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This or That Book Tag

Hello lovelies! I found this tag over at Way Too Fantasy and it called to me and looked like a fun one to do. Here is the This or That Book Tag.


Read on the bed or the couch?

I like both equally I think… Bed at night with tea, couch in the morning with my coffee.

Read at night or in the morning?

Ooooh. Once again both. I probably read more at night in general, but lately I’ve been enjoying starting my morning with a chapter and my coffee when I can.

Male main character or female main character?

Female for sure. They’re easier for me to relate to. I won’t not read and enjoy a book with a male main character, but I am definitely more drawn to female MCs.

First person POV or third person POV?

Hmmm. This is tricky because I like both. I think for me it depends on the genre. For contemporary and romance I like first person, but for fantasy and historical fiction I prefer third person.

Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies. I either want 3 or 10 haha

Libraries or bookstore?

Oooooh. This is a hard one. I love both so much. I think I have to say bookstore because I do love owning the books forever and adding them to my collection, but libraries are free and allow you to try books you’re maybe unsure about without commiting monetarily haha…. but I think overall I’d have to say bookstore.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

It might seem weird, but I love books that make me cry. I want to be emotionally wrecked by a book. Something that can touch my heart and connect to my emotions that much is special experience. Not that I don’t love to laugh while reading too, but I crave that deep connection to characters and stories.

Black book covers or white book covers?

Hmmm. I think black. They tend to look more dynamic on my shelf.

Character-driven or plot-driven? 

Character-driven FOR SURE. If you have a good character-driven story the plot is better no matter what. Characters are what create the emotional connection and most of the time when I feel like something is missing, it’s because of that missing character depth which in turn creates a lack throughout the rest of the novel.


Whew. Some of those were harder to choose than I thought they’d be. What would you choose? Let me know and let’s chat about it 🙂 I would love to hear other perspectives.

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The Folklore Book Tag

Hey everyone! I’m a little obsessed with both of TSwift’s newest albums, and The Folklore Book Tag created by A Whisper of Ink looked really fun and fit my vibe for today. So here we go!


RULES

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people. 
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post.

Cue jaw on the floor.


This was probably the most epic series finale I have ever read and it put me THROUGH it. I was happy, I was sobbing, I was in shock, you name the emotion, and I promise you this book made me feel it.


I’m still in awe over how beautifully crafted the storytelling in this book was.


I hate that this is the topic for my FAVORITE song on both albums, BUT here we are. This book was terrible and the main character had zero redeeming qualities.


Inconsolable crying.


Something about this book reallllly resonated with me.


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is probably the series that really got me into YA. I actually would love to reread these again.


This book is the epitome of summer.


El struggles with this throughout the book and I found it heartbreakingly sweet watching her reconcile the isolation that society put on her vs wanting human connection.


You all know how much I love this series.


I read this book when I was feeling super down on my first tour. My dear friend, Gabby, gave it to me and it was the perfect thing to bring me out of my funk.


Literally every female character in this series. The best, badass women around.


Pretty much anything by Kate Morton. Her books never fail to give me a book hangover and her stories always haunt me for a long time after reading them.


Feyre and Rhys!! They are hard to surpass for me.


I mean, COME ON.


The concept sounded so cool, I love the cover, but alas…. it was not good.


I tag: Shaunna Reads, Her Bookish Desires, and CJR The Brit.

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How I Read Book Tag

Happy Tuesday! Normally I would be coming to you with a Top Ten Tuesday, but I was feeling uninspired by this week’s topic so here we are with the How I Read Book Tag which I found over at Elaine Howlin’s amazing blog. Be sure to check her out as well 🙂


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my bathtub more than anywhere else. It is my ultimate happy place.

Can you just stop reading, or do you have to stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, but if need be I can stop anywhere.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

When I have a real bookmark available, I love to use them. However; I tend to lose them along the way and will use anything I have at my disposal before dog-earring a page.

Multi-tasking: music or TV while reading?

I can read with anything going on. I won’t necessarily be paying attention to all of the things, but it won’t distract me from my book.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes. I love to have my favorite mug filled with coffee or tea, or a glass of wine at night while cozying up with a good book.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere!! I never leave my house without a book in my purse.

One book at a time or several at once?

I’ve been known to do both. Recently I’ve been focusing on one book at a time.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently! Do people really read out loud when they’re by themselves?!

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Never on purpose. It sometimes will happen that my eyes will just scan ahead and I’ll accidentally see something I wasn’t meant to know yet and then I get mad at myself haha

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I don’t really even notice this while I’m reading. The only time I’ll worry about it is if the spine breaks so much that pages start to fall out.

Do you write in your books?

