Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter November 2019

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So, earlier this month I posted an unhaul where I got rid of a huge number of books from my shelf. Well, now I am going to be doing a try a chapter to really target the books on my TBR shelf. Now, I have noticed that my reading taste is changing again and stuff I normally feel I would like, I am not enjoying anymore. So, I thought I would read the first chapter of a couple of books and decide if I want to keep them or add them to the donation pile.


The Bone House by Emily Lloyd-Jones (standalone)

The start was pretty interesting, but already had a cliche that kinda lost me. I really liked the idea of this book, but big sister who has to take care of family after an event is played out in my eyes and I bores me. I think I am going to pass on this, unhaul. 

Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks (series)

I read the preface and the first chapter since the preface was only a few pages. I have to say I am intrigued as to what is going to happen, but there seems to be interesting family dynamics in here that I hope the author explores more. I am a little torn on this, because the writing style isn’t really mine. I decided to unhaul this book after reading the first chapter of the others. 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (series)

I think I am going to like this one, I really liked how the story started with folklore of sorts, but also a bit of grim foreshadowing. It seems like it is going to be very interesting and atmospheric. While it is promising, it didn’t really pull me in too much, but I am intrigued. After reading the others, I decided to unhaul. 

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (standalone)

I think this is the one  I am most interested in and I think I am going to be jumping into this a reading it right away. I really like the personality of the main character and the fact it is a historical fiction is just a wonderful bonus. Keeping

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (series)

This book seems so unique and really started with a bang. This is another one I know I wont be able to put down long. The writing is amazing and from what I read in the prologue (13 pages) is very imaginative and unafraid to be emotional. Keeping

Dear Haiti, Love Aline by Mika and Maritza Moulite (standalone, BookCon was 2019 Gift)

I really like Alaine’s voice, she seems like a really awesome character. I also had no idea this book was written in a diary type format, which I am totally here for. I ended up reading 21 pages, I didn’t stop at the first chapter oops. Keeping

Middlemarch by George Eliot (standalone)

It is really hard to tell if I am going to like this book or not, the main reason being the formatting and mistypes I already found in the first chapter. It made it a but hard to read. I am going to give this another try, but with an audiobook. Keeping


Keeping: 4

Unhauling: 3


Have you read any of these books?

Should I give any of them a second chance?

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Decluttering

Book Unhaul | November 2019

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Hello and welcome to my book unhaul. So, with the end of the year coming I really like to take the time to go through my owned TBR and read pile and decide if I really am going to read some of these books in the new year or reread them in the future.

If you are unfamiliar, I have a challenge of sorts when it comes to my owned tbr to help keep it in check and from getting completely out of hand again. My TBR used to be over 100 and now I sit around 35 most of the time. I do this by saying to myself if I don’t read it within a year of buying it, I need to unhaul it. At this time I actually read all the books I bought before January 2019, so I am doing very well with this. On the other hand my owned and read shelf is a little over the top and I am running out of room quick. So, I would like this time to reevaluate my shelves so I can donate books during the holiday season to libraries and other charities.

If you want to see my most up to date owned TBR list you can check that out here:Bookish Luna’s Owned TBR Shelf 


-Books I Unhauled-

All of the books in this pile I read and honestly some of these were not easy to unhaul such as A Very Large Expanse of Sea and the Teddy Roosevelt trilogy. But, if I am being honest with myself, I wont ever reread these. I do have one negative memory with Carry On, when it came out I was in the hospital for a decent chunk of time and I read it there, and quite honestly I can’t bring myself to reread it.

Here are a few classics that I read and enjoyed as well. Pet Sematary is going because I don’t like the edition and I want a better one. The others I wont ever reread personally and A Little Princess also has a bad association with it, so I don’t really want the reminder around.

I really enjoyed the books in this pile apart from A Delusion of Satan, I got it on vacation a few years ago when I went to Salem, LOVEE Salem would go again, but it was just awfully written. Also, same is true of the Salem’s Witch House. Once again it was hard to get rid of the Teddy books and also the Eleanor Roosevelt books because I have had them for so long. Washington Black, Stalin’s Daughter, and The Underground Railroad are only going because a good friend wants them. If they were not wanted, they would be staying with me.

So, the top is the original serialized edition of The Green Mile, which is a wonderful story.  I am only getting rid of them because they are falling apart and I would not be able to reread them. Doctor Who Fairy Tales were cute to read, but I have not reached for them for years. All of the books in this pile were once again really good, but I just wont reread them if I am honest with myself.

