Monday, January 27, 2020

Down The TBR Hole #7

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:

 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase

I've enjoyed Bethany Chase's two previous novels, so this novel about friendship and love and betrayal is still high on my list - keep!
 Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner

Carnegie Hill is about a 30-something woman who moves into a wealthy NYC building with her fiance and then begins to look to those around her to decide if she should marry him or not.  I thought this sounded cute when I added it, but I think this woman's lack of decision making will probably annoy me.  Pass!
 The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall

I read Sandy Hall for the first time in 2019 and especially enjoyed A Prom to Remember, so I was excited to hear about this book that actually takes place in college, which I don't come across often.  This one is about a girl who realizes that the guy she's falling for is actually her middle school bully - how do these two not realize that immediately, I wonder?  The ratings on Goodreads are not great, so I think I will pass on this one!
 The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

I love stories about weddings/wedding planning and stories about sisters, and this book combines both of those things.  Even though I can see from Goodreads that my own sister DNFed this one, I think I will keep it for now!
 The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

This book about family, a farm, and a brewery sounds really good, plus it takes place in the Midwest, which isn't the most common of settings, so I'm keeping this one!
 Light From Other Stars by Erika Swyler

I've really gotten into science fiction, especially books about space.  This story is about a young girl's desire to become an astronaut, but also about her father's secrets.  Keep!
 First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

Another book about space!  This is an alternate reality fictionalized account of the Soviet space program during the Cold War.  Keep!

Have you read any of these?


  1. I am surprised about the Marcelo book. I have heard great things about her stuff. I even bought a book, that I, of course, have yet to read. I feel like Sandy Hall is an acquired taste. You have to like her humor, which I do, and I think that's why I enjoy her books more than others.

    1. I really liked A Prom To Remember, this one just didn't appeal to me as much!

  2. For some reason I’m tickled that you sister DNF’d that one by Marcelo. But you’re keeping it. :)

    1. Haha, yeah! Generally we have pretty similar reading tastes, but every once in awhile, we have completely different views on a book!

  3. I have Bethany Chase's novel on my list, but never got around to it last summer. Hopefully this spring or summer!

  4. I have not read any of these but The Key to Happily Ever After is also on my TBR! Hope they're all great once you get to read them.

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

  5. No, I haven't read any of these but I hope you'll enjoy the books you plan on keeping when you get around to reading them. :D

  6. I haven't read any of these yet but I also recently removed The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate from my TBR since the ratings weren't that good.

  7. I haven't read any of these but I am curious about One Night at the Lake. Happy reading.

  8. One Night at the Lake looks pretty good. Hopefully it's a good keeper. :)

  9. I hadn't heard of Light From Other Stars before, but the premise sounds interesting! That one might be going on my own TBR :)


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