I keep seeing a bunch of book bloggers doing this and I love the idea of it so I am joining in too!
Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The idea is to help cut down on that massive TBR pile by looking at books that you have had on there the longest and that way push higher anticipated books up on your TBR!
How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?
Looking at my oldest books on Goodreads, I honestly did not recognize several of them so for this first Down the TBR Hole post, I decided to go with 10 but may do fewer in the future.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I have been meaning to get around to this book for probably a decade and a half. Unfortunately, with my recent dip into Arthurian stories via older more “classic” fantasies with The Sword in the Stone I really don’t think I will be getting around to this book anytime soon. It has been on my TBR for so long that it feels bittersweet getting rid of it but… ×REMOVED×
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
I actually remember starting this book back when I initially put it on my Goodreads TBR (March 2012) and being unable to get into it because, from what I remember, the prose was just too dry for me. That said, I think that I have grown a lot as a reader over the past 6 1/2 years and would like to give it another chance. ◊KEEP◊
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Yeah, I definitely still need to read this one. Without a doubt. ◊KEEP◊
Legend by Marie Lu
I remember seeing this at Barnes & Noble and thinking it looked pretty cool. And really I have heard some good things about it on Goodreads but to tell the truth, the story just doesn’t sound like something I would interested in. ×REMOVED×
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I keep meaning to read this book and then stupidly forget about it every time I am looking for something to read. Definitely ◊KEEP◊
Acacia by David Anthony Durham
I actually used to own this book and have since unhauled it a few years ago because I recognized that I will likely not be getting around to it ever. ×REMOVED×
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Another book on Arthurian legend! I feel really guilty about keeping this one but I think because it was written more recently (2003), there is a higher chance of me enjoying it. So I’ll ◊KEEP◊ for now.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
I remember seeing this at my local library a while back and really loving the cover. But I am not sure if I ever read the dust jacket synopsis because this sounds very far outside my wheelhouse. ×REMOVED×
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
When I saw this on my Goodreads shelf, I honestly had no recollection of ever even seeing it before. Reading the synopsis real quick though it sounds like a dystopian story where the main character’s younger brother is stolen and so she is trying to save him. Nah. ×REMOVED×
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
Another book that I have zero recollection of ever even hearing about much less adding it to my TBR. The story sounds really strange but given that there is a movie adaptation starring Robin Williams, I think I would like to give it a chance. ◊KEEP◊
So out of 10 books I kept five and removed 5 so a tiny dent in the massive TBR. Thanks so much for reading and let me know if I should change any of these. :)