Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1-3

Hey everyone!

I discovered Down the TBR Hole thanks to Destiny at Howling Libraries who got the original idea from the creators at Lost in a Story. It is an amazing idea because my Goodreads TBR is OUT OF CONTROL! So here we go…

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Current “to-read” shelf: 766

Books 1-5

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)Go Set a WatchmanDie Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)At the Water's EdgeAfter You (Me Before You, #2)

Book 1:

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3)by Libba Bray

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. 
Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order – the mysterious group her mother was once part of – is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Judgement – Go, for now (I need to finish book 2 before deciding if I’ll want to read this or now)

Book 2:

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2)by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

Judgement – Keep; I’ve heard mixed reviews, but think I need to read it anyway

Book 3:

The latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen’s New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit TNT series.
Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. 
Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. 
Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari six years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who – or what – is behind these gruesome deaths.
Story Locale: Boston, MA

Judgement – Go; I need to start at book 1, so that will be replacing this on my TBR

Book 4:

At the Water’s Edge
by Sara Gruen

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. 
To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. 
Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. 
The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. 

Judgement – Move to Maybe, Maybe shelf; Sounds good, but not something I’ll get to soon

Book 5:

After You (Me Before You #2)

“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life.”

Judgement – Go. I wasn’t a huge fan of book 1, so I don’t see myself reading this any time soon.

Books 6-10


Book 6:

Trigger Warning (Short Fictions and Disturbances)

Added: 3 April 2016: Neil Gaiman is an author that I’ve heard loads of great things about, but never read. This seems kind of interesting, but I have a feeling I’d read one of his novels before I’d pick this up.

Judgement – Move to Maybe, Maybe

Book 7:

Added: 3 April 2016: I’m not entirely sure how I’ll feel about this when I read it, but I’m determined to read it! So it stays for now.

Judgement – Keep

Book 8:

Added: 3 April 2016: I think I added this back when I was into the Fifty Shades series and thought it would be interesting to see the story from Christian’s side. I never finished the series, so I don’t think I’ll be getting to this any time soon.

Judgement – Go

Book 9:

 Added: 3 April 2016: I LOVE Nora Roberts. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read from her, so I don’t think this will be any different. I also tend to fly through her novels.

Judgement – Keep

Added: 3 April 2016: I’m pretty sure I added this because of the cover and without actually reading the blurb. I have no issue with m/m novels, but I feel there are better options out there now.

Judgement – Go

Books 11-15


Added 3 April 2016: Currently Buddy Reading Red Rising and loving it, so will absolutely be continuing the series.

Judgement – Keep

Book 12:

Added 3 April 2016: I never read book 1, so I don’t think I’ll be getting to this one anytime soon.

Judgement – Go

Added 3 April 2016: I don’t read enough Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic novels (and one of my favorite novels is in that genre), so this is definitely staying.

Judgement – Keep

Book 14:

Added 3 April 2016: I think Mindy Kaling is hilarious, so I’m really looking forward to this book.

Judgement – Keep

Book 15:

by Felicia DayJoss Whedon (Foreword)

Added 3 April 2016: This actually sounds really funny and right up my “I’m weird and I embrace it” alley.

Judgement – Keep

Click the cover art above to be taken to the Amazon site or the titles to take you to Goodreads. 

Do you think I should reconsider any of these shelving decisions or have a recommendation you think I should read? Leave a comment below!

See you next time!

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