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?
Note: all my books featured will definitely be Going because my TBR is over 1000 books long, so.
It by Stephen King
I don’t even recall adding this book to my TBR. I think it just showed up enough on my feed that I was like, sure okay. Even though it Wasn’t Okay. Because this book is over 1000 pages long. And it’s a horror book – which I am not opposed to, really, but I’ve never read anything in that genre. And when I start, it won’t be with It. I know it has a super high rating, which is pretty much the only thing that makes me itch to keep it. But I cannot.
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
I think a lot of the books I’ll be featuring in these posts will be following the same theme…books by authors I’d like to get into reading, but not This One. I want to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle first (even though technically this book has a higher rating, this book does not have a movie adaptation with Sebastian Stan). Once I get into Shirley Jackson, assuming I like her writing, I’ll probably re-add this. It’s the same reason I only add the first book in a series – my TBR is intimidating enough, and I don’t even know if I’ll like it.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
I’ve only recently sort-of ventured into the short story world. But if I’m going to do so, it will probably be with authors I’m already a fan of. I’ve never read anything by Ted Chiang, so this will have to wait until later, whenever that may or not be.
Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach
I’m actually a bit skeptical about getting rid of this one. On one hand, it seems like I might really enjoy it. It’s written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who travels around the world to places I am desperate to see, doing things I am desperate to do. On the other…its rating isn’t great, and I’m afraid it will just be lost under everything else I want to read. Which is super unfortunate but probably reality.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The pros: pretty high rating. Lots of reviews. A ton of my friends liked it. The cons: vampires. My friends read it mostly back in 2012-2013, or earlier. My favourite reviewer hated it. My least-favourite reviewer loved it. I’m super conflicted. If you think I should keep this one, I’d be keen to know! Otherwise…
Emily the Strange by Rob Reger
I want to come up with unique answers for each book I get rid of but the truth is…I just don’t care that much about them, usually.
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
It’s almost humorous that I’m taking this book off my list. In fact, I’m almost definitely probably going to re-add it later. I just started reading What Happened, and I’m actually really enjoying it. I got rid of this one earlier because I wasn’t sure I’d be interested, but if I end up liking What Happened right to the end, I’ll probably read this one too. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
I would usually read any memoir about living in Paris, especially when it’s early 20th-century, but from the reviews others have left, I don’t think I’d like the protagonist or the author’s writing all that much.
Model Spy by Shannon Greenland
Look, I loved the Gallagher Girls. I even reread the series last fall and wrote a whole series review on it. But this doesn’t appeal half as much as it’s practically the same kind of plot, but strangely enough even more unrealistic.
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
I don’t know anymore. I hate books that seem super appealing and totally up my alley, like this one, yet have reviews that say the one thing I dread: this was boring. So much potential is drowned out by the fact that it just isn’t executed well, and it’s so very frustrating.