Daily Archives: July 4, 2019

Down the TBR Hole 22


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.

The Illusionists cover The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas

1885. A woman wrapped up with a magician and his colleagues. Yeah, this still sounds good, but, wow, I like this cover better than the one on Hoopla. KEEP.


The Mysteries cover

The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle

This is one of those foundational text that I’ve heard was quite good, but honestly, I’m never going to get to. GO.

Things Half in Shadow cover Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

A reporter and a debunked medium join forces to solve a crime. Yes, please. KEEP. (As an aside, I originally was offered this book as an ARC at NetGalley, but the publisher archived it before they approved me! I won’t hold that against it.)

A Drowned Maiden's Hair cover A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

I have a whole run of séances/mediumship fiction at this point in my list. I haven’t read enough of them to be tired of the tropes. This one, though… We’re beginning with an impertinent orphan. I think I can cull this one from my list. GO.

The Girl in the Glass cover The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

Con-men in Great Depression New York, with a tinge of the supernatural. I’m actually weirdly on the fence about this one. I think I’m going to let it GO.

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