Down the TBR Hole #1

Happy Monday! I’m here for an exciting weekly meme that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now.

I came across this meme called Down the TBR Hole on Sam’s blog in August and I thought it would be perfect for my September “autumn cleaning” project. I’m just not sure why it took me awhile to finally start doing it.

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia from Lost In A Story. It focuses on decluttering and sorting all the books on your Goodreads TBR shelf. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) 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

Sounds easy and simple to do, right? I thought so at first but I was wrong. That’s probably the reason why I’ve been putting it off for weeks now. This will be a huge challenge for me. I know that this is a great way to unhaul some of the books in my shelves that I no longer plan on reading but this is not going to be easy. I don’t like saying goodbye to my books but I will try my best.

I currently have 556 books on my “want to read” shelf in Goodreads. Let’s see how it will change at the end of this year. I’m planning on doing this meme every Monday. So, let’s start!

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Date added: February 22, 2012
Synopsis:
“It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Inspired by his doctor’s exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, the protagonist finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups. Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy.”
Verdict: I have dnf-ed this book twice already. It was interesting but not enough to held my full attention. I still want to give it a try so I’m going to keep it.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Date added: October 18, 2012
Synopsis: “The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.”

Verdict: This was one of the the first books I bought when I got into reading back in 2012. Most of my friends adore this book and I want to know why so I’m still plannin gon reading it which means that I’m keeping it.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Date added: October 19, 2012
Synopsis: “Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine. It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.”
Verdict: I own a John Green box set (both the Penguin minis and the regular size paperback) and this is the only book I haven’t read yet. I also liked some of David Levithan’s books so you would think I have already read this book but nope. I think I am going to keep it on my tbr list.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Date added: August 12, 2013
Synopsis: “Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies. That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.”
Verdict: I can’t say that I’m a huge CoHo fan eventhough I spent almost two hours in line to meet her in person when she had a book signing last year. She’s really sweet and nice but I have a love-hate relationship with her books. I didn’t like Without Merit but I loved It Ends With Us so much. So I think for now, I’m keeping this book.

The Fourth Apprentice by Erin Hunter

Date added: March 11, 2014
Synopsis: “The first book in this fourth series, Warriors: Omen of the Stars #1: The Fourth Apprentice, brings more adventure, intrigue, and thrilling battles to the epic world of the warrior Clans. It has been foretold that Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and one other cat will hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must wait for a sign from StarClan to tell them which of their Clanmates will complete the prophecy.”
Verdict: I got the complete box set of this as a gift from my husband. I am not really familiar with this book series. I think he bought it because it has warrior cats and he knows I love them. I’m keeping the box set but I don’t think I’ll be reading it so I’m removing it on my tbr shelf.

One book (one book series to be exact!) has been removed so I think that went well? lol. Let’s see next week. Feel free to do this weekly meme especially if you think that your TBR list is getting out of hand. I mean, who isn’t? I hope your week is off to a good start!

Always,

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