Down The TBR Hole #2

Here we go again, let’s get this TBR down to a realistic list…

How it works

  • 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 remove it?

Note:  A little rule for myself, I must remove at least one book.

 

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. No one knows if it is even possible for him to live amongst his people. Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her only training is as a beekeeper. How can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone?

A captivating tale that reveals the healing power of duty and honour, love and honey.”

Opinion

This looks great, I have always wanted to read a Robin McKinley.  I am very interested in this book.  I will definitely be keeping it.

Verdict

Keep

 

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble.jpg

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.

In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn’t know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…

Opinion

I love the story of Anastasia and the mystery about it.  Even though I do not like the sound of the witch being part of this, I am curious about the dreams… I think I may keep this.

Verdict

Keep

 

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgoomery

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  Yes

Synopsis

“Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They’re known as the royal family of Summerside–and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty–and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.”

Opinion

Ok, I know this is the 4th book, but I can’t control what order this TBR list is in.  I have read the first book and absolutely loved it.  I own most of the books, and have had them since I was little.  I will definitely be continuing the whole series.  

Verdict

Keep

 

The Two Princcesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys – along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.”

Opinion

This books sounds amazing, and I have already read a lot of Gail Carson Levine’s books and loved them.  I don’t think I can say no to this book.

Verdict

Keep

 

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.jpg

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.”

Opinion

Ok so if you already know, I am a Christian and I read a lot of Christian books.  I have been interested in C.S. Lewis’ non-fiction books for a while.  I have a lot on my list in the future, and I need to at least get rid of one book.  So, this one it is… Only because I enjoy fiction more and I am more likely to finish them quicker.  There is nothing saying I will not add this back to my TBR or read it in the future.  So I may see you soon, C.S. Lewis…

Verdict

Go

Total Books at Start   997

Books Read   4

Books Started   2

Books Removed   1

Books Added Since Last Post   4

Final Books on TBR   994

 

So this is my second post so far and I think this is the hardest, just because I wanted to keep them all.  I am really enjoying this tag, what about you?  I love re-acquainting myself to books I was once interested in…

Also I am very proud of myself, even though I only took one off in this post, I read some which got it down even though I added four extras.  I guess readathons work, to help reduce your TBR.

What do you guys think of my picks?  Have you read any of these books? How big is your TBR?

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