Down The TBR Hole #4

It’s time for this months Down the TBR hole, where I try to cut down my TBR list.. emphasis on ‘try’.

Lia @ Lost in a Story is the creator of Down the TBR Hole (and the header graphic above). Here’s the process:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: should it stay or go?

Depending on whether I remove a book or a whole series this list will probably be 5 or 10 books. I’ll see. Last time I ended with 1071 books after I removed a couple books/series.. I have added a lot in between (I now have 1117 books on my tbr), but I do need to let go of some books. Here goes!

Kiss Me Deadly by Trisha Telep and others

For those who thirst for accounts of paranormal romance, Trisha Telep has compiled some of the most thrilling takes of forbidden love in this collection. First crushes and last rites; dark spells and bright magic; forbidden lovers and enchanted beings — and always, always the hungry games of desire. Pucker up for a darkly sweet collection of ghosts, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, vampires, and demons in tales from today’s biggest writers of the paranormal persuasion.

Damnit, I’m a sucker for anthologies. I’m probably not interested in all books, but that doesn’t mean I can’t just read a couple! it stays (for now)

Wool by Hugh Howey

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

I remember really wanting to read these books and even though they still sound kind of interesting, I’m not sure I’m in the mood for this, or I’ll ever be in the right mood for the series. it goes.

Finding Sky (Benedict Series) by Joss Stirling

You have half our gifts, I have the other . . . When English girl Sky, catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can’t get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Dark shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. Sky must face the dark even if it means losing her heart.

As soon as I saw this series on my tbr when I started writing this post, I knew I was going to delete it. I just don’t like the synopsis anymore? I don’t know why I ever added it, maybe because of the bad boy, but it just sounds so bad? it goes.

Wither (The Chemical Garden Series) by Lauren DeStefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

I’m just.. no? Girls being used as breeders, a forced marriage, where the guy really loves the girl? I’m just not into that. it goes

Teardrop (series) by Lauren Kate

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?

This is the only book in this post that I just don’t know what to do with.. Yestereday I watched a movie and a character said ‘If you don’t really like clothes in the store, you’ll never wear them. It’s in the store where you like them best’. I feel like it’s the same with books. You add them once because they sound really good.. but now I’m hesitant and what does that say? I’ll tell you, it says that it has to go. So, it goes.

Wow, this edition of Down the TBR Hole was really good! I eliminated four books/series from my TBR and I admit, it was really necessary.. now I just have to not add more books and I’ll be golden :’). After all this, I am left with 1105 books. Going in the right direction!

Have you read and liked any of the books in this post? Do you think I made a mistake? Let me know!

Until next time,

3 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #4

  1. Heather @ The Frozen Library says:

    I read Teardrop a few years ago and actually liked it, apart from the romance. (this was before I started blogging though) but a couple years ago after I started blogging I read the sequel and it was TERRIBLE. XD Everything was so weird and made no sense and the ending was sloppy and kind of depressing and it was just so bad. 😛 I’m still glad I read the first book cuz it was an interesting story (back when I didn’t know to be more critical) but WOW the sequel ruined it. XD


  2. daniellepitter says:

    Whoever thought that Whiter (I mean Wither) sounded like a good book was out of their mind!! Crazy!! Glad you got rid of that mess out of your TBR.


  3. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    Pretty good clearing on this round! I really need to get better at taking them off, instead of just always adding. I loved the quote you used ‘If you don’t really like clothes in the store, you’ll never wear them. It’s in the store where you like them best’. I might have to say this to myself when I do my next down the tbr hole!


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