Down The TBR Hole #9

Whenever I sit down to write the newest post in this little series I am always surprised how long I’ve been doing it! I mean, it’s been nine weeks since I started this! Nine. Time is just flying by! Down The TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia over at Lost In A Story that is a lot of fun to do, so you guys should definitely join all of us already doing this!

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Book #1: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Okay, I am kind of undecided when it comes to Stolen Songbird. It’s apparently a Beauty & The Beast type of story and features trolls and a rebellion that is forming under the mountain these trolls live at and the main character Cecile is being taken to. And the reviews that I briefly looked at were mostly positive, so why can’t I decide what to do? Have any of you guys read this book? Was it good?

Book #2: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

I feel like Storm Siren sounds like too many books I’ve read before and so I’m not particularly interested in this story, so it’s going off my TBR!

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Book #3: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles is the one book I already know is definitely going to stay on my TBR, I don’t even have to look at the Goodreads description or anything like that. I’ve been wanting to read this book for years now and since I’m currently in the middle of my Shadowhunters Chronicles re-read, I am sure I will get to this eventually!

Book #4: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Even though I originally put Wayfarer on my anticipated releases for January, Passenger actually doesn’t sound that interesting to me anymore? I know I read the synopsis back when I was writing the post, but my opinion must have changed since. This is going off my TBR!

Book #5: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ll ever want to read All The Bright Places. It’s apparently a The Fault In Our Stars but featuring suicide. And while I did really enjoy TFIOS, I definitely don’t want or need a repeat type of story. I’ve also heard mixed things about this book, so it’s going off my TBR!

This week I was apparently in a ‘cutting down my TBR’ type of mood as I took 3 books off my TBR and I might take another one off depending on the feedback I get from you guys! So please, let me know if you’ve read Stolen Songbird before and what you thought about it!

Down The TBR hole #8

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Hey, guys! Another week has gone by, it always feels surreal to me whenever I write another one of these posts because a week always seems longer than it is.

This meme is hosted by Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper.

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  • The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye contains royalty and kings/queens which are two things that I love to read about! It stays.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book that I have heard so many good things about! I definitely want to read it someday. I just don’t know when but it definitely has to stay on my TBR.

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  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is about this boy who wakes up losing his memory of his girlfriend, his friends and essentially his heritage. It sounds interesting but not something that’s on my radar atm. Goodbye!
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is definitely going to stay on my TBR!

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  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a re-telling about 1001 nights where a Caliph takes a new bride every night only to execute her by dawn. The main character of this book wants to end his tyranny. People have been raving about it so much too. I’m definitely keeping this on my TBR!
  • Ash by Malinda Lo is a cinderella re-telling which sounds interesting but I don’t think I’ll be picking this up anytime soon. My TBR is big enough as it is.

That’s it for this week.

Hope you guys had a great week!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Ons

Unfortunately, I had missed out on doing this particular topic when it was done by The Broke And The Bookish a couple of weeks ago, but I still wanted to talk about what makes me want to read a book – especially since I shared ten things that are book turn-offs for me!

#1: A Pretty Cover

I feel like this is such a given, but it is still very true for me! Especially if it’s a book that I have heard little to nothing about. The cover is the first thing my eyes land on and if it’s appealing to me, I am definitely more likely to click through and read the synopsis! I am a sucker for a pretty cover! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might remember me constantly raving about the Caraval cover!

#2: Interesting Magical System

If you’re going to create a world with magic in it – please make it interesting. And don’t have it be the same thing over and over again! I really liked the way magic worked in the Shades Of Magic trilogy and what I’ve heard of the magic in the Mistborn trilogy is also really intriguing to me!

#3: Strong Female Friendships

A couple of years ago, I would have been all about girls getting into stupid arguments over unimportant things – luckily I have outgrown that phase! Nowadays, I am much more interested in seeing women being nice to each other, supporting each other and understanding each other! I am tired of petty arguments and judging girls for what or who they are doing or not doing (*cough* Clary in The Mortal Instruments *cough*).

