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The Reader Problems Book Tag

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Hey bookish friends! I found this tag on StephenWrites and thought it looked like a fun one to do.  Not sure who the original creator is, but if anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit where the credit is due 🙂


You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?

I am such a mood reader and I just kind of decide in the moment what I’m feeling.  If I’m not in the mood for a book I feel like it can really inhibit what I end up thinking about it.  There are several books that I have read when not in the mood that I think if I had read under different circumstances I would have enjoyed a lot more.  However; lately, I’ve been trying to stay on top of my ARC’s, so if I have a release deadline coming up, I usually will read that book next- unless it really goes against the mood I’m in because I do want to give them all a fair chance.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I RARELY DNF.  I feel like I have already invested the time to get that far and it would be a waste to not see it all the way through.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I will always try.  I’m falling really behind on my challenge this year (staying on top of my reading while on tour is a lot harder than I had anticipated), but that doesn’t stop me from trying to catch up.  I will try to read some shorter, easy read books, or maybe a play here and there to try to make up some ground.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

It honestly doesn’t bother me too much.  I think one day when I am able to have a library in my dream house I will try to get full matching series, but right now it isn’t a big deal.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

If I can find another blogger who feels the same way, amazing.  But usually, I just vent to my roommate or boyfriend.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Oh, I’ve definitely cried in public while reading a book (several times on the subway).  I’ll try to hold it in, but honestly, I have no shame.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

No, but I might look up a summary of what happened in the first one as a refresher.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Ugh I hate lending people books.  I have a very select few who I trust to actually give me my books back. (Looking at you Joey, Allison, Kristen, and Kaley)

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I will take a break from reading all together *GASP* for a day or two.  Or reread Harry Potter. That usually works.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

This is one of the hardest parts of being on tour for me.  There have been so many new releases that I have been wanting to buy, but with such limited space in my luggage, I’ve really had to limit myself.  I’ve been reading a lot more on my kindle, and have made a rule for myself to read more of the books that I have with me before buying new ones.  It’s really hard though, especially when I get to see all these amazing book stores across the country and want to buy a book in every one…

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

It depends… Probably a while.  It is extremely rare for me to buy a book when I’m not already in the middle of something, so I usually wait until I finish my current read, but I also usually buy more than one book at a time so it could be a while.  The goal would be to finish everything I have to read so I ACTUALLY need to buy a new book, but I don’t think that is very attainable…

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

Ok Y’all.  I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones and since Winter is FINALLY here, I thought I should celebrate it with this awesome book tag created by Biblio Nyan (and updated from the original to fit the current year) while I anxiously await the next episode on Sunday.

HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR – Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realized that it wasn’t so great after all.

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It’s just not as good of a book as I remember it being… Do I still love it for what it is/was? Yes, but my definition of what makes a great book has changed a lot since my first read of it.


HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING – Name your most anticipated book release for 2019.

I can’t decide.  There are so many good ones coming out.  Here are 3 of my tops.


HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD – Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

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I just can’t get over how much I loved these books.


HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY – Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.

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Still pissed about it its lack of a sequel.


HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN. – Name a book, or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

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God, there are so many I could choose for this… but this one has probably been on there since elementary school…


HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP – Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.

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I don’t really read books that are disturbing or dark… this one was too much for me.


HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG – Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.

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I’m sorry, there was no other option.


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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #10

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it 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?


Room by Emma Donoghue

9691607To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

My Thoughts: I broke down and saw the movie version of this book before I had the chance to read it, and I loved it.  However; now that I know the story and what happens, I’m not sure if I have to spend the time reading it. VERDICT: TOSS


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Twelve-year-old CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic 12408603mother, Camille— the crown-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. Though it’s 1967 and they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’s 1951 and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia.

The day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress and tiara as she blows kisses to passing motorists, she knows her mother has completely flipped. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, a previously unknown great-aunt comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. Within hours of her arrival, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities—a world that appears to be run entirely by women.

