Down the TBR Hole #8

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 or more titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

On the chopping block this week:

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr:

This ended up on my TBR back in 2014 but I completely forgot I added it! And then it recently became a TV show. Last year for Christmas my dad got me a copy of the book which wasn’t something I asked for but am so happy I got it. I think I’ll really like it!

VERDICT: KEEP

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty:

I love Liane Moriarty’s books so this is for sure a keeper. I really loved Big Little Lies.

VERDICT: KEEP

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle:

I think 2014 me would’ve enjoyed this girl-becomes-famous YA story but 2018 me says no.

VERDICT: DELETE

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick:

Someone I trust did not like this book and that’s enough for me to X it from my TBR.

VERDICT: DELETE

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater:

LOL I haven’t even read the second book yet in The Raven Cycle, but I want to. So book 4 is for sure staying on my TBR.

VERDICT: KEEP

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

I know this book means a lot to so many people, and it has raving reviews. But I am just not sure if this is for me. I am going to say no for now.

VERDICT: DELETE

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

October 2018 TBR

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Hi, everyone! Okay, so October is already shaping up to be another busy month, but I am so excited for ALL of these books. I really hope I can get to all of them and I am going to try my hardest! But I’m also co-hosting a readathon, so please check out the details below it you’re interested in joining! 🙂

My October TBR:

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Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah | Buddy read with Melanie!

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean | Buddy read with Melanie!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker | Buddy read with Melanie!

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas (release date 10/23)

Vengeful (Villains, #2) by V.E. Schwab

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)  by Marie Lu

But wait! There’s more! Below is my #FridayFrightAthon TBR. It is going to be a huge buddy readathon/readalong every Friday in October hosted by Melanie @ Meltotheany, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, & Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer, and me! Please check out my post for additional info! We hope you’ll join us. ❤

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: October 5th, 2018

Okay, so we’re kicking off our read-along with a true crime thriller about the investigation of the Golden State Killer (also known as EAR/ONS: East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker.) This case has spanned decades and the killer was finally caught earlier this year through familial DNA. Sadly the author, Michelle McNamara, passed away two years ago before she got to see the killer brought to justice. I am high key excited for this book.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: October 12th, 2018

I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 despite its polarizing reviews, but I have heard great things about this one. I think Ruth Ware is great at building these Agatha Christie-esque mysteries where there are a group of suspects trapped in one place and we have to figure out whodunnit. I actually have NO idea if this book will be set up that same way, but that’s how her previous books (that I’ve read) are structured. I have high hopes for this one!

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio: October 19th, 2018

This book has such high ratings and the premise sounds the most intriguing to me: A man who was formerly part of a Shakespearean acting troupe is released from jail and bears his confession to a detective about the dark, twisted things that went on in the theater.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: October 26th, 2018

I legit don’t even know what this is about because I’ve been avoiding reading the synopsis! (I tend to do this with mysteries/thrillers) But I am probably one of the few people who liked Final Girls lmao. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite by any means, but I still enjoyed reading it. Again, I’ve heard polarizing things about this book, but I’m really excited to dive back into another Riley Sager book!

That’s it! I’d love to hear what you’re planning to read this month. I know it’s sometimes hard to plan a TBR especially if you’re a mood reader. I am definitely a mood reader, too, but so far I’ve been loving keeping up with my TBR each month 🙂 I hope you have a great week and continue to read lots of good books! ❤

xx,

Amy

#FridayFrightAThon 2018: Come Join Us in October!

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Hi, friends! I’m very excited to announce that me and a few of my favorite bookworms will be hosting a thriller read-along this October! Each Friday we will start a new book (dates listed in the image above). We would be honored if you joined us! To follow along use the hashtag #FridayFrightAThon on Instagram and Twitter. You are free to join any or all discussions! We can’t wait to start and have high hopes these books will be amazing.

#FridayFrightAThon will be co-hosted with these lovely ladies: Melanie @ Meltotheany, Jen @ Pinot and Pages, & Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer. ❤

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: October 5th, 2018

Okay, so we’re kicking off our read-along with a true crime thriller about the investigation of the Golden State Killer (also known as EAR/ONS: East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker.) This case has spanned decades and the killer was finally caught earlier this year through familial DNA. Sadly the author, Michelle McNamara, passed away two years ago before she got to see the killer brought to justice. I am high key excited for this book.

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 5th: Pages 1 – 51
October 6th: Pages 52 – 107
October 7th: Pages 108 – 168
October 8th: Pages 169 – 234 (up to “Walnut Creek”)
October 9th: Pages 234 – 283
October 10th: Pages 284 – 328

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: October 12th, 2018

I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 despite its polarizing reviews, but I have heard great things about this one. I think Ruth Ware is great at building these Agatha Christie-esque mysteries where there are a group of suspects trapped in one place and we have to figure out whodunnit. I actually have NO idea if this book will be set up that same way, but that’s how her previous books (that I’ve read) are structured. I have high hopes for this one!

