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My Intimidating TBR tag

Good news, guys! I finally kicked my reading-slump’s sorry butt into last week! Some book reviews will be coming your way shortly, the first of which will be my review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, which was so good I finished it in a SINGLE DAY. In the meantime, it’s Friday, so I’m kicking back with a book tag, because I’m kinda rock ‘n’ roll if you must know…

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I was tagged to do the ‘My Intimidating TBR’ tag by the lovely Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews. If you don’t already follow her, go check out her blog right now, because it’s awesome! 🙂

What book have you been unable to finish?


The Villa by Rosanna Ley

I picked this book up a few years ago thinking it would make a nice, light, summer read, but I found it really bland, and in the end I just couldn’t be bothered to finish it. I also found myself getting really irritated by the sections of the book told from the POV of the main character’s teenage daughter. The voice was all wrong for a seventeen-year-old, and she kept coming out with really weird exclamations of astonishment at least twice per paragraph, such as “Lolloping Lemurs!”, and “Jumping Jellyfish!” Who speaks like that?! I just found the whole thing a bit cringe.

 What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

I borrowed this book from my friend Kat, and today I actually asked her if she wanted it back because I fear it may sit on my bookshelf until we’re both grey and old and the world has come to an end. I’ve wanted to read this book for so long (because the premise is so creepy and intriguing), but the problem is that this book is SO LONG.

It took me virtually an entire day to read 40 pages (it’s about 700 pages in total with fairly small print), because the writing style is so dense (it’s written in the style of an academic text) and it’s one of those books where you have to really concentrate to appreciate.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?


The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I’m possibly one of the only people left on Planet Bookblog who hasn’t read The Wrath and the Dawn, so naturally I haven’t even bought myself a copy of The Rose and The Dagger yet. I’ll be reading the first book soon, but I am so nervous I won’t love it as much as everyone else does; these books are more hyped up than a kid who ate ALL THE M&MS.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Unfashionably late to the party, I didn’t start reading A Court of Thorns and Roses until the day this book was released. DON’T JUDGE ME. About 100 pages in I knew I was going to love the book (because Sarah J. Maas is a goddess of some variety who simply must be worshipped) so I ordered ACOMAF immediately. It took me two weeks to read ACOTAR because I was in the middle of my weird reading funk, so I had to wait two weeks to actually open my Amazon package for fear of accidental book-cover spoilers! THE STRUGGLE NOT TO OPEN BOOK-POST WAS REAL.

What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t like it?


Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

A lot of people seem to love this book, and I’ve read a lot of great reviews which really make me want to pick it up, but I wasn’t a fan of Finding Eden by the same author. Finding Eden is a love story about a boy and a girl who’ve grown up in a cult. I wanted to like it, but I found the romance too sickly sweet, the dialogue too cheesy, and there wasn’t enough exploration of the cult itself (aka the reason behind my initial interest in the book). Probably my own fault for expecting it to be something it wasn’t!

What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is my perennial answer to any question about books I’m never in the mood to read/books that have been on my TBR shelf 5eva. I have such a block about this book, I somehow don’t think I’ll ever read it, even though I know it’s supposed to be amazing. It’s weird because I’ve read the opening chapter so many times, and I like what I’ve read, but somehow I can never get past that chapter, like there’s some kind of Hunger Games style force-field barring me from going any further.

What book have you yet to read because it’s humungous?


A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones has been sitting on my Kindle shelf for a very long time. Somehow I don’t think I’ll ever have the energy or time to commit to reading such a mammoth book. I started it once, but several chapters in I was already confused by the ridiculous number of characters and just knew I was going to struggle with it. Maybe when I’m old and retired and have all the time in the world to sit and read, I’ll finally commit… But right now, the thought of picking it up exhausts me!

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?

I genuinely can’t think of an answer to this question – I NEVER buy books without looking at reviews first. Even when I’m wandering around a bookshop, I’ll have my phone out, just to make sure the gorgeous specimen I’m eyeing up on the shelf hasn’t been totally slated by EVERYONE on Goodreads.

Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?

