Down the TBR Hole #15 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

Wow! It’s been a WHILE since I’ve done one of these ha-ha! I thought it’d be great to get back into some good ol’ book memes … and I really need to declutter my TBR as of late …

Since I’ve been SUPER busy lately … I’m going to go back to listing 5 books rather than 10 per post.

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 #141 | The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

Date Added: February 16, 2017

Synopsis: More than a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde created this moving story for his children. Now shimmering illustrations, as bejeweled and golden as the Prince himself, give glowing life to the many dimensions of his tale. His story of friendship, love, and a willingness to part with one’s own riches may be more important today than ever before. Full color.

Verdict: KEEP

I love Oscar Wilde’s writing style — his ability to draw readers in simply through the beautify of the language used is absolutely fantastic. I actually didn’t even know he wrote children’s literature, so this is definitely a MUST for me.

Book #142 | Nice is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything by The Betches

Date Added: February 17, 2017

Synopsis: LOOK, MAYBE YOU’RE A NICE GIRL, but we’re guessing you’re more like us or you probably wouldn’t have picked up this book. Not that we have a problem with girls who are nice people. But being nice is just not the way to get what you want. And this book is about getting what you want. Not in like a finding happiness, giving back to the world, being grateful for what you have sort of way. But in a ruling your world, being the most desired, powerful badass in the room way, so you can come out on top of any situation: guys, career, friends, enemies, whatever. 

How does a betch make that happen? […]

Verdict: GO

Honestly, I only added this once upon a time because I was trying to find books for certain prompts in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge of 2017. I’m sure it’s hilarious, but I don’t really tend to read non-fiction a lot and I just have no desire for this.

Book #143 | The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter

Date Added: February 28, 2017

Synopsis: The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck is an original classic by Beatrix Potter.

Poor Jemima. All she wants to do is lay her eggs in peace, and be allowed to hatch them herself. At last she flies off and finds the perfect place. Little does the silly duck realize that the charming gentleman who has lent her his woodshed is busily planning a delicious meal of . . . roast duck! […]

Verdict: KEEP

I have a GOAL to read all of the Beatrix Potter books, since I’m VERY late in the game with her adorable children’s novels! So yes … this is obviously a must read sooner rather than later!

Book #144 | Carve the Mark (Book #1) by Veronica Roth

Date Added: April 06, 2017

Synopsis: In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows […]

Verdict: GO

Nope, not happening. Have you ever been SO betrayed by an author that you can’t fathom reading their books anymore? Sure, Roth’s a great YA writer … but after the Divergent series, I just can’t read her novels anymore. So I refuse to try and read this now.

Book #145 | A Great and Terrible Beauty (Book #1) by Libba Bray

Date Added: April 06, 2017

Synopsis: In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India. (Ages 12+)

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? […]

Verdict: GO

… to be frank, I don’t really know why I don’t want to read this. It sounds interesting, but I have no urge to pick it up and read it. If anyone has read this, let me know your thoughts!

Books Removed in this Post: 3 / 5

Total Books Removed: 85 / 145

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14 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #15 || Book Meme

  1. I’m re-Reading A Great and Terrible Beauty right now … though, it feels more like a read, as I last read it c. 2004! 😅 It’s interesting to see how much fantasy has changed since then. And how one’s perception of characters/story changes. Gemma is … not as fun a character as I remember.

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      1. It’s … Hmm … I feel mixed about the writing. Some parts are rather clunky, where other bits flow quite seamlessly.

        I still have another 70 pages to go or so — so we’ll see how things change as the ending approaches — but at this point it’s a pretty solid 2.5-3/5 book. Engaging enough, but with its flaws. As an exercise in seeing the evolution of YA, it’s probably worth it.

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  2. Personally I really enjoyed Carve the mark, but there are so many mixed opinions about that one! I enjoyed A great and terrible beauty when I read it YEARS back, but I’m not sure if I would still enjoy it now haha!


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    1. I’ve noticed that on Goodreads! And that’s what I’ve seen about the second book you mentioned … some people said they re-read it and don’t enjoy it as much?

      Also!! Just a note! I love your account and always want to comment on your posts! But when I try to comment through the notification feed, it won’t let me. Just thought I would mention that!

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      1. That’s exactly what I saw as well!

        oh no, I heard that befire, and thought I solved it.. Will look into it again! Thanks for letting me know!

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  3. Oh, no. Here we go again 😀
    I’m very excited to read Carve the Mark, as Divergent was my first (and favorite) “dystopian” YA trilogy. I actually own the first book, so I’ll definitely give it a go. Sad to see it go from your TBR 😦

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    1. LMFAO!! I knew you’d be commenting.

      I know … I just can’t! I was so mad with HOW the last book ended. Not the actual event but how it occurred (trying to not spoil lol). I just can’t bring myself to read it. But I’m excited to read your review when you get to it! Maybe you’ll convince me otherwise 😉

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