Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme I’ve seen floating around the blogosphere. Now, y’all know my TBR is a walking disaster of books. Hang on…. Ok. So, there are exactly 1598 books on my Goodreads TBR. Yep. You did read that correctly. Holy shit. Am I right? This is going to be difficult!

If I am correct, Down the TBR Hole originated here. Basically, the gist is to start at the beginning of your TBR and go through a few books and decide if you’re going to keep them. My goal is to go through a minimum of 10 books each week. At 10 books a week, this would take me years to get through! I may do a little bit more, depending on how it goes. What do y’all think?

Let’s get started! (Click the book covers to find on Amazon).

The books (1-5):

 I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella.

A book written in email and text exchanges. I love this kind of format; a huge sucker! I started my Goodreads on August 16, 2012. This was the first book I added to my TBR. Almost 5 years ago, and I still have yet to read this. However, I do own this book so I will get to it someday.

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 

 Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison.

I started reading a book by Harbison years ago. I never finished it. This was back when I was an absolute terrible reader. Haha. It may have even been this book; I’m not sure. Either way, the premise is hilarious! A shoe addict who turns to a life as a sex phone operator because she wants to buy shoes? Count me in!

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 The Husband by Dean Koontz.

This is the first book by Koontz I’ve bought. If I’m right, I still have the paperback. I love the little thing on the front cover. What’s that thing called? It’s not the blurb, but…. Ugh! Subtitle doesn’t feel right either. Anyway, the whole “We have your wife. You can get her back for 2 million – cash” sucked me in!

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 

 A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton.

I made it my personal mission to grab all the books in the series. I currently own A-W. X and Y have been published but I don’t own them. I have yet to start this series. It was one of those things where I really wanted to read it but never got around to it. Then I started collecting the books. I’m not sure if I could let go now. Just because I bought books. Maybe I’ll start with A and then decide?

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner.

I haven’t been burned by a serial killer, but I have been burned by a husband who turned out to be a serial cheater. It’s too good to pass up! A perfect husband is not who he says he is. Secrets, deceit, murder. What could be a better combo?

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 

Side note: this really isn’t going too well. Five books in and I haven’t removed any… Ahh!

The books (6-10):

 Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler.

My favorite book of all time is the trilogy, Kissed by an Angel. This one is the fourth book in the series. I also had the fifth book in the series added to my TBR right after this one. I have deleted that one because if I never get to the fourth one, there’s no sense in having it on there. But Evercrossed continues Ivy and Tristian’s story, so I must continue.

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 

 Bared to You by Sylvia Day.

It’s supposed to be as good as Fifty Shades of Grey, or along the same lines. As much as I liked FSOG, I only added it due to this reason. If I remember right, I probably own this book. Who knows? I own too many. Haha. For now, let’s table this one. There are too many other erotica and BDSM books that capture my attention.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

 

Side note: Yay! My first removal! Let’s keep this up!

 

 Secrets that Kill by Colleen Helme.

The cover leaves something to be imagined, and y’all know I am a huge cover whore! Meh, it’s listed under fantasy and paranormal. Typically, those aren’t my cups of tea. Based on the date I added it, I would say this book was a Kindle freebie. I’ve bought a shit ton of those. Ooops. At this rate, I’m figuring a good portion of my Kindle freebies will be removed, especially the earlier ones. We shall see.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

 I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying by Matthew Salesses.

This sounded intriguing but I just couldn’t make up my mind. I went to Amazon, where it will sometimes give you a preview of the book if you click on the cover. I scrolled down to the first chapter; it didn’t capture my attention. I did like the format. There’s 115 chapters, or short short stories. They tell the narrative of the novel in a flash fiction type of way. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure if I would ever get to read this.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

 

 

 Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison.

I definitely added this one because of Shoe Addicts Anonymous. After reading the blurb, I’m not too sure if this one is for me. It sounds really good, but the reviews were terrible! Normally, I don’t pay attention to the reviews, but doing this culling is going to force me to at least look at the stars. Ugh. So this one will be a pass.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

The books (11-15):

 

 Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist by Amanda Jenkins.

Right off the bat, I love reading Confessions of anything! It makes the characters always seem more relatable and more personable. Unfortunately, the blurb has given me a scrunchy face. It’s nonfiction, and it’s religious. I’d like the nonfiction aspect, but religious paired with it? That’s super difficult for me. So… Nah.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

 

 Thinking of You by Jill Mansell.

I’ve been meaning to read a book of hers for a while, even before I started by TBR on Goodreads. But I don’t think it will be this one. It just doesn’t have the same appeal it used to.

The Verdict: REMOVE

 

 

 Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess.

There is absolutely no idea how this book became on my radar. But. This is staying, no question. Check this out.

“They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison. Today her time has run out.” (The Blurb)

Oh my. I am seriously intrigued.

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 Butter by Erin Jade Lange.

I think I remember hearing about this book in high school. Wait. Nope. This book came out 5 years ago. I’ve been out of high school for much longer than that! Lol. Either way, this book sounds good. It’s one of those topics that is difficult, but that’s what makes it have the potential to be a great book. It has the potential to raise awareness to its topic; it can be controversial. I am all about those controversial books: Tampa anyone? I really do need to reread that one… Get on with it, Kendra. This is not the point. Sorry!

The Verdict: KEEP

 

 Sweethearts by Sara Zarr.

Uh. Yeah, this sounds really good. How am I ever going to continue to get rid of books if every single one sounds good?! Help!!! Ah. I’m thinking I need better criteria for keeping books, besides the blurb.

The Verdict: KEEP

 

Alright. So I’ve tallied the books. Out of the 15 books I listed, I will be keeping 9. Getting rid of 6 is actually pretty good, especially for the first week! What do you guys think?

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. This is an awesome idea! I’ll give it a go this weekend haha 🙂

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      I was so excited when I came across this. I had to follow the links back to find the original, but it was definitely something I need to do. Haha. Good luck with yours if you do it!

  2. Lia says:

    Thanks for joining! I hope it’ll help you! Of course you can do however many books you like, I hadn’t expected anyone to have that many books on their tbr haha. Good luck in going through all of them!!

    1. Kendra Kendra says:

      So far so good! I have another post scheduled and it’s going pretty well. Oh man, I don’t think anyone has a TBR as long as mine! Pretty sure I’m the exception to the rule! haha. I’m a huge cover whore so if the cover looks awesome, I add it. Realistically, I know I will never read all these books. But it’s so difficult to narrow down the books!!! 🙂 Tune in for next week to see it continues.

  3. Hey, that’s not bad at all! You started off slow but you definitely picked up steam as you went along. 🙂 40% is definitely a good number; I would be happy if I could maintain that much!

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