Down the tbr hole #1

I saw this meme for the first time on Isabelle’s blog. As someone who puts books on her tbr like there’s not tomorrow this seemed intriguing.. and scary. I currently have 1076 books on my ‘want-to-read’ shelf on Goodreads… I added the first book in March of 2014. I need to do something about that. So.. time to explain what this meme actually entails:

Lia @ Lost in a Story is the creator of Down the TBR Hole (and the header graphic above). Here’s the process:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: should it stay or go?

In order to keep this list a bit condensed, I won’t always be posting the entire synopsis as they tend to be very very long. If you’re interested in a book, you can always click the title. It will lead you to the corresponding Goodreads page where you can find the enitre synopsis.

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

I assume I added this book after I read The Vampire Acadamy.. This was almost 5 years ago and I’m pretty sure I’ve outgrown it. To be honest, I don’t think I was all that interested in Sydney anyway, just wanted to finish the whole story – it goes.

Half-Blood series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

I’m honestly not sure if I’m ready for more half-blood series. I feel like there was a time in my life I was superinterested in this type of story.. but I guess I moved on from it (tbf I couldn’t really remember this series anyway) – it goes.

Clockwork Angel – Infernal Devices series – Cassandra Clare

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Nope. I couldn’t get through The Mortal Instruments. I’ve tried guys and I know that I won’t be making myself popular by saying this. Maybe the movie and the series didn’t really help me get psyched for the story. And maybe I’ll be more interested in this series in the future, but until I get through The Mortal Instruments, it doesn’t belong on my tbr – it goes.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong

I have heard so many good things about this series and even though it has been on my tbr for years, i’m still interested enough to read it in the (near) future.. or you know.. someday – it stays

The Program series by Suzanne Young

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Okay so this story reminds me of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series. Even though I liked that one, if always felt like I was a bit too old, or maybe the characters were too young. But the premise seems interesting enough to leave it on my tbr for now – it stays

The total: 2 stay, 3 go. And with go, I mean three entire series. So I guess I’ve done a pretty good job! I’m definitely going to continue with this meme. I sometimes really feel like I’m drowning in books and this might be the solution to get it under control!

So.. what do you think about the books I’ve decided to take off my tbr, you think I’ve made a mistake? Convince me! see how hard it is for me to actually remove something?

32 thoughts on “Down the tbr hole #1

  1. crimson613 says:

    We have similar tastes!! I wish I had seen this meme before i deleted my whole tbr on goodreads, now i’m starting over xD The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer def sounds interesting, i like stories with memory and mind stuff 🙂


  2. jamsu says:

    This post kinda breaks my heart. Bloodlines and The Infernal Devices belong to one of my favorite book series ever.

    Bloodlines has enemies to lovers romance, magic, Sydney’s character development. Did I also mention Hopper? He’s a demon that looks like a little dragon and he just want to keep his ‘parents’ safe *cries*

    I actually wish I never gave Half-Blood a chance. I felt like I was rereading Vampire Academy but with Gods instead of vampires.

    The Infernal Devices is sm better than TMI. The writing is so much better and it has the best love triangle I have ever read. I’m team Will all the way but you can’t dislike Jem either.

    I loved Mara Dyer series. I’m just having problems with finishing the first book of the spin off.

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  3. dbsguidetothegalaxy says:

    Yay for starting the meme!
    No!! Not Bloodlines! I admit, I also wasn’t interested in Sydney in the beginning – I think I saw her as such an annoying character in the beginning – but I grew to love her.
    I remember trying to read The Infernal Devices? But it didn’t work out since historical fiction is usually a hit or miss with me – and it was unfortunately a miss.

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