Down the TBR Hole #4

Welcome folks to the fourth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my third roundmy second round or first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s get going on the 10 books… 

1. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Why is it there? I haven’t had that much luck with the Brontes so far. I thought Jane Eyre was just ok (I enjoy the critical theory surrounding the novel more than the story itself) and I wasn’t a fan of Wuthering Heights. Even so, I have been frequently told that Anne Bronte may just be the Bronte for me so I’m willing to give her books a go. That being said, I think I’m going to remove this one from my TBR, just because there’s another Anne Bronte book that interests me more and if I don’t succeed with that one then there’s no point in keeping this one on there. I can easily re-add it later if Anne proves to be the Bronte for me.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Ditch

2. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Why is it there? North and South is one of my favourite novels and Gaskell’s work really intrigues me so I’m curious about this one. Kirsti from Melbourne on my Mind (one of my new favourite booktubers) always speaks so highly of this book that I have to pick this one of Gaskells up next. And considering I’m much more likely to read this than Cranford, I think this one definitely deserves to keep its place on my Goodreads TBR shelf.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Welcome folks to the second round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my second round or first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s get going on the 10 books… 

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Down the TBR Hole #2

Welcome folks to the second round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my first round post, or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

After a semi-successful first round of this project, I have decided to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule (ha, ‘schedule’ is such a kind word to describe this mess). Plus, it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve decided to also add a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s get going on the 10 books… 

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Bout of Books 19 | Stating My Intentions

It’s that time again – it’s Bout of Books 19! Those of you who have been around the blog for a while may remember I participated in the last few rounds (check out my BoB 18, BoB 17, or BoB 16 updates posts for how I did) but for those of who you don’t know about Bout of Books here’s a quick overview:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

As you can see, it’s a very low-key readathon which is my kind of readathon since there are very few challenges and/or expectations of you other than to simply read. That’s the kind of readathon I can do (hopefully anyway). However, I still have a few books in mind that I’d like to get to so this is my tentative TBR for the upcoming week ahead:

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    I’ve started this and I’m really enjoying it so it makes sense to carry on reading it for the readathon. Plus the TV show (which I’ve been highly anticipating) premiered last week so I’d like to start watching it asap before I miss too many episodes. So, yeah, I need to finish the book itself asap because it looks amazing.
  2. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
    I got an eARC of this through NetGalley since I’d heard Sam Missingham from Harper Collins raving about it over on Twitter. Honestly, though? I don’t think I’m the right audience for this (since I’m not middle aged and/or married) but it’s entertaining enough. I don’t know if I will actually finish it but a readathon would be a good way to shift through it and make sure I finish it so I can review it.
  3. Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell
    Again, another eARC I got through NetGalley, but this one sounds much more promising. I mean, for a start, it’s fantasy. Secondly, these phrases are included in the synopsis “Magic is a con game” and “perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher”. Why yes, I am that easy.
  4. Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott
    I’m going to copy and paste this book’s synopsis too (sorry/not sorry): “The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.” I mean, come on, of course I want to read that. Plus I have an eARC and it’s released soon so, you know, I need to get on this right now.

I’m sure I’m going to end up reading precisely none of these books, as is the tradition with readathons, but it’s always nice to have a plan in mind. Over the course of the readathon my main hope is just to read as much as I can, prioritising that as an activity over watching a TV show or a film. I also would like to try to interact with other BoBers via Twitter, Instagram, and on here of course. I think that’s a pretty damn achievable goal so watch this space…

If you want to keep up with my (admittedly sparse) updates during the course of the readathon, I’ve started a Twitter thread of my updates.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Comment below if so, I’d love to chat books and we could help cheer each other on during the readathon. 


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Tome Topple | TBR

Some of you may remember that I participated in Tome Topple back in November (take a peek at my TBR and Updates from then, if you’re interested) and it’s back again, for Round 3! This round is taking place from midnight (in your timezone) on 7th April to 11:59pm (in your timezone) on 20th April! The basic rule is that all books read must be 500+ pages. There are some optional challenges too:

Challenges

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (that’s over 500 pages)
  3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
  5. Read an adult novel

For this round I’ll be foregoing challenge 2 completely since I don’t have any graphic novels that are even close to 500 pages, but I’ll be trying my best to complete the other challenges – everyone loves a trier!

