Down the TBR Hole #29

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:

The Earth is Weeping – Peter Cozzens

I have long wanted to read more accurate and detailed accounts of how Westerners took over American lands from the indigenous peoples and this book seems likely to help me with this. Cozzens reportedly relays both sides of the conflict of land-taking and I’m curious to read what he covers in this book. It’s of daunting size, but I’m prepared to take the time necessary to read it.

Verdict: KEEP

Naming Thy Name – Elaine Scarry

I’ve mentioned before on this blog my love of Shakespeare. I remember when I came across this book, which focuses on Shakespeare’s sonnets and reading between the lines to discover who the poems are directed at. While I originally was drawn to the idea of this book, I have looked at other reviews and have come to reevaluate my desire to read it. It sounds like it’s mostly just wishful dreaming on the author’s part. Though reading the lines from Shakespeare would definitely be enjoyable, I’ll have to pass now.

Verdict: GO

99: Stories of the Game – Wayne Gretzky

I don’t think I’ve talked about my love of hockey on this blog before! Well, I’m a pretty big hockey fan and this book has been on my TBR for too long! I need to get to reading it! I actually bought it as a gift for my dad, who’s also a big hockey fan and took me to many a game as a child. I look forward to reading about the NHL from the eyes of one of its greatest players. Here’s hoping I can get to it soon!

Verdict: KEEP

The Boy Who Escaped Paradise – Jung-Myung Lee

This seems to be a murder-mystery about a young North Korean man who is a math genius and autistic. I totally forgot all about this book and that I had put it on my list.

I’m interested to see what Lee’s book has in store for the reader, because I do love murder-mysteries – if they’re done well! It looks as though it has mixed reviews. I still have interest in the story, so I’ll keep it on my list for now.

Verdict: KEEP

Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick

This is funny, since I’m planning on reading this book this month! Another book that takes a look at North Korea. I clearly went down a bit of a rabbit hole at this point on my TBR list. In the case of this book, it’s a work of non-fiction and it focuses on ordinary lives in North Korea. I’m hoping to gain a lot of insight with this book. I only hope the writing lives up to its potential. I can imagine that, as long as the writing is good, I’ll page turning this book so fast!

Verdict: KEEP

The Burning World – Isaac Marion

So, this is the sequel to the book Warm Bodies, which I loved! I didn’t know it was going to be a series and I was so excited to learn about this book and seeing the continued story of R! I still haven’t seen the movie, but I will eventually! I’m interested to see what happens next in this story, since the first book felt pretty conclusive. My fear is that it won’t live up to my love of the first one, but I’m willing to give it a read, just to see for myself. Hopefully I’ll love it as much as the first book, even though that is a high bar!

Verdict: KEEP

Once and for All – Sarah Dessen

Okay, it’s Sarah Dessen – of course I’m going to give this one a read! I grew up reading her books, loving them and re-reading them, and thinking about them all the time! She’s definitely the queen of contemporary teen romance. I always found her stories to be sweet, heart-felt, and humorous. Her characters are always so relatable and likable. While I haven’t loved everything she’s written, I don’t think I’ve read anything of hers that I’ve disliked. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one is.

Verdict: KEEP

Maid of the King’s Court – Lucy Worsley

I don’t think when I put this book on my TBR that I realized that this book was written by Lucy Worsley of Tudor Wives documentary fame. I’ve seen several of her documentaries about the period and I’m not surprised that she’s written a fictional tale about the time period as well! I have every faith, then, that this book will be historically accurate in all the right places. I’m looking forward to reading it, because I do love this time period!

Verdict: KEEP

Off the Ice – Julie Cross

Two words: Hockey. Romance. That makes two books about hockey on this list! I am really excited to read this book. I love reading stories that involve hockey – it’s one of my favorite sports to watch. I hope this book is decent – I don’t expect much from romance books as a rule, but I really, really want this one to be a good one, since the subject matter is of particular interest to me.

Verdict: KEEP

Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson

I don’t remember what prompted my decision to put this book on my TBR. I haven’t yet read anything by Woodson, which, I know, is a crime! She’s a powerful writer and she’s written so many books! This one doesn’t really jump out to me in any way – it’s a coming of age story set in New York. I don’t know if I put it on my list because I was recommended it or if I just found the synopsis more interesting when I originally came across it. I think, for now, I’ll let it go and pick something else of hers that sounds more interesting to me.

Verdict: GO


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.

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