Down the TBR Hole #22

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!

As you may recall from my last round of Down the TBR Hole, I had added a ton of books to my Want to Read shelf and I didn’t take many off. There were a lot of incredible sounding books in the last one, I couldn’t help myself. Still, I managed to get my TBR list down to 721 books. And where am I sitting currently?

*cough*728 books*cough*

To be fair, there have been so many “2022 Most Anticipated!” lists and blog post coming out and ya girl is weak! At least I’ve been good about sticking to my buying ban. We are only on the second week of the new year, though… give it time. Still, that’s why I do this post! To try and whittle this TBR down, though we all know it’s a never-ending thing, haha.

With that being said, let’s get into round 22!

Descendants by Rae Else

I don’t remember putting this on my TBR, but that’s not really saying much 😂 After reading the synopsis, it sounds like a generic YA fantasy, though. Girl has mysterious power she didn’t know she had until she caused some catastrophe and now she’s on the run from powerful forces. I think I’ll give this one a pass.

Verdict: Remove

In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda

My love of Broadway is peeking through with this TBR addition! I already own this book, so it’s definitely staying on the TBR. In The Heights is one of my favorite Broadway musicals, so I kind of had to pick this up. Eventually I will get around to reading it, probably while listening to the soundtrack for max effect!

Verdict: Keep

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Oh, I’m most definitely keeping this one! This is a beloved book in the bookish community and one I’ve wanted to read for awhile. I actually have the audiobook because it’s narrated by the man who wrote the previous one, haha. Perhaps I’ll make this my first audiobook of 2022!

Verdict: Keep

The Lyra Novels by Patricia C. Wrede

Not gonna lie, I have this on my TBR solely because Patricia Wrede wrote one of my favorite series from my childhood. If you haven’t read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, you should give them a try! As for this series, it certainly sounds interesting. If they’re anything as good as the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, I know I’ll love them.

Verdict: Keep

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

I’ve read (and enjoyed) almost every Jane Austen book. So being the completionist that I am, I figured I would read this novella, as well! This story of a recently widowed woman seeking an advantageous match while shoving her daughter into a terrible one sounds like another Jane Austen I’ll end up loving.

Verdict: Keep

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

David Grann wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books, Killers of the Flower Moon, so I instantly looked into what other books he had written. This one caught my interest as it’s about a famous explorer who goes missign searching for a lost city in the Amazon. I’m still intrigued by the topic, so ya know this gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

Here’s another one I don’t remember adding to my TBR. Though it has an interesting synopsis, the reviews are making me lean towards taking it off the pile. It’s a story about what is causing magic to leave the world, and it, apparently, incorporates a lot of real world history. Which could be intriguing, but, right now, it’s not enough to stick around.

Verdict: Remove

Confessions by Kanae Minato

Her pupils killed her daughter.
Now, she will have her revenge

Like… when the synopsis starts like that, how am I supposed to say no?! I had honestly forgotten about this book, but now that I’ve been reminded, this has shot up the TBR pile. It’s a thriller that sounds like it would be dark and complex and I can’t wait to read it!

Verdict: Keep

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery.

Another synopsis that instantly reminds me why I even put this on my TBR, lol. All they really had to say was “dark fairy tales” and I would’ve clicked Want to Read. So… yeah… this is obviously staying.

Verdict: Keep

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I own this entire trilogy.

I’ve been meaning to read this since before I joined the bookish community.

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews.

Of course this is staying!

Verdict: Keep

Starting total: 728
Removed: 2
End total: 726

I’m not doing well with removing books, am I 😂 I seem to have hit a section of books that I actually read (most of) the synopsis before adding them. Ah well… that’s just more incredible books for me to eventually read, right?

Until next round, happy reading!


3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #22

  1. I’m reading Illuminae right now and listening to the audiobook as I read along! I highly recommend it. The audiobook is amazinggggg and really adds to the experience! 😀


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