July TBR | 2020

Yikes! I haven’t done a TBR since April. To be honest… Besides the two books I read in the second half of June I haven’t read since April, so that makes a lot of sense. You may have also noticed that I’ve rebranded! This blog is officially called Ghost Shark Reads, and I’ve resurrected the instagram account back from the dead to bring it back as @ghostsharkreads.

I mentioned last week that I had read two shorter books, This is How You Lose the Time War and Upright Women Wanted to kickstart myself back into reading, and it’s definitely helping. I have very lofty plans for my TBR this month, and part of that has to do with participating in The Reading Rush, the book club pick for The Literally Dead Book Club as well as going through the July prompts for the Discord channel I’m a part of: Books and Tea!

I’ll break this down into four parts:

Literally Dead Book Club Pick
This is a club run by Books and Lala on YouTube, which can be found at their Goodreads. I’ve read several of their picks this year, and included both their June and July pick on this TBR

  • June The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • JulyZone One by Colson Whitehead

The Reading Rush
This readathon is run by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay and can be found at their website. It runs from July 20th – 26th, and I’m really excited about the prompts this year!

  • Read a book that matches your birthstone – Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • Read a book that starts with the word “The”The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix or The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seenV for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Read the first book you touch*
  • Read a book completely outside your house*
  • Read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more ofThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett or Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you liveV for Vendetta by Alan Moore or The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier

For the fourth and fifth prompt I’ll decide those during that week by randomly touching one of them to pick which I read for that prompt, and reading one at work during the week! I was good about picking multiple for each prompt so I can mix and match and have multiple count for the same prompt if need be.

Books and Tea Readathon Prompts
This server does a readathon once a month, and it’s my first month on there! Here are my picks for the prompts, I’m happy that I was able to double them up with some of the prompts above for The Reading Rush.

  • Read a book featuring the French Revolution (or set in France)The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • Read your latest book you’ve bought/borrowedA Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  • Read that one book you’ve been putting offV for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Read a previous Books and Tea readalong bookA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Finish a bookMexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia (though this could count for any of the others if I don’t get to this one)

General TBR
These are the books that don’t fit into any of the prompts for either readathon, but that I had a desire to read this month:

  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • Monster, She Wrote edited by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

This is a hefty list, but to be honest, at the time of writing this I’ve already read several of these (you’ll have to wait to see which ones!). As a reminder, I’ll be returning to my standard format: tags and miscellaneous posts on Mondays, and reviews on Fridays. This list is also fully subject to change, and I don’t expect to get to all of these this month (though it would be fun if I did!) Don’t forget to check out the clubs, channels, and people linked, and I’ll see you on Friday for my next review!

April (Magical Readathon) TBR | 2020

My goal for this TBR has two parts:

  1. I want to read mostly books that I physically own already
  2. I want to complete the Magical Readathon

If you’re not familiar with the Magical Readathon, it was created by Book Roast on YouTube, and takes place over the months of April and August. Based on Harry Potter, April has the OWL prompts (named after the exams in the series). In the readathon, you choose a career you’re interested in which takes place in the magical world. From there, you’re given a list of courses you must complete, and therefore prompts to read. I’ll be doing the Mage of Visual Arts career, and will also be doing the Animagus training for a few additional books.

That brings us to what the actual TBR is, with the prompts they correspond to:

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Astronomy)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Charms)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Divination)
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab (History of Magic)
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (Arithmancy)
Beverly by Nick Drnaso (Potions)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Transfiguration)

I’m really excited to take part in this readathon after watching countless videos of it last year. I’m really looking forward to reading these books, and I’m hoping that I like them!


January TBR | 2020

I know we’re more than halfway through the month, but you’ll have to forgive me. There were so many stats to share last weeks that I didn’t get to share my TBR for this particular month!

Some of these you already know I read, because my reviews spoiled that, but we’ll go ahead anyway like we don’t know that.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

I’m excited to start 2020 off on the right foot and get reading!

