Down the TBR Hole #19

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 Cat in the Wall – Deborah Ellis

Book cover of "The Cat in the Wall" by Deborah Ellis

I have read a book by Ellis before, The Breadwinner, which was very good. This book deals with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in an interesting way. An American girl, who died and has come back to life as a cat, finds herself in the walls of a house that’s been taken over by two Israeli soldiers and discovers a young boy hiding beneath the floorboards. She has to decide whether she’ll help him or not. It’s interesting, and a short read. I think I’ll still give it a go.

Verdict: KEEP

2) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua

Book cover of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua

I think I put this book on my TBR because there was so much hype, and even controversy, surrounding this book. Though it sounds like an interesting concept, I guess I don’t really see much point in my reading it unless I’m planning on having children.

Because of that, I don’t think it really needs to stay on my TBR. If my plans change, then I might seek it out again.

Verdict: GO

3) Taliesin – Stephen R. Lawhead

Book cover of "Taliesin" by Stephen R. Lawhead

Another spin on the Arthurian Legend. I don’t know when I cam across this book, since it’s dated and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on the shelf anywhere. The synopsis is also really vague.

No matter, since I don’t think I find this book to be compelling to me anymore. As much as I love Arthurian Legend, I think this one just doesn’t sound as interesting. If you’ve read it and have any strong feelings, let me know in the comments!

Verdict: GO

4) Stitching Snow – R.C. Lewis

Book cover of "Stitching Snow" by R.C. Lewis

This retelling of Snow White, but in a sci-fi setting sounds so amazing! I can totally understand why I put it on my TBR. The other amazing thing is that I am still super excited about it!

I love the sound of a sci-fi fairytale (reasons why I loved the Lunar Chronicles so much), the funny thing is, this book was written before Cinder. They sound very similar, so I’m wondering how much they’ll have in common when I finially read this book.

Verdict: KEEP

5) Woman Chased by Crows – Marc Strange

Book cover of "Woman Chased by Crows" Marc Strange

Somehow I did this again, where I’ve put the second book in a series on my TBR without having added or read the first. I don’t really remember where I came across this book. It’s the second book in a detective series. While I do like reading crime novels, I like to read the first book first, since that really sets up the the books to come, introduced the detective we’ll be following through the series, and so forth. So, for now, I’ll be removing this book from my TBR in deference to reading the first in the series. If I like that one, then I’ll most likely end up reading this!

Verdict: GO

6) The White Fox – James Bartholomeusz

Book cover of "The White Fox" by James Bartholomeusz

Again, another book where I have no idea where I came across it. It must be a really small publication, because there are only 102 ratings and 30 reviews on Goodreads. How I found it, no clue. It sounds like something I would have been interested in when I was younger. Some fantasy and mystery in a British setting. But I have less confidence after having read other reviews of it. Let’s just say I’ve grown out of my interest for it.

Verdict: GO

7) Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone: The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival – Dene Low

Book cover of "Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone" by Dene Low

It is with a heavy heart that I remove this book from my TBR. After having read several reviews that iterate the utter lack of research of Victorian-era manners, etiquette, speech, etc, and the lukewarm mystery work, I have decided this book is not worth the read. Besides, since it’s such a small-time book, I figure it’ll probably be hard to get my hands on it, outside of purchasing it, which I don’t want to do, so…Sadly, I must remove it. And that title and the cover made it seem so promising! Boo!

Review: GO

8) Chalice – Robin McKinley

Book cover of "Chalice" by Robin McKinley

I most likely added this book on my TBR due to being recommended McKinley’s work from a work friend. I think this one probably interested me because the main character is a bee keeper, which I think is really cool. I don’t know, I have a think with bees. Plus, I like the fantasy world this book has. It sounds really intriguing. Has anyone read this book? A lot of people who have written reviews for this book like it, but say it isn’t McKinley’s best work. I like that it sounds like a really nice, simple fantasy story. Plus, the cover looks really pretty. I’m hoping to like it.

Verdict: KEEP

9) Spy the Lie: Three Former CIA Officers Reveal Their Secrets to Unlocking Deception – Philip Houston, et al.

Book cover of "Spy the Lie" by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero with Don Tennant

This is the kind of non-fiction that really interests me. I really like learning things! And this stuff about learning about how to tell people are lying? Seems useful. And who better to tell me about it than former CIA members?

But I’ve read several reviews of this book and many weren’t very impressed by it. I know if I were to pick this book up, I probably shouldn’t expect some top-level deception-busting tactics. I mean, this book might just be one giant “click-bait” of a book. I’m really on the fence guys. What do you think?

Verdict: KEEP

10) Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway – Cherie Currie

Book cover of "Neon Angel" by Cherie Currie

Truth: I am a huge Runaways fan. In fact, they’re my favorite girl group. Ever. Which is why it’s a crime that I haven’t read this book yet! I’m so mad at myself! I need to make this a priority, for sure. I think they based the Runaways movie on Currie’s book. I could be wrong. I saw that movie, though, and it was awesome!

Any other Runaways fans out there?

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 5

Discarded: 5

Its an even outcome again! It’s funny, this batch had a lot of small-time books in it. I didn’t even realize how small-time some of them were when I put them on my TBR. I don’t want to say that small-time publications are not worth the read, just that this particular set that I picked out is probably not my cup of tea.


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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