Monday, June 29, 2020

Down The TBR Hole #12


Down the TBR Hole is a feature created by Lost in a Story (although the blog seems to be down recently).  I've seen it on a few other blogs and thought I would try it out myself!  It seems like a really good way to cull your TBR of those books you're no longer interested in.  So, how does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?
Here are the books I'm looking at this time:

 The Body Double by Emily Beyda

When a famous actress has a mental breakdown, her team hires a body double to take her place in public.  Amazing premise, but the reviews are not great for this one - pass!
 The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

In this story, social media is monitored by the Hive, and if you cause too much trouble, it's legal for a group of people to hunt you down and teach you a lesson.  This just sounds a little too eerie for me - pass!
 Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle

After a woman decides to end her life in 20 days by taking a mysterious bottle of pills, she realizes her life is worth saving.  Even though this deals with a lot of heavy topics, I think (and hope) that ultimately this will be an uplifting story.  Keep!
 The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott

In the wake of World War I, a woman searches for her husband with the help of his brother.  I love the sound of this one, definitely keeping it!
 The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

A woman running from her past starts receiving books on the mail, and she thinks they're from the man who was part of her downfall.  Although I love books about books, for some reason this one isn't grabbing me.  Pass!
 One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick

This story follows a group of people heading west in America in 1844.  This isn't a setting I come across a lot, so I think I'll keep this one!
Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie

A woman faces the loss of her Hollywood lifestyle when her producer husband kicks her out of their home.  The low ratings on Goodreads are not inspiring confidence for me - pass!




Have you read any of these?

22 comments:

  1. Oh boo -- The Body Double sounds fascinating, but so many bad reviews leaves me bummed!

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  2. I've not read any of these. One More River to Cross sounds really good though and I agree that's not a setting that's covered very often. The Poppy Wife sounds great too.

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    1. Definitely - anything war-related always appeals to me.

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  3. I have not read any of these, but BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT is one on my TBR. Maybe one of us will read it someday

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  4. I have not read any of these, but I like the sound of The Poppy Wife and One More River to Cross!

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  5. I haven't read any of these (surprise surprise lol) but I'm loving the sound of The Poppy Wife and One More River to Cross. You know me, always interested in historical fiction :D

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  6. I haven't read any of these. When I'm on the fence about keeping a book on my TBR, I definitely check the reviews too.

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    1. Of course - it's not a perfect indicator, but when the reviews are pretty unanimously bad, it doesn't bode well.

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  7. The Hive does sound eerie. And Twenty definitely looks like it has promise! Hope it turns out to be good.

    One More River sounds great too!

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  8. The Words Between Us caught my attention because books about books. And it's already on my wishlist.
    But this sounds like a really great idea to cut out tbr books on goodreads.

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    1. Yes, it's helpful to weed stuff out so I can concentrate on the ones I actually do want to read!

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  9. I have heard about The Poppy Wife, but haven't read any of these. i have some similar posts in the past, which really helped me reduce considerably my Goodreads TBR

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    1. Yes, definitely, my Goodreads want-to-read shelf gets out of control!

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  10. I have seen The Hive a lot and I think it is one that I will be passing on as well. ;)

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  11. Twenty sounds interesting. And that cover is gorgeous!

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