Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #12

January 7, 2018


1. Sorry for the two missed Down the TBR Hole posts! With all of the reviews I needed to post and the end-of-year things I wanted to do, I just didn’t have room for this meme during the last two weekends – but it’s back now!

2. It baffles me that last week’s post started in 2014 and this one jumps to starting in 2016! I must have really forgotten all about Goodreads in 2015 and most of 2016!

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: 1,036 titles

BOOKS 136-140:


You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski – added 01.04.16
I’ve still never read a full book of Bukowski’s, and while I know he’s a pretty polarizing dude, I figure I should give him a try at least once in my life.

Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas – added 01.04.16
I feel like I remember being drawn to this solely because of the cover, which is reasonable, because I kind of love it, still. It’s a horror collection that reviews say is less “gore” and more “Lovecraft”, and I’m here for that.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – 01.04.16
Obviously, keeping this, because I am DETERMINED to finish this book in 2018.

Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories by M.R. James – added 01.05.16
It’s good enough that it’s a collection of ghost stories, but these stories are from the very, very early 1900s, and I love classic horror. (Plus, I already own it.)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – added 05.28.16
This one is tough for me. It’s a classic from the 30s about a black woman trying to make life on her own in a time frame that was even less kind to black women than our modern times are right now, and that synopsis totally draws me in, but… I struggle tremendously with classics (aside from horror). I glanced at some friends’ reviews, and many very trusted and beloved friends gave this one poor marks, so…

BOOK 141-145:


Occultation and Other Stories by Laird Barron – added 10.24.16
I know I don’t remove horror anthologies often, so when I feel on the fence about them, like I do with this one, they gotta go.

Fearful Symmetries by Ellen Datlow – added 10.24.16
I was going to just say “see previous comment” and remove this one, until I realized that Nathan Ballingrud has a story in this collection. Bam, sold.

Haunted Legends by Ellen Datlow – added 10.24.16
Again, a case in which I was gonna try to remove some of these horror collections, but then I saw an author I’m interested in (in this instance, Catherynne M. Valente). It doesn’t hurt that it won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for best anthology.

Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth – added 10.24.16
The summary sounds like a super run-of-the-mill zombie book, and I’m kind of… over those?

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge – added 10.24.16
Another Bram Stoker Award winner! I’m trying to remember why I added this one, and I want to say it’s because it was the inspiration for Pumpkinhead, the film? I might be pulling that out of my ass. Either way, I think I’ll let it go.

BOOK 146-150:


Poe’s Children: The New Horror by Peter Straub – added 10.24.16
I own this one, so I’m kind of sad to see how low its GR rating is, but I’ll still give it a shot.

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham – added 10.24.16
This is an MG horror book, and I have no clue how it ended up on my TBR. I mean, I do like MG horror, but this one about disappearing boys just doesn’t sound interesting.

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher – added 10.24.16
When I read Mud Vein earlier last week, I swore it was the first Tarryn Fisher book I’d ever heard of, and I thought it was! Apparently, though, that award actually goes to Marrow. I loved Mud Vein so much, so I’m definitely going to check this one out.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman – added 10.24.16
I remember just adding this to my TBR because I found it on sale for $1 on iBooks last year, but I know Neil writes some pretty wild short stories, so I might as well try it.

Alice by Christina Henry – added 10.24.16
I love horror Alice retellings, and this one is right up my alley. I actually picked it up at the beginning of the year and was really into it, but forgot about it and put it back down. I need to pick it back up soon!




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  • Reply emmareadstoomuch January 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    i reallllllyyyyy hated Alice by Christina Henry, but then again i’m picky with alice retellings to the point of being concerning, so…may be a good call to keep?? i’m biased

  • Reply Sarah J. January 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I love these posts so much! I’ve been culling my own GR TBR shelf for way too long, but I keep adding books quicker than I read them. It’s never ending. LOL

  • Reply scorpiobookdreams January 8, 2018 at 9:07 am

    This is such a great idea!

  • Reply DISCUSSION: TBR Zeroing? – howling libraries January 10, 2018 at 11:07 am

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  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Their Eyes Were Watching God was suuuch a struggle for me and I feel bad, but I just don’t like most classics. There was also a part near the end where someone got rabies and rabies is a phobia of mine, so I actually had a panic attack reading it. Just an overall bad experience, haha. I also DNFed Trigger Warning, but I think it’s definitely worth a shot. I just didn’t find any of the stories compelling when I read it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      I am NOT a fan of classics either, and it’s honestly really comforting to hear someone else say it, because I feel like, in the book community, whenever I say that, someone gasps. ?

      • Reply Sarah January 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        I knoww, same here. I felt awful not enjoying it because I know it’s such an important book, but it has to be ok to recognize that some books just aren’t for some people.

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