TBR “Spring Cleaning” Pt. 1

Starting college has been one of the most overwhelming experiences of my life! So many things has happened this week, and I just need to blog about something easy and fun. I don’t know if this will be something I’ll do regularly, but I wanted to do some “spring cleaning”. My TBR on Goodreads is just a mess because it’s so easy to add books on my want-to-read shelf. Sometimes, I don’t even remember doing it! I’m going to be using a random number generator, and I’m going to see if I’m still interested in the chosen book. I’m striving for a TBR where I’m actually excited about all of the books. This post was sort of inspired by all the Goodreads Monday posts I’ve seen.

Books I’m Keeping On My TBR:

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh (and various authors)

I’m not that into myths, but I love fairy tales. I’m curious to see if I’ll love this collection of short stories. I’ve never read an anthology before, but I’m always willing to read books by Asian authors. It would also be a neat way to gain knowledge about Asian culture and history. I don’t know if I love the cover or not. It’s weird, but it’s also strangely beautiful. I don’t believe that I’ve read anything by any of the authors that are included in this anthology. I’m excited and nervous to see which authors I like and don’t like. I don’t have strong opinions when it comes to writing style, but I’ve definitely encountered writing styles that I’ve both disliked and loved. It could also be great because I can determine which authors I like without sitting through a whole book.

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The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino

I’m conflicted on whether or not to keep this book on my TBR. I put this novel on my TBR because of Jessethereader on YouTube. I also appreciate the Asian representation and setting. However, I saw that this novel was made into a movie. I’m at the point where I don’t know if I should hold out and actually read the book or if I should just watch the movie. I was actually sort of surprised when I found out that this novel was adapted into a movie because I thought it would become an anime instead. The cover already gives off those vibes. The cover is very beautiful. It’s simple, but it’s still stunning when it comes to the blended sky and the yellow….leave? Petals? I’m not sure exactly what they are. The store is homey but also mysterious and empty.

Books I’m Removing From My TBR:

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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

I understand why I was intrigued by this book and the synopsis, but there are a lot of things about this book that I think I just won’t enjoy. I’ve been wanting to read more thrillers and mysteries, but this adult fiction aspect doesn’t totally appeal to me. I’m still exploring the new adult and young adult genres. The bigger red flags I’ve been seeing are some of the reviews from people I follow on Goodreads. No one has given it more than three stars. Apparently, the story also jumps from the present, to the accident, and then to her childhood. The childhood sections is shown through diary entries I believe, and that’s not really my style. I read Go Ask Alice, and I extremely disliked that aspect. I don’t really enjoy time jumping anyway. It interrupts the flow for me, and its hard for me to stay engaged with everything that’s going on.

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Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

I honestly don’t remember anything about why this book is on my TBR. Maybe a year or two ago, I would’ve kept this on my TBR, but I’m just not that interested in these types of books anymore. I love romance, and I still like reading romance novels; however, I need something more than just romance as the whole plotline. I need a little bit of actions or other types of themes. Perhaps I was intrigued because it said that this was a book for Sarah Dessen fans. I used to love Sarah Dessen, and I still have fond memories of all her books. I just don’t remember a ton about each book. They were all fine, but I’ve started to want more than just an okay book. The synopsis is also quite vague, and there’s nothing super special about it. The summary doesn’t totally draw me in.

Thank you so much for reading my blog, and I hope y’all enjoyed this post. What do you think about any of these books? If I removed a book you think is awesome, tell me in the comments below and convince me to add it back on my TBR. Hopefully, I’ll become more comfortable when it comes to settling into college life soon. See y’all in the next post!


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