TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #20


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

Image result for flowers in the attic coverFlowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Synopsis: Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive….’

Even though this says it’s a YA book I’m really really intrigued by this one because it’s supposed to be pretty controversial for it’s time and is still pretty shocking now! How could I not be curios? It’s just that I HATE the new cover version, so I need to find a vintage copy of it.

Verdict: keep


Legion by William Peter Blatty

Synopsis: A young boy is found horribly murdered in a mock crucifixion. Is the murderer the elderly woman who witnessed the crime? A neurologist who can no longer bear the pain life inflicts on its victims? A psychiatrist with a macabre sense of humor and a guilty secret? A mysterious mental patient, locked in silent isolation?

Lieutenant Kinderman follows a bewildering trail that links all these people, confronting a new enigma at every turn even as more murders surface. Why does each victim suffer the same dreadful mutilations? Why are two of the victims priests? Is there a connection between these crimes and another series of murders that took place twelve years ago—and supposedly ended with the death of the killer?

I should probably read The Exorcist before I get onto the sequel!

Verdict: remove


Piercing by Ryū Murakami

Synopsis: Kawashima Masayuki is a graphic designer living in Tokyo with his wife, Yoko, and their healthy baby girl. Outwardly, their lives are a picture of happiness. Every night, however, unable to sleep, Kawashima creeps from his bed and stands over his newborn child with an ice-pick in his hand, and an almost visceral desire to use it.

The reviews for this reiterate over and over that this book is not for the weak stomached or faint hearted. I asked my GR friends for the most disturbing book they’ve ever read and this got recommended.



Verdict: keep


712FCHgUx7LNineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Synopsis: Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101…

I just bought myself this one and I’m very eager to read it when I get some time between ARCs.

Verdict: keep


Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Synopsis: It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…

I think my dad read this one and said he liked it for a while and then it disappointed him, so I’m a little cautious about it, but I’m going to keep it on my tbr for now.

Verdict: keep


Psycho Save Us by Chad Huskins

Synopsis: Two young girls with a gift for telepathy are abducted off the streets of Atlanta by a ruthless ring of human traffickers and child pornographers, and their only hope is Spencer Pelletier, a career criminal recently escaped from Leavenworth Penitentiary.

This is a total indie novel and I honestly have no idea where I found it because none of my GR friends have it on their lists!

I hate to dismiss indie authors / books but this one doesn’t really interest me right now.



Verdict: remove


526080Story of O by Pauline Reage

Synopsis: The Story of O relates the progressive willful debasement of a young and beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, René. The test is severe—sexual in method, psychological in substance… The artistic interest here has precisely to do with the use not only of erotic materials but also erotic methods, the deliberate stimulation of the reader as a part of and means to a total, authentic literary experience.



Verdict: remove


Zombie by Carol Joyce Oates

Synopsis: Meet Quentin P. He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge of sexual molestation of a minor that got him in that bit of trouble.

He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them.

He is a thoroughly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother, who gives him more and more, and can deny him less and less.

He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet–a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of the truth.

This has crappy reviews but I’m still really interested in it. “He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction” – how could I not want to read it when it makes a statement like that!

Verdict: keep


123063Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Synopsis: Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built and alone?

I think I only added this one because Scarlett Johansson was in the film (and I have a major crush on her) but now I’m not interested in the film or the book…





Verdict: remove


Image result for The Devil In The White City coverThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

Synopsis: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and its amazing ‘White City’ was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.

The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago’s infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earth, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World’s Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.

These two disparate but driven men together with a remarkable supporting cast of colourful characters, including as Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the dazzling spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century.

This is a really highly praised non-fic book and I’m so interested in it. I’d never heard of H. H. Holmes before I saw this book.

Verdict: keep

4 more removed this week, almost half the list, I’d say that was pretty good!


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

18 Replies to “TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #20”

  1. You are keeping some great books. Joyce Carroll Oates can be hard to get through, but she’s an amazing author. Devil in the White City is fascinating, too. But Flowers in the Attic…a must read. It’s really campy, but it shocked the hell out of me when I read it as a teenager. I came from a *very* conservative background, yet somehow, I managed to snag a copy of the book when it was released. It definitely opened my eyes. By today’s standards, it’s very tame, but at the time, it was so controversial.

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  2. I wouldn’t say Flowers is YA… it’s more like a guilty pleasure kind of book lol I’ve read 4 by VC Andrews I think (I was super bored and didn’t have the TBR I have now) and two I enjoyed despite them being bad (because come on…theyre terrible) but two others I almost couldn’t finish them.

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  3. VC Andrews is in the YA section now, recovered, But when they were newer, when I was in my teens, they were in the adult section, horror. The rules of YA are a lot more blurred now than they were back then. The best covers were the originals, where you opened the front flap and saw the creepy scary family portraits!

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    1. I love the look of the original covers! and yes, I think YA is a little blurred when it comes to older books. From the sounds of things, I would never have placed this in the YA genre, but I guess they’re so much more tame now than they were haha


      1. LOL, in comparison, for sure. I would never have found books with such heavy themes in the teen section when I was a kid. They were all Nancy Drews and Sweet Valley Highs. 🙂

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  4. Grim attics for the win!! Hehe I’ve actually seen the movie and know what happens and it’s certainly disturbing and sad, so sad!
    As for the other on your list, I am not sure if The devil in the white city is on my official list, but if not it should be because I remember coming upon it last year and being taken by it!

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