Down The TBR Hole #20

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

Amazon Freebie Batch again – I have a long list of those. This batch though, seems to be quite close to my heart, as these are some of the very first books I downloaded on my Kindle and never got to them, so I will probably do very badly.

How it works:

❤ 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 synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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101 Best Jokes by Various

It’s only 30 pages worth of laughs, so why not keep it, right?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

A Collection of Ghost Stories and Paranormal Short Stories(Creepy #1) by Jeff Bennington

I was actually planning to read this for Halloween last year, but never got to it. I will try to read it this year. I really enjoy creepy horror stories, especially short ones.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Perfect Crime by Jack Erickson

A short story, with a mixed set of reviews on Goodreads. I am a bit unsure on this one, but I will only keep it because it’s really short.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Logic to the Rescue by Kris Langman

A fantasy story that is written to introduce logic to kids. I have always wanted to read this, and I should get to it soon.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

It’s Love, Dude (Jardin Bay, #1) by Jenny Schwartz

I would have loved this when I downloaded it, years ago. But now I am not sure if I will enjoy this. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Complete by Leonardo da Vinci

I own the Kindle version of this book, and I love Leonardo da Vinci. I love reading about his life and work. My friends have advised me to get the paperback copy though, so I can see his mirror writings and drawings as well. I think I’ll do that. 

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Last Train Home (Home, #1) by Megan Nugen Isbell

Again, a romance that I am not sure I’ll enjoy right now. But hey, who knows, maybe my hunger for romance will come back and I will get back to this book. For now, it goes.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Saving Grace (Katie 1): A What Doesn’t Kill You Romantic Mystery by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

This one will have to go as well.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lose Weight Fast by Jyothi Shenoy

This is not something I would dive in, but it might be helpful to know.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Neighbor 1-3 [Box Set] by Abby Weeks

Romance and erotica, and a neighbour involved. I might actually keep this.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI am only removing 3 books from my TBR this time. We have slowed down this week, but hopefully next week we’ll make up for it. 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Down The TBR Hole #19

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

Again, another Amazon Freebie batch. It seems like I have added them in a bunch on Goodreads, hey? Let’s see how we do this time around.

How it works:

❤ 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 synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd: College Years #1) by Robin Jones Gunn

One part of me is certain that I would have loved this book a few years ago. The same part of me is also certain I won’t like this now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Legend of Juliet: Part One by Alexandra Lanc

I wanted to read this so bad, but now the series are being discontinued? Not sure if it’s worth bothering then…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The End of Summer: Part One by Alex M. Smith

This is a maybe for me, and I am really not sure. What do you guys think?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Free Preview of Temptation Island by Victoria Fox

I have given up on reading previews a long time ago. Bye!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Best Beach Reads: free preview of 4 sizzling summer romances by Sarah Morgan

The same applies here. Bye.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lost and Found (Growing Pains, #1) by Willow Summers

I want to read this, but so many reviews keep saying that this book practically finishes with: ”read the next book to find out more”. Have any of you guys read this book? Can you confirm on this?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Dixie Rebel by Patricia Rice

A book about a rebel girl, and a story close to mine. I am keeping this.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Elly in Bloom by Colleen Oakes

Interesting piece, possibly promising. Will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Dear Bob and Sue by Matt Smith

I really want to read this one, especially because I love books that involve letters / emails / postcards in them. I really enjoy that. And look at that cover. It’s so gorgeous!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Legacy Rising by Shane Scollins

Mystery one. I’ll keep it! It seems like a short read and something I might enjoy!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI am only removing 6 books from my TBR this time. We are going strong again!

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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The Visitor – Ti Ca [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★

An interesting and complex piece of work that covers memory loss and family love tightly together. A short read, but also a missed opportunity of what could be a lovely novel, if developed in a better way.

It is Christmas Eve, but the furnace has gone out, the breaker needs to be reset and the cupboards are empty. In her cold house, Mrs. Langstrum is waiting for her husband to arrive from his quick trip to the store. As a snowstorm is approaching, Mrs. Langstrum gets worried. But just as she decides to get help, someone knocks on her door. A visitor. A stranger. But before she can tell him to go, he says he has news about her husband.

The blurb was the main reason I picked up this book. You sort of get the idea of what this book might be about. A mystery person arrives, and he has a story. The woman has a story, and the setting makes you curious about how this will continue to unravel.

