Down the TBR Hole #9

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I have been doing these Down the TBR posts for several weeks now and, unfortunately, my TBR pile is still growing. When I started these posts my TBR pile was around 100, now it is over 150 even with the purging. Yikes! Maybe I should be a little more ruthless because I know I will never read all of these books. Lets try to bring the hammer down on it today, shall we?

Down the TBR Hole is a meme that was started by Lia @ Lost in a Story. Here is how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

 

Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson –

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

Sssoooo…I had every intention of being ruthless with this today, I really did. I glanced at this book on my Goodreads lists and said to myself, “Self, this one has got to go!” Well, despite the fact that I am pretty sure I will never pick this up it still sounds so interesting! I…I can’t do it.

Verdict: KEEP

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Best Served Cold (First Law World #4) by Joe Abercrombie – 

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular – a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…

Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

This one is pretty simple to decide. For some reason I added the fourth book of a series to my TBR pile without adding or having read the other three. What was going through your head, Amanda?

Verdict: tenor

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11/22/63 by Stephen King  –

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful. 

When I added this book I had every intention of reading it. I have never read a King novel and I was told by multiple people that this one might suit my tastes best. However, I truly don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it. There are so many other books out there that have a true interest for me that I doubt I’ll pick up one that is simply a “meh” to me. Bringing down the ax.

Verdict: tenor

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Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth – 

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Do you remember when this book came out this past January? So many people were offended by it and it caused quite a stir in the reading community. Several people I had on my twitter got fairly brutal over this book and it’s portrayals of castes and classes. To be honest, it just doesn’t sound interesting to me. I think it only ended up on my Goodreads because they were doing a giveaway at the time. This is a simple decision.

Verdict: tenor

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline  – 

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

There will be a movie coming out soon based on this book and it’s causing a lot of hubub. The book both sounds interesting and doesn’t for me. I’m really on a fence about it. For the time being, I think I’ll let it stay. That may be just because I entered a giveaway for it but still…

Verdict: KEEP

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Alright, so maybe I wasn’t as ruthless as I wanted to be today but getting rid of 3/5 isn’t bad. My goal this week is to add no more books to my TBR pile. Probably. Maybe. We’ll see.

10 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #9

  1. I’m terrible at being ruthless with these too!! My TBR is just past 301 and keeps going up. 😥😥 At the very least, I feel like this helps me to prioritize what I want to read most, even if I keep the less important stuff on!

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