Declutter my Goodreads TBR with me #2

This is part 2 of decluttering my Goodreads TBR, which I started last week. I currently have 4137 books on the list, it’s out of control. I wanted to make it more fun to go through the books to remove them, so I decided to use a number generator and scroll to that number book on my Goodreads TBR to decide if I want to keep or remove them. If it’s a book that I own as either a physical copy or eBook, I may choose to read it that month.

Our first number is 200 and the book is… I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. The book follows our main character Ben, who is non binary, after they get kicked out of their rather traditional and conservative parents house after coming out to their parents.

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Number 3873 is The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolyn Meyer. This is a historical fiction book inspired by Mary, Queen of Scots. This is book 7 in a series, in which I already have the first book added, so I’ll remove this one for now.

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Our next number is 2368 and the book is… Mister Monday by Garth Nix. This is the first novel in the Keys to the Kingdom series. It follows Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic 12 year old boy who has an asthma attack and discovers he has been chosen to become the Rightful Heir of the House. I own the first 5 books in this series and I’m still interested in it, therefore I’m keeping it for now.

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Number 844 is A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. This book, first published 1950, follows Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman, who is living in Malay, and finds herself trapped there as a Prisoner of War when the Japanese invade the Island during World War II.

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The book for number 2440 is… The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. I own this book in hardcover and still very much want to read it. I’ve been wanting to read this since seeing the movie a quite a few years ago, therefore I’m keeping it, of course.

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Our next number is 3285 and the book is Land of Sand and Song by Joyce Chua. It follows Desert Rose, who is on the run after her father is overthrown and captured.

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The next number 1000 and the book is… Gunslinger by Stephen King. I’ll be removing this one. I have other Stephen King books on my goodreads TBR that interest me more than this book, I don’t like having too many books on there by the same author.

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The next number 3186 and the book is… The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel Vol 3. I own and have read Vol 1. I have all of them on my goodreads TBR but they’re staying so I can put them on my wishlist shelf.

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Our next number is 1480 and the book is Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. This is the story of a 12-year-old queer indian-ohioan boy.

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Our book for number 1566 is Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper. I added this one for the Sapphic witches. It follows Emmy Harlow, who left her small town of Thistle Grove after she graduated from high school and she hasn’t been back since. This book centers on a witch tournament that’s held every fifty years.

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Next number is 3363 and the book is… Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner. This tells of the life of Ava Gardner. In the 1940’s and 1950’s Ava Gardner was the epitome of Hollywood glamour.

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The book for number 2790 is Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury. This book follows Voya, a withc, who receives the task from her ancestors of sacrificing her first love or her whole family will lose their magic forever.

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Book Number 2952 is Friction in Motion by Sy Kadella. I have no idea what this about and I don’t much care to know, so I’ll remove it.

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Number 2644 is Final Atonement by Steve Neil Johnson. It follows Brooklyn Homocide cop Doug Orlando through an investigation into the death of a local Rabbi. I can’t see myself ever reading this, therefore I’ll be removing it.

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Book Number 2952 is The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory. This is book 12 in a series. I own the fourth book and I already have book one added, so I’ll remove this one for now.

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The Book for Number 3675 is… The King’s Pleasure by Norah Lofts. I’ve added a lot of books like this to my goodreads TBR because I’m very interested in the Tudor period. This one was published in 1969 and tells a fictional story inspired by Katharine of Aragon.

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Number 57 is The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi. I’ll remove this book. I don’t know much about it but based on the synopsis, I don’t think it would be my cup of tea.

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The next number 1911 and the book is… Affinity by Sarah Waters. This book follows Margaret, an upper-class woman who starts visiting a women’s prison and quickly finds herself taken by an inmate, a young spiritualist. This sounds interesting, and I would love to read it, but I’ve decided to remove it for now, as I have other books on the list by this author that I’m slightly more interested in. If I enjoy another of her works though, I’ll definitely pick this one up.

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Book number 2513 is… Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith. It follows Alex Sawyer, a young delinquent, who gets framed for murder and gets sentenced to the Furnace. This has a really high average rating on goodreads but I think I’ll remove it. I got way too many books on my TBR and not enough time for them all.

