Down the TBR Hole #36

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 Mind of God – Jay Lombard

The author, Lombard, is a doctor with a degree in neuroscience and he uses case studies from his own practice to investigate how we find meaning in life, if there is a God, where the soul might exist in the body. Ultimately, it’s a meeting of faith and science. In my religion, as a Baha’i, we believe that science and religion agree and can exist together. I put this book on my TBR because the book sounds really interesting and I want to investigate further.

Verdict: KEEP

Lost For Words – Stephanie Butland

The book nerd in me put this book on my TBR. The main character, Lovejoy Cardew, works in a bookshop, is obsessed with books, has book-related tattoos, but she’s hiding from her past and a terrible event that changed her life. I mean, it sounds so interesting. Is it bad, though, that I’m kind of turned off by the fact that the main character is named Lovejoy? I mean…that’s a terrible first name. I really don’t like it. I’m hoping that maybe she goes by a nickname or something during the book, but that’s the one thing that really makes me cringe. I still want to read the book, though.

Verdict: KEEP

Get Well Soon – Jennifer Wright

This is a nonfic book about deadly plagues, their history and about the people who discovered them. It fits right into my fascination with medical history. I have read books about how people have died, but nothing specifically about disease. I think I know a lot of really random information, but I think this book could really expand my knowledge. I am still super interested in this kind of thing, and so I think I’ll keep it.

Verdict: KEEP

The Accursed – Joyce Carol Oates

I haven’t read too much by Oates, but when I came across this book, which is presented as an historical fiction mixed with horror/satire, I thought I might read it. But looking on it now, it seems like it can be quite a slog to get through, that there isn’t really that much “horror” in it and mostly it’s just social commentary, particularly about racism and early America and painting particularly prominent people, such as Woodrow Wilson, in a not so flattering light. I can’t say that from the reviews and noting that the book is nearly 700 pages long, that I feel up to the challenge of reading it.

Verdict: GO

It’s All Relative – A.J. Jacobs

I have read several books by Jacobs and I really like him as an author. He usually picks really interesting topics to investigate and in this case, its his own family tree. From an email he receives from an “eighth cousin,” he learns he supposedly has 80,000 relatives and thus he decides to explore his family tree and discover vastness of his relatives. It sounds like a really fun story and having read some of Jacobs’ other books, I know I’d probably enjoy it. But I also don’t feel super compelled to read it and I think I’ll put it on the back burner for now.

Verdict: GO

A Secret Sisterhood – Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

These two friends and co-authors have stitched together many letters, documents, and other miscellany to show famous authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and George Elliott’s friendships with other female authors. The book is meant to show that these women were not isolated or eccentric thinkers off on their own. They had real relationships that shaped their own lives and their writing. I’m really looking forward to reading this book because I love many of these authors and I’m excited to read about their interactions with other women.

Verdict: KEEP

Woolly – Ben Mezrich

As with A.J. Jacobs, I’ve read several books by Mezrich, enough that I know and like his writing and I look for any new work by him. When I saw he’d written this book, I put it on my TBR instantly. It’s about woolly mammoths and the story of a group of scientists attempting to sequence woolly mammoth DNA and splicing segments with that of the modern day elephant in a Jurassic Park-like attempt to bring back woolly mammoths. It sounds fascinating and I still really want to read this book.

Verdict: KEEP

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking – Deborah Cadbury

This nonfic book focuses on Queen Victoria’s attempts to arrange marriages of her many relations with the royal families of Europe at a time when war and revolution meant that monarchy was going out of favor. Not to mention the wills and romantic desires of the children in question. I have always been interested in Victoria and her period in history. This book definitely stuck out to me and I put it on my TBR. I do still plan on reading it because it sounds so fascinating!

Verdict: KEEP

Where My Body Ends and the World Begins – Tony Romano

This book sounds like it has a very compelling story. It centers around a devastating fire that occurred in Chicago in 1958 that killed 92 children. The main character is a survivor of that fire and experiences survivors guilt and is also being plagued by a retired detective who thinks he had something to do with the fire. I’ve read a few reviews – there aren’t many (I believe this book is an indie-press publication), but many have said how sad the story is and I totally believe it. It has decent reviews but I’m not sure I want to dig into it at this point.

Verdict: GO

Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne

This is a YA fantasy/romance about two people from different worlds, one a healer who has limited days before she dies of the Rose plague and a soldier who seeks vengeance on the people who imprisoned him. They have to band together to complete a task and of course you know it’s going to be a friends-to-lovers situation. I’m interested in various aspects this book is proferring, particularly the fantasy element. I’m interested to see what Blackburne’s writing is like and hopefully it’s as good as it sounds!

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 7

Discarded: 3


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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