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My 7 Bookish Sins

We all have them, right? We all commit ‘sins’ in whatever topic it may be. Well, I came across the bookish sins tag and figured I’d go ahead and do it, because I need to start posting more regularly and some book tags are a good place to start!

Without further a do, here’s the #7bookishsins tag!

1. Greed. What is your most inexpensive book? Your most expensive?


Cell by Stephen King was one of the cheapest books I’ve ever picked up from something that wasn’t a used book store or a book sale at school. I picked it up at the airport- a hardback copy no less- for a whopping $2. I was shocked, but also not all that shocked, King’s books were so widely processed and dispersed that they’ve become cheap in whatever format you seek. I wasn’t complaining, it was a good plane read.


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. So, I know it’s not a super popular opinion these days, but I’m a sucker for all things Clare. I just adore the world and everything. Yes, it has its flaws, but I love the characters and the thought behind these books. So when I saw this special edition from Waterstone, I had to get it. Now, I live in the US, so between shipping and the book itself, this ended up being a fairly expensive purchase. But I LOVE these editions, especially my Lord of Shadows copy with the parabatai rune. Though the gold angelic rune on this one was what made me want it to begin with.

Clare has always been an auto-buy author for me though and when I see ones like this, I tend to jump at the opportunity. It wasn’t awful though, I think including shipping it ended up being around $35.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?


Leigh Bardugo. I don’t dislike her writing, I really don’t, I absolutely love and appreciate the way she writes. But I just cannot love her stories… I don’t know what it is. I couldn’t even make it through the third Grisha novel, and because of that I was super hesitant to pick up Six of Crows. But I still just didn’t love that one either. I’ve yet to touch the sequel, and I don’t know if I will, despite owning all her novels. I want to love the stories because I truly do love her writing, but I just don’t.

3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?


As I said, I’m a sucker for all things Shadowhunter related and these books have been one I return to time and time again. I adore the characters, it’s like going back to old friends after months of not seeing them, so how could I not keep reading them?

4. Sloth. What book/series have you neglected reading due to laziness?


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I bought this a few years ago and I just… haven’t finished the series yet and it makes me really sad, actually. I need to get back to this series and I need to finish it because I have yet to hear anything negative about it.

I love Blue and I love the boys, so I don’t know why it is that I stopped reading. I just need to get back to it.

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?


Welcome to Night Vale. This book and this podcast are amazing. I just love watching people get weirded out over the content. But there’s so much intelligence behind the podcast and the books and it really shows if you actually get into it, actually listen to the podcast. I’ve loved the podcast from basically day one, so I adore this so much.

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?


I have so many traits I admire in different male and female characters alike. The entire Anna and the French Kiss trilogy displays such an awesome variety or girls and boys alike. Anna grows into someone much more confident with who she was and Etienne finally becomes more assertive with his life. Lola grows SO MUCH and Cricket is one of the sweetest, down to earth guys. Isla sticks to her guns and learns a lot about friendship and Josh has a big wake up call, but finally learns to take criticism. And then there’s characters like Kell and Lila from ADSOM. I don’t really have any particular trait or set of traits I look for in characters, and I tend to look at the traits of both male and female characters equally. I may be straight, but I still love admiring the strength and beauty in the female characters I read about, just as much as the males.

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?


City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition. Look how gorgeous this is! I’ve been doing really well about NOT spending money on books lately, or only buying ones that are sequels to series I’m already in the middle of. So, I’ve yet to buy this and I’m probably just going to wait for my birthday to ask for this.

This tag was a lot of fun!! For anyone who’s looking for a fun tag to try, feel free to do this! Consider anyone reading tagged. (:


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TBR Tackle Thursday (#5)

Had a super busy week this week, with Wednesday being Valentine’s Day and all, so I’m finally sitting down to knock out part 5 of my TBR slashing! YAY!

Going to aim for 10, but if it’s time efficient I may do more than that, so let’s see what happens.

