Down The TBR Hole #2: Conquer your TBR

Last week I posted my first Down The TBR Hole inspired by reading Lia’s post on Lost In A Story.

As a refresher, or for those who haven’t read the first post, the purpose of this ‘meme’ is as followed:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

With that in mind, are you ready to see what hit the chopping block during week two? Then keep on reading.

_ _ _

23164983.jpgHollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs 

Publisher: Quirk Books (January 14, 2014)

Print Length: 428 pages

The Verdict

Choosing whether or not Hollow City was going to stay on my TBR was tough. I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenlast summer and wasn’t completely blown away. The premise of using old photographs in incorporation with texts was inventive but I was able to call the twist rather easily making me consider that my YA paranormal days could in fact be behind me. However, I hate leaving series unfinished and as such, at least for now, Hollow City is a KEEP.

11235712Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (January 3, 2012)

Print Length: 390 pages

The Verdict

This book is another one that I struggled with. I read Meyer’s Red Queen retelling, Heartless, last year and found myself being confused as to all the hype around the author. It wasn’t a bad retelling in any sense but for years Meyer ran the YA genre and after reading Heartless I was confused as to why. I am going to KEEP this for now and I ask anyone who has read the Lunar Chronicles series to help me decide whether or not it is worth my time.

10836471Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher: Indigo (October 1, 2011)

Print Length: 264 pages

The Verdict

At one point in my reading life Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick would have been exactly the type of book I would pick up and devour in one sitting. However, with my reading tastes shifting in recent years I just don’t think I would pick this book up on a rainy day, and because of that it has to GO.

23848192The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven #1) by Michael Livingston

Publisher: Tor Books (November 24, 2015)

Print Length: 416 pages

The Verdict

While this novel does sound interesting it ins’t a time period I typically gravitate towards. Also, it seems, after reading the synopsis, that it follows fictitious characters during the aftermath of Caesar’s death, rather than following the real people with a fictitious story, and as such this one is a GO for me.

23287193.jpgBorn Survivors by Wendy Holden

Publisher: Harper (May 5, 2015)

Print Length: 385 pages

The Verdict

Born Survivors is another book that I found myself humming and hawing upon whether or not to keep on my TBR. The reason I ended up choosing to let this book GO is because I own Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm which deals with similar topics to Born Survivors. Maybe one day I’ll revisit this one.

2889093The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (September 2, 2008)

Print Length: 304 pages

The Verdict

As one of my favourite movies ever, one of my only reading regrets is that I didn’t pick up The Silver Linings Playbook novel before I saw the movie. As it is one of my favourite movies this book is a KEEP on my list partially because I want to see the differences in adaptations and partially because I like to own both the book and the movie. 

23845997Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) by Kim Liggett

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

Print Length: 341 pages

The Verdict

I was initially going to let this novel go, given the fact that I just don’t read enough novels in the horror genre. And yet, with the tag line of Blood and Salt being ‘Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn’ this YA novel does have its appeals. As such, I am going to KEEP this on my Goodreads TBR.

23846037Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

Print Length: 346 pages

The Verdict

Another YA horror novel? I must have been on a horror kick or something, but I digress. After reading the sysnopsis of Nightfall, and given the fact that I just kept Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett I am going to let this book GO.

11516221The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) by Erin Bow

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

Print Length: 384 pages

The Verdict

While the synopsis for The Scorpion Rules does make its case as to why it should remain on my TBR list I just have too many YA fantasy or science fiction series going right now to justify why it should stay. As such, this is a GO.

19452118.jpgRed Smoke by Veronica Fuxa

Publisher: Createspace (November 25, 2013)

Print Length: 150 pages

The Verdict

While Red Smoke seems like a book that would be right up my alley I’m letting this one GO. The synopsis sounds similar to other novels I’ve read surrounding this particular time period, and with new novels coming out about World War II, this one, unfortunately, will probably never be picked up by me.

_ _ _

And those are my next 10 books on my Goodreads TBR. Want to join along? Leave a link to your post or a comment below on which books are staying and going!



    1. Thepbkpilgrim

      I didn’t much care for it either! To be honest I think what is holding me back from picking up Cinder is my need for books to be mostly hardcover! I’m sure I can find it somewhere, just not sure where to start 🤷🏼‍♀️


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s