I am back with the 5th edition of Down the TBR Hole! This idea was created by Lia at Lost in the Story. Cleaning out the TBR shelf feels so good. I love to reflect on the books that I’ve added to my shelf – do I really want to read these books or were they added on a whim?
For me, it works like this. I have three shelves on my Goodreads account to separate the read now, from the someday maybes and the educational reads that would be smart to read for my career.
- 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?
The Light in the Summer by Mary McNear
I haven’t been into romance novels lately. I also haven’t been huge into ‘chick lit.’ I have a feeling this was a book from a Goodreads Giveaway that I didn’t win. I’m not interested in reading it.
The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham
I definitely won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway! It’s also on my list for the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge. I’ll be keeping this one on the list because I think I’ll read it in the next couple weeks.
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
I’m not entirely sure how I came across this. But it’s listed as a mystery thriller and I love those! I’ll going to move it to the someday-maybe pile because I truly hope to make it to this book in the future.
Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence by Melvin A Goodman
I’m not a big reader of politics books, especially those that are about whistle-blowers. I am going to go ahead and delete this.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I’ve been wanting to read this book for years… and then it was made into a movie! (I haven’t yet seen the movie though). This is staying on my TBR until its gone.
My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood
I don’t know where this came from but holy moley the summary sounds AMAZING. I might pick this up from the library sooner rather than later because a) it’s a thriller and b) it talks about a real life conflict: the Syrian Conflict.
Night: A Memoir by Elie Wiesel
I think I was supposed to read this book for hebrew school many, many years ago. I never got to it. It’s another book that’s on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge. I’ll be reading it before the end of the year!
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
It’s listed as a thriller novel, but it doesn’t have a super high star rating. I don’t want to get completely rid of it because like I’ve mentioned before… I love thrillers. So I’ll move it to someday-maybe.
The Fear of Striking Out by Amy Terveer-Manwarren
“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” is one of my all time favorite movie quotes. Even better, Hilary Duff says it. I’m honestly going to keep this on my someday-maybe shelf because it reminds me of that quote and it has an adorable cover.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I picked this book up for $1 at my local library’s book-sale that benefited the library! I think it’s fascinating that there are so few books about hermaphrodites, and I have been told that this is one of the best. It’s on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, so it will be staying!
The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional: 365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and Find God’s Love by Kristin Demery
This was 100% a book from a Goodreads Giveaway that you had to click “add to to-read list” in order to be entered. I didn’t win. And honestly, I probably will never read.
Off the Page (Between the Lines #2) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
I read Between the Lines way back in 2012 when the novel first came out. It was given to me by a friend as a graduation present because she knew how much I loved Jodi Picoult (It was a shared love). I definitely didn’t realize that this was the second book! Because it’s Jodi Picoult, it will definitely be staying on my TBR.
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
This is one of the few books by Jodi Picoult that I haven’t read and that I don’t own! I look for it everywhere because I need to own all of her books, but I’m not willing to pay full price. It’s going to stay on the TBR list. I’m hoping to buy it and read it before I go back and re-read all of her other novels too!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Before anyone screams, I don’t know how I escaped schooling without having to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Would you scream even louder if I told you I have no idea what it’s about *shame-face*. It is on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, so I will read it this year. I’ll conquer it and finally be able to say that I’ve read it.
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2) by Harper Lee
I’m honestly only going to keep this on my TBR and not my someday-maybe shelf because I plan on reading it directly after I finish To Kill a Mockingbird. That way I no longer have to listen to people say ‘oh my goodness!! You haven’t read it and you call yourself a reader???’ First off, bite me. Second off, I’ll get there.
Links back to my previous Down the TBR Hole posts:
Down the TBR Hole #1 (03/25/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #2 (04/08/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #3 (04/15/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #4 (04/22/2018)
Did I get delete any books that you’ve read before and loved? Did I keep any that you’ve read and didn’t like? Leave me a comment and let me know!