January 2017 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) 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!

I’m determined to take part in My TBR list throughout 2017, because last year it led to finally reading a book of my shelf that turned out to be one of my favourite reads of 2016 (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)!

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.

Well this just sounds awesome, right? I loved the Smallville TV show, and I loved Lois Lane so I’m super intrigued by a book all about her – although I’m also worried she can’t possibly live up to the feisty Lois of TV….

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

People seem to either love or hate this series, but I keep coming back to it.  I’m worried about how romance heavy it’s likely to be, but I also feel like maybe I should read this before giving Six of Crows a go.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

My goodreads friends have given this an average of 4.33 out of 5 which is a pretty great average, but I’ve just never gotten around to giving it a try for some reason.

Which book should I read for the May TBR vote?

  • Truthwitch (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Flame in the Mist (50%, 2 Votes)
  • The Fire Sermon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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

June TBR – The one with all the manga!

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!

I missed last month because I am useless, but I couldn’t miss another month! This month I’ve picked three manga series I’ve heard great things about.

Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.


I know this series is insanely popular, and I’ve been debating watching the anime on Netflix, so I figured why not give the manga a try?!

A family with an ancient curse…

And the girl who will change their lives forever…

Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she’s introduced to the Sohma’s world of magical curses and family secrets.

This is one that other bloggers in particular have raved about, but I know next to nothing about it.  Still, I figure it’s definitely worth a chance, especially since there are plenty of other shojo manga I really want to read.


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

This is a manga classic, and yet I’ve never read it! When my friends read it as teenagers, I ended up hearing so much about it there were no surprises left for me, so I never bothered reading it.  Now, there’s been enough time for me to forget all about it, so I figure it might finally be time to pick this up.

Which manga series should I start?

  • Tokyo Ghoul (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fruits Basket (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Death Note (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 0

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

April TBR List – Winner!

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!

The winner, by rather a lot, is…

This month’s vote was pretty dramatic, with Shiver pulling into first and staying firmly there, winning by more votes than any other book that’s taken part in one of my monthly TBR votes so far!  A lot of people seem to love Shiver (though not as much as The Raven Boys!), and I’m hoping I like it too so I can enjoy the rest of the series 😉  I’m also looking forward to the fact I have a physical copy of this one, since ARC April means I’m reading a LOT of ebooks this month, and I have to admit I prefer paperbacks!

April TBR – A new YA series

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!

I missed last month because I was still catching up on February’s winner (Calamity on audio) and I really missed it in March, so I’m excited to be taking part again.  This month I’ve picked three series starters from my endless list of series to start/catch up on!

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

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

 

So, after much encouragement from Micheline and others, I finally gave in and read The Raven Boys – which I loved.  I recently got Shiver through the ninja book swap, but I’m nervous about starting it because what if I don’t like it as much?!

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

I’ve had The Diviners on my shelf for absolutely ages but it’s never quite felt like the right moment to pick it up!  I know people love the series though, so maybe it’s finally time?


Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

I got this one through the Ninja book swap too, but although I know a lot of people who wanted to read it, I’ve seen very few reviews from friends, so I have no idea what to expect from this one really!

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!

February TBR List – Winner!

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!

The winner, by just 1 vote (!) is…

This month’s vote was seriously close, with a dead equal five votes each on Friday morning!  By Saturday morning, Calamity had just about pulled ahead, and I’m seriously looking forward to reading it! I’m a little nervous too, because I’ve pre-ordered the audio but it doesn’t come out until the 18th, meaning I’ll need to try and squeeze in 11 hours and 51 minutes in just over a week to get it reviewed in time!  I have loved the series so far though, and I can’t wait to see how it ends, so I’m looking forward to cramming some listening in at every opportunity 😉