Down The TBR Hole #8


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Here’s another round of Down The TBR Hole in which I am terrible and indecisive about a lot of books! Yay!

If you missed my other posts of Down the TBR Hole here they are:

This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

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?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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Current TBR: 781

(You can tell I keep adding as many as I get rid of….)

Book #71

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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This is an author that seems to come very recommended but I just don’t have a lot of interest in any of his books anymore and realistically I don’t think I’ll ever really read any of them either.

The Judgement: Go

Book #72

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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It seems that everyone really loves this book and it seems interesting since it’s about a girl who eats people’s souls. I definitely want to give it a try at the very least!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #73

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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I actually debated back and forth A LOT about this book because every time I read the description and other reviews I want to read it but it ends up being a book I forget about? It’s about a kingdom’s royal family falling ill under the influence of a mysterious plague and the two main characters, servants in the castle, become intertwined in the court’s politics and power plays. Plus it’s Scandinavian, which I love!

The Judgement: Keep (For Now)

Book #74

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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Once again another book that everyone seems to love about a woman who becomes a food taster for the Commander of Ixi in order to escape execution. There’s also magical powers and rebel plots, so you can’t really go wrong there can you?

The Judgement: Keep

Book #75

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Date Added: July 14th, 2015

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I already own a copy of this book and it’s YA sci-fi which I just can’t ever get enough of, hopefully it’s not TOO heavy on the romance though. Definitely looking forward to reading this one!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #76

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Date Added: July 14th, 2015

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The Judgement: Keep

Book #77

Alive by Scott Sigler

Date Added: July 20th, 2015

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I’m so undecided about this one! On the one hand I’m not like dying to read it but on the other hand it sounds like it’s very fast paced and I’d be able to breeze through it. I think I’ll keep it for now….

The Judgement: Keep

Book #78

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Date Added: July 21st, 2015

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I haven’t heard that many great things about it and I’ve just lost all interest in reading it now.

The Judgement: Go

Book #79

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Date Added: July 22nd, 2015

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Another book that I’m kind of up in the air with because I’m interested but also not, if that makes any sort of sense? I like that the reviews say it’s very creative and original but it seems like it would be really slow and I’d get bored.

The Judgement: Go

Book #80

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Date Added: July 22nd, 2015

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I’m pretty much up for any and all 1,001 Nights retellings so, here I am. Plus I bought a copy on sale on my Kindle so I’m going to read it.

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


December TBR

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This month’s TBR is pretty much ARCs and library books so basically all books that I have a deadline to meet with. Since I did so well with reading last month I’m hoping to keep the ball rolling into December and get through all of these!

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No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

This is an ARC I should have read a while ago since it released last month but I also had a ton of other books to get through. I’m finally reading it! It isn’t terrible so far but it isn’t the best either, I’m wondering how it will turn out. It’s a retelling of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” which is definitely an interesting idea.

Ms Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

I’ve actually heard quite a few good things about this graphic novel/comic (I guess I’m not sure which one it qualifies as specifically) and since it was finally available at my library I decided to grab it and see what I think!

Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

I really enjoyed Volume 1 and placed the second Volume on hold at my library so I’m looking forward to continuing!

The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 5: Imperial Phase 1


Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

After that cliffhanger in Volume 6 I REALLY need to find out what happens next. This series has gotten a lot better for me at first I was “meh” but now I’m invested!

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

At first I was a little leery of this book since it hasn’t been getting the best of reviews but after reading the lovely Destiny’s review I’ve been given hope! I’m excited to read it now and just see what I personally think of it.

Between The Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

I recently received an ARC of this and will be participating in a blog tour coming up this month! I’m pretty excited about the book and the blog tour since I’ve never been a part of one before!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

This is another book I’ve been hearing mixed things on but I was SO freaking excited for it so I decided to borrow it from the library that way I’m not wasting my money if it isn’t as good.

