TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #16


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?

The Secret History 
by Donna Tartt

Synopsis: Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever.

Everyone talks about this book as though it’s a masterpiece! Definitely one to keep on the list!

Verdict: keep





by David Moody

Synopsis: A modern take on the classic “apocalyptic” novel, Hater tells the story of Danny McCoyne, an everyman forced to contend with a world gone mad, as society is rocked by a sudden increase in violent assaults. Christened “Haters” by the media, the attackers strike without warning and seemingly without reason. Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. As the carnage mounts, one thing soon is clear: everyone, irrespective of race, gender, age, or class, has the potential to become either a Hater or a victim. At any moment, even friends and family can turn on one another with violent intent. In the face of this mindless terror, all McCoyne can do is secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart. But when he bolts the front door, the question remains: Is he shutting the danger out or locking it in?

I feel like this is usually the kind of book I’m totally drawn to, but today I’m really not feeling this plot line at all…

Verdict: remove


I Am Not a Serial Killer 
by Dan Wells

Synopsis: John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Ahhhhh, I’m so torn on this one! Some people say it’s amazing and some say it’s trying to hard to be unique and others are saying it’s a Dexter rip-off. It’s really highly classed as YA, so I feel I’m not even going to like it if I read it… some people say it’s “really dark” but “really dark” for me is a on a different level to “really dark” for YA readers. I mean, have you read the rat scene in American Psycho??? That’s really dark.

Verdict: remove


The Stranger 
by Harlan Coben

Synopsis: The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

Err well in the first couple of lines of a review from someone I’m friends with on Goodreads, they spoilt what the secret about the wife is, and now I don’t know whether it’s even going to be worth reading? If you’ve read this and think that knowing that secret isn’t a big deal, let me know! I will most likely keep this if that hasn’t spoilt the whole book for me.

Verdict: ??? (help)


by Danielle Rollins

Synopsis: After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

I remember being really excited by the premise of this one when I first read the synopsis and added it to my TBR, but now I’m finding it a little too YA sounding and I’m nowhere near interested in it.

Verdict: remove


Between You & Me 
by Lisa Hall

Synopsis: They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened …

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

Me and Janel from Keeper of Pages are supposed to be buddy reading this at some point (we really need to sort that out Janel!) so this is definitely a keeper.

Verdict: keep

OK, hello eveyone, this is Zuky from her phone app. I forgot my laptop at my boyfriends house, so I’ve not been able to finish this post completely!

I’ve managed to remove another 3, possibly 4, this week which is still pretty good considering this isn’t even a whole post!

Let me know what you think about my decisions and if you can help on my The Stranger issues, please also help out in the comments!

Happy Saturday folks xo

13 Replies to “TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #16”

  1. I have Between You and Me and The Secret History on my TBR as well! I’m adding I Am Not a Serial Killer and Burning to mine – the author of Burning wrote probably one of my favorite YA horrors of ever, and the first one sounds good! 😄

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  2. I have to get back to doing this! I did one post where I sorted through the books I added my first day on Goodreads. I was loving The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but I set it aside because of a ton of pending ARCs a couple of years ago and I need to finish it. I like her writing style, so The Secret History sounds like it needs to be added to my tbr, too. 🙂

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