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The I Dare You Tag

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Hi fellow bookworms! I found this tag over at Howling Libraries.  Destiny tagged everyone, so I considered myself tagged because this looked like a fun one!

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Probably one of my Harry Potter books- I’m not entirely positive though.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

My current read is The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy, my last read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and my next read will be Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake!

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I wouldn’t say hated, but I guess A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.  On paper I should have loved it, but it just didn’t hit the mark for me.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  I read about a quarter of it and keep telling myself I’ll go back, but in all honesty, I probably won’t.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Whatever I have left unread.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Wait till the end!!

7. Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I’ve actually gotten really into reading the acknowledgments lately.  I almost never finish a book without reading them now.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

A random Hogwarts student.  For sure.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person?)

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen brings back extremely vivid memories of not being able to put it down, and literally bringing it with me backstage at my dance recital to continue reading until the last possible moment before I had to go onstage.  Probably my first serious time “reading in the wings.”

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Ummmm.. I can’t really think of any that interesting.  I did find a bunch of vintage Nancy Drew books at an antique store while doing a show in Maine!

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I love giving book presents!

12. Which book has been with you most places?

Harry Potter for sure.  Especially now that I have the whole series on my Kindle.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Nope. To be fair, I didn’t re-read any of them so who’s to say?

14. Used or brand new?

Both.  I love both for different reasons.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

All of them.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yes! I liked The Help better as a film.  The acting is just so spectacular and I thought the adaptation was so well done.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I have a couple friends who are usually pretty spot on with what I’ll like.  I’m looking at you Kaley, Joey, and Allison!

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.  Stunning book.

I am going to follow in Destiny’s footsteps and tag everyone! 🙂

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

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Hey lovely readers! I’m coming at you today from the lovely Hershey, Pensylvania and bringing you a fun book tag that I found over at My World of Books by Sahi and it looked like a lot of fun- especially since September is bringing some of my most anticipated releases of the year!

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  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

1. YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE YEAR

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I am dying for this series finale.  I have been obsessed with this series since the beginning and I cannot wait to see how it all ends!

2. A BOOK YOU’RE NOT ANTICIPATING

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I loved The Handmaid’s Tale, but I don’t know if I need the sequel right now.  I’m still watching the TV show, and for now, that is enough for me.

3. MOST UNDERHYPED ANTICIPATED RELEASE

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This book sounds so cool, and I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen many people talking about it.

4. A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN WAITING ON FOREVER!

DOORS OF STONE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS.  IT’S NEVER HAPPENING.

5. A BOOK YOU’RE ANTICIPATING THAT’S OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

…. I don’t really have any. I usually tend to stay inside my comfort zone with books because I don’t want to waste time with something I won’t love.  I should try to do it more often though.

6. YOUR TOP 3 “CAN’T-WAIT” BOOKS OF THE YEAR

AND THEY’RE ALL COMING OUT SO SOON!!!

7. TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED BACKLIST BOOKS ON YOUR TBR

I tag DMCIREADS, The Anatomy of a Bookworm, Pam Who Cried Books, Amy’s Bookish Life,  and Book Bosomed Blonde.

 

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2019

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Hello dear readers! We are halfway through 2019! Where has the time gone?? I have been all over the United States touring with the Broadway musical Cats, and have had such a blast visiting all of the amazing bookstores in every city we visit.  I am a bit behind on my reading for where I wanted to be at this point in the year, but I’ve read so many great books and I’m pumped for all the ones I’m going to get to.  Without further ado, here is my 2019 Mid-Year Freak Out Tag.

THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019:

I loved this series so much.  I know I’m way late on the train but it was just so freaking good.  I can’t wait for the next movie.


YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL SO FAR THIS YEAR:

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I was underwhelmed by The Cruel Prince, and The Wicked King really knocked it out of the park.  I’m super on board now and am dying to see what happens next.


A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT REALLY WANT TO:

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I have no excuse.


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR:

I can’t just pick one.  These are my top 3 though.


YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:

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I LOVED The Belles, and the sequel let me down 😦 It was okay, but not as good as I was hoping for.


BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR:

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I absolutely loved this book.


FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR:

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Taylor Jenkins Reid!! I devoured Daisy Jones and The Six and I cannot wait to read her other books.


YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH:

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PETER KAVINKSY ❤ ❤ ❤


NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER:

Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:

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Ugh this book got me for some reason.  I just got so invested in the characters that my emotions were overwhelmed.


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY:

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This book was so cute!!


YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR:

I feel like I haven’t actually seen many this year….. Game of Thrones I guess?


FAVORITE BLOG POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:

I can’t think of one in particular, but I really love doing my Broadway Book Chat posts!

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR:

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I love the cover of this one.  It’s so pretty!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag

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Hello dear readers! It’s time for another book tag! I wasn’t tagged in this one, but as a huge fantasy nerd, when I saw it I had to participate.  This is The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag created by Unputdownable Books!

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Gandalf – A book that taught you something

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I learned so much about history with this trilogy in the most entertaining way.  I love this series.


Frodo – A book that left a mark on you

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I mean this was really the only option for me and this question.  No other book or series has had such a huge impact on my life as Harry Potter.


Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting

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I loved this book.  I read it when I was home in Wisconsin, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see my family at all for the whole day because I couldn’t put it down.


Gimli – A book that features an unlikely friendship

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Kate and Tully on paper should not be friends, and yet they have one of my favorite literary friendships of all time.


Merry – A book that pleasantly surprised you

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I LOVED this book.  It was so endearing, hilarious, and relatable.  Also, the unexpected plot twist was lovely.  I definitely did not expect to love this book as much as I did.


Pippin – A book that made you laugh

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The Princess Diaries books will never fail to make my heart happy.  They are so funny and sweet and just the best soul medicine- Actually I would love to do a reread of this series…


Boromir – A book/series that you think ended too soon

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I loved the first two books in this series so much, and I felt like the last one was rushed.  Maybe if they had spread it out into more books the ending wouldn’t have sucked so much? Maybe that’s wishful thinking…


Sam – A book with memorable side characters who stole the show

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All of the characters in this book are so lovely.  The main romance is only made better by their relationships to the other “side” characters.


Aragorn – A good book with a bad/average cover

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They look nice when the whole series is together, but the covers are just too simple and meh.  I never would have picked it up without hearing good things about what was inside.


Gollum – A book that had great potential but disappointed you in the end

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This book had all the potential to be amazing, and it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.  I did enjoy the second one more though.


I tag everyone who loves Lord of the Rings! ❤

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The Netflix Originals Book Tag

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Hello my beauties! It’s time for a fun tag.  I’m a super Netflix binger (I mean really who isn’t..), and Netflix has been putting out some awesome original content lately.  This tag is a brand new one created by Jade over at Book Muffin called The Netflix Originals Book Tag!


Umbrella Academy: A book with superpowers

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The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot

I absolutely loved this series and Suze’s power to see and communicate with ghosts who need help crossing over.  It was such a great concept and created such great conflicts and characters.


Sex Education: A book with an awkward teen romance

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Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

This was one of my favorite series when I was in high school.  The romance between Jessica and Marcus is just so great and comes with all the loveable awkwardness of trying to figure out dating and yourself in your teens.


You: A book with a lot of books

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This book was just so stunning, and I love a mystery surrounding books.  It was also one of the books that made me fall in love with the gothic style. Highly recommend this one.


Tidying Up With Marie Kondo: A self-help/wellbeing/lifestyle book you recommend

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It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt & Amira Ruotola-Behrendt

This book is so incredibly helpful when you’re struggling with a romantic heartbreak.  Not only is it funny and entertaining, but it really helps to put things in perspective and puts things into words that you already know deep down.  This one has helped me and a bunch of my friends.


Lucifer: The best villain

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The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

Maven Calore. He is so well written and really made the entire series for me.  I wish his end would have been a bit more satisfying…


Stranger Things: A book set in an “other-worldly” place

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The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

This book got a bad rep when it came out, but I really think it is wonderful.  The world building is spectacular, and the character arc of the heroine is really great.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next.


Black Mirror: A book with scarily realistic virtual reality/artificial intelligence

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book was so cool.  I loved the nostalgia, but the vivid VR world in it is just amazing and as scary as its impact on humanity was, I want to go there.


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: A desperately awaited sequel/book from your favorite author

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

I am SO excited about this new series.  I loved The Thousandth Floor books, and cannot wait to see what McGee does with this amazing new concept and reimagining of American history.


I tag:

Shaunna Reads

Book Lover Kate

Dee’s Reading Tree

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #12

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?

This week we have a bunch of classics to go through.  Here we go!


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

12296In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.

She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt.

Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.

My Thoughts: This is one of those books that I just feel like I have to read.  I’m a little nervous because all of the things I have heard about it have been negative from friends who were forced to read it in school, but it must be a classic for a reason right? VERDICT: KEEP


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, 2619orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

My Thoughts: I bought a copy of this book so long ago because Dickens is an author I know I want to read, and still haven’t.  VERDICT: KEEP


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

7190This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen—and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining. 

My Thoughts: This is one of the most famous stories of all time, and I’d really like to see the source of it all.  It also sounds really entertaining.  VERDICT: KEEP


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure297 Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have firetd the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb prose stylist, a master of both action and atmosphere, the story centers upon the conflict between good and evil – but in this case a particularly engaging form of evil. It is the villainy of that most ambiguous rogue Long John Silver that sets the tempo of this tale of treachery, greed, and daring. Designed to forever kindle a dream of high romance and distant horizons, Treasure Island is, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, ‘the realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas.’ G. S. Fraser terms it ‘an utterly original book’ and goes on to write: ‘There will always be a place for stories like Treasure Island that can keep boys and old men happy.

My Thoughts: Another famous classic that I have always wanted to read.  I also have a thing for pirates so, I feel like this one will be fun. VERDICT: KEEP


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

51496Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

My Thoughts: I have always been intrigued by this story, mostly because of the musical adaptation.  It’s probably fairly low on my classics list, but I do still want to read it. VERDICT: KEEP


This was a round of all keeps!  What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these books?  What would you have done?  Let me know in the comments 🙂

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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

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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

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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…