Down The TBR Hole #27

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 27th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

I hope you had an amazing week ahead and managed to read lots of books. It’s time for another Down The TBR Hole. You might already know how it works, but I have listed the rules below anyways. Ready? Let’s go!

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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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book has been praised by the entire book community. Therefore, it is significantly important I do not ignore those precious signs. You, book, must stay.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

A cute cover and even cuter synopsis. I am certain I will undeniably love this book, and it has to remain on my humongous shelf.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Sirens (Aidan Waits Thriller, #1) by Joseph Knox

Well, we have a thriller here, which is a genre I greatly enjoy. On top of that, we have a main character who is disgraced, emotionally damaged and despised by his superiors. I can assume he is also really handsome. The perfect antihero. Yes!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir

Now, this one deserves a little discussion. I haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes, but I did read the second book instead. (See my review of A Torch Against The Night). I really loved the second book, but I somehow think that reading the first book would be a waste of time. Should I move to the third book, or should I read the whole series again, from the beginning? I am leaving this in your hands, my dears!

Verdict: KEEP ☑  REMOVE ✖

I Would Have Saved Them If I Could by Leonard Michaels

Even though it has been recommended to me by a friend of mine, I don’t think this would be a book I’d enjoy. I will remove it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Murder, Curlers, and Cream(Valentine Beaumont Mysteries #1) by Arlene McFarlane

This book is so pinky and fluffy. Even though not my preferred choice, it could be part of my summer read plans. It remains on my Down the TBR Hole as a positive.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Vampirist: A book about real vampires by Cecilia Fredriksson

I love vampires, and this book is something close to a vampire non-fiction. In the world, there are people who actually live similar to vampire lifestyle. They feed on eachother and what-not. And for some reason, I am curious to read this.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

One of Us Is Lying is the perfect example of a book that makes me scream inside. A mystery in high-school, where 5 students go to detention, and only 4 come back alive. Why haven’t I read this particular book already?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

 I have bulked these two books together, because I will only keep one. After very long consideration, I decided to keep the second book. I love Greek Mythology, and I know I will love the Lightning Thief. 

Verdict: KEEP ☑ & REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only removed 3 books this time around. It’s not as good as previous times, but we are moving slowly. 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 #26

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 26th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

I hope you had an amazing week ahead and managed to read lots of books. It’s time for another Down The TBR Hole. You might already know how it works, but I have listed the rules below anyways. Ready? Let’s go!

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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Save Me by Mandasue Heller

An interesting mystery novel, I have to admit. However, I don’t own this book and I already have so many of these on my shelves. I will try to get to those, before I go for this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Ah, you see. Another mystery, but I do own this one. I will keep it, as I actually need to get to this one soon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

In the Blood (The Witchbreed, #1) by R. L. Martinez

This choice will be tricky, because I only own the second book of the series and DNF’ed it because the plot involved stories from the first book (this one). I think  should keep it, and try to get to it, so I can give the second book a second chance as well. How often do you give books second chances?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways by Mabh Savage

This book came in my hands through a giveaway. I remember being immediately intrigued by it. I will definitely get to this one in the next few months, and if not, it will definitely be my Halloween read for sure!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

A Tycoon’s Secret (Sin City Tycoons #3) by Avery Laval

A fierce romance / erotica. I am not much of a fan of these, to be honest. But I did receive this one as a gift, and it’s only fair to read it. I am a bit worried that it is a third book in a series, since I haven’t read the series before, but I am sure it won’t really matter much.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

If you often read blogs about books, it’s very likely you have already heard about this book. A graphic memoir of a lady that lives in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. I own this book, and I still don’t know how it hasn’t been read yet.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions by Renée Paule

On the Other Hand is an interesting Children’s book, therefore I would love to get to it soon. I own this book, and also a few more by Renee Paule.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Black Bullet by L.D. Rose

Black Bullet is the second book from The Order of the Senary Series. I loved the first book, Releasing the Demons. It covers a vampire story, with an FBI agent in it, and the romance is so steamy. You just can’t miss this one. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Irène (Verhœven, #1) by Pierre Lemaitre

I have this book on my shelf because I loved the book Alex by this author. Reviews are good for Irene. What do I do… I have to let it go, for now. I don’t own it, you see. And I have many similar books I already own.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is one of those times when you are too late to read a book, and now when all the hype is gone, you are wondering whether it’s still worth reading. This one goes, at least for now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only removed 3 books this time around. It’s not as good as previous times, but we are moving slowly. Have a look at my complete TBR. 

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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March 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! It’s finally time for my March Wrap Up. This month went so quickly for me. I managed to read and review 8 books. I have a few books that I did finish, but haven’t written a review for them yet, so they will go on top of the April list.

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 #21🌟TBR Hole #22🌟TBR Hole #23🌟 TBR Hole #24🌟TBR Hole #25

Books I read:

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Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield – ★★

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a story that had the perfect plot potential to be amazing, but it didn’t deliver at all. As a huge fan of storytelling, this was a big disappointment for me, the biggest one so far in 2019. 

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Blood Moon: Part 1 by S. Yurvati – ★★

A beautiful writing, but a confusing adventure, mixed with Out-Of-Earth creatures that don’t really appear until the end of the book, a very disturbing plot, however, a very promising ending as well. I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but it did leave me curious to read the next one. 

