Down the TBR Hole #45

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is up another book to 702 books!  This time, I blame it on catching up on my favorite blogs.

This week’s books:

The Hobbit Companion by David Day – KEEP.  There’s no way I would ever get rid of this gem of a book.  I will always hold on to my Middle Earth or Hobbit-related books.

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald- KEEP.  This is another one of those books with a story centered on a bookstore and the person who owns it.  Instead of a memoir, however, this one is fiction. Regardless, there’s no way I wouldn’t pick up this book in a bookstore, buy it, and add it to my collection.

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – KEEP.  This book was recommended by another blogger a couple of years ago.  I have the ebook, but I wish I had at least a paperback copy as long as it has this cover.  It’s so beautiful!

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – KEEP.  This is a book that I bought at the bookstore after forgetting that I already had the audiobook.  While that’s not the first time I’ve accidentally bought a second copy of a book, it is a sign that I definitely want to keep it on my TBR.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – KEEP.  How could I get rid of a book tied to “The Dark Tower” series?  Not possible.

My to-read shelf is stuck at 702 books.  I’m hoping that changes over this three day weekend.

Down the TBR Hole #44

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

I think I jinxed myself.  My TBR pile is back up to 701 books!  I blame it on my Goodreads feed and the people I have friended on there.  Why did they have to be reading so many great sounding books when I was finally whittling down my TBR?!  Don’t they know I have very little willpower when it comes to books?! *sigh*

This week’s books:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – KEEP.  I tried to read this a couple of year ago but it was too depressing so I put it down.  I will try again at some point.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke- KEEP.  This is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for what feels like forever but I always forget I own it because I have the ebook.

The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L. Horvath – KEEP.  This book was highly recommended by another blogger quite a while ago, so I bought the ebook.  Reading the synopsis makes me think this it is so much more than the average Time Travel story and I want to start reading it even though I’m in the middle of 3 other books right now.

The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell – GO.  This was a book I got from the publisher through Netgalley quite a long time ago.  I’m never going to read it so I might as well let it go.

Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno – KEEP.  I’m adding this book to my list for Sci-Fi Summer.  I’m not sure if it will be anything like “Firefly,” but it sounds too good to pass up.

My to-read shelf is back down to 700 books.  Hopefully I’ll get it back down to 698 by next weekend.

Down the TBR Hole #43

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?
I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR. My TBR pile is officially under 700 books!  I owe it all to the #Readathon last weekend.

This week’s books:

  Bad Magic and Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch – KEEP.  Both of these books sound like a lot of fun. A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall- KEEP.  I absolutely loved A Crown for Cold Silver, so there’s no way I’m getting rid of this book. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – KEEP.  “Veronica Mars” meets “World of Warcraft”?!  Yep, I’ll give this cozy mystery series a chance. Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rochford – KEEP.  I absolutely love the title, and I’ve read several great reviews. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub – KEEP.  I love King’s older books, but I’ve never read any of the one’s he co-authored.  I’ve had this particle story on my physical TBR for more years than I remember, but unfortunately it will probably still be on the shelf until next year.  I only read Horror during September and October, I’ve already read a King novel this year (‘Salem’s Lot) and I’m currently in the middle of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (highly recommended by King, BTW) with less than a week left until Halloween. My to-read shelf is down to 698 books.  It probably won’t decrease at all this week unless I miraculously finish the 4 books I’m reading right now, but at least it’s under 700.

Down the TBR Hole #42

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is still sitting at 706 books.  Even though I finished a couple of books, I also added a couple.  

This week’s books:

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell – KEEP.  The synopsis starts with “In the tradition of High Fidelity and Empire Records…”  There is no way I’m not reading this book.

Time and Again by Jack Finney- KEEP.  This story involves time travel and a romance.  If it is in any way comparable to Outlander, I’ll take it.

The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz – KEEP.  This is the story of a young girl who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto and then immigrated to Canada.  I’m a little obsessed with books about WWII.

Imaginary Boy by Mark Eldrich – GO.  I don’t know why, but I’m no longer interested in reading this book. *Shrug*

The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde – GO.  I’m only removing this book because I haven’t read the first book in the series yet.  I’ll probably add it back to my TBR after I finish The Last Dragonslayer.  

