright series but nothing special. I feel like I’ll probably read the finale at some point this year just so I can say I completed the series. It is a really pretty cover though…

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I actually made it through about 20 pages of this book in junior high before accepting that I just wasn’t ready to take on such a project as translated classic Russian literature. I do plan to return to the book at some point though and try to give it another shot. I mean if I read War and Peace when I was 16, then I can surely handle Dostoyevsky at 28.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang

Oh, don’t you even worry your pretty little head about this one. I will most definitely be reading this beauty soon. I think I may wait and binge it when the sequel comes out in a few months.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love but just haven’t read yet


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han

I actually go back and forth on reading this series. I really love the movie and I just feel like I won’t appreciate the book as much if I try and read it now. Contemporary isn’t really my favorite genre to read either…

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I actually had this book pre-ordered and it’s sitting pretty on my shelf right this second. I plan to pick it up either later this month or next. SOOOO EXCITED!

What are some books that have been on your TBR shelf for a long time? Have you read any of the books on mine? If so, what did you think of them? Should I finally read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?

My 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge TBR

For the past couple of years I have participated in the annual POPSUGAR reading challenge… and with abysmal results. However, it’s a new year (unfortunately, same me) and I’m really going to try and actually complete it this year. It’s always a long shot for me as some of the prompts don’t really excite me for one reason or another (like I really don’t appreciate poetry.. oops?). But I’m going to do my best to finish this really intense reading challenge this year. It’s going to be a uphill battle, but I’m willing to make the trek! And for me, the best way to do so is to plan ahead with a TBR. I’ve actually come up with a couple of options for some of the prompts to help with my indecisive reading habits.

If you would like to learn more about this reading challenge, please visit the official Goodreads reading group. They have tons of participants and also discussions on books that would work for each prompt. It’s quite possibly the best group on Goodreads that I’ve ever come across. NO LIE.

A Book Becoming A Movie In 2019

A Book That Makes You Nostalgic

A Book Written By A Musician (Fiction Or Nonfiction)

A Book You Think Should Be Turned Into A Movie

A Book With At Least One Million Ratings On Goodreads

A Book With A Plant In The Title Or On The Cover

A Reread Of A Favorite Book

A Book About A Hobby

A Book You Meant To Read In 2018

A Book With “Pop”, “Sugar”, “Challenge” In The Title

A Book With An Item Of Clothing Or Accessory On The Cover

A Book Inspired By Myth/Legend/Folklore

A Book Published Posthumously

A Book You See Someone Reading On TV Or In A Movie

A Retelling Of A Classic

A Book With A Question In The Title

A Book Set On A College Or University Campus

A Book About Someone With A Superpower

A Book Told From Multiple POVs

A Book Set In Space

A Book By Two Female Authors

A Book With “Salty”, “Sweet”, “Bitter”, or “Spicy” In The Title

A Book Set In Scandinavia

A Book That Takes Place In A Single Day

A Debut Novel

A Book Featuring An Extinct Or Imaginary Creature

A Book Recommended By A Celebrity You Admire

A Book With “Love” In The Title

A Book Featuring An Amateur Detective

A Book About A Family

A Book Written By An Author From Asia, Africa, or South America

A Book With A Zodiac Sign or Astrology Term In The Title

A Book That Includes A Wedding

A Book By An Author Whose First And Last Names Start With The Same Letter

A Ghost Story

A Book With A Two Word Title

A Novel Based On A True Story

A Book Around A Puzzle Or Game

Your Favorite Prompt From A Past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Are you participating in the POPSUGAR reading challenge this year? If so, have you figured out your TBR already? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think about them?