Down the TBR hole #9

down the TBR hole

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • 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’m doing a softcore version of this, and some books will end up on my “maybe” shelf!)

TBR count after the last post: 527

Current TBR count: 532

I really don’t know how that happend 😦


 = keep
❓ = maybe
❌ = remove



Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson: the cover IS SO PRETTY. I added it because it’s a Swan Lake retelling but the reviews are very meh and the book itself sounds very meh just by reading the blurb. ❌

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge: it has a lot of bad ratings ❌

Life of Pi by Yann Martel: this seems one of those book you have to Get in order to enjoy. I’m generally a person who’s all for this type of book, just not lately and probably not for a while. ❌

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: I am SO CONFLICTED. This is a book people apparently either love or hate and there’s no real in between. Some of my friends gave it five stars, others one star. I know I won’t feel like reading it anytime soon though. ❌

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: a lot of people one- or two-starred it and honestly it doesn’t even sound like something I’d enjoy anymore. ❌


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: conflicting reviews and a goodreads blurb that would take me 5 minutes to read? No thanks ❌

The Diviners by Libba Bray: okay, here’s the thing. I added this book because everyone keeps recommending the audiobook for it, which is apparently incredible. And folks, I’m all here for a great audiobook, and I’m even sure that if I started it I would love it, but the thing is I don’t care for this book at all, I’M SORRY. I don’t care for the 1920 aesthetics either, since we’re sharing secrets. I’m just not interested and I know even if I remove it from my TBR it’s going to appear on my timeline again, maybe at a point where I’ll feel like adding it back, but for now it’s going ❌

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder: you know, I’m really conflicted about this one. I devoured MVS’ books back in…2015? I think 2015. I wasn’t a very critical reader back then so I tended to enjoy a lot of books in a not complicated way, but even then I remember having some issues with these books, especially the trilogy that comes after this sequel series. On the other hand I still enjoyed those books a lot and I’m sure the writer herself improved in the meantime. I don’t know. ❓

27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa: literally none of my friends have read this or even added it on goodreads?? Maybe 2016!me found the blurb super appealing or something but yeah I don’t even know man. ❌

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White: this sounds really fun and all but I don’t usually pick up middle grade books unless I have an ARC, so this just a matter of not having time for everything. ❌


Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my decisions to keep/remove them from my TBR? Let me know!


12 thoughts on “Down the TBR hole #9

  1. I’ve read and loved Life of Pi, it had one of those page-turning omg-wtf-big-no reveals that I thought was well-done. It’s a pretty lovely written book but I completely get your reasoning for nixing it for now or forever… I haven’t reread it since so IDK if my love for it would be different with the passage of time.

    And I’ve read Queen of the Tearling and it had one of those reveals that had me going 20 pages past and then like “wait… oh okay” just very understated for a cool idea and very forgettable overall.

    I like the cover for 27 Days to Midnight?? But yeah haven’t heard of the rest 🙂

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    1. Ohh I love those page-turning moments! I only wish I had unlimited time because then I would feel like reading a lot more books, but right now my TBR really needs to become more manageable 😦

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  2. I’m conflicted about Wintersong too, and I have read it. I liked some aspects of it – atmosphere and most of the first half – but the sex scenes made me cringe (sex is what makes you True Woman and not a Girl!) and the pacing was off.
    Also it’s a story set in Germany in which the only character who is openly racist and sexist is an Italian man who is described as hairy and has a heavy Italian accent. It’s a small scene, but really.

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      1. It’s… historical portal fantasy? Most of the book is set in the magical Goblin King’s court so it feels like high fantasy, but the beginning is set in Germany (or Austria? I think Germany, but it’s been a while and I may be wrong.)

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  3. I’ve read The Diviners and I really enjoyed it!! But it did take awhile to get into the book and I DNF’d the second book in the series because it was…just so long and I got bored haha. I attempted to do a version of this tag in my free time but I just couldn’t bring myself to delete books from my tbr shelf…even though I KNOW I won’t have time to read them! I just feel so guilty! And conflicting reviews make me wonder if I shouldn’t just give the book a chance??

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    1. I couldn’t delete books from my TBR for the longest time either! What helps is thinking that the books will still be there on goodreads and in bookstores and if it’s meant to be you’ll probably find the book again and maybe will be able to give it another chance! 🙂

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