I discovered this challenge or whatever you want to call it by my friend who I met through Bookstagram, Brittney on her blog. Right now I have 492 books on my TBR on my Goodreads and that doesn’t even count some books I own but didn’t add to the website. After I saw the Down The TBR Hole, I thought it would be a great idea to trim down some books that I’m probably never going to read. When I first joined Goodreads back in November 2016 I didn’t know what I liked and disliked, I just added any book that was given any praise.
Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story (along with the pretty graphic!) The idea is to help slim down your Goodreads TBR, because we all know how large and endless that list becomes!
How it works:
→ Go to your Goodreads to be 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?
My 10 books:
- I’ll Give You The Sun By Jandy Nelson
This just seems like a very cliche YA Contemporary. I added I’ll Give You The Sun and pretty much every book on this list because one person said they wanted to read it or liked it. I did read The Sky Is Everywhere by the same author and it was okay. I can’t remember much now.. I have no interest in picking this up anymore. If you think I’m making a huge mistake, maybe I’ll reconsider.
2. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell
Well Fangirl is a great example of me needing to do this purge. A while back I decided that I’m not going to read any Rainbow Rowell’s books. The synopsis of every book no longer sounds appealing, sometimes borderline creepy. Recently, I also learned that some of her books have jokes that I wouldn’t like, for example, jokes about eating disorders..
3. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriartty
I can’t remember why I took an interest into this book, I’ll guess that someone said they liked it, which in turn meant I had to read it. After reading The Nest last year I think family drama’s aren’t for me. Too often they are focused on the miscommunication trope and I just find it very frustrating.
4. Room by Emma Donoghue
I don’t know about this one. For the most part the synopsis still sounds interesting, but I don’t know how I feel about being told by Jack who’s only 5. I think I’m going to hold onto it a little longer, maybe check it out of the library oppose to paying for it in case I don’t like it.
5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The storyline sounds like The Casual Vacancy would not be the story for me. I only added it because it was by J. K. Rowling and one person said it was good. But now time has passed more mixed reviews has come up so I feel less convinced that I have to pick this up.
6. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Now, I can’t really remember why I added The Truth About Forever to my TBR, but I can bet you part of it was because Dessen has the same first name. The synopsis actually doesn’t sound half bad, but there’s a part about grief of a family member that will be a little too close to home right now. I may still pick it up but it’s probably not going to be in the next year.
7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I have previously started The Help on my e-reader, but haven’t continued just because I forgot about it. It’s been over a year so I’ll definitely have to restart it.
8. Every Day by David Levithan
So I have completely forgotten what this book is about. Like pretty much every book on this list, haha. Now I have reviewed the summary again, I’m not into picking this up anymore. The aspect of waking up everyday as someone new kind of sounds cool, but just no thanks.
9. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Another Sarah Dessen novel, maybe I was drinking the Dessen Kool-Aid that day, haha. I am 90% sure I never knew what this book was about. I think I’m actually going to keep this one and that’s because the mom has multiple sclerosis, I’m curious the see how Dessen portrays a family dynamic with a mother that is sick.
10: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Many years ago I saw the movie adaption and ever since I’ve been interested in the book. I’m still curious to see the differences from book to movie and which one I prefer.
As always, thanks for reading!
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