The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (3.99 average rating on Goodreads): “When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Note: I don’t quite remember how this got into my TBR but I think my tastes have changed because this looks incredibly cheesy to me right now.
Kick or Keep?: Kick for sure. Not something I’d pick up anymore.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks (3.94 average rating on Goodreads): Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. […] Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. […] A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves.
Note: I am a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, of course, but recently his stories seem, at least to me, to be recycled copies of his previous works with the same characters and no diversity whatsoever. However, that being said, I bought this book so I am bound to at least give it a try before giving up on Nicholas Sparks altogether.
Kick or Keep?: Keep for now.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Short Story Collection by Stephen King (3.92 average rating on Goodreads): A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Note: I’m a huge Stephen King fan but not a fan of short story collections for some reason which is why I haven’t picked it up yet.
Kick or Keep?: This one is going to be a keep for now, though I have a suspicion that I’m going to be hopping through the stories.
Ulysses by James Joyce (3.74 average rating on Goodreads): Loosely based on the Odyssey, this landmark of modern literature follows ordinary Dubliners in 1904. Capturing a single day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom, his friends Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, his wife Molly, and a scintillating cast of supporting characters, Joyce pushes Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. Captivating experimental techniques range from interior monologues to exuberant wordplay and earthy humor. A major achievement in 20th century literature.
Note: This is one of those classics where you either love it or hate it, so I’m kind of worried to see which side I’m on and also if I will understand it.
Kick or Keep?: I say I’m up for the challenge so I will Keep for now.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (4.13 average rating on Goodreads): The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. […] Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. […] Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Note: I’m kind of disturbed because some people have reviewed it, claiming how terrible it is because the love interest is a stalker and abusive, yet the average rating seems to be a 5/5 stars, with Colleen Hoover, another controversial author, rating it 5 stars? Hm….
Kick or Keep?: Kick for sure. I’m not into that kind of romance.
Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton (3.78 average rating on Goodreads): When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere.
Note: I’m also a fan of alien books so this, though the cover isn’t that interesting, is one of the reasons it’s staying in my TBR.
Kick or Keep?: Keep!!!
Defy by Sara B. Larson (3.78 average rating on Gooreads): Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
Note: It would seem that I currently own this *sigh* I need to stop buying books on sale.
Kick or Keep?: Kick. Though I own it, the premise seems like it’s not up my alley anymore.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4.55 average rating on Goodreads): MY NAME IS KVOTHE. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me. So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
Note: Reagan from PeruseProject on YouTube has absolutely raved about this book so I’m excited to start it sooner rather than later.
Kick or Keep?: Definitely a Keep. Reagan hasn’t done me wrong yet with her recommendations.
Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (4.22 average rating on Goodreads): There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.
Note: If I’m not mistaken, Reagan also recommended this on one of her videos.
Kick or Keep?: Keep! What’s been stopping me is how long it is, at 649 pages, but I definitely want to give it a try.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (3.91 average rating on Goodreads): Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
Note: Don’t remember putting this on my TBR, like at all.
Kick or Keep?: This goes without being said but I’m kicking it off my TBR.
TL;DR: I Kept 6 books and kicked off 4 books from my TBR.
Let me know your thoughts on my choices of books in the comments and if I should keep any that I kicked off!