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Bookish Confessions

My Own Personal Readathon Day 2 Update:

  • Finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {220 Pages}
  • Started Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge {208 Pages}
  • Continued Six of Crows audiobook by Leigh Bardugo {Will tally at the end}



If I am really bored at a certain part in a book but I don’t want to DNF it just yet, I will skim through and just read the dialogue between characters. Sometimes you just can’t force yourself to sit through long drawn-out paragraphs of description/explanations and the dialogue will usually give me enough to get by.


Finishing Series

I have a really bad habit of reading the first book in a series, really loving it, then waiting too long to pick up the next book so that I lose interest. At the time I’m usually all “It was so good I have to have the next one now!” then the next thing I know it’s been six months and I have completely forgotten about my need to read it.


Reading Multiple Books

At any one time, I am usually reading at least three books at once. I listen to an audiobook while driving, doing things around the house, and sometimes when exercising. I have at least one ebook that I read when I’m out of the house so I don’t have to carry a physical book with me everywhere I go (even though I usually have one anyway). Finally, I have at least one physical book which I read while lounging around the house, before bed, by the lake, etc.

Negative Reviews


I actually love reading negative reviews of my favorite books. I will purposefully look for 1-2 star reviews of books I loved just so I can laugh at and make fun of what they say. I won’t even comment or try to defend the book, I will just read the review and others comments and usually end up laughing about how intense they are. Usually, if you review a book you rated 1 star, you have a lot to say.

Weird Bookmarks

I absolutely refuse to crease the pages of my books. So, that means that sometimes I use very strange things as bookmarks. I have literally used my dog to keep my book on the right page when I had to do something quickly.


Library Books

I have a really hard time reading books that I have checked out of the library. I have an obsession of owning books I have read. I am always afraid that if I read a book in the library I will love it but then have to return it back to the library.

Excessive Book Buying


I am known to go shopping and come home with stacks of books. I struggle to even go to the grocery store and not come out with at least one book. A lot of times I won’t have an immediate desire to read a book or even know what it is about, but will end up getting it because I saw someone else talk about it. There are books that have been on my shelf for months/years that I have no plans to read.

Buying Books I’ve Read

I will not spend money on a book that I have already read, no matter how much I loved it. It’s not even a rule or anything I set for myself, I just can’t physically buy a book I’ve already read when there are so many other books I haven’t read. I usually ask for those for Christmas/Birthdays instead.


Reading Friends

I don’t actually have any friends/family that like to read as much as I do or the same things as I do. I have gone so far as to beg my dad to read a book I love just so we can talk about it. I would absolutely love to find a book club that reads mostly YA.




I am a book ranter. I have actually finished a book at two o’clock in the morning and proceeded to rant to my dog for the next thirty minutes. I’m pretty sure I could see the look of absolute boredom on her face. When my dogs aren’t available, I will rant to an imaginary person who may or may not talk back.



It physically pains me when I have a series with a mixture of paperbacks and hardbacks. However, it does not bother me if the covers don’t match. I will try to get the covers that I think are prettiest but I don’t necessarily care about cover changes. I will go out of my way to make sure they are all in the same format.

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Coffee Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I saw someone else post this tag on their blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I thought I’d give it a go. If this tag looks interesting to you then you should do it as well! If you’ve already done it let me know in the comments… I would love to see your answers!

Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.


I completely understand my so many people choose not to read this series and why so many other people can’t get into/past the first book. However, coming from someone who has completed the trilogy, this series is so much more than just a ‘bdsm novel’. Honestly, once you get past the first novel, sex takes a back seat to the much deeper story line. (There’s still a lot of sex though).

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that get’s more popular during the winter or festive time of year.


I know this isn’t true for everyone, but I know a lot of people, myself included, that are in the Harry Potter mood during the Holidays. I especially love rewatching the movies during that time. Harry Potter is just a great Christmas/Winter story. Although, you could argue that Harry Potter is an all-year-round story. For those that disagree…

                 giphy        giphy1

Hot Chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?


