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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime [tag]


I saw Hannah post this and decided I’d try it out, too! I always love lists like this and seeing how many I’ve read.

How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people!
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown  Yes
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury  Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow  Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote  Yes
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder  Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris  Yes
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  Yes
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut  Yes
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride  Yes
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot  Yes
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks  Yes
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster  Yes
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt  Yes
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus  Yes
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein  Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

Aaaand, I’ve read 32! That’s about a third, so not too bad. There are many more here on my TBR, so I’ll likely be reading those soon.

I tag anyone who would like to participate! Let me know how many you got. 🙂

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Down the TBR Hole #11

Started by Lost in a Story.

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?



A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken. 
But it’s not for the reasons we tend to think, as law professor Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we would still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. This is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us.
This is difficult to accept. Our nation is founded on the idea that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the camera angle of a defendant’s taped confession, the number of photos in a mug shot book, or a simple word choice during a cross-examination. In Unfair, Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. 
Over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awareness. Until we address these hidden biases head-on, Benforado argues, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses of our legal system.  
Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases—from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case—Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society’s weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes a wealth of practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.

This sounds interesting, and my sister liked it. KEEP.


Life’s Lottery

An adult role-playing novel where the reader can choose different narrative options which can result in very different plot resolutions, highlighting our existential lives, where seemingly small decisions have monumental consequences.

I don’t know why I added it, none of my friends have read it, and there are a lot of conflicting reviews. TOSS.


The Thirteenth Tale

Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once the imposing home of the March family–fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, Charlie her brutal and dangerous brother, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House conceals a chilling secret whose impact still resonates…

Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield’s past–and the mystery of the March family starts to unravel. What has Angelfield been hiding? What is its connection with the enigmatic author Vida Winter? And what is it in Margaret’s own troubled past that causes her to fall so powerfully under Angelfilds spell?

The description is super vague, but it’s been highly rated by several of my friends. KEEP.


Difficult Women

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State—which earned rave reviews and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe, and Kirkus—and her New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

I can’t believe I haven’t read any Roxane Gay yet. KEEP.


Under Rose-Tainted Skies

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

I’m intrigued by this one, but I’m not sure I’ll get around to it. TOSS, for now.

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The Ultimate Book Tag

Thanks so much to Danielle for the tag!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yup! When I was a kid, I used to read until I was too nauseous to continue. I guess I’d rather read and be miserable than not read at all, haha! Luckily, I don’t usually get carsick on the train, so I can read while commuting now.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

For me, it’s probably Joe Hill. His writing style includes a lot of dark humor, or humor in dark situations, and on top of that his writing is just tremendous.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter! 1. I’ve read it over and over and over. 2.  It essentially raised an entire generation of people. 3. The stories within it are more interesting and complex.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I typically carry a large purse with at least one book, a pencil bag, a personal journal, a book journal, my wallet, medications, a handkerchief, portable phone charger, earbuds, work ID/lanyard, gloves, and a few other small miscellaneous items.

5. Do you smell your books?

Maybe new ones sometimes, but not really anymore.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I love little illustrations in books!!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Gonna agree with Danielle and say Twilight! I definitely loved it when I first read it, and then realized it was relatively… bad.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Ummm, nothing that I can think of off the top of my head!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Definitely one of the comics I have.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?


11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I write a little bit, but don’t see myself getting published. Anything could happen, though!

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve aaaaalways been a reader.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Ummm, maybe Jane Eyre?

14. In school what was your best subject?

English or art.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I’d say thanks, and then probably put it in a Little Free Library. I’d be grateful for any gift.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Uhhhh, not sure.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I’m not a vlogger, so I don’t have to worry about this!

18. What is your favorite word?

Gosh, I have no idea.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?


20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies, they’re a lot more fun than vampires imo!

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Um, shapeshifters I guess?

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? 

Spirits! I love ghost stories [heart eyes emoji]

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Zombies, I’ve always loved them for some reason

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love!

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Depends on my mood, but usually action-packed with some love scenes.

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2017 Year in Review [tag]

I was tagged for this by Destiny! It’s a fun tag, even with some #yikes questions, so I’m excited to do it. 🙂

First Ever Female Doctor Who
(Favorite Female Protagonist)


I don’t know if this counts, because the book is a memoir, but my answer is Mara Wilson!

GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar
(An author you cut ties with)


I’ve been irritated with JKR for a while, but she really outdid herself this year. Buh byeeee. (I’ll keep my HP books, but I’m not picking up any of her new work, and have unfollowed her on social media!)

La La Land Oscar Mix Up
(A book that surprised you)


Definitely Warcross! The cover is, ahem, not my favorite, and I had never read any Marie Lu, so my expectations weren’t high. But this blew me away!

