Down the TBR Hole #4

My Goodreads TBR needs desperately to be cleaned out, so I’m doing these posts until I feel it’s manageable, or until I’m back at the beginning of the list.

The Rules

  • 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.

Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s just get started.

The Test

#1 The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

[Goodreads Link]

I’m definitely still intrigued by the sound of this, but I don’t feel particularly pulled to it. This is one of those ones where I’ll let it stay for now, but if I end up with it on a future Down the TBR Hole post (if I ever manage to get through my current TBR as is), it’s got to go.

Verdict: KEEP

For Better and Worse

#2 For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

[Goodreads Link]

I got this in a Book of the Month box as an add-on awhile ago and still haven’t read it. I definitely do want to get around to it, and it might be something I read next month; it’s definitely not fitting onto my current plans for October anyway.

Verdict: KEEP

Heroine

#3 Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

[Goodreads Link]

I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary, so I’m hesitant as to how this book might handle the topic of drug addiction (which is probably an unfair generalization of YA contemporary on my part.) However, given the issues like the opioid overdose crisis affecting people close to me, this is a book that I’m interested in reading. It is something that needs to be talked about and discussed more, and I really do hope to read something that does the issue justice. One day I’ll get around to this.

Verdict: KEEP

Miracle Creek

#4 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

[Goodreads Link]

This was another Book of the Month box for me. I honestly just haven’t been reading very many thrillers lately but this one I already own so hopefully I’ll get around to it sooner rather than later. I remember being very interested when I first picked it up I just… haven’t been reading this genre, unfortunately. Hopefully I’ll read more of them soon because I certainly have a lot of them to get to.

Verdict: KEEP

Once Upon a River

#5 Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

[Goodreads Link]

After re-reading the synopsis for this, I remember why I added this to my Goodreads TBR in the first place and that’s because it sounds exactly like something I’d love. I’ll have to read it this winter sometime, because it sounds like a great wintertime story.

Verdict: KEEP

So this was a rather boring rendition of Down the TBR hole because I’ve kept 5 books and gotten rid of 0. I swear there’s definitely books on my Goodreads TBR that need to be culled, I guess they’re just… futher down the list than I expected. So far all these posts have done are make me wish that there were more hours in the day to read so I could get to every single book.

Fall Time Book Tag

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a book tag, and I love all things fall, so I figured why not do a book tag that’s dedicated to my (and many others’) favorite season?

The original tag was created by Sam’s Nonsense on Youtube, and you can find it here.

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/ oranges and yellows on the cover.

I’m going with Windwitch because I just really like the composition of reds and oranges on this cover. Also as a reminder to myself to finally read Bloodwitch. I liked this one more than book one, so hopefully this series just keeps getting better?

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally coll enough to don warm cozy clothing – what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

The Dream Thieves. Wow, and just like that, this post already has more YA in it than any other post I think on my entire blog. Anyway, I read the books in the series that were out at the time right after my freshman year in undergrad and The Dream Thieves still sticks out to me. This book also has some tangentially related memories it brings up for me, plus Ronan is one of my favorite characters in the series. I love the whole series, even though I do have a lot of criticisms of it, but if I could only pick one book to read it would be this one. I do want to re-read them before Call Down the Hawk comes out.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day

I don’t know why, but the word stormy just makes me want to read thrillers. It’s been way too long since I picked up a thriller (I think the last one I read was in March?) but I am hoping to pick up a couple once I finish the book I’m currently reading. Horror might be a good choice too on a stormy day, particularly in fall as we’re getting closer to Halloween. In fact it was raining today and I got a good chunk of the way through ‘Salem’s Lot so yeah. Thriller or horror would be my genre of choice for that weather.

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

I would not want to trade places with most characters I read about, considering that in a lot of the books I’ve read recently my favorite characters have either died or witnessed their closest loved ones die. Still, I’ll say Nona from the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Witch) because, fuck yes, I’d love to be trained by assassin nuns to become an assassin nun. What could be cooler than that?

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

I feel like by nature of this question I have to pick a new release? This year I’ve only read 4 recent releases< Of those, 2 were way over-hyped and not very good at all. 1 was good enough, and the last one I haven’t seen talked about much so I’m going with Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. It’s certainly not a new favorite of mine but I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable I found it, plus I’m all for own-voices stories, and stories about criminally ignored myths or folklore (in this case, the Mayan gods.)

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public? 

