Down the TBR Hole // Old New Releases Get Me Hyped – Unreleased 1/2

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We are at the final hurdle! 

The end is in sight!

It’s time for my unreleased shelf which uhhhh… is more released than unreleased at this point.

Reminder: I did the spreadsheets for this round of Down The TBR Hole posts last year. I went back into the history of the doc and it says I created it on June 12, 2019!

So it’s been not quite a year since I went through my unreleased shelf which contained a lot of books that had already been released, to begin with because I was terrible at going through my shelves (I wish I could say that is no longer the case but I’m determined to get better at this!). Hence why I used this series to force myself to do it.

This is my last shelf and it will be broken up into two posts + I’ll have a wrap-up post at the end too to see how I did overall.

The end is so close I can almost taste it.

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Down the TBR Hole

🍃  Down the TBR Hole // Cut Throat Purging – 2018 TBR 5/5

🍃 Down the TBR Hole // Oh God, I’m Keeping Them All – 2019 TBR

🍃 Down the TBR Hole // I’m Getting Rid of Basically Everything – Undecided TBR


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January

the gilded wolves TGWThe Gilded Wolves│The Gilded Wolves #1│Roshani Chokshi│Stay│🌈☀️💐🌹✨│

But the greatest thief of all was the Order of Babel, for they stole more than just objects . . . they stole histories.

SO MANY REVIEWERS I TRUST LOVE THIS BOOK!

So yes. I will be reading it.

Black Enough│Ibi Zoboi│Stay│🌈☀️🌑🔥🌹🌱✨│

Your grandma used to always tell me that just because something is over doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful. All things end at some point.

I always want to read books that share a perspective I can never experience and I really love that anthologies can provide such a great multitude of different experiences.

king of scars nikolai duology NDKing of Scars│Nikolai Duology #1│Leigh Bardugo│Stay│🌹│

“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.”

I loved Six of Crows and I swear to god I’m gonna read Shadow and Bone this year so I can read this!

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali│Sabina Khan│Go│🌈☀️🌹✨│

Every time I say something bad about my family, it becomes more about where I come from than just regular stuff people go through with their parents.

This sounded like a really important narrative.

But after reading Elise’s @ The Bookish Actress review, I don’t really wanna sign myself up for what it became.

death prefers blondesDeath Prefers Blondes│Caleb Roehrig│Stay│🌈☀️💐🌹🌑🔥🌻🌱✨│

Drag wasn’t a disguise or an illusion; it was armor. When he stepped onstage, Axel became someone fierce and untouchable, a force of nature that gave no fucks and couldn’t be bothered. He brought hecklers to their knees, read homophobes until they needed the Da Vinci Code to piece their dignity back together, and faced the worst with a smart remark and a tongue pop. Lisel was both shield and weapon, the only refuge he’d had from these ugly years.

A socialite and her gang of drag queens thieves!!!

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February

on the come upOn the Come Up│Angie Thomas│Stay│🌈☀️│

You’ll never silence me and you’ll never kill my dream, Just recognize when you say brilliant that you’re also saying Bri.

From the author of The Hate U Give which I finally read last month and it was so fucking good so I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

I bought this recently too!

To Night Owl from Dogfish│Holly Goldberg Sloan + Meg Wolitzer│Go│🌈🌹│

You and I are now the Romeo and Juliet of friendship. Only we’re the Juliet and Juliet.

As much as I love the Parent Trap, I don’t know if I wanna read a retelling of it, even with the gay.

Watch Us Rise│Renée Watson + Ellen Hagan │Stay│☀️🌑🔥│

I wonder why girls with bodies like mine can’t even model the clothes that are made for us.

High school feminism is my jam.

I fell like this particular book might be for a much younger audience though so I think I’ll give it a miss.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay BuriedThe Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried│Shaun David Hutchinson│Stay│🌈│

Love is gradual and sneaky. It grows like weeds between the cracks of a hundred average moments.