If you haven’t seen parts 1-4 yet and would like to, here they are:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


1. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


Sam is a geek movie-buff with a ragtag group of loser friends who have been taking abuse from the popular kids for years. But when the super-cool Camilla moves to town, she surprises everyone by choosing to spend time with Sam’s group. Suddenly they go from geek to chic, and find that not everything boils down to us and them. With their social lives in flux, Sam and Camilla spend more and more time together. They become the best of friends, and Sam finds that he’s happier and more comfortable in his own skin than ever before. But eventually Sam must admit to himself that he’s fallen in love. If he confesses his true feelings to Camilla, will everything change again?


It sounds similar to something like Eliza and her Monsters or Geekerella and I adored both of those novels.


Keeping! I think this is one I’ll actually enjoy and that doesn’t happen often with me and contemporary books.


2. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu


In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.


It sounds interesting, but I’m kind of over these sorts of dystopian novels for the time being.


Removing. I can’t warrant it.


3. Terra by Gretchen Powell


A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.


I mean, it sounds interesting. But I don’t know if I’ll actually pick it up.


Removing. I’m trying to really make sure I get rid of any books I won’t read or won’t actually seek out.


4. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter


One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…


Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never been a fan of synopsis that call boys smokin’ hot…


Removing… I’m way more picky with paranormal stuff now than I was back when I added this to my list.


5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!


I definitely remember adding this to my list.


Keeping! I’ll probably get to this at some point!


6. A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer


Their new reality begins in just a matter of days.

On Day 56 of the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit. Both have been immunized against the virus, but they can’t be protected from what comes next. Their father taught them to “be the cockroach”—to adapt to and survive whatever comes their way. And that’s their mission.

Facing a lawless world of destruction and deprivation, Nadia and Rabbit drive from Seattle to their grandfather’s compound in West Virginia. The illness, fatigue, and hunger they endure along the way will all be worth it once they reach the compound.

Unless no one is waiting for them . . .


Yup, I love this concept. It’s compared to Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave and I absolutely love that book, so I can’t complain about that.


Staying! I’m actually interested to pick this one up here soon.


7. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.


It sounds like it would actually be amazing.


Staying. I definitely want to check this one out at some point. I feel like it’ll be a heavy book with this premise though.


8. Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams


In one moment,
it is over.

In one moment
it is gone.

The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.

Our lives have
when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister

holding a shotgun.

Twelve year old girl Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself.


Sounds like an Ellen Hopkins and that makes me happy. I am intrigued and I know it’s going to be a heavy book.


Keeping it! This one is staying, I actually really really want to read this.


9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard


There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


Meh… I love zombies, but legitimate ‘Eat your brains, can’t think for themselves’ kind of zombies like The Walking Dead or The Enemy by Charlie Higson. This doesn’t sound like my cup of tea.


Removing it! Don’t think I’d get around to this.


10. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks


Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.


It does sound quite interesting.


Keeping it, for sure.

***Keeping/ Removing: 6/ 4***

Glad I removed at least a few! All progress is good progress!


Currently Reading:

Ender’s Game (page 89)

Aletheia (20%)

Deadman’s Wonderland: Vol. 3 (just started)




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TBR Tackle Thursday (#3)

Honestly, this has already become an anticipated event for me each week and I’m super excited for that! For those of you who are just coming along for the journey, you can checkout parts 1 and 2 right here: Part 1 and Part 2

I’m one of those people that feels better when they get rid of “clutter”. Whether that be legitimate things I’ve accumulated in my room or car that I can toss out or sell off, or if it’s pictures or documents sitting on my computer for ages that I no longer need. I just love that feeling of getting rid of useless shit stuff.

So, maybe that’s why I enjoy this so much. Like with everything else in life, book taste changes a bit over time and some of the stuff I never got to years ago isn’t something I’d actually pick up now, so it’s time to weed those out.

And so we go. Part 3.


1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.


Okay, confession time. I’ve never read a CoHO book before, but I see them all over Goodreads and Bookstagram. I feel like I owe it to myself and to miss Hoover to at least read the first one that caught my attention years ago.


