The TBR List: April Showers Means More Reading

It’s time to look at the pre-order list again and list what books I’ll be getting in the mail and hopefully be reviewing in the near future.  I mainly do this list for two purposes 1) to give a shout out to those things coming out and 2) as a way for me to control my preorder list-I go back through everything I ordered on Amazon and usually am able to cancel a couple of orders or two. Though, in hindsight I usually end up adding a couple of titles while I’m at it.


Um, the late 90’s are historical fiction now?  Okay.  I don’t think I like this.  Are midriffs going to be heavily featured in this one?  Everyone wore midriffs in the late 90’s or at least if their name was Britney or they were in teen movies.


There’s just something so interesting about this one.  I don’t know what, but the pre-release reviews look good so I’m going to give it a try.


Already read this one but I want a hard version of it so I kept my pre-order.  It’s cute.




I get Stranger Than Fiction vibes with this one.  That’s a good thing.


I love Liza Palmer’s stuff.


Yes, I know it’s a Melissa de la Cruz book and I have hit or miss books with them.  And yes, I know it’s  a Hamilton rip off so to speak.  But history….


Claudia Gray’s stuff is like book crack.  You know it’s not exactly good for you, but you can’t help yourself.  And this one has edges of Sci-Fi to it.


This one looks all You’ve Got Mail-ishy.


A new Becky Albertalli book!

That’s it for April.  The list is longer than I initially thought it would be, though TBH the list that scares me is next month’s.  There are so many books coming out in May.  Stay tuned…


The TBR Pile: March Madness

It’s that time of the month again to list the books that are on the pre-order list which is a way for me to be frugal by attempting to whittle down my list a bit-it actually works, sort of (I got rid of three books when drafting this post) .  Though honestly, because I read other blogs with other lists…well….I’ll probably add three books to this list-at least.


Norse mythology.  Sold.


Vegas.  Wrongfully convicted parent.  Deal me in.


Diversity.  Comic con.  And celebrities-internet and actual celebs.  Got to read.




This one really looks cute.  There’s been Jane Austen and Bridget Jones’s Diary comparisons. That has to mean it’s good, right?  LOL, I’ve been in the blogging business way too long to know how false blurbs can be but I still have to hope.


Everyone is always talking up Emery Lord, let’s hope I like her stuff.


Love the first book in this series.  I will be devouring this one.  And how her dress isn’t dragging on the ground is beyond me.


Another Beauty and the Beast retelling and like usual I’m a sucker for these things.  Bonus points for it, its coming out close to when that movie is coming out which I want to see so bad even though I’m pretty sure they are auto-tuning Emma’s voice or have simplified the arrangement since her range is nowhere near what Paige’s was in the animated movie.  But still “Bonjur, good  day how is your family…I am the only Disney Princess who knows how to read” that point was added on but dude.  Excited about the book and the movie.

The TBR Pile: Publishers Wanted You to Forget About How Awful Valentine’s Day Is

First of all, obligatory baby corgi photo.  Yes, my mom and sister got another corgi.  His name is Emory Edison Nelson  and he is very cute and mild mannered and I’m meeting him this month (very excited).  He’s sort of my sister’s dog even though he’s technically my dog’s  since my sister lost her fur baby, Dolly, in December.  It’s been really difficult without Dolly who we sort of fought over who got to have her sleep in their room back when I lived with my parents (even had a custodial agreement worked out), so it’s good to know she has another puppy to cuddle with.  And I mean, look at those eyes.  He is just adorable.


Anyway, February is one of those months.  Where you look at the preorder list and am like did I order all of this…and yes, yes, you did.  And you’ll probably order more as other people’s TBR list progress and you sort of hate yourself.  Though to be fair, when I reviewed this list I think May is going to be the month that really kills me this year.  Anyway, here’s the books that I’ll be getting in the mail and will (try) to read this month:

Yeah, I’ve seen this summary before-rich folks with magical powers lowering the masses because they have magic powers and live the Downton Abbey life style, but yeah.  Can’t help but want to pick up books like this.

Revenge seeking princess. Sold.