#4: Kickass Female Characters

I think one of the main things that had me really interested in the Shades Of Magic trilogy was that people kept talking so highly of Lila and I just needed to know what she was all about! I love when a book features a female character that can kick some serious ass, has her own motivations and isn’t just reduced to a love interest! And Lila most definitely delivered!

#5: Diversity

And by diversity, I don’t mean the token Person Of Color that is featured in a story or the token LGBT+ Character. You can keep that kind of representation! What I want are characters that are so much more than what marks them as diverse. I feel like a good example for this is Rhy from, again, the Shades Of Magic trilogy! He wasn’t just a Person Of Color or an LGBT+ Character. He was both of those things but more importantly: he was so much more than that! He cared deeply about his family, he worried about his ability to be a good leader for his people and more. His character had many different facets!

#6: Praising Reviews

Whenever I keep seeing a book pop up over and over again and many different people seem to really love it, I’ll usually check it out and add it to my TBR too! I mean, who doesn’t want more great books in their lives, right? Examples for this would be the Shades Of Magic trilogy (sorry for constantly mentioning this, but it just fits!), Caraval and then a recent TBR addition: The Foxhole Court.

#7: Author I Love

If an author I already know I enjoy brings out a new book, I am definitely going to at least add it to my TBR if not buy the book straight away – especially if it’s a story that is set in a world I already know! I will read any book by Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer and my most recent addition Victoria Schwab who luckily has quite a few books released already!

#8: By A Beloved Author

Actually, Victoria Schwab would’ve originally been talked about in this part of today’s post, because her being loved by many people was another factor that played into me finally picking up SOM! But yeah, I definitely let myself be influenced by how much an author is loved by the community! If I keep hearing nothing but great things about someone, I am definitely more likely to check out their books. That’s actually how Red Rising ended up on my TBR: I kept hearing people fangirl over Pierce Brown!

#9: Tons Of Recommendations

This kind of goes along with #6, but I also wanted to mention this separately. Because I don’t always read reviews in full (I’ll usually just read the first part to get an overall idea) but I will watch tons of different recommendations videos and if a book keeps popping up in those, I will definitely check it out too! I mean, if people keep recommending it the book has to be good, right?

#10: Appealing Synopsis

And lastly, I pretty obvious one: an appealing synopsis! Because when it comes down to it, this is the thing that will make me pick up the book – or not! Pretty cover, great reviews and great author aside, if the storyline doesn’t sound interesting to me, there’s no way I’m going to pick up the book!

There we go! Ten things that will make it more likely for me to pick up a book! What are some of your book turn-ons? Do we share some of them? Let’s talk in the comments below!

New Releases: May 2017

For the past two months, I had a bit of a difficult time finding new releases I was really excited about and then May rolls around and I have seven on my list. Seven books. Someone, please tell me when I’m going to read all of them? Well, I actually read one of them already and I have plans to lock myself inside until I finished reading two more. But the other four books? I have no idea. There’s not enough time. But enough rambling, let’s get to these new releases!

Releasing: Week Of May 2nd

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I have been waiting for A Court Of Wings And Ruin for a YEAR now and I am so excited that it’s finally almost here! The ending of A Court Of Mist And Fury was so good and I was ready to rip heads off! I am honestly so excited for this final installment in the trilogy! But I am also super worried about my own sanity while reading this book!

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I have heard so many good things about the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han and the final installment, Always And Forever, Lara Jean is coming out next week! There is apparently a fake relationship somewhere in this trilogy which has me really curious and I hope to marathon this trilogy this summer!

Releasing: Week Of May 16th

the love interestThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

You guys! The Love Interest tells the story of a Good Guy and a Bad Guy who are supposed to woo a woman but instead of wooing HER they end up falling in love with each other? Doesn’t that sound like the most fun concept to a book? I know I am excited to see these two realize that they are developing feelings for each other and falling in love!

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I was lucky enough to be accepted for an eARC of The Names They Gave Us a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, I really enjoyed this book! At first, I was a bit worried that the religious aspects of the story would bother me because I am not a fan of religion in books but I ended up not minding it at all! I am going to be publishing my review of this book towards the end of May and closer to the UK release date!