The plot is complex, and even though it’s a very short book, the story went incredibly slow. The plot twist happened at the begging, and knowing this, I expected another one, as the beginning was obvious. In the end, when no other plot twists happen, and the book ends exactly how you thought it would end at the beginning, you are felt disappointed and unsatisfied.

I really loved the idea of the woman who has a memory loss, and a person that reveals information bit by bit. Going from other perspectives and back in time, it was a nice concept. I also really enjoyed the family relationships captured, and all the challenges openly discussed. We have some big taboo subjects here, and not many people are brave enough to openly talk about this.

However, this whole concept, and idea, was not delivered as it should’ve been, as it had the capacity to. There was room for more development, more work, and more plot twists.

Some parts are confusing, and it was nice that the story was so short and you could go back to it and re-read it, but is that really a good thing? Would we go back and re-read a 300-page book if it was confusing? I wouldn’t.

Purchase links: Amazon 

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Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines #1) by Holly Smale – Blog Tour, Exclusive Book Extract, Competitions and More!

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BLOG TOUR, EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXTRACT AND COMPETITION

The first time I found out about Holly Smale was when my sister came to visit me and she gave me all these Geek Girl books and said I must read them. After reading the first one (click here to read my review of Geek Girl), I knew I loved the writing and I was a forever fan of Holly Smale. And now, a few months later, I was so lucky that I got the finish off this amazing blog tour, give you my thoughts of Happy Girl Lucky, share an exclusive extract of the book with you and have a competition for you to win 5 signed copies with 5 ‘The Valentines’ pop sockets.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is go over on my Instagram post and enter!

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GIVEAWAY TIME! I have the amazing opportunity to be a part of a blog tour, and finish it off with this amazing giveaway. The book: Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale, the first book from The Valentines series The prize: 5 Signed Copies with 5 pop sockets! (5 winners in total) HOW TO ENTER: Follow me – @diaryofdifference Follow Holly Smale – @holsmale Comment on this post, tagging three of your friends. (you can do this unlimited number of times) Additional Entries: Share this on your Stories (don’t forget to tag me, so I can note your entry) Share this on your Feed (don’t forget to tag me, so I can note your entry) Competition ends on 22nd February 2019, and I will announce the winners on 23rd February 2019. This competition is open Internationally! Good Luck Everyone! ❤

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BOOK REVIEW 

★★★★★

Happy Girl Lucky is the first book from The Valentines Series. This is a story about a famous family, The Valentines, who have been Hollywood stars for ages. Hope is one of the daughters of the famous couple, but she grows up without all that paparazzi attention and hype. It is a family rule not to involve their children into the famous world until they are sixteen. Hope can’t wait to turn sixteen and start living this amazing life.

Hope spends her teenage years as a normal girl – she steals clothes from her sisters and makes movie scenarios in her head. She reads her horoscope every day and knows what the magazines say is true. She is naive and funny and so unique. And when one day, her horoscope says she is on her way to finally meet her true love, she has to make everything possible to make this come true.

And when she meets this boy, we follow Hope’s adventures from touring London, to travelling to the US, to making decisions she never thought she could make. I loved how we are with Hope every minute of her journey and we watch her slowly grow and make us giggle.

Even though Hope gives the life of this story, and makes us all want to be friends with her, all of the other characters have their own little unique spark, which I loved so much.

A wonderfully written story, but also a very meaningful one. Holly Smale managed to perfectly capture some of the issues that some teenage girls are facing today. Living their own reality while their family lives a completely different world is not so uncommon, and girls need to know this. Sometimes, we wake in a reality we don’t know and think we are the ones to blame, but there is nothing wrong with you. All you ladies out there, you need to hear this. There is nothing wrong with you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are unique, and you should believe in what you are, who you are, and what makes you truly happy. And through Hope’s story, we can understand this so well, and I am forever grateful!

A fun and entertaining story, meant to capture all the teenage hearts out there. This is definitely a must-read for every girl out there, to find her true self and be happy for what she truly is.

My favourite scene in this book was the moment when Hope meets her ‘’dream boy’’ in the train, and I am sharing an exclusive extract of that chapter with you!

Click Here To Read The Exclusive Extract

Purchase links: Amazon | Harper Collins

I would love to chat with you, so let me know in the comments:

  • Is Happy Girl Lucky a book you might enjoy?

  • Have you entered the competition on Instagram?

