Books, General

Down the TBR Hole #1

Hello all, and welcome to a new feature on my blog: Down the TBR Hole. I have seen this post type on my friend Emma’s blog for a while now (click here to read her posts), and is something I have meant to do on my own blog for some time now. My TBR is not currently insurmountable by any means, but it’s growing and growing and I have no idea what’s actually on there or if I even want to read everything on the list anymore, so I am going to try and shorten the list, or at the very least remove things I don’t care about reading to add things I want to finish on there.

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So, how does it work?

  • 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?

1. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

Why is is there? If I am being honest, I have no real idea why this is on here other than I felt like it should have been on here when I signed up to Goodreads. I feel like it’s one of those classics that you should read at some point, but it doesn’t interest me. I have a feeling this might be a trend on this list.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Animal Farm George Orwell

Why is is there? I really enjoyed 1984  but have never read any other Orwell, and as I have heard great things about this book and it’s really quite short, it was the next one I thought I could try and finish.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

Why is is there? I haven’t ever read a Brontë novel so maybe I would like them, but I kind of feel like this was a suggestion when I signed up to Goodreads and so I ticked it so my ‘To-Read’ shelf wasn’t empty?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

4. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

Why is is there? My Dad and housemate both love Jane Austen and I own some really pretty editions of classics so I put this on my list to try and encourage me to read it but if I am honest, it no longer interests me to try and read it.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

5. Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

Why is is there? I have only ever read Great Expectations by Dickens and I think this was on here because it’s one of his other famous works and I was hoping I would one day come to read it. I forgot it was even on my TBR, I don’t own it and don’t really want to read it, so that’s a gonna.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

6. Emma Jane Austen

Why is is there? Again, this was added because I have this feeling as a reader that I should read these classics because everyone else does, but it really doesn’t interest me and is only on my TBR for the sake of it. I don’t like this genre or period of writing, so I don’t know why I have persevered with it on my list.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

7. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

Why is is there? My friend Matt studied and loved this book at school, and my friend and housemate used this as a basis in her dissertation at University, and I have only ever heard good things. It’s a classic that actually sounds like something I would read and isn’t just on here for the sake of it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

8. Persuasion Jane Austen

Why is is there? I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but this has literally been added to my TBR at the same time as the others for no other reason than it was a suggestion when I joined and set up my initial TBR on Goodreads.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

9. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

Why is is there? I have said for years that I will read this in the run up to Christmas, but I never owned my own copy so never got round to it. I have wanted to read it for a long time because it’s a festive classic and a story that is told and retold all the time in film and on TV and I’d really like to read the original. I finally own it, maybe this is the year…
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

10. Mansfield Park Jane Austen

Why is is there? OK, we’ve established that Austen isn’t my jam, but it’s not just me with this one because my housemate can’t get onboard and finish this and she loves her other books. I added this at the same time as all the others on this list. I think it’s pretty clear I must have hit a most added section when I was shown how to make a ‘To-Read’ shelf?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

This round:
Kept – 3
Ditched – 7

Overall:
Kept – 3
Ditched – 7

Well that’s all for the first edition of Down the TBR Hole, but I have a feeling this will become a (semi) regular occurrence. There is something cathartic about culling your TBR and accepting that you have no interest in a book you added years ago. My TBR currently stands at 233 books which really isn’t too bad. I have a habit of added books blindly to my TBR so I need to actually narrow it down to what I want to read.

Have I ditched anything I shouldn’t have?

Have I kept something that’s not worth my time?

Let me know what you think?

3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1”

  1. I really did not enjoy persuasion, so I am kinda happy you ended up ditching it. Animal Farm is a great short read, I read it twice. Once in high school and once since graduating. It held up which was a wonderful outcome.

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    1. I sat for a while and thought is this on here because I want to read it, or think I should read it just because it was a classic and when I decided it was the latter I started to just get rid, very enjoyable.
      I’m looking forward to Animal Farm 😊

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