Down the TBR Hole | #7

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This post is one of my favorites to do, hence why I’m now on round 7! I really enjoy going through the hundreds of books that I have saved on my TBR on Goodreads to see if I’m still interested in them. There are tons of books that I completely forgot about that I really want to give a shot. I’m even thinking about designating a whole month to reading just books that I’ve kept in these posts! Let me know if that is something you’re interested in!

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If you’ve missed the last rounds of this tag take a look here: 1 2 3 4 5 6

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This 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. THE MUSEUM OF INTANGIBLE THINGS BY WENDY WUNDER

I’ve been eyeing this book for literally years. The cover is gorgeous and I am a sucker for best friends road trip stories. However now, I don’t think I’m really feeling it. There are other books that are higher on my radar that I would rather get to.

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two. ATTACHMENTS BY RAINBOW ROWELL

I’m honestly on the fence with this one? I’ve read two books from this author, Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, and thought they were mediocre? I mostly found Eleanor & Park problematic but that is a story for another day. I think I’m going to toss this for now but if I’m bored and am in the mood to listen to this on audiobook, then I may give it a go.

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three. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR

This book is an obvious keep. I’m seriously kicking myself that I haven’t read this book yet. I’ve read the first 30 or so pages months ago but never went back to pick it up. I will read this book before 2019 is over! Screenshot 2018-02-17 at 9.05.29 PM

four. I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER BY SOPHIE KINSELLA 

Kinsella is a favorite author of mine and I will read everything she puts out. I’m really behind in her work though so this is one of the few that I need to catch up on! I’m sure it’ll be hilarious and amazing just like the rest of her work.

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five. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN BY RANDOM RIGGS

I’m giving this book the boot. The plot is really interesting and I love the actual pictures spread throughout the book. I gave this book a shot years back but couldn’t get passed the first 20 pages or so because I was incredibly bored. Super hate that but what can ya do?

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six.  A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC BY V.E. SCHWAB

I literally just checked this out from the library so this will be happening in March. I’m super excited and I really, really hope it lives up to the hype.  I can’t wait to finally meet the legendary Lila Bard!

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seven. THE INTERESTINGS BY MEG WOLITZER

This book stood out to be at the book store while I was simply browsing. I picked it up on a whim without researching it any. It sounded super interesting (pun intended) and I couldn’t get over how much I loved the cover. But that was 3 years ago and now…I’m not that interested. I’m adding this to my “May Listen on Audio” list.

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eight. THE FINAL EMPIRE BY BRANDON SANDERSON 

Ok, ok. Hear me out before I am completely shunned from the book community. I do want to read this. Someday. But at this moment in time, I’m not interested in super extreme high fantasy such as this series….or most Brandon Sanderson books. This will happen eventually but just not in the forseeable future. I’m sorry!!!

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nine. CALLING ME HOME BY JULIE KIBLER

I’ve had a copy of this on my Kindle for ages and it sounds like a heartbreakingly beautiful story. My favorite genre (if you didn’t know) is historical fiction and this book seems right up my alley. Definitely keeping. I’ve actually been thinking about this book  a lot lately for some reason, so I think this is the sign that I should be reading it sooner rather than later!

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ten. WHERE THE ROAD TAKES ME BY JAY MCLEAN

The synopsis and the red convertible immediately made me think of Peyton and Lucas from One Tree Hill. While that does intrigue me, I don’t think I’m interested in this book anymore. I don’t think it’ll be life changing or will become an instant fave, so no need to read it. Sorry Jay!

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 BOOKS TOSSED SO FAR: 34

I think this round went pretty great! I know I ended up tossing a lot of people’s favorites (oops) but I think we can all agree that it is better for me to not read it period instead of reading it, hating it and then bashing it and losing friends cause that’s no fun, now is it?

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you think! Did I make a mistake and keep a book I should have tossed? Tell me!

