Recently Added to My TBR: February 2019

I know.

Seeing this many books added to someone’s TBR list in just one month would probably give some people massive anxiety, but it is a total bi-product of
consuming so much bookish media: blogs and BookTube in particular, but also browsing any bookstore or library I can find when given a chance.

My dad, who only recently started reading (romance novels!) almost fainted when he realized that six of my bookshelves were all books I haven’t read yet. He said he felt overwhelmed because he bought 6 cowboy romance novels from Publix the other day.

Yes, my dad reads cowboy romance novels… and Mariana Zapata novels. Those are his favorites and I love every second of it. So much so that I gave him my Kindle since Mariana’s books are all on Kindle Unlimited.

Anyway, all this to say, yes, I know this is a lot of books (though not nearly as many as last month) and, no, I don’t mind.

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Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR February 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?

Continue reading “Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR February 2019”

Reading List: February 2019 {Includes ContemporaryAThon and Dragons & Tea Book Club Reads}

How has everyone’s first month of 2019 been so far?

Mine has been absolutely fantastic and I’m excited for all the things still to come, particularly with my blog and BookTube channel.

2019 has definitely been a year of bookish fun so far for me, and I’d be 100% ok with it if that stuck around all year long.

Anyway, it’s nearly the beginning of February and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

I’m super excited about this month because it’s my first month participating in Melanie’s (Meltotheany) book club: Dragons & Tea Book Club. I’ll also be participating in Contemporaryathon hosted by Chelsea at Chelseadolling Reads, Julie at Pagesandpens, and Melanie at Meltotheany.

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Recently Added to My TBR: January 2019

Like I mentioned in my Decluttering post, I’ve been adding so many books to my TBR lately, it’s almost embarrassing… but I have no regrets. Most of the books I’ve added to my TBR are because of all the BookTube videos I’ve been watching.

I also indulged in some book shopping this month and last since BookOutlet had a sale and so did the library. I always end up adding more books that way because I discover so many as I’m browsing.


Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

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Piece of Work
This is all because of Kayla over at Books and Blends.
The Dreamers
This is a book I picked up at the Library Book Sale over the weekend.
Bright Before Sunrise
This is another Library Book Sale book that is currently on my shelf.
The Sweet Far Thing
This was another Library Book Sale find!
Written in the Stars
I saw this book on Book Outlet and almost bought it, but I’m glad I didn’t because I actually found it at the Library Book Sale.
Fatal Tide
My mom found this for me at the Book Sale.
The Christmas Sisters
This was gifted to me from my mom who insisted it’s a great book. I have two sisters and she thought I would appreciate it.
Burning Moon (Destination Love, #1)
Another book gifted to me from my mom. Normally it’s not something I’d pick for myself, but it’s also highly rated on Goodreads.
Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1)
My mom found this for me at the Library Book Sale.
Conjured
I came across this at the Book Sale this weekend. The cover caught my eye.
The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
Player
I added this because of Kayla’s review!
Love, an Index
This was a Book Outlet find that I thought looked good.
Tasting Never (Tasting Never, #1)
Six of Hearts (Hearts, #1)
Left Drowning (Left Drowning, #1)
A Million Junes
Suitors and Sabotage
Book Outlet find. How great is this title?
My Heart and Other Black Holes
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)
I added this because of Meltotheany’s review.
A Conspiracy of Stars (Faloiv, #1)
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)
Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)
Kiss of the Royal
Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)
Renegades (Renegades, #1)
The Afterlife of Holly Chase
The Way I Used to Be
Heretics Anonymous
The Woman in the Window
Killer Fashion: Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
Death Prefers Blondes
We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1)
In Other Lands
It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History
Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)
I can’t remember which BookTuber talked about this one, but I do know that’s where I heard of this book!
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)
I got this in my OwlCrate box!
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
I found this at my local library bookstore.
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
I found this at my local library bookstore.
The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries, #1)
I found this at my local library bookstore.
Lovers & Players
I found this at my local library bookstore.
Slayer (Slayer, #1)
I’ve been seeing this around everywhere and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m a HUGE Buffy fan and I read the entire book series back when I was in high school.
The Girl at Midnight
Why We Broke Up
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #1)
In Paris With You
Uprooted
Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)
Wild Beauty
The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)
Cruel Crown (Red Queen, #0.1-0.2)
Glass Sword
The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life
All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
There Will Be Other Summers (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #2)
I added this not too long after reading (and loving) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Sea Witch (Sea Witch, #1)
Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2)
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters, #3; Addicted, #3.1)
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
The Poet X
Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)
I’ve been seeing this one everywhere and while this isn’t a genre I usually reach for, I definitely want to give it a try!
Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)
Drink, Slay, Love
Starry Night
Jan 06, 2019
Vassa in the Night
Furthermore (Furthermore, #1)
A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood, #1)
Dear Evan Hansen
I love the musical and can’t wait to read the book.
The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
This is another one I’ve seen everywhere and it looks so good!
Verity
I love Colleen Hoover!
A Heart in a Body in the World
Deb Calletti is one of my favorite YA authors and I’ve been seeing this one everywhere.
The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights, #1)
Again, but Better
I really love watching Christine’s reviews on BookTube! Can’t wait to see what her book is like!
The Perfect Couple
The Wicker King
Meltotheany’s review is hard to ignore!
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
Meltotheany loves this series!
Punk 57
I loved Birthday Girl and Adrianna really liked this one.
The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch, #2)
Lost to You (Regret, #0.5)
Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR January 2019

