Down the TBR Hole #28

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!

You’ll be proud of me. For the first time in the history of my Down the TBR Hole posts (I think), the number of books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf has gone down instead of up! My end total last round was 730 books and I’m currently sitting at 729 books. Yeah, I know, it’s only one book, but I’m gonna take it 😂

We all know this is subject to change at any moment, especially if I spend any amount of time on book Twitter, so let’s see if I can trim a few books I’m no longer interested in to make room for new ones!


Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Okay, this book sounds like it could be dramatic and intriguing. It’s a generational family drama following two Irish sisters as they move to the United States in the 1950s. It has incredible reviews. And, yet, I am completely uninterested in reading this. Perhaps it will make its way back at some other time? But, for now…

Verdict: Remove


Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

This has a lot going for it. It’s a short collection of short stories that sounds like it would be chilling. I typically enjoy Stephen King’s writing. But it also sounds like it may be connected to some of his previous work that I haven’t yet read. I have so many Stephen King books on my TBR. I think I can sacrifice this one.

Verdict: Remove


Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

I will fully admit that I added this book because I liked the cover. Until today, I had no earthly clue what this book was actually about. Having read the synopsis, though, this sounds right up my alley! A thriller involving an author and his editor? In which the author’s latest novel might not be entirely fictional? Sign me up!

Verdict: Keep


The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

Confession time: I’m not a huge fan of thrillers that feature detectives. I don’t know what it is about reading from a detective’s POV, but it usually leaves me feeling meh. That being said, the synopsis for this book is fascinating enough to make me overlook the fact that it will clearly be a detective POV thriller. I get a whiff of possible cult and that’s enough for me. Which… probably says more about me than the book 😅

Verdict: Keep


Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Oh, this one is definitely staying! Even without re-reading the synopsis I know I won’t be removing it. This is the start to a series that Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliophiles absolutely loves and, after she turned me on to the Rivers of London series, I trust her taste! Besides, the main characters are described as “disaster magnets” and that sounds like perfection.

Verdict: Keep


The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

I’m on the fence with this one. On one hand, it involves a shady government entity that is trying to bring back magic. On the other hand, it’s over 700 pages and the beginning of a series. I have so many on-going series right now and, though I’m slightly intrigued, it’s not enough to want to clutter up my TBR with the start to yet another one.

Verdict: Remove


Lost Boy by Christina Henry

A dark retelling of Peter Pan from the perspective of Captain Hook sounds like something I would absolutely love. So of course this book gets to stay on the TBR! I’ve honestly wanted to read a Christina Henry book for quite some time. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, heh. But this seems like a great place to start!

Verdict: Keep


Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

I picked this book up from Book of the Month ages ago and I’m really wondering why, lol. This doesn’t seem like my typical read, but perhaps that was the reason I wanted to give it a shot? It’s a contemporary novel following a woman as she and her mom navigate her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It has pretty decent reviews and, because I already own it, it gets to stick around.

Verdict: Keep


The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

I think, at one point, I thought I was going to be a big historical fiction reader. That’s the only explanation for all these historical fictions popping up on my TBR when I am a casual reader of the genre at best. This story about a young girl sold to the circus and a relative unraveling her mystery decades later sounds like could be great. But it doesn’t pull me in enough to want to keep it.

Verdict: Remove


NPCs by Drew Hayes

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge D&D nerd. I’m currently playing in a campaign with a group of close friends and family and we’re having a ton of fun! So a book that features the lives of NPCs, or Non Player Characters, instantly captured my interest! I definitely still want to read this one and hope to pick it up soon!

Verdict: Keep


Starting total: 729
Removed: 4
End total: 725

Not bad, not bad! Every time I finish another round of Down the TBR Hole, I’m liking how my Want to Read shelf is looking more and more.

Until next round, happy reading!

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