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

 

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag – Part 2

I was tagged by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. I’ve already done it once (you can check that out here), but I’m going to do it again because it’s fun. 😀 So thank you Heather for tagging me! Also, I may have reviews of some of these books, so hover over their titles if you’re interested and see if there’s a link there!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round 1

Burn: Tribulation Force by Time LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I enjoyed this book. But not tremendously. So I don’t really have a problem burning it.

Rewrite: I’m going with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Don’t get me wrong, this book is AMAZING and beautiful and I absolutely loved it. I would just much rather reread the other one because I love Artemis Fowl and for some reason, it’s very difficult for me to reread historical fiction.

Reread: I have spoken before of my love for this series. It’s one of my favourite series and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

Round 2

Burn: The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love Sherlock Holmes, but I can’t say that this was my favourite Sherlock Holmes story and it can’t really compare to the other two, so it’ll have to go.

Rewrite: The Hundred Year Old Man That Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not really the kind of book I could reread.

Reread: Of course it was going to be the Harry Potter book. I love rereading these. I have reread them several times and I’ll do it again.

Round 3

Burn: Iron Kin by M.J. Scott. I didn’t really like this book. It’s my least favourite in the series. But even if it were my favourite in the series (which is Shadow Kin, if you were wondering), it still could not compete with the other two.

Rewrite: Power Study by Maria V. Snyder. I actually really loved this short story. It was really cool. But A. It’s a short story, so it can’t really compete with a novel and B. It’s up against ASOIAF. So it’ll have to be rewritten.

Reread: I’ve actually been meaning to reread ASOIAF before Winds of Winter comes out (so like, in the next decade).

Round 4

Burn: For once, there isn’t one that I would clearly burn out of the three. Maybe I’ll go with Scorch Trials by James Dashner because I think this was my least favourite Maze Runner book.

Rewrite: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed this book. I love Agatha Christie and she had me guessing with this one. But with detective novels, rereading them isn’t very fun because you already know who did it. So I’ll have to rewrite this one.

Reread: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. I remember reading this when I was like 12 and really loving it. I’m curious if I’d enjoy it as much now, so I’d reread this one.

Round 5

Burn: The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas. I don’t even remember much of this book other than Chicot. I used to read a lot of French historical fiction for some reason and I really loved it. But that was when I was young. Now I just read YA. I was such a pretentious kid.

Rewrite: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I would write some more Magnus into it cause there can never be enough Magnus.

Reread: Of course I wouldn’t change a single thing about The Hobbit. And of course I want to reread it!

Round 6

Burn: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I actually really loved this book, but it just can’t compare to the other two. Sorry!

Rewrite: This is where the hard part begins. Both of them have that one thing that happens that just pulls your heart right out and uses is as a chew toy. So that could be rewritten for both of them, I guess. But I also definitely want to reread both of them. Hmmmm… I’ll go with Crooked Kingdom, because in CoM, at least that unspeakably horrible thing leads to a lot of things being set in motion and it’s really important, whereas in Crooked Kingdom… it’s just cruel.

Reread: And that leaves Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

I’m too lazy to tag people right now, but this is a fun tag to do, so if you want to do it, I tag you to do it. Leave a link below if you do so I can check it out!

 

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

I finally return to Top 10 Tuesday after a few weeks of absence. Because I didn’t like the topics. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top 10 all time favourite books from X genre”. What? What do you mean “standalone” is not a genre. Of course it’s a genre.

The truth is, I read a lot of series and I read a lot of fantasy. So I’m obviously not going to be able to pick my favourite from those genres. But I also don’t know if I read enough of other genres that I can pick 10 all time favourites from any individual one. So this is my workaround. I added in “fiction” as a genre. Are you pacified? Okay, let’s begin, then.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I love this book for so many reasons. It’s so beautiful and also unique. You should read it. Everyone should read it. I have a review of it here.

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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I love WWII books. Both fiction and nonfiction. Because I think that it’s a part of history that everyone should be familiar with. And it’s also a very recent part of history. In any case, The Nightingale is a beautiful WWII book and even though it is fiction, it’s inspired by real events. I recommend this book to everyone.

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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This is one of my favourite classics. If you love stories of revenge and daring prison escapes and love and swashbuckling adventures (but mostly revenge), then this is the book for you. I think I’ve read it 3 times,even though it’s a fairly large book, but I just love it.

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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One of my favourite mysteries and certainly my favourite Agatha Christie mystery. It just always kept me guessing and it was so neat. Great book.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One of my favourite romances. I am obsessed with this story like so many people, for some unfathomable reason. I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly what it is that appeals to me so much about it, but I just love it.

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Another great mystery. I listened to this on audiobook and I really loved it. It created so much suspense and the narration was great and I think that’s why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I have a review of it here.

7.  The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Dissapeared by Jonas Jonasson

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If you enjoy Nordic humour, this book is amazing. I honestly laughed out loud on so many occasions. The absurdity of some of the things that happen is genius. I have a review of this one as well.

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Among my favourite contemporary books that I’ve read. I loved the characters and the story and the slap of reality that this book was. Also, it was really funny. John Green has a talent for that.

9. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

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This book freaked me out. It was a really good thriller, but it was messed up. Seriously messed up. I couldn’t put it down.

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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I love Charles Dickens. And this is my favourite of his books that I’ve read. If you don’t know this story, then I don’t know what you’ve been doing all your life.

