Down the Rabbit Hole #23

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 Witches: Salem, 1692 – Stacey Schiff

Who doesn’t have at least a passing interest in the Salem witch trials? I think witchy stuff is cool and the stuff that happened in Salem is really interesting. I’ve not read anything by this author, though I know she’s written other works to great acclaim.

Still, I’m not sure how much interest I have in this event to read a whole book about it.

Verdict: GO

2. Widdershins – Charles de Lint

Apparently this is the eleventh book in this series! Like, what?! Also, I’ve never heard of this author before. I don’t remember if this book was recommended to me or not. I don’t remember how I came across it. I know one of my friends has rated it quite highly. I’m not so sure about how interested I am in it. It’s urban fantasy, there are fairies and whatnot. I think I’ll remove it for now, unless someone really recommends it to me. I like to do things in order, and this being the eleventh book in the series…I would need to go back and check on the other ones first, anyway.

Verdict: GO

3. Rules for 50/50 Chances – Kate McGovern

Grr, I’m so mad I haven’t read this book already! It’s a cute YA romance that probably will probably take me on a rollercoaster of emotions – the main character potentially has Huntington’s disease.

I’m a pretty big fan of books that delve into illness. I think the stakes are higher and, if done right, I could end up crying. That might sound weird, but I like books that really make me feel stuff.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Between the Notes – Sharon Huss Roat

Oooh, yes, another YA romance that will most likely tu on my heartstrings. This one deals with a girl who’s going through an economic change and doesn’t want her friends to know. I actually checked this book out a while back, meaning to read it finally, but I had too much on my plate at the time and it was due back before I knew it! I will be reading it eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

5. The Painter’s Daughter – Julie Klassen

I found this book through one of the publisher magazines that I get through work. It sounded like an interesting historical-romance book. I didn’t know, when I first read the blurb, that it was also a Christian fiction book. Now, that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker for me. I don’t really care one way or another that it is, it’s just that some Christian fiction books tend to be too “precious” I guess? I think this being historical-fiction, it might not be as bad as contemporary ones, since it’s more likely than not that the characters in this book would be Christian. As long as it’s a good story, I’m cool with it.

Verdict: KEEP

6. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

My co-worker highly recommended this book to me. It’s one of her favorite books and she re-reads every time she gets into a reading slump.

I am excited about it, because it’s another mental-illness rep in YA! I really do hope I can read it soon. I’m curious to see what I’ll think of it.

Verdict: KEEP

7. My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga

I guess this is the portion of my TBR where I put all my YA romances/mental-health rep books. This one is about two teens who make a suicide pact. Color me intrigued! I’ve only read one other book about a suicide pact and it was good, but it wasn’t YA. I’m curious to see how it’s handled in a YA situation. I’m hoping this one’s good, not just because I have it on my TBR, but also because it would be yet another mental-heath rep book that I can recommend to people.

Verdict: KEEP

8. The Health Gap – Michael Marmot

I guess I wanted to get hard-core about health! This book goes over in great detail why there’s a health gap and potentially what can be done about it. I love me some good non-fiction, but I think I was being a bit too ambitious with this one. While the topic does interest me, I don’t know if I’m prepared to spend a whole book’s-worth of time on it. Maybe one day…

Verdict: GO

9. Lingo – Gaston Dorren

I love, love, love books about language! This wouldn’t be my first and it won’t be my last. This one focuses on languages in Europe. It dabbles in bits of histories and curiosities. I would love to get my hands on this book sooner rather than later. Looking at it again for this reminded me how excited I am about it.

Verdict: KEEP

10. All the Things We Never Knew – Sheila Hamilton

Ah yes, and here is a memoir of a woman who’s husband suffered from bipolar disorder and took his own life. It takes a look at mental health and how it affects the loved ones of those who suffer from it.

I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this one definitely sounds like something that I want to read.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 7

Discarded: 3


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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