Down the TBR Hole

The One Where I Have an Obsession with Shakespeare | Down the TBR Hole #1


Down The TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story in 2016. It is a prompt that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually there.

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books and decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s a confession: I have a huge TBR. Now, I know we all say that, but I mean it. It’s HUGE. Currently, it is sitting at 1,250 books (that’s not even counting the sequels in a series I might possibly fall in love with). Which is absolutely Insane. Even if I read a book per day, it would take me nearly three and a half years. If I read two books a week, which is more feasible, it would take me over twelve years. Twelve years! It is quite honestly the most intimidating thing in my life. Needless to say, I have been a bit careless with the “Want to Read” button, and I am Queen of Making Promises to Myself I Can’t Keep. If there was ever any tag that was made specifically for me, this one is it. Now, I know that the instructions suggest you start with five books (or even ten), but let’s be honest, that would take almost five years to get through if I did it once a week. So I’m going to start with twenty-five. I promise it won’t be long – we’ll get through it in a jiffy (if a jiffy was defined as fifty weeks, that is).

The Contenders

  1. The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  7. Emma by Jane Austen
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  10. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  12. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  13. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  14. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  15. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  17. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  18. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  19. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  20. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  21. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  22. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  23. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  24. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  25. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Now, you can see what happened here. I joined Goodreads, found a list titled “Classic Books You Must Read in Your Lifetime”, and simply added them all. Now, here’s the problem: I still have the desire to read all of them, which isn’t the point of this post at all. There’s something to be said about having read the entire works of Shakespeare. And while books the length of Les Mis seem terribly intimidating, I still kind of want to give them a go. In a turn of events (since I’m not taking any of them off – see, I’m terrible at keeping promises), I’ll write about those I will almost-probably-likely read in the near future (maybe):

Jane Eyre: Vintage Classics Bronte Series by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that Jane Eyre is my favourite book and I want to finish reading it sometime this year (it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions). Yes, I do need to finish reading my favourite book. I’ve gone into this before, but when I love an entire book more than the quarter of Jane Eyre I have read, perhaps it will get dethroned. Also, My Plain Jane has just come out, and I do want to read that dreadfully – I just have to get through the source material first.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It feels like a crime that I haven’t read this book, to be quite honest. It honestly feels like the most classic of classic books out there. I just know that I’m going to fall in love with all the March sisters. When I was younger, my grandmother used to give me a new copy of it every year for Christmas. I’m not sure if it was because it was her favourite book, or that she simply forgot she had already gifted it, but it has stuck out in my mind ever since.


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Now I know The Hobbit is intended to be a prequel to the Lord of the Rings, but it really does seem to be the perfect introduction to a fantastic series that, if I’m being honest, scares me a little. I have seen the movies, and I did love them quite a lot. I’ve even met some of the cast members, so they’re quite special to me. And I think Bilbo is my favourite hobbit anyway. So I do hope to get to this quite soon.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

It seems strange that I haven’t read this one, because it’s actually my favourite Shakespeare play – I’ve seen it twice on stage. Love it or not, it has been sitting on my shelf for ages and I’ve never gotten round to it. My grandmother (the same one who gifted me 9235798 copies of Little Women) once collected all of his plays for me because she thought it was important I read them all. I haven’t yet, but if this list of books says anything, obviously I’m planning to.


I mean really, at this point there doesn’t seem to be a point in making a post like this. I do think it will come in handy in the future though, when I do find books I can’t recall ever wanting to read. It’s just not today. At the very least, it allows me to take a good look at what I’m looking for when I want to read a book. I don’t know exactly what that is yet, but I expect I will soon.

What makes you want to read a book? Perhaps more interestingly, what makes you not want to read a book? Please share your thoughts (because obviously, I am struggling to say no!).

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