TBR lists

TBR tidy-up, or “Jade Still Wants To Read All The Things”

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While I’m still in the throws of PitchWars, I am making myself clip the TBR pile because it’s currently overwhelming…

  • 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?

 

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To be honest this sounds so strange – a Peter Pan retelling-ish that’s dark and twisty, and I’ve heard little of “Brom” but enough to know their name and… yeah I’ll keep this.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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Let’s be honest – the cover isn’t the best. It doesn’t really give a sense of what the story is about BUT – I never try to judge a book by its cover, and the synopsis sounds cool (witch and knight and power and CRUSADES) as well as the reviews, so I’ll give this one a go.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book and most of my friends love it so I’m not getting rid of this at all. I can only hope someone buys it for my birthday or something because I never seem to have it top of my list :S

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s been some half and half reviews on this and to be honest my heart isn’t into the story premise… though I know I should read books I don’t think I’ll like, I’m not sure this is one I want to keep immeditely.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

 

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This sounds intriguing – phantoms, darkness, fantasy – but also according to reviews, confusing. A very tentative keep…

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The consensus with is… as well as what I’ve actually heard from friends – is that the romance gets in the way of plot with this one. And right now I’m not in the mood. The author is absolutely lovely but I’ll check out her other works instead.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

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Two of my favourite authors have waxed lyrical over this magical book and so I’M KEEPING IT.

DECISION: KEEP DAMNIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoraida Cordova is an author I’ve yet to read – I know, bad Jade – but I remember putting this one on my list ages ago and then recognising her name because her premises always sound amazing. So I’ll..

DECISION: KEEPITY KEEP KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I am such a sucker for an Arthurian tale, and this centers on young Merlin and – while I’m not 100% sure that this will be a book for me I’ll give it a go.

DECISION: KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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I AM SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING RID OF BOOKS NOT KEEPING THEM ALL BUT THIS SOUNDS SO COOL I AM KEEPING.

AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly…. I will continue doing this exercise because I need to narrow this down but it’s not working as much as I hoped because I want to read ALL THE THINGS.

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Down the TBR hole

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AGH so in the heat of the moment which was PitchWars I forgot to do this on Friday! 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?

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I definitely want to read this one it sounds like delightful magical realism, and I also haven’t read anything from this author so…

KEEP

 

 

 

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I forgot this existed, but it’s definitely something I want to read!

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I read the first one, NIGHT WATCH and it really annoyed me. I think it’d take a lot to make me pick up this one, so I’m going to unfortunately…

DITCH

 

 

 

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I BOUGHT THIS RECENTLY IT’S WAITING TO BE READ!

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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This is such a classic I’m not getting rid of this.

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I read an excerpt of this and it was painful.

DITCH

 

 

 

 

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Dude it’s Tolkien, of course I’m going to read this.

KEEP

 

 

 

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This has got some hype around it but also mixed reviews…. I’ll keep it for now

KEEP

 

 

 

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The plot on Goodreads really doesn’t seem to hold much information about it but I will reserve judgement, because a lot of people say this is a great fantasy

KEEP

 

 

 

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This really doesn’t float my boat. Talking dogs and stuff, sounds zany, but…  not really for me.

DITCH

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The lovely Lost In A Story came up with the idea for cutting down extensive TBR’s and I’m thinking yes…. yes I will do this. Why? Because I have SO MANY that’s why.

Maybe I’ll do this every week? Every Friday perhaps… SO LET’S GO –

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  • 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?

THE GOLDEN BOUGH 

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This is essentially a book I wanted to read because a witch in my class recommended it. It’s an extensive history of magic and how it was perceived, and magical practices.

I don’t know WHEN I’ll get to read it but I still want to eventually.

DECISION: STAY

 

THE WITCHES’ GODDESS

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DECISION: STAY!

 

 

 

 

THE SHERLOCK CASE BOOK – ONE

13536554 This was clearly when I loved Sherlock and everything about it. Before series 3 and 4 robbed my heard of the glorious duo, and didn’t made John a sodding filanderer and Sherlock some… I dunno.

Do I want it? Kinda. But I’m also not… as involved. So… sadly it’s going to be

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

THE NAME OF THE WIND

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

This comes highly recommended and it’s on so many people’s lists, it’s a no brainer.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE

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Reading the blurb, I have no clue what the hell this is about nor why it’s on my TBR list.

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

 

 

THE BLADE ITSELF

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I’ve never read Joe Abercrombie and I’m not sure this is the best introduction to him, HOWEVER – I’m not going to remove it just in case. Some of my GR friends liked it so I’m going to keep it.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

DREAMS UNDERFOOT

Dreams Underfoot (Newford, #1)I cannot find this book ANYWHERE – it’s really expensive to buy from the USA / Canada, and my love for urban fantasy ebbed. I’m not sure I have the patience to read so many short stories right now and… sadly…

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

 

THE VILLAGE SANG TO THE SEA

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I haven’t seen anything but praise for this but even reading the blurb made me tired. Despite that, it sounds interesting – northern italy, magic, Mary Shelley.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 


DRACULA

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I haven’t read this yet!! I need to! It’s staying it’s staying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This sounds delightfully creepy and the reviews are also delighted with the creepiness, and I apparently love books with Crows or Ravens in the title. So I’m going to keep this.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

RESULTS OUT OF 10:

STAYING: 7

GOING: 3

Not too bad but can do better. How do you organise your TBR?

