First Half of October TBR

I was slumping a bit last month and having trouble with reading on a schedule for the first half of the month, especially as school ramped up. I ended up with a lot of graphic novels and shorts to ease the stress. But I did get a chance to write a tbr post on like, the sixteenth, and to begin working through that. So let’s run through how I did.


Out of ten books on my list, I read three in full: Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor, Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick, and We Won’t Feel a Thing by J.C. Lillis. I began reading two more: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George. That leaves five and two to finish. Did I do well? Not really.

Books From My September TBR

Finishing my two CRs, Nevernight and SESL

This one needs no explanation. I’ll link reviews in next months’ wrap-up.

3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’m reading this for my lovely friend Trish, who adores this book and will not let me rest until I read it. Let’s be really honest. Also, it’s a super diverse contemporary about radios and growing up and it sounds amazing!!

4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I have an arc of this. It is ruined, currently, because my cousin threw it in a marsh. I’m sure it was funny at the time. Anyway, I’m hoping this is good!! I’m worried but cautiously optimistic based on reviews from friends I trust and a positive ownvoices review I’ve seen. I’m going to take it slow because her standalones are usually really slow-paced.

5. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

This is an arc I’m super excited about because it’s f/f fantasy and there’s murder and honestly?? huge mood

6. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle

BI WITCHES!!! Also I loved this author’s debut.

7. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Uh. This is my english teacher’s favorite fantasy book, apparently?? And I’ve been putting it off for years, but guess what? My library had it. No more excuses, I guess.

Books For My New TBR

There are only a few things I’m trying to read that weren’t on my tbr for last month. FIRST is the Wicked+Divine graphic novel series. This is the only graphic series still on my tbr, and I’m using a readathon as an excuse to read it.

Here’s some info from Sam from @ThoughtsOnTomes. This will be going on from October 6th to October 8th, i.e. the weekend. The challenges are
1. Read from a new-to-you series
2. Read two installments of the same series
3. Read a work over 300 pages
4. Read a work with black and white art
5. Read a work picked out by a friend
6. Read at least 5 works.

I’m going to actually beat three of these: challenges one. two, and six.

9. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones

This is going to be a buddyread with Destiny @HowlingLibraries and Melanie @MelToTheAny. I saw a thread the author made about this and it kind of seems like exactly my thing.

9. Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi

There’s a month-long readathon for this series next month, and I’ve heard it’s a fast read, so I’m giving it a try. I’ll probably continue even if I think it’s trash because I know some people love this series who hated the first book. But also… please don’t be trash. Please.

The Rest of the Month

I’m going to try and just get through these ten so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Hopefully, I’ll write a post on Monday the sixteenth or so with a new tbr, having finished all of these. Except possibly The Name of the Wind. It’s okay if I haven’t finished this one by the fifteenth, as long as I’ve begun.


books I’m reading September (for real this time!!)


I have been super tired and slightly half-assed some of this week’s post. Why? I was an idiot and switched from taking two APs to three APs.

It was a decision I was excited about the time, but my new AP class – AP US History – has been incredibly draining and very little fun. I’m quite aware that it might make me a chicken, and that my parents are going to be worse than usual for a month or so, but I’ve actually switched earlier this week into only taking AP Latin and AP Lit. Both of those are extremely difficult too, but I’ve been liking them a good deal more.

I do love history, but neither the subject nor teaching style of AP History speaks to me. I like history for the discussion potential, and this class has been so top-down. Nothing wrong with that – just definitely not what I want.

All that being said, here’s the actual post.

fuck you stressful ap classes i’m still reading

So, I’m not a big fan of tbrs. I never stick to them. And hopefully I will be reading more books than just these – in fact, aside from a few at the top, I’m not even actively trying to read any. But there are a few books I’m super excited to read!! I’ll be… basically doing these in order???

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I finally found a copy of this at the library and oh my god, it’s only 250 pages?? Time to read this, finally. It’s romantic fairy tales. Unyay. But it’s also Laini Taylor and I trust her!!

UPDATE BECAUSE I AM AN IDIOT: Yes, I did get to this!! And I felt super mixed. But I’m glad I got to see some of her development.

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

I’ve been on a Marcus Sedgwick binge because he writes some fucked up things. Also, this is super short!!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’m going to be buddyreading this with my fav Destiny – in fact, I’ll probably already have started this by the time this post goes live.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’m reading this for my lovely friend Trish, who adores this book and will not let me rest until I read it. Let’s be really honest. Also, it’s a super diverse contemporary about radios and growing up and it sounds amazing!!

