April 2022 TBR

April 2022 TBR

Good morning fellow bookworms! March has officially ended and the beautiful month of April has begun (also the month of my birthday, so I may be a little biased). I wrapped up my reading month a few days ago in this post, so now it’s time for the next step: setting my April TBR! I’m very much a mood reader, so the chances that I’m actually going to stick with this list are quite slim, but I hope to be able to scratch at least a few of them off!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This one is a no-brainer. I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses a few days ago and absolutely loved it, so naturally I am going to read the second book in the series. It’s supposed to be even better than the first book and it has a Goodreads rating of 4.61, which is absolutely crazy, so this is going to be fun!

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Also kind of a no-brainer, since I finished Get A Life, Chloe Brown in March, although I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I’m gonna give the second book in the series a go, but if it has more of the same unnecessarily graphic sexual content, I’m DNF’ing.

Misery by Stephen King

I’m so excited for this one, though also a little scared since it’s kind of outside of my comfort zone. I used to read a lot of (psychological) thrillers, but I’ve kind of been reading a lot of lighthearted, fun Young Adult, fantasy and romance novels, so we’ll have to see if I’m still into the thrillers. I’ll keep you posted!

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I’ve devoured two CoHo novels in the past few months and I’ve really been wanting to get my hands on this one. I finally found this one in my local bookshop and I’m so excited. I’ve heard so many good things about it, I can’t wait.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, but I could only ever find Hardcover copies that cost like 25 euros and I didn’t really want to pay that much for such a tiny book, so I decided to wait. I finally found a paperback edition for 9 pounds in the airport bookshop when I was in Nottingham, so I decided to buy it! I just finished Notes on a Nervous Planet and am now reading Reasons to Stay Alive, so I’ll probably start on The Comfort Book after I finish that one. All three books have fairly short chapters, so they’re lovely books to have as a second or third read to pick up when you’ve only got a couple of minutes.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Same story as November 9 by Colleen Hoover. I finally got my hands on this one a while ago after reading so many amazing reviews. I can’t wait to get started on this one. I’m really looking forward to Ugly Love as well, but I’ve already discovered that I can’t read too many CoHo’s in a short period of time, so it’ll have to wait a little.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ever since reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I’ve wanted to read Daisy Jones and the Six. I loved Evelyn Hugo and the plot of Daisy Jones sounds amazing. I finally bought a copy, so let the fun begin!

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Good Girl, Bad Blood was another Birmingham Airport bookshop find and so was the third part of this series, As Good As Dead. Buy 1 get 1 50% off, baby! Anyway, I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year and absolutely loved it, so I decided that I wanted to read the rest of the series as well. Also, I challenged myself to actually finish some of the series I started this year, so I guess I have no choice!

Current Reads

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

I’m currently at page three-hundred something of the Prisoner of Azkaban for my Rereading Harry Potter series, which means that after tomorrows post, there’s going to be two more weeks/posts of the Prisoner of Azkaban, after which we’ll be starting on the Goblet of Fire. I’m so excited, shit is getting pretty Sirius!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Yes, this is weird. I started this book just before Christmas and I didn’t get the chance to finish it in time, but I don’t want to DNF, because I like the book. So I just thought I’d pick it up again so it doesn’t stay on my shelf half unread until next Christmas.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I’m about a third of the way through Reasons to Stay Alive. It’s wonderful so far and it’s probably best enjoyed when you read a couple of pages at a time during breakfast or a little coffee break or whatever.

The Gifts of Reading by Jennie Orchard

Might DNF. I’m about 16% in and I’m really bored.. It’s a series of short stories from various writers about gifting books and so far I’ve only enjoyed one of them. We’ll see.

Physical TBR

So I’ve been seeing a lot of people tracking their physical TBR and trying to reduce theirs, so I decided that I wanted to give it a go as well. I took inventory of all of my books, both physical and digital editions and counted how many books were still unread. I came to a grand total of 444 books, out of which 249 are still unread. Naturally, I put myself on a book-buying ban until at least my birthday, because this is absolutely crazy. I’m going to try to reduce my TBR and I’ll keep you guys posted!

