FIVE ON OUR TBRS

We’ve found that breaking down our tbrs can be something that inspires us to pick up reads hidden or briefly forgotten. ‘Five on my tbr’ is something that I (Micky) have done a few times on bookstagram and I got it from someone else, but I’ve no idea who. We thought it’d be nice to have a running occasional feature where we pick five on our tbrs and you tell us yours.. and no doubt that will cause some adding to tbrs!

Micky’s five

SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson
DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow
CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum

I don’t know why I’m putting off Skyward, I really want to read it and I’ve only heard good things. The other four are fairly new additions to my tbr in the last few months but I now own them all.

Hollis’ five

SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
AURORA TERMINUS by S.E. Fanetti
THE BEST THING by Mariana Zapata
RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence
DEFY THE FATES by Claudia Gray

Literally all five of these books are titles that have been scratching at the back door of my brain, waiting to be let in. Either because they are a favourite author (MZ), a final book in a series (the Gray), or a highly recommended book buddy recommendation (Fanetti, sorry Paula). The others are ones I know, or think I know, that I’ll love.. but just haven’t had time to pick up. But hopefully identifying all these and making them into a TBR (something I never do) will kick my butt into gear.


Tell us the top five books on your TBR! Do any of ours make your lists?

BOOKS THAT DESERVE MORE EXPOSURE

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Somehow, despite the endless book birthdays and release schedules, and the growing pile of unread books, we are all still on the hunt for new books to discover, new authors to stalk (er, follow), and new fandoms to obsess over. But amongst all those new releases, and series’ that get extended or expanded, there are so many books that go overlooked. Today we’d like to spotlight some of our favourite “underrated” titles (quotation marks included because we know these are loved, just by a smaller margin).

If fantasy is your thing, check out :

THE DEEP END OF THE SEA by Heather Lyons
ENTREAT ME by Grace Draven
The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat
The Winners trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
The Archived duology by Victoria Schwab
The Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson
THE VOYAGES OF TRUEBLOOD CAY by Suanna Laqueur

If you want mystery and suspense (and maybe romance) :

THE GHOSTWRITER by Alessandra Torre
BAD JUDGMENT by Sidney Bell
The Fixer series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Seven of Spades series by Cordelia Kingsbridge
The Every series by Ellie Marney
The Woodbury Boys trilogy by Sidney Bell

Romance of all kinds :

53 LETTERS FOR MY LOVER by Leylah Attar
THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee
RIDE by Harper Dallas
THE MASON LIST by SD Hendrickson
AN EXALTATION OF LARKS & A CHARM OF FINCHES by Suanne Laqueur
COLLARED by Nicole Williams
WRECKING BALL by P. Dangelico
VIVID by Jessica Wilde
UNSEEN MESSAGES by Pepper Winters
DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL’S LEAP by Julie Anne Long
Wild Aces trilogy by Chanel Cleeton

Something a little steamier :

LIBERATING LACEY by Anne Calhoun
HARD TIME & AFTER HOURS by Cara McKenna

Contemporary sweetness with a kick :

STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
TRUTH OR DARE by Non Pratt
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick
ALMOST by Anne Eliot
GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Addison Allen
THE BRAVEST THING & HIROKU by Laura Lascarso
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson
GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE by Paula Stokes
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME by Mhairi McFarlane

YA scifi :

ASCENSION by Victor Dixen
The Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant

Historical romance :

INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati
DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier
THE KING’S MAN by Elizabeth Kingston
The Turner series by Cat Sebastian


What underrated book do you recommend the most or wish had more love? Let us know!

TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2020

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Hi, Hollis here. Because we are seconds away from closing the door on 2019, I got to thinking about all the books set to release next year that we know of (which, admittedly, only really spans the January to June-ish portion of 2020). There are so many! And so many still yet to be announced. So while I know we will have a few of these anticipated release posts throughout the year, I thought to be a little.. mean.

I’m challenging myself, and my blog buddy, to narrow down an anticipated list of only ten titles. Yes. Ten. That’s not even one title per month. Ten. Dix. Dieci. Diez. T e n.

I’ll start.

