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Reading all the sapphic romances // February TBR

You can tell I’m motivated and invigorated to read because, as I’m planning out these books, it’s early January. I’m just wanting to read everything all at once which, of course, is impossible to do, so planning my TBRs ahead of time is helping me fulfill this need.

Despite Valentine’s being only 1 day out of 28, in my brain February is the month of reading as many romance books as possible and that’s exactly what I’m going to do!! There are 10 books on this TBR and 2 less days to read them than normal (something I always forget about) so we’ll see how this goes.


My main focus this month is going to be sapphic YA romances, specifically the ones released in 2022 that I was dying to read, but just never got around to:

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales – There are three reasons I want to read this book 1) it’s a Sophie Gonzeles book and she hasn’t let me down yet, 2) it’s a reality-dating show were two girls fall in love with each other instead of their shared exboyfriend, and 3) the Taylor Swift title reference.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston – I’ve been curious about McQuistons YA debut since before this was even out and yet I’ve still not read it. That’s gonna change this month. Despite the plot giving me Paper Town vibes, a book I hated, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I’m going to love this one.

She Get’s the Girl by Rachel Lippincott and Alyson Derrick – This cover is so beautiful that whenever I think about this book, the only thing my mind thinks of is the cover and not the plot. I actually can’t remember what the plot is in the slightest, I just know it’s F/F, written by a married couple, and I’ve been desperate to read it for months.


While those are my top 3 books I hope to read, they’re not the only sapphic romances on this TBR as I also really want to read …

For Her Consideration by Amy Spalding – It’s happened a few times now but I never cease to get excited and giddy when a publisher reaches out and offers me a copy of a book, as was the case here. This book is set in Hollywood which I’m always on board for, especially since it follows a scriptwriter (I’m doing a whole class on scriptwriting this semester!) and a movie star!

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlan – AGHH I’m so happy to have this book and I will force myself to read this, even if it involves staying up all night. I only know as much about this book as the cover is telling me – cheerleader and a jock – but if this disappoints me I do think I’ll cry.


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I need to read more books by these authors!

It’s Monday and despite not starting back at uni for another week, I am back at my dads house which means I get to wake up to my little brother and sister arguing with my step-mum about going to school before the crack of dawn. I love them but I just don’t wanna hear or see them at 7 o’clock in the morning ya know.

Since I’m up so early and I’ve now got the house to myself all day, I’ve got plenty of times to talk about the authors I want to read more of, preferably in 2023 but my TBR for this year is already longer than my life-expectancy so let’s just say “eventually”.


Adiba Jaigirdar

  • Read: The Henna Wars
  • To Read: Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating and A Million to One

As of right this moment the only book by Adiba Jaigirdar that I’ve read is The Henna Wars – a book about two girls who set up rival henna business at school. It’s a crime at this point how behind I am with her books.

The next two books of hers I need to read are her two most recent releases:

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating – as you may be able to guess from the title, features two girl fake-dating after Hani’s friends invalidate her bisexuality because she’s only dated guys. And A Million to One – I don’t know much about besides the fact that it’s an LGBTQ+ historical fiction novel about a heist which really is all I need to know.

I’m really excited to read another contemporary romance from Adiba Jaigirdar and also read a heist novel which is a trope/concept I’m always on board to read. One of the things I really enjoyed about The Henna Wars was the characters and the focus on their culture’s which is something I definitely want to read, and in turn learn, more about!


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Did I read the books I hauled last year?

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen where I hold myself accountable for my own actions, or should I say purchases. Today I’m gonna be looking back at all the books I hauled in 2022 and seeing if I actually got around to reading them!


January

  • Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy
  • Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney
  • Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester
  • Only a Monster by Vanessa Lenย 
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth
  • In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens
  • XOXO by Axie Oh
  • The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Fine Print by Lauren Asher
  • Kingdom of the Curse by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Youโ€™ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
  • Women Donโ€™t Owe You Pretty by Florence

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12 for 12 – books I’m aiming to read this year

In a heartbreaking example of betrayal my dog just ditched me. He was curled up niceley next to me on my bed, living his best life, but nope. He’s gone to watch Transformers with my brother. Heartbreaking. Does he not know I only have two weeks left at home which means I only have a finite amount of snuggles!!

