Down the TBR Hole #16

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.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter that my time is evaporating before my eyes. Because spoiler alert: I KEEP EVERYTHING. *sigh* Eventually, I’ll start using my lunch breaks as time to do some reading. But right now I HAVE NO TIME. I read so much for work at work that when I come home I don’t want to read more! Even if it is for fun. Everything should even out soon but still. Who is going to read all these books to me until then?

1.) All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai – KEEP (this sounds like such a cool concept)

2.) Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory – KEEP

3.) Survive the Night by Danielle Vega – KEEP (give me all the creepy books!)

4.) Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) by Libba Bray – KEEP (I actually think I want to reread this series before getting to this one to give myself the best chance of liking this one. I really want to like this series but so far for me it’s been mostly okay. Also why do they keep changing the covers for this series…)

5.) Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown – KEEP

6.) Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire – KEEP (I have a feeling I will really like this series)

7.) Welcome to Night Vale (Welcome to Night Vale, #1) by Joseph Fink – KEEP

8.) The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, #1) by A. G. Riddle – KEEP

9.) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – KEEP

10.) America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray –

KEEP

 

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Top Ten Tuesday | Rainy Day Reads

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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. This week’s prompt is rainy day reads! To me, this prompt is about curling up with a favorite book (or series!) and just reading the day away. The perfect opportunity to just fall back into a world you love and just relax.

This is arguably one of the strangest lists of books I could have come up with. And I’m sure tomorrow I will look at this and wonder what on earth I have done. But this is what I’ve come up with after working all day and have literally been tired enough to just fall into bed and go to sleep since before I got home. I’m an introvert, being “on” all the time is draining, and I am basically going through the most intense college course ever this week. And yes, there is a test at the end *actually crying*. But anyways! This list is all over the place with some new favorites but mostly old ones I’ve been meaning to read forever. Give me a good stormy day with no other responsibilities, this is my list.

1.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

2.) A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

3.) Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

4.) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

5.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

6.) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

7.) Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

8.) Soulless by Gail Carriger

9.) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

10.) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

What’s a rainy day read for you? Any recommendations?

The Week in Review | Apr. 8 – 14

You guys. We are doing this one fast and dirty because it’s 10:30 at night, I haven’t written a single word towards this, and I have to get up to go to work in the morning. Should I have better scheduled myself? Yes. Did I have a nice evening up until the point I realized I hadn’t done anything towards this? Yes.

Books Finished

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1.) Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book Three by Juliet Blackwell – Of course, I finished my audiobook in this mess. We are all shocked and surprised. It was really easy to throw on in the background and unpack or drive or whatever I needed to do. Just a good time. Rating: 4 stars.

In Progress

Tome Topple started so I had to start a tome and this was the one on my TBR I could find first. Gotta love the chaos of unpacking.

Life Update

I’ve been severely abandoning my social medias as of late. Last week was the most chaotic ever. Moving in to my apartment fully. Fully moving out of my apartment in Tallahassee finally. Going from having to give keys to the next girl in a couple of weeks to literally like the next day. And I started my job! I’m really liking it there, and I really like a bunch of the people I work with. Well, the people that I have regular contact with. I still had a panic attack this morning but I think as I get more used to working full time that should calm down.

On the Blog

BOOK REVIEW | The Final Days of Magic (Witches of New Orleans, #3) (this week was crap and I was driving constantly with no internet)

I gotta go to bed, but what are you currently reading?? K, love you, BYEEE!

BOOK REVIEW | The Final Days of Magic (Witches of New Orleans, #3)

the final days of magicThe Final Days of Magic by J. D. Horn

Publisher: 47North

Source: Netgalley

Pages: 340

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Synopsis:

The war between witches reaches its terrifying climax in the final book in Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.D. Horn’s spellbinding trilogy.

Once caged in an illusory realm by blood relatives, Alice Marin has been freed into a world where the last remnants of magic are quickly passing away. Dissolving with them is the unity among witches…and their sanity. Grappling with the revelations of her true parentage—and her burgeoning relationship with Nathalie Boudreau, a psychic with her own demons—Alice and her allies, both living and dead, must draw on every skill they possess. It’s the only way to defeat the destructive forces borne of the horrifying history of Alice’s own family. That means unlocking the final secrets of The Book of Unwinding.

Now, on the longest night of the year, the streets of New Orleans will become a battleground as Alice and the few she can trust engage in a war amid the final days of magic. But the revelations that lie ahead may be too dark to escape.

This book is a fairly satisfying conclusion to the series. It does a good job of managing to tie up the loose ends that have been carrying on throughout the books. I (rather questionably) decided to marathon the first two books in the series in February and ended up deciding to wait to read this one until March. It gave me a bit of the separation I needed in order to prepare for this finale. I’ve said it before but I really enjoy how the author weaves voodoo with this fictional magic he’s created. The characters have such distinctive personalities where it would be easy to fall into the trap of “everyone is the same person just with a different name”. I must admit the epilogue had me tearing up a bit while trying to hug my cat.

