Down the TBR Hole #5 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

Welcome back to another week of Down the TBR Hole, where I painstakingly go through and remove books from my TBR list … since I say I’m going to read them all when in reality … I’m not.

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!

Book #36 | Unspoken (Book #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan



Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries […]

Brief Thoughts: I don’t know why, but I just don’t have the desire to read this. I don’t even remember how I discovered this book … sooo …

Verdict: GO

Book #37 | Switched (Book #1) by Amanda Hocking



Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed—and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Brief Thoughts: Another one that after reading the synopsis, I just don’t see the appeal.

Verdict: GO

Book #38 | What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson



Date Added: December 28, 2015

Synopsis: JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

Brief Thoughts: This would normally be my cup of tea but I have so many other books with a similar synopsis that I already own on my TBR that I feel … I don’t know … like I want to leave room for different genres?

Verdict: GO

Book #39 | The Princess Bride by William Goldman



Date Added: January 12, 2016

Synopsis: What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere […]

Brief Thoughts: FINALLY GETTING INTO 2016! Anyways, I KNOW a bunch of you are going to faint when you see my verdict … but I’ve watched the movie SO many times that I really have no desire to read the book #sorrynotsorry

Verdict: GO

Book #40 | The Final Empire (Book #1) by Brandon Sanderson



Date Added: January 19, 2016

Synopsis: In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Brief Thoughts: Well … this is an easy decision, since I’ve been DYING to read something by Sanderon.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #41 | The Way of Shadows (Book #1) by Brent Weeks



Date Added: January 19, 2016

Synopsis: From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks… For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist. 

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death. 

Brief Thoughts: I’m actually glad I’m doing this because it reminded me how MUCH I wanted to read this book … so now I need to put this on my reminder to read ASAP list.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #42 | The White Rider (Book #2) by Chris Priestley



Date Added: February 6, 2016

Synopsis: Another gripping historical murder mystery – the thrilling sequel to Death and the Arrow.

London, 1716: The streets are full of spies and buzzing with intrigue. Jacobite rebels are being rounded up and hanged at Tower Hill, and on the outskirts of London, a mysterious Highwayman stalks the roads, a robber so fierce that he kills his victims simply by pointing at them!

Tom Marlowe, caught in the fascinating heat of events is resolved to get to the bottom of them, with the help of his mentor, Dr Harker, and discover who is behind the White Rider’s gruesome mask. But Dr Harker seems to be keeping secrets of his own. Who is the stranger with the Scottish accent seen at his house, and why does the Doctor lie when questioned about him?

Brief Thoughts: I found the first book, Death and the Arrow, at a random old used books store when I was vacationing in Florida. It was such a unique find! I didn’t know there was a sequel until YEARS later … and then forgot to read it. So that has to change.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #43 | Falling Kingdoms (Book #1) by Morgan Rhodes & Michelle Rowen



Date Added: March 3, 2016

Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Brief Thoughts: Honestly, I think this could be a good series. But it seems like a lot going on and I don’t have the mental capacity for that ha-ha!

Verdict: GO

Book #44 | The Dark Days Club (Book #1) by Alison Goodman



Date Added: March 7, 2016

Synopsis: London, April 1812.

On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Brief Thoughts: From what I’ve seen review wise, the second book is good but the other two are “meh”. So I’m opting out for now.

Verdict: GO

Book #45 | The Hunter’s Moon (Book #1) by O.R. Melling



Date Added: April 2, 2016

Synopsis: Canadian Gwen and her Irish cousin, Findabhair, have long planned a summer of backpacking around Ireland, visiting sites out of the old legends of fairy folk. Little do they know that it is the summer of the Hunter’s Moon, a dangerous time for mortals who meddle with the kingdom of Faerie. One night, camping out on old ruins, Finn is kidnapped by the Faerie king, who wants her for a bride and possible sacrifice. It is up to Gwen, the more indecisive of the two, to rescue her cousin. Beautifully written, romantic, exciting, and evocative of both modern-day and mystical Ireland, this is a treat for girl fantasy readers.

Brief Thoughts: I love the Fae and folklore, but I find I’ve grown very picky with it the more I read it. And I just have a feeling I won’t fully enjoy this series based off some comments I read in the review section on Goodreads.

Verdict: GO

Books Removed in this Post: 7 / 10

Total Books Removed: 24 / 45

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18 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #5 || Book Meme

    1. LMFAO!!! I shall be ready for this essay, my friend 😉

      I’m really excited for that series. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy this year, but I’m starting to miss it. I think it’s because I feel like contemporary and realistic fiction novels in Spring and Summer … my fantasy and supernatural and sci-fi reading is usually Fall and Winter.

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  1. If by fainting, you mean my soul is weeping profusely, then yes, I did. Hahaha, just kidding! I’ve watched the Princess Bride movie so many times, but I still hope to read the book some day in the future! I still haven’t decided if I want to read the Final Empire, because I have very mixed feelings with Sanderson’s works. I hope you really love it if you read it though! Lovely post! ❤

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    1. LMFAO!! You’re too funny 😛 I might switch my mind one day about Princess Bride but right now, I’m just gonna re-watch the movie ha-ha!!

      I’ve heard from a lot of my friends that I will most likely enjoy his writing, so fingers crossed I do!!! And thank you, darlin! ❤

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  2. This looks like such a fun tag, especially because I need to clean up my Goodreads to-read shelf soon too, haha. I read Falling Kingdoms a few years ago and couldn’t stand any of the characters. 💀 I know it’s highly loved but wasn’t for me! The Way of Shadows sounds really good!!

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    1. It is! I really needed to start this, since my TBR is always out of control and I always mean to clean it … but it seems like a daunting task ha-ha!

      Well I don’t feel as bad removing it from my TBR list now ha-ha! I’m very character oriented when it comes to reading so I know that would bother me.

      Side Note: I thought I would mention that you may need to update your URL link under your “Account Settings”. If I try to click your name in this comment, it leads to an error page saying “bookshelvesandpaperbacks.wordpress.com” doesn’t exist. I had this happen when I switched from “bookmarkyourthoughts.wordpress.com” to “bookmarkyourthoughts.blog” and had to go into those settings.

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    1. Oh yes … I never realized how much of a mood reader I am until probably last year when I was struggling to read books that I know I would typically enjoy. I’ve been finding I’m a mood / seasons reader. Spring and Summer LITERALLY consist of contemporary and light/fluffy reads. Fall and Winter seem to be when I need some fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural books.

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