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April Wrap Up

So I read…. three… books?! What?!

Queen of the Tearling, ACOTAR and ACOMAF.

I half-read several kindle books, but when you have a mother who steals your kindle to play games and you’re busy on the computer a lot of the time, it’s difficult to steal it back from her.

Because of this, it isn’t going to be a particularly wonderful round up so I might just ignore it altogether. BUT – the want to read list for MAY is-

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The FairyLoot April book!

This looks really good and I’ve heard things about Mandy McGinnis before, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy even though it doesn’t look QUITE like my usual taste.

 

 

 

 

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One day,  when I’m not totally tired and can keep up with the sharp wits and twisty language, I will finish you!!!

 

 

 

 

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I’m gonna give it another go. Because. I just think I’m so far behind on this but maybe it’s for when you were younger and loved it? As an almost-30 year old I don’t think I’ll connect to this style of writing or characters. But we’ll see.

I may have to DNF though.

 

 

 

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I have this in my list from NetGalley and I reeeeally want to read it!

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s it. For now. I’m hopefully going to up my game in May.

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My Spring TBR list

Spring is one of my most favourite times of the year – the weather gets warmer, it’s still windy enough to wrap up with pretty scarves, flowers bloom and there’s a hint of possibility in the air.

What better way to celebrate than to list what I have to look forward to reading this Spring?!

This is going to cover end of March – May.

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m SO looking forward to seeing this hardback beauty – which I don’t usually buy – with this exquisite cover. Laini Taylor’s Smoke and Bone trilogy didn’t sit weImage result for strange the dreamerll with me, simply because I hated Akiva and the angels, but her writing style for 90% of Daughter of Smoke and Bone blew me away with atmosphere. So I pre-ordered Strange the Dreamer, coming at the end of March.

Little is known about the real plot for this, which I appreciate because I love / prefer going into a story somewhat blind. Sometimes I prefer to know, because books are a big investment for me, but for the most part I enjoy entering a world and seeing what surprises await.

 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I admit I already sampled about 70 pages, but I’m getting frustrated because Baz hasn’t turned up yet and there’s toImage result for carry on booko much finnicky stuff I don’t care about. It’s about 77 pages of exposition and backstory right now.

HOWEVER this is a book I know I’ll end up enjoying once Baz enters, because it’s the spin off from Fangirl – the one about a girl who goes to Uni and runs an uber popular fanfiction based on Simon Snow and Baz… whatever his last name is.

Anyway, from the bits in Fangirl I fell for Baz. Quite a bit. And I’m not sure why this was written in first person present rather than past – but I’m definitely going to finish it this Spring, as it’s part of my entire 2017 TBR list.

 

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April will be my first ever Fairy Loot! *fist pump* I’m so excited. After cheating a bit and looking up various April releases I *think* I know what the book will be for the month? But to be honest I’m here for the book related goodies and the pretty box as much I am for the book itself.

Book Loot Whore.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

‘Tis time to figure out WTF all the fuss is77493_original about!  *fanfare*

This will be my first Sarah J Maas book, and I’ve heard both rave and semi-favourable reviews. I’m eager to make up my own mind with this one, because a lot of my writer and reader friends recommend it. I’m not expecting Six of Crows hype from me here, but who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?

 

 

 

  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynchgentlemanbastards

I found this on many book blogs and vlogs and it intrigued me. I’ve read the first chapter – it intrigues me still. I have a feeling I’m going to super love this one, when I get into it, which I’m hoping to do in the garden, in the spring sunshine, or on a park bench somewhere, smelling flowers and imagining I’m in an Italy-type area spending my days.

 

 


The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

I am SO READY to read this. This is a Netgalley eARC which was sent to me recently and I’m super ready to delve into this – as soon as I have dealt with everything else I currently need to read.

But this basically sounds like a carnival on an Island and a maze and a war, and there’s gonna be a hot guy, and there’s going to be rushing to save the day and Island life and yeah. I’m ready.

Like Caraval but tropical, I presume.

 

 

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t want this series to end. It’s been absolutely Image result for the raven kingmagical, I’ve adored every single character, and I’m kind of hoping to put this off at the same time desperate to read it the moment it comes through my letterbox.

I think this outstrips even Harry Potter to be honest as my favourite series of all time, so far. And I REALLY HOPE the Ronan trilogy is going to be a thing! I need more of him in my life. ❤

I haven’t even read the blurb on the back. I don’t want to be spoiled. Even though I know my ship is going to sail. *Squee*

Anyone else got some books they’re dying to read this Spring?