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Down the TBR hole #8

Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. I didn’t do too much it was rainy and gross here the whole weekend. Perfect for getting some reading done, though! How was your weekend?

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. 

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

I want to read this one for sure!

Verdict: Keep

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Leah on the Offbeat

by Becky Albertalli

Ok, I was really excited to read this one at one point. Then, I, recently, read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and it was a major disappointment. Also, I’ve read some really negative reviews about this book.

Verdict: Go

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Tyler Johnson Was Here

by Jay Coles

I really want to own and read this book. Not only for that gorgeous cover but because this book is important. Also, that it has been compared to The Hate U Give, which, I loved.

Verdict: Keep

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Let’s Talk About Love

by Claire Kann

This book is about a bisexual ace character and I am here for it! I’m still very excited to read this one and can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Verdict: Keep

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Sawkill Girls

by Claire Legrand

One of the blurbs on Amazon for this book is:

“An eerie, atmospheric assertion of female strength.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

Um, YES! I one hundred percent want to read this!

Verdict: Keep

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And that’s my down the TBR hole post for today!
What do you all think of my list? Are any of these books your favorite?

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Down TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #7

Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend and a happy father’s day, if you celebrated. It was my husband’s birthday on father’s day. We didn’t do too much just stayed home, had grilled out and had a couple of his friends over. How was your weekend?

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
The Rules

The Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Ok, this has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating. I definitely want to read this one and also see the movie.

Verdict: Keep

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The Lupanarium

by Adele Leigh

This is an indie book and it sounds really hard-hitting and impactful.

Verdict: Keep

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One Million Project

All of these books are separate books but because I want to keep them all on my TBR I’m combining them for this post. One Million Project is several different anthologies in different genres, but all of the proceeds (after production costs) goes toward cancer research and homeless charities.

Verdict: Keep

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Spilt Wine

by Michael Walsh

I haven’t even thought about this book since I added it to my TBR. It is, for sure, something that I’m not interested in anymore.

Verdict: Go

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Dietland

by Sarai Walker

I’m pretty sure I added this because it is, or was supposed to be (not sure if it ever aired) a TV show. I still want to read this, though.

Verdict: Keep

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Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention

by Cathy Newman

The two opening lines for the synopsis of this book are:

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran

and

A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t.

Um, YES! I 100% want to read this!

Verdict: Keep

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The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

If you have been here for any amount of time, you know that I, mostly, don’t read historical fiction. Honestly, this sounds like a good book and something that I could potentially get into and enjoy but I just don’t think it’s for me.

Verdict: Go

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The Mindfulness Diet: Eat in the ‘Now’ and be the Perfect Weight for Life

by Patrizia Collard, Helen Stephenson

Yeah, I’m not going on any more diets. 😐 No thank you.

Verdict: GO

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The Bone Witch

by Rin Chupeco

I definitely want to read this one! I’ll be picking this up when autumn rolls around again.

Verdict: Keep

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The Witch’s Daughter

by Paula Brackston

The last line of the synopsis says this:

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, Paula Brackston’s New York Times bestseller, The Witch’s Daughter, is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love

This sounds really good and I’m definitely picking it up during autumn, too!

Verdict: Keep

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Whew! Usually I only do five books at a time but today I doubled that to try to clear some of them out faster. What do you think of this list? Are any of these a favorite of yours?

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#CoLathon TBR

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Hello friends! Happy Monday! Today starts the Colors of Love readathon or the #CoLathon. In case you don’t know,  the #CoLathon is a week long readathon centered around reading LGBTQIA+ books based on the meanings of the current pride flag.  Hosted by @_everysecondbook@readingrobby and @brittanysbooknook

If you saw my June TBR post at the beginning of the month then you know that I had a few of the prompts that I was undecided on. So, I’m here’s my official TBR for this week and the prompts that go along with each book.

Red – Life: Read a biography/memoir

For this prompt I have chosen Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. This book is a series of poems, essays, comic strips, etc. that examine the nature of gender choice, identification, oppression and transgender experiences.

Orange – Healing: Read a book about heartbreak

For this prompt I chose Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler. This book is about a secret relationship between two women. It has a bad boy/girl trope as well. This book follows a pansexual main character who is promiscuous (in the best way) falling for sweet closeted southern lesbian. I mean, what’s not to love about that?! I’m really excited for this one! If you are interested in this one it is on sale for Kindle for $.99 this month only, so go snag this deal!

Yellow – Sunlight: Read a book about first love

For this prompt I chose Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m sure pretty much everyone has read this but in case you haven’t, this book follows a teen boy named Simon who is gay but hasn’t come out yet, and he is emailing this anonymous person that is also a teen that goes to the same school but is not okay with coming out yet. One day another kid finds all of Simon’s emails and blackmails him saying if Simon doesn’t put in a good word for him with this girl he likes, then he will post screen caps of their emails on the school’s tumblr page. And we follow the fallout from there. I really want to read this one and watch the movie so I’m super excited for it!

