Lisa's Book Life

Down the TBR Hole #2

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I get a lot of satisfaction from organising my book shelves, whether it’s my virtual ones on Goodreads or my jam-packed ones at home. I see this post LOTS and always read Zuky the Bookbum’s regular post so her decluttering has inspired me to do the same. I think this tag was first started by Lia @ Lost in a Story a year or so ago, and what a fab idea it is! Both these bloggers always have great posts, so go check them out 😁
There’s a few simple guidelines:
Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
Read the synopses of the books.
Decide should it stay or go.

long-swirl-pattern-wall-art-sticker-56Now, last time I did this post wrong! I listed just the books getting dumped into the giant hole of oblivion and NOT the first ten on my TBR shelf. Dozy tart! 😂 So I’m getting it right this time! Here goes:

 

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Portent by James Herbert

O.M.G! It’s James Herbert, this isn’t going anywhere ok?! He is my favourite horror author of ALL TIME, so why haven’t I read this yet? I DO NOT KNOW. Suffice to say, it’s a keeper.

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The Jonah by James Herbert

What the…?? Hang on a minute, this is madness! Another Herbert one unread? No. No. No. This must stop.

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369135 Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas

After reading The End of Mr Y an age ago and loving it, then delving straight into Popco shortly after, I had a Scarlett Thomas bug! But looking at the synopsis and various mixed reviews, I think I’ll toss this one aside.

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3153114 Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

I have this on my bookshelf, it is beautiful, as is Labyrinth, the first one of this series. I’ve read #1 and loved it so much. Why is this still a TBR? One of life’s unanswered questions I guess. I also added Citadel (#3) to my TBR too. I’ll get there. Eventually. This ones staying put.

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Dissolution by C J Sansom 

Yeah, I’m struggling with this ones destiny. I really enjoy historical fiction, it is one of my favourite genres and this is #1 in the Matthew Shardlake series. And there’s a lot more of them. I’ve got so much history on my shelves, and so many I would choose over this. So I think I’ve decided. Soz to all the fans, I know I’m probably missing something great here but…

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Dark Fire by C J Sansom

Reasons for this; see previous book!

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1201301To the Devil a Daughter by Dennis Wheatley

*Does the Vintage Horror dance* Black Magic and Occulty stuff. Yes please. I’m reading this. Soon.

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The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley

Why do I buy two fabulous vintage horror stories and then not read them for ten years? Why? Someone tell me.

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358954 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Bloody hell, I give up! I bought this AT THE JAMAICA INN. I STAYED AT THE JAMAICA INN. TWICE. I LOVE CORNWALL AND THE JAMAICA INN. Obviously, I’ll read it. I’ll pack it when I next go stay at the JAMAICA INN😰😂

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James Herbert’s Dark Places

I know, I know, but there’s a bonafide reason I’ve not read this. I can’t find it. Anywhere. I saw it on Amazon ages ago and some marketplace seller wanted forty quid for it! I was like WHAT????? No way. But if I come across it, or anyone has a copy for sale (cheap!) let me know. I’m itching to get my hands on it. My Herbert collection has a deep, dark hole in it. So this one’s a BIG FAT KEEPER.

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So all done here for now, 3/10 being disposed of. Not bad. Just going off to my Goodreads to get shot of the three. Until next time folks, cheerio, and thanks for stopping by!

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Lisa's Book Life

Down the TBR Hole #1

 

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I get a lot of satisfaction from organising my book shelves, whether it’s my virtual ones on Goodreads or my jam-packed ones at home. I see this post LOTS and always read Zuky the Bookbum‘s regular post so her decluttering has inspired me to do the same. I think this tag was first started by Lost in a Story a year or so ago, and what a fab idea it is! Both these bloggers always have great posts, so go check them out 😁

There’s a few simple guidelines:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide should it stay or go.

If I was realistic and sensible in my TBR disposal, I’d probably need a hole like this:

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However, me being me, and my clingy attachments to my books, I think a more suitable sized hole would be something like this:

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Anyway, after much deliberation, I have removed 5 books. I will definitely do this ‘shelf spruce up’ on a regular basis. I now have 667 on my TBR! 😮

 

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The Resurrectionist:The Lost Work of Dr Spencer Black

There’s a few mixed reviews on this one, but on re-reading the blurb, I’ve decided I’ll give it a miss. I have a LOT of historical reads to get through and this has a fantasy element that doesn’t quite do it for me.

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Beneath a Buried House

This is just one of those freebies that I seem to add  without properly reading the synopsis. I notice the word  ‘free’ and that’s good enough for me. I have stopped that  habit lately, this was an early addition to my TBR, but it   doesn’t sound that good to warrant keeping it.

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Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1)

How very fitting, having an Alice in Wonderland retelling going down the hole! I absolutely love the original, it has such fond memories for me because my mum helped me learn to read with Alice and her Wonderland and Looking Glass adventures. I want to keep my thoughts of Alice traditional, I don’t want to read a darker version of this story. The original was dark enough!

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The Library of Shadows

The reviews of this have put me off reading it a little. Some are saying it’s trying too hard to be like The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I saw the word ‘Library’ in the title and didn’t read the blurb, when will I learn?! Disposed of.

25059492  Regarding Anna

Yet another freebie Kindle from yesteryear! I would never get around to reading this, there is simply far too many better options in the mystery genre. So, Anna, sorry love, but I’m gonna have to let you go.

 

So, there you have it, my first Down the TBR Hole post, a measly 5, but I won’t be adding to my TBR any more this year, (promise!) so it’s a job well done.

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