down the tbr hole #2

In light of not having a review because I have book hangover from The Wife Between Us, here is another down the tbr hole.

I’m having way too much fun doing this. So I’m going to keep the fun rolling and continue to do this until y’all get sick of this. #sorrynotsorry

I was also thinking of doing a tag that consists of those books I kept in my tbr and doing like a mini review post. Maybe featuring like three books that I read from my tbr. Would that be something you guys would like to see? I’ll plot it out further.

I also want to apologize right now. Most of these books are historical fiction, which is probably going to result with me keeping most of them because I’m like that.


how it works:

  • go to your goodreads to be read shelf.
  • put the order on ascending date added. (it’s at the bottom with a scroll bar)
  • take the first 5 or 10 books, depending on how much you want to do.
  • read the synopsis of the book. (obviously)
  • make the ultimate decision: does it stay or go?
  • keep track of where you left off so you can finish it next week or however many times you want to do this.

the next 5 books:

the kingmakers daughter

This book is part of the Tudor/Plantagenet series that I mentioned in my last post. This will most like be kept because for one, I need to finish that series. And two, that cover is absolutely stunning.

Decision: Keep


the children of king henry

At first, I was going to keep this no questions asked. But then I read the synopsis and saw what year it was published and I wavered. I really do want to read this but I think there is a newer book about King Henry’s children that I would like to read more.

Decision: Remove


the life of elizabeth

This is another older Alison Weir book. I added this one because I had just finished a book about Queen Elizabeth from Philippa Gregory and I was fascinated with her and wanted to learn more about her. However, this is another old one, like I mentioned and I have more current historical fiction that I would like to read.

Decision: Remove


midnight in the garden

I added this one for my mom. I only skimmed the synopsis when I had first added it and thought it was about the different haunted placed in Savannah. I have actually been to Savannah and did the haunted walk tour (hated it, but that’s because I’m terrified of ghosts). However, I don’t really have any intention of reading it and I think it’s time to let it go.

Decision: Remove


dream dark

This is a short story abou Link from the Beautiful Creatures series. I absolutely adored that series and Link was such a fun character. He was a great friend to Ethan and I enjoyed his banter with Ridley. This is a keeper, no question about it.

Decision: Keep


Well that is the next five books in my tbr pile. Don’t worry, friends. There is plenty more where that came from. And by plenty I mean about 455 more books. There might be a couple of times where I do 10 books instead of five so you are not completely overburdened with all these posts. I got to post reviews too!

 

xxlacy

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arc review: the wife between us

the wife between us

A special thank you goes out to St. Martin’s press and Goodreads for allowing me to read this book early! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

trigger warning: domestic abuse

expected publication: january 9


This book took me on a trip with my feelings and my heart. As a person that normally doesn’t read thriller, I wasn’t sure what I expected. The book itself told me not to make assumptions but of course, I did make assumptions. I assumed I knew what this book was about and I assumed I knew what was going to happen. But I was so wrong.

Just when you thought the twists would stop coming and I could breathe for longer than two seconds. bam! Another reveal. This book was like a puzzle, one of those giant 1,000 piece puzzles, where all the pieces looks the same and you’re trying to figure out to build the border (because that is what you do when you build a puzzle; you start with the border). I felt like I would never truly figure everything out and I wouldn’t find those corner pieces. But in the end, I was able to find the pieces and build that puzzle.

What contributed to making this such an intense thriller was an unreliable narrator. I haven’t had that much experience with an unreliable narrator so this was kind of a new thing for me. I never knew what to believe from Vanessa. She was constantly back and forth with her emotions. But I found that I didn’t mind it. It added to the suspense of what was going to happen to next. I never knew what to truly believe and that made this book all the more spooky and terrifying.

I don’t know what I can even talk about because everything seems like it would be a spoiler. But I will mention the trigger warning for a second. There is domestic abuse and it’s mentioned pretty frequently. It’s something to be careful for as I know that domestic abuse can be triggering.

Other than that, this book was incredible. I never knew what to expect and was constantly surprised by what happened. There were times where I thought I had figured everything out but nope. I was always proven wrong. I highly suggest that everyone pick this book up when it’s released. It is truly a work of art.

 

xxlacy

national novel writing month

NaNo-2017-Participant-Facebook-Cover

Or NaNoWriMo as it is informally called. But anyway. This year, I am taking the plunge and doing this! Coming November, I will be attempting to write a novel. Exciting right? I can feel your excitement here in Iowa.