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The book for number 2258 is… The School of Mirrors by Eva Stachniak. I was originally drawn to this Historical Fiction novel by its gorgeous cover and its 18th century French setting. The story centres on two women – Veronique, a young girl who is sold into service at a young age to be a mistress of King Louis XV and Marie-Louise, Veronique’s daughter, who becomes a midwife decades later. I’m not interested enough in this one, so I’ll remove it.

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Number 3794 is… Owen Tudor: Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty by Terry Breverton. This one is also about the Tudor Period, I have other ones on my goodreads TBR that sound far more interesting, therefore I will be removing this book.

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Book number 2806 is… A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford. This memoir recalls Robyn’s life and friendship with Whitney.

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Our next number is 1349 and the book is… The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. This is book 1 in a very hyped Historical Fiction series. The hype, as well as, the length makes this book quite an intimidating book for me.

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Our next number is 2321 and the book is… Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li. It follows a group of Chinese-American college students that are roped into an art heist to steal Chinese art back from western museums. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book but I love the premise.

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Book number 4003 is… Once Upon a Crime by Mona Marple. This is a cozy mystery novella that follows amateur sleuth Sandy Shaw, owner of Books and Bakes, who has to solve the murder of a man that had just announced his new business idea of opening a bookshop, making him Sandy’s competition. I have this on kindle so maybe I’ll read it soon. It sounds like a fun read.

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Book number 2342 is Zoya by Daniele Steele. I’ve never read anything by this author yet, although I own a lot of them, all of them given to me. My mum gave this one to me with a few others. I don’t know much about it, maybe I’ll give it a read soon. It sounds interesting. It’s a historical fiction set in the Russian Revolution. It follows Zoya, a Russian heiress and a cousin to Tsar, who has to flee her homeland amidst the turmoil there.

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Our next number is 3518 and the book is… Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce. Historical Fiction novel about the 1920s Chicago jazz scene and a young woman working as a showgirl. Told in dual POV.

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Number 56 is Asylum by Madeleine Roux, this is the first book in a YA Horror series. It follows Dan Crawford, who is on a summer programmed run by the New Hampshire College but instead of staying on a College campus, the students are housed in an ex-run asylum. I don’t really like YA Horrors that much, they’re never that spooky in my opinion, so I’ll pass on this one.

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The book for number 30 is… White Oleander by Janet Fitch. I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, I loved the movie. Ingrid is sent to jail for murder, leaving her daughter, Astrid, to be shifted from one foster home to another.

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The next number is 62 and the book is… Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow, first book in a series about fey. I have a lot of these types of books on my goodreads TBR already, this one doesn’t really interest me much so therefore I’ll remove it.

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Book number 8 is… Legend by Marie Lu. This is a really hyped series but I don’t tend to enjoy sci-fi dystopian type of books, so I think I’ll remove it.

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Book number 2707 is… Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is the first book in a series. I own a physical copy of book 4 despite never actually having read any of the previous books. This is also a YA Sci-fi dystopia. It follows the story of Callum, a naught, and Sephy, a cross, childhood friends. The dystopian world in which the story is set, deals with racism but with a slight turn, white people are the ones suffering from racism and the overule of black people. I’ll keep it for now, the premise does intrigue.

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Number 2240 is.. Say It’s Name by Kathleen Jowitt. I don’t know anything about this one and I don’t remember adding it. It seems to be a romance though.

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Book number 660 is… The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din. This is the first book in a dark YA High Fantasy series.  It is set in a colonised Indo-Persian world and draws from South and West Asian, Middle Eastern, and ancient Arabian sociocultural and political issues. The cover is gorgeous and the premise sounds so good.

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The next number is 2736 and the book is… Town in a Blueberry Jam by B. B. Haywood. The first book in a cozy mystery series set in the fictional coastal village Cape Willington and following Candy Holliday, who lives with her father on his blueberry farm. When the local handyman finds himself arrested for murder, Candy is determined to prove his innocence.

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Book number 1944 is… Heaven Official’s Blessing (Novel) by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù. I have this on Kindle and plan to read it soon. This story focuses heavily on Chinese mythology. It follows Crowned Prince Xie Lian, a heavenly official. On a mission to the mortal realm, he meets San Lang, a mysterious young man, who is not who he seems. 

