Life is hectic at the moment. I work full time; just started a part time job working from home, and I attend college full time. On top of it all, I’m doing this book blog thing. Am I crazy? Probably, but I feel like I’ve dedicated too much of the last few years of my life to putting off my own interests and now it’s time to treat myself. Plus, I’ll be graduating from University this May, so there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
I set a goal of 50 books to read during 2017, mostly because of all these outside obligations. Ideally, I’d like to read more than that, and get some writing done too. In the interest of setting some goals for myself, I thought I’d discuss the books I’m planning on reading this month, and why I chose them.
City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare
(Mortal Instruments Series, #3)
Funny story. I was gifted the first 3 books in the Mortal Instrument series probably 7 or 8 years ago when I was lowly teen. Being a teen, I absolutely couldn’t be bothered with reading a book that an adult gifted me, so they sat in my closet for ages. I ended up picking up the series for the first time ever in January of this year, when I was at a loss for something to read.
Needless to say, I absolutely loved the first two books. I actually just finished this book yesterday, but I included since I spent all of last week reading it in the midst of everything else I had going on.
A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
I started this book at the beginning of March and after a brief hiatus from it to finish up 2 classes, I am back at it. I think the premise of universe jumping is so unique. This book also does a great job of dropping the reader right into the action. I’m a little over 100 pages in at the moment, and seeing as it’s a shorter book I’ll probably be wrapping it up in the next day or two. A review will follow in a day or so depending on how busy I find myself.
by Susan Ee
(Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a really long time. I bought it and the first sequel in a Kindle Daily Deal some months ago and finally felt like prioritizing it. I’m about halfway through it right now and I am very pleasantly surprised. Sometimes with self-published books they can leave a lot to be desired, but thankfully I think this is one that really broke the mold. I think there’s a reason why it has become so popular just via word of mouth in book communities like Goodreads!
The Last Machine in the Solar System
by Matthew Isaac Sobin
(ARC Copy- Short Story)
I saw this offering on NetGalley and thought that the cover was so striking I was immediately drawn to it. Seriously, it’s so beautiful! @_@
Taking place 3 billion years in the future, Earth is dead and gone, and the sun is a grey and shrunken dwarf star. All that remains of humanity is Jonathan – the last machine. Created to survive the destruction of the Earth, Jonathan witnessed its end. This is his story, and the story of his creator, Nikolai, set in the final days of the human race.
I’m seriously so excited about this one. It looks like it’s going to be pretty compelling. I can’t wait to review it!
by Morgan Rhodes
(Falling Kingdoms #1)
I was invited by some wonderful friends on Goodreads to join a group of first-time readers of this series, which is why I picked up the entire thing in my last bookhaul. This is another series that has been on my to-read list for a long while, and I’m really itching to get it started! I’m also really excited about the prospect of reading this with a group. I think it’ll be great fun to experience it alongside other people.
Bones of the Past
by Craig A. Munro
(ARC Copy – The Books of Dust and Bone #1)
I was so excited to be approved for this ARC. Another gorgeous cover, and I’ve been in such a fantasy mood lately. This one seems to have it all: old Kingdoms, Guards, sacred cities, and characters called to war when a dark power rises across the lands.
I’m very excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to read and review a new fantasy series. I can’t wait to start this in the next week or so!
Kiss of Deception
by Mary E. Pearson
(The Remnant Chronicles #1)
So I fully admit that this one is likely an honorable mention for the month. I think I’ll get to start it right at the end of March, and will probably finish and review it in April. This is a YA series that was recommended to me by a lovely friend on Goodreads.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about the first book in the series, but I have it on good authority that the characters experience a lot of growth over the course of the trilogy. I am a sucker for characters that grow and change. Plus, the covers are beautiful. I love having these books on my bookshelf!
I hope you all tag along with me this month to see my reviews! I’ll need the encouragement, I’m sure!