Down the TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! It’s supposed to help make your TBR list a little more manageable and allow you to get rid of books that you don’t have interest in anymore.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

12980723Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.

168642In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems–they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

6068551Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

32234White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes–each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned–becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery,



Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D James

You would think since I am a crazy Jane Austen fan that I would be jumping to read this book. I watched the mini-series and thought it was pretty good, but right now I just don’t have any real need to read this book. I do wonder if it’s different in any way. Like in the synopsis it says that Lydia comes to their house saying that Wickham is dead, but in the series, he is the one on trial for murder. But, right now, I think I’m going to pass on this one. If I see it somewhere and want to read it, then I’ll do it then, but for now, I let it go.

Verdict: Delete ×

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

While I am skeptical of how good this book actually is, it is hard for me to pass up a murder mystery, no matter how literary or hyped-up it is. I don’t think I’ll be reading this anytime soon, but it sounds good and creepy and I have been liking creepy books recently.

Verdict: Keep 

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I think the film might have ruined this for me. I did not like the movie, but have had many people tell me the books are MUCH better! I don’t know. Creepy children are one of my biggest fears and the fact that there are pictures of them in this book does not bode well for my nightmares. The fact that I tend to read at night probably doesn’t help either. But something about this book intrigues me and the movie was so bad I erased most of it from my memory lol.

Verdict: Keep 

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Um…this sounds amazing!! Why haven’t I read this already?! I am definitely putting this on my Amazon list so I remember to get it when I’m thinking about books to buy. Yay to rediscovering cool books!

Verdict: Keep 

White Oleander by Janey Fitch

Oh boy. While this book sounds interesting, it also seems like a book that could ruin me. I have a really hard time reading stories about foster kids. Maybe it’s my strong attachment to Once Upon a Time and Emma Swan or maybe it’s my abandonment issues, but I could just see me reading this and sobbing the whole way through. While there are certain books I am willing to do that for, I am not sure this is one of them. That being said, I think this one stays on the list. I won’t read it soon, but maybe one day I’ll be strong enough to read it and not lose my shit.

Verdict: Keep 

I love how the only book I deleted was a variation on Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite books ever! lol

What do you think? Can you convince me to put one of the books I deleted back on my list? Head to the comments!

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