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Our next number is 1216 and the book is… When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Though this book had been on my goodreads TBR for a while and I have the eBook of it, I’ve been going back and forth, unable to decide whether I should read this, I really don’t read non-fiction or memoirs much, but I’ll keep it for now.

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The last number is 492 and the book is… Red Winter by Annette Marie, first book in a trilogy. I was initially intrigued by the gorgeous cover of the book, add to that the summary promising adventure with an Asian influence. This is an urban fantasy set in Japan, and follows Emi, a Kamigakari – a human who will be the vessel for a powerful goddess at the next solstice.

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Declutter my Goodreads TBR with me #1

I have a shocking amount of books on my Goodreads TBR. Honestly it is completely out of control. I usually add anything that sounds interesting but also any books that I want to look into more, so I’ve accumulated a list of 4147 books. I found that just going through them and removing the ones that don’t interest me was actually really boring and quite overwhelming. I wanted to make it more fun, so the idea is to use a number generator and I’ll scroll to that number on my Goodreads TBR to decide if I want to keep or remove that book. If I land on a book that I own as either a physical copy or eBook, I may choose to read it that month. Although because I have a pretty extensive August TBR already, I’ll probably add them to my September TBR instead.

Our first number is 4 and the book is… A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. This is such a hyped and loved book, I’ve heard so much about it. I haven’t felt like reading much fantasy in ages but when I’m feeling in a fantasy mood again I would still love to read this. Witches and Vampires, sign me up!

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The next number is 80 and the book is… Dead Time by Anne Cassidy. This is the first book in The Murder Notebooks series. This is an interesting concept. It follows Rose, whose mother and stepfather both mysteriously disappear when she’s twelve. Her and her stepbrother are relocated into different places but meet up again when Rose is seventeen and team up to look into the disappearance of their parents.

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Our next number is 3086. A bigger number this time. And the book is… Two Knights Tango by Tagan Shepard. I don’t even remember adding this one but the cover is so cool. It follows Marisol, a crime boss known as the Queen of Humboldt, and Sabrina, a Governor of Illinois. The two main characters are on opposite sides of the law. I will be removing this one but only because it’s actually the second book in a series and for some reason I added this one and not the previous book. I’ll add book 1 on there instead because I would love to read this series, it sounds so interesting.

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We’re getting some really big numbers now. Our next number is 2348 and the book is… Unbirthday by Liz Braswell. I own a physical copy of this so it will be staying of course. This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. But I will put it aside to read in September – maybe.

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3175 is our next number and the book is… A Dash of Murder by Teresa Trent. This is the first book in a cozy mystery series. I love cozy mysteries but not ones that feature paranormal/magic themes so I will be removing it.

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Our next number is 2929 and the book is… The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions–And What to Do about It by Henry L. Thompson. This is a nonfiction book about business or leadership. I had added a bunch of business related books because I’m a business owner and therefore I want to know as much about business as possible. So for now I’ll keep it.

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We’re going smaller again with number 515. And the book is… Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker. This seems so cute, I originally added this for the diverse cast of characters. I’ll keep it for now

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3424 is the next number and the book is… Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling by David Bordwell. I added this one recently because I’m interested in classic films, film structures, and such, the 40’s were such a great decade for cinema.

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The next number is 1595 and the book is… Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler.  This work is influential in feminism, women’s studies, and lesbian and gay studies, and has also enjoyed widespread popularity outside of traditional academic circles. This has been on my radar for a while.

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Our next book for number 2099 is… The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. The cover and title is clearly what interested me with this one. The cover is stunning! Plus I’ve heard really good things about this book. This story is about Mina, who sacrifices herself to be the Sea God’s bride. That’s about all I know about this book but it’s staying. I don’t own this book but after reading the synopsis I really want to read it now.

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The next book for number 2499 is Final Girls by Riley Sager. I added this book for my love of slasher films and it still sounds interested to me so I’ll keep it. Quincy, becomes a Final Girl after being the survivor of a brutal massacre. With that incident she became part of a group the press called the “Final Girls.”

