Down the TBR Hole #91-100

down the tbr hole.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! It’s time for round 10 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

written in red.pngDespite the fact that Written in Red has received many glowing reviews, I am no longer interesting in reading this. There are SEVEN books in this series!

verdict: remove from TBR

the color purple.pngI usually don’t really read classics, but I absolutely want to pick up The Color Purple. Perhaps I’ll listen to it on audiobook soon?

verdict: remains on TBR

the false prince.pngThis fast-paced middle grade series has received many positive reviews, but I’m quite honestly not interested in reading it anymore. I actually started reading the e-book a long time ago, but I wasn’t in the mood for it then and haven’t thought of picking it up again ever since.

verdict: remove from TBR

the revenant.pngI watched the film adaptation of The Revenant and I don’t remember too much about it, so I won’t bother reading the book.

verdict: remove from TBR

saga volume 6.pngI read volume one to five of Saga back in 2016 but I’m not invested enough to continue reading these graphic novels.

verdict: remove from TBR

find her.pngThough Find Her can be read as a standalone, I don’t really want to start reading the eighth book in a series. Besides, I prefer domestic thrillers to detectives anyway.

verdict: remove from TBR

the reborn king.pngI’m not interested in starting another fantasy series, especially one that has received average reviews and has less than 500 ratings on Goodreads.

verdict: remove from TBR

locke & key.pngThis graphic novel has received many positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. Nonetheless, I am not interested in reading this… Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels and comics, so I’d rather spend my time reading novels instead.

verdict: remove from TBR

wink poppy midnight.pngI absolutely adore this cover, but sadly, the book itself hasn’t received much praise. Though I’m always tempted to buy it whenever I see Wink Poppy Midnight, I think I’ll listen to my fellow readers.

verdict: remove from TBR

starflight.pngI seem to be on a roll today, because I’m not interested in reading this one anymore either. I rarely read sci-fi so I don’t see myself pick up Starflight, which hasn’t received a ton of hype and is mostly described as ‘fun’. I prefer more depth in the books I read; not just a fun, probably unmemorable page-turner.

verdict: remove from TBR


I actually own none of the books I talked about today, which made it much easier to remove books from my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #81-90

round 9.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 9 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

my life on the road.pngI added this to my TBR because it was one of the picks for Our Shared Shelf, the book club created by Emma Watson. My Life on the Road isn’t available on the audiobook service I use and I honestly don’t want to buy a physical copy. Besides, I don’t know Gloria Steinem, so I am not to keen to read her memoir. There are other feminist works I am more interesting in and have easier access to.

verdict: remove from TBR

a tyranny of petticoats.pngI’ve only read a couple of anthologies and I didn’t love those, but that doesn’t mean I won’t give others a chance! A Tyranny of Petticoats hasn’t received tons of hype but the companion The Radical Element will be published tomorrow (of which I have an ARC), so I am still interested in reading this anthology.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

The Cabinet of Curiosities 36 Tales Brief Sinister .pngI was initially planning on removing this from my TBR because I don’t even own a copy of this book, so when am I ever going to read this? That said, it’s only 5.99 on Amazon, which is fairly cheap for 36 short stories. Apparently there are illustration in this and anthologies are after all a great way to discover new-to-me authors.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

heartless.pngHeartless has received many mixed reviews and I already have to push myself to read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer which has received more praise, so I am no longer interested in reading this.

verdict: remove from TBR

alex + ada.pngI rarely read graphic novels and none of my Goodreads friends have read this yet, so BYE.

verdict: remove from TBR

crown of crimson.pngThis could be a hidden gem, but because I haven’t heard many people talk about Crown of Crimson, I am hesitant to keep this on my TBR.

verdict: remove from TBR

a little life.pngI don’t really know what A Little Life is about, but it has received tons of praise, so I am still interesting in reading it! I’ve owned a paperback copy for a while now, though I have to admit I keep putting it off because I am intimidated by its size.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

there will be other summers.pngI’m sorry for using this place-holder, but the cover hasn’t been released yet. Anyway, I am very disgusted by this author’s recent behaviour – contacting and harassing readers who wrote negative reviews of his book – so I don’t want to support him and his work any longer.

