Down the TBR Hole #7 || 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 #61 | Mary Poppins (Book #1) by P.L. Travers

Date Added: May 24, 2016

Synopsis: By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, Saving Mr. Banks. From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.

It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

Verdict: GO

Book #62 | Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Date Added: May 24, 2016

Synopsis: Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist […]

Verdict: KEEP

Book #63 | A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Date Added: October 14 2016

Synopsis: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future […]

Verdict: GO

Book #64 | Passenger (Book #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of […]

Verdict: GO

Book #65| The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Book #1) by Lilian Jackson Braun

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Jim Qwilleran is a prizewinning reporter who’s been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper’s credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local shows; delivers his pieces by messenger; lives with his all-knowing cat Koko in a lushly furnished house in a moldering neighborhood, and has a raft of enemies all over town.

He offers the newcomer a tiny apartment in his building at a nominal rent, and Qwilleran grabs it, surmising the deal will involve lots of cat-sitting. Meanwhile, a gallery whose artists get happier treatment from Mountclemens is owned by Earl Lambreth […]

Verdict: GO

Book #66 | The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms and clichés of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience.

It opens with these simple, resonant words: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge.” They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister Laura’s death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the reader expects to settle into Laura’s story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel […]

Verdict: GO

Book #67 | The Glass Sentence (Book #1) by S.E Grove

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself […]

Verdict: GO

Book #68 | Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quote another to fall for the – gasp – wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s the queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her…well, pocket. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB – her meant-to-be.

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts…from an unknown number […]

Verdict: GO

Book #69 | The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted […]

Verdict: KEEP

Book #70 | The Secret Adversary (Book #1) by Agatha Christie

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Tommy and Tuppence are young, in love… and flat broke. Restless for excitement, they decide to embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd.—”willing to do anything, go anywhere.” But they get more than they bargained for when their first assignment for the sinister Mr. Whittington draws them into a diabolical conspiracy.

It isn’t long before they find themselves plunged into more danger than they ever could have imagined—a danger that could put an abrupt end to their business…and their lives.

Verdict: GO

Books Removed in this Post: 8 / 10

Total Books Removed: 40 / 70

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16 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #7 || Book Meme

  1. Omg Jenna, you were RUTHLESS in this post! 😂 I’m so on the fence about Passenger – I’ve heard such mixed reviews about it, but I loved the Darkest Minds trilogy so much that I feel like I’m obliged to give it a go!

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    1. LMFAO! I know eh?? I really needed to just … let some go ha-ha! It was time, friends. I did enjoy the Darkest Minds trilogy, but after reading some reviews on Passenger … I just don’t feel the need to give it a go. If you end up reading it, you’ll have to let me know your thoughts!

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  2. Here we go again! Time to make you doubt your decisions! Muahahaha!

    JK 😀 Actually this time I don’t mind you discarding these books.

    Okay.. maybe one. Passenger?! Really?!?! 😀
    I haven’t read it yet, but I own it and planning to get to it.. sometime… in the future… 😀

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  3. I honestly haven’t heard the best of things about the Mary Poppins books, so I think you probably made the right decision! Haha! ❤ I do have Passengers and the Glass Sentence on my tbr, so I might read them at some point! If they end up being amazing, I might have to force *ahem* I mean, "kindly suggest" you read them too. 👀

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