Down the TBR Hole #30

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 moment since I’ve done another round of Down the TBR Hole. And, surprise of all surprises, my Goodreads Want to Read shelf has actually reduced in number since the last time I did this post! I was at 721 books at the end of last round and I’ll be starting this one with 719 books on the TBR. This almost never happens because I have no self control, haha. I would like to contribute that to the fact I read quite a few books off my backlist last month. Of course, with the amount of books off my backlist I read, that number should have gone down way more… but remember how I said I have no self control? Haha… yeah 😅

Anyways! Let’s see if I can trim this list down a little bit more.

Extropia by Robin Bootle

I have no recollection of adding this book whatsoever, haha. The cover is cool, though, so that’s probably how it ended up on my TBR. Reading the synopsis, it’s about a boy that must save his father who has become stuck in a virtual reality realm named Extropia. And that sounds right up my alley! It’s also a standalone, which means I won’t be committing series.

Verdict: Keep

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Yup, I have yet to give this very popular YA series a try. I dunno… I’ve never been particularly drawn to fae stories. I’ve only read one Holly Black book and it was alright, nothing that made me eager to read her other work. I think the only reason this stays on my TBR is because of the hype. Honestly, though… I’m not feeling it anymore.

Verdict: Remove

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This is one of those books I remember adding to my TBR but kind of forgot about in the shuffle of newer, shinier books. That being said, I’m still very interested in this series. I think the concept of three magical sisters having to fight over one crown is fascinating. Perhaps they’ll turn on whoever made up that stupid rule and kill them, instead 😂

Verdict: Keep

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Oh, this is a definite keeper! I’ve been wanting to start this series for ages. I own the first book and it just sits on my shelf… silently judging me every time I pass it over for something else. But this fantasy series about witches and vampires and magic sounds like something I would truly love. I’ve only heard great things and am eager to give it a go!

Verdict: Keep

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Okay. I definitely think this was a cover add for me. After reading the synopsis, this… is not gonna be a book for me. I was literally bored reading what this book was about so that doesn’t bode well for me actually enjoying it 😂 A lot of the reviews say the writing is incredibly beautiful, but that’s just not enough for me when it comes to contemporaries.

Verdict: Remove

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I was on this fence with this one. It’s a book about a school shooting that focuses on four victims and the shooter. It could be compelling. The gist I get from quite a few reviews, however, is that it paints a very complex situation as black and white. I know that’s just not going to sit right with my spirit and why put myself through that, ya know?

Verdict: Remove

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

First of all, why is the series name so much bigger than the actual title of this book on the cover? Make it make sense. Second of all, I’m pretty done with the world of The Golden Compass. I mean, I enjoyed the books in the first series, but I certainly didn’t think there needed to be more. This was a nostalgia add, but I’m definitely over it.

Verdict: Remove

Goodbye Christopher Robin by Ann Thwaite

I loved Winnie the Pooh when I was a kid. My mom used to read my brother and I the stories when we were young and the movies were some of my favorite things. So of course I was drawn to a biography of the man who created it. This is still something I would love to read, though I can admit it’s probably lower on the priority list. Still, it gets to stay!

Verdict: Keep

Ghostland by Colin Dickey

I most definitely forgot about this book, but it sounds incredible! It’s a non-fiction focused on the history behind some of the most supposedly haunted places in America. I’m not a huge fan of historical non-fiction (as it usually reads like a textbook) but this one throws in the added spice of ✨ghosts✨ Here’s hoping the author doesn’t find a way to make that dry as hell.

Verdict: Keep

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been wanting to try the DC Icons series for awhile now. I’m not a huge fan of the DC heroes (except Batman) but I thought this series would still be fun. We see how far I’ve gotten with that goal: I still haven’t even read book one! Still, I enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s writing, I think Wonder Woman is a badass, so this seems like a good fit on the TBR.

Verdict: Keep

Starting total: 719
Removed: 4
End total: 715

Until next round, happy reading!


2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #30

  1. Definitely agree with keeping A Discovery of Witches. It’s a great series. I also loved Book of Dust so sad that you’ve removed that one. I guess with over 700 books on your TBR, something has to go. 😃

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