Down the TBR Hole #9

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Picking up from where I left off:

Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead

Book cover of "Seating Arrangements" by Maggie Shipstead

I don’t remember how I came across this book, but I was definitely interested in this story of a somewhat chaotic few days before a wedding. There’s infidelity, loss of faith, and misplaced desire, apparently. It sounds intriguing. Normally I don’t go for these kinds of things, but I figure, since the story only takes place over a couple of days, that it’s worth looking into. I do enjoy stories that involve weddings – I don’t know why. I also happened upon a copy of this book at Goodwill and I bought it, so I feel a bit compelled to read it still, since I own it.

Verdict: KEEP

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Book cover of "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel

I definitely put this on my list because it was being adapted into a miniseries. I am a sucker for British drama. And for anything about Henry VIII. This book focuses on his bid to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so that he may marry Anne Boleyn. Count me in! This book is part of a series, and I don’t know how far down the line it goes, but this book in particular focuses on Cromwell’s work to get Henry’s marriage annulled. I definitely want to read this book before watching the series, because it’s important to me to read the original work first. I am hoping that the story will be gripping, and not end up being a lot of legal intrigue (which is only vaguely interesting to me).

Verdict: KEEP

Digging to America – Anne Tyler

Book cover of "Digging to America" by Anne Tyler

I was on the fence about whether to keep this book after reading the summary again. I don’t remember when I put this book on my TBR or why, but I’m pretty sure the idea of two families, one super American the other made a second generation couple, adopting babies from Korea and then deciding to keep in touch sounded intriguing to me at the time. I’m still a bit intrigued, even though this book is not my usual preference. It’s a generational story about two families and how they become intertwined. While that could be interesting, I read a few reviews that said the story (especially the first half) dragged. I’m worried I’ll experience something similar. I might still read it eventually, but I feel pretty safe in letting this one go for now.

Verdict: GO

Shelf Life: Stories by the Book – Gary Paulsen, ed.

Book cover of "Shelf Life" edited by Gary Paulsen

Oh, I forgot all about this book! It’s a collection of new stories from some very prominent authors! All the stories are supposed to feature a book in some way. I love the concept, and the fact that sales of this book directly benefit a charity, the ProLiteracy Worldwide benefit. There are some really awesome authors among this list and I really want to check out their stories. I’ll definitely still pick this one up. I mean, it looks like it could be super fun and there’s a wide range of genres being touched on here. Supposedly there’s something for everyone. I believe it!

Verdict: KEEP

America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By – Akhil Reed Amar

Book cover of "America's Unwritten Constitution" by Akhil Reed Amar

Yikes! A book about American law! Why did I put this on my TBR? I must have been in a mood or a state of great curiosity, because I definitely don’t pick up books like this for light reading. I also didn’t realize that this is supposed to be a follow up book (I don’t know if one has to read the first book in a “sequel” to a nonfiction book), so I’m a little hesitant to read this one first – if I plan on reading it at all! – before reading the book that supposedly comes before it. Honestly, this book could be very interesting, but books like this are never guaranteed to be written with laypeople in mind, so I don’t know how potentially dry or “boring” this book could end up being for me. Better be on the safe side, here.

Verdict: GO

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury – Sam Weller, ed., Mort Castle, ed.

Book cover of "Shadow Show" edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

I’m a pretty big Ray Bradbury fan, so I know why I put this on my TBR. There are some really big names on the roster of short stories written for this collection here, including Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman. The part of me that is curious about what these authors have written, especially as it’s in tribute to Bradbury, has me itching to read this book. I feel like this is another book that would go perfectly for a Halloween/October read TBR list. I think I’ll hang onto it still. For me, short story collections can be hit and miss – and I already have another short story collection on this list here! I think both intrigue me enough to remain on this list.

Verdict: KEEP

John Keats: A New Life – Nicholas Roe

Book cover of "John Keats" by Nicholas Roe

I’ve had a Keats book show up on this list before. I clearly have a dedication to John Keats. As with any biography situation, I tend to be more picky, because every book is different in terms of writing – it could be dry, it could be fascinating. I’ll not know how it is until I actually crack it open. Sometimes, the person of interest will be compelling enough. But I also check out the length of the book – and this one is over 400 pages, which is quite daunting. If I do get around to reading this, it won’t be any time soon, I know that much about myself. So I think I’ll have to cut it for now, but if I ever find myself in a place where I desire reading biographies, I’ll know where to go.

Verdict: GO

Love Among the Walnuts – Jean Ferris

Book cover of "Love Among the Walnuts" by Jean Ferris

I have absolutely no knowledge of this book! I read the summary just now and I don’t remember this book at all! Boy it sounds weird! A boy’s family is poisoned by two conniving uncles who want their money. The family is put into a coma, but the boy manages to make it out alright and with the help of a butler and a “wacky” nurse, they try to take down the uncles. I mean…what in the what? This book is YA and supposedly there’s a romance. And many, many people have given it a 5 star review. I mean, who am I to argue with this? It sounds crazy, but crazy can be fun sometimes. I think I’ll still give it a go.

Verdict: KEEP

Obernewtyn – Isobelle Carmody

Book cover of "Obernewtyn" by Isobelle Carmody

This book sounds so intriguing! It’s a blend of fantasy/post-apocalyptic-dystopian young adult fiction. Certain people have powers and the new “powers that be” don’t like this and consider these people a threat, and so attempt to rid the world of them. The main character, Elspeth, has such power, but attempts to keep it secret to save herself. Interesting! I think this is definitely one of those books that people love or hate. I find myself interested enough that I’d like to give it a go, still, especially since it’s not that long a book. The series appears to be 7 books (Harry Potter length!), so if I like it, then I have seven whole books in which to enjoy this world. Here’s hoping!

Verdict: KEEP

The Green Generation: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life – Linda Siversten, Tosh Siversten

Book cover of "Generation Green" by Linda Siversten & Josh Siversten

I came across this book at my place of work (I work with youth) and I have a pretty strong interest in environmental concerns. I try my best to make eco-friendly choices, including adding zero-waste actions to my general routines. I wanted to take a closer look at this book, I think, which is why I ended up putting it on my TBR. In reality, I don’t think this is the kind of book I would want to read cover-to-cover. Instead, I think my main interest would be in checking out their tips on eco-friendly swaps to daily routines. I’m still interested in that, but I also have since purchased other books that give me the same content. So.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 6

Discarded: 4

The balance is always shifting, but any progress is good, in my opinion. There was a pretty wide variety of books I had on this list, so I’m not surprised my numbers are fairly close to even.


So, what do you think? Any books I cut that you wouldn’t? Any books that I’m keeping that aren’t worth my time? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you. See you next week for another meme post.

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #9

  1. Great post! I’m honestly so bad with these kind of posts… I end up keeping most of the books 🤭 which is why I havent done one of them in a while, because I started one and realised it wasnt going to be that great 😂

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    1. I hear you! There has only been one time, so far, where I didn’t discard hardly any. I think I’m doing okay so far simply because my list is full of books that I put on my TBR years ago and I’m like a different person now, so my opinions have changed a little bit.

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