I hope this isn’t cliche.  This one’s a Romeo and Juliet retelling that works in real life issues of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.  I have seen some really good fiction in the past that talks about this conflict, there was one movie that we watched in my International Issues course I took in undergrad that really did an excellent  dealing with this conflict and I hope this book is slightly like that.  If it focuses more on the love gunk, I might be less than impressed.  So….yeah, going to either love this one or I might vent.

Because internet fame is something I want to read more about.

Pirates.  Honestly, I’m sort of on the fence about this one because it does seem rather tropey.  I’ll probably be checking out a lot of pre-release reviews before I make up my mind but call me intrigued.

Not really a sports fan, but there are lots of undertones of feminism that have me intrigued.

Another socially relevant YA book.  I’ve had this one of my list for awhile.

I liked but didn’t love the author’s retelling of Snow White last year.  Interested to see what she does with the Rumpelstiltskin tale.  And you can bet your ass I’ll be using Rumple gifs from Once Upon a Time in that review.

I like Armentrout’s stuff as long as it has a plot.  And this one seems to have a doozy of a plot, so I will be checking it out.

This one looks dark and delicious.  I see shades of Labyrinth and Beauty and the Beast in the blurb.


The TBR Pile: January 2017

It’s 2017, relieved?  Sort of.  Though, to be honest, while I was more than glad to see 2016 go 2017 already has some challenges that I’m not looking forward to dealing with, .  However, I don’t want to dwell on fear.  Rather, let’s look at some of the books that January 2017 has to offer.

I really am into a historical fiction kick lately.  And I really do find the World War Two time period fascinating and oddly relevant to today’s period.

I haven’t been a huge fan of this series, but it is Katie McGarry and when she writes a good book, she writes a good book.  This one has ties to the Pushing the Limits series, so I am giving it a try.


The book apparently is a retelling of Indian folklore and I can’t wait.  Plus, even though I hate snakes in real life that cover is pretty bad ass.

The premises reminds me of Love Potion Number 9.

These fantasies all start sounding the same after awhile.  Still, there is something that intrigues me about this one but its sort of on the fence-meaning, I am thinking of canceling my order.

This one looks like its going to talk about a lot of issues that arent’ commonly addressed in YA and I’m excited to read it.  I think for me, I’ve been taking a lot of Juvenile law CLE’s lately so it will be interesting to see how some of the issues I’ve been learning about have been addressed by Jackson.

Pop stars.

This one has been getting lots of buzz.  We’ll see.

The TBR Pile: It’s Summertime with Obligatory Corgi Pic

June is another heavy duty book buying month-when isn’t it?  Of course, as usual I write this post to remind myself what I’ve preordered on Amazon and to inform you dear reader of the exciting books coming out next month.

An obligatory picture of my mom's corgi-Elsie Clementine-that I'm meeting in a few weeks.

An obligatory picture of my mom’s corgi-Elsie Clementine-that I’m meeting in a few weeks.

It also helps me cancel any unwanted preorders, though usually this backfires on me since I find more books that I want.

Anyway, here’s what’s in the cart at the moment.

  • Tumbling by Caela Carter: Gymnastics ya’ll.  The only thing I’d want to read about more is a decent figure skating book which YA and genres in general lack.
  • The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash: Sometimes I like geek lit.  This looks like the perfect offering.
  • Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan: Witches, thieves, spies, give me.
  • Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar: Love the author’s past work.  Am looking forward what this book has to offer.
  • American Girls: A Novel by Allison Umminger: The plot sounds intriguing.  I really hope it’s good.
  • Winning by Lara Deloza: Lots of good pre-realeased reviews.  It looks like it could be hilarious.
  • Never Ever by Sara Saedi: Another Peter Pan retelling.  I really need to get on with reading these things.
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White: A female Dracula, give me.
  • The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I loved The Fixer and have been looking forward to his sequel all year long.
  • All the Feels by Danika Stone: Another take on fandom at this point I am really hoping that it doesn’t include large excerpts of the MC’s fan fic since most of these have ben painful.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows:  Tudors meet Princess Bride so sold.

