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Down the TBR Hole

Hello, readers! Today I usually do Top Ten Tuesday, but I decided to do a differently weekly meme this week because I was feeling a little uninspired with my blog as a whole and needed to do something different. This meme is created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • 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?

I will warn you right now that I will probably be keeping quite a few of these because I did clense my TBR about a year ago and left pretty much the classics in either the real world or the bookish community so there is a strong chance that my feeling hasn’t changed.

Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

I am keeping this for the sole reason that I own it. I also read The Strange the Dreamer back in April and really liked it so I have a feeling that I will like this one, too.

Verdict: Keep

Vicious by VE Schwab

Confession! I have never read any book by Victoria Schwab, which seems like blasphemy. This is a book I’ve always wanted to read, but I just have a hard time buying adult books. I have always felt like this would probably be my favorite Victoria Schwab book though. It appeals to me the most.

Verdict: Keep

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Another author I have not read from at all. I honestly have no interest in the Folk of the Air trilogy, which is Holly Black’s most famous series. I just don’t think it’ll mix with me. This does strongly appeal to me because I do like the different take on vampires, but I just don’t think I’ll get to this.

Verdict: Remove

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

I am so torn on this one because I really love The Book Thief so much. Part of is scared to read this because I don’t want it to ruin my opinion for Markus Zusak. I haven’t heard many people complain about it. That being said, the synopsis did not tell me much about the plot and therefore didn’t reel me in.

Verdict: Remove

Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

This is one that younger me probably would’ve loved if she ever got around to it, but present me will probably not like it. It sounds very mid-2010’s, and that’s not where I’m at with my reading. I also just remembered that I did not like If I Stay so I am now pretty confident with my answer

Verdict: Remove

1984 by George Orwell

I’m keeping this because I do really enjoy classic dystopians. I have heard really good things about this, and I do think I will like it once I get my hands on it.

Verdict: Keep

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This still sounds like a book I will adore after all these years if not even more. I like fantastical books that somehow end up having birds in them, and I also love books that delve into generational relationships like this one does.

Verdict: Keep

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Delaria

This is like Just One Day where it sounds like a book I would’ve loved when I was younger, but I wouldn’t now. I still like the concept of it, but it definitely sounds like it’s stuck in the mid-2010’s. The reviews aren’t that great either.

Verdict: Remove

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Another classic dystopian. I have also heard great things about this.

Verdict: Keep

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The most intimidating part about this book is its size. It is on my bucketlist of books that I want to read, but it just scares me so much for me to get into it at least at the present moment.

Verdict: Keep

Overall, I’m not really surprised with my answers. I had a feeling that I would feel a certain way about some compared to the others. There were two that I was a little iffy on, but I think I made the best decision for me and my tastes. I’m pretty content with my answers because I was actually thinking I’d keep way more of these because I did cleanse through relatively recently, and I had left mostly classics and some few really talked about books.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any I should’ve kept on? I’d love to hear from you down in the comments!

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 22-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole

  1. Yes- read two of them.

    Disliked Animal Farm- it was a required book for Western Civilization II for college. Much harder to love required reading books

    Loved Les Misérables- that book never intimidated me. I had the preknowledge from the musical- which helped while reading the book

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    1. Yeah, required reading is always dicey. And that makes me feel better about Les Mis because I like the musical.


      1. In high school, I didn’t really like much of the required reading. I actually was close-minded a lot more in high school. In high school, I told myself I will never love a tragedy.

        I would learn to love that genre the hard way

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