ANTICIPATED OCTOBER 2019 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.


For October, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :

WAR OF HEARTS by S Young is a return to paranormal romance for Samantha Young after quite a long time period staying in the contemporary romance zone. It has shifters, vampires, fae and other worldly beings and it is out on October 1, 2019

REBEL by Marie Lu, the new and unexpected addition to the Legend series.. is also the final final book. This time we live through Eden’s perspective, the younger brother of Day, and how they are coping in the aftermath of CHAMPION. REBEL is out October 1, 2019.

CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela is a f/f fantasy duology between a human girl and one who was Made. This is so many of my favourite things and I can’t wait! This is yet another October 1, 2019, release.

The giant hype for NINTH HOUSE will have October 8, 2019, on many readers’ calendars so I’m sure we don’t need to remind you of Leigh Bardugo’s newest! Look Hollis’ four-star review on the blog.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett is, “a speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.” Micky and Hollis are both reviewing this, so stay tuned. And speaking of tuned, this title has already been optioned for film! How exciting. If you can’t wait for the film, you can read the book on October 8, 2019.

Alexandra Christo has her second book coming out this month and INTO THE CROOKED PLACE promises to be a story with a host of characters, crooks and a quest. Out on the October 8, 2019, we’re looking forward to this first in a series.

Another majorly hyped release is also out October 8, 2019, and that’s THE BEAUTIFUL by Renée Ahdieh. This historical fantasy, featuring vampires and more, will also be getting a double review from us.

JACKPOT by Nic Stone is a story about class, money and lottery winning ticket. If this is anything in the vein of Dear Martin, I want in. Micky will have a review coming for this book around the release date of October 15, 2019.

The ever prolific romance writer duo, Christina Lauren is back with yet another offering! On October 22, 2019, TWICE IN A BLUE MOON releases, a contemporary second-chance romance. Hollis will be reviewing this for the blog and hopes to love it as much as JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

ANTICIPATED SEPTEMBER 2019 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.


For September, Hollis’ hotly anticipated titles are :

AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee is out September 3, 2019, and is geared towards everyone who can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan, or Will and Kate, but personally I’m just curious to see what this reimagined world is like, and the logistics of it all, with America having a royal family.

A smashing fantastic historical romance debut (!) you don’t want to miss out on is BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE by Evie Dunmore, also out September 3, 2019. This is feminist and fierce and fun and forking swoony (alliteration stretch..). This might not sound like anything new but it’s a concept somehow made fresh because of circumstances and characters that leap off the page. And hella chemistry. Hollis read it what feels like ages ago and absolutely loved it. Keep an eye out for that review very shortly!

THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool was a fantasy surprise for me. It’s a little bit GRACELING and a little bit Falling Kingdoms and a whole heck of a lot of fun, surprise, and cleverness. This is yet another September 3, 2019, release and Hollis’ review will be up very soon.

One of the most anticipated releases for so many people also comes stab stab stabbing into the world on September 3, 2019, and that’s DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff. Hollis’ review will be live on release day and she can’t wait to see reactions from longtime fans!

One of the taglines for Tamsyn Muir’s GIDEON THE NINTH was “lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space” and nothing has ever made me happier. This debut is out September 10, 2019.

BEARD WITH ME might be book 5.5 in the Winston Brothers series but it’s also the origin story, the prequel, to what we know of Billy and Claire so far. It’s the beginning of the end (hah) and I’m ready for the pain Penny Reid is no doubt going to unleash. This anticipated heartbreaker is out September 16, 2019.

WAYWARD SON, the hotly anticipated sequel to Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON, is out in US/CAN on September 24, 2019, and if the insides are half as amazing as all those special edition limited covers we’ve been tortured with? I’ll be a very very happy gremlin. But seriously, I can’t wait for more post-Chosen One antics and Baz just being.. Baz.



For September, Micky’s hotly anticipated titles are :

AFTER THE FLOOD. Stunning cover, stunning story, stunning debut. This is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian read that feels frightingly close to future possibilities. The story is told through the lens of a mother and her children, get ready to feel.

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK is also a top excitement for Micky but I’m not going to repeat what Hollis has already said. This was immediate cover love for me and as half-Viking blood, I’m so ready for this.

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE again, I know, we’ve had hype from Hollis but I want add mine. Feminist, feminist, feminist read alert! Also as soon as I read my arc, I pre-ordered a hard copy. Go!

BEARD WITH ME, ditto Hollis, many warnings from Penny Reid about how romance-orientated this is as it is Claire and Billy’s origin story. Brace and read!

