Down the TBR Hole #16

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!

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m just getting a moment to sit down and do my Down the TBR Hole post! Prepare yourself for a shock, though. Last round, I ended with 647 books on my Want to Read shelf and I’m currently sitting at… 646 books. I know, surprising, right? I’m not sure how I managed to reduce the amount of books on my TBR (albeit only by one, lol), but I’m fairly certain that won’t last long.

That being said, let’s get into round sixteen!


Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Buckle up, y’all, because I apparently went on a non-fiction adding spree back in 2016. Which is strange because I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction. Case in point, this book doesn’t sound appealing at all. I think the “medicine” in the title is what caught my interest? Maybe? Whatever it was, it’s doing nothing for me now.

Verdict: Remove


The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr

This, however, sounds fascinating. I’m a big fan of true crime and forensic science, so this sounds like my perfect non-fiction! I want to know all the nitty-gritty of how forensic science got its start and this seems like a good book for that. It has decent ratings, as well, so my interest is still piqued.

Verdict: Keep


Missoula by Jon Krakauer

I’ve read non-fiction by this author before, which is why I originally added this to my TBR. I enjoy how he approaches writing about his topics because it doesn’t read like a textbook. The other reason I added this was because of the topic. I’m intrigued to see how he handles such a sensitive subject.

Verdict: Keep


The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Here’s a little known fact about me: I used to work in an epidemiology laboratory. Specifically in virology and microbiology. And it was, perhaps, the best job I’ve ever had. I’m fascinated by the microorganisms that can have such a huge effect on the world. So when I read the title of this book, I instantly knew I wanted to read it.

Verdict: Keep


The Demon Under the Microscope by Thomas Hager

I’m about to sound like a big ol’ hypocrite… This book seems like it should be something I would enjoy. It involves microorganisms, after all! But this book is more about the development of antibiotics and that just doesn’t sound appealing. I might come back to this some day, but, for now…

Verdict: Remove


The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

The full title for this book is The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. How could I not want to read that?! If only to find out how the dictionary figures into murder and mayhem! I’m hoping it isn’t dry as dirt, but I suppose I’ll find out when I get to it.

Verdict: Keep


The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol I by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ahh, yes, another book I own and have yet to pick up 😅 I’ve wanted to read the original Sherlock Holmes tales for awhile now. It just never gets very high on my reading priority list, heh. But I am going to read this one day and I hope I love it.

Verdict: Keep


And I Darken by Kiersten White

This is another TBR vet that’s been around since before it was released. The entire series is completed now and yet… This does sound like it would be incredible, though. A reimagining of Vlad the Impaler with a woman as the lead? Yes, please!

Verdict: Keep


Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

This book has been on my shelf since 2016 and I just realized it’s set in the same world as the Riyria Revelations series. Which is also on my TBR, lol. Knowing that, I kind of want to read those before I get to this brand new, six book series. So this isn’t goodbye forever, but goodbye for now.

Verdict: Remove


Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

I actually talked about this book/series in a recent post. The author wrote one of my favorite series (The Great Library, everyone should read it!) and I’ve been curious about her other work. This one features weather magic and paranormal shenanigans. So, ya know I’m in!

Verdict: Keep


And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 646
Removed: 3
End total: 643

Not bad, not bad. I’m rather impressed that I’ve been managing to keep my TBR on the lower (for me) side! That will all change soon as I start to look forward to 2022 releases. For now, though, I’m not doing too bad!

Until next round, happy reading!

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