Down the TBR Hole #1


Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lost in a Story which revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sorting through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 or 10 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?

I am at a point where I largely ignore my Goodreads TBR list in favour of an alternative TBR list that I have created (you can read more about this here), because my list on Goodreads is currently out of control. I’m hoping the task of going through my Goodreads TBR list will help me whittle this list down to a manageable number, and then hopefully I can actually start reading the books on the list!

Here goes!


The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Date Added: February 2016 (first sign that this might take a while….)

I still can’t believe that I haven’t actually read this book. I have seen the movie though, which I really enjoyed. Movies based on books are rarely as good as the book, which makes me think that this book must be great. A number of people recommended it to me several years ago, when it came out, but I have been avoiding it since 2016 in favour of other books on my list. This tells me something – that I am unlikely to ever actually read it.

Verdict: Go



Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

Date Added: July 2017 (I either didn’t add anything to my list for ages, or was actually good about keeping on top of it…)

Liane Moriarty is one of those authors who has been hit or miss for me. I enjoyed Big Little Lies (and the TV show based on it is excellent), but Nine Perfect Strangers wasn’t my favourite. Reading the synopsis of this book just now didn’t spark my curiosity, so this one is an easy decision for me. I slightly wonder if I only added this book because of the catchy title.

Verdict: Go



The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill

Date Added: July 2017

I did actually read the first chapter of this book about three years ago, but I then put it down and never continued with it. I don’t remember why now. Although the premise sounds interesting, the fact that I read the first chapter and didn’t proceed with the rest of the book tells me something. I still have this book on my bookshelf at home (I think…) so perhaps one day I will read it, but for now I think it is time for it to be removed from my list.

Verdict: Go



A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Date Added: July 2017

I just re-read the synopsis of this book, and skimmed some of the reviews on Goodreads, and am now wondering why I have not read this book. It has been on my TBR shelf since July 2017 (shameful), and I have a copy of it on my bookshelf at home. Perhaps I have been dismissing it because it is so far down my TBR list? I’m not sure, but I definitely want to read this book in the future.

Verdict: Keep


Walden – Henry David Thoreau

Date Added:  July 2017

Right. I can honestly say that I have no clue why this book is on my TBR shelf. It does not remotely sound like the type of book I would enjoy. Another easy decision.

Verdict: Go



The Sport of Kings – C.E. Morgan

Date Added: July 2017

I am pretty sure that I bought this book for someone as a gift and forgot to give it to them, because I still have a copy of it on my bookshelf at home. This book is nearly 600 pages and the hardback copy is so heavy that I think my arms would start to ache if I read it for long periods of time. The premise doesn’t sound particularly interesting to me either.

Verdict: Go (and find someone to give my copy to)



4321 – Paul Auster

Date Added: July 2017

This is another book that I have already read the first chapter of. The only thing I remember about this experience is that some of the sentences are insanely long. Minor details. To be perfectly honest, this book sounds baffling. I’m sure it’s great, but I just don’t think its the book for me.

Verdict: Go



The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen

Date Added: July 2017

I’m fairly certain that I only added this book to my TBR because it won the Pulitzer Prize. Considering how out of control my TBR is, I’m not certain that warrants keeping it. I’ve never been one to prioritise award-winning books either.

Verdict: Go



Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Date Added: January 2018

I actually received a copy of this book for my birthday last year – I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. It sounds fantastic though, so it’s definitely a keeper.

Verdict: Keep



Without Merit – Colleen Hoover

Date Added: January 2018

Hmm… I honestly don’t remember adding this book to my TBR list. It doesn’t sound like something that I would particularly enjoy either.

Verdict: Go



Keep: 2

Remove: 8

Remaining: 158

At this rate, I may actually have a manageable TBR in about a year. Baby steps.


What are your thoughts on these books?

xx Claudia






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