verdict: remove from TBR

alice.pngI didn’t like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I am not really interested in reading other books that are based on it. Apparently, rape is mentioned a lot in this book, so I don’t know whether I’ll be able to handle that.

verdict: remove from TBR

Vengeance Road.pngI really ought to stop adding so many backlist books to my wishlist, but I adore the cover of Vengeance Road and it has received much praise (though that was primarily over three years ago). I really want to read more standalones though and it’s not necessary to read the companion novel that was released in 2017.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist


I think I did pretty well this week, I removed quite a lot of books from my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #71-80

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 8 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

atonement

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

I watched the film adaptation a few years ago and wasn’t blown away by it. I remember that one of the female characters was raped and I don’t want to read a male author’s take on that.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Confession time: I’ve never read any of Neil Gaiman’s books. We discussed this novel in one of our English classes and I am curious to see whether this is indeed a good book to use in my classes. I don’t own a physical copy, but I have this one on audiobook.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

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Two clans. Only one will survive.

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

I received a personalised singled copy from a friend and I am eternally grateful for that. Unfortunately, my reading tastes have changed in the meantime and I never consider picking this book up. I love historical fiction, but the romance is apparently very prominent in this novel and I’m not interested in that. I have access to the audiobook, but according to reviewers, the narrator doesn’t do a good job.

verdict: remove from TBR (but won’t unhaul it because it was a gift)

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Every single one of my Goodreads friends adores The Name of the Wind. I really want to read more adult fantasy books, but I have my doubts that this is going to be cup of tea. First of all, I think the entire story is told from Kvothe’s point-of-view and I don’t  reading a lot of books by male authors, especially not ones featuring male protagonists. I’m afraid there’s going to be tons of sexism and unnecessary violence. Furthermore, the second instalment has received more mixed reviews and I want to make sure this series is worth continuing before I spend both my money and time on it.

verdict: probably remove from TBR and wishlist

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It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

I have no idea what The Goldfinch is about and I’d honestly like to keep it that way. I am so keen to read Donna Tartt’s work; I hope 2018 is finally going to be the year!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

truthwitch

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I’ve owned both Truthwitch and Windwitch for over a year now, so I definitely ought to read it soon. A couple of years ago I would’ve picked this up immediately, but I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasies lately. Though this series has received mixed reviews, I definitely want to give it a chance.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

When Passenger was released, it received a ton of hype, but I haven’t heard much about it since. I didn’t even know it was a duology! That makes me more intrigued to pick this up though, since larger fantasy series are too intimidating at the moment. Furthermore, I haven’t read any of Bracken’s work yet, so I won’t go into this series with unrealistically high expectations.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

I actually like this cover, so I’m disappointed this series has got TWO cover changes already! This historical fiction/fantasy series isn’t very popular, so my hopes aren’t high. Nonetheless I want to give it a chance because I love historical fiction. I own a hardcover copy and will see whether the rest of the series is worth it.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

I was going to remove this book from my TBR, until I read some reviews. I don’t tend to read books by male authors, especially not fantasies because they more often than not objectify women, glorify violence, etc., but Michael J. Sullivan said the following about this series, which makes me intruiged:

“My goal was to write a book that was aimed at adults, but could be read by people of all ages. So to that end there is no sex, graphic violence, or explicit language.”

I don’t own the first volume in this series yet, but I do own the second one. I should purchase the first one soon!

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

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I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

The Girl in 6E has received many glowing reviews and I definitely enjoy thrillers from time to time, so I wanted to keep this on my TBR, but apparently the mental health representation isn’t good. I am sick and tired of reading stories in which mental illnesses are portrayed inaccurately as some sort of “plot twist”.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist


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Down the TBR Hole #61-70

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 7 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

the sword of summer

synopsis: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

No, I still haven’t started this series yet, but I did manage to read Percy Jackson and the Olympians in 2017 so I am one step closer to achieving my goal of reading Rick Riordan’s work. Please make sure I read the entire Heroes of Olympus series in 2018!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

In all honesty, I don’t see myself read this book. When was the last time I picked up a YA fantasy series and actually finished it? But, I don’t want to remove it from my TBR because 1) this is historical fiction combined with fantasy, so I’m intrigued and 2) this has received some mixed reviews, so I want to see how I feel about it.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

