Monthly TBR

December TBR

Hello Bibliomanics,

The time of the month is upon us again, what will you be reading this month?

Currently, I am finishing up the last of my finals. And about to go on a holiday break at work. I bet, you can see where this is going… Yes, the yearly challenge of meeting your TBR goal. At the beginning of this year my goal was to read 40 books by the end of 2015. The current progress is: I am at 36 books so far. That means within the month of December, to meet my goal I need to read 4 books.  Should be easy right?

So, here is this month’s to be read pile:

Coming in at #1:

The Choice By Nicholas Sparks (Currently Reading)

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loy531350al friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life — boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

And of course during this beloved holiday season, the book tube/ blogging community holds the annual Harry X-mas. Haven’t heard of it? This is where we book lovers, read either one or all the books of Harry Potter in the month of December and try to watch the movies. Last year, I read the “Sorcerers Stone”, and the “Chamber of Secrets”, that means I will be continuing on with the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.k. Rowling 

Harry Potter 5is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Recently, I watched 50 shades of Grey on HBO GO. I was a huge fan of the books and the movie made me want to read the story from Christian’s point of view.I’m sure you can guess what book is next on the pile.

Grey by E L James

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his offiGREYce, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

My True Love Gave To Me 

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love 20309175holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.


Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies-the Reaper18693621s-using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in
keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger-a man who isn’t afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn’t afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

These are a few of the books I would like to get through in the month of December. I also want to read more about a vegan diet, one of my favorite you tubers “High Carb Hannah”  @(, and her boyfriend came out with 3 vegan cook books, called #Fully Cooked, #I like it raw and #RawUntilWhenever.I hope to be checking those out and trying out some yummy recipes.

So here it is the last TBR of the year. Stay tuned for future reviews.

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Read-a-thon Extravaganza


 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.


Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

For those who don’t know what “Waiting on Wednesday,” is, it is a weekly event where book bloggers display there most awaited reads. It is hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine

So, for those who follow my Goodreads, you may be aware that I have been sucked into the whole world of “Stephanie Perkins,” she is the writer of “Anna and the French Kiss,” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” the second installment in the addicting series. I found myself reading “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” and was positive that the third and last book in the series was out. So, the plan was finish “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” download “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” and continue to fall in love with the plot and the characters of these books. But, here is were we get to the moment of disappointment. Last night I go on amazon, and I’m looking through the e-books and there were the download button of “Isla and The Happily Ever After” should be there is a large yellow button that says PRE-ORDER!!! I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach and my entire reality had just shattered into a million pieces. Ok, well now I’m being a little dramatic, but it was quite a sad moment.

So, without further or due todays “Waiting on Wednesday,” is “lsla and The Happily Ever After,” by Stephanie Perkins.

ImageFrom te glittering streets of Manhattan to he moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Mark your Calendars : August 14, 2014