Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #2

While I was reading through the blogs I follow, I found a weekly post made by Lost in a Story and I thought it would be something fun between reviews.

Here’s how it works (taken from the original post):

  • 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?

Now, I have lots of to-read shelves because I sort them from ?-2014 publication date, and then individual to-reads for 2015-present pub date. I’m going to start with the general to-read, anything published before 2015. I’m also going to go in order of date added, just because. It’s also going to be kind of hard, but I’m going to try to cross-check with my owned shelves and maybe do an unhaul sometime in the future.

want-to-read shelf as of June 3, 2018: 595

Picture2Son of a Witch / A Lion Among Men / Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law, and Dorothy is back. Amid chaos and war, Elphaba’s green granddaughter born at the end of “Son of a Witch”, comes of age. Rain will take up her broom, and bring the series to a close.

Verdict: Go

I read Wicked ages ago after I saw the musical. I really enjoyed it, but the descriptions are such a slog to get through. I was constantly checking the map because I had no idea where the characters were and if I took a break from reading it, I completely forgot the plot by the time I picked it back up.

 

10956The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters’ breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.

Verdict: Go

I’ve own a paperback copy of this book for years and years and every time I pick it up, I get about 25 pages in and quit. I just can’t do it. I like the movie, though.

 

Picture3The Shadow of Death / The Sacred Veil by Christopher Pike (vols 4 & 5 of the Thirst series)

It’s no dream.
At last the truth of what happened during those hellish days has come back to her.

In her five thousand years as a vampire, Alisa – or Sita, as she was originally called – has experienced the equivalent of fifty lifetimes. Every moment of her immortal life is seared deep into her being. Every person she has loved, every victim she has killed – their faces are forever part of her.

Yet, strangely, a handful of memories have been lost to Alisa. As she and her friends embark on a search for the location of a sacred artifact – an ancient veil that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation – Alisa soon realizes that her own mind may be her greatest enemy.

The memories she is blocking deal with the most horrifying period in mankind’s history, a time when she was tortured by a madman responsible for the deaths of millions. But what information did her torture yield?

Verdict: Keep

I LOVE the first installment of Thirst. Alisa is one of my favorite vampires because she’s just ancient and has no patience for anyone or anything anymore. I also think Christopher Pike does a pretty decent job of writing from the female perspective. I own five volumes and I swear I’ll finish them one day. I WILL!

272315Keeping You a Secret by Julie Ann Peters

With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger.

At least, it seems to be.

But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship?

Verdict: Go, sadly.

The reason I put this on my list in the first place is because it’s wlw and I love supporting teen and YA wlw lit because I don’t think there’s enough going around at the moment, though we are graced with more everyday. But I’m just so wishy-washy on contemporaries that, truly, I’ll probably never get to it.

 

6970490Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything–the dark, heights, the ocean–but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge.  That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Vanessa’s parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death was more than an accident.  After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.

But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death, she and Caleb’s older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more.
Soon it’s not just Vanessa who is afraid.  All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents . . . in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear.

As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine’s death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance, and that will change her life forever.

Verdict: Keep

I almost insta-add any legitimate mermaid or siren books. I LOVE MERMAIDS! Anyway, I reread the synopsis and I’m actually really interested in the story. I like mysteries but not when their marketed like cozies or a J.D. Robb mystery, you know? I think I’ll give this one a shot.

-Final tally-
∴Start: 595
∴Go: 5
∴Keep: 3
∴Total: 590

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