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⭐️ down the tbr hole #4 // mega unhaul of 52 books! ⭐️

I don’t think I can fully express how much I love doing this tag. I know I did it last week, but I want to get rid of even more books! And since I don’t own most of these books (they’re all on my Goodreads shelf), I don’t feel guilty about it — yaaaay!

Today, I’m picking apart my TBR shelf on Goodreads to decide which books will stay and which books will go. My goal is to have, by the end of 2019, a manageable virtual TBR that I’ll get around to eventually. This means that now is the time to kiss goodbye to most of the books I added to my shelf back in 2014 while under the influence of big Booktubers!

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The Down the TBR Hole tag was created by Lia @ Lost in a StoryThe rules are super straightforward. You go on Goodreads and open your want-to-read shelf. Then, you order them by date added (from the oldest books to the newest). Lastly, you pick the first 5/7/10/10000 books you see there and decide whether to keep them or to get rid of them!

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Read my previous TBR dives here:
first raid (mostly romance)
second raid (mostly classics)
third raid (a little of everything)

 

I also wrote a discussion post about why I think the Marie Kondo method of giving away/getting rid of books is amazing. It also explains why I decide not to read some of the books I unhaul in this post. You can read it here.

 

Note: to see the books on Goodreads, click the cover to be redirected

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I know this is a veeery long post, but I had to make it this long! First of all, I love writing these posts. Secondly, I love tidying up my TBR, and this is the perfect opportunity. And thirdly, I’m procrastinating doing work — so humor me, please!

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shadown and boneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  ⭐️  Y’all this is getting adapted as a Netflix show!!! And I tend to really love Netflix adaptations!!! Plus, a bunch of bloggers I follow will be doing a buddy read of the series in May (+ of Six of Crows). I’m not thaaaaat excited to read the series, but I want to try and jump on the bandwaggon. (I am very much a hype-and-fad kinda gal…)
Verdict: keep ✅

 

the old man and the sea
The Old Man and the Sea 
by Ernest Hemingway  ⭐️  This is a classic, and I can’t shy away from classics. I really liked the other books I’ve read written by Hemingway, and since people say this book is amazing, I’ll give it a shot. I think I even have a copy of it somewhere…
Verdict: stay ✅

 

mr penumbra's 24 hour bookstoreMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane  ⭐️  I have read so many bad things about this book… I just don’t feel excited to read it, so why keep it? The premise does sound interesting up to a point, but then the reviews I read and the synopsis seem to point to a Dan-Brown style book—and I’m not the biggest fan of those…
Verdict: go ❎

 

everybody sees the antsEverybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King  ⭐️  This young adult book tells the story of Lucky, who escapes to the war-torn jungles of Laos during his dreams, where his grandpa died. I faintly remember liking other books that King wrote, but this one sounds pretty interesting. I know I’ll want to read it eventually, especially after reading so many good things about it.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

atonementAtonement by Ian McEwan  ⭐️  I love books with multiple perspectives and constantly shifting views, so I think I’ll really like this novel. The fact that it has a child at the center of it (at least in the beginning) makes me even more interested in it. I’ve read that she starts imagining possible scenarios to explain what she’s seen, and that just sounds so cool. Plus, there are mentions of WWII, so I’m even more excited.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

the archivesthe unboundThe Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab  ⭐️  The premise for this duology sounds really, really cool. I see so many people I follow say that it was boring, but the fact that these novels are set on a library makes me really excited to read them. I have never read any Schwab novels so these might be the ones I start with!
Verdict: stay ✅

 

the blood of the lambThe Blood of the Lamb by Peter De Vries  ⭐️  Although this would sound exactly like a book I’d love to read, I have so many books like this on my shelf! I remember adding De Vries’s novel to my TBR after John Green recommended it, completely on a whim. And now I think it is time to accept that I will never read this book. Or, if I do, it will be because I find it in the library and get divine inspiration to dive into the story.
Verdict: go ❎

