January TBR

December reading wise, as accepted, was a disaster so let’s try to get back on track, shall we. I have two books to finish, a new one to start and a bonus reread if I have time. So here’s is my TBR for this month.

From December I need to finish:

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie



Words are weapons

Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil

Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Goodreads link: Half a War

The second book from December and my first ARC from Netgalley.

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood



Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.

Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.

If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .

Goodreads link: The Unspoken Name

So I struggled to decide which book to start next but I think I want to take a break from Joe Abercrombie just for a bit and I need something shortish. So I think I will pick:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown



“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Goodreads link: Red Rising

I’ve got a feeling that this is going to become a running joke…

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Re-Read)


I don’t think this book needs any introduction by for the sake of my blog consistency…


One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Goodreads link: The Fellowship of the Ring

This is my TBR for the month of January. If I managed to get back on track I might start on another book, either an ARC from Netgalley or a book from an indie/self-published author. We’ll see how it goes.

What about you? What do you plan to read in Januar?  Let me know in the comments!

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    1. Thank you! I highly recommend half a king, I really enjoyed it! Let me know, when you get to it, what are your thoughts 😊


  1. I like that you don’t have this desperate urge to use your TBR as a checklist that must be crossed off in a mad rush of anxiety. You love the Fellowship of the Ring, so it’s on there for January, you probably have unread books but if you enjoy it, they’ll still be there waiting to be read at a later date. I think I may need to take a page out of your book, in a non literal sense

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    1. Hahaha thank you 😊 I do get sometime into a mad rush of anxiety thinking of all the books out there that I want to read and the fact that I want to keep up to date for my blog. But at the end of the day, reading (and blogging) is a hobby, a way to relax and get away from anxiety, so indeed, if I want to reread a book at the expense of a new read I will because it makes me happy and this is what reading is about, isn’t it?


  2. The Unspoken Name is on my list for this month as well, but I have a few others I need to finish first – Splintegrate by Deborah Teramis Christian (Dec 31), Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (Jan 7), A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff (Jan 21), and Heart of Black Ice by Terry Goodkind (Jan 21)

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    1. Please let me know what you thought of the Unspoken Name when you get to it. I really want to see what other people think of it. Good luck with the other ARCs it looks like you have your hands full! Some of them sound very interesting.


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