Down the TBR Hole #36: Books 601-620

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Fun Camp by Gabe Durham
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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Art Girls are Easy by Julie Klausner
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
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21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)

Since I’m ~extra~ my Goodreads shelves are flush with my physical shelves because I like to have things organized. I have a shelf of all the books I already own that I haven’t read yet, so I organized that shelf by rating to draw out the highest rated books I already own! This is going to be my loose 🌟 2019 TBR 🌟 which means I roughly have to read two of these books per month.

Many of these books are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while (big surprise) so hopefully this will help me 1) actually read the books I already own and 2) read books that I’ve been meaning to read since the dawn of time.

(I chose 21 books because that’s the number of books that fit the best in the graphic I made if you just want to scroll through to the end of the post since it is pretty long!)

Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Avg. rating: 4.70

This literally just came out so most likely this high rating is due to the swarm of enthusiastic readers starting this and loving it straight from the gate, so I’m curious to see how well it holds up. Still I’m beyond excited to read this and I’m so glad to see it in the top spot!

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 edition) vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
Avg. rating: 4.61

So this is kind of cheating because I’ve already read this series, but I borrowed the individual volumes from the library years ago, and I’m planning on purchasing the series and thought the 3-in-1 editions would be the best. Before reading this one, I’d obviously like to reread the first volume I own.

In This Corner of the World Vol. 1In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
Avg. rating: 4.56

I bought this recently without knowing anything about it, so I’m very excited to see it was received so well! I’m not surprised to see manga this high up on the list because I feel like manga is such a niche category and much of the manga I read I love so I can’t wait to pick this up.

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Avg. rating: 4.56

I read my first Kristin Hannah book this year and absolutely loved it.  While this book had been on my radar for awhile, I didn’t go out and buy it until immediately after I finished The Great Alone. I’m already planning on this in the next few months.  Continue reading “21 Highest Rated Books On My TBR (2019 TBR)”

Down the TBR Hole #35: Books 581-600

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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January TBR: 8 Books

It’s my first TBR with my new 2019 structure and I’m SO excited! I have so many great books picked out and I can’t wait to start the year off strong.

Out of the 5 books on my December TBR I have read a whopping zero of them! Not a great month for me reading wise; I read a lot of audiobooks and I was trying to wrap up all of the books I’ve been drudging through since like October 😅 (I finally finished The Corrections literally last night and I just feel so free.)

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar Picks:

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Daughters (The Daughters, #1)

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and the daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough. By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer who believes she’s “the new face of beauty,” Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media spotlight.

I’ve had this on my bookshelf probably since I was a freshman in high school and I’ve gone through many unhauls since then and for some reason there is just something about this book that I’ve been holding onto so while I was originally a little disappointed I picked this, ultimately I’m relieved to finally be reading it! Continue reading “January TBR: 8 Books”

Down the TBR Hole #34: Books 561-580

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Something New by Lucy Knisley
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Quarter Life Poetry by Samantha Jayne
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Ruling: 10/20 removed

Did I make good choices? Were there any I should’ve kept? I’m kinda on the fence about some of the poetry collections.

How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019

🌟 T’IS THE SEASON FOR LIST MAKING!!!! 🌟

Y’all I LOVE goal setting. Like to the point where I have a 12 page google doc of my 5 year writing plan broken down by month (I’m seriously not joking 😅). I love New Year’s Resolutions, I love monthly goals, I love to-do lists, and I love reading everyone else’s goals and lists for the new year!!!

I’m going to try to calm down for the rest of this post but like, no promises 😬.

One thing I really want to do this year is be more intentional with my reading. I’m not entirely a mood reader; I don’t really DNF books but I also feel like whether or not I enjoy a book definitely depends on where I’m at in my life at that moment.

I don’t want to get too in-depth into my reading goals because I’m saving that post for next week (which now I’m thinking that might be slightly redundant but that’s a question for future Seal).

Ok anyway (my excitement for this post is making me DISTRACTED but like I’m not apologizing).

I realized this past year that structured TBRs work really well for me. I read about half of the books on my TBR, and I’m really content with that success rate. I like to use TBRs as more of a guideline and most of the time I end up reading the books I miss in the following months anyway.

Like always, I have an incredibly ambitious list so I’m just gonna slide right into it. Continue reading “How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019”

Down the TBR Hole #33: Books 541-560

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

I Know What I’m Doing by Jen Kirkman
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Party of One by Dave Holmes
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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First Women by Kate Andersen Brower
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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White Trash by Nancy Isenbery
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Blood Brothers by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Five Presidents by Clint Hill
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Layered by Tessa Huff
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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Ruling: 13/20 removed

This was incredibly heavy with some non-fiction titles! Let me know if I made good decisions! 😅

Down the TBR Hole #32: Books 521-540

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

 

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

A Torch Against the Night
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Date added: Nov 28, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
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December TBR: 5 Books

“I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year!!!!” said everybody on the Internet.

I have been counting down the days until my vacation week and practically holding onto my sanity by my fingernails. I have some BIG reading plans for my vacation but have yet to decide if I’m going to be home or visiting my boyfriend in Michigan (which I should probably figure out soon before plane tickets become they become even more expensive).

Out of the 7 books I listed in my November TBR, I finished two books BUT I’m in the middle of reading three!! I’m planning on finishing one today even, so I might be editing this post before it goes up 😐

I’ve been struggling how to structure my TBR this month. Last month I focused on books I didn’t read from previous TBRs (which worked okay) but I was having a hard time deciding whether or not I wanted to include a different set of books from previous TBRs, or structure it how I’ve been doing with book club picks and different categories.

Ultimately I decided I might have better chances of crossing books off my list if I structured it like previous TBRs. I took a lot at the books I didn’t read from previous months, and most of them are pretty long.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Diversity in All Forms Goodreads bookclub

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (library)

The Valley of Amazement

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

I have literally no idea what this book is about but I really enjoy going into a book without any knowledge or expectations so I’m excited. It’s a little chunky so I’m planning on starting it soon and taking my time reading it throughout the month. This will also be the first book I’m reading by Amy Tan! Continue reading “December TBR: 5 Books”

Down the TBR Hole #29: Books 461-480

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove

Columbine by Dave Cullen
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
keep

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
keep

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #29: Books 461-480”