Down the TBR Hole #22

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 Taming of the Queen – Philippa Gregory

Oh look! It’s another Philippa Gregory novel! It’s so odd that I have all of her novels added in completely random ways. I don’t even have all of the books in this particular series of hers on my TBR. Probably because I felt like it was a given that I’d eventually get to them…That or they just didn’t interest me. Either way, I think I’ll remove this, since I really only read her books when I’m in the right “mood” for it, and have the time. Like with Diana Gabaldon, Gregory writes some long, long books. I don’t always have the time to read them at my leisure. This will just be a place holder for whenever I do get around to it!

Verdict: GO

2. Project Animal Farm – Sonia Faruqi

I had completely forgotten about this book. I probably found it in a library journal or something similar and found the topic interesting. Essentially, Faruqi is investigating the food industry, specifically when it comes to farming animals. As someone who isn’t quite a vegetarian, I probably was interested in finding a book that might shock me out of eating meat…I understand, really, that the worst things about the meat industry are the treatment of animals and the ginormous carbon footprint that it has. Honestly, I hope to make this a more firm goal for myself in the future, to not eat meat, period, or at least to only get it from sustainable sources. As far as this book, goes, I might read it some day, but I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: GO

3. The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness

So this book is based off of Asian folklore, I think. It is a folktale of some kind. I had heard about the folktale before I’d heard about this book. I am familiar with Ness as an author, because he’s written numerous YA books, which we have at my library. However, I’ve yet to read anything of his yet. This book is adult fiction. I’m not sure if he’s written any other fiction books for adults, but there’s this one!

I actually had started to read this book a few years ago, but I didn’t get into it enough before I had to return it and I never picked it back up. I don’t know if it was my thing.

Verdict: GO

4. The Road Not Taken – David Orr

It beats me why I decided to add this book because, despite being fond of poetry, I’m not a big Robert Frost fan. I do like “The Road Not Taken,” but I don’t know if I want to read a whole book about it, or about Frost, either.

I mean, I bet there are elements in this book that I would find fascinating, and I’d probably learn a lot of good stuff. But I’m not too interested in this book, anymore.

Verdict: GO

5. Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers, and this one, which I believe enjoyed commercial success, sounds really interesting. The idea of the co-mingling of mental health and possession is an easy idea to run with, but I’m interested to see what Tremblay chooses to do with it. Also curious is the decision to add reality TV into the mix. I feel like this could either be really spooky and interesting or annoy me immensely. Either way, I’m going to give it a go and see what happens.

Verdict: KEEP

6. The Secret to Lying – Todd Mitchell

I’m always up for a boarding school setting, with a teen who’s decided to reinvent himself in a new student body. Lying only gets you so far, and the mystery that seems to be lurking in the background of this story sounds intriguing.

This was a book that was recommended to me by a coworker. I’m definitely still interested in the premise. I hope that it’s as good as it sounds.

Verdict: KEEP

7. Homegoing – Michelle Markey Butler

I think this is a book written by a friend of a friend of mine. I’ve had it on my shelf for so long, I can’t remember! It has only 19 ratings on Goodreads, so I’m sure it’s a small press print.

I wish there were a better synopsis for it. It sounds like it could be an interesting fantasy book, but whoever wrote the synopsis made the book seem too mysterious. There’s not enough there to entice me. Since I don’t remember which friend of mine recommended it, I don’t feel bad passing on it now.

Verdict: GO

8. Northanger Abbey – Val McDermid

This book is part of the “Austen Project,” where notable authors write re-imagined Austen works into modern times. I’ve read the “Emma” version, by Alexander McCall Smith, which was okay, but nothing to write home about. I have yet to try any others, but I put this book on my TBR because Northanger Abbey has always been my favorite Austen novel.

Needless to say, I have not revisited the idea of reading this since I read the “Emma” book, and I’m not as keen on the idea as I once was. This book still sounds interesting, but I think I’ll stick to the original. Plus, the cover for this book is simply awful. I hate it.

Verdict: GO

9. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes

I heard a lot of good things about this book when it first came out. I’ll be honest, the idea of a book about a girl who’s lived in a cult all her life is definitely interesting. Especially when this book centers around a murder mystery.

I think I’ve yet to pick this book up because it’s a hefty tome, 400 pages, and I tend to get intimidated by page number, since I’m such a slow reader. Still, the premise is enticing enough that I’m prepared to embark on this book at some point.

Verdict: KEEP

10. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

I’m always looking for books that feature characters with mental-illness because it’s a community that is not often represented and there are so many who suffer from mental-illness. In the case here, from what I can tell, the main character, Audrey, suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia. I’m particularly interested in how this book will handle the illness and also whether this will feature a “savior” boyfriend, since that’s what the premise seems to make it out like!

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 4

Discarded: 6


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 #22

  1. I only know Finding Audrey from this list ahah, and I haven’t even read it! But Sophie Kinsella always writes very enjoyable books!


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    1. I considered reading that one! Pride and Prejudice is my second favorite Austen novel, but when I read the blurb to Eligible, I just didn’t dig it. I’m sorry that it wasn’t good after all!

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