Down the TBR #40

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?

Now, for the list!

Picking up from where I left off:

Hello, Universe – Erin Entrada Kelly

This is a middle-grade book about a group of kids who are very different, but end up having to pull together to save one of them from being trapped at the bottom of a well due to one of their pranks. This book won the Newbery Medal in 2018, so I’ve felt I should read it. It sounds like a really cool premise and I want to see what others have seen in it to warrant it receiving such a high honor in the book world.

Verdict: KEEP

A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn

This is an historical fiction mystery series that follows Veronica Speedwell, a young woman, recently orphaned, who wants to travel the world. When an attempt is made on her life, she manages to evade it with the help of a German baron who seems to know something of the reasons behind it. This book sounds like it could be really fun. It’s got a lot going for it that I like: historical, a mystery featuring a female MC, and a possible future romance. I’ve heard good things about this series and I’m looking forward to eventually reading it!

Verdict: KEEP

Ask A North Korean: Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World’s Most Secretive Nation – Daniel Tudor

As anyone who reads my blog probably knows, I have an interest in the whole Korean peninsula, including North Korea. I came across this book in a Book Review magazine and figured it would be of interest to me. I am always looking for books that focus on the lives of actual North Koreans, not just a general overview. This book seems to be made up of interviews with four defectors who tell their stories of their lives. I’m excited at the prospect of reading first-hand testimony.

Verdict: KEEP

Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer

Okay, so I put this book on my TBR because it was made into a movie and I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. All the trailers make it seem like a really strange book, and I know that strange doesn’t always translate to interesting in my case. Still, the premise seems interesting – a group of four women (!) set off on an expedition, the 12th of its kind, into Area X, which seems to have a strange effect on all who visit it. Their mission involves mapping the terrain and also observing the effects of the area on each other. Of course, all of them are keeping secrets from each other that are bound to muck things up, but I’m still interested. The book is really short – just under 200 pages. I like Sci-Fi, but it’s also been tagged as Horror, so we’ll see.

Verdict: KEEP

Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Choksi

I’ve been meaning to check out this book for forever!!! It’s part of the “Rick Riordan Presents” publishing company. I like how there’s a clear decision to present diverse books from #ownvoices. In this case, the book presents a story that deals with Hindu mythology. It’s a middle-grade book and it sounds like it is amazing, with a focus on ancient Indian culture. Plus, I love fantasy and I think I will learn a lot by reading this book.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 5

Discarded: 0


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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