Down the TBR Hole #13

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!

Today, I’m doing another round of Down the TBR Hole! At the end of round twelve, my Goodreads Want to Read shelf had been (re)narrowed down to 654 books. Where am I standing currently? 655 books. Only one added! It’s some kind of miracle 😂

I think we’re diving into the part of my Goodreads TBR that I genuinely remember adding all the books I’m coming across. Which makes me wonder if the amount I remove is gonna start dropping. After all, if I remember adding the book, it’s probably because I added it for a good reason, right? Of course, I’m sure there will be some that I’m just no longer interested in after adding them years ago. We shall see!

Now, let’s get into round thirteen.


Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Though I remember adding this book, I certainly didn’t remember the synopsis! Upon reading, however, I know this one will be staying. A book about characters from all the plays acted on stage that are bound to a magical theater? And it more than likely has various references to the works of Shakespeare? Sign me up! This sounds absolutely magical.

Verdict: Keep


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

This is one of those books that I was interested in at one point, but the interest has waned. It sounds like it could be epic, featuring an courtesan assassin who discovers a plot that could change her entire world. But I’m really not looking to start yet another series and this book is… not small. She thicc. So, I might pick this up at some point in the distant future, but, for now…

Verdict: Remove


Around the World in Eighty Days with Michael Palin by Michael Palin

I love travel books.

And I love Michael Palin.

‘nough said!

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Oct 13, 2021

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

  • The Book of Uriel by Elyse Hoffman: I’m reading this book for a tour hosted by The Write Reads. It’s a historical fantasy set in Nazi occupied Poland. I can say that it doesn’t shy away from the brutality of WWII, that’s for sure. It’s dark and frightening, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve read of the story. It’s a quick read and the plot is interesting. I’m also loving all the references to Jewish culture. The writing can be a bit repetitive, but, so far, I’m having a good time.
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I have an embarrassing amount of books that I’m in the middle of reading, so I’ve made a decision that I need to get through them before starting anything new. Not including blog tour books, of course! This book is the oldest one I’ve started and had finished, which makes me sad, honestly. I was so hyped for this book and it’s just… so… slow! I’ve heard it gets better in the second half, so I’m gonna push through and see.
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Mini Reviews: Rivers of London Edition

Hello, reader!

As you may or may not have picked up on, I’m participating in a relaxed readalong for the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. I had honestly never heard of this series before one of the TWR gang suggested this readalong, but the premise pulled me in. It’s a police procedural and a fantasy all wrapped up into one incredible package!

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, but I’m woefully behind on my reviews. Which is why I’m doing another installment of my mini reviews! Let’s go ahead and dive in.


Title: Rivers of London (UK)/Midnight Riot (US)

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Source: Borrowed (library)

CW/TW: For a list of content and trigger warnings, please check out BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★

Links:
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Goodreads

The first book in the Rivers of London series was a great starter. I loved getting to know Peter Grant, our sarcastic main character who is a PC for the Metropolitan in London that discovers that magic is very real. Not only is magic real, but there’s an entire division of the Met that is dedicated to taking care of “the weird stuff”. I mean… there was only one person assigned to the unit before Peter, but it still exists! The build up of this world that is very like and unlike our own was wonderful and definitely got me invested in the series.

Though there is a lot of set up in this book, it still has a gripping plot that completely sucked me into the book. I also loved the characters though I will admit that I found Peter a tad frustrating in this first story. Not to the point where I thought he was annoying or anything. No, I was just worried about his reckless self, lol. Peter’s tone of voice makes this story such a fun and engaging read. And the magical elements gave it an ominous feel that I love!

As first books in a series go, this one was pretty stellar.

