Down the TBR Hole #14

Posted February 5, 2022 by Lillian in Features / 1 Comment

Down the TBR Hole Meme

Down The TBR Hole is a meme originally created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. Lia is no longer blogging, so Jody @ I’m Into Books has taken over. Be sure to join the linky on her site!

Happy Saturday y’all! I’m back and ready to continue my journey down the TBR hole this month. As of writing this post, my current Goodreads TBR shelf has 313 books on it, my physical shelf, my ARC shelf, and Kindle TBR shelf have more than I care to share at this time (mainly because I don’t want to count them 😅). Want to join me?

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly (or monthly like me), you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the blurbs of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I will only being doing this once a month, typically the first Saturday. And I’m probably going to do 10 or more each time. I’m starting with my Goodreads TBR. I’d like to leave only books I plan to read on there and remove all the others. I started this journey on a TTT post. You can follow the journey here: Down the TBR Hole.

Book Cover for "Roseblood" by A.G. Howard

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

I love Howard’s writing style. I’ve read numerous books by her and somehow this one slipped through. It’s a Phantom of the Opera retelling, and I own a copy. Planning on reading it soonish 😉

Verdict: STAYS

The Broken World by Lindsey Klingele

I read The Marked Girl back in 2016 when it was first released and thought it was a good read. The ending intrigued me enough to add the sequel to my TBR. However it is now 6 years later and I’m ready to move on. It isn’t that it wasn’t good or original, just not sure I’ll ever get back to it…not to mention I’d need to do a reread because I don’t remember enough.

Verdict: GOES

Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner

I really enjoyed the first couple of books in this series. It’s urban fantasy coupled with Egyptian mythology. I can’t believe this one is still on my TBR. I own both the paperback and ebook and cannot wait to dive back in.

Verdict: STAYS

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Shadow Queen, but somehow lost track and never kept reading. I own the entire series so I have every intention of reading it. This is a fantasy retelling of Rumplestiltskin.

Verdict: STAYS

Book Cover for "The Wish Granter" by C.J. Redwine
Book Cover for "Thief's Cunning" by Sarah Ahiers

Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers

This is a companion novel (i.e. set in the same world as) Assassin’s Heart, which I remember devouring. I remember enough about it and the world building to say for sure that I want to read this one. Not sure why or how it wound up lost on my TBR, but now that it is found, I’ll be making this a priority…as soon as I can find a copy 😉

Verdict: STAYS

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

This sounds like my kind of read, plus it has a gorgeous cover. But in truth, I don’t know that I will ever get to it as my TBR pile seems endless. Also I don’t remember adding it nor do I own a copy. So for now, it goes….though it wouldn’t take much to convince me to keep it.

Verdict: GOES

Book Cover for "Empress of a Thousand Skies" by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres, though for some reason I don’t tend to pick it up that often. At least not the ones set on another planet/universe. I want to change that, and this one sounds amazing. While I don’t remember adding it, I can definitely see its appeal. I hope to read this one this year.

Verdict: STAYS

Frayed by Kara Terzis

This book was published by a fellow blogger that I wanted to support. I’m not much of a mystery reader though so I kept putting it off….

Verdict: GOES

Book Cover for "Tracked" by Jenny Martin

Tracked by Jenny Martin

This sounds like a fun and exciting read. A futuristic world with a Fast and Furious flair. I don’t remember adding it to my TBR though, and I don’t have a copy hiding anywhere. I’m on the fence though because it does sound really good….

Verdict: GOES

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I really enjoyed The 5th Wave. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a box set of the series. Now I just need to make time to read it. I’m awful about reading physical copies, especially since I prefer to read in bed which makes an e-reader preferable.

Verdict: STAYS

Book Cover for "The Infinite Sea" by Rick Yancey

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

This series has been on my TBR since before I knew about Goodreads 😆 A former patient of mine bonded with me over books, and he loved the series. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, much to my own shame. I do own the entire series and discovered while writing this that it is currently in KU (if anyone is interested, don’t know how long that will last). I hope to read it before the new Disney+ series comes out. *fingers crossed*

Verdict: STAYS

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I picked up the entire series on several years ago when this book was being read as a part of a dystopian reading challenge I was participating in. I never read it, and while I still enjoy dystopian from time to time, it is no longer my go-to. I also no longer have the books….

Verdict: GOES

Book Cover for "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My husband surprised me with a box set of the first three or four books in this series after we went to see the movie. I must have been living under a rock at the time because I did not know that the movie was based off a book series. I unfortunately have still not read this and need to make it a priority…if only because it was a gift 😉

Verdict: STAYS

Sunrise by Mike Mullin

I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and still own this one. If you like post-apocalyptic dystopia, I highly recommend them. It is as much as story about survival as it is anything else. One of these days I’ll get around to this finishing the series.

Verdict: STAYS

Book Cover for "Sunrise" by Mike Mullin
Book Cover for "Cold Summer" by Gwen Cole

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

The blurb for this one sounds just as good now as it did when I added it to my TBR. I’m ashamed to admit that I received an ARC that somehow got lost in the shuffle. As I’ve named this the year I finally get caught up on those, hopefully I’ll get to this one soon.

Verdict: STAYS


The Running Tally

Books Removed


Books Kept


Total on TBR


Your Turn! Any books I should move to the top of my list? Any I didn’t keep you think I should? Share below 

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