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Another ARC I recently received  and releases next month! It’s a YA sci-fi and I’m definitely excited to read it here, the cover is just gorgeous.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I have been waiting for the library to get this book in and I jumped on it right away! I’m curious about it since it seems like an interesting psychological thriller.

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Are any of these books on your TBR?

Have you read any of these, what did you think?

What are you planning on reading this month?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

November Wrap-Up

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November was a pretty decent month for me concerning both reading and blogging, at least I haven’t burned myself out yet! I actually got through quite a few books too which I was pretty proud of myself for.

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Books Read This Month: 12

Shutter by Courtney AlamedaGray Wolf Island by Tracey NeithercottThe Empress by S.J. KincaidThe Devils You Know by M.C. AtwoodMonstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. LiuDown Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuireAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret  RogersonThis Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaSaga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. VaughanSaga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. VaughanSaga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. VaughanSaga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

I actually read more books than graphic novels too which is also pretty good for me when I have a good reading month. I actually enjoyed pretty much all of these too the only one I didn’t really like was “The Devils You Know” which was very meh and just not very good at all. I’d have to say my favorite reads of the month were “Monstress: The Blood” and “The Empress” because they blew me away completely, they were that good!

Reviews Finished This Month:

(See? This is what happens when I read more than I review/post…)

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S.J. Kincaid

Tags & Memes Done This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Like My Future Children To Read

The Thanksgiving Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Great Reads That I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday: A Winter TBR

The Ruler of Books Tag

Other Posts Done This Month:

October Wrap-Up

November New Releases

Down The TBR Hole #4

What Makes me DNF A Book?

Fantastic Book Settings And Where To Find Them: Part 1

Down The TBR Hole #5

Fall Book Haul

My Votes Are In! 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Down The TBR Hole #6

5 Star TBR Predictions

Discussion Post: Juggling Blogging & Reading

What I’m Currently Reading:

Dear Martin

So far it’s just as amazing as everyone has been saying it is. Once I get some free time I know I’ll fly through the last half.

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How was your reading and blogging month this November?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, December?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


Down The TBR Hole #7

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Soooo with the holiday weekend last week I forgot to schedule this post but here I am…a week later which is fine. This won’t be a very exciting post because I hit a patch in my TBR where a lot of books I REALLY want to read are, so I’ll be keeping more than I’ll be getting rid of!

If you missed my other posts of Down the TBR Hole here they are:

This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

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?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

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Current TBR: 781

Book #61

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Date Added: June 29th, 2015

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I wasn’t a big fan of Lu’s other book (and series) “Legend” so I’ve been a little leery of giving her other books a try. However, the premise for this one sounds interesting so I figure I will give it a try.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #62

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Date Added: June 30th, 2015

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This is set in the same world/universe as “The Blade Itself” which is also on my TBR but I figure I will read the first book and see if I like it before I go getting myself into the whole series. (Why did I add it in the first place? I have no clue!)

The Judgement: Go

Book #63

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Date Added: June 30th, 2015

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Of course I want to read another of Schwab’s books, it’s Schwab. Plus I like the idea of a library that keeps history in the form of dead bodies, I guess I’m just morbid like that.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #64

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Date Added: June 30th, 2015

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I adored Blake’s other book “Anna Dressed in Blood” so I wanted to add more of her books plus the synopsis with Greek gods sounds really interesting.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #65

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Date Added: July 2nd, 2015

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This series has come very recommended from other fantasy fans so I added it because I am a sucker for fantasy books.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #66

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Date Added: July 2nd, 2015

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Library books and books about books are my jam, but what bookworm doesn’t love that? The cover and spine of the hardcover are gorgeous on this book and the premise of the Great Library of Alexandria surviving sounds really, really good.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #67

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Date Added: July 6th, 2015

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I originally loved the idea of this western book with the half Native American main character who also dresses like a boy but I just don’t think I’m ever going to read it.