No! I can’t bring myself to do it. I just started using a new book to learn to read tarot, and the author suggests marking all over the book while learning. I started to do it with that book only, cuz I’m a rule follower, and I still felt so naughty.


If you decide to do this tag too, please leave a link in the comments so I can see your answers 🙂

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag

Happy October everyone! This is my favorite month, and yes, I am a basic bitch. I got my pumpkin cream cold brew the first day they were released, it was still 80 degrees, and I’m not even going to pretend to be ashamed. I found this tag over at Kristin Kraves Books and it was created by The Book Pusher on YouTube.


Pumpkin Spice Latte– a book everyone likes to hate on but is delicious

Having just re-read this it’s super clear in my mind. Everyone loves to hate on the Twilight series, but let’s be honest. We all live for it.

“Fall is my favorite season” – a cliché you can’t get enough of

The chosen one. And love triangles.

Sweater Weather to T-Shirt Weather – a book you thought was one thing but was completely different by the end

I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, but this book completely threw me for a loop with where the story and relationships went. So unexpected and AMAZING.

“Spoops” – do you have a spooky book on your tbr?

This book has been on my TBR for SO LONG. I loved the first book so much and it is a perfect fall spooky read.

Tarot Reading – a five-star prediction

I am so unbelievably excited for this book. I love this series and Alice Hoffman’s writing, and The Rules of Magic is one of my favorite books of all time so I’m predicting that Magic Lessons will be just as good.

Sephora Sage + Crystal Set – a book that meant well but missed the mark by a landslide

The concept of this book was so cool and there were some really awesome moments, but overall it just didn’t hit the mark. Everything about it was vague and boring which was super disappointing.


I tag:

Just Reading Jess, Love for Words, The Clumsy Bibliovert, and anyone else who got a pumpkin spiced latte before fall technically started 🙂

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The Summer Vibes Book Tag

Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a book tag. I found this over at The Comfy Reader and it looked like a fun one! Here is The Summer Vibes Book Tag!

Rules:

  • Mention the creator and link back to the original post! (Deanna @ The Comfy Reader)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer all the prompts below however you see fit
  • Tag some friends!
  • Feel free to use the graphics

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

I loved this world. It was so unique and had me completely fascinated.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

This book immediately came to mind for me for this prompt. Lucy Gray is a musician and this book uses music and performance to show the impact it can have and as an undercurrent for the emotion and unrest in the society.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

Gotta love the Fae and their secrets and manipulations!


House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

This book takes place in a kind of spooky coastal castle and their community is all about the sea and water.


The F List by Alessandra Torre

This book was such a quick and fun read. It was full of Hollywood drama and an enemies to lovers romance.


Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

One of my favorite books of all time, Firefly Lane follows two best friends from childhood through adulthood. It is such a beautiful and emotional book.


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This whole series is a roller coaster ride. It’s pretty epic.


Daisy Jones by Mack Mama

This book was one of the craziest things I have ever read.


Now & When by Sara Bennett Wealer

I loved this book and read it so fast! It was a really nicely done rom-com with depth and a bit of magical realism.


My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

This book had the most annoying main character that I have ever read. There was nothing redeemable about her and she never grows throughout the entire book.


I tag: The Bursting Bookshelf, Books and Shadows, Read to Ramble, and anyone who ever earned a pizza at Pizza Hut with their summer reading lists ❤

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The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020

Hi everyone! This year is a mess, plain and simple. One of the only things that has brought me solace is reading, and I am so glad that I have been able to escape into other worlds, because right now ours SUCKS. I have been doing The Mid Year Freak Out Tag every year and since I am frequently on the verge of freaking out lately, it feels like the right time to do it for 2020. I’m a little behind on my reading goals (which is annoying because I have no excuse), but I am hoping that I can get back on track with some good, quick reads soon.


THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020:

This series has given me so much life lately. The characters are fantastic, the setting is amazing, the story is gasp-worthy and dramatic and I am living for it.


YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL SO FAR THIS YEAR:

Like I said, this series is everything.


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

I still cannot believe that I haven’t read this finale yet. I have been dying to know how it ends, but since I don’t own any of the other books, as I usually get them from the library, I can’t bring myself to purchase it. I’m going to get it on my kindle with a birthday gift card soon though!


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR:

It’s funny, because American Royals was my answer to this last year. I CANNOT wait for this sequel. I am obsessed with this story and Katharine McGee and September is too far away.


YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:

I didn’t dislike this book by any means, but my excitement for it made it a let down for me. I wanted it so badly to be as good as The Selection, and it just wasn’t as enthralling.


BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR:

Both of these books made me giddy and were some of my favorite reads of the year so far. Highly recommend.


FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR:

I gotta go with Santa Montefiore who wrote my favorite book this year so far. Her books have been around for a long time and I really have no clue how she escaped my radar for so long.


YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH:

AHHHHH. It pains me to say that I haven’t really found a major new fictional crush this year. I did really like Jack from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord though.


NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER:

Kitty Deverill from The Deverill Chronicles by Santa Montefiore.


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:

I was on the subway reading this and I started crying and I had to try to hold it together because I was in public.


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY:

This was a re-read from my middle school days, but it brought me so much joy. It inspired a whole discussion post about re-reading old favorite books.


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

I know this came out last year, but I finally watched it and I was blown away. This adaptation was absolutely stunning. Also, Amy has always been my favorite and Florence Pugh’s performance was perfection.


FAVORITE BLOG POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:

I really enjoyed writing my post about re-reading old favorite books. It was very therapeutic to talk through and brought me a lot of joy.


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

I can’t get over the cover of this book. It is so beautiful *heart eyes*


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

This is just the tip of the iceberg really.

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The Fantasy Book Tag

Hello everyone! Fantasy is probably my favorite genre to read. When I saw The Fantasy Book Tag over at ZeZee With Books, I knew I had to do it!


What is the longest fantasy series that you have ever read?

I think it’s probably The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris coming in at 13 books.

Favorite fantastical setting or world.

I have to say The Wizarding World from Harry Potter.

Besides Harry Potter, what is your favorite fantasy book/series?

AHHHH this is such a hard question because I have SO MANY. I think as of right now as a whole, my favorite fantasy series is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

What fantasy book do you wish was more popular?

The Color Alchemist Series by Nina Walker! I loved this series and I feel like no one knows about it!

Your favorite villain.

Hmmm.. There are so many good options for this as well. The first one that really sticks out in my mind is Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Such a well written and complex antagonist.

What’s the first fantasy book you have ever read?

Oh man. The first one I remember was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was 9 and I have vivid memories of finishing it in my 3rd grade class room and being so proud to have finished it by myself.

Your favorite Harry Potter book

Half-Blood Prince is my favorite. I love all of Voldemort’s backstory.

What is your favorite mythical creature?

I love fairies! And really anything Fae related.

Favorite female protagonist from a fantasy book?

Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. She is so flawed and real and I love her.

Favorite male protagonist?

Kvothe from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. His arc is so epic and I really hope someday we get to find out HOW IT ENDS. GRRRRRR.


How would you answer these questions? Do you agree with my answers? Let me know in the comments! I tag anyone who is currently reading a Fantasy book! 🙂

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The Stay at Home Book Tag

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To be honest, I don’t really know what day it is anymore, but apparently, it’s Saturday!  All of the days seem to run together now, and without a schedule, it’s nearly impossible to keep them straight.  So here we are with the most fitting tag, The Stay at Home Book Tag, created by Princess of Paperback.  I found this tag over at Books Are 42 and knew that I had to do it as well.


Laying in Bed- Book You Could/Have Read in a Day

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I am so excited for the last installment in the Shatter Me series.  I almost don’t want to read it cuz I’ll be sad that it is over.  I usually read these books super fast because they are easy reads and I can’t put them down, so I imagine this one won’t be any different, especially during the quarantine when I have all the time in the world.

Snacking- A Guilty Pleasure Book

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I absolutely LOVED the Sookie Stackhouse books.  They are the best kind of trash read and the perfect definition of a guilty pleasure book.

Netflix- Series You Want to Start

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I have heard such amazing things about this series and have been wanting to start it for a while.  Unfortunately, I left the first one at home in NYC and don’t have it here with me… Maybe I could get it on my kindle from the library.

Deep Clean- Been On Your TBR for Ages

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I have been wanting to read this for SO LONG.  But it is a skinny book and was always so expensive at the store and I could never bring myself to buy it.  I finally just ordered it off of Thriftbooks and it should arrive at my house any day now!

Animal Crossing- A Book You Recently Bought Because of Hype

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I had been so excited about this book, as were a lot of people in the blogosphere, and I was sadly SO disappointed.  It was a struggle for me to get through, there was hardly a plot, and there were barely any vampires.

Productivity – Book You Learned from or Had an Impact on You

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I am a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan, and Big Magic was such a lovely and inspiring book.  Being involved in a creative career can be terrifying, especially right now, and her ideas about the interworkings of creativity were mind-blowing and so impactful for me personally.  It also made me really want to write a book.

