August TBR!

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Welcome to my August TBR! I have so many books to get to and some of them I’m very excited for! This is in alphabetical order by the way!

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I loved Elisa Kova’s other series so I’m excited to jump into this one! I’m also excited for Because You Love to Hate Me, all the authors involved are ones I love and the booktubers also!

My best friend brought The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to my attention and I’ve heard great things about it! Finally the Daughter of the Burning City has been hyped recently so I can’t wait to read it as well!

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These four books are YA contemporaries I think? I don’t really know much about any of them, and I’m fine with that because going into books blind is never a bad thing.

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I’ve been meaning to read Game of Thrones for a while, same thing with the Hero of Ages and King’s Cage, they’re sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to read basically. Lucky in Love by Kasie West has also been a hyped book and really I read all of Kasie’s new releases, even though she can be hit or miss for me.

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Made You Up is by the same author as Eliza and her Monsters, so I want to give it a read. The Ruby Circle and Stars Above have also been part of the book collection sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read.

They Both Die at the End is by an author I love, Adam Silvera, and he’s such a great writer so I’m both scared and excited for his newest book because my emotions may be impacted heavily based on that title.

What books are you hoping to get to next month? Have you read any of the ones I want to read? Let me know how they are!


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Book Review

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016

Page Number: 400 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book! The events that occurred throughout were so tragic and felt so heartbreaking! It was so interesting learning about new things in history and that there was a ship sinking even worse than the Titanic that isn’t even as well known.

You really start to feel attached to all of the characters and want them all to make it through the war.

One thing I found incorporated really well was the romance and the air of mystery and secrets. Like despite the horrible situation happening and people being killed, the plot and story was still propelled by the secrets and romance.

And those things helped make the story more interesting and want the reader to keep turning the pages.

At first I thought the multiple character POV’s would turn me off the story and I would get confused, but after three chapters, I was perfectly fine since each character was really diverse.

The only person whose chapters I kind of skimmed was Alfred. He just freaked me out in general. When we found out what really happened to his love back home, I was shocked. Like how does one not understand that they’re giving someone they love a death sentence basically??

And poor Emilia! I found her such a strong girl given that we’re practically the same age. I couldn’t imagine being on the run from Hitler while pregnant and Polish.

I think my favorite character was probably Joana, but I loved all of them too.

I definitely loved this book more than Between Shades of Gray and didn’t know much about it going into it so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Salt to the Sea took place during the same time era nearly as Between Shades of Gray.

I’m excited to see what Ruta writes next!


A historical fiction book with characters that brought the story to life and a plot propelled by secrets.

My Rating:

4.5 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. This will probably be my last post for July, apart from my July wrap up since I’m leaving today for a sleep away journalism camp!

The TBR Tag


Hello there, today i’m doing the TBR Tag!

Thanks so much to the lovely Arianna @ The Daydreaming Bookworm for tagging me!

Let’s just get right into it!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Well i have one of these:


I don’t know how clearly you can see that, but that’s one of those post it notes that you can add to your computer, and so whenever i hear about a book i need to read, i just add it the list.

I also have one of these:


It’s an Epic Reads book wheel. There are basically 365 titles on here so whenever i need something to read, i just skim the wheel to find something that sounds good.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

While i love reading physical books, sometimes it’s just an inconvenience to go to the library, so i’ve been reading a lot more ebooks recently. But in answer to the question, mostly print.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

That’s a good question! I don’t know the answer myself. Mood i guess? Whatever’s available in the library or on Live-Brary too

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Um…maybe the Pigman by Paul Zindel? I don’t really know…

A book you recently added to your TBR?

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I read Robyn’s other book, Extraordinary Means, so i added this one to the list right after.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?


The Winner’s Curse and The Luxe for sure. The dresses are just so pretty!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I was going to read it for Booksplosion, but i never got the chance

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I don’t put unpublished books on my TBR, that’s a whole separate post it, if there are a lot. Usually, i can keep track in my head though which books come out when. But i will say Winter by Marissa Meyer.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

I’m usually someone who reads what everyone else is reading, but i haven’t yet read a V.E. Schwab book 😦

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Mistborn. I have not yet read Branden Sanderson either.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Simon and something…. (It’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli genius) Oh…sorry!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Well, i don’t have a goodreads, but i have about 300 on the color wheel and 70 on the post its

I tag:

Maria @ Marwhal Reads

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Anjie @ Love thy Shelf

Alex the Shadow Girl

Kimsiang @ The Spines Breaker

And if i missed anyone who really wants to do this tag, just either leave a comment, or if you’re too shy, email me! And i’ll add your name to the list.

Ok, that’s all for today, leave a comment letting me know all about your TBR as well!

Thanks so much for reading!

-Calliope (5)