Down the TBR Hole #18 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

It’s the magical time of the week again … where you all either completely agree with me or write the most HILARIOUS comments as to why I would remove such a book (or books) … I totally love it when I see all the banter in the comments.

Will I be able to ACTUALLY remove more books than keep like last week? I hope so — *fingers crossed*!

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 #156 | My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Date Added: April 18, 2017

Synopsis: Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

Verdict: KEEP

There’s just something super adorable sounding about this story … and it helps that a lot of reviewers have commented on how funny and engaging it is … so the verdict it TO KEEP IT!


Book #157 | I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Date Added: April 19, 2017

Synopsis: At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story […]

Verdict: GO

*mentally preparing for some of you to be upset* … YAS! Another book that people want me to read so badly that I have no desire to read. I don’t know why, but I just don’t want to. #sorrynotsorry


Book #158 | Strange the Dreamer (Book #1) by Laini Taylor

Date Added: April 23, 2017

Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever […]

Verdict: KEEP

THIS IS THE YEAR THAT I WILL FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! I don’t know WHY I keep forgetting about it, so I plan to buy it ASAP. I’m actually considering reading it with a friend or two in February, so I don’t go another year saying I will read this and then forget again …


Book #159 | Dark Thirst (Book #1) by Sara Reinke

Date Added: April 23, 2017

Synopsis: Dark Secrets: When Brandon Noble and Angelina Jones first met, he was an awkward teenager harboring a crush on his tutor’s sister. Five years later, Angelina is a streetwise cop who’s sure she’s seen it all, until Brandon comes back into her life–lean, handsome, possessing a strange, powerful allure. . .and a terrifying secret.

Dark Desires: Brandon is one of the Brethren, an ancient clan of ruthless vampires. Like other Brethren families, the Nobles have accumulated great wealth and prestige, never marrying outside of their kin, never leaving the isolated Kentucky farmlands where they live, undetected, among their prey […]

Verdict: GO

Eh … I like supernatural/paranormal books and all, but this just doesn’t feel like my cup of tea anymore … and the reviews seems to get worse and worse throughout the series.


Book #160 | Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Book #1) by Alvin Schwartz

Date Added: April 23 2017

Synopsis: This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney […]

Verdict: GO

I know I’ve already read a few of the stories a long time ago, but they weren’t intriguing enough for me to have the desire to go back and finish them all. So … I’m good … and I don’t like that cover whatsoever (fear of clowns over here).


Books Removed in this Post: 3 / 5

Total Books Removed: 93 / 160

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25 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #18 || Book Meme

  1. I’ll give you the Sun is one of my favorites of all time, but don’t worry, honey, I understand your decision, sometimes we just have so many books for so long that we lose interest and it’s super normal.❤️✨ I can’t wait to read Strange the Dreamer, I swear I don’t know why I haven’t done it yet, I love Laini Taylor 😍😍

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  2. I put off reading Strange the Dreamer, too! And I don’t know why!! Part of the plot is that citizens keep forgetting about this city, so maybe that’s what happened with the book?

    I forgot My Most Excellent Year existed!! I completely blocked it out! So many memories rushing in right now.

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  3. What a succesful round of decluttering! It’s always nice when you remove more than you keep. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a tricky one. I always look at it on my tbr like… yeah I kind of want to read it because the synopsis sounds promising enough and people are passionate about it… but I never actually do pick it up It’s been on my goodreads tbr since 2016 and I never even tried to get around to reading it. Maybe that’s a sign? Anyways, all that to say I totally get your decision to let it go even though it’s popular! 😋

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  4. I don’t blame you for removing Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. I read the first 2 for the first time last year and they weren’t the best. I think it one of those books that should be read when you are younger because I can see it being scary then.

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  5. YES! Finally someone else who has been putting off Strange the Dreamer as long as I have! It feels good to not be the only one 😛 I’ve read so many positive reviews on this book and I’m hoping I can get around to it sometime this year! Great post Jenna!

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  6. I’d remove “My Most Excellent year” just because of this cover, I mean… What is that?! 😀

    Will «Strange the Dreamer» actually happen this year?? I also have it on my TBR and yeah… I think it will stay on my TBR for another year or two. Lol

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  7. Ahh I’m a little sad you’re not keeping I’ll Give You The Sun, but well if you’re not into it, no need to bother your TBR with it 😀 I really need to read Strange The Dreamer as well, this book sounds so good and I keep hearing so much praise about it 🙂

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