Down the TBR Hole #41

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:

And This is Laura – Ellen Conford

This is a book I came across online somewhere – I wish I could remember! But I looked it up and it sounded intriguing. Laura is a normal girl in a family of talented, successful people. She feels unimportant and unnoticed, until she starts to have visions of the future. All of a sudden, she is getting attention, from family, from the media. But then her visions become darker and more sinister. This book sounds like an interesting mix of teen angst and magical realism. I am still interested enough to keep it on the list.

Verdict: KEEP

Tess of the Road – Rachel Hartman

I can’t tell you how badly I want to read this book. I even bought it and began to read it, until I realized that I really should read Hartman’s original series first, because this book happens in the same world. I know you don’t have to read the Seraphina series first, but that’s just how I am and so I haven’t picked the book again. Still, I hope to start reading the Seraphina series this year. It’s a fantasy series about dragons who can look like people and there’s music involved. I know that’s a really weird summary, but trust me, it sounds really amazing if you want to check it out.

Verdict: KEEP

The Serpent’s Secret – Sayantani DasGupta

I’m so excited by all the diverse literature coming out in the middle-grade level. This series follows Kiranmala, who learns that she’s actually a deamon-slaying Indian princess. The book is filled with Indian mythology, fantasy, and inter-dimensional travel and I’m still really excited to read it! There are three books so far in this series, and I’m not sure if it’s complete or not, but I hopefully can read it this year, since I’m participating in some diverse reading challenges.

Verdict: KEEP

The Round House – Louise Erdrich

I’ve read on book by Erdrich so far and wasn’t the biggest fan. But I’m determined to read more from her, since she’s one of the most acclaimed Native voices in North America. In this case, the book follows and Ojibwe boy on his reservation in North Dakota, who seeks justice after a terrible crime is committed. I think that I’ll probably enjoy this story more than Future Home of the Living God, since this one sounds a lot more straight-forward. Still, we’ll see.

Verdict: KEEP

The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

I wasn’t even aware of this book until I started seeing trailers for a movie adaptation of it. I was extremely intrigued by its title. It is a pretty funky title, you have to admit. The main character begins a correspondence with a man from the Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Society after he reaches out to her for having found a book of hers. It’s set during WWII and normally I don’t read books from this time period because…I don’t really like war-themes in books, I was interested in the literary connections and I guess I still am, since I don’t think I’ll let go of this one just yet.

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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