I think I might have to be boring here and re-use one of my earlier answers. House of Leaves is one of the most intimidating books I’ve ever held in my hands. Mainly because it’s actually TOO HEAVY to hold in my hands!!!

A lot of people seem to have done this tag already, so I’m going to leave this one open… if you haven’t done this tag and would like to, you are most welcome. Feel free to link back here so I can be nosy and read your answers 🙂


The TBR Book Tag

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I was tagged to do this one (quite possibly a million years ago) by Maria @ Marwhal Reads and Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd! So sorry it has taken me so long!

Both of these ladies have brilliant blogs, which are well worth visiting, so please do check them out 🙂

Before I get started, another quick apology, because I am in what I believe is formally known as a BLOGGING SLUMP! 😥 Today’s post was supposed to be a review. In fact, I have a couple of books waiting to be reviewed, but I can’t articulate coherent thoughts about either of them right now, because the part of my brain that makes sentences is a melty puddle of end-of-a-long-week mush, and I am in need of ALL THE SLEEP. My review of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell will hopefully be ready by Monday, but I have never been this sleepy, so I can’t promise anything!

*** Anyway, on with the tag! ***

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?


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I think the answer to this question would be that I don’t! My TBR pile (both physical and digital) is a sprawling mess which keeps on expanding. I have no idea how many books are on it (probably hundreds… thousands if you include all the books I can’t afford to buy!) I recently got myself a Goodreads account though, so I’m hoping that will help me become a bit more organised.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

I have a lot of print in my TBR, but I’d say there are more unread books on my Kindle. I prefer real books to-have-and-to-hold, but I don’t have enough space to buy everything in print. I also think e-books are less of a commitment – if something sounds like a quick, fun read, but I’m not 100% sure it’ll be a favourite for life, till-death-do-us-part kinda thing, I’d prefer to download it.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I don’t really have much of a strategy beyond picking up whatever I’m in the mood for. Sometimes if I really get into something, I’ll read a string of similar books (e.g. this month, I have read nothing but M/M romance!) However, usually, if I’ve read a book in a particular genre, I’ll deliberately pick something completely different next time, so I don’t get bored.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I bought this book several years ago, and I still haven’t managed to finish it. Every time I pick it up, I read the first chapter, but find I’m not in the mood for it. I don’t know why I can’t get into it – there’s nothing WRONG with it (and I know it’ll be worth it one day), it’s just I keep failing to get past the first chapter. What is wrong with ME?!

A book you recently added to your TBR?


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Technically I bought this book in August, but I only remembered I had it the other day, when I found it buried at the bottom of one of my precariously tall towers of books-that-won’t-fit-on-the-shelf. I picked this one up at the airport on my way to Italy, but ended up not reading it, because it’s not exactly a beachy-read, and billion-degree heat makes me too lethargic to read anyway. I might give it a go next month!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

Don’t get me wrong, I love me a beautiful book, but I tend to largely ignore covers – I’m more concerned with what’s inside.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Let’s be honest, I’m never going to read the third 50 Shades of Grey book. I’m not even sure why I read the second one. Or the first.

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Also never going to finish A Game of Thrones. Too long. Too incesty. Too many characters. Sadly it just wasn’t for me… I tried!

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?


How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

Coming out in February, this is the second book in ‘The Normal Series’, which follows three girls – Evie, Amber and Lottie – who form a group called The Spinster Club to talk about feminist issues. I read the first book – Am I Normal Yet? earlier in the year and loved it! Book one is narrated by Evie (who is recovering from severe OCD), and the second book will be from Amber’s perspective. Holly’s writing is honest, funny and moving – can’t wait to read this!

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Everyone in the book-blogging world seems to have read and loved this book. I had trouble getting into it for some reason, and I gave up a few chapters in. I’ve shelved it for the time being, but will give it another go one day, as I hate to abandon a book.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

I think I’m cheating with this answer, as it’s not really on my TBR anymore – I just finished it! It was adorable and lovely and everything I was told it would be! ❤

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I am so, so excited to read this book, I’m practically squealing!

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Only 15! I literally just got a Goodreads account, so no doubt I’ll be adding to it soon! There are 203 books on my Kindle Wishlist though… no idea when I’ll find the time to read all of those!