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?

 

Continue reading “Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR January 2019”

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:

Recently Added to My TBR: September 2018

Hello Bookish Peeps!

How has everyone’s week been so far? Mine… has not gone as planned. I’ve been looking forward to this week for awhile because it’s my parents’ library’s annual book sale that I attend (and take off of work for!) every year. I’ve been looking forward to spending the next few days with them, buying all the super cheap books, and eating my dad’s amazing food.

Instead?

My daughter got sick yesterday, so I’ve been taking care of a sick kiddo and will be doing so all day today as well.

I’m SO bummed. I feel bad for my little one and, selfishly, I feel bad for myself.

My husband has been out of town since yesterday, so there is no way I can make it to the book sale today or tomorrow.

I also have a 10K on Sunday, but we’ll see how that goes. My dad and I were supposed to do that together. I’m just hoping I don’t get sick, too 😦

Anyway, let’s go ahead and talk about all the books I’m flooded into my TBR this month!


Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

 

I’m on a mission to read all of Colleen Hoover’s books because I haven’t come across one that I dislike so far! Also, I love the title All Your Perfects. I also didn’t realize that Hunt existed. I’ve read the rest of the Wildcats series, so I definitely need to read this one. My mom gave me Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores and Sweet Little Lies.

 


One Snowy Night came from my mom. Daughter of the Pirate King and Into the Crooked Place were Goodreads Recs. RoomHate is a rec that I got from Ginny’s review.

 


I’m absolutely obsessed with The All Souls Trilogy, so when I saw this release, I was super excited. One was another Goodreads Rec.

 


Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR #3

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?

When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity #1) by Alexandra Ivy

It’s been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she’s survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a vampire she both desires and fears.

For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A terrible twist of fate has now made Abby that woman. Three hours ago. Dante would have used all his charms to seduce her. Now she is his to protect. And he will do so until his very death.

A terrifying plan has been set in motion, one that will plunge Dante and Abby into an epic battle between good and evil – and a desperate race to save their love…

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

 

Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

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

 

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

You’ve either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend’s irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.
Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won’t be ashamed to talk about in the morning.

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

 

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

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

 

Shadow Hills (Shadow Hills #1) by Anastasia Hopcus

After her sister Athena’s tragic death, it’s obvious that grief-stricken Persephone “Phe” Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister’s sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA — a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills’ history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach — the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after — seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister’s untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

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

 

 

 

Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

“Sometimes you do not truly observe something until you study it in reverse,” writes Karim Issar upon arrival to New York City from Qatar in 1999. Fluent in numbers, logic, and business jargon yet often baffled by human connection, the young financial wizard soon creates a computer program named Kapitoil that predicts oil futures and reaps record profits for his company.

At first an introspective loner adrift in New York’s social scenes, he anchors himself to his legendary boss Derek Schrub and Rebecca, a sensitive, disillusioned colleague who may understand him better than he does himself. Her influence, and his father’s disapproval of Karim’s Americanization, cause him to question the moral implications of Kapitoil, moving him toward a decision that will determine his future, his firm’s, and to whom—and where—his loyalties lie.

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

 

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the print of a bare foot on the inside of his car’s windshield doesn’t match her own. Teenage cousins, drugged by summer, meet with a reckoning in the woods. A boy runs off to the carnival after his stepfather bites him in a brawl. Wells Tower’s version of America is touched with the seamy splendor of the dropout, the misfit: failed inventors, boozy dreamers, hapless fathers, wayward sons. With electric prose and savage wit, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is a profound new collection of stories.

