Down the TBR Hole #27

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. What Light – Jay Asher

I’ve read Asher’s 13 Reasons Why and I did like it that book. I think he’s a good writer. I’m sure I put this book on my list because I was curious to read more of his work.

This one sounds like it could be a melodramatic mess, but I’m here for that. I guess I’m a bit of a romantic, myself, so I’m willing to give this book a try.

Verdict: KEEP

2. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I’ve heard great things about this book. It’s been compared to The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park, both books that I love. It’s probably the kind of book that would make me cry. I have almost read this book several times! I think it’s time that I finally do so! I think I remember putting this on my list after watching a Booktuber review it. I still plan on reading it so, yeah, it’s going to stay!

Verdict: KEEP

3. The Potion Diaries – Amy Alward

I remember hearing about this book through a Booktuber or some similar place and I thought it sounded really fun! But looking back at it now, it sounds a bit silly. Granted, I’ve been fond of silly fairytale/fantasy genres before, but I’m not so sure about this one. If anyone has read this book and can talk it up for me, I might change my mind. But for now, I think I’ll pass on this one.

Verdict: GO

4. Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

So, a book about three friends, their ups and downs, and mental health issues. This sounds like a book that I would most likely be interested in, since I’m trying to find more books that tackle mental health. While I think this book sounds like it could be interesting, I don’t know. For some reason, it seems really familiar, like I’ve read things like it before. I also feel already like the drama of this book could be so overwhelming that I wouldn’t like the book. Best not to get ahead of myself, but maybe I’ll come back to this one in future.

Verdict: GO

5. Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice – Natasha Farrant

Hmm, a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from Lydia’s perspective…I know I have an interest because I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my favorite books. I have never liked Lydia, but I know why I put this book on my TBR. I just can’t help but be interested in books that are connected to other books I love. But…I’ve already passed up on a re-telling of Northanger Abbey and I feel like I can probably pass this one up too.

Verdict: GO

6. No Virgin – Anne Cassidy

This book covers some pretty heavy material – rape and rape culture. Having read Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It, I can safely say that this type of book is difficult to read. I’m a bit on the fence with this one. I put it on my TBR before I’d read Asking For It, but now that I have…I’m not sure I want to jump into another book on the same subject. It mostly just makes me infuriatingly upset. I cannot stand when victims are not believed, when rape is treated as anything but a crime, one that needs to be punished. Maybe someday I’ll come back to this one.

Verdict: GO

7. Roses and Rot – Kat Howard

I’m not sure what this book really is. I mean, it seems to be a mix of fantasy and realistic fiction. From what I can tell, though, it seems that many people who have reviewed it have complained about the overly flowery/dramatic language. As one of my personal pet-peeves, I definitely don’t like the sound of that, so I think I’ll pass on it for now.

Verdict: GO

8. Invitation to the Waltz – Rosamund Lehmann

I don’t think I realized when I put this book on my TBR that it was a more classic work of fiction. I actually don’t even remember where I came across this book to begin with! I don’t quite know what to make of it from the description. It seems like a coming of age story for a young woman. That’s fine. I just don’t feel I know enough about this book to have much interest in it. I don’t know what initially piqued my interest, but now I’m feeling inclined to let it go.

Verdict: GO

9. In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom – Yeonmi Park

If you read my blog, you know I have an interest in Korean history and in Korea as a culture. I’ve read at least on other non-fiction book about a woman in North Korea, but she was there to teach. This book is about a North Korean’s escape. I will definitely be reading this book. I am always looking to find out more about this country and its people. I am sure this book will probably make me cry.

Verdict: KEEP

10. The 37th Parallel – Ben Mezrich

Well I was all set to keep this on my TBR till I saw the average rating for this book: 2.98. I mean really. That’s baaad. And that’s the average. I also happen to follow Wil Wheaton and he gave this book a 1-star rating. I have read a couple of Mezrich’s books (and liked them!), and so when I came across this book, I was excited to read it and I quickly put it on my TBR. But now…it looks like I’ll have to skip this one. I don’t think I can get behind something that is so universally disliked, especially when I don’t really have a vested interest in it.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 3

Discarded: 7


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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