Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole is a book meme created by Lia @ Lost In A Story that is an attempt to organize our never ending Goodreads TBR lists by choosing to keep or eliminate the books on there. With my TBR getting out of control, especially now that I’m more focused on new releases and recent backlist titles, I figured this would be a good time to cut down a little.

Here’s how it works:

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

Now since I don’t like removing books entirely, I’m giving myself a third option of moving books I’m uncertain of onto to my Goodreads Maybe shelf. Let’s get started!

Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) – Dan Brown

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee… Goodreads
Published on: May 14th, 2013
Added to my shelves on: December 30th, 2013
This is the only book in the Robert Langdon set that I still haven’t read. I do remember starting on this, but didn’t manage to get too far into it. Still, it’s Dan Brown and I will get around to it eventually.

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) – Christopher Paolini

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire… Goodreads
Published on: August 26th, 2003
Added to my shelves on: January 2nd, 2014
I’ve been meaning to get to this series forever, since it was recommended to me as being a great read for Lord of the Rings fans. Well that, and I actually own the first two books, so this definitely stays.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…Goodreads
Published on: June 7th, 2011
Added to my shelves on: January 2nd, 2014
Now this was one I added purely to see what all the hype was about. I’m still pretty curious about this series and it has really good reviews, so this is going to stay as something to pick up when I don’t have anything specific planned.


The Queen’s Pawn – Christy English

Princess Alais of France travels to England to marry Richard the Lionhearted, the son of King Henry II, armed only with her dowry, the valuable Vexin. When Alais arrives in the land of her father’s enemies, she is welcomed by the beautiful and powerful queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor, the richest and most influential woman in Europe, sees a kindred soul in the young French princess…Goodreads
Published on: April 6th, 2010
Added to my shelves on: January 3rd, 2014
This doesn’t sound nearly as interesting as it did when I added it around when I was starting to read serious historical fiction. Eleanor of Aquitaine remains one of my favourite historical figures to read about, so maybe someday, but for now, nope.


The Stolen Crown – Susan Higginbotham

Katherine Woodville’s sister never gave her a choice. A happy girl of modest means, Kate hardly expected to become a maker of kings. But when her sister impulsively marries King Edward IV in secret, Katherine’s life is no longer hers to control…Goodreads
Published on: March 1st, 2010
Added to my shelves on: January 4th, 2014
When it comes to historical fiction, the perspective I love reading from best are the side figures who are not often spoken of. Add to that that I have yet to read a book by this author that I don’t like, this a definite keeper.


The Tudor Throne – Brandy Purdy

In the wake of King Henry VIII’s death, England’s throne is left in a precarious state—as is the peculiar relationship between his two daughters. Mary, the elder, once treasured, had been declared a bastard in favor of her flame-haired half-sister, Elizabeth, born of the doomed Anne Boleyn. Yet the bond between the sisters was palpable from the start. Now reinstated, Mary eventually assumes her place as queen. But as Mary’s religious zeal evolves…Goodreads
Published on: July 1st, 2011
Added to my shelves on: January 4th, 2014
I rarely turn down Tudor era historical fiction, but somehow I’m just not in the mood for this book anymore.


To Die For: A Novel fo Anne Boleyn – Brandy Purdy

Meg Wyatt has been Anne Boleyn’s closest friend since they grew up together on neighboring manors in Kent. So when twenty-five-year-old Anne’s star begins to ascend, of course she takes Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling…at first. Meg is made mistress of Anne’s wardrobe, and she enjoys the spoils of this privileged orbit and uses her influence for good. She is young and beautiful and in favor; everyone at court assumes that being close to her is being close to Anne. But favor is fickle and envy is often laced with venom…Goodreads
Published on: February 18th, 2011
Added to my shelves on: January 4th, 2014
Another Tudor court novel from a side character’s view. I’m not going to be reading this any time soon since my current pile of historical novels is large enough, but I hope to come back to it at some time.


Nobody’s Princess – Esther M. Friesner

She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude…Goodreads
Published on: January 1st, 2007

Added to my shelves on: January 4th, 2014
A Helen of Troy childhood retelling! I think I’ll definitely come back to this at some point as I’m still very interested in this time period.


Faithful – Janet Fox

Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet’s life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is furious and devastated…Goodreads
Published on: May 1st, 2010

Added to my shelves on: January 25th, 2014
I literally have no idea why this is on my shelf at all. Maybe because it is apparently historical fiction?


Everlasting – Angie Frazier

Sailing aboard her father’s ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love in order to preserve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession – a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to a legendary civilization…Goodreads
Published on: June 1st, 2010
Added to my shelves on: January 25th, 2014
This still sounds interesting, it really does. But if I haven’t gotten to it in the past four years, there’s no way I’m reading it any time soon.


I’d love to hear your opinions on these books! Are there any I’m getting rid of that I should I really keep?


2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. innah96 April 25, 2019 / 8:00 am

    I loved Inferno and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!

    Liked by 1 person

    • journeyintofantasy April 27, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks for reading! I’ve been meaning to read Miss Peregrine’s for quite some time myself!


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