Books I Would Like to Read in August!

I stopped doing TBRs a while ago, simply because I wasn’t reading the books I listed! Now, I write down 3 books I would like to get to each month in my reading journal, and most months I get to at least 2!

However, I thought I’d share some of the books I would like to read this August. As a teacher, August is my summer holiday, and even though I have things to do and a book to edit (!!), I’m hoping to have a couple of hours a day to read.

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Books I Want to Read This Summer!

It really does feel like summer is checking in here in the UK! It has been hot, and it’s got me thinking, of course, about what I want to read this summer. Let’s take a look at my TBR…

I am planning on doing a “summer of series” this year, which I’ll talk about later on, but I’m only sketching that out to be the six week summer holiday (as I’m a teacher!), so all of these books are the standalones I want to dive into. This TBR is therefore pretty short, because I have many other books to read…

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TBR | O.W.Ls Magical Readathon 2020!

Hello all! It’s that time of year again – for the month of April, I, and many Witches and Wizards, will be taking my OWLs (or Ordinary Wizarding Levels for those Muggles out there). To learn more about it, head to this link. This readathon is run by the lovely BookRoast!

The OWLs work by the fact that you pick your career, and do the OWLs that are associated with it. This year, we also have the opportunity to do extra training! Me, being the extra person I am and also having 2 weeks of Easter holidays to fill, I have books for all 12 prompts.

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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

What’s this?! A Sprinkled With Words blog post?! I know, count it as a March miracle.

Anyway, today I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is top ten books on your spring tbr [to be read] and believe me, I have a bunch! All of these books apart from #8 are already on my shelves!

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Why I Stopped Setting TBRs

Truly, I am terrible at sticking to a schedule.

I make my to-do lists daily and on my phone because I regularly delete and add things. I double-book myself on the regular. I actually list lateness as one of my characteristics.

So it surprises me that, for many months, I have been setting TBRs. Especially considering that, apart from readathons, I don’t think I’ve ever completed them.

I stopped setting TBRs for a similar reason I stopped setting myself reading challenges – because I stopped caring what other people think about my reading.

I was introduced to setting TBRs by the online book blogging community, and whilst I don’t necessarily think they’re a bad thing, I never used to set them before. That makes me feel like I only set them because everyone else did.

The good side of TBRs is that I’m likely to read more, but the downside is that they really stress me out. And another good side is that I read books that have been on my bookshelf for absolutely ages, but I am such a big mood reader that I pick up these books and end up not enjoying them as much as I may because I’m not in the right head space for them.

Setting TBRs does make me excited because it’s another chance to get through the sheer amount of books on my bookshelf, but I’m glad I’ve stopped setting them. For me, it’s much more fun being able to pick a book off my shelf when I fancy it rather than working my way through a pile of books that I wanted to read at the start of the month, but 25 days later are not looking like my cup of tea right now.

I’d love to know what you think about setting TBRs – if they’re something that you regularly make yourself, or if you, like me, have given up on making them!

Until next time,

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Turning the Page #5 | a lotta monsters

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

This week I read…

I read two books this week, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

  1. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – this is the first in a new mythology series, and the first from “Rick Riordan Presents”. I loved the character of Aru, the whole plot, and the mythology, which is based on Indian mythology and contains, of course, plenty of monsters and gods! Can’t wait for book 2!
  2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – this was such a good read! All about the internet, content creating, friendships, and anxiety and depression. I really loved the entire thing, and it was also great because it has comic illustrations throughout, which is something I would love to see more of in novels!

Next week I want to read…

I have a couple in mind…

  1. Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – I’m 67% through this book right now (thanks kindle!) and hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow. I’m LOVING it so far!
  2. The Glass Magician by Charlie M Holmberg – I read book 1 of this series in, like, 2015, and always wanted to finish the trilogy but never did! I recently bought the last two on kindle so would love to finish the trilogy.
  3. The Master Magician by Charle M Holmberg – book 3 in The Paper Magician series.

On the blog…

Two posts went up this week, in case you missed them!

  1. I wrote about my favourite reads of the summer….
  2. And reviewed a book I read on holiday – Save the Date by Morgan Matson

How was your week in lit?

Happy reading! Hx

Portugal 2018 | holiday tbr!

I’m heading to Portugal for 2 weeks (starting today – as you read this, I’m actually there!) and of course I’ve brought a whole bunch of books with me… which I’d love to share with you!

  1. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – this is the third and final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and I’m so excited & nervous to see how it’s going to end! Hoping that all of my favourite characters pull through…
  2. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – when I was packing I saw this on the shelf and I just desperately want to reread it… this book took my heart when I first read it ages ago.
  3. Howard’s End by EM Forster – I’ve read two EM Forster books now, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.
  4. Eureka! by Peter Jones – this is a non-fic book in little sections about Ancient Greece. It’s just some extra reading for my dissertation!
  5. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu – this is an arc I picked up at yalc (read my yalc post here!) and I’m sooo excited to whizz through it!
  6. Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne – I’m so excited to read this book, it’s by a favourite author of mine.
  7. Save the Date by Morgan Matson – I loved The Unexpected Everything, and this seems like another cutesy summery read!
  8. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – omg I’m so excited for this one. I really related to Leah in Simon vs (fat? questioning? wobbly in herself? yes pls) so I hope that I get along with her this time!
  9. A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones #2) by George RR Martin – I read GOT 1 last year on holiday so brought the second one along this time. Maybe this’ll become a new tradition?!

