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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My Lady Viper (Tales from the Tudor Court #1) by E. Knight
Publisher:Lake Union Publishing (June 30, 2015)
Print Length: 476 pages
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.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher:Scholastic Press (September 18, 2012)
Print Length: 409 pages
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.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Print Length: 404 pages
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.
The Name of the Star (Shades of London series) by Maureen Johnson
Publisher:Speak (October 2, 2012)
Print Length: 372 pages
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.
Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher:Harry N. Abrams (May 7, 2013)
Print Length: 80 pages
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.
Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux
Publisher:Atlantic (August 6, 2015)
Print Length: 387 pages
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.
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Hatchette Books (December 1, 2006)
Print Length: 512 pages
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.
The Witch’s Daughter (The Witch’s Daughter #1) by Paula Brackston
Publisher:Thomas Dunne Books (January 18, 2011)
Print Length: 305 pages
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.
Psycho by Robert Bloch
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1959)
Print Length: 208 pages
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.
The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales who Changed English History by Elizabeth Norton
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (July 25, 2013)
Print Length: 304 pages
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.