Down the TBR Hole #41—FINAL POST & AN UPDATE

August 5, 2018

This is the FINAL Down the TBR Hole post! This Thursday, I’ll have a brand new blog meme for you guys. ♥ Stay tuned!

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: 912 titles

BOOKS 751-755:


The Thing with Feathers by MCCall Hoyle — added 09.25.17
Honestly, I only added this for the epilepsy representation, but the first thing I saw in my “friends’ reviews” section was Amber’s review that immediately made me not want to read this. Bad rep, girl-hate, and slut-shaming? Ew.

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani — added 09.25.17
Not to get too specific, but there is an issue in this book that I personally avoid books discussing, for the most part, because it’s very bothersome to my mental health, so I know better than to read this.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand — added 09.25.17
I only added this because of the hype last year, but I really don’t read Christmas-themed books unless they’re weird Christmas horror stories or a very rare cutesy romance.

Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan — added 09.25.17
The synopsis sounds cute (a boy falling in love with a girl who says she’s waiting for the aliens to take her back), but I don’t see myself picking it up any time soon.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas — added 09.25.17
I’m not big on YA mysteries and don’t read them very often, so I’ve basically adopted a rule of removing any of the ones that I don’t own already.

BOOKS 756-760:


Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely — added 09.25.17
A western/dystopian… two of the genres that I reach for the least often. Nah.

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray — added 09.25.17
Oh, boy. I’m hesitant to read books with terminally ill MCs to begin with, but a full-spoiler review that I stumbled across not only spoiled the ending (not the reviewer’s fault, I should’ve been more careful skim-reading), but also quoted girl-hate bits that I don’t have the time for.

Penny Dreadful, Vol 1 by Krysty Wilson-Cairns — added 09.25.17
I enjoyed season 1 of the show (I still need to finish it!), but don’t have a pressing need to read about it, too.

Bad Apples by Evans Light — added 09.25.17
I know I always say this, but I just have so many horror anthologies already…

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena — added 09.27.17
I was originally really interested in this last fall, but the longer it’s been out, the more reviewers have said it’s more of a “domestic” thriller, and I’m not usually big on those.

BOOKS 761-765:


13 Ways to Midnight by Rue Volley — added 09.27.17
I remember entering a giveaway for this listed under “horror”, but looking at the shelving and reviews, it’s fantasy, and it doesn’t sound great.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner — added 09.29.17
I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I really want to read it before the year is out. I hear such good things about this series, and I already have the first 2 books (thanks, Cathy!).

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang — added 10.01.17
Funny story, but this vaguely bizarre-sounding adult magical realism story is one of the only TWO BOTM Club books I’ve ever received that I’m still interested in. (Can you see why I cancelled my subscription?)

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover — added 10.01.17
Oh, man. I know, I know, this one is super polarizing and a lot of people hated it… but a lot of people loved it, too, and I want to try it for myself. Eventually. I already own a few of her other books that are still on my TBR.

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd — added 10.03.17
Did someone say “gothic thriller”? Seriously though, this is one I’d probably just grab from the library since its reviews aren’t great, but I’m intrigued.

BOOKS 766-770:


Graveminder by Melissa Marr — added 10.04.17
I actually cannot believe I haven’t read anything by MM yet! I own two of her books, and while this is not high on my priority list at all, I’ll still give it a try.

Countless by Karen Gregory — added 10.05.17
This is a contemporary about a girl with an eating disorder, who learns she’s pregnant, and promises herself to stay clean from her ED only until the baby arrives. As a mom *and* someone with ED experience, this is going to be either amazing or a complete disaster.

Little Peach by Peggy Kern — added 10.05.17
I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book about sex trafficking, and this sounds very dark, but got rave reviews from a lot of my friends.

After the Fire by Will Hill — added 10.05.17
Something that a lot of people don’t know about me is that I freaking love cult stories, which this is, so sign me up!

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse — added 10.05.17
This sounds like a YA version of a domestic thriller, which is… not really a selling point for me.