None of them. TBH if I think a cover is embarrassing I either won’t touch the book, or I’ll get it from the library. I know this is a very superficial thing to be worried about, but I also don’t care. This was months and months ago, but the most recent example I can come up with is that I got Red, White, & Royal Blue from the library because the pink was just too much. I feel like embarrassing covers would be more of a problem if I read more romance (or, I guess, erotica) just by its nature, but I rarely pick that genre up so.

Warm, Cozy BonfireSpread the cozy warmth – Who do you tag? 

Anyone reading this! And let me know in the comments if you do it after you read mine, so I can read yours too.

Down The TBR Hole #3

My Goodreads TBR needs desperately to be cleaned out, so I’m doing these posts until I feel it’s manageable, or until I’m back at the beginning of the list.

The Rules

  • 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.

Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s just get started.

The Library at Mount Char

#1 The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

[Goodreads Link]

This actually seems like a book that would be perfect for this time of year. I’m trying to read some horror this month so maybe I’ll pick it up from my library once I finish the books I’ve currently got from them. There are some other horror books I’m more excited about, but the premise of this still sounds super intriguing to me so I may not get to it by this Halloween, but it’s definitely something I’m still interested in picking up eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga, #4)

#2 Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown

[Goodreads Link]

Yeah, I don’t even have to read the description of this. The original Red Rising trilogy was one of those rare cases where I just had to binge-read all the books. I’ve been putting this off until this part of the series is completed because I suspect I’ll want to binge read again, and I tend to be impatient and lose interest in incomplete series.

Verdict: KEEP

The Snow Child

#3 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

[Goodreads Link]

So, this definitely sounds intriguing, but not nearly intriguing enough for me to prioritize it anytime in the near future. I don’t necessarily dislike the sound of the premise, but it’s a little too vague for me to make a decision, and it makes me feel just… lukewarm. So.

Verdict: GO

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

#4 The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

[Goodreads Link]

This is a book I’m actively interested in reading. I probably won’t get to it in October, as I have other things I’m prioritizing right now (stuff I planned to read in September that I didn’t finish, as well as those horror books I mentioned above,) but I could potentitally get to this one in November or December. It sounds pretty original, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

Verdict: KEEP

The Priory of the Orange Tree

#5 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

[Goodreads Link]

I definitely want to read this one. It’ll be a hot minute because it’s such a long book and it’s definitely going to take me probably a whole month to read. It is, at least, a standalone, and I’m always excited to read high fantasy written by women. I’ve heard only good things about this book. But… just thinking about reading it is too much of a commitment at this moment in time. Someday, though.

Verdict: KEEP

In total I am keeping 4 books and letting go of` 1.  I’ve let go of 2 books so far in doing these posts, but we’re only one the third one. I expect by the next one, or maybe the one after that, this will be more exciting (and more productive.)

Down the TBR Hole #2

My Goodreads TBR needs desperately to be cleaned out, so I’m doing these posts twice a month until I feel it’s manageable, or until I’m back at the beginning of the list.

The Rules

  • 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.

Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s just get started.

Memoirs of a Geisha

#1 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

[Goodreads Link]

Now, I suspect that I could get a lot from this book if I read it. However, something about a white American man writing a book from the perspective of a Japanese Geisha is a little off-putting to me, and on top of that, a lot of the more ‘literary’ books I’ve tried recently have either felt underwhelming or have bored me to tears, so…

VERDICT: GO

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

#2 The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

[Goodreads Link]

I loved The Bear and the Nightingale when I read it back in 2018. I already own this book in hardback, I’ve just been waiting for the seasons to shift to pick it up. Likely I’ll be reading this in December or January.

VERDICT: KEEP

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

#3 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

[Goodreads Link]

If the Villains series is anything to go by, V.E. Schwab is a good writer but not necessarily my favorite. I have my criticisms of both of those books, but I still enjoyed reading them. The premise of this is so-so for me, I’m not big on multiple-world type stories or low fantasy in particular, however it is still intriguing enough that I do want to eventually give it a shot. That said, if I go through my TBR again and I still haven’t read it, it could go either way.

VERDICT: KEEP

The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)

#4 The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

[Goodreads Link]

After re-reading the Goodreads summary for this I’m reminded of how good it sounds and wondering why I haven’t read it yet. Seriously, what’s the deal @ me? That’s another good part of doing posts like these; they’re a good push to read something I should have read ages ago.

