Down the TBR Hole // Gays, Witches & Gay Witches 2018 TBR 1/5

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Its that time again! 

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Life’s been filled with medical worries lately so I’m, looking forward to a good bookish distraction.

And I am determined to keep up this roll I’m on where I’m getting rid of nearly half of my TBR! I really want my TBR to stay at less than 300 from now on because that seems reasonable.

Of course that doesn’t include my owned TBRs or unreleased TBR but whatever.

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foolish heartsFoolish Hearts│Emma Mills│Stay│🌈│

“If you only like one version of your favorite, then they’re not your favorite,” she says primly, and I can’t really argue with that.

I think I added this because a Booktuber talked about it but I can’t remember which one but I’m still interested!

I feel like it was probably Alison @ Hardback Hoarder, only because the next book was added because of her and I know I went through a time where I binged watched a bunch of her videos but I can’t find the video so who fucking knows, definitely not me.

Pretty Mess│Erika Jayne│Stay│

“No one has what you have, and someday everyone will want it.”

I love The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Erika is one of my favourites.

RHOBH everyone needs Erika Jayne in their life

Other Broken Things│Christa Desir│Go│🌹│

(…) “Dry drunk?”
“Huh? What’s that?”
“You know…the people working the program because they have to. Sober because someone told them to get that way. The ones who relapse the fastest.”

I’m an addict so I’m always looking for books I can identify with but I’ve lost interest in this one.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives│The Sisters Grimm #1│Michael Buckley, Peter Ferguson│Go│

“You can’t judge the many by the actions of the few.”

Added because Alison @ Hardback Hoarder talked about it in a video but I’ve since lost interest.

the wicked deepThe Wicked Deep│Shea Ernshaw│Stay│🌹│

Love is an enchantress—devious and wild.
It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.

One word: Witches.

Yesterday I Was the Moon│Noor Unnahar│Go│

in pieces
yet at peace
i am a building
in a post war city

I added it for the poetry but I’ve lost interest.

Rebel Queen│Michelle Moran│Go│☀️│

And grief, for anyone who has ever experienced it, is exactly like a predator. It steals first your happiness, and then—if you allow it—everything else.

I don’t remember exactly?? I think maybe Alison talked about it in a video? I double checked and yes, it was after watching this video.

Fresh Ink│Lamar Giles│Stay│🌈☀️✨│

Always the wrong place. Always the wrong time. A country that did not value his life.

I’m all about those diverse anthologies!

the good daughterThe Good Daughter│Good Daughter #1│Karin Slaughter│Stay│

Nothing ever truly faded. Time only dulled the edges.

Added because of the review Krystin posted.

I recently bought this one!

UNSUB│UNSUB #1│Meg Gardiner │Stay│

She opened her eyes and turned to see it. To prove to herself that it was real. That same symbol, pounded another victim’s flesh. His symbol. His madness. The Prophet.

Added because of the review Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking Twist posted.

The Fourth Monkey│4MK Triller #1│ J.D. Barker│Stay│

Darkness. It swirled around her like the current of the deepest sea. Cold and salient, crawling across her body with the touch of a stranger.

Added because of the review Krystin posted.

I recently bought this one!

Overcoming Anxiety│Overcoming│Helen Kennerley│Stay│🌹│

The classic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy guide to managing anxiety.

My mum told me to read it.

the dollmaker of krakowThe Dollmaker of Krakow│R.M. Romero│Stay│

“Magic is an odd thing,” he said. “It never takes the form you expect.”

Added because of the review Destiny @ Howling Libraries posted.

A Thousand Perfect Notes│C.G. Drews│Stay│🌹│

He’s not a shell of a pianist – he’s a composer. Cut his chest and see his heart beat with a song all his own.

Hey look, it’s the book that Cait @ Paperyfury wrote!!!

Cranky Ladies of History│Tehani Croft Wessely│Go│🔥│

Men are minded to conjure the most extraordinary tales about women who would question their place in the world.

It was a title add.

Down The TBR Hole

⛈️ Down the TBR Hole // The One Where I Change My Mind Again – 2017 TBR 2/4

⛈️ Down the TBR Hole // I Almost Break Even – 2017 TBR 3/4

⛈️ Down the TBR Hole // Look At All The Pretty Covers – 2017 TBR 4/4

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i was born for thisI Was Born for This│Alice Oseman│Stay│🌈☀️🌹✨│

Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don’t understand much, while they’re the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.

