Down the TBR Hole #42


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!

Happy Thursday, y’all. To celebrate the almost-end of the work week, I’m gonna do another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’m pretty impressed with the fact that I’ve managed to decrease my TBR instead of increasing it 😂 I went from 698 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf down to 697 books. I mean… it’s only one book, but I’m counting it as a win.

Now it’s time to continue the trimming!


The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

Imma be honest… I have no memory of this book or adding it to my TBR. The cover is definitely drawing me in! The synopsis, however, has me feeling better meh. Couple that with the top two reviews being one star and saying this is 500+ pages of trauma without plot… and I think I’m gonna give this one a pass.

Verdict: Remove


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

This book sounds like such an experience, I’m not gonna lie. It’s a fantasy, but it’s also heavily autobiographical. I think it would be fascinating to see how the author navigates her past through the lens of a fantasy world. I’ve heard great things about this book, too, so that makes me more even willing to keep it on the TBR. Who knows when I’ll actually get to it, though.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #41


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!

I hope y’all had a great Tuesday. It’s almost 8:30 pm here in Massachusetts and I just got home from work. So, to wind down, I figured why not do a Down the TBR Hole post? I’ve got a posting streak going on and I don’t want to break it! Also, I’ve been, err, acquiring books on the TBR recently. Not a lot! I’m still at around 700 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf (701 books, to be exact), but I know I’m going to be adding more and more as 2023 releases get announced.

That said, let’s get to trimming!


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I’ve wanted to read a Swanson mystery for awhile and this one is at the top of my list. But I’ve heard it also contains spoilers for some mysteries that I haven’t read yet. I definitely still want to read this, though, as it centers around books. So I guess it gets to stick around for now. Unless I read another Peter Swanson and find I don’t enjoy his writing 🤷🏾‍♀️

Verdict: Keep


Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Hahaha, I don’t even remember adding this book to my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. Which happens more frequently than it should. According to the synopsis, this is a thriller set at a boarding school. There’s lies and popular kids and it sounds… kind of dull. I have so many thrillers on my TBR that I don’t have room for ones that don’t get me excited when I read the synopsis. So this one has to go.

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #40


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!

This week is slowly winding down and I, for one, am ready for the weekend. Mostly because my birthday is on Saturday 🥳 Before I get to celebrate, though, I figured it was time to continue my TBR trimming with another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’ve been good… I’ve only managed to add one book to my TBR since I last did this post! I ended with 702 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf last round, so I’m back up to 703 books. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern around the low 700s, haha.

Let’s see if I can get below that number this round, eh?


Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Oh I’m definitely keeping this. This is the first book that got me interested in Grady Hendrix because of the unique format. I mean, it’s a horror story set in an IKEA-like store and the book is formatted in an IKEA-like catalogue style! I have to read this. Eventually 😅

Verdict: Keep


A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

Look. I was quite happy with where the original Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series ended. I thought I was done and I thought it wrapped up well. And then a whole slew of new books were dropped on us! I added this because of how much I enjoyed the first three books. If I’m honest with myself, though, I don’t think I’m that eager to continue.

Verdict: Remove

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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

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Down the TBR Hole #38


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 looong Monday over here, but I’m hoping y’all had a great first day of the week. We’re gearing up for the kids to go back to school, so lots of supply and clothes shopping happening this week after work. Now that I’m finally home, though, it’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This week, after ending last round with 706 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf, I’ll be starting this round with 705 books. I’m doing rather well not adding a ton of books to my TBR!

Now, time to see if I can trim it down even more.


A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

This is a book I don’t really remember adding to my TBR. I’m assuming it’s because of the cover because look at it! Utterly gorgeous 😍 Having read the synopsis, though, I know it’s not going anywhere. It features a weird house, which is one of my favorite things! It sounds creepy and magical and, now that I know what it’s about, I’m eager to read it.

Verdict: Keep


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

This contemporary novel sounds like it was written specifically so that I would love it. It features a bookish woman who is very much an introvert. Kind of like me. She’s a fan of trivia and has a cat. Like me! I feel like this is a book I would be able to get into very easy, even though I’m not a big contemporary reader. I’m excited to give this one a go!

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #37


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!

Tuesday seems like a good day for another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’ve managed another week without adding the same amount of books I removed last round 😂 In fact, I ended the last round with 710 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf and I’m starting this one with 709 books! I really need to use my backlist books as my readathon picks more often. It’s certainly helped me cut down on my owned TBR this month!

Now let’s see if I can cut down my unread TBR.


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This is a book that I’m fairly certain I added to my TBR simply because a lot of people in the bookish community were talking about it. I couldn’t even remember what it was about! Having read the synopsis, it sounds vaguely interesting, but not enough for me to keep it around. Who knows… it might reappear on the TBR one day.

Verdict: Remove


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

After witnessing so many Booktubers read and love this book, I just have to keep it around. I’m also a big fan of contemporaries that have a bit of the fantastic mixed in. This sounds like a book that will gut me and, honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that’s made me outright cry. Tear up? Sure. Actual tears? Not so much. Perhaps this will be the one.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #36


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!

I’m not gonna lie, I am a tired bean. Life has been a hectic pile of chaos lately and I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get to all the things I want to do. That’s why, for now, we’re gonna keep the truncated Down the TBR posts around. Five books at a time is all my over-taxed brain can handle at the moment 😂

That being said, I managed to make it to a new round without increasing my TBR! I ended last round with 717 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf and I’m currently sitting at 713 books. I have been reading quite a few backlist books this month, so that definitely makes sense.

