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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Books: #71-80

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


Down the TBR Hole #7


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Books: #61-70

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 351 | Total books removed so far: 26 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 38 | Books read from my TBR: 2

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I kinda still wan to read this, even though it’s been such a long time since I’ve read this genre. I used to love it though, it used to be what I read most of. And yes, I somehow never read this.

Verdict: Stays

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

I like philosophy and I like Descartes, so I’m interested in reading this.

Verdict: Stays

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I would like to read it. On the other hand… this book is HUGE. I’m more than just a little intimidated by it and I don’t see myself reaching out for it anytime soon. I think for the time being, I will remove it. We’ll see if it gets added back.

Verdict: Goes

A House Without Windows by Stevie Turner

This book sounds absolutely fascinating.

Verdict: Stays

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I’m interested in reading this. Particularly that the show has not come out and I’ve heard mixed and controversial reviews about it.

Verdict: Stays

100 Quotes to Make You Think by Wolfgang Riebe

I love quotes, but I don’t feel like this is a book that needs to be on my TBR. It just clutters it up.

Verdict: Goes

The Best Book of Puns

Again, like with the quotes one, it’s a cool book to own, but I don’t see why it should be on my TBR.

Verdict: Goes

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I really do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson

This sounds like a very good and powerful book.

Verdict: Stays

Crank by Elen Hopkins

I’ve never read an Elen Hopkins book, but I really want to and this sounds really good.

Down the TBR Hole #6

I have a brief respite before my final exam of the year, so I decided to do a quick post. This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.


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Books: #51-60

Last week’s final number: 357 | Current number: 358 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 21 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 34 | Books read from my TBR: 1

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Since this is one of the great American classics, I want to give it a try, even though… I don’t see myself doing that in the near future. Still for now I will keep it.

Verdict: Stays

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

I had completely forgotten what this book is about. But I read the synopsis and it sounds absolutely amazing!

Verdict: Stays

The Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou by Steve Duno

I love dog stories and animal stories in general. They’re so touching and beautiful and I just love them. However, I don’t really see myself reading this anytime soon. There are so many dog books on my TBR and I’m realistically not going to read all of them. Maybe I will come across this book at some point and read it, bot for now it has to go.

Verdict:  Goes

Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Another one that I just don’t see myself picking up anytime soon. I feel like this would work so much better as a film or documentary, than a book.

Verdict: Goes

Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Okay, I was on an animal binge when i added all of these. And while these still sound so lovely, I would rather see a film/documentary about this kind of autobiographical stories.

Verdict: Goes

Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley

My own dog was born in one such place where they overbreed their dogs and treat them horribly. When we first got him, he was in pretty bad shape. His fur had fallen off in places due to flea infestation, his tail had been horribly chopped off and he was quite emotionally traumatised. In fact, it took him a couple years before he started acting like a happy, healthy dog. So I feel like I want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Oh man… I don’t even know. Dostoyevsky intimidates the crap out of me. But on the other hand… I really do want to read his work at some point. I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

I’m a big fan of Dickens, as you may know, so I do plat to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

I have actually never read The Three Musketeers. And this is a sequel to that, so for now I will remove it. If I ever do read The Three Musketeers and find myself craving some more, I will get back to this.

Verdict: Goes

The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning by S.B. James

This is a prequel novella to a steampunk series that I haven’t read. So… until and unless I read the series, I don’t think there is much point in keeping this.

Verdict: Goes


Down the TBR Hole #5

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


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Books: #41-50

Last week’s final number: 350 | Current number: 361 | This week’s final number: 357 | Total books removed so far: 16 | Total books kept so far: 34 | Books added since I began: 32

Cismigiu et Comp. by Grigore Bajeanu

I actually own this book. But I don’t really see myself reading it anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I’m not really much into dystopia anymore these days, but I’ve heard some really good reviews about this from people I trust and I’ve heard that it’s got more of a post-apocalyptic vibe to it, than a dystopia one. So I will keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I’ve only read Replica by Lauren Oliver, but I did enjoy it and this book sounds like it has a really cool concept. So I will give it a try.

Verdict: Stays

The Fever Code by James Dashner

I have no interest in reading this book anymore.

Veridct: Goes

The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

I still really like the sound of this series every time I read the synopsis, so I’m going to give it a shot.

