That Dreaded TBR #27

Yep, another one. 5 more books, let’s see how well I do this time at getting rid of some on my Want to Read. I don’t think I’m doing too bad at the moment – the first book for today is number 66, but with 26 lots of 5 I’ve actually gone through 130 books! Maybe there is hope for my Want to Read after all.


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?

Area 187: Almost Hell – Eric R. Lowther

So, no mention of zombies in the blurb but the genres/shelves do show this is a zombie novel. Okay, strange virus released, something to do with governments and testing and…look at that cover. I kind of can’t stop looking at the cover? This is a 620 page book according to Goodreads, and I don’t see why a book with this premise has to be so long! Not to mention…look, I know they say “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but honestly if as an author they’re not willing to put effort into making a cover that is readable, I’m left to wonder at the lack of effort in the writing itself.

Status: Gone

Summer of the Apocalypse – James Van Pelt

This sounds intriguing based on the premise alone, but I also read one of his other ‘coming of age’ books (Pandora’s Gun) and wasn’t fussed. Considering that, and the male focus of this book, it just doesn’t interest me anymore. I don’t think I’m the particular audience for his work.

Status: Gone

Now and on Earth – Jim Thompson

I’m assuming this is on here thanks to one of my “maybe I should read more Literary Fiction” phases. I tried, I did, and most of it just…grated on me. There is some fantastic stuff out there, but this one seems a bit too far removed from what I tend to enjoy, and I’m past the point of wanting to read something for the sake of reading it.

Status: Gone

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Ah this one is very easy. Okay, so when this was first announced it should have been something I jumped at, but I’d read The Casual Vacancy and was not impressed in the slightest (the TV adaption though was very good). It made me realise how…not a good writer JKR is, despite my love (back then) for HP. Others told me after that actually this one was good, I should give it a chance, etc. I never got round to it, and considering the last couple of years, I’m not wasting my money on someone like that, to be perfectly honest. This one is definitely a goner.

Status: Gone

Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead

I actually really like the sound of this. Lots of sci-fi elements which normally might put me off a touch, but this sounds like it’s got some really great other aspects to it, too, combining various subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi. I’d definitely be happy to give this a go, for sure.

Status: Keep

So there we have it! Four more taken off the way too big Want to Read shelf. I’ve said it before, but I really am finding it fascinating to see how much my tastes have shifted over the years. And this year I am determined to at least actually read some of the earlier books on my Want to Read! Hopefully I can knock a few more off that way, too.

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