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!
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.
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.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Okay this is just an OBVIOUS yes, right? I absolutely must read this. I hate that I haven’t yet.
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!
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.
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!
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
About a reality tv show gone horribly wrong?! I’m such a sucker for that.
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.
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.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
It’s Neil Gaiman. It OBVIOUSLY STAYS.
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!