Down the TBR Hole #2

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I’m back for round #2 of  Lost in a Story’s fabulous method of conquering your TBR. Last time saw me only get rid of 1 book, which has me wondering if this will get easier with time!

Here’s how it works (taken directly from the source):

  • 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?

So, let’s get started…

The Books

The Power

The Power by Naomi Alderman
This is one of those books I’ve seen everywhere. The premise is an interesting one: a dystopian world where women have the power to kill with their touch. I’ve heard people recommend it for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale – a book I did enjoy reading last year – so I think I’ll give this one a go and see what all the hype is about!

Judgement: KEEP

 

 

The Lost LetterThe Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews
I first found out about this novel through following Mimi’s blog – one of the first I ever followed. I love reading her posts about snippets of Victorian history, so I was very excited to discover she had a Victorian historical romance novel coming out. I expect this to be sweet and well-researched, which sounds like something I’ll love!

Judgement: KEEP

 

 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This one is a tough choice for me. I’ve heard good things about this series from several people whose opinions I trust – but do I really need to be introducing another YA fantasy series into my life right now? In all honesty, there are several YA fantasy series higher on my priority list for the time being, and I can’t see myself starting on this one anytime soon.

Judgement: REMOVE

 

 

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This is another book which has received SO MUCH HYPE – every single review I’ve read/watched has been pretty much unanimous in its praise. It centres around a girl who creates a webcomic – which has that online community setting I loved so much about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – and apparently it has some really good mental health representation. Sounds like a winner to me!

Judgement: KEEP

 

 

Traitor's KnotTraitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos
I originally added this to my TBR in a bid to diversify my historical fiction reading. I tend to stick mostly to 19th and 20th century settings, but the English Civil War setting of this novel captured my interest. Unfortunately, though, it keeps getting pushed to the back of the queue, and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t feel bad about sticking mainly to 19th and 20th century historical fiction, because that’s just what I enjoy the most.

Judgement: REMOVE

 

Results

This Round: Kept 3/5
Overall: Kept 7/10

 

 

Down the TBR Hole #1

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When I think back to a year ago, before I had started blogging or joined Goodreads, memories spring to mind of a life where a “TBR” consisted of the maybe two or three unread books sitting on my bookshelf (note bookshelf – back in my old flat I didn’t own a bookcase!).

Fast-forward a year, and I have inevitably become a book buying addict, purchasing books at a far quicker rate than I can possibly read them. And so when I saw Lost in a Story’s fabulous method of conquering your TBR, I had to give it a try.

Here’s how it works (taken directly from the source):

  • 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?

So, let’s get started…

The Books

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This is a YA fantasy novel which has a pretty good overall rating on Goodreads. It sounds pretty intriguing, but I’ve found the fantasy series I’ve started in the last few months pretty hit and miss so I’m a little apprehensive about giving this one a go. Another reason I haven’t picked it up is that it’s not been available at any bookshop I’ve visited, nor on Amazon – but I’ve found out that it is on Book Depository, so I think I will give it a go.

Judgement: KEEP

 

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine K. Albright
I added this book to my TBR when I had some sudden inspiration for a WWII Historical Fiction about a young musician fleeing to London from Prague. This idea never came of anything, so while I’m sure this will be an interesting read, I don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Judgement: REMOVE

 

 

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I listened to the audiobook for Cinder, the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, and really loved it, so I want to keep on listening to the audiobooks for the rest of the series. I’m pretty slow with audiobooks, and I’m currently listening to His Dark Materials to remind myself of the story before reading La Belle Sauvage – but once I’m done with that, I’ll be moving straight on to Scarlet.

Judgement: KEEP

 

 

Glass Roses: A Victorian Fairytale

Glass Roses: A Victorian Fairytale by Britain Kalai Soderquist
Back in January I marked Glass Roses as one of my Top Priority Reads for 2018 – and this is definitely still the case!

Judgement: KEEP

 

 

 

 

The Undesirables

The Undesirables by Chad Thumann
Similarly to Glass Roses, I read the first draft of The Undesirables on Wattpad – and to this day, it’s still one of the most stunning books I’ve ever read on the site. It’s a beautiful WWII Historical Fiction, and just thinking about it now is making me excited to read the published version.

Judgement: KEEP

 

Results

This Round: Kept 4/5
Overall: Kept 4/5

Let me know what you thought of my decisions, and I’ll be back with another round whenever I next feel begin to feel overwhelmed by my ever-growing TBR!