Down the TBR Hole #4

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.

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Books: #31-40

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 350 | Total books removed so far: 11 | Total books kept so far: 29


The Winds of Winter by G. R. R. Martin

I’ll be reading this. If it comes out while I’m still young enough to see.

Verdict: Stays

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I don’t reach for humour books that often, but I do really enjoy them and this is one that I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Books 2 & 3 in the Hitchhiker’s  Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Another humour series I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Shit My History Teacher DID NOT Tell Me by Karl Wiggins

This sounds really fun. I think I would really enjoy it, but at the same time, I don’t see myself picking it up anytime in the near future.

Verdict: Goes

Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout

Another book that I feel like I would enjoy if I ever got to reading it, but I doubt I’ll pick it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Words Are Our Sorcery by Karl Wiggins

I don’t even know why I added this in the first place. It’s poetry…

Verdict: Goes

The Abduction of Grace by Anthony Hulse

This definitely sounds interesting. I don’t read as many mysteries as I would like. I love them so much, I don’t know why I don’t read them more often.

Verdict: Stays

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I think I’m giving up on this one. I’m sure I will love the story, but the book is massive and Victor Hugo has a very descriptive writing style and I don’t think I could commit to reading this. I think I’ll just watch the musical like the rest of the world.

Verdict: Goes

Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I really love Lewis and I’m curious to learn more about him. On the other hand… I don’t know if I’ll pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Stays for now

Down The TBR Hole #3

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.

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Books: #20-30

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 7 | Total books kept so far: 23


Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

I have seen the film several times and books about WWII are some of my favourites! I will be reading this.

Verdict: Stays

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This sounds like a fun contemp series, but I barely read contemp standalones. I doubt I will pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Infernal Devices Manga by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek

This is one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite Cassandra Clare series. Reading it in manga form sounds awesome!

Verdict: Stay

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I AM READY FOR THIS, RELEASE IT ALREADY!

Verdict: Stays

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

See above.

The last Hours series by Cassandra Clare

See above.

Down the TBR Hole #2

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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Books: #10-20

Last week’s final number: 337  | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 6 | Total books kept so far: 14


Monster Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa

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I still very much want to read this manga. I love the anime. I just need to buy it. That’s the problem. So many books to buy, so little money. Still, I will get it. Eventually.

Verdict: Stays

The Mosquite Coast by Paul Theroux

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This book has a sentimental significance for me. I still haven’t read it, but I do want to. I added it at someone’s recommendation years ago and I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. It does sound like a great read. Hopefully, I’ll get to it soon.

Verdict: Stays

Lord of the Flies by William Gording

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I have wanted to read this book for so long. And every time I remember about it, I ask myself why I’ve not read it yet. So… yeah.

Verdict: This one stays as well

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Am I the only one who finds the author’s last name to be ironic? When I was a kid, I had this VHS with The Never Ending Story. It was an animated version. I adored it. I watched it on repeat every day, all day. It was crazy. Of course I want to read the book. I just need to. I can’t get rid of this!

Verdict: Stays

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

*sigh* I wonder if I will remove even one book from my TBR today. I adore the Princess Bride film. I really want to read the book. I can’t toss it away.

Verdict: Stays

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hmmm… I really enjoyed the film. I really liked the story. But I don’t feel any intense desire to read this book. I am satisfied with what the film provided. So I think at last, I will remove something!

Verdict: Goes

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

I love this story. And I do want to read it, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have it on my TBR. This is one of those books that I will see one day somewhere and read it in 15 minutes. So I will remove it for de-cluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind

I saw this film and it was so weird. I really liked it. And I’m really interested to read this book, because I enjoy stories that are just a little bit fucked up.

Verdict: Stays

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I love satire and I really enjoy Oscar Wilde as a writer. I am very interested in reading this play.

Verdict: Stays

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I don’t know what to do about this one. I really love the film. And I feel that I’m very content with what I got from it. And I’ve kind of heard mixed things about the book, so I don’t really want it to ruin the story for me. Then again… I do like forming my own opinions and I really love this story.

Verdict: Stays for now

 

 

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is 10 unique books you’ve read.

It’s not Tuesday, it’s Thursday, let’s move on. I think it’s become clear by now that it’s an event when I actually make a top 10 Tuesday post on a Tuesday.


The Graceling Series by Kristin Kashore

This companion series was so unique to me because for one, I believe it was the first companion series I had read. And the thing that links these three novels together is the villain, which I thought was really cool. Also, the relationships in this series are quite unique within the YA genre and I loved that aspect of it. It’s an amazing series that I feel does not get the hype it deserves.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I found this duology to be unique because generally in YA, the main characters are always so physically beautiful. And to have a main character who was not flawless, for a change, was really refreshing and quite unique at least within the YA genre. It also had some pretty cool mythology. Another really underrated series, in my opinion.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

I feel like hardly a post goes by when I don’t talk about this series. I honestly love it so much and it’s so, freaking underrated (this is turning into an underrated books post). The blend of magic and technology and the spin it puts on fairies and just celtic folklore is amazing. The characters are quite unique, the titular character, Artemis, is one of my favourite characters ever. It’s just a great series guys. Read it.

