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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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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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My Completed Series

These are the series that I have read completely but I don’t necessarily own all of these books. I will give the Goodreads Synopsis for the first book of each of these series but if you would like to see a full review or any of my thoughts of any of these series let me know in the comments below.

I would love to know if you have read any of these series and what some of your favorite completed series are!

 

The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Goodreads Synopsis…

SHADOW CHILDREN Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford “not” to?

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads Synopsis…

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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Goodreads Synopsis…

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

 

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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Goodreads Synopsis…

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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Goodreads Synopsis…

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

 

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads Synopsis…

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

 

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Goodreads Synopsis…

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

 

The Tiger’s Curse Saga by Colleen Houck

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Goodreads Synopsis…

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

 

The Edge of Never Duology by J.A. Redmerski

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Goodreads Synopsis…

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

 

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

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Goodreads Synopsis…

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

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Goodreads Synopsis…

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

 

But Elizabeth, what about Harry Potter? Well you see, I haven’t read the last two books in the series yet. I am currently working on a re-read of the first five so I can go straight into the last two in loo of September 1st 2017 being the date the epilogue takes place. I am working on it… I promise!!

 

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The Book Blogger Test Tag

Hey guys!

So I wasn’t nominated to do this tag but I saw it on Thrice Read and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to give it a go.

Rules…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post
  3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
  4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

Describe your perfect reading spot.

I prefer to read on my bed. Sometimes I will read on my couch but I really like to pile up a bunch of pillows and make like a little reading nest. However, one of my favorite things to do, especially on vacation or at the lake, is to read on a boat. There is just something so relaxing about sitting on a boat as it rocks back and forth.

Tell us Three book confessions.

  1. I only just started reading the Harry Potter books last year and still have finished the last two books.
  2. I hate DNFing books so if I am really bored with a book and am afraid I will give up, I will start skimming until I get to an interesting part.
  3. I will buy a book that is really hyped even if I know absolutely nothing about it.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

I just did a reread of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I teared up at the end when Neville got those 10 points from Dumbledore.

How many books are on your bedside table?

Currently three. That is if you don’t count the numerous ebooks I have on my phone…

What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I don’t usually eat while reading. I could have a snack right beside but I get to engrossed in what I am reading to remember it. I also am afraid of getting food on my books so that puts a damper on it too.

Name Three books you would recommend to Everyone.

I am going to choose three that aren’t really hyped.

  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. The Edge of Never Duology by J.A. Redmerski
  3. The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houch

Show us a picture of your favorite bookcase on a bookshelf.

This is my favorites bookshelf/the books I most want to display. This has a some of my favorite series and a few I most want to read.

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Describe what books mean to you in just three words.

Adventure, Escape, Enjoyment

My Nominees:

Anyone anywhere, everyone everywhere!

 

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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}

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Skimming

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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

Ranting

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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.

 

Aesthetics

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.

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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.

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Earl Grey: Name your favorite classic.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

      salem's

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 …

boys

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 …

ugly

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 …

eliza

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 …

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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 …

caraval

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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