 

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Renee Ahdieh’s newest release, Flame In The Mist, is also coming out this week and even though I haven’t read Renee’s previous two books (The Wrath & The Dawn duology) I am really excited about this one because I have read nothing but great things about Renee’s writing so far and I definitely want to experience it for myself too! For any Mulan fans out there, this is a Mulan retelling so get your hands on this!

Releasing: Week of May 23rd

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This is the only other book that I have concrete plans for reading! Cassandra Clare killed me with the ending of Lady Midnight and so I have been just impatiently waiting for Lord Of Shadows to finally be released! And it’s almost here! I am counting down the days and hopefully, I will be re-reading Lady Midnight in the weeks leading up to this release! I just hope my pre-order arrives on time!

Releasing: Week of May 30th

when dimple met rishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I feel like I have been seeing When Dimple Met Rishi pretty much everywhere in the book community and people who have read this book seem to absolutely love it and are so excited about this story which has me really excited too! I haven’t read a book about an arranged marriage before so this is new to me and this book features Indian-American characters at a summer camp for aspiring web developers! So cool!

Honestly, you guys! May is looking like such a great month for releases and I know I won’t have much time for anything else because I will dive into ACOWAR, Lord Of Shadows and of course, Sense8 has to release season 2 the first week of May too. Like I wasn’t busy enough already!

What are some books you guys are super excited about for May? Let me know in the comments below! Did I miss out on any super fun new releases?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the people over at The Broke And The Bookish! You should head on over and check out their link up for many more posts all about book turn-offs!

I haven’t participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a little while, mainly because I couldn’t come up with enough books/things or because I didn’t have the time! But I definitely wanted to join in with today’s topic, so let’s get started!

#1: An Unappealing Cover

Obviously, we all have different covers we consider to be ‘bad’ so this varies for all of us, but I know that if I see a cover that is ‘bad’ or unappealing to me I am less likely to check out the synopsis for the book! I obviously know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but it happens all the time – especially with new-to-me authors!

#2: Mainly Negative Reviews

I’m sure we’ve all stumbled upon a book that had negative review upon negative review and that usually results in me losing any kind of interest I might have initially had. I do find that my want to read a book gets influenced by mainly negative reviews. But I don’t read entire reviews before going into a book – I look at the ratings and read the first little bit of a review to get people’s overall thoughts and that’s it.

#3: Problematic Representation

This wouldn’t have stopped me from reading a problematic book years ago, but since I’ve gotten more involved in the book community and started following book lovers and reviewers on Twitter, I’ve definitely been paying more attention to good representation in the books I pick up! Which resulted in me making sure to not pick up books that have gotten lots of negative reviews because of their representation issues. And no, I don’t have to read a book to make sure it’s actually problematic.

#4: Small Books

I often find myself gravitating towards books that are at the very least 350+ pages long. Anything below that I usually won’t read. I feel like the author needs more room to build their world and characters – especially fantasy or sci-fi novels! If it’s a contemporary novel, I might make an exception if the synopsis is appealing!

#5: Possibility Of A Love Triangle

A couple of years ago, this wouldn’t have been something that would bother me in a book, but nowadays I just don’t have the time to deal with love triangles. Honestly, the only love triangle I will ever deal with again is Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices (look at me bringing up TID again!). If your synopsis has the tiniest hint of there being a triangle in the book, I am going to pass your book right along!

#6: Standalones

I don’t know what it is about standalones that usually leaves me uninterested in a story, but that’s a thing with me apparently. Unless of course it’s a contemporary novel! Then I’ll read it-  but if it’s a fantasy or sci-fi standalone I’ll probably pass the book along too. I love me a good series!

#7: Really Long Completed Series

This might be a bit of a weird one, but hear me out! I am currently in the middle of a few series (I might have to look at all of them soon) and while I absolutely don’t mind starting a new series – I do kind of mind if it’s a six or seven book series that is completely published already. It feels like too big a commitment! Once I start a series that is complete, I like to read it in is enirety. And if that’s six or seven books? That’s a lot of time spend in just one world/story that I could be spending in multiple different ones!

