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down the TBR hole #3 (new year, new purge edition)

In 2019, I want to get my shelves on Goodreads sorted. As soon as I narrow down the number of books I actually want to read, the sooner I can actually focus on reading those books. And since I love doing these “down the TBR hole” posts, I’m posting today another cleanse — this time, new year themed!

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This post series was originally Lia @ Lost in a Story‘s idea. The rules are pretty simple: 1) you sort your Goodreads to-be-read shelf from oldest to new; 2) you pick the first 5/10/??? books you see; 3) you decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

This is the perfect plan for cleaning out a TBR. I always feel like that cartoon owl getting rid of books I have no intentions to read. Do you see the resemblance???

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Previous #downthetbrhole posts here on the blog!
Part one (a little of everything!)
Part two (mostly classics)

Note: To see one of these books on Goodreads, click the cover to be redirected.

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let’s sort these books!

hitchhiker's guide
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams  ⭐️  I don’t honestly know why I added this book to my shelf. I mean, it’s sort of a modern classic, but it’s not up my alley at all. Guys and gals and non-binary pals, this is the perfect example of being influenced by hype!
Verdict: go ❎

 

Of PoseidonOf Poseidon by Anna Banks  ⭐️  Remember when Booktube (especially Ariel Bissett) was infatuated with mermaids? I remember, and this book is the proof of it! It sounds like an interesting story, but I have no interest in mermaids at all. And I don’t really read paranormal books either. So… Yeah… I won’t miss this one too bad.
Verdict: go ❎

 

Paradise LostParadise Lost by John Milton  ⭐️  Of course, I’ll read this epic. Probably not for a good number of years, but I’ll get to it! If not during my undergrad studies, then probably for my masters! What can I say, there are so many mentions and references to this epic in literature. Plus, I love learning about the most influential literary works for each society, so this one is staying.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

More than this
More than This 
by Patrick Ness  ⭐️  All the books I’ve read by Patrick Ness have been amazing, so I’m sure I’ll love this novel too. It has a really cool description on Goodreads and tons of amazing comments. Honestly, it just sounds too interesting and mysterious to pass up.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

Brave eNew WorldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley  ⭐️  I actually own a beautiful of this classic but still have not read it. However, it has the most interesting plot (next to 1984) that I’ve heard from a dystopian novel. I am also very thrilled to see how it compares to Orwell’s works. They both wrote dystopian novels but took a very different approach.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling  ⭐️  I bought this book as soon as it was translated to Portuguese, but oh how I wish I had saved my 30 dollars… I have owned this book for almost five years now but have never read it. I loved Rowling’s writing (oooh tongue twister) because of Harry Potter, but the plot of this just sounds so boring…
Verdict: go ❎

 

Boy Meets BoyBoy Meets Boy by David Levithan  ⭐️  I have read some of his other works and been either a) extremely underwhelmed, or b) severely bored. Back when I added it, the gay representation sounded very interesting. But now, there are so many gay books that are a whole lot more exciting than this one!!!
Verdict: go ❎

 

The Lover's DictionaryThe Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan  ⭐️  Once again, I am not interested in reading Levithan’s books. This one does sound more interesting than the one I just mentioned, but not enough for me to keep. I keep realizing that a slightly interesting book from an author I don’t like that much and of a genre I don’t really care for is not a good enough reason to pick up a book…
Verdict: go ❎

 

Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green  ⭐️  This young-adult paranormal was so incredibly popular in 2014 when I first joined the book community. Everyone was raving about how incredible of a read this was. 15-year-old me would have jumped at the chance to check this book from the library. But 19-year-old me couldn’t give less of a damn.
Verdict: go ❎

 

The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray  ⭐️  For YEARS I wanted to read this book. But, alas, my library never got it (typical) and I never had enough money to spend on just one title. This book does sound amazing. The story, the setting, and the author’s voice are so appealing to me. But learning this was a four-book series??? I don’t want to commit to that!
Verdict: go ❎

 

The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson  ⭐️  I loved his first book, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. However, the reviews for this one are not that good. I do like the fact that we have an African main character, but apart from that, I don’t think this book sparks my curiosity.
Verdict: go ❎

 

Rebel BelleRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins  ⭐️  I added this book to my TBR pile back in 2014 because it had a pretty cover, let’s be real. The plot does not sound interesting to me at all. I don’t read paranormal novels, and that is what this book is shelved under on Goodreads. Besides, has anyone talked about how good this book was since 2014?
Verdict: go ❎

 

In the afterlightIn The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken  ⭐️  This is the third book in the The Darkest Minds trilogy. I kind of liked the first one, but clearly not enough to carry on reading the series. I also tried watching the movie, but I couldn’t get into it… I guess dystopian young-adult novels really aren’t for me after The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Verdict: go ❎

 

Gone with the WindGone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell  ⭐️  This semester, I really fell in love with the Southern perspective of the Civil War. It is so interesting to me seeing the racial and economic tensions in the post-Bellum South. So I can’t wait until I can read this book. I’m saving it for my extra-long summer break, and I’m fully expecting to love every page.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