 

My Name in TBR Books | Tag

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Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a lovely day! In case you missed it, I recently announced on my Twitter that I was going to try to be more active on my blog. It’s something that I really love and I wish I could better at. Mental health and bad days tend to get in the way, but I will try my hardest to keep Geronimo up and going! I really do apologize for the inconsistency but I really do appreciate everyone who has stuck around and supported me from the beginning. Also, hello to new friends! I’ve officially hit over 300 friends and that is simply amazing to me, so thank you!

I haven’t done a tag in a while, plus I’d like to share some books that I’ve added on my TBR that I’m really excited about. I saw Anna @ The Bookish Dream do this tag and thought it was perfect to showcase these books! Please go check out her post once you’re done reading here. She’s got some exciting books lined up.

To keep this short and sweet, I won’t go into too much detail about each book. I will have the Good Reads page linked to make it easier for ya’ll to read up on them and maybe add them to your own TBR!

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Girl Against the Universe | Even If I Fall Red, White and Royal Blue | Of Fire and Stars | Next To Last Mistake | If We Were Villains | Moxie | Opposite of Always

Rules of Civility | And I Darken | Don’t Date Rosa Santos | Small Town Hearts

There is a good mix of backlisted and upcoming releases that I’m really excited about getting to! The two most exciting ones for me have to be RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE and DON’T DATE ROSA SANTOS. I absolutely cannot wait for these book to finally release! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them.

I TAG: Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger, Amber @ Book Stacks Amber, Ashley @ Whimsies of a Nerd Girl and whoever else would like to participate! I’d love to see all of your posts!

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know if you have and what you thought about it! And if you haven’t, I’m always up for a buddy read! Just shoot me a message on Twitter and let me know!

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner | ARC Review

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rayne & delilahEvery Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

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It is no surprise that Zentner is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read my review of his debut, THE SERPENT KING, yet well.. there’s the link. Have fun crying your eyes out and getting your heart destroyed. Anyway…

Whenever I saw that he had another book coming out that promised me I wouldn’t be killed with many  emotions, I was ecstatic. While I did tear up a few times reading this, majority of the tears were formed from laughing so freaking hard at the constant back and forth jokes between our two main characters, Josie and Delia. Best friends who host their own horror show on a local TV channel. Seriously, these two could be successful by doing their own comedy show. (pssst, Jeff..sequel idea?) They’re so quick-witted and sarcastic that it reminded me of the dialogue between Rory and Lorelai from the show Gilmore Girls.

We follow Josie, whose dream is to be on TV and is being offered an internship to possibly do that. She’s just not sure if she wants to leave her best friend behind. Delia didn’t have the greatest childhood. Her father ran off when she was young and her mom has bad days with mental health, which makes Delia feel a bit alone. One thing I really appreciated about Delia’s story was her relationship with her mom. I’m really glad that Zentner showed that even though you may struggle with depression, it doesn’t mean that you always have “bad days.” I really enjoyed the scenes with Delia and her mom just goofing off and having fun like normal people. Just because you may have depression, anxiety, etc. doesn’t mean that you are having a bad day all day EVERY day.

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While there was an insanely adorable romance in this book, it was a side plot. Zentner let Josie and Delia’s friendship be the star of the show. They quickly became in the top of my favorite friendships in books category. It made me wish that I had a friend like that while I was in high school. But about that romance…Lawson Vargas, everyone’s favorite board breaker! He is a pancaking loving, fantasy reading, karate chopping cutie! I loved his presence in the story. He kept up with Delia & Josie’s sarcastic commentary perfectly. He’s got some pretty dang good jokes, too.

If you love beagles that turn into bassett hounds, horrible movies that you can make fun of with your best friends, amazing parent relationships and even better friendship — I highly recommend that you check out this book. Zentner became a favorite author of mine after he murdered me with The Serpent King and he continues to slay me to this day. I don’t think I’ll ever read a bad book from him in my lifetime.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: violence in the form of fighting, abandoning parents, depression, suicidal thoughts

This book was provided to me from the publisher through Netgalley to read and give my honest review. Thank you to Jeff Zentner and Crown Books for the opportunity.

