Reshelved

Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I haven’t been putting down a lot of books lately! So the ones I’ve put down were pretty much because I was reaaaally struggling to get into them or, in the case of one, a “not in the mood for this” kind of thing.

 

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Preacher comic

 

Preacher Book 1 by Garth Dennis and Steve Dillon: I was really excited to start this comic after I heard that AMC was making it into a show. I got about halfway in and I was just not into it at all. I think it’s going to make an interesting show but I just couldn’t get myself excited about the comic even though I thought the plot was fairly interesting. I’ll be checking out the show but I think I won’t continue on with the comics.

 

 

 

Ash & Bramble

 

 

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas: I was so stoked about this fairytale retelling but I had the hardest time finding myself getting into it so I would delay picking it up when I had any reading time. It was just ridiculously boring when I was expecting this dark and awesome retelling. I wasn’t into the characters much either.

 

 

 

 

Revenge and the Wild

 

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto: This one isn’t one I put down because I wasn’t into it or didn’t like it but just I wasn’t at all in the mood for this type of book. It’s a mishmash of genres and normally I’m into that but I just was feeling like I wanted something else. I definitely plan on getting back to this one because it was it’s like this awesome mix of a Western and fantasy and all sorts of other cool stuff.

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

I have done SOOOOO well with my library books lately! I’ve been so proud of myself because I only have one book I returned unread in the past 6 months — and I’ve gotten quite a few books out!

 

A Little Life

 

 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara : I was SOOOOO excited to read this one. I was on the waiting list for FOREVER and then it finally came in….at a bad week. I was sooo busy and it’s a thick book and I just didn’t have the time to read it. I plan to add myself back to the list soon but I may just end up buying it so I can take my time with it.

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or maybe feel similarly and also put it down?

Reshelved

Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!

 

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22718754Forever For A Year by B.T. Gottfred: I had heard some hilara-bad things about this book but I decided to give it a try but within ~10 pages I knew I couldn’t do it. I could not handle the voice at all. The MC was going into 9th grade and it was too young for me and very stream-0f-consciousness…felt like reading my 8th grade diary. Seriously cringy for me. So I flipped around to see what was happening in the book to know if maybe the story would make up for it but NOPE…realized it was so not a ME book and I so would not get over the voice and just the story in general did not seem interesting to me. It was a book about a girl who wanted to be cool and not “geeky” like she had been and then she meets a boy and FIRST, FAST LOVE AND EXPLORATION OF SEX AND STUFF…but as I flipped through it was just so…boring? Not bringing much to the table? I don’t know how to explain it. Just MEH. Could have been great in showing young love but woof….not for me at all.

 

 

 

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Our Brothers At The Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea by Jonathan Kranz: This one sounded interesting — mystery and grief and a good beach setting — but I just couldn’t get into it. There wasn’t really any reason that I can put my finger on…I just couldn’t. Didn’t really care what was going on enough to keep going and got distracted a lot but that could have been the structure of the book?  Could have just been a me thing and I wasn’t in the mood for it though? I don’t really know. Don’t think I’ll go back to this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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Future Perfect by Jennifer Larsen: I had gotten two books for review around the same time where the MCs were fat. I was really excited! I read Dumplin’ first and loooved it. I tried to read this one and, I’m not one who tries to compare books, but I couldn’t help but think how much I’d rather be re-reading Dumplin’ again because things were not clicking for me in this book. Was excited about another body positive novel but it just wasn’t doing it.

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

I legit did amazing with my library books lately! Only one out of like 7 of them went back unread. I AM ABLE TO CHANGE I SWEAR.

 

 

10572A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: So in August I watched the first season of Game of Thrones and I got really hyped to read the books so I thought maybe I would just start with this book (but before that check out online the differences between the book 1 and season 1) and hold off on watching the second season of GoT. But then I watched one episode and I was like okay I’ll start reading the book after this one. But then I watched another episode. And then in 2 weeks suddenly I was starting season 5. Soooo eventually I think I will go back and read the books but I got too absorbed in the show and I don’t want to read them and watch them at the same time. But I definitely feel like I AM interested enough to read the books. I want more. I am VERY curious how different the books are from the show. Can anybody tell me??

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly?  Please tell me about how different the books vs. the show GoT is!!

Reshelved

Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!

