Down the TBR Hole #15

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:

The Tudor Secret – C.W. Gortner

One of the many books involving the Tudors to be on my TBR. I had totally forgotten about this one! It’s a series, and it follows a man who becomes a double agent spy between the Dudley family and Princess Elizabeth. I would otherwise be curious about reading this book, but I’m a bit turned off by the fact that it follows a man. Is that weird? I kind of prefer reading my historical fiction books from female perspectives, particularly when it comes to Tudor period. That’s probably why I enjoy Philippa Gregory’s books so much.

Verdict: GO

Vanished – Sheela Chari

Every once in a while, I like to read a middle-grade book, to keep up on my readers’ advisory. It’s helpful to have a few book ideas in your pocket when you get asked to recommend a good book. I probably picked this book out because it sort of reminded me of the concept of Chasing Vermeer, only in this case, there’s music! I also like reading diverse books, and I’m intrigued by the potential to explore Indian culture that this book is offering. It has a pretty good rating and I know that I could probably sit down and read it in a few days, so I’m willing to keep it on my list for now.

Verdict: KEEP

Prisoners in the Palace – Michaela McColl

As with my interest in Tudor England, I also love me some Victorian-era England! I am fascinated by Queen Victoria and I love the idea of this book, which is from a servant’s perspective. And it’s YA! How cool is that!? A young woman becomes the maid to a young Princess Victoria, and there’s a bit of mystery and intrigue thrown in. I love upstairs-downstairs stories, so I totally understand why I put this on my TBR. Just reading over the summary again has me itching to check this book out right away! Who knows, I just might!

Verdict: KEEP

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle

Who hasn’t been into the legend of Robin Hood at one point or another in their life? I grew up loving Disney’s animated version, with it’s cast of animals, and I’ve always found the idea of Robin Hood to be interesting. I recently watched the Eroll Flynn version of this story, so I’d be curious to see how much it draws from Pyle’s book, which I think is considered the seminal work of the Robin Hood lore. This is one of those classic works of literature that I feel I should probably read at some point in my life. After all, this book is highly rated and if it is as adventurous and fun as it sounds, then I’m definitely game.

Verdict: KEEP

Persuasion – Jane Austen

I am a huge Austen fan, so it’s kind of hard to admit that I haven’t read all of her books. I have been meaning to read Persuasion for a long, long time and just never have gotten around to it. I actually haven’t even seen an adaptation of it, which I think is wild! I feel like I’ve seen almost all the adaptations out there of her work. Needless to say, this isn’t leaving my list. I hope to read this in the near future. I own a copy, since I own all of Austen’s work, so it’s easy enough for me to just read it any time! But that also makes it the hardest, because I can put it off in favor of books I have checked out…Catch-22!

Verdict: KEEP

We Are Our Brains – Dick Swaab, D.F. Swaab, Jane Hedley-Prole

A lot of the non-fiction I like to read is science-based stuff, like books on the history of the human heart or the science of bringing people back to life (as in CPR, etc). So I came across this book somewhere and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy reading. I mean, who doesn’t want more insight into how brains work? We all have them. They’re mysterious. But I don’t know, for some reason, this book doesn’t appeal to me as much anymore, and I can’t exactly say why…Maybe I’ll pick this up someday, but it doesn’t have to stay on my list.

Verdict: GO

The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson

This is the sequel to In the Name of the Star, which I first picked up because it dealt with Jack the Ripper, a historic figure I find interesting. The book was okay, but I wasn’t blown away by it and I didn’t particularly care for the outcome. I know I originally planned on finishing this series, since I put this book on my TBR, but if I haven’t read it by now, I’m probably not going to get around to it. If anyone has read this series and thinks it improves over time, making it worth-while to continue reading, let me know in the comments!

Verdict: GO

What Maisie Knew – Henry James

I have read a few Henry James stories before, and I think I distinctly put this book on my TBR because I had seen there was an adaptation made of it. Since I prefer to read the original source material before watching an adaptation, I put this book on my TBR. This book just sounds so interesting – the idea of a writing a story about divisive parents using their child as a tool to hurt each other, sounds really interesting. I have high hopes for liking it, since I have liked the other James stories I’ve read.

Verdict: KEEP

Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan

I think I remember putting this book on this list based on the cover, which intrigued me. I think it’s a pretty neat looking cover. But I’m surprised the summary is so sparse. It doesn’t really give much sense of the story, which makes me wary. I like the idea of a story which focuses on three women. It sounds like it could be quite magical, but I don’t really know to what extent. I am also not sure how much of a fantasy world the book is. Because of these things, I’m not sure I feel strongly enough to keep it on my TBR. Unless one of you has read it and can recommend it?

Verdict: GO

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens – Gloria Whelan

First of all, I didn’t realize, when I put this book on my TBR that it was a sequel. I have definitely not read the first book. Secondly, I was mostly interested in it because of the title. I mean, look at it! How weird and awesome is that title? Aside from that, the story itself deals with British colonial occupation of India and a young girl who’s eyes are opened to the downsides to British rule and wants to do something about it. I don’t really know the main storyline of the first book, but at least I know it’s historical fiction. I can’t say I’m as interested in this book now, just because it seems a little outside my interest. It’s a middle-grade book, which also makes it a toss-up. But mostly, I don’t really have interest in reading the first book, so it doesn’t really make sense for me to keep this one on the list, then.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 5

Discarded: 5

Even-Steven. It was another mixed bag of books! There were quite a few on this list that I had completely forgotten about. One of the fun things about doing this meme is re-discovering books that I want to read!


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 #15

  1. Don’t ditch Persuasion.It’s a more thoughtful book than say Pride and Prejudice because the protagonist Anne is a more reserved figure than say Lizzie Bennet, but its beautifully written


    1. Oh, I’m definitely not ditching any Austen, no worries! I want to give all of her novels a read, at least once, since I love her writing on the whole, even if the story might not interest me 🙂


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