Down the TBR Hole #39


Welcome again to Down the TBR Hole! This meme came from Lost in a Story. All book descriptions taken from Goodreads. 

Current TBR Total: 202

It works like this:

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

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – This one is such an easy call. I gave into the hype and purchased this book when it came out, read around half of it, and DNFed it with the intent of reevaluating later if I wanted to give it another shot. It is later. I don’t. When I read the first half of this book I hated every page. The characters were idiots, the plot was absurd, and I just couldn’t handle one more page of the Reed and Lou bullshit.

Godblind (Godblind #1) by Anna Stephens – I love stumbling across a book on my TBR that I have no memory of. Just gives me the good feels. However, I’m on a fence. This is exactly the type of book I like to read as audio exclusively but it doesn’t seem to have an audiobook available. I think it is going to stick around for now. The story interests me and maybe I’ll be in the mood at some point to read a physical grimdark fantasy.

The Wedding Shroud (Tales of Ancient Rome #1) by Elisabeth Storrs – I love me some good historical fantasy and ones that take place in Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt are among my favorites. However, the reviews aren’t promising. Most say that the story falls to crap about halfway through. This is an over 500 page ebook, I don’t typically read anything that long anyway and if it falls apart halfway through? I’m going to nope out.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young – Hi. Me. Fence. This seems to happen a lot. I…kind of liked Young’s Sky in the Deep. It was okay. I’m not that into Viking lore which I think is why some of it was lost on me and this book is supposedly set in the same world just with completely different characters. Bah. It’s short. I’ll keep it for now. Maybe it will tickle my fancy for a quick read one day.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Wow, reviews for this book at all over the place. Some reviewers I trust left absolutely glowing comments on this book while others claimed it was boring garbage. Asian inspired fantasy is certainly something we don’t see often enough in the bookish world. There is such rich and deep culture and history there to pull inspiration from. Hm. Well, I do own this as an ebook (when did that happen?) and Fadwa’s Goodreads review convinced me. I’m going to keep this one.

Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – Alright. Alright. Another book that I have zero memory of but HOT DAMN does it sound good! Pirates, slow burn romances, ancient Roman inspirations, political intrigue, epic battles…even the TWs for this one give me the tingles (profanity, torture, violence, character deaths, some moderate sexual content). I’m going to see if I can get my hands on this book right this second. (Seriously, I just got on Libby and put a hold in for a library loan. I need this.)

New TBR Total: 200

The longer I do this the more recent my TBR adds get which more align with my current bookish wants. It is making it harder to make keep/delete decisions. Doesn’t help that I am an impulsive book buyer so some of these titles have been sitting on my physical shelves for a while. Either way, I can’t wait to get started on Dark Shores! *swoons in bookish*

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