Down the TBR Hole #13

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, I’m doing another round of Down the TBR Hole! At the end of round twelve, my Goodreads Want to Read shelf had been (re)narrowed down to 654 books. Where am I standing currently? 655 books. Only one added! It’s some kind of miracle 😂

I think we’re diving into the part of my Goodreads TBR that I genuinely remember adding all the books I’m coming across. Which makes me wonder if the amount I remove is gonna start dropping. After all, if I remember adding the book, it’s probably because I added it for a good reason, right? Of course, I’m sure there will be some that I’m just no longer interested in after adding them years ago. We shall see!

Now, let’s get into round thirteen.


Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Though I remember adding this book, I certainly didn’t remember the synopsis! Upon reading, however, I know this one will be staying. A book about characters from all the plays acted on stage that are bound to a magical theater? And it more than likely has various references to the works of Shakespeare? Sign me up! This sounds absolutely magical.

Verdict: Keep


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

This is one of those books that I was interested in at one point, but the interest has waned. It sounds like it could be epic, featuring an courtesan assassin who discovers a plot that could change her entire world. But I’m really not looking to start yet another series and this book is… not small. She thicc. So, I might pick this up at some point in the distant future, but, for now…

Verdict: Remove


Around the World in Eighty Days with Michael Palin by Michael Palin

I love travel books.

And I love Michael Palin.

‘nough said!

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #12

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 Down the TBR Hole! I think I’ve done well with not adding a bunch of books this week. I ended the last round having whittled my Goodreads Want to Read shelf down to 654 books! And I’m currently sitting at… 658 books. Which is the number of books I started with last round. Oops 😂

In my defense, there are so many great books coming out! And we’re closing in on the end of 2021. It’s time to start thinking about those 2022 books I might want to check out. Although, typing that made me panic just a teensy bit. How are there only three months left of 2021?!

Alright, let’s focus! In anticipation of all the books I’ll probably be adding soon, let’s see if we can’t shove a few off the list this week, yeah?


The Final Conflict by Colin Duffy

Not gonna lie, kinda hate this cover. It’s doing less than nothing for me. The synopsis, however, has me intrigued. A historian finds an ancient document chronicling the near-end-of-the-world. It kind of makes me think of World War Z and it’s on 92 pages. So it gets to stay, ugly cover and all!

Verdict: Keep


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

And here we have the completely opposite reaction: love this cover but the synopsis is a snooze-fest. I’m very hit or miss with historical fiction. Most of the ones I’ve read, I’ve loved, but there have been a couple that just didn’t do it for me. This book, unfortunately, sounds like one that I wouldn’t really enjoy. So, despite the beautiful cover, I think it’s time to say goodbye.

Verdict: Remove


The Next Pandemic by Dr. Ali S. Khan

Hahaha… haaaaa… Definitely not ready to read this one any time soon! That being said, I am interested in what this book has to say about past pandemics. I used to work in clinical virology and I currently work in clinical microbiology, so this kind of stuff is fascinating to me. Which means it’s staying! I’ll get to it one day.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #11

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 time for another round of Down the TBR Hole! I ended last week at a total of 660 books and, somehow, will be starting this round at… 658 books 🤔 I know one of the missing books is because I started reading A Deadly Education, but I have no idea where the other one disappeared, lol. Still, I’m already starting out lower than last week, so this round is off to a good start!

That being said, let’s get to round eleven!


All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

We’re entering thriller territory! Which, though it is the perfect season for some thriller reads, I’m not sure I’ll be keeping this one on the TBR. The premise just isn’t my jam. A girl who has been sexually assaulted is given a drug so that she’ll forget everything. Like… what? No thank you.

Verdict: Remove


Hospital Hill by Katherine Anderson

This thriller, however, definitely has me intrigued! It’s a historical fiction and mystery all rolled up into one. A nurse at an asylum who is weeks away from retirement starts to believe that some of the female patients are being murdered. It sounds like it would be dark with lots of twists. I’m certainly still interested!

Verdict: Keep


Girl in the Red Hood by Brittany Fichter

Though this isn’t a thriller, we’re sticking with the darker vibes. It’s a fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that seems like it would have a touch of the creepy. Though it sounds interesting, I’ve just learned that it’s the fourth book in a series! So, perhaps if I read the other books, this one will find it’s way back on the list, but… for now…

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #10

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!

Look at me knocking out another Down the TBR Hole in less than a week! You would think that would mean I haven’t had time to add any more books to my Want to Read shelf, right?

Hahahaha… ha… *sigh*

To be fair, the shelf was down to 664 books and I’ve only added two more! Yeah… there are currently 666 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. So let’s adjust that before I mistakenly summon a demon or something 😂


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This one is definitely staying. I’ve been wanting to give the Graceling Realm series a go for ages! Yet it keeps getting pushed to the back for other, newer series. I am going to read this one day, though, because the premise is so intriguing. A girl who has a unique ability to kill? Sounds incredible!

