Stay Home Reading Rush Reading Tag + TBR

I’m so excited to be participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush this week, from April 16-19, 2020. This readathon is a shorter version of the annual Reading Rush in the summer and in response to the need to stay home during this time.

Thursday through Sunday, I’ll be reading along with the readathon prompts, participating in the Instagram challenges and have my reading tag below! Without further ado, let’s get into the reading tag.

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Six of Crows (Spoiler Free) Book Review

It’s finally happening. I’m reviewing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Full disclosure up front: this will be a glowing review. In fact, it’s a five-star review. Now, as the title suggests, this will be a spoiler free review. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

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What I Read in March 2020

Well March was… a month. Let’s just say, I’m glad it’s over. This month, I didn’t get in quite as much reading as I hoped. I read a total of eight books, which is great, but I did have several others on my list. But, you know, reading isn’t a race. It’s about enjoyment, and I really enjoyed most of these books. Without further ado, here are some rapid reviews of the books I read last month.

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Chain of Gold Review

Hello reader friends! Today, I’m writing my review for Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. Chain of Gold is the first book in a new series set in the world of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what Cassie does with these characters. She excels at writing character and atmosphere, and this book is no exception. Below, you’ll see some brief information about the world and the synopsis. After that, beware, spoilers are-a-coming!

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Intimidating TBR Tag

So, as you might expect, I have too many books on my to-be-read (TBR) pile. I have abandoned some to a lonely life on my bookshelf for too long. That’s why one of my reading goals this year is to read more of the books I already own. But, why oh why, have I abandoned these books in the first place? Am I just not interested in them anymore? Am I intimidated by them? Did I impulse buy them? All great questions, and I didn’t have answers for some of the books on my shelf.

Now, I saw this tag on Booktube (from Peruse Project’s video) not too long ago and decided it might be a good option to winnow down my unread book list, a chance to get down to the heart of the reason for my abandonment. Without further ado, here are my picks for the Intimidating TBR Tag.

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What I Read in February 2020

Take a look at what I read in February 2020 and a peak into my March to-be-read list.

Well, if January is the month of heightened expectations and increased motivation… February is the crashing reality. I read significantly less in February, but sometimes that happens, and admittedly, I still read a good number of books. Life can get busy; work gets busy; motivation gets lazy. Even though I didn’t read as much this month, I found a couple new favorites. So, I count that as a win in my book. To me, it’s about enjoying what you read. Keep reading for my rapid reviews and ratings for the six books I read last month.

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Series Review: Grisha Trilogy

The Grisha Trilogy is a young adult fantasy series by #1 New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo. I read this series in late 2019, finishing the last book in early 2020. Overall, this series was not my favorite; however, I’m glad I read it because it gives me context for Bardugo’s other books in this world (usually referred to as the Grishaverse), which include the Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) and the new Nikolai duology (King of Scars and unnamed book #2).

Now is where I have to admit, I’ve had this review post on my list since I started this blog and am now to the point of forcing myself to write it. Not because I hated the books, but because there are already so many reviews out there and I admittedly didn’t love this series. Alas, I really want to start some Six of Crows content soon and felt that writing this series review was a rite of passage I must traverse before getting to the ~fun stuff~ that is Ketterdam (and some of my all-time favorite characters). So without further ado, let’s get to it, and by it, I mean a semi-sloppy and not fleshed-out review of The Grisha Trilogy!

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10 Modern Classics I Want to Read This Year [2020]

Okay, so I should start out this post saying that this is not a comprehensive list of modern classics I want to read. In fact, I started trying to compile all of them, and it was basically endless. So, with that said, I chose 10 that have been on my list for a while and that I happen to already own. Honestly, it’s a bit random, because I do own more than 10 modern classics I want to read; however, these were the 10 that stood out the most when I thought through them. I hope to create more comprehensive and organized lists going forward, but I wanted to share some of these with everyone now, in hopes that I can get some more great recommendations to add [let me know in comments what you love and think I should read!].

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Classics I Want to Read This Year [2020]

In my 2020 Reading Goals post, I said I wanted to read more classics. In order to accomplish this, I decided to pull together a list of the classics that 1.) I already own and have not read and 2.) interest me the most. Now, this list will be my list of pre-1900 classics. I have many more “modern classics” that I want to read. Because I don’t want to make this post go on forever, I will post a separate list for post-1900 classic books.

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2020 Reading Goals

It’s 2020. It has been for over a month, but I didn’t make punctuality a resolution for this year. I did make some reading goals part of my resolutions this year, though. I’m very much a mood reader; I pick up books on impulse, sometimes because the story intrigues me and sometimes because I just really want to read a book with a blue cover?

With that said, I usually don’t make rigid goals for my reading. In the past, I’ve found that strict expectations can make reading less enjoyable for me, almost like I’ve returned to high school and have been forced to spend my summer trudging through Tom Sawyer. Therefore, I decided to incorporate a few general, achievable reading resolutions into my goals for 2020.

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