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Hello Hello! How are you all?

Today is Friday (yay) and that means I’m back with my weekly TBR Purge post! This has been a strange week. I’ve been off from university since last Friday and I have not really known what to do after so long being just overwhelmed and working constantly on assignments. I had great plans to blog and read all week, alas, I spent most of it sleeping aha. Oh well! I’m off until the 25th of January and hoping to get more reading and thesis research done before then. Tell me about your week!

You know the drill if you’ve never read any of my Down the TBR Hole posts before but you want to find out why I started and what rules to follow to do your own TBR list purge on your Goodreads, head over to the first edition of this post to find out more!

This week’s Down the TBR Hole post is starting with a total of 3,678 books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf, so apparently, I removed two books from the list since last week! I’ll be going through the next 20 books on this shelf as usual, and I’ll be starting at #352!

GOODREADS “WANT TO READ” SHELF

Chasing Prophecy by James A. Moser

Chasing Prophecy

We are starting this week off with a YA mystery, and before I talk about it, I first have to say that from the 20 books I’m going to be going through today, I have seen and heard about none, so that’s not great aha! The blurb is very vague, but I think I get the gist of it and unfortunately, this is just not one of those books for me, so today’s first book is an easy remove.

REMOVE

You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

You Let Me In

This is a thriller and from the blurb, it seems to be a psychological thriller, which is a genre that I do not like reading. Again, this blurb is very vague and I knew from the minute I saw it was a thriller that I was probably not going to keep it. it’s not pulling me in or sparking an interest, so I am going to get rid of it.

REMOVE

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Keep You Close

This is a mystery and so far, I think this week is going to be a mystery/thriller bandwagon, which as you know, are not my favourite genres at all, even though I do love the odd murder mystery – I’m very picky with them though. Anyway, I have to admit that this one does sound good, but as I just said, I only like a certain type of mysteries and I don’t think I would really enjoy this one, so I’m going to give it a miss.

REMOVE

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls

This is a thriller with a very vague and short blurb, but there is just something about it that drew me in. The synopsis sounds a little bit like Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus, I’m only about 100 pages into it so far, but I’m loving it, and this book is giving me the same vibes. I would usually remove vague thrillers, but this one is calling to me, and I want to give it a chance!

KEEP

Mine by Susi Fox

Mine

Another thriller, and from the cover, this looks a lot like a medical thriller, which I don’t know if I like or not to be honest. This one sounds fairly spooky, scary and I’m sure this kind of thing has happened many times. I’m not in the mood for this kind of book and I’m not sure I would enjoy it anyway as I’m just not interested, so I’ll be getting rid of it!

REMOVE

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

The Rumour

This is again a thriller, and I don’t know what is up with Goodreads thrillers but the blurbs are all written the same way with one line of text, then another and another. It seems like they are trying to push the suspense on you and it seems just strange to me aha! Again, it just doesn’t sound like a book that I would enjoy reading, so I’m going to take it off my list.

REMOVE

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Do Not Disturb

This thriller sounds a lot like a family secret type of book, which you will know from previous posts on my blog, I am not a fan of. I’m not going to dally about with this one, I don’t like the sound of it, so I’m going to be taking it off the list.

REMOVE

Turn a Blind Eye (DI Maya Rahman #1) by Vicky Newham

Turn a Blind Eye (DI Maya Rahman, #1)

We are back to mysteries now and this one looks a little bit more promising! And I am already won over, there is just something about a blurb with a murder and a detective or police person that makes me want to put everything down and pick up the book, and this is one of those times! I’m glad that I get a bit trigger happy on the add button and I hope this will be the start of a great murder mystery series!

KEEP

I, Witness (Madison Attalee #1) by Niki Mackay

I, Witness (Madison Attallee, #1)

This one looks like another murder mystery series and after reading the blurb, it definitely is! I’ve not read a book that is set after the crime and when the perpetrator is going to be released, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book where the perpetrator is innocent, or supposedly innocent, – I mean, they all plead not guilty, but the main character seems to be innocent – so I think this is going to be a really interesting book.

KEEP

He Will Find You by Diane Jeffrey

He Will Find You

We are back to thrillers now and already from the title and the cover, I’m a little bit sceptical. This one is about secrets and family life, the kind of husband-wife thrillers that do not interest me in the least, so this is an easy choice to make.

