Top Ten Books Still On My TBR

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and sadly there are still many books on my shelves that I have not read since before then.  They continue to sit on my shelves unread and it makes me a little sad but some of them are books I have to be in a certain mood for.


  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – This book has always fascinated me but I think the length is what has been keeping me from starting it.
  • The Fallon Blood by Reagan O’Neal (aka Robert Jordan) – I love Robert Jordan’s series The Wheel of Time and this one has a more historical fiction aspect to it so I know I’ll probably like it too.  Not sure why I’ve been waiting.
  • Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman – I’ve had this on my TBR since January 2009 when I saw the movie based on the book – The Duchess starring Keira Knightley.
  • The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir – I started this one years ago but never got around to finishing it.  I’ll have to start from the beginning when I do end up picking it up again.
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – As a huge Gilmore Girls fan, I’ve had this book on my TBR since it was published.  I recently acquired it through Book Outlet but STILL haven’t gotten around to reading it.


  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) – Another one I’m not sure why I haven’t read it yet.
  • Euphoria by Lily King – This one is admittedly a total cover buy and I’m not even quite sure what the book is about so it’s just been sitting on my shelf.
  • The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – I adore the covers of her books but never actually read one until I started blogging and got an eARC of A Desperate Fortune.  It was really good so I’m not sure why I haven’t tried any of her others yet.
  • Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff – I love reading about Cleopatra so another head scratcher as to why it’s still sitting on my shelf unread.
  • The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir – Another book in my big Tudors collection that continues to sit unread.  I’m really interested by everything involving the Tudors so you would think that I’d jump at the chance to read all of these.

So those are ten of my unread books since before I started blogging.  Have you read any of them?  If you’re a blogger, what books would be on your list?

Bout of Books 17 Begins!


Hey guys! Today is the first day of Bout of Books 17! I am so excited even though I burned myself out a little on reading from doing the Reading Decathlon.  I love participating in the daily challenges.  They’re always so much fun!  Before I dive into today’s challenge, I am going to post my goals for this read-a-thon.  Originally I was also going to post a little TBR but I think right now that would be a mistake for how I’m feeling so I’m just going to go with the flow and read whichever book catches my fancy.


  • Read at least 1 book. I know, I know. A little lame but after reading 10 books in 10 days I’m not feeling a huge urge to read at the moment.
  • Participate in at least 3 of the daily challenges.
  • Participate in 1 of the Twitter chats.

And there you have it!  I’m going light on the goals this time around.  Hopefully I’ll get more in the mood for reading as the week goes on but for now I’m just going to keep things super low pressure and simple.

And now for today’s daily challenge!  Book to movie adaptations hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale!  We are supposed to include our favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations.  I absolutely love book to movie adaptations but sometimes they are done so horribly that it might be a little hard to choose just one for my least favorite!  I think the same goes for my favorite too now that I think about it!  So rather than just one of each, I will do 3.

My absolute #1 favorite book to movie adaptation is without a doubt, Gone With the Wind!  I love the book, I love the movie…. Actually, I am obsessed!  I own 3 copies of the movie and 8 copies of the book.20160822_190327

My next favorite would have to be Pride & Prejudice!  I love almost any adaptation of this book, however, my favorite adaptation is actually the 2005 directed by Joe Wright starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.  I’ve seen this movie probably at least 20 times and it never gets old for me.20160822_190555

My third favorite is book 2 of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers.  I absolutely love this movie!Untitled

My least favorite adaptation of all time has to go to Scarlett, which is technically a TV mini series but I’ve only ever seen it all in one sitting so I’m going to include it here.  I’m not a huge fan of Timothy Dalton to begin with but to go from Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Timothy Dalton…. No. I do not accept that.  And then Joanne Whaley as Scarlett O’Hara?! Um let me think about that for a second. NO. A lot of Gone With the Wind book fans hate the sequel written by Alexandra Ripley but I actually love it and own several copies of it.73062


My second least favorite is Twilight.  Say what you will about the books, but I loved the books for reasons I have explained in past posts.  Unfortunately, the movie adaptation was just awful and awkward.  I remember seeing it in theaters for the first time and just cringing the entire time.20160822_190510

My third least favorite is Interview With the Vampire.  Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as vampires really does not work out very well.  Same goes for Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.  Awkward. Cringe-worthy.  I’ve heard that there will possibly be a remake, which would be great unless of course that one turns out terribly, too.

