Down the TBR Hole #33

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?

So this week has been super busy for me and I didn’t get this posted as early as I would have liked, but it’s here now and I hope you all are having an awesome Sunday!

Picking up from where I left off:

The Emperor’s Ostrich – Julie Berry

A middle grade adventure story involving a dairymaid and a whole cast of characters. I just love that an ostrich is involved. They’re one of my favorite birds and probably the main reason why I decided to read this book. It still sounds really fun and I am looking forward to reading it, hopefully soon!

Verdict: KEEP

The Beguiled – Thomas Cullinan

This book made it onto my list because it was adapted into a movie with a whole bunch of actors that I like. But also…gothic horror! I think this book sounds like it could be really creepy, but in a cool way. I also dig slow builds involving heightened tension. Straight-up horror is not my thing, but this kind of stuff – totally!

Verdict: KEEP

Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger

This book was recommended to me by a colleague, one who is a pretty picky reader. She likes psychological thrillers/horror mainly, so the fact that she liked this one, especially enough to recommend it, means it could be my new favorite thing! I also like that the main character has powers…to see the future!

I think this book would be a great read for October, but we’ll see if I last that long before picking it up.

Verdict: KEEP

Beast – Brie Spangler

Another Beauty and the Beast re-telling. I guess this story is just so compelling that it continues on being retold. This time, however, it involves a LGBT romance, and a transgender character at that. I think I’m on the fence with this one. On the one hand, I’m a little burned out with the Beauty and the Beast story. But on the other, this one sounds really different and it’s diverse! I think I’ll put it on the back-burner for now, but if anyone’s read it and can recommend it to me, let me know in the comments!

Verdict: GO

Sleeper – MacKenzie Cardenhead

I think this book sounds so, so interesting – a girl with a sleep disorder that causes her to act out her dreams! A drug that promises to help make her normal! Her nightmares bleeding into her waking life?! But it doesn’t seem to have very good reviews, mostly just average or low ratings. Many people say the premise is interesting but the actual story falls flat. I think I’ll let it go for now.

Verdict: GO

The Dire King – William Ritter

This is the fourth installment in the Jackaby series. I really love this series, and I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten to this one! I am not sure if this is the completion of the series or not. I actually thought it had ended with the last one, but then this one came out! It’s definitely staying on my TBR, since I want to know what happens next.

Verdict: KEEP

Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel – Gareth Hinds

I love Edgar Allen Poe. I also love Gareth Hinds. I’ve read several of his graphic novels before, including his adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He’s a really great illustrator. Poe, being adapted with illustrations, is such a cool concept and I’m looking forward to reading this book. I think I’ll save it for October next year, because it would make perfect spooky reading.

Verdict: KEEP

A Most Magical Girl – Karen Foxlee

This book just seems like a lot of fun. It’s full of magic, wizards, adventure, and a rivalry. I haven’t read anything by Foxlee, but it seems she’s written quite a bit. This middle grade book looks like something I would adore as a child. I’m hoping it’s magical and whimsical and everything I would expect with such an exhilarating synopsis!

Verdict: KEEP

The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg

I’m excited about the magic of this world. The main character learns paper magic, where she can cast spells to animate paper. The story also involves a dark magician and an adventure and I’m really excited for it! I think I’ll really like this one!

Verdict: KEEP

Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

This book is just a really interesting look at quack doctors and bogus science. I think this kind of topic is interesting. I’ve always been interested in medical history and the why and how of medicine. This book is a little different than other books I’ve read, because it focuses on science gone wrong or used by biased/not real doctors. It’s also got a really great rating, so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about!

Verdict: KEEP


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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