Down the TBR Hole #27

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!

Today feels like a good day to do another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’m pretty impressed with my restraint this time around, as well. After ending last round with a whooping 732 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf, I’m starting this one with 733 books!. The fact that I’ve only added one book to the TBR in the last week or so is shocking 😂

Still, the goal is to make this TBR reflect books I actually want to read, so let’s see if we trim so more of the list this time.


Malice by John Gwynne

I’ve been curious about John Gwynne for awhile now. He seems to be one of those big names in fantasy and I want to check him out! I’ve heard good things about this series and, even though I’m intimidated by the size of these novels, I do want to read them. Eventually.

Verdict: Keep


Everwild by Neal Shusterman

I read the first book in this series awhile ago and remember enjoying it. It follows two children that die and find themselves in limbo. It was an interesting read, so I stuck the sequel on my TBR, fully planning to continue. And, clearly, that never happened. Since reading the first one, my interest in this book and series has dropped. I think it’s time to say goodbye.

Verdict: Remove


Hunger by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is another author I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. I own this memoir, I’m eager to read it, but I always seem to let it sit on the TBR. Probably because it’s non-fiction and that’s just not a genre I gravitate towards. But I am going to read this and I’m gonna do it soon!

Verdict: Keep


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Here’s another book that I really want to read but intimidates me. Historical fiction is really hit or miss with me. This one, however, sounds incredible! It is multi-generational and seems like it will tackle some interesting issues. Also, it follows a culture different from my own and I always find books like that fascinating.

Verdict: Keep


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

We have another Asian inspired historical fiction! Which does sound like it would be a good read. If I’m honest, though, the chances that I will ever get to reading this book are slim to none. So even though it sounds like it could be a good read, I’m gonna have to let it go for now.

Verdict: Remove


The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

This round is all about coming across books from authors I’ve wanted to read for awhile. I’ve been interested in picking something up by John Scalzi for awhile. I added this one not knowing anything about his other series. Now, I’m planning on reading Old Man’s War this year! I think, for now, I’ll keep it to one book on the TBR until I know how I get on with his writing. So this is goodbye for now!

Verdict: Remove


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I believe I added this one right after finishing A Man Called Ove. I loved that book so much that I wanted to read more by this author! This was the other book by him that seemed to be talked about a lot, so I stuck it on the TBR. It does sound like it would be incredible, so it gets to stay!

Verdict: Keep


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

I’ve heard some great things about this book and this series. I mean… it’s about assassin nuns! It seems like it would be a book I would love. Mark Lawrence is also another author that I would like to give a try. So I guess this one gets to stick around for awhile.

Verdict: Keep


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I’m gonna be honest. If I didn’t already own this book, it would probably be coming off the list. I mean, I’m still somewhat interested in reading this contemporary, but not nearly on the level that I used to be. I think I originally added it because it made me think of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and I loved that book! I suppose one day I’ll see if I like this one just as much.

Verdict: Keep


Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Kind of in the same boat with this book as the last one, haha. I own this book, I’m still vaguely interested in reading it, so it gets to stick around. It’s an historical fiction set in WWII, which is probably why my interest has waned (there are SO MANY). It is based on a true story, which is why, I think, I’m still interested.

Verdict: Keep


Starting total: 733
Removed: 3
End total: 730

Not a lot off the list this time, but I think this was a decent round nonetheless. Hopefully I can curate my list even more next time.

Until next round, happy reading!

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3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #27

  1. Great picks, Kerri! I absolutely loved Hunger and Pachinko—such impactful reads. I also have Bear Town on my TBR and I feel like its been there for ages… But maybe 2022 will be the year I finally read Backman’s books? 😂 Hope you enjoy these books!

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