That Dreaded TBR #31

Back with one of these – they really are fun to do, and if you find your Goodreads Want to Read shelf is a touch intimidating right now, it might be worth giving this a go. Do point me towards your post if you do, as I’d love to read it!


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?

Doctor Sleep – Stephen King

I really liked The Shining, and I do want to read this one – I’ve avoided watching the film until I’ve checked out the book. Plus, this is one of the ones my boyfriend actually has on the bookshelves down there, where it sits staring at me and just waiting for me to clear enough arcs I finally have time to read it! Like most SK, it’s pretty long, which is why I haven’t picked it up before now. I think I need to change that soon.

Status: Keep

Mrs. Poe – Lynn Cullen

Firstly, why is the blurb so long? Secondly, ugh, this just sounds…tedious. I probably added it to the TBR because of the allure of Poe, but something that sticks out to me in the blurb is the description of his wife: “And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears.” I don’t want to read books where the key women are at each other’s throats. Not like that anyway. I’m giving this one a hard miss.

Status: Gone

The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

The premise sounds interesting but something tugged at my brain in regards to this author. Not the first time it’s happened, but a quick check on Google shows me yep, I’m right – an author to avoid. So I won’t be checking this one out.

Status: Gone

John Dies at the End – David Wong

I’ve been reading Cracked for…way too long at this point, but this book got added to my Want to Read around the time Wong was promoting it. I’m kind of on the fence by now – I’ve seen the film, which was terrible, but I’m still intrigued by this and still kind of trust Wong as a writer. I still want to see what this one is like.

Status: Keep

The Troop – Nick Cutter

I am definitely still interested in this premise. It honestly sounds creepy as hell, and I like the idea of it revolving around a Boy Scout troop. Because why not? It’s got a combination of factors that still draw me to it.

Status: Keep

And there we have it! 2 gone, 3 kept. Not bad. And the Want to Read is reduced just that little bit more.

Just as a side-note, when one of these was posted previously, I then had the author of one of the books comment on the post – twice! – about how I really should give another of his stories a go. I didn’t approve the comment, as quite honestly, it was a bit presumptuous of the author. I’m not doing this to hurt authors, but to look back and see how my own tastes have changed over the years, and in this instance I removed the book as I’d read another of the author’s books and really didn’t like it. So if you are a writer and see one of your books on these lists, commenting on my posts isn’t going to change my mind. Maybe focus on finding people who actually do want to read your work, instead.

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