Down the TBR Hole #6

With all the books I’m adding to my TBR, this really should be a monthly thing. Honestly that would be the only reason my TBR-list is not going to be the death of me.

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 1129 books after I removed a couple books/series.. Meaning I really need to let go of some books. Here goes!

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

This graphic novel really looks adorable and seems important and I really just still want to read it. I completely forgot about it so I’m glad I ran into it while doing this meme. It stays.

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

They spend their days – and too many of their nights – at work. Away from friends and family, they share a stretch of stained carpet with a group of strangers they call colleagues.

There’s Chris Yop, clinging to his ergonomic chair; Lynn Mason, the boss, whose breast cancer everyone pretends not to talk about; Carl Garbedian, secretly taking someone else’s medication; Marcia Dwyer, whose hair is stuck in the eighties; and Benny, who’s just – well, just Benny. Amidst the boredom, redundancies, water cooler moments, meetings, flirtations and pure rage, life is happening, to their great surprise, all around them.

I’m not sure I added this myself? I have no memory of ever reading this synopsis. Ever. I’m so confused. It goes.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path.

If I’m honest, and a bit selfish, I have dealt with too much things related to death lately. I really can’t add any more to it. I’m not sure if I can ever read it.. It goes.

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, commonly known as “the Provost’s Dogs,” in Corus, the capital city of Tortall. To the surprise of both the veteran “Dogs” and her fellow “puppies,” Beka requests duty in the Lower City. The Lower City is a tough beat. But it’s also where Beka was born, and she’s comfortable there.

Beka gets her wish. She’s assigned to work with Mattes and Clary, famed veterans among the Provost’s Dogs. They’re tough, they’re capable, and they’re none too happy about the indignity of being saddled with a puppy for the first time in years. What they don’t know is that Beka has something unique to offer. Never much of a talker, Beka is a good listener. So good, in fact, that she hears things that Mattes and Clary never could – information that is passed in murmurs when flocks of pigeons gather … murmurs that are the words of the dead.

In this way, Beka learns of someone in the Lower City who has overturned the power structure of the underworld and is terrorizing its citizens into submission and silence. Beka’s magical listening talent is the only way for the Provost’s Dogs to find out the identity of this brutal new underlord, for the dead are beyond fear. And the ranks of the dead will be growing if the Dogs can’t stop a crime wave the likes of which has never been seen. Luckily for the people of the Lower City, the new puppy is a true terrier!

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m extremely confused after reading the synopsis. I’m assuming I added this after reading a review somewhere, but I just don’t know. I don’t think I’ll be reading it soon enough, so for the purpose of cleaning up my TBR, it goes.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is. 

Yeah.. I’ve been seeing people reading this on Facebook.. and I keep backing away from it. Sooo.. this is a hard no. It goes.

Well, that actually turned out great. I removed quite a few books, and after removing them from my Goodreads TBR, I now have 1123 book. So only four down, but I’m on my way. I’m getting there!

How are you doing with your TBRs? Adding too many books to it? Let me know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #6

  1. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts) says:

    It’s not selfish at all to remove a book for the sake of your health! I would do the same, honestly. “I’m not sure I added this myself? I have no memory of ever reading this synopsis. Ever. I’m so confused.” That is a HUGE mood – half the time I’m not sure why I added the book in the first place? Did someone hijack my account and thought it was their account or something?

    I think Terrier is a spin-off but uh… I’m not sure. Honestly, I can’t keep up with Tamora Pierce sometimes.

    I was not a huge fan of Obsidian, either (despite everyone I know loving it). It’s very heavy with romance and Katy is a damsel in distress (to me), so you’re not missing out if you ask me.


  2. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    “I have no memory of adding this book” has been a huge mood as I try and declutter my own TBR, though I don’t think I’ve been as successful as you at actually removing titles! my goal has been to stay below 800 TBR books and I’m currently sitting at 816 … so it’s definitely overdue for another culling.

    personally, I was intrigued by the premise but disappointed by the execution of Love Letters to the Dead, so I don’t think you’re missing out. Beka Cooper is one of the few Tamora Pierce series I haven’t read yet, so it’s been hanging out on my TBR for a while – though I have a vague memory of trying the first one and finding it harder to get into than Pierce’s other books 🤔


  3. Ruby's Books says:

    You’re way better at taking down books off your TBR than I am. I …err.. I’m getting close to 3000 books again. I just can’t stop myself. I know the feeling of being confused after reading a synopsis and not knowing how a book ended up there. It’s happened quite a few times for me to not have any memory of adding those books there. Hopefully you’ll make a pretty good dent in your TBR in the next post as well.


  4. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    Wow, you had a super successful down the tbr hole! Beka Cooper is one I own but the only Tamora Pierce book I haven’t gotten around to reading that I’ve owned, and I mean, I’ve had this baby for a long time….I really need to read it so I can just keep it or donate it…Anyway you’ve inspired me to look at my tbr again lol


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