TBR Alphabet Tag

I was tagged by Jana @ Pages Among Ravens to do this tag. Thank you so much, Jana. I’m sorry it took me almost a month to do this!

Y’all are always welcome to tag me in things, even if it takes me a bit to get to them!

Rules:

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

I had to fudge the rules because I don’t own that many unread books? I try to read my books right away. So I’m using my Goodreads TBR. I’m sorry!

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I don’t own Again, But Better but I would love to read it.

I have been saying I want to read Becoming since it came out and I just keep putting it off.

Conceal, Don’t Feel has been preordered and I can’t wait to have it in my hands.

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I was going to read Don’t Date Rosa Santos this summer but I will probably save it for next summer.

I currently have Every Moment After checked out in hopes I will (magically) find time for it!

The Flatshare sounds nice and happy! I need more happy books in my life.

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A book about long distance relationships. The Geography of You and Me calls to me. I really want to read it.

I actually own Hamilton and Peggy (thank you again to Leelynn!). I plan to read it in October.

I want to read more books with sister relationships. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister sounds so sad though!!!

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I got Jane Anonymous as an ARC and I plan on reading it in December.

Kissing Kate because I always need more LGBT books!!!

I am currently reading The Library of Lost things (which is also an ARC).

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Another books I actually own! My Dear Hamilton was also a gift from Leelynn.

Neverland is supposed to be a retelling of Peter Pan. It sounds kinda sad though so I will probably hold off on reading this.

I’ve seen On a Scale of One to Ten in store and I want to get it but I hate buying Hardcover at full price.

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I’ve talked about this a lot but I want to read more wedding books before I get married! The People We Hate At The Wedding sounds like a good choice!

Queer Baiting and Fandom is also an ARC. I can’t wait to see what the author has to say because Queer Baiting has hurt me so many times. *Cough Cough* Rizzoli and Isles *Cough Cough*

The Royal We is both wedding and royal related so honestly, how could I not read it?

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I also own Save the Date! I love this cover and I can’t wait to read it!!!

I’ve been meaning to read They Both Die at the End for months. Will I ever? Who knows?

Unpregnant sounds AMAZING and I am so glad someone is writing about this topic.

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I should probably read Truly Devious before I read The Vanishing Stair but honestly I’ve already forgotten what both are about.

Another book that I desperately want but don’t want to pay for, one day What If It’s Us will be mine.

And Last but not least, You are Not Here is my Y book!

I was able to do 24/26. I only missed X and Z.

I’m not going to tag anyone this time but feel free to do this if you please!

October TBR || ARCS, Royalty and Retellings Galore

In November I am getting married! As such, I need to have a ton of blog posts planned out and this month, I am planning on reading a bunch of books based on certain topics to do so. You’ll probably see a lot of these books again at the end of the month and then in posts in November so sorry about that!

First off as most months, I have some ARCS I need to read and review. For October, I have four so far. (Hopefully I get 1-2 of these done in September but we will see how it goes.) I also have one ARC for November.

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On the off chance I don’t get around to it in September (considering I forgot about it until now, it’s likely), I’m throwing this in here. I Wanted You to Know comes out October 3rd so it will be the first book I read in October if I don’t read it before then.

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I’m very excited to be granted the opportunity to read this book and I will be surprised if I actually wait until October to read it. The Library of Lost Things comes out on October 8th so y’all can look for my review then!

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Dare to be You is a nonfiction book about what happens when girls “dare to be themselves” and how “they can truly change the world.” I’ve never reviewed a nonfcition book and I don’t think I’ve ever talked about on my blog. The book comes out October 22nd but you will be able to find my review up a week early, October 15th.

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My last arc is one I don’t remember requesting this but I’m sure I did. It’s about a wedding planner who finds love of her own or does she? I can’t wait to dig into this one and see what happens to Jasper and Renee. This book also comes out October 22nd and my review will be up that day.

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My first blog tour book!! This book doesn’t come out until November 5th but I need to get it read and my post together since I won’t be able to do it in November.

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Another book about a wedding and change within a family. This sounds a lot like A Wedding in December but not at Christmas. I hope it is because I loved A Wedding in December. I’m excited to crack this one open!

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A lot wedding themed books are focused on wedding planners. This one is too but I’m going to try to find some that aren’t!

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Everyone is reading this retelling of the 12 dancing princesses and I want to read it too! This book sounds so good and most people I follow have seemed to like it!

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Hello my name is Dana and I would sell my soul for a chance to read this book. I love history and I love the modern royal trope. I’m excited to read all of these but this has to be in my top 5 most exciting books I plan to read in October.

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I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! This is the first book I have ever preordered and it ships on the first of October. Once it gets here, nobody talk to me until I’m done. I adore the majority of this series (though all the book can be read as standalones) and Frozen means so much to me. I could write a whole page on why I want this book so bad so I’ll stop here.

