Down the TBR Hole #4, s.2020

From what I understand, Down the TBR Hole first started over at Lost in a Story. I came across this series at Zezee with Books. (A little shoutout as well to the Book Dutchesses because that’s where I saw where the series started.)

So, this is 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 have decided on 10 books per batch.


‘Want to Read’ Shelf from last post: 199

Current ‘Want to Read’ Shelf: 203

I almost forgot how the books in my ‘Want to Read’ Shelf increased to 203, but then I realized that it was probably because I cleared my ‘Currently Reading’ Shelf in my first Reading Refresher post, and those books went back to my ‘Want to Read’ Shelf. Interestingly enough, I did finish several books but this number did not decrease because the books I read weren’t in the ‘Want to Read’ shelf at all, which highlights the need for me to declutter this list even more because clearly it’s not an accurate list of the books I want to read.

Having said that, let’s get on with this round, and make space for some more books!

Note: All images taken from Goodreads, with links in the book titles.

1. Eternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles

The blurb does pique my interest a bit, but I haven’t really seen this book anywhere near me recently, and I’m not that attached to the premise, so I will let this one go for now.

Decision: LET GO

2. The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

This isn’t my cup of tea at the moment, so I’ll be removing this one as well.

Decision: LET GO

3. How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

I might have a copy of this somewhere, but even so, I don’t really care for the plot right now, so I won’t retain this. Maybe if it interests me when or if I find my copy, but that’s not now.

Decision: LET GO

4. Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

I wonder if I have outgrown the general formula of a lot of YA novels, because a part of me recognizes that this is quite interesting, but I’m just not really drawn to it. It’s a goodbye for now, then.

Decision: LET GO

5. XVI by Julia Karr

Again, another premise that doesn’t really draw me in, so I shall be letting this one go for now.

Decision: LET GO

6. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Pretty cool premise, not gonna lie, but not really for me right now.

Decision: LET GO

7. White Cat by Holly Black

Hmm…tempting, but not really tempting enough. What this made me think of is that I should probably read The Spiderwick Chronicles first, as I have not read that yet. I shall remove this book for now.

Decision: LET GO

8. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow / Lilith Saintcrow

Another one that does not interest me, no matter how cool the heroine seems to be based on the blurb. Maybe next time, then.

Decision: LET GO

9. Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Now this one, this one I quite like. I remember seeing this in a bookstore years ago, and wow, I can’t believe I still remember that because it was so long ago. Anyway, I still want to buy this book, and looking at the blurb again, I still want to read what happens. Finally, and right before the last item in this round, I get to keep a book.

Decision: KEEP

10. Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak

This is another book that I remember having seen in a bookstore and wanting to read it, so now that I think about it, I most likely saw the two books in the same visit to the bookstore and added the titles to my ‘Want to Read’ shelf so I won’t forget them the next time I am thinking of buying new books. I won’t be taking this one off, because I am still interested in this one; in fact, my husband got a copy of another book by Kevin Mitnick, and I was a little annoyed (at myself, at the world) that he was able to buy it before I even got to read the book he released earlier (a petty thing, but it kinda grates a little, you know?). So I am determined to have a copy in my possession at some point in the future.

Decision: KEEP


Books remaining in this batch: 2/10

‘Want to Read’ Shelf after this round: 195

I did not expect to be this brutal in this round, but I was also listening to an online talk while writing this and that probably cut down my contemplations and just made me decide more quickly. I stand by the decisions I made, though, and I’m glad to have brought down my TBR to below 200 again. What do you think of this round? Do you think my TBR list will increase next time yet again? Let me know your thoughts, and see you in the next round of Down the TBR Hole!

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