#5OnMyTBR – Epistolary

#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!

It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! And today’s theme is something I don’t talk about nearly enough for how much I love them… epistolary books! What are epistolary books, you ask? According to Google, it is a work of fiction that is written in the form of letters or other documents. I do love a novel that is written in an unconventional format, so these books are right up my alley! Which means I had quite a few on my TBR to choose from, lol.

Let’s see who made the list!

#1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve even stuck it on a couple of readathon TBRs and, yet, it remains firmly unread. It’s told through a series of emails and all different types of documents, which is what originally caught my interest. The fact that everyone seems to love it has kept it around this long. I am going to read this, and hopefully soon!

#2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This is one of those books I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet. I gotta be in the right headspace to read the journal of this young Jewish girl hiding in Holland during WWII. To think what she and her family must have endured… it’s a tragic but important story and I will read it one day. I even have a copy on one of these bookshelves, so I’ll hopefully be picking this one up sooner rather than later.

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Down the TBR Hole #10

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!

Look at me knocking out another Down the TBR Hole in less than a week! You would think that would mean I haven’t had time to add any more books to my Want to Read shelf, right?

Hahahaha… ha… *sigh*

To be fair, the shelf was down to 664 books and I’ve only added two more! Yeah… there are currently 666 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. So let’s adjust that before I mistakenly summon a demon or something 😂

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This one is definitely staying. I’ve been wanting to give the Graceling Realm series a go for ages! Yet it keeps getting pushed to the back for other, newer series. I am going to read this one day, though, because the premise is so intriguing. A girl who has a unique ability to kill? Sounds incredible!

Verdict: Keep

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I distinctly remember adding this book around the time I was trying to get myself to read more non-fiction. And, while I have heard great things about this book centered around a soldier’s experiences in WWII, it’s not something I’m going to read unless someone literally shoves it in my hands and takes all my other books. So, it’s time to part ways… for now.

Verdict: Remove

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

One day, I’m going to finish this freakin’ series! I’ve enjoyed all the other books, so far, though Son of the Witch is clearly the best book of the bunch. I’m just nervous that I won’t remember a thing from the previous three and I don’t have the time to reread them. But it still gets to stay because I will read it! Someday…

Verdict: Keep

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May 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Somehow, we have already made it through May and my mind is legitimately boggled. Like, how is it already June?! Of course, I’m a happy girl because summer is when I ✨thrive✨! I’m a creature of sun and warmth, so summer is my favorite. But, before we go full force into the summer vibes, I still need to wrap up our last full month of spring.

May was a month where I read quite a bit, but wasn’t as into the books I managed to read. It wasn’t like anything was particularly bad, but I could feel a reading slump gnawing at the edges of my consciousness and I think that affected my reading enjoyment. Still, I managed to read 11 books last month and I’m astonished about that! That’s impressive when I was starting to feel slumpy.

But enough rambling for now. Let’s see what I managed to read in the month of May!

Books Read

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

Book: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I finally made it all the way through the second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy! This was the book that stopped me from completing it years ago because I could not get over the long, drawn out descriptions. Something about listening to it on audio, though, made it vastly more enjoyable. I will say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Fellowship of the Ring but it was still a good time.

Book: The Gallery of Wonders by Marc Remus

Rating: ★★

Thoughts: Sigh… this book had so much potential. It’s a story that follows a young girl and her friends who get sucked into a magical painting. They get to attend a school that teaches you how to wield magic paintbrushes and it’s all super fantastical. Unfortunately, it’s also basically Harry Potter, but make it about painting. Seriously, the comparisons where vast and, after awhile, it took me right out of the story. The writing was also stilted and just… not it. I’m sad cause it sounded so good!

Book: Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads and, quite honestly, I had no idea what I was going into when I picked it up 😂 It was categorized as a thriller, though lots of people where calling it a contemporary, so I went in with an open mind. I found myself really enjoying following our main characters journey as she came into her own while the world was literally dying around her. You can read my full review here!