I absolutely loved this book as a child. The movie adaptation is also one of my favorite movies of all time. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve seen it. I basically rewatch it over and over agin throughout the month of December.

Double Shot of Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


For those that haven’t read these books… what are you doing with your life!?!?! Brandon Sanderson is a freaking master at writing fantasy. I was kept on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next. There were so many twists and turns I never knew what was coming.

Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.


Sarah J. Maas is quickly becoming more and more known all over the world. You can’t watch anything on booktube, read anything on goodreads, see anything on bookstagram, etc without seeing something about the ACOTAR/ACOMAF/ACOWAR series. I’m so freaking excited about the continuation.

That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.


I actually feel ashamed that I don’t read very many books from indie authors. One of my good friends from college actually wrote/published this book so I thought I would give her a shoutout.

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.


This book was so hyped up that I expected it to be this fantastically amazing story that I couldn’t get enough of. Honestly, it was just okay in my opinion. I hope I enjoy it more in the next book.


The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.


Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series is one that I like more and more with each book I read. Specifically in the Mortal Instruments, there were plot twists that I absolutely hated and some that were awesome but ultimately all came together to create an amazing story.


Green Tea: Name a book or series that is quietly beautiful.


There is just something about Laini Tayor’s writing that is so beautiful. It’s just so lyrical and smooth. This is the only book I’ve read by her but I am highly anticipating the rest of the trilogy.

Chai Tea: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far off places. 


The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is about a boy and a girl that meet each other on a bus and decide to go on a road trip together. For weeks after reading this book, it made me want to go on a road trip. So it didn’t make me dream of a specific place but it did make me dream of traveling, specifically with a handsome male companion.

just go


Earl Grey: Name your favorite classic.


I’m not much of a classics reader, but I have always loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Is it really necessary to explain?

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Down the TBR Hole #4 16-20

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 #3

The Books…

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


I am really conflicted with this book. I attempted to read this book about a year ago and couldn’t get into it. I even thought about trading it into the book store. However, after reading some reviews of people who’s opinions I trust, I have decided to give it another try. Verdict: Keep


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


I think this book would be really cute. It even has really good reviews by those same people who’s opinion I trust. However, it’s not really the type of book I normally read. Maybe some day in the future I will be more motivated to read it but not anytime soon. Verdict: Go


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


I originally bought this book a few years ago for a buddy read but it never ended up happening. The concept is really interesting to me but honestly I have very little motivation to read this one. I don’t want to take it off my TBR though, at least not for now. Verdict: Keep


A Whole New World by Liz Braswell


I added this one when I was really in the mood for retellings. I will most likely never actually read this book. Verdict: Go


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


I absolutely love these movies and thought I would really enjoy the books too. I actually got a copy of this from my dad. I attempted to read it but lost interest fairly quickly. I like to give books at least two tries though. Verdict: Keep


I don’t know if this will ever actually end since for every book I take away, I add two more. (*sigh*)

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I wasn’t necessarily tagged by anyone to do this tag but I have seen it everywhere and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to do it anyway! I am going to attempt to not replicate books in my answers but I doubt I won’t use a couple of books more than once. I would love to hear other’s answers too. If you’ve done it let me know so I can check it out!

1. The Best Book of the Year So Far…

november 9

This was a really hard decision to make. I have read so many great books so far this year. This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I absolutely loved it. It instantly made me want to read every book by this author. I still think about this book to this day. My Review


2. The Best Sequel of the Year So Far …

ascension                  acowar

I know I chose two for this question but like I said in the previous answer, I have read so many great books this year. I loved both of these sequels so much I couldn’t choose just one. Well of Ascension Review If you haven’t read The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson you are really missing out. If is great so full of action, adventure, and magic. Also, ACOWAR was just a great conclusion to the ACOTAR Trilogy. I can’t wait for the continuation.


3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To …

water        unrequited        history

Did I mention that I may never be able to choose just one answer for these question. There are so many books that I want to read and so many more new releases come out all the time. It is just impossible to choose only one book. Into the Water and The Upside of Unrequited are both by authors of books I have previously read and loved. History is all you Left Me will be my first read by Adam Silvera and I can’t wait to give it a try.

