I’m linking with a weekly blog meme that allows you to take books off your tbr (because we need this). Lia over at Lost In A Story originally created this so go follow her if you don’t already!
This is my first time linking up with this meme (even though I should have done this a long time ago because this is sorely needed).
- 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?
- Repeat every week to gain maximum efficiency (aka to make yourself feel better).
To-read shelf before ‘the purging’: 936 books
Reason why I added it: I added it because, well, John Green, and when it came out people gave it high praises.
Verdict: Remove – the description just doesn’t interest me. Maybe I’ll pick it up later.
Reason why I added it:Cassandra Clare is definitely one of my auto-buy authors. And I remember reading about the Carstairs a bit and I can’t wait to read this (whenever I do).
Reason why I added it:Mostly due to all the hype and sci-fi is a genre I like. And it’s a retelling.
Verdict: Remove. The synopsis just doesn’t interest me anymore.
Reason why I added it: Ok, so I recommended the first book (The Tiger’s Curse) to a random teenager stranger. A few weeks later she found me in the library and told me she loved it! And so began our friendship! So basically this book is on my tbr because of sentimentality. And of Ren and Kishan.
Reason why I added it: Ok, get this, I’ve seen the movie adaptation of The Host, I have the actual book, but I haven’t read it (to be fair, it’s a huge book).
Verdict: Remove. If I haven’t even read the first book and don’t really have much of an inkling to read the first book, then why do I have the second book (that doesn’t even have a publication date) on my tbr? And no, I don’t have an answer for myself.
Reason why I added it: Confesssion time – I added it because the author’s name is close to mine. Since my name is Daniela, tons of people write and/or pronounce it as Danielle (even though it’s clearly pronounced Daniela, like my name literally ends on a lilt of a lah, like the a is clearly pronounced, but they still mispronounce it. You see why I just stick to a nickname? Way easier). And it’s a retelling of the Wizard of Oz!
Reason why I added it: I loved My Life Next Door – it was super cute and so adorable and definitely a beach read. So I thought I’ll add another one of Fitzpatrick’s books.
Verdict: Remove. I don’t feel very interested in this. I recently took out one of Fitzpatrick’s other books (**something about safe) but I couldn’t get into it. Don’t think I’ll be able to get into this either.
Reason why I added it: I honestly can’t even remember why I added it. Maybe I added it because I like summer camps? Maybe because it was pitched as being similar to Rainbow Rowell?
Verdict: Remove. I don’t read that many contemporaries right now, and I don’t think I’ll get around to this in a long while.
Reason why I added it: I love Mackler’s books! I read a few while still in high school and this one looks really good.
Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Blancotti
Reason why I added it: This was definitely added back in my dystopian-loving days. Not that I don’t like dystopian, I just barely read it now. I remember reading Uglies, but I don’t think I got any further than the second book (Pretties?) I think it was David. I didn’t like him.
Books looked at: 10
Books taken off: 6
Books still on: 4
Tbr shelf after ‘the purging’: 930
Well, that was actually really good! I understand why a lot of people do it. It’s fun to see what’s at the bottom of your tbr – as you mostly see which books you’ve most recently added instead of the books you added firstly. It also makes you think “Why did I add these books?” like why? Some are probably cover-love, but I think a few I was interested back then, but obviously my interests have changed.
Have you taken part in the Down The TBR Hole before? Do you want to? Have you also felt that sometimes you add books but have no idea why? Tell me down below in the comments!
So long and thanks for all the fish!