 

a little something differentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall  ⭐️  Would you look at that — a romance added to my TBR by my 15-year-old self??? *insert Pikachu surprised face meme* But in all seriousness, I’m not that interested in reading this YA novel anymore. It sounds so freaking cute, but I feel like I’ve read this story already even without picking up the book?
Verdict: go ❎

 

fourFour: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth  ⭐️  I was a sobbing mess after reading the third Divergent book. My little teenage heart was shattered into a million pieces. So what could glue it together? Stories from the point of view of Four (my crush at the time 🙊). But now that it’s been four years, my heart is good again and I don’t even remember most of the plot from the series.
Verdict: go ❎

 

looking for alibrandiLooking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta  ⭐️  For some reason, I always think of this book as being YA before it was cool. It was published a long time ago (1992), so it wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up influencing our contemporary young-adult writers. Because of this, I’m really intrigued and wanting to read it. And the plot also sounds great, so it’s a keep-keep!
Verdict: stay ✅

 

miss peregrine's homeMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs  ⭐️  I have wanted to read this book for the longest time ever!!! I’ve heard so many amazing things about the series and the plot is nothing short of intriguing. Today I found out that the library of the place where I’ll be spending my entire summer has a physical copy of all three books. So it looks like I’ll be reading this sooner than I was expecting!
Verdict: stay ✅

 

city of heavenly fireCity of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare  ⭐️  It hurts so much to admit that I will never finish reading this series!!! I can’t believe I committed to reading five freaking books and then just gave up on the last one. Ughhh! Don’t worry, I’m screaming at myself too. It’s been too long since I read the fifth book and I have no clue what happened in the rest of the series ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Verdict: go ❎

 

life is but a dreamLife Is But a Dream by Brian James  ⭐️  I do not remember adding this book to my TBR, but my guess is that I added it because it was probably shown as a book I’d like since I’d read It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Though I am tempted to leave it on my shelf for the mental health representation, there are so many more books I’m genuinely excited to read out there…
Verdict: go ❎

 

the crane wifeThe Crane Wife by Patrick Ness  ⭐️  I love the idea of a story within a story. When there’s a character retelling their past or making up a tale to someone else who is listening, I get glued to the page. Storytelling is something which interests me deeply. So, when I saw that this book had that element in it (and as the center!), I knew I had to pick it up.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

let's get lostLet’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid  ⭐️  This young-adult novel follows a girl, Leila, for the entirety of her road trip. We get introduced to other characters who tag along and join Leila in this journey. Or at least that is what I took away from this. While the idea of a road trip could be engrossing, the reviews are making me believe this is a really messy book…
Verdict: go ❎

 

wuthering heights
Wuthering Heights 
by Emily Brontë  ⭐️  I think you can guess what I’ll be doing with this novel… It’s a classic, written by an author who had a really interesting life, and it has romance and revenge as the main plot lines. What’s there not to like?
Verdict: stay ✅

 

the old curiosity shopThe Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickinson  ⭐️  Honestly, Dickinson’s most famous novel during his lifetime sounds so dramatic and sad, and I’m 100% here for it. I didn’t need to read much of the plot to know I’d want to read it. Seeing an innocent girl being thrown into a cruel world was enough to have my attention. Okay, that sounds bad, but you know what I mean!!!
Verdict: stay ✅

 

frankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley  ⭐️  Another classic, so I’m bound to keep it. But this one I think I’ll read much sooner than all the others! Frankenstein and his monster are so often referenced in literature, movies, tv shows — you name it. So I’m excited to get the latest scoop on this. Plus, the idea of questioning who is the real monster is super intriguing to me.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

sense and sensibilitypride and prejudiceSense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen⭐️  Now, I know these are classics, but hear me out! I don’t think I’ll be keeping this one simply because I’m not that interested in the story anymore??? I’ve never been able to finish an Austen novel, and while the plots are great, I’m not too interested anymore… Verdict: go ❎

 

tender is the nightTender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald  ⭐️  Fitzgerald is one of my favorite writers. I loved Gatsby and the few short stories I read by him. Plus, he and Zelda are some of the most interesting literary figures of the 20th century, in my opinion. I have a beautiful copy at home just waiting for me to read it — which I will, someday…
Verdict: stay ✅