  • Have you read any of Holly Smale’s books before?

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January 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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January was a great start of the year, I made my goal to read 60 books (last year I read 70, and I think that I will read more, but I wanted to not be under pressure throughout the year, as I will be doing a lot of travels with my daily job).

I focused on the upcoming ARCs that are being published soon and a lot of books that I was sent by authors, but I also found time to read a few pleasure reads, of which some I loved, but some left me quite disappointed.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

🌟TBR Hole #13 🌟 TBR Hole #14  🌟 TBR Hole #15 🌟 TBR Hole #16 🌟

Books I read this month:

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – ★★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

Awaken (Northern Witch #2) by K.S. Marsden – ★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

The New Power Eating by Susan Kleiner – ★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟Barnes & Noble 🌟

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – ★★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton – ★★★

🌟Review🌟Amazon🌟Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves – ★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

How did your January went? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

 

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Down The TBR Hole #18

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I am continuing with the Amazon freebies I have collected over the years. Yes, I own all of them, but do I really want to read them?

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ 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 synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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The Witch and Other Stories by Anton Chekhof

I love Anton Chekhof’s stories, and I have loved them since I was a kid. I remembered how happy I was when I saw this book being free on Amazon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies by Samuel Johnson

I love Shakespeare, and I remember I downloaded this book to help me with a project. But will I enjoy reading it now. Not sure…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Second Chances by Angela Kelman

Oh, romances. Thank you, next.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Another Broken Wizard by Colin Dodds

Again, not sure what this book is, or what it’s doing invading my TBR list.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Little Book for Christmas by Cyrus Townsend Brady

As this is classified as a classic, I think I should read this around Christmas time. It’s a short read, and even if it’s bad, it would be festive, right?

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

The Ultimate Yao Ming Fun Fact And Trivia Book by Mark Peters

One part of me is like – why on Earth do you have this. Some of you might remember the website 9GAG as a really good meme factory back in the days. I loved it when I was a teen, and Yao Ming kept having memes made of him. So I wanted to read this book. It’s also just 30 pages, so I decided to keep it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Answer That! 1980s Quiz by Naomi Dennison

I have always loved the 1980s, as I grew up knowing a lot of the references. I will keep this, only to see if I am still as full as knowledge as I was when I was a kid.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Betting the Farm by Alyssa Lin Palmer

A short story and a prequel. I will give it a chance.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

The Summer Of… by D.C. Lowe

Not too confident about this, so removing it. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Element, Part 1 (The Natalie Vega Saga, #1) by C.M. Doporto

Not sure about this. I think I will only keep it, as I haven’t read anything similar before.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI am only removing 4 books from my TBR this time. Not the best results, but we are still making progress. 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Down The TBR Hole #17

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I have an interesting collection of books, and I am excited to get going.

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ 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 synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

Here we go. How have I not read them already? The truth it, I have, but not as a book reviewer. And I love Harry Potter so much. I have to do this soon! 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Fellowship of the Ring(The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The same applies here. I have loved the books, and the movies. Time for a re-read.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I actually haven’t read the Hobbit, but I told myself I would read it after I finish the Lord of The Ring series again. I will keep it on my TBR. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Fury (Otherkin, #1) by Anya Bast

I have this book on my TBR because it is on my Kindle, as it was free at that time. I assume all the below titles would come from the same place as well. The reviews are mixed, but this content is erotica, and I am not sure I am into that right now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

This Tangled Thing Called Love by Marie Astor

Again, a freebie. A chick-lit, not something I am into reading right now. But – I will leave it on my TBR, as I have some moments where I really enjoy reading this genre.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Story Crush Teen Sampler by Various

A sample of six stories. I will remove this one, as I would rather find these six stories, and read their synopsis, and decide whether I would want to read them or not, without having to read their first chapters.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lucky Charm by Marie Astor

I don’t think I’ll ever read this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Into the Shadows (Into the Shadows, #1) by Karly Kirkpatrick

Into the Shadows seems like every paranormal story now. Except this one has lots of bad ratings…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Romantic Confessions: a poetry collection by Robert Ropars

I’ll only keep this because it’s 19 pages of poetry. This might be a nice way to wait at the doctor’s office.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Perfect Love Here I Come by Gina Reedy

Umm, why is this on my Kindle?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 5 books from my TBR this time. We’re making progress guys! 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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