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I have an arc of this. It is ruined, currently, because my cousin threw it in a marsh. I’m sure it was funny at the time. Anyway, I’m hoping this is good!! I’m going to take it slow because her standalones are usually really slow-paced.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

This is an arc I’m super excited about because it’s f/f fantasy and there’s murder and honestly?? huge mood

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle

BI WITCHES!!! Also I loved this author’s debut.

Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George

It’s 1920s Much Ado About Nothing and I’m basically already putting this on my yearly faves list.

We Won’t Feel a Thing by J.C. Lillis

I love JC Lillis she won’t let me down I believe in her


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Uh. This is my english teacher’s favorite fantasy book, apparently?? And I’ve been putting it off for years, but guess what? My library had it. No more excuses, I guess.


That’s it, y’all, in order of priority!! Who knows if I’ll get to all of these. Especially with the current environment. But really, this is what I love. This is what I want to do with my life. I don’t want to give it up for school.

series I haven’t finished but plan to

Most of these are books in which the later books aren’t out yet, but in any case, here’s a list of all the series I haven’t finished yet and what books I need to read in each one.

Sequels I’m Literally Dying To Read

  • Untitled by Kiersten White – no offense but I’d like to thank Kiersten White for my life and Radu had better end up happy or I will Come For Her
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – No offense but let Ella Malikova live. everyone else can die and I honestly won’t care too much just let her live
  • Monstress vol. 3 by Marjorie M Liu and Sana Takeda – wow I love morally ambiguous lesbians with gorgeous art.
    and yes I know this doesn’t link to vol 3 – it’s not up on GR yet 🙂
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet!! I think I’m saving it for a time when I’m not reading much, because I want to savor it. anyway I’d die for Becky Chambers
  • Untitled by Maggie Stiefvater – wow I can’t wait to start sobbing every single time Ronan and Adam interact for five seconds that sounds fun :))
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – please publish this immediately let Sarai and Lazlo be happy
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black – h o l y s h i t thanks @ Holly Black for my life book one was!! so great!!
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee – I’m reading everything she ever writes now. i’ve read both her pubbed books and all her others look so fantastic!! and I can’t wait for more Felicity.
  • Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray – I honestly didn’t expect to like book one but it was so iconic and fabulous?? so I’m going to read this in one day when it comes out
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – WOW Scythe was really great and I want to continue on. and I loved the ending of Scythe it’s straight up one of the most iconic endings of all time
  • Wires and Nerve vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer – book one wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad and it’ll take me like. an hour to read
  • There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Saenz – I don’t know if this is necessary but I want to read it :/

Sequels I’ll Maybe Read

  • Caraval #2 by Stephanie Garber – you know, Caraval was really well plotted, but do I actually need to read the sequel? isn’t it somewhat um… not necessary?? isn’t there a chance I’m going to fucking hate it bc there were so many elements of Caraval I hated?? maybe
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor – I was honestly not much a fan of book one bc it was too short, but I’ve had good luck with  novella sequels in the past 🙂
  • Ruse by Cindy Pon – uhhhhhhhhh I don’t know if I actually care enough about Want to read this?? I thought it was kind of mediocre
  • The Last Beginning by Lauren James – I wasn’t going to read this companion novel but apparently it’s got… lesbians
    am I going to read Gay Time Travel book? duh
  • Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – listen book one was kind of mediocre but it had a lot of potential so I’m just going to wait for reviews of book two and maybe try it out
  • Someday by David Levithan – if this were published the year after book two, like it was SUPPOSED to be, I’d have read it. but honestly do I care anymore? meh

52 Books Around the Year

52 Books Around the Year is a cool new challenge that I’ve seen, and I’m really interested in it. So here we go with my tbr for this challenge!!

Most of the books on here are books I’ve already read, hence the linked reviews. Feel free to go through and check out my thoughts on a lot of these. The only books on here I haven’t read are the ones without links.

Here are the books I need to read for the rest of the year: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera, The Diviners by Libba Bray, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

2. A book with at least 2 perspectives
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

3. A book you meant to read in 2016
An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
A&B by J.C. Lillis

5. A historical fiction
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee

6. A book being released as a movie in 2017 (this counts vv loosely)
Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

8. A book written by a person of color (this is really not hard??)
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

10. A dual-timeline novel
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

11. A category from another challenge (A Middle Grade)
Beanstalker by Kiersten White

12. A book based on a myth
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adhieh

13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

14. A book with a strong female character
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

16. A mystery
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

17. A book with illustrations
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

18. A really long book (600+ pages)
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

19. A New York Times best-seller
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t read
The Diviners by Libba Bray

21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
Sovereign by April Daniels

22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. A book written by at least two authors
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

25. A book about a famous historical figure
A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood

26. An adventure book
Dreadnought by April Daniels

27. A book by one of your favorite authors
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (a new fave!!)

28. A non-fiction
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavick

30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace


33. A magical realism novel
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

37. A book you choose randomly
The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale

38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

39. An epistolary fiction
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

40. A book published in 2017
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

41. A book with an unreliable narrator
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link)
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (cheating, but whatever)

45. A book with a one-word title
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

46. A time travel novel
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) (A book with an appealing title)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

48. A banned book
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf (bookshelf arc shelves count!!)
How To Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

50. A Penguin Modern Classic (this is just what I consider a classic)
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

52. A book set in a fictional location
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Arcs I’m Going To Read in August!!