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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This is not a book that I enjoyed that much. You can read my full review on it for my thoughts and opinions. But it was definitely unique. I have to give it that. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had me kinda cringing from its… uniqueness, but also kinda curious to see what the actual hell. So yeah, it definitely has a place on this list.

Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

I’ve only read the first book in this series. I recently read it, and I enjoyed it. I should have a review of it soon. I thought it was pretty unique because it’s not every day you read a book with a necromancer as the protagonist. It has a cool mythology that reminds me a bit of Dante’s Inferno and a bit of the Greek mythology of the Underworld. It’s cool. It’s unique. At least I’ve not read anything quite like it before.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

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This story is told through letters from Screwtape, a senior demon, to his nephew to guide him in his attempt to lead his assigned human into temptation and eventually to hell. I thought it was very unique and I loved this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a C. S. Lewis book I have not loved, to be honest. This is satire and I love satire. And it’s really good satire.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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I can’t really say why I think this is unique because spoilers. I mean, it’s been forever since the books came out, the movies are all out as well (though I don’t know whether they changed the ending or not, cause I haven’t watched the last ones), but I still don’t like outright spoiling things, particularly that this is such a major thing. Most of you probably know what I’m talking about.

The series in itself was not particularly unique. It stands out among YA dystopian as one of the better ones, but other than that… it’s not so unique. Except for the ending of this book. That’s not really something you see very often in YA. I don’t think I have ever seen it in any other book. So, it deserves a place on this list.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This series has a pretty cool and unique take on dragons. I’ve only read the first book so far and I really enjoyed it. Particularly the dragons and how they work. I thought they were really cool and unique. I also enjoyed the very political nature of the plot. I know a lot of books have political plots, but this one stands out in my mind for some reason.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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I loved this book so much. I read it… easily 8 years ago and I still remember it so vividly. I think this was the first novel I ever finished in one day. I could not stop reading. So well written, so unique in its idea and construct and just… gah! This book is a masterpiece. And if you’ve not read it, you’re missing out.

The Tunnels Series by Rodrick Gordon and Brian Williams

I used to be obsessed with this series. I’m sad that I never finished it and that I’ve forgotten so much about it, that I would have to reread it in order to continue, which I doubt will happen. I think there are 6 books in the series. At the time I read it, there were 4 out and I’ve read those, but then I had to wait and I just never continued with it.

This series takes place mostly underground where an entire civilization lives. And it’s so cool, it’s quite dark and mysterious and kind of conspiracy theory-esque. It’s awesome and has a really unique plot and characters as well, and just the whole underground civilization is really cool and I’ve not seen anything quite like it.

Down the TBR Hole #1

My TBR shelf on Goodreads is ridiculous. And I keep adding to it. And adding to it. And adding to it. So I decided to join this meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story because honestly I don’t even know what I have on my TBR shelf. And I need to get it under control.

This is 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?

There are currently 341 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf. Here we go.


 Purgatorio and Paradisso by Dante Aligheri.

I will keep both of these because it is an ambition of mine to read The Divine Comedy and I’ve almost finished reading Inferno and I’m going to finish all of them. I actually really enjoy the story, it’s just that it’s in verse and that makes it difficult for me to concentrate. But I will do it.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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This is actually a book that I started reading a long time ago, but I do not own it so I never got to finish it. And I really enjoyed it and I do plan on buying it and reading it, so this will stay as well.

Youth Without youth by Mircea Eliade

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Ughhh… I’m so torn with this one. On the one hand, I really enjoy Mircea Eliade. He has very intellectual books and this sounds really interesting. On the other hand… I don’t feel like I will reach for it anytime soon. I will have to say this one goes. For now at least. Maybe some day, I’ll add it back. But for now, it goes.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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I fully intend to read this book. I just need to buy it. I love John Green and this is probably one of his most discussed books. So I’m definitely keeping this.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

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Ehhh… it has a pretty cover and I love tigers… but I have heard a lot of really bad reviews, so it goes.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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I really want to read this book. Every time I read the synopsis, I’m like “Why have I not read this yet?”. So it stays.

Mind Games by Terri Terry

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This one goes. I was really into dystopian a few years back when i added it, but reading the synopsis now… I really don’t think I’d be able to get into this book. I read Slated, another one of Terri Terry’s series, and I liked it. But I didn’t love it even then when I was into dystopia. So yeah, bye.

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

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I really enjoy reading Agatha Christie. But the way I read her books is I see one and I’m like “Oh, I haven’t read Agatha Christie in a while. Let’s read this.” My grandmother owns most if not all of her books, so I always lend them from her. I don’t feel like there’s any point in cluttering my TBR shelf with any of her books. All her books are on my TBR and I don’t need a reminder of it. So I will remove this, just for de-cluttering purposes.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I feel like this is such a classic. I can’t bring myself to remove it. I want to read it. I really do. So, I’m keeping it for now.


