Down the TBR Hole #2

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 from there.

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 give myself a third option of moving books I’m uncertain of onto to my Goodreads Maybe shelf. Let’s get started!

Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland
– Susan Fraser King

Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, a young Saxon princess and her family—including the outlawed Edgar of England—ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar’s sister, Margaret, in marriage…. Goodreads
Published on: December 7th, 2010
Added to my shelves on: January 25th, 2014
I barely even remember adding this, which really isn’t a good sign.

The First Princess of Wales – Karen Harper

The daughter of a disgraced earl, she matched wits with a prince. It is the fourteenth century, the height of the Medieval Age, and at the court of King Edward III of England, chivalry is loudly praised while treachery runs rampant. When the lovely and high-spirited Joan of Kent is sent to this politically charged court, she is woefully unprepared for the underhanded maneuverings of her peers…. Goodreads
Published on: December 26th, 2006
Added to my shelves on: January 25th, 2014
Another one added so long ago! But Karen Harper is one of the historical fiction authors whose works I’ve always enjoyed, so this stays, but for another time.


Emma – Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen’s most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect…Goodreads
Published on: December 23rd, 1815
Added to my shelves on: February 13th, 2014
One of many in that teetering pile of classics I keep meaning to get to – which I will one of these days! This definitely stays, along with several other Jane Austen books I have on my TBR: Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.


Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever….Goodreads
Published on: October 6th, 2009
Added to my shelves on: February 19th, 2014
This still sounds quite interesting, not to mention that it has some really good reviews. Considering that I’m starting to appreciate sci-fi more of late, I’m inclined to keep this one, albeit for another time.


The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests….Goodreads
Published on: April 19th, 2011
Added to my shelves on: February 25th, 2014
I’ve attempted to start this series several times over the years, but have never really managed to get through more than a couple of chapters. It’s quite strange, since I really liked Aimee Carter’s other series, The Blackcoat Rebellion. Either way, this goes, because I don’t think I’m ever going to get to this.


Dreaming Anastasia – Joy Preble

Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead. In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn’t know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college – until the dreams start…Goodreads
Published on: September 1st, 2009
Added to my shelves on: February 25th, 2014
I’d completely forgotten about this book, but I think this is the perfect time to dust it off, with all the Anastasia retellings lined up for this year!


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy…Goodreads
Published on: October 12th, 1979
Added to my shelves on: February 27th, 2014
I know – practically everyone seems to have read this, but I haven’t managed to yet. Still on the list though, as I’m very curious about it, not to mention the great reviews!


Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen – Anna Whitelock

She was the first woman to inherit the throne of England, a key player in one of Britain’s stormiest eras, and a leader whose unwavering faith and swift retribution earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.” Though often overshadowed by her long-reigning sister, Elizabeth I, Mary lived a life full of defiance, despair, and triumph. Born the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII and the Spanish Katherine of Aragon, young Mary was a princess in every sense of the word…Goodreads
Published on: September 7th, 2010

Added to my shelves on: January 4th, 2014
Now that I take a second look at this, it reads more like a history book or a biography rather than historical fiction and I don’t really think I would enjoy this.


Wildefire – Karsten Knight

Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life – it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was searching for. Because terrifying, supernatural beasts roam the forests around campus….Goodreads
Published on: July 26th, 2011

Added to my shelves on: February 25th, 2014
I literally have no idea why this is on my shelf at all. Maybe because I thought the cover looked cool?


Queen Defiant: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine – Anne O’Brien

Orphaned at a young age, Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, seeks a strong husband to keep her hold on the vast lands that have made her the most powerful heiress in Europe. But her arranged marriage to Louis VII, King of France, is made disastrous by Louis’s weakness of will and fanatical devotion to the Church. Eleanor defies her husband by risking her life on an adventurous Crusade, and even challenges the Pope himself. And in young, brilliant, mercurial Henry d’Anjou, she finds her soul mate – the one man who is audacious enough to claim her for his own and make her Queen of England…Goodreads
Published on: June 7th, 2011
Added to my shelves on: February 19th, 2014
Definite keeper! Eleanor of Aquitaine has always been one of my favourite historical figures to read about and I’ve read other books by this author fairly recently and enjoyed them a lot.


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


4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #2

  1. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea March 21, 2019 / 3:06 am

    These are actually titles I’ve never heard of or read :-((, but I do agree that there are so many Anastasia retelling lately, so it wouldn’t hurt to read more books about her!

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    • journeyintofantasy March 21, 2019 / 7:10 am

      Yes some of these are actually really old books, but since the historical fiction novels this year have been really good so far, I’m starting to read a few from my backlist as well! Thanks for reading! 😃

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