You can find me under my blog name aravenclawlibrary

If I’m feeling brave, I’ll post little segments of my writing and my Pinterest board that I still have to make. Right now, it is in a very very rough rough draft. We’re talking in a notebook, written in purple and pink with sticky notes on the front. But I’m excited about it and excited to see where it’s going to end up. I don’t normally consider myself a writer but lately the urge to write has been pressing. I’m hopeful that NaNoWriMo will help me to realize if writing is something I can do.

 

xxlacy

sunshine blogger award

I haven’t done a tag in forever. I’ve been receiving a lot of ARCs and that has taken up a lot of my time and energy. So I decided to do a little fun tag/award that I was nominated for by Elise. Which, if you haven’t, you guys got to check out her blog. She is also so honest. I always look to her reviews when I read LGBTQIA+ books to make sure they aren’t harmful to the community.

Now without further ado, here is the sunshine blogger award!


rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s)
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 questions for them
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post (I…uh…don’t have the logo. Just picture the sun. No one will notice!)

questions:

a book you love from a genre you don’t read?

my sister's grav

I didn’t actually expect to like this book. I found it on Kindle Unlimited and thought sure why not? It has such a beautiful cover and I thought it was going to be more creepy than mystery. But I’m glad it was a mystery instead.


favorite netflix original series?

orange is the new black

So when I read this question I thought it just said netflix series so I was going to put Supernatural because I’m obsessed. Then I saw that it said Netflix original. I thought okay, that’ll be easy. I watch a lot of Netflix. Fun fact of the day: the shows I watch are not Netflix original shows. This is literally the only one out of the huge list I found that I watch. Sad, I know.


most anticipated debuts?

see what i have done

I know this says debuts but I think I will pick just one since there are 11 questions. I didn’t know this was a debut book, I was just generally excited to see a book about Lizzie Borden. I found that case to be really fascinating. I have read mixed reviews on it, so I’m hesitant but I still can’t wait to read this for myself.


a few series you’re not sure about continuing?

caraval    beautiful disaster    crowns games

I picked these three because they were the most disappointing to me. I couldn’t stand Tella in Caraval and the second book is about her, so we will see if I go through with reading the second book. Abby was a manipulative b word in Beautiful Disaster and treated Jamie really poorly. The second book is his side of the story so I might read it. The Crown’s Game premise was really cool but just fell flat plus it had a really weird love triangle that I didn’t think need to be in there.


best format for book-to-screen adaptations?

the perks of being a wallflower book   the perks of being a wallflower movie

I watched the movie first before I read the book. I was instantly in love and when I found out that it was a book, I was ecstatic. I then promptly read the book and fell even more in love with both book and movie. I will forever state that everybody needs to read the book and watch the movie. Charlie is a precious human and needs to be protected at all cost.

note: while editing this, I realized the question said best format for book to screen adaptations. this is what I get for not reading clearly. I already put in a lot of work for this question so the short answer is movies because I have only ever seen one play of a short story that we didn’t even finish in school so I’m not counting it. 


character you like that everyone hates?

gale from the hunger games

I may be wrong here but I think there is a general consensus that Gale isn’t well liked in The Hunger Games trilogy. I think because of the way he acted toward Katniss when she had to pretend to love Peeta. True, he did act like a child but I still think he was a really good thing in Katniss’ life. He taught her how to be an actual human instead of an ice queen. And I can appreciate that.


villain that deserves redemption?

the darkling

I didn’t really get a chance to know the Darkling in the Grisha universe because I spent too much time being irritated with Alina and Mal. I think he really wasn’t the villain and having a redemption story would be awesome to see.


fave noncanon ship?

draminione

You can’t tell me that this coupling of Draco and Hermione has never crossed your mind! Really? Am I the only one who shipped them together? They were perfect for each other in every way. Hermione could soothe Draco’s rough edges and teach Draco that blood status isn’t everything. In turn, Draco could teach Hermione to be proud of who she was and how to not let people get to her.


favorite snack?

Honestly, any sort of candy and a Monster energy drink. Unhealthy? Yes. They are called snacks for a reason, people!


underrated fave booktuber?

