Down the TBR Hole #35

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:

Dear Fahrenheit 451 – Annie Spence

This is a book by a librarian, written as letters to her favorite books, books she dislikes, and books that changed her as a person. As a librarian myself, I am definitely interested – I like reading books about books! This is the kind of nonfiction that I usually go for. I’m curious to see if her feelings about certain books gel with my feelings or not. Obviously, I still want to read it!

Verdict: KEEP

The Dharma of the Princess Bride – Ethan Nichtern

I am a huge fan of The Princess Bride and when I came across this book in a literary journal, I knew I had to read it. I’m really curious about how Nichtern relates qualities or ideas of The Princess Bride to Buddhism. It sounds like a really amazing book and it has a really high rating, so that’s heartening. I’m surprised how few people have read this book. Hopefully it’s as good as most of the reviews seem to say it is.

Verdict: KEEP

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir – Jill Bialosky

This book is a memoir tied to specific poems that Bialosky turned to throughout her life and how those poems shaped or helped her. I am a fan of poetry (both writing and reading) and I’m always interested in what poems others like to read and what poets people are into. This book sounds really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing if there are poems that also vibe with me. I’ve just realized that so far this list has been purely nonfiction!

Verdict: KEEP

Ban This Book – Alan Gratz

This book had me at “illegal locker library.” Essentially, this is a middle-grade story of a girl who’s favorite book is banned by the school, so she starts an “illegal” library in her locker. As previously stated, I love books about books, and this story brings up a topic that I have a lot of interest in, namely banning books. I haven’t yet read anything by Gratz, but I hope that this one is as enjoyable as it sounds!

Verdict: KEEP

That Inevitable Victorian Thing – E.K. Johnston

I think this book is supposed to be an alt-history/near-future sci-fi that involves the British Empire. The main character is a direct descendant of Victoria I and is the crown princess, set to go on a year of incognito living. I first thought this book sounded really interesting. It’s alt-history, its diverse, and I love anything to do with Victorian-era related things. But looking at it now, it just seems really confusing and I’m not as interested by it as I was.

Verdict: GO

How to Fall – Jane Casey

I love a good mystery and this book is a YA mystery set in England. Jess’s mom brings her to a small town and she realizes that she looks just like her cousin, Freya, who died not long before she comes to town. I actually have a copy of this book, which I got from a book sale. It’s the first book in a series, so if I end up liking it, there’s more to explore. I find that really compelling when YA mystery books are a series. I hope I enjoy it.

Verdict: KEEP

Save Me a Seat – Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

This is a middle-grade novel about two boys from different world who come together to face a common enemy – a bully. As I work in the youth department of my library, I try to read a handful of middle-grade novels throughout the year since it helps me with my readers’ advisory. I probably picked this one because it’s diverse and bullying is a pretty big topic recently in schools. This book has good ratings, so I’m still wanting to check it out.

Verdict: KEEP

Tool of War – Paolo Bacigalupi

This is the third book in Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker series (which I love!). I actually wasn’t aware of this book until it came to my library and I saw that it was, in fact, the third book in the Ship Breaker series. Of course I put it on my TBR, but I still haven’t read it yet! This one sounds like it has hints of other dystopians I’ve read, like The Hunger Games and Maximum Ride. I love Bacigalupi’s writing, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

Verdict: KEEP

The Pinks – Chris Enss

This is a nonfiction book about the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which hired America’s first female detective, Kate Warne. The Agency was responsible for thwarting an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln. I read a middle-grade historical fiction book about this and was so interested I found this book. I am still deeply fascinated in this subject and I’m looking forward to eventually reading it.

Verdict: KEEP

Junk Raft – Marcus Eriksen

Another nonfiction book, this one about Eriksen, one of the creators of 5 Gyres Institute to study oceans. He and his wife and their team have done major research into the plastic pollution of the oceans. I’ve had a great interest in this specific aspect of environmentalism and I know I put this book on my TBR because I wanted to know more about their research and how they’re helping combat the plastic pollution of our oceans. I do hope to read this book one day, so I’ll hang onto it for now.

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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