Down the TBR Hole #4 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

So … I have to confess something … due to Kelly’s very saddened state of me removing The Demon King (Book #1) by Cinda Williams Chima … I added it back to my TBR. Soooooooo my TOTAL REMOVED section at the end of this post won’t match last week ha-ha.

This was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

The Rules

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  4. Read the synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. 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 #26 | Nightshade (Book #1) by Michelle Rowen

Date Added: October 12, 2015

Synopsis: Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.

Brief Thoughts: Honestly, I love paranormal and supernatural books, so I’m not shocked to see this on my list. But after reading some reviews, I think I’ll pass and wait for another good supernatural series!

Verdict: GO

Book #27 | Tithe (Book #1) by Holly Black

Date Added: December 18, 2015

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Brief Thoughts: Trust me, I’m VERY excited to start reading some Holly Black novels. But this just isn’t one of them anymore.

Verdict: GO

Book #28 | Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist […].

Brief Thoughts: Newt Scamander is one of my many FAVOURITE characters in the Harry Potter universe. So yes … I’ll be reading this.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #29 | The BFG by Roald Dahl

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants–rather than the BFG–she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Brief Thoughts: I’ve head a NUMBER of people say how adorable this story is, so I’m hoping to pick it up later this year.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #30 | Nowhere But Here (Book #1) by Katie McGarry

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both […].

Brief Thoughts: I’m sure this is a very lovely series … but I honestly have NO desire to read it anymore (which I’m not complaining about since my TBR needs to be cleaned up BADLY).

Verdict: GO

Book #31 | How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within […].

Brief Thoughts: With having a brother with autism, I thought this book would be a comforting and lovely read. However, the synopsis doesn’t grab my attention like it once did … so I’ll wait for another book with this element.

Verdict: GO

Book #32 | Breathe (Book #1) by Abbi Glines

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world […].

Brief Thoughts: From what I can tell, the series is a set of standalone’s? I’m not quite sure. Either way, this one is the lowest rated book in the “series” and that synopsis doesn’t do anything for me.

Verdict: GO

Book #33 | Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

Brief Thoughts: I honestly don’t know WHY I haven’t read this yet … as per usual, it probably got lost in the TBR pile. But yes, it stays.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #34 | Throne of Glass (Book #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Date Added: October 12, 2015

Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom […].

Brief Thoughts: Oh my gosh … WHY CAN’T I LET THIS GO!? Seriously, I feel like I’m NEVER going to read it … but there’s a SMALL part of me that thinks maybe I will one day … blarg. Well … I’ll just keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #35 | A Study in Charlotte (Book #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar […].

Brief Thoughts: I’M FINALLY READING THIS SERIES! I actually plan to buddy read the series with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess in August and September (I believe) of this year, so this is OBVIOUSLY staying.

Verdict: KEEP

Books Removed in this Post: 5 / 10

Total Books Removed: 17 / 35

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22 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #4 || Book Meme

  1. I am glad you are keeping Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. I love this little book. I don’t know which one I love more – Fantastic Beasts or Quidditch Through the Ages. They are both so good.

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  2. Bahaha, the conflict you feel towards Throne of Glass is hilarious! I’ve completely given up on that series. I already know I’m never going to read it. So many people love it, and then started to not care for it as the books came out so I’m over it.
    The BFG on the other hand, that’s a definite you should read! It’s very cute and fun to read! 😀

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  3. I relate to how you feel about Throne of Glass! I know I’m never reading that series and don’t have it on my TBR, but there a lot of books on my TBR I can’t imagine picking up from the library or buying or reading anytime soon… but they’re still there 😅

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  4. I let go Nowhere But Here a while ago too, I feel it was that time when I added everything I saw 😅. OMG, SAME about Throne of Glass!!!! It has been on my TBR for years and years, and I always think that I’ll read it, but then I think if that’s really true or I’m lying to myself. Why are we like this?! 😭😂

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  5. Ahh I’m glad you’re keeping A Study In Charlotte, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on that one. I haven’t read it, but heard so many great things about it! 😀
    Happy reading! ❤ ❤

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  6. I’ve read the Throne of Glass series, and trust me when I say it doesn’t really pick up until book 2 and 3! Sarah wrote book 1 when she was sixteen, and it’s noticeable as hell xD
    Read it, read it, read it, reeeeeeead it!

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  7. I’m not sure about your decision to keep Throne of Glass, but I feel the same way about the sequels. 😂 The first book, in particular, was quite horrible. For some reason, I caved and ended up reading books 2 and 3, which were A LOT better — so much more intense characters and crazy world-building. The books keep getting thicker and thicker though, and I’m not sure if my patience can handle any more of it, since there are only a few characters I’m really invested in! I’m curious to see what you think about it, though, if you ever get around to reading it. 😂

    ❤ Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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