Down The TBR Hole – Round Eight

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?
Iceling.jpg 1. Iceling by Sasha Stephenson

The synopsis makes for such a mysterious story. I’m interested to find out what secrets Callie and the other Icelings hold, plus there’s a copy at my library, so I’ll keep it.

caminar.jpg 2. Caminar by Skila Brown

This story is set in 1981 Guatemala during their civil war which isn’t something you see often in novels, especially middle grade. Also this is apparently a novel in verse? Definitely going to give this one a try. Keep it.

american war.jpg 3. American War by Omar El-Akkad

I don’t exactly remember adding this, but I think it must have had something to do with so many other people in my friend’s list having added it. Now that I read the synopsis, I’m not all that interested in a story like this. Toss it.

feral youth 4. Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

I love the idea of an anthology with one plotline, but each contributor is writing a section from a different character’s point of view. Can you imagine the planning that takes?! Unfortunately, I only know three of the ten authors and one of them is on my blacklist, so this is too much of a hit or miss for me. Toss it.

queens of geek.jpg 5. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Okay, so the synopsis calls it a “feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself” and an “empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family,” which honestly is enough for me to keep it.

radio silence.jpg 6. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’ve heard amazing things about Oseman’s writing, especially for this book. Plus a bi main character who’s also ace-spec? Heck yeah, keep it.

rain reign.jpg 7. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

This book sounds adorable and sound like it’s either own voices or well-researched for a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome. Don’t want to speak too soon though… But I’m going to keep it.

when.jpg 8. When by Victoria Laurie

Super interesting concept, but it seems a little dark for me. Toss it.

Spellbook for the lost and found.jpg 9. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I couldn’t even focus all the way through the synopsis with this one, so I doubt the book would keep my attention. Toss it.

shatter me.jpg 10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I feel like this could be a really good read, but a lot of the reviews I see from my friends are 2 or 3 stars, so I’m going to toss it.

how i killed pluto and wh it had it coming.jpg 11. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

Pluto’s demotion was such an earth-shattering headline for my little second-grade self, so I’d love to read more about the reasoning behind it. Plus, this is written by the man who made that discovery and based on the synopsis it sounds like this book will talk about the aftermath as well, not just the science-y stuff that I may or may not understand. Keep it.

trail of lightning.jpg 12. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

This is the type of book the world needs: A dystopian story, but one that’s diverse in its characters and doesn’t have the typical white girl savior as a main character. (Why are all the super popular dystopias like that?) Anyway, even more points for own voices rep. Keep it.

girl made of stars.jpg 13. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

I’ve heard great reviews about this book, and it’s a topic that’s very relevant to recent headlines. Keep it.

Not the girls youre looking for.jpg 14. Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Another own voices Muslim-American book, yes, good. Keep it.

a girl like that.jpg 15. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

The set up for this book is amazing and I love the idea of the mystery that is Zarin. However, according to the reviews, this is a fairly heavy read, so I’ll have to toss it.

Kept: 9     Tossed: 6

What do you all think? Any books I misjudged?

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