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January Wrap Up | A New Favourite

February 1st, 2023

Hi Readers!

I had an amazing start to the reading year and I hope all of you did too. I found not one, but two new favourites. And the other books I read weren’t too bad either…

The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Technically, this wasn’t tthe first book I picked up in 2023. I started reading War and Peace and then remembered I wanted to read this first so I put that down to pick this up. This book is a wild ride full of such interesting and unbelievable stories. At times I just couldn’t believe this was actual history, it felt like reading A Game of Thrones or something. If you’re interested in Russain history, I’d highly recommend this.

Spare by Prince Harry (Not Rated)

I had to. I was too intrigued. I’ve written a review about it but just to reiterate, this book didn’t put me wholly against anyone. A lot of this felt like very normal, very common family tension and drama, just in a very public and rich family. It’s also, of course, one of the story. One interpretation of the events that went down. Don’t bother reading this unless you’re dying to have an inside look on royalty.

Full Review Here

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I know it’s a bit early to be saying this, but I would be shocked if this doesn’t make it onto my top books of 2023. Maybe even number one. This is a new favourite because it just has everything I look for in a book. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick it up.

Full Review Here.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This was the biggest shock of the year so far. The Shadowhunter books and I go way back. They were some of the first books I read after discovering booktube. I especially loved The Infernal Devices. But in recent years not so much. I tried rereading The Mortal Instruments and gave up. I also DNFed The Dark Artifices trilogy after book two. I never really planned on picking these up but decided I’d give them a go. Thank goodness because these books are addictive. I had a great time reading this and it’s sequel…

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This was a reread which I’ve wanted to do for a while so I could annotate it. This is one of those books where I don’t need to tell you it’s brilliant. It’s not for everyone. But it is brilliant. If you haven’t read it, please don’t let the size intimidate you. It’s split into multiple books and parts and is so easy to read throughout the month. Despite it’s length, it’s surprisingly readable. I really enjoyed my reread of this.

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Seriously. THE ENDING! Thank goodness I waited until close to the final books release date because I don’t know how people have waited so long after all that DRAMA.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I started this around New Years and I’ve been slowly reading it all month, annotating as I go. It’s finally finished and now I have a book full of highlighting and notes and tabs and I love it. I love this so so much.

I also DNFed a few books in January. I got quite far into these, so I wanted to share them with you…

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I know. This is really sad for me too. I just couldn’t get into this, there were so many characters I just couldn’t keep track and none of them were particularly memorable.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
I think I made the mistake of reading Heartstopper before this. I just couldn’t see Trina as a main character and honestly this book was making me hate her.

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
I definitely think Hemingway isn’t for me. I just can’t stand his writing.

The Office (US) Season 5 & 6
Still makig my way through this. The jokes aren’t hitting quite so well now but I’m determined to finish it. Just three more seasons to go!

The Devil Wears Prada
I haven’t watched this movie in so long! Such a classic. Iconic.

Wednesday
I know, I’m so behind! But I finally got to this and oh my goodness it was so good! I loved everything about this.

I hope you all had an amazing January too.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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January Bookish News | 2023

January 31st, 2023

Hi Readers!

This month we had some book adaptations get Oscar nominations!

January Book Releases

Lockwood and Co (Netflix)
Season 1
Book by Jonathan Stroud
Starring: Ruby Stokes and Cameron Chapman

You (Netflix)
Trailer Release
Loosely Based On The Book by Caroline Kepnes
Starring: Penn Badgely

Daisy Jones and the Six (Prime)
Trailer Release (and it looks friggin’ amazing!)
Book by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Starring: Riley Keough and Sam Claflin

The Magpie Murders (BBC)
Season 2 announced after BBC bought the rights
Book by Anthony Horowitz
Starring: Lesley Manville

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Disney+)
Season 1 has wrapped filming and more casting news!
Book by Rick Riordan
Starring: Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri

It Ends With Us
Blake Lively has been cast in the upcoming adaptation
Book by Colleen Hoover

Geek Girl (Netflix)
This YA book about a neurodivergent model is being adapted
Book by Holly Smale

Dark Matter (Apple+)
Season 1 script is complete
Book by Blake Crouch
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Dayo Okeniyi, and Jennifer Connelly

The Buried Giant
Guillermo del Toro will adapt this into a stop motion movie
Book by Kazuo Ishiguro

Vampire Academy (Peacock)
Cancelled after Season 1
Book by Richelle Mead

One of Us Is Lying (Peacock)
Cancelled after Season 2
Book by Karen M. McManus

Women Talking
Nominted for the Oscars Best Picture
Book by Miriam Toews
Starring: Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Roony Mara, and Frances McDormand

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
Nominated for the Oscars Best Picture
Book by Erich Maria Remarque
Starring Daniel Bruhl and Felix Kammerer

Anthony Joseph won the T.S. Eliot Prize for his poetry collection ‘Sonnets of Albert’.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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February TBR | RomComs and Classic Romances

January 30th, 2023

Hi Readers!

