Down The TBR Hole | Conquer you TBR #11 | Blogmas Day 22

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Hi everyone,

Gah, I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas now, I’m so excited!

Have you done anything Christmassy today?

Here’s my latest conquer your TBR post. I’m hoping to be harsh with my list again this week because I know I’ll be adding more to it on Christmas day.

I hope you enjoy and have a lovely evening,


If you’re anything like me, you have what feels like an endless TBR list. I personally use Goodreads to keep track of my TBR list, but whether you use a physical list or whatever you find most helpful, you can still do this post too.

The person who created this idea is called Lia and you can check out her blog and Down the TBR posts here. I think this is such a great idea.

The point of these posts is simple. It’s a way of sifting through your TBR list regularly to make sure you still want to read the books you’ve added and remove ones that you no longer want to read.

My TBR list on Goodreads currently stands at a whopping 531! So I definitely think these weekly posts will help me to get on top of it.

Here is how these posts will work:

– Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
– Order on ascending date added.
– Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
– Read the synopses of the books (I’m agoing to post the synopsis of each book too, incase anyone is interested in hearing more about the books.)
– Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s a link to my other Down The TBR Hole posts if you want to check them out:


1. The Introvert – Michael P. Michaud

A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the centre of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

Judgement: Bye
I don’t think this is a book for me.

2. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. 

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

Judgement: Keep
I’ve wanted to read his book for a while now, and I was accepted to review an ARC of it on NetGalley. Unfortunately my computer didn’t like the file, and I wasn’t able to download it before it was archived.

I was planning on purchasing it anyway as it sounds like a great book. Then my lovely friend Nicola over at offered to give me her spare copy, yay! Thank you 🙂

3. The Boyfriend Agreement (St. Mary’s Academy #1) – Seven Steps

When Bella French’s dream boy, Jake, asks her to go out with him to make his ex- girlfriend jealous, Bella does the unthinkable… she says yes. The rules are simple. Two weeks, no kissing, and a few white lies. 

The problem is that she can’t stop thinking about her fake boyfriend’s twin brother, Cole. Can Bella get out of her fake relationship and fall into a real one without exposing her lies, or destroying her friendships? 

Funny, smart, and wonderfully romantic, the Boyfriend Agreement is a tale of one girl’s journey to help her friends and find love, all without losing herself.

Judgement: Keep
This sounds quite good.

4. Lust for Life – Sean-Paul Thomas

If you knew you had only a short time left to live on this planet, to really live, what would you do with that precious time?

A young man with terminal cancer decides to live out his dreams and wild fantasies. But even when he finds love and a new lease on life along the way, it fails to stop his new adventurous ways from spiralling into an unstoppable train wreck of carnage and revenge against his childhood abuser.

A dark, sexy, black-humorous tale of sex, violence, the male psyche and an unstoppable whirlwind adventure of finding love in the least likely place. 

Judgement: Bye
I don’t even remember adding this book to my TBR list. It doesn’t sound like a book I’d read at all.

5. Blood Bound – Beverley Price

Imagine being so in love with someone that you are willing to die and be reborn again and again just to be with them.

Blood bound is a dark novel about a woman’s struggle with the discovery that she is vampire hunter. The fight between two lovers, the dark and the light.

Pandora – A woman sheltered by her father until his brutal demise and her new goal to survive. And learning that love and distrust comes in many forms. When your life seems perfect can you expect any sadness?

Aura, a damaged woman who has loved too much and all she has received is pain. When your life seems cursed from birth can you expect any happiness?

Puppet Master, an all powerful Vampire whose dark heart still beats for a lost love but can only give pain. When your “death” is cursed can you expect any happiness?

Pandora was looking for someone to waltz her towards a fairytale ending but she meets a man that tangoed with her soul. And that your Knight in shining armour does not always have to be male.

A love triangle that will test the bounds of love, lust, trust, death and rebirth…

Can anyone survive this bloody love triangle? 

Judgement: Keep
This sounds intriguing.

6. Devil in the Grass – Christopher Bowron

“Would you sell your soul to the Devil… even halfheartedly?”

Jackson walker must rely upon his wits and Seminole family to clear himself after being framed in a dastardly double murder. He must overcome alligators, bull sharks, a Satanic Cult as well as a family of cleaners, specialising in making dead bodies disappear. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.

Judgement: Bye
I don’t think I’d enjoy this book.

7. Hell’s Gates – Mary Masters

Hell’s Gates combines the chilling tone of H. P. Lovecraft’s writing with the dread-inducing pace of a Stephen King novel, resulting in a supernatural horror story that will keep you riveted from start to finish.

