Down the TBR Hole #3: Back Again

Yup, I’m back with another Down the TBR Hole post, which I might do more frequently so I can quickly kick off some books on my TBR that I’m no longer interested in.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • 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?
Batch #1

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

A YA contemporary romance based on Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.

I was interested in this because of its connection to Shakespeare, but I’m not crazy about YA romance so —

Kick Off
How to Draw Your Dragon by Sergio Guinot

A fantasy art book that teaches you how to draw a dragon.

Eh… I’m indecisive about this. It’s tempting because it has a cool cover and I’d really like to draw a dragon, but it’s been a while since I’ve drawn anything so I dunno.

Open Heart by Elie Wiesel

Wiesel’s autobiography, which he wrote at 82-years-old when he was about to have an emergency heart surgery. In it Wiesel contemplates his life so far and tackles personal and philosophical questions.

I placed this on my TBR because I read and liked Wiesel’s Night trilogy back in the day and was curious about what he had to say about mortality, but now I’m no longer curious about it.

Kick Off
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

A memoir about the author’s experience working in the hotel/hospitality industry.

I still want to read this one and since doing this meme made me notice it, I will make an effort to read it sometime this year. I’m just curious about all the juicy bits in it. Every time I read a review of it, I feel like going out and getting the book.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Umm… I actually don’t recall much about this one (and I don’t feel like looking it up). I just know that it’s set in a bookstore and there’s a secret society and probably secret codes…

For some reason, I keep confusing this book with Lexicon by Max Barry, which I haven’t read but have a copy and want to. I think I’ll keep it for now. Maybe I can make a project to read this and Lexicon back to back to see why I keep thinking that they go together.


Batch #2
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Well, I know nothing about this book, other than that it’s fantasy and Jemisin is a great author. So based on just those two things, I placed it on my TBR way back when and would still like to read it now.

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

All I know is that it’s an epic fantasy series that follows four POV characters. It seems that the plot is about an oncoming war and focuses a lot on economics (that’s what I recall from some reviews I read).

I’ve forgotten why I wanted to read this but right now, I’m not feeling it.

Kick Off
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

An urban fantasy novel about a girl who has unique powers and who must team up with a partner she can’t trust to find out who is murdering children.

Doesn’t sound like my sorta thing.

Kick Off
Building Stories by Chris Ware (illus.)

An interesting, uniquely structured graphic novel that focuses on the occupants of a three-story apartment building in Chicago.

It’s a graphic novel. It’s different. Yea, I still want to read it.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The third book in a YA fantasy series about a girl who has a talent for killing and serves as the king’s assassin, something like that.

I haven’t read any of the books in the Graceling series, but I’ve heard they’re great. Unfortunately, I’ve lost interest in many YA fantasy novels since they are often heavy on the romance, so for now I’m removing this.

Kick Off

And that’s another one done. 🙂

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them.


17 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #3: Back Again

  1. Honestly I think it’s a good call to skip Bitterblue- aside from losing interest and not having read the rest of the series, it’s also (imo) the weakest one in the series- I didn’t get much out of it anyway


  2. When I first read a TBR post of yours, I looked at my Goodreads TBR shelf and thought that I probably wouldn’t do it because I sort of make that shelf a repository of different books that caught my eye and I don’t want to lose those. But after thinking about it some more, I realized I might cut it down after all because some books have been on there for years and when I perused through that shelf again I see that I have lost interest in some of the books and now that I have less time I should give more thought and time to what really interests me. And it looks a little fun, to be honest! :))

    That being said, I haven’t read any of the books in this list but I’ll probably keep the Kristin Cashore book because a friend really liked it and we have similar taste in YA. 🙂


    1. Lol it is fun! Def give it a try. It took me a while before deciding to do these posts because I also didn’t want to lose the books I placed on my Goodreads shelf, but I’m also no longer interested in some, which is why I’ve kicked them off my TBR.

      Hope you enjoy that Cashore book when you read it.

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