Down the TBR Hole #5

It’s been a lóóóng time since I posted my last down the tbr meme! Over two months to be precise, and I’m pretty sure I’ve added a great number of books to my tbr list. Time to get rid of some more!

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?

Depending on whether I remove a book or a whole series this list will probably be 5 or 10 books. I’ll see. Last time I ended with 1105 books after I removed a couple books/series.. I have added a lot in between (I now have 1127 books on my tbr), but I do need to let go of some books. Here goes!

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

High-school beauty Natalie Hargrove has spent years plotting to become prom queen. She’s got just what it takes: popularity, glamour and ruthless ambition. When someone threatens to overturn her perfect plan, Natalie needs to take control. But a critical error plunges her into a sea of secrets, shame and scandal. Because it turns out there’s one thing even Natalie Hargrove can’t command – and that’s fate.

This book.. I’ve read most of the House of Night series, and I eventually grew out of those. I don’t know if the story got too boring and repetitive or maybe I got too old for it. I’m not convinced I’m going to like this one, so it goes.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle series)

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

I’m not that much of a history fan, and not really interested in reading historic novels. So this is an easy one, it goes.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras.

But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. 

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

I’m actually still interested in this. Beauty queens stranded on an island? Trying to survive? And also sexy pirates, I’m convinced I need to read this. It stays.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now—reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

I’m conflicted about Rainbow Rowells books. I loved Fangirl and Carry On, but I didn’t like Eleanor and Park. It’s still 2:1 so I guess I should read this and see where it ends up on my like-scale. It stays.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime. 

It sounds really interesting.. but I don’t think this is something for me. I think I’ve outgrown it. It goes.

I’ve actually managed to get rid of quite a few books! Series too! I’m still adding books to my tbr today, so to avoid disappointing myself by ending up with a higher number than I started with I’m going to skip the final numbers. No one can make me look at my tbr :’) hopefully I’ll be able to remove more books from my tbr next time and make sure it only contains the ones I really want to read!

3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #5

  1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    I actually read A Great and Terrible Beauty because it’s been on my TBR and a GR friend wanted to buddy read it, but honestly I didn’t like it much – looking back at my review apparently I planned to give the next book a chance, but I’m in no hurry, who knows if/when it’ll actually happen. so yeah, you’re probably not missing out on this one.

    as someone who also liked Fangirl but not E&P, I’d recommend giving Attachments a pass – I found the main romance more creepy than heartwarming, and there’s some casual ableist jokes.

    but overall, nice job cutting down your TBR a bit! whenever I do one of these, I seem to end up keeping the majority of them 😅


  2. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    I love all of Libbra Bray’s books, but man I’m so impressed with how many you edited off your list…I really need to do this again. I know there’s a lot of books I’ve definitely outgrown by now that can go lol


  3. Kristina says:

    I should probably do another one of thoses too .. as I keep adding to my virtual wanna read every time I cross something I’d like ahha

    Attachment and betrayal looks quite good, actually.


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