ARC August 2020 TBR! | Will I Actually Manage to Read My ARCs?

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Welp, it’s that time again! Is it weird that I’ve sorta been looking forward to ARC August all summer in order to catch up on my ARCs? Like, I don’t know why I think it isn’t fitting to regularly read ARCs, but alas, here we are. ๐Ÿ˜…

Eek, this is embarrassing because there are still some books on here from my August 2019 TBR….

I have 8 ARCs listed below, but since I have only been getting through about 4 books a month lately, I’m not sure how realistic it is to expect me to get through all of these?!? BUT I am taking a short break from writing now that Camp Nano is over (and thus going to try to focus more on reading), so I am still hoping to read the majority, if not all of these books! *crosses all fingers possible*ย  ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

For those of you who don’t know: ARC August is an annual, month-long read-a-thon dedicated to reading & catching up on ARCs. It is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.

Netgalley e-ARCs:

  • Lobizona– I’ve mentioned this on a lot of recent lists lately and that’s because my stop on the blog tour is just around the corner! I actually started this the other day (yay me!) but I need to continue chipping away at it! The beginning already has hooked me & I’m excited to return to it!
  • The Silvered Serpents– Omg, because this release date got pushed back, I’ve actually had this ARC since last fall! But now that the release date is approaching in September, it’s time for me to finally get around to it. Thinking I should probably reread The Gilded Wolves first tho…
  • The Unspoken Name– LOL, so this book has actually been sitting on my ‘currently reading’ shelf since February and I don’t think I’ve actually picked it up since…oh, February. Originally it was a buddy read with Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den but then I totally failed and never got past the first quarter of the book, whoops…

Physical ARCs:

the books 'Ballistic' and 'A Queen in Hiding' standing against a green wall with a tiny pink tea cup in front of them

  • A Queen in Hiding– Won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway at the end of the last year (it released in January) and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet?!? Especially since it has such a pretty cover and is about a magical queen forced to become a guerilla fighter!
  • Ballistic– This is an unsolicited ARC from 47North that I received earlier this year. It’s actually a sequel, so I had to go back and read book 1 first. I finished book 1 at the end of June and now I’m curious to see how the series will continue!

Extremely Old ARCs From 2019:

the books 'Gravemaidens,' 'Voices,' and 'Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House' lying against a blue and white blanket

And oh, what do ya know? I’m even reusing the picture I used last year! Yes, these are the ARCs I had on this TBR in 2019! ๐Ÿ˜… I got these ARCs from a publishing internship I had last spring (2019) by picking them up from various ‘take shelves’ (which are shelves where employees/imprints put extra ARCs/books they don’t want and anyone is welcome to take from). I may or may not have gotten these books on Good Friday when the PRH building was like 95% empty and scoured the ‘take shelves’ on every single floor with children’s/YA imprints. ๐Ÿ˜† But despite this adventure, have I read most of the books I picked up? Errmmm, no.

What books are you hoping to read this month? Are you also participating in ARC August?

If anyone has any interest in buddy reading any of the books I mentioned above, please let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Old Favorites I’m Itching to Reread

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This week’s TTT topic is a freebie! At first, I thought I’d discuss fairytale retellings I’ve loved, but quickly got overwhelmed looking at all the ones I’ve read over the past decade+ (I have been obsessed since middle school, so needless to say, that is a project for another day, not Monday night, lol). Reflecting on past reads from my childhood did get me nostalgic, which then reminded me how I’ve been weirdly itching to reread all these books I loved during my pre-teen and teen years?!?! I’ve already reread Ash and I, Coriander this past summer, and since I seem to failing to pick up new books of late, I’m wondering if I should just start doing all the rereading?!? *nervously edges away from all the new, unread books on my shelves now glaring at me*

To further clarify, I am limiting this list to books that I already own and to standalones or books in a series that I have already completed. I have already talked about books I need to reread in order to finish series’ in a past TTT post.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1-3. Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore

My writing buddy and I have been discussing this series of late, and with the 4th companion releasing in January (not sure how I feel about that tbh), I’m eager to revisit the series! There’s so much I don’t remember, and I’m curious to see how they compare to my current standards for fantasy.

