Down the TBR Hole #14

I am so very inconsistent with these Down the TBR posts, but I think I finally have a schedule to follow. I won’t be telling it to y’all because I don’t want to say I’ll do it and then – you know – not.

but it’s every saturday

If you’re newer here and don’t know what the heck Down the TBR Hole is, it’s a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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 you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s 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 if you’re 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?



Whistling Past the Graveyard by Jonathan Maberry

I completely forgot what this was but then I read the description and I realize why I added it. It’s a collection of anthologies with creepy twists. This would be perfect for October if I owned it.

Final Verdict: KEEP




A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I honestly don’t think I’ll end up liking this book – or any of SJM’s books – but I already own it – and the second one – so I’m still going to keep it. You never know, I might end up liking it.

Final Verdict: KEEP




Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I added this solely because of the author. After reading Aristotle and Dante, I want to read everything he’s ever written. And this book is about a boy that’s in rehab for alcoholism and deals with mental health.

Final Verdict: KEEP



There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Final Verdict: KEEP

btw: i’m dying for a cover and release date



Sabriel by Garth Nix

I wasn’t sure if I should keep this (honestly I hate the cover) but I’ve heard really good things about it. So… I think I’m going to keep it.

Final Verdict: KEEP





The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond

As intriguing as this book sounds, I don’t see myself reading it anytime in the near or far future. I also don’t really like the cover.

Final Verdict: GO




The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

THIS IS STAYING!! IT TAKES PLACE IN ANCIENT GREECE WITH MYTHOLOGY (one of my favorite topics ever) AND TWO BOYS FALLING IN LOVE AND I NEED IT NOW. I got a bit carried away there but I’ve just heard wonderful things about this book will somebody please buy it for me?

Final Verdict: KEEP





The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Magical realism. A girl that has bird wings. Why wouldn’t I want to read this?? Also, I’ve heard some great things about this book so there’s that.

Final Verdict: KEEP



Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Ah. I added this when I wanted to find pirate books (btw still on the look out), but to be completely honest classic pirate books don’t really peak my interests.

Final Verdict: GO





The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Another book I added solely because it had the word ‘pirates’ in the synopsis. And the cover’s beautiful.BUT. I feel like this will be a book that I’ve read many different interpretations of… girl runs away and meets boy, they hate each other at first, then fall in love even though there’s literally nothing they have in common – please tell me if I’m right.

Final Verdict: GO


Books Removed: 3

Books Kept: 7

TBR Total: 393


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23 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #14

  1. When it comes to SJM, I have only read the ACOTAR series and nothing else and I really liked it. I get that it’s problematic, but I love how each book is very different from the previous one. My favorite of that one will always be the second book though, it was quite emotional in the beginning for me.

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  2. This is a great way to get rid of those books in your TBR list you’ll never read. But I’m amazed you managed to take some away; I probably couldn’t 😂

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      1. I ended up going through whenever I was bored and got rid of tens of books at a time. Doing the posts was fun, but I ended up adding more books throughout the week, so it didn’t make much of a difference. I’m at 675 (down from 900something)… I was trying to keep it at 650 but I added books I might read for school *sigh*
        I think after the new year I’ll do another big purge.

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              1. Yeah, those ones or ones that have been out for years with less than 100 reviews– if only because I know my library won’t carry them :/
                For a while I was super cutthroat as well. I figure, if I see it later and still think about reading it, I can always re-add it to the list.

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                1. Yeah, re-adding is always something that can happen. But i haven’t felt the need to do that with any of the books I’ve removed so far, which is how you know you’ve made the right call.

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  3. I didn’t think i was gonna like thrones and roses either but I ended up loving it!! I hope you have the same experience! I also hope you like Sabriel better than me! I tried to read it but couldn’t get into it 😦

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