Down the TBR Hole #26

April 22, 2018

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 or 20, 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: 975 titles

BOOKS 431-435:


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – added 03.13.17
I don’t hear this book talked about much, but I got it from BOTM Club last year and still think it sounds really good!

Marlena by Julie Buntin – added 03.13.17
I kind of hate that I even got this book from BOTM Club, because I hate adult contemporary and I think it was probably a complete waste of that month’s credit.

Crawlspace by Herbert Lieberman – added 03.13.17
Crawlspaces actually creep me out big time IRL, so this is probably gonna be worth checking out.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – added 03.13.17
I think I bought this because it was marketed “for fans of Sarah Dessen”? Idk if I’ll ever actually read it, but I don’t really want to remove it, either.

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe – added 03.13.17
I was gonna give this author a try, but I consistently see “meh” and bad reviews on almost all of her books, so I don’t feel very enthusiastic about it anymore.

BOOKS 436-440:


Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan – added 03.13.17
I don’t mean to be harsh, but… this literally sounds like the most boring, “meh” sort of YA fantasy. 🙁

The Sitter by R.L. Stine – added 03.13.17
I honestly never thought I’d see the day when I felt so “meh” about Stine’s books, but I’m reading this synopsis and just feeling so bored even thinking about it. 🙁

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – added 03.13.17
“Boarding school for sick teens”: hm?
“Love is its own cure”: nevermind.

You Come When I Call You by Douglas Clegg – added 03.13.17
I feel like I actually tried to read this before and couldn’t get into it.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – added 03.13.17
A lot of my friends love this one, so I’ll give it a go (plus, I’m a sucker for magical realism!).

BOOKS 441-445:


The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – added 03.13.17
I’m kind of surprised I haven’t read anything by Julie Kagawa yet, but this series sounds so good!

Crane by Stacey Rourke – added 03.13.17
This is a new adult Sleepy Hollow retelling that I had totally forgotten I bought, but I kind of want to read ASAP now?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – added 03.13.17
Mainly keeping this because the synopsis says the MC’s best friend is worshiped by mountain lions, and I’m intrigued.

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti – added 03.13.17
I bought this because I love Deb’s book The Nature of Jade, but I didn’t know this was an adult contemporary/mystery, and it doesn’t sound very exciting.removeflower

Not Just Voodoo edited by Rebecca Hamilton – added 03.13.17
This is a YA/NA paranormal fantasy anthology, which interested me, but I don’t recognize literally any of these authors. That said, I don’t have a lot of paranormal fantasy in my library, and I already own this, sooo…

BOOKS 446-450:


Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – added 03.13.17
This was totally a cover buy, buuut I have heard really good things!

Skin by Patrick Logan – added 03.13.17
This was one of those free kindle books that I knew even when I downloaded it, I’d probably never read it. :/ (I’ve since learned to stop doing that, but still.)

Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks – added 03.13.17
I added this because my fiance loves Terry Brooks, but if I read anything by the guy, it’s probably not going to be this one first.

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White – added 03.13.17
I mean… it’s Kiersten White? Enough said?

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan – added 03.13.17
I mean… it’s Rick Riordan? Enough said? 😛

BOOKS 451-455:


Universal Harvester by John Darnielle – added 03.14.17
This book just sounds so incredibly interesting to me, and I keep meaning to grab a copy from BookOutlet when they have it in stock, but I keep forgetting.keepflower

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland – added 03.14.17
I really enjoyed Krystal’s book Our Chemical Hearts, and I just got this in a trade a few weeks ago!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – added 03.14.17
I have always heard such good things about this memoir, plus I love stories told in verse.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore – added 03.14.17
Yikes… there is literally NOTHING in this synopsis that sounds interesting AT ALL.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – added 03.14.17
I want to check this series out, but this is book #3 and I haven’t even read #1 yet.

BOOKS 456-460:


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – added 03.14.17
I’ve heard way too many rave reviews to remove this one!

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi – added 03.14.17
This book just looks SO GORGEOUS, honestly. I have a hardback and it’s full of the most lovely illustrations. <3

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – added 03.14.17
Oh, man… This synopsis sounded kinda cool, but a ton of blogger friends who I have very similar tastes to gave this 1-2 stars. I’ll let you guys help me decide – removing it for now, but should I add it back?

Saga, Vol 6 by Brian K. Vaughan – added 03.15.17
I am WAY too invested in this series to stop now.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – added 03.16.17
CoHo and Tarryn in the same place? This is such a recipe for heartbreak that I can’t possibly skip out on it.keepflower

(Why do my percentages keep going down?!)




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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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    1. all of your choices on these are making me so happy! extraordinary means sucks hard, but emmy & oliver and bone gap are both gooooood

    1. My first Julie Kagawa book was The Immortal Rules (I was doing a project on vampire lit) and it’s kinda weird, but worth the read!

    1. I really want to read Exit West, I’ve had it on my TBR since release. Good luck with Snow Like Ashes, I read earlier this year and really didn’t like it. Each to their own.
      But also – SAGA!

      1. Same! I got it from the BOTM Club box when it came out because it just sounded so cool and the cover is lovely. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet! And thank you on Snow Like Ashes – I hear very mixed reviews so I think I will go into it slightly cautious, haha!

    1. Crawlspace looks SUPER spooky and right up my alley (especially since it’s in New England), so I gotta read that now!

        1. You KNOW I will! Alternatively, that’s something I’d def be down for buddy reading at some point.

          1. Hell, yeah! I don’t think I’ll be able to get to it in May or June, but maybe a little later this year if you haven’t read it by then? (But don’t feel like you have to wait on my account – I’m sure there are a million books we could buddy read if you want to go ahead and knock that one out! ♥)

            1. I’m about to get in a bajillion library holds, so I’m totally fine with waiting a bit! I’ll be loaded up for the next month or two anyway. <3

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