Down the TBR Hole | Round 2

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It’s time for my second round down the TBR hole – read my first post here – and I’m excited to get a few more books off my list!

This tag was created by Lia at Lost in a Story, and here are the rules:

  • 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?

Just in case you missed my first post, I decided to change the rules a tiny bit. Instead of sorting by date added, I’m starting with the books on my list with the lowest ratings. Just because I did clean up my To Read shelf pretty well a few months ago.

(Note: for the purposes of this tag, I am excluding Shakespeare plays because there are a lot of them, and I’m going to read them all anyway.)

Book #11: Armada by Ernest Cline

I absolutely loved Ready Player One, which is why this ended up on my TBR. I know it’s gotten some mixed reviews, but I think I still want to give it a shot.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Book #12: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

This is supposedly the Fifty Shades of classic literature, and I honestly don’t think my curiosity will be sated until I’ve read it.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Book #13: Utopia by Thomas More

This is not going to be an easy round. I have to keep this one, what with my love of Tudor history (and Ever After).

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Book #14: As I Descended by Robin Talley

This is a YA adaptation of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, Macbeth. I’m pretty curious, and I do want to do a post all about Shakespeare adaptations, so I think I have to keep this one. Even though I’ve heard mixed things about it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Book #15: White Houses by Amy Bloom

I was definitely intrigued by the idea of historical fiction about Eleanor Roosevelt, and put this on my TBR mostly as a reminder to check it out. Honestly, though, after reading the synopsis, I’m not sure I’m sold on it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: GO

Book #16: Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Honestly, I really only want to read V. E. Schwab’s story. I have very little interest in the rest of the anthology. So it’s going.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: GO (sorry, not sorry)

Book #16: The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates by Daniel Golden

To be fair, this sounds really interesting. BUT, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure reading this would only make me angry (and resentful of my student loans from a non-ivy league school), so I should probably let it go.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: GO

Book #17: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I’m a huge Krysten Ritter fan, so I do really want to read this. I’ve been staring at my copy (which I got from Book of the Month as soon as it came out) for months, so I really should read it soon.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Book #18: Love and Friendship by Jane Austen

I love Jane Austen, and have read all of her major novels. All that’s left are her shorter works, and I do plan on reading them all eventually.

Do I own it? No (though maybe in an anthology…)

Verdict: KEEP

Book #19: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

This is one of the very first books I got from Book Outlet, so I’ve had it for a while. I love when books combine fantasy and science fiction, which is probably what attracted me to this in the first place. And, despite it having overall mixed reviews, it’s gotten some love from friends who have similar tastes in books.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Book #20: The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

My inner history major cannot resist books like this. I’m kind of on the fence, because the likelihood of me actually reading this is small, but it’s still a piece of history and maybe I’ll get to it someday.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP (for now)


Final tally:

KEEP: 7
GO: 3

Pretty happy with this actually! I was mostly realistic about my reading habits, and I feel better having removed a few books from my list.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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11 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole | Round 2

    1. Thanks!

      Utopia is about a perfect society. The author was heavily involved with the Tudors (by some accounts against his will), and was actually beheaded by Henry VIII.

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  1. Through a series of mishaps and a professor’s narrowed view of history, I wrote my undergradute dissertation on More’s Utopia (also Bacon’s Atlantis) and absolutely hated it, haha. Thomas More as a person was really interesting but his book just did nothing for me. I hope it goes better for you, since you’ll be reading it for pleasure!

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    1. Thanks! I do find More interesting, but I can see how the book itself might not be. It’s just one of those I feel like I have to read at some point, though.

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  2. Okay, totally keep The Communist Manifesto but I seriously recommend you don’t read it in one sitting! Like, read a chapter in between books here and there.

    Also, almost every single one of these is somewhere lost in my Goodreads tbr…

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  3. I should definitely do this with my TBR. It’s out of control. I have White Houses by Amy Bloom on my list as well and after your thoughts I think I might go and read the synopsis again and decide if I’m really that intrigued.

    Great post!

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