Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #6 | I need your help in this one!

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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!

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Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #5

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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 (or even more!) 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?

I’m going to give this another swing, but this time going through my someday-maybe shelf. I have several shelves on my Goodreads, one of which my to-read shelf, on which I put all the books I really want to read (it’s about 30 books right now) and for all those books I’m not 100% sure I put them on my someday-maybe shelf. It has gathered dust for a while now and I think it’s time to go through it and sort it all out! I’m going to give myself three options: move to to-read shelf, delete, or keep on someday-maybe shelf.

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We Awaken by Calista Lynne

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I was actually planning on keeping this book because it has asexual representation, but then I reread the blurb and realized that was the only thing about this book that interests me. It is about some kind of dream realm with a girl and a comatose brother and I would never pick it up if it weren’t for the representation, so that says enough. This one can go.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Everybody seems to love Adam Silvera, but I just don’t ever feel like reading any of his books. They just don’t interest me?? They’re all very sad, I’ve heard, and will break your heart and I just never feel like reading anything like it. Although I think his concepts are so imaginative and interesting, I don’t think they’re for me. So sorry, but this one is going as well.

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

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The same holds for this one, it’s just never going to happen, so it’s going.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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The Shadow of the Wind has been recommended to me several times and though it is historic fiction (which I barely read) I think I would really enjoy this one. However, it is very big and big historic books are scary, okay. My dad actually owns the Dutch translation of this book and I think I’m definitely going to read it if I’m in the right mood. This one is going on my TBR.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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I own and read the entirety of the Firebird series by Claudia Gray and I really enjoyed them. However, when I read the last book this year, I realized that it might just not be my taste anymore. The first book I read several years ago and since then my reading tastes have developed and I don’t think I’d like the series as much anymore now. This one seems to have (again) a lot of love drama in it and that’s just not for me. This one can go.

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Total number of books removed: 12
Total number of books moved to tbr: 2

Let me know what you thought of my choices, did I make any mistakes?

Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #4

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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 (or even more!) 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?

I’m going to give this another swing, but this time going through my someday-maybe shelf. I have several shelves on my Goodreads, one of which my to-read shelf, on which I put all the books I really want to read (it’s about 30 books right now) and for all those books I’m not 100% sure I put them on my someday-maybe shelf. It has gathered dust for a while now and I think it’s time to go through it and sort it all out! I’m going to give myself three options: move to to-read shelf, delete, or keep on someday-maybe shelf. Continue reading “Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #4”

Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #3

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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 (or even more!) 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?

I’m going to give this another swing, but this time going through my someday-maybe shelf. I have several shelves on my Goodreads, one of which my to-read shelf, on which I put all the books I really want to read (it’s about 30 books right now) and for all those books I’m not 100% sure I put them on my someday-maybe shelf. It has gathered dust for a while now and I think it’s time to go through it and sort it all out! I’m going to give myself three options: move to to-read shelf, delete, or keep on someday-maybe shelf.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I still don’t know what to do with this book. I love Sherlock Holmes stories and it does sound fun but I have heard very mixed things about it. I think I’m just going to keep this on my someday-maybe shelf.

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The Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs

Like I said, I love Sherlock Holmes. This is non-fiction, which is something I don’t usually pick up but it’s also written by Ransom Riggs, whose writing I really enjoy. Again, I’m going to keep this on my someday-maybe shelf.

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Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger

This is an m/m romance story, and though I like that it’s diverse, I’m not sure I’ll pick it up any day soon. I have read and loved My Most Excellent Year by the same author but have yet to pick up any of his other books. I’m going to delete this (with a little pain in my heart).

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Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Again, Steve Kluger, this one, however, has raving reviews and it sounds like a lot of fun. I’m going to keep this on my someday-maybe shelf, and if I enjoy this one a lot I might move Almost Like Being in Love back.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating

I adore this cover. However, the whole storyline seems to be about romance, and I’m not usually a big fan of romance as the major plot. I just spend a few minutes scrolling through reviews on goodreads and everybody seems to be super positive, so I’m going to keep it on my someday-maybe shelf for now.

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Total number of books removed: 6
Total number of books moved to tbr: 1

This week was a little less exciting, I kept a lot of books on my someday maybe shelf, just because I don’t know what to do with them. Let me know what you thought of my choices, did I make any mistakes?

Down The TBR Hole v2.0 #2

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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 (or even more!) 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?

I’m going to give this another swing, but this time going through my someday-maybe shelf. I have several shelves on my Goodreads, one of which my to-read shelf, on which I put all the books I really want to read (it’s about 30 books right now) and for all those books I’m not 100% sure I put them on my someday-maybe shelf. It has gathered dust for a while now and I think it’s time to go through it and sort it all out! I’m going to give myself three options: move to to-read shelf, delete, or keep on someday-maybe shelf.

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The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

I honestly don’t know what this book is about, but I do know it has been recommended to me several times and that it is written entirely in prose/poems and that sounds like a very interesting thing. I am going to keep this on my someday-maybe list because I’m not sure I’ll pick this up any day soon, but I still am interested in it.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Yeah… I’m quite done with the shadowhunter world in general, and I’ve seen this book in my library. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to pick this up, but it’s huge and I rather spend my time reading something else. So bye Lady Midnight, you’re going!

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I don’t really know what to make of this one, it has brilliant reviews and the rating is really high. But on the other hand, it’s dystopia and at this moment I’m not really interested in that genre. Therefore, this will stay on my someday-maybe list.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

This book has gotten so much hate for being racist and I’m not interested in reading it. Sorry, not sorry. This will be deleted!

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I was anticipating this book so much, but I still haven’t read it. I picked it up at the library one day and read the first page, which was a list of definitions or something, and then I put it back on the shelf. It also has very mediocre reviews, so I’m not really interested anymore. *shrugs* This book will go.

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Total number of books removed: 5
Total number of books moved to tbr: 1

I’m so happy this feature is back, I’m really enjoying myself by deleting all those books haha. Let me know what you thought of my choices, did I make any mistakes?

Down The TBR Hole v2.0 (yes, it’s back)

So if you’ve missed it in some way or another, this winter I started this meme I called Down The TBR Hole. Now, months later the blogging community has seemed to have picked it up and I’m still baffled by the large number of book bloggers now taking part in it (even though I haven’t posted about it ever since I got through my tbr).

Down The TBR Hole is a meme 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 on there.

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 (or even more!) 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?

I’m going to give this another swing, but this time going through my someday-maybe shelf. I have several shelves on my Goodreads, one of which my to-read shelf, on which I put all the books I really want to read (it’s about 25 books right now) and for all those books I’m not 100% sure I put them on my someday-maybe shelf. It has gathered dust for a while now and I think it’s time to go through it and sort it all out! I’m going to give myself three options: move to to-read shelf, delete, or keep on someday-maybe shelf.

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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?