Down the TBR hole #30

it’s been absolutely ages since I last did one of these. But here I am continuing with it. as a refreshes of how this works, I go to my Goodreads TBR shelf and randomise it and pick out the first 10 books that I’m no longer interested in reading. I did originally go through every single book and decided whether or not I wanted to read it, but that was just taking too long.

Count after previous post: 265

Current count: 257 (it’s amazingly actually gone down!)

Count after this post: 247

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Winter Dark by Alex Callister

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I just have no desire whatsoever to read this. I don’t even know why it’s on my TBR.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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This is one of those classics that I say “Oh, one day I’ll read it”. But yeah, I will most likely never read it and I don’t need it cluttering my TBR shelf. 

Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

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Again, I just have no interest in this. It’s been on my shelf since probably like 2015. It ain’t happening folks. 

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

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I enjoyed The Giver when I read it, but that was in like 2016 or something so… yeah I’m probably never reading this.  

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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I’d watch a movie of this. But I don’t think I’m interested enough to read the book. 

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Again, I’d probably watch it as a film. But honestly it sounds like something that’ll just negatively impact my mental health. So… no. 

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Paranormal thrillers are not really my thing and this has been on my TBR for 5 years so… it’s not happening. 

Muse of Nightmare by Laini Taylor

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I didn’t love Starnge the Dreamer. it was okay, but eh… I don’t see myself continuing with this. 

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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I tried listening to this on audio and the narration sucked so I stopped and then I heard everyone say that the book in general sucks and yeah, I just lost interest. 

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

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I’ve seen the film several times. It’s a great story, but I already know it. 

Adult/YA Books Without Romance Recommendations

Some petitions you should check out:

Justice for Toyin | Justice for Tony McDadeJustice for Sheku Bayoh

Some UK resources. I feel like a lot of people in the UK are saying “Oh, well that doesn’t happen here.” It does.

https://www.blacklivesmatter.uk/

HomePage

https://www.stophateuk.org/

A booktube channel I’ve discovered recently and I think is dope:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCamkpihJtPvMuH49D6FejEw


I’m not the biggest fan of romance and I just want to read stuff with no romance sometimes. However, it’s really, REALLY difficult to find any books that are not marketed for children that do not have any romance in them. So if you have any recommendations for me, I would love to hear them. But here are some that I’ve enjoyed that had no romance.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a who done it mystery with some elements of fantasy/sci-fi. I could not stop reading this. I think I finished it in 2 sittings. There is no romance whatsoever, it’s all about solving the crime and it’s fantastic.

The Gift by Alison Croggon

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I didn’t love this book, I had some issues with it. But I did enjoy it and at least in the first book, there is no romance. I can’t say about the rest of them because I haven’t read them yet, but I do intend to continue with the series. And I feel like any series without romance in the first book will likely not have the biggest focus on romance even if it does eventually appears in the story.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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This book is absolutely hilarious. I believe there is some kind of romance between side characters, but it’s very much an afterthought. There’s no like… romancey scenes or anything. I don’t know how to explain it, but basically there may as well be no romance. I have read all of Jonas Jonasson’s books and loved the majority of them. They’re so funny and poignant at the same time. I don’t know why more people don’t talk about them.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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No romance. Just a guy on Mars. I loved this book so much. I know a lot of people know about it, but I’d still recommend it!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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The first one has no romance in it, however, the second book in this series does have a little bit of romance and I suspect there will be more in subsequent books. However, the first book is just a fantastic bit of fun unhindered by romance and I love it for it.

Temerarie by Naomi Novik

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No romance, just the bromance between a guy and his dragon.


This is all I can actually think of. Which kind of highlights my point from earllier. Of the literal hundreds of books I’ve ever read, I can only think of 6 that have no romance in them.

Phrases authors should just stop using

Everybody talks about “they let our a breath they never knew they were holding”. And I agree, it’s such a stupid phrase that makes no sense and it should just not be used. However, I’ve been struck by the mood to re-read the Shadowhunter books. Don’t ask why, I never thought I’d read them again, but here I am and I am actually enjoying. However, the first few books in that series are a study in bad writing. So here are some other commonly used phrases I’ve come across that are just stupid and should not be used.