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The next number is 3912 and the book is… Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky. This book follows Allison, a screenwriter, who escapes an abusive relationship, and buys her dream beach house. Her passion and escape from reality is swimming, so what could be more perfect? Less than a week later, a hurricane wipes her house out. The start of Allison going through various situations some more dangerous than others. This sounds quite interesting, but I don’t see myself ever reading it, therefore I’ll be removing it.

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The Book for number 3816 is… The Young Elizabeth by Alison Plowden. This is a nonfiction book that chronicles the early life of Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and heir to her fathers throne.

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Our next number is 1346 and the book is… The Secrets of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen. I don’t know why I added this book because I don’t even read New Adult College Romances at all. Therefore I am removing it.

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The book for number 3505 is… Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet. I’m pretty sure what drew me to this book originally was the Hollywood golden age theme. It follows Katie and Danny, as their dreams of fame and fortune become their own personal nightmares, showing the darker of Hollywood in that period, that it wasn’t all glamour.

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Number 2023 is… Making a Tinderbox by Emma Sterner-Radley. Royals, a bit of steam punk, sapphic women. Everything I love in a book. The book is about Elise, a noblewoman, and Nessa, a farmer’s daughter, both trying to start a life a new life.

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Number 1394 is… Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. This book follows a female vampire. For a book meant to warn people away from their ~scary homosexual tendencies~ it looks like a fun gay read. In all seriousness, I’ve heard good things about this one and it looks interesting. I’d like to read this one day.

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Number 3271‘s book is Like Home by Louisa Onomé. The book follows a Nigerian girl Nelo, who has lived in Ginger East, her small neighborhood, all her life, as she struggles to deal with a lot of changes in her life.

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The Book at number 495 is.. The Sympathizer by Vieet Thanh Nguyen. While this does seem interesting, it sounds way too political for me, therefore I don’t see myself ever reading this or really enjoying it.

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Number 3575 is The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt. This is nonfiction book that chronicles the life and history of mathematician Alan Turing. I will be removing this just because I have other ones similar on the list that sound better anyway.

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That’s all for now! This was a lot of fun, I will definitely do this again, hopefully soon. If you read until the end, thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you would like to see more of these in the future.

The Works of Oscar Wilde – Learning the Classics Reading Challenge 2022

Our August Author pick for Learning the Classics Reading Challenge (read the announcement HERE) is Oscar Wilde. In preparation for our month of Wilde, I’ve compiled a list of all his works that you may consider reading (or rereading) for the challenge. 

Contents:

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

This is the story of the title character who somewhat unwittingly sells his soul to become ageless and beautiful forever, a portrait of him painted by a friend will instead show what time and age does to him.

Oscar Wilde on Dress; Includes The Philosophy of Dress (1885)

Provides plenty of context for Wilde’s commentary on clothing. It also includes some correspondence via newspaper that Wilde had with the general public.

Intentions (1891)

Oscar Wilde discusses Art, Beauty, and Truth in these four essays.

  • The Decay of Lying
  • Pen, Pencil, and Poison
  • The Critic as Artist
  • The Truth of Masks

The Soul of a Man Under Socialism (1891)

The Soul of Man under Socialism is an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he shares his socialist world views and examines the role of art within society.

Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young (1894)

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)

The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of stories by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888.

  • The Happy Prince
  • The Selfish Giant
  • The Nightingale and the Rose
  • The Devoted Friend
  • The Remarkable Rocket

A House of Pomegranates (1891)

A House of Pomegranates is a collection of four fairy tales which were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. It is regarded as a follow-up to his first fairy tale collection “The Happy Prince and Other Tales”.

  • The Young King
  • The Birthday of the Infanta
  • The Fisherman and His Soul
  • The Star-Child

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and other Stories (1891)

A collection of five of Oscar Wilde’s classic short stories.

  • Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
  • The Caterville Ghost
  • The Sphinx Without a Secret
  • The Model Millionaire
  • The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

Poems in Prose (1894)

These are more like “very short stories’ than actual poems. It continues the satiric social critique from the later stories of “The Happy Prince and Other Tales.”

  • The Artist
  • The Doer of Good
  • The Disciple
  • The Master
  • The House of Judgment
  • The Teacher of Wisdom

The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1896)

Based on personal observation and experience of his time in Reading jail, Wilde wrote this poem while living in exile.

