That Dreaded TBR #17

With everything going on offline for me the last few weeks, I haven’t really been doing much with the blog except posting reviews. But things have settled, so I’m back with another installment of That Dreaded TBR. Let’s see how many we can remove today. We’re currently on books that were added to my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ in July 2013, at which point I was still in a zombie phase. Click the book covers to see the book’s Goodreads page.

Part One / Part Two / Part Three Part Four / Part Five / Part Six / Part Seven / Part Eight / Part Nine / Part Ten / Part Eleven / Part Twelve / Part Thirteen / Part Fourteen / Part Fifteen / Part Sixteen

I originally saw this on Becky’s Book Blog


Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5/10/however many books. If done again, start from where you left off.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: should it stay or should it go?

Zombie CSU – Jonathan Maberry

Maberry remains absolutely one of my favourite authors. And when it comes to zombies, he’s got it covered. I’m still really intrigued by this – a non-fiction book that looks at the idea of zombies being real. Since the time this came out, there have been a number of ‘zombie guides’, but this remains top of my life for want to read. Because if anyone knows anything about zombies of all types, it’s Maberry.

Status: Keep

Undead – Kirsty McKay

This is a really short blurb which doesn’t actually give a lot of information away, or any indication on whether this is different from other zombie books out there. It came out in 2011 too, so it was competing with a lot. It’s on shelves for Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Humour, and Post Apocalyptic. That is a lot of different shelves. That’s a lot of different categories and there’s very little to go on outside of the reviews, which look fairly mixed. This has the potential to be great and fun, or to be a huge let down. Right now, I’d rather not risk that.

Status: Gone

Domain of the Dead – Iain McKinnon

Again, there’s absolutely nothing in this blurb that gives me any idea of how this differs from a hundred other zombie stories. Survivors, barricaded in a warehouse, running out of food, and a helicopter approaches. Great. It’s got the risk to be too formulaic and bleh, and that’s not what I want from a zombie story. At least not anymore. This book seems to have its fans, but it won’t be for me.

Status: Gone

Outpost – Adam Baker

This one actually sounds like it could be interesting. It’s another zombie novel, but this one sounds like it has more in common with The Thing than other zombie narratives. The characters start off isolated in a frozen wasteland, and are soon left not knowing what actually waits for them out in the wider world. I’m still intriguied.

Status: Keep

Aftertime – Sophie Littlefield

Another zombie one (2013 Elle wanted all the zombie books apparently) but like the others I’ve chosen to keep, this one at least sounds different. The zombies come from government experimentation, and the main character was apparently a zombie herself, but somehow turned back. There’s a lot of mystery in the blurb itself, and that intrigues me.

Status: Keep

So there we have it. 2/5 gone. That’s not bad – if I can get rid of more than one, I’m always happy with that. But it’s going to be a long time before I actually get the overall ‘to read’ list down to a realistic, manageable level. We’ll see. As always, if you agree or disagree with my choices, or have read any of the books mentioned, please do let me know!

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