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Down the TBR Hole #1

Sorry for the lack of regular posting, work has been pretty hectic recently so I haven’t had much time to read or write, let alone write about reading. But I am going to try and stick to some kind of schedule and attempt at least one post a week from now on. Anyway, I’ve been seeing this meme floating around a ton of book blogs and according to goodreads I currently have nearly 500 books marked as to-be-read so anything that helps reduce that number sounds pretty good to me.

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR is a meme created by Lia from Lost In A Story who now blogs at Sunflowers and Wonder

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

The Princes Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

I think I’ve actually seen a couple of poems from this one online since adding it to me TBR and it just doesn’t seem like it’s really for me, so guess it’s going to have to go.

Verdict: Go

Nasty Women by 404 Ink

‘With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
People, politics, pressure, punk – From working class experience to racial divides in Trump’s America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice online, role models and more, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Zeba Talkhani, Chitra Ramaswamy are just a few of the incredible women who share their experience here.
Keep telling your stories, and tell them loud.’

Will definitely read this eventually, it just sound so interesting.

Verdict: Keep

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

‘Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.’

Think I’m just going say the same as I did for The Princess Saves Herself in This One for this. And from what I’ve seen of Milk and Honey it does seem kind of over-rated (sorry I guess?)

Verdict: Go

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

‘Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance’

I do love Gaby and Allison’s youtube channel Just Between Us so hopefully will enjoy this book. It’s just quite different to what I usually read so maybe that’s why I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Think I’ll keep this one for now though.

Verdict: Keep

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

‘In A Sicilian Romance (1790) Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics. This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily’s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy.’

Reckon I added this to my to-read list when I was doing a Gothic Lit module at Uni. I did enjoy reading Radcliffe’s The Italian and do love a good Gothic novel so reckon I’ll keep this one.

Verdict: Keep

Books Removed: 2/5

Books Kept: 3/5

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments what you think about these books

Book Tag

Taylor Swift Lover Book Tag

Seeing as I’m a massive Taylor Swift fan and I clearly love reading I knew I had to take part in this book tag as soon as I saw it. I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone but it just looked fun so here we are.

There seems to be about 83 different Lover book tags floating around blogs at the moment (I mean it is an amazing album so why not). The one I’ve decided to do for this post is the one created by Nish and Ngoc. Although I might do another one at a later date, as they all seem so fun.

The Rules:

1) Link back to the original creator of the tag, Nish and Ngoc

2) Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post

3) TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)

I Forgot That You Existed – A book you want to forget you ever read

“It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”

Reckon this might be a bit of an unpopular opinion within the book community, but I really hate The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and actually wish I could forget ever reading it. So that’s going to be my answer here, sorry to the fans I guess?

Cruel Summer – A book you turn to when the going gets rough

“Killing me slow, out the window. Always waiting for you to be waiting below.”

This may make very little sense as the book’s actually really upsetting but when I need a comfort read I tend to go for Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Why? I’m not quite sure and maybe I should try finding a comfort read that actually does make me happier. Please tell me if anyone has any suggestions?

Lover – Your book OTP

“Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”

Evelyn Hugo and Celia St. James from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. No other couple come close so don’t even try. If we’re being honest here I think a lot of the songs on the album have big Evelyn Hugo energy, this one among them.

The Man – Your fave kick-ass female protagonist

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”

Alanna of Trebond from The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. She’s just so great, and the lyrics of the song definitely fit her character.

The Archer – A book with good mental health representation

All the king’s horses, all the king’s men couldn’t put me back together again. ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends.”

Kinda struggling to come up with an answer here, but I think in Tower of Dawn Sarah J. Maas portrayed Chaol and Yrene’s traumas and how they coped with them quite well. Wouldn’t say it was necessarily say it was good representation but it’s closest I can think of really.

I Think He Knows – Your fave fictional crush

“I want you, bless my soul, and I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows”

To the surprise of literally no one who’s read any of my other tag posts I’m going to go with Morrigan from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I love her so much, and if you’re reading this SJMaas (as unlikely as that is) please give us a book from her POV soon.

Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance

“It’s you and me, there’s nothing like this. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince. We’re so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you.”

Okay so the only real answer to this is Jude and Cardan from The Folk of the Air series. The ultimate enemies to lovers to enemies couple. And who knows how they’re going to end up but I am truly living for their story.

Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored

“I love shiny things but I’d marry you with paper rings”

I really love The Hunger Games but the first copies I read of the series were just so ugly, I mean just look at them. I lent Catching Fire to someone and never got it back and honestly I’m kinda glad.

Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end

“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends”

A couple of years ago I probably would have said Harry Potter but now I kinda do want J.K. Rowing to just stop and leave it as it is, so instead I think I’m going to go with The Folk of the Air by Holly Black. I’m just not ready to say goodbye to these characters.

Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending

“I can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not, it’s death by a thousand cuts”

For this one I’m going to say The Selection series, which should have just ended at the third book, instead of adding the next two books about America’s daughter.

London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist

“They say home is where the heart is, but God, I love the English”

Obviously Harry Potter. And is an explanation really needed?

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book you never recovered from

“This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping…”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. That book is just a roller-coaster of emotions, and I genuinely start getting emotional whenever I think about it.

False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save

“We were crazy to think, crazy to think that this could work. Remember how I said I’d die for you.”

Jem Carstairs. He’s so sweet and lovable. And also who wouldn’t go to hell to save someone who has an immortal cat. What’s church going to do if Jem dies? Go on tell me.

You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message

“Say it in the street, that’s a knock out. But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. There’s so many things I can say about this book, it’s just truly amazing. But I love the messages within it to, with how no matter what happens Lei doesn’t give up hope, and she never stops believing that she deserves better than being a Paper Girl.

Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance

“Hey, it’s all me, in my head. I’m the one who burned us down. But it’s not what I meant. Sorry that I hurt you.”

Years ago I started reading Jane Eyre but never actually finished it so I’d quite like to go back and fully read it this time.

ME! – Best character development

“I’m the only one of me. Baby, that’s the fun of me.”

Going to have say Aelin Galathynius for this one. I just love how she goes from being this selfish assassin to being willing to sacrifice herself to save everyone.

It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story

“School bells ring, walk me home…something gave you the nerve to touch my hand…Church bells ring, carry me home.”

Evelyn Hugo and Celia St. James. Again.

Daylight – If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?

“I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you. I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you.”

This is the fourth time I’m mentioning it in this post but the answer for this just has to be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And if you haven’t read it then literally just stop whatever you’re doing and go read it.

Not really sure who to tag so if you want to take part in this tag then consider yourself tagged.

Thanks for reading and have a good day.

Book Tag

Birthday Book Tag

As you can probably tell by the title today’s my birthday!!! Today I’m turning 22 (God I feel so old?). Hopefully going to be getting some books as presents.

I’ve seen this tag on so many blogs (if you know who created it please let me know so I can credit them) and have been waiting for my birthday to come around so I could give it a go.

Count your birth day along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

This is such a good book (if a little predictable at times) and I really enjoyed reading it. Haven’t read the sequel yet so I’m not sure if it continues to be as good, but it is on my Summer TBR so hopefully going to get around to it soon.

If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be? And why?

Morrigan – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Obviously spending my birthday with one of the Fae would be amazing. And do you know what else would be fun? Drinking wine and going to a gay bar. And with Morrigan I could do both. She’s also my favourite character in the series so that’s also a bonus.

Find a book that takes place in the season you were born

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This one took a little while because I realised I don’t really have any idea what season most of the books I’ve read are set in, obviously if there’s snow I presume it’s Winter but other than that I have no clue. But according to the timeline on the Shadowhunters wiki City of Bones takes place in August. With the rest of the events taking place by the end of the year? Like what a stressful year that was for poor Clary?

Find a book that is the colour of your birth stone

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

My birthstone is peridot which is green, and obviously the go to book for green is the one with a green main character. I do really love this book and its’ sequel Son of a Witch, although I haven’t yet read the rest of the series. They’ve been on my TBR for years so hopefully I’ll get around to them one day.

Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

If there is a series with 22 books out then I haven’t found it. Both the Tortall universe by Tamora Pierce and the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare are nearing it though. These series both have upcoming releases so maybe in a couple of years they might catch up with my age.

Pick a book set in a time period, country or world you would like to live in

The Night Court – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Specifically Velaris. Although maybe not during the events of the third book, but other than that it’s shown to be such a nice place to live.

Thanks for reading and I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices, or if you’re my birthday twin I’m always on the lookout for those.