Down the TBR Hole #4: Conquer your TBR

Welcome back to my Down the TBR hole journey. In case you aren’t aware I am participating in a ‘meme’ created by Lia’s at Lost In A Story, in which bloggers are to go through their Goodreads shelf and make some tough decisions.

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 did and didn’t make the cut in week four? Then keep on reading.

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24965071.jpgMy Lady Viper (Tales from the Tudor Court #1) by E. Knight

Publisher:Lake Union Publishing (June 30, 2015)

Print Length: 476 pages

The Verdict

While fictional accounts of the Tudor court use to be exactly the type of book I reached for way back in 2015, I prefer to read non-fiction accounts now-a-days. As a romantic historical fiction based off of Anne Seymour, giving a second hand account of her sister-in-law, the new queen, Jane Seymour, My Lady Viper just doesn’t grasp my interest anymore and for that it is a GO.

17675462The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher:Scholastic Press (September 18, 2012)

Print Length: 409 pages

The Verdict

I actually just received this in the mail, thank you Amazon for keeping stock of the hardcover, and hope to read this book after I finish Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, so because of my impending read The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) is a KEEP.

18798983.jpgThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)

Print Length: 404 pages

The Verdict

I was super interested in this book when I heard it was being published way back in 2015. So much so in fact that I purchased it as a Christmas gift for more than a few of my book loving friends. But upon reading both the synopsis and the reviews this book at this moment in time, and given that I never heard from said book reading friends a recommendation, The Wrath and the Dawn is a GO for me.

13595639The Name of the Star (Shades of London series) by Maureen Johnson 

Publisher:Speak (October 2, 2012)

Print Length: 372 pages

The Verdict 

I have all three of the Shades of London books on my series. I read The Name of the Star several years ago now. I sound like a broken record but I have so many series on the go right now that the Shades of London series has fallen by the wayside and as such it is a GO off of my TBR.

15842705Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger

Publisher:Harry N. Abrams (May 7, 2013)

Print Length: 80 pages

The Verdict

I am not a huge fan of magical realism and after reading the synopsis of the Raven Girl that is what I am pegging it as. While dark fairy tale is also included in the synopsis it has been a trend of authors of late to write dark and twisty fairy tales and as such the Raven Girl is a GO for me.

29890583Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux

Publisher:Atlantic (August 6, 2015)

Print Length: 387 pages

The Verdict

After reading the synopsis for Rembrandt’s Mirror I cannot for the life of me remember why I added it on Goodreads in the first place. I tend to read non-fiction accounts of various artists, so to have a fictionalized account on Rembrandt is strange for me. Plus, the synopsis didn’t rekindle any longing to read this novel so it is a GO.

147865Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Publisher: Hatchette Books (December 1, 2006)

Print Length: 512 pages

The Verdict

I’m perfectly content with appreciating the story of Love, Rosie with the 2015 film featuring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, as such this is a GO. If that isn’t reason enough I also cannot find a copy of this book that isn’t a trade paperback, hasn’t had the title changed from Love, Rosie to Where Rainbows End, or doesn’t have the movie poster plastered the front cover, so there’s that.

8694522.jpgThe Witch’s Daughter (The Witch’s Daughter #1) by Paula Brackston

Publisher:Thomas Dunne Books (January 18, 2011)

Print Length: 305 pages

The Verdict

So, I’m a sucker for any type of print medium, well any medium, having to do with witches and so The Witch’s Daughter is a KEEP for me. I’m intrigued to read about a three hundred and eighty-four year old and her life through plague, war, and heartbreak, will definitely borrow this off of my sister’s bookshelf in the near future.

156427.jpgPsycho by Robert Bloch

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1959)

Print Length: 208 pages

The Verdict

This book currently resides on my physical TBR bookshelf and because of this it is a KEEP. My only reservation is whether it is going to resemble the Hitchcock masterpiece or the Vince Vaughn dud. I guess reading it will be the only way to find out.


17991436The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales who Changed English History by Elizabeth Norton

Publisher:Amberley Publishing (July 25, 2013)

Print Length: 304 pages

The Verdict

This book is a KEEP on my TBR. I haven’t read a book on my favourite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, in a while so this book may even make it into my shopping cart come pay day. Plus, this book travels from Alice Boleyn all the way to the daughter of Mary Boleyn, so its not just focused on Anne, which is a rarity where this family is concerned.

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And those are my decisions for week four of Down the TBR hole. I’m finding that the more posts I do in the series the easier it is to let go of books. What about you? Want to join along? Leave a link to your post or a comment below on which books you chose to stay and go.


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