Down the TBR Hole #10: First of 2019

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

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?

I’ve switched it up some and will only list the books I plan to remove from my Goodreads TBR. Those with a green Kick Off are ones I’ll probably change my mind on and read at some point.

Batch #1

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A YA historical thriller about a pregnant young woman who becomes involved in criminal psychology.

I’ve lost interest.

Kick Off
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

A YA historical fantasy novel set in 1890 about society girls from New York City who begin to learn about their Romanian family’s deep dark secrets when they turn 17.

I’ve lost interest.

Kick Off
Illuminati by P.J. Webb

Seems to be a fantasy novel set in a medieval English village that’s attacked at which point the protagonist is transported to another world where secrets are revealed to him.

I can’t remember what attracted me to it.

Kick Off
Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

Seems to be a YA romance about a girl who has a crush on her teacher.

I think I added this to my TBR hoping that it would be like Unteachable by Leah Raeder, but from the reviews I gather that it’s not, so…

Kick Off
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

A YA contemporary novel about a girl and her father trying to cope and have a normal life. The father is a veteran and is battling PTSD, and Hayley, the protagonist, has painful memories she’s trying to avoid.

The story sound good, but I’m not interested. (For some reason, I assumed it was fantasy because of the cover, which is weird because it only shows a girl’s hair blowing in the wind.)

Kick Off

Batch #2
The Written by Ben Galley

An epic fantasy novel about a guy who unearths a huge secret after “something very powerful” goes missing from a library.

I once owned this book and read a couple chapters, but I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t like the writing, unfortunately. My plan was to return to it, but now I doubt I will.

Kick Off
The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers by Noah Charney

A nonfiction book about people who forged artwork.

I bet I placed this on my TBR back when I was hooked on the TV show White Collar.

Kick Off
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

A historical fiction novel about the proprietress of a famous New York City movie theater. It’s set in the Jazz Age – 1920s to 1930s – and seems to be partly told in diary form.

No longer interested.

Kick Off
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, trans. by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson

The story begins in 1939 and is about a woman who starts a love affair with a Japanese man, but the two are torn apart by events and issues brought on by World War II.

I’d like to read a novel by Allende, but I’m no longer interested in this one.

Kick Off
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

A YA dystopian novel that’s partly told in verse. It’s set in a future India where boys are forced to compete in a test for a girl to select them as husbands.

I was interested in reading it because of the pretty cover, but I’m not feeling it now.

Kick Off

Batch #3
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs

A memoir by NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs about his attempt to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.

Not sure why I was interested in reading it.

Kick Off
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

A YA historical novel inspired by the classic One Thousand and One Nights that’s about a girl seeking revenge for her friend’s death.

I don’t think I’ll read it. I’m not feeling YA romance at the moment.

Kick Off
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

A YA novel about a guy struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy and learns new things about himself as he grows closer to his new best friend.

No longer feeling it.

Kick Off
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A YA historical fantasy novel inspired by the Roman Empire…something like that.

No longer excited about it.

Kick Off

All done.

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


15 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #10: First of 2019

  1. Can’t remember if I’ve recommended these books to you before but these two from Isabel Allende are great examples of her unique talent .
    Eva Luna is a adult fiction that showcases her highly imaginative writing style , a great short read at 271 pgs
    Next is her book PAULA which is a memoir / and the story of her daughter. This is great writing on writing/life/and loss , heart wrenching sorta book ,pgs 330.

    Am reading ‘ kingdom of the golden dragon’ at the mo ,
    Which is YA and another adventure for the characters from her ‘ city of the beasts’ book .
    It’s OK , not really my spread.

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      1. In the back of this book there is an ‘about’ and Q & A
        Allende states that she promised her grandchildren that she would write a novel for them (she’d been writing for about 22 yrs) and they loved it so she wrote two more.
        So states my harper perennial 2005 edition !
        Her fiction for the young is pretty old school so maybe good choice for younger readers.

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  2. Silver in the Blood is one I would probably keep. It sounds cool and that cover! I think a handful of these are probably on my TBR as well. It’s so hard to let books fall off. I need to do this too. You’ve definitely inspired me. 😉💜


    1. The cover is why I added it to my TBR but I had to admit to myself that I probably won’t read it. Yea, kicking stuff off my TBR is hard. That’s why I only do my Goodreads TBR and not the physical TBR on my shelves. Hard to get rid of books.

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