Down the TBR Hole #51

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:

The Darkling Bride – Laura Andersen

This story spans many time periods, so I believe that makes it count as historical fiction. I’m mostly interested in the idea that it sounds mysterious and takes place in Ireland! There are mysterious deaths that occur at different time-periods in Deeprath Castle. In modern times, a young woman is tasked with the job of inventorying its vast library. And of course the current heir to the castle is cryptic and mysterious…I’m definitely still interested in this one!

Verdict: KEEP

Going Bovine – Libba Bray

I’ve not yet read anything by Bray before, but I’ve heard good things about her books from friends. I think this one sounds like an interesting one to start with! Also, it’s one awards! All I know about it is it deals with mad-cow disease, which in and of itself is intriguing. I like books that deal with illness. It’s something that isn’t touched on a lot. Also, I don’t think I’ve read any other books that happen to deal with mad-cow disease. I also tend to like funky books, and this one sounds reeeeally funky! I’m ready for the ride!

Verdict: KEEP

Devils Unto Dust – Emma Berquist

I don’t read a whole lot of horror. I’m not fond of being scared on purpose or of icky things like blood and guts. But for some reason I can handle it better if it’s in book-form. That’s not to say I haven’t read creepy, gross, horrific books that scare me, because I sure have! This particular book deals with zombies (yikes!), but it also sounds like a western-bent journey across Texas as a young woman hunts for her dad who owes a major debt. It sounds interesting! I don’t really like zombies, but this story sounds like it could be an interesting take, so I’m willing to check it out.

Verdict: KEEP

The Bird and the Blade – Megan Bannen

I actually have an ARC of this book, but I got it well after the publication date (my work sometimes presents me and my coworkers with ARCs they’ve received, sometimes after pub-date, but it’s still fun!). This is a young adult historical fiction/romance novel set in Mongolia! Like, that’s such a unique setting – I am so excited! Also, this book has an extremely high rating! I’m really excited to read this book, since it ticks so many boxes for me! Maybe I can read it this year…

Verdict: KEEP

Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

I’ve actually read a Solnit book before – recently, actually, as part of Emma Watson’s “Our Shared Shelf” book club on Goodreads. It was an interesting collection of essays! This one sounds like it could be just as interesting, mostly addressing mansplaining and other topics about gender imbalance. I’ve been trying to read more literature in the feminist genre because its something that’s grown very important to me. I also like that Solnit tends to be more intersectional in her discussions. I hope this book is as enjoyable as her other book I read, Whose Story is This?

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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