My TBR Shelf

I’ve never had a designated TBR shelf before. I usually kept read and unread books together. But I recently moved to a new flat and I have this little shelf right next to my bed, so I decided to put my unread books on it. These aren’t all of my unread owned books, because they wouldn’t all fit, so I kept my unread non-fiction books separately.

A great photographer, I am not, but this is what the shelf looks like at the moment.


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The books on here aren’t actually sorted in any particular way except that the hardbacks are at one end and I kind of grouped the white books, but other than that I just shoved them on in whatever order. The little shelf at the top holds the books that I’ve already started but have yet to finish.

In case you are for whatever reason curious as to what books are on my TBR shelf, they are as follows:

Top shelf (started but not yet finished)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve legit been reading this for a year now. Since it came out last year. I’m just really not enjoying it, mainly because I cannot stand Chaol. I just want to get through it so I can get to Kingdom of Ash. I’m almost halfway through it (I know, I hate Chaol that much).

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – This is another one that I just couldn’t really get into. I was actually expecting to enjoy this book and series as I’ve heard great things about it from people I trust. And I am intrigued by the plot and the world, but again, I dislike the main character and it just puts me off reading it. Every time I pick it up, I read a few pages and I put it back down. I’m 135 pages into this one.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – I started reading this at the start of September, but then I just really haven’t been in a contemp kind of mood, so I haven’t been picking it up much.

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis – This is the non-fiction that I’m currently reading and as usual with Lewis’ books, I’m really enjoying it. Though I have to say at least so far, this one is my least favourite of his books that I have read.

What If? Serious Scientific Answersto Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – This is another non-fiction that I’m reading, though not as actively as The Four Loves. Because of the nature of this book, this is what I pick up when I have only 5 minutes and want a quick pick me up as each chapter is very entertaining and usually quite short.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – You can’t actually see the spine of this one, but it’s the one with green pages. This is my meh book of the moment. Am I the only one who has a book that’s just kind of mediocre that you read when you’re too tired for anything that requires more than a quarter of a brain and you don’t want to read a book you love because you won’t be able to focus, but you want to read? Or when you just finished an awesome book and you know you won’t be able to focus on a new one, but you also want to keep reading? No? Just me? Anyway, this is my second Sara Raasch book and I didn’t really like the first one either.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo – Final book on the little shelf. I’ve been reading this book even longer than ToD. I’m debating just admitting that I’m never going to finish it. But… it was recommended to me by someone special and I just really wanted to like it.

Bottom shelf

I haven’t actually read any of these, so I don’t have much to say about each one. I’ll just list them, from left to right:

Hardbacks

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury | Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Paperbacks

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pincola Estes | Elantris by Brandon Sanderson |A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by G. R. R. Martin | Origin by Dan Brown | Down River by John Hart

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab | The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen | A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Yet Another Book Haul

Are you even surprised anymore?

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin | Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Everless by Sara Holland | Destroyer Dawn by Scott Beatty | Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence | The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab | Our dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Red Rising by Pierce Brown | A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken | Can You Solve My Problems? by Alex Bellos

 

Series in Which I’ve Only Read the First Book #2

Part 1

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I read this ages ago. Over two years ago. The second one hadn’t even come out. And I really enjoyed it and I’m sad that I didn’t read the second one as soon as it came out, because now I’m not sure if I’ll ever continue with the series. I would like to, because it’s good, but I just don’t feel very drawn to it.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Another one that I read over two years ago. No idea why I didn’t continue with it. I probably should.

The Gentlemen Bastards Series by Scott Lynch

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I read the first book quite recently and I loved it and I actually have the second book and I’m about 400 pages in. The only problem is that I’ve been about 400 pages in for about 2 months. I want to finish this book so badly. This series is so good and I just got stuck because I’m busy and it’s so much easier to read things that come in bite-sized portions. Short chapters are my thing these days.

The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

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Looks like the majority of these I’ve read this year. This was a cool book, cool concept. Not the biggest fan of the writing, but I want to continue with it because it’s just a cool and unique concept.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

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My favourite Rick Riordan book to date. To be fair, I only recently read it, so I have an excuse. But I need to catch up on my Rick Riordan, man!

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Another one of my favourites of the year. I actually own the second book. I just have to get on with reading it. But it’s just so huge and I have so little time, it intimidates me. Hopefully over the holidays, I’ll get to it.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I didn’t love this book, but I did enjoy it and I want to continue with it.

Chronicles of St. Mary by Jodi Taylor

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I bought the first book randomly in an airport two years ago almost to the day because I was stuck there for 24 hours and I was stressed, so I did what I always do when I’m stressed: I bought a book. And I ended up loving it so much! It was so funny and action packed, Just One Damned Thing After Another. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to continue with the series. but the second one is my current read and I’m loving it. So I will soon be able to cross this one off the list.

 

 

 

 

Even MORE Series I will probably not finish (Part 4)

Well, I was bound to have another one of these sooner or later. You can check out parts one, two and three if you like.


1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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I didn’t particularly like this book. It was too wishy-washy and insta-lovey for me. It had a pretty cool world concept, but it just wasn’t enough  to hold my interest. You can read my full review of it here if you are interested, but yeah… not likely to ever pick up the other ones.

