Books I Keep Saying I Should Read

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m really bad at TBRs. Every time there’s a prompt about “books I want to read this summer” or “books I want to read before the end of the year” or even “anticipated releases” I will gladly talk about those books, and surely end up not reading them. While browsing through my blog (yes I do that) I ended up coming up with a list of books I keep mentioning that I desperately want to read but ended up not reading. Until, for a few of them, a few weeks ago! And I thought it would be fun to once again talk about those books, because I swear I do want to read them!


The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When I originally started this list a few weeks ago, I was strongly considering picking up this one as a next read but then, you know, I didn’t. I’ve been meaning to read it for quite some time now, and that for two reasons: I keep hearing nothing but wonderful things about it, and I read Daisy Jones and the Six last year, and loved it. It’s even been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time now, but I don’t know, it hasn’t happened yet.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I have owned this book for YEARS and been meaning to read it for even longer. It’s another one I was hoping to pick up during the confinement, but I guess it didn’t happen. I binge read Heroes of Olympus instead (worth it!) which has nothing to do with it, I know. But hey, it’s sitting on my nightstand pile of books. The ones I’m supposed to pick up soon. So I guess it’s going to happen eventually!

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

No clue why I haven’t picked up this one yet. I loved her previous book One Of Us Is Lying and was really curious about this one. I love the title. It has gorgeous blue decked pages. It’s on my nightstand pile. It just hasn’t happened yet.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

I remember saying I couldn’t wait for this one to be released. Look at all the good it has done to me. To be fair, I do have one reason in mind as to why I haven’t picked it up yet: I think I don’t want the story and the magic to be over! But I know that I will pick it up eventually. And binge-read it, probably.

Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali

I’m pretty sure this one was on my list of books I wanted to read last summer. And then on my list of books I wanted to read before the end of 2019 (which was pretty much the same list of books). But the good news is, I have actually read this one! It’s a sweet, beautiful story, but it’s also so much more. It’s a book about fighting for justice, and it also deals with grief. And of course, it’s THE CUTEST love story. Check out my review, and I’m sure it will make it to my favourite reads of 2020 list! So that’s a success.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Another book I’d been planning on reading last summer, since like all other Sarah Dessen books I’ve read, it has a strong summer vibe. (The infamous list) I’d probably been planning on reading it the previous summer as well, considering I got it at the Paris bookfair a solid two years ago. The good news is, I’ve finally read it, and I loved it! And that’s another sucess.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

My friends got me this book for my birthday back in 2015. Because they knew that I wanted to read it. And guess what? I haven’t. I’m pretty sure it has actually been on my TBR since 2013, when I heard about it. I’m not giving up just yet. This book sounds amazing, and I will read it at some point. I just don’t know when.

A Column on Fire by Ken Follett

This is the second MASSIVE book on my list, and I know that the reason I haven’t read it yet is just that: it’s massive. Just like The Goldfinch, the book is impressive, and I can’t bring myself to pick it up just yet (although, I know, this confinement would have been a good opportunity. But hey, there’s still summer, and if we can’t travel I guess I will have some free time on my hands!) I absolutely LOVED both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End so there’s no need to say I’m pretty excited about this one.

The Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan

It’s no secret that I always say I’m a huge fan of Riordan’s work. Until recently, I’d only read the original Percy Jackson series, but I binge read the Heroes of Olympus recently, and now I have absolutely no excuse not to pick up Magnus Chase. On top of that, I LOVE Norse mythology. I just need to finish a couple of my current reads, and then I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up that one (although saying it feels like I’m jinxing it… We’ll see!)