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The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath – ★★★★

A mystery that left me curious until the very end. A psychological paradise of a thriller that captures people at their very worst, right when they realise their lives are at stake. These people did nothing. But that doesn’t mean they’re innocent… 

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To Best The Boys by Mary Weber – ★★

The blurb sounds so good, and the cover is gorgeous. I hate to say this, but the book seems like an unfinished draft. It seemed so promising, and all I thought I would get out of this was non-existent.

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Beast Rider by Tony Johnston – ★

A fantasy that stays true to many young people, that dare cross a border, searching for a better life. A fantasy, but also a cruel reality of what truly happens to these young boys and girls, and all the journeys they have to go through, fighting for a better tomorrow.

Goodreads

Romanov by Nadine Brandes – ★★

A wonderful and magical tale, with a history behind it of a mysterious family, especially their end – this book brought tears on my eyes and made me think about the power of forgiveness and love. A true masterpiece.

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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship – ★★

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

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The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) – Kenneth B. Andersen – ★★★★

Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk! 

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How did your March go? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

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Down The TBR Hole #25

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We actually have sun today in the UK. How cool (rare) is that? This time, there are a few books I am actually sad to say bye-bye to, but if I don’t tidy up my TBR on a weekly basis, it will be a mess, and I will have to hide in a cave and read until the end of time.

Also, have you guys noticed that my TBR images are getting darker and darker slowly? I wonder why…

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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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

The synopsis of Sky in the Deep seems so good, but its hype scares me. I try to avoid hype as much as I can, and I will remove this one. Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it, and I might change my mind after 🙂

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Savor You (Fusion, #5) by Kristen Proby

A hot steamy romance – sure, why not? But a fifth book in a series – I can’t read you before I’ve read your ex-books – sorry!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I have always loved the mystery behind the whole Romanov family, especially Anastasia. And I have just read ”Romanov” by Nadine Brandes and really enjoyed it. This will always be a subject I am willing to read about, and I have to keep this book on my TBR. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) by Ally Carter

I like Ally Carter’s books. They always make me giggle, and they are always a nice, fast, relaxing read. I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You and I loved it. I am not sure whether to continue that series, or read this book instead. Okay – time for decision making. This one goes. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

A Japanese pulp classic, Battle Royale is a story very similar to Hunger Games. Students are thrown on a deserted island and they have to kill eachother. Only one survives. I love this topic (okay, don’t get me wrong, I completely DISAGREE that it is okay to dump people and see them kill each other. However, the twisted part of me enjoys reading these type of stories.)

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? A Cinderella re-telling and a delicious, chocolate fudge eatable cover – I don’t think I will ever be able to resist this book. So why haven’t I read it yet???

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

You know that time when you want to read a book so badly before it comes out, and then a movie comes out as well, and there’s the hype, and you still haven’t read said book. And then two years later, you are suddenly not so sure you wanted to read this book anyways? Why do I have this feeling with this book? I will have to let it go for now. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet, #1) by Pepper Winters

Okay – let me tell you a little background story about this book. I requested it on Netgalley as an ARC. Then, I got approved. After that, I forgot to download it on time, and it went into archives. I still don’t have the book, but Netgalley still counts it as something I have to read. So what do I do? I wait to get it from the library, I guess… Even though, at this point, I might as well remove it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Queen’s Spy (The Tudor Mystery Trials #1) by Samantha Burnell

 I have received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway (WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE GIVEAWAYS IN UK ANYMORE???) I am excited to read this one, however I never really gotten my hands on it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Clash of Empires (Clash of Empires #1) by Ben Kane

Again, a Goodreads Giveaway Book. You probably already know my rule, where I try and read every book I physically receive because I appreciate the effort of everyone involved. I also love Roman History, and it has a Macedonian history as well, with Philip The Second and Alexander The Great, so I can’t miss this.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only kept 5 books and removed 5 this time around. I am getting through this, but I am starting to worry I am getting weaker, as we are getting close to my recent TBR books.

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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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship

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★★

I have this rule about books being sent to me – I try to read and review them all, because people spent time, effort and resources to write and share their works with readers. I received this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing almost a year ago, and decided it was time to give it a go. 

This being said, my readers are the most important thing in the world. My reviews simply cannot be compromised, no matter how I acquire a book.

I think I should stop babbling now, and start talking about this book.

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

It is lucky that this book is only 120 pages long, because otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. It is a boring book, where one pigeon is desperately trying to tell this story of the battle, and the other pigeon is disturbingly annoying and keeps interrupting. The second pigeon also has terrible grammar knowledge. And even though I know this is on purpose, I applaud the author for the wittiness, but couldn’t enjoy it. Some people might find this funny though, and that’s also okay.

The idea of pigeons telling a story is quite interesting and unique to me, and this is something I admire about this book (therefore, the two stars). However, the plot is unstable, and the story keeps being interrupted and delayed to a point where I started to get fed up. I also expected some more references of the actual historical moment. The only references in the book are the pigeons that were in the battle and had names of famous leaders. However, their pigeon story was not similar to our history books. I really think that keeping the story as close as possible to the real event would have made a difference in this book.

Not an enjoyable read for me, but if the plot sounds like something you might enjoy – go for it. Try it out. Your opinion is also valid!

Until next time! x

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