TTT: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is ‘Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early’, and this might be one of the easiest TTT prompts for me ever. There are a lot of upcoming books that I’m ridiculously excited about, and here are a few of them:

One Giant Leap by Heater Kaczynski
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
Firestarter by Tara Sim
Wildcard by Marie Lu
The Storyteller by Traci Chee
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

I was going to write an explanation as to why I’d slay a lion to get this early for every book, but then I realized that it’d get very repetitive because I’m anticipating most of these books for the same reasons. Either, a) they’re a sequel in a series I love (One Giant Leap, Firestarter, Wildcard, The Storyteller, The Navigator’s Touch), b) I’ve read something by this author before and loved it, and I’m sure I’ll love this one too (Odd One Out, Going Off-Script, You Asked For Perfect) or c) the book just sounds amazing (Mammoth, I Wish You All the Best).

So, what upcoming releases are you incredibly excited about? Let me know!

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Down The TBR Hole (#1-10)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to start a new recurring thing on my blog called down the TBR hole. I got this idea from my friend Chelsea @ romweasley and it was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. The “rules” for down the TBR hole are to go to your Goodreads to-read shelf, change the order to ascending date added, pick the first ten books and then decide whether they’re going to stay on your TBR, or go.

I decided to start participating in this because 1) I love reading these posts and I thought it’d be fun to make them as well, and 2) I want to bring some order to my incredibly chaotic Goodreads account. My to-read shelf currently has 530 books and that really needs to change, because looking at it just makes me stressed. So, let’s do this!1

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors and I’ve really liked most of his books, but for some reason I never feel incredibly motivated to pick up this one. Maybe I’ll pick it up if the audiobook is ever available on Scribd, but considering the fact that I unhauled my physical copy a few months ago, I should probably remove it from my Goodreads TBR as well. But I still have a tiny grain of hope that maybe someday I’ll read it…

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a person that I really admire, but I tried reading this book and I just couldn’t get into it. Non-fiction, especially in essay format, just isn’t for me. And if I’m ever going to pick up a Roxane Gay book, I’d rather read Hunger.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I was incredibly excited about this book when it came out; I like Tahereh Mafi’s writing, the cover is gorgeous and I really liked the synopsis. However, I’ve tried picking it up quite a few times but I could never get past the 20% mark…

Verdict: remove from TBR, and unhaul physical book

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I put this on my TBR because I heard a few good things about it, but I tried reading it for school and I DNF’d it after 20 pages. I honestly don’t know why it’s still on here.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I used to be a very big fan of Morgan Matson’s books, and I know I’d enjoy the book if I picked it up, but there are so many other diverse contemporaries I’d rather be reading. Plus, this book is absolutely massive for a contemporary, and I’m not here for that.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is a difficult one… Honestly, I’m personally not that interested in this book. I know that a few friends of mine adore this book and are probably yelling at me right now to keep it, but I just don’t really care. Especially after reading and not liking Shadow and Bone last year…

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I started this series years ago and I really enjoyed it, and I was super excited about the last book in the series. But it’s been way too long since I read the other books, and I’ve kind of lost all interest in it.

Verdict: remove from TBR

7The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I added this to my TBR because a lot of popular booktubers used to talk about how amazing this author/series is, which made me want to read it. Since then, I’ve completely lost interest in the book, and found out that the author is problematic, so no thank you.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

I loved the Darkest Minds trilogy, and I still do. I’m also beyond excited for the movie. But when I was reading the series, I got pretty bad panic attacks while I was making my way through this book, so I put it down. It was just too intense, and I ended up reading a summary of the book instead. I think I’m going to cheat a little and move this from my to-read shelf to my read shelf, because I don’t want to delete it from my goodreads all together, but I also don’t want to read it again…

Verdict: move to read shelf

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve been thinking about unhauling this book for so long now. It’s the book that has been collecting dust on my physical TBR shelf the longest, and I’m never super motivated to read it, but there’s just something about it that makes me want to hang on to it… You know what? I’ll give myself until the end of the year, and if I haven’t read it by then, it’s gone. So I’ll hang on to it for now.

Verdict: remains on TBR

I definitely didn’t expect to delete almost every single book off of my TBR, but here we are. It’s definitely not a bad thing, though. My TBR is currently at 520 books (I also deleted the sequel to Six of Crows, because that only makes sense), and I can’t wait to keep going!

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TTT: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I loved but will never re-read’ and when I first started thinking about this topic, I had a bit of a hard time with it. On the one hand I hardly ever re-read books (the only three books I’ve ever reread are The Melody of You and Me by Maria Hollis, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and Simon VS by Becky Albertalli) so technically, all of my books could probably be on this list. But on the other hand, I just don’t like saying never, because there’s always a chance that I might end up rereading the book someday (yes, I’m that kind of person, lol).

Then I started thinking about the books I reread, and why I reread them, and it was all because of the same reason: comfort. I only reread a book when I’m feeling down, and I need to escape to a familiar world that makes me feel safe. And that definitely helped me narrow down the choices.

I ended up with three categories of books I’ll never reread: books that deal with topics that are very hard for me to read about, and therefore won’t be comforting (Am I Normal Yet?, Shattered, Tiny Pretty Things and American Panda), books that I really enjoyed when I read them but I know I won’t like as much now (The Collector’s Society, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Moxie) or they’re first books in series, which will make me feel obligated to reread the rest of the series too and I don’t love this series enough for me to spend so much time on it (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Of Fire and Stars and Empress of a Thousand Stars).

