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Hello Hello! How are you all?

I can’t believe that today is Friday and that we are in the last days of February! I am glad to be back with my weekly TBR Purge post though and I have a little bit of a confession to make… I may have gone through the pictures on my phone and added a lot of books to my Goodreads TBR… oops…

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!

I’m going to be starting this week’s Down the TBR Hole post with a total of 3,725 books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf (I finished last week’s at 3,627 books…..). Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do, but I did make sure to check the blurbs first and only added what I thought I would enjoy, obviously that was quite a few books. As per usual, I’ll go through the next 20 books on my TBR list and I’m starting today at #397.


Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally

This is a contemporary romance that I don’t remember adding to my list. This one sounds a lot like The Princess Diaries which is a film I loved when I was younger (I’m pretty sure I still like it ahah). However, I don’t read many romances or contemporaries as you know and I think that I would have picked this up when I was younger, but it just doesn’t appear to me anymore. If I fancy something like this, I’ll just watch the movies again.


The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1) by Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1)

I remember seeing this book on Bookstagram and falling in love with the cover, but I only read the blurb a few months ago when I stumbled on this book on a “Disabled characters” list that I was researching for my thesis. This is on my thesis reading list but it also sounds like a fantastic first book in a YA fantasy series that I am definitely going to try very soon hopefully!


You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

You Owe Me a Murder

This is a YA mystery and you all know that I’m obsessed with this genre at the minute. It has also been likened to One of Us is Lying and E. Lockhart, a book and an author that I really like! Oh, this blurb sounds really intriguing, the book may be a little bit obvious and not be very surprising, but I think I will give it a chance.


The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick

The Black Butterfly

This is another unknown-to-me book and a YA fantasy/paranormal. I think this book would have appealed to me when I was younger, but to be honest, the blurb does absolutely nothing for me and I don’t think I would enjoy it. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just not got that spark that I look for when picking a book.


Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

Another YA fantasy that I haven’t seen before! Apparently, it is also epic fantasy and steampunk, which seems like a lot, but the blurb sounds really cool. I’m not 100% sure about it and whether I will like it, but the blurb has definitely drawn me in and I’m intrigued to read this one, I think it will be good.


Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

I got this beautiful book in a Fairyloot box a few months ago and I remember reading the blurb for the first time on opening the box and falling in love with it. This book sounds so unique, and the fact that the Bone Crier’s have to ferry the dead to the afterlife and sacrifice their one true love just sounds wow, and I know that I am going to adore this book and this series, so hopefully, it will be picked in a TBR game soon!


The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

The Bakersville Dozen

Another YA mystery I didn’t know I had on my list and I’ve never seen before. And actually, I am so glad I added this book to my list because having read the blurb it sounds really good. I love books with mysteries to work out, and this one seems really sinister. I am not a fan of the cover, but just for this once I think I’ll let it slide.


Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl #1) by Mara Rutherford

Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #1)

We are back to YA fantasy and a series and luckily I have seen this book before. Oh wow, if there is something I really like in YA fantasy it is also a plot with royalty and with some sort of mystery. This book sounds exactly like the kind of read that I adore and I will definitely be picking it up as soon as I can!


All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)

Another YA fantasy and I feel like this is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but I might be completely wrong. I think that the magic system in this book sounds really intriguing, how everyone in the kingdom can pick their magic except one person. I am completely won over by this blurb and the cover is beautiful, bring on mermaids, pirates, magic and what seems like a kick-ass main character!


Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury


This is a fantasy retelling that I have never seen before and I honestly cannot tell what that is supposed to be on the cover… it seems like it’s a Nutcracker retelling and I don’t know that story yet, unfortunately. This one is wintery, Christmassy, and I didn’t think I would be keeping it on the list but it really does sound like the perfect read for the coldest months!


The Bright and the Pale (The Bright & the Pale Duology #1) by Jessica Rubinkowski

The Bright and the Pale (The Bright & the Pale Duology, #1)

I hadn’t realised I already had this book on my TBR list because I actually only discovered it a few weeks ago when I was preparing my anticipated books of 2021 list. This is also YA fantasy, a duology, it has magic, it sounds dark and sinister and the cover is gorgeous. And I also really appreciate that TWs are added to the bottom of the blurb, so kudos to the author, publisher or person who made this page. I’m looking forward to reading this one soon.


Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins

Soul in Darkness

This is another unknown-to-me book and it is fantasy with romance and mythology. And I think this is a retelling because, in the January Fairyloot box, there was a trinket dish with Psyche and Cupid, the two characters in this book, so that’s interesting as I don’t know about those two gods yet. Yes, this book sounds really good and I love reading anything based on mythology!


Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim

Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)

Another YA fantasy retelling but this time I’ve definitely seen this book before, I think I added it once I saw it in a BookTube video. Oh wow, this is a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, a book that I haven’t read yet but it on my list. And the blurb just sounds really good, it’s definitely my kind of thing and I’ll be keeping it!


Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never-Contented Things

Another YA fantasy I’ve not seen before, so I think we can say that YA fantasy is the bandwagon for this week, which makes me very happy. This book also has fae, which I love, so, so far so good. And I did think I would be keeping this book on my list, but having read the blurb, it just sounds a little lacklustre, so I think I’m going to let this one go.


The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

The Waking Forest

Again, we have an unknown-to-me YA fantasy and I adore the cover. It is very similar to the cover of The Devouring Gray, but also quite different. The blurb seems a little bit vague and I didn’t really understand what this book is about, but there is something about it that intrigues me, so I think I want to give it a chance.


Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

Eight Will Fall

This is another YA fantasy that I received in a Fairyloot box, I think it was the January box last year, and I still haven’t read it yet. According to Goodreads, there is also a horror element to this book, and I can’t remember the blurb off the top of my head, but I know it sounded really good when I unboxed it, and I definitely do want to read it!


Stain by A.G. Howard


I have seen this Fantasy retelling all over the bookish community for such a long time but I still have no idea what this book is about. I don’t like the cover at all, however. Oh, it is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, and it is blurbed as a “high-fantasy gothic fairytale” which just sounds great in my opinion. And oh boy that blurb!!! This is EXACTLY the kind of book that I really enjoy and I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to it yet, this is staying firmly on my list.


The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

This is an unknown-to-me fantasy, LGBT, mystery and the cover is just giving me massive Sherlock Holmes vibes. And it is actually a kind of Sherlock Holmes retelling, need I say more? And I have to admit that this blurb sounds fantastic. I think the book is set in a kind of warped reality and it does hint at science fiction elements as well, I think I’ll really enjoy it.


The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

The Light Brigade

This is science fiction and I don’t think that I have heard of this book before actually. It is also a futuristic thriller. Having read the blurb, I am quite confused as to what this book is about and I found it quite vague. I don’t know if I would enjoy this one or not, but since I have loads of other science fiction on my TBR, I’ll focus on those first.


Chilling Effect (Chilling Effect #1) by Valerie Valdes

Chilling Effect (Chilling Effect, #1)

And the final book on this week’s Down the TBR Hole post is a YA science fiction. I’m not really sure about this one either, to be honest, I haven’t read many (or even any I don’t think) space operas and the blurb just felt a little bit all over the place for me. I don’t think I’ve read any reviews on this either, so I’ll take it off my list for now and I might add it back later!


Well, this was another interesting week and I did a lot more keeping than removing, but I also found some great new books that I am excited to get to soon.

I was able to remove a total of 5 books from the 20 I looked through today, taking my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf down to 3,718 books, which is much better than where I started! I’ll be going back to this list next week and starting at #412 and I’m so glad I am now on page 5 of this massive list!

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

Ellie xx

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  1. I HAD 243 books until I saw the Rigaud title, so added one more. The longest ago I added books was two years ago, and they are some titles that are supposed to be published, but there’s not a lot of info. I make pretty good progress on the list. I can’t imagine having 5,000 titles on a TBR! Glad you are comfortable with managing what you want to read! It was a good exercise to look critically at my list. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for reading! When I started out with just over 5,000 I was panicking and since getting down to just over 3,500, I’m feeling a bit better about the massive list aha!

  2. I read Truly, Madly, Royally for Sammie over at The Bookwyrm’s Den for her tour to get books for her local library. It isn’t anything like The Princess Diaries which I adore. I enjoyed the read, but it wasn’t a favorite.

    1. Ahaha, it is quite a problem 😅I have to either rely on buddy reads, readalongs or book club picks or either pick a random genre and use a random number generator in one of my TBR spreadsheets 😅

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