Down the TBR Hole #8 || 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 #71 | The Talisman (Book #1) by Stephen King

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America–and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery […]

Verdict: GO

Book #72 | The Bad Beginning (Book #1) by Lemony Snicket

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune […]

Verdict: GO

Book #73 | Skybreaker (Book #2) by Kenneth Oppel

Date Added: January 4 2017

Synopsis: A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure.

Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth’s surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion since its disappearance, and surrounded by deadly high-altitude life forms, Matt and his companions soon find themselves fighting not only for the Hyperion—but for their very lives.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #74 | Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies […]

Verdict: KEEP

Book #75 | Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England home town nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. 

She’s transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door.

Dylan McCaffrey’s ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can’t resist; any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story; past and present.

Verdict: GO

Book #76 | New Spring (Book #0) by Robert Jordan

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: The city of Canluum lies close to the scarred and desolate wastes of the Blight, a walled haven from the dangers away to the north, and a refuge from the ill works of those who serve the Dark One. Or so it is said.

The city that greets Al’Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the finest swordsman of his generation, is instead one that is rife with rumour and the whisperings of Shadowspawn. Proof, should he have required it, that the Dark One grows powerful once more and that his minions are at work throughout the lands.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #77 | The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Date Added: January 4, 2017

Synopsis: Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.

But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.

Verdict: GO

Book #78 | Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (Book #1) by Jenny Colgan

Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #79 | Little Beach Street Bakery (Book #1) by Jenny Colgan

Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.

To distract her from her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome local beekeeper. Drawing on reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes . . . and discovers a bright new life where she least expected it.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #80 | A Wrinkle in Time (Book #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: It was a dark and stormy night.

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.

Verdict: KEEP

Books Removed in this Post: 4 / 10

Total Books Removed: 44 / 80

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30 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #8 || Book Meme

      1. It’s inspiring to see organised people 💙I never know how you manage it! You’re completely right about the new releases. I’m going to try though – my TBR shelf will hopefully thank me for it. It’s in complete disarray 😂

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      2. Oh! Sorry I’m not always sure whether people are using OCD as an adjective or a diagnosis. I err on the side of adjective usually just in case. I’ve actually had experience with OCD in the past where I suffered for a few years (not with organisation or cleaning though). I completely get your anxiety over it. It’s not a fun time. Hopefully it’s easy to manage for you 💙 plus, the journals look gorgeous so your time is well

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  1. Omg I rmb trying to get through A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger – I don’t think I made it past the third book because it was just way too depressing! And I know that’s the premise of the whole series but still… 😂

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      1. I get it! I re-read it as a teen and still loved it, I re-read it in my early twenties and you begin to realize how strange the whole thing really is and you start to question what the hell, haha, so I get where you’re coming from! 😛

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    1. … … … … ARE YOU SERIOUS?! You AGREE?! We should mark this date down in history lol!! And I know … I feel like that’s not a lot for 8 posts but it’s actually pretty good! I saw my next upcoming books for the next couple of weeks … I don’t know how I’m going to remove some ha-ha!

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      1. You still need to leave SOME books on your GoodReads TBR. I think I have 30ish atm, I use it as my “to-buy” list, so I remember the books I wanted to buy and once I purchase them I remove it from the TBR to not be scared of my ever growing collection of unread books 😀

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