Down The TBR Hole #9 & Buddy Read with me?

This is week nine of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story. I’m also interested in buddy reading again, since I had so much fun doing that before, see the list at the bottom for more info.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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?

The Books:

Image result for silent echoSilent Echo by Elisa Freilich

Only looking at the cover of this book makes me go “ugh no” and when reading the synopsis I think exactly the same. A muted girl that gets back her voice, which is apparently super powerful and also she falls in love with a musician.

The Judgement: GO






Image result for percy jackson the lightning thiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I really liked the movie, so I should definitely read this one (also people have been bugging me about this book for ages, so I should probably just get it over with).

The Judgement: KEEP







Image result for carve the mark veronica rothCarve The Mark by Veronica Roth

You know, it’s Veronica Roth, soooo… Everybody has probably read the Divergent series which I really enjoyed, so I’m going to keep this one too.

The Judgement: KEEP






Image result for a million worlds with you claudia grayA Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

I need this pretty thing so my trilogy is complete! So stunning and also an awesome series, it has dimensional travelling!

The Judgement: KEEP






Image result for a torch against the nightA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I should learn not to add sequels before reading the first in a series. This is exactly why my TBR is such a mess. Goodbye (for now)

The Judgement: GO

Did I make the right decisions? Have you read these books?




I’ve really enjoyed buddy reading with you all the past few months, and I really want to do it again sometime. So if you’d like to read with me, let me know! I want to read any book from my Beat The Backlist tbr (on goodreads) below, and then preferably the ones that I already own, but other books on my tbr are good too!

  • Shadow Web by N.M. Browne — own
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman — own
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon — own
  • Dangerous by Shannon Hale — own
  • A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. by Penny Dolan — own
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore — own
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — own
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo — own
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo — own
  • A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski — own
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater — own
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany — own
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking — own

Buddy Review | Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares with Eve and Lucy

Guess what, I’m going to post today after all!

Together with Eve and Lucy, I read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and it is a lovely, very cute and funny book, which is perfect for Christmas and winter time! You can read the rest of this review on Eve’s blog and Lucy’s blog.

“I’ve left some clues for you.7741325
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Do you like the main character(s) and why?

Lu: I really liked Dash, I loved his extensive vocabulary and how he wasn’t as reserved by the end of the book. I liked Lily, despite her being a bit sorry for herself through the book, she was really fun and unique, and had a positive feeling about her.

Eve: Yes I did! I found I connected to Lily far more; although I liked Dash too he felt a bit pretentious and disconnected from me, idk.

Lia: Both characters were so much fun to read about, they were (like I said in Eve’s post) so unique and quirky!

Do you like the cover?

Lu: I don’t know what covers you have, but I love the New York street sign cover that I have with all of the street lights, buildings and falling snow. I think it shows loads of the story on it.

Eve: I have the blue edition with the silhouette of NYC. It’s quite a nice cover, but there’s nothing Christmassy on it at all which makes me sad! I think I prefer some of the other ones I’ve looked up haha.

Lia: I like the cover but it’s not amazing, I think it’s a bit busy. I like how it looks very winter-ish and reminds you of big cities.

My (mini) Review

This book was so enjoyable to read, it got me in a very festive mood, even though it isn’t even December yet. Usually I am not really a Christmas type of person, I mean I like snow and Christmas trees and lights and things like that, but I don’t really enjoy the family get-togethers. Also, usually I am so busy with school that only when Christmas break starts I get this sudden awareness that it is almost Christmas, and then when it is over I start listening to Christmas music because I hadn’t had time before! But this book changed that and I have been in the Christmas mood for weeks!

The characters were lovely and quirky and they got me laughing out loud a lot of times. The book left me wanting more, because the end was so sudden (probably because I wasn’t keeping track of where I was in the book). So I started reading the next book almost immediately (as in I started two days ago and am almost finished). The second book Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, is almost equally cute and funny. But, I have to say, I didn’t like the beginning that much. Twelve Days is set a year after the first book and a lot has happened in those months, and not just good things. It made me sad that the characters weren’t as happy as in the first book. A plus is, I think, that Dash was a little less mister know-it-all and pretentious. I will finish the book tonight (as in I’ll read it right away). There will be no separate review for this book.

I rate Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars out of 5 stars)! I recommend this book to anyone who loves Christmas and cute contemporary YA books.

I hope you liked this review and check out Eve’s and Lucy’s blogs because they are both super nice and amazing bloggers! Have you read this book/these books?

Buddy Reading: a general announcement

So yesterday I asked if someone wanted to buddy read with me and I got a lot of responds so yayyy 😀 I’m exited! I want give this buddy-reading my own swing, so I think it would be cool to do buddy-reads with three persons instead of two. Some people wanted to read the same books, but I don’t want to choose between you so we can just read it together, right? If you hate each other it’s okay to say so then I won’t make you 😉

The buddies & book combinations I came up with are:

For me it doesn’t matter when I read them, at least if it’s not all at the same time because that would be a bit too much. So let me know what works for you.

I got a great idea last night. I don’t know what is normal when doing buddy reads because I’ve never done it before, but I’m assuming you write a review together at the end. I wanted to do something a little bit different, I wanted to give it a sort of interview style thing. I create nine questions (maybe more?) and we answer them in a chat-like style, like in a conversation. We then split it in three times three questions and we can make a mini-series of reviews on every blog (so three questions per blog). Okay maybe this is weird… or not. Let me know what you think.

Also I thought a general announcement would be easier than sending you all messages (yeah I’m lazy, sorry). If someone else wants to buddy read, check out my previous post, and maybe I can fit you in somewhere 🙂

Buddy Reading! Who wants to collab?

Hey everybody!

I read a post by Jasmine from How Useful It Is about buddy reading and then I read this post by Megan from Bookslayer Reads and I am sold! Buddy reading sounds like so much fun 😀

So if you want to collab and read together I would love that!

Books that I am planning to read soon are:

  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan (eARC from Netgalley)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdier
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy #2)
  • Graceling by Kirstin Cashore
  • Emma by Jane Austen (I will read this in November)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Right now that is all, but if there’s a book on Netgalley I can request to read together, let me know!

Do you want to be my book buddy?

Also if you want to collab for some other project (or literally anything), you can always contact me, because that seems like a lot of fun 🙂

Some other news, I’ve got exams in the next few weeks so I might be a bit more absent here 😦

(At least I hope I am because then I am actually studying.)