TBR

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (#3)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (#3, #4, #5)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (#5)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (#3, #5)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (#3)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

As you may be able to guess this is less a TBR and more of me looking through my bookshelves and finding tomes that I might vaguely consider reading over the next fortnight. Undoubtedly I’ll actually end up reading something I never intended. I do need to finish Order of the Phoenix though because I’ve been listening to it on audiobook for a couple of months now and it’s getting faintly ridiculous that I haven’t yet finished it, so I’ll be switching over to the physical hardback and counting it for Tome Topple. Liz is potentially reading A Feast for Crows too so that’s the motivation (and potential buddy read) to try to read that again since I DNFed it sometime last year. As for the others, who knows what mood I will be in but hopefully I will pick up one of the above tomes and join in with all the Tome Topple goodness!

If you’re interested in Tome Topple, check out the Goodreads group, Twitter, or founder/host Sam’s video.

Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you planning to read? Let me know down in the comments or link your post below!


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Book TBR Jar | My Take On It

Last night, in a fit of strange productivity, I decided to make a book jar because my TBR is getting a little ridiculous considering my book buying problem. And also because I frequently forget some of the backlist books which are tucked away on my bookshelf and barely get a look-in thanks to all the shiny shiny new books jostling for pride of place.

I am an inherently indecisive person. I’m sure I have mentioned this countless times or else you may have gathered it along the way. Ask anyone who knows my IRL and they will confirm this to be a truth universally acknowledged. This personality trait makes it difficult for me to decide many things – from the most trivial and frivolous (whether to make curry or bolognese for tea) to the more important (whether me and Liz should plan a trip to D.C. and NYC or Disney World). This obviously also filters through into my reading habits and, frankly, I don’t know how I ever decide on a monthly or seasonal TBR – I think I just add books arbitrarily, which is also probably why I suck at sticking to TBRs.

So many pieces of paper!

Enter: the TBR jar. Everyone has seen the pretty examples, right? You get a jar, you write down your TBR books on little slips of paper, you fold them up tightly, and then when you’re in need of a book to read, you simply pick one from the jar. It’s almost like you are then fated to read that book because you chose it or (better yet) it chose you.

I’ve never been sure if this method is for me since I am very indecisive and don’t even trust myself to pick the right tiny slip of paper. But it’s worth a shot, right? Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on my Spring TBR

toptentuesdayIt’s yet another Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday! For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR. I do love a good TBR – it’s all about those good intentions, isn’t it?

There have been various series with new books released at the start of this year that I haven’t yet gotten around to but that I am SO ready for, especially now I’ve re-read/am in the process of re-reading the books that preceded them. There are also a couple of new shiny shiny books that apparently are the start of new series which is also really exciting… even though my bank balance cries a little in anticipation of that. Let’s just focus on the books… here is my Spring TBR

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TBR Takedown 5.0 | TBR

It’s time for yet another readathon – this time there’s another round of TBR Takedown. TBR Takedown is hosted by Shannon from leaninglights (her YouTube & Twitter) and this round, TBR Takedown 5.0, will start at midnight on Monday 6th February and run through until 11:59pm on Sunday 12th. There are a series of challenges to try to complete but it’s mostly low-key, which is exactly how I like my readathons. For more information, or to read/tweet along once it gets started, see the readathon Twitter.

I’ve previously participated in TBR Takedown and thoroughly enjoyed it, with varying degrees of “success” in the attempts, but everyone loves a trier, right? The readathon should hopefully be the extra push needed to get me to prioritise reading this upcoming week, and to finish off some books and/or make significant progress with them because they’re way too long for me to think I could actually finish them in a week – more on that in a moment.