I’m as single as a pringle, but I love a holiday and a themed tbr so I will be embracing the romantic vibes and read a lot of romance in February…

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Emma by Jane Austen
I can’t let the month of romance pass without reading an Austen book.

Lady Chatterly’s Love by D.H. Lawrence
I’ve wanted to read this book for so long and February seems like the perfect month to do it.

Nobody Puts Romcoms In The Corner by Kathryn Freeman
I was kindly sent a copy of this by the publisher. I just love the title and premise. Hopefully this is a good, fun romance.

Love On The Brain by Ali Hazelwood
At first I didn’t think I wanted to read this. But I keep hearing people mention the crazy ending and I need to know what that’s about.

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
If I don’t accidentally read this all in one day. The third and final book of The Last Hours trilogy comes out on January 31st and I will be getting as soon as I can on kindle.

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
I’m a huge fan of hate to love and I’ve heard this is a good one. I also love ice skating so I should enjoy this.

Next are ‘research’. I’m about to start writing a YA contemporary, but it’s been a while since I’ve read one that I’ve actually enjoyed. So I’ll be picking up a few just to try and get back into the genre. Luckily my library had quite a good selection and I managed to pick up a few…
She Gets The Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuinston (audiobook)
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lord (audiobook)

You’re The One That I Want by Simon James Green
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
My goal is to actually just start this one. The A Game of Tomes book club have this as there pick for March and I just want to get a head start.

SPQR
Again, just planning on starting this. I have the audiobook coming in on the tenth so I’ll start it then.

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Film + TV Book Adaptations Coming Out In 2023

January 23rd, 2023

Hi Readers!

Here are all of the film and tv show adaptations I could find that are due to be released sometime in 2023!

Films

A Man Called Otto
Releases: Theatres, January 23rd
Novel by Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove)
Starring: Tom Hanks

Knock At the Cabin
Releases: Theatres, February 3rd
Novel by Paul Trembley (Cabin At the End of the World)
Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Rupert Grint

Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
Releases: Theatres, February 15th
Novels by A.A. Milne (a slasher comedy retelling)
Starring: Craig David Dowsett and Craig Cordell

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Releases: Theatres, April 28th
Novel by Judy Blume
Starring: Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams

The Little Mermaid
Releases: Theatres, May 26th
Fairytale by Han’s Christian Anderson
Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy

A Haunting In Venice
Releases: Theatres, September 15th
Novel by Agatha Christie (Hallowe’en Party)
Starring: Kenneth Branagh as Poirot

Dune (Part Two)
Releases: Theatres, November 3rd
Novel by Frank Herbert
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler

The Ballad Of The Songbirds and Snakes
Releases: Theatres, November 17th
Novel by Suzanne Collins
Starring: Rachel Zeglar, Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, and Tom Blyth

Wonka
Releases: Theatres, December 15th
Novel by Roald Dahl (a prequel story of Willy Wonka)
Starring: Timothy Chalamet

The Color Purple (The Musical)
Releases: Theatres, December 22nd
Novel by Alice Walker
Starring: Fantasia, Colman Domingo, and H.E.R

TV Shows

Dear Edward
Releases: AppleTV, February 3rd
Novel by Ann Napolitano
Starring: Colin O’Brian, Connie Britton, and Taylor Schilling

Lockwood & Co.
Releases: Netflix, January 27th
Novel by Jonathan Stroud
Starring: Ruby Stokes and Cameron Chapman

You (Season 4)
Releases: Netflix, Part One – February 9th, Part Two – March 9th
Novel by Caroline Kepnes
Starring: Penn Badgley

Shadow and Bone (Season 2)
Releases: Netflix, March 16th
Novel by Leigh Bardugo
Starring: Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Freddy Carter, Kit Young, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, and Danielle Galligan

Heartstopper (Season 2)
Releases: Netflix, ?
Graphic Novel by Alice Oseman
Starring: Kit Conner and Joe Locke

Daisy Jones and the Six
Releases: Amazon Prime, March 3rd
Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Starring: Riley Keough and Sam Claflin

Other TV Shows That Might Air In 2023:

Bridgerton Season 3 – Netflix
The Power of the Ring Season 2 – Amazon Prime
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (seems likely this will be 2024 now) – Disney+
The Handmaids Tale Season 6 – Amazon Prime
The Umbrella Academy Season 4 – Netflix
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 4 – Amazon Prime
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 – Amazon Prime

Which of these are you most looking forward to seeing in 2023?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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2023 Book Releases On My Raider

January 20th, 2023

Hi Readers!

