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 July 1, 2018: 578
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
This sounds really interesting and I keep hearing good things about it. I’ll leave it for a little longer.
The Man with the Blue Hat by Wendy Potocki
Beth’s life is perfect, but then she’s constructed it to be that way. She never steps outside the boundaries and never colors outside the lines, but something happens to crumble it all away. Something in the middle of the night–something no one can remember. Something that brings on a spate of insomnia that affects the entire community.
When Sadie, the town drunk, accuses her of being the cause, she reacts in shock and fervent denial, but Sadie is insistent. She’s certain that an evil Beth committed is the cause of bringing ruin and calamity to their fair city. Beth knows it’s all untrue, but as the sleepless nights continue, the paranoia grows. Soon a chorus of voices are added to Sadie’s–even her best friend’s. Fighting the tide rising against her, her adamant defense begins to falter when a strange man knocks on her door. Delivering an ominous message to her daughter, Kirsten, it strikes at the heart of the mystery, and portends a horrific fate that awaits them all.
The Man with the Blue Hat is classic horror. It’s a chilling, page-turner … a bedtime story designed to evoke nightmares. It’s scary good.
I’m really intrigued by this. Besides mermaids, horror is my other passion. It’s a fairly long book, so I hope I can finish it in a decent amount of time when I do start it.
Super Dark by Tanith Morse
For fans of Stephenie Meyer comes a chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page.
Darkness stalks seventeen-year-old Sam Harper. Ten years ago on Halloween night, grotesque creatures snatched her best friend Elliot and Sam narrowly escaped with her life. Now a decade on, the police investigation has ground to a halt and Elliot’s whereabouts remains a mystery.
Traumatized by her ordeal, Sam finds it hard to make friends. She is mistrustful of authority and changed schools more times than she cares to remember. To her, the world is cruel and unforgiving.
Then she meets the enigmatic Lee Weaver. With his gorgeous face and magnetic presence, he turns heads wherever he goes. Sam has never wanted anyone as much as she wants Lee, but there are things about the alluring stranger that don’t add up, leading Sam to ask unsettling questions about her past. Soon she discovers the boy of her dreams is keeping a terrible secret: one that threatens to destroy everything Sam holds dear . . .
Super Dark is a seductive love story that will keep you guessing right until the final page …
What list did I pull this from? Why would I add this? I don’t know. It’s a paranormal romance, so it goes.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers’ imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man’s struggle to recover his “deepest sense of himself as a man”, making it the “ultimate terror myth.”
Another classic I set my sights on reading but I know, in my heart of hearts, that I won’t ever read.
Cujo by Stephen King
Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole – a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inexorably drawing in all the people around him makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has written.
In all honesty, I’m probably going to keep most of King’s work out of sheer hope that I get around to them. This one is lower on my list because I’m genuinely uncomfortable with the ending.