Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story 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. Here’s how it works:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or more) 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?|
|1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
When I first put this on my tbr, I simply didn’t have that many books I was interested in and it came up in my suggestions based of books I’d already read. But now that I read over the synopsis again, it doesn’t seem like a good fit for me. Toss it.
|2. Conversion by Katherine Howe
I remember being really interested in this book the first time I came across it at the library, but it just doesn’t hold up a second time. I can see why I was previously interested, but now it’s not something I would read. Toss it.
|3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly
A few people I follow on Goodreads rated this books down the middle, but it sounds like a nice light read with main character with dyslexia. I could go either way with this book, but I don’t think I have many books with learning disability rep, so I’ll keep it.
|4. Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
So one of my thoughts going into this is that I want to try to only have one book each by authors I haven’t read in case I don’t like their style, so I’m gonna toss it in favor of The Female of the Species.
|5. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
I’ve seen good reviews from my Goodreads friends and I want to read more diverse books with this kind of rep so I’m gonna keep it.
|6. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
I read Esperanza Rising years ago when I was in elementary school and really liked it. I’m interested to see how the plot plays out in this story and how these people all across the globe are connected to each other. Definitely going to keep it.
|7. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
I’ve been meaning to read this for so long and I swear I will get to it! Keep it.
|8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The whole idea of some random person swooping in to fix another’s mental illness sounds highly problematic, so I refused to put this on my tbr for a while. But I keep hearing good reviews about it, so I’m curious enough to check it out for myself. Keep it.
|9. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
I remember this series being pretty popular in my elementary/middle school years but I never got into it. Now that I’m writing a project about an alchemist, I put a bunch of stories that have alchemists in them, and the premise itself sounds interesting.
|10. Super Human by Michael Carroll
I read the trilogy leading up to this in middle school and was obsessed with it for a good while. Unfortunately, now that I’ve found the spin-off series, the first three books are ones I enjoy more for the nostalgia than for the plot or characters. So I’m gonna toss it.
|11. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
I’m a bit nervous about the Asperger’s rep in this one, but none of my Goodreads friends have reviewed this book. The rest of the synopsis draws me in, too, and I have a copy of this one so I’ll keep it.
|12. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Again, this book has rep with which I have little experience so I’m hoping the good reviews on Goodreads prove true. I’ll find out for myself soon. Keep it.
|13. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Honestly, I’m never going to get to this one. It’s one that I put on my tbr just because people reference it from time to time, not because I was necessarily that interested in it. Toss it.
|14. Sphinx by Anne Garréta
I remember putting this on my tbr because a girl in my high school gender studies class was reading it. She told me that it’s a love story in which the author uses gender-neutral pronouns for both of them, so I was really interested in it. But even she was saying it wasn’t that good. Now I know so many other books I could be reading instead, so it’s time to toss it.
|15. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
I just finished We Are Okay by the same author and it ripped my heart out and crushed it, but I loved it. My friends say this story is a lot happier than We Are Okay so I can’t wait to read this one. Keep it.
|16. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Honestly, I wouldn’t dare take this off my tbr. I’ll probably even have time to read it before seeing the movie since I can’t find a theater closer than 60 miles from me that’s screening it. Keep it.
|17. The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos
I can’t remember why I put this on my tbr. Even after reading the synopsis I have no clue. Toss it.
|18. Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
I can see why I put this on my tbr but it’s not keeping my attention well enough for it to stay that. Toss it.
|19. Still Waters by Ash Parsons
I’m on the fence about this one to the point that I went in search of my friends’ reviews to decide. But none of my friends have reviewed it so toss it.
|20. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
I see people talking about Jason Reynolds’ books too often for me to take this off my tbr. Keep it.
Kept: 11 Tossed: 9
Staying pretty close to 50/50 again this week! What do you all think? Any books I misjudged? Also what do you all think? Is 20 too many per post? Should I stick to 15 or is this okay? I need your feedback!