Down the TBR Hole #9 || 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 #81 | Ready Player One (#1) by Ernest Cline



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #82 | White Fang by Jack London



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: White Fang is part dog and part wolf, and the lone survivor of his family. In his lonely world, he soon learns to follow the harsh law of the North–kill or be killed. But nothing in White Fang’s life can prepare him for the cruel owner who turns him into a vicious killer. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master?

Verdict: GO

Book #83 | To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Set again in the Alaskan landscape that she brought to stunningly vivid life in The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey’s second novel is a breathtaking story of discovery and adventure, set at the end of the nineteenth century, and of a marriage tested by a closely held secret.

Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska’s hitherto impassable Wolverine River, with only a small group of men. The Wolverine is the key to opening up Alaska and its huge reserves of gold to the outside world, but previous attempts have ended in tragedy.

Verdict: GO

Book #84 | Walking by Henry David Thoreau



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: The philosophies of Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)—hero to environmentalists and ecologists, profound thinker on humanity’s happiness—have greatly influenced the American character, and his writings on human nature, materialism, and the natural world continue to be of profound import today. In this essay, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and vital to any appreciation of the great man’s work, Thoreau explores:

• the joys and necessities of long afternoon walks;
• how spending time in untrammeled fields and woods soothes the spirit;
• how Nature guides us on our walks;
• the lure of the wild for writers and artists;
• why “all good things are wild and free,” and more.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #85 | Little House in the Big Woods (#1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

Little House in the Big Woods takes place in 1871 and introduces us to four-year-old Laura, who lives in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. She shares the cabin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their lovable dog, Jack.

Verdict: GO

Book #86 | Watership Down (#1) by Richard Adams



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Verdict: GO

Book #87 | Black Beauty by Anna Sewell



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home? Carefully retold in clear contemporary language, and presented with delightful illustrations, these favorite classic stories capture the heart and imagination of young readers. By retelling the story in a shorter, simpler form, these books become highly engaging for children, and the color illustrations help with both comprehension and interest level. Black Beauty is part of a collectible series that has strong gift appeal.

Verdict: GO

Book #88 | Illuminae Files (#1) Amie Kaufman



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Verdict: GO

Book #89 | Night (#1) by Elie Wiesel



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

Verdict: GO

Book #90 | Heartless by Marissa Meyer



Date Added: January 5, 2017

Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Verdict: GO

Books Removed in this Post: 8 / 10

Total Books Removed: 52 / 90

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23 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #9 || Book Meme

  1. OMG IT’S MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE WEEK!!! Honestly I’m still on the fence about whether or not to read Ready Player One – I’ve heard such mixed things about it & it’s not really a book I’d normally go for? 🤔

    OHMYGOSH YOU KICKED ILLUMINAE OFF YOUR TBR, THAT’S BIG! I’ve had it on my TBR forever & a day but I since I already own physical copies of the first 2 in the series, I feel like I’m obliged to eventually pick it up…one day 😂

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. LMFAO! I love how THIS is your favourite part ha-ha!

      I’m not sure either with ‘Ready Player One’. As long as it doesn’t take place ENTIRELY in the video game world, then I think I will enjoy it *fingers crossed*

      I knoooooooooooooow! It was a BIG decision. But I’m not a fan of the ‘letter’ writing style when it comes to fantasy or Sci-Fi literature (except that I think Dracula will be good). I’m actually not a fan of the letter style in general … since I REALLY want to get more into the story. I like how a normal narrative flows.

      Always love seeing your reactions ha-ha!

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      1. Hahaha it honestly is!!! As soon as I get the e-mail notification I’m like HOLD MY POODLE I GOTTA READ THIS 😂

        Oooh I’ll be really interested to read your thoughts on Ready Player One, maybe it’ll help me make up my mind for good!

        Oh that’s fair! Yeah the mixed media thing can be a bit hit & miss hey?

        Hahaha well the feeling is mutual bc I love reading your posts!! 😂

        💛 Ngoc

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  2. Little House in the Big Woods was one of my favourite books as a kid, but I think it’s because I read it as a kid. I don’t think I’d enjoy it nearly as much if I read it now.

    ALSO Black Beauty is heartbreaking, so while it’s good, I’d also definitely give it a pass

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    1. LMAO! I KNEW people weren’t going to be happy about that decision. I just … I unno how i feel about letter styled stories … I’m such a “flow with the story” person. I will CONSIDER re-adding it. You and Alex @ Whimsy Pages are THE WORST for trying to get me to re-add books (<3 you both)

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  3. Ahh you’re not keeping Illuminae, a bold choice haha. I wasn’ t certain it would be for me, but I’m glad I read it, it was quite an experience. I’m thinking of removing Heartless myself too, though, I kind of heard mixed reviews and lost interest, too :/

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    1. I know!!! But I just don’t see myself reading that series … I’m not a fan of letter writing style that much to be honest. I MAY change my mind … but not right now ha-ha! And yeah … I thought the story might have a different twist but now that I kinda know what to expect … I just can’t ha-ha

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