#8: Author Has Gotten Negative Attention

I feel like this goes along with #3, but I still wanted to mention it. If I hear about an author handling criticm poorly or anything along those lines, it’ll usually make me not want to read their books anymore. I remember there being something about Colleen Hoover a couple of months ago and I’ve since decided to not touch her books ever (I haven’t read any of them yet).

#9: Too Much Hype

Don’t we all know of books that are so hyped that we’re just turned off from them? And it doesn’t even have to be a recent release. I feel like the Harry Potter series is one of those books for me. It is so beloved by so many people of all ages that I am worried I won’t enjoy it as much and what do I do then? But sometimes the hype is also what gets me interested in a series (see: Shades Of Magic!), so this isn’t a strict no for me when it comes to a book.

#10: Unappealing Synopsis

You won’t believe how much trouble I had thinking of a tenth aspect when I hadn’t even included the most obvious on yet: the story just doesn’t sound appealing to me! I mean, obviously, right? But it’s still true and I wanted to include it here. Because even if the book has the prettiest cover, I have heard nothing but good things about the book and author, if the story doesn’t sound like something I will end up enjoying I won’t be reading that book. End of story.

There we have it! Ten things that are going to turn me away from one book and towards a book that sounds like it’s more up my alley! What are your turn offs? Do we share some of them? Let’s discuss in the comments and feel free to leave your links too! 🙂

Down The TBR Hole #8

Another weekend and time for another Down The TBR Hole post! As always, this weekly meme is hosted by Lia over at Lost In A Story. Let’s get right into this!

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Book #1: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I really like the idea behind Falling Kingdoms and I definitely want to see where the author takes the story in the remaining books! And from the looks of it, this is a completed series (or is the final book about to come out? I know I’ve seen it pop up recently!) so I could marathon all of it which is always so much fun! This is staying on my TBR! 

Book #2: Vicious by VE Schwab

All I know about Vicious is that it’s about two college best friends who did experiments while at college and now, 10 years later, one of them is trying to get rid of everything that is evil (or something along those lines. I won’t look at the synopsis for this one). They are apparently also the anti-hero type of characters and I’m most definitely intrigued! But let’s be real, this is a VE Schwab book, there’s no way I’m taking it off my TBR. This is staying too! 

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Book #3: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I think I first took notice of The Demon King because Regan from peruseproject really enjoys these books and the synopsis sounds rather interesting too, so for the time being, this is staying on my TBR! I think the author has a different series out too which is awesome! I’ve been looking for new authors to read and Cinda Williams Chima definitely has a good amount of books for me to choose from and read!

Book #4: The Shifter by Janice Hardy

I like the idea of The Shifter, but unfortunately, I don’t think I will be getting to this anytime soon and by the time I would want to read this, I’ll probably have lost interest in this book, so I am taking it off my TBR.

Book #5: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince is going to suffer the same fate as The Shifter. I like the idea of this story but don’t think I will be getting to this book anytime soon and I don’t think this is going to hold my interest for months (or maybe even years) to come, so this is going off my TBR.

There we go! Whenever I finally end up picking up the books I decided to keep on my TBR I will hopefully find two new and fun series to fall in love with and hopefully also new authors to explore! I am definitely excited about these books! And we know I enjoy Victoria’s writing, so I’m positive I’ll enjoy Vicious too!

Have you guys read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below and let’s get talking!

Down The TBR hole #7

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Another week has ended. Time goes by so fast, it’s crazy! This meme is hosted by Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper.

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  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic is about Neil Josten who becomes a part of the local Uni Exy Team. He has a lot of secrets that threaten to come to light. I have wanted to read this series for what feels like forever. People have been raving about it so much I need to read it and see what everyone else saw.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is about Cath who goes to college for the first time and we get to see what her experience there is like. I actually started this book multiple times but couldn’t really get into it. Maybe someday I’ll pick it up again. It’s staying for now only because I actually own a copy.

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  • Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch is about a girl who was taken captive, escaped and tries to start over until she finds out a girl went missing where she lives and it brings back old memories. Sounds interesting. Worth a try, right?
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows is about a girl who is supposed to become queen. A lot of people have really liked this book and I quite enjoy stories that involve Royalty so it stays.

That’s it for this week. I did take off quite a few more!

Hope you guys had a great week!