The Complete Poems of Oscar Wilde (1909)

A complete collection of poems by Oscar Wilde written on vastly different topics over a number of years.

Vera; or, the Nihilist (1880)

A melodramatic tragedy set in Russia, Vera, or the Nihilists is loosely based on the story of Vera Zasulich.

The Duchess of Padua (1883)

The Duchess of Padua is a five-act melodramatic tragedy. Unlike his other plays, it was written in blank verse. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term: blank verse is poetry written with regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always in iambic pentameter.

Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892)

Wilde criticizes appearances and social hypocrisy of the aristocratic society and the different view of actions of men and women.

A Woman of No Importance (1893)

This is a 1893 play by Oscar Wilde that had a fair amount of success, although it’s not regarded as one his best. It’s a satire on upper class English society.

An Ideal Husband (1895)

In this one Wilde explores hypocrisy, corruption, forgiveness and other themes with his trademark epigrammatic humor.

The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

This is Oscar Wilde’s most famous piece of work.

Salomé (1896)

Salomé is a tragedy by Oscar Wilde. The original 1891 version of the play was in French. Three years later an English translation was published.

Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous

These are fragments of never-completed plays by Oscar Wilde.

  • La Sainte Courtisane 
  • A Florentine Tragedy 

De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Other Writings (2002)

De Profundis is a scathing letter of anger and resentment targeted at Oscar Wilde’s former lover, Lord Alfred Douglas.

The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (1962)

The complete collection of letters by Oscar Wilde – including more than 200 previously unpublished letters.

If you’ve read all/most of his work (like I have), you can re-read any of his work or you can read these instead. I haven’t read any of the books mentioned below so you should make your own judgment about them.

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by Neil McKenna

This is a biography which draws from many different sources, and based in part on rumours, conspiracy theories, letters, spurned lovers, opportunists and profiteers, unsavory gossip and whispered allegations.

The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde by Merlin Holland

Holland (Wilde’s grandson) writes a condensed account of the events surrounding the trial and the trial itself,.

Son of Oscar Wilde by Vyvyan Holland

An account of Oscar Wilde written by his son. This books illustrates how Wilde’s trial effected his family.

Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

This literary biography about Oscar Wilde explores in great depth his reading habits and his outlandish personality and lifestyle.

Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis

Biography of Oscar Wilde, with documentation of his downfall, trial, conviction, imprisonment, and life afterwards.

The Fall of the House of Wilde by Emer O’Sullivan

The Fall of the House of Wilde focuses primarily on Oscar Wilde, but the story of his life is placed in the context of his parents’, his relationship with his brother, and comparisons among the four.

Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Summer by Antony Edmonds

A detailed look at Oscar Wilde’s Worthing Holiday in the summer of 1894 during which he wrote what would become his most famous work (The Importance of Being Earnest).

The Wilde Century: Effeminacy, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Moment by Alan Sinfield

This book deconstructs the notion of the effeminate gay man, and shows how the separate notions of same-sex passion and effeminacy were conflated through the trials of Oscar Wilde to form the modern gay identity.

Oscar Wilde and Candlelight Murder by Gyles Brandreth

This is a Victorian mystery with Oscar Wilde acting as an investigator in the manner of Sherlock Holmes.

Perfect Pairings #14: Matching up books with Joshua Bassett’s Singles; Common Sense, Anyone Else, and Feel Something

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I’ve recently gotten into listening to Joshua Bassett’s music. Joshua Bassett is an American actor and singer, he is best known for starring in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which I have not actually watched. So today I’ll be pairing each of his current singles released from 2020-2021 with books that I feel match each of the songs.

DISCLAIMER: All the explanations for these songs are my interpretations/opinions and may differ from the intentions of the artist.

Common Sense // The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

“Second chances are thought of to be weak
Second chances in volumes, do they speak?
Second chances aren’t given usually
But a second chance is all I really need”

“Common Sense” is an original song written by Joshua Bassett. He posted a video singing the song on Instagram on July 2, 2018, and it was officially released on April 3, 2020. This song is really sweet and calming . It’s simple, light, and riddled with fun lyrics.

This is a second chance romance book that has always stuck with me. I love how the story is told in different timelines and has the most touching ending.

