When I started doing Down the TBR Hole my Goodreads TBR was at over 1200 books. Which is INSANE. I added books left and right without really thinking about whether I would actually like the books I was adding. I had a lot of books that either sounded ok or they were just a genre that I thought I should read. I went through a really big phase of adding books that I thought I should read because “smart” people read them or whatever.
Currently I have 756 books on my Goodreads TBR (some I’ve deleted and not put on a Down the TBR Hole yet) and I’m learning that I don’t need to read a book just because some rando on the internet said I should. Yeah, I’m talking to you listchallenges. I actually don’t need to read those 100 books from the NYT Bestsellers you think everyone should read. I also don’t need to read a book that “smart” readers read. I read to enjoy books! So if I don’t think I will enjoy a book, I’ll delete it!
If you don’t know, Down the TBR Hole was created by a blogger called Lost in a Story, who appears to have decided to end the blogging part of her life. It’s still being continued by everyone who is participating in it though! Essentially how it works is you go to your Goodreads TBR shelf and pick 5/10/15 or however many you want, that’s completely up to you, and you go through those books to figure out which ones you want to keep and which you want to delete. Here are the rules:
How it works:
- 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. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide whether you’re keeping it or deleting it
The Enemy We Know – Donna White Glaser
This is a book where there’s a mystery in a mystery. The abusive boyfriend of the MC’s client is stalking the MC and leaving her all sorts of nasty things, but then he’s murdered and someone else picks up what he was doing to the MC. For some reason there’s nothing really that appeals to me.
The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart & Carson Ellis (illustrator)
This gives me The Penderwicks mixed with Code Name Kids Next Door vibes and I love it.
The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
I really like the cover but I’m really unclear on what the book is about and what the summary does say isn’t very intriguing.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
1. I love books about books
2. I love heartwarming stories that involve depressed or down-on-their-luck people that, through the help of those who care about them and potentially some thing (tangible), that leads to them having a better outlook on life.
Dear Mr. Knightley – Katherine Reay
After reading some reviews I decided that this book probably wouldn’t be for me. It apparently has a main character that, despite being a college-aged adult, acts weirdly innocent and naïve. While I sometimes understand characters like that, they generally get on my nerves. This book is supposedly based off Daddy Longlegs, which is a book from the 1910s and sounds more up my alley than this one.
The Distant Hours – Kate Morton
Historical fiction set in a crumbling castle with some sort of family mystery? Yas queen give it to meeee.
Despite the fact that I know the twist because I like ruining things for myself, I still think I would enjoy this book. Especially around Halloween time. I would also like to mention that I ruined it for myself by listening to an Overdue podcast episode about it, which was a really good episode! I just got hella spoilers.
Justice Buried – Hilary Thompson
Ehhhh. This is your good ol’ 2012-2014 dystopian romance. I’m over dystopian books. Unless one comes out that’s super fun and fresh it’s unlikely that I’ll pick it up.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
Hell yeah. Mindy Kaling is hilarious and I’ve heard great things about this book. Also this title speaks to me on a sadly deep fomo level.
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
This has a great premise, I love it when books are about something completely unexpected happening to a character and they have to scramble to figure out how to make it the new normal. Also I get Billy and Mandy vibes. God I miss early 2000s cartoon network shows.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Bind-up of all the books in the Hitchhiker’s series. I’ll end up reading the series individually so I don’t think there’s a point to keeping this.
How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
Although I don’t know who Caitlin Moran is, I think this would be a funny look on what it’s like being a woman.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
I loved this movie. To the point where I literally could not stop talking about it when I first saw it. So I have no doubt that I will like the book.
SHERLOCK HOLMES?!?!?!?!! Also, London?!?!?! ALSO AN INDEPENDENT FEMALE CHARACTER????? TF I think this author just wanted to get me right in the trope weaknesses.
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
I don’t know what to say here man. I feel like everyone likes this book and I just want to be part of the club. I just want to know why everyone likes it so much, I’m so curious!! Also I like murder mysteries that are about more than just the murder, which I think is what this book is about.
What do you think? Any books here you’ve read and loved? Hated?
3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole 8”
Good call on Rebecca and secret history- they’re both great!
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I’m planning on reading Rebecca this month and I’m pretty excited!
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