My Goodreads TBR shelf is currently at about 400 books. I tend to add things without thinking too hard about it, and then its state stresses me out and I never actually look at it for suggestions!

Luckily, I saw this meme done by JJ at This Dark Material, (her blog is great, check it out), and I figured I’d give it a go!

The plan:

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?

I’m going to go through ten at a time, so it should take a while to complete! (Especially since I never stop adding more, universe help me.)

The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is my favorite. I mean, maybe not my very favorite. But he’s up there. You may know him as Lemony Snicket, who writes the Series of Unfortunate Events books. The Basic Eight is about friends and a murderess and YES.

Keep

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler

Sooo this one has pretty bad reviews! But it’s still Daniel Handler and I’m still on board because did I mention I love him?! I also already own this book, so.

Keep

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Okay this is just an OBVIOUS yes, right? I absolutely must read this. I hate that I haven’t yet.

Keep

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

I didn’t remember having added this one! It’s apparently about people being able to get surgery that will connect them to their romantic partners? I love stories about dangers of technology. Gotta keep it!

Keep

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Another I don’t remember having added. This one is a literary thriller, and definitely doesn’t sound like something I’d be into at this point.

Pass

Join by Steve Toutonghi

About a technology that lets small groups of people connect minds, and a killer who basically hacks that technology. I need more sci-fi in my life!

Keep

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

About a reality tv show gone horribly wrong?! I’m such a sucker for that.

Keep

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hmm, so, after having read the synopsis, I don’t think it’s something I’d handle well at this point in my life. For now, at least, I don’t think I’ll seek it out.

Pass

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

This reminds me of a show I tried to watch, where a bunch of people have randomly disappeared. It doesn’t sound as exciting to me anymore? I just can’t imagine that I’ll actually read it.

Pass

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It’s Neil Gaiman. It OBVIOUSLY STAYS.

Keep

So! I’ll be keeping 7/10, which really isn’t bad! It feels like a minor purge, and that’s always very comforting!

What About You?

Have you read any of these? Are you doing Down the TBR Hole posts? I’d love to see them!

 

8 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. I NEED TO DO THIS!
    My TBR isn’t that big thankfully, but I’m sure there are several books in there I won’t be interested in anymore 😅 I haven’t read any of the ones you listed!!
    Awesome post 😄

    1. Vani says:

      Thank you so much! I’d love to see you do it, I’ll keep my eye out 😉

  2. I’m not sure if I should keep Aristotle and Dante! I mean, EVERYONE has been raving about it, but I’m not sure if it’s for me, personally? There’s something telling me I won’t enjoy the writing style. D:

    BUT YES TO NAIL GAIMAN. I can’t believe I haven’t read a book from him yet.

    1. Vani says:

      Oh! I haven’t heard anything about the writing style, somehow. Once a book has been hyped THAT much I always end up ignoring it for a while? I don’t know why I’m like this.

      YES! Oh you gotta! He’s amazing.

  3. Yay you started it!! Knocking off any titles at all is a great start. I haven’t read any of these particular books but I’m so, so excited to see your lists as you go 🙂

    1. Vani says:

      Thanks for introducing me! I’m definitely going to keep an eye on yours, too!!

  4. The Basic Eight is actually still in my tbr. Still hoping to read it someday. 😆

    1. Vani says:

      Same! I just have to get to it. I love him too much not to. Have you read any of his other stuff?

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