Bookish Update, June 4, 2017

Hi friends! Happy June! Long time, no blog. As it’s been a while since I’ve done a Late Night Thoughts post, I figured that might be the best way to kick off my summer reading rampage!

So, here are some updates as to where me and my TBR are:

*Yes, I am still nursing a book hangover from A Court of Wings and Ruin. If you haven’t checked out my review for that beauty (which is actually just an extended rant with a 5/5 rating at the end), feel free to do so. But, beware. There are so many unavoidable spoilers. I just couldn’t resist. *insert gritting teeth emoji here* Basically, I just adore SJM and every world she creates.

That being said…

*I currently have two TBRs. One is the I-should-read-this-at-some-point-in-my-life pile. The other one is the heck-yeah-I-need-to-read-this-ASAP pile, and that one is (obviously) my priority.

Certain authors and their books automatically make their way to the priority list, like the works Sarah J. Maas, Colleen Hoover, R.S. Grey, and JoJo Moyes. Anything these geniuses write ends up at the tippy-top of my MUST-READ-NOW list.

Certain books ALSO have made their way to this list purely due to bookstagram praise, GoodReads explorations, and the intrigue of kick-butt synopses I find online (ex. Caraval, An Ember in the Ashes, etc.)

 

Yet I always feel like I’m letting my secondary TBR down. However, who wants to read a book that they’re not mega-excited about? Unfortunately, I’m not as excited about Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd as I am about R.S. Grey’s latest rom-com…sorry, not sorry.

Does anyone else feel that their TBR ends up in categories? I didn’t even realize that I had a priority pile until recently.

Anyway, on to more updates…

*I finished Outlander tonight! Woohoo! Man, was that a beast of a book. My paperback copy finishes up at a lovely 627 pages and although it took me about nine days to complete it, I was left feeling amazingly satisfied.

I’m not going to lie, Outlander is dense. But that is in no way a downfall. I wasn’t able to read my usual 100-pages-a-night, but for this one I didn’t want to. The last reading experience I had where a book took me about as long was Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale last year. It took me two weeks to finish, but I was so intrigued the entire time.

So, you could say Outlander has left me pretty happy, despite the extended reading time. I cannot even explain how stoked I am that this book comes with so many more in the series. I’m going to take a break from Claire & Jamie’s Scottish love story for now, but I definitely will be returning any time I have a bit of wanderlust for the Scottish Highlands (which I have a lot of thanks to my study abroad experience).

*And finishing Outlander has brought me to…22 BOOKS READ OF MY 52 BOOK GOAL THIS YEAR! 30 books to go! According to GoodReads’ tracker, that puts me behind schedule, but I have a feeling that summer vacation will allot me ample time to get back on track…

Pretty sure that this time last year I had about 6 books read, so I seem to have made some improvements since then.

Now, to choose which book to read next. I had an unbiased party (a.k.a. my boyfriend) read through the synopses of a few of my preferred selections earlier today to make a decision for me. He chose Crown of Midnight by SJM and I’m thrilled. Time to fall down another bookish rabbit hole…

XO,

Kjersten

 


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