Down the TBR Hole #11

A feature that helps you finally declutter your TBR shelf.

This was started by the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story whose blog you should definitely check out! I took a little break from doing these every week, because it felt repetitive, but I think enough time has passed. So I am back to decluttering and rediscovering new books!

How it works:

  • 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?

Current count of books on my to-read shelf is… 585. Which is a lot. So let’s get rid of some of them (hopefully, sometimes I massively fail)!

1. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

This is one I remember finding on Booktube, and I think the concept is really cool. The premise is that as you travel through space you also travel through time, meaning if you would travel to a different continent, you would also travel through time. Sounds super cool. Plus it’s middle grade, which I LOVE, but never seem to read. This might be the one I pick up next.

Verdict: I am keeping you

2. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez 

I don’t know why this is still here, since I tried reading it and couldn’t get into it all. Everyone loves it and I might pick it up when I read every other comic I want to read. Which is probably never.

Verdict: Goodbye

3. Peter and Alice by John Logan

This is a play, a copy of which I have been eyeing on Book Depository since for ever but I never manage to actually buy it. It’s a play in which the original Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan meet. It sounds so cool? Right? I am not sure what the main premise it, but the concept sounds so good. I need to read this, like, yesterday

Verdict: I am keeping you

4. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

This is a book about a transgender girl and it’s all I know, but it’s also all I actually need to know. I also know a ton of people loved it and I am sure I will too. Just have to pick it up already.

Verdict: I am keeping you

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I have no idea what this is about. Like not even the slightest clue. AND I still want to read it. It has that much good buzz. Plus, everyone told me to go into it blindly and that’s what I am gonna do. Mostly because I am too lazy to read the blurb right now, but also because of the other reasons.

Verdict: I am keeping you

6. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

This is a story about a girl named September who goes to Fairyland and gets given a task there and goes on a quest-like adventure. This sounds so whimsical and magical and it sounds like such a delightful read. Plus it’s very well loved all around the Internet so I think I am going to love it.

Verdict: I am keeping you

7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I vaguely know what this is about. It’s set in post war Barcelona and it’s about a young man searching for a mysterious author and his book who is supposedly dangerous? I am pretty sure it’s something along those lines. Everyone and their mother loves this so I am sure gonna love it as well. I am not special.

Verdict: I am keeping you

8. Just Kids by Patti Smith

There have been a few w-t-f moments in these posts, and this is one of them. I have no idea why I would read this. I don’t know a SINGLE thing about Patti Smith. Like nothing. I am not even sure what she’s famous for. Is she a musician? Maybe. Is she not famous at all? Who knows? Not me. My point is that me adding this was ridiculous. I probably added it because I thought the book looked cool.

Verdict: Goodbye

9. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Of course I am gonna read this. I am obsessed with Adichie, I think she has such a distinctive voice and I just think she’s all around brilliant. I think this tackles the issues of race and feminism through the relationship of two people which is basically a book made for me. I should have already read this, but alas.

Verdict: I am keeping you

10. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

I desperately WANT to read a Joyce book. I think he is such an influential author and a household name, so I want to be in on that. I want to know what his books are like. Wants and the reality are very different. I am probably never ever gonna pick up this one. There will always be other books. Unless someone gets me like a pretty edition of this, then I’ll have no choice.

Verdict: Goodbye

Ah once again, I manage to remove only three books. Three! However, once again, I remembered seven really good ones that should go up on my priority list.

The overall tally:

Total books removed since I started: 32

Current number of books on the to-read shelf: 582

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts on these books if you have read any of them!


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