Down the TBR Hole #6

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?

Picking up from where I left off:

Wait for Me – An Na

Book cover of "Wait for Me" by An Na

I’ve read some of Na’s work before. I enjoyed it well enough. I think I probably put this book on my TBR because it sounded interesting at the time: a girl who does everything her parents ask of her, neglecting herself, until a person shows up in her life and actually asks her what she wants, but now looking at it, I’m not sure it calls to me anymore. Na usually writes short novels, so I could just read this really quickly, but since my interest isn’t exactly there anymore, it’s better that it’s not just taking up space on my TBR.

Verdict: GO


A Free Life – Ha Jin

Book cover of "A Free Life" by Ha Jin

This is a family saga of epic proportions (660 pages!!!) about a Chinese family who move to the US after the Tienanmen Square Massacre. It takes place in the 90’s, so that’s interesting! But I’m not quite sure I felt the need to put this on my TBR. I’m not generally a fan of family sagas, nor do I have a passion for Chinese culture stories per-se (I’m more into Korean history & lit, personally). So to be fair, I think this is an easy removal for me. It could be very interesting (but it’s also gargantuan and I feel intimidated by that!).

Verdict: GO


Off The Grid – Nick Rosen

Book cover of "Off the Grid" by Nick Rosen

Lol! I put this on my TBR way back when I was sort of in fascination with living off the grid. I was in college. I went down a long rabbit hole spiral that had me placing several off-the-grid books on my TBR. I’ve since removed several. Have I read a single off the grid book? No. And I don’t really plan on reading this one either. I think it’s probably safe to say I won’t get anything out of it and I’m already so on the grid I think it’s impossible at this point to do anything about it.

Verdict: GO


The Commoner – John Burnham Schwartz

Book cover of "The Commoner" by John Burnham Schwartz

I seem to have picked a lot of books about Asian cultures but written by white guys. I read Memoirs of a Geisha and I really liked that book (well, mostly I read it so that I could watch the movie, which I also really liked), but that was a while ago and I feel like the person I am now prefers to read books about Asian culture written by #ownvoices and not by white guys (or gals, okay). Does that mean this book is terrible? No (although I’ve read several reviews that comment on how slow it is and how one-dimensional the characters are). Does that mean I’ll completely write off all books like this one in the future? No. They can be well-researched and well written and worth the read, but I’m going to be more choosey in this area and this book doesn’t seem like it will be worth it.

Verdict: GO


The Thin Place – Kathryn Davis

Book cover of "The Thin Place" by Kathryn Davis

I couldn’t even remember anything about this book and even when I read the summary, I have no recollection of having read it before. The book sounds like it could be interesting, but I still didn’t have enough of a sense of what it is so I popped down to look at a few reviews and it looks like it’s not so great. It seems as if it’s more of an omniscient narration of the lives of people in this small town with a bit of strangeness mixed in. From what I’ve read of reviews, it doesn’t sound all that appealing and since I couldn’t even remember this book from before, I feel safe in letting it go.

Verdict: GO


The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

Book cover of "The Lady of the Rivers" by Philippa Gregory

I’ve read a good many books in Gregory’s “Plantagenet and Tudor” series. I really enjoy this time period in history. I also enjoy Gregory’s books. This one could be interesting. It’s technically the first in the series (in time period terms), so I am interested in seeing how things started, especially as this deals with the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (my favorite!), who supposedly has magic. I’m curious to see how things play out with this one. I definitely have intentions to read it.

Verdict: KEEP


1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

Book cover of "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami

Ok, I definitely put this book on my TBR because of all the hype it generated. I heard so much about it and everyone was raving about how good it was and I saw it nearly everywhere. I’ve read a couple things by Murakami. He’s a good writer. But I don’t know about this one. For one thing, it’s nearly 1,000 pages long (yikes!), and for another, anything that’s loosely based on or inspired by 1984 (one of my least favorite books) gives me pause. It could be really great, but I think I’ll stick to some of Murakami’s shorter works for now. Who knows, I may change my mind about this one, but not right now.

Verdict: GO


The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory

Book cover of "The Kingmaker's Daughter" by Philippa Gregory

Another Gregory book! I’ve read the second (The White Queen) and the third (The Red Queen) in this series. As seen above, I’ve yet to read the first book and this is the fourth book. Slowly, but surely, I’m going to read this whole series! Some historical figures are more interesting than others. I hope that this one will be interesting, as I don’t know too much about Anne Neville, so who knows. Maybe I’ll really like her! I do know she’s a bit awful as an old woman in The Constant Princess, but it will be interesting to see her from childhood.

Verdict: KEEP


We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals – Gillian Gill

Book cover of "We Two" by Gillian Gill

I really admire Queen Victoria and I am in love with Masterpiece’s series Victoria, and I put this book on my TBR quite a while ago. It’s a situation of me tending to put off reading history books, even though I do enjoy them when I read them (most of them!). If the writing is good and I like the figure involved, history books can be very rewarding. I am particularly interested in how Gill is bringing new perspective to Victoria as a monarch and showing just how strong she was on her own.

Verdict: KEEP


Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

Book cover of "Mistborn: The Final Empire" by Brandon Sanderson

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve heard so much about Brandon Sanderson. Everyone seems to really love his stuff! Since I like fantasy but I’m generally a broad reader, I’m not surprised I’ve only had a passing knowledge of his works. The only reason I have this book on my TBR is because the guy I went out on a few dates with told me I absolutely had to read this series. It’s his favorite book. We didn’t end up dating, and so I didn’t end up reading this book because…it’s not been my priority. I’m going to pass on this one for now, unless someone in the comments wants to change my mind about it!

Verdict: GO


Results:

Kept: 3

Discarded: 7

This time, I was heavy-handed on the discarding, but I regret nothing! I feel pretty good about how things are going and right now, I’ve brought my TBR down to only 554 books! Remember when it used to be in the 580s!!! I’m going to keep it going!

Gotta love some IT Crowd! source.

Thoughts?

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.

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #6

  1. The final empire is one of my favourite books! The magic system is so cool! It takes a bit to understand it, but once you do it is amazing! Also the world building and the characters are fantastic, I flew through the books!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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