Sigh. It’s sad. What’s not sad is my 2023 overall TBR. Well, actually it is quite sad that I’ve not read these books but that’s why they’ve made it onot my 12 books challenege!

I know that this challenge is meant to be made up of 12 books recommended by 12 friends but I have 0 bookish friends. I really liked the idea of 12 books for 12 months though so I’m rolling with it and using it as a way to hold myseld accountable and read these damn books!!

tried really hard to colour co-ordinate and also carefully place these covers. it did not work exactly as planned.

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Hoping for a strong start // January TBR

Hello and welcome to my first TBR of the year.

Will 2023 be the year I actually commit 100% to these monthly TBRs? No. Probably not, but I’m gonna keep at it. They’re always books I’m really in the mood for at the start of the month but that does usually end up changing as the weeks go by. I still like having my TBRs as kind of a guide for each month.

Janauary I’m hoping to get off to a strong start so I’ve got 3 current reads I’m really hoping to finish soon, and then 4 other books that are top priorities.


Currently Reading:

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Books to read before the end of the year// November TBR

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I cannot, for the life of me, believe that we’re down to the last two months of the year. October absolutely flew by. A new month means a new TBR and so today I come to you with the books I want to read before the end of the year.

Sure we’ve still got December left to go but I’ve got a bunch of holiday romance’s to keep my busy in December so this really is my last month to make a decent dent in my TBR.

November is going to be busy for me. I’m going to Washington DC for a day trip on the 12th, and then spending a couple days in New York for the Thanksgiving Break. It’s also going to be my last fully month in the US so I’m sure I’ll be busy with uni work and getting read to leave. That is to say that I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read, but I’m really hoping to get to all of these!


Currently Reading

Wolfsong by TJ Klune – One of my goals for this year was to read a book by TJ Klune. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be Wolfsong but I received an ARC of this as it’s recently been re-released and picked it up for one last “halloween” read. I’m really not that far into this book, only 15%, but I’m so far really enjoying it. Ox is such a sweetheart, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the pack dynamics.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – After re-reading the first two books in this trilogy back in September I have finally picked up the third and final book! Again, I’m not very far into this book but the ball has already started rolling.

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover – I picked this book up in Walmart. I couldn’t help myself. Earlier this year I read It Ends With Us and I’ve talked a lot about how I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I didn’t know anything about it. Now’s my chance to see if that’s true as I’ve done really well not to come across any spoilers.


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It’s Spooky Season Bitches!! // October TBR

  ๐Ÿ‘ป ๐Ÿ‘ป It’s Spooky Season!! ๐Ÿ‘ป ๐Ÿ‘ป

Listen to me when I tell you that I have had this TBR planned out for over a month now. Sure I enjoyed the books I read in September but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t waiting for the month to be over so I could move onto this TBR.

You could ask why I didn’t just read these books during Septmber and save myself the wait and to that I say BECAUSE OF THE VIBES!! This TBR was specifically picked for Halloween and reading them any other month before that would have ruined my experience.

There is one slight problem now though … I’ve got a lot of books I want to read this month and, by the looks of it, not much time. Finally after weeks of complaining my classes were boring and I had nothing to do I actually have multiple things to do.

So it’s gonna be a bit tight when it comes to squeezing all these books this month but I’m determined to do it.


The Ravens + The Monarchs by Kas Morgan & Danielle Paige

Yes October is all about the spooky read but it’s also about bad-ass bitches being even better witches which is exactly what I hope these books are going to provide! This series follows a sorority who are infamous for their parties and who are also secretely a coven of witches.

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My 5 current reads. (I can’t make my mind up)

I can’t make my mind up on what book I’m currently reading. At a push, I’ll read two books at a time and yet here I am with bookmarks in five, maybe even six books.

Listen I’ve had a lot of things to distract me from reading recently: new Sims expansion pack, new Pretty Little Liars series, and now Mike’s Mic just dropped “an appropriately unhinged recap of Glee (part two)”.