September Recap | 2019

September was a tough month for me reading-wise, and was the first month since February that I didn’t finish a book. I’m hoping to change that in October. Here’s the tentative list of books I’m looking to get to in October.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

September Recap

Well, less the recap part, more the October TBR part.

If you read my last post, you’d know that I had a time in September trying to get through anything of note. Here are the books that I want to get through in October.

  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I didn’t read any of the books on my September TBR, which included some of these as well as The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I recently purchased this on audiobook, so I’m going to try and get through the full 45.5 hours of the audiobook during this time, so that can count as another book.

At the time of writing this, I’m currently one book ahead on my Goodreads TBR. If I can get through these books then I’ll be in a good spot for the rest of the year.

I’m also looking at participating in the Spookathon, a readathon hosted by BooksandLaLa on Youtube. She has five challenges and the readathon goes from October 15th-21st. If I end up participating, you can expect a post at the beginning and end of the readathon, but keep an eye out for posts every Friday!

Happy reading, and happy October!


Currently Pre-Ordered Titles

As I get back into reading, I’m finding that it’s getting harder and harder to avoid picking up every new release that comes out. They all have beautiful covers, interesting plots, and have been raved about on Twitter, Goodreads, and YouTube. I’ve been dong my best to resist, but sometimes… it’s just really tough.

So! That brings me to the point of this list today. I wanted to share my currently pre-ordered titles.

First is Children of Blood and Bone, which was just released on March 6th, so, no longer a preorder, but I did receive it on that day. The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, and the plot seems just as enticing. This is a West African-inspired fantasy debut novel by Tomi Adeyemi, and reviews for this book are very high. Currently rated at 4.5 stars, this book follows Zélie Adebola, who teams up with a rogue princess to try and bring back magic and avenge the death of her mother. I’m super excited to dive into this world, and hopefully it lives up to the hype and expectations.

Second on this list is Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, which is the third book of the Themis Files. I read the first book last January, and then the second book when it came out last March. So here I am, a year later, anxiously awaiting the third and final book in the trilogy. I don’t want to go into the premise, mainly because I don’t want spoilers for myself. These books are sci-fi and are told through a series of interviews and news articles. The first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, is about pieces of giant robot parts which are found buried in the earth and the repercussions that this has. These books are political, scientific, and are really really interesting. I’m super excited for this to come out on May 1st.


So my third book on this list has already come out. It actually came out all the way back in 2013. Vicious is the story of two college roommates who decide that they want to try and develop extraordinary abilities. This book has pretty high ratings, and is something that I’ve been looking to read for a while. That being said, I was never a big fan of the cover. And then, the announcement happened. The sequel to Vicious, Vengeful, will be coming out in September, and a new cover was created for Vicious. I immediately pre-ordered both. The new cover for Vicious comes out in late May, so I’ll have plenty of time to read through that one before the Vengeful release.

The next book on this list is On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, which comes out on June 5th. This book is Thomas’ second novel, and after the massive success of her debut novel The Hate U Give, this book has a lot of hype surrounding it. This story follows sixteen-year-old Bri who wants to be a professional rapper, and struggles with following her dreams as the pieces of her life start to fall apart. This book sounds like it’s going to be just as powerful and important as Thomas’ first and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, the debut novel by Hank Green, comes out on September 25th. I’m pretty hesitant, but also very excited about this book. It follows twenty-three-year-old April May, who posts a video of a strange statue that appears in her front yard, and then deals with the repercussions of becoming a celebrity overnight. Hank Green’s music has always been witty and right up my alley, and I’m hoping that this kind of humor is present in this book as well.

The final book that I have on this list is Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. This is the second book in what I believe is a duology, the first of which was Strange the Dreamer. I loved the first book in this series a lot. It was whimsical and magical and well written, like all of Laini Taylor’s books. This is definitely my most anticipated release of this year, even the cover is gorgeous.

I can’t wait to read all seven of these books. Hopefully they’ll live up to their expectations!