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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WWW Wednesday: Sep 14, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames: Holy $#^!, this book is freaky! And it dumps you right into the frights, too! I’m loving how intense and strange this story is, so far, and I may have stayed up way too late last night because I needed to know what happened next. This is a young adult horror that is set in Antarctica where a group of teens are tasked with helping collect ice samples. Of course, that all goes horribly wrong when a monster finds its way to them. The setting and the monster combine in a way that makes it truly spooky and this author knows how to write a creepy scene. I can’t wait to continue!
  • Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim: I’m finally finishing the Blood of the Stars duology! I read Spin the Dawn forever ago and truly enjoyed it. Now it’s time to complete the series by finishing this one. So far, the writing is just as good as the first book. I’m excited to pick up Maia’s story where it left off and it certainly starts off in an exciting, if dangerous, way! Looking forward to finishing this one up this week.
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August 2022 Wrap Up


Hello, reader!

I’ve managed to get to my reading wrap up for the previous month before it is almost the end of this month! We’re making progress 😂 In my defense, I read a lot of books (for me) last month. I somehow managed to get through 20 books! The task of rounding them all up and talking about them has been daunting, to say the least.

I have to blame the two readathons I participated in last month, the Trope-ical Readathon and the Magical Readathon. They were both a ton of fun and had me tearing through books. I managed to complete my character’s classes for the Magical Readathon, though I did… less great with my Trope-ical TBR 😅 I am but one, slow reader and there was no way I was getting through all those books! Still, I had a blast with both readathons and I can’t wait until the next round for each.

Alright, now let’s jump in so I can talk about all the books I managed to read in August!


Books Read


  • Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood: This was such a thrilling read! It’s an Ethiopian-inspired retelling of Jane Eyre which is one of my favorite classic novels. I was already primed to love this and it did not disappoint! I loved the world, the characters, and their messy, wonderful relationships. It also brought the creepy factor and I loved that! This would be a great read for spooky season. You can read my full review here. ★★★★
  • My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones: Stephen Graham Jones has a way of writing horror that makes it feel like a contemporary. This book was no different and, somehow, it totally works! I enjoyed how this was really a character study of Jade, our main character, who is obsessed with slashers and hates pretty much everything else. It was intriguing following her as she tries to convince people that a slasher has arrived at their small town. Don’t get me wrong, though… there are definitely some pretty horrific things in this book, especially near the end! It all wraps up into a weird, wonderful story that was both spine-tingling and introspective. ★★★★
  • Spy x Family Vol 1 by Tatsuya Endo: And here we see the beginning of my obsession with the Forger family, lol. I read this manga after hearing about it all over the bookish community. It sounded cute and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Immediately after finishing this volume, I binged the first season of the anime and put a hold on all the volumes available at my library 😂 It’s just so sweet! It follows a spy who needs a fake family to complete his latest mission. The people he manages to get into his fake family, however, are 1) an assassin (Yor is the BEST) and 2) a telepath (I ADORE Anya). It’s a lot of fun and I need mooooore. ★★★★
  • These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall: I read this book as part of a book tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. I signed up for the tour because this sounded like a gothic horror that would be right up my alley! I had a great time with this dark, brooding story. The atmosphere was on point and I loved that we got some good rep throughout the story. There’s even a sapphic love story mixed in with all the horror. This book certainly made me interested in reading more of Kate Alice Marshall’s work! You can read my full review here. ★★★★
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First Lines Friday #61


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

Happy Friday and, hopefully, the start to your weekend! I’m excited that I have this weekend off because it’s my best friends birthday and this will be the first time in a minute that we actually get to hang out to celebrate. I see lots of cake and drinks in our future 🥳 Before all the birthday shenanigans kick off, though, it’s time for another First Lines Friday!

Today’s featured book is one that I haven’t started quite yet, but I’m very eager to pick it up. I’m reading it as part of a book tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. When they sent out the sign up email, I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it. Now, let’s see if the first few lines can ramp up my excitement!


The Line(s):

“The Victoria Station burns so ferociously that the man with the binoculars can feel the heat from his perch in the helicopter.”


The Hints:

This is a young adult horror set to release later this month.

It is set deep in Antarctica.

And it has been pitched as “The Thing” meets “Wilder Girls“… so I’m intrigued!


The Reveal:

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Book Review: Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham


Title: Winterset Hollow

Author: Jonathan Edward Durham

Publisher: Credo House Publishers

Genre: Fantasy Horror

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death, violence, torture, animal cruelty, blood, stabbings

Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis

Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle. Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book-a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It’s Barley Day . . . and you’re invited to the hunt.

Winterset Hollow is as thrilling as it is terrifying and as smart as it is surprising. A uniquely original story filled with properly unexpected twists and turns, Winterset Hollow delivers complex, indelible characters and pulse- pounding action as it storms toward an unforgettable climax that will leave you reeling. How do you celebrate Barley Day? You run, friend. You run.

