Down the TBR Hole #19

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Books: #181-190

Last week’s final number: 339 | Current number: 340 | This week’s final number:  337 | Total books removed so far: 79| Total books kept so far: 111 | Books added since I began: 96 | Books read from my TBR: 25


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

Verdict: Stays

The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read The Great Gatsby and really liked it, so I’m going to give this one a try.

Verdict: Stays

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Meh, wasn’t terribly interested in this book to begin with and the reviews aren’t great.

Verdict: Goes

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Added this book cause dragons, but tbh, it sounds pretty stupid even from the synopsis. And the reviews just confirm that.

Verdict: Goes

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I’m a bit on the fence about this one. A lot of people really love it, but based on the synopsis, I’m not that sold for some reason. Still, I’ll give it a try.

Verdict: Stays

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

This sounds amazing.

Verdict: Stays

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

I really enjoyed Cruel Beauty. A lot of people find it confusing and strange, and it is but that’s what i enjoyed about it. So I’m really curious if this one will be similar.

Vardict: Stays

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

I love retellings, I love Rapunzel and this has such good reviews.

Verdict: Stays

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. I need to get on it already.

Verdict: Stays

Beelzebub’s Letters to His Grandson by G. I. Gurdjieff

Eh, I don’t know. I don’t think so. Maybe some day, but not anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

 

Down the TBR Hole #18

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Books: #171-180

Last week’s final number: 343 | Current number: 343 | This week’s final number:  339 | Total books removed so far: 76| Total books kept so far: 104 | Books added since I began: 95 | Books read from my TBR: 25


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like if I don’t read this book soon, I will lose interest in this series. But I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Frost by E. Latimer

I wasn’t sure about this, but then I saw it’s got Norse mythology in it. So I’m keeping it.

Verdict: Stays

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

This sounds pretty cool. It’s got thieves and magic and a fantastic cover.

Verdict: Stays

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

I’m not really interested in contemps and I just don’t really see myself reaching for this anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

This is a fantasy romance and despite the Scottish setting, which is cool and the pretty cover, I’m not particularly interested in reading pure romances.

Verdict: Goes

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Heck yeah I’m keeping this!

Verdict: Stays

The Automaton’s Treasure by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This is the only one in the series I haven’t read and it’s a short story. I want to re-read the whole series soon, so I’ll read this one then as well.

Verdict: Stays

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of those contemps that I might be interested in reading, but it does apparently involve emotional cheating, so I don’t know… I think I’ll remove it. I can always add it back if I change my mind.

Verdict: Goes

The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

I read the first one ages ago and I kind of want to continue because I enjoyed it… I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

This is a Robin Hood retelling, which sounds really cool but it has pretty bad reviews.

Verdict: Goes

Down the TBR Hole #17

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Books: #161-170

Last week’s final number: 350 | Current number: 349 | This week’s final number:  343 | Total books removed so far: 72| Total books kept so far: 98 | Books added since I began: 93 | Books read from my TBR: 23


Crown of Ice by Viki L. Weavil

I really, really want a good Snow Queen retelling. I was so let down by Stealing Snow though, that now I’m afraid of Snow Queen retellings. I haven’t really heard anyone talk about this and it’s got pretty mixed reviews on GR. I don’t think I’m going to keep it. I would probably read the book if someone handed me a copy, but I don’t think I’d buy it.

Verdict: Goes

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

I’m mildly interested in reading his works, but not enough to keep this on my TBR I think.

Verdict: Goes

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

I wanted to like this book. I really did. It had a really cool concept. But here’s the thing, I read about 100 pages of this and I just couldn’t be bothered to continue. Part of that is because I read it in German and it was pretty slow moving. But mostly it was because Gwen annoyed me and it was insta-lovey and I was just so annoyed with it. And if it managed to annoy me in German, despite me only understanding about half of what I read, maybe I’m better off just saying this is a really pretty cover and leaving it at that.

Verdict: Goes

Arabian Nights

I read some of the stories as a kid and I really loved them. I definitely do want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Definitely want to give this one a go.

Verdict: Stays

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meh, I was never super keen on this book. It sounds okay as far as paranormal romance goes. But I’m just not a huge fan of paranormal romance in general, so okay is not good enough. Maybe one day, if I find myself in possession of this and got nothing better to do…

Verdict: Goes

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Beauty and the Beast retelling, mainly good reviews, a pretty kick-ass synopsis… count me in.

