Weekly (?) Update: Two weeks into January and I’ve already died of embarrassment. But I have been reading some good books.

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Hey guys!

Is it just me or is December January moving too fast? (omg I actually had a brain fart and thought it was December for a minute…???) Where is the time going? I don’t know!?!?

Anyway, between school work and wrestling I’ve found some time to do some reading! Yay!

I’m currently on page 390/689 of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass (which was one of the books on by TBR, and a re-read), and I have less than an hour left on the audiobook of A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (it’s also a re-read/listen for me… and you can see my original review here).

Both of these were 5 star reads for me the first time around, and so far those ratings haven’t changed! These are two of my favorite books!

As for my life, classes are going pretty well. I also got inducted into the Cum Laude Society (!!!!) which was cool but I also managed to look ridiculous because I had no idea how dressed up the other inductees were going to be:

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So basically I was rocking jeans, Uggs, and a sweater. So classy. (But really I felt so awkward and out-of-place the whole time.. please someone go back and save me) 

I mean seriously though, I had classes with two of the girls before the ceremony and they were wearing normal clothes and I thought that they weren’t going to get dressed up and then they did a sneak-attack change and left me ALL ALONE.  *dies of mortification*

Also, for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I dyed my hair blonde!! That happened on Christmas day in my brother’s bathroom, and yes, I dyed his hair too! It was so much fun and I love how it turned out (thank you 3 hours of YouTube!)

Anyway, I still haven’t gotten into college, I’m covered in bruises from wrestling (although I feel so amazing and empowered and show them off to anyone and everyone), and I have actually been getting enough(ish) sleep for once in my life. And that’s how the New Year has been going so far.

Talk to me!

First, I’d really appreciate some feedback on the whole weekly update thing. Do we like this? Not like this? Should I make these a regular thing? What else would you want to see in them?

Secondly, HOW HAS YOUR NEW YEAR BEEN?!? What books are you reading? What new releases are you excited for? Has anything fun/interesting/exciting/terrible/mortifying/etc. happened to you lately?

Also, I haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with reading blogs lately, so feel free to leave a link to your latest blog post down below so I can check it out!

Thanks for reading!!

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My January TBR!

Hey guys! So I’m still over here trying to process how it is 2018?!?!? It doesn’t feel real yet.

Anyway, it’s been a week, and the only thing I have read so far is the prologue of Empire of Storms. So, I decided to make a TBR for January that will hopefully motivate me to want to read more!

My TBR is going to be pretty short, mostly because school is starting up again and I sadly won’t have that much time to actually sit down and read. So here we go (titles will be links to Goodreads)!

January TBR:

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas28260587

This book is a re-read for me. I re-read books 1-4 in December, and this is the last one before finally getting to Tower of Dawn (which I haven’t read yet at all!). I know I am going to love this one, and this time when I finish it I’ll actually write a review! Hehe.

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas31450852

I’ve heard this book surpassed a lot of people’s expectations, so I’m pretty excited to start it! Hopefully I’ll love it as much as I love the other Throne of Glass books!

3. Run by Kody Keplinger23613983

I actually started this book already, but I’m only about 15 pages in, so I’m not really sure what to think of it yet. I loved both The D.U.F.F. and A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Keplinger, so I’m hoping to love this one too!

4. Frostblood by Elly Blake27827203

I don’t know if I am going to have time to get to this one, but I hope I do. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long while now, and I’ve heard it’s really good from a lot of people, so I’m pretty excited for it!

 

 

Talk to me!

What is on your January TBR? Have you read any of the books I plan on reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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

3682Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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

258468Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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
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4. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

6710476Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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
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6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

8591107Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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

11750412Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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
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8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

10429033Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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
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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
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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?

 

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

4070493Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

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
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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
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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!!

TBR Book Tag

 

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Hi everyone! I saw the TBR (to be read) book tag over on Book  Boodle and decided to do it. It looks like so much fun!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

A couple different ways. I have a few lists over on Goodreads to try and keep track of the ever growing list. Right now I have a pile of hard copy books in my room and a bunch of books in my Kindle and iBooks libraries. I guess I just pick whatever stands out to me when I’m searching for a new book to read on the list.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It’s probably and equal mix of both. I like reading hard copy more, but they are so much harder to get. So, whenever I find myself at Barnes & Noble I pick up 4 or 5 books and when I finish those I switch over to eBooks, until I end up back at the book store again.

How do you decide which book from your TBR to read next?

I think it really depends on my mood. When it’s time for me to pick a new book I usually spend an hour staring at the different covers and reading the backs of the books, until one jumps out at me.

Unless I am reading a really good series. Then the next book to read is a no brainer!

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

9460487Hmm. That’s a hard one to answer. It’s probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which I have been trying to get to since I saw it in the book store a few years ago. I have a paper back on my books shelf waiting to be read right now).

18805623The Tenderness of Thieves has also been on my TBR for quite some time. It’s hidden somewhere under a pile of other books in my room, so when I go for a new book I usually miss it.

What books have you recently added to your TBR?

The most recent book I’ve added is Martini Henry. Naomi Mantin (the senior press officer for Trans World Books) was kind enough to send me a copy to read! I can’t wait to start it.

What book is strictly on your TBR because of the cover?

To be honest, most of them are. Unless they are huge best sellers that everyone I know has 22510983read and loved, I pick my books by their covers. When I go to Barnes & Noble (which is totally my favorite store) I walk around the book shelved for hours, picking up any books whose cover catches my eye. Then I 13597728narrow it down by reading the back cover and a random page in the middle of the book.

That being said, there are few books that just have AMAZING cover art (even more amazing than the others), such as Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Asylum by Madeline Roux.

What is a book in your TBR that you never planned on reading?

All of them really. Like I said before, when I go book shopping, I just let the books speak to me. I tend to stay away from the main stream “best seller” books in the front of the store and wander into the back shelves of the novel section. I always end up finding something amazing to read.

What books on your TBR has everyone read but you?

Not that many. I do get my fair share of popular books in. Those are usually the eBooks I read. However, I do keep meaning to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which I never end up doing. I’ll get to it one day.

What is a book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

That’s kind of a tricky question for me. I tend not to read books just because people recommend them. The last time I did, I read The Fault in Our Stars. To be honest I didn’t really like the book, and decided just to stick to my gut after that.

What book on your TBR are you dying to read?

23207027All of them really. Being as picky as I am, if there was a book I wasn’t 100% psyched to read, it probably wouldn’t be on my list.

But Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is probably highest on my list. It’s coming out in September of 2016, and I can’t wait! Kendare Blake is one of my absolute favorite authors, and the synopsis of the book sounds amazing. If it is anywhere near as good as her other books, I will probably end up reading it a lot more than once!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

22 right now, but that’s only a part of my whole list. If I added in the hard copies and eBooks I would probably be closer to 50-70 books. It might sound like a lot, but I know people with TBR’s of 500-700 books (I have no idea how the find the time!).

 

Thanks for taking the time to read! If you decide to use this tag, feel free to add a link to your post in the comments. I would love to read your answers!