Down the TBR Hole #13

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Books: #121-130

Last week’s final number: 357 | Current number: 366 | This week’s final number: 362 | Total books removed so far: 48 | Total books kept so far: 80 | Books added since I began: 84 | Books read from my TBR: 15


Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

This sounds like a very cutsey contemp romance collection that I feel like sooner or later around one Christmas, I’ll be in the right mood to read.

Verdict: Stays

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This is a book that I am interested in reading, however I haven’t yet read To Kill a Mockingbird, and since this is a sequel to that, I don’t see the point of crowding my TBR with it until I’ve read the first book.

Verdict: Goes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This book has very mixed reviews and I was never really that bothered about it anyway. So I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

Verdict: Goes

Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward

I think I just added this book because I saw Narnia and C.S. Lewis. But it’s literary analysis, which is not something that I’m particularly interested in. So I doubt I’ll read this book anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This sounds pretty cool.

Verdict: Stays

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I feel like I won’t pick this up anytime soon, but I do want to read it at some point.

Verdict: Stays

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I don’t know. I’ve read some of the reviews for it and as far as I can tell, people either hate it or love it. I kinda want to make my own mind about it, and it’s not very long. So I’ll give it a try at some point.

Verdict: Stays

Ice Study by Maria V. Snyder

I kind of want to re-read the entire study series because I feel like it’s really underrated and even I didn’t appreciate it as much when I first read it as I would now.

Verdict: Stays

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

As I said before, I don want to re-read this entire series before continuing on.

Verdict: Stays

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Although as I said, I intend to continue with this series, I think I’ll only leave the next one to be read on my TBR list, just for decluttering purposes and then subsequently add the books one at a time, as I read.

Verdict: Goes

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Dow the TBR Hole #12

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Books: #111-120

Last week’s final number: 355 | Current number: 360 | This week’s final number: 357 | Total books removed so far: 44 | Total books kept so far: 74 | Books added since I began: 73 | Books read from my TBR: 13


Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

While I feel like I might want to read this book at some point, I don’t see myself doing so anytime soon, so I think for now I’ll remove it for decluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I find the themes of this novel to be interesting, but I don’t think I would have the patience to read it just because it feels like the kind of book that doesn’t have much of a story. It’s more a presentation of what society was like then. Which is interesting, but personally I get really bored reading those kinds of books. I assimilate this kind of story much better in a film format, which is visual and also doesn’t take as much time. Im sure there must be film based on the book which I might check out, but I doubt I’ll ever read the book.

Verdict: Goes

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is one of those books that I’m either going to really love or I’m not going to like it at all. But I do want to give it a go and see which one it’ll be.

Verdict: Stays

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

This is a book that really interests me. I’m very interested in addiction and the psychology behind it and this sounds like a very candid snapshot into the psyche of an addict.

Verdict: Stays

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I want to read this one. You probably already know that I love Pride and Prejudice, but I haven’t actually read any other of Austen’s books. So I would like to.

Verdict: Stays

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I’ve said it before that Dostoyevsky intimidates the heck out of me. But at the same time, his books seem so insightful and interesting, I really do want to read them. It’s just a matter of me getting over the intimidation. So I’m going to keep it.

Verdict: Stays

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Erm… I was a bit on the fence with this one. It has a pretty cover. And involves archery, which are bonuses. Also, it’s a standalone YA dystopia which is not something you really see. Buuut… it is YA dystopia, and I have very low tolerance for that genre these days and top two reviews on Goodreads are 1 star reviews… which isn’t a good sign. If the top reviews were all good, I might have kept it, but I don’t think I will.

Verdict: Goes

The Odyssey by Homer

I do want to read this at some point. I actually own it, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. But I’m gonna. Eventually.

Verdict: Stays

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I’ve actually started reading this book and the only reason I haven’t finished it is because I don’t actually own it. I should really remedy that situation.

Verdict: Stays

 

Down the TBR Hole #11

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Books: #101-110

Last week’s final number: 352 | Current number: 357 | This week’s final number: 355 | Total books removed so far: 39 | Total books kept so far: 67 | Books added since I began: 64 | Books read from my TBR: 11


Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Won’t be reading this anytime soon, I can tell you that much.

Verdict: Goes

Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus by D.C.  Talk

This is a collection of stories of people who were tortured or killed for being Christian. I’ve read one or two of the stories, they’re pretty brutal and it’s hard to stomach a lot of it at once, but I do want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Struggles With His Father’s Questions About Christianity by Dr. Gregory Boyd and Edward Boyd

I am very interested to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

Seared by Sandra Gustaffson

This sounds super interesting! I should bump that up on my TBR.

