Ten Most Recently Added Books to my To-Read List

A little while ago I did a minor cleaning of my To-Read list (TBR). I deleted books I had added because of contests, book club options, or other various reasons that I had either lost interest in or have been on my list for years and I still haven’t touched them. Now, don’t go thinking I went crazy. I maybe deleted 10-20 books from my list. I was just proud of myself for getting back under 200 books on my TBR. But of course, then I went and added more. So, I decided to update you all on what the ten more recent books I’ve added are! (By the way, you should totally follow me on Goodreads)

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1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

This is a sort of sequel to The Kiss Quotient which we read for book club last year. It’s a sequel in the sense that it takes place in the same world with the characters from Kiss Quotient, but focuses on a different set of characters. I am curious to see if this book will be as fun and enjoyable as the first.

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2.       The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

I added this book on recommendation from a friend. I’ve seen it around and it has also been on Reese’s book club list. Seeing as my friend and Reese have never steered me wrong, I finally added this book to me list. I love love stories and I also love when they have a catch. The story starts in present day and then goes back to the beginning. It seems cute and I also like the cover and I’m a sucker for a good cover.

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3.       The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

I was offered to read this book for review, which is how it came to be on my TBR. It follows a Polish couple, one who is a ballerina and the other a student who emigrate to America. Their son, Yuri, is born with a rare health condition that causes him to be unable to interact with other children. They get a teacher to tutor him at home and she has past ghosts of her own to deal with.


4.       The Unhoneymooners by Christna Lauren

Honestly, I had zero idea what this was about until after I added it. This past year Christina Lauren became an automatic read author for me. It looks like it’s going to be a hate-to-love romance trope which is my absolute favorite, so I am very much looking forward to this book when it comes out.

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5.       Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

I think I found this book on a blog of books that someone was looking forward to in 2019. The idea of a guy having to find a girl with his ex’s same name in order to use her train tickets as they travel across the US is too juicy to pass up. It does sound like there will be some insta-love, but I hope that it will be done well. I’ve read a book or two by Smith in the past and enjoyed them, so I’m looking forward to this one.

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6.       Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris

This is another book that I was offered for review, but it is a series that I have been reading and reviewing for a few years now. I didn’t expect a sequel to come out so soon so I’m excited! This series is different from what I normally read as it happens in past England and is sort of a murder mystery type series, but there are so many other storylines within. I’m curious to see where the story continues to go.

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7.       No Judgements by Meg Cabot

I about screamed when I saw that Meg Cabot was coming out with a new book. Similar to the Christina Lauren book, I added this one without even looking at the summary. This is easily up in my top 3 most anticipated books of 2019.

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8.       Normal People by Sally Rooney

This was a book that caught my eye based on the cover, but the cover has changed and I don’t like the new one nearly as much. Admittedly, I would not have checked out the description if this had been the original cover. Luckily though, it has already been added and the summary is one that interests me. Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other at school, but they are connected. They spend the next couple of years circling each other, but always ending up connected again. I’m curious to see what their relationship entails and what causes them to come back together over and over again.


9.       The Huntress by Kate Quinn

In January I picked The Alice Network for my book club book and loved it. This next book also follows a female in World War II. I loved the pacing and tone of The Alice Network, so I wanted to read another book by Quinn. I hope that I enjoy this book as much as the first, because I would love to have a new favorite historical fiction author.

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10.       Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

My tenth book was, yet again, an auto-read author for me. 2019 is going to be a good year for books since so many of my favorite authors are coming out with something new! This story follows a female firefighter dealing with being the only female in the firehouse. Of course, there’s a love story thrown in there that will, I’m sure, be wonderful.

Do you have any of these books on your list? What are some of the books you’ve recently added that you’re looking forward to.

Final 2018 Goal Updates

When I started the year I was feeling pretty positive and ambitious. For the past three years I had solidly read more than 80 books per year and I had a solid handful of new releases I was looking forward to. I was confident in my ability to reach all the goals, so I even added a reading challenge back into my life this year!

Well… you know what they say. Man plans, God Laughs.

This was the first time since setting a Goodreads challenge that I didn’t meet it. I know that this is mostly because of some life changes and difficulties, but it’s still a little bit of a bummer. I went from being ahead at the beginning of the year to pretty much coming to a halt the second half of the year. Now, I still read over 70 books and I know that’s not too shabby, but it’s easily the least I’ve read in the past 4 years or so.

One positive is that I did read 7 of the 8 books I shared as the ones I was most looking forward to in 2018. In regards to the eigth books, The Elizas, I think I got suckered in by the cover and the author. When I picked it up and re-read the description I just knew it wasn’t something I really wanted to read so I didn’t bother.

I’m still thinking about whether or not I want to do a most anticipated list for 2019. There are definitely books I’m looking forward to (hello Things You Save in a Fire and Famous in a Small Town) but I don’t know if I have a whole list full. We’ll see.

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Lastly, I attempted the Uppercase Reading Challenge. I even intended on updating on this challenge quarterly, but only did so at the end of March. When I last updated you, I had completed 4 of the 10 challenges. As of the end of 2018, I have completed 6 of the 10 challenges. While this isn’t a complete failure as it’s more than 50% completed, I had ideas in mind for the remaining challenges that I didn’t get around to.

I think what I’ve learned is that I’m not a reading challenge kind of girl. I like challenging myself with what I read, but I’m not great at checking off challenges set by someone else. For example, I challenged myself last year to read more books by diverse authors and ended up finding one of my new favorite authors, Maureen Goo!

I don’t have a specific challenge for myself yet for 2019, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something!

Are you completing any reading challenges? Any goals you have for yourself for the upcoming year?