Down the TBR Hole #19

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.

Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I decided to take the weekend off from blogging because ya girl is feeling some burnout coming on. And I don’t want to burnout before December because I do love doing end-of-year posts! So I’m trying to not push myself too hard.

That being said, I wanted to do my usual 5 On My TBR post today, but the theme is “On Writing” and have literally no books on my TBR that have to do with the craft. So, instead, I decided to do a different TBR post and have another round of Down the TBR Hole! If you recall, I ended last round sitting at 654 books on my Want to Read shelf. Now? I’m at 656 books. Which is not bad for all the books that have been catching my attention recently! Let’s see if I can make some more room for 2022 releases.

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

We’re starting off with a conundrum. You know I love books about books and that’s exactly what this fantasy is promising. It has magic users that can pull objects from books and are led by Johannes Gutenburg! But the synopsis just sounds so dull… and that’s saying a lot since it mentions vampires. I have too many books on my TBR to keep one that can’t even spark my interest with all the pluses it has going for it.

Verdict: Remove

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I recently talked about this book in a 5 On My TBR, so you know it’s sticking around! It sounds whimsical and right up my alley. I do love a middle grade that has puzzles and this seems like it’s full of them. I’m excited to read it… eventually.

Verdict: Keep

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This was on my TBR before I even know about the Lunar Chronicles. Which I have now started reading and this poor book is still chilling here. I think I know why, though. As much as I love retellings, I am not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, which makes me hesitant to pick this one up. Perhaps I’ll read it one day, but I think it’s gotta free up space for now.

Verdict: Remove

In the Tower of the Wizard King by Michelle Miles

Magic? Portals? Time travel?

How have I not already read this book?! This sounds incredible! See, this is why I love doing these posts. I rediscover books that are begging for me to read them but have been buried under all the new, shiny books. This one definitely gets to stay!

Verdict: Keep

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

I’ve always been fascinated and horrified by the Salem Witch Trials. Now that I live about an hour away from where it all happened, my interest has only grown. This non-fiction seems like something I would thoroughly enjoy. I’ve heard good things about this author, as well.

Verdict: Keep

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Now here’s a book about books that speaks to my soul. This is a contemporary that focuses on our titular character, A.J. Fikry, trying to put his life back together after his wife dies. The fact that he owns a bookstore means that it’s all wrapped up in the literary world. I can’t wait to read this!

Verdict: Keep

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Hahaha… haaaaaa. Please don’t come for me, y’all! I recently mentioned (again in my 5 On My TBR post) that I have no real interest in this book or series. I dunno… it just doesn’t appeal to me. But we’ll see how I feel after I read House of Earth and Blood. For now, though, this one is out. I’m sorry!

Verdict: Remove

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I don’t read a ton of contemporary, but this one caught my interest awhile ago. It follows a woman as she slowly loses her mind to Alzheimer’s. It sounds devastating and intriguing, so it gets to stick around. It will probably make me cry… but I still want to read it.

Verdict: Keep

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I know people adore this series. I know it’s a historical fiction/fantasy that reimagines the life of Lady Jane Grey. And, yet, I don’t think I’m ever going to read this. Why? I have no real concrete reason other than, of all the books I want to read, I can’t really imagine this one beating any of them out if I had to choose between the two. So, this is goodbye… for now!

Verdict: Remove

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I’m absolutely keeping this one because I do love a book that plays with history. And there are shapeshifters? Sign me up! I’ve also heard great things about this book, so it definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep

And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 656
Removed: 4
End total: 652

Until next round, happy reading!


3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #19

  1. Oof, I forgot about Still Alice. I think I had that on my TBR but I know it’s probs gonna be devastating and ngl, I don’t think I’m ready for that kinda devastation as it’ll hit too close to home right now 😂 Also, totally don’t blame ya about ACOTAR lol

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