Hollis’ Top Ten (I ALREADY HAVE REGRETS) Anticipated Releases of 2020 (in order of publication) :

TOUGH GUY by Rachel Reid (January 13, 2020)
LUCKY CALLER by Emma Mills (January 14, 2020)
HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker (January 20, 2020)
ALONE IN THE WILD by Kelley Armstrong (February 4, 2020)
THE MIDNIGHT LIE by Marie Rutkoski (March 3, 2020)
IF I NEVER MET YOU by Mhairi McFarlane (March 24, 2020)
THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST by Abby Jimenez (April 14, 2020)
HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (June 2, 2020)
TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert (June 23, 2020)
EMERALD BLAZE by Ilona Andrews (date to be announced)


Micky’s Top Ten (why is Hollis making me make these decisions) Anticipated Releases of 2020 (in order of publication)

HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker (January 20, 2020)
AN EVERYDAY HERO by Laura Trentham (February 4, 2020)
HEARTSTOPPER VOL 3 by Alice Oseman (February 6, 2020)
THE MIDNIGHT LIE by Marie Rutoski (March 3, 2020)
CHAIN OF GOLD by Cassandra Clare (March 3, 2020)
HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J Maas (March 3, 2020)
TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert (June 23, 2020)
EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE by Jay Kristoff (September 3, 2020)
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (October 6, 2020)
THE IPPOS KING by Grace Draven (date to be announced)


We’d love to know what you want to read next year. It is so hard to narrow it down, we know.

TBR housekeeping – to do or not to do…

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Everybody’s shufflin’… are you old enough for that to start an earworm? I feel like I’m always arranging, rearranging, organising and shuffling my books and also my virtual books. What is this craziness about which I speak? Let me share.

Micky here. Let’s start with the physical books. If you’re a book spender, a book blogger with arcs or both, that creates a space problem unless you’re living in the Beast’s mansion. So it’s inevitable that you’re going to have to shuffle in and shuffle out. With physical arcs, if I really liked the book, I’ll keep them, otherwise I’ll give them away or, on the rare occasion, I’ll trade. It’s the same really with the books I’ve bought that I don’t end up liking, they’ll go to a charity shop. All making room for the new.

I do have a collecting problem when it comes to classics that I love and special edition copies from Goldsboro and The Folio Society if I really love a book. I’m always going to find a place for these. I recently bought a book tree (shelf) just for my tbr…

Now onto the virtual books. I recently did some serious autumn cleaning, what is this fall thing you guys keep talking about? Said clean up was necessary because I have a problem as follows. I had two audible packages on the go – US and UK, usually because I’ve had cheap offers, on top of which I had an audible escape package that had gone past the free trial. I CANCELLED THEM ALL because I’ve spent the last month mainly listening to audio through the library. What the hell, Micky?

Then I went on the biggest tbr clean-up project ever on Goodreads. I went and deleted over 300 books that I would never read now. These books stemmed back from 2012 when I first joined GR and I had rather different taste in books then to now. I cannot tell you how good that purge felt and that I am sadistic because I enjoyed doing the purge, it wasn’t laborious to me. This is on top of the regular kindle clean ups I do. As soon as I’ve read and reviewed a book, I delete it off my kindle, to go live it’s final days in the cloud.

Am I crazy? Am I alone? Do tell.

Hollis says no, you aren’t alone. Last year, probably shortly after the not-yet-repeated unread kindle book count and unread physical book count of 2018, of which we’re quietly just ignoring, I went through and deleted.. at least two hundred books of my GR “want to read” shelf. It was cathartic. Cleansing. Also.. confusing. Who was this person that added so much random, weird, and unknown books to her shelves? I didn’t know her! But I bet she knows the girl who one-clicked all those whacky freebie or dollar books onto my kindle. I bet they are in cahoots.

I had also done a bit of a physical cleanse, too. I had so many books I had been carting around, from move to move, convinced I would read.. but, in my heart of hearts, I knew I probably never would. I got rid of those, too. Sadly I did that purge before counting my unread books so there was no satisfying drop in numbers the way there was for my GR shelf.

But with ARCs, wow. This is an unreal privilege, one I’m not deserving enough to have but will accept anyway, but it’s definitely becoming a problem. Not so much the eARCs, though unlike Micky I don’t delete anything off my kindle because I r a hoarder, but the physicals? I do my best to never request more than I know I can read but the reality is they are just as present as my actual books, the ones I want to keep, so, like Micky, I’m trying to offload, trying to trade, definitely swapping with local bloggers. At least for the ones I’m not hoarding for reasons. But also do I need reasons? See above RE hoarder. But I do collect for certain authors, certain series, and some do become precious to me if I’ve loved them enough.