While Tootie is busy saving Savannah’s endangered historic homes from the wrecking ball, CeeCee encounters a cast of unforgettable, eccentric characters. From the mysterious Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in an outdoor tub under the watchful eyes of a voyeuristic peacock, to Oletta Jones, the all-knowing household cook, to Violene Hobbs, the loud-mouthed widow who entertains a local police officer in her yellow see-through peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

But CeeCee’s view of the world is challenged in ways she could have never imagined: there are secrets to keep, injustices to face, and loyalties to uphold. Just as she begins to find her ballast and experiences a sense of belonging, her newfound joy collides with the long-held fear that her mother’s legacy has left her destined for destruction.

Laugh-out-loud funny, at times heartbreaking, and written in a pitch-perfect voice, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a spirited Southern tale that explores the intricate frailties and strengths of female relationships while illuminating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother but finds many others. 

My Thoughts: This book just doesn’t really appeal to me anymore.  VERDICT: TOSS


Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

7159515On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. 

Still Missing interweaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

My Thoughts: This is not the normal type of book that I read, but I have been watching a ton of criminal minds and now this sounds good to me. VERDICT: KEEP


Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar

Dexter College is a small liberal arts college in the quiet town of Home, Maine. But it won’t 6022731stay quiet for long with this group of freshmen. There’s Shipley–blonde and beautiful, the object of envy and more than a little lust. Determined to assert herself and to shed her good-girl image, she buys cigarettes and condoms, because that’s what every self-respecting college girl does. Her edgy roommate, Eliza, came to Dexter to get noticed, and she has the attitude and the mouth to prove it. Then there’s Tom. Handsome, privileged, used to getting his own way, he’s a jock-turned-artist who thinks his paintings will change the world. Sensitive Nick, Tom’s wake-and-bake pot-smoking roommate, wants to follow in the footsteps of his boarding-school hero. And then there are brother and sister Adam and Tragedy Gatz. The freckle-faced farm boy lives at home with his parents and his little sister, who does all she can to stop him from being a wuss.

As Shipley, Eliza, Tom, Nick, and Adam find out, that first year of college is more than credits and cramming. Between the lust and the love, the secrecy and the scandal, they’ll all receive an unexpected education. It’s a time of shifting alliances, unrequited crushes, and coming of age. Find Yourself is Dexter’s motto. And they are determined to do just that.

My Thoughts: I love Cecily von Ziegesar and both her other series and while this synopsis sounds perfect for me, it only has 2.5 stars on Goodreads and I haven’t really heard much about it… If I stumbled across it at the library I might pick it up but I probably won’t seek it out… VERDICT: TOSS


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

24213After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.

My Thoughts: I feel like this is a must read, and it is on my Classics Club list.  VERDICT: KEEP

 

 


 

What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Last 10 Books Tag

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Hello fellow bookworms!  I have really been struggling to make time to blog lately.  I thought it would be easier since Cats is in Los Angeles for so long, but I have been super busy with events, interviews, the show, and exploring the city with my cast mates.  It has been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and I figured this could be a nice way to jump start my blogging again.  I found this one at Pace, Amore, Libre, and thought it looked like a fun one to do!


What was the last book you DNF’d?

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I really don’t DNF often, so I guess the last book I DNF’d was in Spring 2018 and it was an ARC called The Torcian Chronicles by P.J. Reed.  I just couldn’t power through it no matter how hard I tried.  My eyes would glaze over.

Last book you reread?

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Last book you bought?

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Last book you said you read but didn’t?

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Ummmm… I don’t ever do this… Probably The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain in 10th grade?

Last book you wrote in the margins of?

I would never.

Last book you got signed?

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Last book you lost?

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Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  I never got to finish it.

Last book you had to replace?

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  My original copy was falling apart.

Last book you had an argument over?

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hmmmm… Probably the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas.  My friends and I all have different favorites.

Last book you couldn’t get a hold of?

I don’t really have an answer for this one…. I’ve had to wait for a few to come in from the library.. but only because I didn’t want to buy them…

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #7

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it 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?

    Swapping Lives by Jane Green

31098What if a successful, single Londoner and a comfortable, Connecticut mother of two were to walk in each other?s shoes for a month? Vicky Townsley is the director of Poise! magazine and lives a glamorous London life. She has everything she wants?except marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber Winslow has a stone mansion in Connecticut, two kids, and a nanny, but she hasn?t found the fulfillment she had expected from being a wife and mother. When she spots an intriguing contest in Poise! Amber impulsively enters, never expecting to be picked. 

