Down the TBR Hole #1

I first found Down the TBR Hole on The Book Cover Girls blog. I immediately knew that I have to do it also because my TBR is so, so long and I haven’t checked what’s on it for so long! It doesn’t even serve the purpose of the TBR, because I rarely check it before I choose my next read.

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • 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?

My To Read Shelf: 1224 books 

That’s way too many, this many books on TBR are not serving a purpose of TBR because I have no control over it. I no longer use it as a place where I can find what book to read next. It’s just a dump of all the books I found interesting at one point. So this year I’m going to clean up my TBR. And this meme is the perfect thing for it.

All books in today’s post were added to my TBR in December 2012.

The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd


I have a paperback of this book, it was a gift from my aunt. She loves this book and sometimes asks me if I finally read it. And I want to read it, so I’m keeping it on my TBR.

 – KEEP –

The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway


It’s a Hemingway’s novel, one of the most popular by him. So once I thought it would be fun to read it, but let’s face it – I’m never going to pick it up. It sounds really interesting, but when faced with a decision if I want to read it, I’m going to pass.

 – REMOVE – 


Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf


Ok, it’s Virgina Woolf, and I really want to read a novel by her. I only read one book by her so far – Room of One’s Own and it was brilliant.

– KEEP – 

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini


It was a really popular book at one point. And I think its popularity was the only reason I put it on my TBR. Blurb is quite interesting, but I won’t read the book anyway.


The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman


It’s a 2012 Goodreads Choice award winner in ‘Historical Fiction’ category. And it has very good reviews from my trusted GR friends, so I intend to read this one.

– KEEP –

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath


This is a must-read for me! I have a physical copy of this one that I bought in a really nice bookstore in Berlin.

– KEEP –

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak


This book has the highest Goodreads rating among the books I’m going through in this post. It’s a beloved book, and I feel that I will love it too when I finally read it. But I’m not a big fan of books set during World War II. For now, I’m going to keep this on my TBR though.

– KEEP – 

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë


It’s a classic literature, and I definitely want to read it one day.

– KEEP –

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

17014070-_sy540_Another classic, beloved by many. It’s a children classics but in the English speaking countries. I never heard of it when I was a child. I think I’d like to give it a try.

– KEEP –

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

5907I don’t know what to do with this one. Another classic, beloved by many. One day I’ll read it.

– KEEP –

This was really hard! All the books at the bottom of my TBR are mostly classics, that I really loved to read, but never actually make time to do so. What do you think about my choices? Do you think I should reconsider bringing back on my TBR Kite Runner and The Sun Also Rises?



2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    What a great post. I admit I’d probably find it really difficult to remove books from my TBR but I think you made good decisions – I enjoyed the Kite Runner and it was very popular but I actually preferred A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author – to be honest they’re both very difficult reads emotionally. I haven’t read any Hemmingway – but, I probably would have added this and then removed it like you did. I did have a copy of the Bell Jar but I eventually gave up on reading it – I just knew I wasn’t going to get to it. although part of me still thinks I should try it.
    Lynn 😀


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