It’s time for another Down the TBR Hole! Where I take my Goodreads “to-read” list, and I rip it to shreds in the hope that by the end of a few months, my TBR pile will be much more manageable. You can find my first post on this here. This was, of course, started by none other than Lia at Lost in a Story and has already helped my to-read pile tremendously. I clear out 10 books with every post so let’s get started!
Go to your Goodreads To-Read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?
Repeat every week until the entire list has been filtered.
Books on the Chopping Block:
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke (Added September 16, 2015)
This happens to be quite a collection of YA short stories, and while I initially thought it would be a good fit for me, I think I’m a bit overwhelmed with other anthologies that I’d rather be reading instead of this one. VERDICT: GO
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington (Added September 17, 2015)
This is a fantasy debut novel that has a ton of cool world-building ideas. I don’t see myself throwing this one out for the fact that I’m too excited to try it. VERDICT: STAY
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Added September 17, 2015)
Okay, I have no excuse for not having read this book yet. The movie was incredible. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing. For some reason, I just hadn’t gotten around to picking it up. Seeing as it’s an extremely short read (almost novella sized) I think I’ll keep it around for a bit. VERDICT: STAY
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman ( Added September 17, 2015)
Yet again, no excuse. I just finished up Neverwhere, so now seems like as good a time as any to read this sort of follow-up. VERDICT: STAY
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (Added September 17, 2015)
This has already been made into a movie and released and I STILL haven’t read it. I haven’t seen the movie with Alicia Vikander and Micheal Fassbender, but I still want to read this book. It’s about a couple, very much in love, who do something terribly wrong to have a child. I gotta find out. VERDICT: STAY
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Added September 17, 2015)
Come on. Look at this cover. I know, I know, that shouldn’t matter. But fairytales? For wild girls? With this cover? And a very nice score on Goodreads? Yeah, sorry, I cannot take this off my TBR. VERDICT: STAY
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Added September 17, 2015)
You would have thought that a 26-year-old would have read this book by now. I mean, it’s only required reading everywhere. Usually, I don’t put much stock into what “everyone” has read because it just adds pressure for me to read things that I might not be interested in, but I do still want to read this one. VERDICT: STAY
Speak by Laurie Anderson (Added September 17, 2015)
Yet another book that I should be scolded for not having read. It deals with the rape of a teenage girl and her journey towards speaking up for herself. While I’m very glad this kind of book exists, I think I’m gonna have to pass. VERDICT: GO
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Added September 17, 2015)
I think I read half of this book years ago and something came up and I forgot about it. I know it’s good stuff and my Kid Fiction heart can’t let it go. VERDICT: STAY
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Added September 17, 2015)
Okay, so this is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time, but I never read the book. I know there’s a quote floating around on the internet that goes “The only book that is a pleasure to read out loud is The Princess Bride”, so now I’m going to have to force my girlfriend to listen to me read it to her. VERDICT: STAY
Welp, looks like I’m getting rid of a grand total of TWO books this time around. Okay, so some TBR clean ups are less successful than others. But I would put this in the “win” category because now I’ve been reminded of some stellar books that I want to pick up.
Until next time,