Verdict: Keep


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I distinctly remember adding this book around the time I was trying to get myself to read more non-fiction. And, while I have heard great things about this book centered around a soldier’s experiences in WWII, it’s not something I’m going to read unless someone literally shoves it in my hands and takes all my other books. So, it’s time to part ways… for now.

Verdict: Remove


Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

One day, I’m going to finish this freakin’ series! I’ve enjoyed all the other books, so far, though Son of the Witch is clearly the best book of the bunch. I’m just nervous that I won’t remember a thing from the previous three and I don’t have the time to reread them. But it still gets to stay because I will read it! Someday…

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Hello, reader!

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.


It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? And you know what that means. My Goodreads Want to Read shelf has gotten quite a few additions 😅 I ended my last post with 625 books on the TBR. Where am I currently sitting? *cough668bookscough* I mean… I’m proud of myself for not breaking into the 700s! There’s that 😂 But I’m still in the part of my Want to Read shelf that I added when I first joined Goodreads, so there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to pare this down a bit this round.

With that being said, let’s jump in to round nine!


Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine

Starting off with a tricky one! The premise of this one sounds intriguing, if potentially confusing. We are following a Japanese character who has been written out of a story but is still trying to finish it! We also get snippets of the editor’s letters to the author, who is a Japanese-American imprisoned at an internment camp during WWII, urging him to make his story more “patriotic”. And that’s where my hesitation lies because this was written by a white, contemporary author. I’m not saying he can’t do a wonderful, nuanced job of capturing the emotions surrounding the circumstances. But it’s just not the same as someone of actual Japanese or Japanese-American descent telling this story, in my opinion. Perhaps future-me will change her mind, but, for now, it’s off the TBR.

Verdict: Remove


Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith

This is a YA paranormal dystopian/horror and I haven’t been a fan of YA dystopian books in ages. Not saying that this couldn’t pull me back into the fray, but it was published around the time when I fell out of love with dystopian novels in general. Beyond that, the premise doesn’t sound like anything spectacular. It’s about a teen gaining massive demonic powers to help save the world at great peril to himself and probably those closest to him. It just doesn’t capture my interest anymore, so off it goes!

Verdict: Remove


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

For someone who claims that her favorite bookish trope is “books about books”. this one has been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long amount of time 😅 I mean, it’s set in a potentially magical bookstore! It sounds like something I would genuinely love, so of course it gets to stay. Now I just need to make time to read it!

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #8

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 has been a minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? So let’s try not to judge me too harshly when we see the current state of my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf 😅 Last round, I ended with 615 books on my TBR. Since then, we’ve started an entire new year and the news about shiny, new books has been hitting me left and right! How am I to resist when there are so many fantastic sounding books just waiting to find their way onto my shelf? Well… at least my virtual one… #bookbuyingban.

That being said, there are now 628 books on my TBR and I’m sure that number will only grow over the coming months 😂 So let’s see if we can rein it in just a smidge by going through some of the books that have been hanging out there for what feels like eons. It’s time for round eight!


The Giver by Lois Lowry

I feel like I’m one of the few people that got through school without having to read this book. Not that I was assigned this book and never read it. I saved that for Dickens *glares at Great Expectations* No, I just never had an English class where this was require reading. The premise sounds interesting, though, and it’s only around 200 pages. It hits the sweet spot where I’m just intrigued enough and it’s just short enough, that it gets to stay on the TBR.

Verdict: Keep


Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek

I have no idea why I added this book to my TBR. Having read the synopsis… I still have no idea why I added this book. For something that sounds like it could be a groundbreaking, genre-bending tale, the synopsis left me feel very meh. I dunno… it just doesn’t appeal to me and I can’t really put my finger on why. But, as it stands, I think it’s time for it to go.

Verdict: Remove


The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Look, the only reason this book gets to stay is because

  • I own it
  • I would, at some point, like to get my s*** together

This book seems like it could potentially help me with that later point, lol. Also, it’s super short, so why not?

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #7

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.


Alright, let’s review where we were at the end of the last round. I ended round six with 617 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. Honestly, that number seems to be the norm for my TBR, lol. Every time I take books off, I somehow manage to add enough to stay right around there. Case in point, my TBR is currently sitting at 618 books. Only one added book, though, so that’s a plus! I’ve done much better this past week, haha. But now, it’s time to try to bring that number down (and keep it down).

Let’s jump into round seven!