And finally, Fierce Frangile Hearts by Sara Barnard

I’d loved all of her previous books, and how she deals with friendships and families. It’s also nice to read YA books that don’t take place in the US but rather in places I’ve actually visited like Brighton! So yes, this book was on my TBR for last summer. But the good news is, I have actually started it! And as soon as I am done with my OTHER current reads aka Wilder Girls by Rory Power and The Fever by Megan Abbott, I WILL be completing it ♥


I was originally planning on making this blog post a video, since I haven’t filmed in a while. But I realised I didn’t have the energy to film. There’s a reason I mostly gave up on my channel, but have always been persistent on my blog. I like writing better than talking. So here we are, this blog post happened. Thank you so much for reading, stay safe, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is series I want to start, and to be fair there are already so many series that I need to finish, I don’t know if starting a new one would be a good idea, but then again I’m pretty sure I can find the answers on my Goodreads TBR shelf and I like the topic, so here we go!


 

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I have started The Mortal Instruments a few years ago, and while I haven’t read them all yet, I did enjoy them. In addition to that I heard that this particular trilogy was even better. I am certain to like the historical/steampunk aspect of it, and I heard that the characters are really likable, so this one is high on my list of series I’d like to check out.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m including this one first because I do own it so I’m more likely to read it. In addition to that, I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and though I have not read the sequel yet, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m definitely curious about Strange the Dreamer. And of course, I heard it was amazing.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Have I mentioned how much I love mythology inspired books and middle grade series? Because I do. I loved PJO and am also thoroughly enoying Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah series. I also wrote (a long time ago) an paper about Norse mythology, and to be fair I have no excuse. I really don’t know why I didn’t pick up this one sooner.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I absolutely love her other series, and actually it turns out that I have finished them all, and am always looking for more Victoria Schwab books because I know I’ll enjoy them. I am also really curious about the concept of The Archived because I know it has to do with people and books, and although the series is unfinished, I really want to check it out.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett

I absolutely adore Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction in general, and I know that Ken Follett does it right. I actually do own those books, but they are huge, and haven’t braced myself yet. However, I do know that I will read them eventually, and I’m looking forward to that day, because I know I will have a wonderful time reading those books.


And that’s it for today, feel free to share some series you’d like to check out, and have a wonderful day!

Down the TBR Hole #5

Every time I click on the “Want to Read” button on Goodreads I feel a little bit guiltier these days because I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that my TBR is going to CRUSH me. So I figured it might be time to make another one of those. And yes, I made one at the beginning of the month, but paradoxically, it both seems like I am on a roll, and that it happened FOREVER ago. So here we go.

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. If you want to check out my previous post, here’s the link. And as for the rules, they are as follows:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I picked 10)
  • Read the synopsis of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

As I start this post, my TBR contains 748 books, which is 20 less than at the beginning of my last post! I guess that counts as progress. It’s still a lot, obviously, but I believe in myself. We can do this.

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1. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

This one is bound to be a cute YA romance, and I really liked other books by Kasie West so I’m going to trust her once more. In addition to that it has come to my attention recently that this book is available on Scribd, so I might even read it in April, who knows! IT STAYS.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Now that I have read an loved The Cruel Prince and the rest of the Folk of the Air trilogy, I have to admit that I am curious about the rest of Holly Black’s books. I also loved the Chronicles of Spiderwick as a kid, and I really want to check out more of her magical universes. So yes, I might actually read that one. IT STAYS.

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This list is so random, but anyway. I know this book is a classic, but when I look at the blurb, it doesn’t really appeal to me. So you know what that means: IT GOES.

4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

While I absolutely LOVED the Passenger duology, the concept of The Darkest Minds doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. I guess I have outgrown my obsession with dystopia, and can now say for sure that I will not read this book. IT GOES.

5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Okay so I actually want to read that one. I own the book as a beautiful hardcover, and it’s a sequel to a book that I liked. I’m actually considering picking it up during the confinement, if I’m not drowned in other universes. IT STAYS. Gladly. (The reason why I didn’t pick it up sooner is fairly stupid: as soon as I finished book one, I wanted to order it but I actually messed up and ordered the third one, and then by the time I received this one, I wasn’t in the mood anymore. Congratulations to me.)

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is another YA book that used to be really popular, but I don’t hear much about it anymore. While it does look great, I am already swarmed in more recent releases, and I know deep inside that I just wanted to read it because of the hype. While I’m sure that it’s a fantastic book, I know that I’m not any closer to reading it now than I was back in 2015. So IT GOES.