Verdict: Stays

Broken Mirrors of Greed by D.C.A. Hails

Okay, I don’t know what to think. This book has very few ratings and I’ve never heard of it. I’m not even sure how it ended up on my TBR. So I don’t think I’m going to keep it at this point, although the synopsis is pretty cool. There are just so many other books that I just need to be very critical with what I do and don’t keep.

Verdict: Goes

Frayed Crossing by Heather Choate

Another paranormal one with barely any ratings and no reviews.

Verdict: Goes

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I do want to give this one a try.

Verdict: Stays


I’m really pleased with today’s post. I think this is the first time that I removed more books that I kept. I really want to get my TBR to a manageable size.

Down the TBR Hole #16

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Books: #151-160

Last week’s final number: 354 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number:  350 | Total books removed so far: 66| Total books kept so far: 94 | Books added since I began: 93 | Books read from my TBR: 22


Trilogia Valorilor (The Trilogy of Values) by Lucian Blaga

As with the other books of his that were on my TBR, I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon, so I’m just going to remove it for now.

Verdict: Goes

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

I just realised that this is actually a graphic novel. That makes me want to read it even more.

Verdict: Stays

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is another one that I do want to read. Especially that it’s so short.

Verdict: Stays

The rose Society by Marie Lu

I’m a bit torn with this one. I really enjoyed The Young Elites when I read it ages ago. But then I had to wait for this one and I never picked it up once it came out. I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Honestly, I really have no interest in reading this. I know what happens and I don’t find it to be such a great story and I just have no interest in reading it.

Verdict: Goes

Vathek by William Beckford

I kind of find the premise of this book really cool and intriguing and it’s not a book that is often on my mind, but whenever I remember it, I’m like “Yeah, I wanna read that. That sounds cool.”

Verdict: Stays

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

One of my friends read this and said she enjoyed it, but I think I’m going to give this one a skip just because I don’t feel particularly drawn to it and there are so many other things I want to read.

Verdict: Goes

The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner

I have no interest in this book whatsoever. I just don’t care.

Verdict: Goes

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

This book has a cool title and a cool premise, but based on the reviews, it’s mostly just romance and I’m just not interested.

Verdict: Goes

 

Down the TBR hole #14

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Books: #131-140

Last week’s final number: 362 | Current number: 367 | This week’s final number: 361 | Total books removed so far: 54 | Total books kept so far: 84 | Books added since I began: 92 | Books read from my TBR: 22


Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

I mentioned in my previous down the TBR post that while I do want to read this entire series, I will only leave the next one that I have to read on my TBR just for decluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

This one’s technically a different series from the Study one, although it does take place in the same world and has some of the same characters. I’ll keep this one on for reference though.

Verdict: Stays

Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

I will delete this again, for decluttering purposes and will re-add after I’ve read the first book.

Verdict: Goes

Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Same as above.

Verdict: Stays

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

This is a nonfiction book about the author’s last days struggling with Cancer and life and religion. While it does sound interesting, I really don’t see myself reaching out for it anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Hard Time by Charles Dickens

I love Charles Dickens. Definitely keeping this.

Verdict: Stays

The Illiad by Homer

I do want to read this eventually. But I don’t see myself doing so anytime soon and it’s not like I’m going to forget of its existence, so there’s no point in keeping it. I really want to get rid of as many books as possible from my TBR.

Verdict: Goes

Beowulf

I really do want to read this. I should probably find myself a version that isn’t in verse though cause I might not be able to tackle it in verse.

Verdict: Stays

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I’ve seen the film and it was beautiful and heartbreaking and scary and i definitely want to read it.

Verdict: Stays

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

I honestly have no recollection of ever even reading the title of this book before. I have no idea why I added it, or if I was even paying attention when I did, or it was just an accident.

Verdict: Goes

 

Down the TBR Hole #13

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Books: #121-130

Last week’s final number: 357 | Current number: 366 | This week’s final number: 362 | Total books removed so far: 48 | Total books kept so far: 80 | Books added since I began: 84 | Books read from my TBR: 15


Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

This sounds like a very cutsey contemp romance collection that I feel like sooner or later around one Christmas, I’ll be in the right mood to read.