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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AKA my favorite book ever which I weirdly have not mentioned in a while?!?! So odd. I’ve read this book 3-4 times now but let’s be real: no number of reads will ever be enough! Some day I also want to get around to rereading the companion books, but I weirdly don’t own them? I really need to amend this travesty…

5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


In addition to being obsessed with Shannon Hale as a pre-teen, I also adored Gail Carson Levine! This is a Snow White retelling and the protagonist has this cool ability where she can imitate anyone’s voice and can also throw her voice around the room and ahhh, I still think about how cool this magical ability is.

6-8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson

I adored this trilogy as a high schooler! I still think about the first book a lot, though I am afraid I don’t remember a lot of the rest of the series! With a recently released new companion to the series (and because I also received these new editions as a Christmas gift last year), I think it is definitely time I picked up this series again!

9. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay


When I originally attempted to compile a fairytale retelling list for this TTT, I was reminded of this sleeping beauty retelling! Well, the protagonist is actually suppose to be Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, but still! Aurora has the ability to control any man she kisses, and wow, even though I know what happens, can you imagine if the author had taken the MC and made her a villain with an army of enchanted men? That would epic…(someone please go write this for me)

10. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Not actually a book I read during my childhood, but one I read about 3 years ago. Definitely not a favorite, but I found it to be a decent read, and I am eager to revisit its interesting magic system and world!

Have you read any of these books? What did ya think of them? What books do you keep meaning to revisit?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments belowโ€“I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR

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Welp, it’s once again time to attempt to play catch up and list the books I keep meaning to read but never actually do in a TBR that I’ll only half follow, as this week’s TTT topic is “Books on My Summer 2020 TBR”! (Lol, did that sentence even make sense?) Looking back at my Spring 2020 TBR, I managed to read 3.5 books on the list (currently attempting to read one of them now), which is better than none I guess, but not ideal.

All these books are ones I own, and since one of my goals for this year is to actually get through a lot of the books I own, fingers DOUBLE crossed I can actually follow this TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1. The Deep by Rivers Solomon


Saw the cover, learned it was about mer-people, and had a sapphic romance, and I was sold! Ordered a copy a week ago and can’t wait for it to arrive!

2. The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Eek, this one has definitely been on a lot of my TBRs before, so I really need to get around to reading it. My friend gifted this book to me through a gift exchange awhile back, so I wanna read it so I can discuss it with her!

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Definitely repeatedly mentioned this in my latest TBRs, but I’m hoping to reread this one so I can start catching up on the series before the fourth book releases at the end of the year!

4. Binti Trilogy Collection by Nnedi Okorafor


This novella trilogy has been sitting unread on my shelves for over a year now and I really need to do something to change that. A girl skilled in Mathematics? Don’t need to know anything else–I’m sold.

5. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire


I still haven’t read a Seanan McGuire book, and I actually own the first 3 books in this series, so like, I really need to get on this one too. ๐Ÿ˜…

6. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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I enjoyed Riley Sager’s other books, so I definitely want to pick up this one sometime soon. Not to mention my mother actually read this book earlier this year (she doesn’t read much), so I wanna read it so I can discuss it with her!

7. Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Another one that’s been on my past TBR lists a bunch of times. I ADORE the idea of a YA book about superheroes and villains, but I think the size of the book intimidates me.

8. A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff


Won an ARC of this book from Goodreads back in December (it released in January) and somehow I still haven’t read it? Really need to get back on my ARCs, eek…

9. Cold Hillside by Nancy Baker


Bought this book at my library’s secondhand bookshop years ago. All I know about it is that it has a dark fairytale vibe and involves Fey queens, but regardless it sounds like I’m due to pick it up because really, do I need to know more?

10. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


And ANOTHER book that makes a frequent appearance on my TBR lists over the last year. With a Charlie Bowater cover and about a magical library, I really should have read this ages ago…

Thatโ€™s it for my Summer TBR! Fingers crossed I can actually get around to most of these!?! What books are you hoping to read this summer? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? If so, which ones do you recommend I start with?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments belowโ€“I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series I DON’T Want to Abandon AKA Book Series TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “The Last Ten Books I Abandoned” but I decided to tweak it to “Book Series I DON’T Want to Abandon” (aka my Book Series to finish TBR), because I don’t like to dwell on books that I no longer care/want to read. Plus, I love making any sorta of post that resembles a TBR! I’ve made some yearly book series TBRs in the past (in both 2018 and 2019) but haven’t created one for this year! Did I really achieve the ones from past years? Erm….no, but I still thought it would be helpful to create a round-up of the series I truly want to go back and finish!

