I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday which is now hosted over at The Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic was fall TBR or the books I want to read this autumn,
So here’s the top ten books I want to read over the next few months. I am still on my book buying ban that I started in June in my attempt to get through some of the books pilling up on my kindle so these are the top ten books I want to read that I already own.
I still have about 60 books on my kindle so it wasn’t as easy as it sounds and I could easily have listed twenty or more books I want to read over the next few months. Seeing as I won’t read that many anyway I’ve narrowed it down.
Links go to goodreads, I’m not going to copy the blurbs for sequels because spoilers!
Another month over and it’s officially winter. I’m just kidding. Kind of. It definitely feels like summer has ended as this week has been raining all the time, I’ve had to wrap up in a hoody and turn my heater on. I want summer back please!
But book wise I’ve had a good month. What with the move at the start of the month (which went well) I got a lot of reading done as all my other things were packed away. I got 4 books read in the first ten days of the month and then I settled in and started writing which meant my reading pace DIED. Just for comparison in the next twenty days I read 2 books.
But I enjoyed those two books and I’m really enjoying writing my #excitingspaceWIP so win win.
As for my book buying ban. After my little slip up last month I can officially say I bought 0 books this month. I did request one off netgalley but I read it straight away (and it was something that I’ve been wanting to read for a few years). So here’s the scores:
Books owned & unread at start of month: 65
Books bought: 0
Books acquired: 1
Books read: 6
Books owned & unread at end of month: 60
There has been a lot going on in my life lately and with the scheduled posts I’ve had to do I’m feeling all out of sorts with what I have and haven’t told you and when.
I thought it would be a great time to do a new post idea. It’s by no means an original idea, I’ve seen loads of bloggers do their own takes on this but I’m going to go through what I’m currently up to and I’d love to hear about you in the comments too.
I am currently lying in my new bed and in my new/old room.
I moved. Everything went really well. Thanks to everyone for the good luck wishes. It’s been a tiring couple of weeks but I can officially say my new/old room is sorted. I say new/old room as we moved back to our old house in east London that we’d had family staying in while we lived in Guernsey. So I’ve been here before but all my new furniture has now mixed with my old furniture and the good news is they’re getting on really well. No fights have broken out about floor space. I don’t like being stuck upstairs again as I’m not well enough to use them but I will deal.
I’m currently reading The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
I wasn’t tagged but I saw this over on Cait’s paperfury blog where she took some of the questions from instagram and made others up. I thought it was a really fun tag. (also I have just moved and so hello queued post). Without further ado, 3 bookish things:
3 favourite authors
I really don’t follow authors much so this isn’t a great answer but:
- Megan Whalen Turner for writing the Queen’s Thief series. There’s only one book left but I’m sure I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything else she writes afterwards
- VE Schwab has quite a few books that I want to read but haven’t yet. I absolutely loved A Darker Shade of Magic and I WILL read the sequels at some point and I also really want to read Vicious (and the sequel comes out this year too)
- Shaun David Hutchinson has a lot of books I want to read. I haven’t actually read any of his books so I’m not sure I should really be putting him on a list of favourite authors but there isn’t really anyone else who has so many books that I want to read let alone have read.
3 weirdest things used as a bookmark
My brain? Okay wait, hear me out. I don’t mean literally using my brain as a page holder. But I use to just…. Remember the page number rather than ever actually use bookmarks.
I have however used tube tickets before (back in the old days before oyster cards) simply because I had so many of them lying around that there was always one within reach.
And thirdly, a surface. If I don’t remember the page I’ll just leave a book open and face down on a surface. Maybe a table, maybe my bed… I really never use bookmarks much.
This post is a little late but I’m officially moving this week! It’s all a bit up in the air even though I’m literally leaving everything up to other people to sort out! All I need to do is pack some clothes and my favourite pillow and get on a plane but knowing that all my creature comforts will be in a van for a week (I.e not with me!) is not great. (also my laptop, so if you don’t hear from me anytime soon then well, something may have gone wrong!)
But anyway, back to July. My month started out with me still being completely obsessed with the new story idea that I started outlining in June, and when I’m completely obsessed with writing my reading time suffers. A lot. So the start of the month was a bit rocky. In fact, to try to help me get into the reading mood and feel like I had at least read something I read a short story. Then I read a novella…. But then I finished my story outline! 48,500 words of obsession over and suddenly I had a lot of free time again.
I ended up reading three books in a week and the I still had ten days left of July. At which point I realised I was going to have to write loads of reviews (because I never manage to do them as I go and always end up doing them all at the end of the month) so I looked through some of the longest books on my kindle to help prevent the number from getting out of hand and (with the help of twitter) I picked a book.
I also wanted to update you all on my book buying ban. It has officially been 7 weeks since it started and I caved this week and bought 2 books in the kindle summer sale because I really wanted them and they were less than £1 each. BUT, I still think it is going well. In the first 6 months of the year I bought 30 books which amounts to over a book a week (plus arcs!) so 2 books in 7 weeks is still an improvement and the number of books on my kindle is still going down. Which is good because trying to pick between the 60+ books on my kindle is very overwhelming (hence needing the help of twitter even after I’d narrowed it down).
Books on kindle at the start of the month: 69
Books bought: 2
Books left: 65
I’m looking forward to seeing this number drop as the months go on. I want to get down to at most 50 books on my kindle by christmas. I could say less than that but I’m planning on writing the first draft of my new story outline between now and then and, as I mentioned, I’m terrible at reading while I’m writing.
Format: 1 short story, 1 novella, 4 novels
This is the final post in my planned book series lists. I’ve done book series I loved but DNF’d, book series I’ve started and will keep reading, book series where I’m waiting for the next book to be released, and book series where I’ve bought the first book but not read it yet (there were a lot of those!). But time for books I wasn’t to read in the future.
That means series where I haven’t read or bought any books in the series and at least the first book has already been published (and the second book has at least been announced). That might seem like a lot of rules but I still have plenty of series to add to this list!
Looking back through my goodreads want-to-read shelf to compile this list has made me remember some amazing books I added ages ago but now really want to read all over again (thanks past me). So this list got a bit longer than planned! I haven’t added every series that I have interest in reading just the ones I really want to read the most otherwise we’d be here till Christmas.
I managed to shortlist 11.
It’s time for another look at the book series. I’ve talked about book series I loved but DNF’d, book series I’ve started and will keep reading, and book series where I’m waiting for the next book to be released.
There’s just so many series out there but I’m almost there. This is my penultimate book series post (for now, but if you have any more suggestions for book series posts then let me know in the comments!). Next time I’ll be talking about book series that I haven’t bought yet but this time I’m looking at series I really want to read where I’ve already bought the first book but haven’t got around to reading yet. Unfortunately there’s quite a few!
These are all books I have on my kindle, most of which I bought in sales because I knew I wanted to read them but being a mood reader I haven’t actually done it yet. The books on my kindle are piling up but I’m sticking to my book buying ban. It’s been 1 month and I haven’t bought any. Go me! The whole point of the ban was too be able to read the books I already have so hopefully I’ll get to some of these soon. Let me know which ones you recommend most. Continue reading