september is coming // TBR

this is a post long in the making. Like, I was supposed to write it three days ago...and then I couldn't get to the library, no matter how I tried. And it's a bit difficult to write a TBR post when you don't actually have the books making up your TBR.

As I've said before, I'm going to try my hardest to stay on schedule during this semester. Part of that schedule is regular reviews. I know, the idea of me doing reviews on a weekly basis is probably cause of panic that the world is ending, but don't  go running to your bunkers quite yet. I'm excited to have a schedule to keep me true to the blogosphere, and by including reviews, it allows me to keep up with my reading, something I definitely slacked off on last semester. My hope and goal is to publish a book review every Thursday (or Friday, depending on how long the book is), complete with artsy pictures and hilarious gifs.

And this week is no different.

Except for the artsy pictures. I'm too tired to dig my camera out of my packed belongings. Sue me for being lazy. (just kidding. I slept and realized I can use my iphone. Genius.)

1// Long Lankin, by Lindsey Barraclough. 455 pages. 2012

This book is a random shelf pick, mostly because the spine is quite beautiful and the cover is eerie. In summary of the book jacket, two sisters are sent away from London to spend some time with their great-aunt, who is less than happy to see them. What they don't know is that the last time two girls visited Guerdon Hall, their great-aunt's life was destroyed, and history is about to repeat itself. Deep in the mysterious depths of the village is a dark secret that the girls and their new friends must uncover--or this story will end just like it did before.

I expect it to be creepy (and I'm hoping it's just low-key creepy because I'm not the hugest fan of suspenseful and creepy books), but it sparked some interest in me. I'm a lover of mystery, so I think this book (455 pages of glorious print!!) will sate that desire in me. Just probably won't be able to read at night. Or sleep. *crosses fingers*

2// Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne. 376 pages. 2014

I've heard good things about this book. Strong, sassy female protagonist with light fingers, revenge-filled Palace Knight, secrets and thievery...I'm all about that. The cover isn't a favourite of mine, because it doesn't make much sense to the story from my uneducated point of view. (it's like--BAM! Lion face in yo face! Only blue!) I hope it'll make more sense after I delve into the story.

I haven't read fantasy in a while (or good fantasy, that is). I pray this book won't be as dry as the last attempt at fantasy I tried. So far, it looks to have an interest, albeit not too out of the ordinary plot, with characters with very nice names. Kyra and Tristam. And apparently there are assassins. A whole guild of them. I'm a sucker for assassins. As long as they aren't too angsty.

3// To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han. 355 pages. 2014

It's funny that I'm reading this before I read The Summer I Turned Pretty, because I've been meaning to read that book for ages. Saw this on the current YA shelf, knew there were mixed reviews about it, and didn't even notice it was the same author until I got home. Also, I think the cover is quite pretty. (yes, I judge pretty much every book I read by its cover. Don't judge me.)

So far, I'm not a huge fan of the MC's name. Lara by itself is lovely; I'm just not a fan of double first names. Lara Jean is a mouthful that does not flow well. The idea of secret love letters going missing is terrifying and amusing at the same time. I've had enough diaries to be paranoid about losing one and it falling into the wrong hands (not that there are love letters in them--ew--I just don't know people knowing my inmost thoughts...which TOTALLY explains why I have this blog.) What I don't get is it must be someone who had access to her room, right? She keeps the hatbox in her room (unless she carries it around, and then I think she deserves to have it stolen...), so she had to at least be friends with the instigator. Because who would let someone they dislike into their room? Maybe I'm just reading too much into this...
irony, much?

4// White Space, by Ilsa J. Bick. 551 pages. 2014

Another random pic. I actually grabbed the sequel first, and since I'm not a big fan of confusion, I figured I should read these beautiful books in order. The black birds on the front make me think of the Raven Boys, and I'm thinking this book will be of the same sort with a strange twist. If the cover hadn't sold me, the book blurb definite would've. Also, can I just say that I'm realizing my latest love in covers is white? 4 out of the six books I got today where white-covered. I just think it looks so pretty... This is another hardback I wouldn't mind possessing--the font on the spine is quite gorgeous.

The protagonist is a writer--a writer with some strange mental experiences going on in her life. Somehow, she writes a story someone else wrote years ago--a story she's never seen before. Had she accidentally stumbled into the mind of the dead writer? Or has she walked into something even stranger? The last paragraph of the blurb fascinates me and makes me beyond excited to read this book: "The question then becomes: is she real? Are the others? Or are they just characters who have fallen between the lines into White Space--and can they escape before someone pens their end?"

Can I just say--YES!? Love love love this plot idea. Really hope it's as enjoyable as I think it's gonna be. Plus...551 pages. Hallelujah.

yay! I think this is a pretty decent TBR list for September. I have a few other books I'm going to read for pleasure, but if I like them enough to make the effort for a review, I'll definitely do so. If you have any recs for next month (or for pleasure reading, mwahahahahaha) comment below! I'm in great need for good books--especially current ones! (but good oldies are greatly appreciated as well.)

Are you a fan of extensive yearly TBRs or bite-sized monthly ones? Huge TBRs intimidate me--and my library dislikes them as well.

Peace out!


  1. TYLER

    I might've tried to do TBRs a few years ago when I used to be an actual reader, but now that I'm lazy and have devoted my life to the internet and Netflix, I probably wouldn't get around to reading a single list on any TBR list I wrote up.

    Long Lankin sounds like something I'd want to read--old-time-y and mysterious. And I just really love stories set in London. I don't know why...

    Definitely a nice TBR list, and also a nice set of gifs there! ^^

    O | Life as a Young Lady

    1. same about the stories set in London. I need to go there some day and write a book for that sole purpose. #lifegoals

      thanks for the sweet comment!

  2. I LOVE JENNY HAN. belly (in the summer series) annoyed me slightly, but i totally related to lara jean...mostly because i'm korean. yay!

    1. Imma have to try more Jenny Han books because I didn't fall in love with To All The Boys I've Loved Before for some odd reason. Just didn't connect with Lara Jean's voice, which frustrated me. I liked Peter though.

      that's awesome that you're Korean! I had some Korean friends in high school, and I really missed them when they went back overseas. They actually were the ones who inspired me to take Korean in my senior year of high school.

      thanks for commenting!

  3. You made a reference to "Easy A", and I love love loved that movie.

  4. WHITE SPACE SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I looove that bit of blurb you shared. Such a cool idea! O.O

    Lovely photos :)


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