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TTT: Characters I Liked That Were In Non-Favorite Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This weeks top ten Tuesday theme is ‘characters I liked that were in disliked/non-favorite books’ and I had quite a hard time with this because I honestly tend to like most books that I read. And when I don’t *love* a book, I tend to forget it pretty quickly, and the characters are usually the one’s who I forget about first. So, my brain had quite the exercise while I tried to come up with characters…

Luckily, I did manage to find a few books that weren’t all-time-favorites (most of these were still 4-star reads) that had characters that stayed with me, so, let’s do this.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I loved the first book when I read it (I’m not sure if I would if I read it now) and Prince Theron was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This book was a bit meh overall, but if it hadn’t been for Hatter, I would’ve DNF’d it.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – I liked this book, but I loved Gigi. She is pure sunshine and I wish I could be her friend.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I honestly adored all of the characters, but didn’t adore the book just as much.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – I loved this book, but I kind of struggled to get into it. But I did end up falling in love with both of the main characters, Cass and Swift.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – This is probably my least liked book on this list, but I still liked Seren. The book would’ve been a lot better if we got to see more of her.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Even though this book wasn’t everything I hoped it would be, I really loved Rishi. He was such a soft cinnamon roll, and I love soft boys.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – I think I went into this book with too many expectations, and ended up being let down. But I did really like Felicity’s character, and I can’t wait for her book to come out!
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – I, quite honestly, liked all of the characters in this series, but Alyosha was definitely my favorite.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I’m honestly not quite sure what it was about this book that kept me from giving it 5 stars, but it certainly wasn’t the main character Janna, or her friend who makes videos who’s name I forgot (sorry).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This week’s TTT topic is ‘books that take place in another country’ and I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle this topic. I’m from The Netherlands, so almost every single book I read is from another country, but I have a feeling that the host wants us to go with books set outside of the US, so that’s what I’ll do. To be totally safe, I’ve gone with books outside of both Europe and North-America.

I’ve divided these books into two different categories: books that I’ve read (and loved), and books that are on my TBR. I also made a little graphic (which was so much work! Wow. How do graphic designers do this) to show you a little clearer where each of these stories takes place.

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Pakistan
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – South Africa
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – India

Want by Cindy Pon – Taipei, Taiwan
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – China

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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman – India
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Ghana
The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres – Spanish Caribean

Start Here by various authors – The Phillipines
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh – Seoul, South-Korea

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I was kind of stuck on blog post ideas so I thought it might be fun to start doing a meme again! I always loved this one, because I love making lists, I loved the themes, and I loved the entire community surrounding it. So, let’s do this!

For this spring TBR I’ve only used backlist titles, because I’m going to try and make them a priority the next couple of months. I’ve been way too focused on ARCs and new releases, and I’ve hardly been reading the books that are already on my shelf, which really needs to change.

Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra – Everything about this book sounds amazing, and it’s been on my TBR for the longest time. It’s quite ridiculous that I haven’t picked it up yet, so I’m definitely going to do that this spring.
The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie – I’ve read the first book in this series about half a year ago, and I really enjoyed it, so I need to pick up the sequel before I forget every single thing about the first book.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – I got this book as a present from a friend for my birthday last year, and I’ve told myself almost every single month since then that that was going to be the month I was going to pick this book up. Well, THIS is going to be the season I read this book. It’s going to happen. I hope.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee – This book is a middle grade f/f story and it sounds absolutely adorable, and perfect for the spring time. I feel like I’d be able to read this within a day because I always fly through middle grade books, so there’s no excuse for me not to pick it up soon.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – My friend Laura really liked this one, and I really want to read it so I can chat to her about it.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – Everyone I know has read this book, and absolutely adored it. I honestly haven’t heard a single thing about it. I absolutely NEED to pick this up soon.

Style by Chelsea M. Cameron – I’ve read Chelsea M. Cameron’s novella series, Violet Hill, a few months ago, and I adored it. Style seems to be similar to that series, in the sense that it’s a super fluffy f/f story, and I honestly want to pick it up right this second.
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine – This is the 3rd book in the Great Library series, and I used to absolutely adore this series. The first book was one of my favorite books of all time, and I really liked the second one as well, but once the third came around I kind of lost interest in it… But with the 4th book coming out this summer, I really want to try to get back into the series.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – This is another f/f middle grade book, which is one of my favorite things in the world, and it’s written by one of my favorite authors of all time, so I don’t think I need to explain why I want to read this so badly.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – This book arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, and I immediately started reading it. I usually never do that, but there was just something about this book… I forced myself to put it down after a few chapters because I was reading a lot of other books at the time, but I’m definitely going to pick it back up soon, because what I read of this book was spectacular.

What books are on your spring TBR?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)Title: The Serpent’s Secret
Series: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1
Author: Sayantani DasGupta
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
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MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER

(But she doesn’t know it yet.)

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.

To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

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The Serpent’s Secret is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 because everything about it sounds so incredibly exciting. From the ‘Indian princess’, to the ‘solve riddles’, to the ‘other dimension’ and ‘demonslayer’, it just sounds like everything I want in a book. Especially the sentence “Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds” made me so, so hyped. I have a feeling it’s going to be super adventurous, funny, and I strongly suspect I’m going to love Kiranmala.

Also, the cover is just beyond gorgeous?? I can’t wait to finally have it in my hands and be able to stare at it 24/7. It’s honestly one of my favorite middle grade covers, ever. I know that’s a pretty big statement, but it’s true. I hope I’ll be able to say that it’s my overall favorite middle grade book ever soon. And yes, my expectations might be a little too high (woops), but I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. February 27 can’t come soon enough!

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