Down the TBR Hole #3

This is a blog meme created by Lia, Lost in a Story!

“Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?”

At the end of my last TBR Hole post I ended with 1148 books on my TBR. I now have 1149. I’m actually getting better believe it or not! That means I only added a few books to my TBR in almost a month! Sure I knocked some out and replaced them with new books but still. Progress. I usually post 10 books here so let’s get started. (Clicking on the pictures brings you to Goodreads).

#1 Castle in the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle, #2) by Diana Wynne Jones

I still plan on reading this! I LOVED Howl’s moving castle. The book and movie!

KEEP

#2 Lonesome Dove (#1) by Larry McMurtry

I’m honestly going back and forth on this one. I’ve heard nothing but good things BUT it’s not my genre of choice and it’s like, 900 pages long. On the other hand I love western movies so maybe I would like this.

KEEP (for now)

#3 Inkspell (Inkworld, #2) by Cornelia Funke

I honestly do not know why I have not read this yet. I have reread Inkheart 3 times now and yet never get to book 2. Not only are these covers extremely gorgeous but I LOVED Inkheart!

KEEP

#4 Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

I really need to get back into read her books. I LOVED her books in my early 20s. She just speaks to my soul, you know?

KEEP

#5 Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

These were so cute when I was a teen! I kind of want to keep it. It just seems so nostalgic now.

KEEP

#6 The Simarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

No questions asked here.

KEEP

#7 The Winter Witch (Shadow Chronicles, #1) by Paula Brackston

This still sounds super interesting.

KEEP

#8 I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore

I’m going back and forth on this one. I wanted to read this when the movie came out but that obviously didn’t happen. I sort of want to try it out but I don’t feel like I’m going to love it.

KEEP

#9 Eve (Eve, #1) by Anna Carey

I like dystopians but I’m really not feeling this one.

SEE YA

#10 Winter’s Child: A Retelling of the Snow Queen (Once Upon A Time) by Cameron Dokey

I don’t know why I want to keep this. I think again, for nostalgic purposes.

KEEP

Okay, I only got rid of one. Yikes. That leaves me at 1148 books on my TBR. I might go though a few more pages and see if I can’t whittle it down some! Are any of these on your TBR?

Spooky Scary Book Tag

I saw this on StarlightBookTales blog and wanted to give it a go! I’m not sure who started this tag but it sure looks fun! I tag anyone who wants to do a Halloween type tag!

1. What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

I don’t really read scary books so I’ll do my best to answer this! I think the “scariest” book I’ve read in a long while was The Gone World by Ton Sweterlitsch. It was a creepy sci-fi thriller!

2. Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

Going real generic and saying Harry Potter. Every year. Without fail. I don’t always make it all the way through though! In fact it’s usually just the first HP. I do plan on making though this year! I’m on book 3 right now!

3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

I really enjoyed The Harp of Kings by Juliette Marillier!

4. Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

I’ve got Harry Potter on my mind! I’ll try to be more original though! How about the White Witch, Claire Fraser? Cheating a bit with this one.

5. Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

Anything by Robin Hobb.

6. Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. OR any of the Lord of the Rings books.

7. The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc).

I think Vampires! Even though as a creature, werewolves are my favorite, BUT I like Vampire books more.

8. In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

The tenth anniversary edition of The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks is literally all black. The background, the title, and the sprayed edges.

Let me know if there are any other seasonal related book tags out there! It’s so fun!

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Down the TBR Hole #2

This is a blog meme created by Lia, Lost in a Story!

“Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?”

My Goodreads TBR is still out of control. My last TBR post was at the beginning of this year! I want to try and do these monthly and see if I can’t whittle down my giant TBR! At the end of my first TBR Hole post I had 1,060 books on my TBR. I now have 1,153. Oops. Send HELP!

#1 Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I am just going to go ahead and say I’m keeping all of Gregory Maguire books on my TBR. I want to read these so bad! They’ve been on my TBR since 2012. Whoops!

KEEP

#2 Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Why though… I heard a long time ago that there was a hidden history about Lincoln and for some reason I added a ton of books about Lincoln. I have no interest in this whatsoever. This makes me laugh.

