Books, General

Down the TBR Hole #6

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 #5 saw series bite the bullet, and classics saved from the TBR bin. Much like last week, it is a mixed bag of books. Today we start at 223, 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. Shaman of Bali John Greet

Why is is there? I can’t remember adding this to my TBR and when I look at it, I don’t think I quite understand why I have added it to my list because it is not something that I would usually decide to read.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Throne of Glass Sarah J. Maas

Why is is there? I recently acquired a c copy when my friend was getting rid of these books. I’m really unsure if I will like Sarah J. Maas but they’re so popular and liked by people who like similar YA books to me that I feel like I probably should give it a go. I’ve heard such mixed things but more good than bad so I think it can stay.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Graceling Kristen Cashore

Why is is there? Just like Shaman of Bali, I can’t tell you why I added this to my list. I’ve not heard anything about it at all and don’t remember thinking about reading it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

4. Poison Study Maria V. Snyder

Why is is there? I may not have heard of this book (for a while) but at least this time I can see why I added it because this concept sounds really interesting. I haven’t heard of the author before and I’ve ever been recommended it though. I know it’s not all about books you’ve been recommended and you can discover things on your own, but I like to know what others think first.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

5. Way of Shadows Brent Weeks

Why is is there? Anything that describes assassination as an art in the synopsis is something that is music to my ears. I don’t recall this book at all and don’t think I quite know why I added it as it’s not by an author I know of but I like the sound of it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

6. Assassin’s Apprentice Robin Hobbs

Why is is there? Assassin’s and royal bastards are most definitely something I am going to enjoy reading about, and unlike many of the books that have come previously on this list, I have actually heard of the author and have been recommended this book.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

7. Assassin’s Curse Cassandra Rose Clarke

Why is is there? Oh my giddy little heart this book has pirates, clans, and assassin’s. Oh, and MAGIC. I may not own this but I need this to stay on my list because it sounds like something I would really love.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

8. Black Water Lillies Michel Bussi

Why is is there? I’ve been recommended this book so many times by so many people, including my parents who have both read and liked it. I have read Michel Bussi’s After The Crash and quite liked it, and this is meant to be better so…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

9.  The Bone Season Samantha Shannon

Why is is there? The Priory of the Orange Tree is nothing short of glorious, and as I like dystopian books, I am likely to love something by Shannon that is dystopian given how much I like her fantasy right? I have lost count of how many recommendations I have had for this book! It’s been on my must-read list for so much longer than it should have been!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

10. Dramarama E. Lockhart

Why is is there? As much as I have heard a lot about E. Lockhart’s books, I have not actually felt compelled to read anything by her and this is most definitely not the book of hers that I would start with now as I have read the synopsis.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

This round:
Kept – 6
Ditched – 4

Kept – 22
Ditched – 38

Another one bites the dust! Or, in this case, another 5 books! This week has been an OK de-clutter of my TBR shelf, and I have re-discovered some titles that have really excited me, so that is a nice bonus.  I still have a long way to go and my TBR list still sits at 223 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?

5 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #6”

  1. I love Graceling and its companion novels! I haven’t read the Poison Study series but have read Inside Out and Outside In and they were really good!

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    1. I’m starting to worry I am being a bit willy nilly with getting rid of books from my TBR but there are so many I have looked forward to for so long and still haven’t got to! Ahhh life is hard!


      1. You’re better at it than me! lol. I can’t even let go of books I’ve distantly heard of for fear of “missing out” on them. You know?

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      2. Haha yes I do know. I’m really trying to be more pragmatic and get out of the habit of putting off reading books I know I will love because once I’ve read them I can’t experience them again for the first time. I think letting go of books I know deep down I won’t get to is the starting point


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