Diving Down My TBR Pile, Vol. 1

I was going through my Drafts because apparently, it has ballooned to 124 posts and I didn’t even notice until today. I already trashed some of them but this particular post caught my eye. I don’t know why it’s in my Drafts because upon checking, I already published that post back in 2018.

Not sure what I was thinking then but anyway, shit happens, my brain goes haywire sometimes, and now here we are. This isn’t the actual post—obviously—but the idea is something that I want to actually pursue.

Here’s how it goes, we’re gonna go through my excruciatingly long list of TBR (to be read), starting from the oldest that I’ve added. Then, we’re gonna see if I still wanna read them or not. Basically, do I TOSS them (just so we’re clear, I’m not gonna literally toss the actual book (if I actually have a physical copy because I’ve accumulated a lot of eBooks in the past few years) or KEEP them?

As of today, April 15, as I’m starting on this post, I have exactly 441 books in my TBR shelf on Goodreads. This may remain the same or go down, depending on how this dive goes.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

Date Added: April 20, 2015

I honestly am not sure what I wanna do with this. I’ve read the other works of Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects and Dark Places) and I do like her. It’s just that, well, I’ve already watched the movie—twice. It was a mistake because I was actually in the middle of reading this book when the movie came out.

I had an internal battle with myself at that time and the part that wanted to watch obviously won. So now, finishing the book just got harder to do. Well, I know myself too well so…

Verdict: Toss

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged.

When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver

Date Added: April 20, 2015

I’ve read one other book by Lauren Oliver—Before I Fall—and it was pretty much a meh moment. But I added this on my list all those years ago because it was a Young Adult Mystery novel and god knows I’m a sucker for those.

After much deliberation though, and after going through the reviews of other people, I’ve decided that it may be a waste of time.

Verdict: Toss

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning…

THE LIAR by Nora Roberts

Date Added: April 20, 2015

Okay, this one was pretty easy to decide. I had this book but now I don’t. I gave it away to a friend and I really have no intentions of scouring bookstores just to get another copy.

So that’s that on that.

Verdict: Toss

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love.

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake.


Date Added: April 20, 2015

I’m not even sure what this book is doing in my TBR. Although it says that it’s a crime mystery novel, it’s just not the plot that I’d be interested in.

I suppose that this, too, is a pretty easy decision.

Verdict: Toss

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

Date Added: April 20, 2015

Ah yes, I think I added this after I learned about the book Me Before You. While I did like the movie, I haven’t actually read the book (referring to Me Before You). So I guess me liking the movie could be a testament to me liking what Jojo Moyes has to offer.

Maybe I should give this a shot.

Verdict: Keep

Now, we get on to the five books that I’m prioritizing. Hopefully, I get through them before the end of this week or the next volume of Diving Down or the end of this month, at the latest.

• Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
• Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
• The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett
• Swear on this Life by Renée Carlino
• Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum

I’m on a Jenn Bennett high after reading Serious Moonlight so I plan on devouring more of her other books.

As of April 16, 2020
Toss/Keep Ratio: 4 is to 1, in favor of Toss
TBR Count: 459, added a few last night after I finished drafting this post
Currently Reading: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Update from the past Dive Down: N/A


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