Verdict: Stays

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This is a book that I am interested in reading, however I haven’t yet read To Kill a Mockingbird, and since this is a sequel to that, I don’t see the point of crowding my TBR with it until I’ve read the first book.

Verdict: Goes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This book has very mixed reviews and I was never really that bothered about it anyway. So I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

Verdict: Goes

Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward

I think I just added this book because I saw Narnia and C.S. Lewis. But it’s literary analysis, which is not something that I’m particularly interested in. So I doubt I’ll read this book anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This sounds pretty cool.

Verdict: Stays

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I feel like I won’t pick this up anytime soon, but I do want to read it at some point.

Verdict: Stays

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I don’t know. I’ve read some of the reviews for it and as far as I can tell, people either hate it or love it. I kinda want to make my own mind about it, and it’s not very long. So I’ll give it a try at some point.

Verdict: Stays

Ice Study by Maria V. Snyder

I kind of want to re-read the entire study series because I feel like it’s really underrated and even I didn’t appreciate it as much when I first read it as I would now.

Verdict: Stays

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

As I said before, I don want to re-read this entire series before continuing on.

Verdict: Stays

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Although as I said, I intend to continue with this series, I think I’ll only leave the next one to be read on my TBR list, just for decluttering purposes and then subsequently add the books one at a time, as I read.

Verdict: Goes

Dow the TBR Hole #12

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Books: #111-120

Last week’s final number: 355 | Current number: 360 | This week’s final number: 357 | Total books removed so far: 44 | Total books kept so far: 74 | Books added since I began: 73 | Books read from my TBR: 13


Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

While I feel like I might want to read this book at some point, I don’t see myself doing so anytime soon, so I think for now I’ll remove it for decluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I find the themes of this novel to be interesting, but I don’t think I would have the patience to read it just because it feels like the kind of book that doesn’t have much of a story. It’s more a presentation of what society was like then. Which is interesting, but personally I get really bored reading those kinds of books. I assimilate this kind of story much better in a film format, which is visual and also doesn’t take as much time. Im sure there must be film based on the book which I might check out, but I doubt I’ll ever read the book.

Verdict: Goes

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is one of those books that I’m either going to really love or I’m not going to like it at all. But I do want to give it a go and see which one it’ll be.

Verdict: Stays

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

This is a book that really interests me. I’m very interested in addiction and the psychology behind it and this sounds like a very candid snapshot into the psyche of an addict.

Verdict: Stays

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I want to read this one. You probably already know that I love Pride and Prejudice, but I haven’t actually read any other of Austen’s books. So I would like to.

Verdict: Stays

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I’ve said it before that Dostoyevsky intimidates the heck out of me. But at the same time, his books seem so insightful and interesting, I really do want to read them. It’s just a matter of me getting over the intimidation. So I’m going to keep it.

Verdict: Stays

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Erm… I was a bit on the fence with this one. It has a pretty cover. And involves archery, which are bonuses. Also, it’s a standalone YA dystopia which is not something you really see. Buuut… it is YA dystopia, and I have very low tolerance for that genre these days and top two reviews on Goodreads are 1 star reviews… which isn’t a good sign. If the top reviews were all good, I might have kept it, but I don’t think I will.

Verdict: Goes

The Odyssey by Homer

I do want to read this at some point. I actually own it, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. But I’m gonna. Eventually.

Verdict: Stays

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I’ve actually started reading this book and the only reason I haven’t finished it is because I don’t actually own it. I should really remedy that situation.

Verdict: Stays

 

Down the TBR Hole #11

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Books: #101-110

Last week’s final number: 352 | Current number: 357 | This week’s final number: 355 | Total books removed so far: 39 | Total books kept so far: 67 | Books added since I began: 64 | Books read from my TBR: 11


Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Won’t be reading this anytime soon, I can tell you that much.

Verdict: Goes

Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus by D.C.  Talk

This is a collection of stories of people who were tortured or killed for being Christian. I’ve read one or two of the stories, they’re pretty brutal and it’s hard to stomach a lot of it at once, but I do want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Struggles With His Father’s Questions About Christianity by Dr. Gregory Boyd and Edward Boyd

I am very interested to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

Seared by Sandra Gustaffson

This sounds super interesting! I should bump that up on my TBR.