7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I heard that this one was disappointed compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, so I’m goint to trust the rumors, and come to the quick conclusion that I’m not going to read this book because it’s not worth it. IT GOES.

8. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I know this one is another YA dystopia. In addition to that I know that some people found it disappointing, so I’m just going to go with the flow and remove it from my TBR. IT GOES.

9. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I added this one because it’s a Peter Pan retelling, but I don’t really feel drawn to it anymore. I do love retellings, but I know I can’t read them all, and it’s okay to be a little bit picky (and realistic) sometimes. IT GOES.

10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente

I know I added this book to my TBR because I loved Deathless but I promptly managed to forget about it, and will do so again as soon as I am done with this article. While I might check out more of Valente’s books at some point in the future, it probably won’t be this one. IT GOES.


And I managed to keep only three books, which sounds more reasonable! After originally completing this post, I stuck to my TBR shelf on Goodreads, and decided to go on a deleting spree. Without second thoughts, I removed 100+ books, and you’ll be proud to know that said shelf now contains 506 books. That’s what I call efficiency. From 2015 we have moved to 2017/2018 and it’s really fun to watch because as I go through the list of books, I see some of them and realise that I had completely forgotten about them. But sometimes I see one and I know I added it because someone recommended it to me, or because it seemed interesting in regards of whatever paper I was writing at that point. And, the closer we get to the present, the queerer it gets so there’s that.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Please take care of yourself, stay safe, and stay at home.

Down the TBR Hole #4

I haven’t used this prompt in a while, and it has come to my mind that it is more than necessary. This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. If you want to check out my previous post, here’s the link.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books.
  • Read the synopsis of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

As I start this post, my Goodreads TBR shelf contains exactly 768 books aka exactly the same amount of books it had the last time I did the prompt. Good job me. 768 is an obnoxiously huge amount of books to read, and let’s face it I’m probably not going to read half of them (I will however read tons of other books). So let’s do this! I’m picking up the list where I left it last time. As usual, I picked ten books: here we go!

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1. Villette by Charlotte Brontë

It’s a classic. I love the Brontë sisters. What else can I say? IT STAYS.

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I do hear a lot about this book. I hear that the less you know about it before you start it, the better. I hear great things about it, I also hear people saying that they were disappointed. Let’s face it, if I wanted to read it that badly, I would have by now. IT GOES.

3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

After a quick check, this one is a contemporary YA (I knew that) with a love triangle. At this point, I would rather avoid them, so it’s safe to say I will not, in facts, be reading this book. IT GOES.

4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I don’t even need to check when it comes to this one, I know that I’m not going to read it. It has been on my TBR since 2015 and I have since not read a single CoHo book. I have, since then, read many mixed and not-so-good reviews of her books, and came to the conclusion that I could live without reading any of them. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point, who knows? But for now: IT GOES.

5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

I haven’t read a single Paolo Coelho book, and the truth is, I really do want to read one. I heard that The Alchemist was really good, and I’m not giving up on it just yet, so IT STAYS. For now.

6. Flowers in the Attic by D.C. Andrews

I can’t for the life of me remember why I wanted to read that book. I guess that at some point I was just adding countless books to my TBR shelf because I was afraid said shelf was going to be empty at some point. Since then, I have learnt two things: first, it won’t ever be empty. Ever. Let’s face it. And second, I have come to know my taste better, which YAY! And basically, my point is, I will never read this book. IT GOES.

7. The Young Elites and Legend by Marie Lu

These books were all the hype on Bookstagram back in 2015 when I joined it. Truth be told, I still hear many great things about them, but it’s been five years and I have purchased: neither of them. THEY GO. I have, however, read Warcross and really enjoyed it, so I will try to pick up its sequel at some point!

8. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

I read Before I Fall when I was in high school so eight years ago and I absolutely LOVED IT. For some reason, it’s a book I cannot forget and I still get gottverdammt BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMACH when I think about it. Everybody in the book community would talk about Delirium and even though I hadn’t (still haven’t) read it, I was here muttering by myself that Before I Fall was clearly the superior Lauren Oliver book. Anyway, this is probably why I added Vanishing Girls to my TBR but when I look at the blurb it doesn’t appeal to me anymore, so IT GOES. (Fun fact, Broken Things also by Lauren Oliver has physically been sitting by my nightstand for a month and a half before I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to read it, and brought it back to work this week.)

9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Okay so I have heard many great things about this one, and I really wanted to pick it up, but if I think about it a little more, I have come to this conclusion: if I wanted to read it that badly, I would have already. Let’s face it, it’s probably not going to happen. It’s not a priority and I don’t have the time. IT GOES.

10. Between Shade of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

This one I know I will read at some point. I heard it was really beautiful, and I can see myself picking it up at some point. At least for now, IT STAYS.

And I kept only three books, this is good, efficient TBR cleaning up!


Around this point in my TBR shelf we reach the jolly time of August 2015, also known as the time I created this blog, and the amount of books I added is absolutely INSANE. I’m starting to think that I just blindly added all the books I came across for no reason at all. Just compulsively. (Yes, it’s clearly what I did.) I’m just looking at the titles and I’m like… Why did I add so many romance novels? I honestly have nothing against them as a genre but they’re just not my type of book? I have read a few and I’m just not into book where people have sex every three pages. I do love a good old sexual tension. A good old enemies-to-lovers trope where the tension is palpable. But let’s face it: all I care about is the tension and the build-up. Which is why when I try to write a fanfic I basically end it with a kiss. Or even less than that. I have literally written fanfics that are just a meet cute. Here is what I care about if you look at the fanfics that I wrote: one part of my OTP asking the other part on a date. It doesn’t go further. So basically, while I am getting a little bit off track here, my point is: as I get to know my reading taste better and better, I think it’s safe to say that the romance novel will be kicked of my TBR shelf little by little, and said TBR list might even start to make a little bit more sense!

Even when it comes to YA, which I am definitely going to continue reading, I have come to know my taste better. I am trying to read more diversely on the one hand, and I’m also trying to read new releases on the other hand. Which is amazing! And therefore I have reached the conclusion that cleaning up my TBR will be much easier now that I have accepted this as a fact. But hey, we shall see what happens in the future.

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Thank you so much for reading my ramble until now! Have a wonderful day, and for now, I will be reading Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want To Read Before The End Of The Year

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

There is no assigned topics for this month, but I suddenly felt the urge to talk about books I want to read soon, so I guess here we go!

I never respect my TBR lists, which is why I seldom make them, but my brain actually enjoys making them, so I guess here we go again. I seem to remember that I made a similar post for the summer time and only read one of the books, but maybe this time it will actually work!


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I wanted to read this one before the French release but I guess I’m already too late for that. However I did get the ebook version, and I desperately want to read it anyway, especially considering I absolutely LOVED Daisy Jones & The Six so hopefully I get around to doing that SOON.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

In case you haven’t noticed a pattern when it comes to The Vegetarian, I tend to include it every time it comes to “books I want to read soon” and whatnot. Hopefully I actually do this one time, especially since I wanted to read it for YARC2019.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

I absolutely loved Karen McManus’s first book and I really wanted to read this one over the summer but instead I focused on the “Rentrée Littéraire” aka all the new released French books of the end of August + September + up until now which were mostly literary fiction, and while I did have the best of times reading them, it didn’t leave me room for Two Can Keep a Secret… Hopefully I find the time before the end of the year because I REALLY want to read it!

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Just saying, this one was in my most anticipated releases for the year list. Unlike the others (which I also haven’t read) it was just released, so that’s a fair excuse. And unlike the rest of the list, I actually purchased a copy of this one, so maybe, I will actually read it! I want to know what happens after Carry on!

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali

Love from A to Z is one of my latest bookish purchase, and it has been sitting by my nightstand ever since I got it. (Now it’s not one of those infamous oh-so-cherished/important-books that people have by their nightstand, I don’t get the concept, it’s just a stack of books that I want to read… I have stacks of books pretty much everywhere in my room. Anyway.) So yes, I really want to read this one, especially since I loved S. K. Ali’s previous release! I absolutely need to find the time to pick up this beauty!