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I remember when this book came out and it was just everywhere. I’m going to be honest, I was first intrigued because I heard there was a tiger involved, lol. But I never picked it up because literary fiction I have a complex relationship. And then movie came out and I could not get through it. It makes me nervous to actually pick up the book. I’m still drawn towards this story, though, so I think I’ll keep it around a little bit longer.

Verdict: Keep

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot

Upon reading the synopsis of this book, I think I’ve already read it??? It says that this is the next book after All Creatures Great and Small and I read all of James Herriot’s books about his life when I was a kid! But I don’t remember this being the title… so now I’m confused. I suppose the best way to find out is to re-read it which I’m certainly not adverse to! Perhaps it’s time to re-read all of his books for nostalgic purposes.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #6

Hello, reader!

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.

Last round saw my TBR sitting at 618 books after I went on a little bit of an adding spree 😅 Did I manage to keep the TBR additions to a minimum this week? Welp, the current number of books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf are… 621 books. So… not terrible? I should probably just accept that this is just who I am as a person, lol. Still, it’s not as bad as last week and I’m still getting books I’m no longer interested in off my TBR. I count that as a win!

With that said, let’s jump into round six!


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Kicking things off with another classic! I have to admit, growing up on Disney films, Peter Pan was one of my least favorite of all of them. And yet I’m still intrigued by the story. Perhaps the source material will prove to be more interesting to me? Who knows, but I’m willing to find out!

Verdict: Keep

America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart

Here’s a little fact about me: I absolutely loved The Daily Show when Jon Stewart was the host. I used to watch it religiously! So I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. I find Jon Stewart’s brand of humor matches mine quite well and it makes topics I typically find kind of boring become interesting. Which means this one gets to stay until I eventually get it read.

Verdict: Keep

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

This is another one of those books that I added to my TBR because I loved the movie so much. I’m talking about the older Dolittle movie, way before Eddie Murphy and the more recent one. A story about a man that can talk to animals seems like it would be right up my alley! I can’t tell you how many times little Kerri wished she could talk to all her pets, lol. I’m honestly not sure what to expect from this book as it was originally published in the 1920s, but I’m interested enough to find out.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #5

Hello, reader!

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.

Last round, I ended up with 609 books left on my Want to Read shelf. Before we talk about how many books are currently on my shelf, I should mention that just got my 2021 Always Fully Booked reading planner (made by Little Inkling Designs). Why is that relevant? Well, each month has a page where you can write down books releasing that month. So I went through and wrote down my most anticipated reads for each month (so far) and, in the process, found a few more.

Which is why there are now 623 books on my Want to Read shelf 😬 The endless struggle of a booklover, eh? Let’s see if we can trim that down a tad this round!


The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Honestly, I don’t even need to re-read the synopsis for this one to know my verdict. I’ve had a desire to read this book since stumbling across in a Barnes & Nobel ages ago. The cover drew me in, but the premise of a King Arthur retelling told through the eyes of the women involved captured my imagination. I don’t know why I still haven’t picked this one up, but it’s one I want to get to eventually.

Verdict: Keep

Ever After: A Cinderella Story by Wendy Loggia

This book is based off the movie of the same name. I put this book on my TBR because I absolutely adore that movie. Honestly, it’s one of my favs! The thing is, I’m not sure I need to read the novelization of the screenplay. I don’t tend to enjoy that, to be quite frank. The movie is great on it’s own… I don’t really feel the urge to read the book, as well. I’m sure it’s good, but I think this one will be a pass.

Verdict: Remove

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Down The TBR Hole #4

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I realized last night that I didn’t do a Down the TBR Hole round last week. I also added quite a few books to my TBR last week. I think I’m doing this wrong, lol. Let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we? On my last round of Down the TBR Hole, I ended up with 608 books on my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ shelf. Today, I have 614 books… 😬

Let’s just be upfront, this is going to be an on-going theme, y’all 😂 Every time I finish one book, I feel like I add four more to the TBR! But it’s time to focus and see if we can pare the list back down a bit. On to round four!


Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Y’all, I don’t know why this book is on here. I mean… I do because I added a lot of classics to my TBR when I first joined Goodreads. At the same time, though, I really don’t know why I went with this particular one. I started yawning just reading the synopsis.

Hahaha, just kidding! But only a little… Though this book may be absolutely delightful, I’m just not feeling it.

Verdict: Remove

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren

Do you remember PostSecrets? Anyone? It was is (I didn’t realize it’s still a thing!) a website where people send in postcards with their deepest, darkest secrets. It was wildly popular a few years ago which lead to this and other books getting published. I always thought it was such an interesting concept, which is how it ended up on my TBR. As someone who spent a lot of time on the website, however, I feel like I have probably seen the postcards that would be found in this collection. Reading it at this point would be kind of redundant 🤷🏾‍♀️

Verdict: Remove

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