This is it for my first trip down the TBR hole. I now have 337 books on my TBR shelf. I wonder how many I’ll have by next week when I dive in again.

Top 10 Authors I Would Like to Meet – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Authors I Would Like to Meet – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top 10 authors you’d like to meet.

I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in agessss! Yeah, okay it’s not Tuesday, but that’s beside the point. I’ll do authors I would like to meet and have not yet met.


1. J. K Rowling

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I think most people have her on their bucket list. I would love to meet her some day. She seems like a lovely woman and I mean… Harry Potter.

2. John Green

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I love John Green. I love his books and I love the vlogbrothers and I would really, really love to meet both him an Hank some day (so sad I can’t go to VidCon Europe this year. Hopefully they’ll do it again next year and I’ll be able to go then.)

3. Patrick Rothfuss

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The Kingkiller Chronicle has become one of my favourite series ever and I would absolutely love to meet Pat and have my books signed and ask him questions he’s probably had to answer 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times before (like WHEN IS BOOK THREE COMING OUT?!)

4. Victoria Schwab

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I have fallen in love with her Shades of Magic series and her writing and her stories and I can’t wait to read her other books and I want to meet her so badly akfjdjllkhgskdla;iw!

5. Laini Taylor

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I think Laini Taylor has the most beautifully magical writing style I have ever come across and i absolutely adore it. I love her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so much, it’s just… magical (even though I still have no read book 3. Goddammit! I have to get on with it!). I am so, so, SO excited about her new book, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

6. Eoin Colfer

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I have said it before and I will say it for as long as my lungs can draw breath and my fingers can type: Artemis Fowl is unfairly underrated and it NEEDS more recognition because it’s amazing! I would absolutely love to meet Eoin and tell him how much I love his books and have them signed.

7. Leigh Bardugo

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The Six of Crows duology destroyed me and I just NEED to have those books signed. I just… I need to. *sobs*

8. Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games is the series that got me into YA. I owe many, many hours of amazing books to this lady. I would love to meet her.

9. Rick Riordan

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As a child, I was obsessed with mythology, and particularly Greek mythology. I loved it so much and I still do, but these days, I’m too old to read anything but children’s books. Rick Riordan sustains me.

10. G. R. R. Martin

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Yeah… I have some questions for Mr. Martin as well (WHEN…). Intelligent (…IS…), pertinent (…THE…), insightful (…NEXT…) questions that I’m sure he will be delighted (…ONE…) and pleased (…COMING…) to answer and discuss with me (…OUT?!). Mhm, yep.


Oh, look. I got 5 men and 5 women. Didn’t even plan it this way, but it pleases me. Nice and even. Cassandra Clare and of course, the QUEEN Sarah J. Mass would have obviously made it on this list, except that I have already had the privilege of meeting these lovely ladies.

Bookish Holiday Wishlist – Top Ten Tuesday

Bookish Holiday Wishlist – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “holiday gift guide freebie”. I chose to share with you my top 10 books on my (very long) wishlist. This is going to be difficult because there are a lot, and I mean a lot of books on my wish list. My bookish amazon wishlist currently has 129 items on it and that’s not including additional copies of books that I already have that I really want. So let’s just say this list is the tip of the iceberg. These are the books that I really hope to get soon.

As a little aside, last week I announced I’d be doing a Q&A. I haven’t forgotten, I’ll probably have that post up by the end of the week (I hope!). In the mean time, feel free to send me more questions here.

Alright, I’ll stop rambling now and get on with it.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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I really want to read this book. As a lover of fantasy, I feel like this is one of those books I have to read.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I recently read An Ember in the Ashes (review here) and I loved it. So now I really want to read the second one. Plus, it’s pretty. So I want it.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This sounds like such a cool, and kind of messed up thriller. It’s right up my alley. I want to read it.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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The description I read for this book is so vague, I honestly have very little idea what to expect from it. But is sounds very ominous and dark and also, look at that pretty raven on the cover.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Earlier this year, I fell in love with Schwab’s writing and this one sounds so freaking amazing, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I have wanted to read this book since I first heard of it more than a year ago. I still don’t own it and I still haven’t read it. Why? I don’t know. But I want it.

Fantastic beasts and Where to Find Them

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The film was AWESOME, guys. I adored it. I am so, so, SO excited for  the other ones. I can’t wait. I literally cannot wait. So of course I want the screenplay. Also, look at this beauty! Just look at it.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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It’s an Aladdin retelling. I have never read an Aladdin retelling. I love retellings. It’s blurbed by Sarah J. Maas. And it’s pretty. All very valid reasons for why I want this.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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This series is really beautiful. Both inside and outside. And I want to finish it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I hear so many great things about this series. I need to read it!

These are 10 of the books that I want the most. But if you’re curious to see more of the books that I want, or you know someone who you think might enjoy the same books as I do and want to buy them a nice Christmas gift, you can check out my Amazon wishlist.