Happy Blogmas Day 6! The Christmas Season is also a good time for cleaning around and getting rid of things we no longer need. This post will be very fitting for that!
Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lost in a Story 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?
1-Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Synopsis: Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
Dragons and the fact that I have an ARC of the next upcoming book by this author has convinced me to keep this. I can’t wait to read it!
2-The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I mean, this story is so interesting and I’d love to read it, but I will clean it from my TBR because I’m sure I won’t get to it anytime soon, I’m sure of it. It is 750 pages long and probably difficult to read, so I will eliminate it from my shelf and leave it open for the future. At some point I will read it, but not now. The Three Musketeers goes.
3-S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
Synopsis: Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets Pretty Little Liars in this propulsive, edge-of-your-seat novel that explores just how far the elite at an English boarding school will go to maintain the social order.
One deadly weekend.
At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things--and new people--are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school's most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.
So imagine Greer's surprise when this very group invites her to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private estate of the parents of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It's billed as a weekend of "huntin' shootin' fishin'," and rumor has it that the invitee who most impresses the group will be given the privilege of becoming a Medieval themselves.
As the weekend begins to take shape, however, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings--the fancy clothes the maid lays out on Greer's bed, the elaborate multicourse dinners held in the Great Hall--there are predators lurking, and they're out for blood. . . .
I’ve heard mixed things about this book after adding it to my TBR shelf, but I have to admit that it sounds awfully interesting. It is only 300 pages, so not very long, and the premise is totally gripping. I would love to give this a try, so It’s staying.
4-The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.
I like historical books, and I’ve heard quite good things from reviewers with Advanced Copies (since this also hasn’t come out yet), but I am not interested in it as much. I remember I added it to the shelf because someone had said it was good, but I didn’t even stop to read what it was about. Now that I know, I do think it sounds good, but I am still not thrilled. GOODBYE.
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change. . . .
THIS IS STAYING THIS IS STAYING. There is no way I’m taking this book out of the TBR because it is one of my most anticipated releases. There are a thousand of OTHER anticipated releases I have, but I cannot let myself skip on this book. I really hope it is worth it and that I LOVE it as much as I want to. I’m a big fan of A Christmas Carol and since it’s the Christmas season, right now is the perfect time to read this book!
6-Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Synopsis: Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair...
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.
Margot from Epic Reads LOVES this book, and I added it because of her recommendations.But I did not know much beyond the fact that it was a Peter Pan retelling. I was sure I was not going to keep this, but after the synopsis, I’m getting the feeling this will be a very powerful book. I’m interested.Tiger Lily STAYS.
7-Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
I read the Giver in seventh grade and highly enjoyed it. I thought it was a really complex and thought-provoking book, and, for once, a good choice for school reading. But I’m not interested in this *kind of* sequel. The synopsis on Goodreads didn’t interest me either. It is one of those summaries that tell you about the story but at the same time doesn’t. It didn’t convince me. Gathering Blue GOES.
8-The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes
Synopsis: Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.
From debut author, Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.
This sounds like a cool and interesting contemporary I would probably enjoy. But I can't see myself ever picking this up and actually reading it, so I’m going to let it go.
9-Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Synopsis: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.
You know what, this sounds EXACTLY like Ruined by Amy Tintera. The plot is basically like- nay- it is exactly the same as Ruined! I don’t know if this is a synopsis kind of issue where the book is said to be something that will probably be different and unique in its own way, but it sounds EXACTLY like Ruined.
However, I LOVED that book. I hope Ash Princes will be different, but since it is described with all of the things I REALLY enjoy in stories, I do still want to read it. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be an absolute deja vu and copy, or maybe it will be just the fault of a repetitive, classical, I’m-trying-to-sell-you-the-book type of synopsis. I’m giving it a shot.
10-Wanderlost by Jen Malone
I’m not interested in this anymore. It is probably a cute contemporary and very well achieved for sure, but I simply don’t care at the moment. I’ve got MANY other contemporaries on my TBR. GOODBYE.
Well, 5/10 books are being cleaned out of the TBR!! That’s a 50%! It’s pretty good, right? I think it definitely is. Heck, if I can do the same with all of my other TBR books, then I will probably reduce my long list quite a chunk! Expect more of these posts, I found it to be very useful. Besides, now I am the DOUBLE excited about the books that I AM keeping. I’m interested to know what that Ash Princess book will turn out to be like. I’ll update you on it.
Would you have gotten rid of any of the books I decided to keep? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to chat!
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