November TBR

I really never thought I’d be writing a TBR post EVER, but it’s happening & I have Larkin over at WonderfilledReads to thank for it 🙂 cuz Hi! I’m Lilly & I am a bookaholic & need some structure in my life lol. For the months of November & December (possibly even January/Feb) I will be writing a TBR post to keep me accountable & also to let you all know what you can expect to see reviewed on Lair Of Books. This post is also a few days late simply because I’m quite indecisive & choosing my books turned into a project lol. All of the books I’ll be reading are arcs/galleys since that mountain is quite high & terrifying folks. If you happen to be reading any of the books I mention, feel free to add me on Twitter (end of post) & we can fangirl or vent about said read. Also, these will be in no particular order since I am still at my core a mood reader. You will see a variety of genres but for the most part, YA is dominant on my blog. I am very thankful to the publishers who’ve approved me for these books & as such try my best to get reviews up on or around the mth of publication. Now, onto the books….

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

*I finished reading Renegades last night (while in the tub) & almost dropped my book cuz WTF?!?!? I wasn’t expecting that ending. So GOOD Bookworms! review to come on Monday since I have another review going up on Friday.

The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Marcos Rivas wants to find love.
He’s sure as hell not getting it at home, where his mom’s racist boyfriend beats him up. Or from his boys, who aren’t exactly the “hug it out” type. Marcos yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood—which seems impossible.
When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program for troubled teens with potential, he meets Zach, a theater geek whose life seems great on the surface, and Amy, a punk girl who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. These new friendships inspire Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew, too, and along the way, Marcos starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn’t about acting tough and being macho; it’s about being true to yourself.

*This is my current read & I am only 15% in and really enjoying Aceves’ style of writing, reminds me of Adam Silvera who we all know i adore to pieces!so we’ll see how it fares *fingers crossed*

Artemis by Andy Weir

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

*I def missed out on all the hype surrounding the Martian & even though I still plan on reading it, I got artemis both on Netgalley & through Goodreads giveaway. also, jazz sounds like she’s going to be a instant fave 🙂

Beasts of extraordinary circumstance by ruth Emmie lang

“Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.”

*The actual goodreads synopsis is seriously a sentence short of being called an essay so i grabbed only what i needed to know that this was a book i’d love to read…it’s btwn this one & artemis for my next read

Haunting the deep (how to hang a witch #2) by adriana mather

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

*after reading & enjoying how to hang a witch last year, i was hella curious to check out the next installment in this series. the author herself has so much history in her lineage that i’ll admit is part of my interest in these books…+ anything titanic is a must read by this bookworm

Frankie by shivaun plozza

Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.

*at first this was a complete impulse request cuz look at that cover! Frankie is the epitome of angry, i’m kind of hoping there are some illustrations in this book cuz it really gave me comic book vibes. I’ve also had a ton of luck reading good ya mysteries which i’m hoping this contemporary delivers

Girl in the tower (The WInternight trilogy #2) by katherine arden

The sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale & my MOST HIGHLY anticipated read of 2017!!! I left out the Goodreads synopsis for spoilers sake. Currently The Bear and the Nightingale is in the semifinal round on Goodreads for “Best Fantasy” & “Best Debut Goodreads Author” so well deserved! 🙂


Brooding ya hero: becoming a main character (almost) as awesome as me

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

*I follow Broody on twitter as i’m sure many other bookworms do lol. Carrie is HILARIOUS & I have a feeling this book will have me laughing all THROUGHOUT. Also, I can’t turn down a mixed media book, just can’t lol


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40 thoughts on “November TBR”

    1. I am looking forward to writing that one & will need giphs. For some reason giphs are blocked here at work so I’m saving it to do this weekend lol. I welcome your spam Trang! seriously, you pointed it out something crucial I missed in Nyxia so thank you! 🙂 I hope we both enjoy Artemis, I hear it’s a fun read & I’m sort of glad I didn’t read The Martian since everyone who has, seems to be comparing it as if it doesn’t stand to match.


    2. haha! I’m looking forward to writing it & using some giphs along the way lol, it’ll go up on Monday. I hope we both enjoy Artemis, it looks like a ton of fun. Happy reading Trang! ❤ ❤ ❤


  1. Oh my god Lilly I am currently reading Renegades at the moment and seeing what you’ve written about the ending has just made me desperate to drop everything and keep reading. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review that for sure (as long as I’ve finished reading the book before you post it that is, I don’t like reading reviews for books I’m currently reading, especially books like Renegades I have been so so excited for the release of).
    Also I’ll wish you luck with your TBR list, I tried it on my blog and could never stick with it, the perils of being a mood reader. 😀 I hope you enjoy all these books as well. 🙂 ❤

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    1. haha! I have a sneaking suspicion you will end up finishing Renegades rather quickly Beth! & then we will need to chat it up, my review is set to go up this coming Monday since I need the weekend to properly insert giphs lol. We are the same in that regard my friend, I do not like reading other reviews before writing my own for fear my experience with the book will be tainted or changed in any way both positive or negative. This is my 1st go at a TBR & I’m mostly doing it because I have too many arcs both digitally & on my shelves *frightening* that I would like to tackle lol. Thank you Beth 🙂

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      1. I’m planning to have Renegades finished early Monday so plenty of time before you post your review, I hope. Either way I never normally blog hop until the evening. 🙂
        Yeah I’m always very influenced by negative reviews, so now I just tend to avoid all reviews for books I want to read.
        Well, good luck, hopefully this will work for you and it’ll be a good way to manage your TBR list as well.
        That’s all right! 😀 ❤

