Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag

 

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Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews tagged me to do one of her amazing original tags!!! If you haven’t seen any of her tags before, be sure to head over to her blog and check them out!!

I also used her header graphic (as you can probably tell) because it’s adorable and more people need it in their lives. You’re welcome 🙂

This tag is all about the awesome sidekicks of Disney!! Let’s do this!!

Mushu from Mulan + Olaf and Sven from Frozen

Comic Relief- Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

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I don’t really read a lot of “funny” books, but the Percy Jackson series always cracks me up. There is a lot of witty humor, and I find myself laughing out loud every time I re-read the series.

On the character/sidekick note, Grover makes an amazing and hilarious sidekick, so I guess he’s my pick!

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The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group/Ensemble

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Aelin’s court, especially in Empire of Storms.

I actually just finished this book, and I am seriously in love with all of the characters in Aelin’s Court. They make such a great team, and even though they have their problems, they are a family and they love each other.

****Also, if you are a Throne of Glass fan, keep an eye out for the Series Review coming up. I am going to be doing a huge ToG themed giveaway!!****

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Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you

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I laughed my behind off throughout the first half of A Short History of the Girl Next Door and sobbed my way throughout the second half.

Honestly the change took me by surprise too. I was not expecting that at all. And it was so amazing!

Who knew such a small book could pack such a big punch?

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Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming

Can I use A Short History of the Girl Next Door again? Because that applies here too. But I’ll pick another one….

32320750Little Monsters. This book literally blew me out of the water with it’s complex plot and amazingness.

This book surprised me so many times with all it’s twists and turns, and I the ending completely baffled me.

But seriously, I’m still reeling from the ending. It was SO GOOD.

Rajah from Aladdin + Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel

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Yup, I’m using Empire of Storms.. again.

Rowan!!! He is such an adorable softie with Aelin and so protective of her (even if she totally doesn’t need it). I am so in love with their love… it’s adorable!!

The rest of her court is kind of like that too, but I just love the bond between Rowan and Aelin!

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid + Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast + Louis from The Princess and the Frog

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

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The whole plot of P.S. I Like You is dependent on music: or more specifically, lyrics.

Not only are lyrics the reason that the two MC’s met/became penpals, but Lily writes her own lyrics too.

So, naturally, there is a pretty big focus on music in the book, even if there is no actual singing or mentions of huge/famous singers and stuff.

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Maximus from Tangled

The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

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Hanna and Nik from Gemina. Yeah, Kady and Ezra faced a lot in Illuminae, but I liked Gemina a lot more, so there.

But seriously. Hanna and Nik have so many things stacked against them, and something new pops up at every turn. They amaze me with their resourcefulness and skills.

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Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel

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Matt’s family from A Short History of the Girl Next Door.

I had to use this book again. I really think that YA is lacking a lot of good family dynamics, but this book captures it perfectly.

The family dynamic in this story is just so honest and real. The parent’s are present and actually act and talk like parents. His little brother acts like a little brother. I don’t know why that’s so hard to find in YA, but it is.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog + The 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life

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I am going to go with Anna Dressed in Blood because it has been with me the longest and was the book that really got me to read more.

I mean, I’ve always been a big reader, but this book really pushed me into YA and spurred a greater love for books, and is one of the reasons I started blogging. It’s also one of my all time favorite books!!

So yay Anna Dressed in Blood!!

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Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show

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Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Thomas Cresswell?

I need one.

No but seriously, Thomas is amazing and smart and funny and oh so swoon worthy! I’m probably going to re-read this a million times just to get more of him!

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Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing

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This is a FAVORITEEEEEEE:

Juliet and Declan from Letters to the Lost.

They are pretty much nothing alike, but THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER!!!

I need more of them. Can we please have a follow up novella?

Yayyyy now I get to tag people!!!

But I’ve been doing a whole lot of tags lately, so instead of naming people again (because I’m nice and I’ll give you a break), I’m just going to say EVERYBODY is tagged, and you get to decide if you want to do it or not!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Down the TBR Hole #2- I am a book hoarder trying to let go

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I am back with the second installment of my TBR cleanse. As you can probably tell by the title, I’m kind of a book hoarder… and even hoard books that I don’t have (aka: keeping books on my TBR that I’m probably never going to read).

I’m doing my best….

Since my last post, I have added a huge number of new books to my TBR, which is super counter-productive. So, because of that, I am going to do 10 books today instead of 5.

Gotta get on top of this before I’m buried by my ever-growing TBR.

If you want to know more about how the TBR cleanse works, visit my first post here, where I included all the “rules”.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in!

1. Die for Me by Amy Plum

9462812Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Okay so I’m pretty sure I added this book to my TBR just for the cover. I mean, look at it!! It’s gorgeous!