4. Most Anticipated Release for Autumn/Winter …


It could be that I am currently in the middle of reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff but I am really looking forward to what this book will bring. There are a lot of great books being released this year and I am looking forward to reading a lot of them but right now this book is at the forefront of my mind.


5. Your Biggest Disappointment of the Year So Far …


This was my first Stephen King book and based on its rating, I really expected to enjoy this book so much more than I did. To be honest, I almost DNF’d it. I struggled so hard while reading this book and was bored most of the way through. My Review.


6. Your Biggest Surprise of the Year So Far …


I listened to this book on audiobook and I actually think sometime soon I want to reread it as a physical book. I never expected this book to impact me so much in the way that it did. It was so beautiful and full of meaning. I think everyone should read this and if you do, it will leave its mark on your heart. My Review


7. Your New Favorite Author …

eliza      november 9      bones

These were all first books I read by these authors this year. These books made me want to instantly read all of the other books these authors have written. These aren’t necessarily new authors, but they are new to me authors. I recommend them all…. obviously. Eliza Review, City of Bones Review, November 9 Review


8. Your Newest Favourite Character …


This is actually a book I am currently listening to on audiobook. There is a character in here called “Cap.” He is an 80 year old man that works in their apartment building and he is awesome. He is full of sass, kindness, knowledge, and just overall a hilarious character. I know he’s not the main character but he just stands out to me and I would love it if there was a book about him.


9. Your Newest Fictional Crush …


Absolutely have to choose Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters. He is basically my ideal boyfriend. He is so kind and sweet. He has been through so much but he still strives to make his passion into a reality. Also, he is a nerd… what more could a girl ask for.


10. A Book That Has Made You Cry …


I don’t usually cry in books, rather, it takes a lot to make me cry while reading. However, I absolutely cried at the end of this book. This isn’t a particularly sad book but the death(s) at the end of this book just broke me. All I wanted was for it to be different, but at the same time it was perfect. I grew so attached to these characters during the journey that was this trilogy and it was so hard to lose them. Actually, all the deaths throughout managed to tear my heart.


11. A Book That Has Made You Happy …

eliza     november 9    simon

All these books made me so happy. There were so many times I just couldn’t stop smiling. Even now, writing this response, I am smiling just thinking about why I chose these books as my response.


12. The Most Beautiful Book of the Year So Far …


I wanted to choose a book I hadn’t used yet. This book was very creative and made me think. It was a constant game of what is real and what isn’t. Also, this cover is just so mesmerizing. This was a beautiful book of mystery, intrigue, and sisterly love.


13. Some Books You Need to Read Before 2017 Ends …

These aren’t necessarily books that were/are being released this year. These are mostly books that I have had on my bookshelf for a while or one’s that I really want to get to this year. I am really looking forward to reading all of these but there are also so many more on my shelves that I want to read so badly.


14. Tag Two Members of the Bookish Community …

I would rather just say that whoever wants to do this tag should do it. It really is a lot of fun to reflect on books you have read this year and contemplate books you want to read the most.


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Down the TBR Hole #3 Books 11-15

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 #2

The Books…

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis


I had to actually re-read the synopsis for this book because I completely forgot what this book was about. After reacquainting myself with it, I’m not so sure I want to read it anymore. It reminds me of the Lunar Chronicles and I didn’t like that series. Verdict: Go


Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


This book has a lot of mixed reviews but it sounds like a book that is right up my alley. It is exactly the type of book that I usually enjoy. Verdict: Keep


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


I have mixed feelings about this book. I really want to read this book and I think I will really love it but at the same time I am afraid of loving it too much because at this point the last book may never come out. I guess for now… Verdict: Keep


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


This was added to my TBR post Gone Girl and I was desperately wanting to read all of her books. I still may end up reading this in the future but it is no where near the top of my TBR so… Verdict: Go


The Young Elites by Marie Lu


I honestly don’t think I need to explain this one. Verdict: Keep



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Favorite Book Covers

Question: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I could make a list twenty pages long of my favorite book covers. There are so many beautiful and interesting book covers out there. These are just a few of my favorites.

tiger's curse

The Tiger’s Curse Saga all have beautiful covers. Really this picture doesn’t do them justice. They are much more beautiful in person.


crows         crooked

I love how the wings on these books turn into the Russian architecture below. They are so beautiful and creative. I love them.



