Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR

While browsing my reader here on WordPress I came across the most amazing post courtesy of Lia at Lost in a Story. In it she recounts every readers worst nightmare, in which they are going through their TBR, whether on Goodreads or other, and realize that it has grown exponentially giving said reader anxiety of seeing how many book are on their TBR but not knowing what half the books are about or why they added them. Being  a TBR sufferer Lia came up with a ‘meme’ in which readers are suppose to:

  • 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?

After going through these steps the reader, aka me, is supposed to go through the TBR weekly, picking 10 more books on their TBR to go through until they are comfortable with the number that represents the books they still want to read.

So, without further adieu, I present the first 10 books that I am going to look at during my Down the TBR hole post. Enjoy.

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14497.jpgNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Publisher:William Morrow Paperbacks (September 2, 2003)

Print Length: 300 pages

The Verdict

Neil Gaiman has been a hit or miss author for me. I loved the Graveyard book but hated American Gods, I loved Coraline but was confused by The Ocean at the End of the Lane. While I do want to read Stardust at some point, given that I do enjoy that movie I feel like I need to read one more Gaiman novel to keep my total equal so I’m going to KEEP this one.

379087A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry 

Publisher:Penguin Books (September 8, 2005)

Print Length: 304 pages

The Verdict

I read quite a number of historical fiction novels surrounding World War I and World War II. As it is one of my favourite genres I am pretty up to date with new releases and as such novels like A Long Long Way kind of fall by the wayside. Because of this reason I’m letting this one GO.

10104The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Publisher:Grove Press (January 1, 1980)

Print Length: 643 pages

 The Verdict

This is one of two non fiction novels recounting the life of one of Britain’s most notorious rulers. I have also, in the past year or so, slowed down my devouring of books having to do with Henry VIII. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir also has a lower rating than the other non-fiction novel I have on this list and as such I’m letting this one GO.

1045757Once (Once #1) by Morris Gleitzman

Publisher: Puffin (February 23, 2006)

Print Length: 149 pages

The Verdict

When going through the multitude of books that explore the Holocaust, Once by Morris Gleitzman comes up again and again. It has a 4.2 rating on Goodreads and review after review praises it as showing how a young boy could have acted during such a heartbreaking time. While I did say I tend to keep up on new releases in the World War I and World War II genre, this book sounds so poignant that I have to KEEP it.

530793The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser

Publisher: Penguin Canada (December 7, 1993)

Print Length: 482 pages

The Verdict

As I said while I weighed whether or not to get rid of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, this book has a higher rating on Goodreads. It also explores more than just the wives and their lives, choosing to also focus on culture, family and politics. Due to these reasons I am going to KEEP The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.

791345.jpgPicnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 

Publisher: Vintage (July 2, 1998)

Print Length: 189 pages

The Verdict

After reading the synopsis of Picnic at Hanging Rock I cannot for the life of me figure out why I added it to my TBR in the first place. The synopsis didn’t catch my interest, nor did the fact that it was a mystery novel originally published in 1967, so for these reasons I am going to let this GO.

331256Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

Publisher: Gollancz (August 24, 2000)

Print Length: 145 pages

The Verdict

As with Picnic at Hanging Rock I don’t have a clue why I initially put Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky on my Goodreads TBR list. As I am trying to decrease my TBR, and keeping with the rules of Down the TBR, this one has got to GO.


91357The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Publisher: Puffin Books (April 12, 2204)

Print Length: 170 pages

The Verdict

This is another YA novel dealing with the Holocaust. Yolen’s look at the horrors of the time has given her many accolades, and the book itself holds a high regard among readers of historical fiction. Given that it is also only 170 pages this is a KEEP for me.

417G9v15bbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Conspiracy of Silence: Franklin D. Roosevelt Impact on History by Harry S. Goldsmith

Publisher: iUniverse (April 8, 2007)

Print Length: 352 pages

The Verdict

There is no explanation for why this book is on my TBR. Given the fact that I am one, not American, and two not generally interested in presidential history this one is going to GO.

1458892The Book of Prefaces by Alasdair Gray

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (November 1, 2005)

Print Length: 672 pages

The Verdict

I remember adding The Book of Prefaces by Alasdair Gray after finishing Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson as it was a recommendation given by Goodreads. Flash forward nearly two years later and I still haven’t read this book, nor have I ever thought of buying it, and as such, this is a GO for me.

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And those are the first 10 books on my Goodreads TBR. Want to join along? Leave a link to your post or comment below on which books are staying and going!



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