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Down the TBR Hole #8

Spring has sprung but my to-be-read shelf is still waaay too crowded! It’s been two months since I deep-cleaned my Goodreads shelf, so that’s what I’m going to be doing today. I’m ready to be even more strict with those books and get my shelf looking all nice and tidy!

πŸƒ the rules πŸƒ

  • Go to your Goodread’s want-to-read shelf
  • Order from first added to last added
  • Pick the first books you see and decide: keep or go?

πŸƒ the books πŸƒ

🌻 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: This book tells the story of a homesteading family in Alaska, 1920. It reminds me of Willa Cather’s novels, which I’m not a big fan of. And honestly, I don’t feel like reading about this topic anymore. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌻 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: I own a stunning copy of this one and it is actually one of the few classics I want to read. It has permeated popular culture so deeply! (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

🌻 On Beauty by Zadie Smith: I’ve heard mixed reviews of this book, but since I own a beautiful copy, I’ll give it a shot. (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

🌻 Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood: I’ve never read any reviews about this book. I just added it because I was in a World-War-Two phase β€” which I’ve fallen out of by now… (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌻 Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell: This sounds like such a depressing read! Although I really liked Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, I’ll spare my feelings. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜‚οΈ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: This has to be one of the worst novels I have ever attempted to read. It’s so juvenile and simplistic, thinking of it makes me itch. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜‚οΈ Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: I seriously have no interest in this book or in the movie, even though I’ve seen it multiple times β€” I don’t even know why I watched it more than one! (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜‚οΈ Hard Times by Charles Dickens: I have yet to read a Dickens novel, and honestly? I’m not that interested in starting. And I know for sure this won’t be the first I read, so… (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜‚οΈ The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan: I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, and all my friends on Goodreads have rated this one lowly. I don’t plan on reading it anytime soon. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜‚οΈ Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: The fact that I have never read this novel β€” one that is apparently central to African literature β€” is amazing. But I intend on fixing that. (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

🍍 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgramage by Haruki Murakami: I really really can’t click with Murakami’s writing, especially with his portrayals of women, so I’m purging this book from my TBR. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🍍 The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell: I have read so many raving reviews of this novel, but I’m just not a science fiction person β€” like, at all. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🍍 The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina HenrΓ­quez: I love stories that remind me of West Side Story, and this book sounds so brilliant! It follows the relationship of a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl, so exciting! (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

🍍 The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld: To be honest, after reading the blurb, I can’t tell what the plot is. And since I have so many more books I want to get to, I’m putting this one aside. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🍍 China Dolls by Lisa See: All the top reviews highlight the bad writing. Even the plot doesn’t seem all that interesting. I’d much rather read See’s other novel, The Tea Girl in Humingbird Lane. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌊 Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page: Remember when this book was all the rage on Booktube back in 2014/2015? I added it to my TBR just because of the hype, but if I haven’t read it until now, I never will. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌊 Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang: I don’t really read young adult books like this anymore, so I’ll sit this one out. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌊 HorrorstΓΆr by Grady Hendrix: I thought this was a graphic novel! IKEA is my favorite store in the world, so a horror graphic novel set there? How cool would that be? (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌊 The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: The setting sounds super interesting. 17th-century Amsterdam? Please! And the whole miniaturist figure? Double please! However, I’ve read so many reviews from people I trust calling this “mediocre” and a let down. Oh well. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

🌊 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami: I read maybe 75% of this book, but told myself I’d go back to it. I was clearly delusional, as I have zero interest in the story. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜€οΈ Lullabies by Lang Leav: I have literally never heard one good thing about this book. Along with Rupi Kaur’s poetry books, this is so not for me. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜€οΈ The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey: This sounds like an awesome book! Alas, I don’t want to pick it up now. (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜€οΈ The Martian by Andy Weir: I’m not a fan of science fiction, like I said before, so if I really want to find out the story, I’ll just watch the movie with Matt Damon *gasps* (Goodreads) βœ–οΈŽ go

β˜€οΈ The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk: When I traveled to Istanbul, I fell in love with the city and found out about Pamuk. This is one of those books that I REALLY want to pick up, I just need to really find the time. (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

β˜€οΈ The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport: I love Russian history, so I think I’ll give this one a shot! (Goodreads) βœ”οΈŽ keep

πŸƒ results πŸƒ

In this edition of Down the TBR Hole, I looked at 25 books in total. Of those 20, I unhauled 19 and decided keep only 6. I’d say this was a very successful unhauling session!

Have you read any of these books? Should I reconsider any of my decisions? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #8

  1. The Romanov Sisters has been on my list for a long time too but I keep promising myself I’ll get to it eventually! I don’t recognize so many of these but I agree with letting go of the Charles dickens, ugh I hated everything I had to read by him in school. I thought On Beauty was pretty good when I read it years ago but I remember nothing about it. Her writing is always pretty great though.


  2. I read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe in High School (over 40 years ago) and I still remember TONS of it. I’m glad you’re keeping that one. But The Miniaturist – sorry, I disagree with your friends. I found it was really engrossing and extremely well written. I haven’t read her next book, The Muse yet, but I will…

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