Down the TBR Hole

I’ve seen different TBR clearing posts over the last couple years on many different blogs. I’m not quite 100% sure of where it all started, but it seems likely one of the originators Lia over at Lost in a Story. I’ve seen this done straight out how she has listed…

*Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
*Order on ascending date added
*Take the first 5 (or 10 or even more) books
-of course, if you do this weekly you start from where you left off
*Read the synopses of the books
*Decide: Keep or Go?

And I’ve also seen bloggers put their own spin on the subject. I’m not sure how I’ll settle on doing this if I decide to do it more than this once. I’m sure I’ll play around with different ideas I’ve seen here and there until it works for me.

For my first go, I’m using my trust number generator and using that number as my starting point. So this week I’m going from 229 – 233, as I’m doing 6 books. This is a block of books I added in early 2012. Back until a few years ago, I would add books higgledy-piggledy to my TBR. If it sounded remotely interesting, it would be added to my list. That means I had 1455 books on this list before this post.

Blue Bloods
(Blue Bloods #1)
by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen, 15, the last of the line in a distinguished family, is being raised by her distant and forbidding grandmother. Schuyler, her friend Oliver, and their new friend Dylan are treated like outsiders by the clique of popular, athletic, and beautiful teens made up of Mimi Force, her twin brother, and her best friend. What they have in common is the fact that they are all Blue Bloods, or vampires. They don’t realize that they aren’t normal until they reach age 15. Then the symptoms manifest themselves and they begin to crave raw meat, have nightmares about events in history, and get prominent blue veins in their arms. Their immortality and way of life are threatened after Blue Blood teens start getting murdered by a splinter group called the Silver Bloods. 


While this sounds interesting enough and I’m sure I’d enjoy the story, I don’t see myself seeking it out in order to read the book.

Blockade Billy
by Stephen King

Even the most diehard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely.

He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first – and only – player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game’s history.

Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse…and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world once and for all.

This eBook edition features both the cover illustration by Glen Orbik and the interior artwork of Alex McVey from the limited hardcover edition published by Cemetery Dance Publications.


This is about the time I stopped reading Mr. King’s books right when they were published. Because of that, I’ve fallen woefully behind. I will always keep a Stephen King book on my TBR. He is one of my favorites, no matter how much my reading of his works has tapered off over the years.

The Girl in Times Square
by Paullina Simons

A stunning and powerful contemporary love story from one of the best storytellers this century. What if everything you believed about your life was a lie?

Meet Lily Quinn. She is broke, struggling to finish college, pay her rent, find love. Adrift in bustling New York City, the most interesting things in Lily’s life happen to the people around her. But Lily loves her aimless life … until her best friend and roommate Amy disappears. That’s when Spencer Patrick O’Malley, a cynical, past his prime NYPD detective with demons of his own, enters Lily’s world. And a sudden financial windfall which should bring Lily joy instead becomes an ominous portent of the dark forces gathering around her.

But fate isn’t finished with Lily.

She finds herself fighting for her life as Spencer’s search for the missing Amy intensifies, leading Lily to question everything she knew about her friend and family. Startling revelations about the people she loves force her to confront truths that will leave her changed forever.


I’m a big fan of this author’s The Bronze Horeseman series, but her books are heavy and long. The description is interesting, but interesting enough for my taste to hold onto this one just because I liked a few books by the writer.

The Bungalow
by Sarah Jio

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of MarchThe Bungalow chronicles Anne’s determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years.


I was on the fence with this one. It seems right up my alley, but nothing was standing out to make it sound exceptional. I took a peak at some of the reviews and decided not to keep in on my list. Gotta say I love that cover, though!

Under the Same Sky
(The McDonnells #1)
by Genevieve Graham

The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They have known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…

Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow alongside her from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope.

Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by the vision of a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land and all he has ever known, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her.

Their quest to find each other across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share.


Another book that sounds very interesting to me but I know I won’t end up seeking out. Especially since I don’t read many historical romances anymore.

Sometimes a Great Notion
by Ken Kesey

Following the astonishing success of his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls “one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century.” This wild-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers. Out of the Stamper family’s rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.


I honestly think I added this to my list when we thought we were going to read this book for my book club. But then the host, who gets to pick the book, decided we’d read this author’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest instead. I wasn’t a big fan, finding that book just so-so, making me think I shouldn’t keep this book on my list any longer.

And look at that, I just cleaned 5 books off my TBR in one go. Feels kind of good. I’m thinking I’ll do this again soon.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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