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Down the TBR hole #7 ๐Ÿ

Happy Saturday, friends! How are you doing? Today I feel like doing some spring cleaning on my TBR shelves on Goodreads, so I am bringing you the seventh instalment of Down the TBR Hole! This is a little special one โ€” it’s a spring cleaning edition.

This lovely tag was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story and the rules are very simple: go to your Goodreads shelf, order the books in ascending date of adding it to your shelf, pick however many you want, and decide if you want to keep them or say goodbye to them!

the books ๐ŸŒผ

The Young Elites by Marie Lu ๐ŸŒผ I don’t even remember adding this book to my TBR shelf, and that probably says it all, doesn’t it? I really wanted to read Marie Lu’s other series (but never got around to doing it) but now the plot doesn’t interest me anymore… I think it’s time to let this one go from my pile and leave it for all the thousands of readers out there who do love the plot!
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


Hollow City by Ransom Riggs ๐ŸŒผ I read the first book in this series this January, and actually really liked it! I’m pretty sure I want to keep reading the series, so I’ll give this one another chance. But omg so many books in that series!! When I read the first one I thought this would be at best a trilogy. There are already six books out, that is a lot of commitment!!!
Verdict: stay ๐ŸŒž


The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ๐ŸŒผ I have a shameful confession to make… I’m not too keen on the Percy Jackson books. I never read them as a kid, and I think that’s a big reason why I never got into them. Percy, in the three books I read, was cute but also kind of a dumbass? I saw it compared to Harry Potter so often, but my heart is just not in it.
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare ๐ŸŒผ I was heavily influenced by Booktubers and bloggers to pick this up, but I never did and I doubt I ever will. It’s a middle grade fantasy book, and in my mind those two don’t really mix well. I tend to read more adult books or young adult books, but when I go down to middle grade I really need a terrific reason to do so. And, well, I just don’t have it with this one!
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini ๐ŸŒผ The synopsis of this book sounds so sweet and heartwarming โ€” it’s definitely right up my alley. And also since it’s set in Kabul, Afghanistan, there is a good chance I’ll read it this year for YARC 2019! I have another Khaled Hosseini book on my shelf (I own the loveliest paperback copy of it) and I’m also dying to read that one… Let’s see what 2019 brings.
Verdict: stay ๐ŸŒž


The House of Hades by Rick Riordan ๐ŸŒผ Yes, I know this isn’t a Percy Jackson book, but in my mind the two are forever connected. I will say that the reason why I added it to my list (and the reason why I am still considering reading it) is the Greek mythology. I love learning more about myths and pantheons, but I think I am after a less action-packed book. If you know of an engaging nonfiction book about the Greek myths and gods, please let me know!!!
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman ๐ŸŒผ I have heard so many positive and negative reviews of this novel, I’m not sure what to expect. From the blurb, I think I’ll love it. Slow-burning, depressing, atmospheric stories are my thing. The premise sounds really interesting, especially since this book is set in Australia and I don’t think I’ve read many novels set in the country. Plus, it’s historical fiction โ€” my favorite genre. Let’s see what happens.
Verdict: stay ๐ŸŒž


The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan ๐ŸŒผ Again a Percy Jackson all grown up book!!! And I am still not that interested!!! Wow, Rita from the past really added all the Riordan books she could find to her virtual TBR shelf, uh? I was looking through the reviews and I see that there are a ton of really positive ones. I’m sure I’d love this book too if I had read/been exposed to Percy Jackson when I was little!
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ๐ŸŒผ This historical fiction novel set in 1920s Paris is a fictional retelling (based on real events, though) of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley’s life together as they fall in love and out of love with one another. Although the book does sound interesting (20s in Paris!!! The life of a writer!!! A messy relationship that leads to misery and then some more misery!!!), I don’t think I’ll ever pick it up.
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami ๐ŸŒผ The Murakami novels I have read, I haven’t liked too much. Most of them I couldn’t even finish. The short stories I’ve read, I loved. So I really don’t know if I like the author’s work or not (I’m leaning more towards not). Since this is an entire trilogy that comes around to 900+ pages, I doubt this will be the best Murakami to try and start. While the premise sounds interesting, I don’t think I’ll like it much.
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


Vampire Academy: Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead & Emma Vieceli ๐ŸŒผ I loved the four Vampire Academy books I read way back when. I was hooked on Rose’s badassery, the love interests, and the evil plot that threatened the existence of our world. But I was dumb and stopped reading the series and now I can’t remember enough to continue. Plus, this graphic novel series smells so much of milking a successful series. And I hate it when authors do that, soooo.
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš


The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn ๐ŸŒผ I was massively underwhelmed by the first book, even though everyone and their mother has loved it. I thought the writing was lyrical and beautiful, but that was mostly it. While the plot had its interesting moments, I felt like everything was just dragged and dragged way too much. So I seriously doubt I will want to continue reading the series in the future.
Verdict: go ๐ŸŒš

the stats ๐ŸŒผ

So! I know this is a shorter post than usual, but I still managed to:
๐ŸŒผ say goodbye to 9 books
๐ŸŒผ keep 3 books

All in all, I would say this was a productive Saturday morning! I can’t wait until my TBR only has 200 or so books that I really want to read!

What about you? Do you also do Down the TBR hole posts? How many books have you said goodbye to in total so far?

5 thoughts on “Down the TBR hole #7 ๐Ÿ

  1. Ooooh it’s too bad you didn’t like the Percy Jackson series… I adored it when I was growing up! But I didn’t like the new series about Apollo either, so if you don’t plan on reading the series then kicking it out of the TBR is probably the best. I think I’ve had 1Q84 in my TBR for years as well, but never really got the urge to read it.

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