Top Ten: New Releases I’m on the Fence About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was new releases I’m on the fence about. Since I couldn’t quite think of ten, I included two new TV shows as well! 

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson // Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi // Ghosted by Rosie Walsh // Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite // 99 Perfect Mine by Sally Thorne // The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston // There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Killing Eve // You

Top Ten: Books on My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books on my winter 2018/19 TBR. These quarterly posts are my favorite to post: not only because I love to peek at what’s being published in the next few months, but also because I love the structure this kind of TBR provides. (Even though I almost never follow my own choices!)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green // A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen // How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone by Brian McCullough // In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker // Night Film by Marisha Pessl // On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden // The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder // You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian

* ETA: Nasty Women by 404 Ink was replaced by In Cold Blood.

Top Ten: Books Featuring Sexy Times

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a freebie, so I decided to focus on books on my TBR which feature sexy times* (which is itself a take on the freebie prompt from February 12th). Because there’s nothing that screams “Winter Read” to me more than something I want to devour while wrapped up on the couch, here’s to unabashedly loving books that don’t fade to black.

*I am aware that, except for The Kiss Quotient, all of these are male/female romances featuring white protagonists. I am sorry. Please enjoy the abs.)

The Deal by Elle Kennedy // Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G. // Full Package by Lauren Blakely // How Not to Fall by Emily Foster // I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

 The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang // Losing It by Cora Carmack // The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton // Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland // Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Top Ten: 2017 Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was backlist books I want to read. Because I have so many books on my TBR (seriously SO MANY), I decided to showcase 2017 titles that I actually put on my list pre-publication… and yet I still haven’t read them.🤦‍♀️

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin // A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes // Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay // Nasty Women by 404 Ink // The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder // The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente // You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano

Month in Review: October 2018

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Favorite Media

I knew The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory was going to be a fun, contemporary romance but boy did I NOT expect Guillory’s ability to write. Her characters are fully-fleshed, the plot flies, and everyone just happens to be non-white and non-hetero. (Woot.) Here’s to hoping I love The Wedding Date just as much!

Y’ALL. I binged the first two seasons of The Good Place in four days then sat on my couch and plaintively asked, “What do I do now?” out loud once I’d finished. The third season feels ~different somehow, but I can’t figure out if it’s because the crew is SPOILER[on earth] or because I’m not watching six episodes in a row on my iPad under a blanket. I have thought many times about rewatching the first two seasons because I loved them so much.

Stuff I Added to My Queue

Honestly, I have no idea where I first encountered Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young (maybe on Lit Hub?), but I absolutely love the cover and the summary kind of hits all my buttons, too.

A fellow librarian purchased Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay for the young adult collection, and the cover intrigued me so much that I felt compelled to read the summary… and that sounded so interesting that I added it to my TBR. #whoops

I will pretty much look into anything that mentions time travel, but not all time travel books are the same. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen has so many different parts to it that I can’t wait to figure out how they all fit. PLUS it’s set in the ’90s. AND I love that cover.

A NEW ALL SOULS BOOK aka Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera seems to be inspiring both great and terrible reviews, but I adored Love, Simon and have They Both Die at the End on my TBR, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a teenage romcom featuring two guys. (AND THAT COVER.)

On My Radar

  • I made myself a blog calendar via Google Sheets to better organize the content I want to include on thewasofshall – very heavily influenced by Shealea over at That Bookshelf Bitch btw – and it’s either going to make me extra a+ organized or super overwhelmed.
  • I got so many books this month that I have enough for another book haul video!
  • I’ve been trying to be more active in seeking out ARCs, and I was recently approved for three great-sounding ones: Here and Now and Then (01/29/19), My Favorite Half-Night Stand (12/04/18), and You Know You Want This: ‘Cat Person’ and Other Stories (01/15/19). It means I have to figure out when to read them but then again I also get to read them.

What were YOU up to in October? Let me know!

Top Ten: Horror Novels on My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a Halloween-themed freebie, so I decided to round up horror novels on my TBR. Because I apparently have more than ten (who knew?!), here are fifteen of the most ghoulish, creepy novels I have yet to read. 👻🎃

 

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk // Frankenstein by Mary Shelley // The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas // Horns by Joe Hill // The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist // The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg // My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris // Night Film by Marisha Pessl // The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson // Universal Harvester by John Darnielle // We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson // World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks // Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Round-Up: My Summer 2018 TBR

The Top Ten Tuesday topic for June 19th was “books on my summer TBR,” and I pledged to read the following:

So, what did I actually read?

On the list…

Not on the list…

What I missed…

Did any of you have a summer TBR? Did you stick to it? Let me know!