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?
Secondhand Origin Stories.jpg 1. Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth

I’m not sure how I feel about the synopsis. It sounds like a confusing world has been built up here, and I don’t think I like the way it’s set up. Also wasn’t impressed with the sample I found on Amazon. Gotta toss it.

hullmetal girls.jpg 2. Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

I actually just had a conversation last night with my friend Tay about this book, which had been called out for questionable ace rep. (I’m not sure I agree with either side of the Twitter exchange in question.) She told me more about it but said what got her is that the book is otherwise underwhelming. For that reason, I’m tossing it.

far from home.jpg 3. Far From Home by Lorelie Brown

I think I first heard of this book from sapphicsolace, and I know she loved the book, so I’m hoping I do too because it sounds adorable and I need it. Keep it.

monday's not coming.jpg 4. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

I’m really torn on this one because of the mixed reviews I’m seeing from Goodreads friends. Not only that but while it sounds interesting, it also sounds like a heavy story. The final decision here comes from the fact that I don’t have easy access to a copy. Toss it.

the way you make me feel.jpg 5. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Oh my gosh, this sounds like an awesome coming-of-age story that I’m so ready for. Keep it.

summer of salt.jpg 6. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

I’ve heard so much praise for Leno’s books but the thing is, my local library has a different book by her, not this one. So I’m tossing this one in place of the other.

i am not your perfect mexican daughter.jpg 7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

A coming of age story about a girl breaking stereotypes? I want it. Keep it.

8. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

That cover is aesthetically pleasing and I’ve heard great things about this book and its sequel but I’m just not that interested. Toss it.

9. The Takedown by Corrie Wang

I think I only added this one because of the diverse characters and #ownvoices aspect, which was not bright on my part, because I’m really not interested in the plot, and there are other #ownvoices books I can pick up. Toss it.

10. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

“A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream”? Sign me up. Keep it.

11. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I’m going to keep this one in the back of my mind because I’m sure it’s a beautiful story, but it’s another heavy topic that I just don’t think I’d be able to handle. Toss it.

12. The Beauty The Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Same reasoning as above. Toss it.

13. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

I’m going to read the original Frankenstein first even though I was assigned to read it in my 12th-grade literature class, and then I’m going to read this one. Keep it.

14. The Mermaid Upstairs by Jami Lilo

I’ve been reading too many stories with the protagonist’s parents having issues and that just hits too close to home. I don’t think I can read this book. Toss it.

15. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Too many people in my social circle love this book for me not to give it a try. Not to mention that cover is amazing and the synopsis sounds intriguing. Keep it.

Kept: 6     Tossed: 9

Finally, a week when I toss more than I keep :’)

What do you all think? Any books I misjudged?

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