I’m not being very consistent with these posts, but hey, at least I’m still doing them every so often! I actually really enjoy doing these posts, it feels great to shed some of my huge TBR!
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 you’re 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?
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn
Synopsis: When Fiona Dunn is approached in a bar by a man who claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of postmodern-slash-ironic pickup line. But a few drinks in, he offers her a wish in exchange for her immortal soul, and in addition, Fiona must perform a special favor for him whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the entire matter so absurd that she agrees. Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have done the same thing as Fiona on a whim, and who must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in…and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due.
Looking at this book and its title, I was totally ready to throw this one off my shelf… but, reading the synopsis I’m actually really interested in it! It’s an interesting premise!
Doll’s Eyes by Bari Wood
Synopsis: Eve Klein was born wtih a “gift” she doesn’t want. It drove her husband away and her mother to suicide. It forces her to see things…to know things.
In her mind, she can see the pain, the terror, the blood. and the eyes– cold and merciless, alive…yet dead.
Destiny has brought her to a remote and mountainous place, with no avenue of escape. For the killer’s glassy doll eyes are now focused solely on Eve Klein. And he’s coming for her now.
Eh, I have so many old-school horror novels to read that this one isn’t grabbing me as much and I may as well remove it for the time being! It hasn’t got terrific reviews either.
Developing Minds by Jonathan LaPoma
Synopsis: Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.
A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, Developing Minds is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a “haunting” decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a “real” human being.
Equal parts disturbing and humorous, Developing Minds offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it.
This one keeps going up for giveaways on Goodreads… although with the policy changes on that, I’m sure I won’t be seeing many of those anymore! But anyway, I thought this was a non-fiction and just reading the synopsis now, I realise it isn’t! Bleh.
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
Synopsis: Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?
Agh, another YA novel that’s snuck its way onto my TBR because it’s masking itself as a horror! Be gone, evil thing!
The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
Synopsis: Two-bit reporter Andy Pointer had always been unsuccessful (and antisocial) until he got the scoop of his career; the day a man made of stone appeared in the middle of his city.
This is his account of everything that came afterwards and what that cost him, along with the rest of his country.
The destruction, the visions…the dying.
I’ve actually bought this one for myself already, so of course I will keep it on my list. That aside, I still love the sound of this one! I like that it’s merging horror & sci-fi.
Weird. Dark by Luke Smitherd
Synopsis: Luke Smitherd is bringing his unique brand of strange storytelling once again, delivered here in an omnibus edition that collects four of his weirdest and darkest tales:
MY NAME IS MISTER GRIEF: what if you could get rid of your pain immediately? What price would you be prepared to pay?
HOLD ON UNTIL YOUR FINGERS BREAK: a hangover, a forgotten night out, old men screaming in the street, and a mystery with a terrible, terrible answer …
THE MAN ON TABLE TEN: he has a story to tell you. One that he has kept secret for decades. But now, the man on table ten can take no more, and the knowledge – as well as the burden – is now yours.
EXCLUSIVE story, THE CRASH: if you put a dent in someone’s car, the consequences can be far greater – and more strange – than you expect.
I love, love a short story collection at the moment! Especially a thriller / horror / sci-fi one!
Nod by Adrian Barnes
Synopsis: Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.
After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.
Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.
This sounds so dark and horrible, but I love it! I definitely want to keep this one on my radar.
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
Synopsis: On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.
Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.
I said this was going to be my “next non-fic read” in September 2016… it’s safe to say I haven’t read it yet, but I would still love to!
Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry
Synopsis: Kal’s no fool, though sometimes she might pretend to be, because hiding her strengths is a great way to extract information.
She’s an expert in psychology and was trained by her father. He was a man with a disturbing past.
When her journalist mother goes missing, Kal follows the trail.
What she uncovers involves murder and dark family secrets.
Kal’s got guts, but has she got what it takes to bring down the killers?
Yuck, this book sounds like it’s trying way too hard to be cool and “with the times” – not a fan of that forceful approach! No thanks.
His bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Synopsis: In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements; the accused’s prison memoir; the account of renowned psychiatrist, J. Bruce Thomson; and a report of the trial, compiled from contemporary newspapers.
Whhhhy have I not read this yet? My mum bought it for me last Christmas! I really should get round to reading it soon, it’s got such great reviews!
Another 4 removed this week, I’m pretty happy with that!
Books analysed // 323
Books removed // 134
How many of these books do you know and want to read? Do you disagree with any of my verdicts? Let me know!