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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hi everyone. Welcome to the first post of a new weekly series called Down the TBR Hole. It is a weekly challenge created by Lia over at Lost in a Story focused on cutting down our Goodreads TBR. The challenge is quite simple:

  1. go to the Goodreads to-read shelf
  2. order the books by their ascending date (oldest book first)
  3. take the first 5 or 10 books
  4. read the synopses
  5. decide: keep it or should it go?

As my current Goodreads to-read shelf stands at 358 books, I’ll be going through 10 books at a time.

So with that out of the way, let’s get started:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Now when I read the synopsis, it has all the typical clichés of a YA paranormal romance that really annoy me. A few years ago I probably would have read this but it has been there for so long that I no longer feel interested, and I’m not as in on the Maggie Stiefvater hype as a lot of people seem to be.

Decision – go.

The Siren by Keira Cass

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Again it’s a typical YA romance that I don’t like anymore. Whilst I liked The Selection Series for its fluffiness and lighthearted dystopian society, I don’t feel particularly compelled to pick this up any time soon.

Decision – go

Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen

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A stand alone novel by the brilliant author behind the Rizzoli and Isles series. I’ve read most of her novels and they are all fast-paced, exciting, and truly impossible to put down. For me Tess Gerristen is one of the queens of crime/medical thriller fiction and I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet.

Decision – keep!

The Queen’s Secret by Victoria Lamb

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I think I must have clicked on this after a friend’s recommendation but in terms of where my historical interests lie, this doesn’t really satisfy my curiosity. Maybe one day I will pick it up because it does sound interesting but it is not one I would read right now.

Decision – go

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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I have a copy of this book on my shelves and I was intending on reading it around Halloween but never got round to it. I do however want to read this and see what it is like compared to the likes of Frankenstein and other classics written during the 19th Century.

Decision – keep

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

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Set in my nearest city of Manchester and focusing on murder, intrigue, and an urban Victorian society, this definitely seems like my kind of classic. I also really like what I’ve currently read of Elizabeth Gaskell (mainly Cranford, and Wives and Daughters) so I don’t understand why I’ve not read this yet.

Decision – keep

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

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I think I remember my grandmother having a copy of this and finding it an interesting read. Over the last few years I have become interested in linguistics (not just English but also other languages) and the way language is formed, so this seems like a book I would want to read at some point.

Decision – keep

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

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Had I picked up this book when I was at university, I probably would have really liked it and found a lot of the focus very relatable. Now, I don’t think I’d get anything out of it, and whilst I have heard good things about it, I don’t fancy ever reading it.

Decision – go

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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WWII, France, sisterhood – why have I not read this already. I’ve said that I love historical fiction based on Victorian times but second favourite is stories based during WWI and II. I just think that there is a lot of depth, meaning, and social change to that time so it makes a nice break from all the fantasy I read.

Decision – keep.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

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The first part of the Goodreads synopsis starts like this:

For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices
To hold on…
To let go…
To forget…
To forgive…
Which road will you take?

I can’t remember why I put this book on my to-read shelf in the first place and I had completely forgotten about it. Focusing on questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness, it probably wasn’t a book I would read back then but it may be something I would pick up now.

Decision – keep.

That’s all 10 books sorted out and I’ve decided to keep 6 and let go of 4.  I think that’s a good start for me so I’m intrigued to see how well I do with next week’s books.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Which books have you decided to keep or get rid of?

Thanks for reading and have a good day!



11 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1”

  1. I’m kind of sad that you’re letting Shiver go, it’s one of my favourites, but I understand that if you don’t like YA paranormal romance, you might not like it as much as I do. Anyway, if you don’t like it you shouldn’t read it.
    I’m happy you joined in on my journey of filtering out books from your TBR, I hope you liked it 🙂


    1. There are some I do like but it’s rare that I like them now. Also I can’t really get into Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. Whilst I thought the Raven Cycle was good, I couldn’t get into the Scorpio Races and just decided that I wasn’t bothered about reading any more of her books.

      And thank you. I did like doing this and felt refreshing/relieving to take off those books I don’t ultimately fancy reading anymore.

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  2. For the life of me, I cannot get into Maggie Stiefvater’s writing! I tried to read The Raven Boys and it literally hurt my brain 😳 I think it’s a great decision to get rid of The Siren! I took it off my shelves a few months back because I’m not much of a Kiera Cass fan anymore.


    1. Everybody raves about Maggie Stiefvater but whilst I did enjoy the Raven Cycle, the writing was rather hit and miss. In terms of Kiera Cass I’m not a massive fan of her either. I did enjoy the Selection series, mainly because it was quick, fluffy, and easy, but I have no idea if I’ll ever re-read them again. It didn’t seem likely that I’d read The Siren anyway.

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      1. I liked the first three books in The Selection series because it was the first series I got into after years of not reading much but I’m not that into them anymore. I tried to read the books about their daughter and it was so bad IMO 🙊


      2. I understand that. I’ll admit that they’re not the best books but to some degree I did like them when I first read them. As I am no longer fussed by them, you’ve got me questioning whether I should take them off my shelves or not.

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      3. I loved them when I first read them! They were so addicting. I didn’t see myself ever re-reading them either so I actually sold my box set.


      4. That’s what I liked about them too. If I removed them from my shelves, I’d end up donating them to my local charity shop.

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  3. Any book I’ve gotten rid of has gone there. I’d thought about selling them but when I did the maths I wouldn’t get much for them in return. Whilst I would like the money, I get more gratification by donating them instead and to me that’s more important.


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