Down the TBR Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

So apparently evacuating for a hurricane means that nothing gets done on time? Who’d have guessed going home and being able to hang out with my family would mean that I generally shrug off all responsibility and don’t do anything the entire time I’m home? Oh, yeah, me. That’s why I wasn’t planning on going home at all this semester… Now I have to deal with the consequences…

Beginning count: 395

1.) Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Taherah Mafi

I addshatter meed this book around the time the third book came out. This is the start of a six book series? I don’t think I want to commit to that. But t’s a dystopian, and I generally like dystopians/have been wanting to read more dystopians. I also have it on my bookshelf so it would be really easy to read. If I would stop bringing other books into the house that I want to read sooner.

Verdict: Keep

 

 

2.) The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

the thief lordI loved the Inkheart series, like it was my life. But I’m not interested in reading this book right now. It just doesn’t speak to me right now.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

 

3.) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

a monster callsThis books sounds like it will rip your heart out. Translation: I’ve read/heard reviews for that which tell me this book will rip your heart out. I have this thing in my head where I have to be ready for a good cry to read sad books, but I never reach for those books that I set aside for the good cries. Yet I will watch movies and TV shows which make me bawl no problem… clearly that needs to change.

Verdict: Keep

 

 

4.) Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and boneI know, I know! Drag me. I haven’t read this series. I feel like everyone has read this series. It’s stopping me from reading the Six of Crows series I really want to read at this point. I will read this! I have to read this!

Verdict: Keep

 

 

 

5.) Paper Towns by John Green

paper townsI thought that this would be the John Green book that survived the great TBR purge. But I don’t think it’s going to. I’m really done with the whole manic pixie dream girl type of thing. I have no desires to try and track this book down to read it, so adios.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

6.) Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

dorothy must dieFor a long time, I put off reading this book because I refused to support the publisher. I think it’s actually on my library’s ebook service. So I think I’m finally going to give in and read it.

Verdict: Keep

 

 

 

7.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

the absolutely true diary of a part-time indian

I feel like this is one of those books that everyone reads in school but we never did and I don’t want to read it now.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

 

8.) The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

the selectionI missed the bandwagon with this series, and now it’s continued to drag on into other books past the original trilogy.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

 

9.) From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don’t Die #2) by Katie Alender

from bad to cursedWhen you start a book series with the intention of finishing it but then never do? Me. Constantly.

Verdict: Keep

 

 

 

 

 

10.) The Next Big Thing (The Start-Up #2) by Sadie Hayes

the next big thingI read the first book when I was graduating high school. At this point, I don’t remember anything that happened but I remember it being just okay. Not planning on continuing with this series.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

Keep: 5

Ditch: 5

TOTAL: 390

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Top Ten Tuesday (errr Thursday…) | Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

It’s back (almost)! I totally intended for this to go up on Tuesday, but it was only half written… I had to evacuate for a hurricane, ok?! And I had an interview sprung on me so there was that to prepare for. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Today’s prompt is the longest books I’ve ever read. I was really tempted to include the Bible on this list (aye Christian school kid) but I figured that since I’ve never actually tried to read it cover-to-cover, it shouldn’t count… The NIV Bible is 1248 pages on goodreads if you want to count it though. Just saying.

Also I actually cannot be bothered to go through and add the pictures for each of these books so just google them yeah?

10.) Eldest by Christopher Paolini-704 pages

DRAGONS! I love dragons. They’re so cool. I read the first 3 books of this series (because the fourth hadn’t been released yet) back in middle school because they were worth crazy AR points. Like 1 book took care of the entire quarter. I ended up with a lot of AR points.

9.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling-734 pages

I distinctly remember doing a book exchange with my neighbor to read the Harry Potter books. I loaned her A Series of Unfortunate Events, she loaned me Harry Potter. The good old days when loaning books was without fear of their theft or destruction *sigh*

8.) Brisingr by Christopher Paolini-748 pages

MORE DRAGONS! See above.

