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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #13

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?


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

76817._SY475_Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.

My Thoughts: I LOVED this movie as a kid, and I actually watched it recently and sobbed like a little baby.  I feel like I would love the book as well and I consider it to be a classic so VERDICT: KEEP


The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting 480204story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.

My Thoughts: As a huge and long-time fan of the musical version, this story has always fascinated me.  However; seeing as I know the story so well from all of the adaptations, I don’t think I’ll need to read the book anytime soon.  Maybe someday, but for now… VERDICT: TOSS


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

11127Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

My Thoughts: Ok, so I read The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe as a kid in school, but I never continued on in this iconic series and I’ve been meaning to get back to it forever. This one is obvious. VERDICT: KEEP


Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast 9889at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

My Thoughts: I have not seen the movie of this novella, but I know it’s a classic that I must watch someday.  Seeing as the novella is pretty short, I would like to read it as well.  VERDICT: KEEP


The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

8546358Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

My Thoughts: Ok, this sounds so good.  I love a good Southern family story and mix it with a little magical realism and you’ve got me hooked. It also has pretty good ratings on Goodreads. VERDICT: KEEP


Alright, 1 out of 4 tossed.  Not too shabby.  What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments.

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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?

Monthly Wrap-Ups

June 2019 Wrap-Up

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 Hello, lovelies! It’s finally Summer! This month my tour has visited Durham, NC, Cincinnati, OH, and we finish out this leg of the tour with two weeks in Philadelphia, PA, after which we all head home for a much needed week of rest.  We’re officially into the second half of 2019, and I am way behind on my reading goal for the year.  Whoops.  I’m hoping to be able to make up some ground with all of the amazing new books that are coming out soon, as well as some books that I’ve been wanting to read forever.

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Books Read:

 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★

Nancy Drew and The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene 

Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop ★★

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader ★★★★★

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Book Stores Visited:

Letters Bookshop- Durham, NC

Wentworth & Leggett Bookshop- Durham, NC

The Booksellers on Fountain Square- Cincinnati, OH

Shakespeare & Co.- Philadelphia, PA

Barnes and Noble- Philadelphia, PA


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 30 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Melody Rose from Finding Neverland

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June Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidBright Burning Stars by A.K. Small Review • Review: Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop

June Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #12 • Top 10 Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish OpinionsThe Netflix Originals Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 • The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Summer TBR


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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

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from Cincinnati, OH with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlUnpopular Bookish Opinions.


I prefer a nice floppy paper-back to a new fancy hardcover. I will actually wait to buy some books until they come out as a paperback.  Maybe it’s because a huge part of my reading time is commuting or in the bathtub, but I really would rather read and hold a paperback.

I tend to enjoy most book to movie adaptations. Most of the time, I’m happy with the screen adaptations of books I love.  Of course, there are plenty of notes that I have about them, but I find that I can usually understand the changes that they make from a cinematic standpoint.

I shamelessly love Twilight. I loved them when they came out, I still love watching the movies.  Sorry, not sorry.

I struggled with A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I don’t know if it was the headspace I was in when I read it, or what, but on paper, I should love this series.  I almost want to go back and give it another go because so many people rave about it and I just couldn’t fully climb on board.

I go crazy for a love triangle. I know they can be so bad, but I still live for the drama.  And when you actually get one that is well done?! Forget about it, I’m sunk.

Sometimes bad books are good. There are a bunch of books that as I am reading them, I know that the writing is bad, the characters are bland, the plot is cheesy and cliche, but ya know what? I’m entertained, and sometimes that’s all I need out of a read.

I am and always have been Team Gale. I understand why Katniss ended up with Peeta, I do.  STILL, I think her relationship with Gale went so much deeper and made more sense.

I think people need to stop blowing everything J.K. Rowling says out of proportion. I get it.  We all love and cherish the world of Harry Potter.  I’m pretty sure she does too.  I know I personally will always be hungry for any new information related to the world, but I think a lot of her statements are being taken out of context and twisted to something that she didn’t intend it to be.  Everyone take a chill pill and let the queen work her magic- it’s her world, we’re just living in it.