Staying. I honestly can’t say how much I’ll love it, contemporary and romance usually aren’t my things, but I will give it a shot.


2. Die for Me by Amy Plum


In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.


It does sound really interesting and I enjoy the thought behind the revenants.


*sigh* Keeping. Because I feel like I’d probably really enjoy this when I do pick it up. Plus that cover is GORGEOUS.


3. Beautiful Disaster by Jame McGuire


The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


This one definitely caught my interest and I feel liked I’d enjoy it!


Keeping. My BBF (bookish best friend) Ashley actually mailed me a copy of this book, so I really need to get to it soon, I know she adores it.


4. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski


Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?


It does sound intriguing. A few years back I would have loved to do exactly what she did and leave my life behind, greeting whatever life throws at me with open arms. I’d be interested to see how it plays out for her.


Staying. I think I would probably enjoy this one, may as well branch out a little.


5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent


She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.


I mean… it sounds interesting, but I think I’m done with tropey high school romance/ supernatural books. I’ve had enough for the time being.


Removing. There’s not a very big chance I’d pick this one up to be honest.


7. Switched by Amanda Hocking


When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.


This gives me nothing but a super generic story. Kinda disappointing to be honest.


Removing, this book didn’t give me anything that made me want to keep holding onto it to go ahead and give it a chance.


8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.


Meh. Over the “bad boy” high school thing. I was never much into them to begin with and I’ve never understood the appeal of liking bad boys.


Removing. No need for this to stay on my shelf.


9. Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane


In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognises her when she arrives. Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again. But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a cronie to the bullies, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…


What a long-winded paragraph. Honestly doesn’t sound like it’s something I would enjoy.


Removed. I know myself and that I will never actually read this.


10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . .


I mean, I know the story line already and it sounds amazing.


Keeping it. I can’t justify getting rid of this one, plus I have a copy sitting on my shelf, so I honestly may as well!

***Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5***

Made some good progress this week, so that’s good! 😀

Currently Reading:

Pendragon #10 (page 20)

Roar (Page 20)

Aletheia (page 125)

-Lauren xx

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#2)

I’m back, ready to tackle part 2 of my TBR! which I totally did not add to since last week

For those of you who missed part one, find it here: Part 1

I’ve found that I actually have already started to think about what I’m adding to my TBR and I’m much more selective about what’s going onto it from here out. So here we are, a week in and I’m already making some progress!

And so we go… the next 10 books!



1. Breathe by Sarah Crossman


The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.


Yessss, I love these sorts of books.


Keeping! Can’t seem to part with this one and I’m going to listen to my gut on that one.




2. Control by Lydia Kang


When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

Set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


Sigh. This one sounds so freaking interesting.


Keeping. Absolutely keeping, I’m sitting here reading the synopsis over and over and finding it more intriguing. Even if it sucks (which the reviews don’t seem to support), I think I may enjoy it.



3. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.


Time travel. Yes.


Staying. There’s no way I can go through synopsis without getting super excited over the time travel aspect. I love time travel and any interpretations of it.


4. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


I love Jennifer. She’s amazing and her books are always so beyond amazing. Her characters are quirky and snarky and they’re always so funny and so entertaining.


Staying. I may not own these but I do know just about every library has a copy of this series and I definitely want to read it.


5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Ender’s Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the “buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.


I never saw the movie and have yet to get a hold of the book to read it. It’s still a book that interests me for sure.


Keeping. I’m actually really looking forward to reading this. It’s got such an interesting premise and obviously deserves the praise it’s received.


6. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins


Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for – a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges – a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters.

Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.


Yup. I always love the description of Ellen Hopkin’s books.


Staying. Even if I have to find a cheap copy on Book Depository (my local library’s copy has been missing for years), I’ll definitely check it out here soon.


7. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini


How do you defy DESTINY?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is – no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart.


Eh. Not so sure this seems like a good fit for me right now.