Added for the gay. Keeping for the gay.

Tanya Bakes│Tanya Burr│Stay│

Youtuber and actress Tanya Burr is back with her very first cookbook, sharing her passion for baking and all her favourite recipes.

I do like to bake when I find the time.

The False Prince│The Ascendancce Trilogy #1│Jennifer A. Nielsen│Go│

A person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all.

It sounded cool but I’ve lost interest.

Kissing the Witch│Emma Donoghue│Stay│🌈🔥│

See this leaf, little girl, blackened under the snow? It has died so it will be born again on the branch in spring time. Once I was a stupid girl; now I am an angry woman. Sometimes you must shed your skin to save it.


Added because of Elise’s review.

witches american horror story AHS

blanca & roja.jpgBlanca & Roja│Anna-Marie McLemore│Stay│🌈│

Roja and I had woven the roots of ourselves together so well that if she was ripped from the ground, I would be wrecked.

Literally everyone loves McLemore’s books and after reading a number of her short stories in anthologies I can see fucking why!

Amelia Westlake│Erin Gough│Go│🌈☀️🔥│

So I do what any self-respecting person would: I go after her screaming.

You had me at hoax.

But I’m no longer interested.

Just Juliet│Charlotte Reagan│Go│🌈│

Gay, straight, whore, prude, whatever. If it made someone happy and didn’t hurt someone else, do it. Life was too short.

Added it for the gay but it’s not enough for me to keep it.

Out of the Blue│Sophie Cameron│Go│🌈☀️💐│

This is why hope is dangerous: it it’s taken away, you’re left with even less than you had before.

Added for the chronic illness rep but I’ve lost interest.

passing strange.jpgPassing Strange│Ellen Klages│Stay│🌈│

“Hello, you,” she said. “It’s been a while.”

1940s sapphics falling in love.

But mostly I added it for the review Elise @ The Bookish Actress.

The Summer of Jordi Perez│Amy Spalding│Go│🌈🌑│

No, I wasn’t in love with clothes, but maybe I was in love with how clothes made me feel. I was designing how other people saw me, and that felt powerful.

Added for the fat rep but I’ve lost interest.

You Know Me Well│Nina LaCour│Stay│🌈

I’m ready to lose myself,
but I’m not ready to lose you.
I’m ready to find myself,
But I’m not ready for you to know what I find.

Added for the gay.

RHOBH Erika Jayne give the gays what they want

I recently bought this one too.

spellbook of the lost and found.jpgSpellbook of the Lost and Found│Moira Fowley-Doyle│Stay│🌈🌹│

If you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.

Added because of Elise’s review probably.

If I Tell You│Alicia Tuckerman│Go│🌈☀️🌹│

And I feel the anger deep inside of me as I begin to understand the notion – the idea of being proud of who you are in a world that tells you to be ashamed; brave enough to be seen when people wish you were invisible.

Emotinal sapphic content set in Australia.

But I’ve lost interest.

Second Kiss│Violet Hill #1│Chelsea M. Cameron│Go│🌈│

All I felt was love. And certainty. And calm. No panic. No feeling of wrongness. Just right. She was right. We were right.

Added for the sapphic fluff but I’ve lost interest.

How Do You Like Me Now?│Holly Bourne│Go│🔥│

Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.

An adult book from the author that brought us the gift that is The Spinster Club series.

But unfortunately, I don’t feel the need to read this one.

in ageless sleep.jpgIn Ageless Sleep│Arden Ellis│Stay│🌈│

You couldn’t trust beauty when it came from a place like that. But that didn’t stop Mal’s eyes from sticking to that face like hull-sealing glue.


The Traitor Baru Cormorant│The Masqueerade #1│Seth Dickinson│Go│🌈☀️🌹│

I will remake the world so that no woman will ever have to do this again.

Add for that cover but I don’t think my heart could take it

Ash│Malinda Lo│Go│🌈☀️│

Then they took the last step together, and when she kissed her, her mouth as warm as summer, the taste of her sweet and clear, she knew, at last, that she was home.

