[DOWN THE TBR HOLE] #2

In order to clean out my Want To Read list on Goodreads, I decided to give this a try by writing the Down the TBR Hole article. This article was originally created by Lost in a Story and a lot of other bloggers are publishing it as well so you might’ve already come across it here and there. I always like reading those Down the TBR Hole articles and hopefully you’ll like to read it over here on my blog as well.

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| HOW DOES IT WORK? |

Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
 Order on ascending date added.
 Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
 
Read the synopses of the books
 
Decide: keep it or should it go?

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| THE BOOKS |

It’s really fun to see which books I’ve added to my to-read list so long ago and to find out how I feel about them now, 4 years later. Since I’ve only been using Goodreads actively since 2014, there aren’t any books I’ve added prior to 2014 obviously. In the first Down the TBR Hole edition, I showed the first 6 books I’ve added to my Want to Read list on Goodreads back in 2014. Now I’m going to look at the next 6 books on this list and see if I keep them or if I’m going to delete them. Here we go!

Forbidden by Lori Adams (the Soulkeepers #1)
Genre: YA, Paranormal romance, Demons, Angels
Added to GR in: September 2014

Lori Adams gives New Adult a haunting paranormal twist with the first novel of The Soulkeepers, a series that blends ancient legends and new myths with an enchanting mix of thrills, humor, and high drama.

When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. But there is more to Haven Hurst than meets the eye: it’s home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia soon realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible yet volatile Guardian who seems drawn to her too.

As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the beautiful young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Handsome and charismatic, Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death—unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.

Even though this looks like a book that has some typical tropes in it, it still sings to me haha. Guardian Angels, Demon Knights… it sounds so good! I think this is still a book that I love to read some day so I can’t part with it hihi. So my verdict on this one is:

Verdict ⇒ STAY

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Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green (of Demons and Angels #1)
Genre: Young adult, Paranormal romance, Angels, Demons
Added to GR in: March 2015

One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

I can see as to why I loved coming across this book back then and wanting to read it but it somehow doesn’t spark my interest anymore. It looks like a blend of Fallen and Halo and that’s not a bad thing though, but I don’t know if it’s unique enough and with so many books on my tbr, I think this one isn’t going to stay.

Verdict ⇒ GO

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Strange Angels by Lily St. Crow (Strange Angels #1)
Genre: Young adult, Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Added to GR in: March 2015

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

I’ve been wanting to read some zombie books for so long now but still haven’t gotten around to read any. This is the first Zombie read I’m coming across when looking into my Want to read list on Goodreads so I’m preferring it to stay, but… Two guys hungry for her affections? Scares me haha! The synopsis is quite minimal I think so it’s hard to make a choice here. The rating on Goodreads isn’t that bad actually but after having thought about it for a while; I don’t see myself reading it in the nearby future so I’m going to get rid off it. Maybe I’ll put it back on my tbr in the future when I’m really planning on actually buying and reading a zombie book haha.

Verdict ⇒ GO

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a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Genre: Classics, Historical Fiction
Added to GR in: March 2015

‘Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!’

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens’s vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne (‘Phiz’). Richard Maxwell’s introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.

Even though I barely get around to read any classics nowadways, I love reading them though! This is one of many that’s on my wishlist and I can’t part with it. There’s the fact that I find this synopsis really interesting but the most important thing: there’s the fact of Will and Tessa from the Infernal Devices reading this book haha. That alone makes me want to read this book haha. There’s nothing better than reading about fictional characters whom you love so much, and seeing them reading books and loving them. I can’t wait to find out what I’ll think of this book and then re-read Clockwork Angel and look into what Tessa and Will said about It precisely – I know how much She loves it and he was kind of cynical about the book at first but then he re-read it, while falling in love with Tessa, and he changed his mind. And what they both said about this book, made me just really excited to read it hahaha. Soooo yeah; I need to read this book just for the fact of reminiscing and knowing Will Herondale has read it, lol. Yeah, I’m messed up, I know; letting fictional characters dictate on what I need to read hahaha. 

Verdict ⇒ STAY

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Plague of Angels by J.P. Kennedy (the Descended #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels
Added to GR in: March 2015

Nyx is Queen of Hell and ruler of the Angels who were banished there – the Descended.

And when the rest of the Angels are called home, Nyx finds herself stuck on the Earth with the Son of God. To her surprise, she learns that he is no happier than she. God’s son thought he was sent down to judge humanity. Instead, he becomes a sacrifice for a cause he does not believe in – their redemption.

After his mortal body dies, the Son of God makes Nyx an offer: a new paradise on Earth if she will help him destroy humanity.