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  • Reply Amber Elise August 5, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Man I haven’t looked at my TBR in a minute; it definitely needs a good trimming.
    Little Peach is worth the read!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      It can be really fun to knock some of them out! I shudder to think of how high my Goodreads TBR shelf would be by now if I didn’t purge titles from it sometimes. 🙂 And yay, that makes me happy to hear!

  • Reply Alice August 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I took everything I didn’t own off my tbr shelf on goodreads. A relieving feeling, right? Do you recommend the Penny Dreadful show? I’m looking for a new series to binge:) x

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Oh wow, way to go! I bet that was a relieving feeling. 🙂
      If you like gothic horror with gratuitous amounts of sex and blood, then YES. ? Seriously, there’s a lot going on in that series, but I tremendously enjoy it.

      • Reply Alice August 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm

        hm, I would be lying if I said that doesn’t weirdly appeal to me aha

  • Reply Kelly August 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    912 on your TR shelf is impressive! I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and trim mine down, especially since I always add to mine after reading your TBR posts! ?

  • Reply abyssallibrarian August 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    The Madman’s Daughter is amazing! Glad you decided to keep it.

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress August 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    damn, girl, that removal percentage! also, I can’t WAIT to see your thoughts on The Thief. book one is just okay, imo, but the rest… absolute perfection.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you! That’s what I keep hearing – that book 2 is where it picks up. I own the first 2 so I’m looking forward to it!

      • Reply Elise @thebookishactress August 5, 2018 at 11:31 pm

        I hope they go well for you! <3 I've been reading them all via audiobook, which was a great choice for book one; I just put it on 2x and let it run!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2018 at 12:59 am

          Oooh, good tip, thank you! I’ve been getting into audiobooks a lot more over the last couple of months.

          • Elise @thebookishactress August 6, 2018 at 2:20 am

            that’s always fun! it took me so long to get there but I’m glad I’m into them now.

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress August 5, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I still want to read The Afterlife of Holly Chase, but you’re right, it feels weird to read a christmas-themed book so far from the season 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2018 at 12:59 am

      Right! Maybe I will be more interested in it once Christmas rolls back around, but right now it just isn’t anything I could see myself picking up lol!

  • Reply Kelly | Kelly's Rambles August 6, 2018 at 5:45 am

    You are MUCH better than me at removing books from your TBR – well done!
    I was really glad to see that you’ve kept Countless, Little Peach and After the Fire because I enjoyed all three for very different reasons. They are all very powerful reads! I’ll be looking out to see what you think 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them all – that confirms that I needed to keep them!

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  • Reply booksandblends August 6, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Can you message me about Calling My Name? I’ve had this on my TBR for a while.
    Also, I can’t wait for your thoughts on Without Merit. I have come to the conclusion that Colleen Hoover is not an author that I can read.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Hey girl! If you were curious about why I won’t be reading it, it’s because reviewers are saying it is very heavy on the Christianity rep and that most of the book is actually about the main character coming from a strict religious home and having very strict religious views for her own life. Since I was raised in a very strict religious home and was left honestly traumatized by a lot of what happened to me in church settings, I don’t read books with strict Christian MCs because it actually gives me really bad anxiety. 🙁 Is that what you were wondering about? If not, text me! ♥

      • Reply booksandblends August 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

        oh okay, I got you. I don’t think it will be a good fit for me either!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious August 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I am excited to see what your new Thursday post will be! I don’t really enjoy reading this meme personally, truth be told, haha

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 6, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      Bahahah thank you for your honesty! I’ll be honest too and say that it’s one of those things that I love reading *from people I care a lot about* or have a lot in common with, but when it comes to bloggers I barely know or don’t share similar reading tastes with, I usually just keep scrolling. ?

  • Reply ambsreads August 6, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    You were absolutely brutal with removing books! I’ve loved this meme from you, so I’m excited to see what comes next ??

  • Reply Sarah August 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    !!!! Read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, especially if you already have a copy! I read an eARC of it and loved it. 🙂

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