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 12th: Pages 1 – 60 (Chapter 9)
October 13th: Pages 61 – 124 (Chapter 16)
October 14th: Pages 125 – 185 (Chapter 23)
October 15th: Pages 186 – 248 (Chapter 34)
October 16th: Pages 249 – 304 (Chapter 43)
October 17th: Pages 305 – 368 (End!)

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio: October 19th, 2018

This book has such high ratings and the premise sounds the most intriguing to me: A man who was formerly part of a Shakespearean acting troupe is released from jail and bears his confession to a detective about the dark, twisted things that went on in the theater.

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 19th: Act I (Pages 1 – 79)
October 20th: Act II (Pages 83 – 141)
October 21st: Act III, Scenes 1 – 8 (Pages 145 – 189)
October 22nd: Act III, Scenes 9 – 18 (Pages 190 – 244)
October 23rd: Act IV (Pages 247 – 296)
October 24th: Act V (Pages 299 – 354)

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: October 26th, 2018

I legit don’t even know what this is about because I’ve been avoiding reading the synopsis! (I tend to do this with mysteries/thrillers) But I am probably one of the few people who liked Final Girls lmao. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite by any means, but I still enjoyed reading it. Again, I’ve heard polarizing things about this book, but I’m really excited to dive back into another Riley Sager book!

The reading breakdown for this book is:
October 26th: Pages 1 – 62 (Chapter 6)
October 27th: Pages 63 – 128 (Chapter 13)
October 28th: Pages 129 – 191 (Chapter 20)
October 29th: Pages 192 – 252 (Chapter 26)
October 30th: Pages 253 – 311 (Chapter 32)
October 31st: Pages 312 – 370 (Chapter 44)

Okay! That’s it! I really hope you’ll join our buddy readathon/readalong/whatever you want to call it! We have page breakdowns, but please DO NOT feel any pressure to stay on schedule! Please read at whatever pace you want. We want this to be super laid back and just have fun. And I’m going to be super careful about mentioning anything spoilery during the whole month! Hope to see you all in October ❤

xx,

Amy

Contemporary-A-Thon

I’ve never participated in a readathon before, but this one looks fun and several of my friends will be participating, too!

Contemporary-A-Thon is a week in September (9/17-9/23) when you read certain books that fit each prompt. It is hosted by Julie, Chelsea, & Natasha! You can also follow along on twitter.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover
  2. Read a contemporary that’s dark, taboo or spooky
  3. Read a diverse contemporary
  4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format (verse, audio, graphic novel ebook, etc)
  5. Read a contemporary with your initials on the cover (letters can be anywhere within words of title or author name)
  6. Read a contemporary by a new to you author
  7. Read a five star prediction contemporary

I personally cannot read seven books within a week, so I might “double-dip” by reading one book that counts as two challenges. I’m still working on my list, but so far these are my contenders:

  • Fight or Flight by Samantha Young: A new-to-me author.
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich: My initials on the cover.
  • The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: 5-star prediction.
  • I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman: Orange cover.

I don’t even know if I can accomplish four books in a week. I’m thinking three — tops. But we’ll see! My list might change by the time this post goes up, but I still wanted to share this with you! If you’re partaking in Contemporary-A-Thon please let me know! ❤

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #7

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 or more titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

On the chopping block this week:

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I know my formatting looks a little different this week, but that’s because I am deleting ALL of these from my TBR. My reasons being I just don’t really want to read them anymore. Some of these I don’t even remember adding to my TBR! I know… I feel kind of bad about this. But, it’s okay for our reading preferences to change over the years! So, that’s it for this week. Haha I’m sorry if it wasn’t very informative, but hopefully this may inspire you to look back on some of your old reading tastes. I find it fun, and therapeutic, to go through my TBR and deleting things I know I don’t want to read anymore.

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #6

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 or more titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

On the chopping block this week:

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NOW YOU SEE ME BY S.J. BOLTON

This is a murder mystery which still sounds really intriguing to me!

VERDICT: KEEP

WHEN IT RAINS BY LISA DE JONG

I don’t even remember adding this to my TBR, but it has really great reviews. I don’t think I see myself reading this within the next year, though.

VERDICT: DELETE

THE WILL BY KRISTEN ASHLEY

Again, I don’t ever recall adding this to my TBR so I won’t be getting to this any time soon.

VERDICT: DELETE

REMEMBER BY EILEEN COOK

I have always adored Eileen Cook’s writing so I’d like to keep this on my TBR for a rainy day.

VERDICT: KEEP

BEAUTY QUEENS BY LIBBA BRAY

I have a love/hate relationship with Libba Bray. I loved The Diviners but not its sequel, Lair of Dreams. I think I’ll reluctantly keep this one (for now.)

VERDICT: KEEP

WHY CAN’T I BE YOU BY ALLIE LARKIN

Allie Larkin’s first book, Stay, really warmed my heart and I’ve adored her ever since. She’s also such a delight to follow on facebook. I am definitely keeping her book on my shelf!

VERDICT: KEEP

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

September 2018 TBR

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Hi, friends! Here is my tentative plan for September. Some of my choices are either ARCs releasing by October or some contemporaries I want to read for Contemporary-A-Thon. I haven’t quite made my final decision in that regard yet, but I’ll be creating a separate blog post with info on that as time gets closer! I KNOW this TBR is going to be changing a lot.