I don’t find a lot of “unlikeable” protagonists unlikeable. I actually prefer them.  I want someone who is complex and flawed and actually has some depth.  I tend to find the usual timid, underdog, self-conscious character to be unlikeable and boring.

I’ve never read a Cassandra Clare book. There is no aversion to them, I’ve just never picked one up…


What are your unpopular bookish opinions? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Book Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Review

40597810Summary: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.


My Thoughts: I’m late to the party with this one, but I’m so glad I finally read it.  This is one of my favorite books of the year so far and  I devoured it in less than 24 hours.  There are so many things to love about this book, but I think the format of it is my favorite part.  It reminded me of a VH1 Behind the Music documentary, and I loved the way that it created multiple unreliable narrators by showing different tellings of the same story.  It was both hilarious and added so much to the character development, all while leaving me wondering what is actually the truth.  I loved how all of the characters had real faults and weaknesses.  I also really liked how conflicted I was about Daisy herself.  I admired her in so many ways- her ability to just be herself, her confidence, her drive, her undeniable talent, but I also felt so much pity for her and hated some of her choices.  It was very effective to have her future self reliving and speaking of her past with perspective.  Her relationship with Billy was so complicated and beautiful.  I couldn’t help but root for them while at the same time wanting him to be faithful to his wife, Camila, who is a complete badass and is strong as hell.  All of the relationships in this book are amazingly nuanced and the dynamics of the band are so clear in the way they speak about each other and their experiences.  It’s what makes this book.  We as a culture are so fascinated with fame and the music business, and this book gives an entertaining and complex look into it and the darkness that can lie behind the lights.Copy of Untitled Design

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What did you guys think of Daisy Jones & The Six? Let me know in the comments! ❤
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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

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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 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Releases of the Last 10 Years

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, was a tough one for me.  Picking just one release from each of the last ten years was really difficult as so many amazing books came out in the same year.  The ones I picked were the books that I remember being the most excited about, or books that I read recently that have surpassed any of my other options.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

2016

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2015

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

2014

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2013

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

2012

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2011

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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2010

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

2009

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What are your favorite releases from the last 10 years? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Happy Top 10 Tuesday! ❤
Book Reviews

ARC Review: Murder at Macbeth by Samantha Armstrong

45300231Summary: WHOSE DEADLY SECRET HAS TAKEN CENTRE STAGE?

When a talented, young actress unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with, suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of castmates.

But who had the motive to kill the show’s leading lady?

As the insightful, yet disillusioned, Detective Inspector Finley Robson and his shrewd partner, Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra, interrogate the seven key suspects, secrets unfold to unveil a web of scandal, blackmail, and deceit.

Bitter rivalries, secret trysts and troubled pasts are just the beginning of the story…

Set against the backdrop of a gritty London theatre production of Macbeth, this compelling novel explores a dark world of mystery and intrigue. All is not as it seems…

A hugely gripping police procedural full of unpredictable twists and suspense, Murder at Macbeth will captivate you from the very first page and keep you guessing right until the end.

With an intriguing plot and distinctive characters, this English murder mystery is a compelling whodunnit which is perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins, Karin Slaughter and LJ Ross.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*


My Thoughts: As a theatre actress and obsessive Criminal Minds/ Law and Order SVU fan, I was so excited to read this book even though it is not my usual genre to read.   In this one, an actress accidentally stabs herself onstage when a prop dagger is switched for a real one and her castmates are the only suspects.  While I love watching them on tv, I do have to admit that police procedurals are not the most exciting thing for me to unravel in book form.  While the plot was interesting and held my attention, I found myself bored by the format (which I don’t think was the author’s fault, but rather my own personal genre preference).  There were some nice, more narrative-like, flashbacks that broke up the investigation and really helped build the tension and mystery which I was pleased with.  I had no idea who the culprit was going to be and was kept guessing until the last moments, but I never felt like I could fully invest myself in the story or its characters and therefore was underwhelmed at the conclusion.  I think that readers who enjoy this type of genre and format would really get into this one, and I’m glad I gave it a go, but the genre just not my cup of tea.

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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…