I’m not familiar with magical realism, but I have heard nothing but positive things about Anna-Marie McLemore’s work. I want to read Wild Beauty in early 2018 and will most likely pick up her other work afterwards.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

the bane chronicles

synopsis:This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Why was this still on my TBR? I unhauled all of my Cassandra Clare books over six months ago. I read City of Bones and DNF City of Glass, so I tried, but her work is not for me.

verdict: remove from TBR + unhauled

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synopsis: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

I would love to read about kick-ass ladies, but I’m not a big fan of graphic novels. Additionally, this is written by a man and the artist was accused of domestic violence, so I’m wary about that as well.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

I really, really want to read more YA fantasies and standalones in particular, so I’ve been meaning to read Uprooted for a long time!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Only one crew member survived: a young lieutenant named Louis Zamperini. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War, as Zamperini is driven to the limits of endurance.

I love the film adaptation of Unbroken, which I’ve seen multiple times already. I actually analysed this film for my history course, so I already know some of the differences between the biography and the movie. Because this novel is about 500 pages long and I know much about Louis Zamperini’s live already, I’m going to remove this book from my TBR.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: “Without this child, we shall all die.”

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

This book has over a million ratings on Goodreads and average rating of almost 4 stars! But I happened to watch an interview with the author a couple of weeks ago and he said something about safe spaces that rubbed me the wrong way. Besides, I’d only be reading it because it’s so popular, not because I’m genuinely interested in it.

verdict: remove entire series from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

I have no idea what to do with this one… I’ve only picked up Vicious by V.E. Schwab, but I ended up DNF’ing it (I know, so controversial!). But the hype surrounding her work definitely intrigues me, because she is so incredibly popular in the book community. I don’t own a physical copy of this, and it’s not likely I’ll ever buy it. But my sister is a fan of this author, so maybe when she gets a copy? I don’t know… Please help me out!

verdict: ??? HELP!

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synopsis: Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.

Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn’t just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it’s more shocking than you could ever imagine…

This book was incredibly popular among YA readers a few years ago; everyone’s raving in their reviews how they didn’t see the reveal coming. But BooksandLala read this a few months ago and wasn’t blown away by it. I have the feeling I might feel the same way because I have read quite a few mystery thrillers already and certain tropes are easy to predict. Still, I might pick this up during Spookathon next year, since I own the paperback.

verdict: remains on physical TBR


Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #51-60

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 6 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

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synopsis: It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

I keep buying books about sexual assaults, but I never pick them up because they frighten me. I know reading these books won’t be enjoyable, but I want to get to them because they’re important. So Asking For It remains on my TBR, but I can’t promise I’ll read it anytime soon, even though I’d like to.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He’s got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.

So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier–even if it’s the last thing he ever does.

The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.

Look, it’s not like this book sounds bad, but 1) only one of my Goodreads friends has read it yet and 2) I don’t have a physical copy and I don’t see myself ever buying one.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.
Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

I’m feeling conflicted: I don’t like Maggie Stiefvater and this book has been on my TBR for years, but I love The Raven Cycle. I own a physical copy and the audiobook as well, so I might give it a chance. Does anyone know whether the audiobook is any good?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

I think I remember Elliot Wake saying something problematic on Twitter last year, but I really don’t remember anything other than that? This book is over 400 pages long and since 1) the reviews don’t convince me and 2) I don’t want to support a problematic author, I’ll remove this from my TBR.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: 1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life – someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

I was going to remove Tell the Wolves I’m Home from my TBR, until I saw all the raving reviews. This book is described by reviewers as beautiful, raw and heartbreaking and that’s sounds exactly like my cup of tea, especially because it is shelved on Goodreads as queer as well. I, however, do have some concerns (like the fact that the blurb doesn’t mention they’re queer), but I’m intrigued.

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world….

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

I keep adding books that have been adapted to film to my TBR, but I rarely ever read them! I haven’t seen the film yet, but after reading some reviews, I think I won’t read the source material after all. Yes, I like reading children’s fiction from time to time, but an entire (adult) book told from the perspective of a five-year-old? I don’t think I’ll be able to handle that.

verdict: remove from TBR

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synopsis: Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change?  It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.  Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, TheDanish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.  The Danish Girl’s lush prose and generous emotional insight make it, after the last page is turned, a deeply moving first novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century.