Verdict: Stays

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

Definitely interested to read this as well.

Verdict: Stays

Hell is Read (But I Hate to Admit It) by Brian Jones

Want to read this one as well. Guess not much is leaving my TBR this time.

Verdict: Stays

Fire Kin by M. J. Scott

I mean… I’ve read the first 3 books in the series and while I didn’t love them, I did enjoy them. Might as well read the last one too.

Verdict: Stays

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I have heard so many great things about this series. I’m definitely interested in reading it.

Verdict: Stays

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

I’ve actually already read a good portion of the stories in this book. I’m a big Poe fan, so of course I’m going to read the rest of them as well.

Verdict: Stays

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

I’ve seen the film. I love Karl May, particularly his Winnetou series, which is why I wanted to read this. But as I recall, I tried reading it once and just gave up. I highly doubt I will pick it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Ten Books With Characters Who are Assassins – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top 10 Characters Who ________”.

I haven’t participated in this meme for ages and it’s Wednesday. But whatever. I love books about assassins!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, this one was probably really obvious! I love this series, I love Sarah’s books. I’ve always had a vague fascination with assassins, but this series put fuel on that fire big time and I just cannot get enough! I don’t know what that says about me.

I think I only have a review of Empire of Storms, so unfortunately, if you’re new to the series, I don’t have a review for you, but it’s a good series.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This has become another one of my favourite series. Not only is it about assassins, it’s about a school of assassins! It’s so funny and so well written in my opinion and I loved everything about it. The second book came out earlier this month and I can’t wait to read it! I really need to find some time to read, cause I’ve been reading almost nothing lately.

I have a review of Nevernight, if you’d like to know more.

Graceling by Kristin Kashore

gracelingAnother really cool book about an assassin. It’s a cool series, really but only the first one is really about the assassin. I found this to be a rather unique book among YA novels. I know a lot of people find the book and the series in general, a bit slow, but I really loved it.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This is an underrated series in my opinion. Nobody talks about it and it’s so cool and unique in a way. It’s a duology and it brings together two of the coolest things: assassins and pirates. Why would you not want to read this?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

poison studyNow, with this one, the main character is not exactly an assassin. She’s a food taster. However, the love interest is the poison master and while it’s not explored that much, it’s implied that he’s therefore also the court assassin. So I’m counting it because it’s a cool series and also slightly underrated.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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This book was a bit slow to begin, but I did enjoy it and I think it has promise as a series. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I do plan to continue with the series. I don’t have a review of it yet, because I’m super behind, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The only reason this series is so far down the list is because it doesn’t really focus on assassins. It’s basically about a heist, so still criminals. And one of the main characters is an assassin. It’s just that the book doesn’t really focus on that. But it is an amazing series and if you’ve not read it, what are you doing with your life, go read it!

I have reviews for both books in the series, if you’re interested (SoC; CK)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyThis is a book that a lot of people have issues with. It’s a strange book, a bit confusing. I really enjoyed it though. I actually liked the mindfuck element to it and all the impossible and paradoxical things that happened. And while it’s not so much focused on assassins, the main character does set out on an assassination mission in the beginning of the book, so it counts.

I also have a review of this if you are interested.

Shadow Kin by M. J. Smith

shadow kinThis isn’t the best series ever, to be honest. It’s not bad, it’s just not that great either. But the main character is an assassin and she’s a really interesting assassin in my opinion. She has the unique ability of becoming shadow and I thought that was really cool and is probably the main reason I’m including this on here. This is an adult series and it focuses a bit too much on sex in my opinion, but if you overlook that, it’s not a bad book.

Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep

6611038Again, not the best series out there. It’s a really long series and I’ve read maybe 4 or 5 books of it. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. They’re really quick to read and the magic system is interesting and there’s a lot of assassin stuff going on, so the books are entertaining. I just wouldn’t say it’s very high quality literature. This is also an adult series.

Down the TBR Hole #10

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Books: #91-100

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 352 | Total books removed so far: 37 | Total books kept so far: 59 | Books added since I began: 56 | Books read from my TBR: 8


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

I love mythology and I love Percy Jackson, so of course it stays.

Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas

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We don’t have a title or a cover for this yet, but of course I’m going to read it. Just got Tower of Dawn the other day. I have to get on to reading that.

Verdict: Stays

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This actually sounds very interesting. I’d forgotten what it was about, if I’d ever known in the first place, but I want to read it!

