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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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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The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★ (3.8 ★, to be exact)

Sometimes, we enter a library, not really knowing what we are looking for. One day, I entered the library, only to return a few books. Instead, I returned with two more. The first one didn’t impress me, but the second one was this book –The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I only picked it up, because I liked the cover. And I know, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I guess the magic worked on me this time around.

This book featured six stories, all six magical and beautiful in their own way. Some attracted me more, some a bit less, but I, overall, feel delighted to have read this book. I haven’t read Leigh’s previous books, so I didn’t know about this world before, but these are apparently the same woods featured in those books as well.

I will give a brief opinion on all stories, and the main rating will be the average from them all. Let’s go.

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1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood – ★★★★

‘’Interesting things only happen to pretty girls.’’

A beautiful tale that will show you how beauty comes from within. The King and Queen have two sons – one is a beautiful man, the future king, and the other one is a monster. They are scared and ashamed of the monster-boy, and let him live his life in the labyrinth they made for him. In the village, in a poor family, there are two daughters, one as beautiful as the sun, and the other one ugly. When the monster escapes the labyrinth and starts ruining fields and make disasters, everyone is scared to go and talk to him and beg for forgiveness, so the ugly lady is sent to her woods – quite certain she will never return…

‘’This little prince was shaped a bit like a boy but more like a wolf, his body covered in slick black fur from crown to clawed foot. His eyes were red as blood, and the nubs of two budding horns protruded from his head.’’

2. The Too-Clever Fox – ★★★★

‘’Freedom is a burden, but you will learn to bear it.’’

I loved this story the most, out of all six of them. It reminded me of home, and of how we tell stories back there. The whole ‘’Once Upon a Time’’ is real, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The winter theme, the hunting, the girl and the fox. This is a story that will teach you to not be assured you can outsmart everyone. Foxes in stories have always been presented as the smart ones, outsmarting every animal in the woods. This reminds me of Aesop’s Tales, which I really loved as a little girl. But sometimes, you will get outsmarted, and it might cost you your life. The twist was definitely unexpected, but indeed satisfying.

3. The Witch of Duva – ★★★

A story where girls disappear, and one girl decides to go into the woods and try to figure out why. This story upset me, and I didn’t like it. But deep inside, it’s a good one. Very creepy though, and very horror-y, but worth reading. Turn the lights off, get under a blanket, turn your torch on, and only then you will be ready to know the deep secrets this story tells you.

4. Little Knife – ★★★★

The shortest story in the book, but by all means not the least intriguing. A story that features a woman that is too beautiful, that men lose their mind as soon as they see her. To get the chance to marry her, men will have to go through a various of tasks. The twist at the end is incredible, and I really liked it. It starts off as a usual story, but it goes wild.

5. The Soldier Prince – ★★

This was a story I enjoyed the least. It all screamed ‘’The Nutcracker’’ to me, and I couldn’t see it as original. It was a re-make, and it was very different that the story we know, but it just didn’t work for me. This is a story about a man who makes toys and gives them life. And when one toy sort of ‘’wakes up’’, interesting things start to happen. Quite a creepy story. I usually like those, but this one was not my cup of tea.

6. When Water Sand Fire – ★★★★

‘’ We were not made to please princes.’’

This one is the longest story in the book. It features a world of creatures living underwater, and Ulla, who can sing and create magic, but who, as the people believe, is not a true born, but a mix between the underwater world and the humans. She is asked to help the prince become a king, but when the magic price is too high to paid, it doesn’t seem like she has a choice. I truly enjoyed this story, as it’s a beautiful mix of emotions while you read it. It was a bit disappointing that it seems as a remake of the creation of the character of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, at least to me.

Have you read this book, or any of Leigh Bardugo’s books? Let me know in the comments, I love to chat with you!

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Down The TBR Hole #16

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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:

#16

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

I don’t remember adding this on my TBR, but reading the synopsis, I can understand why. It seems intriguing. It seems dark. But I don’t have the time right now to spare on books I didn’t plan on reading this year.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) by Kristen Ashley

It seems like a Nicholas Sparks sort of book. And on top of that, it’s 660 pages. I think I’ll pass that.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Okay, this book… This book has been on my wish list for over a year. On my ultimate bookish wish list. If I don’t read it this year, I will be so angry at myself.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #1) by Allison Brook

Ah, you see, I have read the second book of this series, but didn’t read the first. What do I do? There is no third book in plan, and I already know how it ends. I think this one should go…
Note to self: Check if titles on Netgalley are part of a series before you request them!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Assassin’s Apprentice(Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb

I am a vivid video games player, and I love the Assassin’s Creed series, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this book already…

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex Martin

I would’ve probably loved this at 13, but right now, ahh well not so much.

Verdict:REMOVE ✖

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman, #2) by Paullina Simons

Okay, why on Earth do I put book 2 from a series on my To-Read list, if I haven’t even read the first one? Removing this one, but I will add the first book, as even though a love story, it seems quite intriguing to me.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel

I usually try to avoid reading too many romances, especially Danielle Steel’s, as she can tear me apart and leave me there for a while, but I don’t think I can miss this one, as it seems too good!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Morality for Beautiful Girls(No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #03) by Alexander McCall Smith

I found out about this series when I was on a vacation in South France, and one family introduced me to them, and borrowed me the first book to read. I loved it so much, and I will always love it. Not only will I keep this book on my list, but all of them too, and I should do a re-read as soon as possible!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

A classic. One part of me says – remove it, you had so many opportunities to read it, and you haven’t bothered. But another part of me is like – it’s a classic for a reason, just pull it together and get this done with.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

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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Down The TBR Hole #15

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

For the 15th time today – let’s do the weekly Down The TBR Hole post!

