Down the TBR Hole #5

09/10/2022     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

Ok, so this week I am starting with 164 books on the Want to Read shelf. Let’s see how far down we can get that number.

Down the TBR Hole #5Internment by Samira Ahmed
on 03/19/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian, Young Adult Fiction / Religious / Muslim, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Pages: 400

An instant New York Times bestseller!
"Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent."--Entertainment Weekly

Rebellions are built on hope.
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Internment is a book I started to read not too long after it was released. I’d managed to snag one of the first copies from our public library. I didn’t get very far into the book before I ended up putting it down and never picked it back up again. To be honest, I’m not overly interested in the book, so I’m going to remove it.

Down the TBR Hole #5Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
Also by this author: Anna Dressed in Blood
Published by HarperCollins on 09/03/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Family / Siblings, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / Royalty
Pages: 464

In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series, an all-out war is brewing—one that will pit sister against sister and dead against undead.

After the grim confrontation with Queen Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, and it is up to Arsinoe to find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist lies heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Katharine’s reign remains intact—for now. When Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce, Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share. But as the two circle each other, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested. But the fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens. It always has.

This is one of my favorite book series and I own the entire series in paperback. I haven’t quite gotten to this one yet, but I’m planning on it, so this one stays.

Down the TBR Hole #5Rebel by Marie Lu
Also by this author: Warcross, Wildcard
Published by Roaring Brook Press on 10/01/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian, Young Adult Fiction / Family / Siblings, Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Pages: 320

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe—even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

Honestly, the only three books by Marie Lu that have kept my interest were Warcross, Wildcard, and The Kingdom of Back. I have a book from this series somewhere in my room, but honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll read it or not. I’m going to let this one go.

Down the TBR Hole #5Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 11/05/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / General, Young Adult Fiction / Superheroes
Pages: 560

All's fair in love and anarchy in Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades Trilogy

This volume sees Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.

Supernova is one of those books that I kept telling myself I was going to read. The problem is that the only book by Marissa Meyer I’ve read all the way through and enjoyed was Cinder. While I’m not saying I’ll never read this, I’m pulling it from the Want to Read shelf because it’s more likely that I won’t.

Down the TBR Hole #5Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Published by Penguin on 09/08/2022
Genres: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / Asian American, YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 448

An Instant New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller!

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

An Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Book

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he's found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he's left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love--or himself--at all.

In this moving debut novel--featuring striking blue stained edges and beautiful original endpaper art by the author--David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.

This is a book I thought for sure I’d remove from the Want to Read shelf, but after reading a short story in Gleanings that David Yoon co-wrote, I think I’m going to go ahead and give this one a shot, as I liked his writing style. This one stays.

So there you have it – I’ve removed three books and kept two, bringing my total number of books in the Want to Read shelf down to 161. Let’s see if next week I can get it down below 160.