Down the TBR Hole #5: Cassie Edition


I found out about this meme because Kris Marie from Boston Book Reader does it regularly on her blog! It, however, originated with Lost in a Story that deserves all the recognition for starting this great meme for the book blogging community!

The purpose of this meme is to go through your TBR (I am using GoodReads at first and then plan on going through my home books after!) and decide if you are going to keep the book or if you are getting rid of it on your TBR!  For a more formal understanding here is the original wording from the first “Down the TBR Hole” by Lost in a Story:

Anyway, 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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Currently, I have 323 books on my GR TBR, so I have decided to go through five of the books on the list at a time. I am hoping to get it lowered to at least only 200 by the time this is over. Wish me luck, I am going to need it! I will also be keeping track of the number of books that I remove from my GR TBR during this process, so that a final statistical number of removed titles is available because well I can and I want to see how many I removed after all is said and done. ?

The Books

Synopsis: Meet Jerrica Benton—a girl with a secret. She and her sisters team up with to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime! Collects issues #1-6.

Decision: Keeping
Reason: I still want to read this at some point. I am a huge fan of the animated series and I have wanted to read this for awhile. I may need to see if HOOPLA has a copy of this to check out. I have wanted to see how the comic book series compares for so long that if I took this off I would be mad at myself!




Synopsis: Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

Decision: Keeping
Reason: this book is an exploration about gender and nonconformity from what I hear about it, so I have to get around to reading it at some point. I need to connect with books like this more often, so this one stays for sure.


Synopsis: DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him—his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what—a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Bog Child is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit

Decision: Getting rid of it
Reason: I actually don’t remember adding this and based on the synopsis it does not sound like a book I would like to engage with anytime soon, as while I love reading books about contemporary issues I don’t feel engaged with the ones that seem to be the focus of this book right now.


Synopsis: When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying

Decision: Bye Felicia! (Too harsh? SORRY NOT SORRY)
Reason: Another one I don’t remember adding to my list. It also doesn’t sound like something that I want to read. This may be getting easier when I have books that I literally don’t remember ever being added. I guess I need to pay attention to what I add? or maybe not.

Synopsis: There’s an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It’s been there for an age. I keep on saying that I’ll write a journal. So I’ll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? I can’t just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I’ll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?

And so Mina writes and writes in her journal, and through her stories and poems there grows an opus of her life – her lessons, her loves, her beliefs, her mum, her dad, her thoughts and her dreams.

In this stunningly designed book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig.

From the winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award the Carnegie Medal and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award comes the extraordinary prequel to the award-winning Skellig.

Decision: Sorry, bye
Reason: While I saw another review recently discussing this book, it doesn’t seem like a good fit for me. There is nothing that draws me in and it all seems contingent on having read this other book called “Skellig” by the author, which I don’t think I am going to be doing anytime soon either. Maybe I read the synopsis for it and it appears to be engaging I will pick it up, but for now I don’t think so.

REMOVAL: 3 out of 5
KEPT: 2 out of 5

TOTAL REMOVED TO DATE: 14 (moving on up still!)
MY GOODREADS TBR TAB: 320/323 (I added some books to my TBR, so it went up. I am still, however, removing stuff each week. I feel good about this, so don’t judge me!)


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