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Down the TBR Hole #5

Welcome back to this actually quite regular and cathartic feature one my blog! I am really enjoying culling my TBR list down to books I actually have an interest in reading and want to keep on my list. It’s fascinating to see what past Liz thought would be good to add on my list, and trying to understand why added books that I don’t actually remember ever seeing or clicking on! Down the TBR Hole #4 saw a cull of romance and Belinda Jones biting the proverbial dust, whereas this week’s edition is a little more varied and if I am being quite honest, interesting! ! Today we start at 231 books, let’s see what happens!

So, how does it work?

  • 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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Down the TBR Hole #3

Happy Saturday everybody, and welcome to a re-occuring feature on my blog called ‘Down the TBR Hole’. The idea is to get the number of books on your TBR down to a surmountable and manageable amount but checking what has been added over the years and getting rid of those books that no longer float your boat! It’s been a few weeks since Down the TBR Hole #2, and even though I have been reading quite a bit, I have also been acquiring books too (oops) so my current TBR sits at 247 books.

So, how does it work?

  • 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?

Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #3”

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Book Riot Read Harder | 2015 Challenge

This post is going to be used to track my progress for this Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge that I pledged to complete in my 2015 Bookish Resolution post:

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)

A book published by an indie press

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ- The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own – Die Trying Lee Child

A book that takes place in Asia

A book by an author from Africa

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.)

A microhistory

A YA novel – Bloodlines Richelle Mead

A sci-fi novel

A romance novel – Perfect Strangers Tasmina Perry

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)

An audiobook

A collection of poetry

A book that someone else has recommended to you – A Hopeless Romantic Harriet Evans

A book that was originally published in another language

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)

A book published before 1850

A book published this year

A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”

Over the course of the year, or the reading challenge, I am going to update this post to reflect the books I have read and the challenges I have completed. As I read, some of the books I have chosen may replace the ones that already fulfil the challenge requirement – mainly so the same authors don’t appear over and over again!

There will some inevitable overlap with my 2015 Reading Challenge.

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2015 Reading Challenge

This post is going to be used to track my progress for this 2015 Reading Challenge that I pledged to complete in my 2015 Bookish Resolution post:

– Book w/ 500+ pages – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J K Rowling
– Classic romance
– Book that became a movie – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J K Rowling
– Book published this year (2015)
– Book w/ a number in the title – 1984 George Orwell
– Book written by someone under 30
– Book w/ nonhuman characters – The BFG Roald Dahl
– Funny book
Book by female author – The Paradise Room Belinda Jones
Mystery or thriller – The Killing Floor Lee Child
– Book w/ one-word title
– Book of short stories
– Book set in a different country – Pictures of Lily Paige Toon
– Nonfiction
– Popular author’s first book
– Book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
– Book a friend recommended – I Love Capri Belinda Jones
– Pulitzer Prize-winning book
– Book based on true story
– Book at bottom of your to-read list
– Book your mom loves
– Book that scares you
– Book more than 100 years old – Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
– Book based on its cover
– Book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
– A memoir – Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
– Book you can finish in a day – Baby Be Mine Paige Toon
– Book w/ antonyms in the title
– Book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
– Book that came out the year you were born
– Book w/ bad reviews – The Golden Lily Richelle Mead
– A trilogy
– Book from your childhood – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling
– Book w/ a love triangle – Johnny Be Good Paige Toon
– Book set in the future
– Book set in high school
– Book w/ color in the title – The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
– Book that made you cry
– Book w/ magic – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone J K Rowling
– Graphic novel
– Book by an author you’ve never read before – Lucy in the Sky Paige Toon
– Book you own but have never read – The Hound of the Baskervilles
– Book that takes place in your hometown (I’m gunna say state might be easier…)
– Book that was originally written in different language
– Book set during Christmas – One Perfect Christmas Paige Toon
– Book written by an author with your same initials
– A play
– A banned book
– Book based on or turned into a TV show
– Book you started but never finished

Over the course of the year, or the reading challenge, I am going to update this post to reflect the books I have read and the challenges I have completed. As I read, some of the books I have chosen may replace the ones that already fulfil the challenge requirement – mainly so the same authors don’t appear over and over again!

There will some inevitable overlap with The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge.

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2015 Bookish Resolutions

2015 is upon us, signalling a new year full of new challenges and of course, new resolutions. I completed a post all about my resolutions for 2015/2558 resolutions and New Years Eve here, so I won’t go repeating myself too much.

This post is all about my love for books, and my new resolutions regarding reading this year. I don’t know how many I am going to make, I expect quite a few, so let’s get started. Continue reading “2015 Bookish Resolutions”