Down the TBR Hole #19

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Reminder: I changed the way I do these posts in the #17th post to include the entire synopsis of each book to give viewers a sufficient idea of what the book is about.

Trigger Warning: This list of books features one synopsis that references drug use and addiction. Please don’t keep reading if you are not comfortable or in the mental space for it at the moment. Take care of yourselves!♥

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?

(This tag was created by Lost in a Story

My Goodreads TBR (91-95)

The GirlsThe Girls – Emma Cline

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Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

 

 

What Girls Are Made OfWhat Girls Are Made Of – Elana K. Arnold

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This is not a story of sugar and spice and everything nice.

When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now Nina is sixteen. And she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, just to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What if she is not a girlfriend? What is she made of?

Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. She’s been volunteering at a high-kill animal shelter where she realizes that for dogs waiting to be adopted, love comes only to those with youth, symmetry, and quietness. She also ruminates on the strange, dark time her mother took her to Italy to see statues of saints who endured unspeakable torture because of their unquestioning devotion to the divine. Is this what love is?

 

 

Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

 

Far From YouFar From You – Tess Sharpe

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Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

 

 

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Virginia Shreves #1)The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things – Carolyn Mackler

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Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.

 

Keeping:

  • What Girls Are Made Of – Elana K. Arnold
  • Far From You – Tess Sharpe
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things – Carolyn Mackler

Removing:

  • The Girls – Emma Cline
  • Reader Player One – Ernest Cline

Notes:

  • Why, after explicitly saying numerous times that I would never read Ready Player One, did I mark it as a want-to-read? Did someone hack me??? That had to be an accident.
  • I am only keeping The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things on my TBR because a sequel came out for it last year and I’d like to check that out. It just doesn’t seem logical to not read the first book.
  • I was going to get over my hate for historical fiction (considering my good run with it lately thanks to Taylor Jenkins Reid who is an actual saint) for The Girls but pretty much everyone who has read it with an opinion that I value highly rated it pretty lowly, so I won’t even bother.

 

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #19

  1. I have heard a lot about The Girls, but I don’t think it is the book for me either. All I know about Ready Player One is that my dad is obsessed with the movie for some reason and has watched it like four times, but I don’t think I’ll ever read the book. Great post, Brittany!

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    1. I think that The Girls has the potential to be enjoyable but I’ve just been told too many negative things about it. I probably shouldn’t let other people’s opinions keep me from picking it up, and usually I wouldn’t, but… I don’t really like historical fiction as it is. I know everyone loved the Ready Player One movie but I just honestly have no interest in the book at all. I legitimately have no idea why I put it on my TBR. I literally put this book on a post called “Popular Books I’ll Never Read” lol. Thank you, Arin!

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