Down the TBR Hole #22

Welcome folks to the twenty-second round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Why is it there? Back when I was trying to find more graphic novels to read, I stumbled across this one. The stark colours of red, white, and black on the cover immediately made me buy it, but the fact it’s a bit spooky has put me off reading it ever since. Even so, I think this may very well be one I get to this Halloween, or during a readathon near Halloween at least.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. The Archivist by Martha Cooley

Why is it there? This one seems a little random as it (shock horror) seems to be a recommendation from someone “offline”. A peer from university recommended it generally on Goodreads once, and I suppose that was reason enough for me to add it to my shelf then. However, since then, I’ve seen neither reviews, nor sight of this in the flesh… so I think I might be sadly saying goodbye to it, for now.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

Why is it there? This is about a secret society at an Ivy League university… why wouldn’t I have added this to my TBR? I have a feeling this is going to be overly dramatic and ridiculous but I’m kind of into that? If it doesn’t end up being like The Life and Death Brigade a la Gilmore Girls, I’ll be sorely disappointed.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #21

Welcome folks to the twenty first round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. The Iliad by Homer

Why is it there? To be honest, I’m a little bit ashamed I’ve never actually properly read The Iliad or The Odyssey, especially considering how interested I used to be in Ancient Greece and all the history and myths and legends when I was younger. I know the plots of both The Iliad and The Odyssey and I’ve definitely consumed a lot of media (TV, film, books) about those two tales, but I’ve never properly read the source material. Anyone who is knowledgeable about these things, is there a particular critical edition of this book that you’d advise I acquire?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Why is it there? It feels like everyone and their mothers has read this book already. I am not one of those people. I also have not yet read (though I do own) Celeste Ng’s second novel, Little Fires, but I’m SUPER keen to get to that soon. Pretty much everyone says this is great, so I need to get to this, simple as.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Why is it there? I’m pretty sure I’ve actually read most of this book… but then I must have put it down for some reason. It’s the first in a series of books which detail the adventures of “Stoker and Holmes”, Evaline Stoker (Bram Stoker’s sister) and Mina Holmes (the niece of Sherlock Holmes) as they team up to solve maybe supernatural mysteries. It’s meta and ridiculous and I remember enjoying it for the romp that it was i.e. it’s not particularly clever or insightful but it’s fun, ok!
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #20

Welcome folks to the twentieth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Why is it there? Like a lot of book lovers, I went through a stage of reading The Eyre Affair by the same author which is an extremely playful alternate history book where detective Thursday Next flits into the story of Jane Eyre in pursuit of a criminal. It’s every bit as wacky and meta as it sounds. Fast forward to when I added Shades of Grey onto my TBR list purely because I saw its cover in the library and wanted to remember it. Nowadays, its synopsis is interesting enough but I’m no longer dying to read it so…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

Why is it there? I know people who had to read this as assigned reading in school but I haven’t read any Susan Hill… and I’m not entirely sure she’s ever really going to be one of my priority ‘must read’ authors. I hear its sad and emotional and involves children and bullying and neglect and I’m just… I’m not sure I ever want to willingly put myself through this.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Why is it there? I’m pretty sure this did the rounds on Booktube a good few years ago, when only the first two books of the trilogy were published and folks were highly anticipating the third and final part of the series. I added it to my TBR around that time when I saw it on (I think) Lainey’s channel (gingerreadslainey for those not familiar), but I’m still yet to read it. My library has the audiobook version though so I may very well give it a go in that format…
 Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #19

Welcome folks to the nineteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen by Philip Ball

Why is it there? There are sprinklings of random non-fiction books on my TBR, largely because I occasionally watch Booktubers (such as Charlotte of Chareads) who mostly read non-fiction and this title is definitely an example of that. I’m still intrigued by the premise but I so rarely pick up non-fiction that is there really any point in keeping this book listed on my TBR when I’m trying to be realistic about what books I’m likely to actually read?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Lexicon by Max Barry

