TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #13


I totally forgot to credit Lia last week on my post!! Sorry!!

Credit, as always, goes to the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story for this decluttering idea! I’ve been doing this for a while now and I have a load of fun doing it each week.

The aim is to declutter your 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?

Another pretty terrible week for decluttering! Ugh, why am I so bad at this?

The Couple Next Door 
by Shari Lapena

Synopsis: Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Um, you’re very welcome to chastise me for not having read this yet. I bought this the day it came out… but it’s just been sitting on my shelf ever since?

Verdict: KEEP


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 
by Hunter S. Thompson

Synopsis: Hunter S. Thompson is roaring down the desert highway to Las Vegas with his attorney, the Samoan, to find the dark side of the American Dream. Armed with a drug arsenal of stupendous proportions, the duo engage in a surreal succession of chemically enhanced confrontations with casino operators, police officers and assorted Middle Americans.

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and the film! My mum loves it so I’m surprised it hasn’t been jammed down my throat yet!


Verdict: keep


The End of Alice 
by A. M. Homes

Synopsis: The End of Alice treads the wafer-thin line between the evil and the everyday and caused a major controversy when it was first released in the US. The story centres on the correspondence of two paedophiles: one, the narrator, is a middle-aged child-killer serving his twenty-third year in prison; the other, his bland-speaking, sweet-seeming admirer, is a nineteen-year-old woman intent on seducing a young neighbourhood boy. Slowly, through these letters, the narrator’s monstrous character emerges.

By looking at the cover of this book, I thought I was going to get rid of it… that’s why they say, never judge a book by it’s cover! This book sounds right up my street and even though it has very mixed reviews, I’d still like to give it a chance!

Verdict: keep


Amityville Horror 
by Jay Anson

Synopsis: The shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining…

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property – complete with boathouse and swimming pool – and the price had been too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror…

I don’t believe in the paranormal myself, but I love hearing others experiences so this is definitely a book I want to read! The Amityville Horror is a classic in book and movie form, I can’t wait to read this one.

Verdict: keep


The Collector 
by John Fowles

Synopsis: Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

A girl in my English class read this as part of our assignment and when she did her presentation on it, I knew I really wanted to read it! I also have several other John Fowles books on my TBR list.

Verdict: keep


by Jose Saramago

SynopsisBlindness is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. The novel follows the misfortunes of a handful of characters who are among the first to be stricken and centers on “the doctor’s wife,” her husband, several of his patients, and assorted others, thrown together by chance. This group bands together in a family-like unit to survive by their wits and by the unexplained good fortune that the doctor’s wife has escaped the blindness. The sudden onset and unexplained origin and nature of the blindness cause widespread panic, and the social order rapidly unravels as the government attempts to contain the apparent contagion and keep order via increasingly repressive and inept measures.

I watched the movie version of this years and years ago, so I was really excited to find it was based off a book! The movie is really dark and disturbing, with some really horrible rape scenes in it, but the whole premise is so intriguing. I’m sure the book will be way better than the film!

Verdict: keep


Through the Woods 
by Emily Carroll

Synopsis: Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there..

I’ve read some of Carroll’s free stuff on her website, and I really love the illustrations! This sounds pretty creepy and has lots of good reviews! My uncle probably has this, he loves graphic novels, so I might see if I can borrow it.

Verdict: keep


Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities 
by Flora Rheta Schrieber

Synopsis: Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett, a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts. What happened during those blackouts has made Sybil’s experience one of the most famous psychological cases in the world.

This is actually said to be over-exaggerated and not as much a “true story” as it says it is, but I’d still love to read it! (I already have the book!)


Verdict: keep


The Memory Box 
by Eva Lesko Natiello

Synopsis: What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

Hmm, this sounds a bit domestic thriller-y and I don’t think I could hack all the conversations between the “privileged suburban moms”.

Verdict: remove


You Sent Me a Letter 
by Lucy Dawson

Synopsis: At 2 a.m. on the morning of her fortieth birthday, Sophie wakes to find an intruder in her bedroom. The stranger hands Sophie a letter and issues an threat: open the letter at her party that evening, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m., or those she loves will be in grave danger.

What can the letter possibly contain?

This will be no ordinary party; Sophie is not the only person keeping a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people’s lives will be altered for ever.

Well, I was going to keep this one on my list, but I happened to look through some reviews, to get a general feel for the book, and fell upon one that gave away a spoiler in the first paragraph. Excellent. Thanks.

Verdict: remove

Well, let’s face it, I’m not doing very well at this whole thing! I clearly have too good a taste in books to get rid of any!


How many of these books do you know and want to read? Do you disagree with any of my verdicts? Let me know!

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