Can you tell this is my TBR from around Academy Award season a few years ago? Yeah, I’m certainly not interested in reading a book about a trans woman written by a cis man though, so goodbye!

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

Every year around Halloween I say I’m going to read this anthology, but I never do! I really want to read more short story collections though and I own a paperback copy, so maybe 2018 will be the year I finally read this?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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synopsis: A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

Air Awakens was published in 2015, yet by 2016, the entire series (which is FIVE BOOKS LONG) was released already?! Though it would be nice to pick up a book series that’s already complete, I can’t even be bothered to read the synopsis. Besides, there are plenty of fantasy series on my physical TBR I want to continue, so there’s no need to start a new one.

verdict: remove from TBR and wishlist

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synopsis: The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

I’m not a big fan of reading graphic novels, but my friends absolutely loved this!

verdict: remains on TBR and wishlist


This round was quite productive! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #41-50

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 5 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I go to my Goodreads’ to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they remain on my TBR.

all the light we cannot seeI really love historical fiction, but I don’t read it as often as I should! So I’m definitely interested to pick up All the Lights We Cannot See, especially because it has won an abundance of literary awards. Is the audiobook any good?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

more happy than notI’ve read History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and I thought it was pretty good. I’m certainly going to read his other books as well. His YA contemporaries are not fluffy and cliché, and I really like those kind of books from time to time. I just have to be in the right mood for them, otherwise, it can be too emotionally draining.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

bridget jones omnibusThe Bridget Jones films (I haven’t seen the third one yet) are definitely my guilty pleasure. Having said that, I don’t see myself pick up these books. It’s available on Storytel, however, so I might listen to the audiobook one day.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the virgin suicidesEven though The Virgin Suicides is such a famous novel, I don’t know much about it. And I’d like to keep it that way before I read it. But just like Bridget Jones, I don’t see myself pick it up anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

night filmMystery is another genre I really enjoy, but don’t read that often. This has received some mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends, but I’m still intrigued.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

shiverThe Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is one of my all-time favourite series, yet I have no interest in reading Shiver. But The Raven Boys didn’t seem like my cup of tea either at first. Still, this series has definitely received more negative reviews from my Goodreads friends, so it’s safe to say I’m not missing out on much.

verdict: remove from wishlist and TBR

the divinersI read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray last month and it left me feeling conflicted. But The Diviners, which is a mash-up of many different genres such as mystery and fantasy, sounds completely different. I am a bit disappointed by all the cover changes, though.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

peter panI really love these Puffin Chalk editions, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I’m wary to pick up another children’s classic. But still, I have got to give it a chance at least!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

winner's crimeBack in April 2016 I devoured the Winner’s Curse and I immediately order the other two books in this trilogy. Sadly, I didn’t get around to them and I’d have to re-read the first instalment before I continue the series.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the next together.pngThough this is a historical YA fiction book, the romance and negative reviews put me off from reading this.

verdict: remove from wishlist and TBR


Well, this round wasn’t very productive, I only removed two books from my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #31-40

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 4 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. You can have a look at the previous rounds here. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.pngLook, I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, but I do not support J.K. Rowling. I don’t want to get into it because she’s the author equivalent of a queen for some people, but I have no interest in reading one of her speeches.

verdict:  remove from wishlist

the queen of the tearling.pngI don’t know much about the Queen of the Tearling. Either people seem to love or hate it. Apparently, it contains a lot of political intrigue, so that definitely sparks my interest. I’ve been looking for books similar to A Song of Ice and Fire. Fantasy isn’t necessary, I just want to read a good book with royalty filled with twists and turns.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

a darker shade of magicI feel very conflicted when it comes to V.E. Schwab’s work. So many readers – including my sister – love her work, but I cannot support this author. A few months ago, she made some aphobic comments and as far as I know, she never genuinely apologised. Furthermore, I couldn’t even finish Vicious. So on the one hand, I’m interested to find out what the hype’s about, but I don’t think this is going to be my cup of tea.

