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So many books, so little time: trimming that TBR pile

As a lot of us readers are no doubt familiar with there are so many books and yet so little time. In facts there’s some 130 million books in existence today and that’s only counting books from recent history. Bookworms can be an ambitious bunch but at some point we all have to face the reality that we will always have a tbr pile, no matter how many books we read there will be more waiting.

In light of this I’ve spent sometime combing through my Goodreads want-to-read shelf and thought I’d share some of the books I decided to pull from my shelves. These are books that I feel apathetic about or ones I added years ago but my changing reading habits mean that I’m no longer interested in. It’s also about learning not to feel guilty about not wanting to reading certain books as well!

If you love these books don’t feel bad or that you need to defend them! This isn’t a negative post but rather clearing space on the shelf so to speak. But do feel free to share your thoughts, good or bad, about the books. Who knows maybe this post has a new favourite you are about to discover!

So here are just a selection of the books I removed from my Goodreads shelf.

Remind Me How This Ends ~ Gabrielle Tozer

29564838I added this book back in 2016. When I first started getting involved in the online book community, in YA in particular, I noticed that contemporary was a predominant genre. And whilst I have read some great ones it isn’t really my thing and so I’m unlikely to ever get to this book.

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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles ~ anthology

26837046On one hand I love the idea of anthologies, on the other I don’t think I have ever read one cover to cover? I might read one from a particular author but that’s generally it. There’s a lot of amazing authors in this one, including several I’ve read and loved, but it’s just not piquing my interest anymore.

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour ~ Morgan Matson

7664334I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything as a light-hearted summer read, and Save the Date is on my shelf. Matson’s books (that I’ve read) are fun reads but I do find them very white and heterosexual and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself but when I read romances these days I prefer them to be more diverse in the cast of characters and a little more reflective of who I am.

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Our Own Private Universe ~ Robin Talley

22082082I think I originally added this book for it’s queer rep and its lovely cover but a couple of reviewers who I trust talked about some of the bi-erasure that goes on and honestly I’m just not here for it.

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Dreamology ~ Lucy Keating

25817310I was pretty excited for this when I first added it and I loved the cover, however when I read the blurb now I’m just not interested in it. It’s one of those ones that I don’t think I’d ever get around to reading now.

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One of Us is Lying ~ Karen M. McManus

32887579I’ve heard good things about this book but I just don’t read a whole lot of mystery and if I do I’m quite picky. I read the first couple of chapters in a sampler but it didn’t hook me.

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Caraval ~ Stephanie Garber

32930224I added this one at the time because there was a lot of hype around it but to be honest it just doesn’t capture my interest, not for any particular reason there’s just nothing that’s driving me to pick it up.

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Do you clear out books from your GR shelves at all? What prompts you to remove a book?

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Book Blitz

The Fever King Book Blitz + Giveaway (US/CA)

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good. 

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Welcome to the book blitz for The Fever King. Presented by Xpresso Tours, I’m excited to be a part of this blitz. I absolutely loved The Fever King (you can find my review here) so if you are interested to read what I had to say about it – no spoilers! – go have a look.

But you can continue reading for a brief excerpt of Chapter 1 of The Fever King and the opportunity to go in the running to win one of 5 arcs. Apologies to my fellow international readers this giveaway is only open to those in the US and Canada (but bear with me because I will be holding an international one – not associated with the publisher – later on in the year/new year).

Excerpt

How long did it take to die? God, Noam couldn’t remember.

On shaky legs, Noam made his way back to the chair by the window. He couldn’t manage much more. The television kept turning itself on and off again, images blazing across a field of static snow and vanishing just as quickly. Noam saw it out of the corners of his eyes even when he tried not to look, the same way he saw his father’s unconscious body. That would be Noam soon.

Magic crawled like ivy up the sides of the fire escape next door.

Noam imagined his mother waiting for him with a smile and open arms, the past three years just a blink against eternity.

His hands sparked with something silver-blue and bright. Bolts shot between his fingers and flickered up his arms. The effect would have been beautiful were it not so deadly. And yet . . .

A shiver ricocheted up his spine.

Noam held a storm in his hands, and he couldn’t feel a thing.

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Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering that spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whiskey. Lee writes early in the morning and then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her partner.

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ARC reviews · Book Reviews

Book Review ‘The Fever King’ ~ Victoria Lee

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

★★★★★/5

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Book Reviews · Mini Reviews

Book Review ‘Vengeful’ ~ V.E. Schwab

26856502.jpgVengeful by V.E. Schwab

Publication Date: September 25th 2018

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: Villains #2

Blurb: Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

★ ★ ★ ★ ★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday…The Fever King

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Okay so I feel like I have to have a disclaimer first….I have an arc of this on my kindle. However in my defence I am starting it this week and honestly I think I’m so excited for this book there’s part of me delaying picking it up so I’m sure it still counts as Waiting on Wednesday if only because I am waiting to get my own arse into gear.

But seriously this sounds so incredible and I was so happy to have received an arc so I look forward to sharing my thoughts soon. But in the mean time can we admire that cover? Because 😍😍

The three main characters in The Fever King are all #ownvoices Jewish plus every single character is queer, Victoria said it first:

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