Down the TBR Hole #26 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

The last Down the TBR Hole of March! It’s also a milestone post, for I’ve reached the 200 books mark! Wow — I’ve ACTUALLY going through and assessed 200 books. Out of those, I’ve removed a total of 112 books. Honestly, I think that’s an amazing feat — not only is that more than half, but I removed even more than that (if I removed the first book of a series in a post, I went and removed all the subsequent books — but didn’t feel the need to post that).

Happy “almost-end-of” March, everyone!

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 #196 | Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer

Date Added: May 30, 2017

Synopsis: Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge […]

Verdict: KEEP

Oh my goodness — that synopsis — I’m already hooked and I haven’t even started yet! There are also a lot of great reviews regarding this story, so I’m SUPER excited!

Book #197 | The Irregular (Book #1) by H.B. Lyle

Date Added: May 30, 2017

Synopsis: London 1909: The British Empire spans the globe, seen as an invulnerable imperial power—but in Russia, there is revolution in the wind; in Germany, an arms race; and in London, the streets are alive with foreign agents provocateur.

Vernon Kell, head of counterintelligence at the War Office, wants to set up a Secret Service, an agency with a mandate to act domestically and abroad to protect the interests of the Empire. But to convince his political masters of its necessity, he needs proof of a threat […]

Verdict: GO

I may regret this — maybe it’s a MOOD thing — but I’m just not feeling the spy / espionage story or plot-line. The last few times I’ve tried with books, I’ve been rather disappointed (hence … DNFing). So I’m going to skip this one.

Book #198 | Sleeping Giants (Book #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Date Added: May 31, 2017

Synopsis: A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown […]

Verdict: KEEP

There are a LOT of mixed reviews on this series — but there’s still something so compelling about it to me. So I’m keeping it — for now. Has anyone read this? What are your thoughts? I don’t read a lot of SciFi, so I’m rather unsure ha-ha!

Book #199 | The Legend of Sheba: Rise of the Queen (Book #1) by Tosca Lee

Date Added: June 04, 2017

Synopsis: In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world—or of Sheba’s queen […]

Verdict: GO

I tried to read this a couple of years ago, but couldn’t get into it. I tried again later, thinking maybe it was a mood thing? Unfortunately, this just isn’t for me — though I do think it’s promising and that a lot of people would enjoy it!

Book #200 | Beartown (Book #1) by Fredrik Backman

Date Added: June 04, 2017

Synopsis: People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys […]

Verdict: KEEP

DEFINITELY KEEPING THIS AND DEFINITELY READING IT IN 2020! Honestly, how have I not picked this up yet?! A couple of years ago, so many people RAVED about this book — but I just never ended up buying it or borrowing it. So it’s a MUST — I feel as though I’m really going to enjoy it.

Books Removed in this Post: 2 / 5

Total Books Removed: 112 / 200

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10 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #26 || Book Meme

  1. I got My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies, by Fredrik Backman, recently and I cannot wait to read it. Will probably get Bear Town as well, if I like it as much as I think I will.

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