Down the TBR Hole #31-40

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 4 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. You can have a look at the previous rounds here. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.pngLook, I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, but I do not support J.K. Rowling. I don’t want to get into it because she’s the author equivalent of a queen for some people, but I have no interest in reading one of her speeches.

verdict:  remove from wishlist

the queen of the tearling.pngI don’t know much about the Queen of the Tearling. Either people seem to love or hate it. Apparently, it contains a lot of political intrigue, so that definitely sparks my interest. I’ve been looking for books similar to A Song of Ice and Fire. Fantasy isn’t necessary, I just want to read a good book with royalty filled with twists and turns.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

a darker shade of magicI feel very conflicted when it comes to V.E. Schwab’s work. So many readers – including my sister – love her work, but I cannot support this author. A few months ago, she made some aphobic comments and as far as I know, she never genuinely apologised. Furthermore, I couldn’t even finish Vicious. So on the one hand, I’m interested to find out what the hype’s about, but I don’t think this is going to be my cup of tea.

verdict:  remove from TBR

illusions of fateI just read the synopsis of this one and it’s very clear this is a M/F romance. Even though magic intrigues me and this is a short book, I doubt I’d end up loving it.

verdict: remove from TBR

the rose & the daggerI read the Wrath & the Dawn back in 2015. So I definitely have to reread that one if I wish to pick the sequel up. I remember enjoying it, but I can’t help but think “Chelsea, it’s a romance???”, because I usually really don’t enjoy that. I think I’ll just re-read the Wrath & the Dawn first and then decided whether I’ll read the Rose & the Dagger afterwards.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

brokeback mountainBrokeback Mountain is only fifty pages long and I have access to the audiobook thanks to Storytel, so I might as well pick this one up one day. Even though I loved the film adaptation when I watched it a few years ago, I don’t think I’ll love this. People keep saying this is a gay love story, but aren’t they bisexual? And if that’s the case, this is the prefect example of the cheating bisexual trope :/

verdict: remains on TBR

the murder complexI was convinced this was a YA mystery, until I read the synopsis. Apparently this is a YA dystopia series? Well, that’s definitely not something I tend to read.

verdict: remove for TBR

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Though I want to read more mysteries, Dare Me has received more negative than positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. And I definitely want a thriller to pack a good punch, so I don’t think Dare Me is what I’m looking for.

verdict: remove from TBR

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Theme of this week’s Down the TBR hole? I don’t like M/F romances. So I doubt I’d enjoy These Broken Stars. Furthermore, this is a sci-fi series, and I really struggle with that genre. Though this book has received many positive reviews, I don’t see myself ever pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the carrie diaries.pngI bought this book when I started re-watching Sex and the City a few years ago. I thought the show was empowering and filled with feminist moments, but it’s so incredibly problematic. I had to stop watching it, so I don’t have any interest in reading the books either.

verdict: remove from TBR


I’m proud of myself for removing so many books from my TBR. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR hole #21-30

round 3.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 3 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

emmy & oliverEmmy & Oliver is a Young Adult contemporary romance. Last year, I would’ve taken this off my TBR, but I’ve been enjoying that genre a lot lately, even though M/F romances aren’t my cup of tea. Furthermore, I bought a physical copy only a few months ago, so I definitely don’t plan on getting rid of it yet.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

forbiddenThis is a book about incest. INCEST. Yet the average rating on Goodreads is 4.06, with over 40,000 ratings! The topic doesn’t appeal to me at all, but I am curious to see why people love this. So I’m feeling very conflicted. Like I said, I don’t want to read it, but I want to know why this has received such raving reviews.

verdict: ???

sea of monsters.pngI’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so the rest of the series is still on my TBR. I know for a fact I would’ve enjoyed these books much more when I was a kid, but I have to get through them to get to the even better stuff. I really want to read Riordan’s books, but I’ve been postponing it for over a year. Has anyone listened to the audiobooks yet? Maybe those will motivate me to continue this series.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

tiny pretty things.pngTiny Pretty Things was released back in 2015, but I’ve only recently heard very positive things about it. Apparently, this is filled with drama and unlikeable characters, which isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m willing to give it a shot thanks to the positive reviews.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

forgive me leonard peacock.pngI’m so uninterested in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I can’t even be bothered to read the blurb. I don’t enjoy reading novels from the perspective of male characters, especially not teenage boys. And apparently, this novel deals with depression and suicide. A few years ago, those topics were very popular in the YA community, but also very romanticised or vilified. Therefore, I’m incredibly wary to read this. I am depressed, so I don’t want to read something that could harm me.

