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Down the TBR hole #5 21-25

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It is dedicated to decluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. I know that there are some book on my TBR pile that I’m never going to get to, so this tag is a nice solution to my never-ending TBR pile! So, here goes nothing!

How it works…

  • 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?
  • Down the TBR Hole #4

The Books…

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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I still own this book and I really enjoyed watching the movies so at some point in the future (I don’t know when) I do want to eventually read this book. Verdict: Stay

 

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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This is one of my good friend’s favorite books and I really want to give it a try. However, it is not the type of book that I normally read so I’m not sure how I will feel about it. It’s one of those that I sort of want to read but don’t actually know if it will ever happen. I guess I will keep it for a little bit longer. Verdict: Stay (for now)

 

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

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Okay so here’s the deal, I think this will be really funny and relatable, but I don’t know if I will ever actively search it out… which is what I use my goodreads “to-read” list for. If I happen across it one day then I might pick it up, but I see no reason to keep this on my shelf. Verdict: Go

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I am dying to read this book. It has gotten so much hype that I don’t know how I couldn’t want to read it. Verdict: Stay

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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I absolutely loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I really want to read her other books. I think Sharp Objects showed up on one of my previous posts and I really want to read them both. They are on my Amazon wish list, which is what I use for books that I plan on getting in the very near future. Verdict: Stay

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Reading Wrap Up – September 2017

I had an okay reading month in September. I actually read all of these books in the beginning of the month. I am now in a little bit of a reading slump so if you have any advice on getting out of one, please let me know!

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

4.5 stars

I technically finished this book on August 31st but didn’t include it on my August wrap up for some reason. Listened to this via audiobook and highly recommend it. She is hilarious.

Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

2 stars

This was our first book in a book club we started at my work. It was okay but not very exciting… More like a really long prequel. See my review here.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

5 stars

An amazing ending to an amazing series. HIGHLY recommend!! My series review here.

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

3 stars

Enjoyed this audiobook. I really liked the narrator and I think that saved it for me. See my full review here.

 

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

4 stars

This series just continues to get better with each book. You can see my review here. Or my review of the first book here.

 

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

4 stars

Not my favorite book of the series but I still enjoyed it. I am looking forward to starting Chaol’s book soon. Review to come.

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End of the Year Book Tag

This tag was created by Ariel Bissett as a way to reflect on your reading plans for the last few months of the year. It looked like fun so I decided to give it a go. I won’t tag anyone specific but if it interests you then you should do it too! It was a good way for me to see what I have read and what I am looking forward to reading by the end of the year.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I tend to finish books that I start, but there is one book I started on audiobook but decided to put it down in favor of reading it in physical form later on.

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Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I know it’s not a very unique answer, but reading Harry Potter really gets me into the mood for fall/Christmas time. I also like to read dark fantasies or mysteries. A couple of options might be…

 

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

All of my most anticipated releases of 2017 have been released. If there are any books not out yet that you think should be on my radar please let me know. I am always looking for more books and authors to add to my shelf. I am sure there are several that are supposed to be amazing but I just haven’t come across them yet.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I don’t really plan my books ahead of time, but I would like to finish The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra clare. I would also like to finish The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas but I’m not sure if that will happen.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

This might be cheating, but I am currently reading a book right now that I think could potentially become a favorite. I am not very far into it right now so I am not 100% sure, but I am really enjoying it so far.

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Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

The only plan I have thought of so far is to create a TBR jar. I think this will be a good way to get to books that have been on my shelf for the longest time. There are so many books that I want to get to but they keep getting pushed back in favor of reading new, more popular books.

If you have any fun ways to motivate you to read books that have been on your shelf for a long time, I would love to hear them!

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My Most Owned Authors

These are the top 5 authors that I own the most of their books. (That sounded really confusing.) Anyway… there are six authors on my “top 5” list because number five consists of two authors of which I own the same amount of books.