Why is it there? This was a cover buy – I saw it on Booktube and decided I really needed to own a book with such a stunning cover. Since then, I have done precisely zero in terms of actually picking it up to read it. I went to the trouble of buying the hardback edition used though because that cover was so much prettier than the paperback options available, so I can’t really just ditch this book without feeling guilty about all the effort Past Emma went to in order to acquire it.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Why is it there? This book definitely did the rounds a few years ago and I’ve still not got to it. I have bought it though, so that’s undoubtedly the first step. As I understand it this book is twisty and turny and told through different documents (newspaper, Internet pages etc.) as well as your typical narrative you’d expect in a book. All of this means that it seems like something you really need to read in one go, or at least you need to devote all of your reading time to it (forgoing the temptations to read other books simultaneously), in order to get the full effect. One day I will be in the mood to do that (hopefully).
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #18

Welcome folks to the eighteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier

Why is it there? Truth be told, I don’t know much about this novel at all. I hear it’s semi-biographical and the only novel from this author as he died in World War I. Originally written in French, I believe it’s a bildungsroman and is something about the romantic ideal and it’s on Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century. This is all I know. I’m still not sure if I actually want to read it though.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why is it there? Confession time: I disliked The Great Gatsby intensely and just DID NOT understand the hype (or indeed the critical appreciation) surrounding it. However, I did enjoy Fitzgerald’s writing style even if the plot wasn’t my cup of tea so, instinctively, I want to try some of his other novels. Starting with his debut seems like a good idea, even if I have heard mixed things about it and it seems horrendously autobiographical. Even so, I’m willing to give it a go…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why is it there? As I mentioned above, I do want to give Fitzgerald another shot, so I also put The Beautiful and the Damned on my TBR. How much I enjoy This Side of Paradise will probably dictate whether or not this novel stays on my TBR in the long term but, for now, I guess it can stay alongside.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #17

Welcome folks to the seventeenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why is it there? I randomly own this on Kindle and I’m 99% sure that the only reason I bought this book in the first place when flicking through a Kindle books sale was because I’d vaguely seen it around on Booktube but mainly because I am a sucker for anything that uses the phrase “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea” (see also: Spaceman by The Killers). Since then I’ve heard some not great things about it in terms of plot and characters, but I’ve also heard the tone is really good, so I’m torn. If it delivers on the “blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror” then I am there for it. I guess there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. The Elite by Kiera Cass

Why is it there? I’m pretty sure that back in the day the books in this series were pretty cheap on Kindle so I impulse bought a few of them. The Selection was dumb and fluffy but I actually enjoyed it, for what it was, but I’ve just never quite gotten around to this second book in the series. If you’d asked me last month whether to keep or ditch it, I probably would have ditched it, but my housemate Liz has recently marathoned the books in this series and I kind of want to read them too now so that I can talk to her about them.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Why is it there? This seems to be set in an alternate history steampunk World War I and that, for me, is such a unique setting and concept that I was sold once I knew that’s what it was about. It helps that, much like “the devil and the deep blue sea”, the buzzword of “leviathan” also always piques my interest for no apparent reason. I sense that this is a book I should have probably got too quite a few years ago by this point but I never did… but I think I still want to…
Do I own it? Yes (just)
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #16

Welcome folks to the sixteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Exchange by Paul Magrs

Why is it there? I was told it was a book about books… and that’s basically enough for Past Emma to have impulsively added it to her TBR shelf. This, by the way, is how I end up with hundreds of books on my TBR. And in an effort to ditch some books I’m going to not look further than a very basic short synopsis… which is why I’m going to bravely ditch this book from the TBR now because I know if I read reviews I’d actually want to read it probably. So, quick, before I change my mind!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Why is it there? When I read Shadow of the Wind several years ago, it became one of my favourite books. To the point that I’m very hesitant to ever re-read it because I have a feeling if I did, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much, buuut that hasn’t stopped me from adding all the other Carlos Ruiz Zafón books I could find to my TBR, including this one. It looks all dark and macabre and Gothic and I am about it. 
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. Rough Music by Patrick Gale

Why is it there? A few years ago at university, a flatmate became quickly obsessed with Patrick Gale. I’d vaguely heard his name around and knew of Notes from an Exhibition which is possibly his most well-known novel, but I’d never heard of this one until my friend bought it. And then I think she ended up with a second copy so she gave me this one and now I have a copy for no apparent reason… here’s the thing, I read like 3/4 of Notes and I enjoyed it but I wasn’t like SUPER into it, so is there any point in trying this one out when I’m trying to be really strict with myself about what I am realistically actually going to pick up and read anytime soon??
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