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March Wrap-up

March Wrap-up

Hi my lovely bookworms! And thank you for clicking on this reading wrap-up for March. As always, time has flown by and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt that way. March has not been a great reading month for me, due to me falling ill twice and working a lot. I’ve been a little overwhelmed, so forgive me for the list not being as long as you’re used to. Quality-wise it was a pretty good reading month, though, so I’m not too disappointed. Let’s have a look at the books I read in March and then we’ll have a look at some stats and the books I’m currently reading!

March Books

March was an okay reading month for me, I guess. I would’ve loved to read a little more, especially since the Heartstopper novels are quite short, but I guess seven books is not too shabby. In April, I’m gonna go for 10. These are my March 2022 reads:

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was definitely the most disappointing book of the month. I had such high hopes for this, since it was hyped up a lot on Bookstagram, but I didn’t care for it much. I wrote an entire review on it which I’ll link below and in the title, but the explicit content was just way too graphic for my taste and it really got in the way of what would otherwise have been quite an enjoyable book.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Loved it. My second CoHo book and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I do need a therapist now, though. Any recommendations?

Heartstopper Volume three by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heartstopper Volume Four by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had to buy volume three and four in this series after finishing the first two in February. These two graphic novels were just as adorable and fun to read as the first two, though they were a little less lighthearted. Especially volume four, where mental health and mental illness are important themes throughout the story. This whole series is wonderful to read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I finally gave in to reading the most popular fantasy series on Bookstagram. I have to say, I’m not disappointed. It is definitely living up to its expectations so far. I’ll keep you posted on the rest of the series 😉

Stressvrij Beleggen by Lieuwe Jan Eilander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I won’t bore you with an elaborate explanation of this book. It’s a Dutch book about investing (literal translation of the title: Stress Free investing). I wanted to know more about investing, so I read it and it was quite boring, though informative.

Notes on A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The last book I finished in March. I became a big fan of Matt Haig’s after reading The Midnight Library last year. This is one of Haig’s nonfiction books about his own experiences with depression and anxiety and how to deal with mental illness in such a fast-paced society.

March Stats

I have read a total of 7 books this month, which brings my total for 2022 so far to 23 books, which is 31% of my Goodreads reading goal.

I have read a total of 2616 pages in March.

All of the books I’ve read in March were between 300 and 500 pages long.

Most of the books I’ve read in March were fiction. Only 2 of them were nonfiction; one was a self help book about mental health and the other was about investing. Am I slowly becoming the dullest person alive? Maybe.

Of the 7 books I read in March, 4 were physical copies and 3 were digital editions. Two of the digital editions were graphic novels and the other was just.. very graphic..

5 out of 7 books were romance novels. That means that every work of fiction I read in March was a romance novel.

My average rating in March was 3.93⭐️. That is slightly lower than my over all average of 4.06⭐️. We’ll do better in April.

Current reads

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

You’re probably going to see a Harry Potter book appear on every monthly wrap-up for the next couple of months, since I’m doing a Rereading Harry Potter series of posts (you may have seen it, if not, you can click on the link). I’m about two-thirds of the way through the Prisoner of Azkaban right now, so I’ll definitely finish that before my April wrap-up.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

I know, it’s weird to be reading a Christmas romance novel in spring, but I actually started reading this before Christmas and then I didn’t finish it in time. I put it down for like three months and then I figured it would either become a DNF (because I’m not going to wait a whole year to read the second half of a book) or I would continue right now, so I decided on the latter. I’m about 60% through the book right now, so hopefully it will appear on next month’s wrap-up.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Okay I’ve discovered that I am a sucker for Matt Haig books. This is my third book by Haig and I’m loving it. His honesty about his own experiences with depression and anxiety are just.. wow. Reasons to Stay Alive was actually written before Notes on a Nervous Planet, but they can both be read separately.