Jonathan Edward Durham was born near Philadelphia in one of many rust-belt communities where he read voraciously throughout his youth. After attending the College of William & Mary, where he received a degree in neuroscience, Jonathan waded into the professional world before deciding he was better suited for more artistic pursuits. He now lives in California where he writes to bring a unique voice to the space between the timeless wonder of his favorite childhood stories and the pop sensibilities of his adolescent literary indulgences.

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Blog Tour: These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall


Hello, reader!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog tour, hasn’t it? It seems like it has! I’m happy to dive back in with a young adult horror novel that sent shivers down my spine: These Fleeting Shadows! This tour is hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours, so I must thank them for introducing me to such a perfectly creepy tale. I also want to encourage you to follow along with the tour, as there are a ton of incredible bookish content creators involved! You can find the tour schedule here.

Now, I’ve thanked TBR & Beyond Tours for introducing me to this book, but I also need to thank them for giving me a spot on this tour! And a special thank you to the publisher, Viking Books, for sending me a finished copy to review. It is, as always, very much appreciated! All opinions contained within this post about the book are my own.

Alright, now let’s get to my blog tour stop!


  • Title: These Fleeting Shadows
  • Author: Kate Alice Marshall
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: August 9th, 2022
  • Genre: Horror
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Blood, body horror, murder, child death/murder, queerphobia, abuse, alcoholism, sexual assault (referenced), lobotomy

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The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich…or dead.

Helen Vaughan doesn’t know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven’t spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she’s shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she’ll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen’s dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night?And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.

Content Warning: Harm to children/death of children – non-graphic and not on the page, but prevalent in backstory & plot, Death & dying, Body horror (surreal, not gory), Violence (against MC & others), Alcoholism (not a main character), Discussion of a lobotomy performed in the 1800s

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Sundays In Bed With… Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler


Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

I hope you’ve had a restful Sunday, so far! I’m epically tired because I stayed up ridiculously late playing D&D and then had to wake up this morning to go to work. Very bad combo. Would not recommend. Now that I’m home, though, I’m happy to curl up in my bed and read.

That being said, let me tell you a little about my Sunday read!


My Sunday Read Is…

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This is Octavia E. Butler’s take on the classic vampire story with bits of sci-fi dropped in. I’m… enjoying it? I guess? I’m listening to the audiobook and, while I’m listening, I’m having a good time. But I’m never eager to pick it back up 😅 I don’t know, I think it’s because this book is quite happy to meander as it goes and, even though exciting things are happening, I feel so bored reading them. Part of that is the narrator. Her voice is the kind that makes me want to take a nap which is not helpful when I’m trying to pay attention! I like the unique vampire lore in this, but, so far, I’m feeling pretty ‘meh’ about this one. Perhaps that’s just my generally ‘meh’ feelings about vampires popping up.

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First Lines Friday #56


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another First Lines Friday! This is another work weekend for me after a week filled with overtime, but, happy news… I got a promotion at work! So I’m feeling a bit more optimistic about working over 7 days in a row 😂 In celebration, I want to talk about a book that I am truly enjoying at the start to this weekend. I’m reading it for a TBR & Beyond Tours book tour and absolutely tearing through it!

The first lines certainly captured my interest. Now to see if they’ll do the same for you!


The Line(s):

“I promise I will tell you the truth. But first, I need to lie. It doesn’t make sense yet. It will. Be patient.”


The Hints:

I’m entering my horror era, I think, because this is the third horror I’m picking up this month.

It will be released August 9th.

It features a creepy (and possibly sentient??) house.


The Reveal:

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WWW Wednesday: Aug 3, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall: I’ve just started this spooky YA horror and, already, I’m entranced! The atmosphere is pitch perfect, the little hints that something is not right have me intrigued, and I’m truly interested in finding out more about our main character, Helen. I’m very much getting an The Inheritance Games vibes, what with her inheritance of this creepy house hinging on her staying in it a full year and some less than friendly relatives who seem upset about the will. But this is definitely got a more paranormal vibe and I am here for it!
  • Hide by Kiersten White: I literally just finished the first chapter of this horror novel and, in comparison, I’m not as immediately into it as I was with These Fleeting Shadows. Maybe it’s because I’ve only read one chapter so far. Maybe it’s because nothing has really happened yet. I’m definitely intrigued enough to keep going but the writing hasn’t really gripped me yet. The main character, Mack, certainly seems like she has a Past and I’m interested to find out more about her. Here’s hoping I get more invested as I continue.
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First Lines Friday #55


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

Happy Friday! I hope, if you’re not working this weekend, you’re looking forward to a good time. If you are working, like me, I hope the weekend goes quickly and smoothly! Because that’s what I’m hoping for my work weekend, haha. Either way, it’s time for another First Lines Friday post! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’m hoping to pick up tomorrow once I get home.

Let’s see what the first few lines have in store for us.


The Line(s):

“The Amazement Park opened in 1953.

GET LOST IN FUN! posters advertised, and it was true: Crowds surged through the gates in the morning and didn’t stumble out again until the sun had set, and spotlights at the exit guided them free.”


The Hints:

This is a horror/thriller set in a theme park.

The end pages feature a pretty awesome map.

It currently has a *3.35* rating on Goodreads… and I’m nervous, lol.


The Reveal:

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