Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by the very clever and ever so lovely Lia @LostInaStory , here’s Lia’s explanation so you can understand what the meme is all about –
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!
It works like this:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
So here we are, my 4th Down The TBR Hole!
Me Before You (#1) by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? – Goodreads
This is a book I put on my TBR list because when it first came out, everyone was so hyped about it, they loved it, everybody cried. After reading the reviews and reading over synopsis again and going in multiple bookstores and walking straight past it, I’m sure now that this book just isn’t for me, I’m not interested and I don’t think I’ll ever pick it up.
The Judgement: GO
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever. – Goodreads
I’ve watched and loved the film, I have such high expectations for this book but I’ve also seen SO MANY bad reviews, this has really put me off. I don’t think I’ll ever buy it brand new but I’m still intrigued and I’d give it a read if it was given to me as a gift or if I bought it from a charity shop, we’ll keep it for now.
The Judgement: KEEP
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? – Goodreads
I’ve read so many books that have supposed to have been ‘just as good, if not better than Gone Girl’ and I haven’t enjoyed any of them. I hated The Girl on the Train which I found a post that said ‘if you liked Gone Girl then you’ll love The Girl on the Train’. So I was seriously put off reading Gone Girl, I was going to swipe it off my TBR list, but then my trusty sister-in-law read it and she loves it. I still feel unsure but if she loved it I’m sure I’ll be able to enjoy it, plus I have just bought myself a copy so we’ll just have to wait and see!
The Judgement: KEEP
The Shepherd (Shepherd #1) by Ethan Cross
TO STOP A MONSTER…
Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr. both have a talent for hurting people. Marcus, a former New York City homicide detective, uses his abilities to protect others while Ackerman uses his gifts to inflict pain and suffering.
HE MUST EMBRACE THE MONSTER WITHIN HIMSELF
When both men become unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of our government, Marcus finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse trapped between a twisted psychopath and a vigilante with seemingly unlimited resources. Aided by a rogue FBI agent and the vigilante’s beautiful daughter – a woman with whom he’s quickly falling in love – Marcus must expose the deadly political conspiracy and confront his past while hunting down one of the must cunning and ruthless killers in the world. – Goodreads
This post has been in my drafts for so long because I simply couldn’t be bothered writing about this book, I wrote out everything for the other books and left this one for so long because it was bothering me that much I just couldn’t be bothered re-reading the synopsis to see if I like the sound of it, how bad is that? So from that and the fact that I did finally re-read the synopsis I have decided, I’m just not interested.
The Judgement: GO
Salt & Storm (Salt & Storm #1) by Kendall Kulper
You don’t know what you must give up to become a witch.
Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island’s sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.
Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she’s never been wrong before.
Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.
Avery walks the knife’s edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper’s sweeping debut: the story of one girl’s fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets. – Goodreads
I put this on my TBR list because I saw a lot of people talking about it and a lot of people really enjoyed it. As I’ve re-read the synopsis I’ve come to realise that it’s just not for me. It actually sounds like a pretty good story and for people who are really into fantasy might enjoy this book but it doesn’t excite me enough to want to read it!
The Judgement: GO
I think I’ve had a pretty good clear out this time, I’ve managed to get rid of three books that I’d probably never think about again yay! Thank you so much for reading.