SEE YA

#3 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I honestly have no interest in this. I love classics but this one sounds super depressing and boring. If I ever change my mind, I know it exists.

SEE YA

#4 Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

I honestly think this sounds so cute! I might not get to it until my three year old son is old enough but I’ll get to it!

KEEP

#5 The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I really can’t decide about this one. I’ve heard really mixed reviews! I’m really 50/50 on this!

KEEP for now

#6 Tahn by L. A. Kelly

I have had a physical copy of this book since before I was on Goodreads (before 2012) and I still have not read this. I’m going to let it go. It just isn’t holding my interest anymore.

SEE YA

#7 Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate

I am super picky about Christian Fiction. This doesn’t seem like something I would like anymore.

SEE YA

#8 The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker

No questions here. I freaking love Dekker. This is an example of Christian Fiction I DO like. He writes like if C. S. Lewis wrote horror.

KEEP

#9 Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl

I used to love her books back when I was a teenager. But I don’t really have an interest in this one anymore.

SEE YA

#10 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I swear I still want to read this so badly! I still freaking love all of the movies.

KEEP

Not too bad! I got rid of half today! I might keep going through a few pages on my Goodreads. Apparently, my tastes in books seven years ago is not the same as it is now. I’m a lot pickier now!

How many books are on your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Things to Eat/ Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is all about food and drinks while eating!

Here are my top ten:

  1. Tea – Bubble tea, sweet tea, hot tea. Such a bookish thing really
  2. Coffee – Again, a given
  3. Hot Chocolate
  4. Wine – I don’t drink a lot but I like to have a cooler in the bath while reading sometimes
  5. Chips – Sweet potato chips or plain ol’ chips
  6. Chocolate
  7. Cookies
  8. Popcorn
  9. Ice Cream
  10. Gummy Bears – Or other gummies!

Apparently I like a lot of sweet things when I read! I actually hardly ever eat when I read but I almost always have a drink!

Are any of mine on your list? Do you ever spill?

Wanting to Love You by Erin Rylie Cover Reveal

I am so excited to be sharing with you the cover reveal for Wanting to Love You by Erin Rylie!

Look at it! Just look at it! It’s so beautiful! I know I don’t usually post romance but I’ve read the first book of this series and it was so much fun! And this one sounds just as good!

Get the first book here:

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“Ten years ago, Becky Waters fled her hometown and moved to Houston, heartbroken and pregnant. After a long and contentious fight with her parents and Child Protective Services to get back the son her family stole from her, she finally has everything she’s ever wanted. Her life seems like it’s finally on the right track until the father of her child shows up, demanding to know why she hid the existence of their son from him for so many years. As old hurts are brought to the surface, the feelings Becky has fought for the last ten years return with a vengeance. Can she forgive and forget, or will she let the past ruin her chance with the only man she’s ever been able to imagine in her future?Reese Petrov has spent most of his adult life alone, licking his wounds after the devastation of a first love gone wrong. He’s focused on his career and nothing else, keeping everyone in his life at a distance. When he moves and meets his new partner at the Houston Police Department, he’s unexpectedly forced to face the one who got away. As he fights for a place in Becky and his child’s lives, a family tragedy brings him to his knees and forces him to realize that letting people in is the only way he can survive. Can he learn the lesson quickly enough to rebuild two of the most important relationships in his life?”

I’m a Montana born, Texas raised New Jersey transplant with a degree in hospitality. At 29 years old, I decided it was finally time for me to pursue my real passion in life – writing. I’ve been writing princess stories and LOTR fan-fiction since I was in middle school, so the transition into romance has been fun!

When I’m not writing, I’m reading (fantasy, sci-fi and romance are my genres) or working. I’m currently obsessed with Brooklyn Nine Nine which should tell you all you need to know about my sense of humor. 

Finally, I am 100% an old cat lady. My cats Socks and Kaz are little weirdos and I love them more than most people.

Seriously check out Erin Rylie and series! It’s a must read if you love romance!