 

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Emancipated

Emancipated by M.G. Reyes: Man, the premise of having emancipated teens all living together could have meant for some major shenanigans…and maybe they happened but I didn’t stick around to find out. The little I read unfortunately bored me and I was not digging all the POVs particularly because the characters all felt like cardboard-y kind of cliches that just don’t work for me at all. I put it down VERY early on so no idea if the mystery element would have grabbed me at any point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magonia

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley: I was so sad I wasn’t into this one!!! I love strange and unique books so it was disappointing that I wasn’t into this one. I got 31% into it and I just wasn’t feeling it at all. Didn’t care about any of it and I was just like either it’s my mood or it’s just a little too strange and offbeat for me. Wasn’t sure but I knew I was stalling to pick it up so it was time to let it go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rogue By Any Other Name

 

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean: This is not at all a book I put down because of the actual book! The audio was just not working for me. The narrator was REALLY good — especially with the voices — but I was listening when I was driving and I could NOT at all concentrate as well as I needed to with her British accent. AND I LOVE BRITISH ACCENTS. I kept missing things and it was unfortunate. SOO I will be picking this up as physical book sometime soon but had to DNF the audiobook version. I LOVED HER NARRATION THOUGH. SO TALENTED. Just couldn’t concentrate.

 

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

I did SO bad with my library books recently because I took them out at the same time as I did Froi of the Exiles and because that’s huge (and amazing) it took me forever to read which combined with busy month of May…I couldn’t even think about touching them. SAD. I even renewed them and still didn’t get to them.

 

 

More Than This

 

 More Than This by Patrick Ness: I’m sooooo bummed I didn’t get to this before it had to go back. He was at BEA this year and all I kept thinking about is how everyone loves him and I’ve never read his books :((   DEFINITELY planning on getting this again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


How To Save a Life

 

How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr : I WILL READ THIS ONE DAY. It looks so like a Jamie book and has been on my list for forever. May was just not the month for me and getting books read.

 

 

 

 
Vivian Apple At The End of the World

 

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle: I got this out from the library for book club but then OH DUH I realized I couldn’t make book club that month so I just never ended up reading it. I haven’t decided if I will get it back out again. Have you guys read it?? What do you think??

 

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly? Which books should I make a priority to grab again from the library??

Reshelved

Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!

 

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Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn: I know this one won awards and is beloved but I just couldn’t. I had read Complicit and wasn’t too fond of it but I wanted to give this one a chance. I got about 25 pages into this one and I could just tell it wasn’t going to be my thing again. I spoke with a friend and told her how I was feeling and she pretty much confirmed I wouldn’t love Charm & Strange either so that made THAT easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman: This one was probably more a matter of me not being in the mood for it. I was reading it and about 15 pages in I could just tell I wasn’t feeling compelled to keep reading. I would maybe pick it up at another time because it wasn’t that I wasn’t LIKING it but, at the same time, I know that I probably won’t have that pull to pick it back up ever. Truly I was just reading it for a themed read around Halloween and it had the promise of being a creepy fairytale retelling. Probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Here and the Now by Ann Brasheres: I could NOT get into this one when my book club decided to read it. It was causing me to be in a reading slump hardcore (side effects of being a mood reader, man) and I just dreaded picking it up. I ended up not reading it for book club but then I tried again to pick it up after a review for it piqued my interest and because I thought maybe I just hadn’t been in the mood for it. NOPE. Did not care to keep reading at all.

 

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

 

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

 

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: I’ve been wanting to start this series because I’ve heard such AMAAZING things about it and I had high hopes of getting to it but BACK IT HAD TO GO. Buuuuuuuut…as we speak right now I just went back and got it so let’s hope I don’t fail this time around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Chime by Franny Billingsly : This is an older one but when it came out I wasn’t super into fantasy or anything supernatural-y really so I never read it but I had heard AMAZING things about it.  Apparently the writing is really pretty too! I thought maybe now would be a good time to get to it but WOMP WOMP never got time and my renews were up and this was far too thick for me to even try to start and finish it.

 

 

 

 

 
The Sweetest Hallelujah

 

The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey: This was a adult fiction book I purely picked up on a whim at the library. Didn’t know anything about it but was really craving an adult historical fiction….until I finally had time to read this one. Then I wasn’t in the mood for one.  Will probably try to grab this one again!

 

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly? Which books should I make a priority to grab again from the library??

Reshelved

Time for another edition of Reshelved in which I share what books I’ve put down lately and which ones I sadly had to take back to the library unread! Check out past Reshelved posts here!

 

Put Down

 

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

 

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin: In this case I don’t know if it was me not liking it or the fact I was audio-booking it. I thought it was okay when I was listening to it and that the premise was interesting but then my ipod died (the only thing I use this Ipod for is audiobooks) and I didn’t care enough to ever charge it and finish the story. It obviously wasn’t doing much for me on audio so I decided to officially put it down. I might try it again in print sometime but I wasn’t fully sold on it via audio.

 

 

 

 


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Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann: I read a couple of the poems in it and it was short enough that I probably could have finished it real quick but I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I like poetry and I liked the idea of this but it just never felt urgent enough for me to keep going. There were one or two poems I really liked but I think this just wasn’t for me.

