Good hello, friends!
Here we are with round number five! I haven’t done this in quite a bit with the last one being posted in December! So I’m going in with 10 books today that I want to organize through! I have been reading a bUNCh of my physical books so far in 2020, and I’m really here for it!
Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story.
It works like this:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Kicking us off with book number one is Little Deaths by Emma Flint. I was going through times of adding so… so many books to my Goodreads shelf because why not, amiright? So I added this in hopes of it being on my radar as a mystery/thriller that I would hopefully enjoy. I quite frankly do not care for the synopsis of this book so… Verdict: GO
Moving right along is A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf which is literally what it sounds like. It’s a nonfiction biography of these great novelists. Considering the fact that I still think it would be extremely valuable to read and learn more about these writers, I’m going to keep it on the backburner I’m not sure when exactly I’ll get around to it, but I may request it from my library and go from there. Verdict: GO
Next is Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz. Not going to lie, from just the over alone, I thought this was going to be a graphic novel. When I looked at it again and saw that, nope, it’s a full fledged YA WWII historical fiction, I thought again as to what I should do with it. What sells me still is the fact that it’s based on a true story, and a lot of the reviews seem to love it. I’ll probably read the historical accounts of this first, then dive into the YA adaptation of them.Verdict: KEEP
Okay… I added I Wrote This For You in 2017, along with many of the titles mentioned in a ton of these early Down the TBR posts. What I vividly remember is being in the honeymoon phase of a relationship at the time, and thinking “uGh Yes lOVe ME soME LOve,” whereas now… it’s not the same. I think angsty me should’ve read this. But I’m not too sure how slightly more adult me 3 years later feels about it. Verdict: GO (maybe revisit)
THERE IS NO DOUBT in my mind that Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances will be read by me in the next year (June 2020-June 2021, not by the end of this yearya silly goose). I have been so curious as to what this book is all about after reading the synopsis over and over again. With the fantastic and magical elements, and it almost cusping the YA/adult genre, I think this will be something that catches me by surprise. Verdict: KEEP
If I’m going to be blatantly honest, I have no idea as to why I Capture the Castle is marked as Want To Read. I don’t remember adding this to my TBR shelf, and quite frankly the title, setting, characters, etc., really does not add up to much for me. It’s really made for Jane Austen fans and since I cannot consider myself a fan of her works to read a novel set in a time like this, Verdict: GO
Alright y’all gon laugh at me for this one – I haven’t started The Diviners series by Libba Bray. And the series just had it’s final book released! Book one was published in 2012, so it wasn’t necessarily at the peak of my reading experience. This series will definitely be part of my Late to the Party series because oh my gosh I STAY LATE. I also think I’ll enjoy this WAY more now as a new-adult (lol) as opposed to being a scared little 13 year old. Verdict: KEEP
OKAY! This next one, I completely forgot I added to my Goodreads list, but completely makes sense and it’s Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. If y’all know me AT ALL, then you know that The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorites that I’ve read throughout the years, and reread! It was such an incredible experience to read one of his works while I was in high school, and I have no doubt in my mind that his work will continue to be one that I love! A story about love and philosophy in Brazil? Sign me tf up!! Verdict: KEEP
Number nine on today’s rabbit hole is All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon. Again, another book that I added that I honestly had NO clue as to what this would be about, but I heard about it once and was all for it apparently? The genre? Oh, you’ll never guess… another historical fiction. Really.. I don’t know what my deal was with historical fictions! And the fact of the matter remains, I don’t read them very often even though they’re extremely intriguing. This one is from the perspective of Soviet Russia through Chernobyl and though it seems really interesting, I don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon. Verdict: GO
The final book on today’s dive down my TBR is Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke! I have a feeling I’m realllyyyyy going to like this book. Set at a “college” setting (considering she does a high school completion program and moves forward – not conventional college experience, but I LOVE THAT) with elements of Freud explaining life’s struggles, I have a feeling I’ll really enjoy this more than I expect to. Though it is for the YA demographic, I think *nEw AdUlt* readers will enjoy it too. So, let’s hope I’m right. Verdict: KEEP
WOW.. another 10 books, and I’ve only gotten rid of five of them. I think a ton of these books are definitely intriguing but I just don’t see myself realistically picking them up sooner rather than later. And quite frankly, all of these books are ones that I don’t physically own! 2020 has been a year of reading primarily my physical books, so these books will be pushed to the back-burner yet again. But I think it’s good to be organizing the un-owned books behind-the-scenes if you will before I get to them.
If you think my verdicts were off, and I should get rid of more books, let me know!
Until next time ~