THE AVANT GUARDS a new graphic novel that is gorgeously diverse and sports-orientated, LGBTQIA+ and a fun read. This edition starter really is lots of building and holds lots of potential for future episodes.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

CLASSICS FAN OR NOT?

For someone like me (Micky here), English classics are integral to why I like reading. I studied Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for two years in high school and rather than putting me off, Jane Eyre became my favourite book and remains so to this day. The analysis of the characters, narrative, context and storyline only made me fonder of the book as a whole. That truly started off my love of books but it also got me inquisitive about English classics. Also, I am English, so reading about my country and the culture in a different era is usually enjoyable and sometimes discomforting.

I’m definitely a romance fan and so my leanings in this era of writing do tend towards those with a love story as part of it. I have often struggled with Dickens and Thackerey for example but I adore the Brontes, Austen, Gaskell, Eliot and Hardy. Here are my top ten English classic favourites.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  6. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  7. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  8. Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  9. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  10. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

I’m also a fan of some international classics and here are my top five.

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Allcott
  5. Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

I find that now if I am going to read a classic, I have to readjust my expectations of how the read will pan out. With contemporary fiction, things often happen fast and with classical fiction you have to invest more time to the pacing. If anyone ever asks me where to start with English classics, I always recommend Persuasion by Jane Austen, its a shorter read and easy to get into with one of the best and original second chance romances ever created.

Hollis, for once, has little to say! Personally my all time favourite is PERSUASION by Jane Austen. I love the book, I love the adaptation (the Sally Hawkins version!), and I will forever recommend it. The only other classic that has come close, for me, is PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I want to say that NORTH & SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell makes this non-existent list, as I’m a huge huge fan of the adaptation, but the book put me to sleep after twenty pages. Yikes. I’ll just bow out now while I’m ahead and before admitting to how few classics I’ve actually read.. oh, too late.


Are you a classics fan? Do you have a favourite?

PROCRASTINATION CENTRAL – HOW LONG ON YOUR TBR?


We don’t know any serious bookworms (we are very serious, I hope you know this) that don’t have a procrastination problem when it comes to their TBR. We can procrastinate about hyped books, friend’s recs and gifted books (Hollis is really good at this one). Whatever your reason, most bookies have some books that have been on their TBR rather a long time. Let’s talk about them and why we behave in this weird way.

Micky here. I procrastinate for procrastination’s sake, I think. I get all sorts of stubborn, internal adolescent rebellion for no reason whatsoever if I feel pressured to read a book I’m just not feeling at that time. Sometimes I’ll jump on a hyped book like it’s chocolate but more often than not I need to wait for the hype to die down and sometimes it’s taken me a couple of years to reach for a book after this. Big books also scare me, like the 800-1000 page books, because I think of all the other books I could be reading when I’m reading a tome. Anyway, that’s my psychology and now I’m going to list the books that have been on my TBR (that I own) for the longest time.

ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
GAME OF THRONES by George RR Martin
THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh
FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon
THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon
LEFT DROWNING by Jessica Park
MARROW by Tarryn Fisher
FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund
GOD’S EYE by Susan Fanetti
NIGHT OWLS by Jenn Bennett

Now, Hollis is extremely organised with her reading, probably the opposite of a procrastinator but lets ask her if she has a book or two to list. Er.. Hollis!

I would just like to go on the record that this post feels like a personal attack considering there are certain books a certain someone has gifted me that she is fully aware that I haven’t read. Yet. Her name rhymes with.. you so fine you blow my mind, hey!

But anyway, I honestly couldn’t tell you why I procrastinate on some books vs others. I know my major reading flaw is to prioritize things I need to read vs want to read but I’m also not a mood reader (as discussed before) so this never really feels like a huge bother, y’know? That said, there’s also some pressure felt to love said recommended/gifted books and maybe I’m shying away because I have a tendency to poop on peoples’ parades. Anyway, excuses aside, here’s the list of books that have been specifically recommended to me (because the other list, of things I just want to read, is wayyyy too long) and are literally on my kindle and that I’m terrible for not yet attempting.

53 LETTERS FOR MY LOVER by Leylah Attar
THE LOVE EXPERIMENT by Ainslie Paton
THE OPPOSITE OF YOU by Rachel Higginson
AURORA TERMINUS by S.E. Fanetti
UNSEEN MESSAGES by Pepper Winters
WHITE WOLF by Lauren Gilley
AFTER HOURS by Cara McKenna
AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone
CAPTIVE by Jex Lane
EVERYDAY HISTORY by Alice Archer
literally every single Emma Scott book (sorry Melissa)


What book tops your procrastination/shame pile? More than one, feel free to share! We’re all in this together.

