#MyTBRList – January Vote!

TBRMemeMy TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

One of my goals for 2019 is to focus on series, so this month I’ve picked three books from my endless list of series to catch up on.  For all three of these series, I only need to read one book to either catch up or finish, and I have the book needed on my shelves already, so it’s just a case of deciding which to start with!

** POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING: This month I’m featuring sequels, so the synopses for these potentially contain spoilers for earlier books. **

Muse of Nightmares – Strange the Dreamer #2

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice – save the woman he loves, or everyone else? – while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Hellbent – Orphan X #3

‘Do you need my help?’

They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon.  Then he ran and became the man you call on when you’ve nowhere else to turn.

This time it’s a teenage runaway called Joey.  Like Evan she’s no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.

Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do.  Which is where the trouble begins.  Because this might not be about Joey at all.  And if it’s not, then it must be about Evan.

But finding out why could kill them both …


Zero Day – Skitter #3

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.

The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?

For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can-more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder – and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what can be more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?

Which book shall I read in January?

  • Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Hellbent (Orphan X #3) (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Zero Day (Skitter #3) (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

Top Ten Books I read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl where each week has a specific prompt everyone is welcome to post a list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Best Books I Read In 2018“.  I’ve talked about pretty much all of these in my end of year survey already, but my top ten books for the year, in no particular order, were….

The YA

The Battlemage by Taran Matharu
The final book in the Summoner series, this was actually my favourite of the series I think.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, romantic historical fiction. Put a smile on my face instantly.

The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
“The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park”: consider me sold. Fast-paced, addictive fun.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
An impulse purchase and a honeymoon read, this was just addictive.  I bought book 2 on my kindle as soon as I finished book 1, even though it meant I wouldn’t have a matching copy on the shelf, because I just couldn’t wait that long.

The non-fiction

Eat Drink Run by Bryony Gordon
Like having a conversation with a friend over a cup of tea or a cocktail. Relatable and motivational with inspiring moments and moments that’ll make you cry.

Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove
Thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and one that’ll stick with me. Of course you need to decide for yourself what you agree/disagree with in what Hargrove says, being better informed about the Seaworld controversy is the only way to really figure out your own feelings, and Hargrove’s obviously got a wealth of experience to share.

The sci-fi and fantasy

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
I knew almost nothing about this but it was getting rave reviews so I decided to give it a go – worth all the hype, this is a well-written fantasy in a carefully-crafted world which feels absolutely real.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
What I was expecting from Miss Peregrine’s I think – a little dark, a little spooky, very atmospheric and with characters you can’t help but love.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Giant robots and government conspiracies? This was always going to be a hit for me.  I also loved the unique writing style, with everything written as interviews, documents, news reports etc.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Why, why, why, did I wait so long to read this? Probably my favourite read of the year in total, I absolutely loved this.

Binge Watchers #2: Legend of Korra, How to Get Away with Murder & The Dragon Prince


What I was watching last month…

Legend of Korra

In six words or less: Teenage girl with magical elemental powers.

Progress since last update: I saw all of seasons 2, 3 & 4 and am now a bit gutted I’ve got no more to watch!


In six words or less: Bow-and-arrow wielding vigilante.

Where I’ve got to so far: No progress!

The Flash

In six words or less: Super fast crime scene investigator.

Where I’ve got to so far: No progress!

Currently Binging & Binge-stats:

Since my last update I’ve done a lot of watching – I hadn’t realised quite how much until I started writing this update! Last month my watchlist was at 52%, 15 days and 22 hours to catch up. This month, as you can see below, it’s at 70%, 14 days and 18 hours – almost a day less.

Currently Watching

How to get away with murder

In six words or less: Law students on both sides of crime (okay that’s 7 but I struggled here!)

Why I’m watching it: I watched seasons 1  & 2 ages ago but just never got around to season 3. I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for the other day so I put one of these on and got hooked all over again so now this is my new watch-on-my-own show!

Where I’ve got to so far: halfway through season 3.