So those are my top 3 favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations!  What are some of yours?

Epic Reads Reading Decathlon COMPLETE!


If you follow my blog you will have seen that I decided to take a stab at doing the Epic Reads Reading Decathlon.  I posted all about the challenge and what my TBR would be here.  I was shooting for the gold medal!  I began my challenge on Friday, August 12 and my final day was yesterday, August 21.  When I started my challenge I completely forgot that I would be out of town with a friend for the final weekend of my decathlon so I wouldn’t be able to do much, or any, reading for 2 full days.  So that very first weekend I went all out spending nearly 100% of my time reading.  When I finished a book, I would take a short break before diving into the next book.  Unfortunately having to do that really caused me to hit my breaking point halfway into the challenge.  I ended up straying from the book I was currently reading and listened to audiobooks to hopefully pick up the slack.  Then on my final day yesterday, I got home and decided to pick up that book I left off in to be my 10th and final book!  I did it! I read 10 books in 10 days!  For me it ended up being harder than I thought because I pushed myself too much to make up for lost time in the beginning.  Here are the books I read to complete this challenge…

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – This one I had 324 pages left when I began the challenge.  Rules were your books that you were currently reading could count towards the challenge:)
  2. An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
  3. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
  5. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  6. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  7. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (audiobook)
  8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audiobook)
  9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (audiobook)
  10. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

My physically read pages amounted to 2101 and my audiobook “pages” equalled 1377 which ended up giving me 3478 pages read overall for this challenge!

From my original TBR for this challenge, there were only 3 books I did not end up reading.


Did you do the Reading Decathlon?

Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

30230369Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

Expected publication: August 23rd 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.

Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Branwen’s story combines elements of mystery and romance with Noce’s gift for storytelling.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the description of this book I got really excited. I’ve been more in the mood for historical fiction lately and this one sounded great! Unfortunately, that’s where the excitement ended.  Within the first chapter, the main character refers to herself as ugly or some other form of the word or synonym for ugly.  Obviously I’m fine with having a character that doesn’t fall under the beautiful category but to have her continually debase herself in this way was just really getting on my nerves. I kept going and anytime she talked about herself in reference to how other people see her… the ugly word just kept coming back. I decided to keep looking past that because otherwise the story seemed interesting.  I haven’t read many books taking place in Wales, especially this early in time (around 597 AD) so that part was interesting. Wales is divided into smaller kingdoms and they are trying to unite to protect themselves from the Saxons. There were two instances where Branwen finds herself in danger. And within a very short time, she is miraculously saved! It all just happens too easily.  The other thing that bugged me is kind of hard to describe since we’re not supposed to quote from ARCs.  The dialogue seemed to change partway through to certain characters, the servents mainly, to having rough speech that included improper use of some older words that we don’t use today, ” ’twas” for example. I cringed when I read that word where it was placed because it was so wrong, even for an uneducated servant to say.  I ended up DNFing shortly after that because I just couldn’t deal with the inconsistencies any longer.  Overall this book had a lot of potential, I just don’t think it was executed very well.

2 Stars

Whirl by Emma Raveling

12882683Whirl by Emma Raveling

Published September 16th 2011 by Mandorla Publishing (first published September 15th 2011)

258 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.
She’s an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.
Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra’s seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.
But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.
Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.
The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman’s exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn’t belong.

Review: I was given this book by a good friend who really loves this series. I have never really read any books with mermaid like creatures so I was excited to read this one. While I did enjoy the story, ondine lore and characters, there was one thing about the book that I struggled with and that was how similar it felt to Vampire Academy (which I did not like).  If I had to choose between the two books I would definitely choose this one without a doubt though.  I connected with these characters more and I loved that it was about the ondines.  I am really wanting some more of Tristan Belicoux in my life!  I am curious to see how the rest of the story plays out so I will be continuing on with the series.

3 Stars