Something I’d love to do more of in 2023 is read more of the books I’m anticipating and hopefully get a review out for them as soon as they’re released. So I’ll be reading more review copies and Netgalley arcs in 2023. Here are some I’m looking the most forward to reading…

The Happy Place by Emily Henry
This seems to be both second chance and fake dating, and I think that sounds amazing. Bring on Summer so I can go to the beach and devour this.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager
I’ll always be excited for a new Riley Sager book. It’s always a great time reading his books. So far, he hasn’t released a hugely disappointing one. I don’t even know what this ones about. But I will be reading it.

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
This is a possibility. I still haven’t actually started the first book in this trilogy Chain of Gold. Hopefully I like it and will be reading this in February.

Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods by Rick Riordan
I still can’t believe this is happening. I feel thirteen again!

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
I love the premise of this and I look forward to finally reading a Kuang book.

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
Even though I completely forgot about Love On The Brain’s existance, I will be giving both that and her latest one a go.

A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shanon
I’m excited about this one, but I know I’m not going to be reading it this year. I’ll be waiting for the paperback to be released. I still haven’t gotten around the Priory of the Orange Tree…

Maame by Jessica George
This has a lot of hype around it and I think it sounds like a great read. I’m kind of expecting to see this on the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist…

Lies We Sing To The Sea by Sarah Underwood
I remember seeing the cover reveal of this on twitter and since then I have wanted to read the book. It’s another feminist greek myth retelling and I am a sucker for those.

Heartstopper Volume Five? by Alice Oseman
I don’t think this is confirmed for 2023 but if she does release one this year, I will absolutely be reading it.

What 2023 release are you most excited to read?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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2023 Best Books *Predictions*

January 18th, 2023

Hi Readers!

So I’ve tried to predict future five stars before, but I’ve never gone so far as to try and predict my top books of a year a year in advance. But I thought this would be a fun experiment to see how well I know myself and my reading tastes.

For 2023 I have made and shared with you a list of 100 books on my TBR, and from that list, these are the books I think are most likely to be my top ten of the year…

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Happy Place by Emily Henry
Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods by Rick Riordan
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
The Atlas Six by Alexe Farol Follmuth
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

All of these I have high expectations for. Hopefully that doesn’t work against them. I will return to this list in a years time to see how accurate I was. And whether or not I even managed to read all of these books…

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Book Review | A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

January 17th, 2022

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

This was the first novel I read in 2023. I’ve always put a lot of pressure on the first book I read in a year. I want it to be a good one to start the year off right. It’s never been quite this good.

A Man Called Ove is the heartwarming, uplifting story of a man overcoming the grief of losing his wife. He’s a man who is percieved by others as the neighbourhood grump. He’s got a hardshell because his life has been hard. But when some new neighbours move in next door, that shell is forced open little by little.

My favourite combination is when a book can both have me sobbing my heart out, but also make me laugh. That is literally what I was doing the whole way through. Either crying or laughing, or even at moments doing simultaneously.

Backman absolutely nails the writing. We’re not in Ove’s head, but the commentary is still so him. He gives everyone a nickname like The Lanky One, he’s incredibly blunt, and has no patience for anyone. It made for some very funny scenes. The main criticism I’ve seen on this book is that people just don’t like Ove, and I can’t help but wonder if we read the same book…

I became so attached to Ove, to the point where I was ready to throw my book out of the window when I thought Backman was about to do him dirty towards the end. I think this is partly because Ove reminded me of my own Grandad if his life had been more similar to Ove’s. They’re both very set in their ways and believe there’s a right way of doing things. They also both made their wives bookshelves, which I think is the sign of an excellent man.

I noticed that Ove and a lot of the men I know in real life have a lot of similarities between them. And none of those men read and I just think, if at any point I can shove a book in their hands and convince them to read it, it will be this one because I think they will also see a lot of themselves in Ove.

