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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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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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?

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I absolutely love this awesome bookish meme!

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The Six Degrees of Separation meme was inspired by Hungarian writer and poet Frigyes Karinthy. In his 1929 short story, Chains, Karinthy coined the phrase ‘six degrees of separation’. The phrase was popularised by a 1990 play written by John Guare, which was later made into a film starring Stockard Channing. Since then, the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by just six links has been explored in many ways, from ‘six degress of Kevin Bacon‘ to the science of connections. And now it’s a meme for readers. On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

I found this meme rather recently, and was immediately captured. It’s such a fun idea, and I totally love the process. Basically, you start off with the chosen book for that month, and connect a book to it in some way, no matter how obvious or obscure that connection may be. Then you connect another book to that book, and so on and so forth, until you’ve gotten to six other books: seven total. The beginner for this month is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! So without further ado, let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading

I wish you a Merry Christmas (and that I had read more)!

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Eeeeeek! Merry Christmas everybody!!!

(Or Chanukah, whatever you celebrate in this wonderful holiday season!)

Um, I got a camera?

My lovely parents BOUGHT ME A CAMERA. It was on my list, but I didn’t know if I would get it. I actually said that it didn’t have to be fancy, so if I did get one, I was expecting something really simple. IT HAS WIFI AND BLUETOOTH AND IT CONNECTS TO MY IPOD AND IT’S SO FANCY IT CONFUSES ME AND I LOVE IT. So yes, before you ask, the picture above is taken with my camera. And that’s my Christmas tree this year (it’s a real tree)! 🙂 Anyhoo, hopefully you guys would be excited for me about a random camera anyways, but the REAL reason I wanted it is…

BOOKSTAGRAM.

Um, I fail at bookstagram all the time. So this is only part of the reason. But with such an easy, quick way to send pictures to my iPod and then to upload to Instagram, that makes it all so much more fun!

Stock photos?

Is that what you call them? You know, the pictures (you can get them from places like Unsplash) used for backgrounds to blog headers, titles, etc. I live in a small town, and recently I’ve started to notice that… Everything is gorgeous? And I think it would be really fun to use my own pictures for blog headers. Plus, that makes everything easier for me; instead of trying to find one specific kind of picture, I can just take my own! Hopefully the viewing experience will still be just as good or improved for you guys! 🙂

Moving on…

Now that I’ve squealed about my OWN CAMERA OMG EEK let’s move on with our lives, shall we? I mentioned yesterday that I might participate in some of the “Top 16 of 2016” challenges, and I love today’s topic, so of course I had to join in!

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