Down the TBR Hole #28

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. Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion – Jacqueline Riding

This book came to my library a few years ago, I saw it on a display and thought – ooh, I should read that. I’ll be honest that my original interest stemmed from me watching Outlander and I don’t know too much about this time in history. This book would definitely be a serious learning opportunity, for sure. I mostly put this on my TBR on a whim, however, and I don’t think my interest is strong enough for me to keep it on here, sadly.

Verdict: GO

2. Learning to Swear in America – Katie Kennedy

I actually started to read this book and got super off track with it. Essentially, it’s an “end of the world” scenario with a giant asteroid heading toward earth. Yuri is a physicist and a prodigy at 17 and his research could be the means to stopping the asteroid, so he’s brought to NASA to help out. I think one of the reasons I stopped reading this book was because I found the portrayal of NASA to be weird and the writing was just so-so. I kept it on my TBR because I thought I might come back to it, but…I still haven’t and I don’t know if I ever will.

Verdict: GO

3. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

I keep meaning to read this book! It’s been a long time since it came out and I bought it. I heard a segment about it on NPR and they read a portion of the book and I thought the writing sounded amazing! And still I haven’t read it. It’s one of those books that takes a close look at a relationship over the course of years. This could potentially be a book that makes me really mad. It could be another literary novel that decides that adults are all just miserable people. I’m feeling really jaded about this genre. Either way, I still have an interest and I own the book so I want to read it eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Dark Life – Kat Falls

A dystopian based on a future with climate change-related problems! These feel very few and far between, but I’m excited to see how this one does. It sounds like it’s akin to Ship Breaker by Bacigalupi, (which I love!). I don’t think there are enough dystopians that take this path, so I’m excited to see what Falls does. My hope is that it is well executed. Books like this can be tricky, but I’m looking to see if Falls can bring the action and the world-building to a decent level.

Verdict: KEEP

5. Crewel – Gennifer Albin

So, another dystopian. This one is about a world where, you guessed it, women are tightly controlled. The description doesn’t really give up much, but it seems that at least the main character has a special ability – she can weave time into matter. While that sounds intriguing, I’m also a bit puzzled by what this book actually is. Obviously this world does not accept people having abilities so…it could be quite like other dystopians I’ve read. I don’t know, it just doesn’t sound interesting to me anymore.

Verdict: GO

6. Enter Three Witches – Caroline B. Cooney

This is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but from the perspective of a new character – Mary, the ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth. I’m a fan of Shakespeare and I think Macbeth is one of his more compelling plays, so I know I put this on my TBR because I was interested to see what Cooney would do with this new character. My interest is still there, so I’ll be hanging onto this book for now.

Verdict: KEEP

7. The Queen of Water – Laura Resau

With the help of Maria Virginia Farinango, Resau tells a story based on a real story of a girl living in Ecuador. This book sounds like it could be so good! It’s set in a place that I don’t know too much about and there is conflict between races – the indigenous peoples in Ecuador and the mestizos, or people of Spanish descent. I feel like this could be a really poignant, touching read. I think I’ll keep it, for now.

Verdict: KEEP

8. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

This book exists in the “universe” of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Same school, same characters, but it’s from Molly’s perspective. I actually put this book on my TBR not knowing it was related to Simon at all, and I only read Simon first because I wanted to watch the movie but needed to read the book first. So. I did like Simon. I think it was a good book and I like Albertalli’s writing. I’m not sure if I’m as into the plot of this one anymore, however. If anyone has read it and would recommend it to me, I might keep it. But for now…

Verdict: GO

9. The Wonder – Emma Donoghue

This book seems to be an historical fiction that has a touch of magical realism to it. It’s billed as a psychological thriller, a story of love pitted against evil. I think this story spans the life of a character or two. I know it got a lot of marketing hype when it came out. I can remember seeing it everywhere. I know a couple people who have read it and liked it. So I think I’ll hang on to it for now.

Verdict: KEEP

10. The Attention Merchants – Tim Wu

I have read one of Wu’s books before – it was actually an assigned reading in one of my Library Science classes. I actually really liked it and when I saw this book of his coming out, I put it on my TBR thinking I’d like to see what else he has to say. This book focuses on how we’re constantly bombarded by messages and advertising and how it effects us. I’m still interested and I’ll hang on to this one, too.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 6

Discarded: 4


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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