Top Ten Books I Want to Read By The End of the Year!

How is it already the middle of November? And almost the end of the year?? I’ve really been slacking this month on my reading, despite having a really good October for books, so I hope to make that up by the end of the year. My internal goal is to reach 150 books read this year so let’s see if I get there!

This year I’ve been working on the books that I’ve bought throughout the year, as well as trying to work my way through series books – I am behind on SO MANY series! Is it just me or are they never-ending? And I’m constantly starting new ones!

So I thought I might try to pull together a pile of books I’d love to finish by the end of the year, a mix of books I’ve bought this year (which I had actually intended to stay on top of but failed miserably) and series books. Hopefully I won’t stray too far from this list, but we’ll see what happens.

Top Ten Books I Hope To Read By the End of 2016

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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

I LOVE Ami McKay! She wrote The Birth House and The Virgin Cure – both amazing books! Plus she’s Canadian. This book is going to be so good – plus, it just looks so beautiful!

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V. E. Schwab

I loved the first book in this series, a book I don’t think I would’ve bought on my own, but got through OwlCrate (if you love book subscriptions, this is a great one!). The first book was so unique and definitely a page-turner. I can’t wait to get back to the story. Plus the next book comes out soon so I better get caught up!

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

I read Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards a few years back and it was such a great mystery that I jumped at the chance to get a review copy of this one. It looks so interesting! Of course, I’m way behind on reviewing it so I should finally get it done!

Like A River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #2) by Rae Carson

I love Rae Carson’s writing and this series is such a change from a lot of the Y.A. books I’ve read. I loved the feel of the first book and know this one won’t disappoint. Plus, how freaking gorgeous is that cover? It’s stunning in hardcover!

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

As a mom, this book definitely intrigues me! I was just okay with Gayle’s last book and hadn’t intended on buying this one, but then I read the synopsis and I was hooked!

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Timeless (Timeless, #1) by Alexandra Monir

I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now and I don’t know why I haven’t read it, or the second book in the duology because I LOVE time travel books!

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes never disappoints me and I haven’t read one of her books in a while now. Whenever I read another book by her I fall in love with her writing a little more. This one looks so good!

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year by Marie Landry

Not only is Marie an awesome writer, but she’s Canadian – AND this is a Christmas book! I love reading books about the holidays in December, so I can’t wait to read this one.

Surrender of a Siren (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #2) by Tessa Dare

I feel like one of the best ways to end the year would be to read one of Tessa’s books. Her writing is so addicting and I love that I’m saving this series to read throughout the year. I’m sad that once this one is done I’ll be totally caught up reading her books!

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

I haven’t read any of Jennifer Weiner’s books in a long time. She used to be one of my go-to authors, but then her writing style changed and I didn’t connect like I used to. I saw this book on the shelf at WalMart one day and just had to buy it! I always love it when authors write for another age range and I’m excited to see how this one goes.

… And 5 Audiobooks

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

A mystery with a bit of horror and ghosts? Yes please!

Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4) by Gail Carriger

I am LOVING this series, especially on audiobook. Not only is the story amazing, but the narration by Emily Gray is perfection.

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

This would actually be a reread for me, but I’ve been wanting to read this one again and actually continue with the series since I recall loving this book! And I recently fell completely head over heals with her Cainsville series so I want to knock another series of hers off my shelf.

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Another book that I’ve had on my shelf for a while. I love Oliver’s writing and this one sounds so good! I have the hardcover and my library has the audiobook, which is a great way for me to work on the books on my shelf.

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1) by Paige Morgan

And another one that’s been on my shelf for a while now! I not only bought this one for the story, but also that incredibly gorgeous cover – how can you not have it on your shelf? I’m so intrigued by this one since it’s a historical and a mystery … and maybe some paranormal action going on, too?

And that’s it on my list for the rest of the year! I hope I can stick to it since that would knock off lots of books from my TBR – and maybe I can get some more off of it, too, if I have a really good December!

What is on your reading list for the rest of the year? 

Reading With The Kids: What Our Favourites Are Right Now!