It’s arc august!! And I need to stop grabbing arcs. Seriously. Unfortunately, my ass is broke and needs those free books. What’s the result? I have more arcs I haven’t read than I do physical copies of books I haven’t read. Great job, Elise. Great. Job.

Anyway, it’s time to read some damn arcs. Here’s the list, in a vague sort of order of how I’ll read them. I’ll be flexible though based on my moods!!

  • The Tiger’s Daughter by Julia Ember – August 22nd
    I started this a few days ago, so I guess I’m reading it?? So far the worldbuilding is pretty darn confusing. But I like the main character. I picked this up almost entirely because it’s a nonbinary protagonist in fantasy, honestly.
  • The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook – October 3rd
    I picked this up bc I loved the author’s debut, but it’s kind of annoying me. First of all, it’s only available the computer and doesn’t have a kindle version. Second of all, mean girls already popped up 25 pages in.
  • Odd and True by Cat Winters – September 15th
    I’m REALLY enjoying this so far!! It’s historical fiction about sisters. Also I absolutely love the cover 🙂
  • Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12th
    Not to be this person but I fucking love Marie Lu and everyone says this is fabulous??
  • Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George – September 19th
    I love Much Ado About Nothing. And the cover.
  • He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly – already out
    This is a suspense novel, I saw about three decent reviews of it, and I decided to netgalley request it. Please can this not have been a mistake.
  • Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday – already out
    I am honestly reading this entirely because one of my friends told me to. And because it was free. Goodbye. Anyway, it’s a romance between two guys and the blurb is cute.
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle – August 8th
    Bi witches!! Also I loved the author’s first book.
  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera – September 5th
    Both major hype and an author I really love. I also don’t want to physically die though??
  • Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – October 10th
    This is about girls falling in love in the theater with suspense. That honestly sounds like somebody read a list of Things Elise Wants To Read and brought this book down from heaven. Hilariously, both my coworker and one of my GR friends recognized this fact and went to recommend this to me.
  • Three Sides of a Heart by Various – December 19th
    I love story collections. I hate love triangles. How will I reconcile these facts? Let’s see.
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao – October 10th
    I. LOVE. ANTIHEROES. This looks freaking amazing.
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson – already out
    The blurb of this sounds freaking amazing. It’s set in the future and in the present and in the past. Three. Different. Threads. Winner!!
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – already out
    This released a month ago and I was super excited for it. So maybe I should actually read it? Maybe?
  • The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente – September 19th
    I need to read long books for tome topple!! So here we go.
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – February 20th
    I need to read long books for tome topple!! And I’m also incredibly hyped for this book – the concept especially sounds awesome.

Tome Topple TBR

Round four of tome topple is lasting from August 4th to August 17th, and though I’ve never participated in this readathon before, I’ve been trying to do more challenges this year and I think I’ll be reading some books for the challenge. I have a lot of really long books on my tbr, and it’ll be good to get to a few!!

Tome Topple is all about reading books over 500 pages. There are several challenges, and I’ll be trying to get to all of them. You can find more info at the Goodreads Group event’s twitter page, @tome_topple.

The Challenges

1. More than 1 tome 
This should be fairly easy with the amount of books I’m planning on reading.

2. Read a graphic novel
For this challenge, I’ll be reading a bindup either of the first three Saga volumes or the first three Wicked+Divine volumes. I’ve been trying to read more graphic novel series this year, because I tend to enjoy them when I do read them.

3. Read a tome that is part of a series
For this, I’ll be reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, or the sequel, Lair of Dreams, if I get to Diviners next week as I was planning. The Diviners is the only book I’ve owned and not read for over six months, which is rather impressive when you think about it.

4. Buddy read a tome
For this, I’ll be rereading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!! I’ve been planning on rereading this with a friend for ages now, and this is the perfect time.

5. Read an adult novel 
For this, I’ll be reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. This is an arc I own and am excited to read. I’ve never actually read any Valente before!!

There are three more books on my shelf I plan to read but haven’t read yet over 500 pages. All three are arcs. There’s The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. These I won’t be trying to get to quite as hard.

