Down the TBR Hole #23

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

It’s time to take another look at my Goodreads Want to Read shelf in today’s Down the TBR post! And, perhaps, we can trim off a few more books than I have in the last two rounds. Last round, we ended with 726 books. Now, I’m sitting at 733 books and I’m not entirely sure how that happened. I must have blacked out while browsing Goodreads 😅 But let’s see if can get a least a few books I’m no longer interested in off the TBR and make this more reflective of my actual TBR.

With that said, let’s jump into round twenty-three!


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Though I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, there is something about memoirs involving hiking that get me. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is one of my favorite books of all time! So when I heard about this book, one that follows the author as she hikes and learns, I immediately wanted to read it. Easy choice here!

Verdict: Keep


Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

I made a meager attempt to start reading the Discworld books a couple of years ago and, frankly, got a little intimidated by how many there are. But I really loved the first two books I read in the series! I’m going to continue because I know I’m probably going to love the rest. Besides, this book is on my “22 books in 2022” list!

Verdict: Keep


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I still haven’t read anything by Patrick Ness, but I certainly want to. This one sounds like it could be the one for me. I mean it follows an “ordinary” person surrounded by superheroes and just trying to live their life. It’s a slice-of-life but with, like, death rays. It seems like something I could definitely love.

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 26, 2022

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: Beyond the three other books I’ve talked about in recent WWW Wednesday post, this is the only other book I’ve started recently. And I’m only our chapters in, which is kind of terrible as I’m meant to be doing a buddy read 😅 What I’ve read so far, though, is certainly promising! I like the culture and the introduction to our main character, who seems like she’s made of some tough stuff. I’m really excited to see where the story goes!
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The Cat Markings Book Tag

Cat Markings Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a tag that combines two of my favorite things: cats and books! This is The Cat Markings Book Tag, which was created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura. If y’all don’t know, I have three cats and my family has had cats since I was around five years old. I’ve grown up with this furry little predators all my life and I can’t picture myself ever not having a cat in the house. So, when I was tagged by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories to do this, I jumped at the chance! You should definitely go check out her answers to the tag and her blog, as well 😊

Alright, let’s get the post!


The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post (Thanks for the tag, Riddhi!)
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (The graphics were also created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

The Prompts:

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Black Cats: Pick a book that doesn’t get the love it deserves.

I’m going with Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine but, honestly, the entire Great Library series deserves so much more love than it gets! I’ve not met many people who have read it and that is a shame. It’s an incredible start to a fantastic series that centers around the concept of what the world could look like if the Library of Alexandria never burned down. It’s a fantasy, so it takes this idea in some intriguing directions. The best thing about this book/series, though, is the found family element. You’ll find yourself rooting for these characters in a surprisingly short amount of time!


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White Cats: Pick a book with great disability rep

A book I read recently that jumps to mind is Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn. The main character in this story is a siren whose tail was crushed by a cruel sea captain. As a result, she no longer has any feeling below the waist. She has to learn how to manuver around in this new body and I think the author did an excellent job of conveying the feelings that can go with that situation. Of course, I would take my opinion with a grain of salt as I’m not part of the disabled community! I do think it was well done and it was great to see a MC with a disability being featured in a fantasy novel. I need and am going to make reading more books with disability rep a top priority.


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Ginger Cats: Name your favourite male character

Now I know The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern was not for everyone, but I adore this book. One of the reasons I adore it is because of the main character, Zachary Ezra Rawlins. I connected with him so much! He reminded of myself in college (although his experiences turned out to be vastly more interesting) and he had a lot of mannerisms that I share. He’s just such a quiet and unassuming protagonist and I thought it was compelling to see such an “ordinary” person get tossed into extremely extraordinary circumstances. Also, gotta love a fellow bookworm who loves gaming, as well.

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#5OnMyTBR – Horror

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

Welcome to another week and another 5 On My TBR! And I’m super excited for this one because the theme is horror 👻 I love horror movies, but I’m still dipping my toes into reading horror novels. Not because I don’t like them! Just because I usually push them to the side for my tried and true SFF books, lol. But I love a scary story and so I have quite a few horror books on my TBR that I hope will give me a spine-tingling good time.

Of course, that means it took me awhile to pick just five to feature. I’m happy with the ones I chose, though, because they are all books that are high on my list! Let’s jump in the post.