And that’s it for today’s desperate scream-into-the-void-TBR! I guess I just wanted to scream my love for books I haven’t read yet!

Down The TBR Hole #3

I realised that I had been posting only book reviews this month, which is awesome because I’ve been reading a lot! But I also wanted to do something different for a change, so let’s go down the TBR hole yet another time!

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This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I’m doing 10, the plan is to get things done! And obviously, picking up where I left things last time.)
  • Read the synopses of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

At the very start of this post, my TBR contains exactly 768 books. That’s a whole lot, but there is still a lot of improvement since August and my first Down the TBR Hole post! Let’s tackle this down, one book at a time!

After some consideration, I noticed that these books were all added to my TBR shelf in 2015, around the time I joined bookstagram. But since four years have passed, and I have gotten to know my reading taste a little better, it’s safe to say I probably won’t be reading them any time soon… Unless I have a surprise and actually read them right away, who knows!


1. Divided by Eloise Dyson

“A hero divided at birth is the one destined to save us, a new world will come.” Divided is a YA dystopia and I can’t remember why I had added it to my TBR. Until this moment, I had completely forgotten about its existence so it’s safe to say that I will never read it. Sorry not sorry.

IT GOES.

2. Io Descendus: Journal of a Time Traveler by Florian Armas

Once again, I have no idea how this book ended on my TBR. While I do love time traveling, this particular book doesn’t really seem to appeal to me anymore. So again:

IT GOES.

3. Starflight by Melissa Landers

This one is labeled as YA Science-Fiction and romance. The MC is an outcast who grew up in an orphanage. In a twist of fate, our characters are set on a quest towards a new planet. Yet another book I had completely forgotten about up until now. Safe to say I will never read it.

IT GOES.

4. I am Malala by Malala Yousafszai

Unlike the rest of this list, it’s a wonder I still haven’t read this book. There’s no need to introduce Malala to you by now. And I do desperately want to read this book, I really don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet.

IT STAYS.

5. A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman

Another YA fantasy with a princess and mysterious things happening in the kingdom. This one was published in 2013, I added it to my infamous TBR in 2015, and as I am more often than not trying to read new releases, I think it is safe to say that I will never get around to reading this one.

IT GOES.

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6. Finish This Book by Keri Smith

At the time I added this to my TBR, I was discovering the wonders of Wreck This Journal and decided that I must discover all of Keri Smith’s creations. My obsession with them is long gone, I haven’t touched my journal in years even though I never got to finish it. They are pretty awesome though, but I know I will never actually read/do the thing.

IT GOES.

7. Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists by Lisa Nola

This is not even a book, it’s a journal which was probably added on my TBR at the same time as my Keri Smith obsession happened. I’m not planning on getting this anymore, so it’s safe to say:

IT GOES.

8. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

The story of a group of students and their flamboyant English teacher. This one I do want to read, as I heard so many great things about it: both the book and the movie actually. I feel like it’s a piece of (pop) culture I’m definitely missing, so I am keeping it on the list!

IT STAYS.

9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This one has become a bit of a modern classic, when it comes to French books. It’s the story of Renée, who is a concierge in a Parisian appartment building. I have heard A LOT about this book, and still don’t really know what to expect, but I know I will eventually read it. And I’m glad this list contains at least one French book!

IT STAYS

10. Rebelle Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This one is another YA Fantasy set in Alabama that has been on my radar since FOREVER. I’ve heard both excellent reviews of it and terrible ones, and I’m actually really curious about it, because I want to make my own opinion on it.

IT STAYS.

Verdict: I’m keeping 4/10


I was doing so great in the first part of this list, I don’t know what happened by the end. But I’m only keeping four of them books, so that’s the spirit! As of now, and after doing some extra cleaning, my TBR contains exactly 746 books, which means that I have removed almost 50 books since last month, either by actually reading them (incredible, I know right) or by simply kicking them out of the list. Maybe one day I will have this TBR under control!

