Down the TBR Hole #34

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 Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman

A science fiction YA novel about a woman who works for the Library. There are supernatural elements, an alternate London, and lots of secrets to be revealed.

This sounds like something right up my ally. I think this could be something I’d really enjoy. I’m willing to give it a go. I know it’s a series, so hopefully if I enjoy this one I’ll end up liking the others.

Verdict: KEEP

Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart

This is a supposedly suspenseful, mysterious story of two very different girls who become friends, there’s a murder, and it all unfolds in reverse chronological order. I know I put this book on my TBR because I’ve read a couple of books by Lockhart and really enjoyed them and I thought I’d give this a try. However, I’m a bit on the fence about this one. I’ve read a few reviews and it seems that this book is almost an exact retelling of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which makes me even more on the fence about it. I think for now I’ll pass on this one.

Verdict: GO

Burning Bright – Ron Rash

This is a collection of short stories by Rash. I’ve only read one book by Rash so far, Serena, which really intrigued me and it’s one of the books I think about often. Rash’s writing is really good and I’ve always meant to read more of his work.

The stories in this book span many years, from the civil war to the present and takes place in Appalachia. It’s got some spectacular reviews and I’m really hoping to like it.

Verdict: KEEP

Nothing Gold Can Stay – Ron Rash

Oh look, another Ron Rash collection of short stories! As you can see, I was clearly telling myself something, namely: read more Ron Rash!!! I would like to pick up one or the other of these books this coming year. I think it’s about time I finally made good on my wish to read more of his writing. Now I’ll just have to decide which one I want to read first…

Verdict: KEEP

Native Speaker – Chang-Rae Lee

My interest in Korean literature brought me in the path of this book. In this one, the main character struggles with their identity as a Korean-American and eventually winds up being a spy. This book was written in the 1990s and seems to be a bit of a classic, now. From what I can tell from reviews, it’s a pretty good read and most enjoy it. I’m very curious about it and I hope to enjoy it as well!

Verdict: KEEP

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-Mi Hwang

This book is about a hen who dreams of escaping her world on the farm and finding a place where she can lay an egg of her own. This book sounds so adorable, full of different animal characters. I’ve always been very fond of chickens and I’m really interested in reading a book from a chicken’s perspective. This book has been compared to Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web. I have plans to read this book next year for a reading challenge prompt.

Verdict: KEEP

The Butchering Art – Lindsey Fitzharris

This book has been on my radar for some time. I’ve long wanted to read this book. It’s one of those parts of medical history that interests me. In this case, it’s about Victorian era medicine and tackles the history of surgery. I actually own a copy of this book, which I found as a used book sale. I hope to read it soon, perhaps next year. My curiosity is getting the better of me.

Verdict: KEEP

Watched by Marina Budhos

I can’t remember where I came across this book, but it sounds really cool. The main character is a Bangladeshi-American and the book seems to deal with the difficulties of being a minority, especially under extreme scrutiny. The book seems to have a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m always looking for diverse reads and I’m still willing to give this book the benefit of the doubt. You never know if you’ll be the one with the unpopular opinion…

Verdict: KEEP

Green Girl – Kate Zambreno

I remember putting this book on my TBR after reading Roxane Gay’s book Bad Feminist in which she talks highly of it. This book sounds like it’s a very mixed bag of teenage angst and weird formatting. It seems to have, also, very mixed reviews. I’m willing to give it a try, since I like Roxane Gay and I trust her opinion. That being said, I’m sure it’s probably a polarizing book for a reason and I wonder which side I’ll end up on…

Verdict: KEEP

Archival Quality – Ivy Noelle Weir

This is a graphic novel that deals with a lot of heavy stuff, particularly mental illness. I was first drawn to it because, being a librarian myself, I really enjoy stories that center around libraries or librarians. This book appears to be full of mystery and the supernatural. I like the look of the illustrations and I hope to like the story itself, as well.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 9

Discarded: 1


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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