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2. Legend by Marie Lu

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It’s not that I didn’t like this. I enjoyed it. It’s just that my focus has sort of shifted away from dystopian in the past year and I really don’t read dystopia anymore unless it’s some mindblowingly amazing one. And Legend was good, but it wasn’t by any means mindblowing. So I just don’t think I will ever get around to reading the other two books. I’m still holding out for The Young Elites though. It was so much better than Legend and it’s a fantasy dystopia and I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest of it yet, but I hope it won’t end up on my next “will not finish” post, because it would be a shame.

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3. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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UGH! I do not know how to tell you how much I hated this book. I actually haven’t even finished it because it’s so boring and annoying and Snow is so whiny and insufferable and stupid. *deep breath* Yeah, no. Not going to happen.

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4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I really enjoyed this book. But I read it quite a while ago and I haven’t picked up the other ones and I just don’t really see myself doing that anytime soon. I still might get around to reading it eventually. Though realistically, I probably won’t because you know… so many books, so little time. It’s like Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. “Oh, I kept the first for another day, But knowing how way leads on way,/I doubted if I should ever come back.” I really like that poem.

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There are a few other candidates for this list, but I’ll hold out on them a little longer. Still, I reckon it won’t be too long before I have another one of these posts.

This or This Book Tag

This week was specifically designed to torture me. I have so much work to do that I barely have time for anything. So naturally, I’m writing a post instead of working. I was tagged by Louise @ Geniereads a while back. Thank you Louise! Also, sorry it’s taking me so long to do tags. I’m quite behind. But I’ll get to all of them! So anyway, getting to it.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
  • Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
  • You have to follow the list of books that the person who tagged you gave you, and then you’re going to do something like “book 1 vs book 2”
  • As soon as you have a winner, you choose seven more books and blogs to answer to this tag

Okay, well I’m not sure if these instructions are very clear, but you’ll get it once you see it done.


The winner of Louise’s tag was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and the first book on her list is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

I have not read either of these books. But I did read the summary of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I do want to read it… eventually. So I’ll go with that.


The second book on the list is The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Now this one, I’ve actually read. And I really loved it, so I’m going to pick it.


Book number three is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Another one I have not read. I don’t read that much contemporary in case you haven’t noticed. So TYE wins again.


Fourth book is The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Ugh. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know I really hated The Selection. So once again… you guessed it, TYE wins!


Book five is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Yeah, haven’t read this one either. So TYE. Are you noticing a pattern?


Number six is Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Finally, another one I have read! Although I liked TYE more, so that one STILL wins. Jeez.


And the final book is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Okay, I loved TFIOS. I think this one wins out over TYE. Just barely. But I feel like since it got a more powerful emotional response out of me, it should win.


So there you have it! The winner is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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Now for my list, I’m just going to pick the last 7 books I read. I have reviews for most of them, so you can just click on the titles if you’re interested.

  1. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  6. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  7. Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor

And now for my nominees, here are some of my most recent followers.

stephanie @ sbwritingsite

Ana @ NerdyBookWormSite

Sorcery of Words

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Desiree @ Desiree’s Reads

Kaitlyn @ Me Myself and Everything Else

Debbie @ Debbie’s Library

 

 

 

 

 

Pokemon GO! Book Tag

Pokemon GO! Book Tag

I was going to do a review, but then I saw Caitlyn over at ThriceRead do this and it’s such a cute tag that I just had to. The review can wait until next time.

This tag and the graphics were created by ReadAtMidnight. These graphics are everything though!

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I don’t think there is any book in particular that started my love for reading. I’ve loved books since before I could read and I’ve loved reading ever since I could read, which was at a fairly young age.

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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Many people find the books intimidating or difficult to read or even boring. But I’ve read them 3 times and I will always love them. I grew up loving the books and the films like some people grew up loving Harry Potter and it’s always going to hold a very special place in my heart.

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Hmmm, I don’t really know. I don’t generally care whether a book is hyped or not as long as I like it and I like forming my own opinions. So I don’t think I have an answer for this.

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I mean, this happens all the time. There are a lot of things that most YA books have in common and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Off the top of my head, I’ll say The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It reminds me of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Or I suppose it’s the other way around, since I actually read The Young Elites before reading The Darkest Minds. And they remind me of one another because of the whole super-power endowing disease, because other than that, the characters and setting are really different.

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Hmm… I don’t normally have a problem with this. I don’t mind big books. There are a couple of series I’m not going to start because they’re so long, but those are series I had minimal interest in anyway. Yeah, I have no answer for this. Size just doesn’t matter to me.

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There are two ways to interpret this question. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin kept me up at night because it just freaked me out and I was honestly afraid I would have nightmares if I slept. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas kept me up at night because I wanted to finish it.

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Feysand! I love them. I don’t think I’ve ever shipped anyone as hard as I ship them. Not even Wessa, which previous to reading ACOMAF was probably my favourite bookish couple.

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I’ll say Tangled by Emma Chase. Because this book was hot. And it was a very fast read and I was really pleasantly surprised by it and it was actually like… fire-hot.