Uh oh. Honesty time. I don’t watch booktubers. It was one of the things I could never really get into. When I go on Youtube, I use it to watch gamers like TheRadBrad and Markiplier and the Game Grumps.


delightfully evil villain?

voldemort

This one I kind of struggled with this one. Lately a lot of the books that I’ve been reading don’t have any villains or they are morally grey, which really doesn’t make them a villain. So I decided to go with the ole standby of Voldemort. He’s a villain that really is just pure evil.


my questions:

  1. that one series you hate to love?
  2. do you read fanfiction?
  3. what is one character you think would be cool to have in another book that isn’t their own?
  4. what is one book you are proud to like even though it’s bashed on?
  5. favorite youtuber that isn’t a booktuber?
  6. what’s one genre you didn’t think you would like that you ended up liking?
  7. what is something else, besides reading, that you like to do?
  8. you only get to take one book with you on a trip, what is it?
  9. what do you collect? besides books of course.
  10. do you use bookmarks on your books?
  11. ebook or physical?

tag:

Oh no. I now have to tag 11 people. And since this is an award, I can’t cop out and just say everybody do this if you want. The struggle is real. So I apologize for those that have already been tagged in this or don’t want to do it. Honestly, no hard feelings if you want don’t.

  1. Susy at Susy’s Cozy World
  2. Jenn at Bound to Writing
  3. May at Forever and Everly
  4. Rimpy at Rimpy’s Reads
  5. Chelsea at A Very Bookish Girl
  6. May at My First Chapter
  7. Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
  8. Lola at Hit or Miss Books
  9. Emma at Emma Reads
  10. Raven and Beez at Raven & Beez
  11. Warhawke at Warhawke’s Vault Book Blog

Well, I do hope you enjoyed this tag and getting to know me a little bit better. These tags are always so much fun to do!

 

xxlacy

weekly wrap up: 09/11/17 & 09/18/17

So you guys get two blog posts all wrapped up in one. I got sick this week past week. I have pretty severe allergies and when the changing of the seasons happen, I get really sick. Hence why there were barely any posts. Being sick takes a lot out of me. It’s awful.

But now I’m on the mend and things should be getting back to normal. I’m currently going through all my books that I own. I hope to make a master list of every book I own. I want to hyperlink each of my reviews to said list. That way, if you guys see something I own and want me to review it (if I haven’t yet), I can do that. Also it’s kind of for me too. So I can keep track of my books that I own.


blog posts

27 hours: possibly one of the best representations of different sexualities and diversity I’ve ever read.

never apart: a wonderfully beautiful book that is nothing like what it seems.

a messy beautiful life: a book that made me cry as much as it made me laugh.

the uncrossed: a mix of old world magic with new world lifestyle.

the book blogger insider tag: where I talk about my pretty horrible blogging habits.


getting through the massive amount of physical books I own

joan of arc: her story– 3 stars


arc approvals

I was approved for a lot of arcs the past week, which I have read and posted reviews. I was also approved for a second book from Netgalley. It’s called I Was Anastasia. It’s about a woman who claims she was Anastasia, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. I’m anxious to get started on it!


next week’s outlook

Before I get to the actual outlook, I just wanted to exclaim that I reached 100 followers on my blog! It is most exciting that 100 people care enough about what I write and the books I read. Thank you all of you!

As for next week, I plan on really getting through the books I own. I plan on continuing to work on the master list of books I own. I also will put up a short little post about the 6 books that I got when I went thrift store shopping.

I’m also thinking about changing the way my blog looks and changing the way I do wrap ups and things like that. I’m not sure if I’m going to yet but I’ve been thinking about it.

I hope the rest of you had a good couple of weeks!

 

xxlacy

the book blogger insider tag

I was looking at all the blogs that I follow for tag ideas/post ideas and I happened to see this one, which is called the book blogger insider tag. I saw it on May’s blog, Forever and Everly. Which, if you haven’t checked out, is a pretty awesome blog. It’s very bright and colorful and I feel while I’m reading it, that I’m listening to an old friend.

I thought that this would be kind of a fun tag to do and it would give you all a chance to get to know me a little better. Plus I need to mix it up with what I’m sure will be a lot of reviews this week.


where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually, I write them at work. It’s where I spend a lot of my time. I work overnights and they encourage us to keep busy and active so we don’t fall asleep. This is one of the ways I try and stay awake. I, of course, do my job but writing blog posts certainly helps!


how long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It kind of depends on the book. If I adored it, I often find it hard to reign in the feelings enough to write a cohesive review. Same for if I didn’t like the book. I always try and find the positive so it takes me a little bit to find the words to make it positive so I’m not completely trashing the book. The normal time for writing a review can be anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour.


when did you start your book blog?

