Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story, and is a super fun (and simultaneously productive) tag to help you whittle away at those never-ending TBRs! (By the way, you can click on the covers to go to the Goodreads listings!)
It works like this:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
- Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
Current “to-read” shelf: 1,013 titles
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King – added 12.31.14
I own this one, and we all know I’m a sucker for horror anthologies, so I want to hold on to it… but honestly, I have way too much King work to catch up on, and I’m not super excited about this collection.
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris – added 12.31.14
While I do want to finish the main series, after reading a lot of reviews, I don’t actually have much interest in reading the prequel story.
Books of Blood: Volume 1 by Clive Barker – added 07.28.15 (big jump!)
I’ve never read anything by Clive Barker, but I’ve heard so much good about his writing, plus one of the Books of Blood stories was the inspiration for the Hellraiser films, so…
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero – added 10.09.15
This was 100% a cover purchase, and after talking to the author earlier this year and how nice he was, I really want to read this… eventually.
Cabin Fever by Michael Bray – added 12.29.15
This is literally a 25-page short story that’s available for free on Kindle Unlimited. No clue how I came across it two years ago, but I’m tempted to go read it right now just to add it to my reading challenge. 😛
Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk – added 12.29.15
Chuck’s kinda twisted, and this is an anthology of “twisted” tales from him. Every now and then, I get a craving for something that’s just downright weird, so I’ll hold on to this one until that craving rolls back around.
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk – added 12.29.15
A journalist stumbles upon a section of verbiage in a popular poetry collection that holds an African death chant, so he goes on a mission to cull the copies of the book from the world. I honestly don’t even know.
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – added 12.29.15
Inspired by true events, this is a story about the incredible harm that comes about when teens choose to shame a rape victim instead of helping them. I haven’t read it yet because I’m told it’s going to break my heart.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – added 12.29.15
I honestly didn’t have a ton of interest in this book after hearing quite a few negative reviews, but when I read Julie’s short story in Three Sides of a Heart (review) earlier this month, I was sold on her writing.
The Return by Bentley Little – added 12.29.15
I’m honestly, like, 98% sure I’ve read this one. I love Bentley’s writing, but a lot of his work runs together in my head… I’ll leave it for now and take a moment some time this week to skim through my copy a little and double-check.
DECISION: KEEP (for now)
The Disappearance by Bentley Little – added 12.29.15
I’ve tried starting this one about disappearing people a few times, but it didn’t “catch” me like most of Bentley’s work does.
The Revelation by Bentley Little – added 12.29.15
My favorites of Bentley’s stories are the ones involving weird religious cults, like this one with a psycho preacher whose appearance causes all kinds of weird shit to hit the fan.
His Father’s Son by Bentley Little – added 12.29.15
This one, about a man whose father seems to be suffering from insanity and has attempted to kill the man’s mother, didn’t strike me as very interesting, but reviews say it has some serious head games written into it, so I’ll try it.
The Troop by Nick Cutter – added 12.29.15
Oh, my word. I added this when my mom bought it for me as a Christmas gift two years ago. I let her borrow it before I picked it up, and she told me it plays a lot with one of my biggest phobias: creepy-crawlies. This is literally the only book I’ve ever come across that I’ve been too afraid to pick up… yet.
The Long Walk by Richard Bachman/Stephen King – added 12.29.15
One of King’s very first stories is about a group of teen boys who are forced to go on a race called “The Long Walk”, where they must walk until they drop or finish. It sounds so twisted and dark, and I’ve heard it’s, to this day, one of his best ideas.