Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been on my TBR for the longest time (and how I still haven't gotten around to reading them...)

 Hey guys! Happy February! January felt like a total drag but I'm glad to say its over and I survived. 2018 is officially in full swing and I hope for all our sakes that this year will be even bigger and better than the last!

 On that note I hope your 2018 has been filled with tons of reading! (Friends: Hey wanna hang out sometime? Me: Cant sorry I'm busy *Picks up book and sits on the couch*) I don't know if it was just me but january was a really successful month of reading for me! (YAAS!) but somehow I must have drained all my luck because this month has been ROUGH! I have not picked up a physical book since the start of the month... and I' starting to wonder what the heck I'm doing wrong to deserve this terrible book karma (book gods if you listening its me and I really need an amazing book right now).

 That being said in place of reading I have been endlessly stalking Good Reads and adding to my TBR like never before (I swear there are more books being added per day than nachos that have been eaten this past sunday) I mean I can't be the only person that when they wake up the first app they check is not twitter, its not Instagram, nope for me its Good Reads (I think its becoming a problem how much time I now spend on there.... should I be concerned? *checks goodreads while writing this*)

 Anyways since my reading is at an all time low I thought I would share with you all the wonderful books that have been keeping my TBR company:

Callum and Harper
 by: Fisher Amelie

Summary: Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey. 

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably. 

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B. 

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be. 

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other. 

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate

 Rereading this summary I am still REALLY excited about this book! I mean it has everything I love! Tortured romance, foster care, finding each other as there finding themselves!?! Not sure why I haven't read this yet...

Wayfarer (passenger #2) 
 By: Alexandra Bracken

Summary: (has spoilers considering its the second book so since I'm so kind I will not be sharing it with you all because spoilers) 

Okay so I read the first book and I liked it but I guess I haven't liked it enough to pick up the sec on book? I mean to be honest its been so long I remember like... nothing that happened in the first book so... yeah there that. 

Summary: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

I liked the first book in this series... but to be honest I didn't love it and will probably not continue this series because of that... but who knows maybe one day? (AKA I will never delete this from my TBR) 

Summary: The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. 

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

This seems really interesting but again will forget all about it after five seconds and that is why folks I have an endless TBR

Summary: When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

Ok so cheers to me on this book because I actually put this on hold at my local library so I might actually get around to reading something on my tbr?!?! (crazy right? *high fives self*) Plus my book club already read it without me... so I guess I'm just really behind with everything in life right now? (senioritis is real my friends!) 

Summary: “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

 This looks adorable. I mean look at that cover! There is literally ice cream on it! However I have heard some really negative things regarding this book and because of that I don't know if I want my high expectations to be squashed (and have me be a crying heap on the floor) (Hear someone crying in class, yeah thats me trying to collect myself after having my dreams crushed by this book! I just don't know if my heart can handle another book disappointment! I may never crawl out of the book slump I'm in!) (*breathes heavily and tries not to panic*)

Summary: 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

Okay this is probably the book that has been on there the longest... love the plot line.. love the idea... will probably only read if its just me, this book, and the apocalypse. 

Summary: Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Okay this was one of my most anticipated reads of this past year but all I have heard is the sound of other Good Read members and bloggers tears as they rant about how disastrous this book was! Cannot say I wasn't disappointed. Probably will never pick this up now...

Summary: Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

Okay super cute right? I literally do not know what is wrong with me and why I haven't picked this book up because if you could encompass everything I love about books and throw it in a single book? This book would be it. Maybe I'm just having a book reading crisis... because I keep seeing books that are perfect for me and yet I do nothing and end up not reading anything?!?!

Summary: Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

I have recently rediscovered how much I LOVE historical fiction and I really want to read this one day... I just don't think its going to be any time soon! (RIP me) 

Have any books you haven't gotten a chance to read yet? Do you struggle with your endless TBR on the daily? Don't worry your not alone. Look for comfort in the comments below as we all try to work through are never ending TBR's! 


  1. Sometimes it's so hard to get to all the books that you've had on for such a long time. At some point, you're just like, well, it's been there so long, might as well keep going. I remember reading Caraval right after it came out and was so sucked up into the hype. I ended up thinking I really enjoyed it at the time, but it keeps going down in thoughts for me. It's definitely a book that you can keep on passing along, lol. XD Wish you luck with getting these! Great post!!

    1. Yes! The struggle of trying to juggle your TBR with books that you actually want to read is SO difficult! Especially since I'm a mood reader and my mood is constantly changing which in turn changes what I feel like reading! Yeah I'm still not sure if I'll ever get around to Caraval but I have heard good things about its sequel so maybe? Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. My TBR just keeps growing and growing and honestly I don't think it's ever going to stop, haha. *sigh* Best wishes for getting through yours!

    Elizabeth Wein's books have been on mine for ages and I really should read them because I love historical fiction and they have such good reviews, but, alas ... The Boy Most Likely To is on my TBR, as well; I've heard such great things about it!

    (Also GoodReads in the best for procrastinating, but it's like not procrastinating because BOOKS.)

    1. IK it is a problem!! Currently my TBR is 120 books and I've read only about 100... so I guess we know which list is winning! And IK I always tell myself Good Reads isn't cheating because its book related so it counts!


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