Down the TBR Hole #14

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 Turning – Francine Prose

Book cover of "The Turning of the Screw" by Francine Prose

I’ve been meaning to read The Turning of the Screw for a long, long time. I also love reading adaptations of classic works, so when I came across this book, I instantly put it on my TBR, because I was curious about it. But I didn’t look that far into it and now that I’m looking over it again…It’s got a really, really low average rating. The first several reviews are two-star. That’s not great. I still plan on reading The Turn of the Screw, but this one…not really.

Verdict: GO

2. The Infects – Sean Beaudoin

Book cover of "The Infects" by Sean Beaudoin

I’m pretty interested in things involving zombies, but I’m of a weaker constitution that many fans, so I don’t usually venture too far into the horror genre. However, there have been quite a few books that I’ve read involving zombies that I enjoyed, so I’m thinking this could still be of interest to me. It’s YA, so I’m not expecting super scariness, and I like the idea of reading about a whole bunch of juvenile delinquents trying to deal with zombies. It sounds kind of hilarious.

Verdict: KEEP

3. Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale

Book cover of "Book of a Thousand Days" by Shannon Hale

As I said earlier, I like reading adaptations of classic lit. This book is an adaptation of a Brothers’ Grimm story. I’m not familiar with the story, but I think it sounds pretty awesome. I’m very curious about the pacing of this story, since it seems like a lot of things are supposed to happen: adventure, romance, spurned suitors…I also like the idea of it taking place on the Asian steppes. I know basically nothing about this region, so I’ll be curious to learn new things through this story and to be introduced to a new-to-me culture.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Stoker’s Manuscript – Royce Prouty

Book cover of "Stoker's Manuscript" by Royce Prouty

This was a book suggested to me by my mother. She read it and loved it, and she knows I love Dracula, so she figured I’d be into this story, to. It sounds like it could be so, so cool! A man brought to a Transylvanian castle to authenticate a potential Dracula manuscript and finds himself the prisoner of Vlad Dracul. I mean, sounds pretty great to me. I love mystery/thriller stories. I’m hoping to enjoy this book as much as I did the original Dracula, especially since this story seems directly tied to it.

Verdict: KEEP

5. The White Princess – Philippa Gregory

Book cover of "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory

I have so many of Gregory’s books on my TBR! I feel like I just need to set a month or two aside to read them all! She’s an excellent author, and I am particularly interested in this one, because I loved The White Queen so much, and this one is basically the follow-up to it. The Plantagenets and the Tudors are one of my favorite things to read about and Gregory does a pretty good job of injecting the historical facts with life and vibrancy, so that they read more like novels and less like history books.

Verdict: KEEP

6. The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages – Meghan Laslocky

Book cover of "The Little Book of Heartbreak" by Meghan Laslocky

I came across this book at work in the library and thought it looked so interesting! Love stories are one of my favorite things to read about, but break-ups can be just as interesting. Add to that celebrity or historical figures and you’ve got me hooked! I think this book is probably going to be a quick read, so I don’t mind keeping it on my list. I can probably save it for one of those times when I’m in a book slump and need something innocuous and light.

Verdict: KEEP

7. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

Book cover of "The Rook" by Daniel O'Malley

So, this is a bit different then the other entries in this post in that I have read half of this book, then for some reason stopped, but I had the full intention of finishing. I really like what I’ve read of the book, it’s such a fascinating premise and action/thriller with that touch of mystery. The main character doesn’t know who she is and is basically a “new” person, discovering clues her old self left her, all while trying to pretend she is still her old self, because she’s a part of this organization that deals with the supernatural. Sounds amazing, right?! Well, having read half of it, I can say that it totally is and I’m definitely going to finish it. I might just go ahead and buy it, that way I have no excuse.

Verdict: KEEP

8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson

Book cover of "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson

Recently, a co-worker of mine read this book, sort of in anticipation for the television adaptation of it. But she didn’t enjoy it, and when she watched the show, she realized it was way, way different. So basically it’s an “in name only” adaptation. I’ve been hanging onto this book because I feel like I need to read at least one thing by Shirley Jackson. She’s a classic scary story/horror writer and I am very curious. I have read her short story, “The Lottery,” which is very famous. It was really good, so I know she writes in a way I find interesting. So, there’s that.

Verdict: KEEP

9. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire – Amanda Foreman

Book cover of "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman

Have you seen the movie The Duchess with Keira Knightley? Well, this book is about the same woman and tells the whole story of her life. I am a big fan of biographies and I’ve read many that are now my favorite books. I put this one on my list because I absolutely loved the movie. But just from reading the description of this book, I can see they played down quite a bit of her life and also made some changes for a more romantic feel. It’s understandable, for a Hollywood movie. As much as I want to say I’m interested in this book, a part of me has since grown out of my obsession with The Duchess. While she sounds like a fascinating figure, I don’t know if I want to sit down and read a 400+ page book about her. I might in the future. Consider this a place-holder.

Verdict: GO

10. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

Book cover of "Titus Groan" by Mervyn Peake

I don’t really know what to make of this one. Having read the summary, I don’t think I possibly could have picked it based on that. I’m at a loss as to how I came across this book. It also doesn’t sound like something I would just pick up. I wish I could remember how I first heard about it, or if it was a recommendation or something? But since I don’t have anything to go off of, all I can say is: hard pass. Unless anyone has read this book and wants to talk me into it.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 7

Discarded: 3

Looks like I did another flip flop and am keeping way more than discarding. And that’s okay. I had some really memorable ones on this list today. I had completely forgotten about one, and the rest were just some of the usual things I’d be interested in.


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.

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