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TBR Lows & Highs #4

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

To Remove:

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
I do like nonfiction, but I found it difficult to focus just reading the summary. I need nonfiction that I can actually pay attention to.

Opium Eater: The New Confessions
I don’t think I realized this was a memoir when I added it. I’m more interested in a broader look at drugs and addiction right now.

Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA
Again, I’d prefer a broader read focused on DNA and genetic testing, and I actually have one that fits the bill a couple books up on my TBR already.

The Bone Season
I’m just… really not drawn to this one.

Every Last Lie
Well, I was already thinking about removing it after the blurb and then came across an unhidden question with a spoiler ruining a “twist” in it, soooo. Bye.

Newly Added:

Kin
As a reminder to myself: I REALLY need to start making notes on Goodreads when I add books to my TBR so I don’t have to puzzle over where they came from. Anyway, Destiny included this one in her last T10T and the cover just grabbed me!

In Her Skin
Truly a mystery, but I think I saw this on my Goodreads feed? The premise was kind of interesting, but the fact that it takes place in Boston got me.

Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer
I read Rae’s review of this one and thought it sounded like something I really wanted to read!

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
This was definitely one that just showed up on my Goodreads feed, but I liked the His Dark Materials series a lot, and want to read more books about writing.

Penpal
Although Bad Man didn’t end up being one of my new favorites, Dathan Auerbach does have great writing skills and I’d like to try his other book as well.

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TBR Lows & Highs #3

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

To Remove:

How to Be Human
This isn’t something I’d add to my TBR if I saw now, and no one I know has reviewed it. I’m trying to only keep books that I actively want to read, sooo.

The Nightlife
I read very, very little poetry and the poetry I do read is typically personally recommended to me. I don’t know where this one even came from.

City of Saints & Thieves
This one isn’t calling to me, and it has pretty poor reviews by some folks I know.

Beast
Meh, another one I wouldn’t add if I saw now.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
I didn’t connect to the blurb, and seeing Hannah’s review made me decide taking a step back was the right decision.

Newly Added:

The Darkest Part of the Forest
Melanie included this in yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday and I had to add it!

The Visitors
I saw this one over on Spine Cracker and was really intrigued by the premise.

Everything That’s Underneath
I truly don’t know where I found this (Destiny??), but horror anthologies are fun, right?

This Mortal Coil
I’ve actually had this on my TBR for a while, but entered a giveaway for it recently and apparently had it re-added.

Worlds Seen in Passing
Both Destiny and Melanie reviewed this and enjoyed it, so I’m hoping to get to it sometime!

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TBR Lows & Highs #2

Okay, so I’d been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time and really loved it. BUT, it started to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’d cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that’s loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

To Remove:

All the Good Things
This one is well-reviewed, but just not appealing to me at the moment.

This Darkness Mine
Reading the premise I feel meh, and the reviews are backing me up.

The Upside of Unrequited
I know a lot of people love this, but it’s been on my TBR for a while and I just… don’t really care to get to it.

The Light We Lost
Another one that I’m just not excited about with some very all over the place reviews.

How to Ruin Everything
I’m not sure how I came across this one. It doesn’t seem bad, just not my thing!

Newly Added:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I believe I heard about this on the Reading Glasses podcast and decided I really needed to read it!

You Don’t Have to Like Me
Pretty sure this was also a Reading Glasses rec!

My Dear Hamilton
I saw someone I knew was reading this and I’m a big Hamilton fan, so I hope it’s worth picking up!

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess & The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
These were both off of Fran’s Top Ten Tuesday post from this week!

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TBR Lows & Highs #1

Okay, so I’ve been doing Down the TBR Hole for quite some time now and really loving it. BUT, it’s starting to feel a bit like a chore, which is why I’ve cut down on it. Luckily, Destiny decided to create a new similar-but-different feature that looks like loads of fun called TBR Lows and Highs! I’m really excited to try this one out. 🙂

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

To Remove:

Not Now, Not Ever
I’m not (now, not ever) sure how this ended up on my TBR but the summary just doesn’t interest me and none of my friends have read it either.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
I know this is pretty well-loved, but there are a few iffy reviews from people I trust and I’m not intrigued by the plot, so I don’t think I’d end up enjoying this one.

