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Down the TBR Hole #1

Sorry for the lack of regular posting, work has been pretty hectic recently so I haven’t had much time to read or write, let alone write about reading. But I am going to try and stick to some kind of schedule and attempt at least one post a week from now on. Anyway, I’ve been seeing this meme floating around a ton of book blogs and according to goodreads I currently have nearly 500 books marked as to-be-read so anything that helps reduce that number sounds pretty good to me.

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR is a meme created by Lia from Lost In A Story who now blogs at Sunflowers and Wonder

The Rules:

  • 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?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

The Princes Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

I think I’ve actually seen a couple of poems from this one online since adding it to me TBR and it just doesn’t seem like it’s really for me, so guess it’s going to have to go.

Verdict: Go

Nasty Women by 404 Ink

‘With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. We must hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. Nasty Women is a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century.
People, politics, pressure, punk – From working class experience to racial divides in Trump’s America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice online, role models and more, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Zeba Talkhani, Chitra Ramaswamy are just a few of the incredible women who share their experience here.
Keep telling your stories, and tell them loud.’

Will definitely read this eventually, it just sound so interesting.

Verdict: Keep

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

‘Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.’

Think I’m just going say the same as I did for The Princess Saves Herself in This One for this. And from what I’ve seen of Milk and Honey it does seem kind of over-rated (sorry I guess?)

Verdict: Go

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

‘Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance’

I do love Gaby and Allison’s youtube channel Just Between Us so hopefully will enjoy this book. It’s just quite different to what I usually read so maybe that’s why I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Think I’ll keep this one for now though.

Verdict: Keep

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

‘In A Sicilian Romance (1790) Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics. This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily’s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy.’

Reckon I added this to my to-read list when I was doing a Gothic Lit module at Uni. I did enjoy reading Radcliffe’s The Italian and do love a good Gothic novel so reckon I’ll keep this one.

Verdict: Keep

Books Removed: 2/5

Books Kept: 3/5

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments what you think about these books

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