Down The TBR Hole #17 | Looking Back & Discussing TBRs

During these 17 weeks I had no idea this would become so big! Every week more and more people join in and that so cool! So thank you all for joining, I hope it’ll help you to get your TBR under control.

Nikki from The Night Is Dark and Full Of Books suggested I do a “looking back” post, which I thought was a great idea! So hereby my looking back at 16 weeks of going through my tbr!

I started off with about 90 books (I don’t remember exactly), which isn’t much, but it felt like I was drowning in it anyway. Whenever I went through my tbr to see what I could read next I automatically skipped over some books, simply because I didn’t even remember why they were on there.

During this process I went through 80 of these books and removed 26 (later a few got added back) and the current state of my tbr is 56 books. On average I removed about 2/5th of the books I went through, excluding the last few posts. I’ve added some books in the past months and I’ve read some, but I’ve read more than I added, which is a good sign!

Some thoughts on tbrs and things I’ve learned:

  • Adding books only because they’re popular, is not a good idea. Popularity does not mean you’ll like it.
  • Adding books should be because you think it’s something you’re really going to enjoy. I’ve gotten way more critical about which books I add, and which not.
  • People’s opinions can be different. Removing a book and having someone tell you it’s their favourite or so amazing (*cough* Throne of Glass *cough*) can be quite difficult, because if they love it, you should too right? But sometimes you really have to put your feet down and remove it anyway. You know what? It felt so good removing ToG from my tbr!
  • Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. I’ve discovered some new favourites and got excited for books that I completely forgot about!
  • A tbr needs some sort of homeostasis point, there needs to be a balance between the books you read and the books you add, otherwise, it would become one big endless hole.
  • I will probably never get to the end of my tbr, but that doesn’t matter because there are too many good books out there.
  • Filtering through your tbr every once in a while, is really helpful to get rid of those books you have no interest in reading anymore.

I don’t know what I’m going to do for the next weeks, there’s not much to go through on my tbr anymore. Maybe I’ll do a shout-out to a book on my tbr? Or I’ll come up with some new idea 🙂

Did you enjoy this meme? Did you participate? And how did it help you?

Down The TBR Hole #16

Since I am pretty much at the end of my TBR and am determined to read all the books yet to come I am just going to do a shout-out to 5 books on my TBR. (You all should definitely keep slashing down your TBRs, but right now there is no slashing to do for me :P).

I am simply going to continue with the books that I ended with last week:

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor quicksilver r j andersonQuicksilver by R.J. Anderson

This is actually the second book in a series, and I have not read the first. The reason this is on my tbr is because I have been told that there is asexual representation in it! I can’t really get anything out of the blurb but it sounds intriguing.

 

 

 

 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara BarnardAfbeeldingsresultaat voor a quiet kind of thunder sara barnard

This is a story about a mute girl and a deaf boy and it sounds absolutely amazing. It’s a love story and I have heard amazing things about it so I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

 

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We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

This cover is so beautiful! (Seriously, I’m in awe). The story is about a boy named Henry and he is just a regular-ish kid with a messed up family, but then he gets abducted by aliens and given the opportunity to either let them destroy the world or save it, with just the click of a button. Don’t let the alien thing distract you because this story sounds so good! It is that I can’t buy the book right now because the paperback is unavailable, but otherwise I would!

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor we awaken calista lynneWe Awaken by Calista Lynne

This book sounds a little vague, it is something about dreams and a girl who’s asexual and then the main character finds out she’s asexual too. It seems like a contemporary but I don’t think it is… It’s a little weird. If someone has read this, can you explain it?

 

 

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor we go forward alison evans

 

We Go Forward by Alison Evans

As you might have noticed a few of these books have asexual representation and that was actually what I was looking for at that moment. This book also has asexual representation and it is about Christie and Roslyn who are both travelling and they find each other and travel together. As I have heard it has bi, POC, ace and non-binary characters and it takes place in Berlin!

Have you read these books or have them on your tbr?

Down The TBR Hole #15

Since I am pretty much at the end of my TBR and am determined to read all the books yet to come I am just going to do a shout-out to 5 books on my TBR. (You all should definitely keep slashing down your TBRs, but right now there is no slashing to do for me :P).

I am simply going to continue with the books that I ended with last week:

The Books

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor pigeon englishPigeon English by Stephen Kelman

This book has been nominated for several awards and it reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon, which I loved. The story is about Harri and his friend Dean who are trying to solve the murder of one of their classmates. It is said to be a story of wonder, mystery and danger and sounds great! I already own a copy of this book.

Dividing Eden by Joelle CharbonneauAfbeeldingsresultaat voor dividing eden joelle charbonneau

By the writer of The Testing trilogy, this book will come out this year. It sounds like a story of intrigue and betrayal, a brother and sister who are twins race for the crown. It sounds really good and the cover is very beautiful.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the house of silkThe House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

If you don’t know it yet, I’m a little obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and this is a book about Sherlock Holmes, so obviously I have to read it. It is set in the same era as the original stories and is said to have the same brilliance as the Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I have removed this and put it then back on my tbr, I have heard very mixed things about it but it is so well-known that it must be good. I’ll just have to try and see, I guess.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the flame in the mist renee ahdiehFlame In The Mist by Renee Ahdier

The next novel by the brilliant writer of The Wrath & The Dawn, can’t be anything but good! I’m just waiting for it to come out so I can delve into another amazing world. It sounds like it is a Mulan retelling but I’m not sure and it is set in Japan I believe.

