Down the TBR Hole

Mini Reviews-4

I forgot to do one last week! Things just got so busy but I’m back this week with another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. Dark Angels by Karleen Koen

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So, before I got really into YA books and rediscovered my love for all things fantasy I basically only read historical fiction. I love history. I studied it at university and have taught it to high school students. But I really don’t understand why I ever added this book to my TBR. I honesty am not interested in Charles II or his Restoration court. So…goodbye book!

The Verdict: Remove

2. The Black Book by Ian Rankin

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I discovered this series while living in Edinburgh. It was so cool to read about locations I had just visited earlier that day. I devoured the first four books and then moved home and forgot about them. I have a copy of The Black Book sitting on my shelf and really want to get back into the series. It was so good!

The Verdict: Keep

3. The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan

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This is the third book is a series but I feel like I’m missing out by not picking up on of Trudi Canavan’s fantasy books. I have so many of them on my TBR and the reviews look great. But of course I can’t start at the end of trilogy! So, this needs to be removed for now.

The Verdict: Remove 

4. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

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Yes, these books are sometimes overly dramatic and not really historically correct, but I love how they focus on the women of the Tudor court. I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. Seriously! I have loved every Philippa Gregory books I’ve read so far.

The Verdict: Keep

5. His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester by Jeane Westin

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I didn’t really enjoy the author’s previous book (I gave it a 1.5 star rating). I love all things Elizabeth I but I’m really going to have to pass on this one.

The Verdict: Remove


Three more books removed from my TBR! Woo! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts or opinions on them.

Down the TBR Hole

Mini Reviews-4

Wow! The week went by so quickly. How is it Sunday already?!?! Here’s another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra Dhonielle Clayton

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I’ve heard soooooo many good things about this book on Twitter! It features a diverse cast and backstabbing ballerinas. Oh the drama! But in all seriousness the book also tackles very important issues such as racism, sexism, body image and white privilege. I’m definitely going to be picking this up during my summer break.

The Verdict: Keep

2. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

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I don’t remember adding this book to my TBR but I know for sure it’s not for me. Last year I tried to read another book by Sedgwick, Blood Red, Snow White, and absolutely hated it. It put it down after struggling through 30% of it. The style, the narrative voice, it did nothing for me. I felt no connection with it and I just couldn’t stay interested.

The Verdict: Remove

3. Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

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A book about Jane Austen that includes romance and a murder mystery?!?! YESSSS! YESSS! YESSS! I’m down for anything Austen related and this book sounds so good. Why haven’t I read it yet?

The Verdict: Keep

4. Remember Me Forever by Sara Wolf

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This is the third book in a series I didn’t like. It just had too much unrealistic drama. Wanting to constantly slap characters is never a good thing! So…this is definitely being removed from my TBR. Why keep a book you know you won’t like?

The Verdict: Remove

5. A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

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This is another instance of how did this end up on my TBR? I haven’t read any other books in the series. At first I thought it was from when I first joined Goodreads. I would just add every book to my list but this was published in 2016. So strange!

The Verdict: Remove


Three seems to be my magic number! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them and my choices 🙂

Down the TBR Hole

Mini Reviews-4

It’s that time of the week. Here’s another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

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The third book in a series that I haven’t read yet…nope! Goodbye pretty purple book.

The Verdict: Remove

2. Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh by Catharine H. Roehrig

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This book has been on my TBR for ages. I added it while I was going through my I-love-all-things-Egypt phase. I haven’t been reading a lot of non-fiction books lately but I really do want to pick this one up eventually. Hatshepsut was such a fascinating woman who was able to rule Egypt all on her own. There’s so much we don’t know about her because her step-son (who took succeeded her) tried to erase her rule from history. I’m totally keep this one on my TBR!

The Verdict: Keep

3. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobb

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I was sent this book ages ago for review and just haven’t gotten to it. I really need to because I feel bad not reviewing books that I’ve received for free.

The Verdict: Keep

4. She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England by Elizabeth Norton 

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Another history book about fascinating women from history! Normally I would be all over this but the reviews are ALL super negative. I watched a documentary series on YouTube with the same title and it was meh. So, while it makes me sad, I’m going to pass on this one.

The Verdict: Remove

5. Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

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When did I add this to my TBR?! Giveaway maybe? But then again, nothing about this book sounds like something I would want to read. This is so weird!

The Verdict: Remove


Wooooo 3 more books are gone from my TBR! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. 🙂

Down the TBR Hole

Mini Reviews-4

It’s time for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

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This book has been on my TBR since it came out. I recently purchased a copy of it (yay for book sales) and I’m hoping to read it sometime this summer. So, it definitely stays!

The Verdict: Keep

2. A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

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This is the second book in a duology (not sure to be honest) but I really want to read it. It sounds amazing and I love the cover!

The Verdict: Keep

3. Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn

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This is from a period a few years ago when I only read historical fiction books based in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. I really, really hated the first book from this series so why is the sequel still on my TBR?!?! Goodbye!

The Verdict: Remove

4. Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

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I haven’t read the first book so this one needs to go!

The Verdict: Remove

5. Lantern by Chess Desalls

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I honestly don’t remember ever adding this book to my TBR. The cover is interesting but that’s all it has going for it. Ghosts and pranks? Nope. It just doesn’t sound like something that I would enjoy reading.

The Verdict: Remove


YESSSSS for managing to remove 3 more books from my TBR! Have you read any of these books before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. 🙂

Down the TBR Hole

Mini Reviews-4

Trying something new this week! I decided to starting participating in Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. My TBR pile is never ending so I feel like I really need a meme like this in my life. Let’s do this…


The Books:

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

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I recently read Albertalli’s second novel The Upside of Unrequited and absolutely loved it! I honestly can’t believe that I haven’t read Simon Vs. yet. Albertalli’s writing is just so real and honest. Also, I’ve heard tons and tons of good things about this book and that makes me want to read it even more.

The Verdict: Keep!!!!!!

2. A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

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Why is this book even on my TBR? It’s a sequel. I haven’t even read the first book!

The Verdict: Remove

3. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

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This book contains a bunch of things that I love: WWII history, forbidden romance, Scotland…I really, really need to read it.

The Verdict: Keep

4. Spirit of the Highway by Deborah Swift

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Ummm….why is this on my TBR? It doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy and it’s the second book in a series. WHAT?!?!

The Verdict: Remove

5. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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I’ve loved everything Hodge has released so far! So…I don’t see this book being any different. Plus, the cover is perfect! Mysterious and intriguing. *sigh* This book is going to be amazing!

The Verdict: Keep


Well, that’s it for this week. I think keeping 3 books out 5 isn’t too bad. Have you read any of these books before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them. 🙂