Sucking in a breath

First of all, it just sounds weird. Secondly, how does that even work? How does one suck a breath? You can suck a lolly, you can suck your finger, your teeth and a variety of other things, but you can’t suck a breath. Like, just try to picture someone sucking a breath and tell me what imagery that conjures cause the closest I can get is this

Closing their mouth with a snap

Like… do they dislocate their jaw while closing their mouth? Do their teeth crack every time? How do they still have teeth? Seriously guys, you should get that checked out. Jaws aren’t supposed to snap when you move them.

*Blank* was visible in the line/set of their shoulders/back

I don’t even know. Have you guys ever seen annoyed shoulders? An amused back perhaps? Exasperated shoulder blades? A smirking spine? Cause if you have, please let me know. I must have been missing an entire aspect of human communication for the past 23 years.

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Everything being done viciously

He scratched his head viciously, She zipped her jacket viciously. They looked around viciously. Everyone should just chill the heck down okay. Take some anger management classes, the jacket’s done nothing to you. Deep breaths.

That’s it for now, but if I come across more I’ll make a part 2 for sure. Also, let me know if you have come across any super weird phrases. I find them so funny.

O.W.L. Readathon TBR (that I’ll probably ignore)

So, the OWL readathon is coming up in April and I really love the concept of readathons and making TBRs for them, but I rarely actually stick to those TBRs because I’m entirely a mood reader and I can rarely stick to a pre-determined TBR. But I’m going to make a TBR anyway and see how I get on.

If you don’t know what the OWL readathon is, it’s a readathon based on the wizarding examinations in Harry Potter. It’s very cool and complex. You have to choose a career and each career has a number of subjects you need to complete in order to achieve it. Each subject has a prompt. That’s the gist of it. You can check out the announcement video for it for more details.


I have several careers that I’m interested in and I’m going to pick out books for all of them and see how it goes. There are also some extra courses you can do in addition to your career and I want to do the Animagus course in addition to all/any of my careers. Though I’m pretty sure the requirements for that overlap with the ones for my careers anyway.

The first career I’m interested in is also the hardest with 12 required subjects! Which I’m pretty sure is all of them. So if I get this one, I’m pretty sure I can do any career. And that is Alchemist. I think it would suit me the most because it sounds to me like the magical equivalent of a scientist and… well that’s my actual career. So here are the required subjects and their prompts:

Ancient Runes: heart rune – A book with a heart on the cover or in the title

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This is a really hard prompt. I apparently do not own any books that have the word heart in the title or have hearts on the covers. So, if I do get around to this prompt, I will be reading Every Heart a Doorway by Seannen McGuire. I will have to buy it, which is fine since I have been meaning to anyway. But I would prefer to pick books I already own.

Arithmancy: magical qualities of the number 2 balance/opposites – a book outside of your normal genre

For this, I’m going with A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton. This is a non-fiction, which is not something I read frequently.

Astronomy: night classes – read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside

This is such a cool prompt. I’m going to leave this as a freebie. I’ll just mood pick for this prompt.

Care of magical creatures: hippogriff – a book with a creature with a beak on the cover

For this I’ve chosen Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. It’s got a big ol’ bird on that C.

Charms: lumos maxima – a white cover

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. I read One of Us is Lying earlier this year and thought it was… pretty bad, but entertaining and a good palate cleanser. And I bought the first two books on offer at Tesco for like £3, so I may as well read the second one too since they’re so short and quick to go through.

Defence Against the Dark Arts: Grindylow – a book set at sea/coast

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This was kind of hard to find, and I’m not 100% sure this even fits. But I think it does. I think there is some extended sea travel in here. I’m talking about Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.

Divination – assign a number to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

I’m assuming it’s referring to my whole TBR not the readathon one.

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So, this landed on A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. I already know I am not going to read this. I’m not super interested in this book to be honest. I got it for free at a book exchange thing. So… yeah. I’m probably going to fail but we already knew that.

Herbology: mimbulus mimbeltonia – a book that starts with M

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

History of Magic – a book featuring witched/wizards

Order of the Phoenix

I’m going to be meta af and go with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix since I’m currently re-reading the HP books anyway. SO I’ll be reading about Harry taking his OWLs while completing my OWLs.

Muggle studies – a book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

I hate contemporary. Well, hate is a strong word. But it’s definitely one of my least favourite genres. SO I’m going to bend the rules a bit for this one and go with a non-fiction. Which technically is from the perspective of a muggle.

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Why Does E = mc2 and Why Should We Care? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.