I just geniunely have nothing negative to say about this. Every chapter made me feel something. Every chapter made me love Ove more. It now holds a very special place in my heart.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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2023 Book Clubs and Reading Challenges

January 16th, 2023

Hi Readers!

If you’re looking to step out of your reading comfort zone in 2023 and read some books that might not have necessarily been on your raidor, participating in a book club or reading challenge is a great way of achieving this. The internet is abuzz with these and here are some that I was able to find…

Book Clubs

A Game of Tomes
Hosted on YouTube by Emma and Caroline
A classics book club where they pit two authors and books with similar themes against each other. A rebrand of Dickens Vs Tolstoy

Reese’s Book Club
Hosted by Reese Witherspoon
January Pick: The House In The Pines by Ana Reyes

Literally Dead Book Club
Hosted by Layla from BooksandLala
A mystery/thriller book club on YouTube and Instagram

The Book Troop Book Club
Hosted by Gabby from Grabby Reads
Another mystery/thriller book club on YouTube

The Hobbitses Book Club
Hosted by Mary, Milena, Sarah, and Lucy
Four booktube friends discuss a book every other month. Their current read is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Tea Leaves Book Club
Hosted by Mary, Sara, Sofia, and Hilary
Their current read is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Reading Challenges

A Year In Aeldia: Magical Readathon 2023
Hosted on YouTube by G
A year long Magical Readathon challenge. A prompt for each month and month long readathons in April and August.

Buzzwordathon
Hosted by Layla from BooksandLala
Layla has shared a buzzword prompt for every month of 2023. The aim is to read a book with that buzzword either in the title or on the cover.

PopSuger Reading Challenge
Hosted by PopSugar
Goal: PopSugar give you a list of reading prompts for you to fulfil in 2023. The prompts are anything from Read a Book With a Colour in the Title to Read a Book From a First-Time Author.

52 Book Club’s 2023 Reading Challenge
Hosted by The 52 Book Club
Goal: A mega list of 52 reading prompts for anyone wanting to make their reading even more fun!

Booklist Queen’s 2023 Reading Challenge
Hosted by Rachael from Booklist Queen
Goal: Read a book a week. Another challenge that comes with 52 reading prompts for you to fulfil.

2023 Non-Fiction Reader Challenge
Hosted by ShelleyRae from Book’d Out
Goal: Read more non-fiction! It comes with 12 categories/prompts that will also help you broaden the type of non-fiction you read.

2023 Historical Fiction Challenge
Hosted by Marg from Intrepid Reader
Goal: Read more Historical Fiction. It comes with six different levels with various goals. For example you could aim to be a 20th Century Reader and just read 2 Historical Fiction book, or you could be a Prehistoric reader and go for the big 50+.

2023 Classics Reading Challenge
Hosted by Elsie from Tea and Ink Society
Gaol: Read more classics. This challenge with a prompt for each month of 2023, and you just need to fulfil it with a classic novel.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge
Hosted by Carol from Carol’s Notebook
Goal: This is a Mystery/Crime/Thriller/Suspense reading challenge. Like the historical fiction one, there are different levels you can aim for. You can aim to be either an Amateur Slueth, or Sherlock.

Book In Translation Challenge
Hosted by Jen from Introverted Reader
Goal: Read more translated books. Again, different levels to play for. You have Beginner or you could aim to be a Linguist.

Monthly Motif
Hosted by Kim and Tanya from girlxoxo and Chapter_Adventure
Goal: It’s comes with a new motif for every month of 2023. The aim is to read a book fitting that month. For example January’s motif is ‘New Year, New Direction’ and they want you to read a book with a ‘directional word in the title’ (up, down, etc).

Those are all the ones I could find. Hopefully there’s something here to tickle everyone’s fancy! Are you planning on taking part in any of these?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Reading and Writing Goals For 2023

January 13th, 2023

Hi Readers!

Right, we are well into January and I still haven’t shared my 2023 reading goals. I always find I repeat myself quite a bit with these but I can say that I have managed to not put duolingo on it this year. The new year urge to try and learn another language almost got to me, but I had to remind myself I just do not have the time!

Mainly because I am going to use that time to read, and also write. Here are all my goals, resolutions and plans for 2023…

Read 120 Books

My goal normally is to read 100 books, but I feel like challenging myself and I know that, with a little push, I could read that extra 20. My TBR will thank me for it.

