Summer TBR Wipeout – Update (2)

Oops I’m afraid I’m a little bit late in posting my second progress update for Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout  but I have a really good excuse, I was busy reading 🙂 I actually can’t believe that we’re more than two thirds of the way through this 7 week challenge as it seems hardly any time since my introductory post at the start of July where I set myself the goal of reading 21 books. I will admit that finishing 21 books from a list was probably never going to happen (I’m too much of a mood reader) but it has proven to be great motivation. So how have I done since my last update, read on and find out.


Read / Currently Reading

I’m actually pretty happy with my reading progress since my last update, yes I’ve wandered off my list a bit (that was always going to happen) but since my last update I’ve finished 8 pretty brilliant books, including a couple I gave 5 stars to.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)Notes on a Nervous PlanetThe Princess BrideSpare and Found Parts

  • A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers – 5 Stars – Yep you read that right, 5 out of this world stars. I absolutely loved the second book in Chambers Wayfarers series. There’s a bit more of a story than the first book and it’s more contained giving me a greater connection to the characters and making me much more emotionally invested. I cried a lot and I just loved it.
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig – 4.5 Stars – Another great read, the only thing holding me back from 5 stars is that while I loved how Haig pulled together scientific theory, facts, psychology and his own experiences, I’m not sure I could say there’s anything new in it. It’s very readable, informative and uplifting but I wouldn’t necessarily say I learned anything new, other than I should worry about robots.
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman – 4 Stars – My first wander off course but it’s one of my fave books so I’m pretty sure it’s allowed. Only 4 stars though I’m afraid as this was an abridged audio version and while Rob Reiner’s narration was great it felt a little rushed and he didn’t do any of the voices (inconceivable).
  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin – 4 Stars – Roughly based on Frankenstein but with a futuristic, post apocalyptic type setting. It took me a little while to warm up to main character Nell, and to get my head around a world without technology (the horror) but it’s a very dark and intriguing story that makes you think (and that’s never a bad thing).

To Kill a KingdomThe MermaidAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

  • To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – 3.5 Stars – I don’t think I was in the right mood for this book as while I loved the concept (a little mermaid retelling) and found it an engaging read it never really wowed me the way I thought it would. I do think it was me and not the book though
  • The Mermaid by Christina Henry – 4 Stars – Yep another mermaid book but this time with a dash of historical fiction thrown in. It’s a much more serious read and a lot more depressing but has more depth and feeling in it. Also I’m kind of obsessed with the whole Barnum thing so it was fascinating to see him portrayed in a very different way.
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes & Joe Layden – 5 Stars – Another wander off the TBR for exactly the same reason as the previous one, my true love of The Princess Bride. I love the film so I was always going to love this look behind the scenes. I swear I’ve been boring everyone senseless reciting Elwes anecdotes about cast and crew. Sorry everyone.
  • Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire – In progress – OK I’m not quite finished this yet but I only have an hour to go so I’m counting it. Another book not on my list but it is one I’ve been wanting to read for ages so when my hold came in from the library I grabbed it and started immediately and I’m really enjoying it.

Up Next

There are only a couple of weeks left of the challenge so it’s doubtful I’m going to finish every book on my original list but I would really like to read the following four books.

Sea WitchThe Surface BreaksThe Miseducation of Cameron PostHow to Stop Time

I am however going to replace the other books from my existing list with the following three. The first, The Travelling Cat Chronicles fits a task on a team challenge I’m doing, Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway and The Governess Game I received from NetGalley and can’t resist reading asap.

The Travelling Cat ChroniclesDown Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)The Governess Game

So that’s where I’m at. Unlike when I posted my first update I’m feeling a lot more positive and upbeat about my progress, maybe reading Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet has actually helped 🙂

Have you read any of the books on the list? What did you think of them? Are there any on my list I’ve tempted you to pick up?

Happy reading everyone ❤

11 thoughts on “Summer TBR Wipeout – Update (2)

  1. There seem to be SO many mermaid books out at the moment! I’ve not read The Mermaid or Sea Witch but I enjoyed To Kill A Kingdom and loved The Surface Breaks! It was much darker than I expected but such a great retelling. I still haven’t read any Matt Haig but I definitely want to as I’ve heard brilliant things about his books and I have a huge interest in mental health too. Good luck with your next set of reads 🙂

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    • I’m reading Sea Witch now and enjoying it so much more than I expected. It’s quite twisty and I’m not sure how it’s going to end which I’m loving. Surface Breaks will be up soon but I may read something non mermaidy in between 😂

      There’s something very likable about Haigs writing. I’ve only read one of his fiction books but hoping to read the others soon.

      Thank you

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    • Thanks. I’ve literally just finished Sea Witch and absolutely loved it. It’s heavy on the romance but cos it’s a villain story it’s so unpredictable. I had a couple of OMG moments. Highly recommend.


  2. I love The Princess Bride! My sisters and I have seen the movie so many times 😀
    I’m really interested in To Kill a Kingdom and The Mermaid, but since I’m still on a book buying ban I guess they’ll have to wait. But now I’m definitely going to add Spare and Found Parts and Notes on a Nervous Planet to my TBR.
    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

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    • I discovered The Princess Bride is on tv on Saturday so no prizes for guessing what I’ll be doing. I’ve actually been trying to figure out how to get a cinema to screen it 😂

      I don’t even attempt a book buying ban as I know I’d never stick to it. I do try to get most of my books when they’re on sale or from the library though. And obvs if I’m going to a book signing I have to buy the book 😉

      I hope you enjoy once you manage to get hold of a copy.

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      • Oh, fun! Maybe I’ll watch it again too haha 😀

        Sadly, my library doesn’t really have novels, especially English novels, so I always have to buy my books. But I think I’ve been doing really well with my ban so I might reward myself with a new book 🙂

        Thank you!

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