7.) The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland-752 pages

UGH, this book was so good. Super secret government agency wants to bring back magic. Time travel. Magic. VIKINGS. It’s a delight. Blend of sci-fi and fantasy.

6.) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer-756 pages

It is a small comfort seeing the red squiggle under Stephenie’s name as I write this as unless one of her books is LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, I spell her name wrong. Even then, there’s still a good chance that it will turn out Stephanie.

5.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling -759 pages

I was the first person to check this out of the library and immediately started reading on the ride home. It was epic!

4.) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin-837 pages

These books are beasts! I mean, hitting someone over the head with one could result in some serious brain damage! I suddenly don’t feel bad that it takes me over a month to finish one.

Honorable (?) mention) Inheritance by Christopher Paolini-849 pages

I’ve tried to read it twice and have never made it past the recap of what happened in the previous three books lol  maybe one day I’ll finish it

3.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon-850 pages

Soooo this is technically a DNF… BUT I GOT OVER HALFWAY which was an accomplishment in and of itself. Not for me. Was not a good time. Would not recommend

2.) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling-870 pages

I’m realizing now how beefy the later Harry Potter books are! They were also worth massive amounts of AR points though so I mean makes sense.

1.) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin-1010 pages

Is anyone really surprised that the longest book is by George R. R. Martin? Anyone? No? Yeah, me neither.

 

 

Down the TBR Hole #3

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

So it’s been a week since two weeks since the last one of these! Sorry bout that. I got sick earlier in the week so everything just got pushed back and then my aunt came into town last Saturday so I had to clean and get stuff put away before she got here. Which took way too long to be honest. I live alone so I see the mess but since it’s just me and my cat, it doesn’t really matter if things are dusty and there are books everywhere. This is just a long winded way of saying that I think I’m going to be doing 10 books from my TBR this week. Because why not?

When we last left off, my TBR shelf was at 388. In the last two weeks, it has grown to 398 (not bad for two weeks), and I read Pushing the Limits. Which I have feelings about. None of them good… I might write up a review if I can bring myself to relive the pain.

1.) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

please ignore vera dietaIs there an “I don’t know” pile? Because this would be in it. Like part of this sounds interesting but then. I don’t really want to read this? I’ve heard A. S. King is a great writer, but this just doesn’t appeal to me right now.

Verdict: Ditch

2.) Going Bovine by Libba Bray

going bovineI feel like I keep coming across books that have been on my TBR forever (obviously I’ve been wanting to read them since 2014) but I have never picked up for one reason or another. My old library used to have a copy of this so why did I never grab it?? So far I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read by Libba Bray, all of which have been her historical fiction books. This sounds like it will be a really funny read.

Verdict: Keep

3.) Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline*sigh* Clearly, I went on an “adding Rainbow Rowell books” binge when I first opened this account. Yes, I want to read this one. Not as much as Attachments but more than Eleanor & Park. I’ll probably end up going back through this shelf at some point and delete them all but for right now THEY STAY!

Verdict: Keep

4.) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

will graysonI REMEMBER WHY I ADDED THIS! Okay, so I had a teacher in high school who was massively homophobic. I went to a small Christian school, so his behavior was accepted as part of the norm. But he massively pissed me off with that crap. So I made it my goal to bring books to his class that would irk his nerves. I must admit, I’m not interested in this book. I don’t think John Green is my thing any more. Bye, Felicia!

Verdict: Ditch

5.) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

the casual vacancyMeh? I mean, it’s the kind of thing I want to read right now. I’m probably not going to get to it anytime soon unless the library has it as an ebook. But I’ll hold on to it none the less.