Brandon Sanderson (15 books)

  • The Final Empire
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hero of Ages
  • The Alloy of Law
  • Shadows of Self
  • The Bands of Mourning
  • The Way of Kings 1
  • The Way of Kings 2
  • Words of Radiance 1
  • Words of Radiance 2
  • Warbreaker
  • Elantric
  • Arcanum Unbounded
  • Steelheart
  • Firefight

Cassandra Clare (13 Books)

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • The Shadowhunter Codex
  • Lady Midnight

Sarah J. Maas (10 Books)

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn
  • The Assassin’s Blade

J.K. Rowling (7 Books)

  • Do I really need to list out all Harry Potter books?

Diana Gabaldon (6 Books)

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Ember
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • The Outlander Companion part 1

Rick Riordan (6 Books)

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth 
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
  • The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

 

What are some of your most owned authors? I would love to know!!

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City of Fallen Angels – Book Review

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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Series: The Mortal Instruments #4

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4 stars

 

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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

 

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With every one of these reviews I write, there is less and less I can say without spoiling the ones before it. So, I am just forewarning you now, if you haven’t read this yet, I advise caution… there may be spoilers.

This is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series but (if you’ve read this series then you know what I mean) it is more like the first book in the second trilogy. So, this was almost like reading the first book in a series all over again. However, the emotional attachment I already had to the characters had me drawn into the story from the very beginning.

At the beginning of the book, there is this time of peace after the war. There is a slow build toward the action in this installment but once it hits, it takes you on a wild ride. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series goes and how the actual last book ends.

We get to see more of Simon and Isabelle and Alec and Magnus in this book. We also get to see them all have their first lovers’ spat. I love how real Cassandra Clare makes her characters’ relationships feel. I swear, if anything happens to any of my babies’ relationships I will have a complete emotional breakdown.

QUESTION: What is you favorite book in this series? As I haven’t read them all I can’t really answer this question myself, but out of the ones I have read so far, the third is definitely my favorite.

 

In Conclusion…

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Stalking Jack the Ripper – Book Review

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Genre: YA Historical/Mystery/Retelling

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1

 Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

3 stars

 

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

 

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I have a love/hate relationship with this book. As a book in general, it’s not that bad. However, it was not at all what I expected.

When you hear the title, what do you think? My immediate instinct was that it was going to be about a girl who is obsessed with Jack the Ripper and follows his around, copies his crimes, or tries to kill him. (If this is also what you thought, then I am sorry to burst your bubble.) So, when I actually read the book and it was nothing at all even close to what I thought, I was more than a little disappointed.

However, when I managed to get past that initial disappointment, I ended up enjoying the story for what it actually was. While it didn’t make my favorites list, it was a fun and interesting read and I plan to continue with the series in the future.

The book lost a star for me when it got to the big plot twist towards the end. I don’t usually guest plot twists, even if they are obvious. I don’t try to guess them ahead of time because it makes them more fun that way. However, with this plot twist, I didn’t even have to think about it. The identity of Jack the Ripper was so obvious to me, I figured it out about a fourth of the way into the book. I really wanted to slap some sense into the main character for how dumb she was.

I also listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator was one of the best I have heard. She did a good job giving each character a different voice. She was also very clear and easy to understand. I highly recommend it.

In Conclusion…

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…I just wanted something more.

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Book Haul – September 2017

 

 

  1. The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

    • So I may already own a copy of The Bone Season in hardback, but when I saw the first two books in matching paperback, I just could not resist. Maybe I can do a giveaway with the other one… or maybe not… who knows with me.
  2. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

    • I have been wanting to read this book for a while, I can’t wait to start it.
  3. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

    • I already owned the first book in this series. I haven’t read it yet, but when I saw this one for just $1.50, I couldn’t resist.
  4. Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons

    • I actually have absolutely no idea what this is about besides it being an Alice in Wonderland retelling. That is literally all I needed to know.
  5. Chilling Ghost Stories

    • I found this one really cheap and as it being so close to Halloween, I thought it was fitting.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which one should I read first? I would love to know!!

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Six of Crows Duology – Book Review

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Six of Crows Duology

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4.5 stars

 

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

 

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If you want a book with an amazingly diverse cast of characters, a complicated, action-packed adventure, and filled with emotional turmoil, then this is the book for you.