Anyone Else // Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

How am I supposed to think about anything else?
How am I to go on keeping this to myself?
I am done pretending I want anyone else

“Anyone Else” is a another original song written by Joshua Bassett. It is his second officially released single, and was released on July 16, 2020 in combination with his debut single, “Common Sense” (released on April 3, 2020). This song is about falling in love with someone who is already in a relationship with someone else.

Friends-to-more is one of my favourite book romance tropes. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy but neither of them know what to do about it and they end up on a roller coaster ride of emotions that makes the reader want to scream in frustration. But the book is realistic in the sense that it portrays the trials and tribulations of love.

Feel Something // The Moonstone Girls by Brooke Skipstone

Hold me like it’s the very last time, at least for tonight
Pull my hair and kiss my head and we’ll get high
Skinny dippin’ from the Santa Monica Pier
Sign our names into the sand so we remember

“Feel Something” was released on May 7, 2021. According to Joshua, the song is a culmination of different stories and nights his had in LA with his friends.

The Moonstone Girls follows Tracy, a Queer 17 year old girl in the 1960’s who moves to Alaska to find freedom and independence. While there she seeks acceptance within herself and navigates sexuality and identity.

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this! I plan to do his EP soon as well if you’re interested.

Have you listened to these songs? What are your thoughts on it and the book choices? Would you match any of them up with a different book? Are there any albums you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Albums?

I’m always interested in discovering other artists and albums so feel free to comment your recommendations and I’ll check them out, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.

REVIEW: Postscript by Cecelia Ahern *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: Postscript
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: P. S. I Love You, #2
Published by: HarperCollins 
Release Date: September 19th 2019
Genre: Adult Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 368

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
All opinions in this review are my own.

Postscript picks up about seven years after the final letter in PS, I love you. If you have not read the first book, this can totally be read as a stand alone. The author clues you in to the content of the last book. Postscript is, ultimately, a story about life, love, heartbreak, grief, friendship, family, and moving on. Without spoiling too much, I want to say that this book is quite touching. It touches on the subject of death, and what people who know they’re dying can do to ease the pain for their families, but to also stay remembered a bit longer. And through other people that Holly meets, she discovers a part of Gerry she never knew existed before.

I really enjoyed the writing style as well as meeting the characters that really benefited from the PS I Love You club. First, I thought that the book was unnecessary since P.S. I love you had an ending I was satisfied with but this is one of the rare occasions when I have loved the sequel even more than the first novel. Postscript ended up being an amazing follow up for me, we are reunited with Holly and also get to know some new character’s stories.

REVIEW: P. S. I love You by Cecelia Ahern *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: P. S. I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: P. S. I Love You, #1
Published by: HarperCollins 
Release Date: September 1st 2004 
Genre: Adult Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 503

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’.

As the notes are gradually opened, and as they year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing — and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realizes — but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.

The story was really good and I liked all the letters and all the instructions that were left by Gerry but I found the writing to be very dull. For being like 500 pages long, I breezed through it fairly quickly. It starts good, even if a bit rambly and repetitive at times. The story was so heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. This book is about learning how to live again after losing a loved one. How difficult it is to move on, when your whole world has turned upside down.

The way Gerry and Holly adored each other was so sweet to read about. The whole idea of him leaving her a list of things for her to do once he was gone. Overall, not a bad book but I couldn’t like it as much I had wanted to. Nonetheless, it was a lovely exploration of the ways to deal with loss and grieving.

REVIEW: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: Juliet Takes a Breath
Author: Gabby Rivera
Published by: Riverdale Avenue Books
Release Date: January 18th 2016 
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: eBook
Pages: 276

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself. 

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
All opinions in this review are my own.

Juliet Takes a Breath follows Queer Puerto Rican girl Juliet Palante who’s recently been introduced to feminism by Portland writer Harlowe Brisbane. Juliet takes up a summer intern with Harlowe, and the story follows her as she navigates her internship.

This was an enjoyable book full of intersectional feminism, lgbtq+ issues, racial issues, and exploration of identity. I enjoyed Juliet’s unfiltered nature in dialogue. I enjoyed the discussions happening along the story. It was really wonderful to follow a teen in the process of developing their brand of feminism – from learning new terminology to questioning their values and confronting their biases.

