I feel like I say this each month but: some of my most-anticipated reads of the year are coming out this month and OHMYGOSH I can’t contain my excitement!!! Okay, so there are only four books that I have on my list, but as I said, the excitement!
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski — March 3rd, 2015 The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows — March 10th, 2015 Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver — March 10th, 2015 Little Peach by Peggy Kern — March 10th, 2015
Both The Winner’s Crime and The Orphan Queen I’ve talked about before on the blog in old WoW posts, but Vanishing Girls and Little Peach I don’t think I’ve mentioned. These two have been quiet excitements for me. I’m particularly excited for Little Peach in that it sounds like Stolen, which tore my heart in a billion pieces, so DUH, I need another book to do the same thing!
What upcoming March releases are you excited about?
Top Ten Series That I’ve Been Wanting to Start (and Finish)
1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Because EVERYONE has been recommending and raving about these books!
2. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
I’ve already started reading Anna Godbersen’s other series set in the 1920s, so obviously I must read these too.
3. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
With all of the buzz surrounding the TV show I figure this is a no-brainer. Plus, I hear the love interest is swoony.
4. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon
I got this one for Christmas LAST year and hear it’s absolutely wonderful…
5. The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory
I actually already watched the TV series and OH. MY. GOD. Addictive much? Watched the whole series in about 2 weeks.
6. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
I STILL haven’t finished this trilogy. I’ve been telling myself that I’ve been going to for about 2 years now…
7. The Gone series by Michael Grant
I love these books to death (haha) but I hit a bump in my progress and really, really want to finish the last two books soon.
8. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (that have been released)
I read Scarlet and IT BLEW MY MIND. Okay, so much better than Cinder and I NEED to read Cress now, and then Fairest, and so on, and so on.
9. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (that have been released)
My friend (who started the series right after I finished reading book three) is now almost done with book four. I take that as a sign I need to read this series faster.
10. The His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
I have book 2 in my possession I just need to find time to read it so I can be on the same page with everyone when they all fangirl about Mortal Heart which is coming out SOON!
What series have you been meaning to start or finish?
Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! 😉
Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.
With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.
Read a book set in the past.
Read a classic.
Read a book written before 2010.
Read at least 100 pages a day.
And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!
Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Read a classic:Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
Read a book written before 2010: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Fear by Michael Grant
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!
On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!
We had a HUGE thunderstorm in my area mid-week and we lost power TWICE in two days. The first time it was out for 7 hours, then it came back on, and the next day it went off again for another hour. In it’s wake it killed our microwave, fridge, and power strip connected to the desktop computer…so yeah. Coincidentally the power went out during while I was watching a creepy episode of Pretty Little Liars and I kind of freaked out. Has anyone been watching PLL lately? I think the show has been drawn out quite a lot, but Season 5 looks like it’ll be different than the past ones…I’m liking it.
Links I Loved:
I was so thankful for The Recaptains this week. I finally started Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo but had only the faintest of memories of the details of what happened in book 1. They recapped Shadow and Bonehere, and for those of you that are more up to date than I, the Siege and Storm recap is here.
Hypable posted a link to this hilarious video of when Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and asked the PARENTS trivia questions. It’s kind of amazing just how little the parents know. I mean, my parents know quite a bit considering the amount I talk about. It comes up at least once in every conversation, I mean come on!
Out of the blue this week there was an announcement that the pilot of the Delirium TV show based off of the series by Lauren Oliver would be released on Hulu on June 20th! It’s only going to be up for a month so hurry and watch it here!
Books I Added to My Shelves:
Ruin and Rising (B&N Exclusive Collector’s Edition) by Leigh Bardugo – This was a must. And the collector’s edition because there’s a short story about the Darkling. Yes please!
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (Thanks to Penguin First to Read) – Her books look so creepy and this cover just screams “Emily you’re asking for bad dreams!” but it looks awesome and I’ve been craving creepy lately so…
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (Thanks to Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and NetGalley) – This has been promoted quite a lot and I’m eager to see what it’s all about. I’ve also been craving some good fantasy after my Leigh Bardugo obsession at the moment. I’m a part of #TeamRemnant, the street team for this book, so keep an eye out on my Tumblr the week of it’s release – there will be a bunch of original posts about the book!
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (Thanks to Macmillan) – I’m so excited for this one! It’s cover is gorgeous, the story sounds adorable, and it seems to be really unique. I’m hoping to LOVE it. This is also my first ever physical ARC that I’ve requested from a publisher and I got accepted. I did quite the happy dance!
Recently Finished and Currently Reading:
I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and have now moved onto Ruin and Rising! I’m planning to do a double (spoiler-free) review post for the these two, with a Ruin and Rising (spoiler-y) discussion to top it all off! Don’t worry – I’ll hide spoilers so you won’t see them by accident!
There are SO many books that I really want to read this summer so narrowing it down to 10 will be a little tricky… Many of these books are ones that I’ve had sitting on my shelf or eReader for a sad amount of time that I want to read. Also this list is completely random and unordered.
***Prepare for some sass below. I was in a sassy and sarcastic mood when I was writing this post last night.***
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I’ve been meaning to read this one for such a long time! I’ve heard awesome things about it, plus it’s by Ransom Riggs who is also awesome. So obviously the book must be awesome, too.
2. Paper Towns by John Green
I got this one last summer and still haven’t read it. I live in shame.
3. Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver
I seriously cannot believe I haven’t finished this series. I’m hoping I’ll be re-motivated to binge read these last two after watch the un-released pilot of the TV show when it’s released on Hulu this Friday! I’m SO excited for it, by the way!
4. Fear by Michael Grant
I can always count on these books for some action and entertainment. Michael Grant, you are too good.
5. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
I’ve heard this is kind of a filler book…I’m nervous I won’t be able to get into it. But I shall push through.
6. The One by Kiera Cass (and the novellas)
I really just want to read all the swoon-y kiss-y scenes. I don’t have a preference for guy, I just want to swoon and see who she picks! (Is that shallow of me?)
7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
8. Through the Ever Night & Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Another series I can’t believe I haven’t finished. What is my problem with not finishing series that I LOVED the first book?!
9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
While everyone else was freaking out that CoHF came out, I was freaking out that I finally bought my paperback copy of CoLS. Side note: does anyone know the release date for the paperback of Clockwork Princess?
10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Bring on the Peter Pan feels. I’m not ready, but bring ’em.
What books do you have on your summer TBR list? Let me know in the comments!