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?
Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon by Kathleen C. Winters
While I love learning about Amelia Earhart and the bad-ass lady she was, you have to scroll very far down on the Goodreads search results page before you get to this book. The fact is, there are many many books about her, and they all tell the same story. I would rather not choose one that can make the life of Amelia freaking Earhart sound boring, which seems consistent among the reviews.
Six Geese-A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella
Not every book by your favourite author is guaranteed to be good. After a closer look at this one, it appears to be a short story in an anthology that mimics the Twelve Days of Christmas (who would have guessed?). I’m not a big fan of holiday anthologies (or holiday books in general), so getting rid of this one was surprisingly easy.
Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Despite the gorgeous gown on the cover, I don’t think I would be a fan of this book. The setting is just after the end of the American Civil War, which is one of my least favourite eras of history. I don’t mind reading non-fiction about Reconstruction, funnily enough, but the fiction written about it doesn’t interest me.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
I’ve never really liked books that follow the kind of story where a forgotten person from the main character’s past shows up and mysteriously takes interest in their life. Not to mention that all of a sudden, there’s a Mysterious Thing that has been in the background of the MC’s whole life, and she suddenly is the chosen one to take part in it? No thank you.
Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah
I’m not the biggest reader of mysteries or thrillers just for the sake of it. If I do read one, it’s because there’s another aspect to it that interests me. I read Agatha Christie because she’s Agatha Christie (and I love a good mustachioed detective). I read Gone Girl because the world wouldn’t shut up about it. I can’t really find another aspect of this book that would make me wish to read it, to be quite honest.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Not only does this book have a main character that I already dislike, but I only put this book on my TBR because I wanted to watch the movie, and I felt it was important to acknowledge the book as well. I haven’t even watched the movie yet, and I’ve since realised that I’ve moved on from the place in my life where it appealed to me.
The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
This book was only published a few days ago, and I’m already taking it off the list. Sorry for the short shelf life, honey. It’s actually something that I totally could read in the future, but have no interest in reading it right at this moment. I could leave it on my TBR, but I would probably end up forgetting it there, funnily enough. If I naturally come across it again in the future, I might give it a shot.
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
I don’t know exactly how I feel about fantasy books that are also historical at the same time. I love those two genres separately, but mashing them together feels like crossing a line. Or maybe that’s my history degree speaking? What’s wrong with good old-fashioned organic history
it’s boring, Erin. Alright, fine. Have your history/fantasy mash-up. But I don’t have to read it.
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
I think this book is supposed to be an outrageously improbable comedy, so I won’t criticise it for that. But, I’m not that into stories about girls who get abandoned by their best friends. And a contemporary has to be nearly stunning for me to be able to get into it, and I get the feeling that this one won’t pass.
Love, Lucy by April Lindner
I was totally going to write this book, once upon a time. It was about a girl who dropped out of college before she even began and used all her savings to backpack Europe without a plan. She meets a boy (of course) and falls in love with him. She was meant to return to her life in nondescript America, changed forever by her summer love, until she moved abroad to be with him because with him, she could be adventurous. And yet, reading it written by someone else just does not seem as appealing as I made it up to be in my head. Back to brainstorming, I guess.