#1. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Ever since I read Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones, I’ve wanted to give another one of his books a try. I really got on well with his writing and his take on werewolves! Now I want to sink into one of his horror novels that taps into some dark places. I’ve heard so many good things about this one, as well! Fingers crossed that I have as good a time with this as I did with Mongrels.

#2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I had to include a classic of the genre! I’ve been wanting to read The Haunting of Hill House since I saw the 1999 movie adaptation. Which I loved even though it was terrible 😂 I have a soft spot for bad horror movies, okay? I’ve been curious about reading the source material for a minute and that curiosity ramped up when the Netflix series came out. I’m hoping to give this one a go soon because winter always seems like a good time to curl up with a scary story.

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22 Reads In 2022

Hello, reader!

A couple of weeks ago over on Instagram, I shared a post about another reading challenge I want to accomplish in 2022. I picked 22 books that I want to prioritize reading this year. Now, to keep myself accountable, I wanted to bring it over to the blog, as well!

Now I tried to wiggle out of my comfort zone a bit and now choose all fantasy novels. Fantasy is definitely a significant portion of the stack, but I wanted to make sure I had a bit of variety. I’m really happy with the books I’ve chosen and I think it’ll make for an even more exciting reading year! Let’s go through my choices by genre.


Fantasy


Though I tried to choose more than just fantasy, it doesn’t mean I can’t start with my favorite genre! It also makes up the majority of my list because, being a fantasy lover and someone who loves completing challenges, I want to give myself a fighting chance of finishing this, lol. Twelve of my 22 books fit in the fantasy genre and they are as follows:

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Jade City by Fonda Lee
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

These Violents Delights by Chloe Gong
Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Equal Rights by Sir Terry Pratchett


Mystery/Thriller


The rest of the genres that make up my stack of 22 are sprinkled throughout in smaller numbers. The next highest would be the mystery/thrillers! I found three that I’m desperate to read and I’m hoping I’ll love them! The three books I chose from this genre are as follows:

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson


Science Fiction


This is another genre that is high up on my favorites list. You wouldn’t really know it with as little sci-fi I read in a year, though 😅 I don’t know why I don’t pick it up more… I tend to really love the books I do read in this genre. Hence it being one of my favorites! I’m hoping the same holds true for the two science fiction books I picked. Although one could be considered fantasy, but I felt like it had more of a sci-fi feel. The two books I chose from this genre are as follows:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin


Romance


As I may or may not have mentioned before on the blog, I’ve been feeling the urge to read romance rising as of late. I’m not sure where this urge is coming from as I’m really not a big romance reader. No shade, it’s just not a genre I gravitate towards. I blame my generally apathetic attitude towards most rom-com movies. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that if the rom-com is in book form, then I am totally on-board! That being said, I’ve chosen two romance novels for my stack, and those are as follows:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Well Played by Jen DeLuca


Horror


There was no way I was making a list of books to read in 2022 and not including any horror novels! What would I read during the spooky season? Or whenever I feel like a good scare? Horror is a genre that can be pretty hit or miss for me, so I tend to be a little wary when I pick them up. I’m hoping that the two I chose will be hits! The two horror novels I picked are as follows:

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig


Poetry


Rounding out my list is a genre that I rarely, if ever, pick up: poetry I talked about this in a recent Book Blogger Hop, but poetry is definitely on the low end of genres I willingly choose to read. But I honestly think I just haven’t found the right poetry for me! So, though there is only one poetry book on this stack, it hopefully won’t be the only one I read in 2022. I really want to give this genre the chance it deserves. That being said, the one poetry book that made it on my stack is as follows:

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman


Did you make a list of 22 reads you want to read in 2022? Have you read any of the books I’ve included in my stack? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Jan 21 – 27

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


This Week’s Question

What is the average number of books you read per month?

Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.

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First Lines Friday #31

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here 😉)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of another week and that means it’s time for First Lines Friday! I would be more hyped about the end of the work week, but I’m actually working this weekend. So, to get me in a better mood, I figured I would feature a book that I’ve started reading recently and has me wanting to read nothing else!

I know the first few lines captured my interest, but let’s see if they can entice you, as well.


The Line(s):

“Time had run away from me again, but I couldn’t afford to let it escape, not today. It chastised me like an unruly student with every tick and tock. Even as a child, I could never be constrained by time, could never obey its laws or heed its lessons. Time had finally grown impatient with my attempts to catch up.”