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Shadowhunters. Probably Harry Potter. And Sarah J. Maas books. Honestly, as long as the plots keep being good and fresh and the world is interesting, I will never get tired of spin-offs. I mean, I love learning new worlds, but I also love exploring known worlds and getting to know more about them.

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My most recent read Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I’m not normally into chick-lit, but this one really surprised me. I really liked it and in fact, this post is replacing the review I intended to do of it, but stay tuned for that soon.

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All of Rick Riordan’s series. I’ve only read the first four books in the Percy Jackson series, but I’m really looking forward to read the rest of his series and I’m especially excited for Trials of Apollo. 

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I hate having the same answer twice in one tag, but this is probably the only collector’s edition I REALLY wish I had. And that is The Lord of the Rings. I have a slight obsession with buying Tolkien’s books, even though I will probably never read them. And I really want a LOTR collector’s edition.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I know it’s been out for a while now and her second book is out already. But this was her debut and I’m excited about reading it.

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Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, Tolkien and John Green.

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WINDS OF WINTER CAN I PLEASE HAVE IT BEFORE I DIE?

I tag every Pokemon loving soul out there!

 

Unfinished Series Part Two

Unfinished Series Part Two

If you thought I’m terrible at finishing series after seeing part one, you will think I should be banned from starting any more series by the end of this one. Here it goes.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I liked Red Queen. I even filmed a review of it. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t feel the urge to get the next one as soon as it was available and I just kept putting it off. I’m still putting it off.

Still have to read: Glass Sword

Magisterium by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the elemental magic, but kind of like with Red Queen, I just didn’t love it so much that I wanted the next one yesterday.

Still have to read: The Copper Gauntlet

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson

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Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to continue with this series. I liked the story, but there were some elements of the world that really ruined it for me. And I didn’t particularly like the main character (forgot her name). But for now, I’ll keep it on the list of series I want to continue.

Still have to read: The Invasion of the Tearling

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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I just bought this the other day and read it. *hangs head in shame* Let’s see how long this will remain on my unfinished series list. I really loved it though. You can read my review of it here.

Still have to read: Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I loved The Young Elites so much. I have no idea why I haven’t read the second one yet. I fully intended to read it as soon as it came out, I just… didn’t.

Still have to read: The Rose Society

The Half-Light City by M. J. Scott

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This is an adult fantasy series, but I quite like the world. I enjoyed the first two, and while I can’t say I’m tripping over myself to read the rest of them, I do want to continue with this series. Which is more a series of companions. It’s the kind of book I enjoy reading as an ebook.

Still have to read: Iron Kin, Fire Kin

I think that’s it for series that I want to continue with. For now at least. I’m sure I’ll have an update soon enough. Probably to add more series, rather than to remove them.

There are at least 20 more series that I have started but either have no intention of continuing, or I would like to maybe continue some day, but given the ridiculous amount of other series I need to finish, I probably won’t get to them. Perhaps I’ll make another post about those.

Final tally (for now): 16 series, 28 books + countless novellas and short stories

Un-finished Series Part One

Un-finished Series Part One

I have a serious issue with starting series and then not finishing them and just starting other series instead. It’s a problem. I have so many first books in a series or first two books and I want to finish them. I want the closure, I want to know how the stories end. I just need to pull myself together. So, this post (which will probably become a series of posts) is more for my benefit than anything else. So, here are the series that I have started, would like to continue with, but I just haven’t for whatever reason.

This is going to be a VERY long post.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Still have to read: In the Afterlight + novellas

Descendants by Melissa de la Cruz

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Okay, in my defense, the second one just recently came out.

Still have to read: Return to the Isle of the Lost

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Thankfully, this is just a duology, which is pretty rare these days. Not that I don’t like longer series, but this will be much easier to cross off the list.

Still have to read: Shadowscale The Audition which is a short story

Legend by Marie Lu

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Still have to read: Prodigy, Champion

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Still have to read: Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest, Stars Above and I’m pretty sure there are some other short stories.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Again, the sequel only just came out. So I don’t feel too bad about this, but I’m putting it here for posterity.

Still have to read: After You

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I only currently own books 3 and 4 in the series, and again, so annoyed that they’re not only different formats, but different cover editions. I’m probably going to end up buying a box-set of these.

Still have to read: The Last Hero The Demigod Files

The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

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This is a really long one, but I really loved the first book, so at this point, I do want to continue reading it. How many of them I will actually read remains to be seen. I have also listened to one of the novellas – The Very First Damned Thing – on audible.

Still have to read: A Symphony of Echoes, A Second Chance, A Trail Through Time, No Time Like the Past, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Lies, Damned Lies and History + novellas

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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It really annoys me that, not only do I have them in two different formats, but I also have two different cover editions.

Still have to read: Dreams of Gods and Monsters + short stories

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I haven’t seen the film either. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it though, so I’m not sure whether to watch it at all.

Still have to read: The Infinite Sea, The Last Star

 

 

Okay, this post is way too long, so I’ll have to do this in parts. Part two coming soon.

Tally this far: 10 series, 19 books + countless novellas and short stories