COVER LOVE – FANTASY EDITION

This post doesn’t need much more introduction than the title, really. We’re here to showcase the pretties — fantastical ones. We’re not here to talk about the insides or how much we loved, or hated, the book itself. This is strictly about the packaging. The pretty pretty packaging. And we’re not even going to say anything. So, without further ado, here they are.



What fantasy title would you add to our cover-love list?

A-HOLE CHARACTERS

Asshole.
Jerk.

Pardon my gutter mouth. I (Micky) have an on/off relationship with ‘a-hole’ characters, particularly in romantic fiction. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I like them, and sometimes I hate them. I think the key to my relationship with ‘a-hole’ romance in particular, is in the writing and, of course, the promise of any book like this is the redemption. Redemption must happen and it must be sweet in it’s transformation, maybe a bit reluctant too. I think my connection with this kind of jerk character all started with Mr Darcy…

My feminist self bristles at the thought of enjoying a good ‘a-hole’ male character but I remind myself that this is fiction and sometimes I want the kind of read that isn’t related to the kind of relationship I would seek in real life. That’s the escapism beauty of reading fiction, especially romantic fiction.

So far, I’ve been talking about this phenomenon in the genre of romantic fiction, yet I wholeheartedly believe it exists in fantasy, both YA and adult. THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black isn’t named this for no good reason, the boy-man is a jerk to the power of 100. Another example is the Darkling from the The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; he is the kind of jerk I love to hate. Don’t even get me started on Rhysand in A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, even though he transformed early in the series. This is definitely a trope that crosses genres.


THE KISS THIEF by LJ Shen
VICIOUS by LJ Shen
TROPHY WIFE (formerly THE DUMONT DIARIES) by Alessandra Torre
RULE by Jay Crownover
THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME by Mariana Zapata
KULTI by Mariana Zapata
MISTER WESTON (formerly TURBULENCE) by Whitney G
TWO WEEKS NOTICE by Whitney G
LEAD by Kylie Scott
FIGHT OR FLIGHT by Samantha Young
RIDE by Harper Dallas
BURN FOR YOU by JT Geissinger
BAD JUDGMENT by Sidney Bell

THE CRUEL PRINCE/THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J Maas
OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L Armentrout
THE CAPTIVE PRINCE TRILOGY by CS Pacat
IRON AND MAGIC by Ilona Andrews
GOLDEN DYNASTY by Kristen Ashley
MASTER OF CROWS by Grace Draven
MAGIC BITES by Ilona Andrews

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
THE DUCHESS DEAL by Tessa Dare
THE DUKE OF MIDNIGHT by Elizabeth Hoyt


What title tops your list of favourite books featuring asshole or jerk characters? We’d love to know!

ANTICIPATED AUGUST 2019 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.


For August, Hollis’ hotly anticipated titles are :

THE WALLFLOWER WAGER by Tessa Dare is out August 13, 2019. Do I even need to talk about this one? Pretty sure if you’re a fan of Dare, or at the very least a fan of this series, you’ll be grabbing this one on release day!

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne is the newest release from this historical romance powerhouse author. The queen of antiheroes and darker romances, she freshens things up with this start of a new series and with a hero that isn’t quite her usual fare. Look for this release (and our reviews) on August 27, 2019.


SAPPHIRE FLAMES by Ilona Andrews is the first full-length novel extending the original Hidden Legacy trilogy that featured Nevada and Rogan. Now Nevada’s younger sister is Head of their new House and dealing with all the complexities that entails.. plus her own powers that make every day complicated anyway! I’m so excited for a) more IA and b) more from this world now that Kate Daniels is (for now?) wrapped. This title releases August 27, 2019.

ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moïra Fowley-Doyle is a very Fowley-Doyle take on the dark history of Ireland and reproductive rights. Which is very relevant for much of what we’ve been seeing in the US lately. She infuses her twisty whimsy, her magical storytelling, her mysterious realism into a narrative that has deeper, darker, roots. In ALL THE BAD APPLES it’s about women, it’s about shame, it’s about family. This book releases August 27, 2019.



For August, Micky’s hotly anticipated titles are :

Okay so Hollis has stolen my thunder with those two historical romances because I also neeeed those. Read the same thoughts from me. I am looking forward to a bunch of books this August and I’ve been furiously reading ARCS.

TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE by Becky Chambers is a novella but a very full sci-fi story where the explorers’ bodies are adjusted according to their prospective environments. This book digs into the environments and the psychology of the explorers and it sounds wonderful.

THE YEAR I LEFT by Christine Brae sounds perfect for a vacation read. It seems to have a women’s fiction/contemporary romance cross-feel. It promises to be an honest look at love, marriage, work-life and stress. I think it might be a challenging but satisfying read.

ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane is a UK August release. I’ve been seeing hype about this book of two families and how they’re interwoven with friendship, tragedy and love. The story moves from childhood to adulthood and the story seems to be quite complex. I’m really looking forward to this one.

WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faisal is a YA fantasy debut that also releases in the UK in August. I love the cover and the inside should be just as enticing. The blurb gives me Robin Hood vibes set in ancient Arabia and both the lead characters sound rich and fascinating.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

SHE SAID, SHE SAID… #1 OPPOSITES

For today’s blogchat, we thought it would be fun to give you a fuller flavour of when our differences in books have been stark; so much so, it’s been so funny it hurts. We like the same books often, we love the same books sometimes, but when we are opposites on books we have the most interesting conversations. We have never been annoyed that the other doesn’t enjoy a beloved book; there may be a moment’s disappointment but we usually have a fun discussion.

WARNING, NO FEELINGS WERE HURT IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLOG POST.

This is a post for the readers and not authors. Not a moment’s disrespect meant to any author mentioned in this post. Because isn’t it just part of life that we don’t like the same things? If a book isn’t for me, that’s not to say it’s not a good book or not written well — maybe it’s just not my kind of thing. Both of us have a Goodreads shelf for this – baa baa black sheep!


THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah — Micky gave it 5 stars | Hollis couldn’t deal, left it unrated
FOOLISH HEARTS by Emma Mills — Hollis (5 star) loved this | Micky gave it a shrug emoji (2 star)
AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jallaluddin — Micky (5 star) loved this | Hollis (2 star) tolerated
REAL by Katy Evans — Micky 5 starred (and reread!) this one | Hollis gave it a generous 2
ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett — Hollis shouted her 5 from the rooftops | Micky 3 star didn’t hate it
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT by Jenn Bennett — Micky (4 stars) thought it super cute | Hollis (3 stars) wanted more
THE PERFECT FIND by Tia Williams — Micky (4 stars) laughed her way through | Hollis tapped out at 9% (unrated)
THE OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by Justin A Reynolds — Hollis (4 stars) loved how this was told | Micky (2 stars) thought it was too repetitive
MISTER WESTON (formerly TURBULENCE) by Whitney G — Micky (5 star) was absorbed af | Hollis (1 star) couldn’t even finish
ACHE FOR YOU by JT Geissinger — Micky (5 star) lost herself in this read | Hollis (2 stars) rounded up
WHITNEY, MY LOVE by Judith McNaught — Hollis gave 4 stars for the great parts that were great | Micky has some PTSD for this 2 star read
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman — Hollis (5 star) was enthralled by this complex story | Micky (1 star) couldn’t understand why
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J Maas — Micky (4 stars) can’t wait for more | Hollis (2 stars) was just glad it was over
THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON by Pepper Winters — Micky (4 star) found it addictive despite some of the plot elements | Hollis (1 star) barely clung to her sanity
THE TAKEOVER EFFECT by Nisha Sharma — Micky‘s 4 star hopes were realized | Hollis hopes were 1.5 star unrealized


So here we are in our opposites glory, our ratings bared for your perusal. Does this resonate with you? Do you find it uncomfortable to be in opposition rating-wise with your book buddies?

There is a sequel post to come. Watch out for SHE SAID, SHE SAID… #2 MAGNETS where we show our glowy similarities.

MOST ANTICIPATED READS IN 2019 — MID-YEAR EDITION

Even with half the year behind us, and so many books already read, there are still so many books still to come for 2019!

We would like to preface this with a note that these release dates are, of course, subject to change. Just in the week between drafting and preparing to post this we had quite a few titles to rearrange. Also you’ll note in some cases we have indicated a specific country next to a title. This might mean it’s lagged release, ie, already out in the US but now released in the UK, or available everywhere but the US, and doesn’t make the release date wrong. However we did not duplicate titles to indicate multiple release dates. Just something to keep in mind!

