Aug 07 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 8

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 Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan
Item added June 25, 2014

#317 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Vampires
#331 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Werewolves & Shifters
#377 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Vampires

It’s interesting that the title of the book makes no mention of vampires, yet that’s the category it’s in twice.

The book sounds interesting. The struggle of a kind-of immortal wanting to end it all, but two groups intent on preventing that catches my eye.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Dreams In Green
by K.D. Fisk
Item added August 15, 2014

I’m guessing I added this because it’s similar to another book I enjoyed. I’m not sure. It looks like it’s probably a good book, but there are other books on my list I’d sooner read. So, for now, it’s being removed.

Judgement 2:

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

BloodGifted: The Dantonville Legacy 1 (A Sydney Vampire Story)
by Tima Maria Lacoba, Dionne Lister
Item added August 30, 2014

What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.

The hook reminds me of Fractions of Existence. That’s obviously why I added this book. I’m still interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Induction Day (Butterman Travel Book 2)
by PK Hrezo
Item added September 9, 2014

That cover is amazing!
Why do I have the second one, but not the first, saved? That doesn’t make any sense! I’m going to remove this for now as I haven’t read the first book.

Judgement 4:

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

Stevenson’s Treasure
by Mark Wiederanders
Item added September 16, 2014

I recall reading an excerpt of this book and thinking it sounded great. So it can stay.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely)
by Melissa Marr
Item added September 17, 2014

I’m sure it was the Faery Court that drew me in. However, once again, I haven’t read the first one, why do I have the second one on my list?

Judgement 6:

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

Blind Date in Gibraltar
by Margaret M Dunlop
Item added September 19, 2014

I honestly do not know why I added this book. I’m sure it’s good, but nothing in the description stands out as the kind of book I generally go for… so I’m hitting delete.

Judgement 7:

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

Demon King, The (Seven Realms Book 1)
by Cinda Williams Chima, Larry Rostant
Item added September 23, 2014

It’s a high fantasy book, the first in the series. Yes, I want to read this!

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

by Robert Cormier
Item added September 25, 2014

“Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, and you’ll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted.” —Stephen King

That’s it right there. That’s what got this one added. Holden Caufield in a reference made by Stephen King. It’s a double whammy.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

The Monk (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Matthew Lewis, Kathryn White
Item added September 28, 2014

This novel, written in 1796, is a Gothic festival of sex, magic and ghastly, ghostly violence rarely seen in literature.

It’s a classic. Perhaps the first book of this kind. I haven’t read it, but I like a classic now and then, so it stays.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Have you read any of these books? Who could write a good review that would cause you to add a book, even if it’s not your usual sort of story?

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

Down The TBR hole


  1. You know that’s a really good idea to do that. My Amazon wishlist I do go through occasionally and remove things, but I haven’t done that with Goodreads “to-read” list in a LONG time.
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    1. It has proved very useful to me. I’m enjoying this.

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