Down the TBR Hole #44

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:

A Beautiful Poison – Lydia Kang

I’m so excited for this murder mystery! It takes place just after the Gilded Age, in New York, when the Spanish Influenza is raging. The main character, Allene, suspects that many of the deaths around her are not due to the flu, but poison. She brings on two old friends to help her get to the bottom of this. I think this book sounds so great! I love a good mystery, and poison is always such an interesting murder weapon. I hope the execution of this story is as good as it sounds!

Verdict: KEEP

Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

No, I haven’t read the first book in this series, Love & Gelato, but I believe this series operates a bit how Anna & the French Kiss does, in that each book focuses on a different character and they’re all related to each other in one way or anther. In this case, Addie, the MC of this book, was a side character in the first book. Her love story takes place on the Emerald Isle, when she finds a book called ‘Ireland for the Heartbroken.’ This sounds like my favorite kind of YA sweet romance. I haven’t read anything from Welch before, but I’m looking forward to reading this one. I might even pick it up this summer, since it sounds like the perfect summer read.

Verdict: KEEP

Vampires in the Lemon Grove – Karen Russell

This is a collection of short stories, a mix of fantasy and magical realism, which sounds pretty cool. But me, I was drawn to this book simply because of the title. Does that make me a sucker for vampire stories? I don’t often read short stories, mostly because I never know what I’m going to get and often I only end up liking about 20% or less, but the stories in this collection sound interesting to me enough that I’m still willing to give it a try.

Verdict: KEEP

Sparks! – Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto

This is a middle-grade graphic novel about two cats who explore the world in a mechanical dog suit. Sounds crazy, right!? I came across this book at work and thought it looked so fun, so I put it on my TBR. I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, because this kind of book doesn’t take me as long to read. Honestly, I have no excuse. I think I might pick it up soon, and just read through it. There’s a second book in this series, too, so there’s more to read, if I love this one.

Verdict: KEEP

Fatal Throne – Candace Fleming

I came across this book at my work and immediately put it on my TBR. It’s a collection of stories from each of Henry VIII’s wives, written by six different YA authors. I love all things to do with Henry VIII and the Tudors, so I knew I had to read this book. I also am a fan of quite a few of the authors who have written something for this book, including M.T. Anderson and Linda Sue Park. If any of you have read this book, let me know in the comments if you liked it!

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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