Down the TBR Hole #1, s. 2020

From what I understand, Down the TBR Hole first started over at Lost in a Story. I came across this series at Zezee with Books. (A little shoutout as well to the Book Dutchesses because that’s where I saw where the series started.)

So, this is 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?

I have decided on 10 books per batch.


‘Want to Read’ Shelf from last post: 218

Current ‘Want to Read’ Shelf: 217 (a book got moved to the ‘read’ bookshelf)

I am trying to do this more frequently because I really want to finish one complete round of decluttering my TBR shelf, so I’m trying to write as much as I can and just schedule it so it won’t appear too frequently on my blog. I can’t believe I keep forgetting how useful the ‘schedule post’ feature on WordPress is, I should utilize it more. Anyway, let’s get right to it.

Note: All images taken from Goodreads, with links in the book titles.

1. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

To be honest, I am not in a YA mood at the moment. I’m even having a hard time reading Graceling right now, which I’ve wanted to read for years. I wonder what is happening. But because of this, I am not drawn to the premise of this book.

Decision: LET GO

2. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Same thing here, this YA trope just isn’t pulling me in. I don’t think I’m not into romance plots at the moment, but the blurb of this one just isn’t for me right now. Is this a good or bad time to declutter my TBR list? Maybe, maybe not. But I have decided for now on this one.

Decision: LET GO

3. Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Again, not really interested in love triangles as depicted in the synopsis of this one. I wonder what kind of books I’m looking for at the moment; however, I know this one is not it right now.

Decision: LET GO

4. When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

For some reason, I am vaguely interested in this one. It does seem to have that typical love triangle, but I am more interested in the main character leaving a life behind and everything that comes after that. I guess if there’s something in the plot that seems like it’s interesting and it’s not all about the love triangle, I can still get drawn by the book. I’ll allow myself this one even though I’m on the fence about it. I highly doubt this will survive another round, though.

Decision: KEEP

5. Hana by Lauren Oliver

I haven’t finished the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. I remember being really interested in the premise of it all, where they “cure” people of the ability to love, but I think I fell out of love with the series myself at some point. I think I’ll let this one go, maybe reread the series at some point to see if I want to go back to it. I’m being pretty cutthroat at the moment, and I want to keep the momentum.

Decision: LET GO

6. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

I guess the lack of romance in the Goodreads summary sparked a slight interest in me. I’m more interested in the fantasy or other aspects of the plot other than romance, I am discovering right now. Maybe it’s just for this round. Even in a TV show I’m currently watching, I’m looking out for the lore and the fantasy aspects of the world in the show instead of the characters’ romance. This one sounds interesting enough to keep for now.

Decision: KEEP

7. Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

Not really pulled in by the Goodreads summary. I think I’ll be skipping this for now. I have a few books that are already in my possession that are in the same vein (unlike this one which I don’t have a copy of), so I’d check through those first instead of this title which I don’t have yet.

Decision: LET GO

8 . Ironskin by Tina Connolly

I am a bit turned off by the seeming romance aspect of this story, but the premise of the ironskin is still quite interesting, so I think I’ll keep this one for now.

Decision: KEEP

9. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

I am not really drawn by the synopsis, so I think I’ll pass on this one.

Decision: LET GO

10. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

I am just a tiny bit interested in the character, and the high Goodreads rating is encouraging, so I’ll keep this one for now.

Decision: KEEP


Books remaining in this batch: 4/10

‘Want to Read’ Shelf after this round: 211

This is probably the shortest and most cutthroat round of my Down the TBR Hole series so far (just based on the way I let go of the books), but I’m not mad at it. I’m glad to clear this shelf to add the books I have and others that I really am interested in and would pick up if I had the chance. I still have a lot to go through, and I’m sorely tempted to do one really big round, but for now I’ll keep at this pace. See you in my next round of Down the TBR Hole! What do you think of this round? Are there any titles you wish I kept in?

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