Down the TBR Hole #19

I haven’t done one of these posts since late last month so I felt like it was about time for me to brave my TBR pile again. And I kinda don’t have any motivation to write a ‘proper’ post so here we are.

If you’re newer here and don’t know what the heck Down the TBR Hole is, it’s a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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 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?



Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Okay but this sounds kinda interesting, but also I am not interested in it like at all anymore so…

Final Verdict: GO






The Scent of Legacy by Drina Steinberg

This book used to peak my interests, but to be completely honest I feel like I won’t enjoy it much.

Final Verdict: GO




The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

This sounds so interesting!!! The main character can use her sense of smell to make love potions for others and just?? Yes, please!

Final Verdict: KEEP




Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Final Verdict: KEEP



The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson

HAHA – I really don’t think this will ever happen. I’m kind of over trying to read all of the classics. I used to think that’d make me into a ‘real’ reader, but I’m over that now.

Final Verdict: GO





Asleep by Krystal Wade

I originally added this to my TBR because a friend of mine recommended it. It does sound good, but if I’m being honest I can’t really see myself reading it anytime soon.

Final Verdict: GO




Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I was really excited for this – mainly because the entire book community was excited for it – but then below average reviews started coming out and it just… doesn’t peak my interest anymore?

Final Verdict: GO




Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

This, however, is a completely different story. I haven’t read this yet because I was waiting for Winter to come out in paperback so that I can read it so I won’t get spoiled for events that happened in Winter when I read this.

Final Verdict: KEEP



Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

This does still sound really interesting to me, it gives me a paranormal vibe and I paranormal doesn’t really peak my interest.

Final Verdict: GO




Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I have heard mixed things about this. Most reviews I’ve read from bloggers I trust are between 2 and 3 stars so I am a bit wary, but also this book sounds really good so I’ll probably borrow it from the library (i really want to start utilizing the amazing library system my area has)

Final Verdict: KEEP

Previous TBR #: 486

Books Removed: 6

Books Kept: 4

TBR Total: 478 Previous TBR #: (i didn’t miscalculate btw – i removed some random books i saw on my tbr when i was looking through it as i was composing this post)


Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with the choices I made?

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21 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #19

  1. Great picks! I love doing this on my own TBR list… Its such a relief to let go of books I’m not excited to read anymore. And yeah no to classics right now… I’m one of those that read Flame in the Mist and I believe I gave it 3 star too… 😀 I still say read it, especially if you enjoyed Wrath and the Dawn duology… the writing is exactly the same. Same amount of magic and the same amount of girl running around changing the world. ❤️

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    1. The relief is real! Especially with the classics – I was holding onto them for so long. Yeah I haven’t heard the *greatest* things about Flame in the Mist so I’m wary about it (why i probably won’t purchase unless it’s on sale or something)


  2. Oh thank you for reminding me about The Secret of a Heart Note, that book has been on my Goodreads TBR since forever and it sounds amazing, I really need to read it sometime soon! ❤ I'm just like you about Flame in the Mist, despite the negative reviews, I am still intrigued so I'll give it a try anyway, I think 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂 x

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  3. “I used to think that’d make me into a ‘real’ reader, but I’m over that now.” I could not agree and relate more! I was in the exact same situation a few months back, but I’m so glad I got out of it!
    Haha, it’s so satisfying to get books off of your TBR, isn’t it? A real pleasure 😀 Great post!

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    1. Reading classics written decades ago seems to be something a lot of readers think they HAVE to read in order to be considered ‘real’ readers which is honestly so stupid?? Like, if we read, we’re real readers!

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  4. I actually own Trial by Fire, and I’m planning on reading it soon! I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.

    And I’m currently reading Renegades – it’s different than what she usually does, and to see it all written out you realize how ridiculous superheroes are XD But it’s good! If you like Marissa Meyer, you can definitely tell this is her writing. And it’s more diverse than TLC was, which I know a lot of people were commenting on. I’m around the beginning-transition-into-middle section and it has hit a bit of a slow point, but that might just be because I’m in more of a fantasy mood at the moment.

    Overall I definitely like it, but I really like Marissa Meyer in general and I’ve seen her writing progress, so I might be a biased XD

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    1. Definitely let me know if it ends up being a good book~ Oh that’s good that it’s more diverse!! But is the diversity handled well?


  5. I feel the same way about Renegades! I was really anticipating it and then it came out and I just… didn’t want to read it anymore. I’m still curious to read Wires and Nerves because it’s about Iko, I just don’t want to have to buy it haha so maybe if I can find it in my library or something, I’ll read it.

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    1. Exactly how I feel! I don’t know why I lost so much interest, I guess maybe due to the mediocre reviews I read for it made me lose my excitement? Iko is a favorite of mine, so that’s the main reason W&N interests me too – I’m also unsure whether I’d want to purchase it or not?? But I want to start using my local library so maybe they’ll have it as well.

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      1. Yeah, there were so many mediocre reviews 😦
        I’m still on the hunt of a copy somewhere, but I’m determined to read it without buying it haha (LEGALLY, of course)

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