Topping our lists of Most Anticipated Reads in 2019 — Mid-Year Edition (in order of publication) are :

July
THE PLUS ONE by Sarah Archer (2nd)
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME by Mhairi McFarlane (2nd in CAN)
THE MARRIAGE CLOCK by Zara Raheem (23rd)
THE MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owen (30th)
BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by Sarah MacLean (30th)
A HIGHLANDER WALKS INTO A BAR by Laura Trentham (30th)

August
SARONG PARTY GIRLS by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (1st in the UK)
DISCRETION by Karina Halle (6th)
ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane (8th in the UK)
TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE by Becky Chambers (8th)
THE WALLFLOWER WAGER by Tessa Dare (13th)
THE YEAR I LEFT by Christine Brae (20th)
SAPPHIRE FLAMES by Ilona Andrews (27th)
ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (27th)
HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne (27th)

September
AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee (3rd)
HARP OF KINGS by Juliet Marillier (3rd)
BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE by Evie Dunmore (3rd)
THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool (3rd)
THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young (3rd)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (10th)
BEARD WITH ME by Penny Reid (16th)
WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell (24th)
HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden (24th in the UK)

October
WAR OF HEARTS by S Young (1st)
REBEL by Marie Lu (1st)
CRIER’S WAR by Nina Varela (1st)
BEARD NECESSITIES by Penny Reid (7th)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (8th)
INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo (8th)
THE BEAUTIFUL by Renee Ahdieh (8th)
TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren (22nd)

November
THE BROMANCE BOOKCLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams (5th)
CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater (5th)
GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW by Natasha Ngan (5th)
THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black (19th)

December
REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover (10th)
DRAGON UNLEASHED by Grace Draven (10th)
THE WIVES by Tarryn Fisher (30th)


What titles are topping your list for most anticipated for the later half of 2019? Let us know!

2019 MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT

We decided to take a look at our reading experiences for the first 6 months of 2019…behold the FREAK OUT! You want stats? We have it. You want snark? We have it. Come see.

Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

It’s officially summer, the solstice and longest day of the year have come and gone. So naturally that inspires us to ask : how are you doing on your reading challenges/goals?

This is the second year that I (Hollis) haven’t set a Goodreads reading goal (mostly because in the past I’ve a) exceeded them and b) said goal was already more than most people could read in a year, so it felt like bragging) and honestly it feels pretty good. Since last year’s slump I’m still not reading at quite the same pace I used to but I’m actually pretty okay with what I’ve read so far.

Last year my overall reads went down by about fifty books than the two years prior so I’m curious to see where things are this year. I’m mostly resigned to this ebb and flow of my reading mojo now and just kind of going with it. It never feels great to not be reading but as long as I’m meeting my deadlines for ARCs.. that’s all I personally care about.

As of June 22, 2019, Hollis‘ total reads are : one hundred and twenty-six (126). Of those reads, seven (7) are five-star reads and seven (7) are one-star reads. Weird. Also, for one reason or another, six (6) books were left unrated. Additionally I’ve DNF’d six (6) books this year.

Further breaking this down, of those one hundred and twenty-six (126) books, sixty-four (64) were ARCs, thirty (30) were from my OverDrive, sixteen (16) were bought/freebie eBooks, seven (7) are physically owned by me, five (5) were graphic novels from hoopla, and one (1) was a physical library book. Incase you were doing the math with me, yes, that leaves three (3) books unaccounted for. I’m as confused as you. But you get the idea.


I (Micky) don’t like to brag but this is the fourth year I haven’t set a reading goal for the year and basically I find it very freeing to not feel pressured in any way. People normally feel pressured about whether they’ll reach their reading goal, I was the opposite, I found that it made me feel like I was reading too much and therefore, taking my pleasure away. I get that goals are motivating for some people though.

I’ve had a pretty up and down year so far because I was finishing some study (finished in June) so that has affected what I’ve read rather than how much I’ve read. When I’m stressed, I re-read, so I’ve been late with some arcs in the last few months and generally picking up less new-to-me books.

My stats are looking like this, as of June 22, 2019, Micky’s total reads are : one hundred and thirteen (113). Of those reads, seven (7) are five-star reads and two (2) are one-star reads. I also have (9) nine DNFs, most of which I’ve left unrated. At this point, I feel like Hollis would like me to provide a pie chart, graph and gantt chart for books read, time passed and time ahead. That’ll be a no from me, but suffice it to say I’ve read a fair few arcs, lots from the library and listened to (20) twenty audiobooks.


So, now that we’ve bared our bookish souls, where do you stand on your reading goals, if you had any? How do you feel about how much you’ve read, or even what you’ve read, so far? Let us know!