I believe I started this blog around June or July. I’m not 100% certain. And I’m kind of too lazy to look and officially verify this.


what is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the worst thing about having one is the pressure to always post something, even if you have intense writer’s block. Sure, you can post reviews all the time. But what if you are going through a reading slump and haven’t written a review in a few days? Then you have to find a book related topic to post about. Then you might have writer’s block. It’s a vicious cycle really.


what is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the best thing is the freedom to basically write whatever you want, however you want it. You want to wax eloquent about how much Snape didn’t deserve  that character redemption story? Go for it! Want to write exclusively YA book reviews? The power is in your hands! That, my friends, t is the awesome power of having a book blog.


what blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I think my favorite blog post was Far From You. I really struggled with writing it because it spoke to me in such volumes but I think it was one of the best posts I did. I just really loved that book and I really loved writing about it.


what is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I like writing good ol’ reviews. It’s the reason I started my blog. Nothing beats talking about a book that excites/disappoints me. Although, I have been having fun writing my weekly wrap ups, for some reason.


when do you typically write?

I usually write at night. As for the days of when I post, it’s really just whenever I finish a book or finish a post. I have made a permanent time, which is 2pm CST. That way I have some sort of consistency, even when I can’t be consistent about anything.


do you review every book you read?

On Goodreads, I do review every book I read. It helps me to remember what I liked or didn’t like about the book. But I don’t always post every book I’ve read on my blog. I’ve been posting a lot of books reviews on here and it seems to be going well so I might continue with the trend of adding more and more reviews.


how do you write your book reviews? with a cup of coffee or tea? with netflix? cuddled with your fur baby?

I just chill at work with Forensic Files in the background. I usually have whatever drink I brought with me off the side. That’s really about it. Nice and simple because I’m a simple gal.


when do you write your book reviews? right after finishing the book? two weeks after finishing the book?

I always try and review after I finish the book. If I leave it for too long, I tend to forget a lot of what happened and my emotions during the book. I like to write about my feels that I experienced in the book and reviewing right after helps with that. Otherwise, my horrible memory fails me and I’m stuck trying to recall anything about the book.


how often do you post?

I usually try and post every day except for Tuesday nights and every other weekend. If I have a full week, I’ll schedule posts during those days. It also depends on writer’s block, if I finished a book, etc etc.


Well that is it. I hope you all enjoyed that and got to know my blogging habits a little bit better! As for tagging anybody in this, I’ll stick by my old stand by and say if you want to do this tag, go for it! Tag me in it so I can look at your answers.

 

xxlacy

weekly wrap up: 9/05/17

Well, it has been a week. I apologize that this post is a day late. Life just kind of caught up to me. I started my dental procedures this month and the anxiety of that took a lot out me  and it really left no energy for blogging and posting. But now things should settle down for a while. I don’t have anything major until the end of the month.

I’m also excited for the release of Destiny 2 today at 11pm CST. I have been waiting for this game for a very long time and I am so ready to start gearing up my Hunter. Because let’s face it, Hunters are the superior class.

Anyway, let’s get on with this post!


blog posts

breaking the rules of revenge: a cute summer camp story of my favorite trope. The hate to love trope.

september releases I’m excited for//part 1: the first part of a list of books that I will most likely end up reading next year.

august wrap up: where I managed a whopping 16 books and found a couple of favorites.

summoner: a really interesting paranormal ARC that was so much more than that.

seize today: the finale of the Forget Tomorrow series and where I cry because there isn’t another book after this one. Although I did find a novella about Logan, so yay!


getting through the massive amount of books i own

Surprise surprise! I actually got through a book I own. It’s one I already read but it was before Goodreads and it’s Jodi Picoult so it doesn’t even count.

I have also started a book about Joan of Arc that I had bought from a Goodwill trip. It’s been pretty good so far. Just full of information and it’s taking a bit to wade through it.

between the lines4 stars


ARC approvals

I was approved for one ARC from Entangled Teen. I still have two more that I need to read as well. This one has a wicked beautiful cover and it’s supposed to be one of those in the feels books. I can’t wait. A book hasn’t physical wrecked me since Far From You.

a messy beautiful life


overdrive

Remember how I said I wasn’t going to request anymore books from Overdrive? Me either. However, two books came through that I have been dying to read so I will find the time to read those as well.

the bronze horseman

flame in the mist


next week’s outlook

Depending on how fast I finish the books I listed above, there will probably be a lot of reviews coming your way. I also found a tag that I will post as well. September’s releases of new books will (hopefully) come out next week as well.

If you guys would like, I can post a review of Destiny 2 and my thoughts on it. I will be grinding (playing it pretty much all the time, except when I’m not at work) it out for a while. Gaming is a huge part of my life so if it interests you dear readers, I’ll post a review.

I hope you guys week as good! Let me know!

 

xxlacy