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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Down the TBR Hole #12

Welcome folks to the twelfth round of Down the TBR Hole. I know, I know, it’s crazy to think I’ve reached the twelfth round of this little project but I think it has produced some great results and, as we’re getting to the end of the year and I’m thinking about spring cleaning my TBR ready for the New Year, I anticipate doing a lot of ditching of books in the remaining weeks of 2017! For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my 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. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Why is it there? Pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen review this novel has commented on how impactful and life-changing it is – but there’s one problem, I have a sort of knee-jerk hatred for the word ‘impactful’ since I think it’s come to be a pretty redundant word due to how often it is used nowadays. I digress but basically… people say this is really good but can’t tell me why. That infuriates me so it turned me off the book without it really being the book’s fault. I’m also not a huge fan of child narrators so… there’s that too. Will I ever actually read a JSF book? Honestly? Probably not, eek!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Why is it there? I adore Neil Gaiman’s novels but I’ve never read any of his short stories, let alone his short story collections. I went through a phase of just adding all of Neil Gaiman’s writing onto my TBR list and this collection is no exception.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jon Richardson

Why is it there? As a comedian, Jon Richardson is brilliant, he’s just so funny and I relate to quite a lot of his comedy routines (in particular the whole ‘you can have a putter and a leaver living together but you can’t have two leavers or they will die of dysentery’) so I’m sure his book will be filled with just as much petty moaning as his routines – perfect!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

 

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Down the TBR Hole #11

Welcome folks to the eleventh round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my tenth!, my 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 Girl at the Lion d’Or by Sebastian Faulks

Why is it there? Much like Engleby from the last Down the TBR Hole, I don’t actually remember when (or why) I added this to my TBR but any of that interest I did have has been completely lost, to the point where I don’t even remember what this about. Having checked out the synopsis, I’m none the wiser, or more inclined to pick it up to be honest… yikes.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

2. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Why is it there? It’s highly likely that after adding Atonement to my TBR, I went through McEwan’s other novels and added some to my Goodreads TBR. Much as is the case with the book above, I don’t remember when or why
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Why is it there? I definitely added this to my TBR during my Merlin/general Arthurian phase in my early teens. Nowadays, I don’t really have a huge interest in these legends anymore. I’m sure the interest will come back around (like fashion) but for now I’m happy to leave this one alone.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Welcome folks to the tenth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my 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. House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? As you may have gathered, I quite like Daphne du Maurier’s books. Rebecca is one of my all-time favourites and I’ve recently been trying to branch out and collect/read her (many) other novels. This is one of those. It’s apparently Gothic = great. It apparently features time travel which um, yes please? I’m intrigued about how that fits in with what I’ve come to expect from du Maurier’s writing.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? Well it’s Daphne du Maurier and, if you need to know why that matters, then read no. 1 more closely.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? Uh, yeah, see above.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Welcome folks to the ninth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my 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. Blood and Sand by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Why is it there? I have no memory of this place this book… I suspect I stumbled across the author and then proceeded to add his bibliography as another of his novels, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, was ditched during my last round
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Why is it there? Having now seen the musical on Broadway (and planning to see it in the West End later this year), I feel like I owe it to the musical to read the source material. I hear it’s nothing short of ridiculous and dramatic and I am definitely here for that.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

Why is it there? My lovely friend Sarah bought me this for my birthday last year, under the recommendation of her dad I believe, and I just love it when people buy me books as a surprise. I’m rather ashamed that I haven’t got to this one yet but seeing as how I know precisely nothing about it, I’m sure it will be novel and I look forward to finally getting to it, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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