NO TIME RESTRICTIONS. NO ORDER. JUST MY IMMEDIATE TBR

Hello Book Folk!

Today, is a little bit of an accountability post for myself. It is going to be the books that I NEED/WANT to read for a variety of reasons.

The books on this list are the ones that I have received from generous authors, ARC’s NetGalley downloads or just some books I have been meaning to get to but keep missing.

As the title of this post says this TBR will have no order or time limits and hopefully is varied enough my mood reader problems won’t cause me problems. This TBR could be with me for the next three months or the next bloody year I don’t know, but these are the books I want to get through soonish!

I have been lucky enough to receive a good number of books from authors and I just haven’t had time to get around to them lately. I always give a realistic reading time to anyone who sends me a book (and im pretty sure I’m still within them all) but I feel like I am SOOOO behind at the minute because of my month or so long time/reading slump! And that makes me feel shitty to those who have sent me books.

The thing with books is, we get out of them what we put in.

If I go into a book with the wrong mindset or a blagging feeling that I HAVE TO READ THIS or that I’m letting someone down, well, I’m going to be stressed before I even start reading and that will without fail have a negative impact on my reading experience and thus review. So, while I appreciate the need to honour time commitments and be realistic, if your book is already published would you not rather me going in with the best possible attitude and love your book or feel forced into it and not enjoy it as much as I could.

So this is my post detailing the books I am moving to my immediate TBR and a few little notes. Again, an accountability post.

**This is in no particular order, as I am just going to pick from this list each time I need a new book to read**

**Any title with a link attached to it is simply the Goodreads link in case you want to check the book out**

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan:

I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy of ‘The Waking Fire’ book from Anthony Ryan after having a Twitter conversation about picking it up! This book is pretty high up in my mind and is likely to be my next read after ‘The Thief Who Spat in Luck Good Eye‘ by Micheal McClung.

The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey:

I received this through Josie’s ARC request form and I’m super excited to read it. I liked her light-hearted easy to read book ‘May Day‘ so thought I would request ‘The Wolf and the Water’ too. This is due to be release on October 8th so I would really like to have it read and reviewed before them. While no deadline was set for this ARC I still feel like it is good practice to aim for release day! That’s why we get most ARC’s after all, its just good manners in my opinion.

We Are The Dead by Mike Shackle:

This is another book I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of through talking to the author on Twitter. Mike was kind enough to offer a few signed copies with his brilliant doodles in to those who were lucky enough to see his post and ask! ‘We Are The Dead‘ had been on my radar so I flew at this chance, and as I said I was SUPER lucky to be one of the early requesters!

Sojourney by Brian Shotton:

Brian contacted me through my email and offered me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, I accepted as it sounded like quite a cool book! I received this mid August, or early August and still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Which I always feel super shitty for. I’m still within the time frame I set but it still feels like I’m lagging because of my month and a half long slump.

Voice of War by Zack Argyle:

Zack was generous enough to send me a copy of ‘Voice of War‘ after we ran a giveaway together, I was not expecting this and I am SOOO happy and utterly grateful. A lot of time and effort goes into a book and so to give that book away free…well, it is no small thing and something I truly appreciate.

Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund:

I actually bought ‘Blood of an Exile‘, but entered into a giveaway for book two and won! YAYYY! So, I have ‘Sorcery of a Queen‘ in this list, but there is no point reading that until I have read book one! Now, this is a silly one and you will likely laugh at me for it but there is honestly a part of me that feels cheeky with this. I entered a giveaway for a book I hadn’t read the first book of and won, so I feel like I need to get this read also because so many others will have entered who had read book one and may have deserved that little bit more!

NETGALLEY DOWNLOADS:

So before you judge my big ass NetGalley TBR let me try and defend myself! I didn’t know what NetGalley was or how it worked when I first started so I went on a requesting spree and I got accepted for literally every book! All but one of those initial books are archived now it was that long ago.

I have since requested ‘A Fools Hope’, ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue‘ and ‘Fires of Vengeance‘. For those books, by all means get pissy and rage about people treating NetGalley like a library. I don’t do it now and have only requested books on two occasions, the first spree and then the last three books I mentioned.

A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle:

Literally as soon as I saw Mike’s Twitter status stating that this was now available on NetGalley UK I was on the website and requesting it, even though I am still yet to read book one.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab:

This is my most recent NetGalley request so I don’t feel too bad about this, but still want to read it to get my NetGalley stats acceptable because at present they suck.

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter:

I bought book one of this series and it has such amazing reviews. I am expecting to LOVE ‘The Rage of Dragons’ as some trusted book friends have raved about it and with similar tastes. I’m expecting big things thus my eagerness to get ‘The Fires of Vengeance’.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant:

This is the only book from my initial requesting spree that hasn’t been archived!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow:

I am hoping to read this soon because its nearly Halloween and well this book it WITCHES!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence:

So, this was a little bit of a cheat book for me. I really wanted to get ‘The Girl and the Stars‘ but was on the fence about whether I would like it or not so I opted for a NetGalley request to trial it. Honestly expecting to be rejected.