 

 

 

 

Friendship by Emily Gould

 

 

Friendship by Emily Gould: I got 50 pages into this one and I just had no craps to give. It was taking a really long for me to find something…ANYTHING to care about or be interested in. Other than the fact it was a story about friendship. I was sooooo excited about this one but I just really wasn’t feeling it. I think I’ll be fine not ever reading it. SAD BECAUSE I SO THOUGHT I WOULD LOVE IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han: I’ve been really wanting to finish series I’ve started and I picked this up at the end of the summer because it feels like the perfect summer books! Definitely plan to pick this one back up!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: I really was craving some good non-fiction because I used to read much more of it and I decided to grab this one! But then I had some review books and such that I wanted to get to and before I knew it I burned through my renewals so back to the library it went.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: In the past couple years I’ve started to really care about what I eat and I’ve heard good things about this book! I read a few pages and was really interested by it but just didn’t find time to fit it in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly? Which books should I make a priority to grab again from the library??

Reshelved {2}

So, you all know that I STINK at putting down books…and then I decided to make a feature to lay out all my potential books to put down for you all to decide if I should keep going or not but I’ve decided that, in reality, that was just perpetuating my indecision to put down books. Rather than being decisive about putting a book down and never looking back I was all, “Um I put this down but please convince me I should pick it back up??” Basically. So I’ve decided to quit that approach and be like my friend Anna and be confident in putting down books I am not into. I also decided that it would be a fun way to tell you what I got from the library but never got to…because seriously some books I renew 2 or 3 times and I STILL never get to them. So…basically all these book are reshelved either because I wasn’t into them or because I am the suckiest library patron in existence.

 

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The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert

 

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: I really enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray & Love, though I know that a lot of people didn’t, so I was really excited for this one! I will say the writing was amazing…just really, really impressive and, even though I liked EPL, the writing in this put THAT to shame. But I was BORED BORED BORED. I don’t mind slower paced novels but I just couldn’t get into it at all…couldn’t care about anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Half Bad by Sally Green
: GUYS this was one of my 2014 most anticipated debuts and I just hit a wall with it. I was really enjoying at first because it was different and interesting but then I just did not feel like picking it up at all. I can’t tell if it was just a bad timing sort of thing or not but it was just making me get into a slump. Sad because it was such a unique paranormal book! (I would love to hear from someone who read this if I should try it again later! I was on page 194…if that helps).

 

 

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

YOU GUYS. This last library trip I was SO grabby hands and did SUCH a bad job. I renewed and somehow time FLEW and then I had like 4 days to read a bajillion library books plus I was planning my sister’s bridal shower sooo sadly these got all returned! I plan on getting ALLLL of these back out. You should check out my review for one of the library books I DID get to because it was excellent!!

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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham: I loooove Lauren Graham which is why I primarily picked this one up because I know she is talented as hell and I’ve heard good things to back that up. DAMN MY TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR HAVING TO RETURN THIS ONE!!

 

 

 

 

Harmonic Feedback

 

 

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly: I picked this one up because I know Ginger loves it and MUSIC RELATED is always a draw for me! Plus I love me some misfits!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe

 

 

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I’ve heard NOTHING but amazing things about this one! I was hoping to get to it soon when I return to the library. A few people are going to yell at me for not getting to it yet!

 

 

 

 

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Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie: I had randomly come across her book Arranged while browsing the library and I loved it (adult contemporary fiction about a girl who gives an arranged marriage service a chance) so I was browsing and saw this one was in as well and LOVED the concept of someone who goes missing in a foreign country during a massive natural disaster and is presumed dead and comes back into their life and everything has changed and people have moved on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly? Which books should I make a priority to grab again from the library??

Reshelved {1}

So, you all know that I STINK at putting down books…and then I decided to do something about it with my Reconsider or Release? feature but I’ve decided that, in reality, that was just perpetuating my indecision to put down books. Rather than being decisive about putting a book down and never looking back I was all, “Um I put this down but please convince me I should pick it back up??” Basically. So I’ve decided to quit that approach and be like my friend Anna and be confident in putting down books I am not into. I also decided that it would be a fun way to tell you what I got from the library but never got to…because seriously some books I renew 2 or 3 times and I STILL never get to them. So…basically all these book are reshelved either because I wasn’t into them or because I am the suckiest library patron in existence.

 

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Tumble & Fall Alexandra Coutts

 

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts: This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and I just could not get into it all which made me very, very sad. I think it was a case of expectations and what I PERSONALLY was expecting from a book where people know they are going to die in a few days because an asteroid was going to hit the earth. I did not catch that drift from this book. I just think I was just expecting something super poignant and reflective and people letting nothing go unsaid and doing things they NEEDED to do before they died. I’m curious to know what happened (ie if they got blown to smithereens) but not enough to pick it up. SO MAYBE SOMEBODY TELL ME?? haha

 

 

 

 

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Organize Your Mind Organize Your Life: So I was really starting to feel frazzled and like my life was out of control and needing organization and to get myself motivated so I thought maybe this book would help but MEH. It was interesting at first because I kept nodding my head likes “YES that’s so my problem” when they were talking the psychology of it all but then it was TOO much about all that stuff for me. I tried skimming to see where the “action-y” stuff came into play but I didn’t see much. It seemed more like just TELLING you how to fix it and, while I enjoy the psychology of it all and HOW, I also need something action oriented. Give me some practical application. Let me see how I can use what I’ve learned to fix this. So I put it down because I wasn’t patient enough to finish and I’m not sure if it was for me.

