Down the TBR Hole #26

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!

Welcome to a new week for more bookish content! I thought today would be a good day for another round of Down the TBR Hole. Mostly because I’m trying to stay ahead of my obsessive need to add new books to my TBR shelf, haha. Case in point, in the time since I did my last round, I’ve gone from 734 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf to 738 books. Admittedly, 4 books isn’t that bad, but when you already have over 700 on the list… sigh…

There’s just so many incredible sounding books popping up on my radar and I can’t resist!

Let’s see if we can trim a little bit this round before I, inevitably, add more 😂


The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

I couldn’t remember adding this book and, after reading the synopsis, I think I must have done it while in an altered state. Because this book does not sounds appealing to me at all. Did I add as a possible book for a reading challenge? Was I trying to get more into historical fiction? Who knows, but it’s definitely not staying.

Verdict: Remove


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

In contrast, I remember adding this one to my TBR and I still really want to read it! I actually own a copy, as well, so it’s not leaving the TBR any time soon. This is one of those books where I know I’m going to have to prepare myself to be angry probably the entire time I’m reading. Still, I’ve heard nothing but great things and am excited to read it when I finally get around to the book.

Verdict: Keep


Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Ahhh, yet another YA fantasy series that I thought sounded interesting, then never started. Honestly, at this point, though this sounds like this could be thrilling, I’m just not interesting in diving into yet another series. Perhaps when I’ve gotten through the multiple ones I’m currently reading, I’ll revisit this. For now, though, it’s time to part ways.

Verdict: Remove


First Watch by Dale Lucas

This is billed as a fantasy buddy cop novel and, if I had stopped there, I might have been intrigued enough to keep it around. But then I read some of the reviews. Especially the ones with quotes from the book. And… no thank you. Just from the few quotes I read, I know this is not going to be a book for me. I get enough misogyny and racism in the real world, thanks.

Verdict: Remove


Just Off the Path by Weston Sullivan

This is another one I can’t remember adding, but I can see why I did! This is a fairytale retelling that seems to include all the big hitters from Grimm. I do love a fairytale retelling and I love then even more if they’re on the darker side. This seems like an ambitious undertaking, with so many tales wrapped up in one story, but I’m intrigued enough to keep it around.

Verdict: Keep


The Archived by Victoria Schwab

This is one of Schwab’s older series, but I’m definitely still interested in picking it up. It involves librarians! But, like… librarians for dead people. That sounds like my kind of read. I’ve not really heard a lot of people talk about this series, but I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve read by V.E. Schwab, so I’m hopeful this will be another win.

Verdict: Keep


To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

This is a Hugo award winning science fiction that tells the story of what happens after we dies. And it is not what you might be thinking. At the same time, though, reading the synopsis didn’t get me at all excited to pick this book up 😅 It’s a me-thing and I might revisit this later. For now, though, off it goes.

Verdict: Remove


Ringworld by Larry Niven

Here we have another sci-fi classic that found its way on to my TBR. And, once again, after reading the synopsis, I have no interest in it whatsoever. I don’t know what it is about my and classics in the science fiction genre but that just don’t get me hyped to read them like, say, fantasy classics do. Again, I may revisit this one in the future, but, for now, it’s got to go.

Verdict: Remove


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Haaaaaa… once again, another science fiction that sounds mildly interesting, at best. Perhaps I should just stick to space operas when it comes to sci-fi. Or maybe I’m just a more recent science fiction gal. Either way, this one is somewhat intriguing, but not enough for me to want to keep it around. It’s close, though! I could be convinced to keep it if anyone has a compelling argument in its favor. For now, though…

Verdict: Remove


The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I actually recently purchased this book, so we know it’s staying on the list 😂 But this is a book that sounds right up my alley! It involves the daughters of famous literary monsters. How could I not want to read it? I need to pick this one up sooner rather than later!

Verdict: Keep


Starting total: 738
Removed: 6
End total: 732

Oof, I was brutal this round. But, honestly, I think I haven’t been brutal enough before. Perhaps I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I cannot actually read all the books I’ve ever had a passing interest in. At least… not in this lifetime. If we discover the key to immortality, then we’ll talk.

Anyways, until next round, happy reading!

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