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Down The TBR Hole #32 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 32nd edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

In this edition of the Down The TBR Hole, I keep most of the books.

How it works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

I love the sound of this book, but I don’t think I am that intrigued to read it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Now we’re talking. This book, guys… I want it!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Not so sure about Fallen – I have hundreds of these type of books on my shelves… How do you know something is a hidden gem, when they all sound like the same book?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This is a book that many of you kept recommending last year. But I am not sure I will enjoy it. I don’t know.. I think it should go. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Bethany’s Sin by Robert R. McCammon

Bethany’s Sin seems like something I would enjoy during Halloween. It gives me the vibes that Carrie by Stephen King, and I really enjoyed that one.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Quite a popular book, especially here in the UK. I have never been so sure about this one. What do you think – should I keep it?

Verdict: MAYBE ☑

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones

Have you seen Wintersong’s cover? That is the first reason I want this book. And then, did you read the blurb? Now you get me….

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A dystopian world and a book that a lot of my friend recommended. I should just read this already… 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Eye of the Oracle (Oracles of Fire, #1) by Bryan Davis

I will pass on this one. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore

I don’t know why or how I haven’t read this yet. Adding it on my ”priority” TBR list.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 4 books this time around. This is how my TBR list looks now.

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

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Down The TBR Hole #31 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 31st edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

In this edition of the Down The TBR Hole, I keep most of the books.

How it works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

A vampire series that sounds intriguing, but I don’t think I will honestly pick it up soon.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I have received Uprooted from my friend Alex and I am planning on reading it soon. The story sounds so magical, and knowing how much I love Russian fairytales, I know I will love this one.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

The Riddle-Master of Hed (Riddle-Master, #1) by Patricia A. McKillip

I honestly don’t remember how The Riddle-Master of Hed ended up on my TBR list. I don’t think I will ever pick this book up.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Conclave by Robert Harris

I haven’t read anything by Robert Harris before, but I think this book will be an interesting read, and will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner

Probably you have already heard about The Maze Runner. I have been wanting to read this book throughout my whole childhood. I have to get to it soon!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan

I have just found out about this book, and it has really intrigued me. I wouldn’t pick it up by the look of the cover, but I will definitely keep it on my list. The synopsis is too good.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger

This one stays! I would die to have this book!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

If you know me, you know my weakness is Nicholas Sparks, when it comes to romance. And this time, there is a new book around, and I haven’t read it yet. What am I waiting for?

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Alongside Uprooted, this book has been hyped a lot, and I am eager to see if it’s really worth reading it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

A story I definitely would want to read. But I don’t own the book now, and I have many books already waiting on my shelf. So I will have to unhaul this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 3 books this time around. This is how my TBR list looks now.

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

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Down The TBR Hole #30 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 30th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

In this edition of the Down The TBR Hole, most of the titles are books I have added during ”Tea’s Wishlist Challenge”. This was a challenge where I let my teen sister choose my books for a few months. I found some amazing books, and also some unworthy ones. This year, I might do it again.

How it works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles, #1) by Lynette Noni

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes—literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Arrows of the Queen(Heralds of Valdemar, #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Follows the adventures of Talia as she trains to become a Herald of Valdemar in the first book in the classic epic fantasy Arrows trilogy

Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen’s own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense.

But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and insuring the future of the Queen’s heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen’s own foes.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) by David Eddings

A magnificent epic set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men – of strange lands and events – of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled! THE BELGARIAD.

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.

But that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved – but did not know? For a while his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while… THUS BEGINS BOOK ONE OF THE BELGARIAD’

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) by Kelly Creagh

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe removed 5 books this time around. This week we made amazing progress. Have a look at my complete TBR list. 

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

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Down The TBR Hole #29 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 29th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

I have a couple of books on my TBR list this time around again, let’s have a look through them, and see whether we should keep them, or let them go. Let the Down the TBR Hole game commence.