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler:

I have started this book but started it at the height of my book slump so I was really ‘MEH’ about it. I am going to go back to ‘Ashes of the Sun‘ though and start from the begging hopefully with a significantly better attitude.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madsen:

I requested this, again expecting to get declined, alas I was accepted and still need to read it! Twitter was going mental for it so I jumped on the bandwagon, I am really excited to read it though ‘We Ride the Storm‘ sounds epic!

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Le:

Impulse request. I will get to this!

Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt:

Another I impulse requested on my first search spree, and one I will read especially with Norsevember happening! So ‘Northern Wrath‘ is calling me.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia:

I have actually started this and I am 50% of the way through ‘Mexican Gothic‘, I had to stop reading as I had some book review deadlines to meet and I just haven’t picked it back up yet, but I will.


There we have it my Immediate TBR! If you have actually read all that i’m impressed so thanks!


6 THINGS THAT NONE READERS DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT BOOKS AND READING…

 Hello everyone! Today is a fairly fun post, or at least when I thought of it I figured it would be, but we shall see if that is the case now I am writing it!

There are an astonishing number of people reading these days but there are still a great number of folks out there who simply have little to no interest in picking up a book of their own free will. Weird, I know right?! But they just don’t get what the appeal is. Why pick up a book when you can watch a movie right? Mehh. No, but that’s just us.

So here it is guys and gals, 6 things that none readers just don’t understand about books and reading:

BOOKS ARE ALIVE:

Books keep readers coming back time after time, either for a reread of a favourite book or to continue the series, these books are then kept alive by our vivid imagination and our participation in the book community. We discuss the events in a book like we discuss events in the news. The motivations of a character, the loss of a character and more! I have had many a conversation about fictional people because, like I said, books are alive and those contained within its pages are real to us!

REPRESENTATION MEANS A LOT, JUST AS MUCH AS IT DOES IN ANY ANOTHER ART OR MEDIA FORM:

We are in a time now were the absence of varied representation and inclusivity of people of colour, LGBT groups, women and minority groups in general is being highlighted but folks who don’t read can sometimes still not quite get the need for representation because “there just books” or “they aren’t real people” but just as it is with gaming or movies when we read many of us want to see people like ourselves in a story. I mean we commit a considerable amount of hours to a book, so its pretty fucking important to feel represented and be able to resonate with certain aspects of a character.

BOOKS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH:

There are tons of benefits to a daily reading session. To name a few; it builds ones vocabulary, it prevents cognitive decline and strengthens the brain, its aids sleep and reduces stress! I’m pretty sure I read somewhere it even increases ones lifespan! 

THE INABILITY TO ‘JUST STOP READING’:

We have all had it where someone starts talking to you while you are reading and it takes you a moment to respond. You know why? Because we are at least finishing the sentence we are on, for me you are lucky I don’t make you wait until the end of the paragraph for me to respond. I can miss an entire conversation because I’m not just reading a book, I am in a book. I am experiencing everything the characters are! The other half, in response to one of the worlds largest yawns from me, says ‘just stop reading and go to sleep’…Mmmm, no. I have just gone to war, I’m currently atop my war horse charging the orc hoards of the east! One cannot simply just stop and go to sleep in the midst of an epic battle. Pfft. Please.

This is probably one of the biggest things none readers just don’t get, and it is that you can’t just stop reading.

BOOKS ARE AN EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT:

Even now, in a time when we are being encouraged more and more to talk about our emotions and engage with things on an emotional level, there are still tons of folks out there who find the prospect of emotionally engaging with anything, never mind with a book and its characters completely alien. It is important as a reader to fully appreciate the immersive nature books can offer, and in my opinion books take this to whole new heights, yes a movie can make you cry but a book…a book breaks you. And it is that what I think a none reader is unable to comprehend or even appreciate.

THE STRESS OF THE BEASTLY TBR:

This I think is something that both long time readers and new readers can appreciate.

An avid reader has the problem of being wider read than a newb, they have read so many books from such a variety of authors that for each authors they loved they have added most of their other works to their TBR and also they have been exposed to books that are similar which more than likely make it to their TBR’s but then on the other hand you have a new reader. They essentially have all the greats of their chosen genre to read before even being exposed to other works so they have an instant TBR.

We all know that the TBR can be pretty stressful, it becomes difficult to chose your next book, you worry you will never get around to reading your backlog because new books are constantly coming to light and your TBR can sometimes become so convoluted and filled with books that may not even suit your tastes anymore! The TBR and the stresses that come with it is definitely something a non reader cannot even begin to fathom!

There you have it, six things I think none readers just can’t understand about readers and I can confirm it was fun to do. I always love seeing the bookish traits we all have and mutual understandings our community has. I know that there are tons of bookish quirks that folks don’t get about book folks but the above six points are things I genuinely don’t think none readers get. If you have any that you have experienced or think I have missed pop them in the comments or on the Twitter post and let’s discuss!!


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