Down the TBR Hole #25

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!

Another round of Down the TBR Hole has arrived and I have a confession to make. I may or may not have gone on a Goodreads giveaway spree. I don’t know why I enter them as I’m about 95% sure no one actually wins Goodreads giveaways. I mean, I’ve won in the past but I swear the algorithm has come to hate me because I haven’t won in years!

Still, my entering spree is what I’m blaming for the fact that my TBR jumped from 728 books to 739 books 😬 There were so many good books that I could, potentially, win! Let’s see if I can trim some older books I’m less interested in to make up for it.


Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

We all know this is staying! Not only do I own the book, but I adored the first one in this duology, Strange the Dreamer. I don’t know what the disconnect is in my brain when I devour the first book in a series, immediately buy the second… and then never read it. Send help, please.

Verdict: Keep


The Collector by John Fowles

Complete side note, but this cover makes it seem like this book is written by someone named Vintage Fowles 😂 Anyways, this classic horror about a man who kidnaps an art student and keeps her in his basement sounds… kind of dull, if I’m being honest. Nothing about the synopsis captures my attention, so I think I’m gonna let this one go.

Verdict: Remove


Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

I added this book because I really enjoyed Where’d You Go, Bernadette by the same author. Having read the synopsis again and a few reviews, though, I don’t think this book and I will get along. I’m not a huge contemporary reader, anyways, so realistically, this would be at the very bottom of books I would reach for if I needed something to read.

Verdict: Remove


Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

This is a mystery that takes place in a bookstore. This sounds completely up my alley! It does seem like it deals with heavier topics (trigger warnings for suicide at the very least), but this is definitely something I would want to read. It has pretty decent reviews, as well. I guess it gets to stick around!

Verdict: Keep


The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Oof, that is a mouthful! The synopsis makes it sound like the book might be a bit much, as well 😂 It has decent reviews and it sounds like it could be fun. I don’t think I’m particularly fussed about it one way or the other, though. So, in my never-ending effort to clean up the TBR, it’s getting the cut.

Verdict: Remove


John Dies at the End by David Wong

Funny story about this one. I somehow managed to get an e-ARC for the third book in this series, What the Hell did I Just Read, without knowing it was the third book in the series! This was back in my early Netgalley days where I would request things just because I liked the cover (NOT RECOMMENDED). I ended up enjoying it, though, so I have to assume I would enjoy the first one, as well.

Verdict: Keep


Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

Hmm… this one seems like it will make me cry all the tears. This novella focuses on two boys and their father after the tragic death of their mother. It promises to be a look at grief and loss that is written in a unique way. And I’m kind of here for it.

Verdict: Keep


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Please don’t come for me, Maas fans, but my interest in this series has dropped to less than nothing. I think I said in a previous round that, if I’m going to pick up a Maas book at this point, it’s going to be House of Earth and Blood. No offense, I’m sure this is delightful, but I’m just not feeling it.

Verdict: Remove


Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

This is one of those dystopian science fiction novels that feels a little too close to home these days. In this novel, abortion is once again illegal and we follow the lives of five different women who are impacted in different ways. I think this could be something I love. I might wait for the world to be less… *gestures vaguely* before picking it up, though.

Verdict: Keep


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I remember adding this book to my TBR but I couldn’t remember the synopsis. Having read it… I’m not entirely sure why I added this 😂 I mean, it has potential, but nothing in the synopsis really jumped out and made me want read it. With so many books on my TBR that I am actively eager to read, this one has to go.

Verdict: Remove


Starting total: 739
Removed: 5
End total: 734

I think that’s the most books I’ve removed in one round. I’m feeling good about it, too! Slowly but surely, I will get my Want to Read shelf to accurately reflected the books I’m interested in reading.

Anyways, until next round, happy reading!

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #25

  1. Grief is the Thing With Feathers definitely sounds like it has ‘bawling’ potential! I also still have to read Muse of Nightmares but at this point it’s been so long since I’ve read Strange that I reckon I’m gonna have to re-read it again before finishing the duo 😂 Hope you enjoy the books you kept!

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