Down the TBR Hole #15

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.

Hello, reader!

Happy Halloween! I’ve spent the day preparing for trick-or-treaters, but now it’s time to sit and do another Down the TBR Hole post. In the last round, I ended up with 651 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. And, as the shock of the century, I’m actually still sitting at the same number! That never happens 😂 Let’s see if I can trim the list a bit more before I start looking ahead to 2022 books.

That being said, time to get into round fifteen!

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Well, I know this one is definitely staying. A book that brings together two mythical creatures from Yiddish and Middle Eastern folklore? I would like to consume that, please! This poor book has been on my TBR so long because I keep forgetting about it’s existence. One of the many benefits of doing these posts, right? I rediscover these incredible sounding books!

Verdict: Keep

The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood

I mean… it’s called The Summer *Dragon*! How could I not want to read it? Though the premise doesn’t exactly sound terribly unique, I am still willing to give it go simply because dragons. Yes, I am that easily swayed. No, I will not be taking questions at this time.

Verdict: Keep

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Well, I own this one, so that’s already a point towards keeping it. I’ve also always been intrigued by the premise. Time travel and politics from an author who’s forte is horror? I’m interested! Of course, like quite a few of King’s books, this is a thick one. Probably explains why it’s still on the TBR, if I’m honest. But one day I will get to it!

Verdict: Keep

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Haaa, this book. So, I may have added this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. And I may have then completely forgotten about both the movie and the book. Having finally read the synopsis, this does not sound like my cup of tea. So… off it goes!

Verdict: Remove

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

I just realized that quite a few of these books are historical fiction. I apparently went through a phase… Having read the synopsis, though, I’ll probably be giving this one a miss. I’m not sure how I feel about the whole “Nazi falls in love with a Jewish person” thing… It has some great reviews, but I’m just not on-board.

Verdict: Remove

Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Here’s another one that I own and just haven’t read. This is one of those classics of fantasy that I added ages ago and just never got around to. My husband has read this book and loved it, so that’s always a good sign! I’m just hoping I’ll love it, as well.

Verdict: Keep

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

I’m conflicted with this one. So many people says it’s a great fantasy series. But it’s so freakin’ long! I don’t think I have it in me to commit to yet another long series right now. Especially since I’m of the mind to re-read (and finally finish) the Wheel of Time series soon. So I think, for now, I’m gonna have to say “Bye” to Harry Dresden.

Verdict: Remove

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Of course this classic gets to stay. It’s frankly embarrassing that I haven’t read it yet. Just exposing myself right now. But I do own a copy of this book and I do plan on reading it sooner rather than later. I know it’s gonna gut me, so I just gotta get myself in the proper mindset.

Verdict: Keep

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

We’re entering into a group of non-fiction I added to my TBR ages ago now. But we’re starting off with one that I’m definitely keeping on board. Not only is it a book about books, but it’s told in epistolary format, one of my faves. And it’s short! Easy choice, here.

Verdict: Keep

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

This book is an easy choice in the opposite direction, lol. I’m past my baby-having days. Though this was appealing back when I was still raising an infant, I’m not sure how much insight or use I would gain from it now. Sounds like it could be an interesting read, just not for me and where I’m at in life.

Verdict: Remove

And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 655
Removed: 4
End total: 647

I’m doing good, y’all! Didn’t add any new books and I removed another four! We all know this isn’t gonna last, but let me revel in it for the moment, haha. We’ll see how things look in the next round.

Until then, happy reading!


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