Princess Geek Reads: Everything I Want To Read In January

A new year, a new month, and a new TBR list! I’ve been thinking about what I want my reading year to look like, and I think I want to change how I do the What I Want To Read… and What I Read… posts, but I’m not exactly sure how I want to do it yet. For the time being, I think they’re going to remain the same, but someday when I know what I want to do with them, I’ll let y’all know! As I said, for now, we’ll go with the usual. I am going to be doing something different with the books on this TBR list, though! I have a hard time picking out what to read next sometimes, so I decided to do a random drawing. I put the titles of the books on my monthly TBR in a jar, and I’ll pick from there! I’m excited to find out what I’m reading next, even though I’m still recovering from reading 100 books in 2022… I knew it wouldn’t be long before I started reading again, though, haha! Call it an addiction, I guess!

Anyway, I’ve already set my 2023 reading goal to 60 books, so that means I won’t have to read as much this year unless I want to. That being said, I’m narrowing down my TBR lists to just five books. I’m going to end up putting in putting some extra titles in the jar because, well, there’s a lot of books I already want to read, haha! Before I choose what to read next, let’s get to listing out these books!

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy/Crime

Synopsis: For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set—with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders—since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between the capital, Elendel, and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate—whose corruption Wax and his wife, Steris, have sought to expose—and Bilming is even more entangled.

After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere—Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial . . . at any cost.

Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.

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Here this is on my TBR list once again… I would have liked to finish this last month, but I obviously had a lot of books to read in order to reach my reading goals, and I didn’t want to speed through this. It’s long, and I want to take my time with it since this is the last Wax & Wayne book (*cries*). I did start it a while back, and I like it so far!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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Ok…I’m gonna do it. I’m going to get back into this series no matter how angry it makes me. I’m telling you, I’ve never read a more rage-inducing book in my life. I’ve never read a book that makes me want to rip all the pages out. But here we are, struggling not to run over it with my car until it disappears from existence (I’m talking about YOU, Crown of Midnight!). But now I’m invested and I need to see where this series goes, and I like Celaena enough to want to keep reading. Just…hopefully this one’s a little easier to read…

The Honorable Imposter by Gilbert Morris

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Forced by his family to become a minister in the Church of England, Gilbert Winslow is offered a dangerous and challenging task by one of the most powerful nobles in Britain. Taking the post offers fortune and escape from a life he despises, but Winslow discovers it also means becoming a spy. His mission is to infiltrate a group of religious separatists and to ferret out the whereabouts of their leader, who is accused of dissension against the King. In spite of his initial uneasiness, infiltration proves to be an easy matter. But will the ultimate betrayal be so simple? With the influences of good and evil, faith and doubt, compassion and selfishness pulling him apart, to whom could he turn?

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Christian Girl Writes sent me this one a while back (thanks again!!), and it’s high time I got to it. I’m hoping to read this one this month so I can get to the next one in the series, because I’ve got a long way to go! I already read the fourth one (in classic Princess Geek fashion, I somehow never read the first in a series when I need to…), and I though it was pretty good! I’m looking forward to this one!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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I’m still working through the Shadow and Bone TV series with the slowness of a snail, but I want to be ready before season 2 gets here in March! I’m hoping to get through the entire trilogy of Shadow and Bone books, because apparently they’re adding events from the last two in season 2 of the show. I don’t really know what to expect from this one, so it has me curious even though I wasn’t THAT fond of the first one. We’ll see what happens!

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point—he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

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I saw this book years ago at a Barnes & Noble, but I didn’t end up getting it even though the synopsis intrigued me. I think it was because there was only one and the cover was banged up (I’m VERY picky about the way covers look). Anyway, I saw it the other night when I went and finally bought it. It seems like it’s a lower grade YA, so I’ll be able to get through it faster (the font is oddly large, it reminds me of books I would read in middle school or something. I have a feeling I might like it, so I hope my expectations aren’t too high…

That’s all of them! I’m excited to see what kind of books I read this year, and I’m just hoping there’s some five star reads in here somewhere (we all know I’m going to give The Lost Metal five stars unless something drastic makes me rate it otherwise). I think I may try and rate a little harder, like I did in my last What I Read… post, but we’ll see. I’ve also been thinking about doing ratings differently, too.

Speaking of which, my 2023 goals post will be out tomorrow, and I’ll be talking about what kind of things I want to do on this blog, and for me reading. Keep an eye out for that! Also, if you want to see which book I draw first, check out my Instagram (or rather, my Bookstagram account) to find out! I’ll be putting it on my story later today! I believe you can find me here!

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