Verdict: Keep

 

6.) Just One Day by Gayle Forman

just one dayYA contemporary romance novels are my weakness. Clearly. Though I must be honest, this is another book where if I didn’t already have a physical copy sitting on my shelves I would probably ditch it. I might push it onto next month’s TBR so that it gets a chance to be read. Trying to be open minded…

Verdict: Keep

7.) The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

the duffNope. Don’t want it.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

8.) This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

this is what happy looks likeI don’t have a lot of faith in this book. I feel like it would just end up making me mad and frustrated at the characters. I have more faith in Just One Day than I do with this one.

Verdict: Ditch

 

9.) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

speakThis is one of those novels that I feel like everyone reads and is so important. But I want to be in the right head space to read it. So it continues to sit on the TBR.

Verdict: Keep

 

10.) Legend by Marie Lu

legendI want to read more dystopians, but this just doesn’t seem to be doing it for me.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

KEEP: 5

DITCH: 5

TOTAL: 393

BOOK REVIEW | The Merciless II

the merciless 2

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores

by Danielle Vega

Published on July 5th 2016 by Razorbill

Synopsis:

Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.
 
Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?
 
Readers won’t be able to look away from this terrifying read full of twists and turns that will leave them wondering, Is there evil in all of us?

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I must admit that I feel a little weird trying to put my thoughts on this book into words since there isn’t a write up for the first book in this series but allow me to show you a gif to give you an idea of my feelings once shit started to hit the fan.

room burning

It was a fun time. THIS BOOK had me bawling in the first three chapters. One of my worst nightmares is people I love dying in sudden accidents. *knocks on wood* I know that’s probably the worst thing that could happen for EVERYONE, but it was just a little too real. *continues knocking on wood* Just a precaution! Haha. Ha. ha. ANYWAYS.

I really enjoyed the slow build to the horrific parts of this book. Because it is the second book of the series, it could have very easily been a slasher flick from the start. Instead it slowly builds until it spirals out of control.

my teenage angst bullshit has a body count

I must admit. I would love to have gotten a glimpse of the second to last scene from someone else’s perspective. Just to know what was really going on! Is she crazy or was there legitimate possession?

October TBR!

dancing skeletons

Happy October 1st! October is one of my favorite months, and Halloween is my favorite holiday! It was always the holiday my family would go all out for decorating and really get into the spirit. My family’s a little weird… All that being said my TBR for this month isn’t very spooky feeling. Sure, there’s a horror novel and a thriller but everything else is pretty par for the course really.

I’m sure as the month progresses and I get more into the Halloween spirit this will change, and more horror and thriller books will end up getting read. But let’s look at the pretty covers!

  • Feed by Mira Grant-We cured cancer and the common cold. But in doing so, we created zombies! I’ve always been drawn to this book but have never picked it up to read it. I also really want to read Into the Drowning Deep by the same author so who knows! Maybe I’ll end up reading that one.
  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews-They made a movie based on this book starring Jennifer Lawrence, which was okay. But we all know that the book is usually better than the movie. And I’m in the mood for some spies. So spies.
  • Baby Doll by Hollie Overton-Lily has been held captive in a basement for 8 years. Until one day her captor leaves the door unlocked. I picked this up on a whim over the summer since it was on sale. I’ve seen a couple of people over on Instagram reading and enjoying it so it seems like a good time to give it a go.
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger-Continuing my goal to finish my in-progress nightstand books. Middle-grade, steampunk, boarding school, paranormal-perfect for breaking up the dark and depressing.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness-This book seems to be divisive with people either loving it or hating it. It’s another book I’ve been drawn to for a while. I’ve already started this book and am enjoying it so far!
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin- Like A Clash of Kings, this is a long-term read for me. I most definitely will not be finishing it this month but it’s worth mentioning. These books are so dense and heavy they tend to live on my nightstand as a before bed read. So much for whittling down the stack…

 

What books are you planning on reading this month? What do you think I should start next?

September Wrap-Up

It’s the end of September already? How did that happen? Time for the September Wrap-Up! I’ve added a couple of new sections since I’m still figuring out what I want this space to be.