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Another sort of fairytale-esh book. A lot of people read this as well and maybe I just have FOMO but I want to read it too! I love sister relationships and fairytales!

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This is the only currently released Twisted Tales that I haven’t read. I took it out of the library and took it back without even opening it so I want to try again. I hate knowing it’s the only one I haven’t read.

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I loved Prince Charming so I hope to be just as in love with Her Royal Highness. I have such high hopes because it is modern royals AND LGBT!!!!!!!

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While I do want to read the whole series of Villains, I am going limit myself to just this one this month. Mal is my favorite villain because she is so petty. She cursed a baby because she wasn’t invited to a party… or did she? There has to be more than that and I can’t wait to find out what it is that drives her.

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A Beauty and the Beast retelling!!! I’ve heard good and bad things about this book but I’m hopeful.

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I want to read this but how I didn’t realize how uncomfortable this cover makes me. It’s like their faces are being sucked into one.

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And Peggy! You barely hear about Peggy in the Hamilton musical and the only other thing I know about her is that once their house got broken into and she had to go downstairs to save a baby and got a tomahawk thrown at her.

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ELIZAAAAAAAAA. Okay, Eliza and her kindness remind me SO much of my own sister and it tears my heart to shreds whenever Eliza is upset in the musical (did you mean “the entire Hamilton musical after Helpless?” I really want to know more about her so I’m super excited.

I don’t have nearly the amount wedding themed books as I had wanted but honestly, I’ll start here and see what happens. If you guys have any happy books that include a wedding, please let me know!

Have you read any of these? Do you think you will? Let’s chat!!

September TBR

Happy almost September y ‘all! This year is really flying by! This coming month, I will be taking part in two read-a-thons. First is the ATLA read-a-thon and also a House Battles read-a-thon. I’ve tagged the twitters of both so you can check them out too!

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I have two ARC’s coming out in the middle or later portion of the month so they are at the top of my list to read. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is an ARC from NetGalley due to be published September 24th. I was so excited to be approved for this book because I think the blurb sounds great. This also counts as my Arithmancy (Books with a number in the title) for House Battles.

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Somewhere Along the Way By Kathleen Knowles is the other ARC coming out in September. It comes out September 10th. I will probably read this one first so I can get a review up on or around release day.

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I love the musical Hamilton and I probably already own three or 4 books, both fiction and non-fiction, about him. However when I went to go pens for work at the dollar store, I wandered through the book section as a joke and found this! For a dollar, I figured why not? (Counts as my History class in House Battles)

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This will be the second time you’ve seen this book on a TBR for me. I was supposed to read it in August and just…. didn’t? Then I joined the ATLA readathon on twitter and joined the Fire Nation. One of our prompts is read a book based on an interesting villain. I was going to pick another fairytale based book until Leelynn suggested using this one!

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Y’all can also thank Leelynn for this one. I started the audiobook in August as a trial for audiobooks. But with Dumplin’ clocking in between 371-400 pages, I could not wrap my head around spending almost TEN hours listening to it. So it also joined my ATLA readathon list as my “Give a book a second chance” challenge (also counts as DADA: Book you gave up on before for House Battles.) But this time I’m getting a copy to read, not to listen to.

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I picked up Emergency Contact in August at the local Books-A-Million. It was hanging out in the bargain section and I thought the cover was super cute. I think the idea of this book is SO cute and I really want to read it right now! (Also counts as Charms: Book new to you, for House Battles)

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I decided to try something new and I had my fiancée, Alice, pick a number between 1 and whatever the last number on my TBR list was. I am sure it has changed by now. But then I took that number and found the book labeled with it to pick my last planned book for September. I added this to my TBR in January so I’m glad to finally have a plan to read it.

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The Chaos of Standing Still is going to count as my Herbology book (book that means a lot to you) for House Battles!

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With the Fire on High is a book I’ve heard so many people talk about that I knew I had to read it! It fits perfectly in the Muggle Studies (hyped up book) and Divination (predicted 5 star read) classes for House Battles!

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This is the group book for ATLA read-a-thon. This is the one book on this list I’m not sure I will actually be reading but we will see!

Personally, I don’t plan all of my books and often books get shifted if I get approved for an ARC or if I find a book at the library I really want to read. Also I tend to push off books I own in favor of library books even though, as long as there isn’t a hold for them. So this is just a small planned list compared to what I am actually going to read.

Do you have any of these on your TBR? What book are you most looking forward to in September? Let me know!!!

Down the TBR hole || Part 1

A few days ago, while going through to find other people, I came across this post over at A Book. A thought. I had been planning on clearing out my TBR anyway and I thought I would give it a shot. Sofii does it every week I believe but I’m going to set mine up to go off every other Tuesday. You should be seeing this posted on August 13th so the next one should be the 27th

Also y’all, I’ve been having issues with comments I’m making on others posts getting stuck in the spam box. Please make sure you’re checking that so you don’t miss people who are trying to connect with you! Thank you!