This book is fairly plot-less and I didn’t love the “stream-of-consciousness” writing style. Sometimes it works for me but it really didn’t do it for me in this novel. However, my disappointment at certain aspects in this story were outshined by my love for pretty much everything else.

The part of the book I struggled with the most is Harlowe Brisbane. I could not stand her or any scene involving her. That being said, Harlowe’s flaws are challenged by the end of the story so I can recognize that she was intentionally written to be unlikeable, to be a symbol of when feminism becomes exclusionary.

Overall, Juliet Takes A Breath was an enjoyable read. It’s not the strongest in terms of storytelling but I still feel there is so much value in Juliet’s story, there’s a message to be spread through this book.

REVIEW: A Patchwork of Peril by Sue Pepper *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: A Patchwork of Peril
Author: Sue Pepper
Series: Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery Cozy Mysteries, #3.5
Release Date: June 1st 2022
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery
Format: eBook
Pages: 45

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The trail on this missing priceless heirloom has gone dead cold…

Spring has sprung in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the town is celebrating with a tag sale on town square. Nothing says new beginnings like selling your old stuff for charity, right? But when a priceless quilt handed down for generations in Sadie Moose’s best friend’s family is accidentally put out for sale, Sadie must track it down before it goes missing forever. 

A cute short story about a family heirloom quilt. This is an entertaining story to read while waiting for the next Jackson Hole mystery. Really quick and easy story to read. With a family heirloom missing and a baby on the way, our cast of characters are on the search.

REVIEW: A Deadly Secret Admirer by Sue Pepper *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: A Deadly Secret Admirer
Author: Sue Pepper
Series: Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery Cozy Mysteries, #2.5
Release Date: April 26th 2022
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery
Format: eBook
Pages: 40

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Valentine’s Day at Moose’s Bakery means sugar cookies and pink frosting everywhere, especially this year after a mysterious benefactor ordered enough cookies for every student in town. As Sadie Moose and her crew rush to complete the order by their deadline, a series of vaguely threatening notes and gifts start arriving, each one telling Sadie she should break up with her absent boyfriend, Jake Moreno. When the final gift sends one of her friends to the hospital, Sadie puts the clues together to find our who her deadly secret admirer is…before it’s too late.

A Deadly Secret Admirer is a not so cozy mystery, with the small town setting, quirky characters, and amateur sleuth we all love in cozies with the added spice of language and sexual innuendo. This is #2.5 in the series, taking place after Hot Springs Murder and before Boss Babe Murder.

This Valentine’s cozy mystery takes place between books two and three. With a small town setting and a great cast of characters, it’s full of plenty of mystery and drama. Overall, this was a really cute and fun story. I was invested in the story all the way through to the end.

REVIEW: Escape from the North Pole by Sue Pepper *Spoiler-Free*

Book Title: Escape from the North Pole
Author: Sue Pepper
Series: Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery Cozy Mysteries, #1.5
Release Date: December 22nd 2021
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery
Format: eBook
Pages: 30

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Some of the clues from this holiday escape room don’t add up…

It’s the holidays at Moose’s Bakery, and that means Yule logs, Santa sugar cookies, and the annual employee holiday night out. This year it’s Kendall’s turn to plan, and she’s chosen…an escape room?

Sadie’s had enough mystery solving for the year, but she’ll be a good sport and play along. But of course, things go wrong from the start. First, the escape room double booked them, and now Sadie’s in close quarters with her ex-boyfriend, Jake Moreno. Awkward. Then, the lights go out and when they come back on, they’re being accused of stealing the cashbox!

Can Sadie clear their names and salvage their holiday celebration? Find out in Escape From the North Pole, A Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery Not So Cozy Mystery Short Story, #1.5.

This short story takes place after Mountain Town Murder, book 1 in the series, but the short story stands alone. This is a not-so-cozy and includes language and some sexual innuendo alongside the cozy setting, quirky characters, and mystery we all love in cozy mysteries. 

This was a short little locked room mystery. It was cute but I didn’t really care much about what was going on, I found myself losing interest in it. I adore the cast of characters and I love escape room mysteries so much. This can be read as a standalone but I feel like you get more out of it if you’ve read Book 1 that comes before this. Overall, this was a cute and fun holiday mystery.

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