Down the TBR Hole #37

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:

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal – Mary Roach

I’ve not read anything by Roach yet, but apparently she’s known for bringing a humorous touch to scientific topic, as in this case with the digestive system. The book is full of answers to questions related to eating, like why the digestive system doesn’t eat itself or why we like eating crunchy food. I’m looking forward to reading this one, because I love books that are just interesting scientific facts. I’ve always been a curious person and books like these are always satisfying to read.

Verdict: KEEP

Ahimsa – Supriya Kelkar

This is a middle-grade novel about the freedom movement lead by Gandhi in India. The main character’s mother joins the movement and her whole family’s life is changed as they work towards independence from Britain. It’s mostly about how her life is changed by being a part of this movement and the author was inspired by her grandmother’s stories of being a part of this movement, so this book sounds like it could be a really amazing insight into this moment in history. I hope the writing matches the subject matter!

Verdict: KEEP

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now. I think the series is finished? I’m not sure, but I hope it is, because then I’ll feel comfortable staring it. I don’t like beginning series before they’re finished because I hate waiting and my memory is horrible! But this book sounds really interesting. The idea of triplets having to fight each other to be the ultimate ruler, plus the magic…it sounds like an epic stage has been set. I hope it’s good!

Verdict: KEEP

Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

This is supposedly a “retelling” of Mulan, but I’ve heard that it’s also not…either way, I believe it’s got some general Japanese mythology mixed into it, but otherwise is just a fantasy YA that takes place in feudal Japan. The main character is a girl who is just as clever and brave as her twin brother, but being a girl, her only job is to be married. Through a series of events she ends up working for the Black Clan, and for the first time she is finally being recognized for her talents. I’m looking forward to reading this book. I know it’s a series, but I believe it’s a duology and is finished. I could be wrong…

Verdict: KEEP

Reign the Earth – A.C. Gaughen

This book is a YA fantasy about a woman who discovers she has powers. In her world, elementae have power over the elements (water, fire, earth, and air). Her husband, however, is wants to see all elementae destroyed. She also has feelings for her husbands brother, so…As I was reading the synopsis, I kept wondering why this is considered a YA book…I mean, I don’t know how old the main character is, but she’s married, which is really rare in a YA book. But I think the story sounds really interesting to me still. I know it’s part of a series and there are at least two books out, so I don’t know if it’s finished or not, but I would like to read this one soon.

Verdict: KEEP

Strange Practice – Vivan Shaw

This murder-mystery is filled with the unnatural. If you’ve read or seen any version of Dracula, you’ll know about Van Helsing, the man who knows how to defeat Dracula. There have been many versions of Van Helsing. In this case, the main character, Greta Helsing, is part of the Helsing family and has kept up the family practice – in this case, she’s a doctor for the supernatural. But when an order of monks begins murdering, she becomes entangled in the mystery. I like the idea of this series. I hope it’s as cool as it sounds and if I like it, there’s more to enjoy!

Verdict: KEEP

The Feminists’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess – Devorah Blachor

This is a nonfiction book about how to raise your child in a feminist way, even if she displays all the princess-y, gendered behavior you want to avoid. I think I put this book on my list because I was interested in how Blachor will tackle this idea of trying to raise a kid outside of gender-norms, that is, to keep them from associating certain things as girl-things and others as boy-things. It’s a tricky deal, since even if you don’t personally subscribe to typical gender norms, society at large is still out there influencing everything. I think I’ll let this one go, for now, but if I ever have a kid, I might pick this one up.

Verdict: GO

The Chickenshit Club – Jesse Eisinger

This is a nonfiction book that takes a look at why CEOs and leaders of major corporations never seem to go to jail, even after committing huge wrongdoings. The book looks at the legal issues and uses specific instances in history as examples of this happening. I think I put this book on my TBR when I came across it because it sounds like something I’d like to know the answer to. The thing is, I don’t often read books like this and my worry is about the legal jargon that could potentially make this book difficult to get into. I’m not saying I wouldn’t potentially find it interesting, but I’ve got other stuff I’m more interested in at the moment.

Verdict: GO

Bibliomysteries – Otto Penzler (editor)

This is a collection of mysteries to the theme of libraries – that is, it’s stories that all have to do with libraries in some way. Some pretty big name mystery writers have contributed to this book, including C.J. Box, Anne Perry, and Nelson DeMille. I definitely want to read this book, but I’m also wary, just because I have not often liked compilations of short stories that I’ve come across. At best, I give them three stars and like a handful of the stories in it. We’ll see with this one how it pans out.

Verdict: KEEP

Truly, Devious – Maureen Johnson

A young crime aficionado decides to solve the cold-case of a kidnapping of the wife and daughter of the founder of her school, Ellingham. The kidnapper left a note with a mocking riddle listing various murder methods and only signed itas Truly Devious. I’ve read a book by Johnson before and I thought it was alright. I’m curious to see how this one will be, since it sounds like it could be a really cool mystery.

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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