Jul 10 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 4

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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Louie has Landed ‘The Early Days’
by Kevin Swarbrick
Added March 11, 2013

I don’t actually know why I added this book.

Judgement 1:

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

Without Saying a Word
by Amanda Ward
Added May 19, 2013

Sounds like a nice romance book. But I don’t know why I added it and there are other books I’d rather read.

Judgement 2:

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

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Book 1)
by Moira Young
Added May 25, 2013

Sounds like a good book with lots of action and girl power. I’m sure that’s why I added it. But I don’t think I’m going to get around to reading all 3 of these.

Judgement 3:

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

The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides)
by Mur Lafferty
Added May 25, 2013

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

The book sounds hilarious. It stays.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Added May 25, 2013

This was recommended by friends. These books come with study guides and lesson plans. (What??? Okay…)

I don’t honestly know right now if I’ll ever buy this or not. But if I had a copy, yeah, I would read. I’m curious.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1)
by Kim Harrison
Added May 25, 2013

It’s probably a good book. I have no idea why I added it.

Judgement 6:

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

Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
by Jeaniene Frost
Added May 25, 2013

The characters have cool names. It sounds good. I’m just not that into vampire hunting books.

Judgement 7:

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

by Michelle K. Pickett
Added June 5, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul. After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters. Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Reminds me of a short story I was working on. Which maybe I’ll finish someday. And then I’ll be more interested in reading this book. So it can stay.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Currently unavailable.
Added September 25, 2013

An annoying, but hot, alien next door who can stop time. Think I’ll pass.

Judgement 9:

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

TIED (A Fire Born Novel Book 1)
by Laney McMann
Currently unavailable.
Added September 28, 2013

**RE-RELEASE with New & Revised Content**

Are some truths worth risking your life for?
What if it meant admitting your nightmares were real—and so were your delusions?

Seventeen year-old Layla Labelle’s hallucinations have driven her to the brink—and she isn’t telling anyone. But when her dreams walk into her life in the form of Max MacLarnon, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew. Including whether or not Max actually exists.

Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put her on a path toward her own destruction. When Layla’s world erupts into a dangerous reality, and every fact of her life forsakes her, she must remember who, and what, she is if she’s going to stay alive.

In a world where nightmares walk the earth, an ancient curse lives in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal. Layla will have to uncover the secret her ancestors are hiding, and make the biggest decision of her life—embrace who she is and follow the one she loves into a world of deadly myth and legend, or turn her back on her history, her destiny, and her love.

In TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels, what Layla and Max don’t know could kill them both. And unless they can find a way to stop the curse—the truth might tear them apart forever.

How far would you go … to protect the one you love?

#35 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Geography & Cultures > Europe
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The paragraph that starts “In a world where” … that reminds me of Fractions of Existence.
Except I’m the one who uncovered the secret… and that’s what put me on the path to writing the books.

I moved this from my wishlist to my shopping list.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Relocated to shopping list | Goodreads TBR: Added

Have you read any of these books? How many non-classic books have you seen that have study guides and lessons plans available online?

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

Down The TBR hole


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    • Sarah on July 10, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    I love the Anita Blake series. Totally my guilty pleasure. That being said…I am both intrigued and disturbed that there are study guides & lesson plans…I hope you enjoy them!
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    1. I’m curious as to why. Who is teaching that class and where? What prompted it? Then again, Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” was an assigned book in one of my college classes that studied myths, demons, angels, and other supernatural stories as related to history and culture. So perhaps it falls in there?

  1. You know, I actually got to the point where I started going through my Goodreads list and actually picking up the titles there. Truthfully, I don’t add books on there unless I really do plan to read them. I’m a little picky when it comes to books. Granted, the ones on my list that I’m finally getting to are about 3 to 5 years old. *shrugs* It’s never too late to leave a review, eh?
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    1. Indeed! I have several books (7 of which are by favorite authors — and yeah that happens to include you, JK Rowling, Victoria Aveyard, Patrick Rothfuss, Mary Elizabeth Summer, and Stephen King) which I’ve yet to crack open, plus a list (actual text file!) of books I bought and am dying to read. I need to schedule more reading time for myself. It’s just been a very overwhelming year.

    2. Indeed! I have several books (7 of which are by favorite authors — and yeah that happens to include you, JK Rowling, Victoria Aveyard, Patrick Rothfuss, Mary Elizabeth Summer, and Stephen King) which I’ve yet to crack open, plus a list (actual text file!) of books I bought and am dying to read. I need to schedule more reading time for myself. It’s just been a very overwhelming year.

  2. I like your process and I may adopt it, when I have time. At least I didn’t have any of yours – or add them to my own!
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