Down the TBR Hole #1

I’ve seen so many of my blogger friends doing this meme, so I think it’s time I join the fun.

From what I’ve heard, Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to clear out your TBR shelf so it’s not overflowing with books you know you’re never going to read.

Here’s how it works:

  • 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?

I’m usually pretty good at managing my TBR, but the number of books I have on it has gotten embarrassingly high. Let’s dive right in and tackle my massive TBR!

The following books are the first ten titles on my Goodreads TBR: Children of Time (9780316452502): Tchaikovsky, Adrian ...

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I actually read the first few pages of this book a while ago, but I wasn’t that interested, so I have yet to pick it up again. I think it’s safe to say that that isn’t a great sign and that this book is probably not for me. I’m trying to get more into sci-fi, but I don’t want to force myself to read this book if I don’t think I’m going to enjoy it very much. For that reason, it has to go. The Diabolic (1) (9781481472678): Kincaid, S. J.: Books

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I totally forgot that this book was on my TBR. It’s been on it for such a long time that I honestly feel bad for considering removing it. But ultimately, I think that’s what has to be done. For the years that it’s been on my TBR shelf, I have never once actually thought about picking this book up. Therefore, it’s gotta go. The Wicked Deep (9781481497343): Ernshaw, Shea: Books

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Like The Diabolic, The Wicked Deep has been on my TBR for a very long time, despite the fact that I’ve never thought deeply about picking it up. Plus, the reviews don’t sound all that promising. Yup, this one’s gonna have to go too.

All the Light We Cannot See - Wikipedia

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard amazing things about this book, and I absolutely love WWII historical fiction. I actually have a physical copy already, sitting on my shelf waiting to be read! This one is definitely a keeper.

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

I don’t want to get rid of this one, but I feel like I should. I loved Alexandra Christo’s debut novel, To Kill a Kingdom, but I think it was mainly because it was about sirens, and mermaids, and sea queens. In other words, it wasn’t Christo’s actual writing style that made the book stand out. I don’t know, the synopsis for Into the Crooked Place just doesn’t sound that interesting, and the reviews aren’t great either. I think this book has to go. Strange the Dreamer eBook: Taylor, Laini: Kindle Store

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long that last night I finally gave in an ordered a paperback copy off of Amazon! It should be arriving in the mail in a few days. Needless to say, I am definitely keeping this one on my TBR.

Attachments: Rainbow Rowell: 9780525951988: Books

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I’m not quite sure why I added this to my TBR, because I don’t read much contemporary (that’s what this is, right?). It’s not really a genre I enjoy, so I think I’m gonna have to get rid of this book.

The Time Traveler's Wife: Niffenegger, Audrey: 9781476764832 ...

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Don’t judge me for this, but I’ve already watched the movie adaptation for this book, so I don’t really see the point of reading it since I already know what happens. I wish I had read the book first before I watched the movie. Sadly, this one’s gotta go.

Milk and Honey: Rupi Kaur: 9781449474256: Books

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This is probably the most hyped-up poetry novel I know of, so I feel like I should read it. But at the same time, I think I would have read it by now if I really wanted to. Poetry is another genre I don’t read much from, so I think I’m going to remove Milk and Honey from my TBR. Lovely War eBook: Berry, Julie: Kindle Store

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Ending this post on a high note! I’m without a doubt keeping this book because it’s a combination of two of my favorite areas of fiction: WWII historical fiction and greek mythology. I can’t wait to read this book, and it’s definitely staying on my TBR!

The Results:

Books Kept:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry

Books Removed:

  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I think I’ve done a pretty good job cleansing my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes? This meme was so much fun to participate in, and I can’t wait to do it again!

See you next time!

-Octavia ❤



11 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. may says:

    cleaning out the tbr is always surprisingly satisfying. i definitely support your removal of ‘the diabolic’ i tried reading it a lonnggg time ago and found that i didn’t care for it. milk and honey was another book that was SUPER popular. i enjoyed it when i read it but i have a feeling i wouldn’t love it if i were to reread, there’s something about modern poetry that just isnt my thing :/

    i hope you enjoy strange the dreamer because reading it is an absolute dream!! the writing is gorgeous beyond belief and i’ve heard SO MUCH praise about ‘lovely war’ can’t wait for you to get to that.

    great post!

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      Thank you May! ❤

      I'm glad to hear removing The Diabolic wasn't a mistake! After reviewing the synopsis several times, I just decided that it didn't really sound like my type of book.

      I'm so excited to read Strange the Dreamer! 😀 A little scared too, because I'm afraid it won't live up to the hype! Hopefully I can get to it this month.

      I've actually already finished Lovely War (I read it after I wrote this post haha), and it was such a beautiful, heartbreaking read. I definitely recommend it, it's such a wonderful combination of history and greek mythology!


    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      I’ve heard that from quite a lot of people, and I don’t really want to waste my time reading something that is “just okay”. I think removing it was the right thing to do. Thanks so much for stopping by! ❤

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  2. El says:

    You’ve actually got pretty good TBR books tho – the bottom of my TBR is a bunch of contemporary books from *that time* that EVERYONE read so I feel like I should & then I realise that I hate all of them….it’s fine, I totally don’t have a problem 😬

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    • Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

      Bahhaha I can totally relate! The ten books featured on this list make my TBR look way better than it actually is… in reality, it’s pretty embarrassing 😂

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