Down the TBR Hole #54

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by 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.

The rules:

  • 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, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now for the list:

Picking up from where I left off:

The Curse of the Wendigo – Rick Yancey

When I put this book on my shelf, I didn’t realize it was part of a series. You might be asking why I wouldn’t know based on the summery that Goodreads has, but it’s because I was going by name alone – I’d recently watched play-throughs of Until Dawn (great game, by the way!), and I just searched around to see if there was any literature that involved wendigos and this was really the only thing that popped up. So. No, I haven’t read The Monstrumologist yet, but I do like Yancey’s writing, so I would like to read this series, then, especially since it has very high ratings.

Verdict: KEEP

Will Not Attend: Stories of Detachment and Isolation – Adam Resnick

I remember this book being recommended by somebody – not somebody I know personally, and I can’t for the life of me remember who! I don’t normally read books/memoirs about comedians. I have, but it’s not often and never about or by a comedian I don’t even know. I don’t think I’ve even seen Resnick before let alone heard any of his comedy. He’s apparently been a writer for Late Night with David Letterman and SNL. I honestly don’t know whether I would find him funny or not, but I re-read the summary and, since I can’t remember who recommended this book, I have no idea if it’s for me, so…

Verdict: GO

Lady of a Thousand Treasures – Sandra Byrd

I love me some historical fiction romance. This book is about a young woman who’s in charge of her family’s antiquities business, but it’s on the brink of failure. A wealth man dies and leaves it to her to decide what do with his fortune – donate it to the museum or let it pass on to the man’s son, who broke her heart years ago. I will say that the story-line still greatly intrigues me, but I can see that one of the main tags for this book on Goodreads is “Christian fiction.” Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’d write this book off. I just never know what I’m going to get when a book happens to be Christian fiction. Some of it is good, some of it is bleh. So if any of you have read anything by Sandra Byrd, let me know how she is.

Verdict: KEEP

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter – A.E. Moorat

Okay, hear me out. I don’t normally read horror or demonic-related stuff, but I love reading about Queen Victoria and when I saw this book on display at my library…I put it on my list. It looks hysterical! But. I’ve gone through and read some of the reviews for this book and…it’s a mixed bag. A lot of people found this book to be boring, lacking sense, etc. Many, like me, were drawn to the absurdity promised and felt the book lacking. I still haven’t made up my mind whether I want to give it a shot or if I should believe others’ warnings about it. What to do! Usually, I err on the side of dropping. But, if anyone feels strongly, let me know in the comments if I should keep!

Verdict: GO

The Winters – Lisa Gabriele

I only recently read Rebecca for the first time. This book is based on that one, focusing on a young woman who recently weds a wealthy widower. The plot appears to follow the same as that of Rebecca, where the new wife is increasingly haunted by the stories of the dead wife. Only, in this one, it seems that the widower has a teen daughter who’s goal is to make her new step-mother’s life a living hell. It has decent reviews on Goodreads. Part of me just wants to read it to see if there’s any point to this novel, of re-vamping Rebecca in a modern setting. I guess my curiosity will win out on this one.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 3

Discarded: 2


So, what do you think? Any books I cut that you wouldn’t? Any books that I’m keeping that aren’t worth my time? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you. See you next week for another meme post.

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