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