The same is true for this pile, apart from three book. a majority of these were read and loved, but I am not going to reread. The three books I just unhauled without reading were Wicked Saints, His Perfect Wife, and The Flight Portfolio because I never saw myself really wanted to read them even though they sound awesome.

61 books Unhauled!


Would you have kept any of these books?

What is the last book you unhauled?

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Hauls

Unboxing | Coffee and a Classic October 2019

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Hello and welcome back! I am here to share another Coffee and a Classic unboxing with you today. I don’t know about you, but getting book mail, even if it is from myself, is one of the most exciting things. When I saw this on my doorstep I ran inside and had to open it right away, even if the lighting was bad, blog pictures be damned! Anyway, here is what I found inside.


The red colors used in this months artwork and bookish item really caught my attention. Also, as you can see this months book is the Scarlet Letter, so it makes complete sense.

This months coffee is a maple sundae flavored, which just sounds amazing to me. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I feel like I am going to very much enjoy this brew. I will say, I did switch next months box over to hot chocolate so I could see what fun ones they send as well as having a backlog of coffee from this box. It is all delicious, but I can only drink so much coffee!

Next is a pot holder with the quote, “We dream in out own waking moments, and wake in our sleep”, which is a quote from the book. It is a lovely quote, but sadly this is not something I would use in my kitchen since red would clash quite a bit.

The bottom two items I will talk about next.

As you can see a bit better in this picture, it was so hard to get the ceramic warmer to stop rolling over/away to take this picture. But, this mini warmer is powered by the cutest little tea light, which was provided by them. Also, they added some essential oil, which I think you just place in the top, I think you might have to mix it with water as well, not 100% sure. I do enjoy the smell of eucalyptus to this was a very nice treat to get. I also love lighting candles so having a little warmer use a tea light is just up my alley.

Last, but not least we have the classic of the month, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read this a year or two ago, so this edition is not getting onto my TBR, win for the TBR! It is such a beautiful edition so I am happy to have it. I will admit, I did not love this book the first time I read it, but maybe if I read it again I will like it more. I have since read another book by this author and I started off not enjoying the style, then slowly got into it. I feel like I might appreciate the authors style more now. Funny how things like this change.


What is your favorite classic? Have you read The Scarlet Letter?

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Hauls

Book Haul | October 2019

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Hello everyone and welcome! So, it has been a while since doing a “traditional” book haul in a few months since I have been doing my Read 5, Buy 1. I have decided to pause this for the remainder of the year due to the holidays coming up and such.

Even though I did not buy a ton of books this month, I still wanted to share the ones I did pick up. I am pretty surprised I didn’t buy even more since I let myself “off the hook”. Anyway, On to the books!


Books Added 2Bought

Subscriptions

Gifted


OWNED TBR COUNT

34 books!

Even with all of my book buying, I am still down a book from last month and quite honestly, that is a lot better than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to go up overall, so a small victory!


What book are you adding to your TBR? How many books are on your TBR?

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Lists | Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2020

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Hello everyone, today I wanted to take a moment to talk about the top 5 books I want to read before the end of 2019. We are officially into the last quarter of the year, which always goes by super quickly. It is a time to focus to meet my goals if I have not already. On top of that, there is one Beat my Backlist book that still needs to be read and I will have read all the books I bought before 2019. Anyway, on to the books!


The one I think I am most excited to get to would be The Institute by Stephen King. It is no secret that I really enjoy creepy/horror reads and I really enjoy King’s works. I am really excited to have my hands on his most recent release and I want to read it before the year is through. 

Next in line would be It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo & Translator Elizabeth Bryer. I am really excited to be reading a book set in South America. I don’t know about you, but it is not a setting I come across often in books and I would honestly like to read more. 

Now, The Overstory by Richard Powers is one I need to read for my Reading Goals | Reading a Shortlist 2019 challenge so I really need to get my butt in gear. I have two books left to go and for some reason this one is the one I have owned the longest, but have not felt the need or want to read. So, I am hoping putting it on this list will really put my butt in gear. At this one I have the other from the library and plan on starting it within the week. *Update* I have read this since prewriting this post, I am updating this to the final book on this list I need to read, The Long Take by Robin Robertson. This is what happens when I prewrite posts too darn early.

