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Down the TBR Hole #15

January 28, 2018

I still feel like this is pretty slow going, and 15 is kind of a weird number to me, so I upped this thing to 20 titles per week. 😳 Plus, I keep “accidentally” adding more books to my TBR…


Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story, and is a super fun (and simultaneously productive) tag to help you whittle away at those never-ending TBRs! (By the way, you can click on the covers to go to the Goodreads listings!)

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current “to-read” shelf: 1,059 titles


BOOKS 181-185:

1

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – added 11.24.16
I’ve actually tried reading this twice, and as much as it sounded like something I would adore, I just can’t seem to get into it.
DECISION: REMOVE

Freeks by Amanda Hocking – added 11.24.16
Undoubtedly, I added this book because I love creepy/weird carnival vibes, but I’ve heard so many bad reviews on it – and I don’t seem to enjoy her writing style much.
DECISION: REMOVE

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 11.24.16
This YA horror title about ghosts and tall, eyeless men in the basement sounds creepy enough to warrant keeping.
DECISION: KEEP

Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink – added 11.24.16
It’s kind of like the book version of the podcasts, which I used to love! I don’t listen to podcasts much these days, but I still would love to revisit Welcome to Night Vale.
DECISION: KEEP

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – added 11.24.16
I strictly added this to my TBR (and purchased it) based on cover appeal, but the more reviews I hear for these books, the less I want to read them. I think it might be time to unhaul this one.
DECISION: REMOVE


BOOK 186-190:

2

Beast by Brie Spangler – added 11.24.16
I have no memory at all of adding this book to my TBR, but at first glance, it’s a book tackling image issues and transphobia, which sounds right up my alley! Honestly, though, the reviews are simply not very good, and I think this is one of those instances where I have to remind myself that I don’t have to read every single diverse book that gets published. (Is anyone else really bad about beating themselves up whenever they’re not interested in a diverse book?)
DECISION: REMOVE

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi – added 11.24.16
This graphic novel is actually a memoir about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and I’ve always heard that it’s a poignant, important story.
DECISION: KEEP

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – added 11.24.16
Horror used to always be the exception to the rule on this one, but I have come to accept over the last couple of years that I just really don’t like classics, and even in the horror genre, Poe seems to have become my only consistent exception. 🙁
DECISION: REMOVE

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes – added 11.24.16
I’m not sure why this is on my TBR, because I don’t remember ever hearing of it before, but it sounds more “crime thriller” than horror, so I’ll pass.
DECISION: REMOVE

The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller – added 11.24.16
I do typically like nonfiction about serial killers, but I just realized this is a middle grade nonfic, so I’ll let this one go.
DECISION: REMOVE


BOOK 191-195:

3

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – added 11.26.16
I bought this and Confess at the same time early last year, and honestly, I loved Confess enough that I’d be willing to give just about any of CoHo’s books a try!
DECISION: KEEP

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – added 11.28.16
I’ve actually read this one! I never get tired of Sarah’s Scribbles.
DECISION: REMOVE

All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – added 11.28.16
I love books that fit this sort of “idea” of own-voice authors busting myths, but most of the reviews I’ve read about this book in the past have said the author just kind of mentions the myths without explaining anything about them, so it doesn’t sound like what I’m looking for.
DECISION: REMOVE

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – added 11.28.16
I was really excited to read this one and bought a copy of it and everything, but it’s just one of those series that I’ve lost all excitement for as time has gone on. Maybe once it’s finished, I’ll check it out when I can read the books back to back if I like them, but for now…
DECISION: REMOVE

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – added 12.11.16
This is actually at the tippy-top of my TBR, as soon as I get caught up on some ARCs and finish a few buddy reads I have going! I read The Assassin’s Blade a few weeks ago as my intro to the series, and loved it.
DECISION: KEEP


BOOK 196-200:

4

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – added 12.12.16
This hist-fic about WWII sounds absolutely devastating, so, you know… sign me up.
DECISION: KEEP

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano – added 12.12.16
Okay, I know YA horror is really hit-and-miss for me, and I know this only has a 3.38 average on Goodreads… but I’m honestly kind of obsessed with how creepy this cover looks sitting on my shelf.
DECISION: KEEP

Don’t Stay Up Late by R. L. Stine – added 12.12.16
I have honestly probably outgrown the Fear Street books, but I used to love them so much as a kid that I feel like I have to give it a try.
DECISION: KEEP

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – added 12.12.16
It’s Marissa Meyer.
DECISION: KEEP

Fairest by Marissa Meyer – added 12.12.16
It’s Marissa Meyer, and it’s The Lunar Chronicles.
DECISION: KEEP


 REMOVAL PERCENTAGE THIS WEEK: 50%


DO YOU THINK I SHOULD HAVE REMOVED (OR NOT REMOVED) ANY OF THESE TITLES? IF SO, COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME WHY!


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  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 28, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I actually added The Thousandth Floor to my TBR not that long ago because I thought it sounded intriguing, haha! Maybe some day, if I actually get myself a copy AND read it, I’ll be able to convince you to put it back on your TBR, ha!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Hahaha, if you read it, DEFINITELY let me know if I should add it back! Maybe I’ll leave it sitting in my “maybe unhaul?” pile in my closet for a while, hehe.

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 30, 2018 at 2:03 am

        That while could be longer than just a while since I’m TRYING not to buy books. I’m being so good. I only bought two. Like, how awesome am I! [Although my haul is nearly 15 books. I think. Oops.]
        But it looks interesting enough though! Maybe if I stumble upon it when I get to go on a bookshopping spree in February. 😀

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2018 at 11:31 pm

          I’m so proud of you! And also a little bit in awe… but I’m not-so-secretly hoping you go wild with your shopping spree lmao! 😉

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

            HA. Letting you in on a little not-so-secret: My boyfriend owes me five books PLUS 80€ so.. I’m seeing a lot of books in my future. 😀

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm

            YESSSSS! I can’t wait to see your haul. 😛

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

            I’ve been pumping myself up for that trip for WEEKS now. 12 more days to go. TWELVE.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

            BRB while I add this to my calendar so I can harass you on the day of your shopping trip lmao

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 6, 2018 at 6:06 am

            Haha! I’m going to try and make sure my boyfriend, mom and brother buy ME books so it doesn’t count as books I bought myself? Like. Ain’t I the best little evil genius out there?
            I’ll be sure to send you some pictures of ALL THE BOOKS and make you realize that that is the ONLY store – except for Brussels’ Waterstones – that isn’t hours and hours away with that many English books. [And it’s still like a two hour drive..]

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm

            LMAO. IT STILL COUNTS, KATHY!
            I’m excited to see it~ Oooh, road trip! There’s a huge used bookstore a couple of hours from me that I’ve been hoping to visit soonish, but the drive is such a pain, and I’ve never been before, so I don’t even know if the selection is very good. 😐

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 8, 2018 at 1:30 am

            I know it does! But then I get to put them under “GIFTS” instead of “BOUGHT MYSELF” and that looks so much.. better.. :’D
            Oh boo.. Maybe send them a mail and ask? Like; I’m sure they’d understand you want some idea of their selection before driving down there for hours..

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

            That’s a good idea! I hadn’t thought about that. Even if they could just say yay/nay on whether or not they have a big YA section would help.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 13, 2018 at 2:31 am

            See! Hope they give you a decent answer and not a vague one like I had one time, haha. “Sure we have a section of English novels.” I ASKED WHAT GENRES. Nope, no answer to that question. I ended up not going there. :’)

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

            LMAO. That’s awful… bless them. Yeah, I’m hoping! I’m worried they’re gonna end up replying and just being like, “Oh, uh, we don’t… know…?”

