Try a Chapter Thursday

Sometimes when you have a large TBR, it can sometimes be totally overwhelming to pick a new book to read. On top of having a good size collection of books, I’m always borrowing several books from my library so my TBR pile is out of hand sometimes. Since I was having trouble deciding what to read next, I’ve decided to try a chapter of each book I’ve taken from my TBR pile and then pick a book after reading them all.


  • Pick 5 (or more) books from your tbr
  • Read the first chapter of all of them (including the prologue if there is one)
  • Tell your readers if you’re sold on the book and what you thought of the first chapter.
  • Are you going to finish the book this month?

My Choices:

  1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  2. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  3. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  4. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I tried to choose books that were different from the others in hopes of finding something to read a little bit easier.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Total Pages: 292


I read the prologue and the first chapter of Tiger Lily which ended up being thirteen pages in total. So far it seems the story is told in a faerie’s point of view so I’m assuming it’s going to be Tink even though it wasn’t specifically said. Tiger Lily was introduced and I learned that an Englander had found Neverland. It seems like this is the start of a conflict, but not much was really given on the situation.

I’m definitely intrigued after reading the first chapter. Peter Pan is a favorite of mine so I’m always on the hunt from Peter Pan and Neverland related books.

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Total Pages: 381


The first chapter of The Hearts We Sold was only five pages. From those five pages, I learned that the main character, Dee, is a volunteer at a hospital and also that only people who want to make deals with a demon can see a demon for what they really are.

Honestly, the first chapter didn’t spark my interest that much. It does sound good, but five pages didn’t really give me enough to form a concrete opinion on if I would like to continue the book right away or not.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt
Total Pages: 413


I decided to read the first two chapters of this book since chapter one, which was fifteen pages long, was in Oakley’s point of view and chapter two, which was nine pages long, was in Vaughn’s point of view. From the first chapter I learned that Oakley is a pop star who seems to be having trouble with his music and his following and that his manager wants him to have a fake relationship with a “normal” girl. In chapter two, I learned that Vaughn is a part time waitress who, along with her sister, is barely keeping her head above water.

I’m really intrigued from the first two chapters of this book. This is the type of book I’d binge read while in a reading slump that I know would take me straight out of it.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Total Pages: 498


Clockwork Prince is the only book from my October TBR that I’ve decided to try to read. This was the longest first chapter so far. Including the prologue it ended up being twenty-seven pages. From the prologue I found out that Will Herondale is trading something for Foraii demon powders for some reason and that he is interested in a potion that will make someone disinterested in someone else. Chapter one was what seemed to be a trial to figure out what to do with the head of the London Institute after events that happened in Clockwork Angel.

I will eventually continue this book, but I don’t think I’m going to finish it this month. I love The Mortal Instruments series so much, but right now I honestly find The Infernal Devices series to be a little boring.

Finding Audrey by Sophia Kinsella
Total Pages: 286


The first chapter of this book was only six pages long. I noticed right away that chapters aren’t numbered at all and that the only indication of a new chapter is that the writing for the new chapter starts about halfway down the page. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that. I really didn’t learn much from the first chapter of Finding Audrey. The main focus of the first chapter wasn’t on Audrey at all, but instead was focused on one of her brother’s who seems to be addicted to video games and their mother is about to throw his computer out of a bedroom window.

I’m iffy on this book. The synopsis of the book sounds interesting and I’ve heard great things about the book from watching YouTube videos, but from the chapter I read, I don’t think I’m going to continue it at the moment.

What I’m Going to Read:

I’ve decided to continue When It’s Real by Erin Watt at this time. I’m definitely reading Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson very soon though. Both have intrigued me a lot and I can’t wait to read both.

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