A must-read for every modern woman who?s ever considered the road not taken, Swapping Lives is a warm and realistic chronicle of two women who do more than wonder if the grass is greener on the other side of the Atlantic.

My Thoughts: This book sounds fun, but it’s just not really on my radar anymore.  VERDICT: TOSS


She Went All the Way by Meggin Cabot

23226Success hasn’t spoiled screenwriter Lou Calabrese — it’s just given her a taste for luxury. And it’s put her in some bizarre situations — like in a helicopter en route to the wilds of Alaska, sharing too-close quarters with the last man she wants to be with: Jack Townsend! Once a sexy nobody whom Lou helped make a somebody, Jack’s just been dumped by a high-profile Hollywood airhead — who’s eloped with Lou’s longtime love! So what else could go wrong?

Well…

Their pilot could try to shoot the most adored man in America. They could crash land in the icy, mountainous middle of nowhere. And at the worst possible moment, when survival should be their only consideration, Jack could start wondering if maybe he wasn’t a wee bit too hasty for not giving this sexy screenwriter a second look — while Lou could start noticing how superstar Jack is kind of hot after all … 

My Thoughts: I mean it’s Meg Cabot so… this one is a no brainer for me. VERDICT: KEEP


Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

1087075Helene Zaharis’s  politician husband  keeps her on a tight leash and cancels her credit cards as a way of controlling her. Lorna Rafferty is up to her eyeballs in debt and can’t stop her addiction to Ebay. Sandra Vanderslice, battling agoraphobia, pays her shoe bills by working as a phone sex operator. And Jocelyn Bowen is a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house). 
 
On Tuesday nights, these women meet to trade shoes, and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems—from secret pasts to blackmail, bankruptcy, and dating.  Funny, emotional, and powerful, Shoe Addicts Anonymous is the perfect read for any woman who has ever struggled to find the perfect fit.

My Thoughts: This type of chick-lit just doesn’t grab me like it used to.. I’ve definitely gravitated away from the genre.. VERDICT: TOSS


Sleeping Arrangements by Madeline Wickham

194086Chloe needs a holiday. She’s sick of making wedding dresses, her partner Philip has troubles at work, the whole family wants a break. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain – perfect.

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain – perfect.

Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth – Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and as tensions rise within the two families, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard’s ‘accidental’ double booking may not be an accident after all…

My Thoughts: Ok.. I thought this was gonna be a toss for sure, but it still sounds appealing.  I’m surprised at myself. VERDICT: KEEP


Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

402013There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

My Thoughts: I remember when I added this to my TBR, and it looked so funny.  I think I have too many other books on my priority list now.. VERDICT: TOSS


We’re making progress folks! I think I’m getting better at making decisions….  What do you think about my choices? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Three Bookish Things Tag

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I was looking for a tag to do for this week, when I saw this one on Ally Writes Things and thought it looked like a fun one 🙂

Three Read Once and Loved Authors

  1. Morgan Matson: I read Save the Date and fell completely in love with the Grant family and Matson’s writing.  I definitely plan to read the rest of her stuff.
  2. Rainbow Rowell: Carry On is now one of my favorite books, and I really want to read Fan Girl too see what inspired it.  My sister is also a huge Rainbow Rowell and recommends so many of her books.
  3. Stephanie Perkins: I finally read Anna and the French Kiss, and I don’t know what took me so long.  I’m really excited to read the rest and hope they are just as good.

Three Titles I’ve Watched But Haven’t Read

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: This movie is just perfection in my opinion, and I just don’t need to read the book.  I’m too attached to what I have in my mind now.
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue: The acting in this movie was incredible, and the plot made my heart race.  I would definitely still be interested in reading this book, even though I know how it ends, because I hear it was incredible.
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: I was forced to watch this before reading the book with a group of friends, and now I have no desire to read it since I know the twists.  It did give me an excuse to cuddle with my now boyfriend for the first time though, so I can’t complain.