Potions: shrinking solution – a book under 150 pages

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Wild Embers by Nikita Gill. This comes at exactly 150 pages including the acknowledgements and all that.

Transfiguration: animagus lecture – a book that contains shapeshifting

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I don’t have anything on my TBR as far as I’m aware that has any shapeshifters, so I’m gonna be cheeky and just go with another Harry Potter Book.

Now, as I mentioned, this is the hardest career that has all subjects, so there are no extra prompts for my other careers, but here they are and what their subjects are. Hopefully I’ll at least get one of these.

Hogwarts Professor

  • Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • A subject you wish to teach (Transfiguration)
  • 5 other subjects of your choice:
    • Potions
    • Arithmancy
    • Muggle studies
    • Astronomy
    • History of Magic

Since an academic career is essentially my career (though less emphasis on the teaching and more on the research), this seems like the next best thing if I can’t get the Alchemist one – which realistically I won’t be able to. So I’ve chosen the subjects that I think I’m most likely to pass.

Librarian

  • Defence Against the Dark Arts
  • Arithmancy
  • Ancient Runes
  • Transfiguration
  • History of Magic

If I can’t be a scientist, I wanna be a librarian. This one is easier, with only 5 required subjects.

Magizoologist

  • Care of magical creatures
  • Charms
  • Herbology
  • Potions

I’ve always said that if all else fails, I just want to have an animal farm. So this seems like the perfect fallback career for me.

And finally, for the animagus course:

  • Transfiguration
  • Arithmancy
  • Potions

Most Anticipated Books of 2020

I was actually having a look on Goodreads to see what is coming out this year and quite frankly there aren’t a whole lot of books I’m excited about, but here are the ones I am excited about (in order of expected publication).


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – 3 March

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Hesitantly excited about this. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, but at the same time, I haven’t really read much Cassandra Clare lately. I still have to read Queen of Air and Darkness but I can’t because I’m emotionally sound enough to go through the emotional torture that are her books. Especially when talking about my boo, Will Herondale. I know the series follows their kids more than anything, but still.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin – 26 March

I honestly know nothing about this book except that it takes place in NYC. But it’s N. K. Jemisin, so I will give it a go.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – 30 April

I am ready for more of this world. This is probably my second most anticipated release of the year. I love the Book of the Ancestor series and I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in this companion series.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – 19 May

I am cautiously optimistic about this. I really, really hope its great, because The Hunger Games is to this day one of my favourite series. But I’m always a bit wary when authors come up with random series continuations 5 years later. Technically, this is a prequel. But still. Fingers crossed it’s as good as THG though.

Stormlight Archive Book 4 by Brandon Sanderson – 17 November

My most anticipated book of the year by far and the one I have to wait the longest for 😥 We don’t even have a title or a cover yet, but Brandon said he finished it on time so we’re (almost) definitely getting it this year!

I did a non-Goodreads reading challenge?

I’ve mostly forgotten about this and I didn’t really choose books to read that would specifically complete these prompts, but oh well. Let’s see how I did. The ones in bold are ones I’ve completed followed by the book that fits them. Italics are incomplete followed by an explanation. This is going to be a long post. To just quickly give you the stats, I completed 45 out of 52 prompts plus all 3 bonus challenges that I set myself. So I’m pretty pleased.


  1. A book you bought for the cover – The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. A book by an author you’ve met – I’ve only ever met Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas and I haven’t read a book by either of them because I cant handle their books right now 😦
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet – The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pages – Saga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher – honestly, I’m too lazy to properly look into this. I may or may not have read such a book, but meh.
  9. A book written by a PoC – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited – Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title – A Feast for Crows by G. R. R. Martin
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift – I almost managed this, but then I didn’t finish the book. I haven’t officially DNFed it because I like it and want to finish it, but I’m waiting for the right mood.
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novel – Saga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Doesn’t get much more memorable than Aslan
  29. A book set in South America – Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) – The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories – The only book of short stories I own, I don’t actually really want to read so…
  33. A debut novelThe Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever – I did start reading Darkdawn, but unfortunately did not finish it. Again, waiting for the mood to strike. Being a mood reader kind of sucks sometimes. 
  35. A book about intersectional feminism – Honestly, idk why I left this one in here, I don’t really read non-fiction. I suppose it could be a fiction book that has intersectional feminism as a theme, but I don’t think I’ve read any that fit this year. 
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstore – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for – The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  40. A book signed by the author – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  41. A book set in Africa – City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health – Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden was blurbed by Robin Hobb. I count that as recommendation 😀
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages – The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year – I finished THREE: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden; Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (this one is still ongoing, but I read all the published ones this year, so it counts)

BONUS: Read a contemporary – Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson


Overall, not bad I think. Considering I didn’t really pick books specifically to fit this challenge.