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First Lines Friday #10

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
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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

Hello, reader!

It’s ✨Friday✨ and I’m happy to share with you another First Lines Friday! Today, I’m bringing you something a little different from my norm. It’s a nonfiction book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages and finally picked up thanks to the lovely folks in the TWR book-club-that’s-not-a-book-club. Which is my favorite book club 😉 We’ve only just started at the beginning of May, but I’m absolutely loving the book, so far! It’s written in a fashion that doesn’t immediately bring to mind an old textbook, which I always appreciate in my nonfiction.

But enough of my rambling. Let’s see if you can guess which book I’m talking about from the first few lines and a hint or two!

The Line(s):

“The cylinders turned. The belts moved, and gears clicked and whirred, as type and ink pressed against paper. Floors rattled; lights burned at all hours. In some rooms, lengthy sheets of words hung from ceilings on drying racks; in other stood towers of wooden boxes filled with tiny pieces of metal type.”

The Hints:

This is a true crime book that focuses on the victims more than the crime.

The backdrop is Victorian London.

It has a numerical title.

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.”

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Nonfiction

#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!

We’ve arrived at another Monday, which means it is time for another 5 On My TBR! I always have such fun doing these because it makes me look at my TBR and remember some of the books that have been on there far too long. This is especially true for the books that fall into the theme for today: nonfiction books. I can enjoy a good nonfiction, but it is definitely not my go-to genre. I could probably count on one hand how many nonfictions I’ve read this year, heh. It’s basically the exact opposite of my preferred genre, so I have to be truly interested in the topic for a nonfiction to land on my TBR. With that said, I actually have quite a few that have piqued my interest! So let’s take a look at five nonfiction books on my TBR that I’m excited to read.

#1. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is definitely one of my favorite nonfiction authors. A Walk in the Woods is one of my all-time favorite books, period! He has a way of writing with humor and heart that I absolutely love. That’s why his book about travelling through the various small towns that are littered throughout the United States. I love reading about travelling and I know I love his writing style, so I feel like this one is gonna be a hit!

#2. Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin

Sticking to the travelling topic, this is one that has been on my TBR for ages! Little known fact about me: I’m a HUGE Monty Python fan. My dad absolutely loved their show so I grew up with them. I’ve seem almost all their movies and pretty much every episode of the show. So when I discovered this book written by one of my favorite members of Monty Python, I wanted to read it immediately! I love Michael Palin’s sense of humor and this book is also a companion to the PBS series that actually shows his adventures. Hopefully I’ll get to this one sooner than later.

#3. The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

Another little fact about me: I love true crime shows. When we had cable, my favorite channel was the ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel. I’m slowly working my way through all the true crime shows on Netflix. It’s just my jam! Which sounds super morbid to say, but here we are 😅 I came across this book on Goodreads at one point or another and it sounded like it would be right up my morbid little alley! I haven’t read anything by Douglas Starr before so I’m not sure how I’ll get along with his writing style. Still, this book sounds incredibly fascinating!

#4. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Y’all know how much I love a book about books, so you know this had to be on this list! It’s a book that is built on the corresponding between the author and a used-book dealer living in London. I feel like it would be so interesting to watch two people bond over the written word. I mean, that just speaks directly to my book-loving heart! I’ve heard great things about this one, as well, so I’m excited to give it a shot.

#5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

I’ve owned this book for awhile and have wanted to read it for even longer. I’ve read a few essays by Roxane Gay and really enjoyed them, so I’m sure I’ll get on with the writing in this one. And the topic is so interesting! The way we view our bodies and our relationship with food just seems like it’ll be a really intriguing read. I’ve also heard great things about this book, so that makes me even more excited to read it! If I can get myself to stop buying more books and just read the ones that I already own, this will be one of the first ones I pick up!

What are some nonfiction books on your TBR that you can’t wait to read? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!