verdict:  remove from TBR

illusions of fateI just read the synopsis of this one and it’s very clear this is a M/F romance. Even though magic intrigues me and this is a short book, I doubt I’d end up loving it.

verdict: remove from TBR

the rose & the daggerI read the Wrath & the Dawn back in 2015. So I definitely have to reread that one if I wish to pick the sequel up. I remember enjoying it, but I can’t help but think “Chelsea, it’s a romance???”, because I usually really don’t enjoy that. I think I’ll just re-read the Wrath & the Dawn first and then decided whether I’ll read the Rose & the Dagger afterwards.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

brokeback mountainBrokeback Mountain is only fifty pages long and I have access to the audiobook thanks to Storytel, so I might as well pick this one up one day. Even though I loved the film adaptation when I watched it a few years ago, I don’t think I’ll love this. People keep saying this is a gay love story, but aren’t they bisexual? And if that’s the case, this is the prefect example of the cheating bisexual trope :/

verdict: remains on TBR

the murder complexI was convinced this was a YA mystery, until I read the synopsis. Apparently this is a YA dystopia series? Well, that’s definitely not something I tend to read.

verdict: remove for TBR

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Though I want to read more mysteries, Dare Me has received more negative than positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. And I definitely want a thriller to pack a good punch, so I don’t think Dare Me is what I’m looking for.

verdict: remove from TBR

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Theme of this week’s Down the TBR hole? I don’t like M/F romances. So I doubt I’d enjoy These Broken Stars. Furthermore, this is a sci-fi series, and I really struggle with that genre. Though this book has received many positive reviews, I don’t see myself ever pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the carrie diaries.pngI bought this book when I started re-watching Sex and the City a few years ago. I thought the show was empowering and filled with feminist moments, but it’s so incredibly problematic. I had to stop watching it, so I don’t have any interest in reading the books either.

verdict: remove from TBR


I’m proud of myself for removing so many books from my TBR. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR hole #21-30

round 3.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 3 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

emmy & oliverEmmy & Oliver is a Young Adult contemporary romance. Last year, I would’ve taken this off my TBR, but I’ve been enjoying that genre a lot lately, even though M/F romances aren’t my cup of tea. Furthermore, I bought a physical copy only a few months ago, so I definitely don’t plan on getting rid of it yet.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

forbiddenThis is a book about incest. INCEST. Yet the average rating on Goodreads is 4.06, with over 40,000 ratings! The topic doesn’t appeal to me at all, but I am curious to see why people love this. So I’m feeling very conflicted. Like I said, I don’t want to read it, but I want to know why this has received such raving reviews.

verdict: ???

sea of monsters.pngI’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so the rest of the series is still on my TBR. I know for a fact I would’ve enjoyed these books much more when I was a kid, but I have to get through them to get to the even better stuff. I really want to read Riordan’s books, but I’ve been postponing it for over a year. Has anyone listened to the audiobooks yet? Maybe those will motivate me to continue this series.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

tiny pretty things.pngTiny Pretty Things was released back in 2015, but I’ve only recently heard very positive things about it. Apparently, this is filled with drama and unlikeable characters, which isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m willing to give it a shot thanks to the positive reviews.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

forgive me leonard peacock.pngI’m so uninterested in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I can’t even be bothered to read the blurb. I don’t enjoy reading novels from the perspective of male characters, especially not teenage boys. And apparently, this novel deals with depression and suicide. A few years ago, those topics were very popular in the YA community, but also very romanticised or vilified. Therefore, I’m incredibly wary to read this. I am depressed, so I don’t want to read something that could harm me.

verdict: remove from TBR

cruel beauty.pngI know everyone loves Beauty and the Beast retellings, but I feel rather indifferent towards them. I don’t stay clear from them intentionally, but I’m not dying to pick them up either. I could be wrong, but Cruel Beauty sounds like a very generic YA fantasy novel. Even though I’m not exactly opposed to reading this, I honestly don’t see myself pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the night circus.pngI don’t know much about the Night Circus and I’d like to keep it that way until I read this novel myself. It has received so much praise! Everyone constantly compares any novel starring a circus to this one, so it must be good. The only reason why I haven’t read this one yet, is because I own a mass paperback copy, and I don’t like reading those. I really want to get a hardcover copy, but they’re so expensive and rare!

verdict: remains on TBR

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A couple of readers have mentioned that The Bone Season romanticises slavery. Unfortunately, I already owned the first two books and had pre-ordered the collector’s edition of the third before I found out about it. I know this sounds incredibly selfish, but unhauling three hardcovers – including a signed collector’s edition – would mean I’d lose money. So even though I’m not interested in reading this series anymore, I want to read the first instalment and decide whether or not this series is worth continuing.

