Saturday, 11 March 2017

Reading schedule: January - June 2017

Yes, I know I'm 2 months late to call this a 6-monthly planner, technically, but who's keeping track? NOT ME.

Anyway, I like to have an idea about which books I'll be reading over the coming months; sometimes it's because there's a particularly relevant theme coming up, or because I'm anticipating being in the mood for a certain genre, or just because I have an advance copy of a book which will be coming out on a certain date. Whatever it is, I find I read more, and get more out of reading, if I at least have a vague idea in advance about what's coming up.

With all that in mind, though, there are some specific, overarching things I will be focusing on with my reading habits: as well as reading more diversely, I want to add more adult books to my list, which is something I've fallen behind on of late. I'll aim for one adult book per month.


January

This was an anything-goes month, and I read a mix of sci-fi/dystopian, and contemporary (with a focus on mental health):

AFTER THE SNOW by SD Crockett
THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr
GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
REALITY BOY by AS King
WHEN MR DOG BITES by Brian Conaghan
ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee


February

I didn't exactly focus on romance this month, but there were at least romantic threads in all 4 of the books I read:

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough (this is what prompted me to add more adult novels to my reading list)
THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds
UNCONVENTIONAL by Maggie Harcourt
THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski


March

I've already read (listened to the audio, actually) Fonda Lee's EXO and it was truly excellent. Now, I have 4 Netgalley books which are due for review (or overdue, oops!), so I'll read those next:

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer
NOWHERE NEAR YOU by Leah Thomas
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

And I want to finish Marie Rutkoski's trilogy by listening to the audiobooks of THE WINNER'S KISS and THE WINNER'S CRIME, and finish the early copy of CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber I was so lucky to nab from Molly, my splendid agent.

If I have time for one more, I'll read an adult book from my shelf -- probably ARCHANGEL'S HEART by Nalini Singh, as she is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I love this series. 9 books might be a little too ambitious for this month, but we'll see!


April

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas comes out in the UK this month, so that's at the top of my TBR. I'll also be looking out for the YALC author line-up announcement and adding to my list based on that -- YALC isn't until July, but I like to read books by as many of the authors as I can so I can gush appropriately when I get my books signed.

EDIT: Adding these Netgalley reads -- 2 of which I've carried forward from March.

HAUNT ME by Liz Kessler
HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer
NOWHERE NEAR YOU by Leah Thomas
ENCOUNTERS by Jason Wallace


I think my adult book for this month will be VICIOUS by V E Schwab, which she graciously signed for me when I met her a couple of years ago.


May

I'll be heading to an old farmhouse in the wilds of Wales this month on a writing retreat, so I fancy taking some historical/timeless fantasyish reads with me. I'm thinking THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE LADY CARABOO by Catherine Johnson, THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig, and THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough. My adult read will be MASKS AND SHADOWS by Stephanie Burgis.


I also have ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus to read this month before it comes out in June (Netgalley read).


June

Again, it'll be all about the pre-YALC reading frenzy. As it's also the start of summer, I'll add some fun, summery romances like:

THE ART OF FALLING by Jenny Kaczorowski
ROCK WEDDING by Nalini Singh (this'll be my adult read)

Also, I'm not sure when exactly Erin Fletcher's new book comes out (#2 in the Breakaway series), but that will zoom straight to the top of my reading pile whenever it is published. I love Erin's books, in case that was at all unclear. 

So, that's the list so far, and I think I'll have plenty to add to it as I go along. If you have any suggestions for books you think I MUST READ NOW, let me know in the comments (or anywhere else you can find me -- twitter, Insta, etc. etc.) I'll post a TBR schedule for July to December sometime in June. 

As always, you can see which books I've been reading and what I thought of them by checking out my monthly wrap-ups.

For now... I've got some reading to catch up on!

Kat out x 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

February Wrap-Up!

Hello there! I hope you had a fabulous February. Mine was quick and very writing-focused, which means I got lots of work done on my MS... but not a lot else. My adventures were sparse, I didn't read very much at all, and I became even more of a hermit than usual.

BUT, I did have a lovely bunch of flowers from my husband for Valentine's Day, and I took this creepy picture of a railway track. Winner.


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Reading-wise, I read 4 books, which is even fewer than last month's meagre tally. I really need to up my game. To that end, I think I definitely need to write up a 6-monthly reading planner, like I usually do. In the meantime, here's what I read in February.


4 very different reads this month: I'll start with BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough, which I received from Netgalley for an honest review. It's an adult thriller about a married couple and the woman who becomes involved with each of them in a very tangly, messy way, and begins to suspect there is something very, very wrong in Adele and David's marriage. The story was so intriguing, and the mystery around what exactly is going on kept me hooked right up to the end. There was only one thing about this book that I didn't really like, and that was the ending. I won't give any spoilers here, because the ending is something you really need to experience for yourself, but I will say that it will either blow your mind or leave you feeling a wee bit cheated. I fell into the latter group, unfortunately -- I'm just not a fan of moving the proverbial goalposts 3/4 of the way through a book. But I can see why so many people love it -- this is a gripping, thrilling read.

Next was THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds. Matt is 17, and has just lost his mother to cancer, and his dad has taken up his old habit of drinking too much. But when Matt takes a part-time job in a funeral home and meets a girl named Love, he starts to figure out how to deal with his own grief and move on. I found this story quietly moving and heartfelt, and I loved the setting and characters. 

I adored Maggie Harcourt's debut (THE LAST SUMMER OF US) and picked up the audio version of her new book, UNCONVENTIONAL, as soon as it came out -- and I loved it just as much as the first one. Lexi works for her dad's company organising and running conventions, which becomes a little trickier when she runs into the arrogant Haydn Swift, a 19-year-old novelist who drives her up the wall. This book is fun, romantic, and if you're a fan of conventions there's a lot in there you'll recognise.

Last but not least, I finally got around to Marie Rutkoski's THE WINNER'S CURSE. Everybody raves about this trilogy, and I can see why -- the setting is rich and immersive, the 2 lead characters are both brilliant whether they're kissing or butting heads, and the story is a sweeping epic about war and slavery and social uprising and all kinds of great stuff. I'll be getting the next 2 in the trilogy to listen to ASAP.

So, that's my brief February wrap-up! I hope you had a good one.

Kat out x