Jun 19 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 1

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)

I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

June 19, 2017= AWL: 324 | Goodreads TBR: 783 books

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Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells
by Mary Buckham, Mary Buckham (Kindle Edition)
Added April 28, 2012
Currently unavailable.

It’s not even in print anymore.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Come the Shadows (The Campbell Creek Mysteries)
by Wendy L. Young (Kindle Edition)
Added June 5, 2012


Officer Will Harmon lives a comfortable life in Campbell Creek, North Carolina, where there hasn’t been a murder in seventeen years. When bones are discovered in the old bread factory his life is disrupted but the body only the beginning. Surprising threats are coming and he will do whatever it takes to protect the life he loves…

I don’t read many mystery or detective books. The author and I follow each other on Twitter. @wendyyoung That’s probably why I added it.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added

Guerrilla Marketing for Free: Dozens of No-Cost Tactics to Promote Your Business and Energize Your Profits
by Levinson President, Jay Conrad (Paperback)
Added June 13, 2012

The guru of the Guerrilla Marketing series, with over a million copies in print, teaches entrepreneurs how to market aggressively without spending one cent.
Levinson, the authority on big-business marketing on a small-business budget, takes this concept one step further by offering scores of marketing ideas that are completely free. He proves that aggressive marketing doesn’t have to be expensive if you use creative and unconventional means.
* Hold a giveaway contest. You’ll attract customers and acquire names for your mailing list.
* Give free talks, consultations, and demonstrations. You’ll establish yourself as an expert and publicize your business at the same time.
* Post on websites, bulletin boards, and other online communities. They offer countless opportunities for spreading your business message.
* Feed your clients. Sending cookies or offering free refreshments in your store can set you apart from the competition.
Levinson offers dozens of other tips — some straightforward, many surprising — in a unique, indispensable guide that proves you don’t have to pay top dollar to improve your bottom line.

It was published in 2003. I’m not sure how useful it would be for my needs, which is selling a book in 2017.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Google Advertising Guerrilla Tactics: Google Advertising A-Z Plus 150 Killer AdWords Tips & Tricks
by Bottletree Books LLC (Paperback)
Currently unavailable.
Added June 13, 2012

Again, it isn’t even for sale anymore. There’s no point to it being on my list.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Marketing Without Advertising: Easy Ways to Build a Business Your Customers Will Love and Recommend
by Michael Phillips, Salli Rasberry (Paperback)
Currently unavailable
Added June 13, 2012

Probably had little to do with book marketing. But, since it’s another that isn’t even for sale anymore, I’ll never know.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Yesterday’s Daughter
by Sallie Lundy-Frommer (Kindle Edition)
Added July 18, 2012

Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.

A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life.

Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Keeping it on the list! I can see what drew me to this — the description reminds me of my book, Fractions of Existence. (Except for the vampire angle.)

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Full Throttle
by T. C. Archer (Kindle Edition)
Added July 31, 2012

Fast cars and a smokin’ hot passion…

Rex intends to own and drive his own car, but that will cost him millions up front. Last season was a disaster, thanks to a nasty break up, but it taught him a lesson and helped sharpen his focus on what he needed to do: Win every race. And stay away from pretty girls. The last thing he needed was to learn that his new head mechanic, Jimmy James, was the gorgeous redhead pin-up walking around his pit like it was some kind of dance floor.

Gail “Jimmy” James is the first female NASCAR mechanic. As if competing in a man’s world isn’t tough enough, her bombshell figure bellies her genius IQ, and the pit is no place for either. Nothing Jimmy knew about Rex Henderson the driver prepared her for Rex Henderson the man. But Jimmy has no time to dwell on her feelings as strange mechanical problems curse Rex’s car. Whether sabotage or her own mistakes, Jimmy must stay one step ahead of trouble if she’s going to keep her job, and keep her driver alive…

I like cars. A female mechanic reminds me of some women in my family. Keeping it on the list.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added (wasn’t there)

We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media
by Kristen Lamb, Bob Mayer (Paperback)
Currently unavailable.
Added August 4, 2012

I’m a fan of Kristen Lamb and the WANA tribe. But if the book isn’t in print anymore… Uhh, why wasn’t this an ebook? I’m guessing the social media game has changed since this was written, and thus it has been pulled from print. No reason to keep it if I can’t get it.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer
by Kristen Lamb, Jennifer Talty (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added August 4, 2012

Another Kristen Lamb book that isn’t for sale. I guess I’ll never read this one, either.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Dare Me
by Megan Abbott (Hardcover)
Added August 4, 2012

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as “total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

I like author Megan Abbott. But I have no idea why I added this book to my wishlist. Was I researching cheerleaders for a short story? I don’t know. There are too many other books I know I’d rather read.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole


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  1. Excellent idea. I have a tendency to add a book and start reading it immediately, therefore, my backlog stay. . .backlogged. I’ll see if I can apply your strategy and clear the pipeline a bit. Thanks.
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    1. I’m making it a weekly activity. There really are a LOT of books I want to read, have been meaning to read, have forgotten that I started to read, etc. Glad you liked the idea too.

    • Misha on June 20, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    I really should do this too. But MAN. SO. MUCH. WORK!
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    1. That’s what I thought too. But then I got a rhythm going, and now I’m kind of enjoying it.

  2. My TBR pile keeps growing, too. I hadn’t thought about any going out of print. I’d have to block aside a big bit of time to do this!
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    1. Five or ten a week. That’s how you keep it from being overwhelming.

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