Cinderella retold.

But I’ve lost interest.


Otherbound│Corinne Duyvis│Go│🌈☀️│

I don’t know who I am when I’m not trying to pretend everything’s OK.

Added because Jamieson @ Jamishelves compared it to Sense8.

But I’ve lost interest.

ivy aberdeen's letter to the world.jpgIvy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World│Ashley Herring Blake│Stay│🌈│

Her drawings didn’t embarrass her; they confused her. They scared her. Because she never wanted to draw a boy in those treehouses and she didn’t really understand why.

I read and loved Girl Made of Stars so I’m super excited to read a MG by the same author.

Ripped Pages│M. Hollis│Go│🌈🌹│

I wanted to fall in love, to kiss a girl, to have her hold me in her arms and see the passion in her eyes. I wanted my life to be like the things I read in all my favorite books.

Rapunzel retelling.

But I’ve lost interest.


A&B│Mechanical Hearts #2│J.C. Lillis│Go│🌈💐│

Passion is never pathetic.

Added because of Elise’s review.

Cinnamon Blade│Shira Glassman│Go│🌈│

Love is intense. You break down all your walls to let someone in. But if they’re not good for you, they can tear you up from the inside. And you think what you have together is love, so you let them.

This sounded fun but I’ve lost interest.

a monstrous loveA Monstrous Love│Magen Cubed│Stay│🌈│

These days, everything in her life seemed mismatched: from the little house to the tidy belongings inside of it, with its fragile tea saucers and cups. Divinia didn’t have the luxury of such fragility. She had to be made of granite.

Creepy sapphic novellas.

Winning│Lara Deloza│Stay│🌈🌹│

You see, I’m not like any of those girls.
No, I was born to wear a crown.

Added because of Elise’s review.

Ice Massacre│Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #1│Tiana Warner│Go│🌈☀️│

I liked the sea better than the earth and I sooner would’ve taken care of a snail than a baby.

Gay killer mermaids.

But I’ve lost interest.

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Three Sides of a Heart│Natalie C. Parker│Stay│🌈│

A laugh bubbles from my throat before I can stop it, because if Dirk were here instead, it would make no difference. “I’m not choosing you,” I say. “I’m choosing me.”

Added because of Elise’s review.

the accident season.jpgThe Accident Season│Moira Fowley-Doyle│Stay│🌈│

All witches keep their kisses in everyday objects, so that their hearts won’t break too often.

Sapphic witches???

Added because of Elise’s review.

A Safe Girl to Love│Casey Plett│Go│🌈│

Who knew, Lizzy thought, the finite amount of nights in her life where she would sleep with her hand around a trusted body. That trusted hers. It wouldn’t be a lot, anyway, would it.

I don’t even remember adding this at all???

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet│Wayfarers #1│Becky Chambers│Go│🌈│

“The truth is, Rosemary, that you are capable of anything. Good or bad. You always have been, and you always will be. Given the right push, you, too, could do horrible things. That darkness exists within all of us.”

Gays in space.

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Grey Reads

⛈️ Grey Reads // Everything’s On Fire and I Couldn’t Be Happier – Girls of Paper and Fire

⛈️ Grey Reads // Bloody Moors & Candy Castles – The Wayward Children 2 & 3

⛈️ Grey Reads For Mental Health Awareness // Love Doesn’t Cure All (Thank Fuck For That) – Made You Up

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I dropped half of the books in this post!

Go me!

My total was;

Go – 22

Stay – 23

Are any of these books on your TBR?
How do you organise your shelves?


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5 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole // Gays, Witches & Gay Witches 2018 TBR 1/5

  1. aaah I’m glad you’ve found a few recs from my reviews!! ‘added for the gay’ is literally my constant mood

    (also this is honestly niche but… The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is my favorite book off this entire list, I love Winning and Moira Fowley-Doyle is one of my favorite authors but that one hit SO hard)

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    1. A few might be a bit of an understatement ahah 🙈

      Honestly half of my TBR can be simplified down to added for the gay.

      I’m really looking forward to reading a Moira Fowley-Doyle book! 🤞🏻 hopefully I enjoy it! I may have to move The Long Way back on to my TBR…


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