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 15, 2018 at 2:08 am

            If that’s the case it’s time they.. start to fix that and DO know because that’s seriously something you.. should know?!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 15, 2018 at 3:22 am

            Agreed! 😂 But it’s one of those huge bargain used bookstores where everything is just kind of thrown on whatever shelves they can fit shit on, so I don’t know if they have any real sense of organization with any of it.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches February 15, 2018 at 3:25 am

            I’d hope they do.. At least but them by genre a BIT?! It’s not that hard to quickly see what genre a book will probably belong in..
            I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that they’re better organized than “thrown on whatever shelves” and give you a decent answer, haha.

  • Reply Megan January 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

    You got rid of so many books! I totally agree with you about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I actually read the first two books, but I have no desire to read the next one.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2018 at 12:48 am

      I don’t blame you! They sounded like the kind of thing I wanted to love, but… eh.

  • Reply Aimee (Aimee, Always) January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I HAVEN’T HEARD OF THIS MEME BEFORE BUT I MIGHT DO IT BECAUSE MY GR TBR IS 1K++++ BOOKS LONG ARGH. (Sorry for that.) Totally get your decision to remove Miss Peregrine’s. I bought it when the author came to my country for a signing, tried to read it once, then gave up. I’ve read Beast and I didn’t like it. Sorry to hear you removing Three Dark Crowns. 🙁 I liked it enough, but I totally understand waiting for the next one to come out to decide again!
    Thanks for sharing, Destiny! Good luck next week. <3
    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2018 at 12:49 am

      You totally should! It’s such a fun meme to fill out! It’s honestly one of my top favorite posts I make every week. 🙂 And thank you, Aimee! <3

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall January 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    So glad you kept all the Marissa Meyer books and Throne of Glass! I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, so I’m sad to see that one go! Haha. Great post! ❤️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Oh yes! I don’t think I’m physically capable of removing a Meyer OR Maas book from my TBR! <3 Thank you, Kelly 🙂

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch January 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    WOW YOU KEPT PERSEPOLIS AND SALT TO THE SEA AND REMOVED MISS PEREGRINES AMAAAAZING.
    almost enough to make up for you removing three dark crowns and keeping heartless.
    almost.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Lmaoooo I love your comments. I take it Persepolis and Salt to the Sea were good?

      • Reply emmareadstoomuch January 30, 2018 at 1:03 am

        YES, TAKEN CORRECTLY

  • Reply fortunatelythebook January 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I read Miss Peregrine a couple of years ago and I didn’t like it as much as everyone else. I agree with you on the cover of Diary of a haunting, it’s really creepy!*_*

  • Reply camillesbookishadventures January 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The Yellow Wallpaper is great! It’s also free online so you can always get back to it if you ever fancy it one day!

  • Reply Sarah January 29, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I think removing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a good call — I read it a few year’s back and just wasn’t impressed. I think I gave it 3 stars. Not bad, just not very interesting.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2018 at 2:59 am

      I feel like I’m getting a lot of encouragement for removing that one and it’s making me feel very valid, lmao.

      • Reply Sarah January 31, 2018 at 8:12 am

        Haha, good!

  • Reply EIise @thebookishactress January 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    that thing about feeling the need to read every diverse book is the most real feeling ever. I am the worst about that – I add so many diverse contemporaries that I really… feel… no interest… in reading… lmao
    also, lmao @ The Thousandth Floor

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2018 at 3:00 am

      Oh my gosh, right? Like, every single time, I just want to add it to my TBR and request an ARC RIGHT THAT MOMENT, just because it’s diverse, regardless of how the plot sounds.

      • Reply EIise @thebookishactress January 31, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        SAME. and then I wait, like, a week and realize I have no interest at all in a YA contemporary. BUT IT WAS DIVERSE ugh I have so many regrets

  • Reply Darque Dreamer Reads February 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    The Trees Crept In does look creepy.

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