Down the TBR Hole #13

Woohoo, lucky 13!

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. Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff

Book cover of "Stormdancer" by Jay Kristoff

Asian steampunk sounds awesome. But do I want Asian steampunk delivered to me by a non-Asian person? I think the premise of this sounds really interesting – perhaps a bit too involved, but interesting. But I decided to read a few reviews, because I am a bit wary, now, about reading books that highlight other cultures by people not of that culture. And I’ve seen several reviews that say that very little research went into this book (or it appeared that way), and that it’s too dense/overly descriptive. I’d say my fears are enough to stop me from picking this up. I know Jay Kristoff has a lot of fans out there – I keep hearing so, so much about Nevernight and all that, but I think I’ll pass on this one.

Verdict: GO

2. The Game of Triumphs – Laura Powell

Book cover of "The Game of Triumphs" by Laura Powell

This book has such an interesting premise! A girl learns about a game based on tarot cards and there’s potentially a band of misfits team-up to take down some powerful bad guys. Sounds great! But I don’t know if this book will feel to…kiddy for me now? It’s marked as young adult, but somehow it seems like it’s more middle-grade, based on reviews. A lot of people took issue with the author stating her reasons for writing this book were based on her wondering why D&D and WoW are so popular. I might read this in the future, but for now…

Verdict: GO

3. Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok

Book cover of "Girl in Translation" by Jean Kwok

This coming-of-age story about a Chinese immigrant and her family sounds like it could be really interesting! A girl living two-worlds: one where she’s a hard-working, good student, the other as a sweatshop worker at night. It’s kind of hard to fathom how these two things are balanced, but I guess reading the book would clear that up! I don’t remember what initially drew me to this story? I added it to my TBR a long time ago and I am still kind of interested in it. But I just don’t feel strongly enough about it to warrant keeping it on here. I might read it some day. Perhaps if someone I know reads it and can recommend it more to me?

Verdict: GO

4. The Arrivals – Melissa Marr

Book cover of "The Arrivals" by Melissa Marr

I haven’t read a single book by Melissa Marr and this is one of her books written for adults. It sounds like a cool premise, with the main character somehow being transported to this new world where there are people from different time periods. It’s supposed to be a Western, but there are also monsters…I don’t have much faith in Marr’s writing, since I’ve never been particularly drawn to her other works, and the majority of the top reviews for this book rate it very low. My curiosity, while piqued, isn’t enough, I’m afraid.

Verdict: GO

5. Fire Arrow – Edith Pattou

Book cover of "Fire Arrow" by Edith Pattou

So…For some reason, I didn’t realize this is a sequel? Even though it says so in the first line of the summary from Goodreads? Well, I guess I should look into the first book, and not just go straight to this one, so I’ll probably remove it because of that, but if I check out the first one and think it sounds interesting and I end up reading and liking it, then this book could potentially be back on this list. Who knows. But for now, I’m moving it just because of logistics, nothing else.

Verdict: GO

6. Life: An Exploded Diagram – Mal Peet

Book cover of "Life: An Exploded Diagram" by Mal Peet

I’m kinda shocked at myself for putting this book on my TBR. I don’t usually go for stories that take place during war (specifically WWI or II). Mostly because I don’t find war dramas interesting. And on top of that, this book is also a family saga, which I don’t usually go for either! So that’s what’s funny about this whole thing. Somehow I put this book on my TBR. It sounds like it could be really great! And maybe I could end up liking it? I don’t know. But mostly, I think based on these specific things, unless I know someone who would recommend it to me, or one of you readers has read it and can really recommend it, I’ll pass.

Verdict: GO

7. Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross

Book cover of "Belle Epoque" by Elizabeth Ross

A period drama! Yes! A girl moves from Brittany to Paris looking to start a new life, runs out of money, then becomes part of an agency where people can hire a “plain” friend to make themselves look more attractive. Weird! And what’s more, she gets involved in an aristocratic drama that hinges on her pretending to be a real friend and not just a “hire.” I don’t remember how I cam across this book, especially since the author is not someone I’m familiar with. But I’m really glad I did, because I still want to read this one. I hope it’s as good as it sounds!

Verdict: KEEP

8. Among Others – Jo Walton

Book cover of "Among Others" by Jo Walton

There’s magic! And twins! And a “half-mad” mother who is doing dark things with magic! I think this book sounds just as interesting and magical as I found it to be when I first came across it. I haven’t read anything by Jo Walton, but I love the sound of this and it sounds like the kind of book I could fall in love with. I’m itching to read it, so who knows, I might actually get to it this year!

Verdict: KEEP

9. The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan

Book cover of "The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan

I have read all of the Percy Jackson series, and it was okay. I didn’t love it like I love Harry Potter, but it was a decent series and I liked the characters and the world inside it. I was really interested to see that Riordan decided to delve into the world of Egyptian mythology, since I’ve always had a fascination with that. However, since I didn’t love the Percy Jackson series, I’m not sure if I feel up to pursuing this one. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book/series and what you thought. How does it compare to the Percy Jackson series? Would you recommend it?

Verdict: GO

10. The Squire’s Tale – Gerald Morris

Book cover of "The Squire's Tale" by Gerald Morris

After I read The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, I discovered that I really like this fantasy genre of knights and castles and squires and kings and queens. I feel like this book could be just like that. This one, however, is based on Arthurian legend, since the titular squire is squire for Gawain, of the Round Table. I am definitely interested in Arthurian legend, so this one could be interesting. I like the idea of it being from the squire’s perspective, since that isn’t often the case. This book has a pretty high average rating, so I think I’m still curious enough to give it a try.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 3

Discarded: 7

I feel like this particular grouping of books was all over the place! I mean, immigrant story, Western, Chinese steampunk, Arthurian legend…so many different genres! I’m an eclectic reader, so it’s not that surprising, but it made this post fun to put together.


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.

5 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #13

  1. Stupid question…the answer will be obvious after you tell me…how do you keep track of where you left off when you pull up your Goodreads list again to do the next TBR Rabbit Hole? Even with 3 cups of coffee in me my mind can’t figure this out. Thanks.

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    1. Not a stupid question at all! I usually check my previous post to see which was the last book I decided to keep and start with the next book. On Goodreads, you can sort your books in order of the date you added them to your TBR. Since I’ve got over 500 books on my TBR, and I’ve been adding books since I started way back in 2012, I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m just starting with the books I added earliest and working my way towards the newest books on my list. Since I probably will have a few on there that I put on a long time ago that I might not actually be interested in anymore.

      I hope that helps!

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      1. Wow! Yeah, that’s why I started doing this how “Down the TBR Hole” to try and clean out some of the books I’ve just grown out of my interest in.

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