Down the TBR Hole #1

Posted June 6, 2020 by Lillian in Features / 2 Comments

Down the TBR Hole Meme

Down The TBR Hole is a meme originally created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. Lia is no longer blogging, so Jody @ I’m Into Books has taken over. Be sure to join the linky on her site!

Happy Saturday y’all! This month I’m starting something new, something that is much needed, and something that I wanted to share with you all. We’ve all been there – Looking at our TBR, wondering what to read, and being completely overwhelmed at the sheer amount of books we have listed. As of writing this post, my current Goodreads TBR shelf has 382 books on it, my physical shelf and Kindle TBR shelf has more than I care to share at this time (mainly because I don’t want to count them 😅). That being said, I need to do something, anything really, so I know what I want to read next. That’s where this meme comes in.

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m really excited to give this a go. I will only being doing it once a month, typically the first Saturday. And I’m probably going to do 10 or more a month. I’m starting with my Goodreads TBR. I’d like to leave only books I plan to read on there and remove all the others. I started this journey on a TTT post last month: see the first five from my TBR here.

The Books

Longbourn by Jo Baker

When I was in college, I discovered a love for Jane Austen. I was required to read one of her books for a class (I can’t remember which one now), and the procrastinator that I am waited until the last minute to find it. The only one I could find was a collection of all her books. I wound up devouring them, and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. I remember coming across this book and thinking how much I’d love to read a continuation of the story. But to be completely honest, I’m no longer interested. So this one is getting dropped.

Book Cover for "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I picked up a copy of this book at a local used bookstore around the time the movie came out. I really wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. As it is though, I’ve not read the book yet and still haven’t seen the movie 🤦‍♀️ One of these days I’ll get around to both. This one stays.

Book Cover for "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

First off have y’all seen this new cover?! So pretty 😍 But I digress. I added this to my TBR after another book lover recommended it to me based on my love of Matched. I don’t know how it compares (only what I was told). That being said, it’s currently on sale for $3.99 on Kindle so it stays because I one-clicked 😅

Book Cover for "Gone" by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant

Y’all I have zero will-power. This one is also on sale for $3.99 on Kindle….so it stays. In my defense, I love dystopian thrillers like this so I will eventually wind up binging the entire series.

Book Cover for "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I’m still working my way through The Mortal Instruments and enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it this year. Amanda raves about this prequel series, and I can’t wait to dive in. It stays.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I remember seeing the reviews for this one and thinking I wanted to read it. However now looking at, I’m not all that interested. I’m not a big reader of supernatural….paranormal yes. I can read that all day. Supernatural not so much. This one goes.


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Dystopia has always been one of my go-to reads. But recently, I’ve been a little burned out on it. Despite that, I love the blurb for this one. At one time, I even owned this series, not sure what happened to them though….for now, this one stays.

Book Cover for "These Broken Stars" by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I need this book in my life right now. I’ve always enjoyed sci-fi, but recently the ones set in space are taking over my TBR. This one has been on my TBR for what feels like forever, I even own it. I’m moving it to the top of the TBR pile. It stays.

Book Cover for "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Have y’all seen these new covers?! The entire series has been rebranded and absolutely gorgeous! I love Fae stories, and I have yet to read a Julie Kagawa book. This one stays.


The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

I am a sucker for historical fiction, specifically those set around WWI and WWII. This particular book fits that and has a little romance too. I also own it, though I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember when I purchased it 🤦‍♀️ It stays.


The Running Tally

Books Removed


Books Kept


Total on TBR


Your Turn! What do you think of my choices? Any I should’ve kept? Gotten rid of? Any I should move to the top of my TBR? Share below

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2 responses to “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. Amanda

    I loved Longbourn, and I think about it every time I watch Pride and Prejudice – but it isn’t necessary in order to love and appreciate the OG, obviously. Also, Thank you for keeping Clockwork Angel. <3 I love you for it. 😉

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