 

benjamin buttonThe Strange Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald  ⭐️  Although I really like Fitzgerald, I am just not interested at all in this story anymore. It’s very short (just over 60 pages, according to Goodreads) and I’ve seen the movie adaptation with Brad Pitt so many times already… I know it’s a bookish sin, but I’ll pass it up.
Verdict: go ❎

 

the virgin suicidesThe Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides  ⭐️  Once again, I’m choosing not to read this novel because of the movie. I remember watching the movie three times and I hated it every single time. The plot was just so boring, and from what I hear, the book isn’t much better. The only thing that really drew me to the novel was the last name of the girls: Lisbon — simply because that’s where I grew up. I’m Ms. Shallow over here.
Verdict: go ❎

 

itIt by Stephen King  ⭐️  This is one of my favorite stories ever!!! I watched the latest movie adaptation and it sparked so much curiosity in me to actually read the damn book. And I will! Once I mentally prepare for the fact that it is almost 1,200 pages long!!! It might actually be the first Stephen King I read.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

under the domeUnder the Dome by Stephen King  ⭐️  Yet another King! This is another super long novel, but one with a really cool and intriguing (and nightmarish) plot. I think the idea of a dome surrounding a town and cutting it off from the rest of the world is amazing. I can’t wait to see how Stephen King turned it into a horror book.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

the long walkThe Long Walk by Stephen King  ⭐️  I’m so sorry, but this is the last Stephen King novel I’ll mention for a while! I couldn’t find out much about the premise, and that’s probably for the best. Every year, 100 boys are chosen to take part on the long walk, in which they have to keep a steady pace. They are afforded three strikes if they break the rules, at the fourth, they’re out — for good. How amazing does that sound???
Verdict: stay ✅

 

this shattered worldThis Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner  ⭐️  This is the second book in a trilogy set in space. I absolutely h a t e d the first book. The plot was super boring to me, the romance way too predictable, and the characters kind of flat. I do remember reading that steamy scene and loving it, though!
Verdict: go ❎

 

hopelessHopeless by Coleen Hoover  ⭐️  If there’s an author I hate and who has put me off reading an entire genre (new adult), it’s Coleen Hoover. I absolutely hate everything about the three books I read by her. They’re just so filled with backstabbing, misogyny, dumb romances, and plenty of toxic relationships. Uh, no thanks.
Verdict: go ❎

 

ketchup cloudsKetchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher  ⭐️  A young girl writes letters to an inmate who is on the death-row sharing her deepest secrets. That alone made me so interested in this novel! What is this secret? How does she start writing her letters? What will happen next? Does the inmate answer??? While they’re all very interesting questions, I’m just not interested in finding out the answers for myself.
Verdict: go ❎

 

what i thought was trueWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick  ⭐️  I have never read anything by Fitzpatrick, but I’d love to this summer! I really like contemporary brain candy, but since this isn’t her most loved novel, I think I’ll skip out on this one. I’ve read so many reviews saying that the author withholds waaay too much information to the reader, which is something I hate with all my hating heart.
Verdict: go ❎

 

a thousand splendid sunsA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini  ⭐️  This novel sounds so amazing, really! Two women who live drastically different lives in Afghanistan cross paths. Just from this premise alone I know I’ll be thrilled to learn more about Afghanistan, especially the women of the country.
Verdict: stay ✅

 

blood promisespirit boundlast sacrificeBlood PromiseSpirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead  ⭐️  I used to love this series so much! It would take me a day or two, max to finish an entire book. I remember adoring Rose and the whole plot. It was out of my comfort zone but brought me so much joy… So why did I never finish reading the series???? I’m so stupid, I have no clue. I thiiiink I will finish it one day, but for now, I’m getting rid of it.
Verdict: go ❎

 

winter palaceThe Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak  ⭐️  When I was 15, I started to become really interested in Russia. And, to this day, that interest has not waned in the least. I still very much adore Russian history, especially fiction. So when I saw this coming-of-age novel about Catherine the Great, I was stoked! But upon reading reviews, I don’t see myself reading it ever… I’m sure there are other great novels about Catherine the Great.
Verdict: go ❎

