Wait a minute, I hear you say. Two posts in one day? Stacey, are you feeling alright?
I’m feeling fantastic. In fact, I’m feeling inspired.
And it feels good!
If I had to pick one hobby that I couldn’t live without it would be reading. I love the theatre, performing and blogging, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world where I couldn’t escape into a fictional world whenever I wanted to.
Even though I am an avid reader, I’ve really never dedicated much time on this blog to books. I’ve recently joined an online read-a-thon for a book series I love (more on that later) and it’s landed me right in the middle of a world of book bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers. And I want to be part of it. I’ve decided to start creating more book related content, so I can speak about something I’m really passionate about.
I don’t usually have a formal To Be Read list. I just tend to grab books on the go and do most of my reading through recommendations on Kindle Unlimited, but this does mean I tend to have some books that get neglected and left on the shelf. (That’s a great pun for historical romance lovers – if you know, you know!)
I thought it might be nice for a change to actually try and focus on getting some of these books read, so they don’t just keep gathering dust. Here, in case you’re interested, is my December To Be Read list:
1) When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher
I’ve read a few of Carrie’s books, and enjoyed them, but if I’m being honest the only reason we bought this book is so that Freya could go to the book signing and have her picture taken with Carrie. I think it’s time it got the attention it deserves. Billed as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera it sounds like it should be right up my street!
2) Getting Things Done – David Allen
Although I much prefer reading fiction novels, I am going to try and make an effort to read the off non-fiction book now and again. Not necessarily always a self-help book, but something educational or informative. This book has been recommended repeatedly on MuchelleB’s Youtube channel so I thought it was time to check it out. I’m really hoping that 2021 might finally be the year I get my act together.
3) A Heart so Fierce and Broken – Bridgid Kemmerer
I loved the first book in this series, but have been putting off reading book two as I’ve heard it ends of a kind of cliffhanger. The final book in the trilogy is set to be released in January 2021, so I think I’m finally ready to give it a chance. From reviews I’ve read, it takes the characters to some rather dark places so I’m a little apprehensive, but I won’t know what happens if I never read it.
4) The Other Miss Bridgerton – Julia Quinn
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me mention a few times that I recently joined a read-a-thon for Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. It is one of my favourite book series of all time, which I will be talking about in more detail in a future blog post. This book is from another of Julia Quinn’s series, the Rokesby series, which I love almost as much but I still have a few more books to go before I’m finished. This is the next in the line.
5) Indomitable – Darcia Cobbler (Not pictured)
At any given time I can have up to 50 books on my TBR list for Kindle Unlimited and on a good week I can read at least one KU book a day. To try and bring that number down a bit, I’ve included one of those books on this list. Indomitable is a Sports Romance, a genre I’ve recently become a bit addicted to, so I’m very much looking forward this reading this.
I’ll be back at the end of the month with a round up of all these books, plus any more I manage to read. (I’m bound to get distracted.) In the meantime, if you have any recommendations for books you think should feature on future To Be Read lists, please leave me a comment below.