Down the TBR

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story. I’m using this as an opportunity to rein in my overwhelming number of books I have listed on my Goodreads TBR shelf – keep in mind for a long while I didn’t even add books to my TBR unless it was on a Giveaway, which means this number could be even worse!

 How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I will try to tackle about 10-15 books a week every Sunday.

Current Goodreads TBR shelf: 2285 (I added some since the last Down the TBR Hole)

10441Book 11:  The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

I think I had originally added this because it was one of Oprah’s books to read, maybe even on that 100 Books You Must Read list.  After reading the synopsis, it doesn’t sound like a book I would want to read – more one I’d feel I have to read.

Decision: Remove

480479Book 12: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

This book I know I added simply because I wanted to read it after I watched the movie (I thought it was a fun summer movie and then decided the book must be a good summer read!). Now that I’m sitting her going through all my books – I don’t know if I truly want to read it.

Decision:  Remove

968Book 13: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I don’t even have to read the synopsis to know my decision on this one.  I no longer have any interest in this series.

Decision: Remove

1202Book 14: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

This one is on my list because it was one of the few interesting non-fiction books that isn’t an autobiography that sounds remotely interesting (plus it was up for a bunch of awards). I think this would be a great book to listen to on audiobook.

Decision: Keep

1097Book 15: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

I’m 90% sure this book was added while I was going on a health kick and watched every movie and read every book that followed the diet fads (trying to pick apart the ideas and pick ones that made the most sense to me).  After reading the synopsis, I think I would rather just watch the movie (I think it’s still on Netflix).

Decision: Remove

15931Book 16: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Another book picked because of the movie.  I absolutely love the movie!  After recently reading A Walk to Remember, it has peeked my interest in how different this book is from the movie.

Decision: Keep

10964Book 17: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’m still amazed that I haven’t read this one

Decision: Keep


5470Book 18: 1984 by George Orwell

Another book I’m surprised I still haven’t read.

Decision: Keep

FotoJetBook 19-24: Harry Potter Series #2-7 by J K Rowling

I only just read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the end of last year – yes I am very late to the Harry Potter Train.  I enjoyed the first one and I was told that it only gets better from there.

Decision: Keep

77203Book 25: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I added this book, again, because it was on all those lists of books you should read.  But if I’m being honest, I don’t think it is something that would interest me.

Decision: Remove


Keep: 10
Remove: 5

Percentage Removed: 33%

Not as good as last time, but come on, Harry Potter was in this section lol.  Did I remove anything that I should have kept, or vise versa?

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