May TBR

Wait ‘TBR’ you say? Emma plans yet another TBR which she promptly forgets about in the rest of the month? Yes, dear blog readers, you’ve read that right; I am yet again entertaining the notion that setting a TBR will mean I actually feel accountable for my reading and so finish all of the books on the list. Mainly because I have quite a few books checked out from the library – and by ‘quite a few’ I mean that the stack has officially reached the heights of being level with the height of my bed. I should also point out at this stage that my bed has quite a high divan base so when I say that’s quite a stack, that’s really quite a stack.

I have a few books on reserve at the library too so I want to try to clear the stack (or at least make it shorter) before those come in for me. I suppose I should also maybe, just maybe, read some of my own damn books – especially since I’ve bought quite a few in the past couple of months. Maybe May will be a phenomenal reading month? I certainly hope so, goodness knows I could do with getting through the entirety of this TBR even if I am all too aware that that probably won’t happen because I’ll be distracted by something shiny. Still, dream big etc. 

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Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson | The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
Glamour in Glass – Mary Robinette Kowal | Without a Summer – Mary Robinette Kowal

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The Dream Thieves  – Maggie Stiefvater | Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater [rereads]
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

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Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran | The Establishment – Owen Jones

I don’t think 9 books is that big of an ask but we’ll see how it goes this month. I’m actually feeling quite happy with my reading pace lately, it’s just nice and level, and if that could continue through Spring and into this Summer then I would be very, very happy with that. We shall see.

What books are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the above books or have plans to in the future? Let me know in the comments below!


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March TBR

I don’t do well with TBRs – for proof see any posts allegedly labelled Monthly TBR which were not ever read in that specified month, and in fact probably are still on my bookshelves untouched to this very day. However, every so often I get on a roll with a series of books and I feel the need to hoover up every word of the currently published books as I can, before the next inevitable book is released. In moments like this, then, TBRs are vaguely feasible for every the most impulsive of readers, of which I am one. So… March TBR… let’s do it, let’s play the fun game of seeing how many of these I have actually read come 1st April. It’ll be a surprise for all if I have read even half of these as intended.

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1. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas (x)
I re-read Throne of Glass in February in preparation for finally breaking out the rest of the series, since it has been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long looking pretty and untouched. The general consensus seems to be that even if Throne of Glass was just a so-so book, try the second novel in the series as it picks up and develops tenfold compared to its predecessor. I’m hoping that’s the case since I enjoyed Throne of Glass but I do have a bugbear or two.

2. Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas (x)
If I’m enjoying Crown of Midnight, I’ll be trying to capitalise on that roll
and continue onwards with the series into the third book: Heir of Fire.

3. Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas (x)
See above for reasoning.

4. The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas (x)
Not sure if I’m really too fussed if I don’t get around to this book right away since it’s a bind-up of novellas which, I believe, follow Celaena right up until the events of Throne of Glass. It’s not that I’m not interested in that (quite the contrary), but I’m just not a huge fan of prequel novellas since they seem a bit redundant and, if I’m brutally honest, basically only written for the sake of money. I hope this isn’t the case with this lot but we’ll see.

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5. Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare (x)
I read Clockwork Angel in February and found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, especially given my rocky experience with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series in the past (I’ve never been able to even finish City of Bones because I got so annoyed with it), but I’m giving the Infernal Devices a go because the Victorian London setting seems much more my speed. In fact, you might start to notice something of a theme of sorts in that vein…

6. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare (x)
See above

7. Soulless – Gail Carriger (x)
That theme I mentioned? Hopefully you’ve spotted it by this point. I’ve read Soulless previously when I borrowed it from my local library whilst on vacation from university. Because vacation ended and I moved back into university I didn’t ever pursue the book series further but I really should have since I found it, as I believe I termed it in my review, “a jolly good romp”. When I’m in the mood for a fun and light read, this is probably what I’ll pick up since I’ve now bought used copies of the entire series – there’s that theme I mentioned.

8. Changeless – Gail Carriger (x)
See above.

9. Blameless – Gail Carriger (x)
You know the drill.

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10. The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman (x)
Someone described this as Regency meets X-Men which, I mean, how could you pass up something like that? I pre-ordered this book specially because of that blurb but I still haven’t touched it since I got it. So I should probably/definitely correct that grievous error – see, I am already comfortable with the vernacular one might expect in such a novel.

11. The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – Owen Jones (x)
In my wildly hopeful 2016 Bookish Resolutions post, I mentioned a desire to read more non-fiction this year. I figured since I seem to be making good on another resolution mentioned there (to catch-up with/finish more series I’ve previously begun) I might as well call March ‘the month of actually paying attention to my resolutions’ – or, at least, I would do if that wasn’t a mouthful of a title. Speaking of titles, this book by Owen Jones has a title that immediately appeals to my political interests so perhaps I can make good on my read more non-fiction resolution and start this in March. (I have read 4 non-fiction/memoir books already this year so technically I’m good until April but I don’t want to get into this habit of blitzing non-fiction one month and then abandoning thought of it for the next three months, so I’d prefer to stick to at least one book every month.)


As you can see, the majority of these books rely on me getting on a roll with a series I’ve started, and that roll not stopping for the entirety of the month. So we’ll see how that goes, shall we? You and I both.

What books are you planning to read in March? Have you read any of those I’m planning to read this month? Comment below!