Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!


  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on 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 should it go?

This week I actually got a bit bored at work after seeing books come up on my Goodreads feed that were on my TBR, so that prompted me to skim and delete books that had me go wtf at myself.


It sounds deliciously weird, however I also don’t like anthologies. Even when the stories are interconnected. Anthologies just aren’t my style.

Verdict: GO!

The Sex Lives of Monsters

…. I don’t like poetry?

I’ve never been a fan. Ever. But, apparently, young me thought that I would love this book and added it to the TBR.

Verdict: GO!

The Changeling

I’d rather read an actual book about changelings.

Verdict: GO!

Everything Breaks

I mean, this sounds like a beautiful story of grief and learning to cope with guilt, mixed in with Greek mythology. But… eh?

Verdict: GO!

Sex, or the Unbearable

I hate dialogue styled books. Omg do I hate them so much. Thanks for ruining it, philosophy. And so that means I will not read this.

Verdict: GO!

A Study in Regret

Wow, are you sure this isn’t a modern fanfic? Because it sounds angsty as hell. And totally not up my alley anymore.

Verdict: GO!

Black Chalk

I have no interest in reading about school shootings when I can just flip on the news most days to see that.

Verdict: GO!

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

I read the author’s book on Jim Jones and Jonestown so yes I will read the shit out of this book. I also find Charles Manson fascinating.

Verdict: Keep

Elizabeth I

I might own this book. I might. I don’t think so, but I might. Either way, I’ve read one book and liked it, then I tried her Henry VIII one and…. didn’t like it? Not my kind of writing style. So, for the time being…

Verdict: GO!

A Trick of the Light

I’d rather read a nonfiction book or journal article about eating disorders in men.

Verdict: GO!

Last TBR: 2093

Books kept: 1

Books removed: 9

Current TBR: 2069

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This round.

Apparently I’m really ruthless after work when I do these. Gonna have to remember that for next time.

11 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole

      • I’m pretty particular about the ones that I add. They go through a strict screening process to begin with. They have to have good reviews (from people I have a similar taste to), be something I’m genuinely interested in reading, be by an author I like, or I’ve just seen them around a lot and I want to see what all the hype is about. I used to look at goodreads recommendations all the time but now I pretty much only add ones if I’ve seen them other places. And if I go to a bookstore with my TBR and look at the book in person I know immediately whether or not I want to keep it on there. If I’m not willing to buy it I’m probably never going to read it. That was a really long tangent I apologize!

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      • No, that’s completely fine and a great answer! Don’t apologize for that. It’s a great answer. My process is a whole lot different than yours! I basically add something I think I could be interested in since I have a broad taste in books and anything is up my alley.

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