Down the TBR Hole #26

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 Thief – Megan Whalen Turner

I think I’m sticking with this one because 1) a new fantasy world to lose myself in. 2) I want to read the sequel, because I’ve actually heard more about it than this book. 3) A character-driven journey sounds like the kind of book I’d be interested in. and 4) I hear good things about this series.

I think that’s about it.

Verdict: KEEP

2. Julia Vanishes – Catherine Egan

This book promises witches and a murder-mystery set in a house. I am super down for that. Add to the this the fact that I already have a copy of this book and…odds are it’s staying on my TBR. I actually had a co-worker suggest this one to me, so I have many reasons to keep it on my list. I should definitely read it sooner than later, since I feel more excited about it now after revisiting it.

Verdict: KEEP

3. Tell Us Something True – Dana Reinhardt

A part of me is asking myself why I put this on my TBR. Do I like reading YA romance? Of course! But this book just sounds…way to juvenile for me. It reminds me of something I’d have read in middle school. That’s not to say it’s bad! Heck, I can’t have a real opinion, since I haven’t read it, but from the description…I don’t find it interesting anymore. I have this painful idea that I’d probably roll my eyes a lot while reading this. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think and if I’ve got the wrong impression.

Verdict: GO

4. Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen – Alison Weir

It’s a Tudor novel! And not by Philippa Gregory! I have only read one book by Alison Weir so far and it was okay. I am more tempted to read this book because of the fact that I really did not enjoy The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, which was her book about Katherine of Aragon. Mostly I felt like Gregory had taken too many liberties and her Katherine didn’t seem like the one I had in my head from other books I’ve read about her. Mostly, I want to read Weir’s book to see if she does it better (in my opinion).

Verdict: KEEP

5. MARTians – Blythe Woolston

This is a fairly short novel and it’s dystopian with a touch of teenage angst. I am more confused by the summary than anything. I’m mostly going off of reviews for this book, but I think it’s appears to be a decently written YA dystopian with a lot of weirdness that you’ll either hate or love. I’m prepared to find out which side I’m on. I also have a copy of this book already, so I definitely just need to read it. I could probably do it in a day.

Verdict: KEEP

6. American Girls – Alison Umminger

I think this book made a big splash when it first came out. I think someone book talked it to me? I really had completely forgotten about it and it’s premise until I looked at it again just now to decide if I wanted to keep it. And…I don’t. Honestly, I’m getting pickier and pickier about the YA books I read and this one just…doesn’t seem my cup of tea. I don’t know if what initially drew me to it was the “Manson girls” angle, or what, but I’m not on board any more.

Verdict: GO

7. Three Sisters, Three Queens – Philipa Gregory

I said her name earlier in this post and here she is again! This book seems like an interesting mish-mash of Tudor stories. I don’t know how it lines up with her earlier book The Constant Princess which also involves Catherine of Aragon, but this one also looks at Margaret, Henry VIII’s sister, and Mary. I’m not really sure about this one. I don’t think I feel as compelled to read it as some of her other books, maybe because I’ve never really cared for Margaret…Anyway, I’ll stick the the Gregory books that more strongly pull me.

Verdict: GO

8. The Queen of Blood – Sarah Beth Durst

I’ve read a book or two by Durst. She’s a middling author, for me. This book, however, sounds pretty cool! A fantasy world, a magic school, there’s a throne up for grabs, and it’s set very deeply in nature. I think I’ll hang on to this one, since it could be my new favorite thing. It is a series, so here’s hoping that I enjoy the other books in it. I’ve been having some pretty bad luck with not liking sequels in the fantasy genre.

Verdict: KEEP

9. The Risen – Ron Rash

I am not super compelled by the premise of this book – to men, one bewitching woman, one summer…But I have read a book by Rash that I really, really enjoyed (Serena), and so I thought I’d give more of his writing a go. I don’t know if I want to stick with this one, though. I might try some of his short story stuff, first, and if I’m liking a lot of it, I might return to this one. But for now, I can leave this one off.

Verdict: GO

10. Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness – David Casarett

Hmm, I like the premise – a Thai nurse who becomes a detective when a suspected serial killer is on the loose in her hospital. That all sounds awesome! A cozy mystery set in Thailand! With a female detective! The only thing wrong with this picture? It’s written by a Western white guy. I mean, I was hoping for this to be a new diverse detective series! While the character is diverse…I don’t know what to expect from a book that is about a Thai woman, in Thailand, with Thai culture on display, but the author is white and, from his bio, I can’t tell he has any connection to Thailand at all…Mostly I’m just confused.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 5

Discarded: 5


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.

3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #26

  1. I’m part way through Alison Weir’s book. I can’t compare it to Gregory’s book on Katherine – both of them are trained historians so I trust they have based the narrative on fact. I did hear Weir talk about her next in the series – about Anne Boleyn – which sounds fascinating

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