Knit One, Girl Two
I’ve heard this is cute and fluffy, but I just don’t think I’ll end up getting around to it!

Long Macchiatos and Monsters
Sounds kinda cute, but it sounds meh from the reviews. Another one I think I just won’t get around to.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Unfortunately, I also don’t know why I added this one and I also think it looks like something that wouldn’t interest me.

Newly Added:

Modern Loss
One of my Goodreads friends added this and I thought it seemed like an interesting, potentially helpful, read.

The Boneless Mercies
Let’s be real, this was almost entirely a cover add.

Seafire
Melanie wrote a really lovely review for this and it made me really want to read it!

Something Borrowed, Something Bloodsoaked
I want more horror anthologies and when I saw Destiny review this, I knew I had to pick it up.

Penance
This was recommended by Rachel for Women in Translation Month and I thought I’d give it a shot!

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My Current TBR

Hello! I’m coming at you all with something a little different today. I’m not usually one to set a TBR but I do have a “tbr asap” bookshelf on Goodreads that I’m trying to use to prioritize reads I’d very much like to get to soon. Of course, I currently have a whopping 10 books on that shelf, but what can you do? So, the point of this post is to share with you the top few books from that list. This doesn’t include ARCs or book club books; these are just books that I’ve been meaning to get to when I have a chance!

 

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey.
I added this to my TBR in September 2017. I think it’s a novella, so there’s really no reason for me not to grab it sometime soon!

Feeding the Monster by Seth Mnookin.
I only added this to my TBR in January (it was talked about on a Red Sox podcast I listen to), but my sister owns it so I figured it would be a good idea to read it in the near future!

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.
Added to my TBR in May. I’ve heard so many good things about this and I reaaaally wanna pick it up when I can!

Hopefully I’ll get to these in the next couple months, but I guess we’ll just have to see!

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Down the TBR Hole #20

Started by Lost in a Story, the most fun way to cut down that TBR!

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?

 

The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Dylan “Daphne” Scholinski and Jane Meredith Adams
There are lots of conflicting reviews and nobody I know has read this. Maybe I’ll end up picking it up later, but for now: REMOVE.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Not really catching my interest. REMOVE.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Still think this is worth trying. KEEP.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Again, not really feeling any interest. REMOVE.

The Boy in the Earth by Fuminori Nakamura and translated by Allison Markin Powell 
The goodreads average is under 3.5 and none of my friends have read it, but I’m intrigued. KEEP.


Perfect Chaos 
by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson
I know this is a dual memoir, but I’m not interested in reading memoirs by parents about neurodivergent children at the moment. REMOVE.

Otherwise by Jane Kenyon
Depression and New Hampshire. Okay yes. KEEP.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Okay yes definitely. KEEP.

Unholy Ghost edited by Nell Casey
Wow I was on a depression kick, huh? This still sounds good. KEEP.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
I’ve almost read this several times and then not wanted to. I don’t know that I’m ever going to. REMOVE.

I managed to remove 5 out of 10 books today. Any decisions you would have made differently?

Previous: Down the TBR Hole #19

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July 2018 TBR

Okay, so I very rarely set specific TBRs. I’m more of a mood reader and will prioritize whatever I really want to read at the moment, or will pick at random off my to-read shelf on Goodreads. This month, however, I do have some specific reading that I’d like to get done, so I figured I’d make a TBR post to share with y’all!

My priority this month is going to be the NetGalley eARCs I have that are being published/expiring within the next month or so. They comprise the first half of my TBR and I’m going to try to focus my efforts on these in the order that they’re being published. These books are:

Eden by Andrea Kleine.
Currently reading @ 70% (might even be finished by the time this is posted!).
Anticipated publication date: July 10th.