And so the shuffle continues, the space gets tighter, and I end up searching on wayfair (not sponsored) for shelves that I never get around to buying because I continue to convince myself I’ll get rid of more books.. only for even more to find their way into my home.

What was the point of this blog post again? Beyond baring my bookish soul and confessing to all my bookish sins? Oh right. That’s exactly what it was.


Weigh in below! Do you move out as many books as you bring in? Do you swap with friends? Do you clean off read books from your kindle? Do you have an ARC problem? Hollis will stop asking questions now so you can actually let us know.

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.

JUNE 2019 TBRs

Micky is a mood reader who tries to splice in ARCs and library reads as per her momentary mood. She is also a polyreader. Hollis is an organised creature who is always sickeningly ahead of the game with her ARCs, library reads, and general reads. Hollis sensibly reads one book at a time. Micky is jealous of Hollis.

Micky’s June TBR

I try and have a physical TBR which is often aspirational and ambitious. I have a rough eBook TBR that always includes my ARCs, the rest is mood for audio (I commute and listen) and owned eBooks.

This month my planned ARCs are:

THE PERFECT DATE by Evelyn Lozada
OUR STOP by Laura Jane Williams
THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous
THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

This is my physical TBR plan:
MY SO CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma
MARESI RED MANTLE by Maria Turtschaninoff
THE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
NAONDEL by Maria Turtshcaninoff
THE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry

These are the audios I’d like to accompany me to work:

BUTTERFLY TATTOO by Deirdre Knight
99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne (reread)
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
SHERWOOD by Meagan Spooner

Hollis’ June TBR

My TBRs are far more loosey-goosey in the sense that the only thing I plan are.. deadlines. ARC due in a few weeks? Great, it’s on my TBR for the month! Library hold comes available? Great, it’s on my TBR for the month!

The ARCs I have due are :
THE FRIEND ZONE by Abby Jimenez
STORM AND FURY by Jennifer L Armentrout
WICKED FOX by Kay Cho

and I might also pick up LETS CALL IT A DOOMSDAY by Katie Henry, though the release date isn’t until August.

As for non-ARCs, I’m finally going to read CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by AndrĂ© Aciman, a book long overdue for this m/m reader, and very likely CINDER & THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT by Susan Ee which releases June third. Also, if the OverDrive gods are kind, I’m hoping to also get to THE TAKEOVER EFFECT by Nisha Sharma, which Micky highly recommended last month, as well as THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons which is another read I’m very late to the party for.


What’s on your TBR for the month? Let us know in the comments!

OUR MAY 2019 TBRs

Micky is a mood reader who tries to splice in arcs and library reads as per her momentary mood. She is also a poly reader (current reads are seven at present). Hollis is an organised creature who is always sickeningly ahead of the game with her arcs, library reads, and general reads. Hollis sensibly reads one book at a time. Micky is jealous of Hollis.

Micky’s May tbr

I try and have a physical tbr which is often inspirational and ambitious. I have a rough ebook tbr that always includes my arcs, the rest is mood for audio (I commute and listen) and owned ebooks.

This month my planned arcs are: Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev, Things We Never Said by Samantha Young, Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (UK release date is later than the US date), Stepsister by Jennifer Donnolley and Million Dollar Devil by Katy Evans. I have an expiring KU subscription and I’m determined to fit in Crash by Harper Dallas and hopefully Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan.

This is my physical tbr pictured below and I have to admit that A Curse So Dark and Lonely was on my April tbr!

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Hollis’ May TBR

I may be more “sensible” with my reading habits but my TBRs are also far more loosey-goosey in the sense that the only thing I plan are.. deadlines. ARC due in a few weeks? Great, it’s on my TBR for the month! Library hold comes available? Great, it’s on my TBR for the month!

This month includes one ARC that is actually to be published in May (on the seventh, yikes, cutting this one close) which is ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes. I’m also planning to read ARCs of SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson and LIKE A LOVE STORY by Abdi Nazemian — both releasing June 4, 2019. However, I’m also planning to snap up the brand new (!) m/m contemporary romance by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen — the first from this duo in over three years! — that is publishing on May seventh. If you’re only hearing about TOP SECRET now, well, where have you been! Can’t wait.


What’s on your TBR for the month? Let us know in the comments!