Down the TBR Hole #9

hello all!! I’m back again with another little rummage through my TBR pile on GoodReads to see if I can begin to make any sense of it all – so far, not so good LOL!! I just think I’m destined  to be overwhelmed by the number and variety of books on the pile!!  What is it with books that leads us all astray all the time?!!  They say less is more, not when it comes to books it seems!!!  

Very grateful to Lia @ Lost In A Story for thinking this little exercise up to help us all keep our growing TBR lists in some kind of order and under control!!  Let’s see what goodies/awful titles I’d wiped from my memory this time round……


Here is how it all works….

  • 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: keep it or should it go?

Click on the title if you’d like to read the blurb for each book via GoodReads…

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish 

I am a little concerned by the split in reviews!  Some seem to love it, others hate it!! And I immediately think that I’d probably be in the hate camp which puts me off starting it! Can i toss a coin to decide on this one??!!   Maybe I’ll read one chapter…..

Verdict – KEEP (but it’s 50/50!!)

Arcadia by Iain Pears

I have started this and it has got off to a bit of a slow start, but I’ve heard so many good things about this that I think it is one I need to stick with and invest some real time in to enjoy!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

In Another Life by Carys Jones

This book has a really interesting concept with fantasy elements and that is what drew me in to add it to my TBR pile.  Could be good for a rainy day…

Verdict – KEEP!

The Trees by Ali Shaw

That cover!!! Do I need to say anymore?!!  Sometimes, that’s all the reason I need to keep a book!! Shallow?! Who me?! 

Verdict – KEEP!!

Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro

I have a couple of other Kathleen Tessaro novels on my bookshelves, so think I added this one to complete the set, although I’m still to read any of her other ones! Not sure which one to start with?!

Verdict – GO!!

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

I’m feeling a little ‘psychological drama’ book fatigue at the moment (is it me or are there just too many?!) so I think I added this when the genre was starting off, but not sure it is for me now.

Verdict – GO!!

The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alexandra Brown

I always enjoy books from this author and the rather picturesque cover got me interested in reading this one!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher

Giovanna seems a staple now in the romance fiction market, and always seems to create a wonderful world to escape into! Read the first in this series quite a while ago now, so looking forward to getting back to the characters very soon!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Torn with this one too!! The cover is a stunner so that is why I picked it up, but it appears from other reviews that it has split the reading community! Another one that I might need to approach with a couple of chapters and see how I get on with it!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Another book I was drawn to for the cover and blurb, and it seems another book that has split those who have read it!  The premise sounds fascinating!  Think I’m going to have to give it a try and see if I ‘get it’!

Verdict – KEEP!!

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

Another gorgeous,dreamy cover! But I need to get tougher and wonder why I’ve still not got round to picking it up to read?!

Verdict – GO!!

The Garden Awakening by Mary Reynolds

I always love reading about gardens and different approaches to gardening and this sounds like something a little different!

Verdict  – KEEP!!

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

Added this to the TBR pile after reading Sorcerer to the Crown by the same author – which I loved. This seems to be a Kindle novella.

Verdict – GO!!

Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson

An author who I always turn to for a fun, comforting read and this sounds like another story right up my street!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

This Savage Song by V.E.Schwab

I love the Darker Shade of Magic series, so looking forward to reading different work from the author! Ooh and i got a signed copy so this is definitely being kept!!

Verdict – KEEP!!

Well that went quite well, although not well enough if i’m ever going to regain control of the TBR pile!! Have I made the right choices?! Or have I kept the wrong ones, and chucked out some stunners?! Please feel free to let me know your opinions! I can be swayed to change!!

HAPPY READING!!

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