Monday Missions (#3)

Hello March! So yesterday was my birthday. I’m now the ripe old age of 22. I know, I’m just starting my life, but let me bask in how old I feel for a bit. I’m not much of a birthday celebrator. More because I’m not really sure what to do than anything else. I try to just take a day off and have a guilt free mini staycation of some nature. Not much in the way of gifts usually happens. This year I did get a cook book, which is the extent of my birthday book acquisitions. Which I’m pleased about. I have so many I still haven’t read ready to jump from their boxes at me. /end mini interlude on my usual Monday Missions.

So last week I finally made it through The Emancipation of B (you can read the short review here). My reading motivation wasn’t as high as I had hoped. However, today alone I’ve powered through 90 pages of Silver by Rhiannon Held and had to put the next two in the series on hold at the library. It’s not even noon. So I have high hopes this week. Not only has Silver been great so far, my focus has been good.

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Monday Missions (#2)

My focus is a bit better this week so I’m hoping to actually complete my reading goals this week.

I only just started The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh, which is a bit slow at the moment. I’m about 30% done and hope the plot becomes clearer before I’m halfway done. It’s rather short (under 150 pages) so I’ll probably finish it in the next day or two depending on other obligations. It’s my first ARC. I didn’t request it, I didn’t think I would get to the point where that made sense for me to make any requests until at least next year, but it is much appreciated. So far the writing style is refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading this month and I think it’s helping with my lack of reading focus.

After that I really want to power through two or even three more novels. Preferably the last two suspense romance novels from this months Grab & Go! bag: Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson. As well as Silver by Rhiannon Held, though if I feel up to a longer read I may go for The Troop by Nick Cutter (I have a first impressions post of all these books here). Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy is quite long (over 700 pages) so I may end up saving that for next month (thanks to Leah for suggesting it, it looks like a lovely read).

Honestly I expect The Girl with a Clock for a Heart to be a rather slow read for me because of the amount of mystery elements that are suggesting in the synopsis. So far those haven’t been all too exciting for me this month. I think Dream Eyes will flow a lot quicker for me because I know I enjoy paranormal elements. I may try reading them both at the same time to see if that helps me get through them quicker – putting one down when my interest veers away and picking the other up (I’ll have to take notes so I can review them properly). But that’s only if they provoke the amount of interest in their stories as the rest of my Grab & Go! bag books have done. Suspense romance just doesn’t seem to be my genre.

If there are suspense romance novels you’d recommend, or just romance novels, please let me know. I’d like to get a better feel for this genre. It’s likely that I just ended up with ones that don’t suit my interests. (I’m more of a horror, paranormal, high fantasy, dystopian, and psychological thriller sort of reader.)

February reading plans (Library Book Haul #1)

This is my first book haul from the library this year! I’m excited to share with you what I plan to be reading this February. Or at least attempt to read.

One thing my library has that is absolutely amazing is Grab & Go! bags. As you can see below they’re brown paper bags with 6 – 10 books inside, stapled shut with a paper telling you the genre and a list of barcodes on the back. But no peeking! I have an anxiety disorder making it hard to ask for help looking for new books so this really is amazing for me.

I chose Romantic Suspense because it’s almost February. Love is in the air. Though I will be looking for friendship focused books as well. (Not all love is romantic!) I did only get 5 books in my bag – the five to the left – but they’re a good size. It might have been too heavy with more.  I’m wrong! One of the books contains two novels! So I do have 6 books in the bag. The three to the right are ones I chose.

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Below the cut is a description of each book based on the blurb on the back or inside flaps, along with my initial thoughts and a link to GoodReads so you can read about it too.

Which one do you think is most interesting?

What are your reads for February?

Have you picked up any new books lately?

Does your library have cool programs like Grab & Go!?

Lets chat.

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