So, this is my list of top 10 fiction standalones. To be honest, if you asked me next week, I’d probably give a different answer. But I’m just really terrible at picking favourites.

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Books With Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Books With Settings I’d Love to Visit

You may have noticed that I haven’t been very active this past week. That’s because I was on vacation and I forgot my laptop at home. I just got back home and I thought this would be a great post to get me back into blogging.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc). As with my previous top 10 post regarding locations, I will limit myself to books set in places I could realistically visit. Because I read way too much fantasy. Anyway, here it is.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This is fantasy, but part of the action takes place in Prague and I would really love to visit Prague. That is at the top of my “to-visit” list.

2. Heidi by Johanna Spiri

I read this when I was a kid. It takes place in Switzerland, namely in the Swiss mountains and I would really love to visit them.

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This takes place in the US. Now, I’ve read a lot of books that take place in the US, but The Darkest Minds has this road trip thing going on and takes place in quite a lot of places in the US, so I chose it because I would love to visit a lot of places in the US.

4. Soundless by Richelle Mead

I did not particularly like this book, but I do want to visit China. Soundless takes place somewhere in the Chinese mountains and I would really love to visit especially the rural areas of China.

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

This book takes place all over the world. The main character is Swedish, but he goes to so many places from Spain, to the US, to China, to Russia, to Iran, to Indonesia, to name a few and I would love to visit all of those places.

6. The Arabian Nights

I’ve always loved the story of Shahrazad and while I have not read all of the stories, I love the oriental setting and I would like to visit the Middle East.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

One of my favourite classics, takes place mostly in France, but also in Italy and in more Oriental places. All places I would love visiting.

8. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

As the title suggests, this one takes place all around the world. And I would love to undertake a journey similar to Fogg’s.

9. The Inca’s Legacy by Karl May

This is a book I’ve unsuccessfully tried to read at least 5 times. However, It takes place in South America (I think the Andes, as far as I read) and I would love to visit South America in general and the Andes in particular.

10. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

I kept trying to think of a book that I read that took place in Japan, but I don’t think I’ve read any. So yeah, Death Note takes place in Japan. It’s a manga which I have not read, but I’ve seen the anime. So yeah, that counts, because I would really like to visit Japan.

 

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books that take place outside the US. If you want to see my answers to last week’s topic, click here.

I read a lot of high-fantasy so nearly every book I read happens somewhere other than the US. But for this post, I will limit myself to books that actually happen in this world, just not in the US.

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

inferanalThis takes place in London and occasionally other parts of the UK. It’s also one of my favourite series ever.

 

 

2. The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThis is an amazing series that is severely underrated in my opinion. It takes place pretty much all over the world, but the main character is Irish, so every book  takes place in Ireland at least some of the time. But really, there’s a lot of travelling involved in the series and it takes place everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the bottom of the ocean, it’s awesome!

 

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

f763e993641761bb9a97f3f18bf6824eThis one takes place in Nazi Germany. It’s an amazing, powerful book that I recommend to everyone and anyone. Even people who aren’t avid readers should read this one in my opinion, because it’s just so beautiful and powerful. You can read my review of it here.

 

 

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

51d2bgdqhrkl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Another World War II book, this one set in France. Not as poetic as The Book Thief, but this is another book that I recommend to everyone and anyone. It was beautiful and I loved it so much. It had such a big impact. You can see my review of it here.

 

 

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me-before-you-book-coverI love this book so much. It broke my heart. Maybe broke me a little too. It takes place in the UK and there is some travelling involved to some exotic beaches. Definitely reccomend it, especially if you like contemporary. But really, if you’re a human being with a heart (even if it’s Grinch-sized like mine), this book will probably going to move you. Read my review of it here.

 

6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcMoving on from books that make you cry, this is a beautifully written fantasy series that takes place in Prague. Some of the time. Also in some other places of the world and sometimes in another world altogether. But it’s really beautiful and the setting always feels so magical. Lovers of fantasy will probably enjoy this very much.

 

 

6. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

25876872-_uy200_This is a really funny book that takes place in the UK and in the past and in some other places (like a jungle full of dinosaurs). I really loved it, it was so funny, but it was also dark. It’s an adult series, I think. Or NA at the very least. I’ve only read this book in the series, but I do intend to read the rest of it eventually, because it was great.

 

 

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

13486632This is a dark humor book that takes place in Sweden and around the world, everywhere from China, to Iran to Spain. If you enjoy Nordic humor, you’re going to enjoy this. I’m about halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

8. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

2016-07-01-23-57-27.jpgThis takes lace in the future, in a place called New Beijing. I’m assuming New Beijing is geographically related to the old Beijing, so it takes place in China. At least the first book does. The other ones, I’m not sure exactly because I haven’t read them yet, but I think some might even happen on the Moon.

 

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

23403402-_uy200_This one happens in London. Sometimes, it’s even our London. I really, really love this series. It’s one of my newest finds and I am a little bit obsessed with it at the moment. I wish I could get the third one already. But yeah, definitely not the US. The US doesn’t even exist in most of the worlds this takes place in. You can read my review of it here and also my review of its sequel here.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7126Finally, I thought I’d finish off with a classic. This is one of my favourite classics and it takes place in France and Italy and sometimes more exotic places, and obviously, Monte Cristo. It’s a story about revenge and love and badassery.