Down the TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole

Hello friends!

It’s time again for another TBR purge! I, for some reason, have a lot of fun doing these, and find them super therapeutic. I like to pretend they help me get my TBR under control, but let’s be real, I add books MUCH faster than I get rid of them so uhhh. Not really. I console myself by thinking that it could be a lot lot lot worse. Right? RIGHT? Right.

This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I’ve settled on 8).
  • Read the synopses of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Title = Goodreads link


1- Alif the Unseen – G. Willow Wilson

This literally sounds like a book I’d adore. It’s about a hacker who hides not so great people from the government and they are onto him so he finds a super powerful jinn book and honestly yes? I need this in my life? I’m getting this in my next book order. The only question is when.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

2- The Kite Runner – Khaled Husseini

I absolutely adored the author’s And the Mountains Echoed and have been meaning to read his other works ever since. That was three years ago… I know I’ll get to it one day. One day. Maybe when I’m old and grey lmao.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

3- Am I Normal Yet – Holly Bourne

Umm…I honestly cannot remember what this is about besides the fact that it’s a typical high school contemporary. I have been told it has great mental health rep but that alone isn’t pulling me in enough to want to read this book. I lost interest, especially with all the other amazing sounding mental health books I have on my TBR that I’m dying to get to.

Verdict: Remove

4- Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

I read the first book in this series and although I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it either. It’s definitely some of Leigh Bardugo’s weakest work. And if it weren’t for the fact that I want to read King of Scars eventually for my queen, Nina (and Zoya), I’d DNF this trilogy.

Verdict: Keep ✔️


5- The Archived – Victoria Schwab

I’ve been meaning to make my way through all of Schwab’s works since I finished A Conjuring of Light and yet, here I am two years later having read ZERO of her other works. Because I’m trash. Like seriously, I adore her writing and yet I haven’t picked up anything by her when I’m determined to read EVERYTHING by her.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

6- The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi  Heillig

Honestly, the only thing that can get me interest in pirate books at this point in my life is if they’re gay pirates. Otherwise, that’s an aspect of fantasy that isn’t appealing to me at all.

Verdict: Remove

7- Shadowshaper – Daniel José Older

This book is Latinx (Puerto Rican) urban fantasy and that’s all I need to know to read it. I adore urban fantasy but I got tired of the same old things, so the fact that it’s woven with a non-western culture makes my heart happy. It’s also about shadowshapers, people who shape shadows through art. I’m not too sure what that means but I can’t wait to find out.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

8- The Color of Our Sky – Amita Trasi

Last by not least is a historical fiction set in India about two best friends, one who finds herself tangled in slave trafficking and the other who tries to save her. So of course, of course I need to read this book and let it destroy me.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

Final Verdict: 2/8 removed. I’m trash.

That’s it until next time.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any you should think I should keep/remove?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


16 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #4

  1. I read Shadow and Bone a few years ago, and I wasn’t really impressed, a bit bored actually. I decided to not continue with the trilogy, so I hope you enjoy Siege and Storm more than the first novel! (I totally understand wanting to read it to continue with the world!). Funny thing is, I’m currently reading Six of Crows. I was convinced it was fine without the original trilogy, that I was going to love it… And I’m really enjoying it so far, and I’m curious about what happened in the trilogy but also, can I be bothered to go back to it?

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    • You’re perfectly fine reading Six of Crows without Shadow and Bone! I read that first and reading Shadow and Bone didn’t add much to my knowledge of SoC if at all. I know there are a few cameos from S&B characters in CK but you don’t have to have read it to understand who they are and their roles, etc…

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      • In the meantime, I actually read the duology and it was fine! But, surprisingly, it made me want to give Shadow and Bone another chance, because of the cameos I’m curious, so I’ll probably pick it up at some point!


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