Down the TBR Hole #3

08/27/2022     Charli     Meme

So I found Down the TBR Hole on Pages & Plots, but I’ve also seen it on Kerri McBookNerd, and Read to Ramble. It was originally created by Lost in a Story (blog unavailable).

Basically you go to Goodreads, look at your “Want to Read” shelf, order it in ascending order of when the books were added, then take the first 5 (or more) books, read the synopsis and then decide whether or not to keep the book in your TBR.

The Books

This week I’m back up to 162 on the TBR pile on Goodreads because I added a book. Let’s see if we can remove any.

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Down the TBR Hole #3The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Also by this author: Sky in the Deep
Series: Sky and Sea #2
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on 09/03/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Pages: 350
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From Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep, comes her new gut-wrenching epic The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

I read Sky in the Deep in 2019 and I loved it. However, for some reason I’ve never been able to get into The Girl the Sea Gave Back. For that reason, since this book has been hanging around on my TBR since 2019 and I’ve made only one attempt to read it, I’m going to be removing it.

Down the TBR Hole #3Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #1
on 11/06/2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Sexual Abuse
Pages: 336
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Uncover a riveting story of palace intrigue set in a sumptuous Asian-inspired fantasy world in the breakout YA novel that Publisher's Weekly calls "elegant and adrenaline-soaked."

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after -- the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

I started this book in 2019. I enjoyed it when I started it, but for some reason1Probably had to return it to the library because it had holds on it. didn’t finish it and never went back to get it. I’m going to remove it since I haven’t bothered to even try to read it again.

Down the TBR Hole #3The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday on 08/25/2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / General, Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Romance / Fantasy, Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical, Fiction / Women
Pages: 387
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is calledLe Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

I’ve tried at least three times to read The Night Circus. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten even 1/4 of the way through the book. I’m thinking at this point that I’ll never actually read it, so I’m going to remove it from the TBR shelf.

Down the TBR Hole #3House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Also by this author: Small Favors
Published by Random House Children's Books on 08/01/2020
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction / Horror
Pages: 416
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Get swept away by the New York Times bestseller that's sold almost 125,000 copies. As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family.

Step inside a fairy tale.--Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"Haunting, atmospheric, and immersive."--Bustle

"Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing . . . a perfect step into escapism and away from real life."--Hypable

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister's deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who--or what--are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family--before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Be careful who you dance with...

And don't miss Erin Craig's Small Favors, a mesmerizing and chilling novel about dark wishes and even darker dreams.

I own this book and I’ve actually gotten at least halfway through it. I just need to actually buckle down and read it. I’ve always enjoyed the story when I’ve read it before, so I don’t know why it is I haven’t bothered to finish it yet. This one stays.

Down the TBR Hole #3Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
Also by this author: Sea Witch
Series: Sea Witch #2
Also in this series: Sea Witch
Published by HarperCollins on 08/06/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Young Adult Fiction / Mermaids & Mermen, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
Pages: 416
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“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love. 

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.

Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds? 

Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

Another book that I own, I think the only reason I haven’t read this one yet is because I wanted to re-read Sea Witch first. I loved Sea Witch, and I know I’ll love Sea Witch Rising, I just need to do a re-read before I get to Sea Witch Rising. This one is also staying.

So there you have it. I’ve removed three books from my TBR pile on Goodreads to lower the total to 159 books in the TBR. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR and how many could you get rid of?