Down the TBR Hole #17 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

Woot! The first Down the TBR Hole post for 2020 has finally been published! Honestly, it feels good to get back into these … I added SO many more books during the holidays to my TBR pile … so I need to start clearing some out ha-ha!

Alright TBR shelf … bring it on!

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 #151 | A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Date Added: April 12, 2017

Synopsis: Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

Verdict: KEEP

After reading 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons, I’ve been trying really hard to find more books about mental health and books that have characters with disabilities in them … I really want to diversity my reading this year. This seems to have some good reviews, so might as well give it a shot!

Book #152 | Am I Normal Yet? (Book #1) by Holly Bourne

Date Added: April 12, 2017

Synopsis: All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

Verdict: KEEP

Originally, I was going to remove this … I’m trying to remove more high school focused books, since I find I’m not as invested in them. But this one hits home in a lot of ways, so I think I need to try it out.

Book #153 | It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Date Added: April 18, 2017

Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio […]

Verdict: GO

*sigh* … yes, I already KNOW a few of you are going to be upset with me. But I can only handle so many mental health focused novels! It does take a toll on ones OWN mental health after a while. I’m happy with the books I’ve already kept and I don’t feel as much of an attachment to this one, so I’m going to pass.

Book #154 | Sloppy Firsts (Book #1) by Megan McCafferty

Date Added: April 18, 2017

Synopsis: When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life? […]

Verdict: GO

I don’t really know why I’m removing this … I’m simply just not feeling it as much? But yup … going, going, GONE!

Book #155 | Shine by Lauren Myracle

Date Added: April 18, 2017

Synopsis: When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

Verdict: GO

This one doesn’t seem to have as high of reviews, and a number of people (reviewers who tend to never steer me wrong) have commented on the characters not being as memorable and lovable … so I’m going to pass.

Books Removed in this Post: 3 / 5

Total Books Removed: 90 / 155

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