Author Mary Masters sets the tone with a prologue that recounts the bizarre events of the past twenty-five years involving Jason Torrent; a powerful, glowing golden mask; and the deaths of the sinister Thorn Mastema and his daughter, Sameal.
Now, Sheriff Chris Samuels has come to this small town because it appears to be the perfect place to raise his children and finish out his career in peace.
But appearances can be deceiving.

One by one, strange happenings occur, conjured up by the same evil that had emanated from the looming Mastema mansion on that fateful night long ago. A cloaked figure in the cemetery; holy water that freezes solid; undue interest in the birth of a certain child…it will all lead Chris and his colleagues into an epic battle against demonic forces at the gates of hell—and beyond!

Judgement: Bye
I don’t remember adding this to my TBR list.

8. Which is not True?: The Quiz Book – Nayden Kostov

The book will be a strong and faithful ally preventing social awkwardness by arming you with plenty of icebreaking pieces of trivia, suitable for any occasion. My goal was to write a quiz book that would stand out with interesting, educational and fun content; a book that would both entertain and challenge. The concept is based on the well-known multiple choice format, with an added twist of introducing the “Which is NOT true?” approach for the half of the questions. This approach has its merit in allowing you to learn two crazy facts about people, places or animals by answering a single question. The book is not meant to be “your go-to” book for facts. I assure you however that it is loaded with fun and verified facts presented in a manner that can provide you with hours of entertainment. All the material is fresh, and is not simply recycled from my previous publication. Life is too short to settle for the run-of-the-mill. This book will show you just how fantastical and funny the real world is. It will provide you with never-ending intellectual ammunition for a lifetime of dinner parties. You can use it to organise pub or family quizzes, or use it as a prep tool to give you the edge when participating in these.

Judgement: Bye
I entered a giveaway to win this book, but I don’t think that I’d personally purchase this.

9. 1123 Hard to Believe Facts – Nayden Kostov

I decided to compile some of the most interesting facts in an e-book. That’s why I decided to collect the best gems of breath-taking trivia and to present you a great compilation of facts, suitable for a broad audience. This is the result of years of sifting through history and reference books on a myriad of subjects as well as searching the Internet and paying attention to the news. This book is intended to be fun for anyone older than 14 – even the most ‘spicy’ entries, neatly separated in the chapter ‘Facts about human and animal sexuality”, remain factual and abstain from profanity. To my greatest delight, an avid reader of my site explained that she has been preparing daily fact sheets for her son’s lunch box. She prints out three facts every day to create some lunchtime fun for her son, thus enticing him to read more and provoking his intellectual curiosity. I wish my parents had done something like that for me! I confess that most trivia books are insufferably boring. This book is different, packed with interesting, educational and fun ingredients; it seeks to entertain as well as challenge. It will provide you with never-ending intellectual ammunition for a lifetime of dinner parties. You will amaze your friends and family by recounting to them that the greatest Chinese pirate of all times was a woman, or that herrings use flatulence to communicate! The book will be your strongest ally in combatting social awkwardness and will arm you with plenty of icebreaking pieces of trivia, suitable for any occasion.

Judgement: Bye
Again I entered a competition to win this, but I wouldn’t buy this book.

10. Movie Game – Michael Ebner

It’s been three years since Joe’s father vanished. Now seventeen, he is unaware that government agents are watching him in case his dad makes contact. Joe is too distracted by his secret girlfriend, midnight swims in the pools of strangers, free drinks from his buddies at the movie game and the glamorous college student, Felicity. But his movie-esque existence and addiction to fiction is set to collide with a heavy dose of reality this summer when he discovers everything is not what it seems: his secret girlfriend wants to be the real thing. His college fling may have ulterior motives. And the government agents want co-operation to catch his missing father. All this and the three year old death of Joe’s first girlfriend Alice are going to cause him to face some dark truths.

It’s no longer a movie game. This is his life and he wants to win.

Judgement: Keep
I think this book sounds great, and I’ve wanted to read it for a good few months now.

I’ve kept 4/10 books on my TBR list this week, one more than in my last post. Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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The Introvert book cover and synopses –
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares book cover and synopses –
The Boyfriend Agreement (St. Mary’s Academy #1)  book cover and synopses –
Lust for Life book cover and synopses –
Blood Bound book cover and synopses –
Devil in the Grass book cover and synopses –
Hell’s Gates book cover and synopses –
Which is not True?: The Quiz Book  book cover and synopses –
1123 Hard to Believe Facts book cover and synopses –
Movie Game book cover and synopses –

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