Down the TBR Hole #3: Back Again

Yup, I’m back with another Down the TBR Hole post, which I might do more frequently so I can quickly kick off some books on my TBR that I’m no longer interested in.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • 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?
Batch #1

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Comics Roundup #20: “Nightlights”

That’s it. I’m now a fan of Lorena Alvarez’s work.

The cover of Nightlights called to me when I last visited the library. I’d told myself that it’s been too long since I’d visited so I should go there and get myself a book. I left with 7 books, one of which I ended up purchasing at the Barnes & Noble because I needed my own copy of it. Now I want to purchase a copy of Nightlights too.

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Weekend Reads #81: Favorite Things

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

Since I couldn’t think of a topic for this weekend, I’ve decided to do a meme I’ve wanted to do but keep forgetting to post. It’s called My Favorite and it was created by Maureen of Maureen’s Books.

Basically, Maureen posts a topic each week and then we publish a post stating what our favorite thing of that topic is. Since this is my first time doing this meme, I’ll do more than one topic, just the ones that really stand out to me.

My favorite…
…movie of 2017:

The Shape of Water

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #23: More Books to Whet Your Appetite

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get and read. I refer to these lists whenever I visit a bookstore or library and can’t decide on what to get.

I’m so proud of myself, y’all! I managed to read one of the many books I’ve listed in these TBR posts. (Actually, I’ve managed to read a few listed in these posts, but I keep forgetting to mention them. Not anymore!) The book is The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. I included it in my January Wishes for My TBR Pile post and am glad I tried it. It was pretty good and was a quick read.

It’s a silkpunk fantasy novel about twins who’re trying to subvert the growing influence of their mother, who rules as Protector of their kingdom. One of the twins has prophetic powers that the Protector values and wants to use for her own means. However, the story follows Akeha, the twin who is often overlooked. I recommend the story to those who would like to try fantasy with some Asian influences and those who want to read fantasy that has gender diversity.

But back to the reason why I’m posting this. Here are books I’d like to add to my physical TBR:

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“The Black Tides of Heaven” by J.Y. Yang

I won’t lie, the main reason why I wanted to read this book is because it has a beautiful cover. The cover was illustrated by Yuko Shimizu and I did a post all about her design for it last year. Yea, I like it that much.

I was surprised and glad when I saw a copy of The Black Tides of Heaven chilling on the new books self at my library. I quickly grabbed it before anyone else could and ran home with it to immediately start reading. I was not disappointed.

Quick summary:

The Black Tides of Heaven is the first novella in the silkpunk fantasy series, Tensorate. It’s about a set of twins whose mother serves as Protector of their kingdom. The twins were given away to the Grand Monastery to settle a bargain the Protector had made with the Head Abbot. But when it’s discovered that one of the twins, Mokoya, has prophetic powers, the Protector takes back her child so she can use Mokoya’s powers for her own means.

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Top Ten Tuesday #31: Down the TBR Hole #2

Haha!!! Top Ten Tuesday has provided me with another opportunity to do a Down the TBR Hole post.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Which is perfect for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • 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?
Batch #1

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“Angels & Demons” by Dan Brown

Dan Brown dropped a book last year, Origins, and apparently it’s great because I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews about it. It piqued my interest. Once again, I found myself toying with the idea to read a Dan Brown, an author who’s said to be both a great and horrible writer, depending on who you speak to.

Luckily for me, Angels & Demons was available at the library, so I borrowed it and started to read. After a few pages in, I realized I would be one of the many to sing Dan Brown praises for his creation. I was immediately hooked and had to purchase my own copy of the book soon after starting the story.

Quick summary:

Angels & Demons is a thriller/mystery novel about a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon who is called in to help solve a murder that occurred on the campus of CERN, a Swiss research facility, since the murderer branded its victim with the mark of the Illuminati, an ancient brotherhood.

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Weekend Reads #80: Giveaway Update

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

Well, it’s not much of a discussion this weekend. I don’t have a topic. I just wanted to post a blog update.

Yesterday marked the end of my first GIVEAWAY, which I was so excited about that I attempted to post tag posts every day this week in honor of it. Unfortunately, my job made the week so busy and stressful that I couldn’t continue with the post past Wednesday. By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was blog or even look at my computer, so I read instead.

But now it’s the weekend and I’m able to relax. 🙂 Also, as I mentioned in my GIVEAWAY post, the winner will be contacted today. I was excited to choose a winner, which, technically, I didn’t since Rafflecopter randomly chooses the winner. But I was excited anyway because I successfully hosted a GIVEAWAY on here after procrastinating on doing so for so long.

Well, the WINNER has been contacted and I’ve even decided to have a RUNNER-UP, who I’ve also contacted. The WINNER will receive a Book Depository purchase of up to $30USD and the RUNNER-UP will receive a Book Depository purchase of up to $15USD.

I’m excited for them and am glad and grateful for all who entered the GIVEAWAY. Thank you all!! 😀 I really appreciate it. ❤ 🙂

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Cliché Book Tag

Clichés. I poke at them when I notice them in stories, but I like them. There’s a reason why they’re so popular. It’s because they work…though they can be annoying when overused. Anyway, I found this tag in the Book Window. It was created by booktuber Miranda Reads.

Actions speak louder than words: A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Well… It’s hard to say a movie is better than the book, so I had to think long for this one. I chose Beautiful Creatures because it’s the movie that made me interested in the book. It’s a paranormal novel about a boy who falls in love with a girl who’s a witch

Btw, I think the Lord of the Rings movies are better than the books. It’s much easier for me to get into the story when watching the movie.

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