Down the TBR Hole #10: 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?

Interested to see which books were on the chopping block for week ten? Keep on reading to find out!

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25532626Waiting for Peace: The Journals & Correspondence of a World War II Medic by Karen Berkey Huntsberger

Publisher: Luminare Press, LLC (March 20, 2015)

Print Length: 382 pages

The Verdict

While I enjoy a good WWII non-fiction novel, I have accumulated quite a few physically that I just haven’t gotten to. Due to this reason Waiting for Peace: The Journals & Correspondence of a World War II Medic by Karent Berkey Huntsberger is a GO.

1967633The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2008)

Print Length: 202 pages

The Verdict

The Boy Who Dared is the story of Helmut Hubner, a sixteen-year-old boy hellbent on exposing the lies Germany is telling its citizens during WWII. While the synopsis of the novel is intriguing, the reviews shed light on the fact that religion plays a part and takes away from the message of the story, and due to this reason The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a GO.

49465Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Publisher: Harcourt Books (April 5, 2004)

Print Length: 479 pages

The Verdict

While Those Who Save Us  has a compelling synopsis, crafting the mystery as to whether or not Trudy’s father was a victim or perpetrator of the horrors of WWII, there is quite a mix of reviews about the novel on Goodreads. Due to this reason, Those who Save Us by Jenna Blum is a GO.

21793182Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (February 2, 2016)

Print Length: 362 pages

The Verdict 

I have been reaching for sci-fi novels more often than not lately. However, with new novels being released every week, and little time available to start new series, Starflight by Melissa Landers is a GO.

223737Closing Time (Catch-22 #2) by Joseph Heller

Publisher: Simon Schuster (September 15, 1995)

Print Length: 462 pages

The Verdict 

When I read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller a few years back I was both awestruck and very, very confused. While I did enjoy my reading of this quirky war classic, I don’t think I want to read about the end of Yossarian and Milo, and due to this reason Closing Time by Joseph Heller is a GO.

25774452Witches of Lychford (Lychford #1) by Paul Cornell

Publisher: Tor.com (September 8, 2015)

Print Length: 144 pages

The Verdict

The premise for Witches of Lychford is a rather intriguing one. Lychford’s villagers are divided when a major supermarket is proposed to be built and character Judith Mawson wants to stop it because the village lies on the boundary between two words. Because of this catching synopsis, and the fact that it is only 144 pages, Witches of Lynchford by Paul Cornell is a KEEP.

13591179Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2012)

Print Length: 304 pages

The Verdict

Shadow on the Mountain is a fictionalized look at the Norwegian resistance movement, which isn’t typically something explored in WWII novels. And yet, I am keeping quite a few unique war stories on my TBR list, so due to this reason Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus is a GO.

11499382The List by Martin Fletcher

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 11, 2011)

Print Length: 352 pages

The Verdict

When I read The Orphan’s Tale the reasons I felt it stood out over many of the other WWII novels I’ve read is because it told a different story of the war. Likewise, The List by Martin Fletcher explores post-war London’s anti-semitism, and as such it is a KEEP.

875411Under a War-Torn Sky (Under a War-Torn Sky #1) by L.M. Elliot

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 1, 2003)

Print Length: 288 pages

The Verdict

Under a War-Torn Sky tells the story of Henry Forester, a WWII pilot shot down in Nazi occupied France. While this novel sounds like something I would hesitate picking up, I have quite a few unread WWII books on my physical shelves right now, so due to this reason Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliot is a GO.

26072954Poppy (Poppy #1) by Mary Hooper

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 30, 2016)

Print Length: 288 pages

The Verdict 

When I first found author Mary Hooper thanks to her novel Newes from the Dead, I thought I had found my new favourite YA historical fiction writer. However, I haven’t picked up a book of hers since my first, and as such Poppy has sat unread on my TBR. The premise still interests me so, as of right now, Poppy by Mary Hooper is a KEEP.

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And those are my decisions for week nine of Down the TBR hole. For the second week in a row not a single book made the cut! 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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