But I’m adament to get back on my reading game and maximising the free reading time that I have before study abroad and classes gets going so today I’m going to talk about the books I’ve started and want to finish!


The Society For Soulless Girls by L.K Stevens

I’ve been highly anticipating this book all year. I bought the e-book and started reading it as soon as possible and yet, I’m only 20% of the way through with this book.

The Society For Soulless Girls is said to be a sapphic retelling of Jeckyl & Hyde, a classic I’ve never actually read but know enough about to be intrigued by a YA retelling. After reading that first 20% I can say that I definitely am intrigued by what I’ve read so far.

I’m so far really liking the atmosphere. It’s giving Dark Academia, which is usually a 50/50 genre for me, but because of this, I’m kind of wishing I’d left it until the weather cooled down. For me, Dark Acadamie is a autumnal/winter genre so I can be wrapped in a blanket drinking tea. I’m back in the UK in two weeks where it thankfully won’t be 40’C so maybe I’ll save this until then.


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Romance & Randomness // July TBR

Hello and howdy.

It’s July. How the Holy Hell? The passing of time is giving me anxiety right now so we’re not going to focus too much on that and instead we’re going to focus on my TBR.

I wasn’t planning on doing a TBR because the books I want to read this month can be split into two categories: romance & randomness.

The romance books I plan to read I already touched on in my Summer Reading Plans post, and then the random books are just that – random. I’m in a mood where I want to read everything and anything despite not having the time to do so. I tend to get stuck in reading-slumps in the summer so I’m just trying my best to avoid that.

There’s no rhyme or reason and my TBR is definitely subject to change this month. But I like talking about books so I’m here anyways ๐Ÿ™‚


The Romance

Beach Read + Book Lovers by Emily Henry – Emily Henry is an internet favourite at the minute. To be honest, she’s been a favourite for the last three years since her debut and I’m now finally joining the hype train. My main focus is going to be Beach Read, just because that’s the one I hear people talk about the most. Also it’s summer, of course I’m going to read a book literally titled “Beach Read” in July.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Jenn Bennett contemporaries make me happy and this one especially so, it’s definitely my favourite. I want to revisit this book this month because 1) I have no more new Jenn Bennett contemporaries at my disposal, 2) like Beach Read it’s set in a beach/ocean-side town over the summer. I read the first chapter of this earlier today and it already made me feel smiley.

Terms & Conditions by Lauren Asher – This is gonna be a quick read for me. I know it because I have a special type of intuition when it comes to this stuff … and I because I already started reading this two months ago but had to put it down cause life was crazy. Even though I’ve already started this book I want a clean slate so I’m going to start from the beginning again. This is fake-dating and marriage of convenience with a billionaire main character. As always #EatTheRich but ficitonal characters don’t count and they’re fun to read about.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder – While the cover makes it seem like this is gonna be cute and fluffy I’ve heard that’s really not the case. I’m ready to put my heart on the line in the name of Fake-Dating and Hollywood famous main character.


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My reading plans for this summer โ˜€๏ธ

Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹

My plans for the day came to a screeching halt when my Grandma, who I was meant to spend the day and go out to dinner with, tested positive for Covid. I normally love it when plans get cancelled cause I’m very much an introvert. But I was looking forward to this, even just to get out of the house. I had my outfit picked out and everything.

To amend the fact that I feel all out of sorts now, I figured I’d talk a bit about my plans for this summer.

I’ve got a busy summer coming up. By the time this goes live I’ll be back in Spain, I think I’ll have even started my new job. Things on the agenda for this summer include:

  • Hanging out with my friends as much as possible even though we’re all going to be working.
  • Snorkeling. Every summer I say I’m going to do this more often but never actually do.
  • Another thing I say every summer is that I’m gonna write. Keep your fingers crossed for me. (If anyone wants a writing buddy, hit me up. I need all the help lol)
  • Trying not to let the anxiety kill me as I try and sort out my US visa. The only high-point in all of this is a possible trip to Madrid.

And then of course, the most important part of summer is reading as many books as possible! Even then though, I have specific reading goals for the summer that I’m hoping to achieve!


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