Down the TBR Hole | #11

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Here we go again…  Make sure to check out the previous posts to see my TBR decluttering journey!

arrowThis tag was created by Lost in A Story. Be sure to go and check out her blog!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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one. JUST VISITING BY DAHLIA ADLER

I’ve been meaning to read Adler’s work for ages. She is such a prominent member of the book community and I’ve heard raves about her work. I actually have Last Will and Testament on my Kindle just waiting to be read. Definitely keeping this on my TBR and will try to read it this summer!

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two. STEERING THE STARS BY AUTUMN DOUGHTON

This is one of those books where I swear I’ve never heard of it before but here it is on my TBR from 4 years ago. It sounds like an absolute delight to read, it has a 3.99 rating, beautiful cover and it is available on Kindle Unlimited. Def keeping it.

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three. INK AND BONE BY RACHEL CAINE

Definitely keeping. I’ve actually tried to read this a few times but never fell through with it because I would keep getting distracted by other reads. I just realized that I have another series by Caine on my TBR called STILLHOUSE LAKE and I’ve seen raving reviews for it recently.

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four. THE SHADOW QUEEN BY C.J. REDWINE

I used to own this and never even tried to read this. I’m pretty sure I unhauled it a few years ago too so I need to give this a boot.

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five. THERE WILL BE OTHER SUMMERS BY BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ

This is the sequel to one of my all time favorite books Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and this just show that I HAVE BEEN WAITING 4 YEARS FOR THIS AND I NEED IT NOW.

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six. THE LOOSE ENDS LIST BY CARRIE FIRESTONE

One of my friends Brittany did an incredible review about this book that touched on a lot of the triggers and harmful things that happen in this book so I’m definitely giving it a big fat toss.

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seven. FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK BY MELINA MARCHETTA

I’m not the biggest fantasy fan but I’ve heard this is one of the best of the best so I’m going to keep it but I most likely won’t read it any time soon.

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eight. SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

lol

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nine. STAY BY DEB CALETTI

I absolutely love Deb Caletti. She was one of my favorite authors to read in high school and I don’t think I’ve read this one at least I don’t remember doing so. I want to reread all of her books eventually so we’ll see how it goes!

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ten. UNSPOKEN BY SARAH REES BRENNAN

To be honest, I’m not sure why this is on my TBR. Doesn’t sound like something I’d be interested in. Getting the boot.

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18/40 tossed so far! Not mad at it!

 

Down the TBR Hole | #10

down the tbr hole

Here we go again…  Make sure to check out the previous posts to see my TBR decluttering journey!

arrowThis tag was created by Lost in A Story. Be sure to go and check out her blog!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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one. NEVER NEVER BY BRIANNA R. SHRUM

I do love a Peter Pan retelling but I’m going to give this one a pass.

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two. TRYING NOT TO LOVE YOU BY MEGAN SMITH

 I am a SUCKER for girls falling for their brother’s best friend stories. Don’t know why, don’t ask. But it’s a thing and it’s staying.

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three. IN THE AFTER BY DEMITRIA LUNETTA

I feel like I’ve never heard of this book in my life. It sounds like some dystopian/sci-fi type story and I’m not all that interested in that so…pass.

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four. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS

Gonna give this one a big ole toss. I tried to read it years ago but never got into it. I don’t feel like wasting my time on what seems like only a 2 maybe 3 star thriller for me.

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five. EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU BY CELESTE NG

This book is definitely staying on the TBR. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it for years. I gotta see what the hype is all about.

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six. DIRTY LITTLE SECRET BY JENNIFER ECHOLS

I’ve wanted to read this book since forever because it sounds so up my alley. I love a good romance that evolves around the music industry. This one doesn’t seem to have the BEST reviews from people I trust and they also mention insta-love so I’ll pass. But if anyone has any recommendations for me, please drop them below!

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seven. WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND BY JESSICA VERDI

Honestly, I don’t know when I will ever get around to reading this book but it sounds so different and so good. It’s written in the POV of a 17 year old male who is also a single dad?? Who lost his girlfriend to cancer bc she had to stop treatment bc of getting pregnant?? Sold. I’ll save it for when I need a good cry.

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eight. SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN BY JENNY MANZER

I only added this book to my TBR because of the title. I actually have no interest in reading this.

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nine. STOLEN SONGBIRD BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN

Sounds interesting but my library doesn’t have it and it isn’t available on Kindle Unlimited. I don’t want to read it enough to have to buy it so bye bye.

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ten. STITCHING SNOW BY R.C. LEWIS

Beautiful cover but I think I’m going to pass on this one. It sounds way too much like The Lunar Chronicles and I doubt it will be as good.

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I got rid of 7 more books off of my TBR! I’m doing a really great job of knocking them out!

 

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center | Book Review

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36249638Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

 

BOOK:  How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
GENRE: adult contemporary romance
RATING: 4 stars
TRIGGER WARNINGS: plane crash, paralysis, affair

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I had a lot of issues with this book during the first third of the book but stories started to fall in to place, characters were developing and I went from rage to rave in a few short hours.

