TBR Jar Draw April 2017


Last month I started a little project I like to call TBR Jar Draw. I’ve listed my owned books I have not read yet and written their titles on little pieces of paper. They were all put into a little bluish jar. Each month I draw three titles from it and choose one I will be reading. Last month my three draws were:

1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase ★★

2 # The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

From the titles above I’ve finished the Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden manga and I’m currently reading The Undead Pool. I said to pick one but since one was a manga AND I really liked the titles I’ve draw I decided to pick two instead!

While finishing Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 was bittersweet I was reminded how good it feels to read a good manga and how much I loved Fushigi Yûgi universe. What pained me is that I had only the first volume for reading and I’m still undecided about trying to collect the rest of the series or not. The Undead Pool I’m still reading each night before bedtime.


TBR Jar Draw April titles:


1# Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire


2# Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni


3# Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3)
by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator)


This March was a 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. I’m still an avid fan of the show and I’m actually glad I got not one but two books related to it to read in April! I’m going to finish The Undead Pool before I decide my pick for April. I’m leaning towards one of the two Buffy themed books. Depending on how long it takes me I might decide to read both!


New books for me!


I have been slightly busy with getting some new books lately. It makes me giddy and happy getting little bookish packages in the mail. So without further ado here are some of the newest books I get to call mine 🙂


Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso

It has been years since I’ve watched the anime series. I was never that happy about how it ended though. After seeing that manga is still going out even after the anime ended I decided I wanted to read them. This one has been on my wish list for a few years now. When I saw it being on sale I had to grab it. I’m looking at it and I know I made a grave mistake buying only first volume. Should have taken at least first three…


Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

This has been one of my favorite UF book series for so long now. I’m glad to see it is still going strong and has not taken a downward spiral that most book series do after a while. Characters are still going strong and there are still so much about the Mercy Thompson world that still makes my eyes glued to the pages! Also this is one of those book series I love for their cover artwork. Daniel Dos Santos is doing an awesome job with them and I can’t understand why would anyone buy any other edition other than these beauties ❤


The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire by Trisha Telep

This is a book I picked up earlier this year in the bookstore where I work. I bought it as a addition to my vampire stories collection. It was cheap so I was happy about it. What I noticed is that lately I’ve been slacking on reading the short story collections I own. Hopefully I will read one of those in April!


Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising (Mass Effect: Andromeda #1)

by Jason M. Hough

OK, technically this one I bought for my boyfriend. He pre-ordered the game at Christmas and has been happily playing it ever since it arrived. I bought him Mass Effect books before and he loved them. I wonder how long will it take for him to read this one and if he will like it as much 🙂


Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is actually a pre-order. The hardcover came out last year but I’ve been collecting them in mass market paperback edition. This is by far the longest book series I’m reading and buying. It had its ups and downs. Last few books were on the up side. I’m really looking forwards to this one and I must admit I’m a bit worried how will the first trip to Europe look like for Anita Blake.


The Ravens of Thri Sahashri by Kuroda Yasushi

This is actually a card game and not a book! But I’m adding it to the list since it is rather complex and it tells a fascinating story. The story is about a girl in a coma and her psychic friend who is trying to help her to wake up. It is as dramatic and crazy as it sounds. One player is the comatose girl and the other a psychic detective. There are puzzling dream cards and ill fated ravens to beat in this quirky game! I have yet to try it out with my boyfriend – it caught my eye while I was looking for a two player board game for us. In the last six months he’s been collecting board games like crazy so this is my little edition to the collection.


Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas

And the last addition I will present here now is a historical romance I wanted to get my hands on as soon as I read the excerpt. It is a romance by my favorite author Lisa Kleypas. One of the characters is a son of my favorite couple from the Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by the same author. That is one of exactly two books I reread more than two times in the last few years! The whole Wallflowers book series is on my wishlist. What made me order this one without reading any other books from this particular series, aside the stuff I already mentioned is that the female lead is looking for starting a business with board games rather than marrying a handsome rake that is chasing her. Part of the plot is marriage of convenience so that’s a plus as well!


Monthly reading review – March 2017


Monthly reading review – March 2017

This March I have read:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan ★★★★

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles, #11) ★★★★

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking ★★★

Superjunakinje by Lea Brezar ★★★★

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★

The Second Wife by Elizabeth Buchan ★★

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline, #1) by Chris Riddel ★★★★

Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01 by Yuu Watase ★★★★★


1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

After a long time I am feeling really positive with my reading. This March I’ve read ten books and I’m officially back in double digit numbers! This alone is a cause for celebration!

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in March? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is my book of the month this March. I’m still under the impression of the book and can’t wait for the TV adaptation and book club meeting to chat my fill on the subject – both are scheduled later in April. Second best read was a manga I was harboring on my shelf unread for almost a decade – Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01 by Yuu Watase. I forgot how fun it was to read manga. The little details and notes from the author were very good and I enjoyed them a lot.


3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

My least favorite book from March was The Second Wife by Elizabeth Buchan. On its own was not a bad book. But in comparison with the rest of awesome books I’ve read in March it kinda flopped. I took it on as a reading assignment for a book club. My expectations were not met and I was bothered by the lack of passion in a book I expected to be a romance novel with slightly complicated plot. It was a contemporary novel from a perspective of a “younger woman who stole a husband from a first wife”. Honestly the lack of love and lifelessness of the main characters were what made me give the book only two stars.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I am happy to report that for April I’m already ahead with my designated reading on both books. What made me the happiest was actually finally finishing The Bane Chronicles collection.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’m up to date with Magnus Chase series and started one new book series I was eyeing for a few years not. I’m expecting problems with continuing Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, manga series as they are now a bit harder to come by but I won’t let that discourage me.


6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I’m very much into Margaret Atwood at the moment and would recommend The Handmaid’s Tale to everyone before the TV show distorts the book to the general population – I already see some differences between the book and the show that make me cringe. Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare remain my favorites in almost anything the write 🙂

10570I had to add this cover on a book by Croatian author Lea Brezar because I think it’s simple and cool!

Final thoughts on March reading

My spirits are high and my energy feels renewed with how much happy I am at the amount of reading I managed to do in March. There were lots of YA themed books in March and that’s okay for me. Getting back to reading manga edition will be interesting. I got some new books I will soon post about.

Happy reading all 🙂