VERDICT: KEEP

The Bone Clocks

#5 The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

[Goodreads Link]

Almost three years ago now, I read Slade House— not realizing it was a companion to this book– and loved it. After putting that down and learning that it was related to this novel I had to add this to my TBR. Slade House isn’t a book I think about a lot these days, but I do remember immensely enjoying the story, plus this book is sitting on my shelf already… it’s just a thick ass book, so I’ve been putting off committing to it.

In total I am keeping 4 books and letting go of` 1. Definitely not as much of a dent as I was hoping to make, but there’s always next time.

Down the TBR Hole #1

My Goodreads TBR has been quickly getting out of hand so in an attempt to get it under control I’m going to start doing these once or twice a month.

The Rules

  • 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.

This first one and possibly the next few will be a little bland with me not getting rid of much as I have culled my Goodreads to-read shelf a few times in the last few years.

Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s just get started.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

#1 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

[Goodreads Link]

Okay, this is a book I’ve been meaning to get to for ages and the only reason I haven’t is that I’m always hesitant to start new series that are unfinished and that haven’t been updated in years. From what I know the fourth book of the series is coming, but I’m not keen to start reading this series and catch up just to have to wait for the rest of the books. I definitely am excited to get to this series eventually, I’m just waiting for the right time to do so. Maybe when the final book is on its way and I can read it knowing that there will be an end to the series.

Verdict: KEEP

Uprooted

#2 Uprooted by Naomi Novik

[Goodreads Link]

This book is right up my alley. There’s fantasy, there’s woods, its protagonist is a young woman, there’s a man whose magic keeps their whole village alive. This is giving me some Deathless vibes, and that’s one of my all-time favorite books, so honestly there’s no way I’m letting go of this one. I’m not quite sure why I haven’t read it already, to be honest, and I think the longer I’ve put it off the less likely I’ve been to pick it up. I definitely want to change that soon, and it feels like a fall read to me so maybe sometime in the next couple months I’ll finally get around to reading this.

Verdict: KEEP

West (East, #2)

#3 West by Edith Pattou

[Goodreads Link]

This is the sequel to East which was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I still want to read this, but I plan on re-reading East first since it’s been probably 12 or 13 years since I’ve read it. That’s a long ass time. Even though I haven’t ever re-read it, it’s still one of the few books I still think about a lot. So I’m definitely looking forward to re-reading East and giving West a read as well.

Verdict: KEEP

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)

#4 Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[Goodreads Link]

This is a book recommended to me by my boyfriend. According to Goodreads it’s been on my to-read shelf since 2017, but I’m fairly certain he may have told me about it even before then. In any case, I definitely want to read it because of that, but also because of my own reading goals, one of which is read more science fiction. Plus I finally bought a physical copy of this book only a couple of weeks ago, so this will definitely be a book I get to sooner rather than later.

Verdict: KEEP

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

#5 Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

[Goodreads Link]

Okay, so I was a little on the fence about this re-reading the synopsis on Goodreads, but the preview convinced me. This is one that I think I really will love when I get around to reading it; I just keep putting it off for some unknown reason. I don’t read a lot of portal fantasy, not because I don’t like it, but because it’s not a genre I think about very much. I definitely want to give this books and series a chance though, and it’s short which is a plus.

Verdict: KEEP

So in total I am keeping 5 books and letting go of 0, but like I mentioned above, I had a feeling that would be the case for this first post and possibly the next one as these books have already made it through multiple Goodreads culls that I’ve done in the past.

Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, she comes up with the topics, and we pick the books.

I haven’t participated in one of these before, but since Tuesday is one of my regular updates days anyway I think I might start doing more of them here and there. This week’s topic is technically a freebie related to Page to Screen so I’m just going to talk about my 10 favorite shows and/or movies based on books.

10. The Magicians (TV Series)

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This is probably a divisive one. I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of The Magicians books or TV Show. A lot of the complaints I’ve seen are because people expected Harry Potter, going into the books and what they got was… The Magicians. I’ll never understand the mindset of people who fall victim to comparison marketing. That’s not what this post is about, though, so I digress.

I think I’m in the minority because I actually think the books are done a lot better than the show— especially the most recent season of the show— but the show is still a fun time. Plus Show Penny (who is far superior to Book Penny) and Marina make it worth it.