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[me @ my TBR]

Down The TBR Hole #2

For starters, an accurate representation of me trying to get my shit together when it comes to my TBR:

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Not too long ago, I did a “Down the TBR Hole” post, and as it turns out, I had a lot of fun doing it! It just felt so satisfying to do some cleaning when it comes to my FICTIONAL SHELVES you know. While I have, in the meantime, also removed some other books, I decided to give this prompt a go one more time!

This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. If you want to check out my previous post, here’s the link.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books.
  • Read the synopses of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

As I start this list, my TBR shelf on Goodreads contains 781 books. I picked up the ones following the ten (now five) mentioned in my previous post (which had started with 797 books, so it’s safe to say we are making some small progress!)

1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I heard time after time that this book was hilarious and brilliant and unique. I desperately want to read it. I have shelved it on Goodreads back in 2015, so yes, it’s been a long time. And I swear I WILL eventually read it.

IT STAYS, obviously.

2. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This one is a YA coming-of-age story about friendship and music. While I do love YA, I’m trying this days to keep up with more recent publications. As it’s been on my TBR shelf since 2015, it’s safe to say that I will never pick it up.

IT GOES.

3. Plus One by Christopher Noxon

Apparently, Plus One is a comedy sort of book that has something to do with Hollywood. I had completely forgotten about it until I found it on my TBR list and included in this article. The summary doesn’t even appeal to me that much. To be fairly honest, I know better and better what I actually like to read now, which is great, and also why it seems like a good time to do some cleaning on my TBR shelves!

IT GOES.

4. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The story of five sisters who, for some reason, decided to take their own lives. It’s also something about the boys who lived next door. That’s pretty much what I know about this book. But it’s a bit of a classic, and it has always mysteriously want to read it. I’m not giving up on it just yet, because I’m really curious about it.

IT STAYS.

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(me, mercilessly adding books to my TBR)

5. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Okay so here’s the trick: this book has excellent ratings but it’s high fantasy which feems like a huge investment of the time that I don’t have. Before I pick up such a series, I for example would like to finish A Song of Ice and Fire. And read Priory of the Orange Tree. And read more of Ken Follett’s books because I actually own a bunch of them (A Column of Fire, I’m not forgetting about you, we’ll get there eventually). So sorry Brandon Sanderson, I won’t be reading your books any time soon.

IT GOES.

6. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

Set in 15th century France, this one tells the story of a girl who escaped an arranged marriage by going to a convent which ended up training her to become an assassin. It’s a book about love and treason and I have to admit that it looks pretty cool. I had forgotten about it up til now, and upon this re-discovery feel like I need to read it RIGHT NOW.

IT STAYS.

7. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Quick blurb taken straight from Goodreads: “Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.” It’s a romance book that also deals with race issues in the 30s/40s. To be honest I don’t see myself reading this book any time soon, but at the same time, I’m still intrigued by it, so I’m going to leave it on my TBR shelf for the time being.

IT STAYS.

8. We Should Hang Out Some Time by Josh Sundquist

In this autobiographical book, Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker Josh Sundquist studies the question of why he never had a girlfriend. To be fairly honest, I think I would have enjoyed this book when I added to my TBR shelf back in 2015, but now? I’m not sure. And the fact that I still haven’t picked it up, and had actually erased from my mind the fact that this was in fact, a memoir, leads me to think that I will never be reading it.

IT GOES.

9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

From what I gather (and yes, I know, I’m the last person on Earth to read this book) it’s the story of two siblings, and also a story about falling in love and growing up. Every time I go to Shakespeare & Co and see it, I think “oh, I should read this, maybe I’ll buy it next time”. After reading the summary one more time, I think I actually might buy it the next time I come across it.

IT STAYS.

10. Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch by Dai Sijie

I completely forgot about this book until now, but I know that I added it on my TBR shelf after reading and really enjoying Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress by the same author. Here’s the blurb, again taken from Goodreads because I’m not that good at summing up books that I haven’t read yet: “Fresh from 11 years in Paris studying Freud, bookish Mr. Muo returns to China to spread the gospel of psychoanalysis. His secret purpose is to free his college sweetheart from prison. To do so he has to get on the good side of the bloodthirsty Judge Di, and to accomplish that he must provide the judge with a virgin maiden.” The reviews are not that great, but I still have hope. This book looks like something just outside of my comfort zone, but also something that could be interesting when it comes to the recent history of China, so I’ll just keep it in a corner of my mind for now!

IT STAYS.

Verdict: I only removed 4 out of those 10 books. But I’m not giving up, this never-ending TBR pile of mine will go down, one book at a time.
Some wise words to conclude:

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Down The TBR Hole

I was blog hopping when I stumbled across a “Down the TBR Hole” post on Fadwa’s blog @ Word Wonders and I realised that I too needed to do some cleaning up on my never-ending TBR. As I right now start this blog post, it has exactly 797 books on it. Now let’s be real, I’m never going to read all of that. Some of them were added to this black hole of a list back in 2013 or 2014, and there’s a huge chance that I don’t even want to read them anymore. So I decided to give this a go!

In addition to that, I was running out of inspiration for new blog posts, so this was the perfect opportunity to do something a little different!

This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I’ve picked 10)
  • Read the synopsis of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So here we go, starting from some of the oldest books on my TBR!

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1. No et Moi by Delphine de Vigan

The first book on my list is a book in French. It’s a story about two teenage girls, one is very smart, and the other one is homeless. I heard many great things about it. I’m actually reading another book by this author right now, and it reminded me of how much I actually wanted to read it.

IT STAYS. (And hopefully, I’ll be reading this in the next few months)

2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

This one is the story of a nice zombie who falls in love with a human girl. I’m pretty sure I added it to my TBR when the movie was released. I don’t really want to read it anymore. YA has evolved a lot since 2012, and there are so many books that I want to read more than this one… I don’t even like zombies.

IT GOES.

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This one is a rather well-known book. It’s about two sisters, one of them has leukemia, and the other one was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister. I heard many great things about this one, and I have to admit that I want to read it to make up my own opinion on it.

IT STAYS.

4. The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson

I can’t remember for the life of me adding this book to my TBR list. According to Goodreads, it’s a story about grief, and accepting the fact that you may fall in love again. As I had forgotten the existence of this book until five minutes ago, I am pretty sure that I will never get around to reading it.

IT GOES.

5. Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

This one is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet with a modern twist. I have a soft spot for retellings, and I’m always looking for more to read and discover. I think this could be something that I could enjoy, and it seems to have a decent rating. At least, I want to give it a go.

IT STAYS.

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6. P. S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

According to Goodreads, P.S. I Love You is “a novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again”. I haven’t read any of Cecelia Ahern books, although I did have the opportunity, and I’m pretty sure that I will never get around to reading this one. I’d rather read YA Fantasy or Literary Fiction to be honest.

IT GOES.

7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I have a general idea of what this book is about. It’s the story of a girl and a boy, a man and a woman who keep meeting through time, but he is not following the same timeline. It’s something that I definitely want to read, as I am generally a huge fan of time travel stories. And yes, it appears to have been on my TBR for four years or so. But I will definitely read it one day.

IT STAYS.

8. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

This one is a classic, and according to Goodreads “a poignant tale of love and betrayal”. I am always trying to read more classics, and this one seems to be something that I could enjoy.

IT STAYS.

9. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

A story about heartbreak, falling in love and falling out of love from what I gather. I thought that I really wanted to read this book, but if I take to seconds just to think about it, I don’t really have any interest in it anymore. And let’s face it, it has been on my TBR shelf for four years without moving an inch, so I’m probably never going to even purchase it at this rate.

IT GOES.

10. The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch

This one is a medieval story with bits of murder and fantasy. I translated some texts by Iris Murdoch in class back when I started uni, which is how I came across this book, but I have lost all interest by now.

IT GOES.

VERDICT: I’m keeping 5/10.


