Down the TBR hole #4

I’m back with another down the TBR hole post. I haven’t added many books to my TBR since last week so hopefully the number keeps going down! As always, here are the rules.

Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?

As a recap, last week I got rid of 5 and kept 5. This week I hope to get rid of 6 or more but I am getting into my more recently added books so we will see how it goes.

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Sometimes, the cost of love is too steep

Olivia’s twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam’s girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam’s latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia’s tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he’s in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?

I’m going to skip on this one just because I don’t tend to like hate to love which it sounds like this might be.


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A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying? 

I wasn’t sure about this one at first but I read through the preview on Goodreads and I think I will give it a chance.


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Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.


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Two sisters who shared everything. One unforgivable moment.

And a second chance…There’s something to talk about in every chapter of Elizabeth Joy Arnold’s poignant, insightful debut novel—the perfect summer read for all those who loved Elisabeth Robinson’s The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.

Once, Kerry and Eve Barnard did everything together: sailing the Block Island harbor with their father, listening to their neighbor Justin’s magical fairy tales, and all the while longing for their absent mother. They were twin girls arm in arm, secrets entwined between two hearts. Until the summer of their seventeenth birthday, when their extraordinary bond was shattered. And thirteen years later, it will take all the courage they can summon to put the pieces back together—at a time when it matters most.…


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Every summer, Samantha Wheland joins her childhood friends Isabel, Kendra and Mina on a vacation, somewhere exotic and fabulous. Together with their mixed bag of parents, they’ve created a lifetime of memories. This year it’s a beach house in Honduras. But for the first time, their clan is not complete. Mina lost her battle against cancer six months ago, and the friends she left behind are still struggling to find their way forward without her.

For Samantha, the vacation just feels wrong without Mina. Despite being surrounded by her friends, the closest thing she has to family, Mina’s death has left Sam a little lost. Unsure what direction her life should take. Fearful that whatever decision she makes about her wealthy French boyfriend’s surprise proposal, it’ll be the wrong one.

The answers aren’t in the journal Mina gave Sam before she died. Or in the messages Sam believes Mina is sending as guideposts. Before the trip ends, the bonds of friendship with her living friends, the older generation’s stories of love and loss, and Sam’s glimpse into a world far removed from the one in which she belongs will convince her to trust her heart. And follow it.


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One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.

Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their “one-time thing” is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result. Told alternately from each character’s point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl’s life — and the realities of leaving innocence behind.


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“Gritty and suspenseful, Chosen draws us into the obstacle-strewn path of domestic adoption.”
 —Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me

A young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes horribly wrong in Chosen. Written in the spirit of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, Chosen is an extraordinary debut novel from Chandra Hoffman that deals with the controversial subject of adoption while providing a riveting read that will equally ensnare lovers of suspense, domestic drama, and literary fiction.


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A startling novel about love and grief from the author of the acclaimed memoir I Don’t Want to Be Crazy.

Annaleah and Brian shared something special – Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn’t need anyone else. It didn’t matter that their relationship was
secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely.
How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?


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Titanic Love Stories The sinking of the RMS Titantic was a terrible tragedy for all the 1,517 people who died – but the stories of the 13 brides and grooms who joined the ship to celebrate their honeymoons are especially poignant.


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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

I did it! I got rid of six of them and had no undecided books this week! Have y’all read any of these? What did you think?

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Fire On High || A book review

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Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Bought, borrowed or ARC: Borrowed from my public library

Number of pages: 388

Where can you get it?

Amazon: $8.99

Books A Million: $10.79

Barnes and Noble: $11.69

Book depository: $13.36

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

This book covers a lot of serious topics such as

  • Teen pregnancy
  • Unstable parenting
  • Talk of custody of a child
  • Poverty
  • Race/ blended race

However, none of these topics felt too heavy to handle. They blended into the story in a understandable way but the story also kept some strong and lighthearted elements that balanced them out. The book also focused on a strong female lead which I loved and her relationship with her daughter and grandmother. I loved that it was never “Babygirl ruined Emoni’s life, only “Babygirl changed her plans.” The cover of this book is breathtaking and the hardback has a special surprise under the dust cover that I adored. I really liked the writing style as well and I hope to read more by Elizabeth Acevedo soon.

I rated this book really high even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Emoni and her new boyfriend but that was mainly because I was hoping the book would focus on a young single mother. Also at one point in the book her boyfriend just kinda disappears and I was like hello???? What’s going on with that? Maybe

I didn’t like how at one point Emma’s daddy tried to act like he could date or see other people and Emoni couldn’t, even though they weren’t a couple and I am so freaking glad that our girl put him in his place cause I was about to fight.

So many people have read this book so have you? What did y’all think of this book if you read this?

Book I marked as not interested on Goodreads

This post is basically what the title says, I thought I would show you some books I marked as not interested on Goodreads and get your opinions.