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WWW Wednesday: Oct 6, 2021

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

  • Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie: That’s right, I’m finally reading the Poirot book I was supposed to read last month 😂 Our boy Hastings is in this one and I always tend to enjoy Poirot books more when he’s around. There were two different racial slurs on page 20, so that was a yikes, but I’m still having a good time. Will I guess whodunit? Probably not but I’m gonna enjoy the ride!
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah: I remember when this book came out and was floating around in my periphery. I was intrigued, but ended up never picking it up. Now I’ve signed up for a blog tour for the second book, so I figured it was about time I read this one, right? I’m currently listening to the audiobook and loving it! The descriptions of this underwater London are otherworldly and so vivid, I can picture myself there. I’m eager to finish this one and move on to the next.
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WWW Wednesday: Sep 29, 2021

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

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik: This is the only book I’ve started since I’ve last updated y’all, though I don’t think I’ll be finishing it before the end of tomorrow. But it’s got the perfect vibes for going into October, so I guess it works! So far, I’m really enjoying the writing style and the world-building. It’s almost stream-of-consciousness, which I don’t usually enjoy, but I’m vibing with it right now. Hopefully I continue to enjoy it!
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BBNYA Spotlight: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

Hello, reader!

It’s another day of celebrating the wonderful semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021. The book I’ll be spotlighting today is the start of a series that features mystery and vampires: May Day by Josie Jaffrey! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


Book Details


  • Title: May Day
  • Author: Josie Jaffrey
  • Publication date: July 9th, 2020
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Age group: New Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Book Links

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BBNYA Spotlight: In Servitude by Heleen Kist

Hello, reader!

I’ve got another BBNYA Spotlight for one of our semi-finalists for you today! This featured book is a thriller that has messy sibling relationships and the mob: In Servitude by Heleen Kist! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


Book Details


  • Title: In Servitude
  • Author: Heleen Kist
  • Publication date: August 27th, 2018
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Book Links

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Goodreads

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BBNYA Spotlight: Ghost Story by G.V. Pearce

Hello, reader!

I have another BBNYA spotlight for you today. The book I’m featuring centers around Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but in a way you haven’t seen them before: Ghost Story by G.V. Pearce! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


Book Details


  • Title: Ghost Story
  • Author: G.V. Pearce
  • Publication date: May 8th, 2020
  • Genre: Mystery Romance
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Book Links

TBD::Amazon::Goodreads

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August 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Guess who just had her best reading month (both in quantity and quality) in August?? Yup! This girl! Not only did I read a whopping 16 books (!!), but I read not one, not two, but four 5 star reads! Let’s take a moment to appreciate this because it won’t be happening again 😂 I have to give props to the Trope-ical Readathon and my competitive nature for bumping them numbers, lol. Though I didn’t finish all the books on my TBR, I read more prompts than I ever have before! After a kind of lackluster July, I’m happy that August really brought its A game. I read so many incredible books (and a couple of duds…) and found a couple of new favorites.

But enough chit-chat, let’s get to what I read in August!


Books Read


Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: The Rivers of London readalong continues and, this time, I went with an audiobook! Which, I have to say, I really loved. The narrator was top-notch! This is a novella that I quite enjoyed, especially since we get to see a lot of Abigail. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in this series.


Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Rating: ★★

Thoughts: This one hurt, I have to say. This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. The adventure! The love story! I remember falling for this book so hard. And then I re-read it with TWR book club and yiiiiikes. The fatphobia! The sexism! It was just… not it. Nostalgia is the main reason this got a two star instead of a one. I think I’ll just stick with the movie 😅


Book: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: And then came my first five star read of the month! My goodness, this book was incredible! This is the first book in the Singing Hills Cycle and it completely captured my imagination. Nghi Vo has beautiful writing that pulls you into the story in the best way. I loved the cleric and their talking bird and I loved hearing Rabbit’s story. This book made me want to read everything Nghi Vo ever writes!

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Blog Tour: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Hello, reader!

Taking a break from the BBNYA spotlights to bring you my stop on an exciting blog tour for The Write Reads! The book for this tour is a young adult thriller that flares brightly and will capture you in its heat: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. How did I feel about this read? Well, I read it in one day, so you could say that I kinda liked it!

Before we get to the heart of this post, though, I must get my thank yous in! I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads for giving me a spot on this tour and generally being awesome. And I want to thank the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. It is, as always, appreciated!

Now, let’s get the this post 🔥


Synopsis


An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.”

Book Details


  • Title: Lies Like Wildfire
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
  • Publication date: September 9th, 2021
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Blood, violence, wildfire, toxic relationships, animal death, traumatic events

Book Links

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Goodreads

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