Down the TBR Hole #18

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 Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey

Book cover of "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey

I definitely put this on my TBR because of all the hype about it. It was everywhere! And it was particularly in my face since I work at a library. It’s listed as horror, which I don’t read very much of, but it’s got an intriguing synopsis and I like books that deal with the supernatural.

I will most likely read this, just, at least, to see what all the hype is about, if for no other reason.

Verdict: KEEP

2) Tape – Steven Camden

Book cover of "Tape" by Steven Camden

I really don’t remember where I came across this book, since I know I’ve never seen it in person…but it’s a YA romance story that, at the time, sounded interesting enough for me. Looking back at it now, I’m not quite sure why I put it on my list. I mean, two people separated by a long period of time, a diary recorded on a tape linking them. It could be interesting, but a) I’ve not heard of this author and b) the book has a very average rating. So I’m just not sure…

Verdict: GO

3) Greenglass House – Kate Milford

Book cover of "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford

An inn in an isolated, in a wintry setting, full of secrets. A bunch of mysterious gusts show up. This book sounds like the perfect cozy mystery (for kids) to read in the wintertime. I’m actually seriously thinking of doing just that. I mean, it sounds like the perfect pick to read in December of January, especially on a snow day.

I know this is a series, so if I end up liking it, I’m definitely in luck, since there are more!

Verdict: KEEP

4) Lock In – John Scalzi

Book cover of "Lock In" by John Scalzi

If I end up reading this book, which I probably will, it will be my first Scalzi novel! I hear his name all the time, his books usually come out with much fanfare, and I’m surprised I haven’t read any yet! Especially since he mostly writes in the sci-fi genre, which I love!

This book sounds so interesting! A virus that causes some people to be “locked in” to their bodies, they’re aware, they’re conscious, but they can’t move. And a murder, with detectives trying to follow the clues deeper into the world of the “locked in.” I am really curious to see if it’s as action-packed as it sounds.

Verdict: KEEP

5) Tuesdays at the Castle – Jessica Day George

Book cover of "Tuesdays at the Castle" by Jessica Day George

It’s no secret that I’m into fantasy books, especially if they involve monarchs, castles, and such. This book sounds so fascinating! A castle that keeps building onto itself through magic! A princess who has to save the day! And, it’s a series by a pretty top author. I’m really curious about it and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I will definitely be reading it, though, because I have a feeling that this will be a book that I’ll often suggest to readers on the hunt for a good fantasy novel.

Verdict: KEEP

6) Clariel – Garth Nix

I was so excited to see this book come out. I’ve been a big fan of the Abhorsen series for so long, and to see Nix pick it back up and add to it was so fantastic! The only the reason I haven’t gotten to this book yet is that I need to re-read the series so that I’m all caught up again with the major events. I also know that Nix has written a few prequels to this series, since this books publication, and I’ve definitely included at least on on this TBR as well. But soon. Soon!

Verdict: KEEP

7) Toads & Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson

Book cover of "Toads & Diamonds" by Heather Tomlinson

So this is a retelling of a fairytale, one that I actually really enjoy. But for some reason, looking at it now, I’m not as excited about is as I once was. I don’t know why that is, either, since I love fairytale retellings!

For whatever reason, though, this just doesn’t appeal to me anymore, and I’m against keeping things that aren’t appealing to me on my TBR. It could be that I decide to come back to it. If you’ve read this book and enjoyed it, let me know in the comments if I’m making a mistake on removing it!

Verdict: GO

8) The Wars of the Roses – Dan Jones

Book cover of "The Wars of the Roses" by Dan Jones

Are you experiencing déjà vu? No! I just have a lot of history books about this time period on my TBR! I know I’m a bit obsessed, but clearly it’s not too much of a problem, since I still haven’t read any of them! I just like thinking that I’ll eventually be so knowledgeable about this subject!

But seriously, I do hope to read this eventually, since it seems that Jones is a skilled historian with many other history books under his belt.

Verdict: KEEP

9) The Kingdom Within – Samantha Gillespie

Book cover of "The Kingdom Within" by Samantha Gillespie

Another fantasy book involving monarchs! This time, it deals with a princess betrothed to a stranger, the prince of a powerful kingdom. The only way to protect her people is to uphold this alliance through marriage. This is just the sort of thing I love to read about! It also looks like it could involve a forbidden love trope, potentially a love triangle trope as well.

Either way, I’m still pretty interested in this YA fantasy/romance. I hope that it’s as good as it sounds…

Verdict: KEEP

10) Plastic Purge – Michael SanClements

Book cover of "Plastic Purge" by Michael SanClements

I’ve been pretty anti-plastic for a while now. I read a book that deals with a similar issue to this one called What’s Gotten Into Us that really blew my mind. This one is interesting to me specifically because it talks about how plastic effects us in a number of ways. I’m constantly trying to lessen my plastic footprint and I’m hoping that this book will aid me in that quest. I can always do with more tips on how to minimize or cut out completely my plastic use, not only for myself, but also to save the environment.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 8

Discarded: 2

I feel like it’s been a while since I was so heavily weighted on the “keep” side of things! This group was overwhelmingly stuff I still want to read, so I didn’t do a lot of purging, which is okay.


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.

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #18

  1. You know, I keep telling myself that I must clean my TBR… yet everytime I open Goodreads I end up ADDING books to it! I am hopeless! Good for you for actually going through with this! I am curious about a few titles I see here. The Toads and Diamonds one tempted me to add on the list but then I changed my mind.. probably for the better?

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    1. I started this whole thing because the gigantic size of my TBR was giving me anxiety. I have a similar issue that I always end up adding more books when I’m on Goodreads! Plus, having a blog now and getting in to other peoples blogs doesn’t help! But this little exercise is my way of combating a bit of that. Because there are books I put on this list years ago that I just don’t have any interest in reading anymore. I highly recommend it. And as far as Toads and Diamonds go, it could be a good book, but I feel ambivalent towards it, so in my case, I took it off in favor of books that I feel more strongly “pro” about.


  2. I chuckled when I saw that there was one book you couldnt even remember buying. I have loads like that on my shelves….
    Dan Jones is worth keeping – he writes really well and makes history come alive

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    1. I know, I know! I buy way too many books, with no assurance that I’ll actually read what I buy. My book shelves are a travesty and I need more to support all the books I keep getting. I’m surprised there aren’t more books that I’ve completely forgotten about.

      And I will definitely give Dan Jones a read. Thanks for the tip!


      1. I have loads that I have forgotten I even bought – so I ended up buying them again….. Now I add everything to a spreadsheet which is far more reliable than my brain …..

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      2. Nice! I wish I was better with spreadsheets. That seems like a really good idea!


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