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Down the TBR Hole

Hello everyone! This is another bookish feature that I see everywhere, and I’m finally deciding to do it because it looks so fun and helpful!

Down the TBR Hole is a bookish meme created by Lost In a Story that allows us to cleanse our TBR piles from the books we probably won’t get to.

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 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?

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick


The Hush, Hush books are the series that got me completely reeled into reading. I remember reading and LOVING these books in middle school, and it’s what got me introduced to the young adult genre. After completing the first 3 books, I never picked up the last book for some reason? And it’s been about 5/6 years…so even though this series holds a special place in my heart…I think it has to go.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


I remember this being one of the most talked about books in the booktube community, hence being the reason I bought it. I’m pretty sure I bought this book in August, but had no time to read it during the summer, so I postponed it to next summer and so on and so on. It’s one of those books that I ingrained in my head that I had to read during the summer, so I guess it’s my own fault I still haven’t got to it. (Plus, I don’t feel the same excitement to read it as I had before). REMOVE.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


I honestly feel like I’m the only person in the entire universe who still hasn’t read this book! (Please tell me I’m wrong!) The whole premise of this book is still so interesting to me, and they’re also making a movie for it! So this one is going to have to STAY.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey


What is with me in not finishing series? After kinda sorta finishing the Hush, Hush series, the next big series that truly held a place in my heart was The 5th Wave books by Rick Yancey. I was OBSESSED with these books back in 2013—they were literally all I talked about, and even til this date, I still love the first book. The reason I haven’t picked up the third and final book is because I don’t entirely remember what happened in this series. I remember everything being so fresh in my brain before the movie came out, but they pushed the release date even further for the book, and because of that I forgot about the series. Anyways this one is…STAYING.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Oh my gosh I’m so ashamed of myself. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this book. To be honest, I completely forgot about it since it’s on like page 4 of my to be read list…but now I’m going to make it a priority read for the new year! STAYING.

Let me know in the comments below if you agree with the choices I made, and what books you’ve recently taken out of your TBRs!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley (book_tales)


WWW Wednesday – January 17, 2018

I’m super excited to finally do this! This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:
-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading 3 books, (why do I do this to myself 😂) & I’m loving all of them!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a reread for me. I was trying to finish all 7 books in 2017, but since I didn’t complete that goal, the last book was carried on into the new year.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is an audiobook I’m listening to, AND I LOVE IT so much! I was not expecting it to be this good, so I’m really happy about that.
And finally Everless by Sara Holland, a book that I’m about halfway through, and will probably complete within the next two days!
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Harry Potter Spells Tag

Since I haven’t finished any books lately I decided to do this awesome tag, because everything Harry Potter related is GREAT.

1. Flagrate
A book you found interesting, but would like to rewrite.


For this, I have to go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I absolutely loved the premise of it whilst reading the synopsis, but the book itself did not live up to my expectations. I wanted there to be more of that whimsical aspect that the description lead on to believe, but unfortunately to me, it just fell very flat.
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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Title: The Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
My Rating: 4/5 Stars!
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

My Review:

Just a little preamble before I get into my thoughts, this book follows our main character Gen, who is being held at the prison for his crimes of thievery. When the king’s scholar hears the rumours surrounding Gen’s impeccable thievery skills, he takes it upon himself to chose Gen as the thief for their quest to find this treasure that will ensure the kingdom’s prosperity.
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This is more of a discussion type of review, and to those who haven’t read this book, this first section has no spoilers!

Title: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
My Rating: 5 STARS + all time favorite book. like ever. 

There are no words. I am a mess. I swear to you I have never cried THIS MUCH while reading a book. It was to the point where I was actually hiccupping (you know when you’re crying so much that you CAN’T EVEN FREAKIN BREATHE? my heart hurts just thinking about this book, yet here I am, reliving the pain because I’m writing a review).

This book is heavily based on the greek mythology story we all know, about the hero Achilles. It follows our main character Patroclus who has been cast into exile by his father, in which he meets this boy Achilles. The book follows his relationship with Achilles through the course of many years.

I think that’s all I’m going to say about the non spoilery part of the review. I KNOW IT’S NOT A LOT BUT TRUST ME, it’s a book where you just have to straight up read it (I finished it in less than 2 days!) I don’t want to say anything else regarding the book JUST READ IT! I SWEAR TO YOU THAT YOU WILL LOVE IT. I do however want to point out that there are themes in this book such as rape, sexism, & violence.

Now to the SPOILERS!
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Most Anticipated 2018 Reads!

Hello everyone! Today I will be discussing my MOST anticipated releases of the new year, which is undoubtedly one of my favorite things to discuss! 😉

These will be listed in chronological order, starting with a book that has already been released…

The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: January 2, 2018

At this point, who hasn’t heard of this book? This is one of those books that literally EVERYONE in the book community is talking about, and I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on it! (hurry up amazon!) From just reading the synopsis, and from what I’ve heard, this book follows our main character Jude whose family was taken away from her at a young age. Her parents were murdered and her two sisters were to live in the High Court of Faerie. I believe she goes to the faerie court herself, wanting to be like the Fae especially since she is human? I don’t want to research further into that because just the word faerie and courts and romance instantly got me intrigued by this book! Plus this will be my first Holly Black book! Also, to those who have already read this…let me know if you’re supposed to read The Darkest Part of the Forest before this one?
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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

This is the second book to a series! I’ll let you know when the spoilers for the second book start in this review!

Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
My Rating: 5 STARS! (literally all the stars I could possibly give)

My Review: (caution this is gonna be a LONG one)
Let me just start off by saying…oh my god. This book is literally INCREDIBLE, like I don’t think you understand my love for this book. I pretty much enjoyed every single aspect of it.

If you haven’t already read the first book Rebel of the Sands, I highly recommend that you do. A word to describe the first book in this series to me, would be compelling. Rebel of the Sands was such an entertaining read with all the quirk and sass that everyone loves. We follow a main character who has the full intention to leave her town Dustwalk and is striving for a better life elsewhere. Amani has such strength and toughness to her character, but also carries this realistic nature that you can’t help but identify in yourself as well.

She disguises herself as a boy to attend a sharpshooting contest (one in which she’s obviously going to win because she legit never misses a shot) and stumbles upon a foreign boy who is a whole lot more than he seems.

That’s all I’m going to say about the first book, BUT GUYS it’s so much more than just that description. I mean I thought I loved book one but book two is even better.

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July 2017 Wrap Up!

Who is super proud of Ashley? ME. I’M SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF.

I read 7 books this month, and I haven’t read that much all year, (I think my highest was 4 lmao) but I am very happy because I was reading all the freaking time this month and it was awesome.

It sucks because I know I won’t be able to read as much in August, because I literally have work every single day and I’m annoyed because summer meant reading all day everyday.

But…on to my wrap up for July! AND LEMME SAY…I READ SOME QUALITY BOOKS THIS MONTH. (2 books added to my forever favorites?!?! what is this?!?!)
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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR!

Hello everyone! Can you believe it? I’m actually going to participate in a readathon? I don’t think I’ve ever properly completed a readathon before BECAUSE I’M ALWAYS BUSY.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.


For this one I’m going to go with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! I’m not going to even attempt to finish this one because I know I won’t be able to, but I really do want to get a good chunk finished for the day!
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