My to-read shelf is down to 704 books.  Since I just started ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King,  that number isn’t likely to go down by next Saturday.  However, next weekend is the Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon!  There won’t be a “Down the TBR Hole” post until the weekend after that, and I’m hoping I’ll be down to 700 books by then.

Down the TBR Hole #41

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is up to 706 books.  I added a couple to my wish list.

This week’s books:

  

The End is Nigh, The End is Now, The End Has Come ed. by John Joseph Adams – KEEP.  These 3 books will remain on my wish list because I will buy all of them at the same time or not at all.  They are a set of short story anthologies with the 1st one being pre-apocalyptic, the 2nd being apocalyptic, and the 3rd post-apocalyptic.  I don’t know if anyone else has ever attempted this before, but I don’t care; I need them in my life.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell- KEEPSlade House was so creepy-good that I HAVE to read this one at some point.

Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone – KEEP.  This is episode 1 of the “Book Burners” serial.  After I got sucked into my first serial, “The World Devoured”, and then it disappeared after 2 episodes, I was hesitant to add this one to my TBR.  However, it has 16 episodes in season 1, 13 in season 2, 13 in season 3, and a complete 4th season was published in August.  I think it’s safe to say that it’s popular.

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee – KEEP.  This story is supposed to be a combination of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Steampunk.  It will either be horrible or awesome, and I need to find out.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King – KEEP.  This is one of the few King novels I’ve never read, and, trust me, I will correct that.

My to-read shelf is still at 706 books.  I know that’s because it’s October and these books were added during the same month back in 2015.  I tend to add books to my TBR and/or wish list seasonally and my sub-pile of Horror has been growing exponentially for some time thanks to October only being one month.  How am I supposed to catch up on all those wonderfully scary, creepy books in 31 days?!

Down the TBR Hole #40

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is still at 704 books.  I finished my library books and started another book for RIP XIII, but I also added a book to my wish list.  

This week’s five books:

Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst – KEEP.  This is an adventure story all about fairy tales, so there’s no way I’m taking it off of my TBR.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey- KEEP.  A Dystopian society AND fantastical monsters?!  Yes, please!

A Better Way to Die by Paul Cornell – KEEP.  The synopsis spends more words about how great the author is than about anything concerning this short story collection, which makes me feel extremely skeptical.  However, I already own it and Cornell has written a couple of the “Doctor Who” books, so I’ll give it a shot.

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey – KEEP.  This is another short story collection, but with a theme.  Each of the stories are told from the point of view of a different animal.  I’m very intrigued.

A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly – KEEP.  I bought this book, and the 2nd in the “Benjamin January” series, Fever Season, while the Boyfriend and I were visiting Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana a few years back.  I’m hoping to read it before the end of the year.

My to-read shelf is still at 704 books.  Hopefully that will change by next weekend, but I’m not going to hold my breath.  I went from finishing 4 to 6 books a month to only getting through 2 books in August and 2 books this month.  I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Down the TBR Hole #39

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is still at 705 books.  I’m now trying to finish a couple of library books, and then I think I’ll stick to my own books for the rest of the year.  I really want to see my TBR below 700.  If that happens prior to January, I might make it a goal of mine to decrease my TBR by 100 each year.

This week’s five books:

Exceptional Advice for Adventurers Everywhere by Joseph J. Bailey – KEEP.  I bought a copy of this for the Boyfriend several years ago, and he enjoyed it.  I got the ebook for myself, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  

Cinderella’s Big Score by Maria Raha- KEEP.  I’ve had this book for years.  I honestly don’t remember when I bought it, but I know it’s been a long time.  I’ve read parts of it when I was doing some research for one of my college classes, but I want to read the entire book at some point.

The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode – GO.  The synopsis sounds like the author tried to put too many things into the story to make it interesting.  It’s also a self-published book, and after reading the author’s bio as well, I’m definitely not interested.

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore – KEEP.  This book was recommended to me by a friend.  I also miss Texas and the synopsis sounds like this story will be the YA version of Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.  I’m always down for some “Magical Trash”.

