Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR September 2019

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

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
  • Read the synopsis of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Kiss of Deception is the first audiobook in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles

Date added to TBR:Jul 31, 2016
Keep or Ditch?Keep
Comments: I actually have the boxed set of this entire series. I love the covers and those are honestly what drew me to them. I definitely want to keep this one.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Date added to TBR:Jul 31, 2016
Keep or Ditch?Keep
Comments:I actually really want to read more psychological thrillers and this one sounds pretty awesome. It also is very highly rated on Goodreads.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

Date added to TBR: Jul 31, 2016
Keep or Ditch?Keep
Comments:I honestly don’t even need to read the synopsis, I plan to read everything Colleen Hoover writes.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

Date added to TBR: Jul 31, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: This is a whole lot of meh for me. I’m deeply uninterested in this type of story these days.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1) by Amanda Lovelace

“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This book is currently on my bookshelf and I still definitely want to read it!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: My niece has been trying to get me to read this forever.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I’ve been trying to get on this series bandwagon for a long time. I’ve not given up yet!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This book is gorgeous and sounds interesting.

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I have this entire series on my bookshelf and although it has gotten mixed reviews, I still would like to give it a try.

The Falconer
(The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

Date added to TBR: Dec 06, 2016
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I just don’t ever see myself reading this one. The reviews aren’t great and for me to read this type of book, I think it would need to be super hyped.

Here are the stats

Starting Total TBR Count: 1994
Previous Total TBR Count: 1988
Updated Total TBR Count: 2041
Total Ditched Today: 2
Total Kept Today: 8

Goodreads Recs: To Read or Not to Read Book Tag #2

Hey there booklovers!

I created this tag and I thought I’d resurrect it once per month. Feel free to participate, too!

Because I’m SURE we all need MORE books on our TBR, right? /sarcasm

Here are the ‘rules’:

  1. Link back to Bree @ In Love & Words
  2. Look at your Goodreads Recommendations (Goodreads>Browse > Recommendations)
  3. Choose a shelf (To-Read, Read, etc.)
  4. Pick at least 3 of the recommended books
  5. Share the synopsis and covers of each book
  6. Add the “Recommended because I added _____ ” section (change to “list” view and hover over “Because you added…”)
  7. Decide whether or not you’re going to add it to your TBR
  8. Explain why or why not
  9. Tag at least 3 friends

Goodreads Book Recs

updated: March 26, 2019 09:33 AM. Based on my ‘Favorites’ shelf.

The Man I Love (The Fish Tales, #1) by Suanne Laqueur

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“A watershed moment exists in every man’s life, Fish—the moment he stops being his mother’s son and starts being his lover’s man. When he transitions from protected to protector.”

Erik “Fish” Fiskare is only a college junior when a gunman walks into the campus theater, intent on stopping the show. From the lighting booth, Fish sees his girlfriend, Marguerite “Daisy” Bianco, get caught in the line of fire. Everyone runs away from the stage but Fish, in a watershed moment, runs toward it.

Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of friends. At the center are Fish and Daisy, two soul mates who always brought out the best in each other. Both are hailed as heroes after the shooting, yet the tragedy starts to bring out the worst in them, tearing the circle apart.

Soon, Fish is running again—not toward Daisy this time, but as far away as possible. But can you really leave the one you were born to love? And is leaving always the end of loving?

“You never got over her, Fish. You just left. You may think that’s closure, but it isn’t. You may think a woman like Daisy comes along twice in a lifetime, but she doesn’t.”

Fearlessly touching on today’s social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik Fiskare’s journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.

“A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human.”

“A compelling, heartfelt, intense read. The Man I Love raises important and tough social topics that are relevant and timely.”

“An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations.”

“The Man I Love looks love, sex, depression and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding journey of forgiveness and recovery.”

“Laqueur combines the dynamics of a circle of friends with a school shooting. The result is The Man I Love, a gripping, angsty psychological romance that explores second chances at first love. Book clubs will find plenty to discuss in this coming-of-age emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery. The characters are flawlessly crafted and deserving of love after tragedy. You’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished.”

“From university to adulthood, through love and loss, devotion and betrayal, estrangement and forgiveness, the Fish Tales series will bring you on an emotional journey of love and truth.”

Recommended because I added: All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? I really don’t think I can handle this. It’s a little too intense for me. I might consider it if it is highly recommended by a friend, but otherwise, I don’t think I can do it.

 

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1) by Annette Marie

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Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope… and hope is all she has left.

Recommended because I added: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Add to TBR? Yes
Why or Why Not? Wow this actually sounds really good and it’s highly rated on Goodreads. I actually can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before. The cover is pretty, too!

 

Charming Hannah (Big Sky, #1) by Kristen Proby

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From New York Times Bestselling author, Kristen Proby, comes the first in an all-new trilogy in her beloved Big Sky Series!

Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she’s still considered a “move in” by most of the locals, and that doesn’t bother her in the least. She’s the “new girl”, and she hasn’t regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can’t haunt her anymore.

As the newly appointed police chief, Brad Hull has the responsibility to keep his citizens safe and to maintain order. His roots in this town are deep—five generations deep, to be exact. Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus.