9. Preacher (TV Series)

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I’m actually a few seasons behind on Preacher and I never read the comics it’s based on (but I eventually might,) but I remember the summer I interned at a company hours away from my school and many many more hours away from my home so I didn’t know a single person in the area, and my coworkers were 2 middle-aged people with families and that was it (it was a very small start-up) so I, a 21-year-old college student with no friends for at least like 200 miles, spent the Fourth of July binging Preacher and getting day drunk on Jack Daniels, and frankly, it was a great day.

Also I’ve been thinking about it because I just renewed my Hulu subscription so I can actually watch season 2 if I want to. I have a few other things higher on my watch priority, but. Anyway.

8. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (TV Series)

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Making this list made me sad all over again about the fact that this show was cancelled. While it ran it was one of my absolute favorites. Season 1 is definitely a stand out season for me.

I never read the Douglas Adams book, but my mother who did said that she thought the story of the show (at least, in season 1) was better than the book, which should definitely sell this show for you if you haven’t already watched it. There’s so much to love about this series. I’m sad it didn’t have a big enough audience to continue past its second season, but it’s definitely worth watching what did come out of it.

7. Harry Potter (Film Series)

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So, technically, Goblet of Fire isn’t my favorite film, but it is my favorite of the books so that’s why I’m using that poster. I think the champions are criminally underrated— particularly within the fandom that’s mostly book-based— but I do think they largely weren’t cast well but then… I have a lot of issues with the casting of the HP movies overall. I’m not gonna get into the technicalities though.

I know this is a basic bitch move, especially when JKR ain’t deserve my praise with how she’s been largely ignoring her own canon lately, but I can’t ignore the nostalgia factor with these. And, TBH, if JKR had just pulled a Stephanie Meyer and fucked off with her money after the movies and let the franchise be what it is it’d probably be higher on my list, so I guess all those Twilight fans I rolled my eyes at when I was younger have won this round.

6. The Hunger Games (Film Series)

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I honestly didn’t ever watch the Mockingjay movies. But The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were pretty good. I remember showing up to The Hunger Games opening night with Peeta Mellark tee-shirts that my friend and I had hand-decorated together. We used fabric paint to make a sports team jersey-esque shirt that said MELLARK 12 on the back with a piece of bread. To this day I vividly remember the piece of bread on my shirt being described to me as another friend like “the ugly piece of bread everyone throws out,” and she wasn’t wrong. I have no artistic talent.

The movies and books don’t mean all that much to me, but my memories surrounding them are some of my favorite from my early high school years, so I guess they deserve a place on this list.

5. Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)

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This show is SO GOOD! If you haven’t watched it, then go do it. It consumed my life while I binge-watched it. The series definitely does the books great justice, and Neil Patrick Harris does a brilliant job of playing a Very Fabulous Dastard in the role of Count Olaf.

I haven’t read the books since I was a kid if I’m being totally honest, but from what I do remember of the books, the show does a good job at staying true to them while also finding places to add in enough small twists and nuance to make it its own wonderful story in its own right. There are differences, but overall I’d say this is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.

4. American Gods (TV Series)

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I still have to catch up and finish the second season (though, maybe by the time this posts I’ll be done since I’m scheduling this over a week early) but American Gods is probably one of my favorite TV series I’ve ever watched. As I’ve said before… I like it better than the book. (I’ve always been a fan of committing the sin of blasphemy though.)

Things I like better than the book: There’s so much more room in a TV Series to develop characters. One of my favorites in the TV adaptation is Mad Sweeney, but in the books he’s barely present at all. The Jinn and Salim get a lot more attention in the show, and seem (from where I am in season 2 as of writing this) like they may end up playing a more important role. Even Laura Moon gets a lot more attention and development. Slowing down the pacing gives a lot more room for things like that, and I love that shit.

3. Sharp Objects (TV Miniseries)

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Sharp Objects is probably my favorite Gillian Flynn book, and the show did such a great job adapting it! My only complaints were that they gave some of things that should have been done by Camille to Richard, which I felt took away a little bit about what I loved about her character in the book, but overall it was still very well-done.

Eliza Scanlen does a beautiful job as Amma, too. Her casting was a little older for the character than I would’ve liked, but she did a great job regardless. The show’s ending was also changed from the book, but it made sense to change it for the format and it’s definitely (and I cannot stress this enough) haunting.

2. Howl’s Moving Castle (Film)

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I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how I want to rewatch all the Ghibli movies since doing the I Should Have Read That tag, which I included the book for this on. I think it’s one of two movies based on novels directed by Miyazaki? (Too lazy to google that for correction.) My favorite Ghibli film of all time is Spirited Away, but Howl’s Moving Castle holds a special place in my heart as well.