I tag the following lovely people:

***As always, no pressure if you’ve already done the tag/tags aren’t your thing/you are feeling as sleepy as I am right now and therefore can’t be bothered!)***



Alex @ alextheshadowgirl

Mishi @ mytokyoblues

Ellie @ belleinfini

Luucy @ makingdaysbetter


August Haul and the Discombobulating World of Book Blogging

Since I started this book blog, approx. 1 month ago, I’ve gained a (modest) number of followers (thank you, beautiful people!), followed some brilliant blogs, had to google who-why-when-where-and-what the terms TBR, book haul, and DNF mean (#shameface), been baffled by the vast number of people talking about Summertime Madness, received a nomination for a Liebster Award, and all in all, had a crazy but lovely introduction into the world of book blogging.

It’s been a while since I last posted because I’ve spent all week prepping for a job interview.

The role (which I really, really want!) is in a different department of the publishing house I currently work for, who, FYI, added the word awesomesauce to the dictionary the other day.

So, to look on the sunny side, even if I don’t get the job, at least I will have had the incomparable experience of getting to use the words ‘Manspreading’, ‘Hangry’ and ‘Wine o’clock’ in a job interview! 🙂

Anyway, back to the book haul (which I’m getting the impression is basically just people bragging about the books they’ve acquired over the past month, and I’m totally game for getting in on!)

Here’s what I’ve added this month to my crazy-long TBR…

***To have and to hold***

I only bought one physical book this month, which was this amazing adult colouring book by Kerby Rosanes:


I guess this one doesn’t really count, as I’m not going to read it, but look how pretty it is! Apparently nowadays it is completely NOT-lame for grown-up people to get squealy and excited over the art of keeping your sparkly gel pen within the lines. I’m loving the adult colouring trend, and I’d really recommend this as a mindful, calming activity if you’re one of those people who can never get their brain to stop buzzing. It’s good for winding down, and much healthier than staring at screens before bedtime (which I’m naughtily doing right now).

***Digital love***

I went on a bit of an Amazon spending spree this month. My Kindle haul goes a little something like this…

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1) – Kim Harrison


Some urban fantasy to fill the Mortal-Instruments-shaped hole in my life while I (im)patiently wait for The Dark Artifices to hurry up and come out already.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik


So, basically, I bought this because it’s about wizards, and it’s set in a creepy forest. Nuff said.

Long Lankin – Lindsey Barraclough


Discovered on another Amazon trawl for creepy-reads. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Death House – Sarah Pinborough


Reviewed earlier in the month.

Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge


If a blurb mentions a creepy china doll, I’m pretty much sold.

The Owl Service – Alan Garner


This book gave my mum sleepless nights as a child. It sounds pretty tame to me, but I’m curious enough to give it a go.

Close Your Pretty Eyes – Sally Nicholls


Adding to the creepy-pile. Note to self, Thesaurus the word creepy, stat.

Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne


My most recent review (and probably my favourite book of the month!)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews


From the reviews I’ve read, I gather this is a bit of a Marmite book. Looking forward to deciding whether I’m a lover or a hater.

Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill


I saw Louise speak on a panel at YALC, plus this book sounds incredible. Definitely intrigued by comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot


Review coming soon!

Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

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I’ve wanted to read this ever since I discovered the author’s blog. I’m fascinated by blogs about the writing process, and I loved the way she wrote, so when I heard about the book I knew I had to read it!

‘Soulmates’ and ‘The Manifesto on How to be Interesting’ – Holly Bourne


I downloaded both of these after finishing ‘Am I Normal Yet?’, and am so excited to read them.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han


I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, and every person under the sun seems to have reviewed it. I read the opening paragraph and now I’m all-in too.

Know Not Why – Hannah Johnson


I bought this based on the hilarious opening chapter – props and £s to any book that can make me laugh out loud that quickly.

So, that’s my August haul. Although, the month isn’t over yet… I’ve set myself the challenge of reading all of the Throne of Glass books before Queen of Shadows comes out, and I only own the first one, so it’s a mighty good job pay-day occurred recently. But apart from these two essentials, I’m banning myself from any more book-buying…

…until September. 😉