Down the TBR Hole #12

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:

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

Book cover of "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness

I think about reading this book on/off all the time. I hear a lot of things about it, know several people who have read it. I want to read it! A YA thriller in a dystopian world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. How crazy and awful! But it sounds so interesting, that I definitely want to know more. When will I have time to read this? I don’t know, but I am going to. It’s decided.

Verdict: KEEP

2. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes – Jonathan Auxier

Book cover of "Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes" by Jonathan Auxier

I’m really curious about this book. First of all, the main character is blind. Secondly, he has a “side-kick” companion who is a knight who’s been transformed into a cat/horse hybrid. Wow. That’s a lot! And third, he discovers three sets of “magical” eyes that transport him to another world. This book sounds so crazy! I want more than anything for this to be an awesome book. I’m willing to give it a try since the description sounds so “fantastic.”

Verdict: KEEP

3. Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell

Book cover of "Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Gaskell

I have another of Gaskell’s works on my TBR somewhere, North and South, the mini-series of which I am very fond. I believe I saw a mini-series of this one, as well, and loved it, so I put it on my TBR. However, when will I read this book! I like the idea of a book that focuses on two step-sisters and their relationship. I also love novels set in Victorian England. I am really hopeful that I will get to this book shortly.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Kat, Incorrigible – Stephanie Burgis

Book cover of "Kat, Incorrigible" by Stephanie Burgis

This book sound soooo cool! A family of magic-wielders! And Kat trying to save the day because things are going crazy! This is the kind of romping adventure story that I love in kid lit. Plus, the cover looks so cute! I put this book on my TBR so long ago that I completely forgot about how awesome this book sounds! My resolve to read this book has been renewed and hopefully I get to it soon, like this year!

Verdict: KEEP

5. The Fairy-Tale Detectives – Michael Buckley

Book cover of "The Fairy-Tale Detectives" by Michael Buckley

Man, this book sounds like something my child-self would totally eat up! Fairytales have always been a fascination for me. I love the mystery and the magic and the sometime thematically dark tones. This book is about two girls who learn they’re related to the Brothers Grimm and that their book of fairytales is actually a book of case-files and now it’s their turn to be detectives. So cool! My interest in this book has not waned, nearly been postponed. Maybe I just need to do a month of reading kid lit to solve all of this trouble…

Verdict: KEEP

6. Feed – Mira Grant

Book cover of "Feed" by Mira Grant

I’ve read my share of “zombie” dystopian fiction books, but this one intrigues me because there’s political conspiracy/journalism in the mix. I’ve read a few reviews that comment that it isn’t really a “zombie” book, in that there is so much more going on. Which, honestly, is fine with me! I was thinking about maybe ditching this book, but honestly, it still sounds too interesting for me to give up on.

Verdict: KEEP

7. Millennium Approaches – Tony Kushner

Book cover of "Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner

This is the first play in the “Angels in America” series. I guess it’s a two-part play. I’ve not seen the play yet, I haven’t had the opportunity. It sounds interesting and I know it won lots of awards when it first debuted. Every once in a while I read a play, but nothing can compare to actually seeing a production. However, I feel like I would rather see this play than read it and I don’t think it needs to stay on my TBR, in any case.

Verdict: GO

8. The Story of Saiunkoku – Kairi Yura

Book cover of "The Story of Saiunkoku" by Kairi Yura

I’m not a huge manga/anime fan, but I have a handful that I know and like to read. Now and again I come across a new one that sounds interesting to me. I have no memory of how I came across this one, but it still sounds interesting. However, it’s old. As in, my library doesn’t have copies of it anymore. And this makes it incredibly difficult for me to read. I have seen that it is an anime, which might make it more easy to get a hold of because there are sites that stream animes. Who knows. Either way, I think I’ll pass for now.

Verdict: GO

9. Various Positions – Martha Schabas

Book cover of "Various Positions" by Martha Chabas

I’m intrigued by ballet. It’s such a structured dance form and so, so brutal on the body. I remember going to see “Black Swan” with a good friend of mine and wow, that movie messed me up! Using the brutality of ballet to create a borderline horror film gave me the creeps! But there are actually quite a few fiction books out there about ballet and for some reason, they appeal to me. This one sounds so dark and troubling. I want to know more. I’ll definitely be keeping it on the list.

Verdict: KEEP

10. The Cranes Dance – Meg Howrey

Book cover of "The Cranes Dance" by Meg Howrey

Look! Look! Another book about ballet. Maybe I went through some sort of phase and just picked a bunch of ballet books for that reason? Either way, I did actually purchase this book. It was ages ago and look at me! I still haven’t read it! This is the one of the problems of being a book lover – random purchasing of books you swear you’re going to read and then you promptly forget about. Needless to say, I’m going to do everything in my power to read this book. I spent money on it, it sounds interesting, the least I can do is give it an actual chance.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 8

Discarded: 2

Man, I was super attached to this list this week. Every book felt like I was rediscovering something fascinating and new! I really, really hope to get to these books soon, because dang, they sound so good and I owe it to myself to finally give them their shot.


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.

3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #12

  1. It sometimes so hard to remove books from our TBR’s haha. I would really recommend the knife of never letting go, especially since the adaptation is coming next year!



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