9 books for 15(ish) days might seem excessive to some, but I’m thinking that there are some I’ll read in a sitting and some that’ll take a few days, so hopefully I’ll be able to get to all of these as, ICYMI, I’m super duper excited for all of them!

How many books would you take on a holiday?!

TBR | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Hello all! Prepare yourselves for a bombardment of posts over the next day or so, as it’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I’m planning on participating in as many challenges as possible!

If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is just that – reading as much as possible in 24 hours. However, there are also hourly challenges, and I’ll be partaking via this blog and Twitter.

For me, the readathon starts at 1pm (I’m BST), so I’ll be spending the morning working and having a nice long lie-in before the fun starts! But for now, I thought I’d share my TBR, because I have a variety of reading material that I’m pretty excited for!

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    I am super excited for this book, and might actually start it before the readathon begins! I’m seeing Madeline Miller talk on May 2 and would have like to have read this before then.
  2. Shakespeare: Text Into Performance by Peter Reynolds
    This is a book that’s really short that I’m reading for one of my essays. I thought that if I felt guilty because I wasn’t doing any work, I could read and partake in the readathon.
  3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    I’ve had this one on NetGalley for a while although it’s already out & I keep picking it up at Waterstone’s. Anyway, I got it from the library (although because I have it on Kindle I can read it digitally too!).
  4. Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell et al. 
    This collection of Marvel comics includes #1-4, and I think it’ll be a pretty quick read. I adore Marvel, so it’ll be a nice way to break up time in the readathon if I want to!
  5. Thornhill by Pam Smy
    This book looks chunky af but it’s actually a graphic novel and really doesn’t include a lot of works, so I think it’ll be great for the readathon. It’s also on the Waterstone’s Older Fiction Children’s Book Prize shortlist, which I’m working my way through right now.
  6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    I have wanted to read this graphic novel for the longest time, and today when I saw it at the library I just snatched it up! I’m excited!
  7. Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
    This I think is a MG/YA novel, and is about witches and looks great. I think it’s one I’ll zip through too which is pretty handy!

I don’t know if I’ll finish all of these, but I’d like to read The Song of Achilles and a few of the graphic novels/comics throughout the readathon. For me it’s 1pm – 1pm, although I do need sleep as I have a lot of work to do on the Sunday, so I think I’m going to aim to read for about 12 hours or so! I’d like to, anyway. My schedule is cleared, so reading it is!

Are you taking part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, do you have a TBR, or just wing it? If you do, what’s on it? I’d love to know!

Until the next time, Hx

Classics on my TBR

I really would love to read some more classics in the new year. I tried to take part in a couple of classics challenges this year… but it just didn’t really happen.

With that being said, here are some classics on my TBR (to be read). I am doing a module at university next year called Austen and the Brontes, so I have excluded any of their novels that appear on that module list – all bar Pride and Prejudice are on my TBR! – so here are some that I want to read without them being prescribed reading!

Image result for howards end penguin english libraryHowards End by EM Forster

I believe that this has been adapted by the BBC and broadcast in the past couple of weeks, but I would love to read this novel. I read A Room With a View by Forster over summer, and absolutely loved it, so I’m so excited to get to this one!

Image result for dracula penguin english libraryDracula by Bram Stoker 

I’ve wanted to read the original Dracula for a long time, especially as I’ve recently read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (incredible series, btw). My incredible friend Natalie bought this for me recently, and I’m so excited to tuck myself up in bed, make sure there’s no vampires hiding in my room, and read it!

Image result for i capture the castle vintageI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 

I actually got this for Christmas… last year… and have not read it yet. This is a children’s classic, but that is not stopping me from wanting to read it! I have a beautiful edition too, with a cute cat on the spine (yes, I’m looking at it right now, and wanting to dive right into it) so I’m excited to read it!

Image result for fahrenheit 451 bookFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

I reaaaaaaally want to read this book (sadly, however, it is at home right now). It’s a relatively short book too, so theoretically I should be able to devour it quickly. It’s one of my friend’s favourite books, and she keeps bugging at me to read it, so I should probably get around to that one sharpish.

Image result for down and out in paris and londonDown and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 

I’ve read a few pieces by George Orwell – Animal Farm is one of my all-time favourite books – and I would really love to read Down & Out. Others on my Orwell TBR include basically the rest of his books! Homage to Catalonia is also high on my Orwell TBR.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this list! What’s on your classical literature TBR? I would love to know! and if you have any recommendations for me, I would love those also.

Until the next time,

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