How it works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Until November (Until, #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Even though the genre says Contemporary Romance, this sounds like an Erotica to me. I will skip it for now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones

I am still not sure how some books end up on my TBR list…

Verdict: ☑ REMOVE ✖

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The issue I always have with mystery thrillers is that I have so many on my list, and I don’t know many of them. I don’t own this one, and I have other books that I already own. So this one will have to wait.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes

I am honestly intrigued by this book. I don’t own it, but I will try to pick it up soon.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

This is an interesting book. Not because of the synopsis though. A lot of my friends DNF-ed it, and a lot of my friends loved it. There was a lot of hype when it came out, and now I barely see it around… I will let it go.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Room 119: The Whitby Trader by T. F. Lince

This seems like I book I might enjoy. But, I don’t own it. And I don’t think I would buy it either…

Verdict:

REMOVE ✖

Shadow Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga #4) by Sarah Cannon

Last summer, I did a challenge to read my teen sister’s favourite books. I really enjoyed this series, and should pick it up soon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Simmer (Midnight Fire, #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

Again, part of Tea’s Summer Reading Challenge. I will definitely keep this one.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Current Impressions (Never Forgotten, #2) by Kelly Risser

The third book from my sister’s list on here. I loved this series the most. I will have to finish it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore

A book I have been wanting to read for so long, and never got to it. I wish I had it in my library, but I will get to it soon, I promise.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe removed 5 books this time around. This week we made amazing progress. Have a look at my complete TBR list. 

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

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Nanny and the Beast by Georgia Le Carre

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Let me explain, before you all judge me. I don’t usually read these types of books. Nanny and the Beast was just a book that was recommended to me. By my mum. And I loved it!

The book features April, who is a nanny by profession. She goes for an interview in a Russian billionaire’s house for the nanny position.

Yuri is a Russian billionaire who has a niece, Yulia, that hasn’t been speaking for a few months. When he sees April, he can’t resist her – which is why he doesn’t give her the job – it is too dangerous for her to stick around.

But when destiny takes matters in her own hands, and April end up being Yulia’s nanny, they have to find a way to leave their fierce erotic needs aside and focus on the little girl’s happiness.

With lust and danger coming from all sides, they are not prepared to settle for little.

I loved April. She is a kind girl and cared deeply about Yulia. She fears Yuri, but also can’t help but feel the attraction between them. She kept having second thoughts and getting ready to leave, and still stayed. She kept feeling humiliated, but remained to see if this love might work. April was also a very bad friend. I feel the need of mentioning this. While it was okay for her to call her friend any time, she always talked and never listened, even when her friend clearly wanted to talk. That is a no-no for me.

As for Yuri, I don’t think I liked him that much. Yes, I admired his possessiveness around April and how he cared about both April and Yulia. Everything about Yuri is so mysterious, so secret, and he is always on the edge. Which makes him wanted, I would assume. However, some of his actions and beliefs made me so angry I wanted to throw this book!

The emotional scene that intrigued me.

She was left by her mother as a child, because her mother didn’t have the money. While April grows up, her mother becomes very rich and famous. A secret part of Rachel hopes that her mother will come back for her. At one scene in the book, April and Yuri attend a dinner and April’s mother is there. When she sees her with Yuri, she whispers to April she is not good enough and tells her to stay off him, so her other daughter can be with him. And while the mother didn’t know April is her daughter, April did, and it hurt her badly.

Quite an emotional scene for April, realizing that her mother moved on, and has changed, and the reason she probably left her at the very beginning never had anything to do with her money.

I read this book in a day, so if you want a short hot steamy romance with a sexy Russian Alpha-male, you will definitely enjoy this. There are a few emotional roller coasters throughout the book. However, if you are looking for a deep book that will help you discover the meaning of life, I am sorry to disappoint you.

Secret note: If you have in mind books similar to this, I am open to recommendations.

Trigger warnings: Explicit sexual scenes, violence, murder and psychological trauma.

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