Down the TBR Hole #3- I am a book hoarder slowly learning to let go.

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Hey guys! I am back with the 3rd installment of Down the TBR Hole!! In our last adventure down the TBR hole, we saw a plethora of books utilizing the dead parent trope… let’s hope we don’t run into that again.

If you don’t know how this TBR cleanse works, check out my first TBR post here to see the rules.

Anywayyyyy, let’s start this cleanse!

1. Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

17887631Added to my TBR on: September 1, 2014

I loved the Gone series, and I’m pretty sure I added this to my TBR right after reading it.

But, re-reading the synopsis now, this book doesn’t really catch my attention. It is something that I would probably have loved 3 or 4 years ago, but it’s not something I would pick up now.

Verdict: Going
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2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

1656001Added to my TBR on: December 28, 2015

Did I ever want to read it? No.

Am I ever going to read it? Not likely.

So I think you guys know where this one is heading…

Verdict: Going
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3. The Guardian by Lee H. Haywood

29346770Added to my TBR on: March 4, 2016

This is the first book I added to my TBR after I started blogging! (That I haven’t read already… just thought that was a cool little fact… hehe)

I think I added this one to my TBR because I interviewed Lee H. Haywood (check that out here). But I don’t really think I am ever going to pick this one up to read.

Verdict: Going
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4. Seer of the Souls by Susan Faw

29223861Added to my TBR on: March 20, 2016

Not gonna lie… I completely forgot this book ever existed…

The synopsis does sound interesting, and I do love me some good fantasy…. but at the same time, I COMPLETELY FORGOT THIS BOOK EVEN EXISTED. Like seriously, I must not have been very interested in it to start. And after reading though some of the reviews, it seems like maybe this one isn’t really for me after all.

Verdict: Going
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5. Life in Reverse by Beth Michele

28448224Added to my TBR on: March 24, 2016

Here is another example of a book that I completely forgot existed. Oops.

Also, I’m not a big fan of contemporary romance… so yeah.

What was I thinking?

Verdict: Going
Goodreads

6. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

11300302Added to my TBR on: March 29, 2016

I actually had a physical copy of this. A hard back copy. Sitting in my room. For so long.

Then I traded it on the books for trade hashtag on twitter.

So yeah.

Verdict: Going
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7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

10576365Added to my TBR on: March 29, 2016

After over a year of wanting to read this book….

I FINALLY DOWNLOADED THE AUDIOBOOK!!!!

So yeah, this one is going to be read. Or listened to? Or maybe both? I do have a paperback of it as well!

Verdict: Staying
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8. Artificial by Jadah McCoy

29611142Added to my TBR on: April 3, 2016

Okay but seriously, what is with all these books I don’t remember? I have absolutely zero recollection of this book existing. I don’t know how it ended up on my TBR….

This book does have a pretty high rating, but I don’t really think I’ll be reading any New Adult dystopia in the foreseeable future.

Verdict: Going
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9. Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce

28531533Added to my TBR on: April 3, 2016

This book does sound pretty interesting, but it is another one that I just don’t think I am ever going to pick up.

I love my mermaids, but I don’t think that I would enjoy this book as much as I would have a few years ago.

Verdict: Going
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10. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

541341Added to my TBR on: April 3, 2016

I actually read this book back in middle school, and recently found my copy again. I guess I was thinking about this book about a year ago too, when I added it to my TBR.

I also recently re-read Wait Till Helen Comes (see my review here), and loved revisiting Hahn’s writing!

Verdict: Staying
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And done!! Yet again I am so proud of myself! It feels so good to see that TBR number go down!

TBR stats:

Books removed today: 8
Total books removed: 19
Books left on TBR: 374

How is your TBR looking? Talk to me in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Author Q&A- Lee H Haywood

Today I had the honor of interviewing Lee H Haywood; an awesome writing and amazing world builder. You can enter a giveaway here for a chance to win a signed copy of his book, The Guardian! Read his interview below.

