Down the TBR Hole #48

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:

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession – Alice Bolin

This is a collection of essays by Bolin about our society’s obsession of using dead girls in pop culture and stories to prop up a man’s story. I find this premise very intriguing. I’ve read numerous essays that touch on this subject, and it really is true that many stories use the death of a woman either as a catalyst for a man’s story or to aid the growth of a male character. It sucks that this is the case, but our stories tend to reflect real life. I’m hoping to glean some insight from reading this book.

Verdict: KEEP

How to Be Safe – Tom McAllister

This is a contemporary fiction mystery about a young woman, a teacher, who is wrongfully accused of being a school shooter. Though she’s eventually cleared of the crime, the media damage is enough to severely harm her. I find the premise of this novel to be intriguing as it seems quite prescient in today’s world. I’m hoping that the execution is there. I’m a little leery of this being a “feminist howl” (Goodreads), being written by a man, but I’ll wait to judge until I’ve read it.

Verdict: KEEP

Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

This is a collection of poems by Vuong. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do love it as a writing form. I can be a bit picky about poetry, but I was drawn to this particular collection because I’d heard a lot about it and Vuong. I have Vuong’s debut novel on my TBR as well, so hopefully, if I like his poems, I’ll enjoy his prose as well. I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this book, but I’d like to think it’ll be sooner than later.

Verdict: KEEP

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

So this is a fiction story that takes place in space. Yes! And it contains a romance via email. Intriguing! I’ve heard both good and bad things about this book, but I’m of the mind to read it and make up my own opinion, especially since this isn’t a particularly long novel.

I also happen to have a ARC copy, so I can potentially read it at any time!

Verdict: KEEP

The Incendiaries – R.O. Kwon

This is a fiction story of a young woman who ends up being drawn into a cult because of its connection to her family and her grief and guilt over the death of her mother. She’s loved by a fellow university student, who then goes in search of her after she goes missing after her cult causes a series of bombings that kill five people. This book sounds like it could be a crazy read, but probably really emotional and potentially heartbreaking. I think I’ll probably end up either loving or hating it, but I’m still interested enough to give it a try!

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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