February Reading Plans: Reading Others 2018 Favourites


Hi Readers

Well, January certainly dragged on. Last month I read three books. This month I’d really like to turn my reading mood around. 

Continuing with my 2019 monthly themes, this months theme is other peoples favourite books of 2018. People being bloggers and booktubers. 

I’m so excited for this. Each year I have so much fun reading peoples posts and adding them to my goodreads Want to Read shelf but then they’re kind of forgotten about. Now I’m making it my mission to read those books in February.


BooksandLala ~ Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – I’d actually never heard of this book but I saw it pop up on quite a few 2018 favourites lists. 

LibraryLooter ~ The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – From what I’ve heard this is a powerful and emotional story. 

ABookAThought ~ Radio Silence by Alice Osman – I’ve been meaning to read a book by Osmen for a while now and this one seems like a good place to start.

Jen Campbell ~ A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza – I actually meant to read this last year but never got around to it. 

TheBookette ~ An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Another one I saw on multiple lists and it was already high on my raider. 

What’s She Reading? ~ I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – This book. I always forget about this book! I loved The Book Thief but I think I could potentially love this one even more. 

I also have some ARCs to get to this month…

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown 
Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins 
To the Lions by Holly Watt
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi
Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale


Have you read any of these books? Let me know.

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X


Reading Plans For January – Books I Own

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Hi Readers

It is officially the end of Christmas for most of us which is both sad and exiting at the same time because, whilst the best time of the year is over, it’s now time to start our 2019 goals!

If you haven’t seen my 2019 goals post yet you can find it here! But basically in 2019 I plan on setting monthly themes for my TBR’s in the hopes I’ll actually complete the goals I have set for myself.

First off though, my first read doesn’t fit the theme. My first read of 2019 is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’ve already started it and I am loving it.

As for the theme, I’m starting 2019 off by reading books I own. I have five books I really want to get to that have been on my shelf for a while now.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Buriel Rites by Hannah Kent
Eon by Alison Goodman
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I also have some Arcs from Netgalley on my TBR for this month. A couple of these are from 2018 and have been on my shelf for way too long:

The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 

What do you plan on reading for the first month of 2019? 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X



2019 Reading Plans – Themed Monthly TBRs


Hi Readers

I suck at year long reading goals. I never seem to make time for them and half-way through the year I tend to have completely forgotten what it was I set out to do.

So, because I have basically always failed at year long goals I’m going to try and change it up a little. Hense, themed months. I plan on focusing one month on reading a certain genre or prompt.

I’m not going to be overly strict on this. If there’s something I’m dying to read that doesn’t fit the theme, I’ll read it.

I’ll also try and not put too any books on the TBR. 6 max.

Here are the themes I’ve planned so far.

January – Books I Own

Hopefully I can get through some books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while now.

February – Others Favourites of 2018
March – Biggest Books On My TBR

I won’t lie, big books scare me. Time to knock a few off of my TBR. 

April – Authors of Colour

In 2018 19% of what I read was written by a black author. There’s just no excuse for this lack of diversity. I want to include at least one book by a person of colour every month, but I’d also love to focus an entire month on them as well.

May – Prize Winners

I’m always curious about prize winners and I have a stack that I really want to get to.

June – Countries I Have Never Read About

In 2018 I made a goal to globalise my reading a bit more. Unfortunately that didn’t work out so hopefully I can do that within the month of June.


In honour of the London Pride Parade.

August – Feminist Literature

I have so many on my goodreads Want To Read list. 

September – Lowest Rated Books On My Goodreads TBR

When choosing books I want to read I tend to rely on the GoodReads Avg. rating to tell me whether the book is good or not way too much.

October – Thrillers

I feel like it’s the perfect time to get stuck into some thrilling novels. 

November – Classics I Have Never Heard Of

All the classics I’ve read I’d already heard a lot about. I want to read some under the raider classics. 

December – Books About Books

There are so many good ones and I think a book about books is automatically cosy, which is perfect for the festive season. 

Let me know your 2019 plans for reading. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X