So all series on this list are ones that I’ve started (read at the least the first book) and haven’t finished. I’m not going to include recent/ongoing series, unless they’ve been around for awhile. I have so many other series that I’ve started and I’ve never finished, but I’m giving these ones priority because I own copies of most of them.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1. The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen

I’ve been saying that I need to finish this series for years and on over a dozen posts. AND I HAVE NO CLUE WHY I HAVEN’T ALREADY?!!? I loved the first 2 books so much! This year, it’ll definitely happen this year! Right?!?

2. Mercy Series by Rebecca Lim

Same goes with this one. And I’ve literally read the first book 3 times?? Why am I such a slacker when it comes to series?

3. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

I adored the first one, found the second mediocre, and the third seemed intriguing with the situation quickly escalating and half way through it I somehow abandoned it? I don’t know why, but I wanna give it another try now. I follow Danielle Jensen on Instagram and it seems like she has some great ongoing series right now, but I told myself I can’t check them out/buy them until I finish this trilogy first.

4. Elemental Blessings Series by Sharon Shinn

A series of companion novels, but still counts! I LOVED the first one, enjoyed the second one, and never? continued?! Which is stupid because (even tho I usually dislike people on covers) these covers are gorgeous and continuing on would be the perfect excuse to make another Thriftbooks order! Some day soon…because I can seriously never have enough books with elemental magic in my reading life!

5. An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

I wanna hop back on this train while the series is still ongoing. I know the fourth and final book releases at this end of the year, and I read the first book YEARS ago. I’m definitely due to reread it and hopefully continue on; I have all 3 of the books, albeit in diff editions tho, lol (a paperback, hardcover, and UK paperback respectively ๐Ÿ˜…).

6. The Defy Trilogy by Sara B. Larson

A bit scared to reread the first two books in this series because since reading them I’ve seen many negative reviews and I worry I might hold the same views now that I’m older. Though I love the girl-disguised-as-a-boy-because-of-a-misogynistic-society trope AKA the Mulan trope (tho I am now aware how this trope can veer into being problematic and thus it’s actually another worry of mine in rereading these books).

7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I’ve literally read all but the last book! I adored the first 3, so why did I never return to this series?? Everyone raves about these books and I’m OBSESSED with fairytale retellings. Even tho I don’t own any copies, I’m pretty sure my sister owns most/all of them, so I can easily get a hold of them. So why have I been lacking on this series??

8. Worldwalker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Another series where I got half way through one of the books (the second to be exact) and some how abandoned it?!?! This was such an interesting concept–a story involving witches and parallel worlds. Plus, the love interest is name is Rowan, so the series has to be good, doesn’t it? Haha ๐Ÿ˜€

9. Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Why can I never finish a Angelini series? I adored the first book–read it twice in fact–and enjoyed the sequel. Why did I never continue? Also a bit worried about rereading; I feel like I’ll find the books to be very telling of their time (aka very late 2000s/early 2010s YA that), ya know, very cringey to a contemporary and now older perspective? (I mean look at those covers! ya got you’re classic girl is a pretty, flowy dress aka what all the covers looked like back then)

10. The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

I know this series isn’t finished, but I’m rather curious about the rest of the series currently out. I’ve only read the first one once, even bought a copy of it at a secondhand bookshop at my local library so I could reread it. I remember it having a great female friendship, so I def wanna give the series another try. (Plus I wanna become more of a fan to justify the fact that I have a map of the world up on my wall ๐Ÿ˜…)

(wow there are a total of 36 books on this list–eek!)

Have you read any of these books or series? What did you think? Please help motivate me to continue with these series (or tell me why I should not)!

What are some series you still need to finish?

If you participated in TTT this week feel free to link up your post in the comments belowโ€“I would love to check them out!