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Down the TBR hole #2: The Stress is Real

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Y’all when I say the stress is real, I totally mean it. On my last edition of Down the TBR Hole, I got rid of 3 books from my “to be read” pile. I had 2414 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf, and as of right now I have 2451. WHAT.THE.HECK!? I’m apparently doing this all wrong. LOL.


Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

So, I’m going to break a rule from this challenge and not really pick up where I left off. In my early Goodreads days, I added consecutive books from authors and for the sake of not being boring, I’m going to mix it up a bit. I feel that I’m still staying true to the theme of this meme and will still analyze by TBR shelf. I’m still going to focus on 5 books, like last time.


The Black LyonDarkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for his lionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies, or women…until he met Lyonene, the green-eyed beauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.

Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured every peril to be by his side, until vicious lies and jealousy drove her into danger. Now only the fierce Black Lyon can save her—for he alone has the courage to destroy the ruthless plot threatening to shatter the bond of love the Lyon and his lady vowed would never be broken…

I’m a huge fan of Jude Deveraux’s and her Montgomery’s and Taggerts. But, perusing through the reviews made me re-consider this one.



He’s on a mission to annihilate the enemy.Dark Warrior Unleashed

A Talion enforcer, Ranulf Thorsen has served his people for a thousand years, delivering the eye-for-an-eye justice by which his kinsmen live. Weary of the centuries-long fight, the fierce warrior with icy blue eyes has secluded himself on a mountain far from the chaos of the modern world below. Now he’s been summoned to face the most dangerous battle of his life — and the fate of his people is on the line. But when he meets the beautiful woman he has sworn to defend…


Ranulf and his bitter rival, fellow Talion Sandor Kearn, must find the rogue Kyth who set a violent fire in a nightclub. The near-deadly blaze’s unlikely heroine, Kerry Logan, is also a Kyth, possessing the ancient Nordic people’s unique ability to manipulate human energy. She just doesn’t know it yet. …who will protect his heart?


Kerry finds more than comfort in her warrior’s embrace, and Ranulf hungers to both defend and claim the petite powerhouse for his own. But with time ticking away and their lives on the line, will Kerry believe the wild tale he’s telling her, and master her powers…before it’s too late?

I’m such a huge fan of Alexis Morgan. Especially, her Paladins series. I have yet to read these but the problem is the availability: $7.99 for the e-book and $9.99 for a brand new paperback? I’ll wait or maybe one day buy a used copy.  But until then…



Third GirlPoirot is approached by a girl who shared a flat with two other girls in London. She is convinced she is a murderer. With rumours of weapons and blood stains and no hard evidence can Poirot determine whether she’s guilty, innocent or mad?

It’s Poirot! Of course I’m keeping this one. I’ll get to it eventually….



The Duke and I

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her… but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke… for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

Yes, I know. You’re probably saying, “You’ve never read this one!?” To answer your question, Yes, yes I have. But it was so long ago, before I ever wrote reviews. My memory is rusty on it and I would probably have to re-read it again. So…



Since the SurrenderA Man of Action . . .

Fearless. Loyal. Brilliant. Ruthless. Bold words are always used to describe English war hero Captain Chase Eversea, but another word unfortunately plays a role in every Eversea’s destiny: trouble. And trouble for Chase arrives in the form of a mysterious message summoning him to a London rendezvous . . . where he encounters the memory of his most wicked indiscretion in the flesh: Rosalind March—the only woman he could never forget.

A Woman of Passion . . .

Five years ago, the reckless, charming beauty craved the formidable Captain’s attention. But now Rosalind is a coolly self-possessed woman, and desire is the last thing on her mind: her sister has mysteriously disappeared and she needs Chase’s help to find her. But as their search through London’s darkest corners re-ignites long-smoldering passion and memories of old battles, Chase and Rosalind are challenged to surrender: to the depths of a wicked desire, and to the possibility of love.

The realization is kicking in… I’m not doing too well on this round. It’s only fair to keep this one on the list because I’ve read books 1 and 2 and have enjoyed them. *heavy sigh*



Overall, that’s 1 out 5 books that I’m letting go. Meh. Does this seem like a futile endeavor? Or will it make me whittle down my TBR to more meaningful books, instead of ones that I”m not interested in anymore? We shall see!


For Down the TBR Hole #1 click here.

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Mary Kirkland

My tbr pile isn’t that big. I read them as I put them in my pile. lol

Sunny Buzzy Books

It’d be so much easier to whittle down the TBR if people stopped writing wonderful books that needed adding to it.


Haven’t heard of these authors before but they all looks good.
And my! 2451 TBR? That sure sounds a lot Aleen. *currently checking my own TBR list too

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have such a hard time kicking books off of my tbr list. I know that I will never be able to read all of them but I keep adding to the pile anyway. I haven’t read any on your list yet but I have the Jude Deveraux and Julia Quinn book on my list of books to read.

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