Down the TBR Hole #15

We’re nearing the end of February 2014 and I actually added the first three to my bookshelf on the same day. Keep in mind, I was in the 8th grade back then and I basically had all the time in the world to read. Oh the times.

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
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Goodreads Synopsis: When you’re on a road trip, life is all about the detours. . . .

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one small problem: Since her father died this past spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute … and dealing with some baggage of his own.

Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most—and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home. 

At first, I looked at the cover and thought I’d be unhauling it. I honestly thought this was another one of those cheesy romances I used to add to my TBR all the time. Then I read the description and some reviews. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I have to stop judging books by their covers.

Verdict: Keep

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Goodreads Synopsis: One hour to rewrite the past…

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?

This sounds very paranormal. Definitely fits my 14-year-old self but doesn’t do much for my current self.

Verdict: Unhaul

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.

Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.

I’m not gonna lie, this sounds like a super cool concept. I can see why it’s in my TBR, but I also know myself pretty well at this point. There’s just so many other books I’m interested in and I don’t know when I’ll be in the mood for a book like this again.

Verdict: Let it go

Angels Speak to Me by Dennis Wayne Schroll

Goodreads Synopsis: Providing insights into the spiritual world and God’s plans for mankind’s future, Angels Speak to Me chronicles the visions author Dennis Wayne Schroll has experienced throughout his lifetime. A variety of angels, archangels, cherubim, and heavenly people-as well as God-have spoken to Schroll, and they have predicted a new age in which new prophets will bring forward words from God into the world.

Through these visions, Angels Speak to Me explains how one is saved, why one must be saved to prevent torment, how it is important to ask God for help in getting to heaven, and how to continue a Christian life with God’s support.

Schroll shares the messages he has received to help Christians and all people of the world realize the situation the world faces and he communicates the importance of believing in God and changing our ways to show favor in God’s eyes. Angels Speak to Me delivers God’s message that he wants all of the world’s people to be saved from Satan and the damnation of Hell.

I’ve wanted to unhaul this for a while but I feel bad every time I try to do it. I’m a Christian and very connected to my faith, but it’s very rare for me to read Christian literature. I definitely prefer listening to sermons and I’m starting to realize that’s okay.

Verdict: Unhaul (and pray for forgiveness)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Goodreads Synopsis: The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.

What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.

I finally read some of Toni Morrison’s works this past fall and I understand why she’s so beloved (get it). She left her mark on the world of literature and The Bluest Eye is pretty high up there when it comes to books I’d like to read.

Verdict: Keep the Classic

I kept the first and last, unhauling the middle three. Feels like a pretty good start to the week.

Have you read any of these?

Would you have chosen differently?

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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.

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #15”

  1. Lol on the beloved pun.
    I tried Bluest Eye years ago (when I was in middle school or high school, can’t remember which) but didn’t like it. I need to try again. Morrison’s book have always been hit or miss with me, meaning I either understand it and love it or I’m totally lost.

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    1. Thank you ☺️ and I totally get the hit or miss thing, it takes me a minute to really get into the world of it and of her books I read last year, Beloved was my favorite but it was so confusing at the beginning


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