Read More of the Books I Own

This is reflected in my post yesterday of the 100 books I have on my 2023 TBR. The longest section is my owned TBR. I just feel more and more unfamiliar with my own bookshelves because I honedtly think my TBR is now bigger than my Read. 2023 needs to change that.

Read Twelve Shakespeare Plays

I have a rough idea of what plays I want this to be. I’ve already read Twelfth Night. I’d also like to read A Winter’s Tale and As You Like It. We’ll see what the rest will be.

Read 10 Non-Fiction

Reading Non-Fiction has become less of a challenge recently. I’ve really started loving the non-fiction I’ve been reading and honestly, might end up reading more than this. We’ll see what 2023 has in store.

Read More Fantasy

I love fantasy. But they do tend to be longer books and that is the only reason why I don’t read it more often. I want to not worry about that so much in 2023.

Review More Books On Amazon

I might not be a huge fan of these big global companies that take over everything. But this does help authors so any new release/underated book I read in 2023 I want to post a review on Amazon for it. Which leads onto my next goal…

Read More New Releases

I read nine 2022 releases in 2022… I think this comes off the back of not requesting books on Netgalley anymore. I naturally just read from from my backlist. But I want to get back into reviewing upcoming releases. I’ve missed that.

Read More Poetry

This one is linked to my owned TBR goal, because I quite a few poetry collections now and have read barely anything from them. Right now I own complete collections of Wordsworth, Shelley, Tennyson and a few other selected poems also. I’d love to dip in and out of these throughout the year, and not let them sit forgotten on the shelf.

Write Two First Drafts

I’ve already just about started one, which is a Christmas romance idea I came upwith in December. I’m kind of in love with this story idea and really want to do it justice. I’m not sure about the second draft, but I do have plenty of ideas I’d love to at least get down one day.

Rewrite My 2022 NaNoWriMo Project

My Tennis romance is on hold at the moment. I did get the first draft down, although I’d rather call it a ‘draft zero’ as it requires a lot of work. I’m definitely an underwriter. But I have plenty of ideas and I look forward to getting back to it probably after I’ve finished my Christmas project.

So those are all of my goals for 2023. Do you set yourself goals for the year? Or do you prefer going with the flow?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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100 Books I Want To Read In 2023

January 12th, 2023

Hi Readers!

I did this post last year of 100 books on my immediate TBR. The plan was that at the end of the year I would revisit the post and see ow many I had actually managed to read from it. I ended up not doing that after working out I’d read a dismal number of them. twenty-four to be exact.

Still, I feel compelled to give it another go. I feel much stronger about this TBR as a whole. The only books I’m unsure about is the fantasy. But I’m really in the book to get into some high fantasy so I thought I would be ambitious.

As you can see I’ve split it into three categories. Now, in 2023 my goal is to actually read 120 books so I do have some leway. Probably for 2023 releases. Anyway, here are potentially all the books I’m going to be reading this year…

Owned

  • Virgil’s Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid
  • Plato’s Republic
  • Ovid’s Metamorphmoses
  • Euripedes’s Medea and Other Plays
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Chalres Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (reread)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reread)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
  • Down and Out In Paris by George Orwell
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reread)
  • Sherlock by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Germain
  • The Silmirilion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chronicals of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Assassins Trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • The Final Empire Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • Neaoplitan Novels by Elena Ferrante (reread)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (reread)
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • Emma by Jane Austen (reread)
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (reread)
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Tolkien Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
  • Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
  • Women & Writing by Virginia Woolf
  • The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiere
  • Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (reread)
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (reread)
  • A Passage To India by E.M. Forster
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Girl With the Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (reread)
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (reread)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • Angela Carter’s Short Stories

A Game of Tomes Book Club

  • January: A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • February: Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
  • March: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • April: The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • May: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • June: Not yet decided. Either: The Stranger, Count of Monte, or Jude the Obscure
  • July: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • August: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • September: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (I won’t reread this)
  • October: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • November: Twelfth Night
  • December: Eugene Onegin by Pushkin

New Releases On My Raidor

  • Maame by Jessica George
  • Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • A Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
  • Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
  • The New Percy Jackson Book by Rick Riordan

Don’t Own

  • A Chain of Gold and A Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
  • Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare
  • The Atlas Six by Alexene Farol Fullmoth
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • The Brown Sisters Books 2 & 3 by Talia Hibbert
  • Freshwater by Akwaeki Emezi
  • The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Are any of these books on your TBR?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X