Three Characters You Love

  1. Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Aelin is such a badass, and I love that she is so complicated and imperfect.  One of my favorite heroines to date.
  2. Sookie Stackhouse from the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris: I just can’t help but love Sookie.  She is so delightful and sassy and different from other main characters.  She is strong and independent while still being super girly and sweet.
  3. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen: Emma is my favorite classic so far that I have read during my Classics Club Challenge, and it’s because of the main character, Emma.  I totally connected with her and watching her meddle was so entertaining.

Three Series Binged

  1. The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: This series.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  I put off reading it for a while, and then when I finally jumped on the band wagon, I couldn’t stop.
  2. The Sookie Stackhouse Series: These books are just so quick and fun, and I love all of the characters so much.  I have one more book left to read after bingeing the rest of them, but I can’t bring myself to read it because I am not ready to be done.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses: I discovered this series when I first started blogging, and luckily I started it right before the third book came out and I didn’t have to wait at all.  I absolutely loved it and it was one of the series that made me fall in love with blogging.

Three Current Favorite Book Covers

I had a really hard time thinking of these because there are so many that I love.  Here are three that immediately came to mind when thinking about covers.

Three Goals for the Year

  1. Read 10 classics for my classics club challenge (I’ve seriously been struggling on this one)
  2. Get my Netgalley percentage up to 80%
  3. Read 100 books

I tag anyone who wants to do this fun tag! ❤

 

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Nope! Book Tag

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I came across the Nope! Book Tag on several different blogs when looking for a fun tag to do for today.  I couldn’t figure out who the original creator was, so if anyone knows who made it please let me know in the comments 🙂

Nope! Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

I have to go with War Storm for this one.  After such an awesome and engrossing series, the ending was just underwhelming and disappointing.  I’m hoping that with the release of the novellas coming, that we’ll get better closure.

Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I have to go with Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns.  I don’t hate her necessarily, but she’s definitely my least favorite of the three Queens.  I feel like she’s supposed to be the one I’m rooting for, but I just find her annoying and untalented.

Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Fallen by Lauren Kate

I had heard great things about this series, but after reading the first book I just could not go on.  I’m not a fan.

Popular pairing: A Ship you don’t support.

Harry and Hermione.  Stick to the canon people.  RON AND HERMIONE FOREVER!

Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Literally every moment of this series.  So many AMAZING twists that I can’t even name one.  This series takes you for a RIDE.

Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope.

Celaena’s attitude towards Chaol.  It makes me so mad and I just want to smack her out of it.

Genre: A genre you will never read.

Religious/Christian fiction.  Never.

Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I don’t hate hard cover books, and if it’s a new release I’ve really been waiting for I won’t avoid it, but I usually prefer to get the paperback.  I also avoid books with movie covers and will always go for the original when possible.

A trope that makes you go nope.

I actually don’t really mind most tropes as long as they are written and handled well.

Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you refuse to read.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Mansicalco

Everyone says these books are so great, but I just have no desire to read them… Maybe someday if I run out of things to read…. HA

Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

The “plain” girl who doesn’t know she’s beautiful.  *YAWN*

Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Anders from When We Caught Fire.  I didn’t understand the appeal… he was just kinda shady and the girls were better than him.

Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say nope.

“Not have existed”is a little harsh, but a book that made me say nope multiple times while reading was definitely Daisy Jones by Mack Mama. It was a lot.

Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Fenrir Greyback.  He’s terrifying.

Death: A character death that still haunts you.
NOPE! Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

I wouldn’t say I’ve COMPLETELY given up on her, but after The Witching Hour, I am very hesitant to read any more Anne Rice….

I tag anyone who wants to add in on this fun tag! 🙂

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #5

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it 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?

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium #3) by Stieg Larsson

    6892870The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.