REMOVE

No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister

No Further Questions

This one sounds like a thriller and mystery mash-up but it doesn’t have the police side that I really like. The blurb is also really vague and I probably would have picked this book up a few years ago, but now that I know what my reading tastes are, I think this wouldn’t really be my cup of tea. I’m going to get rid of this one I think.

REMOVE

Guilt by Amanda Robson

Guilt

There is something about some thriller and mystery covers that are just strange and this is one of them, I’m not too sure what this is meant to represent. Again, this is a family thriller type book about a secret held between siblings, and also a murder between siblings. As you can probably tell, this is not the kind of book I read, and I think I’m going to be taking it off the list.

REMOVE

Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan

Everything Is Lies

Again, a thriller that I don’t think I’ll be keeping, but I’ll give the blurb a read! This is a book that is about a mother who hanged herself and a husband who was found nearly dead in their home, and it is up to the daughter to find out what happened. This would probably have been the type of book I read a few years ago, and it does kind of interest me, but not enough to be a book I pick up now, so it’s another easy choice.

REMOVE

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

The Honeymoon

I’m pretty sure that I will be removing this thriller from my list… again, maybe a book I would have read a couple of years ago, but it’s just not the kind of story that I enjoy nowadays and one I’m not going to bother picking up.

REMOVE

Too Close by Natalie Daniels

Too Close

I’m kind of getting bored of all these thrillers on my shelf, so I hope this is going to end soon (help). This is a friendship psychological thriller and I have to be honest, those ones creep me out a lot and I have no interest in reading them at all, so this is again, an easy choice for me.

REMOVE

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste

The Bone Keeper

Thank goodness we have another mystery, yay! It has a police figure, a disappearance, a creepy story about a Bone Keeper and mysterious events, if this doesn’t sound like a great mystery, I don’t know what does. Maybe more on the thriller side than the murder mystery side (it’s actually police procedural) but because the blurb drew me in so much, I am going to give it a chance.

KEEP

The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington

The Ones You Trust

Unfortunately, the mystery saviour bandwagon did not last long as we are back to thrillers, this time with a psychological one. Again, this is more on the family secret side of the genre and even though it has a child’s disappearance, which would imply a police investigation, I just don’t think this will be my thing, so I’m going to get rid of it.

REMOVE

The Fear by C.L. Taylor

The Fear

This is a thriller about a teacher who starts a relationship with a student, and then when they have moved to France and live together, the teacher has another relationship with another student. This is not a trope/storyline that I enjoy and I just don’t want to read about it, so I am not going to bother keeping it.

REMOVE

Last Seen (Dr. Pepper Hunt #1) by J.L. Doucette

Last Seen (Dr. Pepper Hunt, #1)

This is a mystery which seems to have not been read by many people, and clearly, I was in a mystery and thriller mood when I added all these books to my list. The blurb is really short and it actually does intrigue me a little bit, but since I have never heard of this book and the ratings seem to be quite low, I think I’m going to give this one a miss.

REMOVE

Friend of the Family by Tasmina Perry

Friend of the Family

The last book on my list for this week is yet again a psychological thriller. This is about a friend’s daughter who comes to live with the main character and has work experience with her, and this sounds really creepy and I just don’t want to read it at all as I’m sure it won’t be my cup of tea. So, I’m ending this week on another easy choice!

REMOVE

Well, I’m glad this week’s post is over now because that was embarrassing and I had no idea that I had so many thrillers on my list. Apparently, I liked this genre a few years ago, but I don’t like it much now at all! In any case, I’m glad I was able to remove some books, and I’m even happier to have found some that sound like I’ll enjoy them.

So, today, I was able to remove a total of 16 books, taking my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf down to 3,662 books, which I’m quite happy about! Next week, I’ll be continuing my weekly purge and I’ll be starting at #356, and I really hope I don’t have just thrillers on my list again!

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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14 Comments

  1. Great to see that your TBR is slowly getting less overwhelming, Ellie! I enjoyed The Rumour and No Further Questions, so a bit of a shame to see you remove them 😂 Several of the others are on my TBR as well. Good luck!

    1. Ahaha, thank you! It’s nice to see it slowly reduce! I’ve never actually heard of them to be honest, but No Further Questions is one that I was sure whether to keep or remove cause it did interest me a little, so it might be back on the list next time I’m in that kind of reading mood aha!! Thank you! 🙂

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