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!

It works like this:

  • 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?

The Seance

Admittedly, this sounds super interesting. I love Victorian based novels. The atmosphere is great. And it plays off spiritualism. That movement is absolutely fascinating to me and I’d like to see a mystery kind of based on it.

Verdict: Keep

Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey

Tbh, I’d rather read a nonfiction book about Jane Grey than a fiction one that might twist the facts even worse.

Verdict: Go!

The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Authentic First-Person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes

A primary source document that probably takes place around Whitechapel where Jack the Ripper operated?

Verdict: Keep

Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective

This is a biography of a fictional character by someone who really knew his shit about Sherlock Holmes. But, eh. I don’t think I need to read it. I tried reading something else by Baring-Gould and it was dreadfully boring.

Verdict: Go!

The Fort

I’m pretty sure I got this and tried reading a bit of it at one point, then put it down for whatever reason. The summary on GR still sounds interesting to me, though.

Verdict: Keep

The Automat

Okay the GR description sounds right up my alley. A lot like You by Caroline Kepnes or Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall.

Verdict: Keep

The Charioteer

This was the time of my life where I added all the gay novels to my TBR. Which is very different than now. Renault is a well-known author who basically got famous writing bestselling gay books. But I’d rather start with something a bit more well-known, like her Alexander the Great series.

Verdict: Go!

At Swim, Two Boys

This sounds nearly like Maurice by E.M. Forester. I’d rather reread that book first to see if I still really like it. Then I’d try this one if I came across it.

Verdict: Go!

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

Again, I’d rather start with something a bit better known by Wharton. Not that I think she’d be bad, just thatI’d rather start with something else.

Verdict: Go!

The True Memoirs of Little K

 

Eh, I don’t know. It sounds like historical fiction at its finest. In other words, a manipulation of the truth to the extreme. But then I did some Googling and, guess what, it’s true! At least some of it.

Verdict: Keep


Previous TBR #: 2089

Books Removed: 5

Books Kept: 5

TBR Total: 2085

 

Down the TBR Hole

(Caidyn)

I’ve been a member of Goodreads since 2012, but I didn’t start actively using it and interacting with people until around 2014. However, I have books on my embarrassingly large TBR that I haven’t read yet that I added in 2012. So, I’m going to do this tag. Which I first saw on The Book Prophet‘s blog. So, thanks to her for doing this and showing it to me! For me, this is going to be a bimonthly event!

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!

It works like this:

  • 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?

His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials, #1-3)

Wow. I listened to this series as a kid on some road trip. I’ve reread the first book a couple of times, but I never can get past it. And I own the series. Hm…

Verdict: Go!

Anna Karenina

My friend decided to read this book in high school and I decided to be *~hip~* and try it. Failed. And I own the book. BUT, I really want to read this book.

Verdict: Keep

Auschwitz

I think I own this book… brb

Yes, I do own this book! I bought it at a Half-Price books so I could read it for something I was writing with someone but I never got to reading it and we stopped co-writing that project so there’s that. Still, it looks good.

Verdict: Keep

The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45

I added this book because of the movie. Which I haven’t seen, actually. I doubt I will see it, honestly. Yet, I feel like I should read it, even if it doesn’t exactly interest me. But I really don’t want to read it whenever I think about it.

Verdict: Go!

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I’ve read this book, but it’s on my TBR because I need to read it to remind myself of it. I read it over five years ago. I also own all of the other books.

Verdict: Keep

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I love the Disney movie and I feel like I have to read this book.

Verdict: Keep

Twelve Angry Men

This is another one that I added because of a friend saying it was good when she read it for school. But, I’m not into more contemporary plays. Yet it sounds up my alley since it’s a study on juror psychology…

Verdict: Keep

Resurrection

I don’t know why I added this book. Looks interesting, but I’d rather read some more Tolstoy before reading this one.

Verdict: Go!

The Stranger

I think I own this one too…? Brb again.

Yep! I do. I think I got it when I took AP Lit (or was that The Plague?) and then the original teacher retired and no one knew. By the time the class found out, I had bought all of my books and yeah.

Still, the book sounds good. And it’s tiny.

Verdict: Keep

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries

Now, I love Holmes pastiches. Love ’em. I own a shit-ton and I’ve read even more than I own. But this one, despite my interest in religions, this one doesn’t sound interesting to me anymore.

Verdict: Go!


Starting TBR #: Starting TBR 2093

Books Removed: 4

Books Kept: 6

TBR Total: 2089