That Dreaded TBR #24

With Blogmas over, I thought it’d be fun to return to my Dreaded TBR posts, where I try to clear more books from way too large Goodreads Want to Read shelf. I admit, I used to have a problem with going through the recommendations lists and adding anything that caught my eye, but did you know after a certain point large shelves on Goodreads can cause some issues? So yeah, I’m going through the shelf 5 at a time and seeing what books I may or may not still be interested in.

Part 23

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?

Requiem for a Dream – Hubert Selby Jr.

I likely added this to my Want to Read after seeing the film, maybe? Either that or someone suggested it to me. I honestly don’t have clear memories of the film, and the book as a whole sounds kind of depressing. I’m fine reading darker stuff, but this is just, well if I didn’t find the film completely memorable, I’m likely not going to get much out of the book.

Status: Gone

The Darkness That Comes Before – R. Scott Bakker

I’m kind of on the fence about this. I haven’t started a new full series in a while, and I don’t think I want to until I’ve cleared some other series’ I’m in the midst of. But I do like a sprawling Fantasy, though sometimes I’m a bit uncertain about Fantasy from white men, especially when the books are a little older. Ultimately though, I don’t have room to get into another series, especially one where the world building sounds absolutely huge and sprawling. There’s too many other excellent series’ out there, and I really need to focus on finishing some.

Status: Gone

The Antipope – Robert Rankin

Honestly, from the blurb, I have absolutely no idea what this about. But it sounds oddly fun? It’s classed as a Fantasy Humour book, but it’s also on shelves for Horror and Sci-Fi? It definitely sounds more in the realm of Fantasy and Humour. It also sounds terribly British, and like something I might honestly enjoy. I might have to still check this one out.

Status: Keep

Monster Island – David Wellington

And we’re back to zombies! It always comes back to zombies. And once more we have what sounds like on the surface a fairly interesting premise, but ends up if you think about it a bit more to sound like the vast majority of other “oh look I’m different” zombie books out there. I love when zombie books do change things, but I don’t think I can deal with another group of survivors battle across apocalyptic America tale. I’m happy to give this one a miss.

Status: Gone

Exit Reality – Robert S. Wilson

This sounds okay-ish, the premise revolving around the idea of humans connecting their brains directly to the internet. But honestly that cover really puts me off, and it doesn’t really sound like something I’d enjoy. Definitely one for other people, just not for me.

Status: Gone

Pretty good going today – four titles taken off my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. I’ve been through 120 books so far, and have managed to remove half the books! I’m actually really happy with that, but it would be nice to come across a few more that still catch my interest!

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