Books, General

Down The TBR Hole #2

Welcome back one and all to Down the TBR hole, where I am attempting to reduce my TBR in number and remove any unwanted books from the list. My list is not insurmountable, and I have made a good effort in reducing it this year, but I want to try and remove any of the books that I no longer want to read, and remove the ones that are only on there because I think they should be and not because I actually want to read them. OK, so, last time I managed to ditch a few reads and my TBR ended on 233 books, but since then I have added books I have received as gifts and added books that I have acquired through charity book hauls, so it currently actually stands at 244 books.

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. The Fault in Our Stars John Green

Why is is there? If added this when I joined Goodreads, which happened to coincide with the time that this books, and in fact all John Green’s novels, were going through their big moment. I never read it at the time, and I feel like I have missed to curve on reading this and that it’s not in my genre anyway.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Why is is there? I hear that this book is creepy and about a paedophile and a murderer and if I am honest, I really can’t decide what I think about it. I haven’t seen the film, so I don’t know the full story and I basically can’t decide if I actually want to read it. This was a hard one, but, I think the potential good outweighs the creep factor.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

Why is is there? I have only ever tried to read the audiobook for this and couldn’t get into it. It’s one of those books that I really want to say I have read but when it comes to physically reading it, I haven’t made it there yet, y’know. I would like to read it some day though.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

4. The Godfather Mario Puzo

Why is is there? I knew there was a book that birthed the film adaptation, and felt like it would be something I would really like and so added it to my TBR. I don’t remember it’s a book a lot of the time but think it would be something that I would really enjoy.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

5. The Bourne Supremacy Robert Ludlum

Why is is there? Do I want to read this book? Yes. Do I want to read all about Jason Bourne? Absolutely. Have I read the first book in this series? Erm, no. I have decided that, as this is the second book in a series where the first is on my TBR to that I can delete this for now as the first will hold the series place on the list.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

6. Red Dragon Thomas Harris

Why is is there? I find the character of Hannibal Lector equal parts terrifying and intriguing. I have enjoyed some of the film adaptations of these books over the years and would really like to read the books one day too.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon

Why is is there? This book is on my list because lots of people have told me that this is a good book to read and that I should finish it at one point. I know absolutely nothing about it and have never actually had the desire to pick it up and read more into it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 

Why is is there? This is on here because I own it and because I really actually would like to read Hosseini’s books at some point, but it’s not something that I have got round to yet, but I want to find out if I like stuff by him before I keep more of his books on my TBR.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

Why is is there? I looked at this on my TBR and was surprised at myself that I still haven’t actually read it yet. I really quite like Sci-fi and space and unusual stories and feels like this falls in that bracket for sure.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

10. The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum

Why is is there? I don’t know exactly why this is lower on my list than the second instalment, but there we go. I really like thrillers and have enjoyed other Ludlum books so this is definitely a book that is a more when I read it than if I ever want to.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep


This round:
Kept – 6
Ditched – 4

Overall:
Kept – 9
Ditched – 11

Well that’s all for the second edition of Down the TBR Hole, I am definitely going to make this a somewhat regular feature. 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 240 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?

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