Down the TBR Hole #39


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!

It’s been a hell of a Monday here in the McBookNerd house. I ended up working a double shift and just now getting a chance to sit and write my post for the day! Yet another reason that I need to work on developing an actual schedule so I won’t have to worry about it, heh. One day… when I finally manage to organize my life outside of work.

Late hour aside, I’m still eager to bring you another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’ve somehow managed to keep my ‘Want to Read’ shelf at the exact same number I left it last round: 703 books. Perhaps one day I’ll get back into the 600s. Although we’re getting to that time of year where I start looking forward to next year’s new releases… so I only see this number going up, haha. Still, at least as I go through each round of this meme, I know that I’m curating my TBR to reflect books I’m actually still interested in reading.

That said, let’s jump in!


V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

I’m actually kind of shocked that this book is still on my TBR, to be honest. I’ve wanted to read this since watching (and loving!) the movie version. That was a looong time ago and still it sits on my TBR. I’m such a slacker 😂 In my defense, for awhile after seeing the movie, I had no idea it was based on this graphic novel. All that said, I’m still very much interested in picking this up.

Verdict: Keep


House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Come ooooon, it’s a spooky book set near water AND it’s a fairytale retelling. There’s no way I’m kicking this one off my TBR! I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it seems like something that would be right up my alley. It sounds dark and atmospheric and just completely my vibe. I suppose we’ll find out once I finally pick it up, heh. Here’s hoping this dark retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses doesn’t let me down.

Verdict: Keep


Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

Am I going to take anything off my list this round? Because it’s not looking very likely at the moment! This dark fantasy follows a woman who can walk into people’s souls. While in them, though, she always sees a black door, one she has been warned not to open. So of course you know she’s going to. The main character is also asexual, which is rep I want to read more of in fantasy. Also just… look at the cover! I need to read this.

Verdict: Keep


Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Not gonna lie, I watched the Netflix show, Mindhunter, found out it was based on a book, and instantly added it to my TBR. I enjoying reading true crime, so this is definitely something that sounds like my cup of tea. I am curious if it’s one of those non-fictions that reads like a textbook, though. I’m hoping not because the subject of how criminal profiling came into being sounds fascinating to me. I suppose there’s only one way to find out.

Verdict: Keep


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Heh… I feel like I’m about to disappoint some people with my decision here. Look… I read The Raven Boys and I enjoyed it while I was reading it! Looking back, however, I realize that it was really just… fine. Not bad, not good, just middle of the road for me. When I pulled this book up to do today’s post, I realized two things. One, I’ve mostly forgotten what happened in the first book. And, two, I just don’t care 😂 I know this is a beloved series, but I have so many other series on my TBR in which I’m truly invested… I can let this one go.

Verdict: Remove


Starting total: 703
Removed: 1
End total: 702

Until next round, happy reading!

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