Lee H Haywood

Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I’ve been writing since my senior year of high school, so I guess it’s been close to fifteen years now. It is by no means a coincidence that my first endeavor into the realm of fantasy writing occurred the same year that The Fellowship of the Ring was released on the big screen. My first manuscript was poorly written, full of clichés and not something anyone would want to read. Still, it was a start, and helped to establish the work ethic I would need to write a 100,000-word novel in the future.

 

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: Reading a good story inspires me more than anything. Tolkien was my first love, but I’ve since found a whole assortment of “muses.” Brian Jacques still lingers with me twenty years after I closed the final page of Mossflower. Cormic McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic tale The Road taught me a lot about building tension through description. It wasn’t until the last year that I picked up my first Stephen King novel. I’m certain shades of King have slipped into my most recent work.

 

Q: Tell me about your new book, The Guardian. What was the original idea behind it?

A: I wrote the first draft of The Guardian while I was attending college. It started off with a very generic good vs. evil story arc. Thankfully, I grew up quite a bit in the decade between the first and final drafts of my book. As I got older, I learned a few things concerning the complexities of human nature. The final result was a book that examines the drive that keeps people moving forward even when the odds are stacked against them. That, and of course dragons. Everything is better with dragons. I knew this fact when I was eighteen, and I’ve only grown more certain of it with age.

 

Q: Which of your books has been the most fun to work on? Which was the most challenging?

A: My third book, The Order, was definitely the most fun. I hammered it out in a three week writing frenzy. Nothing is more enjoyable than the words flowing easily. The most challenging was a prequel to The Guardian that I’ll call Book X. Book X will probably not see the light of day for some time, as it is a disjointed mess. It was a five-year undertaking from start to finish, written at a time when writing was something I did when I had some extra time to kill. It was a genuine slog, but in the end, writing Book X proved absolutely crucial to my development as a writer and my decision to take up writing fulltime.

 

Q: Which of your characters is most like you and in what way?

A: Whenever I read a book, I always like to guess which character is really the author in disguise. In my writing, I think there is a little bit of me in all of my point of view characters. Bently, one of the central characters in The Guardian, struggles through a lot of the same questions I have about loyalty, service, and duty. While the character Dolum is pretty spot on with some of my own fears and insecurities. Even Demetry, the story’s antagonist, speaks to me on some days.

 

Q: If you could be inside any book besides one of your own, which would it be and why?

A: My mind wanders to the great fantasy worlds, and as terrifying as it would be, I’d choose George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. It just feels like a place that could actually exist. He has set a brilliantly high standard for world building.

 

Q: What advice do you wish you received when you began writing?

A: This is going to take a lot longer than you think. Progress with writing is measured in months and years, not days and weeks. Keep your head down and keep going. Every word written on paper is a step forward. You only fail when you stop writing.

 

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your writing career? What did you do to overcome it?

A: Getting published. For about a year and a half I languished through the process of trying to get someone to represent my work. I collected a staggeringly high pile of rejection letters from editors and agents. The solution: I quit my job and stepped into the world of Indie Publishing. I haven’t regretted the choice.

 

Q: What is the best part about building your own worlds? Where do you get your inspiration for them?

A: I majored in world history in college and proceeded to spend the next nine years of my life teaching history to high schoolers. World building has always come easily to me, simply because I have such a deep well to draw from. My thoughts on world building – you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just paint it a different color. Laveria, which is the setting of my book, is heavily inspired by Greco-Roman and Ottoman history.

 

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: I received a letter from a former student the other day. In it he explained how happy he was that I decided to write full time because my book was “awesome.” The letter absolutely made my week.

Writing can be a lonely endeavor, and it often feels like I’m working in a vacuum. I’ve made a lot of leaps of faith, be it in writing, world building, designing covers, or even marketing. If you have enjoyed the work of an indie author, please be loud with your support. Write a review, recommend the book to a friend, and reach out to the author. I mean it, we want to know what you are thinking! The support of my fans keeps me clacking away at my keyboard, day in, day out. You can get in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter, or on my website at www.leehhaywood.com !

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