Good news! I have officially hit the 100th book on my TBR list!
Better news? Since starting this challenge, I’ve cut over 50 books from my TBR list! If this keeps up, I’ll be looking at a much more reasonable list of 450 books — four years of reading! — rather than the 1000-book monstrosity I was faced with.
Books #100: The Star-Touched Queen
Synopsis: Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire …
Thoughts: I’ve seen a ton of good reviews for this book, and it seems like an interesting idea.
Book #101: Crazy Like Us
Synopsis: It is well known that American culture is a dominant force at home and abroad; our exportation of everything from movies to junk food is a well-documented phenomenon. But is it possible America’s most troubling impact on the globalizing world has yet to be accounted for? In “Crazy Like Us,” Ethan Watters reveals that the most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself: We are in the process of homogenizing the way the world goes mad …
Thoughts: We talk about this a lot in class and clinic – and did a whole unit on it back in my undergrad social psych course.
Book #102: The Emperor’s New Drugs
Synopsis: How did antidepressant drugs gain their reputation as a magic bullet for depression? And why has it taken so long for the story to become public? Answering these questions takes us to the point where the lines between clinical research and marketing disappear altogether. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Kirsch accessed clinical trials that were withheld, by drug companies, from the public and from the doctors who prescribe antidepressants. What he found, and what he documents here, promises to bring revolutionary change to the way our society perceives, and consumes, antidepressants …
Thoughts: Oh! Look! Another book on psychiatry’s prescription problem!
Book #103: Rebel of the Sands
Synopsis: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
Thoughts: My friends are split on this one – some loving it, some hating it. I’ll give it a try, seeing how much I loved The City of Brass.
Book #104: The House of the Four Winds
Synopsis: The tiny nation of Swansgaard is a lovely place with abundant natural resources, including the royal family, which has been blessed with twelve daughters and a son. As this boisterous baker’s dozen approaches adulthood, the king and queen lovingly tell their daughters, “You must make your own fortune, for we cannot enrich you without impoverishing our people or leaving our lands defenceless, and that we will not do.” Happily, the princesses of Swansgaard are eager to meet this challenge, for they yearn for adventures both near and far from home. Clarice, an expert swordswoman, is the first to depart. Disguising herself as Clarence, she signs on for a voyage to the New World. The captain is vile and blackhearted, and the crew soon mutinies. Clarice becomes first mate – and finds her heart captured by the new captain, Dominick, who is, to his own surprise, increasingly attracted to Clarence.
Thoughts: I suspect that this was meant to be a 12-book series, but it doesn’t look like the sequels were ever published …
Down the TBR Hole is a bookish meme created by Lia @Lost In A Story. Here’s how it works:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
- Order by Ascending Date Added
- Take the first 5 (or 10, if you’re feeling adventurous) books. If you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or let it go?