Down the TBR Hole #20 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

… so … I’ve been slowly but surely finding so many more books I want to read … and now I need to declutter even more … I blame you all … STOP WRITING GOOD REVIEWS — just kidding!

Seriously though, I need to clear some items out to feel better about my constant need to make my TBR list impossible to come close to finishing!

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 #166 | Delirium (Book #1) by Lauren Oliver

Date Added: May 01, 2017

Synopsis: They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. But now love has been declared a dangerous disease.

Everyone who turns eighteen must be immunised with a procedure called the cure […]

Verdict: GO

Eh … this just sounds … I don’t how to put it without me sounding awful ha-ha! It sounds like something I would’ve loved YEARS ago, but something that I just don’t feel connected with reading now?

Book #167 | A Thousand Pieces of You (Book #1) by Claudia Gray

Date Added: May 01, 2017

Synopsis: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him […]

Verdict: KEEP

After reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, I’ve been DYING to read more fantasy and multiple universes novels. I originally added this because the cover’s stunning, but the series seems to get better and better with each book … so I’m gonna try it out.

Book #168 | Magonia (Book #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

Date Added: May 01, 2017

Synopsis: Since she was a baby, Aza Ray Boyle has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found by another. Magonia […]

Verdict: GO

… I’m not gonna lie to you all … I really only added this book once upon a time because the cover’s STUNNING! But … I have a REALLY hard time with magical realism, and there seems to be quite a number of people who had a hard time with this book and it’s sequel … so it’s gotta go.

Book #169 | The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Date Added: May 01, 2017

Synopsis: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice […]

Verdict: GO

Another book that I don’t know WHY I don’t want to read it, but I just have a funny feeling I won’t enjoy it (there’s apparently a lot of really dark stuff going on in the plot, which I just don’t think I’m in the mood for).

Book #170 | The Lightning Thief (Book #1) by Rick Riordan

Date Added: May 01, 2017

Synopsis: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea […]

Verdict: GO

… don’t be mad!!!! I REALLY tried, but it’s just too … younger age for me? It’s not like when I re-read Harry Potter and feel like I’m reading a YA or adult book because the language is written in that manner … this FEELS like a Children’s or Middle Grade book, which I don’t really care for when it comes to fantasy. If there’s an OLDER YA or adult book by this author that’s really good, please recommend it to me!

Books Removed in this Post: 4 / 5

Total Books Removed: 99 / 170

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7 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #20 || Book Meme

  1. “Total Books Removed: 99 / 170” I aspire to your talent for letting go of things. It’s true that PJ reads too much like Middle Grade! I’ve tried to pick it up again some months ago but I couldn’t get past the tenth page.

    (PS: Your blog’s aesthetic is stunning, so clean and elegant.)


  2. There are some older YA books by Riordan, but mostly they build on his MG stuff, so…

    However, before he started making buckets of money with Percy (and the spinoffs), he wrote Adult mysteries. I loved them, and still wish that’s where he made his money. There are 4-5 Tres Nevarre novels and a stand-alone or two. Absolutely worth a read.

    I’ve got to do this TBR challenge, that Goodreads list is getting ridiculous.


  3. So funny, I have the same reaction towards The Museum of Extraordinary Things – I LOVE the cover and all things circus/magic/mystery but after reading the description something tells me I won’t like it either!

    Also I totally know what you mean about Lightning Thief…adored the whole series when I was younger but recently I tried to reread and nope. Could not get into it for the life of me.

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