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    1. OH YAY! Kim I think you’re going to LOVE it!!!! I just ordered the B&N exclusive edition with behind the scene notes & can’t wait for it to get here *insert excited emoji* lol. This makes me happy! to hear you enjoyed both Artemis & Haunting *eeeeeK* I’m feeling confident about this TBR haha! Happy reading in November 🙂

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    1. Thank you Kristin! I have yet to read Warcross since finding out that it takes place in the same world as the the Legend trilogy which I haven’t read 😦 but will soon *fingers crossed* Artemis looks fun! happy reading 🙂


  2. all these sound amazing twin!!! i cannot wait to read Artemis, Renegades, and The Girl in the Tower!!! omggggg i just know that i am going to LOVE all of these! also, i am super proud of Katerine Arden for being a part of the Goodreads Choice Awards as well. She is so worthy! The Closest I’ve Become for some reason hits home with me, maybe because you know we’re both from the hood trying to make it out here alive. i would love to know your thoughts on that one. happy reading!!! i hope you read all of them and maybe even squeeze in some more lol.

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    1. Thanks TWIN! ❤ I hope you enjoy Artemis, Renegades, and The Girl in the Tower! well I hope we both enjoy Girl in the Tower cuz we love Arden soooooo much *Rich Lux Voice* lol. I'm very happy for her & for the fact that her writing is being recognized cuz it's so lush & beautiful! she is def worthy, I agree twin. The Closest I’ve is very raw & rough around the edges & it is a galley so I'm sure certain things will be edited but it's def 100% relatable. Now, it is told from a teen males POV so that also is different for me. Will def let you know how it sits when I'm done 😉 & girl that is the wish, to finish these all and have a little wiggle room for more haha! Happy reading twin! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Yeahhhhhhhh, you finally took my advice! Honestly, I’m changing your reading life right now. Bahahaha, just kidding! Anyways, so excited for your Renegades review because I need that book in my life pronto. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance might be going on my December TBR because it seems like the perfect book to read around Christmas. I never read The Martian either, so don’t feel bad about that. I’m really interested in Artemis though, because it sounds seriously fun! I think I’m gonna grab Haunting the Deep from the library because I really enjoyed How to Hang a Witch when I read it… and Titanic?! YES!!!

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    1. I did take your advice & I’m very happy I did too! so thank you! ❤ I'm def feeling less stressed about what I need toread next since this gives me an idea & some choices for my mood. YOU'RE SOOOOO CHANGING MY READING LIFE! LMAO! I'm excited to write that review this weekend, def more so than the one I'm about to write for The Dark Intercept lol. I just ordered the exclusive edition from B&N with Meyers behind the scenes notes, preeeeetty excited about that haha! Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance also seems like a shorter read than the others which is why I'm reading it this mth. Next mth's TBR is scary smh but I agree, it def gives off Christmas time vibes. Artemis I keep hearing is a fun read so yay for that & I'm sooooooo looking forward to Mather's 2nd book! *gimme gimme gimme* 🙂

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      1. Hahahaha always glad to help! 🙂

        Ohhh, I always love exclusive edition books. They’re so nice!

        Cannot wait to see what you think of all of your TBR books. I’ll be anxiously waiting on your reviews, no pressure of course though! Hahaha! 😉

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      2. 💜💜💜 me too! I’m curious to see her notes now that I’ve finished the book. Thank you Larkin, I’m about to finish up some work and then start blog hopping with your blog first 😉

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    1. Awesome! You’re the first person I’ve come across to have read it 😃 I’m really looking forward to her writing. Mathers family connections to the Salem Witch trials were what first caught my attention & to find out her family is also linked to the Titanic? What are the odds? 😱 thank you for stopping by 💕

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      1. My co-blogger actually reviewed the book back in October, if you want to check it out. Isn’t Mather’s family incredible? Her family is also linked to the Mayflower. I find her lineage fascinating, because my family came to America in the 1950s.

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      2. Thank you for, I will def check out the review as soon as I get home 😊 I am def fascinated by Mathers lineage chock full of connections to very important historical events. I can see why you’re also intrigued by her 😃 I didn’t know about her link to the Mayflower 💭 innnnnneresting! Thank you for sharing this 💜

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  4. Good luck with sticking to your TBR! I used to write TBR posts but I am the biggest mood reader and I never ended up reading ANY of the books I planned to read for a month! Now I just pick whatever I’m in the mood for and it’s great XD BUT OMG RENEGADES I’M SOOO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED TO READ IT??? BECAUSE IT SOUNDS SO GOOD AND IT’S MARISSA MEYER AND AHHHHHHH ❤

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    1. Thank you! It’s my first time officially posting one on my blog but I’ve sort of always had a rough outline in my head of what I would be reading throughout the mth lol. I’m a mood reader as well so it helps that I read across a variety of genres to keep me from burning out. Next year it will def include more Fiction along the way. Renegades was EPIC!!! So damn good! & yea Marissa Meyer is amazing 🙌🏼💕

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  5. YES to Renegades – that’s on my TBR for this month as well! 🙂 Hopefully it’s as good as her Lunar Chronicles series. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  6. What a great TBR! I love this list. Renegades and Artemis are both on my TBR, but I’m definitly adding The Closest I’ve Come based on your comments. Those comments really make this post!!

    I’m proud of you for picking all ARCs– I know that can be a challenge as a mood reader. I feel so behind when it comes to reading my ARCs… O_o But that’s why I’m participating in State of the ARC with Evelina. 😀


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