Favourite March Quotes

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“Apologies are good for admitting regret, but they do very little in removing the truth from the actions that caused the regret.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“And besides, libraries aren’t just about books. They are one of the few public spaces we have left which don’t like our wallets more than us.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Remember no one really cares what you look like. They care what they look like. You are the only person in the world to have worried about your face.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Happiness is not good for the economy.

We are encouraged, continually, to be a little bit dissatisfied with ourselves.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

“Why, dear boy, we don’t send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

This Months Posts

February Reading Wrap-Up

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 10

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 12

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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6 Big Authors I have Never Read

6 Big Authors I have Never Read

Greetings, my fellow bookworms! How lovely to see you again. Okay, that’s enough sucking up for this week. I usually write about books that I’ve recently read and either love or hate (mostly love, though), but today I wanted to do something a little different and write about some books, or rather the authors of books, that I haven’t read yet. And not just any authors, I’m sure there are millions of authors I haven’t read yet, but a couple of the big ones. Listed below are a couple of the most popular and well-known authors that I have not read yet. I apologise in advance.

1. Stephen King

I know, I know, this man has written 63 novels and over 200 short stories and I managed not to read a single one of them. I should be ashamed of myself and trust me, I am. He is on top of my TBR-list, as soon as I get ahead of schedule on my Goodreads reading challenge enough to start on a book big enough to be classified as a weapon. But I’m getting there!

2. Sarah J. Maas

Being on Bookstagram and being a part of a community of readers, I think not having read Sarah J. Maas is probably the 8th deadly sin (Yes, I am aware there are only seven deadly sins, that was the joke). It’s practically a cult. This woman has sold over 12 million copies of her books in 37 different languages and she’s only 35 years old. Anyway, before you start throwing tomatoes, I bought my first Sarah J. Maas book recently (ACOTAR, known among normal humans as A Court of Thorns and Roses) and expect to send in my application to join the cult very soon.

3. Christina Lauren

A well-known name in the Romance genre recently, is Christina Lauren. Lauren is the author of The Unhoneymooners, The Soulmate Equation, In a Holidaze and Love and Other Words (among others). Christina Lauren is actually a pen name for coauthor duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Despite owning three Christina Lauren books (Roomies, In a Holidaze and The Soulmate Equation), I haven’t read any of them yet. I hope to do so soon, though.

4. Madeline Miller

Probably less of a household name than some of the other authors on this list, in my humble opinion, Madeline Miller is still worthy of a place on this list. And this is only partly due to my obsession with Greek Mythology. Miller (only) has 4 books to her name so far, of which The Song of Achilles and Circe are the most well-known ones. It’s impossible to scroll through Bookstagram without coming across reviews of either of these books. Both Circe and The Song of Achilles are on my physical TBR and I hope to get to them very, very soon.

5. The Brontë Sisters

I actually found this a little hard to believe myself, but I double-checked it and it’s true; I have never read a book by any of the Brontë sisters. While Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë are probably standard literature in any UK or US school, I don’t remember ever reading Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights in English class. To be honest, both of these novels are very intimidating, which is why I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. But who knows, maybe some day soon..

6. Charles Dickens

I have felt the need to apologise for every name I have put on this list so far, but this might be the worst one yet. I have never read Charles Dickens and I am sorry. It’s not that I haven’t tried, his books are just so damn intimidating. Who’s idea was it to print confusing novels in 19th century English in such tiny print, making them even more impossible to get through. Still, I have Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickelby and Martin Chuzzlewit on my bookshelf, so one day I will probably get to reading one of them.

If you saw an author in the list above that you think I should read soon, leave a recommendation in the comments and I’ll to get to it asap.

I’ll be back later this week with a Harry Potter rereading update and at least one review! In the meantime, stay caffeinated and keep flipping pages!