 

 

 

Went Back To The Library Unread

(not because I didn’t WANT to read them but I stink at reading things when I’m supposed to)

 

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Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey: I was really excited to read this since my Courting the Romance genre experiment went well! The premise sounds so good and I’ve good things from Ginger so I do want to get this one back again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Obviously this one comes with a lot of hype and I do want to grab it again eventually!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel: This one I randomly happened upon while I was just wandering the library and I’m curious about it. Sounds like a tear jerker! Has anyone read this or heard anything about it??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you feel differently about any of the books I put down? Or similarly? Which books should I make a priority to grab again from the library??

Reconsider or Release? (4)

In my attempt to remedy my struggle to put down books I’m not really into at all, I started Reconsider or Release to help me learn to put down books (release them back) or decide it was a case of bad timing and maybe reconsider it. I will sporadically lay out my DNF books on the metaphorical table for my readers and let you help me decide if I should just MOVE ON and release the books or maybe reconsider them. So, vote either reconsider or release and maybe provide some compelling reasons for why I should reconsider or release OR at least just tell me what your general thoughts on the book were that might help me in my decision! Ultimately I know that life is too short to read books I don’t love but sometimes some books take a little bit more to get into!

 

Stork by Wendy Delsol

Stork by Wendy Delsol

Why I Picked It Up: I loved the premise and the prospect of some Norse mythology weaved into contemporary world.

 Why I Put It Down: I was listening to this one on audiobooks and just could not have cared less about the story and I found the main character to be seriously irritating. That sort of thing doesn’t always bother me but in this case I was LISTENING to it so it became obnoxious because the narrator’s voice was killing me. I also could NOT handle all of the mentions of really specific brands and things that would make it reallllyyy irrelevant in a few years. Lots of fashion-y name dropping even though I get WHY because the character was from LA and into fashion.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Why I Picked It Up: I had just watched The Walking Dead and wanted something with zombies and had heard pretty decent things about this one!

Why I Put It Down: SUPER BORED. It was choppy and I just really didn’t care at all. I know it wasn’t supposed to be a fast paced zombie story going into it but I couldn’t concentrate on it at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade

Why I Picked It Up: It sounded really cool — a girl who was an experiment (was made from part human and extraterrestrial) was broken free by a man who is now her dad and he tries to keep her safe and integrated into normal society without being found out by those now looking for her. I liked that she already KNEW she was different before the book starts.

 Why I Put It Down: It was my gym read and I just felt bored by it. I feel like this one could have been a matter of “this shouldn’t be my gym read” so that maybe I could have really immersed myself into it and gotten through the initial part that I was having trouble with.

 

 

 

 

 

So let me know if you’ve read either of these and let me know if I should absolutely pick it back up or if you think I’m ok by just letting it remain in the DNF pile!

Reconsider or Release? (3)

In my attempt to remedy my struggle to put down books I’m not really into at all, I started Reconsider or Release to help me learn to put down books or decide it was a case of bad timing. I sporadically lay out my DNF books on the metaphorical table for my readers and let you help me decide if I should just MOVE ON and release the books or maybe reconsider them. So, vote either reconsider or release and maybe provide some compelling reasons for why I should reconsider or release OR at least just tell me what your general thoughts on the book were that might help me in my decision!

 

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

  Why I Picked It Up: I’d heard amazing things about it and honestly the cover was so pretty! haha. It seemed easily like a story I’d get lost in.

 Why I Put It Down: Initially I only put it down because I had a book to read for a blog tour so it was honestly supposed to be temporary but then I just never picked it back up. I wasn’t super in love with it and I was around page 100ish. It’s been almost a month and I haven’t been compelled to pick it back up.

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Why I Picked It Up: I really quite like issue-y type books. I’m always wanting to find the ones that tackle these issues well so that I can recommend them. I hadn’t read an eating disorder book in a while (not since Wasted by Myra Hornbacher) so I thought this would be a good one.

Why I Put It Down: Bored, bored, bored. Also, the MC was really irritating. That’s not always a dealbreaker for me but in this case I just didn’t care about her at all and was bored.

So let me know if you’ve read either of these and let me know if I should absolutely pick it back up or if you think I’m ok by just letting it remain in the DNF pile!

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