The plot also sounds interesting, but honestly, I don’t see myself ever reading this. I don’t think this book brings anything to the table that I haven’t seen before, over and over again.

Verdict: Going
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2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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This book sounds awesome: a Victorian boarding school, a dangerous clique of girls, and some seer powers.

Buuuttt…. honestly what is with all the dead parents? Why does it seem like every book like this one features the death of parents or just dead parents? It’s kind of getting on my nerves at this point. This book sounds good, but I don’t know if I would ever actually pick it up.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

3. The Strange Power by L. J. Smith

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Psychically gifted students.

Ummmm, cool? But considering I didn’t like any of the other books I read by L. J. Smith, I have no idea how this book made it on to my TBR. I’m never going to read it. It’s just not going to happen.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads 

4. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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I love mermaids. I will always love mermaids (and if I ever say I don’t… that’s how you’ll know I’ve been possessed. Get the salt). But, looking back at this book, I don’t think I’d enjoy it. It sounds really corny and way too young for me. I would probably be cringing throughout the whole book.

Not really my idea of a good read.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

5. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

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Again with the dead parents. My gosh.

This book sounds good, I guess, but again I don’t think it’s going to bring anything that I haven’t seen before. I obviously liked/wanted to read a certain kind of book back in 2013… and I think I’ve moved on to new kinds of books. I guess I just got tired of those tropes. (But that means that this TBR cleanse is going surprisingly well!!)

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I actually really want to read this book. This is one of the only books from back in 2013 that I have actively thought about, and almost got a few times (although other books keep distracting me).

I think I will get to this book one day, and I hope I like it when I finally do.

Verdict: Staying
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7. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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This book actually sounds really good. Basically every other day, Kali is normal, and the days in-between she is a monster hunter.

I feel like this book would be something new, but that could mean I either love it or hate it…

I don’t know if I’ll ever actually get to this book, but I think I want to keep it around for now.

Verdict: Staying
Goodreads

8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

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Dead bodies and school drama. This really sounds like a book I would have liked 5 years ago.

But it is not 5 years ago and I am really doing my very best here. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think this is a book I’m ever going to realistically pick up.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

9. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

8685644Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Violet pretends to be a medium…. only she can really see ghosts, and now they wont leave her alone.

This book sounds spooky and good. I still love reading about ghosts (and have been reading a lot of ghost-centric books lately), but I don’t really think that I would enjoy this one. I don’t see myself picking it up.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

18189606Added to my TBR on: May 20, 2014 (yup, a whole year went by…)

I was watching booktube the other day and saw a review of this book. And it sounds like the kind of book I would not be able to stand.

It’s no secret that I’m really not into contemporary, and this sounds like it is literally the epitome of everything I can’t stand about contemp.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

Wow I’m actually so proud of myself right now. That was ruthless.

TBR stats:

Books removed today: 8
Total books removed: 11
Books left in TBR: 376

That felt great!! When is the last time you went through your TBR? How many books did you get rid of?

 

This is my Genre, Tell me Yours TAG – What is my favorite genre? Why do I read? And other questions like those.

 

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*sings loudly and off-key* I was taaaaggggeedddddddddd to do this taaaaaggggggggg

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Hey, I tried….

Alrightly, so I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the “This is my genre, tell me yours” tag. If you don’t follow Lauren yet: What are you doing? Also, if you want to check out the creator of the tag, click here.

Aaaaaaaand now for the questions (dun dun dunnnnnnn):

1. What is your favorite genre?

Okay, I see how it is. Starting with the hard questions.

Hmmm, probably fantasy. Probably. It really depends on the day.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre? n.gif

And I thought the first question was hard.

I could probably make a list of a million authors here, because there are so many amazing ones…

Okay I’m gonna try: Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jessica Khoury, Elizabeth Norris, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kerstin Gier, Sarah Beard….

Like I said, the list is super long. But if you don’t know any of those authors I definitely suggest you go check them out.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I have no idea. I guess I just love the magical-ness?

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4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?

Again, no idea. I’ve been reading since forever, and I can’t remember the first books that I read that made me love reading. I’ve just always loved reading.

That being said, The Percy Jackson series definitely got me reading more, even if they aren’t the books that initially started me on reading. Those are some great books!

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why? 

9378297Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s just an amazing book. Like so amazing I have read it a million times and keep going back to read it 28187again because I will never tire of its amazingness.

That being said, the Percy Jackson books are also amazing, quick, funny reads. I think that anyone who is not “huge” on reading would still have an amazing time with the series, and get through those books super easily, falling in love with the story in the process!

6. Why do you read?

HAHAHAHAHA. Why does the sun shine? Why do we need to breathe oxygen? What is the purpose of life?

These questions are all of the same caliber.

And…. Scene! Great job everybody. That was wonderful. Let’s take it from the top!