Then, we have Middlemarch by George Eliot. I picked up this classic it sounds so interesting. I decided that I would read it over the summer when I  was enjoying the weather outside… well. Summer is now over and I still have not read it. I would say that now my goal is to just read it before the year is finished. I feel like Classics are really good cold weather reads anyway. 

Lastly, we have Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I am really interested in this series, but I always out it off because it is digital. While I do enjoy reading on my kindle, I always find myself only really using it for library books not for my owned TBR books. I need to change this ASAP and read this. Also, it is the oldest owned book on my owned TBR. So, it is really time to get my butt into gear. 


What 5 books do you want to read before the year is up?

Which one do you think I should read first?

Who things I will actually read all of these before the year is up? 😂

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Goals

Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 Third Quarter Check In

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Hello everyone, I am here will a bit of a late Third Quarter check in, but I wanted to check back on my goals so I didn’t lose track of them. If you wanted to look at my initial goals post and my previous check ins, I will link them here for your connivence.

I have to say, that I am really happy with my progress over all, there are just a few goals I have been putting off because I am such a mood reader and I have not been in the mood to read particular books on my shelf. I am hoping that over the next few weeks this turns around and I can get all of these taken care of.


-My Goals-

  1. Read all of the short listed books for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
  2. Read a book set in each of the 7 continents
  3. Read 50 books
  4. Read 30,000 pages
  5. Read at least one book per month from the library
  6. Read 12 non-fiction books
  7. Read a book recommended by someone I look up to
  8. Read my classic of 2019, War and Peace
  9. Take part in 2019 Beat the Backlist
    • My backlisted books are here.

-My Updates-

  1. Reading a backlist is both my favorite and least favorite challenge. I am having a series love hate relationship with it. I have previously did a catch up post with this goal, Revisiting | Reading a Shortlist 2019, since this post, I have read more of these books, in fact I only have 1 left! So, I am very much on track to hitting this goal. I am planning on reading it in November. Fingers crossed!
  2. I am still in need of reading 3 more continents. This one is another challenge that has been very much affected by my mood reading. I have picked for each of these continents, but I just have not been in the mood.
  3. I have surpassed this goal! I have read a total of 87 books at the time of writing this.
  4. At this point in time I have read 31,931 pages, which means I have also met this goal! It is so nice to be able to check some of these off.
  5. At this point in time I have read a library book every month and I am so happy to be able to support my local library as well as getting to know some of my librarians. It is a wonderful feeling.
  6. At this point in the year I have read at least 16 non-fiction books, so I met this goal as well!
  7. So, this goal was one I was iffy about. I decided since I set the goal of reading one book recommended by someone I look up to, I did do that, but did not enjoy it in the slightest and it stinks.
  8. I have finished War and Peace and I have to admit, I liked Anna Karenina a lot more. It was not bad, but I was not blow away by it.
  9. So, beat the backlist was a huge success for me. As of October I read every book I bought before the start of 2019. I really was not sure if I was going to meet this one, but I am so excited that I did.

-Completion Status-

  1. ✔️
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  4. ✔️
  5. ✔️
  6. ✔️

I can’t believe I only have 3 more goals to work on this year, I am proud of myself for sticking with a lot of these throughout the year instead of putting a lot of them off, which would have been very easy to do. At this time I need to read a total of 4-6 more books to reach each of my goals. I am hoping I can get them all done before December so I have some breathing room and time to do some goal planning for 2020. It is mind blowing to already be writing the year 2020.


How are your 2019 goals going?

Do you have any ideas for your reading goals for 2020?

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Decluttering

Down the TBR Hole | #2

declutterHello everyone and welcome to the second installment of my journey in decluttering my goodreads TBR shelf. I am excited to give this another go and I am hoping to get rid of quite a lot this go. Fingers crossed and onto the sorting!


-The Rules-

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re 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?

-The Books-

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Added on Dec 22, 2017. While this fairy tale graphic novel looks very adorable and it seems to have the possibility of going dark like a traditional fairytale, I am not feeling this one anymore so I am going to be removing this book from my TBR.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

Added on Dec 28, 2017. At the time I was really looking into weight-loss books, right now I am not really interested in this topic so I am going to be removing it from my TBR, but if you are interested in this topic I have heard good things about it.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Bella James

Added on Jan 03, 2018. This novel looks like it is a very powerful story the revolves around a young women who may have realized a huge life lesson too late. While this does sound interesting and I may in the future look back on this post and re-add it to my TBR, but right now I am going to be removing it because I have not been in the mood for stories such as these.