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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Cherry Red Summer (Kirschroter Sommer #1) by Carina Bartsch

Hello, you cute cover. I don’t remember you. Sorry.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Pismo gospođe Vilme (The letter from Mrs Vilma) by Jelena Bačić Alimpić

Ah, a Serbian book – I am sure I would love it. I don’t think there is an English translation of this. Please correct me if I am wrong. At this moment, I don’t see how I can get a copy, but I would love to read it someday, so I will keep it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Bridesmaids by Jane Costello

See, I would have loved this book a while ago. But not now, not today.

Verdict: ☑ REMOVE ✖

In Flight (Up in the Air, #1) byR.K. Lilley

This synopsis reminds me of, like, a Fifty Shades of Flight Attendant? But, I have never read a book about flight attendants, and might be interested to see what it reveals. (Even though, secretly, I kind of know it would be all romance and nothing flight-attendant related, but oh well…)

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Getting Away with It by Julie Cohen

This one is a maybe? I am really not sure, guys… What do you think I should do? If you don’t convince me, I’ll remove it. 🙂 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

From Notting Hill with Love… Actually (Actually, #1) by Ali McNamara

I actually own another book by Ali McNamara, and I will be reading that soon. It’s called Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van. I bough it for my birthday in November, as travelling with an RV and sending postcards/letters is something I would love to be able to do in my life someday.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Book about postcards – I have to read it!!!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Noir by Christopher Moore

I have only read one noir book so far, and I liked the genre. I kept seeing this book being hyped everywhere, so I think it’s fair to give it a chance.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

This book was one of the most-wanted books for me in 2018. Now we’re in 2019, and I still want it as bad!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

One for the Money(Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

I heard about this series recently, and I am always down for a brave heroine in a book. You go girl!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 4 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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Nights in Rodanthe – Nicholas Sparks [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

Nicholas Sparks is the romance genius. He is able to create stories of people falling in love, like no author I have read a book from yet. He puts so much emotion and feeling into the pages, that after one of his books, reading another romance seems boring.

Having read almost all of his books, I decided to finish all the ones I haven’t read, and when I suddenly encountered this one in the library, I told myself – ‘’Hey, why not?’’

The synopsis was intriguing, as all of his books are, but unlike the others, Nights in Rodanthe left me disappointed. With his books – this was the first time I ever felt like that. And that is why I need to mention this.

First of all, the story is very predictable. Too predictable – even. I knew what was going to happen from the very first chapters, and I was expecting at least a little bit of a plot twist, but nothing really happened.

Secondly, the romance was fake. The falling in love part? I didn’t see it. I just can’t imagine people falling in love in three days. I am sorry – but it is impossible. Crush, interest, lust, someone paying attention to you, and you feeling goosebumps – I can understand it all. But in three days, I can’t imagine anyone falling so deeply for one another, that you can’t look at another person ever again, and they are all you think about, all day.

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Honestly – how well can you get to know a person in three days? Will you get to know the real person? When you’ve never seen them sad, angry, how they behave in company, how they behave when drunk, when upset, when they are doing daily chores, like going at work (note – this all happened while they were sort-of on vacation).

I can remember how many summers I have spent going on vacation for ten days, and thinking I was in love with someone. I am sure you have gone through the same.

So, knowing all this above, I just couldn’t feel for these people as I used to feel with many from Sparks’s characters in other books. And don’t judge me, that this would be the sole reason why I rate this book the way I do. After all, it’s a romance novel.

On the other side though – it is an emotional novel. If you, for a moment forget how fast this romance happened and how unreal it is, the story is going to deeply hurt your soul, and crush you into pieces. Fake romance or not, you are going to shed a few tears for sure.

To wrap this up – I didn’t like it. I am not into fake, impossible romance. But this book seems to be a hit or miss, so if you like Nicholas Sparks – I still encourage you to read it. You never know, it might be your favourite book from him so far.

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Down The TBR Hole #14

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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 Stepmother by Claire Seeber

I love psychological thrillers, and I have heard many great things about this book. I think this one should stay.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Again, a psychological thriller. I also have a thing for book that include letters or postcards, as I love receiving them myself.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris

Okay, I am not much of a fan of romance these days, but this is something that I know I will enjoy reading, so I will keep it right here.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

This one, I will have to let it go.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay, #1) by Suzanne Kelman

I have been wanting to read this book since the day I put it on my TBR. I have to get it from somewhere, soon!

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead by Brian Boyle

I think for such story you need to be at the right mindset.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

I am not sure about this one. It doesn’t capture my interest at first sight. What do you guys think?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Insatiable Desire(Demonborn, #1) by Rita Herron

Oooh, paranormal romance – let’s keep this one.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

What Is Mine (Vik & Stubø, #1) by Anne Holt

The synopsis is so intriguing and dark. I have to read this one.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Hubble Bubble by Christina Jones

I am not sure about this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

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Well, this was one very random selection of books. I managed to remove 4 and keep 6, so I am pleased with myself. And my TBR is getting ”healthier” and not so intimidating.

Let me know if you have read any of these, and if you want me to keep or remove any of these books from my list! I look forward to see what you think!

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