I get a little bit nervous when I think about planning out my month of reading. Life is strange – and busy – and the prospect of finding the time to read at all during it seems impossible. That being said, I’ve developed something of a reward system for myself, where reading is the thing I go to as a treat for all the other things I manage to accomplish during the day. I went from 5 planned reads last month, to finishing 8, which was quite a surprise for me. I’m excited to see what I can do this month if I keep putting my mind to it!
The King of Average
by Gary Schwartz
Publication date: October 7th, 2015
I received a free e-ARC of this book from Gary Schwartz and his publicist in return for an honest review. This is a Middle Grade story about a young boy whose decision to become the most average kid who has ever lived leads him on an unexpected journey into a land that is anything but ordinary.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo
Expected Publication date: May 30th, 2017
This is another e-ARC. I’m buddy-reading this one along with my friend Josh. You can find Josh’s blog at Highlit Books. He’s awesome, writes great reviews and takes some rad instagram photos. You should follow him if you don’t already. This book is totally outside of my realm of normal reads. A contemporary romantic comedy written in the same vein as Korean Dramas, of which I have no familiarity with. Thankfully Josh does and he assures me that so far (we’ve read about 20%) that the book is faithful to those storylines.
by Morgan Rhodes
Publication date: January 1st, 2012
I’m continuing to buddy read this with a small group on Goodreads. We’re reading 5 chapters a week, and then we discuss and posit guesses as to what relationships will set sail or who will be murdered in the following 5 chapters. We’re about 50% through so far and it’s been really fun!
by John Gwynne
Publication date: December 1st, 2012
This is a re-read for me. I read this book probably 3 or 4 years ago, and remember loving it. I always meant to continue the series, but I got really busy with school at the time and ended up dropping it. I wanted to re-read this book to familiarize myself with the story again before I start book 2.
by John Gwynne
Publication date: March 27th, 2014
Speaking of Book 2. This time, to ensure I don’t abandon the series one book in again, I’m committing myself to start book 2 right after I finish the first. They’re long books, (around 700 pages each book) so I’ll be hard-pressed to find the time to read them both, but I’m determined to do it!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riordan
Publication date: April 1st, 2006
I absolutely loved the first book, which I read last month for the first time ever. I’m really excited to continue the series this month and see where the story goes next!
by Lynda Renham
Publication Date: March 24, 2017
I received an e-ARC from the author of this book in exchange for an honest review. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but I just read one last month, (The House by Simon Lelic) and I really loved it. I’ve been wanting to read more in this genre, so I was pleasantly surprised when Lynda reached out to me asking if I’d like to read this book. I’m excited to start it soon!
The Heart of Betrayal
by Mary E. Pearson
Publication date: July 7th, 2015
I read and reviewed the first book in this series, The Kiss of Deception, last month and absolutely loved it. I really enjoy Pearson’s prose, and I also really liked the characters of Lia, Rafe and Kaden. I can’t wait to start this book and find out where the story goes next. I hear this one is even better than the first!
That’s it! Those are my planned reads I hope to get through for the month.
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? How do you balance reading and the general insanity that is life?
Thanks for reading!