It’s been so long since I’ve participated in this meme (I had to make a new header)! And since it’s a new year and all, I thought that it would be a good idea to start cleaning up that TBR again! I was talking to another blogger in the past week about how reading tastes change, and that also triggered the urge to get back into these posts. I feel like they’re really productive, especially when a post like this helps me remove a book from my TBR that I really won’t get to. I really want to get those numbers under control, and Down the TBR Hole will help me do that. So, without further ado, please join me as I figure out whether the next 5 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf will be staying or going.
For those of you hearing about this meme for the first time, here’s some more info from the blog of the creator, Lia @ Lost in a Story:
Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!
It works like this:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Lynn Flewelling’s Casket of Souls
Even though I haven’t read the book I’m on for this series (the book before this book) in like years, this is still one of my favourite series, and I do plan on finishing it someday. I guess I’ve just been drowning in ARCs aaaand I’m kind of scared and sad of the story ending! I really recommend this series to fans of high fantasy. I love Flewelling’s storytelling style and her writing. And there are LGBT characters in the main cast!
Lynn Flewelling’s Shards of Time
Same goes for this book, because it’s the next book in the same series as the book above. Actually, after re-reading the synopsis … it turns out that this is the end of the series “for now,” which is kind of terrifying. I’m only 2.5 books away from the end! Halp! I like the idea of finishing series, and that “checked off the checklist” feeling, but at the same time, I’m not a big fan of endings because of who I am … and because it’s very rare for an author to wrap things up in a satisfactory way for me, haha.
Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass
I shouldn’t really have to explain this one, but I can’t leave this section blank without throwing off the whole aesthetic of this post, haha. For those of you who don’t know, I absolutely love Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series (for the story more so than the writing, but that’s a story for another day), so it’s a given that I’m going to dive into her Throne of Glass series … eventually …
Diana T. Scott’s Our Demons, Best Friends
This was a very very tough choice. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book from bloggers whose opinions I really trust. But, for some reason, when I added this book to my Goodreads TBR, I was under the impression that the main characters are actually possessed? Which I think would make this story feel a lot fresher. But, now, after re-reading the synopsis, I think the word demons is being used as just another word for “baggage,” so I’ve kind of lost interest.
Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn
I own a copy of this book and the sequel! I’ve also heard so so many good things about this duology that I know I just have to read it. It’s been years already, but maybe 2019 will be the year when I finally read the The Wrath & the Dawn duology! Fingers crossed. Maybe I’ll host a readalong for this one, since that seems a good way for me to start and finish backlisted TBR books. So, let me know if you’d be interested in something like that!
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS DOWN THE TBR HOLE POST! ARE ANY OF THESE BOOKS ON YOUR TBR LIST? WHY? WHY NOT? OR WERE THEY ON YOUR LIST BEFORE YOU REMOVED THEM FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER? OR HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE ONES I REMOVED AND RECOMMEND THAT I KEEP THEM? PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!