Down The TBR Hole #21

Good hello, friends! Happy new post day! When you start writing and remember you said you were going to finish three books over weekend, you just can’t help, but laugh because I finished one book. That’s definitely way better than none, and I may be only finish one today too. Oops, I also just realized I forgot to include the picture in last weeks! Fixed now! Down The TBR Hole#20!!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • 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?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Well, just reading the synopsis renewed my interest. I don’t remember how I found out about the book. Probably heard on BookTube, but I definitely was feeling meh before I heard the synopsis and saw it was rated pretty decently at 3.98. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

I don’t remember this book at all. But I do remember that my ex bought it for me and the author’s name sounds familiar. The summary did sound interesting so I think I’ll keep it for now! that rating of 4.15 is pretty good and convincing too! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Why do I always have a freak out halfway through these posts when I can’t remember adding the books? No one else would be adding books to my TBR, haha.. Even after the synopsis I’m still a hard MEH on this book. Is this any good? I would like to know! 😀 Goodreads

Judgement: ?? Go?

4. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

First off: what type of title is that? As a translated book, does it sound better/have more context than the one in English? After the synopsis: hmm what? I’m still confused. Why was I interested in this? NEXT! Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Keep! Keep! Keep! I barely remember anything what’s actually in the book, but I do remember all the praise it was getting at one point. Hmm.. I should add it to my TBR jar.. Speaking of which, I should use my TBR jar more… Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Past, Present, & Future Book Tag! (08/09/19)

Good hello, friends!! Can you believe it?! I’m doing a tag!! I saw this tag on Life of a Literary Nerd and thought it would be fun to do, but it’s just been sitting in my saved list with a bunch of other tags I would like to do, haha.. About time I get around to it! This tag was created by Bookish Pisces, so you should check both of their blogs!


RULES:

  • Find a book published 10 (or more) years ago
  • Find a book that will be published THIS year.
  • Find a book that will be published next year (or further in the future)
  • Tag 3 people

These should all be books that you would want to read and that you could add to your TBR if they aren’t already and if you need help finding older books Goodreads does give comprehensive lists.



Past

 

Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 4.22.36 PM.pngI just had to pick The Secret History by Donna Tartt because the reviews from my friends on Goodreads are all so confused about it. I want to be in the know as to why it’s so confusing, haha! This was first published in 1992 so definitely older than 10 years, in fact it’s 27 years old now!


Present

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Apparently, I’m just in the mood to talk about books that have polarizing topics! Girls on The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller discusses abortion in the US. Ever since I first saw a BookTuber (I can’t remember which one for it was months ago) read the ARC, I’ve been wanting to read it. I think it’s such an important topic, especially for women’s rights.


Future

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I just had  to say Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert because it is coming out in the future (nov. 5th 2019)  and the rep the book has. As I mentioned in A Book You Need To Support I am so excited for this book. To finally read an adult book with a main character with chronic pain and may even be diagnosed with fibromyalgia too! I think it’s fate, also because my pup that makes appearances on my instagram (link below) is named Chloe too. I really hoping my expectations aren’t too high!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! This is the week of reviews! It’s about time I catch up anyway since I’m still reviewing June reads while we’re a week into August.

My Lame Synopsis: This is the sequel to Prince Charming. First read that, then this fun female/female young adult romance! Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The great qualities that I liked in Prince Charming are still true for Her Royal Highness. This was too a generic young adult contemporary romance, but with two girls going from hating to loving. Yes, it’s also a haters to lovers trope and I loved it. It was such an easy-going read that was uplifting. Another book I can see myself reading in a bad mood or even a reading slump. There were a few very cheesy moments, but it was fun cheese, haha! Especially fun when the book pokes fun at those cheesy moments.

It’s great to read a sequel that doesn’t suffer from book 2 syndrome! It makes me excited to see more by Rachel Hawkins seeing her growth from Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy review day! I was think of doing a WWW Wednesday, but I realized I didn’t really have much to update on my reading for you guys since posting my TBR. Only thing I have is that decided to add Nevernight and Godgrave by Jay Kristoff to my TBR to get ready for the last book release that’s just next month!! Anyways! Let’s just jump into it!

My Lame Synopsis: Alice works in the library (great job!) during the summer to pay for rent. Living on your own ain’t easy especially if the start of summer your girlfriend and roommate dumps you from not understanding you. Then Takumi starts at the library. Goodreads

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Let’s start with I liked about it first. What a great group of friends between Alice, Ryan and Essie! I have one best friend that I joke is my sister from another mother. Also, more so now than ever before I understand the whole the family you pick versus the family who gets picked for you. Some of my favourite moments in the book were between Alice and Ryan.

I so respect and empathize with Alice’s struggle with her sexuality. I adore her personal growth and her journey throughout the book; a true sign of courage is being yourself unapologetically. I appreciate what I learned about asexuality from this book and Alice.