The Immortal Prince by Jennifer Fallon – KEEP.  The Boyfriend bought this for me while we were checking out an independent bookstore in Austin.  I’m a little skeptical of the story since the synopsis makes it sound like it might be more of a Romance dressed in Fantasy, but I’ll give it a shot.

My to-read shelf is down one to 704 books.  I’m hoping that I’ll finish up my library books in time to finish one more book on TBR before the end of the month.

Down the TBR Hole #38

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is still at 706 books.  I’m slowly catching up on my favorite blogs, and that means I’m finding books to add to my wish list.

This week’s five books:

The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint – KEEP.  De Lint has been recommended to me many times, but I had no idea where to start until I found this book.  The author or an editor didn’t choose the stories in this collection; instead, de Lint asked his fans for their favorites.  I’m hoping he’ll become a new-to-me favorite.

Auraria by Tim Westover- KEEP.  I’m a bit skeptical about this one.  However, it’s set in a ghost town in the Southern Appalachians in Georgia so I’m intrigued enough to give it a try.

Anni Moon and the The Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed – KEEP.  This appears to be a classic Middle-Grade Fantasy Adventure, and I rarely ever turn down one of those.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer – KEEP.  First off, I love the cover.  Secondly, this is a WWII story set in Eastern Europe in a bookstore, which  is another type of story I rarely ever turn down.

Fire and Ice by Patty Jansen – GO.  With such a completely unoriginal title, I’m afraid the story will be wholly unoriginal as well.  The synopsis makes it seem like it could be a decent book, but the reviews confirm my fear.  No, thanks.

My to-read shelf is down one to 705 books.  I’ll be spending most of this weekend reading, so I hope that number will be a little lower next weekend.

Down the TBR Hole #37

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.
My TBR pile is still at 706 books.  Now that I’m starting to get the hang of things at my new job, I’m hoping my reading will pick back up, but until then, my TBR will only get smaller by tossing some books off of it.  Let’s see if that happens today…

This week’s five books:


Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts – KEEP.  I got this book because of the title and the cover.  The synopsis sealed the deal.  I hope I’m able to find time to read this one during RIP XIII.

T. S. Livingston and the Mystery at Madame Molineaux’s by Violet Selborne – KEEP.  This is another book I picked up because of the title and will be keeping.  I need to bump this one up the list on my RIP XIII TBR as well, and maybe my potential Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon TBR too.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker- KEEP.  I’m a bit skeptical about this one, especially after reading several reviews.  However, I’m willing to give it a shot.  I guess I’m feeling generous.

The Creator’s Eye by R.N. Feldman – GO.  I’m not feeling so generous that I’m willing to keep a book that has a synopsis that uses a bunch of clichés to say it breaks “metaphysical clichés.”  No thank you.

Wulfheart by Daniel T. Ritter – GO.  This book is actually only a 12 page short story that is supposed to introduce a much longer story.  However, Goodreads doesn’t have any other books listed by the author.  It was published in 2015, and while the author might publish the whole book or at least the next part some day, I’m not going to hold my breath.
My to-read shelf is down to 704 books.  Perhaps I will break into the 600’s before the end of the year!

Down the TBR Hole #36

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • 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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.
My TBR pile is down one book to 710.  I don’t get a whole lot of time to read anymore, but that means I also don’t get a lot of time to find new books to add to my TBR.

This week’s five books:


The Hall of the Wood by Scott Marlowe – KEEP.  This looks like a good, dark Fantasy perfect for this time of year.

Queen Mab by Kate Danley – GO.  Meh.

The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart- GO.  This looks like a barely plausible apocalyptic story with a romantic subplot.  No thank you.

Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella – GO.  This is another “meh” for me, mostly because it seems to be more of a romantic retelling than anything else.

Ben the Dragonborn by Dianne Astle – GO.  Yet another “meh.” It sounds like a poorly written, unoriginal, and trope-filled hero’s journey.
My to-read shelf is down to 706 books.  I wonder if I’m becoming more critical of the books on my TBR now that my reading time is much more limited?