Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ali Talks: 5 Books That Have Been On My TBR Shelf the Longest

Let's talk TBR books...well this really isn't a TBR post, I want to talk about the books that have been on my TBR shelf the longest. Mainly the top 5 books! I'm not sure why these have been on the list the longest, but I would really love to get to them soon. 

Each of these books were published between 2011 and 2013! Which is really sad because they all seem and sound really good. They are in no particular order.

Anew by Chelsea Fine 

 Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.


This book has been on my TBR shelf the longest and I'm not even sure why I haven't read it. I loved everything else I've read by this author, I think that the book just got pushed back and pushed back to make room for other books that I just kept passing it up. I really want to read this one. Though I am making a pact with myself right now that if I don't read this one by the end of this year, I will donate it to someone who will. 


Everbound by Brodi Ashton  

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

This is another book that I can't believe I haven't read yet. I loved the first book in the series and everything else I've read by this fantastic author. The first book is actually a favorite of mine, I honestly need to get on the ball with my TBR shelf.  I bought this book as soon as it was published and still it just sits there, this needs to change right away! 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Now I know the reason I haven't picked this one up, though I really want to and have almost done so in the past. It's the size that is daunting. In the past few years I have set a goal of how many books I wanted to read and I watched the size of each book. Never wanting to mess up my goal I didn't read larger books, this year that is changing so hopefully I can get to this one soon! 

The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker 

Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."

Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular.

Now this one I don't have an excuse for, I purchased this book at the book signing for this one and was super excited about mainly because the author is from Kentucky and the book is based here in Kentucky, which is where I'm from if you didn't catch that. So I really don't know why I haven't picked it up.  

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood 


Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

 I know exactly why I haven't picked this one up off my TBR shelf, though I wish I would just forget about it and read it anyway. When I purchased this book buying it left a sour taste in my mouth and I think it's the reason I haven't picked it up. I got this one from a used bookstore that I'm not going to name, though I have in the past, and I was super excited to read it. So excited that I had just looked at the cover and didn't look at the spine. When I got it home I noticed that I had paid for an ARC, they had sold me an ARC! Anyone that knows books and are in the book community know that you don't sell ARCS it's a no go thing, well I think realizing this had happened I just haven't picked up the book again.

So do you have any books that have been sitting on your TBR shelf forever? If so care to share with me the reason and the books. I would love to hear your thoughts on these five if you've read them as well. Should I read them or should I donate them? HELP!!! 



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