Down the TBR Hole #12 || 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 week was a lot better … I feel like I actually removed books this time around ha-ha!!

The Creator and the Rules

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

  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 #111 | The Martian (#1) by Andy Weir

Date Added: January 9, 2017

Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive […]

Verdict: GO

Before ya’ll comment … it’s because I’ve already seen the film and now I don’t have the desire to read the book. Don’t get mad!!

Book #112 | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Date Added: January 15, 2017

Synopsis: World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Verdict: GO

Book #113 | A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

Date Added: January 15, 2017

Synopsis: One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime. One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind […]

Verdict: GO

Book #114 | The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Date Added: January 15, 2017

Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us […]

Verdict: GO

Book #115 | Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story by Jonathan LaPoma

Date Added: January 16, 2017

Synopsis: Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.

A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, Developing Minds is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a “haunting” decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a “real” human being […]

Verdict: GO

Book #116 | Death Sworn (#1) by Leah Cypess

Date Added: January 19, 2017

Synopsis: When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

Verdict: GO

Book #117 | A Breath of Frost (#1) by Alyxandra Harvey

Date Added: January 26, 2017

Synopsis: In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld.

Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies […]

Verdict: GO

Book #118 | Hemlock (#1) by Kathleen Peacock

Date Added: January 26, 2017


Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome – also known as the werewolf vius – is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control […]

Verdict: KEEP

Book #119 | The Burning Sky (#1) by Sherry Thomas

Date Added: January 26, 2017

Synopsis: It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training […]

Verdict: KEEP

Book #120 | The Orphan Queen (#1) by Jodi Meadows

Date Added: January 26, 2017

Synopsis: Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious […]

Verdict: KEEP

Books Removed in this Post: 7 / 10

Total Books Removed: 67 / 120

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10 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #12 || Book Meme

  1. YESSSS JENNA, BOOT THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR FROM YOUR TBR!!! It was definitely an overhyped book for me – I read it probably over a year ago now & I *still* get angry thinking about it 😡

    Thanks for entertaining me yet again with another great Down the TBR Hole post 😉

    💛 Ngoc

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      1. RIIIIIIGHT?! I just can’t understand why people think it’s so romantic – it’s like the worst example of instalove I’ve ever seen 😂 And no need to thank me Jenna – you KNOW I live for your Down the TBR Hole posts 😂

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  2. This was such a great ‘GO’ week! You’ve managed to take off more books in one go than I’ve been able to do over a month 😛 I’m terrible at kicking books off. I enjoyed Martian the film and don’t think I’ll read the book either because of that. The Orphan Queen sounds interesting! I haven’t heard of it before but I’m going to check it out 😀 Jen

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    1. I KNOW, EH?! I was super impressed. It’s not like I ENJOY removing them, but I like knowing I’ve done a good clean up if that makes sense.

      I felt like I HAD to comment on my reasons ha-ha! I know the books supposed to be fantastic, but I just have no desire now that I’ve watched the movie (which was hilarious).

      And I know eh? I thought it had a unique story to it. And from what I’ve seen on Goodreads, it seems to get better with each novel!

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  3. I actually read “The Sun is Also a Star” a while back, mostly because I owned it and I let my boyfriend pick something off the shelf. I bought it a long time ago and kind of lost interest. The synopsis makes it sound so… cliche. Surprisingly, I did end up really enjoying it. The chapters were really short so I flew through it and besides it being pretty cheesy and maybe not so realistic, it had some unexpected discussions about meaningful stuff too. Since I normally kind of hate everything romance, I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. However I could also totally see why you removed it, I probably would have done so too if I didn’t already own it.

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