I actually have a funny story about reading these (well it might not be funny but its definitely a story…) When I first read Six of Crows, I didn’t like it. I was really disappointed because there was so much hype and it was the type of book that I am normally really invested in. However, now… two years later… I decided to give it another try, this time as a audiobook. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!!!!

What do you think is the best thing about these books? That’s a really hard question to answer. While the plot of the story is absolutely amazing and the action and adventure is some of the best I have ever read, I honestly don’t think it would be half as good without the characters.

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I highly recommend going into this series with as little information as possible because it makes the story that much more exciting. So, I am going to leave my review there. If you haven’t already read these books… what are you even doing here? Trust me, you won’t regret it.

If you enjoy audiobooks, I highly praise them. They have a different person voice each character and they are all done really well. I listened to them back to back… and honestly… I wish it didn’t have to end.

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Lady of Devices – Book Review

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Genre: YA Historical Steampunk

Series: Magnificent Devices #1

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2.5 stars

 

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London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . . When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

 

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This was my first time trying anything historical steampunk and I found it interesting but not something that I will be specifically searching for in the future.

There isn’t really much I can say about this book because there wasn’t a lot that happened in the story. This book was very much character driven as the plot was nearly non-existent. What I thought was the story finally starting to pick up, was actually the climax towards the end. I would describe this book as a really long prequel that could have been all summed up in one chapter, or even as short flashbacks as the actual story progressed.

However, it was thanks to the characters that I was able to make it through the entire book without giving up on it. The characters were a lot of fun and went through quite a bit of development considering how little happened.

Overall, if you enjoy historical steampunk and character driven stories, then give this one a try. However, if you rely on the plot of a book to really enjoy it, then this one is probably not for you.

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Reading Wrap Up – August 2017

August was a really good month for me, both in reading and reviewing.

I read   12   books and reviewed   10 of them!!  

Since I have a review for almost all of these books, instead of discussing each of them, I will just put a link to my review.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Goodreads ♦ Amazon

4.5 stars

I started this one at the end of July and finished it at the beginning of this month during My Own Personal Readathon.  This was a slow start but once you get around page 100 it really picks up. You can read my full review here.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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5 stars

I read this book as part of my readathon. It was such a wild ride. It took me by complete surprise! I recommend going into this one blind. You can read my full review here.

 Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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3.5 stars

This is the third book I finished in my readathon. I really enjoyed this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Although, I considered more of a Rumpelstiltskin retelling with a few Beauty and the Beast elements thrown in. Read my full review here.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
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4 stars

This was the last book I read in the readathon. This book was a lot of fun. It was a different take on vampires that I haven’t seen before. I almost wish it wasn’t a standalone. I would love to see more from this world. Read my full review here.

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
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5 stars

What do I really need to say about this? It’s Harry Potter. You can see my thoughts on the differences in the book and the movie in my book vs. movie review here.

 

The Photographer’s Assistant by Andrew Grey
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3.5 stars

I received this from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read more from this author. You can see all my thoughts on this book in my review here.

 Forever Bound by Chloe Stowe
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2.5 stars

This book was okay but it definitely wasn’t one of the best MM Romance I have read. I really have no desire to read any more from this series but I will probably check out the author in the future. See my full review here.

Stay After Class by A.C. Rose
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3.5 stars

This book was a lot of fun and was one of the more real feeling erotic romances I have ever read. I have a full review that you can read here. I am looking forward to more from this author.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Release Date: August 29, 2017
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3.5 stars

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This reminded me of a weird combination of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Read all of my thoughts on my review here.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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4.5 stars

This was actually a re-read and I am really glad I gave it another chance. I listened to it on audiobook this time and I definitely do not regret it. I highly recommend this duology on audiobook.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
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5 stars

Once again, Harry Potter, need I say more? This is one of my least favorite of the series and it still got 5 stars from me. What more can I say? My full movie vs. book review is here.

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
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5 stars

As you can probably tell, I am working my way through the Harry Potter series again and am planning on doing a book vs. movie review for each book. This is my most recent book finished so I haven’t had a chance to rewatch the movie so I can do my review but you can look forward to that soon. Love this series and this one is my favorite of the movies. Love it! Review coming soon.