Down the TBR Hole | #3

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Round three! Lets knock some more books off of my evergrowing TBR.

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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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I’ve heard amazing things about this story but it’s not one I’m dying to get to anytime soon. So off the TBR it goes.

VERDICT: TOSS

2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Okay, this is one series I know I will definitely be wanting to get to soon. I’m hoping I can at least start it in 2018 but there are a bunch of series I need to complete before I start a bunch more.

VERDICT: KEEP

3. Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

I’ve been super into thrillers lately and this one sounds right up my alley. It’s a decent price on Kindle so I might pick it up soon! It’s a really short read too, less than 300 pages, so it’ll be a really quick read on top of that!

VERDICT: KEEP

4. The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

Another really short thriller, about 250 pages, about a girl who suffers from a mental illness which makes her black out and forget a lot of her life. This one I’m on the fence about but because of the link, genre and the price (less than $5 for a paperback) then I might give this one a chance in the future.

VERDICT: KEEP (for now)

5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I’ve had this on my TBR for years, way before the movie even came out. But I’ve owned 3 different copies and never got to it so I’m just going to go ahead and call it and take it off of my TBR. It’s historical fiction and definitely up my alley, but if I haven’t picked it up after collecting and then getting rid of 3 individual copies and still didn’t read them, I think that answers it there.

VERDICT: TOSS

6. The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

Another under 300 page story that sounds up my alley except this time it’s about siblings who find out their witches. I’ve heard amazing things about Lepore through Ben Alderson’s channel. I have a few of her books on my Kindle currently but haven’t gotten around to them yet (sending a trend here?)

VERDICT: KEEP

7. The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Honestly I have no idea how this book got on my TBR. This isn’t an author that I enjoy reading and the synopsis sounds all over the place. Buh-bye.

VERDICT: TOSS

8. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

This doesn’t sound like the greatest story ever but I do already have it on my Kindle and it’s almost right at 300 pages so it’ll be a super quick read. It doesn’t have a terrible rating and with it being a contemporary, I imagine I could fly through it.

VERDICT: KEEP

9. Unteachable by Elliot Wake

I don’t have very many NA on my TBR and I’ve been meaning to get to this one since I’ve first heard of it so definitely keeping it! I’ve heard amazing things about this author from bloggers I trust so looking forward to it!

VERDICT: KEEP

10. Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Winterkill sounds like a YA version of movie The Village. The premise sounds interesting but with the 3.5 rating, I’m not sure this is one that will be on the top of my radar.

VERDICT: TOSS

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This round I’ve only tossed 4 (kind of 5?) but I’m still pretty happy with that. The ones I’ve kept seem like really good and quick reads and now that they’re on my radar, I might try to get to a few of the shorter ones to get my reading goal count up! I’m still 12 away but if I hustle maybe I can make it.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts and tell me which ones I should bump to the top of my TBR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Reads of 2017 | Hype or Like Friday

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Hype or Like Friday is a new meme started by myself, Larkin & Jill. Make sure to follow our Good Reads group so you can keep up to date with the weekly topics & book of the month.

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RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

December’s BOTM: Zodiac by Romina Russell

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2017 wasn’t the greatest reading year for me but luckily I’ve been able to read some amazing books this year. I somehow compiled a list of my top 10 favorite reads of this year, though I had a tough time. I might have to make a post with the runner-ups. I’m not going to write reasons why these are my favorites, just because I may make a separate post for that, but I will have the books that turned into all-time favorites at the end of the post. 🙂

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ||The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas || Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco || The Hating Game by Sally Thorne || Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood || Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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New additions to my all time favorites:

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt || How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake || Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (review here) || The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (review here)

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Have you read any of my favorite books of 2017? Let me know if you would like to hear my thoughts for any of these titles if I haven’t wrote a review already! What were some of your favorite reads in 2017?

