JUNE TBR

Summer is almost here! (Not looking forward to the heat, but I am looking forward to it being light later.) I finally finished mock exams, so now I have loads of IAs (read: coursework) to do, but it’s still less pressure so hopefully I’ll be reading a bit more this month. Without further ado, here are the books I will (hopefully) be reading, and the music releases I am anticipating!


I’ ve already read Monstress Vol 1, but I own volumes 1 and 2, so I plan on continuing the series this month. Marjorie Lu & Sana Takeda’s Monstress series is a series of comics (kind of) set in an 1900’s Asia in an alternate universe. It incorporates elements which will be familiar to readers of dystopia, fantasy, and steampunk!

Then, I want to read the final two manga on my shelf that I haven’t got around to yet. I have the first volume of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul series in German which I picked up earlier in May and want to get around to. Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kanedi as he is thrown in to the world of Ghouls when he is transformed into a half-human, half-Ghoul hybrid.

Orange by Ichigo Takano follows a girl who receives a letter from her future self telling her to watch over the new transfer student, for only he can save her from a terrible future. My edition is an omnibus of the first half of the series.

So you may have noticed that I am picking lots of quick reads, and if you have you would be right: I have ridiculously large TBR and have been a bit slumpy lately, so I want to read some quicker and easier books to help decrease the size of my TBR a bit and also get me out of a slump. These Penguin Modern Classics are all around the 50 page mark, which is perfect for a slightly more serious quick read!

Letter from Birmingham Jail is the letter that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote whilst imprisoned. The Breakthrough is a short story by esteemed author Daphne du Maurier about a deranged scientist who attempts to extract the essence of life. Finally, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Glittering City is a story of charming and untrustworthy Fussy Joe breaking hearts in 1960s Lagos. (And yes, the fact that it is slightly lighter than the other two annoys me.)

  1. LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS (x5) by Sam Steiner- a play in a world where real life has a word count, and not just Twitter.
  2. Passing for Human by Liana Finck- a memoir in Graphic Novel format.
  3. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami- a short story collection from the esteemed Japanese author, which I will be buddy reading with the lovely Adele @bookishdella.
  4. Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina- a Graphic Novel eARC that I received from NetGalley combining food and romance.

And of course, I plan on finishing the books I’m currently reading (hopefully). The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu is a YA magical realism story about girls who are never allowed to fall in love, simply because of the street they live in. I’m not very far in- only about 9%- but I’m enjoying it so far.

An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts (aka: on a clear, ice-cold January morning at the beginning of the 21st Century) by Roland Schimmelpfennig is a very interesting contemporary novel following a variety of characters in Poland and Germany whose lives seem to be linked by something. I’m about 22% through this book, making it the most read of my current reads.

Finally, we have A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang, which is simply a fairly short comprehensive history of the Korean peninsula. I started reading it and using it for research into my History IA on Ancient Korea, and now I will be finishing it for my own enjoyment!


There aren’t actually many music releases this month that I am aware of and excited for (although I do want to know when Taylor will be dropping her new album)! It is possible I have missed something, so please do let me know what music you are looking forward to!

That being said, girl groups such as IZ*ONE, WJSN, and fromis_9 look to be dropping some things this month, and we will be getting a mixtape from The8 of SEVENTEEN, so I’m interested to see what that will bring!


So yeah, about three times the amount of books I’ve had on TBRs recently, and less excitement for music, but there we go! If you haven’t seen my May Wrap Up, you can check that out here.

What are your reading plans for June? Are there any upcoming music releases you are excited for?

Happy reading, Keira x.

P.S. As per the results of a poll I hosted on my Twitter yesterday, I will be posting my current WIP in serialised form, so watch out for that coming soon!

MAY TBR 2019

Hello everyone! It’s a new month and we’re past the quarter-way mark of 2019…. can you believe this is the last year of this DECADE?! I had a slight shock when I realised that the other day… Anyway, I have a LOT of reading to be doing this month, so hopefully I will be successful. Without further ado, here are my (quite ambitious) reading plans!

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My Name in TBR Books Tag

Hey everyone! I was tagged to do this by the lovely Clo @Book Dragons and it’s such a short and sweet tag that I decided to do it to give myself a break from studying! I will admit that finding a book for “r” was a lot harder than I had expected… and I actually ended up buying a new book for it (even though I have a TBR of about 100 books none of the begin with R somehow), but in the end it all worked out fine! Anyway, the tag is pretty simple, you just spell out your name (in my case ‘KEIRA’) in books you have on your TBR!


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (A new book set in the popular Grishaverse.)

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (A YA contemporary novel about a webcomic writer.)

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (The auto-biography co-written with Christina Lamb of the girl who shot in the head by the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.)

Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (A history book about the rape of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers in 1937.)

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness & Rowina Cai (A beautifully illustrated book about whales in a war against men.)


And that’s it! Could you spell your name in TBR books? If you feel like doing this tag, feel free to do so and leave me a link so I can check out your post! In the meantime, I’m going to tag Adele @BookishDella because well idk, you’re the first person who came to mind without an absolutely impossible name 🙂

Happy reading, Keira x.

FEBRUARY WRAP UP & BOOK HAUL + MARCH TBR

February is such a short month! Any of you not have your birthday this year because of the missing 29th? Anyway, here’s all of the books I read and bought in February, and my plans for March!

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BOOKS I WANT TO READ IN 2019

Hello everyone! I know it’s almost March and this is generally a January-type post, but I figured why not! These are mostly books I’ve been meaning to read for a while + some that I just fancy reading this year… so please enjoy! Also, please click on the image of the book to go to the Goodreads page.

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