Down the TBR Hole, Week 2

And we’re back with another Sunday of removing books I have no intention of reading off of my Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf! This is my second week of participating in the “Down the TBR Hole” challenge created by Lost in a Story. After a successful first week, I’m looking forward to continuing to tidy up my overwhelming ‘to-read’ shelf while trying to remember why I added many of these books in the first place.

I confess that I have added even more books onto this shelf since my first purge, but at the moment, I do have good intentions of reading them. So even if this challenge is meant to make your ‘to-read’ shelf more manageable, mine never seems to actually get any shorter. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Before we begin, here is a refresher of the guidelines:

  • 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?

As with last week, I’m going to do another 10 because I’m typing this up on a Friday night (to schedule for Sunday) and I’m clearly a very exciting person. Here we go!

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top 5 wednesday: forgettable books

This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered!

I want to write a quick disclaimer for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday before I step on any toes. The books on this list are not ‘forgettable’ in a negative sense. Most of them are books that I remember enjoying, I’ve just for some reason completely forgotten what they are about!

So here are my Top 5 ‘Forgettable’ Books:

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REVIEW: A Dress the Color of the Sky by Jennifer Irwin

A Dress the Colour of the Sky by Jennifer Irwin
Published by Glass Spider Publishing
Format: Hardcover (PDF)
Length: 322 pages
Release Date: 17 October 2017 (Hardcover)
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I would like to thank the Author for a copy of her book for an honest review. 

Synopsis via Goodreads: For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes that she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.

Prudence blames herself for her irresponsible behavior and is filled with self-loathing. She’s convinced she’s totally at fault for Nick’s manipulative attitude and that, with therapy, she can return their relationship to its idyllic beginning. However, her therapist and the other members of her rehab group see the person behind the pain. As Prudence learns more about herself and the reasons for her behavior—including startling revelations about her childhood—she begins to understand the basis for her lack of sexual self-respect. She also learns that she’s not entirely to blame for the failure of her marriage. With the positive reinforcement from everyone at Serenity Hills, Prudence learns not to define herself by her past. But moving forward would mean letting go of Nick for good—and Prudence isn’t sure she can.


Please keep in mind that my reviews are of my own opinion and reading experiences.

I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded different than my usual book choices, so when it was brought to my attention I was excited to delve into uncharted territory. Overall, my experience reading Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel A Dress the Color of the Sky was not positive, but I would like to take a few moments to explain why.

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Down the TBR Hole, Week 1

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s an unsurprisingly overcast and damp 4°C in my little corner in the South East of England, Radio 1 is playing Greatest Hits for the next few hours, and Liverpool will hopefully deliver Manchester City their first loss of the season at Anfield this afternoon (a girl can dream, right?). It’s gearing up to be a good day all around.

So as my own personal pre-game, I’m going to finally do a bookish challenge that I have been avoiding since the first time I saw it on This Dark Material‘s fabulous blog.

The challenge is called ‘Down the TBR Hole’ and it was created by Lost in a Story with the purpose of assisting in a purge of your ‘to-read’ shelf on Goodreads. It’s silly but I’ve grown a bit protective of my TBR shelf, even if I can’t actually remember why I added a fraction of the books to begin with. So as painful as this challenge will be, I’m going to go for it. My TBR shelf is currently only (ooonllyy…) holding 207 books, so I think this is a good opportunity to keep it under control.

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REVIEW: The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty

The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty
Published by Severn House Digital
Format: Kindle
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: 31 August 2017 (hardcover), 1 December, 2017 (e-book)
Author Goodreads Profile and Website  

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I would like to thank Severn House Digital and NetGalley for a copy of this book for an honest review.

Synopsis via Goodreads: October, 1381. Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet’s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest. Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death inside his own locked church. Other disturbing discoveries include an empty coffin and a ransacked money chest. Who would commit murder inside a holy church? Who would spirit away a corpse the night before the funeral – and who would be brave enough to steal treasure belonging to the most feared gangleader in London?

Meanwhile, the death of one of Athelstan’s parishioners reveals a shocking secret. Could there be a connection to the murdered priest of St Benet’s? Athelstan’s investigations will lure him into the dark and dangerous world of the gangmaster known as The Flesher, whose influence has a frighteningly long reach …


This was my first Paul Doherty novel and I can confidently say that it will not be my last. Before reading The Mansions of Murder I had not given much thought to the historical mystery genre, I am ashamed to admit.  But now, having finished Doherty’s eighteenth instalment in his Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series I am excited to delve deeper into both Doherty’s prolific bibliography as well as other titles within the genre.

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