Hello beautiful people!
Welcome back to another Down the TBR Hole post! I actually love how much discussion this post brings, seeing how people feel about my choices — lots of fun!
Like last week, I’m just going to post a snippet of the synopsis with a short reason why I kept or removed it afterwards.
- 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?
- Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
I don’t plan to do this every week, but we shall see. Also, I’m going to start with 5 or 6 as going through 10+ books seems rather daunting ha-ha!
Book #16 | The Complete Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
Date Added: January 18, 2015
Synopsis: All of the magic and wonder of Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen is brought to you in this elegant leatherbound edition. Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations and eye-catching end papers, you ll want to keep this book where everyone can see it. Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen is part of Barnes & Noble s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. Reared in poverty, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen created more than 200 folk and fairy tales beloved by countless generations of children — and adults.
Brief Thoughts: The last of the “added January 18, 2015” books! You can tell I just did a bulk add when I joined ha-ha! I’m actually keeping this one, since I’ve read quite a large number already and would like to finish the rest. I also love short stories!
Book #17 | The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Date Added: February 23, 2015
Synopsis: Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
Brief Thoughts: I watched the film when it released and fell in-love with it. Afterwards, my friends told me it was originally a novel. So I had planned to read it … but never did. I really have NO desire to now.
Book #18 | Storm Front (Book #1) by Jim Butcher
Date Added: February 23, 2015
Synopsis: Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem […]
Brief Thoughts: … and this is why we do Down the TBR Hole posts … I honestly COMPLETELY forgot about this series! But now I plan to see if the books are at the library since I REALLY love urban fantasy.
Book #19 | Jurassic Park (Book #1) by Michael Crichton
Date Added: July 28, 2015
Synopsis: An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . .
Brief Thoughts: I am a HUGE fan of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films. My mom got me into the original movies as a kid and I just can’t get enough! But as much as I love the films, I just have no desire anymore to read the books. I’m sure they’re fantastic … but I’ll just stick with the movies.
Book #20 | The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Date Added: July 28, 2015
Synopsis: In this original edition, Peter and his sisters are told to go gather blackberries and not to go into MacGregor’s garden because Peter’s father was made into a pie by MacGregor after being found in the garden. Peter, who is wearing a new coat, promptly disobeys his mother, stuffs himself with vegetables, gets spotted by MacGregor, loses his coat and barely makes it out of the garden alive. When Peter gets home, he is given chamomile tea for dinner. Peter’s sisters, who listened to their mother and stayed out of the forbidden garden have a regular dinner.
Brief Thoughts: I don’t know WHY I haven’t read this yet … probably another book I forgot about since my TBR is HUGE. But yes … this stays.
Book #21 | The Demon King (Book #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Date Added: September 6, 2015
Synopsis: Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.
One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history […]
Brief Thoughts: Saying “GO” to this is probably a bad idea, especially since it has high ratings. But again, it’s just not as appealing to me as it was once upon a time.
Book #22 | The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost
Date Added: October 7, 2015
Synopsis: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and rural imagery, Frost fashioned poetry of great lyrical beauty and potent symbolism.
Brief Thoughts: The ONLY reason I’m removing this is because I added the COMPLETE collection of poetry later on in my TBR list … so technically, I’m kind of removing a duplicate.
Book #23 | A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Date Added: October 8, 2015
Synopsis: Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature […]
Brief Thoughts: A Little Princess and The Secret Garden are two of my favourite films, both as a child and as an adult. But when I read The Secret Garden, it kind of ruined it for me. I liked the book, but it wasn’t the same. So I think I’m going to avoid that disappointment and just keep on loving the films.
Book #24 | The Eye of the World (Book #1) by Robert Jordan
Date Added: October 12, 2015
Synopsis: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Brief Thoughts: … why do I feel like people are going to HATE my decision? If this was back in high school, I would keep it. But I have NO desire to read a series THIS LARGE! And the novels are also HUGE with small print … so no. I DO plan on reading some books by Brandon Sanderson, who finished the series after Robert Jordan passed … so I’m excited for his other works.
Book #25 | The Name of the Wind (Book #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Date Added: October 12, 2015
Synopsis: MY NAME IS KVOTHE
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice […]
Brief Thoughts: One of my CLOSEST friends bought me the first and second book a WHILE back … but I REFUSE to start this series until the final book has been released! But in either case, it stays.
Books Removed in this Post: 6 / 10
Total Books Removed: 13 / 35