June TBR

I’m trying to hold myself accountable because, I’ll be real here, I’ve been seriously slacking on my reading and reviewing. I’ve been super busy with life and whatever, but not reading feels weird. There’s a big black hole where books should be and I feel it, every single day when I don’t real. I hate it. It’s the WORST. So I’ve decided to do what I do best and make a list. I’m a to do list addict. If I make a list and something is on there, I WILL accomplish it. So here’s my June TBR list! Tell me what you’re reading, what you’re excited about, and what your plans are for June!

Note: These are the bare minimum for June. I’m sure there will be more.

What are you reading? What was your last FIVE STAR read?

Jordan

Best of 2016: YA Book Madness’ Top 16 YA Reads

It’s been a crazy year. I’ve done so much that I never thought I would with writing and making blogger/author friends. Through all the chaos I’ve read some amazing books (though not all of them got reviewed). Last year I broke my top picks into categories. This year, I’ve decided to do an overall top 16 and then into broad categories. Tell me if you’ve read any on my list, what you thought, and feel free to recommend some of your top 2016 YA books!!!

BEST OF 2016 YA OVERALL 

BEST of 2016 SCIENCE FICTION

BEST of 2016 CONTEMPORARY

BEST of 2016 HORROR

BEST of 2016 THRILLER

BEST of 2016 PARANORMAL 

Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

Endless Possibilities Read-A-Thon (6/4-6/6)

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As a blogger that frequently works with Good Tales Book Tours, when I received an email announcing a read-a-thon, I had to join. Taking place from June 4-June 6 from 2PM to 9PM CST daily, this seems like the perfect way to tackle my ever growing TBR pile and maybe even knock some NetGalley titles off my list.

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If you’d like to join in on the fun, head on over here –>JOIN!

Be sure to stop by the website and check out the many guest authors stopping by!

If you’re interested, there’s also a Facebook party featuring author interactions, freebies, and giveaways –> Facebook Event

Without further ado, here’s my read-a-thon TBR:

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • Night School: Endgame by CJ Daugherty
  • Those Girls by Lauren Saft
  • Strange Skies by Kristi Helvig

Please share your TBRs in the comments ❤

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You Decide: What Should I Review and/or Read Next?

As you know, I’ve been pretty behind on reviews and while I’ve read a ton of books, I can’t decide which to review next, so I thought, why not let my readers pick?

I’ve made two polls that you can pick your choices on. Both have other options where you can insert your own pick of what I should read or review next!

I’d love to hear from you all, and really would like to put out reviews that you’re interested in seeing, when you want them.

That being said:

Please vote, I’ll decide on Monday 🙂

Happy reading and weekend all,

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The DNF Pile

As avid book readers we’re no strangers to categorizing and putting things into nice little piles. We all have our TBR, our TBReviewed, and various subcategories that we create on Goodreads to help give us the semblance of sanity and/or order. But the dirty secret, the black sheep in the corner is the DNF(did not finish) pile. We don’t like to talk about it, we don’t like to think about it, and in fact, every time we’re forced to put a new book into that pile our hearts break into a billion itsy bitsy pieces and the guilt, THE GUILT could damn near destroy us.

Everyone assumes the DNF pile is bad, that the books in there are trash, riddled with grammatical errors, typos, and boring, stereotypical characters and plots filled with holes. Here’s my confession:

The truth is, the books in my DNF pile are not typically any of those adjectives above but simply did not resonate with me. The DNF, I would argue, is extremely personal. It’s not about the book, it’s about the special connection that seeps deep beneath your skin, spreads through your body warming your heart and touching your soul. Just because something is in a friend’s DNF pile doesn’t mean that it sucks and you shouldn’t try it or that you should throw the book away, in fact, I suggest that you put the book aside and try it at a later date.

As a reader, you know as well as I that sometimes you’re just not ready for a specific book, sometimes extenuating circumstances in your life can make you feel so intensely towards a book that you immediately dismiss it. It may be that you tried, read to your cut-off page limit* and just couldn’t read anymore. It might be that a certain character or plot element really disgusts you or pushes your buttons and for some people that is enough.

It’s been a while since I’ve had to place a book in my DNF pile and with a heavy heart I did so today. I read, and I pondered, and I tried my hardest but this book just did not work for me. I was unprepared for the twisted hurt that invaded by thoughts and the nauseated feeling I got as I cast the book aside. THIS IS NOT OKAY. As a blogger and general lover of books, it nearly literally makes me sick to put a book aside but the thought that I can go back to it and later and maybe, just maybe I’ll fall in love gives me hope.

We’re all different people with a kaleidoscope of emotions and likes, dislikes, preferences. Don’t let the DNF pile consume you. If you read a review and see a book that you think sounds fantastic on a DNF pile, take that with a grain of salt. Ultimately, you as the wonderfully unique person you are decide what to love and whether a book is valuable to you.

I look at my DNF pile as a land of misplaced toys or second chances, something to revisit at a later date and find again. Try it, I bet you’ll feel better.

***Mine is page 50, if I can’t get into the book, I’m done.

Keep reading, have a great weekend,

-BB