The Murder ComplexThe Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings  ⭐️  Talk about a hyped book! I remember seeing so many reviewers saying they loved this book because it was fast-paced. I should have known better, since I don’t do fast-paced books, almost ever!!! The plot doesn’t sound too interesting and this is part of a series — so, no.
Verdict: go ❎

 

The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey  ⭐️  Yet another series I don’t want to get into. My cousins love this book and, honestly, the plot does sound amazing! But I’ve heard so many negative things about the following books in the series that I have lost all interest. WHY AREN’T THERE MORE STANDALONES!!!
Verdict: go ❎

 

Here Is Where We MeetHere Is Where We Meet by John Berger  ⭐️  I do NOT remember adding this to my TBR. But I can guess exactly why I did: the opening scene in the novel is set in my hometown, Lisbon. The plot does sound interesting — a journey through space and time with one element in common: death. But, overall, I’m not that interested in Berger’s style of writing.
Verdict: go ❎

 

The LuminariesThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  ⭐️  This book sounds so amazing and it has so many incredible reviews!!! The blurb is very cryptic and doesn’t let on much, but it sounds so freaking intriguing. To be honest, the fact that this is a historical fiction book set in 19th-century New Zealand is enough to make me want to read it.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

The Retribution of Mara DyerThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  ⭐️  I remember so well curling up on a chair at the library and devouring books one and two of the Mara Dyer series. But then this third book got delayed. And then delayed. And then delayed once more. And I lost all my patience and interest for the book and forgot about it ever since. Oops.
Verdict: go ❎

 

HexedHexed by Michelle Krys  ⭐️  This young adult book is all about witches, the paranormal, and a series. And those are all things I’m not really signed up for anymore. If only I had read this book when I was still fifteen!!! But, alas, now I’ll never know why this book was recommended to me by a few friends. But look how gorgeous the cover is!
Verdict: go ❎

 

PrinceThe GuardThe Prince by Kiera Cass  ⭐️ The Selection series was so addicting and such a guilty pleasure when I read it. I had a love-hate relationship with those three books and, honestly, they was a load of fun to read. However, I don’t really want to know (or remember!) the character anymore. So these two novellas are off the shelf, for me.
Verdict: go and go ❎

 

StardustStardust by Neil Gaiman  ⭐️  Neil Gaiman is such a brilliant author! I love his writing style, the stories he comes up with, and the characters he breathes life into. I had completely forgotten he had written this book, and I didn’t know that it had been turned into a movie either! I know I’ll pick this book up eventually and probably adore it to pieces.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

The Glass SentenceThe Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove  ⭐️  This young-adult historical-fiction novel sounds so amazing! It’s all about mapmakers, a family who passes down through generations their trade, and it’s set in the past. Whaaaat! How cool does that sound? I know it’s a series and I usually don’t read series, but I’m opening a special case for this one.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

CarrieCarrie by Stephen King  ⭐️  I have never read a King novel, but I would love to give his works a shot. Carrie sounds, to me, like one of the most loved works — am I right? I know what the story is about, loosely, just from pop-culture references. So I wonder if I would still enjoy it… What do you think? Help me decide!
Verdict: maybe???? ❓

 

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number of books considered: 25
books kept: 7 (28%)
books purged: 17 (68%)

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And that’s it for today’s unhaul! I really love writing these posts, but please don’t think I’m pooping on any authors or books. I appreciate every writer for pursuing their dream of being published, but the books I chose to unhaul just weren’t for me! It isn’t to say that they’re great books for some people, they’re just probably not that great for me, personally…

26 thoughts on “down the TBR hole #3 (new year, new purge edition)

  1. Omg I need to this as well!
    And I feel the same way with dystopians, after The Hunger Games and Divergent I haven’t found that many dystopian books that I enjoyed (except Scythe!) and I tried quite a few. I read The Fifth Wave, and I thought it was good but it did not interest me enough to continue with the series. I really wish there were more standalone books!

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    1. Right??? I’m so glad other people love standalones better! You’re right, those two series really drained me and left me burned out. Maybe one day someone will come in and reinvent the genre 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  2. I’m happy to Gaiman’s book stayed and that you are giving Gone with the Wind a go. It’s such a great love story – the book is far away from perfect but I did enjoy it. Happy reading. 😊📚

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  3. Carrie is King’s very first novel and I think it’s a good place to start — it does suffer from that “first published book” syndrome a bit but it’s short and quite enjoyable!

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  4. I’m so happy you’re keeping Patrick Ness’ More Than This, I really liked that one and it surprised me SO much just as well. I hope you’ll love it 🙂
    I’m a little sad you’re not keeping the last Mara Dyer book, but I get it – that wait for the last book was quite long haha I had a hard time handling it, too, but I personally adored this series entirely 🙂
    Happy reading!! 🙂

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  5. So many books purged! I enjoyed Syrena Legacy, but I think the third book ruined the series for me :/ Rebel Belle is such a fun series though, the MC is super likeable and witty! 😀 I have Paradise Lost on my goodreads tbr too but honestly, it will probably take forever for me to read it ahaha!

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    1. I bet it is fun! I’ve just had it for so long on my TBR shelf and never really wanted to read it, so I just figured it was about time I said goodbye. I know! I’m sure I won’t even read all my classics until the day I die, but here’s to trying!

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