Down the TBR Hole #26

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done one of these posts and I completely lost track of all my previous stats for this, so I’m going to change it up a little bit. From now on, each down the TBR hole post will contain up to 10 books from my current Goodreads TBR that I’m getting rid of. So I will go through the whole TBR each time and choosing 10 that I am no longer interested in reading. I currently have 294 books on my Goodreads TBR and I kind of want to get it down to under 100 as soon as possible whether it’s by reading the books that I’m interested in or removing the ones I’m not interested in.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve had Rainbow Rowell books on my TBR for 4 years now and I have not read even one. I just don’t read contemporaries that much. I might end up picking one of her books if I’m ever in the mood for a contemporary, but they’re such well known books, I don’t need to have them clutter my TBR.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Again, as with Rainbow Rowell… I just don’t reach out for contemporaries. I have read her If I Stay duology and I enjoyed it. So she’s definitely an author I will keep in mind if I’m looking for a contemporary, but again, doesn’t need to be on my TBR.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Are you spotting a trend here?

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I’m just not interested. I’m not even sure that I ever was. Not sure how this ended up on my TBR.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard a lot of meh things about this book from people that I trust and I was slightly disappointed by The Wrath and the Dawn. So I’m just no longer interested in this.

Slayer by Kiersten White

I heard that this is kind of disappointing. I was excited about it, but I don’t really want to read a bad Buffyverse book. It would upset me too much.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I do not feel any desire to read this.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

I’ve had this on my TBR for about 4 years and I just never cared to pick it up. So I think it’s time to say goodbye.

The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

I’ve had this on my TBR pretty much since it came out and I haven’t picked it up and I’m probably not going to.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Another one that’s been on my TBR for years. I think I’m just going to watch the show if I really want to experience this story.

 

Down the TBR Hole #22

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Books: #211-220

Last week’s final number: 331 | Current number: 333 | This week’s final number:  330 | Total books removed so far: 91| Total books kept so far: 135 | Books added since I began: 111 | Books read from my TBR: 35


Magyk by Angie Sage

I’m really drawn to this book every time I see it, so I’ll keep it. Especially that I’ve been craving middle grade lately.

Verdict: Stays

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I’m kind of curious to read this cause time travel and ships and stuff and I’ve heard good things about it.

Verdict: Stays

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

This book sounds so cool.

Verdict: Stays

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

I have 0 interest in reading this. I don’t think I ever really had any real interest in it. I’m not sure why it’s on my TBR.

Verdict: Goes

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard only amazing things about this book and it’s a WWII historical fiction, so…

Verdict: Stays

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

I’m very torn about this book. I keep going back and forth… it sounds interesting, but I don’t know if I’ll read it anytime soon. Probably not. So it’ll go. I can always add it back.

Verdict: Goes

The Martian by Andy Weir

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this yet.

Verdict: Stays

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

I really want to read this book. I think it will be fascinating.

Verdict: Stays

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

I like the setting of this book, but I think it’s too romance-y for my taste. I don’t know. I’m getting that vibe based on the synopsis and it’s putting me off the book.

Verdict: Goes

The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl R. Popper

I love science and I feel like this of one of those must reads for scientists.

Verdict: Stays

Down the TBR Hole #20

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Books: #191-200

Last week’s final number: 337 | Current number: 339 | This week’s final number:  336 | Total books removed so far: 82| Total books kept so far: 118 | Books added since I began: 99 | Books read from my TBR: 26


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, so I’m really curious.

Verdict: Stays

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Another one that I’ve heard good things about and while paranormal isn’t my favourite genre, I am curious about this.

Verdict: Stays

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I was really on the fence about this one since it seems very romance-y, but I have a weakness for assassins and Rick Riordan gave it a 4 star rating and likened it to Graceling which I love. So…

Verdict: Stays

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I still haven’t read it. Why? No idea. But I still want to.

Verdict: Stays

Miss Peregrine’s  Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book sounds so cool I just need to read it already.

Verdict: Stays

Omega by Lizzy Ford

Meh, I like mythology but I’m just not very fussed about this one.

Verdict: Goes

Witch Hunter by Virginia Boeker

This one seemed to have a lot of bad reviews and I’m not that fussed about the genre or the synopsis.

Verdict: Goes

Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

I’m not terribly drawn to this. It sounds like it could have potential, but at the same time, I just don’t feel like I’m going to reach for this anytime soon. So maybe one day, but for now, it goes.

Verdict: Goes

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Definitely want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I want to read everything Victoria Schwab writes.

