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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Down the TBR Hole #32

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 to try and trim my ridiculous TBR! Okay, it’s not that bad. I mean, if I read one book off my TBR a day, it would only take me a little under two years to clear it all 😅😂 That’s if I don’t add anymore books and we all know that’s not gonna happen. I’m currently sitting at 715 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf which is the same amount I ended with last round! I’m pretty proud that I didn’t add anymore in the interim.

Now, it’s time to trim it down a bit more!


Pop Travel by Tara Tyler

I know exactly why I added this book to my TBR. It was for a Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt years ago. Do I actually have any interest in this science fiction novel? Not in the slightest. The premise is alright, but it certainly doesn’t capture my interest.

Verdict: Remove


Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule

One day, I’m going to read an Ann Rule novel. One day! But that novel probably won’t be this one. I already have The Stranger Beside Me on my TBR and I’m far more interested in that one. I think, until I decided whether I like her writing style, I’ll stick with one of her books on my TBR. I can always add this back if I end up loving her style!

Verdict: Remove


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book sounds like it would be incredibly moving. It follows two Nigerians who leave their home country, one going to the USA and one heading to London. It follows their struggles and, then, their reunion years later. I feel like I would enjoy this one and I want to give it a chance.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #31

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 awhile since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, so I figured it was time to continue with my TBR trimming! I ended the last round with 715 books on my Want to Read shelf. Currently, I’m sitting at 716 books… which explains why I need to do these posts 😂 I will never stop adding buckets of books to my TBR, so I need to make sure I go through it on a regular basis.

That being said, let’s get to the post!


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The synopsis for this book is too weird for me to not want to read it! It’s also the second book I think of whenever anyone brings up Shirley Jackson. I want to get into her books, eventually, so this one gets to stick around.

Verdict: Keep


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Having read this author’s middle grade series, I know she is very accomplished at building an incredible atmosphere. I can only imagine the same holds true for this series and, if that’s true, I’m very eager to read it. I also own this book, so it definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Oh, Brando Sando… I love your writing but you have SO MANY BOOKS! That being said, I still really want to start The Stormlight Archives series. Of course, this is a thicc boi and it’s just the first in a proposed ten book series, so I should probably get to it sooner rather than later 👀

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #30

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 moment since I’ve done another round of Down the TBR Hole. And, surprise of all surprises, my Goodreads Want to Read shelf has actually reduced in number since the last time I did this post! I was at 721 books at the end of last round and I’ll be starting this one with 719 books on the TBR. This almost never happens because I have no self control, haha. I would like to contribute that to the fact I read quite a few books off my backlist last month. Of course, with the amount of books off my backlist I read, that number should have gone down way more… but remember how I said I have no self control? Haha… yeah 😅

Anyways! Let’s see if I can trim this list down a little bit more.


Extropia by Robin Bootle

I have no recollection of adding this book whatsoever, haha. The cover is cool, though, so that’s probably how it ended up on my TBR. Reading the synopsis, it’s about a boy that must save his father who has become stuck in a virtual reality realm named Extropia. And that sounds right up my alley! It’s also a standalone, which means I won’t be committing series.

Verdict: Keep


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Yup, I have yet to give this very popular YA series a try. I dunno… I’ve never been particularly drawn to fae stories. I’ve only read one Holly Black book and it was alright, nothing that made me eager to read her other work. I think the only reason this stays on my TBR is because of the hype. Honestly, though… I’m not feeling it anymore.

Verdict: Remove


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This is one of those books I remember adding to my TBR but kind of forgot about in the shuffle of newer, shinier books. That being said, I’m still very interested in this series. I think the concept of three magical sisters having to fight over one crown is fascinating. Perhaps they’ll turn on whoever made up that stupid rule and kill them, instead 😂

Verdict: Keep

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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

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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

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Down the TBR Hole #26

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!

Welcome to a new week for more bookish content! I thought today would be a good day for another round of Down the TBR Hole. Mostly because I’m trying to stay ahead of my obsessive need to add new books to my TBR shelf, haha. Case in point, in the time since I did my last round, I’ve gone from 734 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf to 738 books. Admittedly, 4 books isn’t that bad, but when you already have over 700 on the list… sigh…

There’s just so many incredible sounding books popping up on my radar and I can’t resist!

Let’s see if we can trim a little bit this round before I, inevitably, add more 😂


The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

I couldn’t remember adding this book and, after reading the synopsis, I think I must have done it while in an altered state. Because this book does not sounds appealing to me at all. Did I add as a possible book for a reading challenge? Was I trying to get more into historical fiction? Who knows, but it’s definitely not staying.

Verdict: Remove


Dear Martin by Nic Stone

In contrast, I remember adding this one to my TBR and I still really want to read it! I actually own a copy, as well, so it’s not leaving the TBR any time soon. This is one of those books where I know I’m going to have to prepare myself to be angry probably the entire time I’m reading. Still, I’ve heard nothing but great things and am excited to read it when I finally get around to the book.

Verdict: Keep


Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Ahhh, yet another YA fantasy series that I thought sounded interesting, then never started. Honestly, at this point, though this sounds like this could be thrilling, I’m just not interesting in diving into yet another series. Perhaps when I’ve gotten through the multiple ones I’m currently reading, I’ll revisit this. For now, though, it’s time to part ways.

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #24

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 Down the TBR Hole, where I try and trim down my Want to Read shelf to something that is more reflective of books I actually want to read. We’ve all been there where we add books to our TBR and then completely forget that they exist, right? I’m choosing to believe so 😂 I’ve been doing these posts for awhile and, every round, I stumble across books that I don’t even remember adding. And this is why I do it! Nothing wrong with losing interest in a book, after all. No matter how much I wish I could, there’s no way I can read all the books that ever caught my fancy within my short lifespan.

That being said, last round I ended on the nice, round number of 730 books. And, shock of all shocks, my TBR is currently sitting at the same amount! Color me surprised! Let’s see what this round brings us and if I can continue to pare it down a little.


Stiff by Mary Roach

This non-fiction about what can happen to our bodies after we die sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy. I love science, I love forensics, and I’m intrigued why this is also tagged as ‘Humor’ 👀 If I’m gonna like a non-fiction book, it’ll probably be something like this!

Verdict: Keep


The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

And here we have another book about dead bodies! Was I okay in May of 2017? This is more of a true crime non-fiction as opposed to focusing on the science, but it sounds fascinating. I’m curious how a true crime book from the view of a lawyer will read, so it gets to stick around for now.

Verdict: Keep


If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Oh, this one is definitely staying. It has Shakespeare and repellent characters and it’s a thriller! It sounds like it would absolutely be my jam. It’s also got dark academia going for it, so you know my interest is piqued. I’m honestly surprised that I haven’t read it yet!

Verdict: Keep

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