The Judgement: Go

Book #68

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Date Added: July 8th, 2015

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I already own a copy of this book and read part of it and it was very, very……interesting. It’s kind of weird but in a good way that made me want to continue just so I could know what the heck is going on. I’ll finish it eventually.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #69

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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I’ve actually heard quite a few good things about this book/series and I got it for $0.99 on Kindle so I can’t really go wrong there! After the slew of Vampire books back in my high school days I didn’t think I’d want to read anymore of them but this one sounds like it’s more creative.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #70

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Date Added: July 9th, 2015

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Another Kagawa book people seem to adore and hype up, I also don’t read that many fairy books so I want to give it a try.

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

The Ruler of Books Tag

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This tag was created by Ariel Bissett.

I saw this tag and thought it looked like a TON of fun because you know….I love books and I’d also love to be the ruler of all books. So let’s just get right into the tag!

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1.) What book would you make everyone read?

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There are literally too many to pick from! I’m going to go with “Nevernight” by Jay Kristoff just because I love the writing style and the plot twists are INSANE, I would love to fangirl with all of my new subjects about it.

2.) What would you abolish in book construction?

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Sorry but I’d have to get rid of mass market paperbacks! They’re just too small, the font is too small, and it’s hard as hell to open and bend them in order to read them. I don’t like cracking my book spines.

3.) What author would you commission to write you any book?

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Definitely Jay Kristoff, I love his writing style and his books are always 100% entertaining! I would be PUMPED if I had a slew of new Kristoff books in my hands!

4.) What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for new books?

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There are also quite a few of these for me as well but I’ll just go with one I happened to read this year. “The Roanoke Girls” would definitely be going down to the basement for me, I just thought it was a mess.

5.) What cover artist would you commission to make a mural?

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This is a tough question but I’m going with Sana Takeda who is the artist for the Monstress series of graphic novels! Is that cheating? Her artwork is simply gorgeous.

6.) What characters face would you put on a coin?

Let’s just go with Harry Potter and be done with this question, those books were very important to me growing up (and still now) so I’d definitely put him on a coin.

7.) What book would you award the “Ruler of Books” 2017 Prize to?

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I’ve read plenty of amazing books this year but I’m going to have to go with “Red Rising” on this one! Everything about that book was awesome from the writing to the characters to the plot, I could gush forever.

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I tag any of you who would like to do this tag!

The Sassy

Discussion Post: Juggling Blogging & Reading

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I thought about doing a tips post about juggling both your blogging and reading but realized I don’t have much to say about it because I’m literally the worst at it. So here we are having a discussion post instead! I was also thinking that maybe I could make a collection of replies and then use those in a sort of mass collaboration post of tips. Let me know what you think!

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How do you make time for writing and posting blog posts?

I personally am always a mess when it comes to this because to make it easier on myself it requires a bit more planning and scheduling, which isn’t my strong suit in this case. I kind of fly by the seat of my pants most of the time as far as planning posts goes! I try and type up a post of some kind daily during the week when I have time and post it the same day as well, it’s rare that I get a chance on the weekends to do so. Sometimes if I’m REALLY good I will schedule some up ahead of time but I’m lazy and that usually never gets done.

Basically if I’m lazing around not doing anything I will try and type up a post, that’s how I make time. Or if I’m doing something else such as watching TV then I’ll put it aside to do up a blog post instead.

How do you post when you DON’T necessarily have time?

Mostly I say if you can’t make time at all don’t stress about it, blogging is supposed to be a fun hobby after all! However, something that can be a real savior when it comes to stuff like this is scheduling your posts up ahead of time. This is a very good way of keeping up with your blog, just type them up when you have a chance and don’t worry about it! Of course, as I mentioned I’m really terrible at this but the few times I’ve gotten around to doing it I found it to be very helpful!

How do you keep up with comments and other blogger’s posts?