Tome Topple 2019 TBR

I’ve decided to participate in Tome Topple this time around because I don have some chunky books to get through. I do realise it’s a tad late to announce a TBR since the readathon started today but whatever, sue me. In case you don’t know, Tome Topple is a readathon created buy Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes with the aim of reading large books. You can check out her announcement video for the deets.

I’m going to split this into two sections: audiobooks and physical books. Because I usually listen to audiobooks at work, so I get through 3-4 hours of audiobook most days, this TBR is going to seem super ambitious (and it is). Anyway, let’s get into it.


Audiobooks

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

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What better time to continue my re-read of this series. I started this today at work (which is fine cause the readathon started at midnight). I don’t know exactly how many pages this book has in a physical format, but it’s definitely over 500. I am current;y about 5 hours in, so I’m definitely going to finish this for this readathon.

The Toll by Neal Schusterman

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I’m super excited to get to this, I loved the first two books more than I expected to. and that last one ended on such a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens. This one is 631 pages long in paperback, so well within the parameters for this readathon.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

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If I manage to get through the first two and still have time, I will start the final ASOIAF book and hope that book 6 will be released soon. This is probably not going to happen, but who knows. Even if I do manage to start it, I think the audiobook is 40 hours long or something, so there’s no way I will finish it for this readathon, but hoping to at least start it.

Physical books

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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This I also started this morning as I was waiting for my taxi. I’m currently 34 pages in. My copy of it had 498 pages, which is annoying. But since it’s just 2 pages (I’m sure some edition of it is 2 pages longer), I will count it. Especially that I personally find it more intimidating than a lot of chunkier books because I don’t entirely mesh with Erin Morgenstern’s writing. Like, I really enjoyed The Night Circus, it’s a beautiful story and the writing is also really good and atmospheric. But there’s something about it that I find difficult to read. And I’ve already noticed it with this book as well. Also, can I just take this moment to appreciate how gorgeous this edition is? I suck at taking photos, so I’ll just link you to it. I didn’t even realise there were several different colours beneath the dust jacket! I have the light blue/teal one.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-starless-sea/erin-morgenstern/9781910701454

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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I started reading this book a long time ago and I got about 130 pages into it, but wasn’t loving it so i put it down. I do want to give the series another chance since I’ve heard so many good things about it and maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it at the time. But because it’s so big (700+ pages) and I didn’t really enjoy it when I first tried, I’ve been putting it off. But now’s the time.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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Unlikely this will happen, but if I manage to finish both of these, I will then start Oathbringer which will be an undertaking, since it’s over 1000 pages long. But I love this series, so it’s fine. I will definitely not finish it and part of me kind of doesn’t want to start it yet because We don’t have a release date for the fourth one, but then again, Sanderson is quite reliable with publishing books, so if he says it will be released in 2020, I can trust that.

I’m doing a book challenge? – Update

I’ve never really done any book challenges besides the Goodreads yearly challenge. Mainly because I’m pretty bad with fixed TBRs. But I’ve been wanting to get through my owned TBR and I feel like a challenge is the way to do it. So, I found one I liked here. It has 52 prompts and my GR goal for the year is 52 books, so that works out. I’ve changed some of them because I do want to primarily focus on my owned TBR and I don’t own books that fit all the categories. It’s obviously halfway through the year, so I’m going to count the books I’ve already read towards the challenge. Because there are only 52 prompts, I will try not to use the same book for more than one.


  1. A book you bought for the cover – The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. A book by an author you’ve met
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yetThe Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pagesSaga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher
  9. A book written by a PoCThe Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novelSaga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  29. A book set in South America Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories
  33. A debut novel
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstoreOnly Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions
  40. A book signed by the author – The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  41. A book set in Africa City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Work Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year

BONUS: Read a contemporary


I’ve now completed 39 prompts plus one bonus prompt and read 50 books. It’s a bit frustrating, because I could fill out several more prompts if I used the same book more than once. But I said I wouldn’t do that. What I might do, however is shuffle them around. Move books that fit multiple prompts around to see if I can fit some more of the books I’ve read into the list. Cause I currently have 11 books that I’ve read and are not on the list, but some of them fulfil prompts that have already been fulfilled by other books.

