Hey guys! I’m back with another Down the TBR Hole post!
Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to clear out your TBR shelf so it’s not overflowing with books you know you’re never going to read.
Here’s how it works:
- 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?
Recently, I’ve been adding TONS of books to my TBR, and as a result, the number of books I now have on it is embarrassingly high. In this post, I’m going to tackle my TBR and *attempt* to get rid of at least a few books!
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
Synopsis: Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N’Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the once-secretive labs are suddenly opened to students, she leaps at the chance to see what happens behind their closed doors. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems on Faloiv, and the experiments the whitecoats have been doing run the risk of upsetting the humans’ fragile peace with the Faloii, Faloiv’s indigenous people. As secret after disturbing secret comes to light, Octavia finds herself on a collision course with the charismatic and extremist new leader of N’Terra’s ruling council. But by uncovering the mysteries behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family, she threatens to be the catalyst for an all-out war.
My Thoughts: I don’t really love sci-fi, so I was kind of confused as to why past-Octavia added this to her TBR. Now, after rereading the synopsis, I’m pretty sure it’s just because the main character shares my name 😂 Like I said, I don’t typically gravitate towards science fiction, so I can’t really see myself reading it in the near future.
Final Verdict: REMOVE
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Synopsis: When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn’t just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest. Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.
My Thoughts: I like the idea behind this book, but I feel like I would have picked it up by now if I really wanted to. It’s been on my TBR for years, and there are just so many other books that I’d rather read before this one. Sadly, I think it has to go.
Final Verdict: REMOVE
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Synopsis: After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: She must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
My Thoughts: Since Children of Blood and Bone was a pretty “meh” read for me, I don’t really know why I added the sequel to my TBR. Even if I did want to give the story a second chance after not loving book one, it’s been such a long time since I read it, and my memory of the events that took place is very blurry. Taking that into consideration, I don’t think it would be beneficial to keep this book on my TBR.
Final Verdict: REMOVE
Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
Synopsis: Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?
My Thoughts: I already watched the movie for this one (pls don’t hate on me, I know I should have read the book first!), and I enjoyed it, but for that reason, I don’t think it’s necessary for me to read the book, since I already know what happens. But honestly, I feel like since it’s been a long time since I watched the movie, I might still be able to enjoy this book. For that reason, it stays!
Final Verdict: KEEP
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead. The risen corpses are known as “bone houses”, and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good? Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves. Equal parts classic horror novel and original fairytale, The Bone Houses will have you spellbound from the very first minute.
My Thoughts: I seriously need to get around to reading this one! It sounds absolutely fantastic, and it’s been on my TBR shelf for far too long. I’ve heard such great things about it. It’s definitely staying!
Final Verdict: KEEP
Not too shabby!
I got rid of three books, which isn’t that significant in the grand scheme of things, but I applaud myself nonetheless.
Do you think I made any mistakes? Should I reconsider removing some of these books from my TBR? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,