This book I actually have no idea what it is about. But I am going to be honest. I absolutely am obsessed with elephants and I want to have this book so bad so I can stare at it all day. It doesn’t hurt that the synopsis sounds interesting as well.



This cover is equal parts beautiful and creepy. I think it fits the darkness of this book perfectly. I can’t wait to read this book.



I love this cover so much. It is so colorful and I love the constellations that you can just barely see through the clouds of color.


fire              nights

These two I love for much the same reason… the font. I love how the words swirl into each other. I also love the color scheme on both of these words.


When I combined a list of my favorite book covers I decided these were my top favorites. I will add the rest of the books below. I guess you could call them my honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions…

glass       thief      passengerthousand       forest     darken


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“I Dare You” – Book Tag

I don’t do a lot of tags but I saw this one that The Well Thumbed Reader did and it looked  like a lot of fun so I thought I would give it a shot. Well, here I go!!


1) You must be honest
2) You must answer all the questions
3) You must tag at least 4 people


Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

This is a hard question to answer since I tend to trade my books into a used bookstore if I have had them for so long and lose interest. I guess of my books currently I have had Divergent by Veronica Roth the longest.


I got this book as a Christmas gift from one of my best friends in College. I think it was Sophmore year, about four years ago.

Actually I just remembered that I still have the first book I ever read all they way through by myself. I think I was either seven or eight or nine.

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Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary was the first book I ever read. My mom would make me read a chapter every night. It has the date I started and the date I finished written into the cover.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? 

eliza                             glass                              ca
    Current Read                                            Last Read                                            Next Read 


What book did everyone like but you hated?

I think “hate” is a strong word, but there are several books that I didn’t really like. I would say a few of these are Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, And I Darken by Kiersten White, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

red queen darken  thrones  illuminae


What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

There are actually two books on my shelf that I could put for this answer.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


I got this book to read it for a book club or buddy read or something and only got through the first three or four chapters (so not very far). This book is so popular that I feel like I should give it another try but I don’t know when or if I will ever get to it. Mostly because it is not something I normally enjoy.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


I got this book for $5 at Walmart and had every intention of reading this. But the longer I own it the less I feel like picking it up…

What book(s) are you saving for retirement?

None. Life is too short to not read as much as you want, as much as you can, and whatever you want.

Last page: Read it first or wait until the end?

Is this a serious question? Do people actually purposefully choose to read the last page first? I guess you know my answer.


Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like the acknowledgements. I hope to write a book one day and one of the things I am actually looking forward to is mentioning all the people who have helped me there. Also, some authors have really fun acknowledgements.  (Sarah J. Maas)


Which book character would you switch places with?

There are a lot of fantasy characters that I think would be really cool but I would probably end up dead in most of those considering I can’t fight worth a damn (pardon my french). Let’s go with one of my favorites… Kelsey from the Tiger’s Curse Saga by Colleen Houck.

tiger's curse


Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person)

I was a little confused about this question. Does this mean that something that happens in the book reminds you or your life or the actual act of reading a specific book reminds you of your life? I’ll answer both.

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer


I remember in Junior High we had a week long camp and I would sneak off to my cabin during free time (and whenever else I could) to read these. Now every time I think of these books it reminds me of camp.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Never before have I related so much to a main character. I read this when I was in college and it reminded me so much of my own personality. I loved this book and it will forever be one of my favorites.

Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. This was actually an ebook version. We were on our way to Florida for vacation and my mom asked to borrow my Kindle so she could get this book to read on the way down. Her plan was to read it then delete it or something (she didn’t really want me to read it). What she didn’t know what that all books that were bought on my Kindle automatically downloaded on my Kindle app on my phone. We were actually reading it at the same time and she didn’t even know.


Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not really. I did give one away to someone but I had another copy so I don’t think that really counts. Maybe I just haven’t had a special reason or a special person?


