Down The TBR Hole – Round Five

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lia @ 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. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or more) 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?
Book Keep Or Toss?
Meg Linus.jpg 1. Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

I was really excited for this book before it came out. Since adding it to my TBR, many of my Goodreads friends have said it’s not much to brag about, so I’m gonna toss it.

Been Here All Along.jpg 2. Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

love the synopsis and the proposed storyline, but most of the reviews I’m reading are wishy-washy, so I’m going to have to toss it.

The Bone Witch.jpg 3. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I’m really disappointed because this sounds like it could be such an amazing story, but I’m seeing a lot of reviews from let down readers. Many said while the characters and world building are amazing, the plot runs slowly, and that’s not something I’m willing to sacrifice in a book. Reluctantly, I’m going to toss it.

Exo.jpg 4. Exo by Fonda Lee

If I remember correctly, I added this because I saw someone that I follow on Twitter gushing about it and my library has a copy of it. Reading the synopsis now makes me wonder if I actually read it before because none of it sounds familiar and I’m not too interested.  Toss it.

A tragic kind of wonderful.jpg 5. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

The synopsis is awfully vague. So that either means it’s not a very plot-driven book, or the plot isn’t that interesting. Not a fan of either option.  Toss it.

gracefuly grayson.jpg 6. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

I couldn’t possibly take this off my TBR list. Keep it.

the female of the species.jpg 7. The Female Of The Species Mindy McGinnis

A bunch of my friends on Twitter have said good things about this book, and the synopsis is great. I’m especially excited to see a book address rape culture.  Keep it.

The Hidden Oracle.jpg 8. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

loved the Percy Jackson series when I read it in middle school… then reread it in high school… then continued with the Lost Heroes series. Unfortunately, I never finished Mark of Athena,  but I’d love to revisit Riordan’s writing! Keep it.

beauty queens.jpg 9. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Some of my friends told me this is essentially Lord of the Flies with girls, but even better. I actually enjoyed LotF when I read it in school, so I’m excited for this book. Keep it.

invisible man.jpg 10. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Last semester, I read the first chapter of this for a literature analysis class, and it made me want to read the rest of the book. Who knows? Maybe now that I have an English minor, I’ll have to read it for class anyway. Keep it.

the history major.jpg 11. The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

Surprisingly enough, I don’t come across nearly enough books with main characters in college. (Apparently, it’s because “the market isn’t there”, but that’s a rant post for another time.) Plus it sounds like the main character, Amanda, is magically thrown into an alternate universe? Yes, please. Keep it.

the undertaking of lily chen.jpg 12. The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgordoff

Not sure how to feel about this book. It’s a story about ancient Chinese religious customs, but it’s not own voices. It has decent reviews, but I’m still skeptical. Think I’m gonna toss it.

because youll never meet me.jpg 13. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

After I read the synopsis, I knew this would be too much for me to handle emotionally.  A lot of my Goodreads friends have great things to say about this book, but I don’t think I’d be able to read it. Toss it.

wintersong.jpg 14. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Firstly, I must point out that the art on that cover is gorgeous. The world that Jae-Jones has set up sounds amazing, even just from the synopsis, so I’m going to keep it.

29512334 15. Consider by Kristy Acevedo

I don’t know about this one. I want to read more books with anxiety representation, but I’m not sure this is a good fit. The anxiety rep is also mixed with supernatural happenings that affect the main character, which could be messy. Toss it.

 

Kept: 7     Tossed: 8

Alright! Back to being close to fifty-fifty with the ratio. What do you all think? Any books I misjudged?

10 comments

    1. You should! It really gets you thinking about what’s on your TBR and realize you’re never going to get to so many of the books you said you were going to 😅 But it was nice for me because I’ve gotten my TBR down from almost 500 books to 287 books and I got some blog content out of it!

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