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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

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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.

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #4

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?

Down the TBR Hole #4

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 151

Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Kareninaprovides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.

Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.

My Thoughts: This one is actually on my TBR for this year, and I have wanted to read it for so long.  This one was easy for me.  Verdict: KEEP


128029A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed The Kite Runner, but for some reason I really don’t have any desire to continue on with A Thousand Splendid Suns… I know I would probably like it if I read it, but there are so many other books that are going to take priority. Verdict: TOSS


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Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

My Thoughts: I added this because everyone seems to love it, but to be honest I’m just not that interested in reading it.  Verdict: TOSS


1103Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.

As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

My Thoughts: I think I added this because my mom had it at home… It’s definitely not something I am particularly interested in anymore.  Verdict: TOSS


Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult14866

In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five….In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge. 

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town’s residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families. 

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who — if anyone — has the right to judge someone else?

My Thoughts: I like Jodi Picoult most of the time.  This book sounds like it would probably be really good, but I just feel like I have so many other books that I am more drawn to.  Maybe I’ll get to this eventually, but as of right now… Verdict: TOSS


What do you think about my decisions? Was I too ruthless this time?  Did I toss some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
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The Library Lover’s Book Tag

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I recently saw this tag on Never Not Reading, and since I have become a little obsessed with the New York Public Library lately, I thought I would give it a go.

How often do you visit your local library?

Probably once or twice a month, depending on how many holds I have come in.

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Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you can read or are you someone who checks out the exact amount of books you intend to read before they are due?

I always try to limit myself, but usually end up stretching it a bit.  I always finish the ones I check out, but that just means that my TBR pile at home gets delayed even more…

How old were you when you got your first library card?

Oh man, I can’t remember, but I have very distinct memories of going to the library with my mom as a kid, and she gave me a rule that I could check out 10 books (This was when I was reading picture books).

Do you go to your library for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

Recently I’ve been going for a particular book (usually that I’ve put on hold), but then I will stay and browse a bit too.

Do you only check out books or do you also get DVDs, audiobooks, etc.?unnamed (1)

I have checked out DVD’s before, but only once or twice.

From what section of the library do you check out most of your books?

YA, fiction, and new releases.

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

FREE BOOKS!!! And I love that you can put books on hold from any of the locations and they will deliver it to your “home” branch.

 

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #3

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?

Down the TBR Hole #3

I always forget how hard this is going to be…..

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green

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To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty seven-year-old publicist, she’s barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she’s dating (no commitments – really). So when Ed, Britain’s wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy tale romance is turned on it’s head. 

Mr. Maybe is the tale of her heartfelt but hilarious deliberation, irresistibly chronicled by bestselling author Jane Green. On one hand, Nick makes up for his low bank-account balance by his performance in the sack, or in the bathtub, as the case may be. But life 

with him means little more than nightly trips to the bar, a dark and grungy apartment, and plenty of dull political tirades to boot. But those blue eyes, and that tender heart…
On the other hand, there’s Ed, whose luxurious house and gargantuan bank account are quite tempting to the starving Libby. But his unsavory mustache and bumbling ways make Libby wonder if the platinum AMEX and unlimited “retail therapy” are worth it. He may have fallen in love with her at first sight, but nothing seems to solve his lackluster performance in the sack – even speed reading The Joy of Sex. When the diamond shopping commences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for “maybe” is up. 

Taking romantic comedy to a hip, sparkling new level, Mr. Maybe is a classic tale of what happens to one girl when her heart and her head aren’t looking for the same thing. With a laugh and minute and a heroine whose struggles in the dating jungle will remind you of your own, Mr. Maybe is a story that all will leave you smitten.

My Thoughts: This book sounds super fun and like a perfect beach read.  I haven’t been reading a lot of chick-lit lately, but after re-reading the summary I remember why I added this to the list.  It’s low on the list, but for now…. Verdict: KEEP


227941Jemima J by Jane Green

Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat. 

With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.

My Thoughts: I think I added this because I just like Jane Green, but this book no longer has any appeal to me.  Verdict: TOSS


The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot93722

Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she’s bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered.
Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door?
Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer?

My Thoughts: I love anything Meg Cabot.  I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read this yet.  Verdict: KEEP


8585007How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron

Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes it—full, even-keeled, and smooth—until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes she’s absolutely terrified.

In a small town like Cypress Hollow, everyone knows your business—and there is nowhere to hide. Then Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the discovery of the lost work of local legend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Now Owen, adrift and struggling to redefine himself as a civilian without a badge, will have to learn how to open himself up to life’s new possibilities . . . while Lucy decides just how much of herself she’s willing to gamble on love.

My Thoughts: This was the first Goodreads Giveaway I ever won, and I was so excited about it!  I didn’t realize it was the second in a series at the time, so until now I haven’t read it.  I just looked it up, and they can be read out of order so now I’m gonna give it a go! Verdict: KEEP


The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas9700148

From the New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snowand Prayers for Sale comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.

It’s 1880, and for unassuming seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Bride’s House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built precisely for her and Will Spaulding, the man she is convinced she will marry. But life doesn’t go according to plan, and Nealie finds herself in the Bride’s House pregnant—and married to another.

For Pearl, growing up in the Bride’s House is akin to being raised in a mausoleum. Her father has fashioned the house into a shrine to the woman he loved, resisting all forms of change. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearl’s hand in marriage, her father sabotages the union. But he underestimates the lengths to which the women in the Bride’s House will go for love.

Susan is the latest in the line of strong and willful women in the Bride’s House. She’s proud of the women who came before her, but the Bride’s House hides secrets that will force her to question what she wants and who she loves.

Sandra Dallas has once again written a novel rich in storytelling and history, peopled by living, breathing characters that will grab hold of you and not let you go.

My Thoughts: This book sounds interesting, and it takes place in my favorite time period, but I have so many other books that I am more excited about.  Verdict: TOSS


This was the easiest round yet! I don’t know if I am getting better at deciding, or if this was just an easy round, but either way I’m happy about it! Do you agree with my decisions?