Hurricanes and Earthquakes
(A book that rocked your world)


Strange Weather nearly killed me. Thanks, Joe.

Louvre Abu Dhabi
(Favorite book cover art)


Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450 Mil
(A take-my-money book)


I read the library copy of this, but I’m tempted to just buy the entire series (I have book 1 but I NEEED all of them)

Total Eclipse
(A sequel that overshadows the first book)


I liked the second book in this series much more than the first!

Muslim Ban
(Favorite diverse read)

I am TRULY not prepared to answer this question, sorry!

Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup
(Most disappointing book)


So much regret.

Prince Harry Engaged
(Favorite Ship)


Finn/Charlie/Gena is my OTT (one true triad???)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(Most anticipated book)


I tag Steph, Jenniely, Wendy, Danielle, Beth, and whoever else would like to do this!

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The Grinch Book Tag

I was tagged by Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd to do the Grinch Book Tag! Is it bad that apparently my only Christmas-themed post is going to be a negative one? Oh well, gotta love that Grinch. The tag was originally created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes (check out that lipstick!)

Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out: Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill.


The Circle by Dave Eggers! I was SO excited at the start of this book, I thought some of the concepts were really cool and I was intrigued to see where the author would go with it and, well, it didn’t really go anywhere.

Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone: Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away.


I never want to see this cover again. (Or basically any other John Green cover. Keep ’em away from me.)

Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration: Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else. (Can’t pick a villain.)



Basically every character in Oliver Loving. But especially Charlie. DUDE, pull yourself together!

You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for.

I’ve been spoiled for a couple plotlines along the whole The Raven Boys series, but nothing too major! I tend to be good about avoiding spoilers.

It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with.


Rosemary, in Rosemary’s Baby. I still thought the story was super compelling, it just drove me nuts how naive she was!

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings: Name a couple you couldn’t stand.


Blomkvist and… literally any woman. He had no chemistry with anyone, yet they kept throwing themselves at him. Why?!

That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of: Show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for awhile and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of.


I’ve had this on my TBR for a while, and I even own a copy. But who knows if I will ever read it!

Grandma got run over by a reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about. (Warn people for spoilers! You can also use tv or movie deaths.)

Spoilers for The Raven Boys under the picture.


My poor sweet Noah. He should never have died and I love him SO MUCH.

The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long.


I liked this book, but why are there so many of them?!

The Grinch: Name one character you HATE. (No villains)


Charlie Loving, again. Just get it TOGETHER.

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Started by Lost in a Story.

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


While You Were Sleeping

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer. 

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. 
And worse – he has been stabbed to death. 

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart. 

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do. 

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything? 

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

Lots of meh reviews and it’s not really standing out to me. TOSS.



Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

I always feel obligated to read Gaiman, everyone loves this, and my friend has been begging me to read it since middle school. KEEP.


Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

I feel obligated to read this, too. KEEP.


Still Life with Tornado

“I am sixteen years old. I am a human being.”

Actually Sarah is several human beings. At once. And only one of them is sixteen. Her parents insist she’s a gifted artist with a bright future, but now she can’t draw a thing, not even her own hand. Meanwhile, there’s a ten-year-old Sarah with a filthy mouth, a bad sunburn, and a clear memory of the family vacation in Mexico that ruined everything. She’s a ray of sunshine compared to twenty-three-year-old Sarah, who has snazzy highlights and a bad attitude. And then there’s forty-year-old Sarah (makes good queso dip, doesn’t wear a bra, really wants sixteen-year-old Sarah to tell the truth about her art teacher). They’re all wandering Philadelphia—along with a homeless artist allegedly named Earl—and they’re all worried about Sarah’s future.

But Sarah’s future isn’t the problem. The present is where she might be having an existential crisis. Or maybe all those other Sarahs are trying to wake her up before she’s lost forever in the tornado of violence and denial that is her parents’ marriage.

“I am a human being. I am sixteen years old. That should be enough.”

Hmm, not really appealing to me right now. TOSS.


How to Build a Girl

What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes – and build yourself.

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer – like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes – but without the dying young bit.

By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realises she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?

Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease, with a soundtrack by My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a brilliant coming-of-age novel in DMs and ripped tights, that captures perfectly the terror and joy of trying to discover exactly who it is you are going to be.

Hmm yeah, this one isn’t really speaking to me either. I love the cover, but the story doesn’t seem like something I’m interested in right now. TOSS.09

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Currently Reading [tag]

I saw this tag over on Wendy’s blog a little while back and it looked fun, so I decided I’d do it too!

1) How many books do you usually read at once?

I used to only read two or three books at a time (a physical book and an eBook, and sometimes another one thrown in), but lately I’ve been reading ~8 books at a time! I know it’s not for everyone, but it helps me read more because I can just swap out books when I start to lag a little.