It’s one of those rare movies that can stick with you for years after watching it, and even rewatching it a year or two ago as an adult still had me just as in love with the story as when I was a kid, which I think makes it something special.

1. Lord of the Rings (Film Series)

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I wouldn’t have guessed I’d include two separate posters on this list that have Elijah Wood on them, but here we are.

How could #1 be anything but the LOTR movies? I really need to rewatch them soon because it’s been a long ass time. I think these are some of the greatest films of all time (please don’t bring up The Hobbit movies though, thanks.) If you haven’t seen them, then you’re either a newborn baby or living under a very large rock. If you don’t like the LOTR movies… unfollow me immediately.

What are some of your favorite Page-to-Screen Films or Shows?

I Should Have Read That (Book Tag)

Thank you so much to kellyluvsreadin @ Books on the Brain for tagging me for this. I really appreciate it!

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND ALWAYS TELLS YOU TO READ:

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)

My boyfriend talks about this book a lot, and he’s been recommending it to me since before we were even officially dating which has been… 5 years. LOL. And I still have yet to read this monstrosity.

Part of it is that I have to be in a very specific mindset to want to read a space opera. The other part is that I was waiting for the print copies to get rid of that annoying “Now a TV Show” non-removable sticker (what’s with the non-removable stickers? They just stop me from buying books I otherwise would… take note publishing industry.)

Also I’m always just afraid that when I read a book someone IRL recommends that I won’t like it and I’ll end up disappointing them. Maybe 2019 will be the year I finally read Leviathan Wakes. We’ll see….

A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER, AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP:

Uprooted

Uprooted has been on my TBR since it came out in 2015. I was really excited to eventually get to it for a couple years (I am not fast… 🐌) and now everytime I go to get a book from Barnes & Noble or the library I’m like “I should eventually read Uprooted…. but not today.”

I’m not sure why I keep putting it off, tbh. I just feel like every time I think of it there’s other books that seem more pressing for me to read for whatever reason. And now that the hype is long, long over for this book I’m just still putting it off. Maybe eventually there’ll be a readathon with a prompt I can use to force myself to finally read this, because at this point that seems like the only way.

A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU HAVE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING:

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

I enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale a lot, and it still took me almost a year to finally buy the second book. And since I’ve bought it… it’s just been sitting on my shelf. This series is definitely a very wintery story, and one I’m hoping to read before the end of this year so I can get the last book and read that as well. I’m not sure why I keep putting it off. I think I waited too long to get book 2 and my excitement sort of died.

Oh well. I’ll eventually read this. I usually start craving good winter stories either in the middle of summer when I’m wishing for cold weather or in the middle of winter when it’s actually cold so this could be a June read or it could be a December read.

A CLASSIC YOU HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ:

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I kept telling myself I’d read this. I’ve been wanting to read it since early undergrad, and here I am nearly a year post-grad and still I haven’t read a single word of this book. I’m not even quite sure what’s drawn me to Dorian Gray besides my interest in the life of the person Oscar Wilde, despite have not read a single damn word of his writing. I blame Tumblr for that.

I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I definitely plan on reading this in the near future. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to it. I just don’t read a lot of classics.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET:

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Y’ALL KNOW WHO IT IS. Howl. Light of my life.

I grew up on Studio Ghibli movies. By far my most watched movie during my childhood was Spirited Away, but Howl’s Moving Castle probably made a close second. (Along with other Ghibli movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and the criminally underrated Nausicaä of the Valley and the Wind.)

I read voraciously throughout my childhood and somehow never managed to pick up Howl’s Moving Castle as a kid, despite loving the movie. (I also think my crush on Howl had something to do with it but, you know.)

A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM, BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET:

Queenie

Awkward moment when I don’t really use bookstagram all that much? I happened to see it on my personal instagram feed earlier today though so I’ll go with Queenie.

This is a new-ish release (I believe it’s been out since March) so I don’t feel bad for not having picked it up yet. It’s on my Goodreads TBR, but I’m not sure how much of me adding it is genuine interest and how much is just trying to keep up with hype which? Now that I’m working full time, I haven’t cared as much about so I may never read this one and honestly I don’t feel? That bad about that decision?

I don’t have people to tag, but if you want to do this tag because it looks fun feel free to say I tagged you! (And I’ll keep you in mind the next time I do a tag.)