verdict: remove from TBR

cruel beauty.pngI know everyone loves Beauty and the Beast retellings, but I feel rather indifferent towards them. I don’t stay clear from them intentionally, but I’m not dying to pick them up either. I could be wrong, but Cruel Beauty sounds like a very generic YA fantasy novel. Even though I’m not exactly opposed to reading this, I honestly don’t see myself pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the night circus.pngI don’t know much about the Night Circus and I’d like to keep it that way until I read this novel myself. It has received so much praise! Everyone constantly compares any novel starring a circus to this one, so it must be good. The only reason why I haven’t read this one yet, is because I own a mass paperback copy, and I don’t like reading those. I really want to get a hardcover copy, but they’re so expensive and rare!

verdict: remains on TBR

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A couple of readers have mentioned that The Bone Season romanticises slavery. Unfortunately, I already owned the first two books and had pre-ordered the collector’s edition of the third before I found out about it. I know this sounds incredibly selfish, but unhauling three hardcovers – including a signed collector’s edition – would mean I’d lose money. So even though I’m not interested in reading this series anymore, I want to read the first instalment and decide whether or not this series is worth continuing.

When a book or author is called out for being problematic, I usually remove it from my TBR immediately. That’s what I did with for example Nevernight and The Final Empire. But I cannot help but think about the money I’d basically throw away. It’s the same reason why I didn’t get rid of the Outlander series when Diana Gabaldon made those awful comments a few months ago. I’m so sorry for prioritizing money, but I’m currently unemployed, so can’t just keep on unhauling unread hardcover copies.

Anyway, I’m rambling. The verdict: remains on physical TBR (unless I can get a good price for them)

golden boy.pngGolden Boy is a book about a boy named Max, who is intersex. I just read a review by someone who is intersex and they loved the book, so I will definitely read it.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the kiss of deception.pngI have a feeling I’m not going to love The kiss of Deception. I struggle with YA fantasy romances that were released around that time, because they’re very trope-y and unoriginal. But I want to give this series a chance nonetheless. It doesn’t hurt that I really love the covers!

verdict: remains on physical TBR


Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole: #11-20

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 2 of down the TBR hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

angelfall.pngMy sister read the Angelfall series a few years ago and she loved it. Besides her, however, I haven’t seen that many people talk about this series. I know nothing about the plot and I’m afraid it’s going to contain many of the same tropes as the other YA dystopia/fantasy novels that were released around that time.

verdict: remove from TBR

the secret history.pngI started The Secret History one night a couple of summers ago, but when there came no end to the first chapter, I decided to put it down. And I haven’t picked it up since! I have the feeling I’m going to love this novel, but I just haven’t had the time to read it. Which is bullsh*t, because I have read much bigger novels such as A Game of Thrones since, but still 😀

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the girl on the train.pngI’ve heard so many mixed opinions on the Girl on the Train: some compare it to Gone Girl, others were very disappointed by it. That’s why I want to see for myself whether this novel lives up to the hype. I haven’t seen the film yet, so know nothing about the plot. I’m thinking about listening to it on audiobook.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the final empireI mentally removed The Final Empire from my TBR a couple of weeks ago when I learnt that Sanderson is very queerphobic. A simple Google search will let you know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, but how can I support an author that doesn’t even support my very existence? I could try and separate him from his work, just like I do with Maggie Stiefvater and J.K. Rowling, but what would that say about me? That I’m willing to overlook queerphobia as long as the books don’t disappoint me? No thank you.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

amy and rogers epic detour.pngI don’t know much about this novel, but it’s seems like an enjoyable read on a warm summer’s day. I’m usually not a fan of YA contemporaries that revolve around an allocishet M/F romance, but like I said, this book might be fun.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

carry onWhen Carry On was released, I had to have this book right away! Everyone was raving about it. When it arrived, I quickly put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. I haven’t picked it up since, and I don’t think I ever will. Carry On seems like the peak of fetishisation: allocishet it’s hyped by fangirls who just love reading about boys falling in love, but wouldn’t ever willingly pick up a novel featuring a F/F relationship. Furthermore, I haven’t heard many positive things about the queer – especially bi – represenation in this novel.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the art of being normal.pngI don’t know why the Art of Being Normal is still on my TBR, since I unhauled my copy a few months ago. I’m not interested in reading a cis author’s portrayal of a trans character in which the wrong pronouns are used throughout the entire blurb and the character is deadnamed!

