TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #29

TBR DECLUTTER

Here’s my latest declutter post! The first half of this post is Stephen King dedicated, but there are a few books on here with a little more variety.

Credit, as always, goes to the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story for this decluttering idea! I’m 300+ books deep into my TBR now… find out how many books I’ve removed, so far, below!

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?

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Synopsis: Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into The Dead Zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into The Dead Zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone.

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I loooove the movie Dead Zone, with Christopher Walken 💕, so I definitely want to read this one. I loved the story for it in the film so I should love it in the book too.

keep

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Synopsis: Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

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I’ve never seen the original Carrie, but I did see the remake, and wasn’t impressed. I would like to read the novel though, I can imagine it’s a great atmospheric read.

keep

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Synopsis: Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

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I’ve never heard anything about ‘Salem’s Lot, so I don’t really know what it will be like, but my mum said it was good so I wanna read it!

keep

 

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Synopsis: Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years.

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This is one of my mum’s favourite King novels. I like that it sounds like a thriller more than a horror… even though I’m sure it will be a horror.

keep

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Synopsis: Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career. But his is also fifty pounds overweight, heading, as his doctor says, into heart attack territory. One day, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street. The woman dies, but Billy has connections and gets off with a mere slap on the wrist. After the trial, the victim’s ancient father curses him with a single word: “Thinner.” Shedding weight by the week, Halleck is desperate enough for one last gamble…one that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

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This one sounds so silly, and the movie adaptation is, but people say the book is so much better and is pretty creepy… so it’s a keeper!

keep

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Synopsis: A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end?

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I loved Ness’ work when I was younger and I’d love to give his work a try now, but it’s YA and I’m probably not going to like it…

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Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

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YES! A 2nd novel in The Girl with All the Gifts world. I loved the first book so I hope I love this one too.

keep

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Synopsis: Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave.

She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English.

At least that’s what the Songolis believe.

But Muna is far cleverer – and her plans more terrifying – than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine…

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I’m not entirely sure what this one is about, but I’m also not interested because of the mediocre reviews on it!

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Synopsis: I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out.

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

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I added this one because last year I wanted to read some seasonal books around Christmas… but I never got round to it.

I am intrigued by the sound of this one though, so maybe I’ll read it this year.

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So, I didn’t do so well this week. I blame Stephen King.

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

19 thoughts on “TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #29

  1. Noooo!!!! You can’t remove Patrick Ness. I love that book so much. It’s one of my faves and one I’ve read twice in the last year. It’s honestly not that YA (Ok it is a bit) but it’s quite funny and sad and just sooo good.

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  2. I 💖 this post! It’s my favourite of all of them 😀 So glad to see Salem’s Lot as a keeper, the movie is brill, (a little dated, but I love it!) and the book, although slow in places, (as are a LOT of Kings’ stuff) is one of my first horror reads as a teenager, so I love it based on that alone. Hope you get around to reading it soon, I look forward to your thoughts 😀

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Yes, King can be a bit rambly at times in his work, but it always ends up great! 😛 I don’t have Salem’s Lot yet and I’m trying to stop buying so much, but I will try to read it at some point soon!

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  3. Ohh Stephen King ❤ I love the films, especially Dolores Clairborne (which is a drama, not even a thriller, it's a story about a mother and a daughter) and the orignal Carrie is so creepy. But I really like the theme in The Dead Zone, the film was so weird, but I love C.Walken

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  4. I did a comprehensive culling of my Goodreads list a short while ago when I put all my TBR books into a paper journal as well. (I’m not really sure why I went for the duplication. I just like having a hard-copy journal of my books read.) I probably didn’t cull enough of the books, but it’s going to be a while before I can bring myself to do it again. I’m enjoying watching your Keep/Remove thought process, though!

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      1. Well, okay, I didn’t do it all in one day either. But I did go through them all in under a month. It wasn’t as in-depth as yours, either. Still, I got rid of several books that I’m never going to read, and it felt really good to declutter that list.

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