Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story, and is a super fun (and simultaneously productive) tag to help you whittle away at those never-ending TBRs! (By the way, you can click on the covers to go to the Goodreads listings!)
It works like this:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
- Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
Current “to-read” shelf: 1,055 titles
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – added 12.13.16
I don’t own this one, but I do own his book, The Serpent King. I think I’ll remove this until I read that one and decide if I like his writing.
DECISION: REMOVE (for now)
Believe Like a Child by Paige Dearth – added 12.13.16
I don’t know why I added this. I really don’t. I can’t do books about child abuse and the synopsis literally begins with “Alessa is seven years old the first time her uncle rapes her” – nope nope nope. That’s a one-way ticket to Bad Mental States for Destiny.
When Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth – added 12.13.16
Same author, same child abuse content. The weirdest thing is that I didn’t realize how much I vehemently wanted to avoid these books until the author sent me an email offering me a copy of this one, but I guess I forgot to remove them at the time.
Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls – added 12.13.16
I… feel really weird about a story about a little girl growing up on a farm haunted by loads of unwanted orphan baby ghosts being marketed as “children’s horror”. Also, no clue how this got here.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – added 12.13.16
This honestly sounds like an interesting story, but the entire premise is about self-harm, and I’ve come to realize that self-harm is just one area where I need to be kind to myself and stay away from content that discusses it too heavily.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – added 12.13.16
Yikes… This one might upset some people. I tried reading this book last year, and kind of hated it. I DNFed it somewhere around page 100 but was gonna force myself to try again since it’s so widely loved, but the longer I’ve thought back on it, the more I’ve realized I don’t want to read this book. Sorry. 🙁
We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler – added 12.16.16
Ehhhh… I like the idea of a book about how feminism is being “over commercialized” and all that, but it’s written by one of the founders of Bitch Media, and I have so many problems with that organization that I can’t see myself padding their founders’ pockets.
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez – added 12.18.16
I don’t actually know what this is, besides a horror anthology, but I have too many of those on my shelves as it is.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – added 12.25.16
… okay, so, I really don’t love Rainbow Rowell as a human being. I think she’s really insensitive and, at times, downright offensive. Buuut I already have this on my kindle, and I’ve heard it’s her second best story, so I guess I’ll try it.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – added 12.25.16
Another book that I DNFed but thought I’d try again someday. Let’s be real… it’s not happening.
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins – added 12.25.16
I actually just purchased this one recently! I didn’t love the winter anthology that went with this one, but I want to try it anyways.
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather – added 12.27.16
I’m pretty sure I just bought this for the cover, but it sounds okay, and I’m usually intrigued by stories revolving around Salem. And there’s a “handsome, angry ghost”?
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – added 12.27.16
This cover is so pretty and I already have it on my kindle, so I’m going to keep it despite my gut, most of my friends, and GR’s average rating telling me not to.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – added 12.27.16
I am so incredibly torn on this book. On the one hand, I know it has a really messed up “romance”. On the other hand, so many bloggers that I trust said it was a really well-written book if you enjoy fucked up reads (I do). What do you guys think?
DECISION: KEEP (for now)
Frostblood by Elly Blake – added 12.27.16
I just like books about magical tournaments.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight – added 12.28.16
I thought I would kind of dig the snark in this one, but realistically, I’ll never get around to reading it.
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson – added 12.28.16
Another one I just purchased! It’s a non-fiction book about being a black woman in America, but told through comedy.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett – added 12.28.16
I feel bad that I keep removing books about feminism, but holy hell, the reviews are scathing for so many reasons, the biggest of which is that reviewers claim the author refuses to acknowledge trans women as women. Yuck.
I Hate Fairyland #1 by Skottie Young – added 12.28.16
A gruesome, gory, violent little fairytale graphic novel… but I get the feeling it exists more for shock value than actual plot, from the synopsis.
That Should Be a Word by Lizzie Skurnick – added 12.28.16
This is literally a nonfiction comedy book about words the author thinks should exist. Who the hell added this to my TBR? 😂