verdict: remove from TBR + unhauled

the knife of never letting go.pngI own a cover of the Knife of Never Letting Go, but I’m never going to read it. Admittedly, I don’t know what it’s about, but I honestly have no interesting in finding out. Furthermore, I’ve read multiple of Ness’ novels and didn’t love any of them. So I guess this author just isn’t my cup of tea…

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the casual vacancy.pngI started reading the Casual Vacancy many, many years ago, back when I was still a J.K. Rowling fan. But I wasn’t able to finish it in time when I had to return it to the library. Since then, I’ve acquired my own copy and since I’m still a Harry Potter fan, though no longer a fan of the author, I do want to read this novel, even though it’s probably incredibly dill. However, just like The Cuckoo’s Calling, these books will probably remain unread for a very long time to come.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the darkest minds.pngI have mixed feelings about this series. On the one hand, I want to know why everyone loved it a few years ago, but on the other, I’m afraid this is going to be terribly trope-y. But isn’t this being adapted to film soon? if so and I’m interested after seeing the trailer, I might want to read this book.

verdict: remains on physical TBR


So this was my second Down the TBR Hole post. Once again, I kept way too many books on my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole (#1 – 10)

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You probably know the feeling: looking at your Goodreads TBR and being overwhelmed by the amount of books on those shelves. Last year, I tried to remove books I wasn’t interested in from that list, but I currently have 378 books on it, which is way too much. That’s why I decided to join Down the TBR hole, which was created by Lost in a Story.

From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick the first ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

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I haven’t even read the The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first instalment in this series, yet, but I do own a paperback copy of both. I want to read this book someday, but it certainly won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Book Thief was one of the first English novels I bought. I got it around the time the film adaptation was released, but I obviously haven’t picked this up yet. I definitely enjoy historical fiction from time to time, so I won’t get rid of this one.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Mara Dyer series is a paranormal fantasy/romance and therefore, I’m unsure whether I want to keep it. If it’s similar to The Raven Cycle, I might enjoy it, but if the romance is too prominent, this most likely won’t be my cup of tea. What do you think? Should I keep this series on my TBR?

verdict: unsure, but will probably remove from TBR

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I’ve owned this book for over two years, yet have never been in the mood to pick it up. Still, I want to know what the hype’s about. Just like the first two titles I mentioned in this post, I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I never, ever reach for classics. They remind me of mandatory reads and I rarely enjoyed those. Still, The Great Gatsby is one of the few classics I might pick up. I feel like I have to, as an English teacher. Besides, I quite enjoyed the film adaptation with Leonardo Dicaprio.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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Science-fiction is another genre I rarely reach for. So when I ultimately do pick up a sci-fi novel, I have no idea what’s going on, because I’m not familiar with the genre. But a lot of people seem to love this novel, so I want to give it a chance. Perhaps on audiobook?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I feel conflicted about Every Last Word . On the one hand, I want to read this because the main character has Purely-Obsessional OCD, but on the other hand, I’m wary because this isn’t an #OwnVoices novel. Furthermore, this novel was released several years ago, when book with unhappy endings such as The Fault in Our Stars and All the Bright Places were very popular. And I’m not looking for a book that portrays OCD in a negative or inaccurate way.

verdict: remove from TBR

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I bought Legend a few months ago because it was very cheap, but I have honestly no intention of reading it. I didn’t enjoy The Young Elites and Legend appeals to me even less. I’m not even as excited for Warcross as most readers (partially because I detest the cover) but if that one receives raving reviews, I might check it out. As for Legend, I probably won’t unhaul it, but I won’t read it either.

verdict: remove from TBR

all the rage

All the Rage is a novel about sexual assault and therefore, I’m so scared to read this. First of all, this story is going to enrage me either way, because no one deserves to get sexually assaulted. Secondly, if the author handles this topic the wrong way, it can cause a lot of hurt. So I’m convinced I won’t enjoy this novel,  but I’m okay with that. Still, that’s the reason why I keep postponing reading books that deal with similar topics. They need to be discussed, but it makes me angry and scared nonetheless.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

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This year, my love for contemporaries was rekindled. So I want to read Since You’ve Been Gone. But because this novel is almost 450 pages long, I keep postponing it. I only read a handful of books each month, and I think that’s quite a lot of pages for a YA contemporary. If I had more time to read during the summer, however, I would’ve picked this up already!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo that was my first Down the TBR Hole post. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Should I do this weekly, or whenever I feel like it? Let me know in the comments!

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