 

Are any of these books on your tbr? Or have you read them?

Down The TBR Hole #14

This is week fourteen of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story. Last week I didn’t post because I wasn’t feeling well but now I’m back with 5 new books.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Last Days of Summer by Steve KlugerAfbeeldingsresultaat voor the last day of summer steve kluger

Again, I should read more Steve Kluger Books, since I loved My Most Excellent Year. I have to say I don’t like any of the covers of this book… Steve Kluger should get some better ones for his novels! His books are all contemporaries and the covers just don’t really match the feeling of the books.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor dreamology lucy keatingDreamology by Lucy Keating

Only the cover itself already makes me want to read it, it’s just so pretty! The story sounds really interesting too, it’s about a girl who dreams of a boy that then suddenly shows up in her life, for real.

The Judgement: KEEP

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A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. by Penny Dolan

I’ve already bought this book, and it looks so cool, besides, I barely ever read Middle Grade, so I look forward to trying that out!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor dangerous shannon haleDangerous by Shannon Hale

Again, a book I already own, I just need to get up and read it! Admittedly I bought this book 50% for the story and 50% for the quote on the cover that says “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.” by James Dashner (whose books I highly enjoyed so that means it has to be good right?)

The Judgement: KEEP

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 

I’ve heard a lot about this book, so I can’t wait to start on this!

The Judgement: KEEP

This week I kept all the books, so no progress, sadly. Do you think I’ve made the right decisions?

Down The TBR Hole #13

This is week thirteen of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realise that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor cruel beauty rosamund hodgeCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Except for the Beauty and the Beast aspect, this book doesn’t really attract my attention.

The Judgement: GO

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor a monster calls bookA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

So many people have flailed about this book, I just need to read it.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the sun is also a starThe Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

It’s Nicola Yoon! The genius of Everything, Everything so I need to read it!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor emma jane austenEmma by Jane Austen

I DNF’ed this in November, but I really want to read it one day. A lot of people seem to love this book (some even more than Pride & Prejudice) so I just need to finish it.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Almost like being in love steve klugerAlmost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger

I loved My Most Excellent Year but had no idea Steve Kluger had written more books, so I should check them out!

The Judgement: KEEP

I’m already at the books I added in November, so only two months of books to go and my current tbr count is 58 books. So I don’t know how many more weeks I’ll do.

Did you agree with my choices?

Down The TBR Hole #12

This is the 12th week of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story, in which I attempt to get my TBR under control.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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: keep it or should it go?

The Books:

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor replica lauren oliverReplica by Lauren Oliver

I’m not really a fan of Lauren Oliver, although I liked the delirium trilogy. I’m not going to read this because I’ve heard not so good things about it.

The Judgement: GO

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor a study in charlotte cavallaroA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I need to further investigate whether I’ll like this book. I love Sherlock Holmes so this book immediately attracted my attention. I’ve heard good and bad things about it, and I don’t know how to make up my mind.

The Judgement: KEEP (for now)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor heartless marissa meyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer

It’s Marissa Meyer, of course I’m going to keep it!

I actually wanted to buy this book but they didn’t have the pretty white cover, so maybe I’ll need to order it online.

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor illuminae kaufmanIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I heard so many good things about this series and I love books that have original things on the inside: calligraphy, page layout, design etc. I’ve been dying for some good sci-fi!

The Judgement: KEEP

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor graceling kristin cashoreGraceling by Kristin Cashore

I already own this book and it has amazing reviews so I’ll read it. The cover is kind of holding me back though, I don’t really like it.

The Judgement: KEEP

What do you think? Did I make the right decisions? Have you read any of the books?

Down The TBR Hole #11

This is week eleven of Down The TBR Hole, which a meme hosted by yours truly here on Lost In A Story. It seems I skipped week 10 and did 9 twice..? Apparently I can’t count, but let’s just ignore that and go on 🙂

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor crooked kingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Again, I shouldn’t add sequels before reading the first book!! When do I learn?

The Judgement: GO

 

 

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ruin and risingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Yess, can’t wait to continue on this series! And also I need to finish the Grisha trilogy before I start Six of Crows, and people have been practically yelling at me for not having read Six of Crows yet.

The Judgement: KEEP

 

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor empress of a thousand skiesEmpress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

One of my most anticipated releases, it sounds absolutely amazing. And it has very good reviews!

I really like the cover, but I only just noticed the face of the girl in the surface of the planet, I don’t like that. They shouldn’t have done that.

The Judgement: KEEP

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor an ember in the ashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I own this book I just got to go read it now. I will probably read it for a buddy read in February!

The Judgement: KEEP

 

 

 

 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor this savage songThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I’ve not yet read any V.E. Schwab book but I’ll definitely try them because I’ve heard amazing things about them! Also this synopsis sounds so intriguing!

The Judgement: KEEP

I am nearing the end of my TBR, which is good! My TBR isn’t actually that big, right now it counts about 70 books, of which I added about ten in the last month(s). So only a few more weeks and I’m back to where I started.

What do you think of my decisions?