blogmas day 1: holiday/december tbr

Helllooooooooo and happy December/beginning of Blogmas! Today I’m tying in my monthly TBR and calling it a holiday TBR, even though none of the books are actually holiday themed, because I don’t really like or read holiday themed books, alas. My reading goal for December is to make it to 75 books for the whole year. As of the writing of this post, that means I have to read 7 more books before the end of the year. This TBR list is a mix of books coming out from late 2018-early 2019 and just books that are short so I can meet my goal.

late 2018-early 2019 books

  • The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta | October 30, 2018 – This fantasy wasn’t on my radar much until recently when it started popping up. What people seem most excited about is that it features a genderfluid character!! It’s about a girl who has the power to turn her family’s enemies into pretty objects and sounds very lush and good.
  • Enchantee | Gita Trelease | February 5, 2019Β – ENCHANTEE is set during the French Revolution, only it has black magic and transformations and social climbing into the court of Versailles. I cannot wait to read this book!
  • Famous in a Small Town | Emma Mills | January 15, 2019 – I loved Emma Mills’ second book, THIS ADVENTURE ENDS, and have been meaning to read more of her books since then. This book sounds adorable, and is about a girl in a small town who tries to convince the town’s famous singer to come back.
  • Stain | A. G. Howard | January 15, 2019 – This is by far my most anticipated read of 2019. I have loved A. G. Howard’s SPLINTERED trilogy since forever, and even got a tattoo inspired by the main character’s tattoo in the second book. I didn’t like ROSEBLOOD and never finished it, but I have VERY high hopes for this book. It’s a Princess and the Pea retelling, about a girl named Lyra (favorite name ever) who can’t speak or make a sound, who has to pass a series of tests in order to win her betrothed prince back and save her kingdom.


short books

  • 9 Days and 9 Nights | Katie Cotugno – This sequel to 99 DAYS, which was one of my favorite books the year it came out despite its controversial subject matter of cheating, which people tend to hate reading about who are not me, was one of my most anticipated reads this year, but…I haven’t read it yet. Because I am me and I am terrible. But I will! I really want to continue Molly’s story, and hopefully see if she has learned her lesson…
  • Foolish Hearts | Emma Mills – I was looking for short books, plus, as previously noted, I have been really wanting to read more Emma Mills, so the fact that this is a short book is a good excuse to do it. FOOLISH HEARTS is about a girl who accidentally overhears a conversation she shouldn’t have between the school’s power couple (a lesbian couple woohoo!) and is now on the wrong side of some mean girls.
  • With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo | May 7, 2019 – Elizabeth Acevedo’s new book is about a girl who loves to cook, and right with that premise, I am sold. I love books about cooking, and I’m sure I’ll love this one, too.
  • If You’re Out There | Katy Loutzenhiser | March 5, 2019Β – Zan is crushed when her best friend Priya ghosts her after moving away, but starts to think maybe Priya CAN’T talk to her because there’s more going on when she finds a weird clue in a selfie taken by Priya. I am so into this thriller and really want to read this ASAP.
  • The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle – I got the special edition of this book from Unicorn Crate even though I haven’t read it because UNICORNS. It’s about a unicorn who goes on an adventure away from her safe lilac wood in order to discover if she’s really the last of her kind.


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  1. Great TBR!! I really hope you’ll love Foolish Hearts; it’s such an adorable and heartwarming contemporary. πŸ’ž I can’t wait to read Famous in a Small Town as well, and I hope you enjoy The Brilliant Death! I’ve heard great things about it and I love that it has genderfluid characters, too.

    1. yes, I’m very curious to read The Brilliant Death! I’ve been super into fantasy this year plus the genderfluid characters makes me want to read it even more.

  2. What a fantastic TBR, Mel! I’m also so curious to read EnchantΓ©e, it sounds so interesting! I also really want to read more of Emma Mills’ books, I only read First and Then by her and really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ If You’re Out There also sounds quite great, can’t wait to hear what you think of it πŸ˜€
    Happy reading! πŸ˜€

    1. ooh I do hope you read This Adventure Ends (Emma Mills) at some point at least, that one is so good! I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts on it!

  3. your tbr looks AMAZING. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Foolish Hearts (one of my all time favourite contemporaries to exist) and fire on high sounds like the most amazing book ever and that cover im all heart eyes

    i hope you have an amazing month!!!

    1. ikr it is the best cover! and the fact that you love Foolish Hearts so much makes me want to read it EVEN MORE!!! thank you for your sweet comment, May! <3

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