top ten tuesday: priority tbr books for 2019

Top Ten Tuesday!

Recently I moved all my physical tbr books off my bookshelves and into piles on their own so that I could have a clearer idea of what I’ve actually got to read and that pile is… let’s sportingly say sizeable, if by sizeable we mean “five stacks of books impeding my way across the living room”. Next year I want to try and actually make a dent in it! I will get to read stories I’m really looking forward to AND reclaim inches of floor space! A double victory!

This post is also for the Top Ten Tuesday prompt “Winter 2018 TBR” — I’m twisting the prompt a little bit because I’ve already talked about my December reading plans here.

Here are ten books I want to try and prioritise reading in early 2019:

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end of the year book tag 2018!

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I can’t believe it’s December! The best month of the year! (I might be a tad biased because my birthday is in December but also I am essentially the spirit of Christmas all year round, so in December my TRUE FORM becomes visible.) And you know another great thing that starts happening in December? BOOK LISTS.

I saw Regan from Peruse Project do this book tag a little while ago and I thought, yes! I can do that too! I think it’s meant to be done in autumn rather than, say, at the beginning of December but WHATEVER THOR I DO WHAT I WANT. Let’s take a look at my reading plans for the end of the year and also start pining for some 2019 releases! This tag was originally created by Ariel Bissett.

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unboxing: september book box club – birthday edition!

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Time for another (admittedly late) unboxing of my favourite book box! This is the September Book Box Club box, and the theme was Into the Wild. This month was Book Box Club’s two year anniversary box and it came with two books to celebrate! Happy birthday, Book Box Club ❤

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

Let’s get into it!

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Books I’m rereading| #ukrereadathon

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The other day, as I was looking through my bookshelves to see if there were any more books I could unhaul and donate to a charity shop, I came across my copy of Beautiful Creatures. “I can unhaul this!” I said, and then, actually holding it in my hands, hesitated.

I read Beautiful Creatures like four years ago (ha ha oh god, how does time work) and, at the time, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best thing I’d ever read or anything, but right then I needed something that would completely distract me, and it really helped me out when I needed it. I’ve hung onto my copy since then mostly out of sentimental reasons but I really am trying to keep the numbers of books I own to a reasonable amount, and to only books that I really love, or want to reread. “I will reread this before making a decision!” said I, and put Beautiful Creatures back on the shelves.

And then! It turns out Hollie from Hollieblog is hosting a UK rereadathon this weekend! IT MUST BE A SIGN, I said, and made myself a rereadathon tbr.

The readathon runs from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, and you can follow along using #ukrereadathon on Twitter.

Let’s get into it!

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YALC tips: chronic illness edition!

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(Fun fact: I wrote a whole draft of this post and then had a good but busy weekend that forced me to reexamine YALC planning. Ah, chronic illness. Never subtle.)

It’s YALC this weekend \o/! I went to YALC for the first time last year and had such a great time. You’re surrounded by rad books and rad people who love books for like three solid days! It was wonderful and I’m going back this year, and I’ve been looking forward to it for mooooonths <3___<3

This year, though, I am having a large M.E. flare-up. Am I still going to YALC? HELL YES. Am I going to have to put some adaptations in place for myself? Definitely yes. And I figured — hey, if I have been thinking about how to make this weekend happen for myself despite being chronically ill, maybe other people have too! And maybe we would all like some tips/would like to chat about that! I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED BY A BAD MAN AND AN AMERICAN STICK INSECT CHRONIC ILLNESS! I WILL GO TO THE BOOK BALL AND SO SHALL YOU!

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Unboxing: Book Box Club October 2017!

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October Book Box Club time! Spoiler: I properly loved this box. It’s one of my favourite subscription boxes I’ve ever received.

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

October’s theme was Quests and Legends. LET’S GET INTO IT!

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5 things I remember about His Dark Materials

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I’ve read His Dark Materials twice all the way through. The first time I was about…. ten, I think, and my main memory of that is going to see Philip Pullman give a talk just before The Amber Spyglass came out, during which I covered my ears when he read an excerpt because I hadn’t read the book yet and I didn’t want to get spoiled. (Sorry Philip.)

The second time, I was sixteen and on a family holiday in the summer after my GCSEs. I read all three books curled up on the bed in the tiny cavern room in the converted train station we were renting and eventually staggered out at the end, weeping, for emergency cereal.

With The Book of Dust just released this week, I thought it would be a good time to reread His Dark Materials again before carrying on with the series. I don’t have Lyra’s Oxford or Once Upon a Time in the North with me, so I can’t reread those, but I’m going to get through the main three before picking up Book of Dust. WHAT A FUN EMOTIONAL TIME WE WILL ALL HAVE. A JOY. NO EMOTIONAL TRAUMA HERE. NO SIRREE.

I figured it would be fun to see what I remembered from the series before rereading it again as, you know, a nominal adult. Then when I’m done I can look back and be like WOW WELL DONE MOOG THOSE SURE ARE SOME C-PLOT MEMORIES.

Warning for spoilers below for all three books, just to be safe.

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Unboxing: Book Box Club September 2017

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Back at YALC this summer, I met the lovely Libby and Kate, who run Book Box Club, a UK-based YA book subscription box, and signed up on the day.

Book Box Club sends you one new YA release each month along with 4 -6 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme. Every box comes with an invitation to the online Book Box Club book group, which hosts a monthly chat with the author of the selected book.

The September box was their one year anniversary box and the theme was Outlaws – let’s get into it!

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Unboxing: FairyLoot August 2017!

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You know what’s a good day? Book box arrival day! My August FairyLoot arrived a couple of days before I was expecting it, which was a p great way to kick off the bank holiday weekend.

If you’re not familiar with FairyLoot, it’s a YA fantasy monthly book subscription box that comes with one new YA fantasy release and a selection of other bookish things, all fitting a monthly theme. August’s theme was Otherworlds (which, like, be still my tiny Narnia-loving heart). Let’s get into it!

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