What’s the strangest item you’ve found in a book?

One time at a used book store I found a picture of a man in jeans and cowboy boots. He was wearing a fake mustache and a cowboy hat. It was so weird.


Any required reading in High School that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I’m gonna say no but that’s mostly because I haven’t tried to read any required reading for a second time.

Used or brand new?

Mostly used because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on new books. I do try to find the best conditions that I can though.


Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?


I have read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and it was okay. I don’t know if I will read any other books by him though. I actually liked the movie better (don’t judge me.)


Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

See previous question… Also, I think I liked Gone Girl better as a movie as well. Mainly because the first half of the book was really drawn out and it didn’t get good until the second half while that part in the movie was better.


Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook booksincluded)?

Not really… I don’t read a lot of books with food in them. At least I can’t think of any.

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t really have anyone as into books as I am in my life. However, there are a few people on booktube that I will take recommendations from. abookutopia, emmabooks, polandbananasBOOKS, and Piera Forde 

Is there a book you think never should have been published?

No, I think all books deserve to be published because there is someone who will enjoy it. There is someone who will be happy that it exists.


Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

catcher in rye

My normal types of books that I read is YA fantasy or contemporary. I don’t normally choose to read classics for fun but my roommate in college said she really liked this book so I gave it a try and ended up loving it.


Wow this tag was really long. I hope you enjoyed it!


I tag…

This tag was a lot of fun and I tag anyone that would like to do it too. Have fun with it!



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Down the TBR Hole #2 Books 6-10

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It is dedicated to uncluttering 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 #1

The Books…


The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones


This is the third book in the Howl’s Moving Castle companion trilogy. I loved the first two books and plan on reading this one at some point. While I’m not in the mood for this currently, I absolutely want to read in the future. I also have this on my bookshelf. Verdict: Keep


Languish by B.E. McLaughlin


I actually bought this book to support one of my friends from college. This was her first book she self-published and I wanted to read it. While I do have a copy I’m not sure if I will ever actually read it. It’s not really my thing, at least not at the moment. So, for now Verdict: Go


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


When I first put this on my to-read shelf, I was so interested in this and wanted to read it so badly. But I never got around to it and now it is no longer so high up. I don’t read very many contemporaries and I am just no longer interested in reading this. Maybe in the future I will eventually want to read it and can add it back on but for now I don’t see it happening. Verdict:  Go


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


I have had this on my bookshelf for a while. I actually have the anniversary edition. I definitely want to read this but I am waiting for the time when I can sit down and just immerse myself in them. Verdict: Keep


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


I can’t wait to read this book. I just haven’t had the chance to go pick it up. This book is right up my alley and I hope to be able to read it very soon. Verdict: Keep


Took off two books this time… I’m on a roll!!

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Down the TBR Hole #1 Books 1-5

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It is dedicated to uncluttering 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?

The Books…

Speak by Lauie Halse Anderson


I actually own this book and have for a while. I really want to read this book eventually as it sounds like something that I would be interested in and would actually enjoy. I don’t know when it will happen as I have a ton of books in my TBR pile but… someday. Verdict: Keep

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


I honestly don’t know if I will ever get to this one. It’s a classic and one that I feel I would enjoy. However, it has been on my Goodreads tbr since I first created an account and I’ve never even tried to pick it up. So for now… Verdict: Go

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge


I put this book on my Goodreads TBR so long ago that I couldn’t even remember what it was about. I almost decided to take it off but after reacquainting myself with the synopsis it has reawakened my desire to read this book. Verdict: Keep

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira


I was really interested in reading this book when I first put it on my tbr list but now I’m not so sure when I will ever get to it. If it wasn’t for the fact that I actually own a copy, then I would take it off my tbr list. I might sell it to a used bookstore eventually but for now… Verdict: Keep

Stolen by Lucy Christopher


This is another book that I have an actual copy of and I definitely want to read this one sometime soon. Verdict: Keep

Well, so far I’ve only managed to take one book off my Goodreads TBR list. Oh well, maybe in the next post.