Down the TBR Hole: I’m a regular old Alice!

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As in Wonderland? Get it? Eh? Eh? Eh??? No? Okay.*

I. LOVE. THIS. MEME. So I don’t want to miss any weeks of it… Heaven knows it’ll take long enough already! Anyhoo, as I mentioned in last week’s Down the TBR Hole, I was at camp for a few days, then had one day off, and then was off on vacation! I just got back on Saturday evening. My surgery, however, is Wednesday, and as I have no idea when I’ll be feeling up to posting afterwards, I might disappear for a bit. But I will definitely try to get as many of these scheduled as I can! Anyhoo, I’m starting to sound like a broken record. Let’s get into the thing, shall we! 😉

*Tiny font courtesy of Analee @ Book Snacks’ incredibly helpful post! Thanks Analee!

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

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Time in a Bottle: An Unexpectedly Interesting Read!

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer
I actually received this book from my mom’s friend (whom I have known since I was little and therefore still call Pattycake)! Pat is a children’s book author, and she is always making author-y friends (as you do) and somehow she came across this author! Therefore, I have a signed copy addressed to Pat, which is quite neat. 🙂 Anyhoo, I really wasn’t expecting much of anything from this book, but once I looked more into it, I realized that it is actually YA! Of course, this was super exciting, so I brought it along on vacation, and started reading it the very first day. I was able to almost finish it on the car ride, so it probably took me 6-7 hours to finish. And I was quite pleasantly surprised!
The book is told from the points of view of Beth and her twin brother, Teddy. It begins with Beth going to the “cool” party on July 4, the summer after their eighth grade year. When Mindy offers her a drink, she accepts, and all too soon, she’s had three. The alcohol makes her braver, more confident, and less shaky. Soon, vodka becomes more of a necessity than a treat, and the only thing Beth is worried about is where her next shot is coming from. Although Teddy isn’t completely clueless, he has no idea how addicted she’s become. Meanwhile, he’s trying to get a girlfriend, maintain his friendships, train for gymnastics, cope with their dad’s death, and come to terms with his mom’s new relationship status, all on top of keeping Beth safe. Continue reading

Down the TBR Hole: I’m Terrible At This!

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This meme is totally awesome…. But I just added a bunch of 2018 releases to my TBR. Wrong direction much? Anyhoo, let’s get this party started! After last week’s Down the TBR Hole, I created a category for DTTH, so if you’re ever interested, you can look through all my past weeks of it! Anyhoo, here’s how this thing works!

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

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Down the TBR Hole: Trying Not to Drown!

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Hey guys! Last week I started this meme and was able to get rid of 50% of the books that I selected, so I definitely wanted to do it again! I think I’m going to make this a weekly endeavor, most likely on Mondays. In case you missed the last one, here’s the run-down on what this meme’s all about:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

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Always and Forever Lara Jean: A Beautiful Conclusion to a Beautiful Trilogy

P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I absolutely LOVE this trilogy. Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about it on my blog, but hey, I DO. IT’S GREAT. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before started out as a standalone, I believe, and then P.S. I Still Love You became a thing, so I preordered that from Amazon. And then Always and Forever Lara Jean became a thing and I saw it in a bookstore, had a mini-freakout, and proceeded to buy it for the fortune that it cost. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL but now of course I need the first one to match. I KNOW, I’VE BOUGHT INTO THE COVER OBSESSION. Continue reading

Confessions of a Crazy Blogger: Books I Lied About

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Yikes! Recently, I was asked a question by someone who I’m friends with on Goodreads. She said something along the lines of “Do you rate everything five stars?” Now, this is a completely valid question. I do rate a TON of books five stars. All the time. But the real problem is, I don’t always mean it.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of people writing posts explaining what their ratings mean to them. I’d definitely like to do one of those soon, but they got me thinking: what does a five star book constitute from me? I didn’t find it too hard a question. Basically, in order for a book to hit five stars, it has to hit two milestones-

  1. The actual writing of the book has to be amazing. By this, I mean the writing style, plot, characters, relationships, world-building, etc. etc.
  2. I have to really fall in love with it. When I finish a really good book, I usually get chills. If I don’t get that feeling from the book, I haven’t really fallen in love with it.

If the book only hits one of these marks, it’s usually four stars, or if it’s really close but not quite good enough, it’ll get 4 and a half.

However, I’ve just become so used to saying that I love all the books I read, that I’ve rated a lot of them five stars. And I do mean a lot. Even if they don’t really deserve it. And those are the books I’m here to talk about today! I want to change my Goodreads rating and hopefully explain myself a bit. Continue reading

Down the TBR Hole: Trying to Get Rid of Books?!?

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I saw Stephanie @ Teacher of YA doing this, and I absolutely LOVED the idea. My Goodreads TBR has far surpassed 600 books and is rather quickly approaching 700. Yeesh! Although I’m sure I will not be as successful as Stephanie was (she managed to get rid of all of the ones she had picked out), as I’m a sentimental little mushroom (my mom would tell you otherwise- I’m brutal when it comes to cleaning house and deciding what to get rid of) and I just CAN’T SAY GOODBYE TO MY BABIES, OKAY. I NEED THEM ALL. ALL 700. NO, THAT IS NOT GREEDY AT ALL. Ahem. Let’s see, how do we do this?

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

Continue reading