November TBR

I was pleased with how many books I managed to complete last month, and I think the Spookathon definitely helped get my number of books read up a bit higher than usual. This month I’m planning to participate in #AroundTheWorldAThon, so I’ve included a couple of Oceanic books in this month’s mix to read during that week. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how I go with the readathon, which by the way is hosted by two of my favourite Aussie Booktubers – Kirstie and April.

Here’s what I’m planning to read this month –

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Sweet Valley University #1College Girls

Spookathon TBR

The Spookathon has begun! If you’re wondering what the heck a Spookathon is, it’s a week-long readathon where you focus on reading spooky books, that runs from October 17-23. My earlier attempt at a readathon was a spectacular failure, but I am determined to make this one work and complete all of the challenges. Here are the challenges set, and what I’m planning to read for each one –

1. A book with a spooky word in the title – Goosebumps Book #33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
2. A book with red on the cover – Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition – The Roommate
3. A 2016 release – Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
4. A book containing a creature – The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
5. A Thriller – All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

October TBR

October is approaching! Which means it’s Halloween (in some parts of the world at least), and time to bring out all the spooky books on my TBR shelf. One of my favourite booktubers Lala is co-hosting something called the Spookathon, which is essentially a readathon where you focus on reading “spooky” books. You can watch her video about it here. Keeping this in mind as I’d like to participate, here are the books on my TBR list for the month –

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
Goosebumps Book #30 It Came From Beneath The Sink
Goosebumps Book #33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
Sweet Valley University (Thriller Edition) The Roommate

I’ll be sure to let you know how I go, once the month is over!

BookTubeAThon 2016 TBR

I’ve never been able to fully participate in a readathon, mostly because I work full time and the time I do have free in the evenings is usually choc-a-block full of things I need to do around the house. I saw that this years BookTubeAThon was coming up, and was really excited to see that it occurs while I’m on annual leave from work. FREE TIME TO READ! I am going to participate this year, and will be posting updates on my twitter, so be sure to follow me if you’re interested in seeing where I’m at as the week progresses.

Challenge #1 – Read a book with yellow on the cover – My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Challenge #2 – Only read a book after sunset – Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Challenge #3 – Read a book you discovered through YouTube – Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
Challenge #4 – Read a book by one of your favourite authors – Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
Challenge #5 – Read a book that is older than you – Trixie Belden #1 The Secret of the Mansion
Challenge #6 – Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – Allegient by Veronica Roth
Challenge #7 – Read seven books – Sweet Valley University Super Thriller Lost At Sea

January TBR

Yep, it’s 2016. Who else is shocked by that? Probably all of us. Anyway, it’s a new year and a new month, and it’s time for a new ‘to be read’ pile. I’ve switched up my reading habits, and am currently working on a system where I have four books on the go at one time. One kindle book, one book from my personal TBR pile, one re-read, and one library book. It’s working quite well for me so far and I’ve already one book this year so far. Here’s what I’m hoping to read in January: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J Burns, Petals On The Wind by Virginia Andrews, The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams by Stephen King, and Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer.

November TBR

Well, I managed four out of eight books last month, which isn’t too bad. Unfortunately I’m going to have to park the idea of a book club for a little while, life is just too crazy for me to be able to keep on top of that. Sorry for anyone who was interested in participating, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to include something like that in the blog content. Here’s what I’m hoping to read in November: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Abandon by Blake Crouch, The Killing Lessons by Saul Black, Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J Burns & Melinda Metz, The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and The Good Girls by Sara Shepard.

October TBR (+ Book Club Update)

Life has been pretty hectic for me lately, and unfortunately that meant my reading goals for September fell by the wayside. On a more positive note, I’m now on holidays and have a lot more free time to get stuck into all the books I want to read. I’m very sorry to anyone who was expecting some book club discussion at the end of this month, but I’ve had to postpone it until the end of October. Please feel free to continue to participate, and I will be posting more about the club soon. Here are my book selections for October: A Time To Run by J.M. Peace, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Abandon by Blake Crouch, A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, Pleasure Island by Anna-Lou Weatherley, The Killing Lessons by Saul Black, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas.

September TBR

Despite staying on track with my TBR pile in August, I’m still 11 books behind in my 50 Book Challenge for the year. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll keep plugging on and hopefully I can pick up the pace when I’m on holiday next month. I’m thinking about doubling up my TBR for October and making it eight books, but I’ll see how I go. Here are my book selections for September: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson, Say Her Name by James Dawson, and A Time To Run by J.M. Peace.

Mini Library Haul

So I have rediscovered my local library, and I’m quite happy about it. The only thing I’m not really happy about is how terrible the library’s online catalogue is. It’s not user-friendly in the slightest. Oh well, that just means I need to be prepared when I log on to reserve books, and my Goodreads to-read list is long enough to keep me in books to read for many months to come, so that’s fine. Good times.

An Embarrassingly Long TBR List

So here’s an embarrassing thing. I have 75 books sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I bought some of these five years ago and still haven’t cracked them open. I’m an awful person. I recently went through my books and took out all of the ones I didn’t think I would ever get around to reading. Here’s what was left:

Money, by Martin Amis
Petals On The Wind, by Virginia Andrews
Oryx & Crake, by Margaret Atwood
Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood
The Elegance Of The Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The City Of Falling Angels, by John Berendt
I’m Travelling Alone, by Samuel Bjork
Clade, by James Bradley
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
Inferno, by Dan Brown
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
The Passage, by Justin Cronin
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Not That Kind Of Girl, by Lena Dunham
Shades Of Grey, by Jasper Fforde
Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro
The Narrow Road To The Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
The Signature Of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
A Little History Of The World, by E.H. Gombrich
The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
The Red Queen, by Phillipa Gregory
The White Queen, by Phillipa Gregory
Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Five Quarters Of The Orange, by Joanne Harris
Running Like A Girl, by Alexandra Heminsley
High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby
Modern Manners, by Dorothea Johnson
Schindler’s List, by Thomas Keneally
It, by Stephen King
The Stand, by Stephen King
Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Next, by Stieg Larsson
California, by Edan Lepucki
Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt
Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel
A Game Of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
A Clash Of Kings, by George R.R. Martin
A Storm Of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
A Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin
Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
Pretty Is, by Maggie Mitchell
The Hundred-Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais
What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
1Q84 (book 2), by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 (book 3), by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
A Time To Run, by J.M. Peace
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
Across The Universe, by Beth Revis
Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins
Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
The Dark & Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan
The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead
Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
The Internet Is A Playground, by David Thorne
Tresspass, by Rose Tremain
Angelology, by Danielle Trussoni
Both Flesh And Not, by David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace
My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh
Zone One, by Colson Whitehead
The Picture Of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Yep, that’s a long list. These are the books I’m hoping to read and cull before we head into 2016. It’s actually extremely unlikely that I’ll get through all of these by next year, but I’d be happy to get through at least 25% of the list. Prior to this blog post going live you may have noticed the list showing at the top of the page, I’m going to keep track of the books I read throughout the year and strike them out when I’m done. Let’s see how many I get through… Wish me luck.