    Lisbeth Salander – the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels – lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

    Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

My Thoughts:   I’m not a huge thriller person in general, but I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason I just don’t have any need to go on with the rest. VERDICT: TOSS


Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic #3) by Sophie Kinsella

Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at 9419Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

My Thoughts: I was so enamored by this series when I was in middle school, but I am no longer invested in it, so I think it’s time to let this one go (as well as the rest of the series). Verdict: TOSS


In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

637700Rose Feller is thirty; a successful lawyer with high hopes of a relationship with Jim, Mr Not-Quite-Right, a senior partner in her firm. The last thing she needs is her messed-up, only occasionally employed sister Maggie moving in: drinking, smoking, stealing her money – and her shoes – and spoiling her chance of romance. If only Maggie would grow up and settle down with a nice guy and a steady job.
Maggie is drop dead gorgeous and irresistible to men. She’s going to make it big as a TV presenter, or a singer…or an actress. All she needs is a lucky break. What she doesn’t need is her uptight sister Rose interfering in her life. If only Rose would lighten-up, have some fun – and learn how to use a pair of tweezers. Rose and Maggie think they have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, shared DNA and the same size feet, but they are about to find out that they’re more alike than they’d ever believe.

My Thoughts: I am a fan of Jennifer Weiner, and I added this one because of the movie, but it really doesn’t sound like something I am interested in reading anymore.  Verdict: TOSS


Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination 6063187seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance-mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

My Thoughts:  While this one is more intriguing to me than finishing the Shopaholic series, I just have so many more books that really capture my attention, and this one doesn’t anymore.  Verdict: TOSS


Baby Proof by Emily Giffin

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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?

Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It’s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was—and that there is no possible compromise. It’s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about the things we will do—and won’t do—for love.

My Thoughts: I really love Emily Giffin, even more so after listening to her Barnes and Noble podcast episode, and while this synopsis doesn’t quite grab me as much as some others, I have faith that it would be a book I’d enjoy.  Verdict: KEEP


This time was really easy for me.  I was clearly in a Chick-Lit phase when I added most of these, and my reading taste and priorities have changed a bit since 2011…   What do you guys think?  Did I make any mistakes?  Let me know in the comments! ❤

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Fall Book Tag

It took long enough, but it is FINALLY starting to feel like Fall here this week in NYC.  I thought it was the perfect time to do the Fall Book Tag created by Bionic Book Worm!  Make sure you check out her blog too because it’s fabulous!


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I chose The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory because I have never read anything like it.  It was a princess-spy novel, and I thought the whole concept was super clever and original.

 

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Jaw on the FLOOR.  I was dead at the end of this book.  I can’t believe I have to wait so long for the next one now, because my mind is still reeling from that ending.

 

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I just LOVED this book.  I’m super close to my family, so it gave me the warm fuzzies to read about such a fun and tight knit fam.  The writing was very relatable and just made me happy.

 

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I’m obsessed with The Sookie Stackhouse books.  This one has all the colors and is a perfect “spooky” fall read.

 

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This series is the epitome of non-stop action.  My heart was racing the ENTIRE time, through all three books.  Such an incredible concept and brilliant execution.

 

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I love Anna Godbersen, and her Luxe Series is one of my all time favorites.  When I saw she was coming out with another book in the same time period, I freaked out.  This one is next on my TBR and I am so pumped.

 

I tag anyone who loves a good pumpkin spice latte ❤
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Get to Know You YA Tag

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I found this tag on Thrice Read, and I thought it looked like fun.

Favorite book of all time?

I mean, not including Harry Potter, I’d have to say Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Favorite book five years ago?

Still Pillars of the Earth.

Favorite duology/trilogy/series?

Harry Potter, The Kingsbridge books by Ken Follett, and The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.

Last book you read?

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory.  I really loved it.  Review coming soon!

Last book of poetry you read?

Ummmm….. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein? I don’t really read poetry.

What book most influenced your life?

Most recently, You are A Badass by Jen Sincero.  It really helps me keep my mind focused and positive in a difficult business.

Book that made you ugly cry?

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  Really, anything by Kristin Hannah.

Book that made you laugh?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.  It has quickly become one of my favorite books and I think the world of magic is both incredibly clever and hilarious.

Character you’d like to be for a day?

Random Hogwarts student number 17.  Just get me there.  Or Blair Waldorf.

Book so good you dreamt about it?

Harry Potter.  Multiple times.

Book you DNFd?

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It still hurts me to admit it, but I just couldn’t get through it.  There is a chance I’ll give it another try someday, but for the foreseeable future it’s a no-go.

What book are you most excited to read?

SO MANY.  How do I even answer this question!?  I guess right now, I’d have to say The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee.  I love this series, and I can’t wait to find out how it ends.