Down the TBR Hole #2, 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: 211

Current ‘Want to Read’ Shelf: 211

I have started on this round months ago but a lot of things happened, both in the world and just personally, mentally, that this got shelved and I have only recently been able to go back to this. I have been reading books, but haven’t really finished anything, so that’s fun for my reading challenge, but hopefully clearing out my TBR list some more will help me get back into reading something and actually finishing it. With that said, let’s proceed!

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

1. Embrace by Cherie Colyer

These days, I don’t quite enjoy seeing a premise where a female main character is drawn to a mysterious guy. Maybe because I’ve read so much of that before? But because of this aspect I don’t think I’ll be going for this title right now.

Decision: LET GO

2. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

This gave me a moment of pause, since it seemed to have high ratings from my Goodreads friends. However, I don’t really think I’m that interested in reading this one, even with the nice enough premise, so I’ll let go this one for now.

Decision: LET GO

3. Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead

A major consideration of mine when it comes to deciding whether I want to keep a book or not in the list is if I have a copy of the book. In this case, I do have a physical copy of the book somewhere, so I do want to read the book. Someday. When I find it. Which I should get on with.

Decision: KEEP

4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I had to think about this one, because classics do give me pause. After months of letting this stew in my drafts, I think I’ll keep this one in my shelf for now. I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, since I don’t have a copy with me, but I don’t think I want to forget about this one either.

Decision: KEEP

5. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

The Goodreads synopsis doesn’t really appeal to me, so I’ll let this one go for now.

Decision: LET GO

6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I also had to give this one some time, because, for one, a part of me thinks I’ve read this before, maybe more than a decade ago when I was in high school? Or even more than that? But I don’t really remember the story, and in the end, I think I’ll let this linger for a bit more and maybe I can pick this up and get to read it now where I’ll have a better appreciation and memory for it.

Decision: KEEP

7. Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

This is another one whose premise does not really appeal much to me anymore. Thus, I am going to let this one go.

Decision: LET GO

8. Unwritten Rules by M.A. Stacie

I think there’s a general theme to most of the titles in this particular batch, and it gives me a glimpse of what I was interested in at a certain point of time in my past. However, this one also does not really pique my interest when I look at it now, so I’ll be letting this one go as well.

Decision: LET GO

9. Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

This is yet another glimpse into my past, and I am going, “ah, of course, this would have interested me”. However, currently this is not what I am really into, so I am going to remove this one for now.

Decision: LET GO

10. Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

This one has a pretty interesting premise, but I will also be letting this one go, albeit for a slightly different reason. I do think that this may prove to be an exciting read, but the themes of the book are such that I don’t think I am mentally ready to tackle them at this point in time, so I’ll let this one go for now.

Decision: LET GO


Books remaining in this batch: 3/10

‘Want to Read’ Shelf after this round: 204

This was pretty cutthroat as well, although not quite as quick as the previous one when I think about how long this post stayed in the drafts before I finally got to finish it. Slowly but surely, I think my TBR shelf is getting neater and more useful to me instead of overwhelming. What do you think of this round? Do you have any favorites in this batch? See you in my next round of Down the TBR Hole!

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