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 you’re feeling adventurous) books.
- Read the synopses of the books and decide: keep it or should it go?
Okay so, originally when I wrote this post, I had listed another 25 books (like my last post) that I would then go through and explain why I was keeping or getting rid of each individual one. But that was too many, so I just wrote about those of that 25 that I was getting rid of – which could be 1/25 or 17/25, depending on the day. There was still a giant list though, and I realised nobody would read a list of 25 books every week (I know I wouldn’t) so I’m amending this challenge a bit.
Instead of going through each book and posting in lists of 25 (which would take like five years, I calculated) I’m going to list off ten books (at any point in my TBR) that I’m definitely planning on ditching for one reason or another. (Hopefully) this will allow me to whittle down my list much faster, even if it seems like I’m taking forever.
I have 1259 books on my TBR guys, and it’s growing everyday. I had to do something!
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, I had a Twilight phase. I think we all did. No shame of course to those who still wholeheartedly love that series, but I have moved on. Like any good Twi-hard (is that the term?) I was desperate to get my hands on anything else Stephenie Meyer wrote, even though it didn’t interest me at the time. Also, it didn’t seem to get very many good reviews? After having re-read the summary, I have to say that while the premise itself could be promising, the factors of it being written by a writer I’m not fond of and the low enthusiasm for it by others, I’m going to say it will have to go.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I honestly don’t even know what this book is doing on my TBR. Almost nothing about it appeals to me. The cover isn’t eye-catching, so it certainly wasn’t that which caught my attention. I almost fell asleep reading the summary just now for this post, which is a giant stop sign. My only conclusion is…I wanted to fit in and read something popular and well-known? I’m not really a sci-fi kind of reader, to be honest. And despite being well aware a book is often better than the movie, I did watch the movie and couldn’t stand it. So the pull to read this book, I admit, is not that high. It’s really too bad, because it has quite a high rating.
The Luxe by Anna Godberson
It’s really quite tragic about this one, because the cover is gorgeous and I feel like I could stare at that dress all day. I did try to read it once, but wasn’t a fan of it at all. In fact, it became one of the first books I ever elected to not finish. I’ve had it on my TBR ever since however because I do believe in giving books second chances – I’m a different person now, after all. However, since the goal of this activity is to clear out my TBR, and knowing that it’s not on my immediate list and I will probably never get to it despite my best intentions – I think it will have to go. The memory of how little fun I had reading it still sticks in my mind.
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman
Even though this kind of book/memoir is right up my alley, I think I’ll be letting it go for a couple of reasons. One, it randomly appeared in my Goodreads Suggested Books on the day I joined, and I was so excited at the prospect of using the site that I simply added everything. Two, it doesn’t appear to offer anything new to the story of travel, which so many people do and write about these days. Every time I read a travel memoir by a young person it feels like they all spontaneously booked a one-way ticket after graduation. And three, the reviews are mediocre enough that I don’t feel it’s worth pushing through. Which is all a really long-winded explanation that no, I will not be keeping this one.
Fun fact though: if you search “Good Girl’s Guide” on Goodreads, you come up with a large number of titles written by authors who I’m sure thought they were being original and clever by aiming to influence “good girls”.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Reading this summary now, when I read more YA than it feels I did when I was actually of that age group, I can’t imagine I would ever want to pick up this book. While I know now what kind of plot it follows, absolutely none of that makes itself known in the summary. It seems to be your average summery contemporary YA, and I can’t imagine that a part of me would look at this and find it interesting. Sorry Gayle Forman, but it’s a no from me.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
This is one of those books that’s known as one you just…have to read, you know? It’s on all the lists and it’s super controversial and it’s known as something you can’t live life without reading. But honestly, the premise isn’t something I’m hugely interested in and even if I was, it’s over 1000 pages. 1000 pages! I could possibly leave it on if it was half that size, but for a book I’m not even sure about…it will have to go.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Honestly, this one is much the same. It’s huge, and I’m not sure the story even speaks to me at all. I don’t think I would even have put it on my list if it wasn’t for people telling me I have to. It’s not quite 1000 pages, but it’s nearly there. Perhaps later in life, but that would be a miracle.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Maybe at this point I’m just desperate to clear out my TBR (I’ve been working on this post alone for what feels like forever). I know this has a high rating, I know it’s acclaimed and usually (sometimes) I’m into that, but (and please don’t hate me for this), I feel like I could be entirely satisfied by watching the film. I mean, Julianne Moore is the only reason I even considered putting this on my list. The premise doesn’t really interest me at all. Please don’t take away my library card.
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
This just doesn’t sound like my kind of book at all, and I have no idea how it ended up on my TBR. Also, its average rating is 3.3, which is way lower than I usually give attention to.
Cujo by Stephen King
Okay, hear me out. I do want to give Stephen King a try – desperately. But I don’t want to start with this book, I want to start with The Shining. So, if I read that book and then decide I wish to pursue more of Stephen’s writing, I will almost certainly re-add this back. I probably only added it because it was mentioned on Friends once anyway.