Are any of you guys doing this challenge? Let me know if you’re reading any of these books and want to join me 🙂

Most Anticipated Releases of 2017

I’m going to be skipping all the books I’ve received arcs of, which is… kind of a lot. So if you’re really confused as to why a certain book isn’t here, it’s probably one of my arc copies. (Unless it’s Tower of Dawn, which I just don’t care about.) I’ve recently been avoiding buying any books that aren’t new releases, bargain shopping, or for author signings. So here are all the new releases or books I’m anticipating for this year and don’t have copies of already.

books that I won’t buy, but might read in one sitting

  1. Threadworlds by Bryan Konietzko – this is a graphic novel with a really interesting premise and cover. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and read more graphic novels this year, so I think I’ll check this out.
  2. Goldie Vance vol. 3 by Hope Larson – I really liked volumes one and two as cute detective novels, so I think I’ll read this when it comes out on November 11th.
  3. the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur – I wasn’t a huge fan of milk and honey, but I enjoyed the writing enough to pick up Kaur’s next book, especially since it will be such a short read.

some new releases I’m planning to read for sure

  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente – This is a humor novel about women in refrigerators, a trope that gets criticized a lot. I am always here for making fun of tropes. Plus this is super short.
  • Because You Love To Hate Me by Various – I love story collections and this has a bunch of my fave authors’ writing!! So obviously I have to read it. Also damn that cover is… incredibly ugly.
  • Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab – I haven’t actually read This Savage Song yet, but I really really love Schwab’s writing, so I’ll almost certainly pick this one up.
  • Godblind by Anna Stephens – I haven’t decided whether to read this yet, but it comes highly recommended by a friend. So maybe from the library?? This is lower priority for sure.

releases later this year I will (almost) definitely read

  • Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, Aug 29th – I love Leigh so much. And I’ve seen a few good reviews too!! This doesn’t really seem like my thing, to be honest, but it looks cool.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Sep 26th – I’ve seen such great reviews for this!!
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Sep 26th – Again, I love Leigh so much.
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin, Sep 26th – This looks amazing and I’ve seen great reviews from friends I trust.
  • Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio, Oct 3rd – This is a book by the head of that awesome parody twitter account. It looks really cool though.
  • Star Wars Stories by Various, Oct 3rd – This is short stories by a bunch of cool authors, including Renee Adhieh, Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, Daniel José Older, Madeleine Roux, and Zoraida Córdova!! So I’ll definitely find a copy.

releases of this year I might pick up if I get an arc

  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, July 25th – A psychological thriller that’s gotten some high recommendations from my friends.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody, July 25th – This looks pretty cool, but I’ve seen a few mixed reviews. If I got an arc, I’d almost definitely read this!! But as is, it’s only a maybe.
  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily-Lloyd Jones, Aug 8th – this is one of the best novel concepts I’ve ever seen. Snarky heroine who sells her soul to escape a bad life?? sign me tf up. I’ve seen no reviews so far, but I might try this anyway.
  • Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill, Aug 22nd – I saw a great review of this from a friend of mine, and while I’d never heard of it before, I might pick up this book now. If I can’t find an arc on netgalley or edelweiss, I’ll probably skip it, since it’s not really my thing 😦
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, Sep 7th – This is scifi and has a really great cover, plus I enjoyed James’ debut. And two of my fave booktubers gave it a great review!! I don’t think it’s releasing in the US until next year, though.
  • Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols, Sep 7th – Gay suffragettes!!
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Sep 21st – This is historical fiction and it just looks really good?? I’ve seen a couple good reviews too. I requested it from Netgalley, so we’ll see if I get approved.
  • Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, Oct 1st – This is suspense and I saw a five-star review from a friend I really trust.
  • Devils Within by SF Henson, Oct 17th – This is a novel about a boy overcoming his upbringing in a white supremacist community. Again, almost no reviews, but this premise just sounds amazing if it’s done well.
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, Oct 24th – This is fantasy and just really appeals to me for some reason. But again, seen no reviews, so we’ll see.
  • Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns, Oct 31st – GAY SCI-FI!!!!!!!!! anyway I would die for this book already. I requested it from Edelweiss already and am hoping Edelweiss Stays Loyal To Me. I’m really hoping it’s good!!
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Nov 7th – I love all of Meyer’s books. So this looks really cool!!
  • Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier, Nov 21st – I know nothing about this!! It’s fantasy with an interesting blurb. I might read it. We shall see.

books I am really torn on whether to read

  • Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant, Oct 17th – I’m going to be honest and say I don’t know if I’ll read this. I used to love Gone, but I’m not sure it’s my thing anymore and I don’t want to ruin the originals for myself.
  • La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, Oct 19th – I used to really love the Golden Compass trilogy. So I’m a little worried for this?? but maybe.

anyway, there’s my full list. Let me know which books you guys are anticipating!!