5 stars

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Have you read any of Zentner’s books? Which has been your favorite so far?! I would love to know your thoughts. 🙂

3 Magical Realism Mini Reviews| 2019

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I’m back!

I really suck at this blogging thing, huh? At least I can admit it! I get in these weird moods where I’d rather be doing anything but reading and it sucks. Sometimes work also gets so overwhelming where I don’t have time to read. It all just sucks. I’ve been wanting to correct this for 2019 and I’ve been doing good so far, I think! I’ve read 13 books already this year and I’ve even started AND completed a trilogy from my second chance post that I made back in November. I won’t say which trilogy I read but here’s a spoiler alert: I freaking loved it. Fiiiiine, I’ll give you a hint.

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February has been a fantastic reading month for me. I’ve finally picked up a few books that I’ve been meaning to get pick up for ages. Coincidentally, they all seemed to have one trait in common: magic. Two of them also happened to be set in a small town on a coastal island. I’ve come to realize that is one specific trope that I love!

I’m terrible at writing reviews (which is why you haven’t seen many on here) but the only way to get better is to practice, yeah? So I’m going to try to write mini reviews for each book that I read and hopefully over time, they will get longer, more precise and y’know…better. I’ve also thought I’d put trigger warnings in my reviews so maybe it will help someone! If it seems that I have missed one, please let me know so I can correct it.

Hope you enjoy! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and what your thoughts on them were! Also, if you have any specific books that you’d like for me to read and review also please let me know so I can check them out! Thanks and have fun!

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the wicked deep

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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I’m a simple person. Give me a book with witches set in a small coastal town and I’m yours. I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It had me gripped to the point where I couldn’t wait to get back to the book. All I could think about what was going to happen next.

The book followed Penny in present time but before chapters, would jump back to the Swan sisters when they were alive and what their life was like in 1800’s Sparrow. I loved both, but I kept wanting to read more from the Swan sisters so I am REALLY hoping that Ernshaw will bless us with some novellas about their girls when they were alive and all of their shenanigans. Another novella I would like is a certain romance that I won’t mention, but good grief did I love the crap out of them.

There are plot twists in this and while I did call most of them, it didn’t take away from the book because it was so well written, that I didn’t even care. The book is just that good, ya’ll. The writing was beautiful and simple and I love that.

The ending, though. Ya’ll. One simple line gave me goosebumps BUT I CAN’T SHARE IT BECAUSE SPOILERS. Ugh. That’s it. You’ll just have to read it so you can see the greatest line in this book because it will tear you apart but also put the biggest smile on your face.

Enough fangirling. Just go read this dang book.

TW: murder, drowning

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a million junes

For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.

Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them.

As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

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A Million Junes turned me into a sobbing mess. This was the first book I’ve read from Emily Henry after hearing time after time how amazing her writing is — it quickly became an all time favorite for me.

It was full of whimsy and magic, following four generations of two families through their lives from heartbreak and happiness, when life gets dark and light. It’s about losing those you love the most and how life goes on after, but also the events that may follow their death. It’s about being able to love who you want to love, no matter the consequences.

If you’re up to experience a little magic with your “forbidden” romance, if you’re willing to stain your book with tears because you can’t handle the tragedies in the characters’ lives…pick up A Million Junes. It won’t disappoint. Thank you Larkin for this Christmas present (from 2017 bc I’m a terrible friend.) You da best.

TW: death, losing a parent

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summer of saltA magic passed down through generations . . . 

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . . 

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . . 

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

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Just imagine Practical Magic but weirder. I freaking LOVED this book. The atmosphere, the relationships, the writing. It just got more absurd and fantastical as it went on and I was falling more and more in love with it. I immediately was attached to the main characters, twins Georgina and Mary. I rooted for them the whole time, while following them down a spiraling journey. I highly, highly recommend this book if you’re in the mood for some good ole witchy stuff in a small, coastal town with a cute ass female/female romance. LOVE. LOVE. LOOOVE. (Also if you’ve read The Wicked Deep and loved it, chances are, you’re going to eat this book up and love it too.)

TW: rape