Now, let’s get to the post!


The House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Let me be frank. I completely forgot what this book is even about, but I know without reading the synopsis that it’s getting the boot. Why? Because the author decided to go in on a Black woman educator because she deigned to question why schools seem to stick with teaching the same ‘classics’ all the time. It was ugly and I don’t feel like supporting someone who can act like that with the platform they have.

Verdict: Remove


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I will fully admit I’ve forgotten what this book is about, as well. I remember there was a movie and it centered around a painting? Having read the synopsis, this sounds like it could be interesting, but I’m not nearly intrigued enough to keep it around. Honestly, I’d rather read The Secret History by this author to try her out. I don’t need to keep this one around just because I’ve always wanted to try a Donna Tartt novel. If I like the other one, maybe it can come back.

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #35


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!

I’m back with another round of TBR trimming! This is going to be a shortened one like last time because ya girl has been working for eight days straight and I am T I R E D. But we’re still gonna sift through five books and see if I want to keep them on the TBR or if they’ve gotta go. Also, I went from having 708 books on my Goodreads ‘Want to Shelf’ to 718 books… I honestly don’t know how that happened 😂

Alright, let’s get to trimming!


Furyborn by Claire Legrand

This is a start to yet another fantasy series that I shouldn’t be keeping… but the synopsis sounds so good! It follows two different people in two different timelines who are inextricably linked. I’ve heard so many good things about this book/series, as well. So here I am, keeping yet another series while I finish none, lol.

Verdict: Keep


The Warehouse by Rob Hart

So, if I hadn’t recently read The Paradox Hotel by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it, this would probably be getting the chop. But I did so here we are! I really loved Rob Hart’s writing style and I’m interested to see what he does with the dystopian world in this one. Also, this one sounds deliciously sinister.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #34.5


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!

I hope you are having a lovely Thursday. I feel like I hit the ground already behind today, myself, haha. Just so much to do and too little time! That’s why this round of Down the TBR Hole is going to be a bit truncated. Instead of going through ten books and deciding whether or not they get to stay on me ‘Want to Read’ shelf, I’ll only be doing five. We shall see if I manage to remove any at the end of this round, haha.

That being said, I ended last round at 712 books on the TBR and I’ll be starting this one 711 books! Which is almost unheard of for me to not start with more books than I ended with previously 😂 Let’s see how this round goes… we might be sitting at the same number at the end.


Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

I honestly don’t remember why I added this to my TBR. I’m not usually one who picks up contemporary novels on a whim. Though the concept sounds interesting, I don’t see myself picking this one up any time soon. Especially with how many books are on my TBR! So… I think this one will have to go, for now.

Verdict: Remove


The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is the sequel to one of my favorite books, The Shadow of the Wind. Though I don’t think it’s a direct sequel, but set in the same world? I think… Either way, after falling in love with the first book, I definitely want to give this one a try! I didn’t even realize The Shadow of the Wind was part of a series, but now I want to read them all.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #34


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!

I may have recently gone on a book adding spree on Goodreads, so I think it’s time for another round of Down the TBR Hole before my ‘Want to Read’ shelf gets too ridiculous 😂 I don’t know what happened… I was just poking around Goodreads and, the next thing you know, my TBR grew from 712 books to 717 books! Which, to be fair, isn’t terrible, but it’ll definitely get out of hand soon if I don’t trim some older books off. Gotta keep that TBR fresh and, conceivably, manageable.

Ya know… if I read a book a day, every single day, for the next few years. Totally doable.


The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

Ha, I don’t even remembering adding this book to my TBR. Seeming as I removed the one other Cassandra Clare book on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf, I see no reason why I should keep this one around. After all, I probably wouldn’t have much idea of what was going on, even if it’s the start of a new series in the same Shadowhunters world.

Verdict: Remove


The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

Okay… on the surface, this book sounds like it could be interesting. A woman running from a shady past in the 1920s and ending up at Oregon hotel that has secrets of its own. But then I realized that the main character is white… in a hotel completely populated by Black people… and I get the feeling there’s gonna be a heavy dose of ‘white savor’ syndrome in this story. No thank you.

Verdict: Remove


Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

This science fiction about a creature found after the end of the world has always intrigued me. It seems like it’s going to be a dark tale with intrigue and lots of secrets. That’s the kind of sci-fi that is absolutely my kind of thing! I’ve only read a short story by this author before, but I enjoyed what I read. I’m certainly eager to read a full length novel with his writing. Also, I love this weird cover!

Verdict: Keep


Empress by Karen Miller

I went back and forth on this one. The premise certainly sounds interesting. This book features a woman who escapes slavery and forges her own way in the world. Then I started poking through the reviews and feel a bit more hesitant. I’m not a person who will hate a book just because the main character is unlikeable. The reviews seem to hint, though, that there’s nothing about the MC that makes you want to keep reading the story. But maybe I would like it? I’m intrigued enough to let it stay.

Verdict: Keep


The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

This book gets an instant point for having on of my top-tier tropes: bookish themes! I love a book that is somehow centered around books and this certainly fits the bill. Our main character receives a book of fairytales from her long-thought dead grandma. Inside is a clue that she might not be as dead as previously believed. This sounds completely charming, so I think I’ll keep it!

Verdict: Keep

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