Down the TBR Hole #25 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

It’s another day of Down the TBR Hole, and I feel PRETTY good about this one. I’m honestly just going to get straight into this one!

Time to view the kept and the removed!

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 #191 | The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Date Added: May 26, 2017

Synopsis: That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories […]

Verdict: GO

After reading the synopsis, part of me is worried that the “cheat to love” trope is going to appear — or the “love triangle” trope — and I’m honestly TIRED of books having these tropes — so I’m going to pass. But I DO want to read one of Dessen’s books eventually!


Book #192 | Somewhere on a Highway by Marisa Donnelly

Date Added: May 26, 2017

Synopsis: Sometimes you’re moving forward. Sometimes you’re running in place. Sometimes you’re sprinting 90 miles an hour in what feels like the wrong direction. Sometimes you’re stuck. Sometimes you’re driving with the road spanning out in front of you in all its endless wonder, and you’re at a loss of where you’re really going. Sometimes you just close your eyes and trust. 

Donnelly’s first collection of poetry, ‘Somewhere On A Highway,’ takes you on a journey of questioning, of experience, of growth, and of discovery, mixed with loss and love and the challenges of becoming […]

Verdict: KEEP

I’ve honestly loved getting back into poetry — they’ve been some of my favourite reads over the past couple of years! I completely forgot this was on my TBR list, so I’m going to have to find room for it this year.


Book #193 | The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Date Added: May 26, 2017

Synopsis: The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom – until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry – except for one […]

Verdict: GO

I tried reading this a couple of years ago — and then tried again — no dice. I WANT to love this story, but the writing is just not engaging enough for me.


Book #194| By Gaslight by Steven Price

Date Added: May 26, 2017

Synopsis: London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men’s futures — a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone […]

Verdict: GO

Though this sounds intriguing — there are a LOT of negative reviews on this. Normally, I would still want to give it a go — but I just have an inkling that I’m not going to enjoy it.


Book #195 | Trust by Kylie Scott

Date Added: May 30, 2017

Synopsis: After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future […]

Verdict: KEEP

Though I’m not a fan of the cover, this sounds really good. I like how it SEEMS like it’s going to discuss a lot of deeper and heavy topics, things that a lot of different people can relate to.


Books Removed in this Post: 3 / 5

Total Books Removed: 110 / 195

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

  1. I remember going through a bit of a Sarah Dessen phase, but she’s a little like John Green – once you’ve read one of her books, you’ve kind of read them all? 😅I have Summer of Chasing Mermaids on my TBR as well – maybe I should give it the boot as well, especially if you’ve given it TWO shots!

    💛 Ngoc

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