Yet another thing that I tend to fail hard at. Normally I sit down and comment and read other posts all at once, but this is a harder way of doing it. It ends up being a lot more work than it should, I SHOULD comment and read posts immediately. But I don’t. I think one of the easiest ways to do this is to have your blog provider’s app (WordPress in my case) on your phone and just comment/read whenever you have a few minutes throughout the day.

How do you make time for reading books?

We all know how hard it can be to balance blog posts AND reading equally! I, probably like the rest of you, always ensure that I have a book with me when I go places because you never know when you’ll get a chance to pull it out and read. If you have an appointment somewhere, read while you wait! If you take public transportation to work or other places, read while you ride! I find this to be one of the most helpful ways to get extra reading time in, plus I read when I get home of course.

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Come Join The Discussion!

How do you manage your time with blog posts?

Do you try and schedule posts up ahead of time?

How do you make time to comment and read other blogger’s posts?

What do you do to make time for reading?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

5 Star TBR Predictions

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I saw a video on Regan’s channel Peruse Project that was “5 Star TBR Predictions” and it looked like so much fun so I thought I would give it a shot as well! Basically I will be picking books off of my TBR that I believe will be 5 star reads for me, I don’t rate a ton of books 5 stars they have to be PERFECTION for that. Hopefully I won’t be setting the bar too high for these and will still enjoy them when I get to them!

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

So I have read two other books of Laini’s and ADORED them so with that alongside the fact that the synopsis sounds amazing for this book I can pretty much guarantee I’ll love it. The writing will be A+ because ya know….it’s Laini Taylor and she writes so beautifully plus her unique world building and mythology is always good too so really I can’t think of a single reason why this book wouldn’t be a five star read for me.

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I’ve honestly heard nothing but good things about this book (and series) and I KNOW Sanderson is a fantastic fantasy author and I’m positive this book will include a great magic system and a unique plot and world. For me a good fantasy book will have great world building and I just feel like Sanderson will deliver that. Therefore I have a pretty good feeling I’ll end up rating this a full five stars.

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The Child Thief by Brom

“Peter Pan” is pretty much my FAVORITE fairy tale/ story and I’m pretty much down for any kind of retelling of it. I also LOVE dark retellings and “The Child Thief” is definitely a very dark retelling. I’m really hoping it’ll be a great, unique retelling with a creative spin on Peter Pan and also full of dark happenings. If that all proves true I’ll probably be rating it 5 stars!

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Eon by Alison Goodman

Not only have I heard quite a few good things about this book/duology but the premise just sounds like something I know I’ll love: dragons + a badass female protagonist. I also cheated a bit and started reading part of it and really enjoyed what I read!

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Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I think the idea of a “retelling” of “The Iliad” is very creative and unique so I’m all for it! I also like that it’s a M/M romance between Achilles and Patroclus, honestly I just know everything from the setting to the characters will more than likely be 5 stars for me.

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

I absolutely LOVED the first book, I thought the characters were absolutely fantastic and  all of the political intrigue was fascinating. I expect nothing less from the sequel!

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I really loved Thomas’s book “The Darkest Corners” it was so suspenseful, dark, and twisted. I think this one sounds just as twisted and I’m super excited to read it, if it’s as dark as the other book I will more than likely be giving it a full 5 star rating!

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown

If you’ve read “Red Rising” you’ll understand why this is going to be a 5 star read. Bring it on, I’m ready to be emotionally destroyed again.

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Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

“Stormdancer” was A-MA-ZING with all of the plot twists, world building, and badass characters! Honestly I’m expecting the sequel to at least be just as good, and if it is it is a definite 5 star rating from this girl!

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I’m very, very excited to read this book especially since it seems similar to “The Hate U Give” which I thought was an amazing, powerful book. I expect nothing less from “Dear Martin” I’m extremely confident that I will love it. I’m actually going to be reading it here within the next two weeks as I got it from the library!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some books on your TBR that you think will be 5 star reads?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy