Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #4

While I was reading through the blogs I follow, I found a weekly post made by Lost in a Story and I thought it would be something fun between reviews.

Here’s how it works (taken from the original post):

  • 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
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now, I have lots of to-read shelves because I sort them from ?-2014 publication date, and then individual to-reads for 2015-present pub date. I’m going to start with the general to-read, anything published before 2015. I’m also going to go in order of date added, just because. It’s also going to be kind of hard, but I’m going to try to cross-check with my owned shelves and maybe do an unhaul sometime in the future.

want-to-read shelf as of June 17, 2018: 588

Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

Verdict: Keep

Carrie, both the old one and the new one, is one of my favorite movies. I love revenge stories, especially when they’re paranormal and supernatural (or written by Stephen King). I’ve started the audiobook a couple of times but never finished it because I forgot I was listening to it. It’s read by Sissy Spacek, who plays Carrie in the original film, and I think that’s pretty cool.

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant lot. The victim makes headlines as the Black Dahlia-and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history. Caught up in the investigation are Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Warrants Squad cops, friends, and rivals in love with the same woman. But both are obsessed with the Dahlia-driven by dark needs to know everything about her past, to capture her killer, to possess the woman even in death. Their quest will take them on a hellish journey through the underbelly of postwar Hollywood, to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life, past the extremes of their own psyches-into a region of total madness.

Verdict: Go

Since this isn’t an actual True Crime story, but a fictionalized account of the murder and investigation of Elizabeth Short, I’m not going to read it.


Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

Who was Zodiac? A serial killer who claimed 37 dead. A sexual sadist who taunted police with anonymous notes. A madman who was never apprehended. This is the first, complete account of Zodiac’s reign of terror. Is he still out there?

Verdict: Go

I love this movie, but the book is huge. I’m not sure if I’m up for the task. I really like True Crime, but I think I like watching it and listening to it more than reading about it.


The Ruins by Scott. B Smith

Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.

Verdict: Keep

Every year around Halloween time, i.e. the time when I read most of my horror, I pick this up and try, but I keep failing. I hear great things about it and I really want to read it. I think I’ll give it one more shot, and if I can’t finish it, then I’ll toss it.


Celluliod Strangers by Eric Wasserman

Lovingly researched and written over the past decade, Celluloid Strangers tells the story of four brothers who have left their native northeast and converge in Los Angeles just after WWII ends. A lawyer, a mobster, a screenwriter, and a shopkeeper, each of these men makes a profound impact on the emerging landscape of postwar California as they deal with the impact that their shared history—and our nation’s history—has had upon them. Old Hollywood, studio era union struggles, and recreated House Un-American Activities Committee investigations into supposed communist subversion in the motion picture industry abound.

Verdict: Keep

This one has a special place in my heart because one of my favorite college professors wrote it. I took all of my film classes from him, as well as a fiction appreciation class and a film & lit class, where we compared the books to their films. This book isn’t going anywhere, whether I read it or not.

-Final tally-
∴Start: 588
∴Go: 2
∴Keep: 3
∴Total: 586

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