Down the TBR Hole #30

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:

A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro

Basically this book is a re-working of Sherlock Holmes but in modern times and with teenagers. And Sherlock is a girl. I’m a big fan of Holmes and his stories in pretty much any iteration (except the Robert Downey Jr. ones, sorry not sorry). I know of those who have read this book/series and like it and I’m still pretty intrigued by the premise, so I’m definitely keeping it at this point.

Verdict: KEEP

The Crooked Sixpence – Jennifer Bell

I must have come across this book at my workplace, since I don’t know where else I would have heard of it. I guess it intrigued me at the time, but going over the summary now…it seems a bit weird for my taste. It’s like a magical realism/fantasy mix, with two kids that discover a world where objects can have power. I might have been into this book as a kid, but it doesn’t appeal to me as an adult, apparently. Not that I don’t like reading juvenile lit, because I definitely do. This one doesn’t seem to make the cut, though.

Verdict: GO

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World – Nell Stevens

This is one of those books that I was so excited about when I first came across it. I was really intrigued by the story and wanted to read it right away! But now, years later and I still haven’t!

I still want to, though! It’s almost like I’m waiting for the perfect opportunity for it. This could easily fill a reading challenge prompt, so I’m torn about reading it out of the blue.

Verdict: KEEP

The Bone Snatcher – Charlotte Salter

So this is another middle-grade read that I don’t remember putting on my TBR, but I probably came across it at work. It sounds like an intriguing magical mystery, but I don’t know what about it initially drew me to it, since it doesn’t sound like something I would usually pick up. It might be the cover looks pretty awesome, and I am drawn to cool/interesting/pretty covers…But I don’t think this is my jam anymore.

Verdict: GO

The Case of the Missing Moonstone – Jordan Stratford

This book sounds like a cute, fun middle-grade mystery combined with alternate history. In this case, Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley meet as young girls and form a detective agency – super cool! I’m hoping this book is as awesome girl-powery as it sounds. I like the idea of taking a different look at history and making something unique. Alternate histories can be quite fun toe explore. I also hope the mystery bit of the book holds up as well. I’m intrigued enough to keep this one!

Verdict: KEEP

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing – Damion Searls

I believe I came across this book in a book review magazine. I’m always looking for non-fictions that pique my interest and this one certainly did. I’ve never been given a Rorschach test, but I’ve certainly seen it in the media and pop-culture. I didn’t know it was still being used as a tool of psychology though. I’m sure I could learn a lot from this book, however I think my interest in it has waned a bit. I think I’ll still keep this on the back-burner but I’ll pass on it for now.

Verdict: GO

Optimists Die First – Susin Nielsen

So another YA mental-illness rep book. In this case, it’s about a girl who experiences a tragic family event that causes some mental issues to manifest. It all revolves around her being in an art-therapy class, as crafting is a thing the main character is known to love and do. I’m drawn to this book on so many levels! It sounded interesting the first time I came across it and it still does now. I definitely remembered this one. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

Verdict: KEEP

The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi

So this is like a mechanical-based Jumanjii situation and I am here for it! I remember when this book first came out and I came across it and I was super excited about it. It sounds amazing and I still really really want to read it. I don’t even know why I haven’t yet? Honestly, it’s one of those books that I get excited about any time I see it. I hope to read it soon, since it sounds so awesome. It’s a series, too, so if I like this one, then there’s even more to love!

Verdict: KEEP

Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

So this book is part of a “Shakespeare Retelling” series. I think I knew that when I put it on my TBR. I do love me some Shakespeare, but I remember my not so great encounter with the “Jane Austen Retelling” series. I think that obviously certain storylines are classic enough that you can mix and match them with setting and time period. I mean, look at how many times Romeo and Juliet is used! But do I love “The Taming of the Shrew” enough to read this book? I haven’t read anything by Anne Tyler yet. I think this one’s going on the back-burner.

Verdict: GO

How to Set a Fire and Why – Jesse Bell

So this is a contemporary YA about a girl who gets kicked out of a lot of schools but her knew school has an Arson Club that she’s desperate to join. It sounds as cool this time as it did the first time I came across this. Apparently Bell has a really unique storytelling ability and voice that comes across in his works. I haven’t read anything by him before, but this book seems like a good place to start. I’m definitely still intrigued by the premise of this book and I’m ready to read it!

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.

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #30

    1. There are some really great writers in middle-grade. If you need any recommendations, let me know! As a youth librarian, I read them quite frequently!


      1. I recently got an anthology collection of short stories (Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire) and have been reading short stories in between long books or even in the middle when I am getting bored. I think middle grade would be more fun bc short stories just dont have room for enough of a plot for me.

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      2. Yes, short stories are very hit and miss. I have read a number of short story anthologies and I usually only end up liking one or two out of the whole. I can definitely speak for middle grade being a great choice for a quick, easy read!


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