She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman. The chemistry is undeniable, and the heat in the bedroom is off the charts. Brad knew the minute he met Hannah that she was the one for him. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of her. But when the past catches up with Hannah, will Brad be able to protect her and their hearts?

Recommended because I added: Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? This sounds like it is a spin-off series and I’m kind of a stickler for reading things in order.

 

Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1) by Jillian Dodd

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Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Recommended because I added: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? I’m 100% not usually into the YA Hollywood trope. Though this one sounds like it could potentially be interesting, I’m just not interested enough.

 

Strength & Courage (The Night Horde SoCal, #1) by Susan Fanetti

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The only constant is change.

The Night Horde SoCal is the new charter of the Night Horde MC, one that rose up from the ashes of a violent war with a drug cartel. The Horde’s outlaw days ended with that war.

Muse, like many of his SoCal brothers, was a member of an MC that was destroyed in that fight. A former Nomad enforcer, he’s struggled to be settled in a straight life. But Southern California is his home, his family is now Horde, and he has responsibilities. So he keeps his head down and does his best to take care of his family and responsibilities.

Sidonie has recently moved to Madrone, the town where the Night Horde SoCal has set up its base, to begin her job as a social worker for San Bernardino County. It’s work she feels a sense of mission to do.

Muse and Sid meet under stressful circumstances, on opposite sides of a dilemma. When Muse tries to bring her to his side, a fire catches between them.

As their feelings for each other deepen, the work of the SoCal charter becomes dangerous again. But the club isn’t the only potential danger for Sid. Her own work carries risk, too.

Muse needs to keep her safe. Sid needs to stand on her own. They won’t have a future together until they find the place where those needs merge and make them stronger.

Strength & Courage is the first book in the Night Horde SoCal series. Though this series, and thus its backstory, spins off from the Signal Bend Series, and though key characters from that series appear here, this focus is on the SoCal charter. If you haven’t been to Signal Bend yet, you won’t be lost in Madrone.

Note: explicit sex & violence.

Recommended because I added: All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott
Add to TBR? No
Why or Why Not? You lost me at drug cartel.

 

Tag… You’re it!

 

 

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR #4

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

It works like this

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopsis of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be “normal,” Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia — until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman’s travels to reality’s darker side — and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I just don’t think I want to go down this road. I think it might be a tad too triggering for me.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I think I added this because I’d heard great things about this book, but I just don’t see myself picking this one up and reading it. It’s so far from what I usually read.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, War and Peace, presented here in the first new English translation in forty years, is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I mean, supposedly this is the greatest novel ever written. I feel like I need to read it, even if it’s just something I pick up on occasion.

 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I feel like if I’m going to read another Neil Gaiman, I’d rather it be a book in which I haven’t seen the movie already. My girls love this movie, so I’ve seen parts of it many times.

 

Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere #1) by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I love Neil’s writing style and story-telling and this one sounds good (and I don’t think there is a movie made about this one … and if there is, I haven’t seen it!)

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This one sounds really good, too!

 

Anansi Boys (American Gods) by Neil Gaiman

God is dead. Meet the kids. Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: Having read American Gods, I kind of feel like I need to read this one, too!

 

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days by Neil Gaiman

Gathered from Gaiman’s long career, this omnibus edition includes Gaiman’s early work on John Constantine: Hellblazer and Swamp Thing, as well as a never-before-reprinted Sandman story. An introduction by Gaiman himself is also included.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I guess I don’t really understand what this book is, exactly? Also, clearly I was on a Gaiman kick when I added these books lol

 

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . . A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself. Let me go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth. Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them. Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Meh

 

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Includes issues 1-8 of the original series.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: This sounds OK, but I’m not a huge graphic novel person and while I plan on reading some at some point, I need to limit how many I have on my TBR because I know I just won’t get to them.

 

Here are my current stats

Starting Total TBR Count: 1760
Previous Total TBR Count: 1762
Total Marked TBR ASAP: 134
Updated Total TBR Count:

Goodreads Recommendations: To Read or Not to Read #1

Hey there booklovers!

I thought I’d have a little fun today with my Goodreads recs. Feel free to think of this as a tag and do it over on your own blog! I’ll probably do this once a month or so. (Because I need to add more books to my TBR *insert eyeroll*)

Here are the ‘rules’:
Take a look at your Goodreads recommendations, choose a shelf, pick a few, share the synopsis, and decide whether you’ll add it to your TBR (including why or why not).

Goodreads Book Recs

updated: Sep 21, 2018 05:25AM. Based on my ‘Favorites’ shelf.

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Title: M-Theory: A Marauders Short Story (Marauders #0) by Lina Andersson*

Synopsis:

M-Theory: This theory combines the five different string theories into one. It states that strings are really 1-dimensional slices of a 2-dimensional membrane vibrating in 11-dimensional space and that the five different versions of string theory might describe the same thing seen from different perspectives. In plain text: it’s a fucking mystery.

Recommended because I added: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Add to TBR?: No. TBH, that synopsis told me nothing about this book.

 

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Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer, #1) by Lish McBride*

Synopsis:

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak. Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else. With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

Recommended because I added: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Add to TBR?: No. You know me, I always need at least little romance in most of my books. This doesn’t seem to have any.

