Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today, I decided to do something a little different. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking about how I didn't know what I wanted to read after my first year of university ended. Lala from BookandLala on youtube has recently been doing videos where her husband, son, etc. chooses her TBR for the month. So, I decided to give that a spin and have goodreads choose my TBR!

*As I was planning this, a new video by Riley Marie did the same thing! Make sure to check out her video. :)

If you are new here or aren't aware, I do not do well with TBRs! I'm a mood reader, but hopefully I'll get to a couple of the books that goodreads suggests.

For this TBR, I'm going to goodreads and randomizing my want to read list. I'm going to pick the first book on the list, and then refresh. If a book comes up that is not yet released, or that I don't own and isn't at my local library, then I'll just choose the next one on the list that is easily available to me. Since I am a mood reader, I decided to pick seven books in the hopes that I will read two of them.

1) Uprooted by Naomi Novak

This book was all the rage in 2015. I was interested in it (I mean, it's a standalone fantasy!) but I was overwhelmed by all the hype surrounding it. Now that talk of this has died down, I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

2) Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I was happy to see that this ended up being one of my picks! I actually checked this out from my local library a year or two ago during the summer, but realized it was connected to a broader series. So, I went back and read the Trylle series by Hocking instead. I don't remember much of the world (besides that there were trolls and my ship sailed), but I'm looking forward to getting back into it! 




3) Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
 Blood and Sand was released earlier this year, and I was really looking forward to it! I wasn't able to read it just because of schoolwork, so I'm happy I'll be getting my hands on the book this month. Alyssa really loved this one, and I trust her opinion, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this book, and hopefully love it. 

4) That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Okay, so this was on my to read list, but I honestly had no idea what it was about. EK Johnston is an author I've wanted to read for a while now, so hopefully I'll get to this and enjoy! After skimming the synopsis, I know that the book takes place in an alternate reality in which the British Empire still has colonies in North America. 

5) Zero World by Jason M. Hugh
 I won this in a giveaway on Lauren's blog years ago, and I never got around to reading it! I was always interested in it, but I think I was hesitant to  read it due to the size and the fact that it isn't a YA book. However, I am ready to expand my horizons! 

6) Breathe by Sarah Crossan

I added this book to my list so long ago that I barely know what it is about. I remember that there is little oxygen left, and that a group of people are trying to make it to a city where there is abundant oxygen, but they don't have enough oxygen to make it through the trip. The premise (if I got it right) sounds interesting, and the book is part of a duology, so I'm not committing myself to a huge series either. 


7) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

And we've got a contemporary! Thank goodness! I'm in a contemporary mood, as I've been reading a ton of fantasy recently, so this might be the one I pick up first. I've heard amazing things about Emery Lord, so I hope that this one doesn't disappoint.




Have you read any of the books above? What did you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

21 comments:

  1. I'm currently re-reading Uprooted as a Buddyread. I really hope you'll fall in love with it just like I did :)

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    1. Thanks! I've heard wonderful things, so hopefully I won't be the outlier with this one. :)

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  2. Oh! I love this idea. I'm also a mood reader and I tend to get tripped up when I'm following my "have to review" list too closely. I have read Breathe, but it was forever ago. I think I enjoyed it? Emery is one of my favorite contemp authors, she's an auto buy for me and I am very picky about my contemp books. I hope you love Start.

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    1. I always try to keep my ARCs to a small number so I don't get overwhelmed and feel like I have to read a book rather than want to read a book. :)

      Breathe is an old one! I remember adding it when I first got a goodreads more than three years ago. :) Thanks Stacee! It seems like Emery is a go-to author for many!

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  3. What a fun way to pick your TBR! The only one I've read is That Inevitable Victorian Thing, and I actually DNFed it, unfortunately. Hope you enjoy your reads!

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    1. Thanks Angela! If you don't mind me asking, why did you DNF it?

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  4. I love this idea! Uprooted is amazing, I hope you enjoy reading it :)

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    1. Thanks JJ! I'm trying to keep my hopes lowered, but it's hard to do so when everyone seems to love it!

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  5. Good luck with Zero World, Genni! I hope you love it!

    This is a great idea, by the way... I may have to try it. :)

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    1. Thanks Lauren! It's a shame I haven't read it since I've won it from your blog! *hides face*

      I would love to see what goodreads picks!!

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  6. What a fun idea! I am a mood reader too so I am not sure how well this would work, but I want to try it. :D Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks Kay! That's why I gave myself a goal of only two of the books; I knew there would be a good chance that I wouldn't be in the right mood for some of them. :)

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  7. Fun! These all look pretty good so I think you can't go wrong with any of them!

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    1. Yeah, I got lucky and didn't get any books that I had zero interest in. :)

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  8. Breathe sounds vaguely familiar to me. I think I read it back in the dystopia craze and never really wrote a review for it but I do remember generally enjoying it. Hopefully you'll find it more memorable than I did :) This is such a cool idea, Genni, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the books as well!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. It was released during that time, which is definitely why it's on my TBR! Haha, thank you!

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  9. Such a good idea! I'm a huge fan of Emery Lord so I love The Start of Me and You and definitely recommend that one!

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    1. Thanks Sara! It seems like Emery Lord is a popular choice! :)

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  10. I recently read Uprooted because I finally wanted to see what all the hype was about! To be honest, I wasn't blown away. I thought it was way too long, and I didn't even like the romance that much D: I hope you have a better experience with it!

    I have a copy of Breathe and The Start of Me and You, as well! I remember thinking Breathe sounded really cool, and was keen for a short series, as well. I'm not a huge contemporary reader so I'm no sure I'll get to TSOMAY any time soon but I really have heard a lot of good things about Emery Lord's books in general, and I did quite like another books of hers that I read.

    I hope you end up reading and liking all of these!!

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    1. Oh no! I'm trying to keep my expectations low so that I won't be disappointed! Hopefully I'll have a better experience, but if not, I know I'm not alone. :)

      I didn't realize Breathe was part of a duology! I just started reading it last night, and while I'm not blown away by it, it is pretty interesting! I'm in the mood for some contemporary or light fantasy right now, so I might pick up The Start of Me and You.

      Thank you Chiara!

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  11. What a fun idea, I've been meaning to pick up Uprooted again!

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