Facetime – A Book You Were Gifted

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One of my best friends bought me this book when my grandma passed away a few years ago, and I just recently found her card while clearing out some old storage containers.  It was such a wonderful, thoughtful, and unexpected surprise to get her package when I was feeling so sad.  I will always remember this particular gifted book.  Shout out to my girl Allison! ❤

Self Care – What is One Thing You Have Done Recently to Look After Yourself

I have been working out like a fiend.  I’m usually a fairly active person being a professional dancer, but I have been working out more than ever since being quarantined.  If nothing else, at least I’ll come out of this stronger!

BONUS – Name a Book Coming Out Soon

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I lived for The Selection (which is coming to Netflix now!! YAY!!), and I am so excited for this new series!!


I tag everyone who is bored at home right now! ❤ Let me know if you do it so I can see your answers too!! 🙂

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The Perfect Book Tag

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Hello everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe and healthy.  Today we’re doing The Perfect Book Tag, which I found over at Sophie’s Corner.


The Perfect Genre: pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

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Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the epitome of everything good in Historical Fiction.  It is well researched and educational, has amazing characters, and an exciting and engaging plot.  There is a reason this is my favorite book of all time.


The Perfect Setting: pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

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Is there a better setting than Hogwarts? I don’t think so.  Fight me.


The Perfect Main Character: pick the perfect main character

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Celaena Sardothien is my PERFECT main character.  She is strong, feminine, bad-ass, caring, reckless, contradictory, stubborn, smart, and confident.  She is such a complex character and I love her so much.


The Perfect Best Friend: loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

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Hermione Granger.  Never was there ever such a supportive, loyal, and loving friend.  They literally would not have survived without her and she was ALWAYS there for her friends in every possible way.


The Perfect Love Interest: pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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I mean COME ON.


The Perfect Villain: pick a character with the most sinister mind

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Elara Merandus from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  She is SO manipulative and vindictive.  The things she does are so appalling and messed up and I love her for it.


The Perfect Family: pick a perfect bookish family

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The Grant family from Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  I fell in love with their family dynamic and even through all the ups and downs, they were there for each other.


The Perfect Animal or Pet: pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see in a book

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I love Nifflers.


The Perfect Plot Twist: pick a book with the best plot twist

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Twist after twist after twist.  This book kept me on my toes the entire time.

The Perfect Trope: pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

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I shamelessly love a love triangle.

The Perfect Cover: pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

I love these covers.  They’re beautiful and clean and perfectly evocative of the stories inside them.

The Perfect Ending: pick a book that has the perfect ending

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The ending of this series was perfect.  It was everything I wanted and it was the first series ending that I have read in a while that actually felt satisfying.


I tag everyone! 🙂

What are your perfect choices? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #21

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 Season by Sarah MacLean

3751593Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued; in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year’s season begins!

My Thoughts: I started listening to this audiobook and it just could not hold my attention.  I didn’t like the writing style and I think there are better books of this genre out there to explore.  VERDICT: TOSS


Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?
 
Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .
 
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .
 
From author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

My Thoughts:  What is it about the Roaring ’20s that is so appealing?  I can’t get enough of it and this book sounds juicy, drama-filled, and fun.  VERDICT: KEEP


Slightly Single by Wendy Markham

22772A heat wave in Manhattan is enough to drive a girl crazy, and for Tracey Spadolini, a 24-year old New York transplant who’s been “left behind” for the summer, there’s even more to sweat about. Her Slightly Significant Other, Will, will be returning from summer stock in September, to pick up where they left off. (Or will he?)

But, in the days after Will’s departure, Tracey decides it’s time for a reality check. Her un-air-conditioned East Village apartment is a dump, her entry-level ad job sucks, her thighs don’t seem to be getting any thinner, and Will seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. So, Tracey, with the help of her friends and one very attentive guy, decides to spend her summer reinventing herself . . . and taking a chance on liking the new woman she becomes.

A refreshingly honest account of universal female dilemmas, Slightly Single is an engaging story of one young woman’s search for happiness.

My Thoughts:  This sounds cute, but it doesn’t have that special something that is drawing me in.  VERDICT: TOSS


Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

Mara Valentine is in control. She’s a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents’ pride and295117 joy. She’s neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece – yes, niece – come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize – and root for.

My Thoughts: I can see why I added this one back in 2012, but if I’m being honest, I’m never going to search it out with so many other books that I’m dying to read so for that reason… VERDICT: TOSS


The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small9737753

A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths.

In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.

Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives. 

My Thoughts: This is a tough one for me.  It gives me Dan Brown vibes, and I shamelessly love his thrillers, but I just don’t know if I need to read this one… Maybe I’ll keep it in mind if I ever find myself in the mood for this type of story… VERDICT: KEEP


2 out of 5 Keeps is not bad! We’re slowly weeding out the tosses.  What books have you tossed lately? Which ones have you added? Let me know in the comments!