This isn’t all of them because as of right now, that would be about 7 times as long but I just picked out a few that stood out to me as still not interested. I tried to put a link here but it didn’t work out!

So! Have you read any of these? Are they worth trying out? Let me know!

Six Goodbyes We Never Said || An ARC review

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“But the thing is, Naima Rodriguez has been grieving as long as she can remember, because she’s never gotten over being left in the first place.”

Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity. All thoughts published below are my honest and true opinion.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genres: Teens & YA

Number of pages: My Arc was 280 pages but Goodreads says the hardcover is 320.

Release date: Comes out September 24th 2019

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her. 

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects. 

Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye

First things first I loved the cover of this book so much, it was the first thing that pulled me in. The bright red with the contrast of the little airplanes flying around above Naima is just so beautiful.

This book for me was good when it was focused on Naima. I could see myself in her and could understand her actions and why she did what she did. I could understand her strained relationship with her stepmother and her grief at losing her father, especially as we got further into the book. I loved her relationship with her grandparents and how we were shown her relationship with her dad through emails.

The one thing that really dropped my rating on this book was Dew in general. I thought he was sort of stalker-ish. Once he gets his recorder, I agreed with Naima, he was being so creepy. Even if he wasn’t recording anyone, the thought of him talking about them in front of them into his recorder made me so comfortable. He also overstepped a lot of boundaries trying to “help” and didn’t seem to understand why it wasn’t wanted. I didn’t see how they could relate other than that they had parents who died so I didn’t understand their friendship either.

All in all, I was disappointed in this book even though I was looking forward to it.

Have you heard of this book? Do you think you will give it a chance? Let me know!

Favorite things to eat or drink while reading || Top Ten Tuesday

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How it works

Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then we all post our top ten list that fits that topic. Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics here you can plan ahead.If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

This weeks list was so hard to make! Not because I don’t eat while reading but because I normally just eat whatever I want. So here is a list of some of my favorite snacks and drinks.

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Those are five snacks and five drinks that I typically have while reading. Do y’all like any of these? What is your favorite snack?

Lost Girl Book Tag || By Leelynn

Hey guys! I’m pretty bummed because I was supposed to meet Leelynn today but something came up and we weren’t able to make it work. SO I thought a great idea would be to do Leelynn’s OG tag! I’ve never heard of or watched Lost Girl but that’s okay!

The Rules:

Tag the person who tagged you, the original post (this one!) and paste these rules.

Watch Lost Girl on Netflix. If you have watched it, tell me if you’re #TeamDyson , #TeamLauren or #TeamTamsin or neither!

You can use my graphics, or make your own, or not. Totally up to you. Just tried to be fancy and failed.

Feel free to tag as many people as you want. Spread the love.

Emoni from With the Fire on High or June from the Legend trilogy,

Sirius Black! ‘THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!’ roared Black. ‘DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!’

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I have no clue of any book I’ve read with a hidden identity which I feel really bad about!

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Henry from Red, White and Royal Blue.

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Leelynn, thank you for making this tag. I’m sorry I rushed to get this up so it’s not as good as it could be. I hope you do amazing today and that you feel better soon!!!

Red, White and Royal Blue || A Review

I didn’t plan on reading Red, White and Royal Blue in September. It wasn’t on my TBR and I had planned to wait until the hype died down since I had seen so many people talk about it. And then, I wandered into a unfamiliar library to waste time before work and there it was. I knew before I even read this book that I was going to love it. I mean… it’s about the First Son of the United States and his boyfriend who is a Prince of England.

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“History, huh?”

Author: Casey McQuiston

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Borrowed or bought? Borrowed

Number of Pages: 423

Where can you get it? I do not make any money off of these links. This is simply to make it easier for you to find the book and compare prices. I normally buy my books at Books-A-Million since I have a membership with them.

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

There were so many things I loved about this book. I love the president being a woman, I loved the relationship between June, Alex and Nora. I loved how Ellen became a different person when she had the time to take off the president role and be with her kids. I loved how Alex and Henry sneaking around and how it went from forced friendship and misunderstanding to lovers (a favorite trope of mine). I am also so weak for anything involving royalty or any LGBT themes so I knew before I even read this book, that I would be a goner. There are so many other things I loved about this book but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it.

So really, I could only think of one bad thing that really tripped me up with this book. Since it is set in recent times, making mentions of the Obama’s and the 2016 and 2020 elections, it was hard for me to create an entirely new royal family in my mind. The first family was easy since it changes every 4-8 years anyway but the royals have always been the royals. So for a bit in the beginning I was trying to make characters fit to the royal family I am familiar with.

Not sure if this is a “Bad” thing or not but I wanted to share this other review by: Katrina Reads since I think she brought up a lot of good points that did not pop out to me since I am American.

I personally adored this book and I really want to add it to my collection.

Have you read this book? What did you think?