Sword Art Online

In six words or less: video games are all too real…

Why I’m watching it: it’s nice to have a short show to mix it up with, and there’s a season 3 now so it seems like a good time to catch back up!

Where I’ve got to so far: season 2, episode 19 – five episodes left of the season.

The Dragon Prince

In six words or less: animated show about last dragon egg

Why I’m watching it: this has been our replacement show for Legend of Korra, wtitten by one of the writers of Avatar (which we loved)

Where I’ve got to so far: all finished!

What’s up next?

I’m not sure! I’m watching Riverdale (and cursing the fact it’s only one a week) as well as Discovery of Witches but again that’s only one a week. I think I’ll watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when that comes out though.

Top Ten longest books I’ve ever read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl where each week has a specific prompt everyone is welcome to post a list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten longest books I’ve ever read“.

This week’s list is absolutely dominated by two authors.  It’s no surprise that George R.R. Martin features so heavily, as the Game of Thrones books are notoriously long, though Robin Hobb was less expected.  Objectively I know Hobb’s books are big but they’re always so good I never really notice just how long they are!

  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (1,061 pages)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (994 pages)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (931 pages)
  • Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb (914 pages)
  • The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb (906 pages)

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (896 pages)
  • Ship of Magic by  Robin Hobb (880 pages)
  • Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (853 pages)
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings (840 pages)
  • The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings (800 pages)

What are the longest books you’ve read?

Top Ten Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl where each week has a specific prompt everyone is welcome to post a list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read“.

This is actually one I really struggled with because I’m up to date with quite a few of my favourite authors (Maria V. Snyder, Sarah J. Maas, Pierce Brown, Becky Chambers).

Robin Hobb

I’ve loved every book I’ve ever read by Robin Hobb, but so far I’ve stuck to the Realm of the Elderlings books.  I’d like to actually go back and read her other series, even if they’re not necessarily something I would normally pick up; the Megan Lindholm series isn’t fantasy but I’m curious because she wrote them and I just love Hobb’s writing!

J. K. Rowling

Well of course J. K. Rowling was going to feature on this list! I’ve read the first Cormoran Strike book and while it was enjoyable enough, I still haven’t picked up the second book despite the fact it’s been on my shelves for an embarrassingly long time. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually, I just keep being drawn in by new additions to my shelves. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is one I really do want to get to eventually.

Laini Taylor

So I’d never actually come across this book until I discovered it at a book sale earlier this year. Of course I picked it up: I absolutely loved both the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Strange the Dreamer so I have high hopes for this too!

Matt Haig

I really enjoyed The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive but I haven’t read Notes on a Nervous Planet yet – I don’t feel too bad because it hasn’t been out that long, but I definitely intend to get to it pretty soon! How to Stop Time is probably a book I wouldn’t pick up apart from the fact I know it’s by Matt Haig, so it’s one I’ll grab if I see it at the library but probably won’t rush out and buy.

Jodi Picoult

I always know what I’m getting with a Jodi Picoult read: multiple points of view, ethical/moral dilemmas, shades of grey, all in easy-to-get-lost-in prose with characters I’ll relate to, hate and love in varying degrees.  There’s a few of hers I haven’t read yet but as I do have a copy of The Storyteller that’s highest on the priority list.

David & Leigh Eddings

David & Leigh Eddings are what got me into fantasy to start with and I think this is the only series of theirs I haven’t finished. I picked up book 1 and 2 too long ago to be able to jump straight back in with Crystal Gorge and at the moment, I can’t bring myself to step away from all the other books I want to read long enough to re-read both of those followed by the last two books.  I’ll get there one day!

Mira Grant

I love Mira Grant’s books so having exhausted her novel backlist I’ve started moving on to the stories she writes under Seanan McGuire instead. I haven’t started the October Daye series yet – partially because there are so many of them – but I know people love them so I definitely will do.

Any thoughts on which of these I should pick up first? And which books are on your TBR by your favourite authors?