Books Read

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R. R. Martin
    • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
    • This was a long term read for me but this month I sat down and made myself finish it. These books take me forever to get through, but I really do enjoy reading them.
  • The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega
    • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
    • My Rating: 2/5 Stars
    • Oh my gods. This book was just bad. I just wanted a stupid teen romance novel to break up the brutal murders and demons and epic fantasy with a million characters… The entire first half of the book was her lamenting that no one could ever love her because of her scars and him wanting to get in her freaking pants.

Book Purchased

  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
    • I saw the movie with my mom, and it was ok? I generally like spies and want to see if the books are any good.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
    • This has been a hit or miss book for a lot of people. I am totally enamored with the cover and am intrigued by the synopsis.
  • The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
    • I din’t realize this was the 8th book in the series and the 2nd in the trilogy until just now looking it up on goodreads… I’ll probably read it anyways without the others because you can typically do that with crime thrillers and it still works out fine. I’ve heard good things about Sara Blaedel’s books so I’m interested in giving her a go.
  • The rest of the King series (#2-7) by T. M. Frazier
    • This is my guilty pleasure read, OKAY? I read the first book, King, at some point last semester and it was good. It’s a dark romance novel. SO not a healthy relationship but sometimes you just want to read trashy romance. Let me live my life! They were cheap ebooks on Amazon too…

Life Updates

Life has been…chaotic. The month started out fine and then all of a sudden every time I turned around there was something else do. Another project being assigned. I had three assignments due in the span of 18 hours. One of which was a group assignment and NO ONE TALKED TO ME! Like great thanks guys. I’m going to do problem one and hope you guys pull it together.

Oh, and I was sick as hell that day. Still am kind of. It’s mostly sinuses and a horrific cough at this point but yeah. I was not a happy camper in the middle of the month. That’s also the time when I abandoned ya’ll for a week! Sorry but I just wanted to sleep and read. I couldn’t bring myself to do much else.

My aunt is visiting me this week. Yay. I love her but I just don’t have the time or mental space to devote to paying attention to her on top of doing everything else I need to do.

October 1st is tomorrow! I freaking love October. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just wish Florida would actually cool down enough so that it would actually feel like fall.

 

What did you read this month?

Down the TBR Hole #2

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

So when we last left off my TBR shelf was at 380 books. It is no longer at 380 books. In the

past week, it has grown to 390 books! 390! IN FACT, I lied at the end of the last one because in the time it took me to write up that post, I added three books. So it never actually went down. *facepalm* It doesn’t sound bad. But it doesn’t feel good…

1.) Easy-Tammara Webber

easy

I honestly don’t even remember adding this one. I think I was trying to get into the whole New Adult thing but honestly, no. I just don’t want to. I’m just so not in the mood.

Verdict: Ditch

 

 

 

 

2.) Pushing the Limits-Katie McGarry

pushing the limits

Again, don’t remember adding this one. But I actually have a copy of this book? So holding onto it for that alone. Going to add it to my October TBR, so I can knock it off the list.

Verdict:Keep

 

 

 

 

3.) Attachments-Rainbow Rowell

attachments

This book sounds so cute! Ugh, I have to keep it! It sounds like such a fun cutesy contemporary! It’s weird that literally all of these so far have been contemporaries. That is so no how my reading tastes actually are at all.

VERDICT: Keep

 

 

 

4.) Such a Rush-Jennifer Echols

such a rush

Yeah, no. This cover is cool, though. Maybe if I ever find it at the library with nothing else to read, but I’m letting this one go for now.

VERDICT: Ditch

 

 

 

 

5.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky

the perks of being a wallflower

Ah, yes. I was wondering when I’d hit this one. I’ve never read the book or seen the movie. But neither had any of my friends so I felt so much cooler than they were because I could quote that “We accept the love we think we deserve” line at them. I guess this should be a keep so I actually read it, right?

Verdict: Keep

 

 

KEEP: 3

DITCH: 2

TOTAL: 388