TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #33

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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 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?

Holding by Graham Norton

Synopsis: The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel.

As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

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I purchased this one when it first came out because I like Graham Norton and I was excited that he had his own fiction coming out! Unfortunately I’ve not read it yet… I’m going to promise myself now to read this before the year is up. Maybe, I’ll take this as a holiday read for my vacay in the South of France!

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The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

Synopsis: I can’t believe I fell for it.

It was still dark when I woke up this morning.

As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.

A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.

There are six little rooms along the main corridor.

There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.

What’s he going to do to me?

What am I going to do?

If I’m right, the lift will come down in five minutes.

It did. Only this time it wasn’t empty…

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Bleh, another YA novel that’s wormed its way onto my TBR shelf! Bye-bye!

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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Synopsis: Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. 

With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made and why those changes are made Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. 

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I don’t believe in ghosts, but I am scared of them! I love all things paranormal so this sounds like a fun non-fic read for me.

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Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Synopsis: Life is strange for Patrick Fort – being a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t come without its challenges. And that’s before he is faced with solving a possible murder.

Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence…

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I actually think I picked this one up at a charity shop once upon a time. God knows where it will be in the house but I like the synopsis and the ratings for it are fab!

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No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family, mother, father, brother had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth

Sometimes better not to know. . . 

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous gifts, someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.

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I actually read this novel years & years ago but I can’t remember anything about it… and I’m pretty sure that I threw it away because my copy was so old and decrepit. As I’ve read this one, I’ll leave it off my TBR for now.

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Eutopia by David Nickie

Synopsis: The year is 1911.

In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal—with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all.

Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation—and the barest thread of hope.

At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke.

And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up.

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This doesn’t have a great rating but I really like the sound of it, and the ever-famous karen of Goodreads rated it 5 stars, so I wanna give it a shot.

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Night Shift by Stephen King

Synopsis: A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night.

As you read, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.

This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive. A world where madness and blind panic become the only reality.

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Really, really want to read this King short story collection! It’s a definite keeper.

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Pillow Friend by Lisa Tuttle

Synopsis: Agnes Grey, a young child growing up in Houston, Texas in the early sixties, is troubled by her mother’s depressive and erratic mood swings. She escapes to a delusional dream state where she finds that her made-up relationships are more gratifying and often more tangible than her real ones. A beloved porcelain doll whispers unintelligible mutterings to her well into the night. An enigmatic high-school boyfriend appears upon command to silently fulfill her adolescent desires. A handsome and soulful English poet steals her away to serve as his devoted muse…

Aunt Marjorie, whose cameo appearances are peppered with tales of life abroad, warns Agnes that she must be prepared to deal with the consequences of what she wishes for. And as Agnes approaches and enters adulthood, her fantastical relationships and their consequences become deceptively real, with a chilling and bizarre aftermath.

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Not sure that I’m all that interested in this one now I read the description back. People are saying that they loved chunks of it but hated other bits, I can’t be dealing with a book like that!

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The Taxidermists Daughter by Kate Mosse

Synopsis: Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.

Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford’s once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.

The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems – is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?

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I definitely added this one to my TBR after looking for a few more mysterious historical fiction novels. Even though this one doesn’t have the best overall rating, I think I’m going to keep it on because I am intrigued!

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The Doll Master and Other Stories by Joyce Carol-Oates

Synopsis: In the title story, a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away from leukemia. As he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from the surrounding neighborhoods and stores his treasures in the abandoned carriage house on his family’s estate. But just what kind of dolls are they? In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is thrilled when her favorite teacher asks her to house-sit, even on short notice. But when an intruder forces his way into the house while the girl is there, the fate of more than one life is changed forever. In “Equatorial,” set in the exotic Galapagos, an affluent American wife experiences disorienting assaults upon her sense of who her charismatic husband really is, and what his plans may be for her.

In The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates evokes the “fascination of the abomination” that is at the core of the most profound, the most unsettling, and the most memorable of dark mystery fiction.

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I read one of Oates’ short stories in 2017 and I loved it, her writing provoked so much terror in me! I definitely want to keep her work on my TBR so I don’t forget to scope out more of her stuff.

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So only 3 more book removed this week, but it’s better than nothing!

Books analysed // 333
Books removed // 137

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

15 thoughts on “TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole #33

  1. Look at you go! That’s amazing! I started doing this a while back as well, and I think it is time for me to start up again. Seeing my TBR number go down feels so good!

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