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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #35

We’re slowly making headway on clearing out the good ole Goodreads TBR list, as it also steadily grows on the other end haha. Here is the next installment of the Down the TBR Hole meme that was started by Lia @Lost In a Story!

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 Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston

“The dead are seldom silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life.”

Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancé and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt.

Until the day she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves.

To tell him will risk everything.

My Thoughts: Ummmmmmm…. HOW HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET!? Witches and Edwardian England?! My two favorite things in one book. Not only am I keeping this, but I’m moving it up the list. VERDICT: KEEP


Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison

Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable…until a vicious rumor about Olivia— a rumor too close to the truth—ended their friendship.Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she’s lonely, and is finally ready to face her demons.Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises.Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love’s Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific.” Hope in a Jar: we all need it.

My Thoughts: This sounds cute and I love stories about friendship. This might be a book I would pick up if I saw it at the library, but in terms of keeping it on the TBR…. Idk. VERDICT: TOSS


Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.

Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.

Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.

Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.

When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting. 

My Thoughts: This has been on my list for such a long time. I vividly remember adding it back in my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants phase. It has decent ratings on Goodreads too… VERDICT: KEEP


Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn’t.

Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for “coming out” is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn’t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.

My Thoughts: This book sounds like it would be right up my alley, but after reading some reviews on Goodreads, I think it might not be worth the time… VERDICT: TOSS


The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Three sisters. One billionaire father. What could go wrong?

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad — a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

My Thoughts: Ok I was gonna toss this, but then I saw that Booklist called this Gossip Girl meets Princess DiariesVERDICT: KEEP (for now)


Which books would you have kept? Which would you toss? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

Hello everyone! Here we are with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Topic is My Ten Most Recent Reads.


Sunkissed by Kasie West

I just finished this book last night and I absolutely LOVED it. It was so cute, full of butterfly-inducing moments, and the main character was so relatable.


Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m obsessed with these characters and this world, and I was UNBELIEVABLY happy to find out this wasn’t the last book!


Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

This book made me feel super conflicted because I really didn’t like the heroine, but I was still somehow super invested in her journey.


New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

I love rereading this series. It didn’t pack as much of a punch as I remembered, but I think it is because the reveal of Jacob being a werewolf was already known to me.


These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

I had a lot of excitement about this book, but unfortunately it fell flat for me as I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters.


Malice by Heather Walter

This book really surprised me and is one of my favorite fairytale retellings that I have read.


The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore

One of my all time favorite trilogies.


Namesake by Adrienne Young

I really love these characters. This one wasn’t AS good as Fable, but it was still really enjoyable and I loved being back in this world.


Things That Grow by Meredith Goldstein

This was a beautiful, funny, and heart-warming story about grief, family, and figuring out who you are. I loved the writing and immediately looked up other works by this author.


Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

I’m a huge Sophie Gonzales fan and Perfect On Paper was really good and included some really important representation.


What were your last 10 reads? Which ones are next on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Discussion Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #33

I joined Goodreads a while 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 and useful 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?


Abandon by Meg Cabot

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My Thoughts: This is one of the few Meg Cabot books that I haven’t read, and I do plan to get to it. I love everything she writes and she’s one of my top 5 favorite authors. VERDICT: KEEP


The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history’s losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history’s losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

My Thoughts: This summary sounds really beautiful and intriguing… however; I hated The Historian. I pushed through to finish it but it was one of the slowest books I have ever read, which deters me from trying another one by this author… VERDICT: TOSS


City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling

A sweeping epic of two families—one Dutch, one English—from the time when New Amsterdam was a raw and rowdy settlement, to the triumph of the Revolution, when New York became a new nation’s city of dreams.

In 1661, Lucas Turner, a barber surgeon, and his sister, Sally, an apothecary, stagger off a small wooden ship after eleven weeks at sea. Bound to each other by blood and necessity, they aim to make a fresh start in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam; but soon lust, betrayal, and murder will make them mortal enemies. In their struggle to survive in the New World, Lucas and Sally make choices that will burden their descendants with a legacy of secrets and retribution, and create a heritage that sets cousin against cousin, physician against surgeon, and, ultimately, patriot against Tory.

In what will be the greatest city in the New World, the fortunes of these two families are inextricably entwined by blood and fire in an unforgettable American saga of pride and ambition, love and hate, and the becoming of the dream that is New York City.

My Thoughts: I bought this book on a whim on my kindle YEARS ago and still haven’t read it. It sounds like a story that is right up my alley and since I own it, I will probably read it someday. VERDICT: KEEP


Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker by Camille DeAngelis

In this brilliantly imagined tale of adventure and timeless romance, acclaimed novelist Camille DeAngelis blends WWII heroics with witchcraft and wit, conjuring a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.
Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At one hundred and forty nine years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evenings, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can’t fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?
This is all fine and well until Eve meets Justin, who reminds her so much of a former lover, and one night is no longer enough. Eve spends more and more nights—and days—romancing Justin as her younger self, and noticing the many peculiar ways in which he is so like Jonah, her partner behind enemy lines in WWII and the love of her life. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the Allied cause at great personal sacrifice, and Jonah lost his life. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her, and despite the disapproval of her coven, and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can’t give him up. But can she prove it’s really him?

My Thoughts: This book has been on my radar for a while. I own it, it stares at me from my bookshelf and it sounds like a good mix between historical fiction and fantasy- both my faves. VERDICT: KEEP


Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.

Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.

Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need

My Thoughts: I have absolutely no desire to read this anymore. I’m sure it’s a sweet story, but this type of thing just doesn’t appeal to me like it used to. VERDICT: TOSS


Which books would you have kept? Which would you toss? Let’s chat in the comments ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Books That Were Written Before I Was Born

Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week’s topic, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books Written Before I Was Born. I have decided to showcase my favorite books that pre-date my existence- so here are my favorite books that were written before 1992!


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë- 1847


Emma by Jane Austen- 1815


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier- 1938


Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann- 1966


The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett- 1989


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- 1988


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- 1937


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- 1991


Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian L. Weiss- 1988


The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel- 1982


Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to your weeks! I’ve been so lucky to have read so many great books last year, and one thing I have loved about blogging is the number of new authors I have been able to discover and come to love. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl, is New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2020!


Emma Lord

I found Emma Lord with her debut novel, Tweet Cute, at the beginning of 2020, and I ended the year with her new release, You Have a Match. I fell in love with her funny, realistic writing style and her charming characters. She is definitely one I will continue to follow.


Sophie Gonzales

I loved Only Mostly Devastated so much and I cannot wait to read Perfect on Paper.


Cassandra Clare

I know, I know. I’m SUUUUPER late to the party, but I am eternally grateful that I used my quarantine to finally get into the Shadowhunters world. I still have so many books left too, which is exciting.


Adrienne Young

Fable was one of my favorite books of 2020. I am dying for Namesake to be released.


Santa Montefiore

This series wrecked me and I still have to finish the last book (hopefully soon). I am so grateful to my best friend, Kaley, for recommending Santa Montefiore to me.


Rick Riordan

I devoured The Lightning Thief and I can’t wait to read the rest his series. The stories are so clever- I love the mythology and how he has twisted it.


Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I could not put The Inheritance Games down. It was entirely captivating and the end left me aching for book 2.


Anna Bright

I loved the concept of The Beholder and I need to get The Boundless soon cuz I want to know what happens next!


Jenny Lee

The writing in Anna K: A Love Story was so beautiful and I loved her retelling of the classic, Anna Karenina (which I also read in 2020). I will definitely be looking forward to her next book.


Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi just made me so happy. It was exactly what I needed at that time. It was also the book that really got me into audio books because it was so well done.


Which authors were you excited to have discovered in 2020? Let me know in the comments and what your recommendations are 🙂

Discussion Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #31

I joined Goodreads a while 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 and useful 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?


Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

My Thoughts: I just finished Tiny Pretty Things, and I am so into this elite ballet school vibe lately. There always seems to be a dark twist to them and it makes them addicting. Will definitely keep this in mind when I’m in the mood for another one. VERDICT: KEEP


Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

My Thoughts: I wish this had more of a synopsis… I do love Old Hollywood. From reading reviews it almost sounds like an new version of Valley of the Dolls, which is one of my all time faves. It seems to be a trashy and enjoyable read… VERDICT: KEEP


Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

My Thoughts: Ummmmm this sounds amazing!? It has good reviews, but not that many of them. I am really intrigued by this book and may have to bump this up on the list.. VERDICT: KEEP


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.

As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment – to oneself and to others.

My Thoughts: I added this book because I had heard good things about it from friends, but it doesn’t really call to me. I feel like it’s a book that I could potentially like, but with so many other books that I am actually drawn to, I probably won’t ever get around to this one. VERDICT: TOSS


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love? 

My Thoughts: I haven’t read a dystopian YA in a LONG time. This one sounds interesting. We love an ill-fated romance. VERDICT: KEEP


What do you think of my decisions this time? Do you agree? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Discussion Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #30

I joined Goodreads a while 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 and useful 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 Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

East London, 1888 – a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger’s son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona’s life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan’s tea trade. But Fiona’s old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

My Thoughts: This books sounds really intriguing. It’s set in my favorite time period and setting to read in the historical fiction genre, and it has a high goodreads rating! Definitely going to keep my eyes open for this one. VERDICT: KEEP


The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1) by L.J. Smith

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror…

Elena
Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Stefan
Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Damon
Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

My Thoughts: Honestly, I loved the TV show but I don’t think I need to read this series. Maybe if I am in major need of a vampire fix, but there are other series I would go to first. Sooooo… VERDICT: TOSS


The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana, who has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see her married, and Cai Jenkins, a widower from the far hills, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

My Thoughts: I have read one of Paula Brackston’s other books and I loved it. The rest of her books have been on my TBR for so long, and for some reason I just haven’t read them yet. I think it’s time. VERDICT: KEEP


Little Known Facts by Christine Sneed

The people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature–his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, those on the periphery–long to experience the glow of his flame. Anna and Will are Renn’s grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.

Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects–the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. With Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass; the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly?

My Thoughts: This synopsis is giving me Evelyn Hugo vibes. I do love stories about Hollywood and celebrity. Hmmm. This is a tough one. It sounds good, but if I’m honest with myself I will probably never get around to reading it with so many other books on my TBR… VERDICT: TOSS (with potential of re-adding in the future)


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Thoughts: I don’t know what it is, but something about books about angels turns me off. I think a big part of it is my aversion to religion, and the fact that there is usually some sort of religious undertone when dealing with angels. However; this book has some good and intriguing reviews that make me think twice about letting it go… VERDICT: KEEP


What do you think about my decisions? Which ones would. you have kept or tossed? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Again

It’s December! This year has absolutely flown by and dragged at the same time. I have discovered during this crazy year, that I actually enjoy re-reading books. I never used to do it, with the exception of Harry Potter, but it has brought me a source of comfort and I plan on continuing to do so when I am not super behind on my TBR. This week’s topic, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I Want to Read Again. Here are the books I have on my re-read list.


What books do you want to re-read? Let me know in the comments! ❤