Down the TBR Hole | #4

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

Welcome to the fourth instalment of Down the TBR Hole! It’s been exactly a month since I posted my last Down the TBR Hole and I can’t believe how much more my TBR has grown since then. It feels like fighting a never-ending battle sometimes haha.

This month I had planned on meeting some of my deadlines that I set myself in my first instalment, but unfortunately, I’ve barely been able to do any reading (let alone blogging or anything else). So far I’ve only managed to read The Snow Child, and had started The Night Circus but had to put it aside to try and deal with all of my upcoming ARCs! I’m hoping once the ARC tide calms down a little bit I’ll have more time for my wonderful backlist books 🌊

As it’s been a little while since my last post and I’m eager to get through my TBR pile as quickly as possible, today’s post contains a grand total of 31 books!

How it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 books)
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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dragon teeth

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Added: June 28th 2017

I love the Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and loved the sound of this posthumous book (Western meets palaeontology) but re-reading the description it sounds a bit too much like privileged men drivel for me to enjoy it

Verdict: Go! ❌


eating animals

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Added: July 2nd 2017

This is one that I definitely want to keep. I took human-animal relations in my third year at uni and started to become much more interested in food production and eating habits after that. I’ve owned this book since 2017 but haven’t made time for it yet!

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: May 2019


wishful drinking

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Added: July 7th 2017

I actually read about 40-50% of this when I first bought it and made the very silly mistake of putting it down for the moment and ended up forgetting about it. I love Carrie and I loved what I had read of the book so far so want to commit to finishing it

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: May 2019


the wicked and the divine

The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act by various

Added: July 11th 2017

There is no alternate timeline in which this wouldn’t be a definite keep for me. I am DESPERATE to read TW&TD series and am trying to get over my graphic novel buying guilt and just buy it already

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: April 2019


goodnight stories for rebel girls

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Added: July 11th 2017

I love everything about Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and would love to own a copy for my children, but I don’t think I’m ever going to get time for this with all of my other books atm

Verdict: Go! ❌


women in science

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Added: July 11th 2017

Same as above, another book that I adore and want to own for my children but not one I think I can get to right now

Verdict: Go! ❌


the island at the end of everything

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Added: July 11th 2017

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is such a beautiful and poetic writer. I loved her debut The Girl of Ink and Stars and immediately added her second novel. I’m not sure if I will get time for this one but I love the sound of it so will keep it for now

Verdict: Keep for now! ✅
Deadline: June 2019


monster culture

Monster Culture in the 21st Century edited by Marina Levina and Diem-Mu T. Bui

Added: July 12th 2017

Another one there’s no way I’m getting rid of! I love this book and it has some fantastic essays in it, I want to read the rest of it so bad

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: June 2019


heartland

Heartland by Lucy Hounsom

Added: September 5th 2017

I’m quite torn over keeping/discarding Heartland. I did quite enjoy Starborn, the first book in the series, but there was some very problematic blind rep right at the end. I think that maybe this is a series that I might just have to let go?

Verdict: Go?! ❓


want

Want by Cindy Pon

Added: September 11th 2017

I’ve heard great things about Want and I’m excited by the opportunity to read more diverse sci-fi, but this is another one I’m undecided on as the plot sounds quite similar to Marie Lu’s Legend series in some ways and I want to read different plots right now?

Verdict: Go?! ❓


strangers among us

Strangers Among Us edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law

Added: September 24th 2017

I love the Laksa Media anthologies edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law but I’m trying to steer clear of books which focus on mental health at the moment so I think I’ll put this one aside for now

Verdict: Go! ❌

 


smoke gets in your eyes

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematorium by Caitlin Doughty

Added: October 9th 2017

One day, one day I will get round to this because I have owned it for so damn long now. Hopefully, my deadline will make it happen sooner rather than later!

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: May 2019


alien ocean

Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas by Stefan Helmreich

Added: October 12th 2017

I started reading this shortly after receiving it but got a little intimidated by how technical the writing was. I still really want to read it though as it’s such an interesting ethnographic topic

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: July 2019


sounding the limits of life

Sounding the Limits of Life by Stefan Helmreich

Added: October 12th 2017

Another academic book which sounds super interesting but I honestly have no idea of when I would even have the time to read it so it’s going to have to go for now, especially as I added it back when I thought I would be doing an entirely different PhD!

Verdict: Go! ❌


new worlds

New Worlds, New Animals edited by R. J Hoage and William A. Deiss

Added: October 12th 2017

This book was incredibly interesting and useful for my dissertation and I would love to own a copy to peruse at my own leisure but again, not sure if I’m going to have time for it anytime soon so it’s going to go

Verdict: Go! ❌


zooland

Zooland: The Institution of Captivity by Irus Braverman

Added: October 12th 2017

I’m sure you can see a theme emerging by now (and there’s a few more on the way)… tbh I think the solution to this would be to just make an entire GR account for my academic TBR… *strokes chin*

Verdict: Go! ❌

 


humans and other animals

Humans and Other Animals: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions by Samantha Hurn

Added: October 12th 2017

This would have been a key text for my masters/PhD if I had done the original course I had planned on doing, but it isn’t relevant for my research right now. Onto the academic TBR it goes 😂

Verdict: Go! ❌


anthrozoology

Anthrozoology: Embracing Co-Existence in the Anthropocene edited by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison

Added: October 12th 2017

I’m just running out of things to say right now.