2) If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I have a spreadsheet (which I got from Rachel) that keeps track of how far into each book I am. My “goal” is 3% of each book per day, so usually I’ll read 20-25 min (or more, if I’m really into it!) of a book and switch, unless I’m way behind. Then I’ll try to spend more time with that book.

3) Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if my first bookmark was something flimsy that feels like it’s going to fall out!

4) Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

One in my bag, eBooks on my phone, and the rest stacked on the living room table.

5) What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

On a weekday, after work or on my bus ride to work in the morning. On a weekend, in the morning at a coffee shop.

6) How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It varies so wildly! I’d guess 50 pages, but that’s honestly a wild guess.

7) Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Off! Unless it’s a library book.

8) What position do you mainly use to read?

Sitting upright, with my legs curled under me.

9) Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

One of them, at least!

10) How often do you update your goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I used to try to do it once a day per book, but since I’m reading SO many books at once, that’s at least a handful of updates a day. At this point, I only update the progress right before I DNF something (so I know how far I got) or after I finish it.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!!

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5 Star Predictions

As soon as I saw Rachel post this, I knew I had to do it. It’s a challenge started by Mercedes on booktube. You choose 5 books on your TBR that you think you’ll give 5 stars to. After you’ve read them, you make a follow-up post seeing if they reached your expectations! Here are mine:


Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado


Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread #2

I’ve definitely done this tag once before, but I saw that Steph @ Lost: Purple Quill had done it and got the urge to do it again!

What you have to do is: randomise your read shelf on goodreads, choose first 3 books & then decide which one and why you want to burn, to rewrite & to reread.


1. Emma | ttyl | Arrows of the Queen

Burn: ttyl, I really liked it at the time I read it, but I’m sure I’d dislike it now.

Rewrite: Arrows of the Queen, the story had so much potential, but the writing left a lot to be desired.

Reread: Emma. It’s not quite my thing, but I’m not rewriting Jane Austen.


2. The Glass Castle | Proof of Heaven | Crime, Shame, and Reintegration

Burn: Proof of Heavenwhich my mom made me read and which I’m pretty sure ended up being totally (unsurprisingly) fake?

Rewrite: Crime, Shame, and Reintegration had important info, but if I recall correctly, it was kind of dense and boring.

Reread: The Glass Castlewhich I enjoyed!


3. Octopus! | The Sirens of Titan | Mockingjay

Burn: Octopus! As much as I love octopus things, this book just didn’t interest me much.

Rewrite: Mockingjaynot that I think could necessarily write it better, but I think some things could be tightened up.

Reread: The Sirens of Titan. I remember loving this when I read it? I was on a Vonnegut kick for a long time in my late teens.


4. The Horse Whisperer | The Girl on the Train | Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Burn: Sorry The Horse WhispererI liked you, but your opponents win this round.

Rewrite: Y’all are gonna hate me for this choice but… Paper Girls. I just could not get into it but I loved the concept and think it could have gotten me if presented differently.

Reread: The Girl on the TrainHonestly, I loved this. I read it in one day and I loved it.

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Down the TBR Hole #9

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


Lily and the Octopus

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. 

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. 

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. 

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. 

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. 

Apparently this is a tearjerker about a dog. I’m totally in. KEEP.


Vita Nostra

Жизнь Саши Самохиной превращается в кошмар. Ей сделали предложение, от которого невозможно отказаться; окончив школу, Саша против своей воли поступает в странный институт Специальных Технологий, где студенты похожи на чудовищ, а преподаватели – на падших ангелов. Здесь её учат… Чему? И что случится с ней по окончании учебы?

Okay, well this is… entirely unhelpful. BUT, it has a 4.24 star average on Goodreads and the reviews in English are glowing. KEEP.


A List of Cages

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

Rated highly, also rated highly by friends. KEEP.



It is the twenty-third century. Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city-and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self-replicating machinery. Worse, the all-seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time. His punishment? A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of the universe against enemy machines twice as fast, and twice as deadly, as his own-in the company of a disarmingly confident AI who may not be exactly what he claims… 
Little does Herb know that this war of machines was set in motion nearly two hundred years ago-by mankind itself. For it was then that a not-quite-chance encounter brought a confused young girl and a nearly omnipotent AI together in one fateful moment that may have changed the course of humanity forever.

The blurb doesn’t catch me, none of my Goodreads friends have read it, and it has an average rating below 3.5 stars… TOSS.


Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree? 

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. 

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. 

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

This still sounds very intriguing and Rachel rated it highly, soooo KEEP.

Ok, so I only got rid of one book this time. And my TBR list keeps growing. Oops!!

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