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🌟 down the tbr hole 🌟 (#2, in which she refuses to get rid of the classics)

Happy holidays, book gang! I know Christmas is still a week away, but yesterday I finished my finals and I’m FREE AGAIN! Today I am bringing you one of my new-found favorites: the down the TBR hole post! This is the second installment I’ve done but oh boyyyyy is it different!

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Join me in my quest to narrow down my impossibly long TBR shelf on Goodreads! It might be a Christmas miracle if I can ever get un-crushed by this pile…

The lovely Jen (@lostinastory) created this tag way back in 2016 to help us all crush our TBR. After all, who needs those 100 paranormal romance books you wanted to read when you were 14 but don’t care for now that you’re 20?!

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Yup, the “this is fine” meme was totally me once I saw that my TBR shelf on Goodreads had hit 1,000. You can read my first down-the-TBR-hole post here — I hope you like it!

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The rules are very simple. You go to your Goodreads shelf, sort your TBR books by order of “date added” ascending. Then, you pick the first few books you see (the oldest ones you added) and choose whether or not to keep them!

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The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez
John Green introduced me to Gabriel García Márquez in 2014 and I have still to read any of his books. But I know that I will, and I definitely want to keep this one on my list. I’ll make it my 2019 reading resolution to read a Márquez this year!
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Intrigue, unrequited love, and bonds that live into adulthood? Sign me up, please. The synopsis sounds really interesting and there must be a reason why Márquez is so loved. So yeah, very straightforward…
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
I love young adult and contemporaries more than anyone in the world, but I have no clue what this book is about. There are so many contemporaries I’m more interested in. Sorry…
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
This book was so popular on booktube back in 2014! I really wanted to read it, but now? Not so much. It sounds very intriguing and promising, but it’s part of a series (according to Goodreads) and I’m just not that excited about it.
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
You might be wondering — “why did Rita add this massive tome to her TBR when she was 14?!” Well, my friends, the answer is very simple: Liberal Arts (directed by Josh Radnor). It is still, to this day, one of my favorite books and they referrence Infinite Jest in it — so of course I had to want to read it at some point. And I will! I need to keep up the appearance that I’m an intellectual™ (without the asshole-ish implications, of course).
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

The Years by Virginia Woolf
Another weird choice I made at 14! But I don’t regret it! This too was influenced by Stephan Daldry’s The Hours (my grandma’s favorite movie) in which Woolf is a character! And inspiration was taken from this book! Plus, the story sounds super interesting. Seeing how a family evolves over a long time span? I live for that.
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

Blindness by José Saramago
You may not know of Saramago, but you totally should. He’s a Portuguese writer (hurrah! patriotism!) who was absolutely brilliant. I’ve read one of his books before (Memorial do Convento, also known as Balthazar & Blimunda in English) and loved it to death. I adore his writing style and I’ve always been intrigued by Blindness (aka, Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira).
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Yet another classic! Would you look at that! It’s almost impossible for you to not know about Lolita. I own a beautiful copy of it (the one in the picture) and tried reading it twice already, without any luck. Granted I was 15 and 16 when I gave it a shot. This year, in particular, I’ve heard so much about how great this is, which I don’t doubt!
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

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Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
I have a very vague idea of what this is about. Is it a dystopian novel? With a caste system? In which inter-caste mixing is forbidden? I know there’s a love story in there as well. 15-year-old Rita would have loved this book had she found it in her library. But she didn’t! And I don’t really care for dystopian novels all that much anymore…
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
I really like that this is a lesbian young-adult contemporary. I definitely have not read many stories that are LGBTQ! Which is why I’m sad to say I’ll never read it. Earlier this year I read (and did not enjoy) LaCour’s We Are Okay, so I’m in no hurry to get to this one. Which means I probably never will.
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Remember when I said I loved horror and scary books? Yeah, me neither… I don’t quite know why I added this to my TBR, but it’s safe to say I’m not interested in it at all.
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” One of the most immortal starts to a book ever written, and I still have not read it! I have a beautiful hardback copy I got from my grandma waiting for me to crack open her spine. One day I surely will, I promise! I love the premise of this classic and it’s heavily referenced in The Infernal Devices — so why not?!
Verdict: it’s a keeper ✅

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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
After loving The Book Thief, I was very anxious to get my hands on this one. Unfortunately, when I did, it just did not pull me into the story at all. I must have read maybe 30 pages before I finally give up. Now I’m getting closure and getting this book out of my life!
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I have heard so many good and so many horrible reviews of this series. And of Sarah J. Maas’s writing in general! On one hand, the plot sounds interesting, on the other, do I really want to commit to another series? I don’t think so…
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Stanford
Another young adult contemporary I have no recollection of. I don’t really care for new (well, older) young adult books that have a “new girl in town” plot, so I think I’ll skip out on this one.
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

The Program by Suzanne Young
I have heard of the author but never of this series! The plot does not sound appealing to me at all. It mixes the two genres I’m the least interested in reading nowadays: science fiction and dystopia. It has something to do with feeling being illegal and with secret crushes and, to be honest, I’m just not into it.
Verdict: it must go 🙅🏻

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— score board —

16 books selected
it must go: 9
it’s a keeper: 7

Hey would you look at that! I managed to purge more books than keep. I’m actually happy about this, since al the books I decided to keep were classics. And I mean, I need to build that classic bookworm™ look. (I’m just kidding — I genuinely want to read all these classics. You don’t need to read classics to be a book blogger or a book lover).

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Are there any books I’m choosing to keep/purge that you’ve read? Did you like them? Did I make a good choice?! Talk to me in the comment section!

7 thoughts on “🌟 down the tbr hole 🌟 (#2, in which she refuses to get rid of the classics)

  1. I would read Wonder. The rest of the books in the series aren’t that good, and seem to have been written as an after thought. It’s a good mirror holding book about how some people perceive and treat people with TCS.


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