Second half of the year TBR – 2019

I set myself 2 goals for 2019, and that was to reduce my TBR as much as possible and to not really bring in too many new books until I’ve managed to get my physical TBR to ~20 books. And so far, I’ve been failing pretty badly at both those things. I’ve read 45 books so far this year, and so far, only 9 of them were books I owned physically at the start of 2019; 10 of them were re-reads, so they didn’t contribute to reducing my TBR, but I also didn’t buy them; 2 of them, I had as electronic copies prior to the start of 2019; 15 of them I bought this year as physical copies!! and the remaining 9 I bought as electronic copies in 2019.

So as you can see, I’ve been failing at my goal. If anything, my physical TBR has grown and I haven’t read that many books off of it. So, I’ve decided to pick a TBR for the rest of the year of 10 books. So that way I at least read 10 more books off my TBR. I’m going to split them into two categories.

1. Books I’ve started reading already but haven’t finished

This is pretty self explanatory. For this category I pick the following books.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson | Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | American Gods by Neil Gaiman

2. Books I will unhaul if I don’t get to

Again, pretty self explanatory. These are books that if I don’t feel like picking up by the end of the year, I’m just going to get rid of. That’s because I’m feeling kind of meh about them at this point and I only see my interest going down. So if I don’t read them this year, I ain’t gonna read them.

Viper by Bex Hogan | The Beholder by Anna Bright | Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl | A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Hopefully, I get to all of these and some more on top, because I really do want to get my physical TBR down and I will probably bring in more than 10 more books even with my minimalist book buying, which at least in the past couple of months, I’ve been pretty good about. There are just some upcoming releases I’m REALLY excited about, plus the 6 books I will get in the next 6 months of FairyLoot.

Books I probably wouldn’t enjoy if I read now

I am in an annoying reading slump where I really want to read and I’m craving a good book, but nothing I read is actually holding my attention. So I thought I’d embrace the negativity and talk about some books that I read and enjoyed, but would probably not like very much if I read them now. Get ready for a whole lot of YA.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I genuinely loved this book when I read it. I flew through it and I was blown away. Now I can barely remember anything and have no interest in reading the rest of the series. I probably wouldn’t hate it if I read it now. I would probably think it was mediocre. I think I’d rate it a solid 2.5-3 stars. Not bad, but not by any means mind-blowing.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Another one that I loved when I first read it. Just like with the one before, I don’t think I’d hate it, I’d just find it meh. Much like I did the final book in the series, which I read fairly recently. I didn’t hate it. I just… didn’t care much. I think I gave it 3 stars. Here, I can also include most dystopians I’ve read such as Divergent, Slated, Legend, The Maze Runner etc. Just not a genre I enjoy much anymore unless it’s really good. I still love The Hunger Games. I re-read them periodically. But all those like… I want to say almost Hunger Games rip-offs that just popped out like mushrooms after rain… meh.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This one I’m genuinely sad to include on this list. I freaking loved this series for so long and it’s still so sentimental for me. But man, if I read it now, I don’t think I’d even find it mediocre. I might still like some things about it, but I think for the most part, I would not like it. Especially the first books in the series and the last. I’d probably still enjoy book 3 and maybe 4 too, because that was my favourite (I know it’s a lot of people’s least favourite, but I’m a sucker for shapeshifing and slow burn, enemies to friends to lovers sooooo…). I’m kind of nervous about reading the final book in the series. I think in terms of plot, the series has definitely evolved and I’m reasonably confident that it’ll be interesting. But I just absolutely loathe the relationships in this series. I used to really like them, but the way SJM writes romance in recent books just… no.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I don’t know if I could get through this series now. I have to give it to Cassandra Clare, her writing truly does improve with each book and I’ve so far enjoyed the new books I’ve read that she’s put out. Although I am a little bit over Shadowhunters in general. I’m still interested in her upcoming series, but beyond that, I’m not sure I will read any more of them. For example, I have no interest in the Alec and Magnus book/series she’s come out with now. Anyway, I think when it comes to TMI, I just would not be able to get through it. I’m still trash for TID though.