AKA it’s your turn! I’mma tag some people, but even if I don’t mention you by name, YOU’RE IT!

I tag:

Lori @ Reading with Lori

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books

Vikki @ The Mundane Teenage Life

Thanks for reading!

Sunshine Blogger Award!!

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I WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

As I was saying….

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Coffee Loving Bookoholic !!! So now I get to answer the 11 questions she has asked, and then I get to write 11 questions and nominate 11 more blogs to answer them!! (Okay but seriously what is with the number 11? I’m confused)

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I will now lay out the official “rules” of this award for you because I am a good Samaritan (or am I?)

  • thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • list the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog
I guess that wasn’t so hard…

OOOkay! So here are the questions for me to answer, complete with (you guessed it) MY ANSWERS!!

1. If you could do one job for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Is professional sleeper an acceptable answer?

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2. What’s the most important thing for you in a book review?

Writing one or reading one?
Writing one: uhh I don’t know… I just kind of wing it?
Reading one: I guess just being able to easily see what the person rated the book *shrugs*. I really like reading all different types of reviews.

3. Which author would you love to meet and why?

Kendare Blake because she has been my favorite author for as long as I can remember. (Which you can probably tell by how much Anna Dressed in Blood shows up in my posts!)

4. Is there one book memory from your childhood that you will never forget?

Not really…. although I wish I had some kind of cool story to tell you guys.

5. If you could time travel, which event would you like to be part of?

ALL OF THEM.
OH WAIT STOP NO THERE ARE SO MANY BAD ONES WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF??????

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*Distant gunfire*
*Gasping*
*Indecipherable screaming*

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*whispers* “please, never make me do that again”

On a totally unrelated note, I think it would be totally cool to visit Laura Ingalls right around the time she was a teacher.

6. What would your perfect day look like?

Reading. All. Day. In. My. Grownup. Onsie.

7. Are you more productive in the morning or in the evening/night?

This is actually a tough question because I’m a morning person and a night owl. Like I wake up super early (like 6 AM) and go to bed super late (like 12-2 AM) so I pretty much never sleep. And I’m kind of productive during both times?

8. Pc or mac?

I have a PC, but I like the apple software more… so probably mac.

9. If you could turn your favorite book into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the parts?

Gosh I’m really bad at casting….
So I would do Anna Dressed in Blood (obviously) and here would be my cast (sticking to the 4 main characters here):

Cas: Nick Robinson
Carmel:
Liana Liberato
Thomas:
Asa Butterfield
Anna:
India Eisley

wow that was hard….

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10. What talent would you like to have?

The ability to never seem like a clutz

11. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

I honestly would have no idea what to do with three wishes… like all of the things I would wish for would be weird… oh wait, how about this:

1. A at-home library that never runs out of shelf space
2. Free books for life (hardback and paperback… not that e-book stuff)
3. The ability to freeze time so I can read forever and not miss out on the world….

AND NOW: for my nominations….

  1. Lucy @ Down the Rabbit Hole
  2. Lily @ Cheeky Booky
  3. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews
  4. Ashley and Sabrina @ 5171 Miles
  5. The Orangutan Librarian
  6. Lauren @ Comma Hangover
  7. Diana @ Bookish Diana
  8. Rosie @ Reads and Roses
  9. Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek
  10. Analee @ Book Snacks
  11. Nia @ Shades of Paper

(I’m not sure if any of you have been tagged by someone else, but now you get to answer my questions too!!!!)

My Questions for you:

  1. First five things that pop into your head. GO:
  2. If you could turn into an animal, what would it be and why?
  3. What is your spirit animal? (Is it the same as the animal you would turn into?)
  4. What is one book you think everyone should read?
  5. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  6. What is your most controversial book-related opinion?
  7. What character (from books/TV/movies/etc.) is literally you?
  8. Glass half full or half empty?
  9. Telekinesis, teleportation, or telepathy?
  10. What food speaks to your soul?
  11. Whatever you do, don’t think about pink elephants. Okay, what are you thinking about?

To those I nominated: I can’t wait to read your answers!

To everyone else: Thanks for reading!! See you next time!

 

 

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I saw this tag done by Anna @ My Bookish Dream and loved it!! So of course I decided to do it! Because why not?

Basically this tag is a bunch of rapid-fire questions to answer, mostly about bookish preferences. Let’s get started!!


EBook or Physical Book?

Physical Book. 100%

Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store… unless I’m on a budget (because I’m incapable of walking out of a book store with less than an armful of new books)

Trilogies or Series?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
(please don’t make me pick)

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes… unless the Villain is the protagonist… but then… sometimes…. ummmmm
Next question?

A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Recommend an Underrated Book?

(ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOOOODDDDDDD) Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

The Last Book You Finished?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Book You Bought?

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

 Gas receipt? A Pen? I don’t know…

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes.

