Down the TBR Hole #21

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!

Time for the first Down the TBR Hole of the new year! Now, before I tell you the current state of my Want to Read shelf, I feel like I should give a disclaimer. I just went through all my owned TBR and scanned them into Goodreads. And more than I thought weren’t even on my Want to Read shelf, yet! So I ended my last round at 653 books and my shelf is currently sitting at… 723 books 😬

Look, this just means that this type of post is gonna be around for awhile, lol. It’s a good thing I enjoy writing! Hopefully you enjoy reading them, as well.

Alright, let’s kick off round 21!


Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

I have no idea how this book ended up on my TBR, lol. It’s apparently a classic? It is a book about a magical bookseller, so it does hit one of my favorite tropes. It sounds like it could be a fun read and it’s quite short. All that adds up to this book getting to stick around.

Verdict: Keep


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This is a TBR veteran that has been around for a minute. It’s a desert fantasy that definitely sounds intriguing. There’s a young girl fighting t get out of her town, a mysterious stranger that maybe be able to help her, and ✨magic✨ Mix that all together and you get a story I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Keep


Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Imma be honest. I remember adding this book but I thought it was a historical fiction. Turns out it’s a true crime concerning a woman who upstaged the entire NYPD back in 1917 by solving an infamous cold case. Which sounds way more interesting! I’m glad I read the synopsis cause this one almost got dumped 😂

Verdict: Keep


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Look, I’ve been wanting to read this book for forever and that hasn’t changed. It’s sticking around until I finally pick this one up! I know it’s going to make me cry, so I gotta get myself in the right headspace. But, one day, this will get read.

Verdict: Keep


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is an easy keep. The story of the Black women mathematicians who helped NASA send men to the moon is one I’ve wanted to read for awhile. It just sounds fascinating and like a non-fiction I can get behind.

Verdict: Keep


The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Here’s yet another non-fiction that sounds incredible! Am I going to become a non-fiction reader? … Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Still, this book about a couple that hides people from the Nazi forces in their zoo seems like something I would love. It’ll probably make me cry, too.

Verdict: Keep


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This book sounds incredible! It’s a multi-generational story following the lives of two sisters: one who is sold into slavery and the other the wife of a slave owner. I can only imagine the struggles and trauma that will be woven throughout this book. Which is probably why it’s still on my TBR… gotta be in the right mood for it! Still, I do want to give this one a try.

Verdict: Keep


The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker

Well, this sounds absolutely magical. There’s a quest and the constellations come to life! There’s a girl with wings! I’m surprised I haven’t already read this, if I’m honest. Looks like this middle grade story gets to stick around.

Verdict: Keep


Inferno by Dan Brown

Alright, I generally enjoy Robert Langdon books. I’ve only read two, but I loved them both. However, I still haven’t read the third one and I’m not sure if I’m still as much of a Langdon fangirl. So, until I’ve read The Lost Symbol and determined whether I still enjoy Dan Brown’s work, I’m gonna let this one go.

Verdict: Remove


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Okay. This YA sci-fi sounded like it could maybe be interesting. And then I took a peek at the reviews. There were so many DNFs from people whose reviews I trust. The synopsis isn’t intriguing enough for me to ignore that!

Verdict: Remove


And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 723
Removed: 2
End total: 721

Well, not a lot of removals this time around. But that just means there are a lot of great books on my TBR, right? Right *nod*

Until next round, happy reading!

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #21

  1. I agree with all your decisions! The last book on this list sounded pretty dumpster-fire-ish when I saw reviewers talking about it on booktube. From what I saw, it only got popular cos one of the authors is a big/popular booktuber! I also gave away my copy of Inferno last year after deciding I’m just not interested in it anymore. Hope you enjoy the books you kept 😊

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