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. I picked 10.

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Anatomy of Wings

Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister, Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers. As she recounts the final months of Beth’s life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles, and more questions. Was Beth’s death an accident? Why couldn’t Jennifer—or anyone else—save her? Through Jennifer’s eyes, we see one girl’s failure to cross the threshold into adulthood as her family slowly falls apart.

I’m going to pass on this one. It just didn’t call to me. Also, it’s been on my TBR since 2015.

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The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl’s beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen’s attempt on the sweet, naive girl’s life. 

Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen’s true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King’s first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.

In fact, the theories about exactly what cause the Queen’s obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen

I am absolutely keeping this! I believe it is now a series and I fully intend on reading all of the books!

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Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties with her tight-knit group of friends. The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl–especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker. Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana community–the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child. But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself. And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too–if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, yet wondrous, possibility.
I really don’t feel one way or another about this one. I’ll keep it around a while longer and come back to it.

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Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie. When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing. Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years…forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs.
I’m going to keep this one and I think I’m going to add it to my September TBR. I’ve seen some bad reviews so we will see!

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Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read. Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth: Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her. Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?
Yes I am keeping this! This sounds like my kind of book 100% and I will probably try to squeeze it into August.

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Sometimes finding your own voice is a matter of listening to the heart…. Jodi Picoult’s powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment….For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent — and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.
I love Jodi. This book could be about how dogs poop and I would still read it.

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Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he’ll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him. It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself. At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved – and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything – and everyone – in its path. This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.
I have been meaning to pick this up for ages. I will be doing so by October.

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For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy…” Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?
The last book I read by this author was a huge bust so I’m not sure I want to read this.

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For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way. Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?
Another undecided…. I’m just really unsure about this book.

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Kate was Lissa’s best friend. They’ve shared everything for four years. Then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn’t exist. Confused and alone, Lissa’s left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. But with the help of a free-spirit new friend, Lissa’s beginning to find the strength to realize that sometimes falling in love with the wrong person is the only way to find your footing.
I just want to read it!!

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Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive. These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving? From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.
I’m a sucker for sister relationships! Plus it just sounds so good???

I chose to do ten books per post that way I’m not overwhelmed and neither are you! I’m also going to use Sofii’s idea of having you guys interact! Am I keeping something you think I should pass on? Did I pass on one of your favorite books? Let me know!!

My August TBR

Hi everyone! As my first post on my brand new reading blog, (that may or may not still be in the progress of getting set up), I thought I would share my August 2019 TBR list! My goal for the year was to read 50 books and I read the first 25 within the first few months and then… I touched maybe five books until middle of July. So as of August 5th, I sit at 30 books.

With 20 books to go and no books to read, I decided to look into book blogs (like this one!) to find recommendations on what I should be reading! And then with a new fire, I added about 100 books to my Goodreads to read list and set off to the library and the book store. My love for books definitely got ahead of me as I bought three books and put five on hold. That’s just under half the books I need to read to finish my Goodreads challenge! Anywho! After all this rambling, let’s get into what eight books I plan to read in August.

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The first book I plan to read this month is The Sister Pact By Stacie Ramey. This is one of the books I purchased and I am starting with it because I am a sucker for sister relationships. I will be doing a mini review on this one as I have actually already finished reading it!

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Number two is Mary Poppins By P.L. Travers! As a huge Disney fan, I finally decided to dive into the world of Mary Poppins, something I had never done before. Since we are heading to Disney later this year, I figured what better way to count down than reading books about my one of my favorite characters. This one is taking me a while to get through as I am actually reading it to a friend when she does not feel well.

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Number three has got to be Heartless By Marissa Meyer. The backstory of The Queen of Hearts called to me when I saw it on many other TBR’s and recommendations. At the time I am writing this, I just watched my librarian put it on the hold shelf so I will probably start this tonight!

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Number four, Girl Made of Stars By Ashley Herring Blake is one that I saw a lot of people love and a few people had this on their disappointing books lists so I am interested to see where I land with it.

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As I start to wish I had kept track of where I found these books, we reach number five! This Is What It Feels Like By Rebecca Barrow. Reading the blurb on goodreads, I find myself unsure of why exactly I wanted to read this one but hey, I’ll give it a shot.

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Number six I am ashamed to say, I have passed over many, many time despite only hearing good things! The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was on so many top book lists that I just can’t ignore it anymore!

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Number seven has honestly got my favorite cover of any of these and it’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. The cover is absolutely what drew me to the book first. That bright, punchy yellow and the daisy, I saw this on one or two book lists and then bought it that night.

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Last but not least is….. The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler. I got this book because it was less than three dollars and I had read one book from this author before. The Goodreads page says “A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I’m Not Her that’s “Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult.” Jodi happens to be my favorite author of all time so I am excited to see how this book compares!

And that’s it! Those are my eight planned books for August! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of these books or are they on your TBR?