Verdict: Go! ❌

 


cosmic powers

Cosmic Powers edited by John Joseph Adams

Added: October 27th 2017

I added this purely based on there being some Becky Chambers in it and I was getting antsy waiting for Record of a Spaceborn Few. I think it’s unlikely I’ll ever read this and there’s lots of more Becky Chambers to look forward to

Verdict: Go! ❌


record of a spaceborn few

Record of A Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Added: October 27th 2017

There’s really no question about whether this is staying or not, it’s just here to shame me for not having read it the moment by beautiful pre-ordered copy arrived.

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: May 2019


a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Added: December 4th 2017

The film adaptation of this was so beautiful and powerful, it made me immediately want to read the book especially if I can get a copy of the illustrated version

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: June 2019


other minds

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Added: December 12th 2017

I am so excited to read this book and am so grateful to Lauren for gifting this to me at Christmas! Now I just need my deadline to help me get round to reading it!

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: May 2019


legendary

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Added: December 12th 2017

Another I’m quite undecided on. I did enjoy Caraval when I first read it but it also didn’t blow me away? I’ve heard that Legendary is a lot better than the first book but I don’t know if I care enough to keep it on my TBR?

Verdict: Go?! ❓


unearthed

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Added: December 12th 2017

I was excited to read this and even more so when I realized one of the authors was Amie Kaufman. However, the book has received quite a lukewarm response from reviewers and the plot doesn’t capture my interest anymore

Verdict: Go! ❌


the lady's guide

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Added: December 12th 2017

I removed the Gentleman’s Guide in my last instalment so it makes sense to remove the sequel as well. I was initially in love with the idea of this but I don’t really want to read a series about fancy aristocrats

Verdict: Go! ❌

 


dread nation

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Added: December 12th 2017

I was all over Dread Nation when it was first announced – that cover and plot is everything – but following Justina Ireland’s conduct on Twitter over the past year I’m not sure if she’s the kind of author I want to support, regardless of how good the book might/might not be

Verdict: Go?! ❓


all out

All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell

Added: December 12th 2017

I love the sound of All Out and it has received excellent reviews from other bloggers but, again, I don’t see myself having time for this when I have so many other books I’m more excited by

Verdict: Go! ❌


the lonelist girl in the universe

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Added: December 12th 2017

I was so slow to catch the Lauren James hype but after seeing her on two panels and meeting her to get my book signed I am definitely on it now. I can’t wait to read this (or her new book!)

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: June 2019


feeder

Feeder by Patrick Weekes

Added: December 12th 2017

I added this one purely on how awesome the blurb on GR sounded and became even more excited to read it when I realized that Patrick Weekes was one of the writer’s for Mass Effect

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: July 2019


torch against the night.jpg

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Added: December 20th 2017

Don’t ask me why I haven’t read this yet, especially as I’ve owned a copy of the book since July 2018! I need to get my butt into gear and actually finish reading this series

Verdict: Keep! ✅
Deadline: June 2019


ancilliary justiceAncillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Added: December 21st 2017

I did try and read Ancillary Justice last year but couldn’t get into it for some reason. I’d like to give it another shot as I’ve heard great things about Ann Leckie’s writing and she seems to be a sci-fi “must read” author that I should at least try

Verdict: Keep for now! ✅
Deadline: July 2019


Stats

Keep with deadline: 12/31
Go: 13/31
Undecided(Go?): 4/31

Stats pre-#4 purge: 219
Stats post-#4 purge: 207

I’ve been having a really bad day today where I haven’t been able to get much done so this list had made me feel so productive and much happier! I’m looking forward to actually being able to set aside time to read my backlist books and hope the time will come soon (plz stop me requesting any more ARCs!)

Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on my undecided books to help me decide whether they should stay or go!


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14 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole | #4

  1. I really need to start doing down the TBR hole weekly, because my Goodreads shelves are out of control! Especially my “want to read” but don’t own yet shelf, I can’t even remember the majority of what those books are even about, oops. Wouldn’t hurt to go through all the books I own too, because I know there are probably some that I can get rid of that I lost interest in or can’t remember why I got it. The illustrated version of A Monster Calls is so amazing! I love the story (and movie) so much.

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    1. Haha that’s definitely why I started. I promised myself that when it breached 200 books I wanted to read I would need to go through and remove some. I definitely had a lot on there that I either didn’t remember anything about and/or had no interest in anymore

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  2. I loved Want when I read it, but that was when it was free on Riveted for 24 hours, sooo…. I went through it really fast and now I feel like I barely remember most of it?

    Also, I’m not gonna judge you for removing my favourite books (only a bit), but The Lady’s Guide is definitely not about fancy aristocrats, if it makes a difference. Like, the siblings are born in a rich family, but by the second book (which can be read standalone) they pretty much run away from home to pursue the life they actually want as a bisexual disabled man with his gay(?) disabled boyfriend + aroace girl who just wants to be a doctor in the 18th century. Their lifestyle by then is very far from fancy aristocrats 😀 Also, there’s pirates.

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    1. I definitely see what you mean about the Guide series. I think I’m just quite tired of seeing books about rich queer white people who end up losing their fortune/disowned for various reasons. It’s just not a trope I particularly enjoy reading, regardless of how it ends up in the end!

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  3. Idk why I didn’t include this in the first comment, but: if your main issue with Want is that you’d like different plots right now, maybe keep it with a deadline? But like, even if you remove it, nothing is stopping you from adding it back later if you feel more interested in it. The sequel is coming out this year so maybe seeing people talk about that will motivate you (or the opposite, help you realise you don’t care about this after all)?

    I feel you on Dread Nation and the author, I have similar thoughts on it.

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  4. I’ve read Ancillary Justice and it is a doozy. I think I”m going to try and re-read this year and actually do the full trilogy, now that I know what I’m getting myself into. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe also looks good, definitely want to check that out!

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