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

 

Too Soon to Say Goodbye by Art Buchwald

When doctors told Art Buchwald that his kidneys were kaput, the renowned humorist declined dialysis and checked into a Washington, D.C., hospice to live out his final days. Months later, “The Man Who Wouldn’t Die” was still there, feeling good, holding court in a nonstop “salon” for his family and dozens of famous friends, and confronting things you usually don’t talk about before you die; he even jokes about them.
Here Buchwald shares not only his remarkable experience–as dozens of old pals from Ethel Kennedy to John Glenn to the Queen of Swaziland join the party–but also his whole wonderful life: his first love, an early brush with death in a foxhole on Eniwetok Atoll, his fourteen champagne years in Paris, fame as a columnist syndicated in hundreds of newspapers, and his incarnation as hospice superstar. Buchwald also shares his sorrows: coping with an absent mother, childhood in a foster home, and separation from his wife, Ann.
He plans his funeral (with a priest, a rabbi, and Billy Graham, to cover all the bases) and strategizes how to land a big obituary in The New York Times (“Make sure no head of state or Nobel Prize winner dies on the same day”). He describes how he and a few of his famous friends finagled cut-rate burial plots on Martha’s Vineyard and how he acquired a Picasso drawing without really trying.

What we have here is a national treasure, the complete Buchwald, uncertain of where the next days or weeks may take him but unfazed by the inevitable, living life to the fullest, with frankness, dignity, and humor.

“[Art Buchwald] has given his friends, their families, and his audiences so many laughs and so much joy through the years that that alone would be an enduring legacy. But Art has never been just about the quick laugh. His humor is a road map to essential truths and insights that might otherwise have eluded us.”
–Tom Brokaw

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

 

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la — this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

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

 

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried (Bloom’s Guides) by Harold Bloom

– Comprehensive reading and study guides for some of the world’s most important literary masterpieces
– Concise critical excerpts provide a scholarly overview of each work
– “The Story Behind the Story” details the conditions under which the work was written
– Each book includes a biographical sketch of the author, a descriptive list of characters, an extensive summary and analysis, and an annotated bibliography

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Pretty sure this was supposed to be the actual book by Tim O’Brien LOL!

 

 

Here are the stats

Starting Total TBR Count: 1760
Previous Total TBR Count: 1762
Total Marked TBR ASAP: 133
Updated Total TBR Count: 1763

Recently Added to My TBR: August 2018

The Month of Birthdays is finally coming to a close with my husband’s on the 30th.

This year was the first year of my daughters’ birthdays that I got truly sad and not just excited for what is to come as they get older. Particularly my oldest daughter turning 6 and entering 1st grade… for some reason it hit me hard.

How much longer will she think I hung the moon? How much longer will she want me to cuddle with her? How much longer will she play with my hair like she’s been doing since she developed fine motor skills? How much longer will she be ridiculously excited to see me when I pick her up from school, and just a little sad when I leave for work?

Impermanence is a blessing and a curse. The realization that it applies to all things makes you appreciate what you have, when you have it, for as long as you have it so much more. At least it should.

Anyway, enough with the boo-hoo cryfest, let’s get on to the books!

This is a fairly new feature I’ve added to the blog last month where I show you all the books that I’ve added to my TBR! (As if the thing isn’t long enough. I just purged a bunch of books and now I’m adding so much more. #ViciousCycle)

 


Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

First, OMG R.L. Stine is writing more Fear Street novels! I was OBSESSED with Fear Street growing up and I’m living for this comeback! I found out about it thanks to this post over at Sophril Reads!

As for The Simple Wild… when Meltothethany recommends a book this highly, you better goddamn read it!

Love Songs & Other Lies was mentioned by The Book Dutchesses in a comment, and I was sold!

As for Royally, I’d just finished Royally Matched and decided I NEEDED to read the rest of the series!

 


What If It’s Us is another book I saw that Meltothethany rec that I saw from her on Goodreads!

 


I went to the Readers and Writers Conference in Tampa this past weekend and scanned a few books I saw there (and a few books I bought) into Goodreads!

And then I committed the cardinal book lover sin by watching Crazy Rich Asians before reading the book, but I’m rectifying the situation because I now own the book and will read it!

 


Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?

 

 

 

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR #2

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?

 

You guys, the Francesca Lia-Block obsession when I joined Goodreads was REAL! Every. Single. Book. is by her this time around!

 


Here are the stats

Starting Total TBR Count: 1760

Previous Total TBR Count: 1772

Total Marked TBR ASAP: 132

Current Total TBR Count: 1762

 


 

 

Ecstasia by Francesca Lia-Block

Siblings Calliope and Rafe, along with Dionisio and Paul, are Ecstasia—the most popular band in Elysia, a city of jewels and feathers, of magic and music, where the only crime is growing old. Then Calliope’s visions take her to Under, where the Old Ones go to die, and where her parents had vanished long ago. Rafe joins her there, in search of the Doctor, who can bring back the dead to ease their loved ones’ broken hearts. And that is when rapture turns to nightmare.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

 

Primavera by Francesca Lia-Block

From the very moment she was born, Primavera’s songs made water flow and flowers blossom. She brought new life to the desert where her family lives. But even in Paradise there are dreams that cannot be fulfilled. Primavera is in love with a man who can never be hers–so when a handsome stranger offers her the gift of a horse-headed motorcycle, Primavera leaves home in search of the magical city of Elysia. But in Elysia, Primavera discovers that she has left behind everything she truly needs, everyone she truly cares about–and, if the city has its way, she will never find her way back home.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

