TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #7


Credit, as always, goes to the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story for this decluttering idea!

The aim is to declutter you tbr shelf. To do this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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 next 10 books on my tbr shelf! (Just a warning, this week is a pretty much all keep week)!

by Chuck Palahniuk

Synopsis: Haunted is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter.

The stories are told by people who have all answered an ad headlined ‘Artists Retreat: Abandon your life for three months’. They are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of ‘real life’ that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

But ‘here’ turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world – and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell – and the more devious their machinations to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight.

This sounds so effed up and amazing. It’s on the Goodreads list “The Most Disturbing Book Ever Written” which is my favourite list to find books on, so this sounds great!

Verdict: KEEP

The Stepford Wives 
by Ira Levin

Synposis: For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town’s idyllic facade lies a terrible secret — a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.

Heck to the yes, I’ve heard Levin’s work is beyond amazing and I’ve had my eye on this for ages now!

Verdict: KEEP

The Exorcist 
by William Peter Blatty

Synopsis: Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written. 

I can’t actually find a synopsis for this novel because we’re all supposed to know what the “most terrifying novel ever written” is about. I hated the movie version of The Exorcist, it’s so dated! It’s much more a comedy for me, but I’ll give the book a try.

Verdict: KEEP

Let the Right One On 
by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Synopsis: It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….

I’m a big movie lover, as well as book lover, and the original Swedish version, is a really great piece of cinema, s when I found out that it was based off a book, I knew I had to read it!

Verdict: KEEP

We Need to Talk About Kevin 
by Lionel Shriver

Synopsis: Eva never really wanted to be a mother – and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

Another film that I loved that I didn’t know was a book! I’ve heard this is a really difficult read, but I’m looking forward to picking it up!

Verdict: KEEP

by Caroline Kepnes

Synopsis: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I love the creepy yet simplistic cover art.

Verdict: KEEP

It Lives in the Basement 
by Sahara Foley

Synopsis: One day your three cats disappear, the next day, your girlfriend. And you think something that’s living in your basement killed them. You’ve seen it before, out of the corner of your eye, but told yourself it was one of the cats. Now, you disappear.

At a gruesome murder scene, Detective Carter and Sergeant Alvarez must uncover the truth of how the victim actually died. What they discover is evidence of an unknown creature. Do they dare go into the basement to confront it? Who will survive?

Another book featured on the “most disturbing” list. This is said to be terrifying and really, really creepy… I can’t wait!

Verdict: KEEP

Phantom Effect 
by Michael Aronovitz

Synopsis: Jonathan Martin Delaware Deseronto is a six-foot-five serial killer with a problem. He’s stuck out on I-476 in a heavy November rainstorm with two flat tires and the dead bodies of a cop and a co-ed named Marissa Madison in his trunk. Desperate to get off the highway, he drives his car on its back rims towards Exit 6. The car stalls on the ramp and Deseronto uses the last of its momentum to plunge over the crest of a steep slope and crash into a length of concrete pipe below. The car comes to rest on the edge of a construction site where machines are positioned to tear down an old Motel 6.

For Deseronto, the worst is yet to come. Marissa Madison had been a psychic of sorts while alive, using her ability to assist people in their personal journeys. Now, the ghost of Marissa will utilize her strange gift, trapping Deseronto in the abandoned motel, and forcing him to live the last, fatal week of her own life as a passive passenger in her body . . . Soon, Deseronto will experience something truly horrific: the mind-numbing terror of being stalked by himself.

This sounds intriguing… but it’s not got great reviews and I need to get rid of at least one book this week!

Verdict: REMOVE

A Monster Calls 
by Patrick Ness

Synopsis: Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

I KNOW this is Young Adult fiction but it’s Patrick Ness! This is half price on Amazon and Book Depository at the moment, so I’ve actually just bought the for myself!

Verdict: KEEP

The Grownup 
by Gillian Flynn

Synopsis: A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

I know this is supposed to be Flynn’s worst book, but it’s only 60 – 90 pages, depending on format, so I still want to read it, and is it so happens, I just bought this book too!

Verdict: KEEP

This is, by far, my worst week for decluttering my tbr shelf. You have to admit, though, all these books sounds really good!

Have you guys read any of these and think it was a bad decision to keep or remove it? Let me know!

17 Replies to “TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #7”

  1. These are some pretty bold choices! I’m not particularly into the genre but I’ve actually watched two of the movies based on these: Let The Right One In and The Stepford Wives. I could also see myself reading Gillian Flynn and Patrick Ness but otherwise leave the others be XD

    You seem to have copied the wrong synopsis into We Need to Talk About Kevin, by the way. It’s the one for Let The Right One In.
    Anyway, great post! 🙂

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      1. Stepford Wives was just super weird, but it was okay, I enjoyed it. It was a comedy, nothing too bad about it. I didn’t enjoy Let The Right One In though hahaha
        I watched the original, not the Chloe Moretz one, which everyone seems to agree is twenty times creepier. It was so raw and absolutely terrifying, especially because the characters were children. It just didn’t seem right at all XD
        And that’s okay, it happens quite often 🙂

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    1. I quite liked it! It wasn’t anything like her other work but I think it was a good take on the classics ghost story / mystery novel. It wasn’t originally published to be a standalone book and I think putting it as a book probably lessened its appeal to lots of people. Sorry you didn’t like it!

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