 

the siegeThe Siege by Helen Dunmore  ⭐️  Remember how I said I love Russian historical fiction? Well, the siege of Leningrad is one of the time periods I love to read about the most. It is so mindboggling to me how almost two-thirds of the city was just left to starve during WWII. I was in St. Petersburg this summer (former Leningrad) and saw a plaque remembering all the victims of this atrocious siege. It was so sad and beautiful…
Verdict: stay ✅

 

life of piLife of Pi by Yann Martel  ⭐️  I’m so late to the Pi party. The book has been out for sixteen years already (!!!) and has been turned into a major film (which I fell asleep through twice). Taking all those things into consideration, plus the fact that Yann Martel has written other books I’m most interested in, I think it’s time to say goodbye to this one.
Verdict: go ❎

 

reckoningawakeningsummoningThe SummoningThe Awakeningand The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong  ⭐️  This series leaves me very apprehensive. First of all, it has a boarding-school kind of vibe to it — which I love; but then, it has supernatural elements — of which I’m not a fan of… And since this is a long series (more than 1,000 pages), I’ll leave it at that.
Verdict: go ❎

 

burnedperfectimpulseImpulsePerfect, and Burned by Ellen Hopkins  ⭐️  These three books are not part of the same series, but I chose to group them because they all have one thing in common (besides having been written by the same author): they’re written in free verse. This is definitely something I have never, ever read and I’m sure it’s a cool experiment with form! However, the actual plot of these books just doesn’t say anything to me anymore??? I’d love to read some in-depth reviews, though! Send me yours my way if you’ve written one! Verdict: go ❎

 

a great and terrible beautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray  ⭐️  Ugly cover aside, this novel sounds so amazing! It’s partially set in a boarding school in England (score!) and has an Indian main character (yaaaay!). I’m really sure I’ll be very into this series once I start the first book. It’d be my first Bray novel, but I’ve heard so many good things about her!
Verdict: stay ✅

 

crash and burnCrash and Burn by Michael Hassan  ⭐️  I remember seeing one or two Booktubers back in the day recommend this, but honestly, I’m just not interested in it at all. This novel follows the friendship of two damaged young boys after one of them tries to shoot up the school and the other prevents this from happening. To me, it just sounds kind of boring…
Verdict: go ❎

 

the kiss of deceptionThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson  ⭐️  I’ve heard this book being described and fantasy-lite-lite. As it seems, a lot of people say their issue with this book is that it is supposed to be a fantasy novel, yet there are almost no fantasy elements in it. Since this is a series and the blurb sounds like a load of unnecessary drama would happen, I’m kissing The Kiss of Deception goodbye.
Verdict: go ❎

 

like mandarinLike Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard  ⭐️  The main characters in this novel are two girls: a fourteen-year-old and a seventeen-year-old. I thought their ages were kind of weird when I added this book to my TBR, but I didn’t mind it too much. But now, having read Hubbard’s Wonderlust (and what was supposed to be her best book), I don’t think I can read her books at all.
Verdict: go ❎

 

bloodlinesthe golden lilythe indigo spellthe fiery heartBloodlines series by Richelle Mead  ⭐️  I’m so over my vampire phase… And I never even finished Mead’s other (and more popular, I believe) series! Verdict: go ❎

 

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Books judged: 52
Keeping… 20 books (38%)
Saying goodbye to…
32 books (62%)

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Do you also like cleaning up your TBR? I’d love to read your down-the-TBR-hole! If you’ve written one, leave a comment below and I’ll give it a read!

10 thoughts on “⭐️ down the tbr hole #4 // mega unhaul of 52 books! ⭐️

  1. Awww so sad to see you letting go Life of Pi, I loved the book and the movie a long time ago. I highly recommend Atonement, it’s such a gorgeous book, but I wasn’t a huge fan of A Great and Terrible Beauty and never really read the other books in the series. Also Wuthering Heights is a must-read one of course, but I am not a huge fan of it, I actually prefer Pride and Prejudice 😉

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