Down The TBR Hole is a meme started by Lia at Lost in the Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
It works like this:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
I loved the idea of having a ‘To-Be Read‘ and adding in a ‘Someday-Maybe‘ and ‘Educational Reads‘ shelf. So throughout my Down the TBR Hole I will be nixing books, adding books to the Someday-Maybe shelf and only keeping those that I really, really want to read on my TBR Shelf.
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
Because it is written by Jodi Picoult, I honestly do not care what it is about. Harvesting the Heart will stay on my TBR list until I can purchase it and read it. I own almost ever single Jodi Picoult book, so this one will be no different.
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
Did you see my description above? This one will be staying on my TBR until its completed!
The Ames Strain: The Mystery Behind America’s MostDeadly Bioterror Attack by David Willman
I’ll be moving this book to my educational reads shelf to be read eventually. I have a bunch of books that will fall into this category because during my master’s program I kept finding books that looked so interesting in regards to biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and diseases! (Sounds frightening, I know).
Our Revolution?: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
At one point I really thought I was into Bernie Sander’s political views. I honestly don’t always know what I believe politically now, so eventually I would like to read about *OUR* revolution, but for right now… its gonna go sit on my someday maybe.
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
I’m a fan and lover of Shondaland, so I was interested to see how she spent her ‘year of yes.’ But I don’t think I’ll be getting to it anytime soon. –> Someday, maybe.
There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others by William Daniels
Feeny, feeny, feeeeeeeennnny! I didn’t know that William Daniels played other roles besides my personal favorite teacher, Mr. George Feeny. He taught me a lot about life throughout Boy Meets World, so I hope someday maybe his memoir will teach me something too.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
It’s supposed to be one of the best novels of all time and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust for a couple years (whoops!). I’m going to keep it in my TBR because I want to be able to read the book and donate it to someone who may like it more than me.
There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey
I picked this book up at the Carrollwood Book Swap in Florida a couple years ago. The lady at the cash register was happy to have a customer walk in and proceeded to show me ~12 books. Ultimately I choose this one because I liked the cover. I never read the summary (I probably should’ve). Because I spent my hard-earned money on it, I’m going to read it. It stares at me while I relax and watch television in the evenings. It’s gonna happen soon.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
I’m knocking this one off my TBR and to the curb. I honestly don’t know where I found it, but it was added to my TBR very early on in my exploration of Goodreads. I have a feeling that it was being offered as a giveaway and I was like YAAAAS because the cover is pretty, but after reading the description I do not think that I will ever get to it.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
I am not a business person so I have no idea what came over me to add this to my TBR. I’m just gonna remove this one now.
unSweetined by Jodie Sweetin
I have a soft spot for memoirs of my previous television obsessions. I grew up watching Full House and now I like to occasionally binge-watch Fuller House. Up until I added this to my TBR, I had no idea that she had gone through such a tough time as a child actress. While I won’t be keeping this on my fulltime TBR, it will now go to live on my Someday Maybe shelf.
Information Warfare and Security by Dorothy E. Denning
This was one of those books that I needed for graduate school. I’ve read bits + pieces of it over the semester in my homeland security class. I hope to one day read it in its entirety. It’s definitely educational, so I’ll send it to educational reads.
Containment by Hank Parker
Mr. Parker taught my Agroterrorism class last spring. This book came out right around the time the semester began so he was pumping it up for us in class. Similarly to how they said we should read The Hot Zone (which I later did), they also suggested we read Containment. I’ll get to it eventually. I’d feel bad removing it from my TBR completely since I know the guy who wrote it.
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
When I added this to my TBR, I definitely thought it was about something else… I’m a big fan of disease outbreak novels because I have a strange, strange interest in biological disease outbreaks and their use as potential weapons. Upon re-reading the summary, I don’t know what I was thinking. I’m gonna delete this one from my TBR.
The Cobra Event by Richard Preston
Obviously the day I added this book to my TBR I was on a roll with the disease outbreak books! This one I’ll keep in my someday maybe pile because I loved Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone. From what I’ve heard about The Cobra Event, I imagine that this one will be equally as well written.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts of Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
Written pre-Presidency, Barack Obama published The Audacity of Hope. So much has changed in the 12 years that this was written, I don’t know how relevant reading this will be. But much like Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders, I’ll hold onto this one with the hope that I’ll enjoy reading political memoirs at some point.
Have you read any of the books that I’ve decided to delete or those I plan on reading someday, maybe? Leave a comment and let me know!