The TBR Pile: May Day Times Infinity

I think May is the month that publishers decide to put the screws to me and most people in the book blogging community who haven’t joined the ARC party train wagon.   Needless to say, this is going to be a very long list and I don’t expect to get through these books probably until sometime in 2017-I still have May books from 2015 I need to read.  On positive news, I am very relieved that I’ll have more of an opportunity to read this May since I did indeed pass the Louisiana bar exam and won’t have to retake it-woot, woot.  Licensed to sue (or at least deemed competent to sue for other people by the state)

At least in two states.

But you don’t want me to keep talking about my apparent test taking skills (though, I really don’t know how skillful I am more or less lucky).  So, I will talk about this months list.  Oh, it’s bad guys.  It is bad.

  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone: Europe.  I love reading summer time Europe set books.  Maybe it’s because I wish I was spending my summer in Europe, but instead I’ll be working most of the time save for maybe a couple of long weekends in Texas.  So far now, books will have to handle my own travel fever.
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins: I don’t like the title, because I don’t like that song and now it’s stuck in my head.  Still Stephanie Perkins.
  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: See above.  And that cover is just too cute.
  • The Inside of Out by Jen Marie Thorne: Thorne’s first book was one of my favorite books of 2015, I’m hoping her sophomore effort sparkles.
  • Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas: I still need ot read the first book in this series, but it’s Kleypas so…
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee: Love me some historicals.  I wasn’t a huge fan of first book, but I’m more than willing to give her a second try.
  • The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout: It looks very Katy McGarry-ish except it’s written by Jennifer L Armentrout so it could be interest seeing how she writes in that style.
  • Traitor of Angels by Anne Blankman: I love English history, enough said.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson:  Political scandal and dogs, I’m so there.
  • Royal Wediding Disaster by Meg Cabot: Because it’s Meg Cabot and there might be a possible drawing of Michael Moscovtiz
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: Important message book and the title makes me think of that song that Lady Mary sang in Downton Abbey to Matthew Crawley in season 2 even though the two things are completely unrelated.
  • The Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas:  Um, yeah.  Beauty and the Beast retelling sequel.
  • Ruined Amy Tintera: High fantasy that has a Revenge-ish plotline.
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye: Hyped fantasy hat has an interesting setting.
  • The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson: I never read As You Like It and I took a freaking Shakespeare class in college.  BUT I feel like since this is an important anniversary year of the Bard’s death, that it is a must to read some kind of retelling.

See a lot.  And I have to somehow plan my reading schedule for the month with the very large backlist I have accumulated-don’t expect a lot of these reviews to be posted until like, I don’t know, next year.

Anyone else have a massive May list?  Believe me, when I say that I’ve cut this down a lot.  Though, I’m sure after I view some other month ahead posts I’ll be adding to the list again.

The TBR Pile: April Showers Mean Time for Reading

It seems a little unbelievable that it is already April.  It seems like just yesterday it was 2016, and now a quarter of the year is over-not that 2016 has been that great of a year so far.  Anyway, here is my intended preorders for the month,

  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: This one seems like it could be ooey gooey or heartbreaking.  Regardless, it’s going to be interesting because a lot of relationships in today’s world are internet based.  I just hope it’s not all Lifetime-ish.
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw: Any book that deals with fanfiction forums and their drama totally has me ready to read it.
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead: Please be better than Soundless.  Please be better than Soundless. 
  • Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins: I still need to read the second book 😦
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh: Sequel squeal.
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: Inspired by Indian mythology.  Enough said.

Rather short list for April, which is always a good thing because you can almost be guaranteed that the next month is going to be really busy (FYI, May is FILLED with books).

The TBR Pile: Ring in 2016

I didn’t do one of these for December because it was surprisingly bare.  But for the new year, there’s a few releases coming out in January that I’m purchasing.  Not sure that I’ll be reading them right away since I will be studying pretty much all that month.


  • Proposal a Mediator Novella by Meg Cabot: More Suze and Jesse, yay!
  • Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo: Did I mention that if I ever get married I want to honeymoon in Antartica (the cruise ships going there are suppose to be some of the best cruises in the world and penguins).
  • Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smalle: Sort of disappointed in the second installment in this series, hoping the third one gets it back on track.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: Teen musician and time travel.  Sold.
  • The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine: It’s Sarah Fine.  Enough said.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Hype city with this book, but I’m interested.
  • The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman: Regency YA style.
  • Zero Day by Jan Gangsei: More political YA, a subgenre I’m really enjoying these days.