As it turns out, I had a lot of fun doing this. It’s also really satisfying to see my TBR growing slightly smaller, I have to admit. So I think that I will do this again soon!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want To Read This Summer

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLaineyand she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

As Sam decided to go on hiatus for the summer, there are no common topics, so I’m basically just scrolling through old topics to see if I can get some inspiration. This week I was considering doing a “summer reads” but I feel like I always want to mention the same books when it comes to Summer reads (whether on my blog here or here or on my booktube) or Spring reads for that matter. Therefore at least for this week I decided to talk about something else!

I rarely make TBR posts anymore, but for today, here are five books I would like to read over the summer! Literally the last time I made some kind of TBR was in January, and among those five books I have only read one so far, good job me. But I’m going to try again today, finger crossed I actually end up reading those books! I picked five books that have now been sitting on my shelves for at least a few months. Most of them are contemporaries, because I love reading me a good ol’ contemporary in the summer, and without further ado, here goes the list, starting with two 2019 releases!

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

The sequel to Beautiful Broken Things, set two years later. I absolutely love Sara Barnard’s writing, and I can’t wait to see what happened to Suzanne, Caddy and Rosie. I’m all the more excited considering it’s supposed to deal with college!

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

I remember that I got an ARC of One Of Us Is Lying back in 2017 and I absolutely loved it, so when I heard that Karen McManus was releasing a new book, I immediately preordered a copy, and it has now been lying on my bedroom floor sitting on my shelves since its release. Hopefully I can finally get around reading it this summer!

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

I got this one at the Paris bookfair back in March. As I said earlier, I think that contemporaries are perfect reads for the summer, and Kasie West’s lovely romance are a perfect match for this mood!

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

I feel like I haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book in AGES and yet I love recommending them when asked for great summer reads, so maybe I will actually manage to follow my own advice and read this one over the summer! I’ve had it for more than a year, so it would actually be time to open and read it!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

The only book on this list that is not a contemporary. I have been meaning to read this ever since I finished The Lunar Chronicles and for some reason, I still haven’t even though I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. It looks like a big chunky book, but nothing I haven’t seen before! Hopefully I get around reading it soon!


And that’s it for today’s T5W and TBR, hopefully I actually respect it for once! And feel free to recommend some of your favourite summer reads so that I can add them to my never ending TBR list as well…

Top 5 Wednesday: Top of my TBR

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLaineyand she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


The theme for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is “Top of your TBR” and it feels like I’m going to talk about the same books I’ve been wanting to picks up for weeks months and still haven’t picked up but here goes the list! And hopefully I WILL pick up those very soon!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’ve been talking about this book ever since its released day, I had even preordered it, and its been sitting on my shelves ever since… I promise I will pick it up soon, I have no excuse, really. I just need to finish some of the books that I’m currently reading, and they’re all so good, and then, I’ll read City of Ghosts.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I’ve been meaning to read this books for years, and I have now owned it for a bunch of months, and yet I haven’t read it yet. It deals with a topic that is dear to my heart as I’m a vegetarian, and it honestly looks super interesting. Hopefully I pick that one up soon as well. I know it was already on the list the last time I did a TBR related T5W.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Another book I was highly anticipating, and actually haven’t read once it was released. I honestly heard so many great things about this one, I can’t wait to dive into it. I really think Hank Green is awesome, so his book can only be awesome too, right?

Wildcard by Marie Lu

I read Warcross soon after its own release date if I remember correctly and really enjoyed it, so of course I was highly anticipating its sequel. I was really waiting for it, and then it was released and I somehow forget about it. I heard mixed reviews about it but I personally can’t wait to see what happens to Emika. Hopefully I will pick up this one soon as well — for now it’s quietly waiting on my Kindle.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman (Unwind #3)

I started reading the UNWIND dystology over the summer, knowing that they were my cousin’s favourite books, but somehow with low expectations. I ended up really loving the first and the second book, but I never got around reading the third one for some reason. I also have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I read this one sooner than later as well!


Thanks for reading, feel free to share the books on top of your TBR in the comments, I’d love to talk!