Verdict: Stays

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I loved the film when I was younger. I watched it so many times. But I don’t see myself reading this. I’m happy with what I got from the film.

Verdict: Goes

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I keep forgetting about this book, but then I read the description and it just sounds so hilarious. I need to sit down one afternoon and read this.

Verdict: Stays

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

I don’t read biographies much, but this is one that I really do want to read because it just seems very funny.

Verdict: Stays

 Padurea Spanzuratilor by Liviu Rebreanu

I somehow highly doubt I will ever read this. Unless I have nothing else to read. And let’s be honest, when will that happen?

Verdict: Goes

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I don’t know, I just… I have no interest in reading this book. I tried to summon some because it’s such a well loved book, but I just… don’t want to read it.

Verdict: Goes


Top Ten Books With Covers That Don’t Reflect the Inside

Top Ten Books With Covers That Don’t Reflect the Inside

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is book covers. I’ve chosen to tell you about 10 books that have covers that are simply discordant to their content. Whether the cover is beautiful and the book isn’t, or the other way around, or the cover simply has nothing to do with the book.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book is gorgeous. Both the UK and the US editions are just so beautiful, I can’t even! But the actual story is absolute shit. I hated it so much, but it’s so beautiful that I’m never going to get rid of it. I have both a spoiler free review and a rant review of this, if you would like to know more about it.

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Another one where the covers are beautiful, but the books are just not. Well, the first book was okay. I absolutely hated the second one. I obviously haven’t read the third one because I’m not subjecting myself to another book of rage and frustration, but yeah… I hated Glass Sword. You can check out my review of it if you are interested in knowing more.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter series by Melinda Salisbury

This series has such cool covers! And it’s so… boring. I’ve only read the first book, but it was so boring that I cannot imagine what happens in two more of them. I am telling you, this was a 250 page book of nothing happening.

The US Editions of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

These covers don’t do the series justice. The UK covers are stunning, but I would not be interested in these books at all based on these covers. They’re kind of ugly. And they really don’t have anything to do with the plot. What close ups of girls wearing masks or makeup has to do with this? I don’t know. This series is so beautiful and the writing is magical and these covers just don’t reflect that.

Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder

I know there are some other editions of the books, but these covers make no sense to me. To me, this looks like some period romance/court intrigue series. It’s not. These covers just do not reflect the content of the books at all, in my opinion. Based on these covers, I would never buy these books. They’re not necessarily ugly covers, but they speak to me of a genre that I’m usually not very interested in.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

I don’t think this series has an entire set of matching covers. There are like 5 different cover editions at least and none of them are complete as far as I could tell. It’s so annoying. And what’s even worse is that all those editions are just varying shades of bad. The one in the picture is the edition I hate the most. It’s just so… bad. It does not do the series justice. The series is awesome! I want them re-released in a nice edition where they all match. Is that too much to ask?

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

the diabolic

It’s a really nice cover… I just don’t understand what a butterfly has to do with anything. I suppose the two halves of the butterfly could represent Sidonia and Nemesis, one soft and one sharp and serrated. But… why butterflies? They did that for Replica by Lauren Oliver as well. It’s like they have no idea what to put on the cover, so they just slap a butterfly on it and call it a day.

The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Again, very aesthetic covers, just… what do they have to do with the books? I suppose the theme of black, white and red does capture the vampire-y, but why an apple, a petal, a ribbon and whatever else? Could have been some objects that reflect the story somehow? I mean, I like these covers. And they’re so iconic by now, that everyone would recognise them. But I just wonder what the thought process was when first printing this. “Hmm… so this is a book about vampires. It’s called Twilight… let’s put an apple on the cover.”

The US editions of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Both the US hardback and the US paperback editions are just hideous. This looks like some shitty comic-book covers. They’re so, so ugly and this series does not deserve such ugly covers. Thankfully, the UK editions are really cool. I’ve only read The Final Empire so far, but it was so amazing, I can’t wait to read the rest of them. I have both a spoiler-free review of it and a rave review if you are interested to know more of my thoughts.

The US covers of the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

These aren’t horrible, but they certainly don’t do the books justice. The UK covers are much better and I feel also capture the essence of the series much better. I absolutely adore these books, it’s one of my favourite series. I have reviews of both The Name of the Wind  and of The Wise Man’s Fear, if you are interested.

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