Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
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 you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s 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 (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.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
I was contacted by Shadow Mountain PR to help spread the word about this fun, new release. Although too busy to read and review it for the blog tour, I am excited to share this story with you. Also, I will be hosting a giveaway over on Twitter later today. I have an arc to send to one lucky winner (US only, sorry!).
Here’s the summary:
My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I’m losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven’t had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can’t clearly see.
Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus—an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.
McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell’s not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?
McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn’t share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint’s comic book named Squint.
Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.
So go check it out!
Once again, it’s time to share all the exciting new books I’ve acquired in the last few weeks. It’s a great mix of preorders, trades, and a publisher request. I can’t wait to read all of these!
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold
Choosing books based on fun, fancy covers is something you’re not supposed to do, but I do it all the time. This was one such choice. The pleasing hairies in lanterns and warm pinks, reds, and yellow are very eye-catching. But I wasn’t convinced until I read the summary. The comparison to Harry Potter got my attention.
If you miss the wondrous feeling you had from reading Harry Potter for the first time, this book will definitely fill that hole!
The main character is a young female, thrust into the world of her own magic by being invited to a school for magic users. Along the way she learns of a prophecy and mystical secrets, makes friends among the other “outcasts”. And yet, it feels like a brand new story. One with amazing characters and plot twists. The ending both wraps up some mysteries and introduces new ones for a sequel.
And I’m so excited for the sequel! The Girl with the Whispering Shadow, I believe.
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
Ha, I made this post early and scheduled it to post on time since the last several months have not been on time… Anyway, lots more amazing releases this month that I’m super excited for! Some you’ve already seen my reviews for. So many good books!