When a book or author is called out for being problematic, I usually remove it from my TBR immediately. That’s what I did with for example Nevernight and The Final Empire. But I cannot help but think about the money I’d basically throw away. It’s the same reason why I didn’t get rid of the Outlander series when Diana Gabaldon made those awful comments a few months ago. I’m so sorry for prioritizing money, but I’m currently unemployed, so can’t just keep on unhauling unread hardcover copies.

Anyway, I’m rambling. The verdict: remains on physical TBR (unless I can get a good price for them)

golden boy.pngGolden Boy is a book about a boy named Max, who is intersex. I just read a review by someone who is intersex and they loved the book, so I will definitely read it.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the kiss of deception.pngI have a feeling I’m not going to love The kiss of Deception. I struggle with YA fantasy romances that were released around that time, because they’re very trope-y and unoriginal. But I want to give this series a chance nonetheless. It doesn’t hurt that I really love the covers!

verdict: remains on physical TBR


Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole: #11-20

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 2 of down the TBR hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

angelfall.pngMy sister read the Angelfall series a few years ago and she loved it. Besides her, however, I haven’t seen that many people talk about this series. I know nothing about the plot and I’m afraid it’s going to contain many of the same tropes as the other YA dystopia/fantasy novels that were released around that time.

verdict: remove from TBR

the secret history.pngI started The Secret History one night a couple of summers ago, but when there came no end to the first chapter, I decided to put it down. And I haven’t picked it up since! I have the feeling I’m going to love this novel, but I just haven’t had the time to read it. Which is bullsh*t, because I have read much bigger novels such as A Game of Thrones since, but still 😀

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the girl on the train.pngI’ve heard so many mixed opinions on the Girl on the Train: some compare it to Gone Girl, others were very disappointed by it. That’s why I want to see for myself whether this novel lives up to the hype. I haven’t seen the film yet, so know nothing about the plot. I’m thinking about listening to it on audiobook.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the final empireI mentally removed The Final Empire from my TBR a couple of weeks ago when I learnt that Sanderson is very queerphobic. A simple Google search will let you know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, but how can I support an author that doesn’t even support my very existence? I could try and separate him from his work, just like I do with Maggie Stiefvater and J.K. Rowling, but what would that say about me? That I’m willing to overlook queerphobia as long as the books don’t disappoint me? No thank you.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

amy and rogers epic detour.pngI don’t know much about this novel, but it’s seems like an enjoyable read on a warm summer’s day. I’m usually not a fan of YA contemporaries that revolve around an allocishet M/F romance, but like I said, this book might be fun.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

carry onWhen Carry On was released, I had to have this book right away! Everyone was raving about it. When it arrived, I quickly put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. I haven’t picked it up since, and I don’t think I ever will. Carry On seems like the peak of fetishisation: allocishet it’s hyped by fangirls who just love reading about boys falling in love, but wouldn’t ever willingly pick up a novel featuring a F/F relationship. Furthermore, I haven’t heard many positive things about the queer – especially bi – represenation in this novel.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the art of being normal.pngI don’t know why the Art of Being Normal is still on my TBR, since I unhauled my copy a few months ago. I’m not interested in reading a cis author’s portrayal of a trans character in which the wrong pronouns are used throughout the entire blurb and the character is deadnamed!

verdict: remove from TBR + unhauled

the knife of never letting go.pngI own a cover of the Knife of Never Letting Go, but I’m never going to read it. Admittedly, I don’t know what it’s about, but I honestly have no interesting in finding out. Furthermore, I’ve read multiple of Ness’ novels and didn’t love any of them. So I guess this author just isn’t my cup of tea…

