Tackling My TBR

Tackling My TBR #2

So my TBR is…. massive to say the least. I thought that it’d be nice to create a series that expands on my “reading next month” section of my monthly review posts. I think that this will help keep me focused and motivated to read specific books. So for this post series I will be choosing five books from my pile to read, and will update with a new post once my five have been completed.

This time around I decided to put library check outs on hold for a while and focus only on ARCs and books that I have personally purchased.


Title: The Grace Year
Author: Kim Liggett
Source: NetGalley
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No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.


Title: Once Upon A River
Author: Diane Setterfield
Source: Purchased
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On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.


Title: Gravemaidens
Author: Kelly Coon
Source: NetGalley
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In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.


Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondo
Source: Purchased
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Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.


Title: The Girl in Red
Author: Christina Henry
Source: NetGalley
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It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….


What books are on your TBR that you need to read?
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4 Comments

  • Jennifer

    These book covers are amazing looking. I have a million books I started but haven’t finished. My main goal is to finish some of the religious books I started by the end of the year. I picked up a book full of interviews about veganism in religions, and after each chapter I took my old text books and decided to read the selected scripture of each religion as a I go. It is taking FOREVER! lol I guess that isn’t surprising. I don’t think religious scripture is really light reading lol I am reading things inbetween, and right now I am going on a cultural child raising kick so I took out The Danish Way of Parenting and Achtung Baby.
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    • Jamie

      I’ve been in the same rut of starting a ton of books and not finishing them the last year and it was stressing me out. I decided to just focus on only reading one book at a time in between my studies and it’s helping me to immerse myself in the story and enjoy it, and helping to kick my reading slump.

      Reading the religious texts alongside the veganism book sounds like a lot of work, but I think it’s a great idea for study! No better way to understand the material than the source material itself. It’s interesting also that you’re reading books about how different cultures raise children, that sounds really interesting and it would make an interesting discussion piece as well. It may be heavier reading, but enriching which can be just an enjoyable.

  • Jorie

    Hallo, Hallo, Jamie,

    I’ve been having similar problems with my own TBR but mine involves a backlogue of reviews I’ve been trying to erase for the past few years now. I know how it started but then it just started to snowball afterwards. Like you though, when I was talking to my Mum about it, she gave me the same advice your employing towards erasing yours – take it one book at a time and make it fun – meaning, if you have other books of the same genre you could batch them together or just move through the books at different seasons and before long the stories will start to become read and reviewed. So far, so good. Although between you and me, I’ll be thankful when the whole list of the backlogue is read.

    I wanted to say, I read “Once Upon A River” for a publisher blog tour late last year,.. you can read my thoughts after you’ve read it as I’d like to know your take on the story. I found it to be a harder read than I thought it might be going into it. I’m still uncertain how I feel about it overall but I did blog my thoughts out on it at the time. I think because it becomes such a different story than the one you thought it might have been when you first start to read it.

    Here’s to both of us reading more of the books waiting on our eyes,..
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    • Jamie

      Hi Jorie! That is wonderful advice from your mum! Thank you for sharing it! 🙂 I’m really trying to pace myself and it is helping a lot. I had only read the first few chapters of Once Upon A River before I had to return it to the library, and I really enjoyed the author’s writing style that I decided to pick it up. Interesting that the tone of the story changes, I haven’t been sure what to expect from the book so far since the blurb seems really vague. I’ll check out your review!

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