{NEW FEATURE} On My Nightstand…

One of my favorite things about being friends with so many amazing book nerds, is that I’m always discovering new books! I’m constantly trolling Twitter and Instagram for recommendations, texting with my book buddies about upcoming releases and checking out Goodreads updates to see what people are loving. I LOVE discovering what people are currently reading and adding it to my TBR! So, I decided that I’d create a feature here at What Sarah Read that highlights the books that are currently sitting on my nightstand (literally) and waiting to be read. It’s my excuse to take another pretty photo of books and also motivates me to keep my nightstand from turning into a black hole of hair ties and empty cups of water. Just kidding, kind of! What I really hope is that maybe you’ll discover a new book or two and add it to YOUR nightstand!

For this debut entry of “On My Nightstand” I’m featuring the six books that I hope to get to in the month of March. It’s a great mix of new releases, upcoming releases and backlist books. I’m so excited to get to each one of these books for different reasons

Roar by Cora Carmack

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


I actually JUST finished this book, but had to include it because I loved it SO much! “roar” is Cora Carmack’s YA fantasy debut and it is exquisite! Stay tuned for a review soon!

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.


I just started reading this the other day and, so far, I’m really enjoying it. I’m only about 100 pages in but am intrigued by the mix of magic, family drama and a girl who is clearly destined for so much more.

1984 by George Orwell

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever…

The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.


I’m buddy reading this one with Kristina from Gone Pecan as part of our Book Avengers feature this month. I can’t believe I’ve gone my whole life without reading this one and I’m really looking forward to it.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.


I’ve been hearing a ton of amazing buzz about this one! Apparently it’s super swoony, filled with epic banter and features a badass lady pirate! I am soooo excited to pick this one up!

Freedom’s Slave by Heather Demetrios

An Empress Fighting for Her Crown
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.

An Army Fighting to Survive
Raif’s return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades…and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar’s own ranks—and from the one person she trusts the most.

A Land Worth Fighting for
Arjinna is dying—Calar’s evil experiments with dark magic and the strength of her own psychic powers threaten to destroy the land of the jinn. Is Nalia and Raif’s enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?


Heather is one of my all-time favorite authors and I love her YA Fantasy series, The dark Caravan cycle! This is the final book in that series and I’m so anxious to see how Nalia’s story ends.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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I’M obsessed with Roshani Chokshi’s writing. It’s so lush and beautiful that it’s impossible not to get lost in her words. This is a companion novel to roshani’s YA fantasy debut from last year, “The STar-Touched queen” and if it’s even half as amazing, it’s going to be an epic book.

Have you read any of the books on my nightstand? I’d love to hear what you thought of them…spoiler free of course!!


11 comments for “{NEW FEATURE} On My Nightstand…

  1. I absolutely love this new feature! I totally know what your mean about keeping your nightstand clean! In addition to my many half full cups of water, mine also ends up scattered with hair ties, bobby pins, random jewelry and a candle or two 🙂 I’m really looking forward to reading Daughter of the Pirate King. I’m thinking I want to try to get to it in March if I can! And I’m super excited for Roshani Chokshi’s new book. I just finished The Star-Touched Queen last week and her writing style is so beautiful!!!

  2. ACOW is my favorite book of the month so far. SO FRICKIN GOOD. I’m also reading Blood Rose Rebellion, but it’s my “nighttime book” so I only read about one or two chapters each night.

    I can’t wait until my library gets Daughter of the Pirate King!

  3. I love this idea! I’ve read and loved Crown. Roshani’s writing is like no one else’s and it’s amazing. I hope you love it!!

  4. Anna

    Fun new feature. I’m excited about ALL the books you featured and can’t wait to read them. I should reread 1984, haven’t read it since high school.

  5. Danielle Hammelef

    Love this feature. I just ordered Daughter of a Pirate King and after Furthermore my current read it’s next.

  6. Love this new feature. Hmm maybe I can take inspiration from you and it will help keep my nightstand uncluttered. 😉 Mine currently has my tablet, water bottle, empty baby bottle, hair ties and a bottle of Tums. Oh and my current read too!

    Roar sounds really good to me. Off to check it out.

  7. I love this new feauture! Please keep doing it! <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Tricia

    I read Daughter of the Pirate King last week and really enjoyed it! So worth reading!

  9. Love this feature!! Such a fun idea, I love seeing what people are reading too 🙂 Daughter of the Pirate King was SO GOOD! Roar sounds like an awesome fantasy novel and I’m very curious about Blood Rose Rebellion. I’m behind and still need to read The Star Touched Queen, but that ACOW cover 😀 So pretty.

    1. Sarah

      So glad you like the new feature! Thanks for reading, Morgan!💖

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