 

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Title: Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller*

Synopsis:

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for. Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Recommended because I added: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Add to TBR?: YES! OMG! This sounds SO good! Especially after reading To Kill a Kingdom, I’m all about pirates right now… and the potential romance sounds so good!

 

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Title: A Little Ray of Sunshine by Lani Diane Rich*

Synopsis:

Emmy James is not the kind of girl who attracts angels. In fact, after she sent her life into a nosedive six years ago, she’s tried to attract as little as possible -attention, people, or responsibility. She skips from town to town in an Airstream trailer, working odd jobs and keeping to herself until a sudden whim lets her know it’s time to move again. And this works just fine, until the day two unexpected visitors show up at the New Jersey trailer park she calls home. One is a childhood friend with news: her mother and his father are getting married, and they want EJ to be there. The other is a sweet but odd woman named Jess, who says she’s an angel specializing in cosmic relationship mending…and blueberry pancakes. Jess doesn’t think it’s any coincidence that this is all happening at once, but EJ would rather run herself over with her own Airstream before reconnecting with her neglectful, self-absorbed mother. When she wakes up to find her trailer cruising down the highway with a determined angel at the wheel, however, EJ realizes that sometimes what you want and what the Universe intends for you can be two very different things…

Recommended because I added: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
Add to TBR?: No. Eh, it would take quite a bit for me to get into a book like this and I don’t really have the confidence that I’ll be able to based on the summary and the cover.

 

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Title: Flora Segunda (Flora Trilogy, #1) by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Synopsis:

Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever. Full of wildly clever plot twists, this extraordinary first novel establishes Ysabeau Wilce as a compelling new voice in teen fantasy.

Recommended because I added: Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Add to TBR?: No. The ratings aren’t that high and it’s not really my cup of tea.

 

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Title: One by Jewel E. Ann*

Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated. Until … God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier. It was one day. One moment. One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love. His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend. When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world. “We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.” ***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

Recommended because I added: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe
Add to TBR?: Yes! And, actually, I’m going to add the Jack & Jill book, too!

 

What books are on your Goodreads recs? Do you agree with them?

 

 

 

How I Organize My Goodreads Shelves

I have an ulterior motive for this post… if I’m being honest, I’m writing this post because I want YOU to share how you organize your Goodreads shelves.

This could quickly become torture for me because I imagine finding someone else’s way of organizing their shelves on Goodreads that I like better than my own… and then I’d have to spend half of my life reorganizing them… it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I organize my Goodreads shelves very simply and with a definite purpose. Goodreads is essential to me since I have a pretty decent sized home library, I need to be sure that I’m not buying books that I already own. Whenever I go to a bookstore or book sale, I have my Goodreads app open and the scanner up as I browse.

Here is how I organize my shelves:

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I have the regular bookshelves: Read, Currently Reading, and Want to Read. I added Did Not Finish to those main shelves so that the books that I don’t finish aren’t categorized under Read or Want to Read.

As for the “sub shelves” (I don’t actually know what they are called, but they are the shelves that act more as tags than their own shelves) I have them broken down like this:

 

ARC

Books that were provided to me by authors or publishers before they have been released in exchange for review consideration. As you can I see, I clearly don’t read a lot of ARCs. I’m extremely picky when it comes to readers copies because I always feel bad writing a negative review of a book that was given to me (that doesn’t stop me of writing a negative review if I don’t like a book, though.)

 

Autographed

Books that I’ve gotten signed by the authors and/or cover models and/or audiobook readers. When I started going to book conventions, I realized I wanted to keep track of all the books that I’ve gotten signed by authors.

 

Favorites

This shelf is mainly for my Goodreads profile since they are displayed there for anyone to see. I’m actually terrible about keeping this shelf updated, though. I think it’s a really important shelf because I know I usually will browse people’s favorites shelves before I friend them on GR to see if we have similar tastes.

 

On Audible

Knowing what books I have on Audible is really important for me. This way I don’t accidentally buy it in another format (unless I love it and want several versions!).

 

On Kindle

Same as my Audible shelf, I like to know what books I have on my Kindle so that I don’t accidentally buy the physical copy or audio copy.

 

On My Bookshelf

These are books that I own the physical copy of. Same as my Audible and Kindle shelves, it’s good to know what I already have in my collection (and what I still need!)

 

Reader’s Copy

Like the ARC bookshelf, I don’t have many here. These are books that I receive in exchange for review consideration, but they aren’t advanced copies, they are already released.

 

Shameless Book Con

These were books by authors who attended Shameless. I had every intention of reading as many as possible before the convention, but that didn’t happen LOL!

 

TBR ASAP

These are the books that I want to read immediately. Sometimes they are books that I already own in some format, but sometimes they are books that I don’t own. Trust me, narrowing down this shelf to under 200 books is actually really good compared to the thousands I have listed as straight up Want to Read.

 

Written By Me

Books that are written (and published) by me… Well… book. Singular (for now).

 

I’d love to read a breakdown of your Goodreads shelves! Please tag me or leave a link in the comments if you do!