Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

5 ways I WON’T be reducing my TBR pile

A couple days ago I wrote about my shamefully long TBR list. As I said there, books are pack animals and breed like beautiful, shiny-covered rabbits. I have a lot of them.

Since then, I’ve been thinking:

How specifically (besides reading what I own, obviously) can I effectively reduce my TBR pile?

I did lots of searching and reading tip posts on other people’s blogs. There were plenty of helpful ideas, but there were also a lot of “yeah right…” tips. Without further ado, here are…

The 5 reducing-your-TBR suggestions I WON’T be following:


1. One blog suggested going through your TBR so vigilantly that you reduce it down to 10 books. 10 FREAKING BOOKS. 

Upon reading that, this was my reaction:

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Bookish talk · Discussion

It’s Monday! What are you reading? July 17

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a place to share what you’ve been reading and what’s coming up next. And to add books to your own TBR pile, of course! (This awesome challenge is from Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner, who found it from Kathryn at Book Date.)

It's Monday! What are you reading? @ Chocolate and Chapters

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

Surprise, surprise: My TBR is shamefully long…

I have had a New Year’s Resolution for the past two years that I have failed miserably at. I’m strong for a little while, but in a moment of weakness, I ruin it.

Every year.

It’s this: Don’t buy any more books until I read all the books I own.

We all know books are pack animals. And letting me into a bookstore is like letting a redneck into a gun shop. Or a sugar-rabid child into a candy store.

This comic = ME

spending money

So this is basically an accountability post… Which is what I need. Shame and accountability.

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The importance of a beautiful title

I love beautiful, poetic book titles.

I think that titles can not only give the reader a hint of what a book is about, but in just a few words, can portray the emotion of a book.

This can be both positive or negative. Let me explain.

Without looking at the book’s cover, what would you think a book titled, “Secrets of a Charmed Life” is about?

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Author Interview · Bookish talk

Interview with Tiffany McDaniel, the author of “The Summer that Melted Everything”!

I am so excited for you to meet our guest today!

Tiffany McDaniels, the author of “The Summer that Melted Everything,” is here for a little Q&A.

First, meet her please:

Author Interview with Tiffany McDaniel @ Chocolate and Chapters


Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. Also a poet and artist, she is the winner of The Guardian’s 2016 “Not-the-Booker Prize” for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything. The novel was also a Goodreads Choice Award double nominee in both fiction and debut categories, is a current nominee for the Lillian Smith Book Award, and a finalist for the Ohioana Literary Award and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award for Outstanding Debut.


And here we go!


Let’s begin with how the idea for The Summer that Melted Everything came to you?

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Bookish talk · Monthly Wrap Up

June 2017 Wrap Up

Welcome to my first ever monthly Wrap Up post!

I only read 4 books this month. You read that right: 4.

I know, and I call myself a book blogger.

Books Read in June

Chocolate and Chapter's June 2017 Wrap Up

My Book of the Month!: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (click for review)

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (click for review)

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (click for review)

And super honesty time: I’m still reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’m only half way through, but I’m still counting it as a June read??

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Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

I’ll start this post by confessing something: I spend almost as much time reading book reviews as I do actually reading books.

If a book has a rating of 3.7 or lower on Goodreads, I don’t even bother. Which is probably insane because I’m sure I’m missing out on some books that would be 5 stars for me, but aren’t for others.

So basically, I read a lot of good, highly-rated books. There are a lot of good books I’ve read, but I’ll tell you just my favorites today.

These are my star ratings for the 32 books I’ve read so far this year:

The 5, 4, and 3 star reviews are exactly even, which I definitely didn’t plan.

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