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. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
I love the idea of a battle for royalty and how the corruption in their nation’s politics plays into this showdown. Plus it has great reviews and I keep hearing good things about Nielsen’s writing. Keep it.
|2. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Honestly, if this weren’t an own voices book, I’d be kind of scared to read it. I mean, a girl moving to a new school and hiding the fact that she’s trans is a sensitive topic that I wouldn’t trust a cis author with. However, I’m really excited to read Russo’s work. There’s no way I’d take this off my TBR list! Keep it.
|3. In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
I love Diane’s acting. She always plays such interesting characters, and I’ve seen interviews in which she’s spoken about some of the issues and stories that it sounds like she discusses in this book, so I really want to keep it.
|4. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
In terms of queer literature, Middlesex is a classic of sorts, so I almost feel required to read it. Besides, I’ve heard good reviews from queer readers, and it’ll be interesting to see how much the conversation on intersex identities and gender has changed since 2002. Keep it.
|5. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
The synopsis of this book did a great job of drawing me in because I really want to know what happens to the main character, Rachel, and all the other girls that were kidnapped with her. Unfortunately, I saw quite a few reviews at the top on Goodreads that made me question if I actually wanted to read it. I was on the fence but decided since I don’t have easy access to a copy that I’ll just toss it.
|6. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Honestly, I want to read all of the books she’s written at some point, but I have only this one my list because I think having more than one book by an author I haven’t read yet just clutters it up. I’ll start with this one. Keep it.
|7. Me by Ricky Martin
Funny story: When I worked at a library, my co-worker and I came across the Spanish edition of this, and of course, it’s titled Yo, because that’s how you say I or me in Spanish. It was just funny to see a large photo of Ricky Martin’s face with the text YO at the bottom. But then I read the synopsis and it actually sounds like something I’d be interested in. Keep it.
|8. The Chaos of Stars Kiersten White
I’m not too well-versed on Egyptian mythology and none of the stories I’ve read that center around it keep my attention too well, so I’m gonna have to toss it.
|9. Courage to Soar by Simone Biles
I added this shortly after it was published because the 2016 Olympics had just ended and it was shiny on the “New” shelf at my library. Don’t think I’m that interested anymore. Toss it.
|10. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
Honest question: Why are there so many books set in the times of World Wars? Also, why so I have so many around the same spot in my TBR? I must’ve been on a historical fiction kick. Toss it.
|11. The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
This was definitely a book that I added because I’d seen a ton of people talking about this book on Twitter. Not sure I’m that interested in it myself, though. Toss it.
|12. Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt
Sounds like this book relies too much on high school hierarchy tropes which I really hate. They’re so unrealistic from my experience. Toss it.
|13. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Ugh, I love the idea of challenging traditions and a family trying to figure out how to handle having a child that’s the challenger. This story about a trans child hits a little close to home, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to see how it’s handled, but I’ve heard good things. Fingers crossed. Keep it.
|14. A Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The two literature courses I’m taking this semester have me thinking a lot about identity and culture, so a book like this is just what I’m looking for. It’s a bonus that it’s a culture I don’t read a lot about. Keep it.
|15. At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
I loved one of Hutchinson’s other books, We Are The Ants, and I plan on returning to his writing some time soon. However, I’m more eager to read some of his other books over this one, so I’m going to toss it, at least for now.
Kept: 8 Tossed: 7
I swear I don’t purposely group books in a way that it ends up being a near-fifty-fifty ratio each week!
What do you all think? Any books I misjudged?