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Down the TBR Hole #15

Welcome folks to the fifteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (nope, that acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the previous posts via the tag or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman

Why is it there? Because Philip Pullman re-wrote a collection of his favourite Grimm brothers fairytales and the cover looks like that… is that not reason enough?
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Why is it there? I think it’s part of most English students’ desire to say they’ve read a Dickens or two. Well, I have read a Dickens or two by now, but for some foolish reason I decided to add the complete novels of Dickens to my TBR when I was gifted them a couple of Christmases ago. I’m still yet to read this but, as it’s an unfinished novel, it’s quite short for Dickens so I’ll likely get to it sooner than some of his other books (*cough*The Pickwick Papers*cough*).
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Longbourn by Jo Baker

Why is it there? I love Pride and Prejudice so when I saw this novel floating around the online book community, I immediately added it to my TBR. It tells the story of the aforementioned Austen novel but centres around the life of those “downstairs” i.e. the servants – sounds very promising!
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #14

Welcome folks to the fourteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! As I mentioned in my last round of DtTH (shall I coin that? the acronym isn’t particularly attractive, is it?), this little project has been a great way of weening down my TBR over the past year so I’ve decided to keep it up and make it a semi-regular feature in order to spring clean my TBR aka be realistic about what books I aspire to read and what books I actually will read.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my thirteenthmy twelfthmy eleventhmy tenthmy ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Why is it there? Not entirely sure how this made it onto my TBR but I suspect it was because it was an Orange Prize for Fiction winner back in 2005 and I’m a little ashamed at how few award-winning books I’ve read. But now I think that if I ever want to experience this story, I’ll probably end up just watching the film (blasphemous as that might sound) because Tilda Swinton is ace. 
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Why is it there? Literally no clue why this is still on here, or how it even made it onto here in the first place. It’s quite possible it was added when I was feeling enterprising and seriously thought I might read all the Man Booker Prize books. Yeah, no, that was a stupid idea since some of them really don’t interest me, including this one. Sorry/not sorry.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Why is it there? I like the time period of history this depicts but I hate straight-up historical books. I wasn’t a big history fan in school but I love the stories of historical figures, so I figured I’d probably be onboard with this sort of thing. I really fancied watching the TV adaptation too but managed to resist ‘until I’d read the book’, or so I’d told myself. Fast forward a few years and here we are and I still haven’t read it. It’s quite relieving to realise that I still want to though.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #13

Welcome folks to the thirteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! That’s right, I’ve somehow reached unlucky number thirteen of this blog post series and I kind of can’t believe it. The previous twelve posts from 2017 have really helped to clean up my Goodreads TBR and start to get it to a point where it’s a little more honest and realistic about what books I’m ever actually going to read rather than just saying I want to read. I hope to continue this spirit well into 2018 so, for now at least, Down the TBR Hole is staying as a semi-regular feature!

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my twelfthmy eleventhmy tenthmy ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • 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?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Why is it there? Honestly? Not even sure… I’m sure there was a stage at which I kept seeing Jonas Jonasson books everywhere, online and off-line, so I guess I must have added this then. Since then, I haven’t really heard anything super inspiring or encouraging about Jonasson’s books and I’ve never had the urge to buy this so I guess that answers the next couple of questions…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Don Juan by Lord Byron

Why is it there? I must have added this at the point I was studying Byron at school or university, because I feel like there’s no other reason for me to have done so. As it turned out, I liked studying Byron enough but not enough to actually actively pursue any of his stuff other than what I’d been assigned as required reading. I think that says it all really… especially since I graduated from my BA back in 2014 and my MA in 2015 and I still haven’t read any more Byron in the interim.
Do I own it? Yes (in one of my many literature anthologies, I’m sure)
Verdict? Ditch

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Why is it there? It’s an alternative history set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars about a pair of magicians (I presume, the titular characters)… like why wouldn’t this be on my TBR? It also apparently is inspired by like Romantic literary tropes and stuff and is written in the style of a 19th century novel. I’m all about that.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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