Down The TBR Hole – Cleaning Out Books I’ll Never Read

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. Here’s her description of it:

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?

Book Keep Or Toss?
ill give you the sun 1. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

This one is one of the super popular YA books that nearly everyone’s at least heard of if they haven’t read it. That in and of itself isn’t enough for it to stick around, but looking at the reviews from those I follow, I think I’ll keep it.

give a boy a gun 2. Give a Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser

I came across this book while working at a library about two years ago and thought that it fit pretty well with current events despite having been published in 2002. Now that I read back over the synopsis, I just don’t think I have the emotional energy to read something like this. So I’m gonna toss it.

beyond magenta 3. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

All of my trans/GNC friends have rated this book badly and written reviews outlining problems with the book. Bye bye. Toss it.

some assembly required 4. Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Upon rereading the synopsis, I was about to drop it, because it sounds like it’s a book about a trans teen marketing to cis people. But then I saw a lot of people I follow rated it well so I think I’ll keep it.

rethinking normal 5. Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill
More or less the same as above. Keep it.
guardian of the dead 6. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

I actually have a copy of this and I’ve been told there’s ace rep in it so I’ll keep it. Besides, the synopsis sounds interesting

this side of home 7. This Side of Home by Renée Watson

I didn’t really remember what this book was about or why I put it on my tbr, but I definitely remember why after rereading the synopsis. Keep it.

unbecoming of mara dyer 8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

A high school friend recommended this one to me and it sounds so interesting. I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Keep it.

thousand pieces of you 9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I’m torn about this one because I don’t like the idea of the villain being the love interest like the synopsis makes it sound. But there are so many good reviews… I think I’ll toss it for now and if someone recs it in the future I’ll reconsider.

miss peregrine 10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Added this because of an ex-coworker’s recommendation, but I don’t think it’s my style. Toss it.

shadow and bone 11. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I really need to jump on this bandwagon soon. Keep it, no doubt.

red queen 12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I bought a copy of this on a whim one day because it has an aesthetically pleasing cover and I saw one of my irl friends rated it five stars. Since buying it, I’ve heard such mixed reviews that I think I’m gonna put it up for trade. Toss it.

th egirl from the well 13. The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

This sounds so interesting, but I think it’s a little too creepy for me, sorry. Toss it.

happy families 14. Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Sounds like it has too much potential to be messy. I just don’t have the energy for that. Toss it.

freakboy 15. Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Problematic, so no. Toss it.

Kept: 7     Tossed: 8

I don’t think I did too bad for my first round. What do you all think? Any books I misjudged?

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