With two of her fellow Angels by her side, Nyx launches a thousand-year campaign of violence, sex, betrayal and intrigue to bring down God’s people and have them worship her instead. From the back streets of Jerusalem to the palaces of Rome, from the temples of Egypt to the Pope’s bedchamber, Nyx and her companions work to destroy the worshippers of God.

But not all is as it seems. And the Son of God has bigger plans than any of them imagine…

Everything about this synopsis makes me hum in excitement. There’s no doubt in my mind as to wether I should keep this one or get rid of it haha. I have to add it a bit higher upon my wish lists because I really want to read this one some time next year. So many different settings and the paranormal elements make me so excited to start reading this one!

Verdict ⇒ STAY

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Seed by D.B. Nielsen (Keepers of Genesis #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal
Added to GR in: March 2015

A brilliant new adult paranormal romance with action, adventure, suspense and supernatural fantasy.

SEED is the first book in this gripping new epic adventure series sure to appeal to young adults and crossover fiction readers who enjoy an assured blend of romance, fantasy and history.

SEED and the other three novels in the Keepers of Genesis series (SCROLL , SWORD and STONE) should appeal to readers of Becca Fitzpatrick, of Stephanie Meyer, of Cassandra Clare’s MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, of Lauren Kate’s FALLEN books, of Danielle Trussoni‘s ANGELOLOGY as well as to quest/thriller novels by Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Steve Berry, Simon Toyne and to fans of Indiana Jones, National Treasure, The Mummy or of Lara Croft’s adventures.

One thrilling quest, twin sisters and their sweeping and adventurous romances, a perilous rivalry, intriguing exploration of some of Western culture’s greatest mysteries, a magical tale of angels and demons throughout the ages. Incorporating historical facts intertwined with myth, fantasy, fascinating esoterica and love story, SEED is a captivating read which marks the arrival of a wonderful new voice in YA and crossover escapist literature.

Another one I just can’t get rid off haha. I have such a weak spot for Angel books and when authors like Clare, Kate and Fitzpatrick are being mentioned, I get even more excited. The 4.35 rating on Goodreads looks really promising as well. So yeah;

Verdict ⇒ STAY

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| CONCLUSION | 

Out of these 6 books, 2 will GO and 4 will stay. So I think I did okay this time around considering it is really painful to remove books from my lists, lol. Sure, I could’ve gotten rid of more books but still; I managed to get rid of 2. 2 books that otherwise would’ve remained on my tbr for God knows how long, without ever having the intention to read them in the future, lol.

Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, should I change anything about the choices I made, you think? Maybe I removed one you think I should put back on my tbr? Love to hear from you. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

With Love,
Melissa ♥

17 thoughts on “[DOWN THE TBR HOLE] #2

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      thank you 🙂 And that is indeed a risk you take when writing this article, lol. But I really want to clean out the Want to Read list and I think this is a fun way to do it. But I have to be firm every time because I end up struggling a lot when I get rid of books from the tbr, lol. It’s too easy to keep them haha!

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      haha IKR! I deleted 2 books from the list in each article that I’ve written so far – 2 – but during the week I also added a couple of new ones to the list. This is kind of hopeless hahahaha.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      haha yeah I can relate but the Want to Read list is just too chaotic atm with over 1500 books. And there are books on that list that I put on there so many years ago and there are those that don’t hold my interest anymore so I can get rid of them this way and organize my list a bit better now. And it’s fun to also see some of the books again that I put on that want to read list so long ago. There are some I completely forgotten about but still want to read, so it’s good to see them again now haha.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      I’d really recommend doing it. It’s a really fun way to organize/adjust the want to read list. It’s fun to write and to see which books you put onto your list so long ago. I come across many books that I completely forgotten about but that I still want to read badly so they’ll be bumped up higher on the wishlist. But I also come across books that don’t hold my interest anymore so I can organize my want to read list by deleting those 🙂

  1. Whispering Stories

    I wish I could do this but my TBR list is made up of books from authors and publishers, some have been waiting nearly a year for a review as I have so many. Would love to do this but not fair on them when they have sent physical books. I’ll keep plodding along.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      No, that’s indeed not fair I think either. I’m using my Want to Read list on Goodreads but I filter out the books that are on my actual shelves. So I’m looking at books that I’ve added to the list, of wanting to read in the future but that I haven’t bought/received yet so that’s another thing entirely then I think 🙂

  2. Kati 👩🏻 (@KatisBRR15)

    Great post it is really hard for me to let go some books on my long goodreads tbr pile because I just want to read all of the books, but I do let go to alot of them on my goodreads tbr pile. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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