The Hints:

This is a recently published fantasy that is the first in a series.

The world contained in this story is centered around a myriad of gods.

And the mortals are as varied as the gods that rule over them!


The Reveal:

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Red (Taylor’s Version) Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, I’m bringing a music inspired book tag. This is the Red (Taylor’s Version) Book Tag as created by Tiffany @ Gazer of Books! Now, I’m not the biggest Swiftie, but I do like her a lot of her music. Folklore was on repeat in my car for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I also love her current project of redoing her old albums so they reflect how she really wanted them to sound. So, while I wasn’t waiting with bated breath for the release of the new and improved Red album, I still enjoyed it when it came out.

That being said, when Tiffany put out a call for bloggers who would like to be tagged, I jumped at the chance. Now, let’s put some music and get to the post!


The Rules:

  • Link to the original creator and her post: Tiffany from Gazer of Books
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post (Feel free to copy the original format and graphics!)
  • Tag all the Swifties in your life!

The Prompts:

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State of Grace – A Painful Romantic Love

Though I don’t know how their romance will ultimately end, the first one that popped into my mind was Alyce and Aurora from Malice by Heather Walter. Everything in this story is conspiring against these two and it makes my heart hurt! I loved this story quite a bit and I’m eager to see how their love story will end in the sequel.


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Red – A Book or Character That Makes You See RED

Ooo, do I get to talk about my hatred of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë again? Because that book is the WORST! I apologize to all the WH lovers out there, but I hated this book so much, I “lost” it as soon as I was done with it. I liked literally nothing about it; not the characters, not the plot, not the writing. Everything about this book made me want to raaaaage. Ugh… never again…


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Treacherous – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Buy

Definitely House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. Look. I wanted to try a SJM book and this cover was very pretty.

I also came across it in a Target, I believe, and I just… couldn’t… resist! I snapped it up and now it sits on my TBR bookshelf with all of my other impulse buys 😂

Still, I am excited to read this one!

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 18, 2022

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • False Value by Ben Aaronovitch: I started the eighth book of the Rivers of London series for an informal readalong and, y’all… I think this one might be my favorite in the series so far. I’m in the middle of Part Two, so it may be a little earlier to call it, but I am loving this addition to the world! It’s funny to think how much Peter has grown as a character since the first book. I think this one is showcasing it more than any of the previous installments. I’m eager to keep going!
  • The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies: I started reading this yesterday as The Write Reads blog tour for it is coming up soon. Everyone. Listen. This book has absolutely captured my imagination! It’s a complex world filled with gods and different societies that are equal but not. It started off with a bang and I am hooked! It makes me even more excited to do my tour post 😄
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Mini Reviews: Novellas Edition

Hello, reader!

I’m back with some mini reviews today. As a big consumer of fantasy, I tend to read a lot of longer books. Fantasy writers have a lot to get into a story and, sometimes, that can lead to some chonky books. Lately, though, I’ve found myself really getting into shorter fiction. That’s why I figured it was time to do a mini review of some mini books, aka novellas!

I’ve been having a great time with the novellas I’ve read recently, but am so behind on actually reviewing them! That being said, let’s jump into this post, shall we?


Title: Remote Control

Author: Nnedi Okorafor

Publisher: Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction

CW/TW: Child abuse, body horror, grief & loss depiction, death of a family member, gun violence, animal death

Rating: ★★★★

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Nnedi Okorafor has been on my radar for quite some time, but this was my first experience reading her work. Now, I wish to read everything she has ever written!

In Remote Control, we follow the story of a young girl who has lost her name and been adopted by Death. After a tragic event, Sankofa becomes her new name and death follows wherever she goes. She spends her days wandering Ghana with her small fox companion, trying to find answers and an object that fell from the sky and changed her life.

This was such an incredible, quiet read. You would think a book about a girl that brings death with her would be more in-you-face, but this book is much more a character study that was strangely calm. Even when the character was surrounded by death and destruction. I absolutely loved the writing in this story and how it gripped me from beginning to end. I loved Fatima/Sankofa and following her around as she searches for answers to her suffering. Watching her character growth and her interactions with the world around her was a treat! And, even though I could have followed this story for chapters and chapters more, it still felt like a fully formed and finished book in this short amount of pages. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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