Posted in Readathons-Challenges-Memes

Down the TBR Hole #18


This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • 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?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

Full Dark House cover Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

I don’t remember adding this to my TBR list. I’d say my want for historical thrillers has waned, so, GO.

The Bullet Trick cover The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh

A magician with a shady past opening for burlesque acts in Berlin. You had me at magician, really. KEEP, and it’s available on Hoopla!

Now You See It cover Now You See It by Stuart M. Kaminsky

Since 2013, I’ve gone through phases of adding every book about or with a magician character to my TBR lists. You know what? There are a lot of them! I can be picky! This book is #24 in the Toby Peters series. And honestly, the plot synopsis makes it feel like there is way too much going on in this book for me. GO.

Shell Game cover Shell Game by Carol O’Connell

After saying the above, this mystery thriller still sparks some enthusiasm in me. KEEP.

Poe cover Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

I haven’t read a good biography of Poe. This and several other Peter Ackroyd books have been on my TBR list for way too long. KEEP.

Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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