Down the TBR Hole #23

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

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Last week’s final number: 330 | Current number: 335 | This week’s final number:  331 | Total books removed so far: 95| Total books kept so far: 141 | Books added since I began: 118 | Books read from my TBR: 37


Noted From the Underground, White Nights, The Dreams of a Ridiculous Man and Selections From the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I only added this book because a friend of mine gave me a copy of Notes From the Underground and The Double. But I really don’t see myself reading is anytime soon, and this isn’t even the anthology that she gave me so…

Verdict: Goes

The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See above.

Verdict: Goes

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

One of these days, I’m going to finish this series, gosh darn it!

Verdict: Stays

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Zuzana is such a great character and I really like her in the series, even though we don’t get to see her much. So I definitely want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Queen’s Army & Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer

These are two Lunar Chronicles short stories that I want to read, but I also have the bind-up of all the short stories in the series on my TBR, so I will remove these.

Verdict: Go

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The next four books are novels and novellas all from the Lunar Chronicles which is a series I definitely want to continue with, so to save myself some time, I’ll group them all together.

Verdict: Stay

 

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

icebreaker694

Desiree @ Desiree’s Reads

Kaitlyn @ Me Myself and Everything Else

Debbie @ Debbie’s Library

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

2016-07-01-23-53-21.jpgRead: 2/3

Still have to read: In the Afterlight + novellas

Descendants by Melissa de la Cruz

2016-07-01-23-49-12.jpgRead: 1/2

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

2016-07-01-23-58-11.jpgRead: 1/2

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

2016-07-01-23-50-46.jpgRead: 1/3

Still have to read: Prodigy, Champion

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

2016-07-01-23-57-27.jpgRead: 1/4

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

2016-07-01-23-49-53.jpgRead: 1/2

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

2016-07-01-23-56-44.jpgRead: 4/5

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

2016-07-01-23-54-27.jpgRead: 1/7

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

2016-07-01-23-48-02.jpgRead: 2/3

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

2016-07-01-23-51-50.jpgRead: 1/3

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