Committed Reads:

I am really not going to have that much reading time this month.  I hope to get through two or three titles, but I really don’t expect much since I’ll be doing some heavy duty bar study at least in the mid to latter part of next month (The test is in mid February-I usually go in overdrive, meaning twelve plus study hours that last month.  Right now, I’m doing eight and it’s killing me).  But here are two reads I want to get through next month.

Suze+ Jesse= Lack of study time for me.  Luckily this is a short novella.


This will be a nice study break.  I enjoyed The Bollywood Bride but I head A Bollywood Affair is better and not as dark and that’s probably what I need right now.


TBR Pile: What My Credit Card Bill is Thankful For

It’s November.  Which means Thanksgiving and one month before Christmas, and all of that stuff.  Actually, November is probably my favorite month of the year.  You can look forward to Christmas, but don’t have to deal with Post Christmas Depression.  Anyway, here’s my orders list and two I’m going to really try to read it reads.


  • Winter by Marissa Meyer: I am really looking forward to this book, but am sad that this series is ending.  I figure when I read it I’ll pretty much lock myself in my apartment for the weekend-oh, wait, I do that a lot anyway (my neighbors are sort of scary), but I probably won’t cook that weekend and clean and stuff.
  • Ten Thousands Skies Above You by Claudia Gray: This is my cheese series.  I like it even though it’s probably not the best book for my mom.
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead: It’s Richelle Mead.  I’m a little nervous though.  A lot of my trusted friendly reviews haven’t exactly been thrilled with this one.  So….
  • Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young: Haunted hotels.  I’m so in.

Four, so far and hopefully that’s it (likely–not that likely).  This is good since October was very heavy in the book buying month.  I’ll probably go into town once in November and do a book buying adventure then and I might go to Barnes and Noble’s when I’m in civilization in November-or at least do an Amazon binge on Cyber Monday.

Most Looking forward Release:

Um, duh.  I really want to read this one.  I’ll be posting my results of my reread soon.

Scheduled Reads:

I’ll admit, I’m a little bit of a political junkie and since November is election month…why not?

The TBR Pile: October is the Month of Puppies

I’m getting two puppies this month.

Yes, two puppies of the Chihuahua persuasion.  Their names are Pinky and Brainie.  After the cartoon Pinky and the Brain.  They’ll be living with my mother until I take the bar in this God forsaken state.  But I am so excited about flying home and meeting them this month.



In the meantime here are the books that I currently have scheduled on my reading list or preordered for the next month.


Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown: WWI is a period in history I don’t know as much about as I want and one of the things I love about reading is you learn stuff, which is why I’m interested in picking this one up.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I was tepid about this series, but I’m willing to continue on.  But something needs to happen in this one that sets it apart from other high fantasies.

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: A political Rom Com that does NOT star Donald Trump-thank God.  Though, that would be a hilarious YA book if it was about the child of a Trump like character who was embarrassed with all of the offensive things her dad says to the media that she decides to get emancipated and move to Mongolia to live in a yurt.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t know why I’m reading this.  I can’t stand Harco  (Harry/Draco) slash, which is what Simon and Baz basically is. Because how Harry and Draco would be together, because Draco is a dick, doesn’t make sense. But I’m curious, okay.

Illuminae by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Kristoff: I read an except of this and I am so interested in finding out more.  It’s told in a series of memos, and notes and stuff.  And I love that sort of format

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl: Duh.

Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis: I oddly grew to like Stitching Snow a lot more post read, so I am excited about this book.

 A Thousand Nights by Emily Kate Johnston: Another retelling.

Scheduled Reads:

Reunion by Meg Cabot: This is the thrid book in the Mediator series.  It’s more or less another filler book in the series, but I remember having a fondness for it.  And bonus points for me, is that I already finished reading it.

Until You by Judith McNaughtI am going to be reading historicals and adult romance from time to tie.  I’m trying to schedule it out.  So this one is on the list for next month.

Blood and Salt  by Kim Liggett: Because it looks like the perfect book to read around Halloween.

Most Anticipated Read:

Because Black Widow.   She has gotten so shafted in the movie verse.  Hopefully, her book won’t suck.