Down the TBR Hole: I’m Terrible At This!

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This meme is totally awesome…. But I just added a bunch of 2018 releases to my TBR. Wrong direction much? Anyhoo, let’s get this party started! After last week’s Down the TBR Hole, I created a category for DTTH, so if you’re ever interested, you can look through all my past weeks of it! Anyhoo, here’s how this thing works!

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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 let it go?

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Harper is an aspiring poet, and life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them with too many bills, too little money, and an eviction notice. Now Mama is scrambling to make ends meet, leaving Harper to stay home and take care of her brother. Their whole world has been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle—if it wasn’t for the poetry contest at school. More than anything, she wants to get up on that stage and read her poems out loud. But how can she worry about getting back to school when she doesn’t even know where she’s going to sleep tonight?

This one’s tough! I don’t know anyone who has read this, and the blurb still looks rather interesting. Still, I’ve clearly had it on my TBR for ages and haven’t picked it up yet. I’ll say a tentative go, but let me know if I desperately need to keep this one!

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Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

I actually own this book- It was kind of gold in a used bookstore! Everyone also seems to love it, and the concept sounds super interesting. A definite keep!

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Desmia discovers the reality of royalty is far from a fairy tale in this third adventure set in the Cinderella-esque world of Just Ella and Palace of Mirrors, from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix.

*spoilers for Palace of Mirrors*

I have, obviously, read the first two books in this series- a long time ago. I loved Just Ella, which was amazing. Palace of Mirrors was set in the same universe, so we got to see an appearance from the characters of the first book, but it was based around a completely different story and characters. Therefore, especially since I read the first two so long ago, I’m going to say this one can go.

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What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you’ve told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines’ biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Although lacking in cover love (argh), I LOVE heist books and thief families, and the synopsis for this one sounds super fun. WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS YET. Someone please tell me what I’m doing with my life. KEEP.

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Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

I was SO EXCITED about this book for aaaaaages. I just never got around to reading it! It still sounds interesting, but it sounds like most people honestly just think it’s boring, especially the couple of Goodreads friends I have who’ve read it. I can let this one go.

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It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.

Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

OH. MY. GAWSH. This book STILL sounds so amazing. The ONLY reason I haven’t read it yet is because I have to buy it… And when I first added this to my TBR, I hadn’t heard of Book Outlet yet. OKAY, THIS IS GOING ON MY WISHLIST. Keep, of course!

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Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eight-grade girls in wealthy Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They love sharing frappes with their best friends after school, complaining about the other kids, and looking forward to the spring dance. But there’s one big difference: These three girls are the daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for.

What the girls believed was the strongest of friendships is shattered when Jaya’s mother is accused of theft and loses her job. As tensions about immigrants begin to erupt across town, the ugly underbelly of this perfect suburb comes to the surface, and the girls’ fragile world collapses. Suddenly each girl is on her own to find her place in a town that barely notices she exists. In this heartbreaking and eye-opening story, Jaya, Maria, and Lola must find their way back to one another, and ultimately, find their way home.

This honestly still looks pretty interesting, and I do believe I still own it- Agh, this is hard! Most people don’t seem to hate this one, but also don’t love it. I’m on the fence about this one, but since I believe I own this one, I’ll say I’ll keep it. Let me know what you think of this one though!

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SPOIIIIIILERS

Basically, this is the third book in the Pegasus series. I read the first two and quite enjoyed them, but nothing like a Rick Riordan book, and I still haven’t read all of those! Besides, it’s been a really long time since I read the first two, and I barely remember anything that happened. I’m not even sure if I own this one anymore! It can definitely go.

 

 

 

 

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When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed—and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Last week, the first book I got rid of was Ice Kissed, which is the sequel to Frostfire, which is the first book in a spin-off series to this series. Which I didn’t know existed until after I read Frostfire. Oops. In any case, I really loved Frostfire, and even though there are some really mixed reviews about this book, most people seem to like it, and I definitely want to give it a shot! I mean, hey, it’s at my library, so why not? I’ll keep this one.

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Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.

But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan … and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.

This book honestly sounds super interesting and I love the premise, hence me adding it in the first place! However, I looked at some of the reviews, and although I might have enjoyed this book a few years ago, if it really plays out the way most people are describing it, I really won’t enjoy this very much. I don’t know that I would even get through it! I don’t know anyone that’s read this, though, so do let me know if you’ve read this one; I’m very tentative about letting this one go!


And that’s ten! I just counted, and somehow, in keeping with tradition, I’ve gotten rid of 5/10 books again! Let me know what you thought of these books, if I desperately need to read a book I got rid of, or vice versa! I hope you guys are still enjoying this meme. Feel free to do this, and if you do, make sure to let me know! I’d love to check it out!

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

P.S. I haven’t been around a lot lately because I was at a church camp (to paint houses for people who can’t) for a few days, had Saturday off, and am now on vacation. So if I disappear for a little while, it’s because I’m on vacation and there’s no guarantee I’ll get posts scheduled before my surgery, or when I’ll be feeling up to coming back after surgery. That said, I’ll try to write a couple reviews on my phone while on vacation; we’ll just have to see how it goes! Thanks, I’ll miss you guys!

26 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole: I’m Terrible At This!

  1. Ah, this is such a great idea – my TBR is sort of ridiculous these days, so I might need to do these too, especially because sometimes it feels like I’m keeping books because others have read it rather than because I really want to read them. I haven’t read any of the books in your post, so I can’t really offer much advice, but I have my eyes set firmly on Ruby Red. Good to know you’re keeping that one! 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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  2. My tbr list is different from all of yours possibly. It’s to be read because it’s been purchased and is on the shelf.
    I don’t have a good reads account with a virtual place to add them because I simply won’t ever get round to purchasing. 🙂
    But I will do the odd books I want to read post.

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