 

 

 

 

December TBR | 2017

 

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I am absolutely terrible when it comes to making a TBR for the month or for anything, really. It always happens that I’m never in the mood for anything that I’ve chosen which is extremely annoying, especially when I’m trying to meet challenges and hit certain goals. This month, I decided to just go with my gut on whatever sounds good and it seems like I’m leaning more toward fantasy/thriller/historical fiction. I do have a couple of classics though (one being a buddy read) which I’m really open to complete. If I can finish at least one classic this month, I would call it a success. Any who, on to the TBR!

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is the winner from my first Try a Chapter tag. I’m currently half way through and I’m really loving it! I’m hoping I’ll be able to complete it tonight. I have a couple of continuations in series and a couple first books of one. I’ve noticed I really have a problem with starting new series before finishing off older ones. I think a goal for me in 2018 should be to complete series that I’ve already started before I start yet another one.

I’m buddy reading PERSUASION with one of my besties, Jess (@literarilyjess on Twitter.) She’s a huge Austen fan. So big that her first book is Pride & Prejudice inspired. I’m really nervous about reading it since this will be my first Austen novel. To be honest, I’m scared I won’t understand a single thing that is going on since I’m not used to the writing style and I worry I’m going to look stupid! Oh well, I need to try it out anyway and see how it goes.

Since this is still a tentative TBR for the month, I really doubt I’m going to be reading all of these. There are a few ebooks and eARCS that I would like to get to on top of a different from my second round of Try a Chapter. I’m thinking of attempting a 24 hour readathon tomorrow but I’m already exhausted today so I don’t know how much of a success it will be. We shall see!

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Let me know what your December TBRs are! Send me a link to your blog post or video if you have one up! Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts on them in the comments!

Down the TBR Hole | #2

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Round two! Lets knock some more books off of my evergrowing TBR.

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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!

arrow1. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

I’m still debating if I want to read this, I’ve heard really mixed reviews about the duology, but considering my copy is an e-copy, it’s not like the book is taking up a lot of room. I’m going to keep it just in case, but it is definitely not at the top of my TBR pile.

Verdict: KEEPish

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I have a feeling I’m going to get hate over this but I’ve tried to read this and we didn’t click. I think the way its written and narrated is a couple. Being a huge lover of historical fiction, this is a novel that I want to come back to but it won’t be anytime soon so I’m going to pass for the time being.

Verdict: TOSS

3. Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter 

This is an Amazon Kindle freebie that I completely forgot about. It’s a contemporary/fantasy about a girl who can see into the future and I’m all about that. I’m going to bump this up on my TBR list, for sure.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Loop by Karen Akins

This is a time travel book that I somehow couldn’t get into. I didn’t exactly love the main character and I gave up on this book early on. I don’t think it’s one that I’m wanting to go back to so I’m keeping it at DNF.

Verdict: DNF/TOSS

5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’ve been reading this very slowly. As in, I read 70 pages and then stop reading. So far, from what I can remember, I was enjoying it but I really need to be in the mood to read classics. I really enjoyed the writing and I like Holden’s sarcastic asshole personality. I need to make this one a priority next year and finally finish it.

Verdict: KEEP

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Another historical fiction on this list, but this one is I am interested in reading. I don’t own any copy of it at this time, though, so I doubt this will be a book I’ll be getting to in a while. I’ve heard amazing things about it though!

VERDICT: KEEP

7. Zodiac by Romina Russell

I’m really iffy on this one but since it’s on my e-reader, I’m not too worried about getting to it any time soon. I don’t have very many sci-fi books on my physical TBR so if I’m ever in the mood for one, I know which to pick up!

VERDICT: KEEP

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Another series I’m iffy about but because of my favorite Booktubers, Lala, absolutely loves this series, I’m thinking about giving it a second chance. I’ve been thinking about reading a lot more thrillers and this one seems like it would be a nice ease into an unfamiliar genre for me.

VERDICT: KEEP

9. There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

A new adult book that I have zero interest in. Bye, bye.