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the casual vacancy.pngI started reading the Casual Vacancy many, many years ago, back when I was still a J.K. Rowling fan. But I wasn’t able to finish it in time when I had to return it to the library. Since then, I’ve acquired my own copy and since I’m still a Harry Potter fan, though no longer a fan of the author, I do want to read this novel, even though it’s probably incredibly dill. However, just like The Cuckoo’s Calling, these books will probably remain unread for a very long time to come.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the darkest minds.pngI have mixed feelings about this series. On the one hand, I want to know why everyone loved it a few years ago, but on the other, I’m afraid this is going to be terribly trope-y. But isn’t this being adapted to film soon? if so and I’m interested after seeing the trailer, I might want to read this book.

verdict: remains on physical TBR


So this was my second Down the TBR Hole post. Once again, I kept way too many books on my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole (#1 – 10)

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You probably know the feeling: looking at your Goodreads TBR and being overwhelmed by the amount of books on those shelves. Last year, I tried to remove books I wasn’t interested in from that list, but I currently have 378 books on it, which is way too much. That’s why I decided to join Down the TBR hole, which was created by Lost in a Story.

From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick the first ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

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I haven’t even read the The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first instalment in this series, yet, but I do own a paperback copy of both. I want to read this book someday, but it certainly won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Book Thief was one of the first English novels I bought. I got it around the time the film adaptation was released, but I obviously haven’t picked this up yet. I definitely enjoy historical fiction from time to time, so I won’t get rid of this one.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Mara Dyer series is a paranormal fantasy/romance and therefore, I’m unsure whether I want to keep it. If it’s similar to The Raven Cycle, I might enjoy it, but if the romance is too prominent, this most likely won’t be my cup of tea. What do you think? Should I keep this series on my TBR?

verdict: unsure, but will probably remove from TBR

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I’ve owned this book for over two years, yet have never been in the mood to pick it up. Still, I want to know what the hype’s about. Just like the first two titles I mentioned in this post, I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I never, ever reach for classics. They remind me of mandatory reads and I rarely enjoyed those. Still, The Great Gatsby is one of the few classics I might pick up. I feel like I have to, as an English teacher. Besides, I quite enjoyed the film adaptation with Leonardo Dicaprio.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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Science-fiction is another genre I rarely reach for. So when I ultimately do pick up a sci-fi novel, I have no idea what’s going on, because I’m not familiar with the genre. But a lot of people seem to love this novel, so I want to give it a chance. Perhaps on audiobook?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I feel conflicted about Every Last Word . On the one hand, I want to read this because the main character has Purely-Obsessional OCD, but on the other hand, I’m wary because this isn’t an #OwnVoices novel. Furthermore, this novel was released several years ago, when book with unhappy endings such as The Fault in Our Stars and All the Bright Places were very popular. And I’m not looking for a book that portrays OCD in a negative or inaccurate way.

verdict: remove from TBR

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I bought Legend a few months ago because it was very cheap, but I have honestly no intention of reading it. I didn’t enjoy The Young Elites and Legend appeals to me even less. I’m not even as excited for Warcross as most readers (partially because I detest the cover) but if that one receives raving reviews, I might check it out. As for Legend, I probably won’t unhaul it, but I won’t read it either.

verdict: remove from TBR

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All the Rage is a novel about sexual assault and therefore, I’m so scared to read this. First of all, this story is going to enrage me either way, because no one deserves to get sexually assaulted. Secondly, if the author handles this topic the wrong way, it can cause a lot of hurt. So I’m convinced I won’t enjoy this novel,  but I’m okay with that. Still, that’s the reason why I keep postponing reading books that deal with similar topics. They need to be discussed, but it makes me angry and scared nonetheless.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

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This year, my love for contemporaries was rekindled. So I want to read Since You’ve Been Gone. But because this novel is almost 450 pages long, I keep postponing it. I only read a handful of books each month, and I think that’s quite a lot of pages for a YA contemporary. If I had more time to read during the summer, however, I would’ve picked this up already!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo that was my first Down the TBR Hole post. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Should I do this weekly, or whenever I feel like it? Let me know in the comments!

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