Down the TBR Hole #24

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?

Today’s list…let’s just say I end up keeping more than I let go. I’m still “years” away from the books I’ve most recently added, but these books are definitely more familiar to me and still interest me greatly. Why can’t I just get paid to read books full-time? Why don’t I just retire now and read everything?

Picking up from where I left off:

1. Nightbird – Alice Hoffman

I’m pretty sure I spotted this book at work and thought, “Hey, I love Alice Hoffman and fairy tales, I should read this!” It’s a middle grade book about a girl who’s family is cursed and people are sure that fairy tales are real. I’m sensing magical realism with a hint of girlhood adventure. I’m down.

Verdict: KEEP

2. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman

A friend of mine recommended this book to me. It was actually before I even read Beartown, which is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I really should read more Backman. He’s such a brilliant writer. I’m definitely hanging on to this one! I hope it’s as awesome as it sounds.

Verdict: KEEP

3. Breaking the Chains of Gravity – Amy Shira Teitel

I have a very strong interest in the history of space travel and the science behind it. This book definitely landed on my TBR because of this. A book about pre-NASA history? I’m so there. This book also has a good rating, which gives me some hope that I will enjoy it. Once again, nonfiction books can and are hit and miss. I hope this one’s a hit!

Verdict: KEEP

4. A Thousand Naked Strangers – Kevin Hazzard

I keep forgetting how much I want to read this book! It’s another nonfic, this one a memoir, about a paramedic. I also have a big interest in medical history and in the medical field in general. I have already read a book about a resident’s first year and it was fascinating. So I’m looking forward to seeing how things are with a paramedic.

Verdict: KEEP

5. Assassin’s Heart – Sarah Ahiers

So, this is embarrassing, but I completely forgot I had this book on my TBR and I have no memory of ever seeing this book before…It’s a book about a kingdom with lots of assassin families and a sort of “broken” Romeo and Juliet situation. I’m intrigued by it, but I don’t think I’ll keep it, mostly because I only have a passing interest in it and I’ve not heard of it or the author. This will just have to be a placeholder for it, if I ever change my mind.

Verdict: GO

6. Part of Our Lives – Wayne A. Wiegand

So, I’m a librarian – it’s no secret. I also have an interest in library histories. I have my whole life. And this book is a history of public libraries! This book just sounds like something I’d really dig. I hope it’s everything I want it to be and more.

Verdict: KEEP

7. Concentr8 – William Sutcliffe

Well, this book is a sci-fi YA that also features mental illness. It’s set in London (yay!) and it’s about a prescription drug that’s supposed to help kids with ADD, but in fact it’s secretly keeping teens “in line.” Soon a bunch of kids, loosely a “gang” take someone hostage. It’s been labeled as a “book about how we label children. It’s about how kids get lost and failed by the system.” It’s supposed to be controversial. Yet it has a dismal 2.95 rating. Yikes! I’m going to pass, but if any of you have read it and can make a case for it…I’m listening.

Verdict: GO

8. Forbidden – Eve Bunting

Can I just say something…I firstly associated Eve Bunting with writing picture books. I never knew she wrote anything else. And yet here is a YA book by her. An historical-fiction romance! It’s set in Scotland (Yay!) and it’s mysterious and there are secrets and potential spirits of the dead rising…I’m ready for it!

Verdict: KEEP

9. The Letter for the King – Tonke Dragt

I came across this book at my library and I was instantly drawn to the fantastic cover. I mean – it’s gorgeous. I want to read it a lot because of that. But also, it’s a cool sounding fantasy story about a young man who wants to be a knight, but is suddenly called upon to deliver a very important letter to the King. It’s pretty much an adventure story about a journey in a fantasy world. I’m here, I’m ready. Plus, it’s a translated book from Dutch. I’m really curious to see how I feel about it.

Verdict: KEEP

10. The Lost Detective – Nathan Ward

I’m pretty interested in crime novels, and I love noir films. I’ve definitely seen my share of film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett stories on TCM. I like them a lot.

When I came across this book, which looks at the life of Dashiell Hammett, I thought – perfect! I love reading bios/histories of people. This could be really interesting. I’m down for it!

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 8

Discarded: 2


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.

One thought on “Down the TBR Hole #24

  1. You made me chuckle with your comment about retiring just so you could have more time to read. That’s what I thought I would be doing when I retired. It’s not happened. Somehow my days are just as full and I never get to just sit and read in the daytime

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