Down the TBR Hole [1]

Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Bookish

I’m so excited to be doing this new meme that I found – and where did I find it? At Lost in a Story‘s blog! I’d been fantasizing about a much smaller TBR since like…forever. Especially once it went rogue and went over 500 books (it’s now pushing 800). This is a wonderful chance to revisit all of those books that I once felt hypnotized by and decide whether to keep it or dump it! (You can help, too!)

*As a side note, I decided to opt out of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post since the topic was “Books That Have Been on my TBR the Longest, and Still Haven’t Read” and I thought also doing this post would be quite redundant. So! Maybe I’ll do next week’s! We’ll see.

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Blog!

In case you’re not quite sure what’s going on here (welcome to my life 99.9% of the time) here’s a quick rundown of how this shindig is operated!

• Go to your Goodreads “to-read” shelf
• Order by ascending “date added” (I’m doing mine by “#”, fyi)
• Take the first 5, 10, etc, books (if you do this weekly, just start off where you did last time)
• Read the synopses of the books
• Decide: keep OR dump?

Pretty simple, no?

#1

6727322INCARCERON (Incarceron #1) by Catherine Fisher
Published: May 3, 2007 | 464 pages | Goodreads
Own? Yes

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden’s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive…

So, this was the very first book I added to Goodreads, apparently. And I can see why the appeal was there. Also, I actually own this book, and it’s been collecting major dust bunnies over the years (because I’ve owned it since before I had my GR account). Since I own it, it makes this decision a little easier (especially since the synopsis still appeals to me).

VERDICT: KEEP


#2

6294HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Published: August 1, 2001 | 329 pages | Goodreads
Own? Yes

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Okay, so I LOVED the movie, first of all. But – once again – this book has been sitting on my shelf for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I’m not too sure about it anymore. I kind of want to just take it off of my virtual (and physical) shelf and re-home it to someone who will actually love it.

VERDICT: DUMP


#3

218409THE TOWN THAT FORGOT HOW TO BREATHE by Kenneth J. Harvey
Published: August 22, 2006 | 480 pages | Goodreads
Own? Yes

Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures are being pulled from the sea, perfectly preserved corpses of long-lost villagers are washing up on the shore, and residents of the town are suddenly overcome by a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe.

I think it’s been twice now that I’ve started to read this book, and put it down for one reason or another. The first chapter or so didn’t grip me, but I am quite determined to read this book! Call me stubborn, but I just CAN’T kick this one off of the TBR list. (Also, that cover is super rad and intriguing!)

VERDICT: KEEP


#4

3975774EVERMORE (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
Published: February 3, 2009 | 301 pages | Goodreads
Own? Yes

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Oh, guys, I don’t know… just the fact that it is a series is turning me off. A 6-part series! Unless one of you can find a way to change my mind, I think I’m gonna delete this one from my list…

Can you make a sound argument for this series?

VERDICT: DUMP (Is this the right decision?!)


#5

5973910LOCK AND KEY by Sarah Dessen
Published: May 14, 2009 | 422 pages | Gooreads
Own? Yes

Ruby can take care of herself. She’s used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cora. Now Ruby’s got her own room in a fabulous new house, she’s going to private school, and—for the first time—feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there’s the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.

So – confession time! – I’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book! I feel like I see her books everywhere, and she’s a very popular contemporary author, but yet… I haven’t even attempted to crack open this book… The premise still sounds enticing to me… but I don’t know guys?!? I think I need help with this one! (The fact that it has a 4.01 rating on Goodreads is promising!)

What do you think I should do? Keep OR dump?!

VERDICT: HELP!

Have you read any of these books? If you have, lend me your insight! Do you participate in ‘Down the TBR Hole’? Link me up if you do!


This has been a Rosie Writes Things production. It’s been a long, draining Tuesday, and Rosie now has her sights set on her bed, cuddled up with her favorite blankie, and reading her book, A Gathering of Shadows, which she has been cruising though, considering her recent slow-reading reputation. So long, and good night!

Comments

  1. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said:

    I really like the premise of this meme! But I know myself too well, and how hard I find it to kick books off my shelves (physical AND virtual) so I’d just end up keeping them all, haha.

    As for your ones…

    I read five of the six The Immortals books. In fact I binge read them one after the other. And then I never finished the series because I just couldn’t handle the melodrama of it all anymore. So I think you are safe in your decision to boot that one.

    I have also never read a Sarah Dessen book, and that’s probably because contemporary is never something I particularly gravitate towards unless it’s diverse (because diverse genre fiction is still growing slowly and there’s not enough!). I know that a lot of people love her books but there’s just no interest there on my part, eep. I remember I bought one of her books YEARS ago but I actually traded it away for something else haha.

    I hope you manage to cull your TBR with this new meme, Rosie! 😀
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    1. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      Yay, thank goodness because I don’t need a long series to get caught up in at the moment – it’s the last thing I need! Ha!

      I already feel a smidge better with the small (very small) progress I’ve made and I’m hopeful to bring it down significantly in the future! Weee! 😀

  2. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Jen Ryland said:

    Wow, that is a crazy-long TBR. I have a short list (maybe 25?) review books and then past that I don’t really keep a list. Good luck with your project!
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    1. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      I ENVY YOU!!!

      I just have a really bad habit of browsing Goodreads when I have no business doing so, and the books just keep being added… lol.

  3. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Cait @ Paper Fury said:

    Ohh I’m the same with Sarah Dessen and when I mentioned it in my post, most people told me to at least read one, and make it Lock and Key.😂 So that answers the question for me hahah. I also am glad you’re keeping Incarceron! It’s been so many years since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it?! (I have very little memory OF the story but oh well.😂)
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    1. On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 Rosie @ RosieWritesThings said:

      Oh good! I know Incarceron has been on there for EVERRR, and maybe someday I’ll read it… 😂 And, well, if I had to pick any Sarah Dessen book to have on my shelf, I guess I picked the right one, eh?!? GO ME!

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