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal/Magic/Mythology

Borrow or Buy?

Buy: Books that I love and want to own
Borrow: Books that I’m not sure about/don’t want to invest in quite yet

Characters or Plot?

It really depends on the book, TBH…

 Long or Short Books?

Again, depends on the type of book… but I’ll go with long.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short.

Name the First Three Books You Think of…

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

Books that Make You Laugh or Cry?

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Our World

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes!!!!!!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

More than I’d like to admit…

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Movie.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The City of Bones movie. I know it’s widely disliked, but I liked it so much more than the book.

Series or Standalones?

Series… but not companion novels. I hate when companion novels are terrible and mess up the first book.


Phew. Some of those were hard.

But there you have it! My rapid-fire book tag answers.

I tag>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everybody!!

Seriously, this tag was super fun to do, and now you all have an excuse to do it! You are tagged! Go at it my bookish friends!

What do you agree with me on? What do we disagree on? Let me know in the comments below!!

And thanks for reading!!

 

ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag: AKA me being a spectacular wuss and taking the easy way out

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Heyyyyyy…. So I’ve been tagged. Mwahahaha.

But, as you probably guessed from the title of this post, I’m gonna be a gigantic wuss and take the easy way out. Meaning I choose Dare.

Ok let me back up…

I was tagged by Clare @ Books, Coffee, and Repeat to do the “ThisIsMyTruthNow” tag. Basically it’s like a game of truth or dare: If you pick truth, you answer the 12 questions in the tag; if you pick dare, then you complete the dare that was given to you by the person who tagged you. (if you want to read all the rules, visit the original post here)

So: I pick dare.

Why? Because, frankly, I like the dare I was given more than I want to answer the questions. There. I said it.

My Dare:

Write a haiku about a book you hate with pure passion.

22510983I don’t like to say that I “hate” any books… but I do kind of hate Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I mean COME ON! IT COULD HAVE BEEN SO GOOD AND IT WAS AWFUL! Sorry, I’ll save my feelings for the haiku.

Behold: MY HAIKU SKILLS (lol what haiku skills?)

Girl Online is crap
I want to punch this novel
In it’s bookish face.

Now for the important question: Can I tag people to do this?

I mean, I took the easy way out, but I really want to tag people to write a hate-haiku. It was a very therapeutic process.

Since I’m not exactly sure, I’ll leave it at this:

If you wanna join the Hate-Haiku club, then you are tagged.

I know you want tooooooooooooooo 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for today! Thanks for reading!

Down the TBR Hole #1- I am a book hoarder trying to change her ways

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My TBR has gotten huge.

Yeah, some people have bigger ones, but as a person who likes to pretend their life is organized, I need to start cleaning up this list before it overwhelms me (more than it already has).

When I came across Lia’s Down the TBR Hole post, it was the motivation I needed to finally get this corner of my life into some sort of shape.

Here is how this TBR cleaning works:

  • 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?

I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this every week, but I’m going to try!

Let’s cleanse this monstrosity:

1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

10215349Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Looking at this book again, after so many years of not remembering it existed, my first thought was: “This one is totally going.”

Then I read the description, and even though it is a vampire book, and I am over my whole vampire phase, I find myself strangely wanting to read this book… badly.

Verdict: Staying
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2. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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I actually read this book before I put it on my TBR, so I guess I wanted to re-read it? I don’t remember much about this witch-y magical book other than I liked it… when I read it way back when. I don’t know if I am ever going to pick this one up again, but after reading the synopsis, I am yet again intrigued.

Verdict: Staying
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*You’re probably figuring out by now how much of a hoarder I am….

3. Need by Carrie Jones

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I added this book to my TBR not because I necessarily wanted to read it, but because Carrie Jones came to my school for an author talk. It’s never really interested me, and I honestly have no idea why I’ve kept it around for this long.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

4. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

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Despite not being able to get into the TV show, I did enjoy the one PLL book I read. I’m pretty sure that’s why I put this book on my TBR. The synopsis still does sound interesting to me, but, if I’m being completely honest here, I don’t think I’m ever going to realistically pick this book up.

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

5. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

mmmAdded to my TBR on: May 9, 2013 (I was obviously a busy little bookworm that day…)

And another vampire book. WOOOOOWWWWW.

This one has a cool spin on it: the vampies came over on the Mayflower and have been guarding their secret for hundreds of years. I probably would have loved this book back in ’13, but it interests me no more.

Verdict: Going
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AHHH it feels so good to get some books off my ever-growing-list (even if two more are going to grow in their place)

TBR Stats:

Books removed: 3
Books on TBR: 379

Whelp, that’s all I got for you today! Do you ever feel like your TBR is getting a little out of hand? How do you manage it?

Have you read any of the 5 books above? If you did, what did you think of them?

Thanks for reading!!