I’m very indecisive which is why I struggle to set TBRs and actually stick to them, but for the sake of argument, I’ll probably (I’m like 80-85% sure) be reading some of the following books in order to complete the readathon challenges:

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  • TBR shelf for over a year – War & Peace
  • Most recent book haul – The Dark Days Pact Caraval Norse Mythology (if I procure it in time)
  • First book in a series – The Queen of the Tearling
  • Catch up on a series – The Invasion of the Tearling Lirael 
  • Out of your comfort zone – Saga Vol. 4

I’m currently in the middle of reading both The Queen of the Tearling and War and Peace and I’m listening to the audiobook of Lirael for my re-read of the Old Kingdom trilogy on my train ride to/from work. So it’s highly likely I’ll be prioritising these books anyway, so might as well join in with readathon challenges at the same time! I will hopefully be posting daily updates periodically but, if not, I’ll definitely update via Goodreads and Twitter so please do add me/say hi if you frequent either of those sites.

Are you participating in TBR Takedown this upcoming week? If so, please do pop into the comments and let me know what you’re planning on reading!


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24 in 48 Readathon

When is it probably the wrong time to participate in a readathon? When you’re reading a long af book like Tolstoy’s War and Peace. However, I’m still going to do it, because I’m curious as to whether I can actually get close to reading for 24 hours in 2 days – which is what this readathon is all about!

For those who aren’t aware the 24 in 48 Readathon is just what it says on the tin – participants try to read for 24 out of 48 hours, over the course of a weekend.

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You can either start at 12:01am ET and use a time zone converter to find out what time to crack those books open where you are in the world or you can simply start reading at 12:01am in whatever time zone you’re in. Personally,I’m going to do the latter because I don’t fancy waking up at 5:00am on a Saturday. No, no way.

I like the concept of this because there aren’t any goals besides trying to reach 24 hours of reading. I can never commit myself fully to the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on account of the fact that I enjoy sleep too much but, the goal of reading for 24 hours of the course of a weekend, well… that I can try to do. I am under no illusions – I will probably fail spectacularly and only read for a few hours, but I’d still like to try, and I’d still like to track it because, if nothing else, it would be useful to know where my hours do actually go on a weekend!

Bujo tracker and TBR stack for 24in48

I’ve put together a stack of books to choose from, and I hope mixing up genre, format, and topic of book will help to keep my attention. I’ve also split my potential reads into short, medium, and long length reads, so I can mix it up when I need some instant gratification of being able to read a book in an hour.

And, of course, this provides me with the perfect opportunity to put my bullet journal trackers to good use, I even created this one specially for the readathon thanks to the inspiration of Susie’s readathon tracker.

So, I have books, I have time, I have snacks, I think I have everything I will need for the weekend and 24 in 48 Readathon. I’ll probably be updating via Twitter and Instagram so stay tuned there if you’re curious about how my reading is going. If you’re participating, let me know below! Otherwise, I’ll see you on the other side.


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Bout of Books 18 | Stating My Intentions

bob18Yes, it’s that time again, it’s the Bout of Books readathon! Bout of Books is such a low-key, friendly, and fun readathon that I always look forward to its next round.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Last time I participated was back in August during Bout of Books 17 (you can see my TBR and Daily Updates from then, if you’re interested) and even as that round finished, I couldn’t wait for the next Bout of Books. Not only is it very low-key and low-commitment as a readathon, the daily challenges aren’t too tricky or time-consuming, meaning maximum time can be devoted to reading and connecting with fellow Bout of Books-ers! I certainly hope to get more involved and chat more during this round of Bout of Books, as well as completing the daily challenges.

However, first things first, let me state my intentions towards this readathon. I have constructed a very loose TBR stack to choose from, since I am mostly a mood-reader, and hopefully I have covered enough genres and formats to also always have some form of book I want to read “to hand” at any given moment during the week.

TBR

So, that’s my TBR to choose from for Bout of Books 18. I’ll be updating a Daily Updates post with my progress throughout the readathon and I hope that it will well and truly kick off my reading for 2017.

Are you participating in Bout of Books 18?
Please comment below if so and let’s chat readathons!


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