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Down the TBR Hole #4

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!

The Rules:

  1. Go to your Goodreads To-Read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  4. Read the synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: Keep it or should it go?
  6. Repeat every week to gain maximum efficiency (aka to make yourself feel better).

To-read shelf before ‘the purging’: 940


  1. Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Reason why I added it: My sister and I are big fans of New Adult books and I remember reading Tucker’s other series (Ten Tiny Breaths) and that was really cute so I wanted to read this series.

Verdict: Remove. I most likely will not get around to reading this. So, sorry, book! Time to go!


2. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

Reason why I added it: Drama was one of my subjects back in high school so I always have a fondness for it. That and it sounded really cute.

Verdict: Keep. It still sounds cute and I would like to read it someday.


3. Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Reason why I added it: I have no memory of reading this book. Like maybe it looked cute at the time, but now, I don’t know why.

Verdict: Remove.


4. Love Fortunes and other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Reason why I added it: It looked like a cute book (why was teen me so obsessed with cute books? The question remains unanswered)

Verdict: Remove. We’re trying to keep the tbr down to a minimum (*cough cough looking at you #novels19) so not keeping this.


5. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Reason why I added it: It had music in it! It sounded pretty cute.

Verdict: Remove. I won’t read it, so why keep it?


6. Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Reason why I added it: @ Teen DB: Why all the cute books that you now have no interest in reading?

Verdict: Remove.


7. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Reason why I added it: Fantasy novel about a Muslim-American and has to complete this spy-type mission? I’m in.

Verdict: Remove. I do want to read it, but it’s not a real concern right now if I should read it or not.


8. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Reason why I added it: A book about a girl defying the odds and being badass amongst tons of guys? Hi, yes, this is something I like.

Verdict: Keep. It still looks super good.


9. Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reason why I added it: Definitely an add back when I read more dystopian fics. I think I watch more dystopian movies than read the books, nowadays.

Verdict: Remove. Still sounds good, but just not right now.


10. Pawn by Aimee Carter

Reason why I added it: I like the idea of having ranks in society – makes one think and all about one’s place in society.

Verdict: Keep. Still like it and still want to read it.


Tbr shelf after ‘the purging’: 933

Books removed: 7

Books kept: 3

(and then I added a few more books, but we’re not counting that!)


Here’s a question for you – why do our younger selves just randomly add books to their Goodreads’ tbr shelf? Like I just want to travel back in time, take myself and shake myself (no, wait, I can’t do that, that’ll open up a wormhole or black hole or something similar.)



20 responses to “Down the TBR Hole #4”

  1. hm, the only book on this list that I’ve heard of is Pawn (gave it 3 stars; not original but decently entertaining). congrats on getting rid of most of these – my younger self was also terrible about adding books to her TBR just because they had a pretty cover or vaguely interesting summary or someone somewhere said she should read them, so I’m really looking forward to hitting that patch of the shelf and watching the number go down! 👀

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    1. I’m surprised (but thankful) a lot of the books are removed. It is quite a trip down memory lane looking at the books and trying to figure out why books were added.
      But then again a lot of my adds back then were all due to their vaguely interesting.

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      1. that sounds about right! my TBR was pretty much just “this sounds kinda cool, I’ll look at it again later” and then I never came back to it, and here we are 😅

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      2. Definitely same thing over here! I think if I had to remove all the books I would never come back to I’d probably end up with about 5 or 10 books at the most.

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  2. I’ve only read Reboot out of these 10. It was a while back though, the story was okay, just didn’t blow me away 😉 I can understand you’d remove it :’)

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    1. To be honest I have no idea why that book was even on my tbr? Which, I guess, is another reason to take it off!

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  3. Olivia-Savannah Avatar

    You did a good job of removing some from your shelf! I haven’t read it but Rites of Passage is on my wishlist and it does still sound good to me too. I read He Will be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker and really enjoyed it! But haven’t gotten around to reading any more of her books lately… maybe Burying Water is one I should be trying 😛

    My recent post: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2019/01/the-upside-of-unrequited-book-review-giveaway/

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    1. Tucker’s books are really cute and fluffy – exactly the thing you need now and then! Ten Tiny Breaths is another book of hers I recommend!

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  4. I took over two pages of books off my Goodreads in the past few months, I was talking about this recently, just like ‘what was I thinking when I added them?’ I do think another purge is due fo rme!

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    1. Back then I probably only cared about the cover and if there was a romance in the book. That’s it 😂 And now I’m suffering the consequences!

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  5. Haha..I would go back in time and shake some sense into teenage Me as well..! This seems like a really effective way to get the TBR down a bit and make it less overwhelming…I’ll try too! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It is such a good way to get your tbr down – until you see a list of new releases 😂

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      1. That’s true! 😜😜 Actually, that’s why I keep two separate lists, one is the books I already own and should be reading, the other is the ones I would like to read but can’t because I don’t own them yet. So…..in my head, it makes the TBR feel somewhat manageable? 😜😁

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      2. ‘Should be reading’ That’s the best. That is a very good way of keeping track of them – even though my ‘should be reading’ list would be in the 100s and then my like to read/don’t own them would be 500+

        But that does sound like it’s easier. Well done on thinking that!

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      3. Thanks.. 😋 Mine’s kind of the opposite though. I have some 300 or so (conservative estimate 🙈) unread books on my shelves but I only have about half that on my wish/to-buy list. ☺️ I’m very strict about which books I want to get seeing as so many of them are just sitting on my shelves now waiting, waiting, waiting to be read…🤷

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      4. Good on you for doing that! I’m so glad books aren’t alive so they can’t feel sad and lonely sitting on the shelf all the time (or are they alive and jump off our shelves at night ala Toy Story? hmm).

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      5. 🙈🙈 thankfully they’re always where I put them so I’m not worried about them coming alive and sneaking around while I’m asleep..😋🤓

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Hi! I’m DB and I really like reading! I mean, of course I do – otherwise this wouldn’t be a book blog. It would be full of pictures of my cat. But come and look at whatever I’ve got on this blog!
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January 2019

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