Leaving. I have no real interest in picking this up, it’s one that would sit there on my TBR shelf for forever.


8. Sanctum by Sarah Fine


“My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.


This is beyond intriguing. I don’t know if I ever read this before or saw someone add it and decided to add it as well, or what.


Keeping it, for sure. I cannot wait to read this book actually. I don’t know why, but it sounds so freaking interesting.


9. Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan


After-life just got a lot more complicated.

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies… To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!



Umm… I don’t know. I don’t know, the fact that it has the words “teen mean girl” in the synopsis gives me pause.


Leaving. I don’t think that I’ll ever actually read it.


10. Ashfall by Mike Mullin


Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.


I always was a sucker for these natural disaster type things.


Screw it, I’m keeping this. I think I’d actually LOVE to read this book some time soon.

***Total kept/ removed: 8/2***

Definitely not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m glad that I at least managed to break even with the books I had added to my TBR.

Currently Reading:

Pendragon #10 (just started)

Roar (page 29)

Aletheia (page 55)

-Lauren xx








dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Tags, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#1)

How many of you guys are like me, adding books that sound interesting to either a written list, a Goodreads shelf, or any other form of a “To Be Read” list? If you are like me and are staring at a list that’s 400+ long and you have no idea how you got there, then maybe this will help you out.

I’m sitting down and really *thinking* about why the hell I have some of these books on my list when I know realistically I could never get to them all.

SO. I’m starting from the bottom and working my way up my Goodreads “To Read” shelf to see what I actually want to read will read and what I kinda maybe want to read will never read (realistically).

I’m trying to be more honest with myself and my shelf (ha!) this year and really getting down to read the books I own and decide what I’m going to really be reading from here out.

Going to start with the bottom 10 from that dreaded shelf and see what happens.


1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.


It does actually sound like something that I would enjoy, and it’s a book I physically own. My friend actually had my copy for years and I just got it back.


Staying. I’m going to keep this one around and hopefully get to it this year.


2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?


I mean… eh. Maybe I’m a little tired of the ‘good girl meets bad boy’ trope in these high school- aged books. It has potential, that cover is gorgeous, but eh.


Removed. I had to. I can’t justify keeping it.


3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?


I can actually see why this interested me when I added it 5 years ago. (yes, it’s that bad) This book sounds interesting and I know my library has a copy.


Staying. There’s something about this one that’s making me want to keep it. Going with my gut on this one. plus the author shares the same name as me


4. Virals by Kathy Reichs


Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.


I know exactly why I had added this previously and it all comes down to one word… Bones. I was a sucker for that show (still love it) and that’s exactly why I came across this and added it. That being said… this isn’t really up my alley.


Removed. I won’t ever actually pick this up intentionally. I know that.


5. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”

Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

“Life, the Universe and Everything”

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky- so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”

Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.

“Mostly Harmless”

Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself? 


I’d read the first book and seen the movie and I loved the humor and the story line. bought the big copy from Barnes and Noble ages ago… It’s still beautiful.


Keeping. I’ve been wanting to read this more and more so I may read one story at a time and a different book in between, but I’m definitely up for this.


6. Endurance by Ann Aguirre


When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who feed on human flesh. Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.

Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books. Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still facing imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.


Loved this series when I read it, and I still do. BUT I got very sick very quick of these YA authors doing novellas for everything.


Removed. I won’t ever go seek this out. I’m fine with the information I have.


7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings


An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?


I know exactly why I added this, and I’m sticking to it. I actually caved and bought this last month because it was on sale and I got it for $7.


Keeping it! I’ve got it ready to go, it’s one I’ve been gunning for for a while now.


8. The Program by Suzanne Young


Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.


I get why I added it, it’s got an interesting premise. But it feels a little young for me.


Removed. It’s one that if it ended up in my lap, I would possibly give it a read, but it’s not a realistic choice for me.


9. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.


My first one was, “goodness, even the description is long”. I tried reading this a while back. Tolkien is hard enough for me to read on a good day, this was too much. Not that I don’t enjoy the story line, but I just don’t know how much this book is for me.


