Book hoarding: what’s been on my backlist the longest?

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I know I’ve had this conversation with many of my fellow bloggers and book lovers before, but I am the WORST at buying books with grand intentions of reading them right away…and then letting them sit on my shelf for months years. So today, I decided to go through my Goodreads “to read” shelf and sort them by date. Below, I’ll show you the 10 books that have been on my list the longest, regardless of how embarrassing my choices were! This will also help me with my Beat the Backlist challenge, because if I can get through some of these this year, it will help me reach my BTB goal!

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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In the year 2575, seventeen year old Kady breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra. Little did she know that would also be the day that their planet was attacked. Still reeling from their breakup, Kady and Ezra must work together to get safely inside one of the spaceships that can get them off of their planet and reach a safe point. After making it to the ships, they are separated, and Ezra makes it onto the spaceship Alexander, and Kady makes it onto Hypatia.

Little do they know, their problems are just beginning. Not only is a virus spreading and causingย those contaminated into attempt to harm others, but the corporation who invited their planet is hot on their tail trying to wipe out any remaining survivors. The commanders of the ships are remaining tight lipped about all of the details, so Kady decides to take things into her own hands by hacking into the computer systems. It turns out that the one person who can help her uncover the truth is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a series of case files, IM’s, emails, interviews, and more, Illuminae is a fast paced story about two regular teenagers forced to step up in order to save themselves and the ones they love.

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Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

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Perfect picks up where Flawed left off – Celestine is on the run after being branded as Flawed. Judge Crevan, the man who sentenced her to her five brands and gave her an illegal sixth brand, is determined to find her before she can tell anyone what he did to her. Celestine has to learn who she can trust and what it’s like to live as Flawed.

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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Unfortunately, I hated this book. This was a situation where I bought the book in a store, thinking the description sounded good. Then, I added it on Goodreads and saw that it didn’t have very good reviews. From there, it sat on my shelf from the time I bought it in 2013 to now. I was making a serious effort to get through some of the backlist books that have been on my shelf the longest, and this was one of those. I hoped that despite the bad reviews, I might enjoy this one. I was wrong.

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March 2017 Wrap Up!

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I can’t believe March is already over – it feels like the month flew by! I am a little disappointed in my progress for March. I’ve shared with you guys before that I suffer from depression, and some periods of life are better than others. In the first half of March, I was struggling a lot. I wasn’t reading or posting on bookstagram because I had no motivation to do even the basic things in life, let alone extra things. After that, I got really sick, and again just didn’t have the energy or concentration to read a lot. That said, I was able to get through 15 books in March, and I’m still ahead of schedule to meet my 2017 goal of 200 books. Below I’ll share them all with you and let you know which ones were my favorite!

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

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Ruby lives in a world where children start dying around the age they turn 10. Many who don’t die develop supernatural abilities, and are referred to as Psi kids. These children are sent to “rehabilitation camps”. Shortly after Ruby turns 10, they come for her, and she’s sent to the rehab camp, where she remains until she’s 16. Now, six years later, she manages to escape the camp and joins up with a small group of other kids who also escaped their camp, Liam, Chubs, and Zu. They all are looking for East River, where it’s said other Psi kids live and are free. When they get there, things are not quite what they expected…

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With Malice by Eileen Cook

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High school senior Jill wakes up in the hospital after being in and out of consciousness for a few days. With no memory of how she got there, she tries to piece together what she’s being told by her parents and doctors – that she was in a car accident during her school trip to Italy which also killed her best friend Simone. Jill can’t even remember being in Italy, and now there are claims that the accident maybe wasn’t an accident. Jill is now the center of a murder investigation. How can she prove her innocence when she can’t even remember being on vacation?

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