Now for the things I didn’t like. I felt the writing was a little awkward and more than once took me out of the story. I felt the sentence structure could have been more fluid and natural. Additionally, Alice was just a little too whiny sometimes, which made me more annoyed than sympathetic.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Today’s review is for Prince Charming, which was originally called Royals with a completely different cover too. A gloomy day here with lots of rain and thunderstorms. Does rain make you feel peaceful, calm or depressed? I use to love the rain, but it now affects my chronic pain so it’s not my bff anymore.

My Lame Synopsis: This girl from Texas, goes to Scotland where her sister who she doesn’t really get along with is marrying a prince. Goodreads

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I read this because I was more interested in the sequel, but didn’t want to skip Prince Charming in case something happened that could leave me confused when reading Her Royal Highness. I’m so glad I read this because it gave me the ability to find depth to the characters in Her Royal Highness through building understand of certain character that make an appearance in the sequel.

It was a pretty generic YA contemporary that was overall pretty happy in storyline. I feel like I could easily pick this up again on a day that I’m having a hard time and Prince Charming would definitely cheer me up.

The characters had great relationships, and personalities. My favourites were Daisy and Miles in relationship and as individual personalities. The only thing is I wished it had more moments between sisters. It would have been so nice to more bonding between Daisy and Ellie.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole#20!!

Good hello, friends! Happy new post day! I can’t believe I’ve done 20 of these in this series! I have a feeling that I’ll be keeping a lot of books on my TBR this week! #sorrynotsorry

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • 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?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Have you ever gone through a list of books from a book club and add them to Goodreads with the intentions of reading them eventually? Well, the next few books in the list, if not all, are definitely from that, more specifically from Emma Watson’s book club Our Shared Shelf. Of course, I want to keep it, but will I actually get to it? I think I will if I listen to it as an audiobook. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Again, I think if I were to get How to Be a Woman on audiobook I would definitely pick it up. I think I will this month too because by the sounds of the synopsis it could be very insightful and helpful for me right now. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Oh, this actually sounds like it would be great after reading The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff with commentary on society and technology. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

I think I’m going with a hard pass on this one. I don’t know who Carrie Brownstein is or her career so I think I would rather put my energy towards other books. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

I don’t even remember about what The Second Sex is about, but I know I need to read it!  I want to read about women in Western society and the ‘otherness’. I’m thinking of getting a physical copy in case I would like to annotate it while I read! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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August TBR 2019!! With the N.E.W.T.S. Magical Readathon!!

Good hello, friends! In case you didn’t see, I posted my July Wrap Up 2019!! yesterday! Make sure to check that out too!

So, I have decided to casually participate in the N.E.W.T.S Magical readathon! Click here for the announcement video! I absolutely love how much love and time G put into the readathon. For my career, I’m first aiming for Broom Maker, but I might decide for something with more challenges depending if I can at least meet the requirements for Broom Maker.



The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Yes, I’m still only 230 pages into The Fiery Cross because I put it down for the week of The Reading Rush. I definitely hope I can finish it this month! Goodreads


The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills

Thank you so very much to Annick Press for sending me an ARC of The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills!! I’m very excited to read it this middle grade! The hook that got me: a girl that collects ghosts in her hair. I’m curious also, as to how Mills is going to handle grief and how someone young processes death. Goodreads


Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

I actually started Anne of Avonlea in July to complete in the last few days of the month, but I didn’t make it. I haven’t decided yet but I might give myself an extension (haha, like for a real school assignment or exam) since I missed a week of reading in July due to my collapsed lung. That way I could meet more challenges in the O.W.L.S readathon that was hosted in April, but some people participated in July. Then I could be a Librarian or a Healer too, if I so choose to be. I’m so indecisive! Goodreads


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister was similar as Anne of Avonlea that I started in the last couple days of July in hopes to finish it for my O.W.L.S for the Defence Against the Dark Arts challenge. So far I’m enjoying it! I might give myself an extension for this as well. Goodreads


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I’m just carrying Jane Eyre from July to August. I am really excited to finally use the literature information on the book that I got from Ignite English Box. There’s also one last item that came in the box, however,  I have yet to open because I’m suppose to open it on a specific page. Goodreads


Queen by Candice Carty-Williams

Just: yes, please!! Goodreads


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I’m finally going to read a Christina Lauren book! I haven’t yet read their work despite the fact I’m becoming quite a fan of the genre they usually write for and I’ve owned Autoboyography for a couple years now. What can I say? Right now, The Unhoneymooners’ synopsis is more intriguing to me than Autoboyography. Goodreads


Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I think it’s about time I picked this up, right? Oh, and it meets a challenge for the N.E.W.T.S. Goodreads


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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