Summer TBR Wipeout – Update 1

For the first time ever I’ve decided to make an attempt at planning my reading so I’m participating in the second annual Summer TBR Wipeout hosted by Candid Cover. The challenge started on the 1st July and runs until the 13th August and I’m hoping will motivate me to finally make a dent in my ever increasing TBR.

I posted an introductory post at the start of the month and today it’s time for my first progress update. So how have I done…..


The Rome AffairDaughter of the Burning CityDon't Close Your EyesClose Enough to TouchRoar (Stormheart)

I’m actually pretty impressed with my progress and of the original list of 21 I’ve finished 5.  Even more impressively, other than one book, which I couldn’t resist, every single book finished was on my plan.

  1. The Rome Affair by Karen Swan (NetGalley) – ♥♥♥♥½ – Loved this even more than I expected to. Full review here.
  2. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (NetGalley) – ♥♥♥♥ – Enjoyed this but didn’t love quite as much as I hoped I would. Review up tomorrow (probably).
  3. Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Readers First) – ♥♥♥♥ – Very addictive psychological thriller about twins. Full review here.
  4. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley (Readers First) – ♥♥♥♥ – Quirky and sweet story about a woman who is allergic to other people. I haven’t posted a review but you can read my Goodreads review here.
  5. Roar by Cora Carmack (Fairyloot) – ♥♥♥ – An easy and enjoyable read but while I loved the storm magic there were just too many tropes to make it a stand out.

Removed from TBR

Waiting for Columbus

To be perfectly honest I didn’t have any real intention of reading Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk. The only reason it was on my list was because it was this month’s real life book club book. The reviews I saw for it were not great, my library didn’t have it and there are so many other books I want to read that I didn’t want to spend any time on it.

Still to Read

Despite my progress so far there are still quite a few books on my list and I’ve been a bit bad and requested some more from NetGalley (and maybe bought quite a few too). My Netgalley shelf is a little out of control so I’m prioritizing books that are due to be published soon. I also have a few author events in August and I’d really like to be read up before them so I’m going to try and stick to the order below:

The Marriage PactYesterday: The thriller of the summerThe ScandalEmma in the NightTall OaksNOS4R2Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles, #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)The Boy on the BridgeThe Darkest Part of the ForestWing JonesWe Were LiarsThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

  1. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (Netgalley) – This is published at the end of the month and I’m reading it right now (well not right now as I’m writing this but you know)
  2. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab (Purchased) – Author event 1st August
  3. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab (Purchased) – per previous
  4. We Were Liars by E Lockhart (Purchased) – Author event 2nd August
  5. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (Purchased) – Author event 2nd August
  6. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Netgalley) – Published 8th August
  7. Yesterday by Felicia Yap (Netgalley) – Published 10th August
  8. The Scandal by Frederick Backman (Netgalley) – Published 10th August
  9. Maresi by Maria Turtshaminoff (Purchased) – Author event 19th August
  10. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (To buy) – Author event 19th August
  11. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Purchased) – Author event 19th August
  12. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey (Library book) – Author event 20th August
  13. NOS 4R2 by Joe Hill (Library book) – Author event 20th August
  14. Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Purchased)
  15. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (ReadersFirst)

So that’s 6 down and 15 to go and only 4 weeks left….eek!!

Are there any on the list you’ve read and would recommend?

I’m off now to start reading. Wish me luck and I’ll post another update at the end of the month.

11 thoughts on “Summer TBR Wipeout – Update 1

  1. Such great progress! I probably should have joined this challenge as well haha. Of the ones still to read I can highly recommend Now I Rise and This Savage Song! I wasn’t a fan of We Were Liars, but that book can go both ways for you… And I can’t wait to get a copy of The Scandal (it’s also called Beartown right?), The Boy On The Bridge and Our Dark Duet. 😀 I hope you will enjoy these!

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    • It’s definitely encouraging me to have some kind of reading plan rather than my usual random approach to picking books 🙂
      Unfortunately I don’t have a good excuse to move Now I Rise to the top of my list despite really wanting to. Maybe once I knock off the books due by the end of the month.
      Yep The Scandal and Beartown are one and the same. I don’t really understand this thing about changing book titles for different markets, makes me wonder what else they change and it was only the authors name that clued me in to this being the book everyone was raving over.

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      • I hope you will be able to get to Now I Rise soon! I do get the why since I’ve been trying to get through most of my ARCs before the end of the month so I can dedicate August to my other books…

        And I thought I had seen the two different names mentioned before! I don’t understand why they would have made this drastic change to a title since it can get confusing… Fingers crossed this was the only change though because touching Backman’s prose would be a crime. 😉

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  2. That’s so amazing that you have almost reached the half-way point in your TBR goal! The Rome Affair sounds really interesting and I am going to have to check it out since you loved it so much. I hope that you enjoy the books that you have queued up for the next part of the challenge! 🙂

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    • I’d say I’m more a third of the way through but thank you and thanks for hosting. It’s definitely making me focus.

      I think of all of the reads so far from my list The Rome Affair has been my favourite but it’s actually the book that’s not on my list, Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood, that has been the highlight of the last two weeks. Contrary to what you would think from the title it’s a really funny and sweet rom com. Absolutely brilliant and I’m going to be campaigning till everyone in the world has read it 🙂

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