Jul 03 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 3

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.

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God of Ecstasy (Pricked)
by Lena Loneson (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added January 7, 2013

I did a search. The description on Goodreads tells me why I was interested. BUT the book isn’t for sale anywhere, as far as I can tell. Thus… removed.

Judgement 1:

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

Avondale Inkslingers: An Anthology
by Eveline Horelle Dailey Editor (Author), Victoria Hanson Shauna Selleck (Author), Brianna James (Author), Greg Lundberg (Author), Mike McCarthy Janice M. Toland (Author), Gale Leach (Author), John Robertson (Author), Helene B. Stitch (Author), Lucretia Agostarola (Author), William Stipp (Author)
Added January 8, 2013

Twenty two authors, members of the West Valley Writer’s Workshop have contributed poems, memoirs and stories to this fascinating anthology.

I know nothing else about this book. I don’t know where the West Valley Writer’s Workshop is, and I’m not sure that I know who any of those authors are. I’m removing this.

Judgement 2:

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

Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1)
by George Takei
Added January 23, 2013

George Takei is hilarious and that is why I want this book. Totally stays!

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Trial by Fire: Sizzling Romantic Suspense (All Fired Up Series Book 2)
by Taylor Lee
Added January 24, 2013

I don’t actually know why I added this. I don’t have the first one. Removed.

Judgement 4:

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

The Seven Wicked: First
by C.M. Stunich
Added January 25, 2013

The Seven Wicked Series: Book 1 of 7 (Books 2, 3, and 4 available now!) – Young Adult Paranormal Romance

“That’s just the First,” Caleb said, pausing to worry at his lower lip. “And it’s only one of seven, Seven Wicked; we can’t destroy any of the others until we destroy the First.”

When reincarnated goddess, Eevee Marx, sees the necklace at her local thrift store, she just has to have it. But Eevee has no idea that when she drapes the delicate, silver links over her fingers, she is continuing a legend her spirit had started centuries ago. That when she unhooks the tiny clasp and lays the black and silver pendant against her chest, she will spend the night of her seventeenth birthday holding the dying body of the boy she loves.

The Seven Wicked have been sleeping, preparing for Eevee to touch the necklace and reawaken the powers inside of her. Now, the only thing that stands between them is Caleb, the golden haired boy who will sacrifice himself to save her.

#1105 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Mythology
#5648 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
#11589 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales

In some ways, this kind of reminds me of Fractions of Existence. The book sounds interesting. It can stay.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Caught Up In Us (Caught Up in Love Book 1)
by Lauren Blakely
Added January 26, 2013

I’m sure it’s a good romance novel. I have no idea why it’s on my list.

Judgement 6:

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

My Fair Dork [Men of Holsum College 8] (Siren Publishing Allure ManLove)
by Daisy Harris
Added February 16, 2013

At first I wondered why this was on my list. Then I read the description and realized that it reminds me of Caleb from my Existence series. So it can stay.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added

Bad Cupid (Gay Erotica)
by A. D. Cooper
Added February 23, 2013

It sounds somewhat interesting. But I have other books on the list I’d rather read.

Judgement 8:

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

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
by Renni Browne, Dave King
Added March 1, 2013

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

I have dozens of books along these lines.

Judgement 9:

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

The First Five Pages: A Writer’S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
by Noah Lukeman
Added March 1, 2013

Do you know how many times I’ve rewritten my first five pages??? I’m sure this is a good book. But I need to focus on getting what I have out there, not on rewriting the first five pages twenty more times. And yeah, maybe I should do that. Maybe I should read this book. And maybe thinking like that will turn me into an insecure, raving lunatic. I’m removing it for my own sanity.

Judgement 10:

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

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any reading planned for Independence Day (or just “tomorrow” if you’re not in America)?

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

Down The TBR hole


  1. Another great post about streamlining those lists. I know I’ve added books in a moment of passion, and then moved on and forgotten why I did so. Your idea is kind of like cleaning out the closet and then standing back with a sigh of contentment. I could use some of that contentment, so I’m taking your advice.
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    1. Cool! Welcome to the non-hop hop. LOL. I’ve actually been really enjoying doing this.

    2. Cool! Welcome to the non-hop hop. LOL. I’ve actually been really enjoying doing this.

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