Down the TBR Hole #6

Here’s my sixth edition of Down the TBR Hole. This has now become my Monday tradition. As promised last week, I’m trying out a new format for these. I’ve also created a new banner. Please let me know what you think. I’m hoping it’ll make these posts all the more enjoyable for you, my dear reader.

The Rules

  •  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

Goodreads Synopsis: In One More Thing, a boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes – only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins – turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. Author John Grisham contemplates a monumental typo. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who debate how to stage an intervention in the era of Facebook. We learn why wearing a red t-shirt every day is the key to finding love; how February got its name; and why the stock market is sometimes just… down.

I find it kind of funny that I added this to my TBR way before I started watching The Office. I don’t remember how I stumbled across One More Thing, but now that I’ve rediscovered it, I think it’s worth a read.

Verdict: Keep it

Living Dead Lovers by Jonathan Dunne

Goodreads Synopsis: Living Dead Lovers follows the life and times of famed psychic-medium, half-Romani gypsy, Valentina ‘Cabbage’ Moone, from her mute infancy trawling the roads of Europe to a fiery-tongued, hard-drinking, speed-loving clairvoyant with a complete disregard for human life, including her own of late… 

Psychic-medium Cabbage brings forth more than she can chew with womanizing dead racing-car driver, Marty ‘Magma’ Molloy, who doesn’t want to give up the chase. A twisted love-affair never meant to be. Necrophilia: that’s what the sceptical call it. Romantics call it the yin-yang love between being and human being, light and, oh, so very dark. 

In all honesty, I’m not interested in Living Dead Lovers anymore. The synopsis sounds pretty different, I see why I added it to my TBR, but it just doesn’t seem like something I’d actually read.

Verdict: Let it go

My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

As soon as I saw seventh grade, I was like nah. I probably added this to my TBR when I was still in middle school. My reading tastes have changed a lot since then, so this isn’t making the cut.

Verdict: Unhaul

Cress by Marissa Meyer

This is Book Three in the Lunar Chronicles series so I’m not going to add the synopsis. All I’m going to say is that the Lunar Chronicles is a super cool series that I want to get back into. I’ll need to reread the first two books, though.

Verdict: Keepin’

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Goodreads Synopsis: Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

I probably added this not long after reading Wake by Lisa McMann and Pivot Point by Kasie West. Those books were pretty fun for me, back when I was really into fantasy.

Verdict: Let it Go

Today I kept two and released three back into the water. I hope they find better, happier homes.

How do you feel about the new format?

Do you like the new banner?

How many books do you have in your TBR?

Let me know in the comments, let’s chat!


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

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