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Books We’ve Added to Our TBR and Have Forgotten Why

Top Ten Tuesday was an original feature/weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week we will post our Top Ten of the selected theme.

We had a fun time going through our TBR list over the past year for this week’s topic. We enjoyed this reminder of the books we had on our list.

Sashoy’s List

My TBR list is not small, I have books from years ago that I haven’t read. Thankfully we are only focusing on books from the last year. I don’t remember why these are on my list, but I can certainly guess at some of them.

  1. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
    Looks like Carmen recommended this to me but I have yet to read it, sssh don’t tell her
  2. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
    This was recommended reading from my Caribbean Literature (Lit) class. I highly recommend that you check it out, especially in light of everything that is going on.
  3. Drown by Juno Diaz
    Another recommended read from my Caribbean Lit. We read The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao. I had a great time unpacking the different elements in Oscar Wao so I’m interested to see what this one is all about.
  4. Real World by Amy Jo Cousins
    I stumbled upon Amy Jo Cousins Bend it or Break series by happy accident. It was one of the first male-male (m/m) romance and Real World is the fifth book. I’m pretty sure I just skipped the books in between which is probably why I didn’t remember that this was on my list.
  5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon
  6. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  7. The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
  8. Educated by Tara Westover
  9. Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
  10. Double Full by Alexander Kindle

I really enjoyed going through my TBR list, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I have an eclectic mix of books that have been on my TBR list since 2019. I’m pretty excited to read them and share my thoughts with everyone.


Carmen’s List

My TBR list is HUGE, over a thousand entries long.

That being said I can still recognize a lot of the books and why they’re on the list to begin with. These are the books I didn’t immediately recognize by title.

  1. Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newel
  2. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
  3. Windhaven by George R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
  4. Judas by Astrid Holleeder
  5. Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin
  6. The Address by Fiona Davis
  7. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  9. In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington
  10. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

Confronting my TBR list has shown me just how little progress I’ve made or that people keep coming out with books that I just have to read. Either way I’ve once again found ten books that I ca’t wait to read and review for you.

What are some of the books on your TBR that you don’t remember or can’t explain?


WWW Wednesday #41

WWW-wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Samanneelizabeth, it’s all about, what we are: Currently, Just Finished and About to Read

It’s been a hectic few weeks for us. With classes and restructuring our site, Carmen and I have taken on a lot at once. We’re lucky to have books, even more so during quarantine. Books are a great escape from reality, it has always been mine, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Needless to say, I did a fair bit of reading before bed last week.

What are you currently reading?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


I’m technically still reading The Bride Test. I’m sure once I get into it I’ll enjoy it. The problem is that I just don’t have the time to make the investment. And an investment it is, Kai has asperger’s and his mom went to Vietnam to find him a bride. I’m insanely curious to see how this bought and paid for bride wins the heart of a man who doesn’t think he has one.

Having read Helen Hoang’s previous book, The Kiss Quotient, I know I’m going to enjoy this. I just don’t want to do it a disservice by half-paying attention.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Spring Strings by Lily Morton

I’ve been on a LOT of M/M Romance books lately. “Spring Stringswas a part of a Spring Fling short story give away from May 1-7, so I snagged a copy to read for later. When I saw the author’s name I knew I was going to read it. Lily Morton’s books are funny and entertaining and the men have an English accent (just imagining it is hot). They’re a quick read when you have a lot going on. Last summer, I went on a Lily Morton kick, they were light, easy and steamy.

Again she didn’t disappoint when I was looking for a little distraction. Review to come soon!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The purpose of this blog is to motivate us to read the books on our TBR list. So, I’m going to read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park which has been on my list since December 27, 2013 *wince*

Not going to lie, I feel like I have outgrown YA novels. That’s one of the reasons for this book being on my TBR list for so long. However, Carmen and quite a few other adults love reading YA so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and give Eleanor & Park a chance and maybe not steer so clear of them in the future.

The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I’ll be reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky this week for my Literature of the Fantastic’s course.

So far I am reading and watching books and films that are classified as horror which is NOT my go-to but I don’t really have a choice now do I?

Eleanor & Park will be a welcome respite from the doozy I’m sure this will be.

That’s what’s going on with me book wise, what about you?


Getting Books the Old-Fashioned Way: Libraries

 

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I used to love libraries. I would collect library cards from from every city or state I’ve lived in, I have 7 in total. Libraries were my safe place growing up, I spent countless hours in the library at school and near my house, the librarians knew my name, they were my friends, more than happy to get books brought into the library on my recommendation.

The library itself was a place of solace, the smell of books, the ability to get them for free, to borrow as many as you need and return only to take out more.  Libraries were amazing!

I went to the library this weekend and stepping through the doors was better than coming home. There were so many books waiting to be read, I was giddy with excitement. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the books that have sat on my TBR pile, but when I went to look up books on the catalogue I was shocked at how many authors were not listed, more than half of my TBR came up empty, name after name. Worse, this was the Central Branch and yet nothing. Penelope Douglas, Krsiten Callihan, K.A. Linde all didn’t have books and if they did, it was limited to two books out of their collection. I was devastated, the one place I could always count on had let me down.

Is this because there are more and more self-publishing authors? Is it because ebooks are taking over the book world? Why is it that the number one place for free up to date books was so lacking in up to date books???

Nevertheless, I went in with hope of leaving with a number of books and came out with just three because I was desperate and there was nothing I wanted but if I left empty it would have been for nothing and we can’t have that, so I borrowed,

wildWild by Sophie Jordan which was coincidentally at the very bottom of my list and a part of the series continuation I was hoping on reading, eventually.

last-hitLast Hit by Jessica Clare I’ve read other books by her before and thought why not I’m running out of time.

the-nearly-wedsThe Nearly-weds by Jane Costello which drew me in because the cover is so fun and UK authors seem to have the clumsiest and funniest heroines.