TBR | Managing your TBR list

All book lovers know that the struggle of the TBR list can be very difficult. It seems to be a never-ending list that grows faster than you can knock things off of it. I have seen a few difference creative ways that people use to help them decide which books they read next but I am curious to see how my readers decide.

Here are some questions I have for you:

Do you only put books on your TBR list that you own? Or do you have a different way to categorize the books that you own vs. the books that you are interested in reading

How do you choose which book you read next?

How long is your TBR list?

How/what tools do you use to keep track of your TBR list?

What do you do with the books that have been on your TBR list for a long time? Do you treat them differently if they have been on there for a month vs. a year?

Have you ever knocked books off of your list without reading them? Why? – BE HONEST!

I am guilty of having two different TBR lists – the one on goodreads that often contains books I will never get around to reading and my book shelves which contain books that I have fully intended on reading at one point and still haven’t.

Are you successfully managing your TBR? How do you do it?

Wishlist Wednesday | Dumplin by Julie Murphy


Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Everyone I know has been raving about this book. I feel like I am actually missing out of a huge phenomenon by not having picked this book up yet! If you haven’t heard about it yet, and the description above has piqued your interest then check it out! If you are still unsure Goodreads has a sample (the first three chapters) that you can read.

I have officially added this book to the top of my to read pile and I am hoping you all will join me! If anyone would like to do a mini book club and discuss this book with me as we read I would LOVE that! Please send me an email or let me know in the comments below!

Wishlist Wednesday | Stitch Head – The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin by Guy Bass

The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin

He’s back! Join Stitch Head, a mad professor’s forgotten creation, as he steps out of the shadows into the adventure of an almost-lifetime…The orphans at Castle Grotteskew are running riot …and getting hungry. With no food in the castle, Stitch Head and Arabella head down to Grubbers Nubbin to see what they can pilfer, but there they encounter a terrifying, savage beast. Could one of Professor Erasmus’s creations be on the loose…?

I must have been asleep for the whole first week of June because I seem to have missed the release of this fabulous piece of work! Although this is a Wishlist Wednesday, I’m not going to lie to you all. I ordered it already and should have it in two weeks. I cannot wait to read this book and am a little disappointed in myself for not ordering it sooner.

If you would like to check out the rest of the series I will link my reviews below. 

Stitch Head #1

Stitch Head #2 Pirate’s Eye

Stitch Head #3 Ghost of Grotteskew

Stitch Head #4 Spider’s Lair

If you would like to order a copy of The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin (click here). I have attached the link to Book Depository, it is on sale AND has free worldwide shipping! Check out the rest of the series while you are there, you won’t be disappointed.

For more reviews see The Picky Pages Project!

Wishlist Wednesday | Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Series

So, here I am falling in love with the newest book of the Selection Series and now I find out that I have to wait until October 6th for the companion book to come out with all kinds of addition scenes and content. Although I loved the first 3 books in the series I have yet to read the novellas. I own some of the short stories but this looks like it is going to be a complete collection of all of them.

I know there are a lot of haters of this series but I loved these books for there easy-going style and simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that these aren’t the kinds of books you want to read if you love heavy literature but they were a great escape.

I am dying to read the rest of this series, and I love Eadlyn’s story thus far but you will hear more about all that when I do my review of The Heir 🙂

Book Announcement | All Closed Off by Cora Carmack

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.


To say that I’m excited that the Rusk University series is continuing, is an understatement. But what I’m most thrilled about, is the fact that this story will focus on Stella and Ryan’s budding relationship, after the traumatic event that nearly ruined her life. At the end of All Broke Down, Dylan and Silas discover that Stella has been sexually assaulted by someone on the football team. I don’t want to give away too much more, but here’s a snippet of Cora Carmack’s thoughts on the forthcoming novel.

“While I was writing All Broke Down, the news was inundated with information about the Steubenville rape trial and other tragedies and injustices like it. Tragedies where women have been violated first by an attacker, then by judgmental and hateful people, and finally by a justice system that repeatedly fails survivors of sexual assault. Having grown up in Texas, where too often football stars are treated like gods and can get away with just about anything, it hit particularly close to home. And since All Broke Down featured a passionate activist heroine, I felt compelled to reference this chronic dark underbelly of elite sports… So I let go of all the plans I had for her, and allowed her to tell me her story, which is about more than just sexual assault. It’s about the aftermath. Depression. Shame. Guilt. Anger. Injustice. Victim-blaming. Slut-shaming. It’s about the way that kind of event can change everything– how you relate to people, how you think, how you dream, how you love. It’s about the way the rest of the world moves on to the next big tragedy, and you’re still left holding the broken pieces of who you used to be, with no idea how to put them together again or even if you want to. It will be the most difficult story I ever tell. And the most important. Because it’s a story that belongs not just to Stella, but to millions of people around the world. It’s a story that belongs to a new person every 107 seconds*. And that’s just in the United States. Think about that for a moment. 107 seconds. Stella’s story won’t be any easier to read than it will be to write. But I hope you’ll help me drag this story into the light.”

*Statistic from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)

Look for it to be published independently sometime in 2016. Cora has also included in her email that she is using this book as an outlet for her readers who’ve had similar experiences to Stella’s. There is additional information that I can provide to you, if you’re comfortable sharing your story or having it mentioned in the book. The forms can be anonymous or not – That is the readers choice. You can also use the hashtag #WhenItHappened on social media, to add your voice.

Wishlist Wednesday | The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

I am now a lover of all things E. Lockhart after reading “We were liars” and I got word that the movie rights to this book had been purchased. This means it goes to the top of my TBR pile, which of course means another trip to the book store! Those people must love me.

The reviews for this book seem to be pretty mixed, I have a few favourite reviewers that have loved it though, so I am going to take the leap and give it a chance. Anyone want to read it with me? Maybe do chapter by chapter reviews! I guess we will see! 🙂

Wishlist Wednesday | Book Events

Last week, Aurora and I accidentally discovered that was were going to be attending the same event – And when I mean accidentally, we both found out at 4:30am when she posted on Facebook that she was headed on an adventure, and I asked.

We hadn’t seen each other in at least 4 years, so it was very exciting to be able to spend at least a few moments together.

The event was an exciting opportunity to discover what new books are being released this spring and summer. Although we have a series of book previews already ready to be published on the blog, we quickly found more that grabbed out attention – And even some of those books managed to sneak their way to the top of our ‘To Be Read’ piles… Whoops!

But what I’m wondering, is how many other of our readers enjoy attending events like these, or even the wonderful ‘Book Cons’ that are also becoming super popular. I know that there’s a large book convention coming up in June at the Toronto Convention Centre (I believe), and while I’d love to go, I’ve already made plans that weekend.

Or do people prefer a book reading of a local author (or maybe even someone more famous) where they get the chance to hear that author lament about the writing process, the love of their characters, and the general excitement that they have for their craft.

What are your thoughts readers? Feel free to comment below, or shoot either us an email with your thoughts!