The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

Added on Jan 03, 2018. After reading the desciption for this book, I can say that I am very interested in finding out what the line “he shows no fear or hesitation. Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands” means (source). I am going to be keeping this on my TBR.

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Added on Jan 03, 2018. While this does seem interesting, I am not really drawn to reading about how a women going missing turned a man around. I am going to be removing it from my TBR.

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Added on Jan 03, 2018. Alright, I am just going to make this simple for myself. This was written by Agatha Christie, so I am keeping it. I love her work.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

Added on Jan 07, 2018. The first thing I saw when I opened this goodreads page was that this was a series. I will be honest I am not in the mood to start a series so I am going ot be removing this from my TBR.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Added on Jan 31, 2018. This description seems like it might be a mix of a thriller and maybe magical realism? At this point in time I am not interested in reading this book due to the fact that I really was not make me feel like I needed to read it ASAP. I am going to be removing it from my TBR.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Added on Feb 03, 2018. I actually have this in my shopping cart waiting for me to buy this. While it is a trilogy I am really in the mood to read this because it would be perfect to read once the weather turns cold. I am going to be keeping this book on my TBR.

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee and Petra Eriksson

Added on Feb 08, 2018. While this book sounds amazing. I know I am not going to be reading this book or picking it up. The main reason being is I already have a book that is very similar to this and I do not want to buy a book that shares a lot of its content with one I already own. I am sad to say I will be removing this book at this time, but it sounds amazing!


-Outcome-

Keep: 3

Toss: 7

Total Tossed: 11

Total: 149


Have you read any of these books?

Were there any you would have kept that I tossed?

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Hauls

Unboxing | Coffee and a Classic September 2019

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Hello and welcome to another unboxing of Coffee and a Classic! This month is something extra special since it is Halloween related. I know I am posting this a tad bit late, but better late than never! Anyway, I was so excited about this months pick because I have read the main tale that was sent out, and loved, but I did not read the “Other Stories” so I am excited to find more stories I adore. Anyway, on to the unboxing.


Here is the goodness I saw when I opened the box up. I do love that they really individualize every box to totally surround the box. It really adds to the experience for me.

Here are some of the goodies in this months box. I have to say I was so thankful to get the book light. Mine was starting to act funny and I was ready to go out and get a new one when my next paycheck came in, this could not have been more perfect timing! Also, this months bookmark is so adorable, I started using it right away. Plus, I can always find my books in the dark now with this glow in the dark potion.

I really loved the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, talking about the dual sides to each person and humanity as a whole. It is just as much as a monster story as much as a story about humans, which makes it even more eerie. Even though I really enjoyed reading this story, I for some reason have not picked up another one by this author so I am happy to see the & Other Stories on the cover of this beautiful edition.

Now, I think this is my favorite thing I have gotten from Coffee and Classic since being a subscriber. I took this pillow case and stuffed it full of teddy bear stuffing and put it right now my bed. It is a perfect little Halloween decorate as well as a literary one and that just makes my halloween book loving heart happy. Also, it is a pun and I LOVE puns.


Have you read this book?

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Tags

Tag | “I Should Have Read That Book Tag”

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Hello everyone and welcome to a tag post! It has been a while since I have done a tag post and thought I would give it a go again. I was tagged by the wonderful Jenna over on JK I’m Exploring, she is a such a wonderful person and she has such a wide array of interesting content. I really do suggest you give her blog a peek. Anyway, on to the tag. P.S. for some reason I have not been getting notifications for tags and the only reason I saw I was tagged was because I read her post, I used to get notified. Super weird!


-The Rules-

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

-The Questions-

  • A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read 
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
  • A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
  • A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
  • A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
  • A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet 
  • A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