VERDICT: TOSS

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I’ve been interested in reading more work from Oliver after loving Before I Fall. I ended up finding the full trilogy at a thrift store for $2 each and I couldn’t pass up the amazing deal. Definitely looking forward to starting the series!

VERDICT: KEEP

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Yikes, I only tossed 3 this round. A couple I’m still iffy on but they’re not stressing me out to read as much like a few others are. Have you read any on this list? Are you going to scold me for tossing The Book Thief? Talk to me in the comments! 

Try a Chapter | #1

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I have really been having the hardest time reading a book and enjoying it immensely. My recent reads have all been around 3 stars which is a huge bummer for me. I’m missing that feeling of being devoured into a book and constantly wanting to turn the page to see what happens next.

Since I’ve been missing that feeling, but also don’t know which books to pick up and try, I decided to give a go to the Try a Chapter tag. I chose ten books and had a best friend, Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads, choose which five I will try first. Hopefully there will be a 4 or 5 star book in this pile! I’m dying for one.

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Up first is one of my most anticipated reads, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!

Stalking Jack the Ripper

I have been dying to read this book since I’ve heard about it. The idea of it is so interesting to me! I’m really hoping this is one I liked because of how hyped up I’ve made it.

The chapter was pretty short only being eight pages. We’re introduced to our main character, Audrey Rose, and her uncle. Not a whole lot happens but the scene is pretty intriguing. So far, so good!

Next: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

To be honest, I’m not expecting much from this. For some strange reason, I can never get into Gaiman’s work. I’ve tried with both Stardust and The Graveyard Book and I ended up DNF’ing both of them. But I found this at a thrift store for only $1 and I couldn’t pass up the deal.

While reading, I surprisingly found myself continuing on to chapter 2 before I even realized I was doing it! I’m enjoying the writing style and also the narrator so far. I’m really interested to see where this goes. Also, how freaking beautiful is this cover?

Third: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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This will be my first Rae Carson book, even though Girl of Fire and Thorns has been on my TBR shelf for literally 3 years now. But I’m interested in a historical fiction right now plus fantasy, so why not try this one! Double whammy! And again, look how beautiful this cover is.

Unfortunately, the first chapter of this kind of bored me. It was very short but underwhelming. I’ve heard great things about this trilogy and I do want to give it a shot, but maybe not right now.

Next: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

A Map for Wrecked Girls

I just received this in a trade I did on Twitter. I honestly don’t know much about it but I saw it around so figured I would give it a shot. The cover is honestly what got me… it’s gorgeous.

I’ve read the first chapter and uhh… I’m kind of confused? I know what is happening but also not exactly at the same time, which I guess is kind of the whole point. We’ve met the 3 main characters, but I’m getting off vibes from the sisters, which again, I guess is the point. I’m intrigued to see where it goes but there are other books I’ve read so far that I’m more drawn to.

Last: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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I’m eery about this pick. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one but since I’m such a huge of The Lunar Chronicles written by the same author, I want to give this a go.

Unfortunately, I’m just not in the mood. I’m really wanting to read a book that I’m already dying to get back to, so I’m just going to put this aside again and hopefully will be willing to pick this up at a later date.

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I did it! I read 5 (ok, technically 4) books and I’ve decided which one I want to continue on with. I kind of already knew I wanted to continue on with this one since the beginning, but I wanted to give every book a fair chance! (Except you, Heartless. I’m sorry.) I know ya’ll are probably dying to see which book I chose….

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!

This novel has been on my radar since it came out and I’m so stoked to finally be able to read it. I’ve had the ARC of the sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula, for months now and I feel so guilty about it since I haven’t even read the first one yet. I’m really excited to see where this goes! I’m really needing a book that I can just devour and fall in love with.

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Stay tuned for episode 2 where I have my other best friend, Jessica aka @literarilyjess on Twitter, choose my next five books!

Have you read any of the books I’ve tried out? Let me know how you like them in the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts on them and whether I should continue reading them or not!