Monday, February 22, 2021

Down The TBR Hole #20

Down the TBR Hole is a feature created by Lost in a Story (although the blog seems to be down).  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 Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
To break a family curse that leaves second-born daughters without lasting love, a trio takes a journey across Italy.  A tour of Italy sounds perfect right now - keep!

In The Cauldron by Lew Paper
WWII nonfiction book that looks at the efforts of Joseph Grew, US ambassador to Japan, to broker peace between the two countries, in the time leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Fascinating and an angle I haven't explored before - keep!

Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford
Two American women in London try to overcome the prejudices of the McCarthy-era 1950s. Interesting time period and I have a feeling these two women will be strong forces - keep!

Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
A teenager worried about her mother's depression discovers a decades-old family secret.  This one just isn't grabbing me - pass!

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
A woman who longs to fit in finds companionship with two sisters, but she may be in over her head.  I know lots of people have loved this duo's thrillers, but they just don't really appeal to me.  Pass!
When a scientist finds a collection of love letters hidden on a remote island, it sets off a journey of discovery involving a woman committed to an asylum decades earlier.  I want to be interested in this, but for some reason I'm not - pass!

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez
A good Samaritan tries to stop a fight between a man and a woman; the man tells her he will let her live if she lets the woman die.  Ok, this sounds so batsh*t crazy, I have to know what happens - keep!
Have you read any of these?


  1. You're right, No Bad Deed has a batsh*t crazy premise! Definitely a keeper!

  2. I've read one book by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen and didn't like it much. But I think I would give them one more shot.

  3. Whoa, No Bad Deed sounds wild! I already want to know what happens.

  4. I want to go on a tour of Italy. I didn't read any of these, but traveling with a book is alway a welcome thing. The first one sounds promising to me.

  5. I've read Red Letter Days and You Are Not Alone and thought those were both pretty good. I'm very interested in reading The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany though. That sounds wonderful!

  6. These are all new to me! In the Cauldron sounds interesting. When I was in college I vaguely remember a class where we were discussing this.

  7. I read two of Hendricks' & Pekkanen's other books and although they were pretty good, I can't say they've made me want to pick up You Are Not Alone, so I'd probably say the same for that! I'm really interested in Red Letter Days, as well!

    1. It sounds like it's going to be really interesting!

  8. I would agree with You Are Not Alone. The duo's books are usually hit or miss. How many books do you have in your tbr now?

    1. All of these books come from my Goodreads "want-to-read" shelf, and I have about 290 on there. On my actual TBR, I have about 240.


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