Down the TBR Hole #3

Hello, readers! It has been quite some time since I did one of these, and it’s about time I trimmed down my TBR a little. 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!

The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise
– Carolly Erickson

Born on the Caribbean island of Martinique, Josephine had an exotic Creole appeal that would ultimately propel her to reign over an empire as wife of the most powerful man in the world.  But her life is a story of ambition and danger, of luck and a ferocious will to survive.  Married young to an arrogant French aristocrat who died during the Terror, Josephine also narrowly missed losing her head to the guillotine.  But her extraordinary charm, sensuality, and natural cunning helped her become mistress to some of the most powerful politicians in post-Revolutionary France.  Soon she had married the much younger General Bonaparte, whose armies garnered France an empire that ran from Europe to Africa and the New World and who crowned himself and his wife Emperor and Empress of France… Goodreads
Published on: September 4th, 2007
Added to my shelves on: April 27th, 2014
Josephine is a historical figure I’m still quite curious about, especially after reading Sandra Gulland’s Josephine B trilogy a couple of years ago, so this one stays and hopefully I’ll get to it soon.


The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honoured to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one Goodreads
Published on: June 4th, 2013
Added to my shelves on: June 7th, 2014
I remember adding this book when all I wanted to read was dystopian, but now that my reading tastes have largely changed towards fantasy, I’m not finding this all that interesting anymore. Still, I’ll keep this on the list just in case.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infiniteGoodreads
Published on: February 1st, 1999
Added to my shelves on: June 8th, 2014
Ok this one is definitely staying. I’ve had it recommended to me so many times, but I simply haven’t had the time to sit down with it.


The Host – Stephanie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind Goodreads
Published on: May 6th, 2008
Added to my shelves on: June 9th, 2014
I can’t believe I still have this on my TBR – I think I added it back when I hadn’t yet lost faith in Twilight completely, but no way am I ever going to be in the mood to read this now.


The Maze Runner – James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run… Goodreads
Published on: October 6th, 2009
Added to my shelves on: June 9th, 2014
Here’s another long overdue read. This stays and I’m definitely going to read it. One of these days.


Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from. She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skinGoodreads
Published on: February 5th, 2013
Added to my shelves on: July 8th, 2014
Yes, I actually haven’t read this entire series. I read Shatter Me ages and ages ago, and I barely even remember what it was about, so I would need to reread that before even attempting this. Simply put, too much time commitment, but I’ll keep it for the mythical time when I exhaust my TBR.


Be Careful What You Wish For – Jeffrey Archer

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV BuckinghamBack in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chaliceGoodreads
Published on: March 11th, 2014
Added to my shelves on: March 16th, 2014
I got through the first three books before I lost interest in the story, but I do so hate leaving a series unfinished, so I’ll come back to this some day, since this is another book that will need a reread of everything before it.


The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne… Goodreads
Published on: March 10th, 2015

Added to my shelves on: February 15th, 2015
I’ve had this on my shelf forever, but I don’t think I’m ever going to get around to it. The premise doesn’t sound all that interesting to me anymore either.


The Emerald Sea – Richelle Mead

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course….Goodreads
Published on: June 26th, 2018

Added to my shelves on: May 27th, 2016
This is going to my Maybe shelf, since I did enjoy the previous books in this series, but I just don’t have the time to read this one now.


A Song of War: A Novel of Troy – Kate Quinn et al.

Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, haven of the god-born and the lucky, a city destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other plans—the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy’s gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: slaves and queens, heroes and cowards, seers and kings . . . and these are their stories….Goodreads
Published on: October 18th, 2016
Added to my shelves on: September 8th, 2016
This is the single most frustrating book on my TBR – because I want to read it so badly, but I can’t find a copy anywhere! This is definitely staying.


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


8 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #3

  1. Susan April 26, 2020 / 12:33 am

    I don’t know about the Program but Girls with Sharp Sticks and Girls with Razpr Hearts made me throw up vital organs all over my apt and I could not stop reading long enough to go put them back in my body.

    Liked by 1 person

    • journeyintofantasy May 1, 2020 / 12:38 pm

      I can’t wait to read Girls With Razor Hearts! It sounds great and I’m just waiting for a weekend to binge read it!


  2. Octavia @ Mermaid Reads April 26, 2020 / 1:08 am

    The Maze Runner is really good! Haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I definitely enjoyed book one! For me, the Shatter Me series just got worse and worse with each new release. Books 1-3 were pretty good, but after book 4 I had to DNF the rest of the series.

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  3. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirl) April 26, 2020 / 11:04 pm

    I recommend reading Unravel Me. I didn’t really like Shatter Me, but really enjoyed Unravel Me and absolutely loved Ignite Me. I recommend stopping there though because the last three books aren’t as good and not necessary to the story.

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    • journeyintofantasy May 3, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks! Reading your thoughts on the series, I really want to give it another try now!


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