Verdict: Stays

The Field Guide by Holly Black

I’ve been meaning to read Spiderwick for so long! It appeals to me so much, and I think I saw a film once that I really enjoyed. So I do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

This is a Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson crossover. And while it does sound fun, I have yet to read The Kane Chronicles and I do want to read it, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. So for the time being, there’s no point in me cluttering my TBR with this.

Verdict: Goes

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This is a YA dystopia that I’ve heard mixed things about and the premise doesn’t appeal to me that much anymore. So I’m getting rid of this one.

Verdict: Goes

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

The author’s name may be Arwen, but I don’t think that’s quite enough to convince me to read this book. The synopsis is very vague and generic, so I went to read some of the reviews and they weren’t great. Plus I found out it’s urban fantasy, which… not really my favourite. So yeah… no.

Verdict: Goes

The Cosmic Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

Sci-fi series written by C.S. Lewis? I’m so down, why haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: Stays

Down the TBR Hole #9

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Books: #81-90

Last week’s final number: 358 | Current number: 356 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 34 | Total books kept so far: 52 | Books added since I began: 53 | Books read from my TBR: 7


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I’ve seen the film and I really love it, but I’m in two minds whether I want to read this. On the one hand, it’s such a beautiful story, but it’s so heartbreaking and made even more so by the fact that it’s not just a sad story someone imagined, but something that may very well have happened.

Verdict: Stays for now

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

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Another one where I’ve seen the movie and really enjoyed it. But with this one, I doubt I will ever actually read the book. I can pay attention to a sports film. But I don’t think I have the patience for a sports book.

Verdict: Goes

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I think I got rid of another Frances Hodgson Burnett book in one of my first trips down the TBR hole. And as with The Secret Garden, I’ve seen the film, I loved it, it was one of my favourites when I was a kid… but I really am satisfied with what I got from the movie and I don’t think that I will get to reading this anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’ve only read one Jane Austen book and that is Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love P&P, so I’m really curious to read more of Austen’s books and see if I love them as much.

Verdict: Stays

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

This is still something that sounds very interesting and I would like to read it. I’d forgotten about the existence of this book, but I should find myself a copy.

Verdict: Stays

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Hmm… another dystopian. I’m quite fed up with them. Most of them are the same story over and over again… however this one has pretty solid positive reviews that proclaim it is not like every other YA dystopian… to believe them or not to believe them? I’ll give it another chance cause I like the cover.

Verdict: Stays

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I’m so torn with this one! I haven’t seen the show, I hear it’s really good though. But for some reason opinions on the book seem very mixed. Still, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied unless I draw my own conclusions.

Verdict: Stays

Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades by Rick Riordan

Removing this because it’s part of The Demigod Files, which is also on my TBR.

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan

This one isn’t part of The Demigod Files, so it stays.

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Verdict: Stays

Down the TBR Hole #8

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Last week’s final number: 351 | Current number: 362 | This week’s final number: 358 | Total books removed so far: 31 | Total books kept so far: 45 | Books added since I began: 52 | Books read from my TBR: 4


Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

I’d forgotten about this book or what it’s about. But it sounds really cool and it has really high ratings.

Verdict:  Stays

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sanez

First of all, this book has such a cool title! Secondly, once again, it sounds really interesting and it has really high ratings.

Verdict: Stays

Life as I know It by Melanie Rose

It sounds like a fun, quirky contemp. But I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Legend of Sigurd and Gurdun by J. R. R. Tolkien

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know when and if I will read this book. However, it’s Tolkien and I own it and I just can’t bring myself to remove it.

Verdict: Stays

Jumanji by Chris van Allsburg

This sounds like a fun little book. But I’ve seen the film and I don’t have any particular desire to read the book.

Verdict: Goes

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

I really loved the film and I would like to read the book as well.

Verdict: Stays

The Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Gardner

I’ve seen the film many times and I really love it. However, I’ve heard that the book itself is not that well written and I feel like I know the story, I know the struggles that this man went through. So I don’t think I will be picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I certainly want to read this. Though it is the second book in the series. I should probably read the first one first.

Verdict: Stays

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

I’ve seen the film. And I liked it. It was good, but I did have some problems with it. I’ve read one Nicholas Sparks book before and it was okay, but I’m not a huge fan. So, I don’t think I’ll be reading this.

Verdict: Goes

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve also seen the film for this and really enjoyed it. Plus, I really liked The Great Gatsby, so I want to give this a try as well.

Verdict: Stays