Jul 24 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 6

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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The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers)
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Chaz DeSimone
Added February 27, 2014

Publication Date: August 4, 2011
#55 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Nonfiction
#73 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Fiction
#663 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Advertising

I’m going to sound a certain kind of way… but a book on how to sell books ought to have a high rank. It’s been out for six years.
Related note:
How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career. This has 22 reviews.

I’m not convinced on the authority of the author based on this. Maybe I’ll be missing out on the best opportunity of my writing life, but I’m going to risk that. Delete.

Judgement 1:

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

Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
by Kevin Hearne
Added February 28, 2014

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

It’s my “Fractions of Existence” meets “The Dresden Files.” My reason to keep this is clear.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

OBSESSED – Rejection can sometimes be the greatest aphrodisiac : A romantic crime and suspense read
by Eve Rabi
Added March 5, 2014

It sounds twisted and interesting. But I don’t need another romance or crime book.

Judgement 3:

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

Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti
by Ted Oswald
Added April 2, 2014

I know there was a reason I added this, but I no longer recall what it was. Maybe I was looking for a book with characters from Haiti?

Judgement 4:

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

Alpha Goddess
by Amalie Howard
Added April 2, 2014

In Seraphine Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them.

#1213 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends
#2095 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends

Reminds me of Fractions of Existence.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
by Patricia Briggs
Added April 3, 2014

Looks like a really good werewolf book.
I’m starting to burn out on shifter books. :/

Judgement 6:

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

The Opposite of Nothing
by Shari Slade
Added April 3, 2014

One of the reading challenges I did had checkmarks like “a book with antonyms in the title.” (The one I picked and reviewed for that can be found here.) That’s probably how this book landed on my list, as I was probably looking for a certain type of title.

What happens when a socially awkward campus DJ “catfishes” her bad boy BFF?
Callie Evans would rather hide out in her DJ sound booth than face the fact that she’s in love with her best friend, notorious campus hottie Tayber King.

It sounds intriguing, so I’ll keep it on the list.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Business Tips and Taxes for Writers (Information in a Nutshell)
by Carol Topp
Added April 3, 2014

I’m sure it is a good book. The thing is, with taxes, a newer publication is probably better. Right?
The Royalty Factor: A Writer’s Guide to Reducing Taxes
Publication Date: January 15, 2017

This is something I’ll probably look up next year.

Judgement 8:

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

Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911: Your Guide to Writing it Right (Quick & Dirty Tips)
by Mignon Fogarty
Added April 3, 2014

Mignon tackles the most commonly asked questions regarding punctuation. From semi-colons to serial commas and ellipses to asterisks, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome punctuation rules.

Have I pledged my undying love for Grammar Girl lately? That site is AWESOME. And I’m sure the book is good. Stays!

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

The Bat: A Harry Hole Novel (1) (Harry Hole Series)
by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett
Added April 14, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads

I’m guessing I was looking for an author or setting from another country. I’m sure it’s a good book, but I think I’ll pass, as I don’t read many detective stories.

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? What’s your favorite Grammar website?

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

Down The TBR hole


  1. You are dedicated to this mission. Congratulations. I’m thinking I’ll soon have to visit my TBR list on Goodreads and so some tidying up myself. I’ll never read all that I’ve marked. Thanks again for the inspiration.
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    1. I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s a learning experience.

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