Give People Money by Annie Lowery.
Anticipated publication date: July 10th.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage.
Anticipated publication date: July 17th.

Believe Me by JP Delaney.
Anticipated publication date: July 24th.

The remaining books are off of my backlist TBR and have been chosen for various reasons:

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer.
Currently reading @ 32%.
Finally getting around to finishing this trilogy!!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
Currently reading @ 12%.
Honestly picked this one at random off my TBR.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder.
My hold is on its way to the library, so I might as well read this one too.

The Plague by Albert Camus.
Buddy read with my offline friend, Spencer!

Last month I managed to read 8 books, so I’m hoping I can squeeze in the same amount for July. I’m also working through a couple of audiobooks, but I left those off so I wouldn’t over complicate things too much. Anyway, what are you planning on reading in July??

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Shortest and Longest Books on my TBR

I decided to steal this from Destiny after I saw her post (inspired by Kathy, inspired by another blogger, such is the circle of life in bookblogging). This looked interesting, so I decided to do it too! Listed below are the 10 shortest books on my TBR and the 10 longest books on my TBR.

  1. A Monstrous Love: Two Halloween Romances by Magen Cubed. 17p.
  2. Wet Nails by Shira Glassman. 23p.
  3. Heaven or This by Topaz Winters. 28p.
  4. Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. 44p.
  5. Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans. 44p.

6. A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters by Sam Sax. 46p.
7. Complimentary and Acute by Ella Lyons. 46p.
8. Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King. 47p.
9. New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood. 49p.
10. The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho. 51p.

  1. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 884p.
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. 866p.
  3. Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle #4) by Christopher Paolini. 849p.
  4. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. 818p.
  5. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany. 801p.

6. Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky. 790p.
7. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. 782p.
8. An Anarchist FAQ, Vol. 1 by Iain McKay. 748p.
9. History of Madness by Michel Foucault. 736p.
10. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. 729p.

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November 2017 Releases

Obligatory “I can’t believe it’s almost November???” comment because, uh, is it seriously almost November? While I have an existential crisis over the passing of time, y’all can check out the handful of books on my TBR that are coming out soon:

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Almost Midnight
November 2, 2017

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short stories, decorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker.

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

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Future Home of the Living God
November 14, 2017

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. 

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. 

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

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The City of Brass
November 14, 2017

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

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Not Now, Not Ever
November 21, 2017

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer. 

1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer’s going to be great.

Am I missing anything good? What releases are you anticipating this month? Which of you have been lucky enough to grab ARCs of these?
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Down the TBR Hole #8

It’s Saturday and you know what that means — time to tackle my TBR list again.

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?

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Mostly Void, Partially Stars

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a collection of episodes from Season One of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.

Okay, I don’t usually do this, but I mostly just want this as a collector’s item. I think the covers of all the WTNV books are gorgeous and I just want them to sit on my shelf and look pretty. KEEP.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One

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.

I don’t know how I don’t have this one yet. KEEP.

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Food: The Good Girl’s Drug

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But most books on the topic were aimed at older women, women she had a hard time relating to. Calling on top psychiatrists, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. With humor and compassion from someone who’s seen it all, Food: The Good Girl’s Drug is about experiences shared by many women-whether they’ve been struggling with compulsive overeating their whole lives, or have just admitted to themselves, that yes, it’s more than just a bad habit.

I have a complicated relationship with both food and my body, and I kind of don’t want to read this atm. TOSS.

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Alexander Hamilton

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Because I love Hamilton (the musical). KEEP.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future—all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you’re less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

It’s been ages since I read non-fiction, but this is TOTALLY my jam. KEEP.

Okay, so I didn’t do great this week. I still managed to get rid of one book, which is better than none. Next week I’ll have to put the pedal to the metal.

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