Down the TBR Hole #5


With over 500 books on my Goodreads TBR, there is no way I can continue to add to this shelf and actually read all of the titles! I started using Goodreads over 7 years ago, and my reading life has changed quite a bit from the time I started using this tracking method. Some of them have to go…Why not make it fun? This meme was created by  Lia @ Lost in a Story.


  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?





The Last Letter from Your Lover by JoJo Moyes –  I have heard this isn’t just another love story. This one is supposed to be smart and poetic and not cheesy. I will save this for a time when I need a good cry.

Decision: Keep it



lostprinceThe Lost Prince by Selden Edwards – I skimmed reviews and found words such as “complicated” and “outlandish” used to describe the plot in this book. Also, it involves time travel, which means I can’t even.

Decision: Let it go




The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse – Ok, I fully admit I added this only because I liked the cover. Kate Mosse is best known for her hit Labyrinth, but has also written about devil worship and supernatural affairs. I’m sure I added this when I was obsessing over Victorian Gothic thrillers. Somehow, this particular ghost story doesn’t seem like something I’d enjoy.

Decision: Let it go


fierceradianceA Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer – This sounds pretty ambitious. A medical (pharma?) adventure set in 1941 as a photojournalist is assigned to cover the early trials of penicillin. America is at war and is rushing to mass produce the new drug and obtain patents. There’s espionage involved, and a love affair, (of course) and apparently this author knows how to make it all work.

Decision: Keep it


disappearedThe Disappeared by Kim Echlin – I can’t imagine how this ended up on my TBR list. Just reading the summary is depressing. Cambodian genocide in the 1960’s. I don’t think I’m prepared for anything this heavy.

Decision: Let it go



bellefleurBellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates – Dear Lord. I just read that this is a grab bag of tales; 80 short, disconnected chapters of ghosts, murders, mystical animals, obsessions, lust, visions and grotesque prose. No thank you.

Decision: Let it go



feverFever by Mary Beth Keane – A historical account of Typhoid Mary! I can’t believe I still haven’t read this. I am always intrigued reading both non-fiction with fascinating details blended with the author’s imagined story behind the truth. I will definitely read this at some point.

Decision: Keep it



Z Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler – No explanation needed. I love all things Fitzgerald.

Decision: Keep it




Await Your Reawaitreplyply by Dan Chaon – I’ve been meaning to read something by Dan Chaon for some time. He is known for psychological suspense with a bit of horror and irony. This particular book tells three separate stories about people abandoning their lives and reinventing themselves. I know I’ll be reading this – and soon.

Decision: Keep it



stoneStoner by John Williams – This is one of those hidden gems I would like to read. It was written in 1965, and is known as a quiet novel of perfection. William Stoner reminds me of Mad Men’s Don Draper- He is born poor and finds his way to success, only to encounter a succession of disappointments.

Decision: Keep it


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