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

An Affair of Poisons│Addie Thorley│Go│🌈☀️💐🌹🌑🔥🌻🌱✨│

Some claim she’s a witch. Others a Saint. I see no difference; the people of Paris worship her either way.

Female king killer is what got me.

But I’ve lost interest.


Grey Reads

🍃  Grey Reads // Sharp Edges & Dark Shadows & Will Definitely Cut You as a Warning – Sadie

🍃  Grey Reads // Trauma, Abuse, Grief & Everything in Between – Sawkill Girls

🍃 Grey Reads // Schwab’s Love Letter to Scotland – City of Ghosts


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March

Shades of Magic Vol. 1 The Steel PrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince│Shades of Magic Graphic Novels #1-4│V.E. Schwab + Andrea Olimpieri│Stay│☀️│

“You fight like a royal. Like the weapons are made of wood. Like no one means to hurt you. But this is not London, your highness.”

It’s a prequel to Shades of Magic, it’s impossible for me to not read it.

Dealing in Dreams│Lilliam Rivera │Go│☀️│

‘The Outsiders meets Mad Max’

I want all the girl gangs.

But not this one.

you asked for perfectYou Asked for Perfect│Laura Silverman│Stay│🌈☀️🌹✨│

If I don’t have perfect grades, then who am I?

PRESSURE, pushing down on me.

The Truth About Keeping Secrets│Savannah Brown│Stay│🌈☀️🌹│

Abstract is scarier than physical. Unknown is scarier than known – not because of what it is, but because of all the things it could be.

I just want more f/f YA thrillers in my life. Is that too much to ask?

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James│Ashley Herring Blake│Stay│🌈☀️│

I’m going to die today. Definitely for a few minutes and maybe forever.

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

internmentInternment│Samira Ahmed│Stay│☀️✨│

The scariest monsters are the ones who seem the most like you.

STILL RELEVANT

To Best the Boys│Mary Weber│Stay│🔥│

“I’ve been out with boys, showing them my ankles, Mrs. Mench.”

Science girl gang???

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April

the red scrolls of magic the eldest curses TECThe Red Scrolls of Magic│The Eldest Curses #1│Cassandra Clare + Wesley Chu│Stay│🌈☀️🌹│

It’s a classic love story. I hit on him at a party, he asked me out, then we fought an epic magical battle between good and evil side by side, and now we need a vacation.

I stan one (1) sparkly bisexual warlock and his super protective boyfriend. 

I bought this recently and uhhhhhh….. It’s been so long since I read a shadowhunter book that like???? What even happened???? What’s going on???? Will I even remember everyone??? Who knows!!

A Place For Wolves│Kosoko Jackson│Go│🌈☀️│

Sometimes, in life, there are no right or wrong answers, Dad used to tell me. Only the answer you can live with.

Added it for the gay but I read a review that made me decide not to read it. Unfortunately, that review appears to not exist anymore so I can’t direct you to it.

Wicked Saints│Something Dark and Holy #1│Emily A. Duncan│Go│🌈💐✨│

“We’re all monsters, Nadya,” Malachiasz said, his voice gaining a few tangled chords of chaos. “Some of us just hide it better than others.”

I’m always down for assassinating a king.

But I’m going to give this one a miss. The reviews show people either loving or hating it and I think I’d probably fall in the hating it camp.

the devouring grayThe Devouring Gray│The Devouring Gray #1│Christine Lynn Herman│Stay│🌈💐🌹│

Four Paths had its charms, if you could ignore the fact that it was also a monster prison she apparently had some ancestral obligation to deal with.

STRANGER THINGS MEETS THE RAVEN CYCLE !!

Listen if it has Gray/Grey in the title I’m going to add it to my TBR because I’m very self-absorbed that way and also in love with my own name.

Also! I was thinking of maybe dumping this from my TBR but then I read: The Devouring Gray is Riverdale turned magical. Its also less trashy AND everyone is bisexual.’ from Kai’s review and uh hello yes I’ll take it!

The Meaning of Birds│Jaye Robin Brown│Go│🌈🌹│

One deep breath. A choked breath. A breath that stops and locks at the concrete block of my chest and heart.