-My Answers-

  • A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
    • Okay, this one is kinda hard to answer. If I had filled this out a few months ago I would have said Jenna and Reg kept telling me to read Thunderhead
      by Neal Shusterman. I was so happy when I did. At this point I don’t really have anyone telling me I need to read a book. If you have any you think I should read, please comment! 
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
    • The oldest book on my TBR is from January of 2019, it isAssassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I do really need to get to this ASAP. I hear such wonderful things about it.
  • A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
    • The Alienist by Caleb Carr, finished first book.
    • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, finished books 1-4. 
    • The Hazel Wood series by Melissa Albert, 1st book read. 
    • Arc of Scythe by Neal Shusterman, finished books 1-2. 
    • Dark Tower by Stephen King, finished first book. 
    • Discworld Series: Death Arc by Terry Pratchett, finished first book. 
  • A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the first book that comes to mind. I feel like it would be a horrific read, but very interesting and thought provoking. The second that comes to mind is Northanger Abbeby Jane Austen because it is one of the few Austen books I have yet to read. 
  • A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
    • I feel like I can say any Victoria Schwab book. I have yet to read any books by her and I feel like I am literally the only one.
  • A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
    • I can’t say that I have watched an adaptation of a book that I loved and didn’t read the book already. I really cannot think of a single one, I am more of a reader than a watcher though. I could also have easily forgotten about one.
  • A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
    • I would have to say Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, I have been seeing this book everywhere lately, but I have yet to pick up even the first book and I feel like it is one I would really like.

-I Tag-

Misty @ mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Kate @ readingthroughinfinity.com

Heidi @ thisismybookshelfblog.wordpress.com

Jill @ jilljemmett.com

Evelyn @ evelynreads.com

Diana @ ideasonpapyrus.wordpress.com

Ariana @ thequirkybooknerd.wordpress.com

Audrey @ audreywritesabroad.com

Larissa @ bookbosomedblonde.wordpress.com

Kristi @ confessionsofayareader.wordpress.com

Plus anyone else who wants to take part!


What is a classic you have been putting off?

Which popular book have you yet to read?

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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | “Testing” Books for a Taurus Article

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Hello everyone! A few months ago I came across an article by Read It Forward that was called 2019 Book Horoscopes: The Grounded Taurus and being a Taurus myself, I needed to give it a bit more of a read. So I clicked the link and dove right in.

This article listed 8 books that they thought would be a perfect fit for a Taurus. It gave you a bit of a yearly horoscope and then connected each book to a yearly horoscope, which was really interesting. I was kinda bummed out by the first book, Rich People Problems, not because it is a bad book or anything, but it is the 3rd book in a series. I don’t know about you, but for me it is irksome to be recommended a book in a series that is not the first one. Now, if I find any of them interesting I need go over to good reads and make sure they aren’t in the middle of the series. Anyway, here are all of the books mentioned and my thoughts on them.

Stars, Universe, Sky, Scorpio, Space, Taurus, Zodiac

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, 3rd in a series so I can’t be reading this currently. Maybe I will try the first one.

In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington, this just is not something I am interested in at all. I don’t want to read a book about picking fancy underwear…

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl, this is a memoir of a women who was living the life of a hippie and ends up being a big wig in the publishing game and is questioning if she is a sell out. This isn’t something that interests me.

The Very Worst Missionary by Jamie Wright is another memoir following a blogger who converted to Christianity and became a missionary in Central America. She talks about the failures and shortcomings her and her fellow missionaries fall into. This is something I would read because I am curious as to what she vocaizes are her shortcomings and shortcomings of missionaries around the world. It also seems like she may talk about how to actually help others in a meaningful way, which would be great to hear. Yay, finally a win for this article.

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaëlle Giordano, this novel revolves around a 30 something year old lady who is feel like she has missed out on happiness. Throughout the book she follows the advice of a routinologist, which apparently is a time management coach, to find happiness. This book is not something I am interested in, I feel like it is going to preach to me about balance instead of being a novel if that makes sense? 

Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott, is a nonfiction book discussing bitcoin, which crypto currency doesn’t really interest me, so another pass.

Autumn by Ali Smith seems to be a general contemporary of sorts that is about a women getting to know her neighbor? I will be honest the desciption I found on goodreads told me little to nothing about this book so I am passing.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the one of two books I have heard about on this list previously, the first was Rich People Problems. Anyway, I have had this book on my radar and I have been waiting for the time when I want something quirky and cute to pick this up. So, this is the second book I would read on this list.


So out of the eight books in this article that is meant for Taurus readers, I have 2 books I might actually read. I have to say that is kind of abysmal if you ask me. That is a 25% success rate for me personally. I am curious though if fellow Taurus’ (not sure of the plural) would find more luck with this list. Maybe it is just me personally, am I a fake Taurus?! I did wish the article gave the descriptions of the books instead of just tying them to the horoscope, I had to go on goodreads to find them all.

Would you read any of these books? What do you think of the recommendations they gave us Taurus’?

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