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Down the TBR Hole #5 // saying goodbye to books I don’t even remember adding?

University, work, and the January blues have caught me hard, even though it’s already February. So today I really wanted to write a blog post that I love and makes me feel oddly relaxed. And so I decided to put together another “down the TBR” post! Today, I am saying goodbye to a lot of books I don’t even remember adding to Goodreads in the first place. Hop on with me on this unhauling ride!

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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!

Previous installments of my decluttering craze

one  🌸  two  🌸  three  🌸  four

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Girlboss by Sophie Amoruso  🌸  I love memoirs of women who made it in life. And Sophie Amoruso, having set up a huge online shop by herself, is definitely a badass woman (or a girlboss)! However, I’ve seen the Netflix adaptation and now I’m not as curious anymore about the story…
Verdict: go ❎

I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis  🌸  This book is a poetry collection that also incorporates pictures alongside the poems. I have no recollection of adding this to my Goodreads TBR, but I think it was during my ~tumblr~ days. Either way, I’m not a big fan of poetry, so I’ll pass it up.
Verdict: go ❎

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick  🌸  Although this sounds like a curious story, I think the suicide theme is a little too much for me. Matthew Quick also wrote The Silver Linings Playbook, which I didn’t really enjoy. Besides, I have too many books to read to keep a book I’m not too excited about.
Verdict: go ❎

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta  🌸  Saving Francesca deals with mental health (depression) during the main character’s teen years, which is something I’m very interested in. Plus, this novel is also set at a boarding school, a setting I love reading about.
Verdict: stay ✅

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley  🌸  I’m not entirely sure who I know that has read and reviewed this book, so I have no clue why I added it to my TBR. But this chick-lit, young-adult romance novel (which is part of a series) doesn’t really sound up my alley anymore.
Verdict: go ❎

 

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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen  🌸  I used to eye Sarah Dessen’s books so hard when I was around fifteen. She was maybe one of the biggest contemporary authors back then, and so I really, really wanted to read all her works. And this was one I added to my TBR! But now, I think I’ll try reading a more-loved book by her (this one has a lot of mixed reviews online).
Verdict: go ❎

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld  🌸  What even is this book? The synopsis leaves me so confused and not at all feel like I know the story? The only book I read by Westerfeld was Afterworlds and I really hated it, so…
Verdict: go ❎

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black  🌸  Mark my words: one day I will read a Holly Black book — just not this one. It involves (from what I can tell by reading the synopsis) vampires and more supernatural stuff, something I don’t really care for.
Verdict: go ❎

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith  🌸  Honestly? I added this book to my TBR mostly because I was still very much in love with all things Harry Potter — and, so, J.K. Rowling. But now, that has worn off and I’m not the biggest crime fan, so I don’t think I’ll miss this one.
Verdict: go ❎

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares  🌸  I have a feeling I would have loved this book if I had read it when I was fourteen or fifteen. It sounds like such a great story for past-me! But now, I feel like I have outgrown this series…
Verdict: go ❎

 

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki  🌸  First, let’s talk about this gorgeous cover. Wow! I’ll admit it was why I first added it to my TBR. But now I’m so much more interested in it than I was before. I’m doing the YARC challenge and this one will be perfect for it. Plus, a multi-POV book that follows family stories? Sign me up.
Verdict: stay ✅

All That Is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon  🌸  This book is set in Ukraine (at least part of it is) during the Chernobyl accident. The Soviet Union and this specific event are two things that draw my attention immediately. Since it’s also a multi-POV novel, I’m very inclined to pick it up soon.
Verdict: stay ✅

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  🌸  Remember when this book was all the rage in 2014 and 2015? I felt like I couldn’t go on Booktube without hearing praise for this book! However, so many reviewers have since pointed out how flawed this book is, and I don’t really have an interest in books set in Scotland?
Verdict: go ❎

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo  🌸  I have never read a novel set in Malaysia (I don’t think so, at least), so this feels like a great debut. There are ghosts, colonialism, superstitions, and history. What else can I ask for?
Verdict: stay ✅

This Book Is Gay by James Dawson  🌸  I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQI+ novels and memoirs, so when I read reviews that said this book barely acknowledged (if they did at all) intersex and non-binary identities, I felt disappointed. I don’t think I’ll give this one a read…
Verdict: go ❎

 

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff  🌸  I have heard so many great things about this book, but every time I’ve tried to get into it, the writing did not pull me in at all. Up until now, I thought this was a contemporary novel, but now on Goodreads, I’m reading that it is dystopian science fiction (aka not a genre I enjoy at all).
Verdict: go ❎

My Life Next Door by Becca Fitzpatrick  🌸  I’m an unabashed contemporary hoe™, so you can understand my shame in saying I’ve never read a Fitzpatrick book, right? This one does sound entitled cute, so I’m giving it a chance over the summer!
Verdict: stay ✅

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  🌸  Paranormal, angels, and romance all together? Nineteen-year-old me is going to say “no, thank you” to this mixture. I was once hooked on vampire (and just about anything paranormal and steamy) novels, but that is no longer me…
Verdict: go ❎

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi  🌸  Again, this is a book that sounded awesome to me a few years ago but for which I have no interest anymore… I’ll see this one out myself.
Verdict: go ❎

Legend by Marie Lu  🌸  I’m actually kind of sad to say goodbye to this one. I kind of like the description and this novel is one I was super excited to read when I saw a few Booktubers recommend it. But now I’m so over dystopia that I can never see myself picking this one up.
Verdict: go ❎

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Unhauling stats ☕️

Books from my shelf: 20
Books that must go: 15 (75%)
Books I’m keeping: 5 (15%)

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And that has been this week’s unhaul! I’m so happy to see these books go away, to be honest. My to-read shelf on Goodreads is getting closer to being tidy. How are your shelves doing?

 

12 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #5 // saying goodbye to books I don’t even remember adding?

  1. I also do this a lot! I think it’s totally fine to remove a book which you didn’t remember adding! I also remove books whose synopsis I cannot recall as soon as I see it! How do you even expect to enjoy such a book?!

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  2. Wow well that was a great unhaul here! I’m so happy you are keeping My Life Next Door, I really had a great time reading this book – I even loved the companion novel to this, The Boy Most Likely To, even more. I hope you’ll give both a try 🙂
    Happy reading!! ❤ ❤

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