Down the TBR Hole #32

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?

So this week has been super busy for me and I didn’t get this posted as early as I would have liked, but it’s here now and I hope you all are having an awesome Sunday!

Picking up from where I left off:

Romancing the Throne – Nadie Jolie Courtney

So this is just one of those silly YA romances involving royalty. I mean, who doesn’t want to fall in love with a prince? Well, after watching “The Crown” I can say decidedly that I wouldn’t want to. But I love reading about royalty, despite that! And I love reading romance books involving royalty. This book definitely made it on my TBR because of this fact. I also don’t really care if it isn’t the best book in the world, as long as it’s entertaining, which I really hope it to be.

Verdict: KEEP


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale

This non-fiction book delves into one of the first detectives, Mr. Whicher, and the crime that pretty much launches society’s love of all things detective. Unfortunately, it also ends with the downfall of Mr. Whicher. I can tell from the reviews that this book is very polarizing. People either love it or find it dull and over-researched. I know I put it on my list because I read a lot of crime novels and detective novels owe some of their popularity and success to this case. I think, for now, I’ll part ways with it. I might pick it up and read a few chapters just to see how I feel about the writing, but I don’t feel so attached that I need to keep it on my list.

Verdict: GO


The Traitor’s Kiss – Erin Beaty

I love the sound of this book. It sounds like the perfect bite-sized fantasy novel with an a-typical heroine who, instead of wanting to get married herself ends up as an apprentice to a matchmaker and then stumbles into becoming a spy. Like…that sounds pretty cool to me! No wonder it’s on my list. I know I put off reading it because it’s part of a series and now, thankfully, the series is complete. I think I’ll be looking to read this soon, since that’s the case. I still find it compelling.

Verdict: KEEP


The Accusation – Bandi

Currently I’ve reading whatever I can find about North Korea, and South Korea, for that matter. I put this book on my list because not only is it a collection of short stories about lives of people in North Korea, it was actually smuggled out of North Korea and published. The fact that this is written by someone living in North Korea, who risked their life to put this kind of stuff to paper, is simply amazing and I want to read it. I am continually baffled by how life can go on in such a repressive regime. But it does and somehow people survive. I will forever want to know their stories.

Verdict: KEEP


Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher

This is an instance of me picking up a book based on the title. I mean, what’s up with that title? My curiosity was piqued and when I did read the synopsis, I felt intrigued enough to put it on my TBR. I think I still feel that intrigue. The main character, after finding out her dad is not her biological decides to stop speaking. She learns that not speaking can have a power of its own. I had to check again and yes, this book is a YA, which intrigues me further. I have many questions. I plan on reading it still, but I hope it lives up to my expectations.

Verdict: KEEP


The Spoonbenders – Daryl Gregory

Like the previous book, I think I was initially drawn to this book because of it’s title. And I also like reading science-fiction books. In this case, its the generational story of one family that has superpowers. They have a reality TV show about them but then something tragic happens and they lose their powers and their popularity. I find myself still intrigued by this story, but it is dauntingly long and I don’t generally like stories about one family over the years. I think I’ll let it go for now.

Verdict: GO


You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

This book has been on my TBR since it was published. I’ve read one book by Alexie so far, and I was looking forward to reading this one because I’ve been trying to read more books by native writers. There’s since been some controversy surrounding Alexie, particularly about his actions towards women. While the stories may be true, I still think I’d like to read this book to see what it’s all about. It has a very high rating and several friends of mine have read it. I don’t know how I’ll feel about it when I do, but it’ll stay on my list for now.

Verdict: KEEP


What to Say Next – Julie Buxbaum

This book is a typical YA of two opposites attracting – popular girl falls for geek guy. Only in this case the geek guy is has high-functioning autism. From the reviews I’ve read, there are many that love this book and a few that have very negative feelings. I get the sense that it’s quite trope-y. As I’m already suffering a little from YA burn-out/moving away from really basic YA books, I think I’ll pass on this one, because I don’t think I’ll be missing much.

Verdict: GO


Saints and Misfits – S.K. Ali

I think this is another typical YA high school setting book. Except that the main character is Arab Indian-American and Muslim. It’s nice to see diversity expanding in all genres. I’m pretty sure the reason I put this on my TBR was because I was searching for more diversity in my reading. I can’t really get much a sense of what the book is about based on the synopsis provided by Goodreads, but I’ll still keep it on my TBR for now, since I’d like to see what Ali’s writing and storytelling are like.

Verdict: KEEP


Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes – Mary E. Lambert

This book sounds so intriguing. A family that hordes, kids who don’t know how to handle it and a huge falling out. I’ve seen mental illness as one of the tags, which I’m glad for because I think there needs to be more mental illness representation in middle-grade and other genres. This book sounds like it could be really fresh and unique. I don’t think I’ve ever come across it at my library, so I might have to ask for it to be ordered, but either way, I’m getting my hands on it somehow!

Verdict: KEEP

Results:

Kept: 7

Discarded: 3

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.

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