Down the TBR Hole #5

Welcome back to this actually quite regular and cathartic feature one my blog! I am really enjoying culling my TBR list down to books I actually have an interest in reading and want to keep on my list. It’s fascinating to see what past Liz thought would be good to add on my list, and trying to understand why added books that I don’t actually remember ever seeing or clicking on! Down the TBR Hole #4 saw a cull of romance and Belinda Jones biting the proverbial dust, whereas this week’s edition is a little more varied and if I am being quite honest, interesting! ! Today we start at 231 books, let’s see what happens!

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. Kiss Heaven Goodbye Tasmina Perry

Why is is there? I don’t actually recall ever adding this book to my list, and if I am honest, I have never heard of the author either. I imagine it was added at the same time as all the Belinda Jones books that were removed from my TBR list. After re-reading the synopsis, I am non the wiser and definitely sure I won’t miss it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Villette Charlotte Brontë 

Why is is there? I received this during my subscription to Willoughy Book Club so own a physical copy. I have never read anything by the Brontë sisters, and even though I am not sure I will like anything they’ve written, I can’t rule them out completely. Right?
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. The Various Steve Augarde

Why is is there? This is a book I received from a good friend after she recommended it. It was a book that she had loved during childhood and not one I had heard of. I don’t always like books about fairies, but it is apparently written in an old fashioned style children’s books and I would still quite like to read it.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

4. Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Why is is there? This book doesn’t ring any bells if I am honest. It sounds like a red-riding hood retelling set in Russia and is actually a middle grade book. I don’t read many MG books, especially that haven’t been hyped a lot or recommended to me, and I feel like that says it all with this one.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Maggie Stiefvater

Why is is there? This is actually the third instalment in The Raven Cycle series. It’s a series I have heard a lot of good things about and my friend/housemate Emma really likes, but let’s be real, I don’t need the third on my list if I haven’t read the first one yet do I?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

6. Dream Thieves Maggie Stiefvater

Why is is there? This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series, and just like the book above that was inexplicably added before the second, I don’t need it on my list if I haven’t finished the first novel.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

7. Midnight Queen Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Why is is there? Part of me really thinks that I should keep this book on my TBR because re-reading the synopsis has made me think that it is something I would quite enjoy. The other half of me really thinks that I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I did this list, never heard of the author, and don’t remember adding it to my list so maybe they’re all signs it should go?
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

8. Between Sisters Cathy Kelly

Why is is there? Nope. That is all I really have to say. I realise that is quite harsh but that is how I am feeling right now and therefore I know its nothing something that is my cup of tea.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

9.  The Secret Katerina Diamond

Why is is there? I must have added this to my list during a giveaway, and have to say that this book sounds really good. The problem is that it is the second in a detective series that I have never read and that makes me wary I would need to read the first to truly understand this one. Do you see my dilemma? It’s a hard one!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

10. The Secret History Donna Tartt

Why is is there? This is one of my housemates favourite books and is one of those novels I see appear on must-read lists and best books of the 20th century compilations. I feel split as to whether I think I will really like it or really loathe it, but either way, I want to read it any find out.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

This round:
Kept – 3
Ditched – 7

Kept – 16
Ditched – 34

Another one bites the dust! Or, in this case, another 7 books! I feel better that I am clearing out books that I don’t remember adding and really have no interest in that would have otherwise clogged my list for years to come. It also feels good to get rid of sequels to a series I haven’t read that. I think keeping one book in a series is plenty enough and is a good rule to stick by. Progress has undoubtedly been made but I still have a long way to go and my TBR list still sits at 224 books but I have made strides to get that down!

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 #5”

  1. Nooo take it back! You must read the Noctis Magicae trilogy by Sylvia Izzo Hunter! So good!! It’s what I wanted A Discovery of Witches to be like! And yes, I agree if you haven’t read the first book in a series, there’s no reason to have the additional books in your TBR. But you definitely should also read the Raven Cycle! 🙂


    1. Tbh I have tried once with The Raven Cycle, but I didn’t like the narrator of the audiobook and haven’t yet tried to read the paperbacks. They’re still on my list as a series!
      You’re the first person I’ve ever seen rep the series. It sounded pretty good but I just wasn’t convinced and there is so much stuff that I want to read ahead of it that I knew realistically I wouldn’t ever get round to it :/


      1. I didn’t care for the narrator of the audiobooks for the Raven Cycle either. Reading the books was much better. I’m not sure why Hunter’s trilogy flew under the radar because it’s really good! I got the first one as an ARC and just loved it. It’s like adult Harry Potter.

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