Down the TBR Hole #9

Hello, reader!

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? And you know what that means. My Goodreads Want to Read shelf has gotten quite a few additions 😅 I ended my last post with 625 books on the TBR. Where am I currently sitting? *cough668bookscough* I mean… I’m proud of myself for not breaking into the 700s! There’s that 😂 But I’m still in the part of my Want to Read shelf that I added when I first joined Goodreads, so there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to pare this down a bit this round.

With that being said, let’s jump in to round nine!

Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine

Starting off with a tricky one! The premise of this one sounds intriguing, if potentially confusing. We are following a Japanese character who has been written out of a story but is still trying to finish it! We also get snippets of the editor’s letters to the author, who is a Japanese-American imprisoned at an internment camp during WWII, urging him to make his story more “patriotic”. And that’s where my hesitation lies because this was written by a white, contemporary author. I’m not saying he can’t do a wonderful, nuanced job of capturing the emotions surrounding the circumstances. But it’s just not the same as someone of actual Japanese or Japanese-American descent telling this story, in my opinion. Perhaps future-me will change her mind, but, for now, it’s off the TBR.

Verdict: Remove

Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith

This is a YA paranormal dystopian/horror and I haven’t been a fan of YA dystopian books in ages. Not saying that this couldn’t pull me back into the fray, but it was published around the time when I fell out of love with dystopian novels in general. Beyond that, the premise doesn’t sound like anything spectacular. It’s about a teen gaining massive demonic powers to help save the world at great peril to himself and probably those closest to him. It just doesn’t capture my interest anymore, so off it goes!

Verdict: Remove

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

For someone who claims that her favorite bookish trope is “books about books”. this one has been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long amount of time 😅 I mean, it’s set in a potentially magical bookstore! It sounds like something I would genuinely love, so of course it gets to stay. Now I just need to make time to read it!

Verdict: Keep

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Here we have another tricky one. It’s branded as a “true story” and the original murders that occurred in the house are definitely true. But this is a book about the Lutz family, who moved into the house and were supposedly so scared by the paranormal happenings within that they left within 28 days. Loved the movie, but I’m not sure how I feel about a book claiming it’s all true. It’s also a classic horror story, though, which makes me want to give it a chance. But multiple reviews claim it’s as though a 12 year old wrote it. In the end, it’s a book I would read if it somehow landed on my doorstep, but not one I’m actively eager to read, so it gets the boot.

Verdict: Remove

Ring by Kōji Suzuki

We have another horror novel, but this is one I’m still very eager to pick up! This is the novel the movie The Ring is based on and I’ve wanted to read it since I knew it was a thing. I love The Ring (not the sequel… the sequel is trash) and will still regularly watch it. And the original Japanese version is just as good, if not better! So I want to read the source material to see if it can give me the shivers, as well.

Verdict: Keep

Fire & Sword by Dylan Doose

Well, when the synopsis includes a description of one character as “a lonely heretic monk turned sorcerer” who is “imprisoned for accidentally incinerating the leader of his order”, I kind of have to read it, right? Just to find out how something like that happens! It also seems like it might have a little of the found family vibe and definitely morally grey heroes, which I love. So this one definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Here we have a sci-fi set in Antarctica that promises androids, strife, and gangsters. Which may be appealing to some, but it lost me at “gangsters”. I dunno… I just don’t vibe with books that heavily feature Mafia-esque characters or plot points. It’s totally a me-thing. This is probably right up a lot of peoples’ alleys, but it doesn’t capture my attention anymore.

Verdict: Remove

Feed by Mira Grant

There are multiple reasons why this one gets to stay. First, Mira Grant is the penname for Seanan McGuire and I’m in love with her Wayward Children series. Second, it features bloggers trying to get to the bottom of a zombie apocalypse. That sounds like it’s gonna be incredible and I’m here for the ride!

Verdict: Keep

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Here’s another one I’m a wee bit embarrassed I haven’t read yet. This is quite the darling in certain circles of the bookish community and it sounds like something I would love. It features a band of criminals and heists and I’ve heard the found family element is *chef’s kiss* So, basically, it’s something I should absolutely devour. Here’s hoping I love it when I do eventually pick it up.

Verdict: Keep

Legend by Marie Lu

Look… I know this is a YA dystopian and I may have mentioned earlier I’m not a huge fan. But, after reading a different book by this author (The Kingdom of Back was so good, y’all), I kind of want to read everything else she’s written. And this is one of the classic YA dystopian novels from back in the early 2010s. I still want to give it a shot to see if maybe I’ll love it.

Verdict: Keep

And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 668
Removed: 4
End total: 664

Honestly, I think that’s the most I’ve removed during one round of Down the TBR Hole 😂 I really need to do this more often because there are so many books on my Want to Read shelf that I added when I was just straight up a different person. 20-something Kerri had different tastes and sometimes they just don’t align with what I like now. I also feel like I’ve come to realize what does and doesn’t work for me when it comes to the books I read. So here’s to continuing my TBR clean-up and making sure I have an accurate list of the books I’d really like to read!

Until next round, happy reading!


2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #9

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s is one of my favourites but I quite like Robin Sloan’s writing. It’s so quirky and smart and his stories are always such a fun time 😊 I’ve got a few of these on my TBR too and I’m super keen to try Locke Lamora too since I’ve heard really good things about it!

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