The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


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2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
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Books to Read Part 03

Renee Alexis: Books to Read Part 03

It's nine days late to wish everybody this but Happy New Year, guys! 2019 has been a great year of reading. Despite the many reading slumps I had, I managed to finish my 2019 Reading Challenge and I've read a lot of interesting books and discovered a few authors I came to love. Now, I took part in the 2020 Reading Challenge again and this time, I am challenging myself to read 40 books! I've already finished one yesterday and I have begun my second book of the year this morning. This is a great start, if I may say so myself. 😁

For this year's books to read, I gathered a couple that I wanted to prioritize in my long, long list of to-be-read. Let's start...

The Toll

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

This is the third book of the Arc of Scythe series and I have been waiting for this since last year. I've rated the first two books 5 out of 5 stars because I just really loved the whole concept and I am excited to read how everything will be concluded in this third installment.


All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she's a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there's more to the story. And she's sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars--and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself--and she'll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

This is another anticipated release for me. I remember loving the first book so much that I also gave it a 5-star rating. I only have a handful of 5-star rated books from last year so trust me when I say that this is a really good one. I am excited to dive into this world again!

King of Scars

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy was my last book series in 2019 and after finishing Ruin and Rising, I still wanted more of the Grishaverse. I was so happy to find out that there's a separate book solely for Nikolai! In the conclusions of the third book, I have been curious about how Nikolai was holding up. He was possessed by the Darkling's magic and I thought there was really more to it. I was right! I cannot wait to read this one!

This is me Letting You Go

Letting go is not a process that comes naturally to us. In a world that teaches us to cling to what we love at all costs, there is an undeniable art to moving on – and it’s one that we are constantly relearning. In this series of honest and poignant essays, Heidi Priebe explores the harsh reality of what it means to let go of the people and situations we love most - often before we are ready to – and how to embrace what comes next. 

I was scrolling through the Goodreads feed when I saw this one. I immediately added it to my to-read list. Because why shouldn't I? The title had me in an instant and I'm a sucker for contemporary literature. I hope this is good.

Regretting You

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

I've been a fan of Colleen Hoover ever since I read November 9 - still my favorite from her. And since then, I always keep up with her new releases. CoHo just really writes beautiful and poignant books. The stories she weaves are never your usual romance stories and now she's been branching out to different genres other than romance. Every book is different and I am excited to take a break from reading Young Adult Fantasies and dive into the realistic genre.

Have you read any of these? What were your best reads from 2019?
What books are you planning to pick up this year? Let's talk books! xx



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