Margaret’s development was so inspiring to read. She was paralyzed from the plane crash but she fought so hard to get where she is. It was refreshing to see wheelchair rep for those out there who do use them. She went through all of the stages of grief, even fell behind a few steps here and there, but the ending was beautiful. What a strong, brave, courageous woman who could definitely be an inspiration to others. Margaret’s sister Kit was by far my favorite character. She has so much personality and she’s unapologetically herself. She was the light to Margaret’s dark and watching their relationship mend was a beautiful thing to witness. Their dad was such a sweet soul too. Poor guy always being sent out to get sandwiches.

The moms and Chip royally pissed me off but that is what they were there for. They weren’t written to be good people or characters. They make mistakes, they’re selfish and they’re ignorant at times. The character development for Margaret’s mom was really well done. She went from my most hated character to someone I genuinely cared about towards the end.

And then Ian…I wasn’t sold on him at first but again, Center coming through with the character development! It was a joy watching Ian emerge from behind his wall and come back to life. Him going through all of these different emotions made his character feel more realistic than the average contemporary love interest. Actually, I could say the same about this whole book. It all felt so real and raw, like I was personally there during Margaret’s new life.

Basically, I really did enjoy this book and I understand the hype tremendously. Can’t wait to read more work from this author in the future

Down the TBR Hole | #9

down the tbr hole

Here we go again…  Make sure to check out the previous posts to see my TBR decluttering journey!

arrowThis tag was created by Lost in A Story. Be sure to go and check out her blog!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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one.WITH THIS HEART BY R.S. GREY

I was originally going to kick this off of my TBR but I could use some more adult romance books on my TBR plus this is available on Kindle Unlimited AND it’s a road trip book. I’m sold.

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two. SNOW LIKE ASHES BY SARA RAASCH

I’m already not the BIGGEST fantasy fan so I haven’t gravitated towards reading this at all. I don’t see myself reaching for this in a few years so I’m kicking it off my TBR.

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three. THINGS GONE ASTRAY BY JANINA MATTHEWSON

The idea of this book sounds interesting but I don’t think it would necessarily be a good fit for me. It definitely sounds peculiar and different but not for me.

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four. THE LAW OF MOSES BY AMY HARMON

Like I said above, I can always use more adult romance books on my TBR so I’m definitely keeping this one.

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five. PAPER OR PLASTIC BY VIVI BARNES

This sounds cute but probably not something I would pick up today. Bye, bye.

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six. THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING BY CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE 

I’ve wanted to read this middle-grade fantasy series since forever but I’ve never even tried to read it. I’m taking it off my TBR now but if I’m feeling the urge to read some easy fantasy in the future then this is the series I will direct my attention toward.

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seven. FINDING MR. BRIGHTSIDE BY JAY CLARK

Honestly, I only added this book to my TBR because of the title. I have zero interest in reading this lol

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eight. LEAVING AMARILLO BY CAISEY QUINN

I’ve been wanting to read this new adult romance FOREVER but it was hard to come by but now I see it is only 99 cents on Kindle soooo I really have no excuse now.

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nine. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES BY SABAA TAHIR

Man, YA fantasy just isn’t my thing. I should say fantasy in general really isn’t my thing. They all sound so interesting but I never try to read them. I’m taking this off of my TBR for now but it does get rave reviews so I’m not completely writing it off. Just might not happen anytime soon.

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ten. MR. PRENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE BY ROBIN SLOANE

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Dang, I tossed 6 books this round! That makes me feel pretty good especially since I only tossed 2 books on the last round. This tag is helping me get back in the groove of blogging. I’m still focusing on just cleaning up my TBR and posting book reviews but I see a few other post ideas that are giving me a little bit of inspo! Hope ya’ll enjoyed this!

Total: 8/20 books tossed

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills | Book Review

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49930492. sx318 sy475 When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?

BOOK:  Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co.
GENRE: young adult contemporary
RATING: 4 stars
TRIGGER WARNINGS: divorce, medical problems with a loved one.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical ARC free to review. 

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Lucky Caller is a cute contemporary about a senior in high school named Nina who is taking a radio broadcasting class. She has to pair up in a group to host their own radio show and of course the guy she’s been trying to avoid for the last few years is assigned to her group. The radio show was interesting. It was 90’s themed which being a 90’s baby myself was pretty fun. The romance between Jamie and Nina was cute — Jamie was adorable and the sweetest. Nina’s relationship with her family was enjoyable to read. She’s close to her mom and 2 sisters, her dad is kind of in and out of the picture though he tries and Dan is newly engaged to Nina’s mom.

This was my first book by Mills and I was expecting a super deep contemporary because I’ve heard her books hit you pretty hard but this one was fairly light. It didn’t make me wanna cry nor did it have any extreme triggers so I would recommend this to everyone. It was a cute and quick read (I read it one day.) The ending wasn’t my favorite — felt like it was rushed and out of place and extremely lucky. (I guess hence the title.) I think there is a cameo by a character from one of Mills’ other books because I was super confused about why this certain character was so important but who knows.

I’ll definitely be checking out Mills’ other work. I’ll be reading This Adventure Ends in February so I’m excited for that!