If you’ve been following me anywhere on the blog or on Twitter, you’ll know that we do a LOT of reading at our house! My son is a bit delayed with speech – he’ll be 3 this month and is still only saying just a few words – so the best thing we can do is read, read, read! He’s also in school 3-5 mornings a week, so while they read there, we also try to have a routine of reading at our house.

I’ll admit it, prior to the kid going to school, I was TERRIBLE at reading to them. I know it seems so weird since I’m such a reader myself, but after the baby came last August, we fell into this horrible routine of movies and free play and less books. After I read ‘The Five Love Languages of Children’ I realized how crucial my time is with my kids. Sure, I spend LOTS of time with them but reading can be so interactive! It helps bring me and the kids together and they love that time with mom.

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Currently our reading usually happens after lunch, before naptime. We have a BIG basket of books on the big table in the playroom just for library books (up high so my monster little girl can’t get to them) and we have a shelf of our own books in the playroom. Since my son has a routine at school each month where they learn new letters, colours, and try to read books to coincide with those letters, I’ve made our own set up to match theirs. Right now the letter is ‘W’ and our books are all ‘W’ books!

What are our favourite books right now? SO MANY! I seriously love kid books and I love it when I find a new fun one to read to the kids!

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If You Give A Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff

These books are SO cute! I love how they come full circle by the end. We’ve read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and it’s cute, too, but I love this one the best. I like using ones with foods that the kids know and love – next on our list will be If You Give A Pig A Pancake!

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Melissa Everett

This is a book that I don’t usually read to both kids, but it stays in the little girl’s room for bedtime. My son loves Oliver Jeffers’s ‘Boy’ books and I wanted to get something that had a girl in it for the little girl’s room. I initially got this one and another one, Rock-A-Bye Baby, from the library and we loved reading them, so I bought this one as well as Star Light Star Bright so we could enjoy them at bedtime. The illustrations by Oksana Pasishnychenko are beautiful!

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

This one was a lot of fun to read! I loved the repetition of the main verse “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one” and my son loved that he could press the buttons to make sounds for all the different places the family goes to catch a bear – through the grass, through the mud, etc. This is one that I would love to have in our collection (since our copy is a library book)!

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Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton

This book we just read last week for the first time. We took it out after seeing it on the new book display at the library and it was adorable! It’s one of those books that would make a great teacher gift, I think. Also, it’s great to read a book that’s about everyone being good at something. There are days where I wonder when my boy will talk, but then I remember how many things he’s so good at! My son loved this book because he ALSO goes to school – it was fun pointing at pictures and asking, “Is this your teacher?” and having him laugh and say, “No!”

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I also recently signed the kids up for a fun book subscription box, Lillypost! I signed them up for the year and they’ll get 4-5 picture books in the mail each month, each of them individually wrapped, which I know they’ll love. I also signed up my son for Chirp magazine since he loves to look through magazines and from what we’ve seen in past issues, they give great ideas of ways to have fun at home!

What are some of your favourite books to read to your kids these days? 

What I’m Reading in September

Oh man, I love September! It’s the beginning of fall, back to school, the heat FINALLY starts to go away … not to mention hot drinks, casseroles, warm socks, sweaters, leggings, and … books!

I’m not sure if it’s because of the whole going back to school and learning thing that usually happens in the fall, but when this time of year comes around, all I want to do is read! I tend to hang up my summer romance books and take out the cozy mysteries, the thrillers, the scary horror novels … I take out more audiobooks as I prepare the house for winter and try to sit down with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and read a nice thick hardcover while the kids sleep. It’s the perfect season!

This month is going to be a catch up month for me with review books. I’m not sure how I’ve been accumulating so many, but I need to get on them! These will be my top priority books this month and I hope to be totally caught up by the end of the month!

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  1. All The Things We Leave Behind by Riel Nason (Courtesy of Raincoast Books)
  2. One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards (Courtesy of NetGalley)
  3. Smoke by Catherine McKenzie (Courtesy of Thomas Allen & Son)
  4. The Courtship Basket (Amish Heirloom, #2) by Amy Clipston (Courtesy of Booksneeze)
  5. A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society, #1) by Melissa Jagears (Courtesy of Nuts About Books)
  6. A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings, #3) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Courtesy of Nuts About Books)

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your September TBR?