Added it for the gay.

From what I can read on GR there’s an iffy consent situation, transphobia, fat-shaming and ace/arophobia I’d rather not read.

if im being honestIf I’m Being Honest│Emily Wibberley + Austin Siegemund-Broka│Stay│🌹│

If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.

This book is based on 10 Things I Hate About You and I fucking love that movie!

Yes I know it’s really based on The Taming of the Shrew but shhhh. I recently bought that too, it’s just that I’m only familiar with the movie adaptation so leave me alone. Shakespeare is scary !!!

The Tiger at Midnight│The Tiger at Midnight #1│Swati Teerdhala│Go│☀️│

Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds.

I love me some rebellion.

Unfortunately, this seems to fall a bit flat.


Grey’s Shelves

🍃 Grey’s Shelves // My Book Shelf: Am I a Joke To You? – Owned TBR Check-In

🍃 Grey’s Shelves // I’ve Bought More Books Than I’ve Read – Owned TBR 2020

🍃 Grey’s Shelves // Do I Ever Even Finish Series??? – Series TBR 2019


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May

her royal highness royalsHer Royal Highness│Royals #2│Rachel Hawkins│Stay│🌈│

…No, what surprises me is the sudden, jolting, and undeniable realization that even I didnt want to, Ive fallen for an actual princess.

I love Rachel Hawkins so when I knew she was doing a gay royals book I knew I needed it now.

Have I read the first book? No. Will I read it just to get to the gay? You bet your ass I will!

Somewhere Only We Know│Maurene Goo│Go│☀️🌹│

It’s not a gift, it’s work. That’s what you do when you have a dream.

Added for the K-Pop

But I think there are a few things in this one that will annoy me too much.

i wish you all the bestI Wish You All the Best│Mason Deaver │Stay│🌈☀️🌹│

So, we’ll sit here in silence?
Im cool with that, the world is too loud sometimes.

Anxious non-binary teen finds love.

We Hunt the Flame│Sands of Arawiya #1│Hafsah Faizal│Go│☀️🌹│

That was life, wasn’t it? A collection of moments, a menagerie of people. Everyone stranded everywhere, always.

Cross-dressing women has always been my kink and will always be my kink.

Unfortunately, I lost interest.

We Contain Multitudes│Sarah Henstra│Go│🌈🌹│

“You undid me, Kurl, in more ways than one.”

Gay pen pals!

Unfortunately, I lost interest.

red white and royal blueRed, White & Royal Blue│Casey McQuiston│Stay Go│🌈☀️🌹│

Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves they’re straight.

I’m here for some gay royals/first family!

Keep This to Yourself│Tom Ryan │Go│🌈☀️🌹│

But Connor isnt here to hold us together anymore, and theres nothing I can do to change that.

Give me all the gay YA mysteries!

Unfortunately, I lost interest.

these witches dont burnThese Witches Don’t Burn│These Witches Don’t Burn #1│Isabel Sterling │Stay│🌈│

Because, I say, my voice so soft its nearly swallowed up by the trees, Im standing here, telling you how much you hurt me, and you cant hear it.

Sapphic witches! need I say more???

Going Off Script│Jen Wilde│Go│🌈🌹│

If you don’t want me when I was an insecure, closeted nerd girl, you don’t get me at my badass, out-and-proud nerd girl.

TV writer’s room Intern helps the lesbians get the rep they deserve!

Sadly, I’ve lost interest.


Grey’s Shelves – Readathons

🍃  Grey’s Shelves // I’m Joining Pondathon! – Readathon Sign Up

🍃 Grey Shelves // I’m Joining StartOnYourShelfathon – Readathon Sign Up

🍃 Grey’s Shelves // I’m Joining Here & Queerathon & #ARCApocalypse – Readathon Sign Up


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I really didn’t think I was gonna get rid of that many. 

Newer releases are always the hardest for me to say no to so I’m proud of myself!

My total was;

|Go 15|Stay 17|

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

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