Green- Nature: Read a book that has elements of nature

For this I chose, Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore. All I know about this is that there are witchy sisters that tend to gardens, they can grow flowers out of their wrists (?) and their’s a sapphic relationship (I think).

Blue- Harmony: Read a book with multiple POV’s

I chose Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde for this prompt. The first line from the synopsis says: 

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

That sounds pretty good to me! Also, I hear that is has autism rep in this book, I’m super excited to read this one!

Purple – Spirit: Read a book with any pride color on the cover

For this I had previously bought Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman because I had it on my wishlist and I noticed that it was on sale for $1.99 last month, so I had to snag it! I chose it for this prompt. A little about this one, this is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. 

That’s my TBR for the Colors-of-Love-athon and this week.

What do you think of my TBR for this week? Are any of my choices for this readathon a favorite of yours? Will you be participating the in the Colors of Love readathon?

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Down the TBR hole #6

Hello friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? 

Welcome back to another down the TBR hole post! Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. Let’s jump right in!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

I added this after watching the first season of the TV adaptation. I have the audiobook on hold from my library right now.


Verdict: Keep

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The Dream Cycle by H. P. Lovecraft

I own this one too. I plan to read it during autumn/spooky season.

Verdict: Keep

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Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Ugh, I think I added this because I was going to read it and then watch the movie adaptation but I just don’t thin I’ll get to either, at least not anytime soon. Also, this series has thirteen books! I’m terrible at continuing on with series’ so that’s a big reason why I don’t want to start this.

Verdict: Go

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

I own this one, too. I’ll read this one for sure because I’ve heard really good things about it!

Verdict: Keep

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t know, yall. I’ve heard really rave reviews for this book as well but oof. I know it is sad and heartbreaking and I just don’t know if or when I’ll ever be in the mood for that.

Verdict: Go

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And that’s the end of down the TBR hole for today.

Have you read any of these? Which of these books do you recommend? Any of these a favorite of yours?

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My June TBR and aallll of the Readathons

Hello again! Welcome to my post for my June TBR where you will see all of the books and all of the readathons. By the way, there’s a lot (for me anyway)! I am going to be participating in five (? I think) readathons this month. Yeah, as I said a lot. Well, one is just a casual participation, so it’s like if I happen to read a book that falls into that readathon while I’m participating in another then so be it. Alright, are you ready for this TBR?! Let’s get into it.

So, first we have our #Smutathon TBR which runs from June 3rd through June 9th.

A steamy adult romance Readathon hosted by @rileymarie1196 & @readalonglainey

Then, we have the Colors of Loveathon or the #CoLathon which runs from June 10th through June 16th.

If you don’t know, the #CoLathon is a week long readathon centered around reading LGBTQIA+ books based on the meanings of the current pride flag.  Hosted by @_everysecondbook, @readingrobby and @brittanysbooknook

Red – Life: Read a biography/memoir

For this prompt I have chosen Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. This book is a series of poems, essays, comic strips, etc. that examine the nature of gender choice, identification, oppression and transgender experiences.


Orange – Healing: Read a book about heartbreak

For this prompt, I haven’t chosen a book for this one yet because I don’t know if I want to buy one just yet or if I will check one out from the library. Some of the books I’m interested in reading for this prompt include:

  • Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Read (and, no, I still haven’t read this! 😂)
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • History Is All You Left Me


Yellow – Sunlight: Read a book about first love

For this prompt, I have yet to choose a book for this one as well. Some more that I’m interested in include:

  • Love Comes First by Christine L’Amour
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden


Green – Nature: Read a book that has elements of nature

For this prompt, I chose Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore. All I know about this is that there are witchy sisters that tend to gardens, they can grow flowers out of their wrists (?) and their’s a sapphic relationship.


Blue – Harmony: Read a book with multiple POV’s

I chose Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde for this prompt. The first line from the synopsis says:

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Also, I hear that is has autism rep in this book, I’m super excited to read this one!

Purple – Spirit: Read a book with any pride color on the cover

For this I had previously bought Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman because I had it on my wishlist and I noticed that it was on sale for $1.99 last month, so I had to snag it! I chose it for this prompt.

For my next readathon I have the #Romanceathon (@Romanceathon) which, by the title, is pretty obvious. It’s a week of romance reading! It runs from June 17th through June 23rd.

So, for our first prompt was have a forbidden romance and I chose Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde. This is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story about two rival motorcycle clubs. Hello, I miss Sons of Anarchy so this sounds right up my alley and I’m soooo excited for it!

The second prompt is, a new adult romance and I chose All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. All I know about this one is, that it’s about a married couple who are having fertility issues.

All Your Perfects: A Novel

Third prompt is, a book with pink on the cover and I chose Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. I mean. can we just admire this cover for a second?! 😝🤣

three ice cream cones, next to tablet with cover of Ice Cream Lover

Ok, ok. Fourth prompt is, 2019 release and I picked Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about this one, but here we are.

So, for our fifth prompt we have a book with a man on the cover and I’m pretty undecided about this one, but I think I’m going with The Author by Lexy Timms.

The Author: Book Boyfriend Steamy Romance (Spelling Love Series 1)

For the sixth prompt we have read an LGBTQ+ romance, I’m still undecided for this one as well. I’m leaning toward The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee but it’s pretty up in the air. I could change this as we get closer to it.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings Book 1)

And for the last prompt for this readathon we have read seven books and also not listed (on the graphic) is the group book, which is, On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. That will be my seventh book for this readathon. This book is about a teacher and student romantic relationship. Basically, the two are stranded on an island and fall in love over years. This is not an underage relationship, btw, it doesn’t happen until the boy is eighteen. It has one of my favorite tropes, a slow burn romance and I am here for it!

Now, last but not least, we have the #Summerathon (@Summerathon)!

⛱ Summerathon is a summer-themed readathon taking place June 21-27 hosted by @crownsandquills @bookables1 @meltotheany @pinotandpages & @aimeereadstn

-Beachy Read: Because Romanceathon and Summerathon overlap, I’m choosing On the Beach for this one too.

-Sunrise Colors on the Cover: For this I’m going with The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry.

The Love That Split the World by [Henry, Emily]

-Book with a roadtrip/traveling or vacation: For this, I’m going with, Along for the ride by Mimi Grace. I’m pretty sure this one has my other favorite trope, enemies to lovers. 😍💕

-Book set in summer: For this I’m thinking I’m going with Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This has a fake dating, librarian coworkers and fat girl rep! I’m super excited for all the reads on my Summerathon, to be honest.

Desire and the Deep Blue Sea (Love Unscripted Book 1) by [Dade, Olivia]

-Food on cover: For this I chose American Panda by Gloria Chao. I’m going into this one kind of blind so I’m hoping it’s good!

American Panda by [Chao, Gloria]

And that’s all for my massive June TBR because the last prompt for Summerathon is to drink your favorite summer drink while reading.

What do you think of my TBR? Any of these books on your June TBR? Any that your interested in? Any that you have read and highly recommend?

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Down the TBR hole #5

Hello friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Welcome back to another down the TBR hole post! Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. Let’s jump right in!

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins 

Honestly, I've read some pretty bad reviews about this one. 

Verdict: GO

Honestly, I’ve read some pretty bad reviews about this one.

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Verdict: Go

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I know you know by Gilly Macmillan

I don't think I've thought once about this book since I added it to my TBR. I think it's time for it to go.

Verdit: Go

I don’t think I’ve thought once about this book since I added it to my TBR. I think it’s time for it to go.

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Verdict: Go

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Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of women & witchcraft

This book is about witches and it has feminism and romance mixed in for an added bonus! 

Verdict: Keep

This book is about witches and it has feminism and romance mixed in for an added bonus!

Verdict: Keep

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Misery by Stephen King

I don’t really think of myself as a huge Stephen King fan bu I do like to give his work a go. Also, I bought the movie adaptation, of this, last fall and I’d really like to read the book first.

Verdict: Keep

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rebecca by daphne du maurier

I own this. This one is exactly what my spooky little heart needs during spook season! 

Verdict: keep

I own this. This one is exactly what my spooky little heart needs during spook season!

Verdict: Keep

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Well. alright friends, that does it for my TBR today.

Have you read any of these? Which of these books to you recommend? Any of these a favorite of yours?

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Down the TBR hole #4

Hello friends! Happy Monday! Today is the last Monday for my kids for this school year! This year is flying by so fast! 😰

Anyway, welcome to another Down TBR hole post. Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Lowcountry Bookshop

(Liz Talbot Mystery #7)
by Susan M. Boyer

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I think this was added to my TBR because I entered into a goodreads giveaway for it and considering it’s #7 in a series and I haven’t read any of the other books in this series (and I don’t plan to); that’s gonna be a no for me, dawg.

Verdict: Go

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Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight

by Pam Calvert

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I think this one is another one added because I entered into a goodreads giveaway.

Verdict: Go

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Nanny Paws

by Wendy Wahman

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Oh, look at that, another book added to my TBR because I entered a giveaway. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Verdict: Go

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

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I have nothing to say about this, except, it stays.

Verdict: Keep

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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

I added this to my TBR because I was watching a YouTube video about a local girl who went missing. I was reading the comments on that video and someone said that it sounded like this book. I actually did start reading this but I didn’t finish before my library loan ended.

Verdict: Keep

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And that’s my five books for this week! I hope you all have a lovely Monday and rest of the week.

Have you read any of these? How did you like it/them?