Verdict: Stays

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

Definitely interested to read this as well.

Verdict: Stays

Hell is Read (But I Hate to Admit It) by Brian Jones

Want to read this one as well. Guess not much is leaving my TBR this time.

Verdict: Stays

Fire Kin by M. J. Scott

I mean… I’ve read the first 3 books in the series and while I didn’t love them, I did enjoy them. Might as well read the last one too.

Verdict: Stays

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I have heard so many great things about this series. I’m definitely interested in reading it.

Verdict: Stays

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

I’ve actually already read a good portion of the stories in this book. I’m a big Poe fan, so of course I’m going to read the rest of them as well.

Verdict: Stays

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

I’ve seen the film. I love Karl May, particularly his Winnetou series, which is why I wanted to read this. But as I recall, I tried reading it once and just gave up. I highly doubt I will pick it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Down the TBR Hole #10

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Books: #91-100

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 352 | Total books removed so far: 37 | Total books kept so far: 59 | Books added since I began: 56 | Books read from my TBR: 8


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

I love mythology and I love Percy Jackson, so of course it stays.

Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas

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We don’t have a title or a cover for this yet, but of course I’m going to read it. Just got Tower of Dawn the other day. I have to get on to reading that.

Verdict: Stays

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This actually sounds very interesting. I’d forgotten what it was about, if I’d ever known in the first place, but I want to read it!

Verdict: Stays

The Field Guide by Holly Black

I’ve been meaning to read Spiderwick for so long! It appeals to me so much, and I think I saw a film once that I really enjoyed. So I do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

This is a Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson crossover. And while it does sound fun, I have yet to read The Kane Chronicles and I do want to read it, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. So for the time being, there’s no point in me cluttering my TBR with this.

Verdict: Goes

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This is a YA dystopia that I’ve heard mixed things about and the premise doesn’t appeal to me that much anymore. So I’m getting rid of this one.

Verdict: Goes

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

The author’s name may be Arwen, but I don’t think that’s quite enough to convince me to read this book. The synopsis is very vague and generic, so I went to read some of the reviews and they weren’t great. Plus I found out it’s urban fantasy, which… not really my favourite. So yeah… no.

Verdict: Goes

The Cosmic Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

Sci-fi series written by C.S. Lewis? I’m so down, why haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: Stays

Down the TBR Hole #9

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Books: #81-90

Last week’s final number: 358 | Current number: 356 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 34 | Total books kept so far: 52 | Books added since I began: 53 | Books read from my TBR: 7


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I’ve seen the film and I really love it, but I’m in two minds whether I want to read this. On the one hand, it’s such a beautiful story, but it’s so heartbreaking and made even more so by the fact that it’s not just a sad story someone imagined, but something that may very well have happened.

Verdict: Stays for now

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

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Another one where I’ve seen the movie and really enjoyed it. But with this one, I doubt I will ever actually read the book. I can pay attention to a sports film. But I don’t think I have the patience for a sports book.

Verdict: Goes

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I think I got rid of another Frances Hodgson Burnett book in one of my first trips down the TBR hole. And as with The Secret Garden, I’ve seen the film, I loved it, it was one of my favourites when I was a kid… but I really am satisfied with what I got from the movie and I don’t think that I will get to reading this anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’ve only read one Jane Austen book and that is Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love P&P, so I’m really curious to read more of Austen’s books and see if I love them as much.

Verdict: Stays

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

This is still something that sounds very interesting and I would like to read it. I’d forgotten about the existence of this book, but I should find myself a copy.

Verdict: Stays

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Hmm… another dystopian. I’m quite fed up with them. Most of them are the same story over and over again… however this one has pretty solid positive reviews that proclaim it is not like every other YA dystopian… to believe them or not to believe them? I’ll give it another chance cause I like the cover.

Verdict: Stays

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I’m so torn with this one! I haven’t seen the show, I hear it’s really good though. But for some reason opinions on the book seem very mixed. Still, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied unless I draw my own conclusions.

Verdict: Stays

Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades by Rick Riordan

Removing this because it’s part of The Demigod Files, which is also on my TBR.

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan

This one isn’t part of The Demigod Files, so it stays.

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Verdict: Stays