Aug 14 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 9

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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by Roland Yeomans
Item added September 28, 2014

I think this sounds like a good Speculative Fiction read. It stays.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Removed

Angelology: A Novel (Angelology Series Book 1)
by Danielle Trussoni
Item added October 2, 2014

Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

Yup, I’m intrigued!

#94 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy
The fact that there’s a category which combines religion and SFF amuses me. Also, I might need to get Fractions of Existence into this category, maybe. More research is needed.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

The Rose Master
by Valentina Cano
Item added October 5, 2014

#5195 in Books > Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror

Combine the category with a story that sounds like super-creepy Beauty and the Beast and it’s clear why I’m interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

The Girl in the Box
by Ouida Sebestyen
Item added October 5, 2014

I remember reading about this book in a blog post.

Fair warning, this is a rare book. I’m not sure I’ll ever stumble on a copy. There’s a kidnapped girl and she types in the dark. Sounds very compelling.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Dragon’s Bait
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

What’s not to love about a 15-yo girl accused of witchcraft befriending the dragon that’s supposed to eat her?

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Heir Apparent
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

This is actually the second book in a series. I love the cover with the half knight, half VR girl.
It looks like a story where people play a VR game that becomes real in a “if you die in the Matrix you die here,” kind of way. That’s interesting. But, since it’s book two and I didn’t read book one, I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 6:

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

The Pearl
by John Steinbeck
Item added October 5, 2014

Ahh, my love of classic books strikes again. I’ll probably borrow this from the library at some point.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added

Casting Shadows Everywhere
by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
Item added October 7, 2014

I’m not sure why I added this. Maybe because I was working on my Caleb character? Perhaps it had a different description before?

Judgement 8:

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

Gods & Dragons: 8 Fantasy Novels
by Daniel Arenson, David Dalglish
Item added October 12, 2014

Item Under Review
This book is currently unavailable because there are significant quality issues with the source file supplied by the publisher.

The publisher has been notified and we will make the book available as soon as we receive a corrected file. As always, we value customer feedback.

I’d still LOVE to have this. BUT it has been pulled, so I can’t buy it.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added

Religion and Ceremonies of the Lenape (Classic Reprint)
by M. R. Harrington
Item added October 18, 2014

100% of the time, I will want books about my people.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

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

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

Down The TBR hole


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    • Damyanti on August 15, 2017 at 12:49 AM

    Interesting exercise, but don’t think I’ll end up removing any: I agonise a lot before putting any book on the TBR pile.
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    1. Ah, well, that’s probably wise of you. I’ve learned now to mark down why I want something before adding it.

  1. I should revisit my TBR list on Goodreads. I haven’t read any of the one’s you kept or tossed off your list. Have a great day. 🙂
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    1. Thanks for stopping in. Let me know if you end up doing this blog “hop” idea prompt thing.

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