TBR Thursday #11

Dust off your shelves


TBR Thursday is a weekly post hosted by yours truly.  If you’d like to participate in TBR Thursdays, please feel free!  Link me in your post so I can take a look at what you’ve got on your shelves and so we can cry together about how we are never going to actually finish reading through our TBR piles.  All copy is courtesy of Goodreads.


TBR Thursday is going to become more and more important for me as the need to save some money grows! Scottish Fiance and I are in the midst of some Exciting Life Things, so I’m reigning in the book-buying extravaganzas (or at least trying to). I’m hoping to continue this semi-failing project of only reading what I’ve got in the flat.



  • Pick four books from your shelf or you Kindle that you haven’t read yet (the longer they’ve gathering dust the better!)
  • Post a short description of the books
  • Post a few short sentences on when you bought it, why you want to read it, etc.




Contemporary/Magical Realism

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle



It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?


Some of you may remember that I read and loved Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s most recent book, The Spellbook of the Lost and Found.  I picked up her debut novel at YALC and haven’t yet had a chance to read it!  Spellbook is a fantastic piece of magical realism and I want more – The Accident Season is the perfect solution!  I’m not a huge fan of contemporary YA, but I love magical realism.




The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave



There are some places you would not want to go. Even if I told you that we have oceans filled with sea turtles and dolphins, or forests lush with parrots that call through air thick with warmth… Nobody comes here because they want to.

The island of no return.

Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

I absolutely loved The Girl of Ink and Stars and immediately snatched up The Island at the End of Everything.  I actually started it, but wasn’t in the mood so I set it aside. But my time has come!  I feel like this is going to be another gorgeous book by an Oxford native.




Carry On by Rainbow Rowell



Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Confession time: I’ve never successfully read a Rainbow Rowell book.  I know, I know.  I started and put aside both Eleanor and Park and Landline.  There was no particular reason I put them down – I didn’t even get far enough to really call it DNF-ing – but I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.  But!  I think that this is going to be the perfect way of getting into her books.  It looks like a mashup of contemporary and fantasy.  I’ve seen mixed reviews in the blogging world, but I’m still looking forward to giving this a really good try.




IT by Stephen King



To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

I started IT while on holiday in Spain.  It was in the AirBnB we stayed at.  I thought I was safe.  Books usually don’t scare me.  It turns out that I couldn’t be alone in a room and read this book!  I ended up reading about half of it before heading home and for the first time in my life, I seriously contemplated stealing a book from someone’s personal library.  I ended up buying IT when I got back, but never got around to getting back into it.  So my plan is to start from the beginning and finally finish!  I loved the new film, I loved the 90’s miniseries, and now I need to actually read this.


Sorry, I had to.


That’s it for this week’s TBR Thursday!  What’s gathering dust on your shelves?  What books have you bought that you ended up never reading?  Have you read any of these books?  Let me know!


3 thoughts on “TBR Thursday #11

  1. *runs away from the clowns* The IT movie has been getting a lot of hype, and the book a bit as well! I’m glad you enjoyed The Girl of Ink & stars? I found it to lack any…well FUN and intruige but each to their own1 OMG THE ACCIDENT SEASON is THE PERFECT MIX OF CREEPTASTIC MESSED UP STORIES! Ahhh, I hope you enjoy it! That reminds me, I reserve Spellbook and need to pick it up from the library!

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    1. IT is SO good. I’m completely terrified of clowns, but it was just so good. Very balanced between completely terrifying and very (intentionally!) funny.

      I LOVED The Girl of Ink and Stars. I thought it was so fun and adventurous — I devoured it in a single evening.

      I’m really looking forward to The Accident Season. I hope you love Spellbook, it was so good!


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