Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Down the TBR Hole #4 - 11/11/2020

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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.
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, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: Keep it or let it go?
So I made a comment the other day about wanting to be more active on the blog again, and so Joood, my arch-nemesis, bossed me into joining this meme. I'm just going to warn you that this is going to be an exercise in futility for me, because I add dozens of books to my to-read shelf on Goodreads every day as I enter literally all of the giveaways. But that is also going to add another element to my posts, because I refuse to completely break up with a giveaway win, at least for now. I may change my mind on that in the future. But also, since my shelf is so crazy out of control and only getting worse, I'm going to have to go through way more than ten books per post. So for now, my posts will be light on graphics, and I'm only going to explain the books I'm keeping. 
Let's go, shall we?
At the end of my last post, I'd gotten my to-read shelf down to 139,632, but once again, I've entered two days worth of giveaways and therefore added more books to the shelf. This is where we're starting now. 
Current To Read Count: 139,690

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson - Goodbye

Exodus by Leon Uris - This one gets to remain for now

Carrie by Stephen King - So long

Firestarter by Stephen King - Farewell

Nightshift by Stephen King - Adios

The Dark Half by Stephen King - Buh-bye

Bag of Bones by Stephen King - Auf wiedersehen

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King - Bye

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King - Ciao

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson - This one stays. And maybe I'll finally get around to reading it soonish. 

Gerald's Game by Stephen King - Goodbye

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King - Farewell

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King - TTFN

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King - See ya later

Duma Key by Stephen King - So long

The Green Mile by Stephen King - Bye now

The Mist by Stephen King - Adios

Coraline by Neil Gaiman - I absolutely love the movie and am far too interested in seeing what that left out, so this stays. 

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King - Auf wiedersehen

Just After Sunset by Stephen King - Ciao 

Lisey's Story by Stephen King - See ya

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) - Goodbye

Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King - Fare thee well

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - Bye for now

The Bachman Books - When searched on Amazon, I just got a list of King's novels, so I guess this was just a collection that isn't available for purchase. It's gone now. 

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King - Adios

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice - See ya later

The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) - Goodbye

The Mummy by Anne Rice - Auf wiedersehen

Danse Macabre by Stephen King - Boy bye 

Blaze by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) - Ciao

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer - Farewell

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling - TTFN

What's the Matter with Kansas by Thomas Frank - Being from Kansas and really not understanding how small-town America can care so little for other people, this book is staying on my list.

On Writing by Stephen King - Adios

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe - So long

Marley and Me by John Grogan - Buh-bye

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs - This one stays for now

The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Sayonara

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - I'm keeping this one for now. 

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer - Bye now

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger - Farewell

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - This one stays, if only so I can maybe understand why conservatives think liberals are communists.

Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern - Goodbye

I Am America by Stephen Colbert - Bye for now

America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy by Jon Stewart - Also bye

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - Marking as read because it was years ago for book club. 

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray - Auf wiedersehen

He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo - See ya

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson - TTFN 

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton - Ciao

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Girl bye

Sphere by Michael Crichton - Farewell

Contact by Carl Sagan - Goodbye

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams - Adios

I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore - Sayonara

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson - Buh-bye

Congo by Michael Crichton - So long

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville - Bye for now

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares - Auf wiedersehen 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - Bye

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - Adios

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Ciao

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - Goodbye for now

The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman - This is a keeper because it's a Holocaust survivor story.

Treblinka Survivor by Mark S. Smith - This one also stays, for the same reason as above.

Death in the City of Light by David King - Even though this takes place in Nazi occupied Paris, it's going bye bye.

Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible by Bart D. Ehrman - Farewell

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger by Louis Sachar - So long

If You Ask Me by Betty White - How could I remove this from my list? It stays. 

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight by R.L. Stine - Goodbye

Shadowed Memories by Magen McMinimy - Sadly, so long

Dark Soul by Magen McMinimy - Also goodbye

Immortal Craving by Magen McMinimy - Farewell

Primal Hunger by Magen McMinimy - Bye

Echoes of Silence by Magen McMinimy - Adios

Half-Blood Princess Box Set 1 by Magen McMinimy - Auf wiedersehen

Bound by Destiny by Magen McMinimy - Ciao

Paranormal Anthology with a Twist - Collected by Cynthia Shepp - It's not available on Amazon anymore, so bye. 

A Witch's Mark by Magen McMinimy - Sayonara 

Last Surrender by Magen McMinimy - Goodbye

Primal Calling by Magen McMinimy - TTFN

Half-Blood Princess Box Set 2 by Magen McMinimy - So long

Don't Let Go by Michelle Lynn - Buh-bye

Girls' Night Out by Susan Arden - See ya later

King Sized Beds and Happy Trails by Cassie Mae and Tessa Marie - Adios

The Scriptlings by Sorin Suciu - This one stays because I won a copy of it in a giveaway.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - This one stays because I really like The Shining and definitely need to read this.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth - Bye for now

Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters - Auf Wiedersehen 

Vendetta by Autumn Karr - See ya

Gideon's Spear by Darby Karchut - TTFN

Dark Legacy: Trinity by Domenico Italo Composto-Hart - Bye

The Fisherman's Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter's Spouse by Kathleen Glavich - Later

Sammy the Sea Cow Makes a New Friend by DeAnna Kinney - Buh-bye

Raven's Blood by Deborah Cannon - Adios

Fall by A.K. Morgen - See ya later

School Spirit Day by Alshia Moyez - This book is no longer on Amazon, so bye

Copy, Right...? by Tom Henry - This one stays because I won a copy of it through Goodreads. I'm pretty sure it was even signed in crayon at my request. 

Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell - Looks like this has been unpublished, so bye 

Books removed: 87

Books kept: 13

I made this list longer because I skipped a day of posting. I've finally gotten into the books that were added because I was entering Goodreads giveaways but I've still got almost 7 years worth of giveaway entries to get through to narrow this list down. So buckle up because we're going to be at this for a while. 

Did I make any poor judgements in books that I decided to toss? - Katie 


  1. I'm sad about King Sized Beds, but if you're not much of a YA reader then it probably wouldn't have worked for you.

    1. That's one that I own the Kindle copy of it's not completely out of the question for me to read it...It's just off my insanely out of control Goodreads to-read shelf. - Katie