Removed. I know, I know. Blasphemy.


10. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


**Total kept/ removed: 5/5**

Well. This was more successful than I thought it would be, actually! Got rid of half the ones I looked at for today, so that’s progress! Only 605 to go

Currently Reading:

Pendragon #9 (page 23)
Roar (just started)



2018, Time to Get Tackled

Last year, Ashley and I (she’s no longer on here) decided to start a reading challenge that would allow us a way to read some of the books on our shelves. We both had a bad habit of buying a bunch of books but prioritizing certain ones vs. others and ending up with a whole bunch of books on our shelves that were, sadly, unread.

I absolutely loved it, because it allowed me a more structured way to let me choose some of the books I owned but hadn’t gotten around to reading. So, without further ado, here’s the reading challenge prompt for 2018! (this is meant to be a reading challenge, but if you’re on IG as well, feel free to tag your challenges as you complete them with #tackleyourlibrary2018 , I’d love to see your stuff! — UPDATED: picture for IG included at the bottom, feel free to repost it on there and tag me (@ bookschief_managed)


There are 15 prompts, I’m going to include  my choice for each one- all of them are books I own that I haven’t read yet. BUT if you just want to pick books you want to get from the library, books you want to buy or get in 2018, whatever it may be. Be creative, have fun!

1. Book recommended to you. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle. (recommended to me by Ash)

2. Pre ’17 debut. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

3. A book you can read in a day. Soul Eater, Vol. 2 by Atsushi Ohkubo

4. Book by a favorite author. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

5. Book by someone of a different race/ ethnicity from you. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. Next Book in a series you’ve started. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

7. Book in a series you meant to read in 2017. The Gunslinger by Stephen King

8. Book with multiple authors. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

9. Book by an author local to you. Rose Society by Marie Lu (fellow Californian/ LA area resident)

10. Large book (400+ pages). Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

11. Past Goodread choice winners (or other award if you choose). The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

12. Book with an ugly cover. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

13. Book that starts with one of your initials. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

14. Cover buy. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

15. Non YA read. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

If you guys are planning on participating, let me know, feel free to post your own so I can see it and I’ll go comment on and like yours!!

Here’s the picture for IG:


-Lauren xx


The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag!

I was encouraged by the lovely lady over at Boston Book Reader to do this tag! Thanks for the encouragement, love! (:

CRUNCHING LEAVES: The world is full of color- Choose a book that has red/ orange/ yellows on the cover.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Just look at that gorgeous cover!!

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COZY SWEATER: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm clothing- what gives you the warm fuzzies?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just absolutely adore this trilogy and there’s no other way to describe them other than fluffy. I’ve read the trilogy at least ten times through and have yet to grow tired of them.

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FALL STORM: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding- Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. There’s honestly nothing better to me on a stormy day than a cup of tea or coffee and any of the Harry Potter books. They’re just the most nostalgic books ever and are perfect for those rainy days.

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COOL CRISP AIR: What’s the coolest character you’d like to trade places with?

Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, hands down.

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HOT APPLE CIDER: What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Arcana by Jessica Leake. I honestly wish that more people had heard of this book. I’m going to get the second one ASAP but I flew through the first. It’s so well-written and the characters and the world they have them set up in is perfect.

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COATS, SCARVES, AND MITTENS: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up- what’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Infernal Devices/ Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Okay, so albeit it’s not a series I’m embarrassed by in any capacity. But it’s more because as much as I ADORE talking about the series and the world, I don’t like how often I’m interrupted while reading any of Clare’s books- especially when the majority of people ask about the show and that’s a subject I don’t like to touch with a ten-foot pole.

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PUMPKIN SPICE: What’s your favorite fall time comfort food(s)?

Sweet potatoes. (not my photo- came from: Potato picture )

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Well, that about sums it up! If anyone else wants to do it, go for it! There’s only a few days left in fall, that’s why I wanted to do it now! :p

-Lauren xx


Currently Reading:

Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa (page 63)