Verdict: Stays

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I saw this tag on this blog and I thought it was cool, so I’m going to do it. I’ve read 46 books this year so far, according to my Goodreads challenge (which I am desperately behind on, it’s been a pretty slow reading year for me). So let’s see what books will make it onto this list.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

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For this, I have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read quite a few good books this year, some of them very thought-provoking or very emotional, but I just can’t not give it to ACOMAF. I just enjoyed this book so much. I didn’t read it, so much as absorbed it and as soon as I finished it, I flipped right back to the beginning and started reading it again. I adored it! I have not yet had time to review it properly and talk about all the things I loved about it, but you can read my Goodreads review here.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

13188729I’m going to say Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This isn’t so much a sequel as it is a companion novel, but I’m going to say that this is a series of companions, so it’s a sequel. I really loved the entire Graceling series. I loved the characters, I loved the themes broached and of all of them, I think Bitterblue was my favourite. It’s not a very fast paced book, but it dealt with topics such as mental illness, with anxiety, with trauma. It was full of mystery and I really love books where I have to try and puzzle things out. This is another one I haven’t done a proper review of, but I’ve written a pretty comprehensive Goodreads review which you can check out here

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

23299513This is a difficult question. There are quite a few. But I think the one I want to read most is The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine. I’ve been meaning to buy this and read it pretty much since it came out in February, but for some reason, I just haven’t. That happens to me sometimes. I want to read a book so badly, but instead I keep buying and reading other books for no reason that I can discern. And I don’t just want to read it. I want to own it. I mean, look at that gorgeous cover! Hopefully, I’ll get to this one soon!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

empire-of-thrones-ukMy answer for this one is another Sarah J. Maas book. I love Sarah so much (and I’m going to meet her this fall!!!). My most anticipated release for the second half of the year is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Queen of Shadows blew my mind. I loved it so much, it was so amazing. Things didn’t turn out quite as I expected them, but it was one of those rare occasions when I didn’t mind because what did happen was awesome. So I’m really pumped to see how the story continues. I have a video review of Queen of Shadows if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts. 

Biggest disappointment

eragon_book_cover eldest_book_coverI’ve read a few disappointing books this year. Thankfully, not as many as awesome ones. But I think the biggest disappointments were the first two books in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. I’ve wanted to read that series for YEARS. I’m not sure why I didn’t until now, but I’ve given up on trying to understand my reading habits. So I was really disappointed by how little I liked them. I didn’t really like the characters, I didn’t like the writing. The story itself is not half bad. It’s pretty much a Tolkien ripoff, but that’s what I was expecting so I didn’t mind that much. But overall, I didn’t like them and I’m not sure that I will continue with the series. You can check out my Goodreads reviews on Eragon and Eldest

Biggest surprise

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For this one, I definitely have to go with Tangled by Emma Chase. This is an adult contemporary romance. It’s like three genres that I don’t read that much in one book. I’m not even sure why I picked it up, I don’t even like the cover. But I did and I surprisingly really enjoyed it. It was funny, it was sexy and I really liked the characters (mainly Drew). So this was definitely the biggest surprise for me. You can check out my review of it here.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

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This one goes to Jojo Moyes. I’d never read anything of hers before reading Me Before You, but I really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the no-nonsense way in which it was written. It wasn’t one of those cliched, happily-ever-after love stories. I loved that it was a bold novel,  it dealt with difficult topics and themes and I always love that in a book. So now, I’m really curious to read some more of her books. 

Newest fictional crush

I kind of developed a crush on Will Traynor from Me Before You. 635899377487267342-mby-trl-88662He’s a cutie and I mean… Sam Claflin. Enough said. But really, I like his character a lot. He’s witty and sarcastic and clever and cultured. He’s someone who’s had a lot of experiences in his life and I genuinely think that he’d be a person I would really like if I met him.

Newest favorite character

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RHYSAND! Rhys, Rhys, Rhysand! This was a complete no-brainer. Let’s be honest, the only reason Will got the last one was because I read Me Before You after ACOMAF. So technically, Rhys isn’t my *newest* fictional crush. But it’s just as well, because otherwise, my answer would have been Rhysand for two questions and that’s not cool. I absolutely love Rhys. He’s right up there with Will Herondale on my top favourite male characters ever. I guess I have a type: dark-haired, blue-eyed smartasses. 

Book that made you cry

me-before-you-book-coverI don’t cry that often when reading or watching films. I’m heartless like that. But I cried, despite my best efforts, while reading Me Before You. It occurs to me, this is the third answer in which this book has come up. I really loved it, guys. I really loved it. Yeah, it definitely made me cry. I knew it would be heartbreaking from the start, so I was prepared and I didn’t cry as much as I might have otherwise, but even with preparation, it still wrung tears out of me. You can check out my review of it here

Book that made you happy

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This is actually very difficult to answer. Hmmm, I’m gonna go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’d really been looking forward to this book and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Cassie and get it signed. I also met Dominic Sherwood at the book signing and got a picture with him, so there’s a lot of excitement and happiness associated with this book even though the book itself did not necessarily make me happy (it made me suffer, like all Cassandra Clare books). See my review of it here.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. Look at that gorgeous cover! I really love the covers for The Darkest Minds books. I love how they look, I love how the feel. And I really love the paperbacks of it. They’re bigger paperbacks and they’re really… hefty. I don’t know how to describe it. But I really love how they feel in my hands. I love the texture of the pages and the covers. And I love how Never Fade looks alongside The Darkest Minds. I can’t wait to get In the Afterlight and the novella bind-up! You can check out my review of it here.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh boy! So many. I will limit myself to 4 books to keep it realistic (it should have become apparent by now that I have really weird reading habits) and to reduce the size of this post. But I absolutely want to read these 4 by the end of the year. I just have to!

So that’s it for this tag. It took me ridiculously long to put together this post, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it up. I don’t know who to tag, so I tag everyone who read it and wants to do it.