Contemporary-A-Thon is a challenge during one week in September (9/17-9/23) where you read contemporaries that fit a certain category. It is hosted by Julie, Chelsea, & Natasha! You can also follow along on twitter.

Physical Books & ARCs:

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Dear Evan Hansen (ARC) by Val Emmich [TheNOVL]

Blanca & Roja (ARC) by Anna-Marie McLemore [Feiwel & Friends]

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young [Berkley Publishing]

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Digital Galleys:

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz [Wednesday Books]

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton [Raven Books]

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold [Balzer + Bray]

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd [HMH]

Are you excited for any new titles coming out this month? I’m not really sure if I’ll be able to read to all of these but I’ll certainly try! Wish me luck.

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #5

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 or more titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

On the chopping block this week:

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After doing a few of these TBR Hole posts, I’ve come realize something as a blogger: these book cover photos take up a lot of storage space! So I’m using an app to condense all the thumbnails into one collage (before this I was using WordPress’ collage which uploads all photos individually.) Problem is… the collage app doesn’t have a decent 5-space grid so I decided to put up 6 photos to make it look nice and even (sorry, it’s the OCD in me.) So from here on out, we’ll be looking at 6 books instead of 5. Yay!

THE BODY FINDER BY KIMBERLY DERTING:

This appears to be a story about a girl who can see what happened to people who were murdered. I think I would’ve enjoyed a book like this many years ago but I don’t think I’ll be picking this up.

VERDICT: DELETE

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY BY LIBBA BRAY:

I remember several years back when this book was super hyped. I think I missed the hype train.

VERDICT: DELETE

DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES BY RACHEL COHN & DAVID LEVITHAN

Again, I missed the hype train on this one. I know these types of teen books were super popular at one point. But, I’m 33… and while I absolutely still love reading YA, I think this book may not be quite for me.

VERDICT: DELETE

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK BY NEIL GAIMAN:

I haven’t read a single Gaiman book before and I still want to! So I’ll keep this around for a while.

VERDICT: KEEP

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON BY JOHN GREEN & DAVID LEVITHAN

I must’ve been going through a teen contemporary phase! But. Nah.

VERDICT: DELETE

THE LEGEND SERIES BY MARIE LU

I have mixed feelings about Marie Lu. I really enjoyed Warcross, but I really disliked The Young Elites. But I also loved her contribution to the Illuminae series, too! I am going to hold on to this set.

VERDICT: KEEP

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #4

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This Week’s 5 Books:

 

1) FEED BY MIRA GRANT

I was ready to remove this from my TBR but after looking through the reviews I noticed so many people I love gave this book such a high rating! The whole outbreak/zombie element still intrigues me, so I think I’ll keep it on the back burner for now!

Verdict: KEEP

2) DANGEROUS BOYS BY ABIGAIL HAAS

I don’t see myself wanting to pick this up within the next year. Lately I have not been too impressed with YA thrillers/romance.

Verdict: DELETE

3) MR. MERCEDES BY STEPHEN KING

I’m still going through a Stephen King phase, and despite the mixed reviews, I want to give it a chance.

Verdict: KEEP

4) THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES BY SIDDARTHA MUKHERJEE

This is “a biography of cancer” which explores the origins, treatments, and devastation of cancer. I saw the PBS special and was fascinated. I just love medical stuff!

Verdict: KEEP

5) GRAFFITI MOON BY CATH CROWLEY

I must’ve blacked out when I added this to my TBR in 2014 because I don’t remember doing it at all! LMAO. I’m not really into YA contemporary romance so I’m going to let this one go.

Verdict: DELETE

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #3

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This Week’s 5 Books:

Can you tell I went through a dystopian phase?

1) THE 5TH WAVE BY RICK YANCEY

I am so over YA dystopians so I have no hesitation getting rid of this one. I already have it in my donation pile.

Verdict: DELETE

2) CARNAGE BY LESLEY JONES

I didn’t even know what this book was about but somehow it ended up on my TBR? It’s a new adult romance which isn’t my absolute favorite genre. However I have other new adult books higher on my TBR that I’d prefer to read than this!

Verdict: DELETE

3) BRINGING HOME THE BIRKIN BY MICHAEL TONELLO

I went through a huge memoir phase so I added this to my TBR back in the day. I think I’ll pass on this one, though. But it does sound cute!

Verdict: DELETE

4) DELIRIUM BY LAUREN OLIVER

I have always been underwhelmed by Lauren Oliver’s books. I HATED Before I Fall. Like, I really, really hated the main character so much. And I’ve heard a lot of negative things about this series. Pass.

Verdict: DELETE

5) READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE

Again, my heart just isn’t into dystopians anymore. I know this is a cult favorite which is why I’ve kept it on my TBR. But I really don’t see myself wanting to pick it up in the next year.

Verdict: DELETE

Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! I’m going to try my best to make this a weekly thing! And please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy