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Down The TBR Hole #4

You know the drill. This is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story, where I’m going to look at the next 15 books on my TBR and see if I want to keep them or not.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

Last time, I deleted 7 books, so let’s see how I do this week.

350980241) Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

This is a middle grade novel with a queer girl who likes to play the drums, and also Laura loved it, so I’m keeping it.

Decision: Stay

2) Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Another middle grade book with queer girls, and a beautiful concept + cover at that, so this one is staying as well.

Decision: Stay

3) P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

Another middle grade book with a questioning girl, and this one also has sisterly relationships.

Decision: Stay

320563974) Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Four middle grade novels in a row, and yet these are all ones that I actually want to read… some day. Also, the blurb here says “close friendship between girls” but the book is tagged queer, so it’s probably queer.

Decision: Stay

5) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I started reading this when it was free on RivetedLit but didn’t have time to finish it. Honestly, I’m not that interested in it.

Decision: Go

6) The Blood of Stars by Elizabeth Lim

This one comes out in 2019 so I don’t know much about it yet, but it’s a Chinese-inspired magical fantasy that sounds pretty interesting.

Decision: Stay

7) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I know this is one of Lia’s favourites, but I’ve only ever seen the movie. Which made me cry. So I’m a little intimidated by this one.

Decision: Stay

312879648) Magic & Mayhem: Fiction and Essays Celebrating LGBTQA Romance edited by Nicole Kimberling

So like… I still kind of want to read this, but there’s no ebook and the paperback is super expensive? It’s not very likely that I’d ever buy it, and I can probably live without it.

Decision: Go

9) Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

Austin Chant novellas are staying, this is law.

Decision: Stay

10) Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

I don’t even remember who recommended this, but it was definitely someone whose opinion I trust. Xan West, maybe? Anyway, this has a questioning protagonist and if I remember well she doesn’t settle on a label in the book, so I want to read it.

Decision: Stay

3603961411) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

This is a sci-fi about a girl who is the only surviving member on a spaceship. But it’s also a thriller and there’s some kind of twist? I have no idea what’s going on but I’m really intrigued by this one.

Decision: Stay

12) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

No, I still haven’t read this one. Yes, it’s staying. #ownvoices autistic protagonist, and both a F/F and M/F main ships, I think? Also, cons.

Decision: Stay

13) The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

I actually love reading anthologies, and I’m sure this is a great one, but it’s lacking something special for me.

Decision: Go

3276675714) No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

This book is about a teenage girl who is a brilliant archer. She ends up transported to medieval England and– becomes Robin Hood. A female Robin Hood story with time travel?! What else do you need? (Okay, but seriously, is archery a number at the Olympics?)

Decision: Stay

15) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. I almost deleted this, but then I re-read the blurb and actually, I’m still intrigued. I want to know what happens.

Decision: Stay

**

Final count:

Stay: 12
Go: 3
Next book on TBR: Bleeding Earth

Well! I can’t decide if this was a good batch because it had so many interesting books, or a bad batch because I barely reduced my TBR. Maybe next time?

Again, fight me on my choices! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree?

~ Alexa

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Miscellaneous · tbr

Down The TBR Hole #3

I realised that I like doing this so much that I actually want to do it twice a week. Especially because my TBR is super long so I’d never get to the end with a weekly meme. So, as always, this meme was started by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

Last time, I looked at 20 books, where I kept 14 and got rid of 6. That was a special case because I evaluated the 5 Dragon Age books together, but this week I’m sticking with 15 books.

23167720The next few books are from that spree when I added a bunch of books with Jewish protagonists to my TBR from a list, but to be honest, I’m not that interested in… several of them. Maybe one day?

Decision: Go

Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. This is a middle grade graphic novel with a spunky Jewish MC, and it actually looks pretty amazing, but… I’m not really feeling a middle grade graphic novel.

Decision: Go (for now?)

In this debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself. Again, this one doesn’t sound good and also has a Jewish MC but it’s just… not intriguing enough, I’m sorry.

Decision: Go

34448522Time travel! History! Magic!

Decision: Stay

Another book with time travel, but it also has time travelling thieves, and… the heist of the Titanic? Yep, you’re staying.

Decision: Stay

This is a tough one, because I’ve been a feeling a little bitter over the author’s Twitter presence, plus, it’s a sequel where I haven’t read the first book. On the other hand, it has an a-spec female protagonist? … I already have The Gentleman’s Guide, so let’s say I’ll delete this, and add it back if I end up liking the first one (and if the author doesn’t disappoint me further).

Decision: Go (for now)

33413955In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting—and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places. This is about a girl who used to love climbing with her father, and when he disappears (everyone says he died) she decides to go and rescue him.

Decision: Stay

I still haven’t even read The Martian, and while the premise of this sounds interesting, I’ve heard mixed reviews. It’s apparently full of racial slurs according to one reviewer? So meh.

Decision: Go

This is a holiday anthology and I think I added it to my TBR as a requirement for a giveaway, but I’m not that interested now in the summer.

Decision: Go

This is the first of The Witcher books and I swear I’m going to read them eventually. Or at least read the first one or two and see if I feel like reading the rest.

Decision: Stay

Why did I add all three of these?? … Probably for a giveaway tbh. I am interested in picking this up, because it’s sort of a Sherlock Holmes retelling with girls (I say sort of because they are descendants, not cisbent versions). I am still interested in picking these up, but I’m only keeping the first one on the TBR.

Decision: 1 x Stay + 2 x Go

23403402This is one of those books that are surrounded by SO MUCH hype that I’m kind of afraid of picking them up? But it mostly has 4-5 star reviews from my friends, and the blurb does sound interesting, so fine, I’ll give it a chance.

Decision: Stay

This has queer girls and it’s by the author whose story I LOVED in the Radical Element anthology, so it’s staying.

Decision: Stay

  • 14) Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon

I absolutely loved “Want”, but I read it in one day when it was free on RivetedLit and I wish I had had more time for it. This way I don’t really remember most of the characters, and I know one that I really liked died? Still, I’m invested enough to keep this.

Decision: Stay

30279514A trans girl superhero? That’s all I need to know.

Decision: Stay

**

Final count:

Stay: 9
Go: 6 + 2
Next book on TBR: #198 Drum Roll, Please

 

Fight me on my choices! Would you have decided differently about some of these?

~ Alexa

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Down The TBR Hole #2

As you could see last week, Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

I’m going to stick with doing 15 books, and only counting the books on my TBR that I don’t currently own. Last time, I deleted 5 out of 15 books, and I stopped at Code Name Verity, so that’s where we’re now.

  • 0) The Stolen Throne – Last Flight (Dragon Age #1-#5)

These… okay, so these are actually five books, but I’m going to be counting them as one, shhh. And I’m keeping them, because I really want to catch up on the lore, even if I have no idea when I’ll get around to it. I’ll also keep all five because while these are a series, they’re standalone enough that I can read a later one even if I don’t like the first.

Decision: Stay

This is a middle grade f/f novel I found through Tumblr where two preteen girls act in a play together. As I said last time, I rarely get around to reading middle grade, but this is f/f AND has a play, so I just have to keep it.

Decision: Stay

29440484M/M romance with a beautiful cover about a circus I guess. I added this on somebody’s recommendation, but I think I can live without it.

Decision: Go

After agreeing to aid Nailah on a quest that promises magic, danger, and adventure, Moira finds her search to simply exist suddenly turning into so much more.  This is a F/F romance by the same Nigerian author as the previous one, but it intrigues me much more. It also has only 3 ratings on Goodreads, which is a crime. But it’s completely unavailable on both BD and Amazon? :/ So, as much as I would like to keep it, I can’t read it if I can’t get my hands on it…

Decision: Go

This is a tough one, because I actually like the blurb, and it has changelings and fae… But with more than 900 books on my TBR, I’m just not intrigued enough to keep it. Maybe one day, if it ever pops up on my radar again.

Decision: Go

This is apparently about a bisexual girl questioning her sexuality, so it’s definitely staying.

Decision: Stay

29073707This is a tough one. This book is supposed to be a cute F/F YA with a fluffy cover, but it has kinda mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends, and it apparently has an adultery subplot… So yeah, not really feeling it. Maybe I’ll add it back one day.

Decision: Go

This is apparently a thriller/mystery with a Thai American MC? I’m eager to read more YA mystery, so I’m keeping this one.

Decision: Stay

The number of people who have told me to read this book… It’s staying for now at least.

Decision: Stay

35435959This is a sequel where I have actually read the first book. I had mixed feelings about that one, but it had a pretty diverse cast, and I have a soft spot for queer Robin Hood retellings, so I’m planning to pick up the rest of the books.

Decision: Stay

Another one literally everyone is talking about. Trans Peter Pan retelling, and I really enjoyed Charlotte’s Heart by the same author.

Decision: Stay

I’m pretty sure I entered at least 10 giveaways just for this book and haven’t won any. It has a complicated relationship between twin sisters, so I’m keeping it.

Decision: Stay

This is a queer novella with black protagonists as far as I know, but I’m not really feeling it anymore.

Decision: Go

I’m keeping everything by this author and I promise I’ll pick them up eventually. I think this one has a trans boy co-protagonist?

Decision: Stay

30408280Bisexual Latina protagonist and magic? It’s staying.

Decision: Stay

This is a romance with two Deaf MCs, friends-to-lovers, roommates… That only one of my friends reviewed, and that person DNFed it halfway. Hm. Tough one, but I’m gonna go with no. Maybe one day.

Decision: Go

**

Final count:

Stay: 9 (technically, 14)
Go: 6
Next book on TBR: #81

Well, we’re getting… somewhere, certainly.

Fight me on my choices! Should I have kept or gotten rid of some of these? Have you read any?

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous · tbr

Down The TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story, who is amazing and deserves all the follows. I’ve seen several people do this meme before but this is my first time actually participating. Given that my Goodreads TBR is about to reach 1000 books, I figured it was time…

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

13150973Now, I’m going to do this with a twist, because MANY books on my TBR are actually books that I own in some form – and I really want to read books I already own, even if it will take forever. (The oldest book added to my TBR is actually Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which I added back in 2013… and I still haven’t picked up, no matter how that cheeky kid from the cover is sticking his tongue out at me from my shelf. But I will! One day! I promise.)

As I said, my current Goodreads TBR is 985 books, and I own about 400 of these, so that still leaves more than 500 books that I don’t have and can use for this meme. So enough talking, let’s look at the books! Fifteen of them, because fifteen is my favourite number.

**

This one is a popular poetry collection that everyone praises, and it sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Both the individual titles and the series title radiates empowerment and feminism and women being great. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, but I had the chance to pick up the sequel (the witch doesn’t burn in this one) recently, and I was unfortunately disappointed. While I enjoyed some of the poems, I found many of them repetitive. So, I’m not really eager to read the first one anymore.

Decision: Go (I might add it back one day, but for now, it goes)

  • 2) Lando by Charles Soule

25861681You know him, you love him — now, join him for his biggest caper ever as master of charm Lando Calrissian steps into his very own high-stakes adventure! Let’s be honest here, I rarely read comics and while many Star Wars books are on my TBR, I haven’t actually read any of them. And yet, I’m determined to get this one day, because I love Lando.

Decision: Stay

This book is called a lesbian classic – it was first published in 1982, and is one of the first young adult lesbian novels. It was banned and publicly burned in many places. I don’t actually know much about the story, and yet this is enough for me to want to pick it up. I really want to read more LGBTQAI YA published in the 1900s.

Decision: Stay

Furthermore is a middle grade book, and I remember that it plays with colour somehow. I’m sure it’s a great book and I’m still somewhat intrigued, but I can’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Decision: Go

16200I heard that this book has an unusual writing style, because it gradually stops using certain letters as the story goes on – e.g. something happens in the story, and the letter “d” doesn’t appear for the rest of the novel, and so on. I find this incredibly fascinating and I still really want to read this book.

Decision: Stay

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re just a regular person trying to live a regular life while the Chosen One goes and does their thing. I’m still intrigued by this concept, so I’m keeping this book.

Decision: Stay

28243032Three things I know about this book: 1) It’s by the same author who wrote Everything Leads to You, which I still haven’t read, but already bought, 2) It has queer girls, 3) It’s heartbreaking. Frankly, that last point scares me a little because I don’t like super sad stories, but I’m still interested enough to keep this for now.

Decision: Stay

I keep hearing about this book, and yet I couldn’t tell you what it’s about. A podcast, I think? It also has queer characters. I’m actually feeling kind of meh about it right now, but several of my friends rated it 5 stars, so I’ll spare it this time.

Decision: Stay

30653880This is a sequel and I have no idea why I added it when I still haven’t read the first book.

Decision: Go (I might put it back if I like the first one)

I think this one has mermaids, a bisexual female protagonist, and a genderqueer character? So yeah, I’m keeping it.

Decision: Stay

This book has an interesting premise, but it’s a middle grade novel in verse, and well…I generally don’t like reading books in verse, and while there are some amazing middle grade books, they are usually lower priority for me than YA. So, while I feel a little bad, this one is leaving my TBR, for now at least.

Decision: Go

This is another middle grade novel with an amazing cover and amazing premise, with a hijabi protagonist. This one took some thinking, but I’m keeping it for now I think. I might delete it next round if I still haven’t picked it up.

Decision: Stay

Seriously, why do I keep adding sequels when I’m not even sure if I’ll like the first one?

Decision: Go

33158561I have only read one short story by this author, but several of her books are on my TBR. I know that she mostly writes about queer Latinx characters? Which is great. Wild Beauty has magic, a beautiful cover, and several 5-star ratings from friends, so it’s staying for now.

Decision: Stay

Oct. 11th, 1943 – A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. World War II Historical Fiction is not a genre I often read, but I’m intrigued by this book. Female main characters, an unreliable narrator, spies and pilots… Yeah, I’m keeping this one.

Decision: Stay

**

Final count:

  • Stays: 10
  • Goes: 5
  • TBR: 980

Well… hey, at least I tried?

Fight me on my choices! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my decisions?

~ Alexa