Nymph by Francesca Lia-Block

An interconnected series of stories, NYMPH is a special journey through the lives and loves of characters like Plum, a Crayon-haired girl who has a gift: if she makes love with a person, that person will then meet their true love, or Tom, a burned out surfer whose luck changes when he is rescued by a mysterious, wheelchair-bound woman, or Sylvie, a chronically depressed poet who finds beauty in unexpected places. Block’s erotic explorations of these smoky, kaleidoscopic fables are anything but conventional; these are stories of love, loss, and life, about the healing power of sex and bonding.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

Quakeland by Francesca Lia-Block

After enduring from afar a seemingly endless series of outside worldwide disasters–including 9/11 and the Asian tsunami–while living in earthquake-prone Los Angeles, a bereft Katrina experiences deep inner longings for some sense of permanence, meaning, and intimacy. A pre-school teacher contemplating the unsettling challenges of her mid-life, she finds solace in the company of her dear friend, Grace, and conflict in the arms of Jasper, a narcissistic yoga instructor.

In this intertwining series of emotionally charged stories, wistful characters weave together a dance of joy and sorrow, gain and loss, dissonance and harmony.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia-Block

People pity me, but mostly they feel envy. I have all the luxury and freedom a girl my age could want.

Something is happening to Charlotte Emerson. Like the fires that are ravaging the hills of Los Angeles, it consumes her from the inside out. But whether it is her eternal loneliness, the memory of her brother, the return of her first love, or the brooding, magnetic Jared—she cannot say. What if it’s something more . . .

Something to do with the sudden tear in her perfect nails. The heat she feels when she’s with Jared. The blood rushing once again to her cheeks and throughout her veins.

For Charlotte is a vampire, witness to almost a century’s worth of death and destruction. But not since she was a human girl has mortality touched her.

In what way will you be transformed?

Until now.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

 

Blood Roses by Francesca Lia-Block

What shall we do, all of us?

All of us passionate girls who fear crushing the boys we love with our mouths like caverns of teeth, our mushrooming brains, our watermelon hearts?

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

 

Topmodel by Francesca Lia-Block

Once upon a time, in the bubble-gum-snapping, glitter polish-wearing, lip-gloss-applying San Fernando Valley, a gentle girl named Barbie met a feisty fairy named Mab: “Maybe Mab was real. Maybe there really are girls the size of pinkies with hair the color of the darkest red oleander blossoms and skin like the greenish-white underbellies of calla lilies…. But it doesn’t matter if Mab is real or imagined, Barbie thought, as long as I can see her.” Mab, with her crabby commentary and no-holds-barred opinions, gives Barbie the strength she needs to face the horrors casting a shadow over her life in sunny, shimmering California. How else could Barbie survive her over-perfumed, over-tanned, overbearing stage mother, dragging her daughter to modeling agencies in the gold-plated hope of reliving her younger days as a beauty queen? Or the “cadaver-pale skin” and “fleshy mouth” of Hamilton Waverly, the “crocodile pedophile” photographer who makes Barbie feel “like the doll she had been named for, without even a hole where her mouth was supposed to be”? Mab glimmers and gabs by Barbie’s side throughout her teen years as she becomes a successful fashion model, falls in love, and endures all the troubles that come along for the ride–in addition to facing the black secret of her past.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

Ruby by Francesca Lia-Block

After growing up in an abusive family, Ruby escapes to Los Angeles and learns of her soulmate — Orion — a British actor. She travels to England, where she works at a potions and herbs shop, and through a series of coincidental circumstances, ends up nursing Orion back to health without confessing that she has been on a quest to find him all along. But just when she thinks her dream is becoming a reality, Ruby is stopped in her tracks by the violent demons of her past. Only by facing the darkness together can she and Orion finally fulfill their destiny.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia-Block

But this is what I could not give up: I could not give up myself.

Psyche has known Love–scented with jasmine and tasting of fresh oranges. Yet he is fleeting and fragile, lost to her too quickly. Punished by self-doubt, Psyche yearns to be transformed, like the beautiful and brutal figures in the myths her lover once spoke of. Attempting to uncover beauty in the darkness, she is challenged, tested, and changed by the gods and demons who tempt her. Her faith must be found again, for if she is to love, she must never look back.

Keep or Ditch? Ditch

 

 

The Frenzy by Francesca Lia-Block

Liv has a secret.

Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn’t belong anymore—not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she’s with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town.

But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.

While Corey and Liv’s love binds them together, Liv’s dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who—or what—she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . .

Keep or Ditch? Ditch