There is supposed to be this conflict throughout the books between three of our “main” characters that comes to a climax. However, there was never any doubt in my mind that it would turn out the way it did. More characters die than I expected (but after the first book I probably should have!). Six characters is also a lot to follow for such a relatively short book, so we don’t get to spend a lot of time with any of them. And because of it, Nathalie doesn’t seem to have any purpose in this novel nor the Boudreaus, who are built up to be almost this witch police body but are really lacking.

The Week in Review | Apr. 1 – 7

Y’all. I do not understand how we are already a week into April. Like obviously the passage of time, wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff. But this week if felt like I blinked and now here we are starting off another one? Anyways, let’s talk about the stuff I read before another week manages to sneak by me, yeah?

Books Finished

None. I haven’t been able to focus on reading as much as I would like but big life changes are happening, and reading is just for fun, so I’m not beating myself up about it.

In Progress

1.) Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan #1) by Kathy Reichs – I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and this was the perfect excuse to start this. I’ve also realized that both of these books cross over to a couple of different categories so if I don’t get to my entire TBR, I’m not completely shooting myself in the foot further down the line!

2.) Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3 by Juliet Blackwell – Listening to this one on audiobook. I think I will finish this one this week as I have a lot of driving in the next couple of days related to moving where I’m pretty sure I’m going to be alone in the car.

Life Update

I took possession of my apartment this weekend and started moving in! Like guys. This doesn’t feel real. This is the first time that a space is going to be completely mine. I get to decorate however I want and spend my money on what I want. It is ridiculous how excited I am for all this.

On the Blog

April TBR! | The One Where My Eyes Are Too Big For My Stomach

Top Ten Tuesday! | Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Down the TBR Hole #15

Down the TBR Hole #15

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.

Does anyone else get overwhelmed by big changes and “permanent” decisions? Because I have to make several life altering decisions over the next few days and I’m not prepared. That’s kind of a lie. I am, but this is the first time I’ve really been in charge of this kind of situation. And it’s really freaking hard. But anyways, let’s clear off this TBR shelf!

1.) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – KEEP

2.) The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1) by Jane Harper – KEEP

3.) Wires and Nerve (Wires and Nerve, #1) by Marissa Meyer – DITCH

4.) Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood (Monstress, #2) by Marjorie Liu – KEEP (even though I haven’t read the first one… whoops)

5.) The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon by Jonathan Hickman – KEEP (this cover looks so cool)

6.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee – DITCH

7.) All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – DITCH

8.) In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – KEEP

9.) Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber – DITCH

10.) Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan – KEEP

Do you think there is one I should have kept? Any recommendations?

Top Ten Tuesday! | Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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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. This week’s prompt is things that make me pick up a book. Basically, this is a list of things that even if you told me nothing else about the book, but it had one or more of these components, I would be intrigued.

1.) Organized / White-collar crime – Heists, the mob, etc. Heists are just a generally a good time and are a plot that I also enjoy in movies. There’s something I really enjoy about this type of plot that I can’t put my finger on other than it is completely outside of my realm of existence.

2.) Cults – I have a thing for cults, okay?! We’ve been over this. Love a good cult.

3.) Space – “Space. The final frontier.” There are so many ways to do space. Get me off of earth, and let’s have a good time!

4.) Dinosaurs – I actually have a book on my shelf right now that I bought solely because it has dinosaurs in it and is completely ridiculous. The Dinosaur Knights, in case anyone is interested. I’m actually also really interested in dinosaurs in general, so I need to pick up some nonfiction on them.

5.) Ridiculous plot – HENCE WHY MY AUDIOBOOK COLLECTION IS A MESS. These books are really great to listen to on long car drives. But I can give some pretty good recommendations if you want.

6.) Upper class / Celebrity – A total guilty pleasure read for me. I wish I had a better explanation for this other than it’s something so different from my own life. The problems socialites have and the problems I have are so completely different. It can be nice to read about how “we have to hide the fact that we are broke even though everyone totally already knows and we are making this so much worse for ourselves”.

7.) Dark romance – Another total guilty pleasure read. These are such unhealthy relationships and are trashy books. But they are so addictive. The actual reason I kept reading for a while in college.

8.) Dystopian – How did we get here? Why did we mess up so bad? I must know. I need to know.

9.) Espionage – Spies. Need I say more. It’s kinda similar to the organized crime but somehow different because spies, in my mind, are attached to a government.

10.) New York City – New York City has always been one of those places I’ve wanted to live. So let me live vicariously through other people. Who are generally awful and make me want to smack them upside the head…

What are some of the things that make you want to pick up a book?