Down the TBR Hole #5: Conquer your TBR

Welcome back to my Down the TBR hole journey. In case you aren’t aware I am participating in a ‘meme’ created by Lia’s at Lost In A Story, in which bloggers are to go through their Goodreads shelf and make some tough decisions.

As a refresher, or for those who haven’t read the first post, the purpose of this ‘meme’ is as followed:

  • 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?

Interested to see which books didn’t make the cut in week five? Keep on reading to find out!

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15790842.jpgLife After Life (Todd Family #1) by Kate Atkinson

Publisher:Reagan Arthur Books (April 2, 2013)

Print Length: 531 pages

The Verdict

I owned Life After Life at one point and didn’t find myself upset about giving it away. While the premise of Ursula reliving her life over and over in 1910 does seem intriguing, this is a GO.


17333230.jpgThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Publisher:Little, Brown and Company (October 15, 2013)

Print Length: 848 pages

The Verdict

I originally added this book to my TBR list on Goodreads after it was announced that it had won the Man Booker Prize in 2013. While the cover is gorgeous reading novels based off their literary merit even though their synopsis’ don’t intrigue me and because of this The Luminaries has to GO.

17860739S. by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst

Publisher:Mulholland Books (October 29, 2013)

Print Length: 456 pages

The Verdict

When this book was first announced 22-year-old Sara couldn’t have been more thrilled than to read a novel thought up by the genius behind LOST. Flash forward five years later (see what I did there…LOST reference…nevermind) and while I would still like to pick this up at some point in my life I am no longer lusting after it. Due to this it is a GO.

22370991J by Howard Jacobson 

Publisher:Jonathan Cape (August 14, 2014)

Print Length: 326 pages

The Verdict 

Back in 2013-2014 I really had a thing for single letter book titles. Ah, the good old days. But as I’ve grown and my reading habits have changed Jacobson’s novel is a GO.


2595138.jpgThe Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Publisher:Doubleday (August 5, 2008)

Print Length: 465 pages

The Verdict

I can’t for the life of me remember why I added this to my Goodreads TBR in 2015. Upon reading the synopsis I also wonder why it has stayed on my Goodreads TBR list since 2015. It isn’t the type of book I would usually read and for those reasons and more it is a GO.

23149128Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2015)

Print Length: 336 pages

The Verdict

Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while know you will be aware of my love/hate relationship with contemporary novels. One contemporary novel that I loved, however, was The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. Featuring a funny, smart, and flawed male protagonist dealing with real issues I greedily ate it up and found myself eagerly anticipating her next work. And yet, when Extraordinary Means was published in 2015 it escaped my radar. As I am only prone to reading one or two contemporary novels a year this one, and Schneider’s next publication, Invisible Ghosts, are a KEEP for me.

20820994I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Publisher:Dial Books (September 16, 2014)

Print Length: 384 pages

The Verdict

As with Life After Life I did own I’ll Give you the Sun at one point. But as I said in my verdict on Extraordinary Means I am very picky with my contemporary reads and seeing as I’ve already gotten rid of this book physically it might as well be time to get rid of it digitally. This is a GO.

18110890Target Churchill: A Thriller Ripped from the Pages of History by Warren Adler

Publisher:Stonehouse Press (June 17, 2013)

Print Length: 318 pages

The Verdict

While Churchill is one of those historical figures that will always interest me, I’m not so interested in reading about a trained Soviet mole with the mission of assassinating The British Bulldog. This is a GO.

12679626The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Publisher:Picador (August 25, 2000)

Print Length: 639 pages

The Verdict

Comic books, World War II, Escape artists, and war. I initially added The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay because of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge but it is a KEEP because it just sounds so darn cool!

20706269Broken Monster by Lauren Beukes

Publisher: Mulholland Books (June 16, 2015)

Print Length: 464 pages

The Verdict

I remember adding Broken Monsters to my Goodreads TBR after picking up Beukes’ other novel, The Shining Girls. To be honest I am a bit surprised this is even still on my list give that The Shinning Girls is one of two books that find their homes on my DNF list of books. Because I just didn’t really like Beukes’ writing style this is a GO.

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And those are the books that I kept and let go of during week five of Down the TBR hole. Want to join along? Leave a link to your post or a comment below on which books you chose to stay and go.



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