Books I Should Have Read/Tossed Long Ago | Down the TBR Hole #1

Books I Should Have Read/Tossed Long Ago | Down the TBR Hole #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia at Lost in a 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.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

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’ve been on Goodreads since 2010 and have over 1,100 books on my profile. In light of this, I’m expecting (hoping) to clear out a lot of books from my TBR. I’m horrible at letting go of things, however, and I think this going to be harder than it sounds.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

I still have this book on my shelf at home, and I bought it because Williams Chima was praised as a classic fantasy author. It’s from 2009, so I do worry it won’t be as good a read for 2022 standards. This isn’t a given though, and I often love the storytelling style that was popular in the aughts. I obviously still love fantasy. I think this one might still be a good read. And if I do like it, I’ll have all of her other books to get into.

Verdict: Keeping it

The Republic by Plato

This is one my sixth grade history teacher recommended to the class. Because I always tried to be teacher’s pet, I immediately said of course I would read it at some point. I’m still interested in philosophy, but this one is tough because do I really care about what my Greek ancestors thought the perfect society was? Keeping this would be an absolutely sentimental action, but I could definitely see myself picking this up when I’m older and in the mood for something different.

Verdict: Keeping it

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

I remember putting a lot of A.S. King novels on my TBR and not reading any of them. This is a YA contemporary which is a genre I’m just not super into anymore. I have no attachment to this book, and I’d rather spend my time reading something else. The premise sounds interesting, so I’m a little torn, but I know in reality I won’t ever get to this one.

Verdict: Gone

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This book was huge on BookTube in 2013, right when everyone was reading and loving dystopia. I think the trend for me on this one has just fully passed. I still find dystopia interesting, but I’m not going to go pick this one up. When I moved houses in 2017, I got rid of a lot of books I just was not into anymore. This honestly might have gone out with those books already. And, to be honest, I just don’t often vibe with male fantasy writers. So if I’m going to pick up a dystopia, it’s going to be by a woman.

Verdict: Already gone

Tiger’s Dream by Colleen Houck

I absolutely loved this series when I was younger. I remember not being able to put them down even when friends were over. We would watch movies, and I would just be sitting there reading these books. Looking back, though, this is definitely a white woman writing an Indian-inspired fantasy novel which does not sit right with me. It might be fun to go back and reread the original series just to see if I pick up on anything white, but I don’t see myself going for this fifth novel.

Verdict: Gone

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I went through a small Steinbeck phase in middle school because I thought if I could read Grapes of Wrath in the eighth grade, it meant I was better than everyone else. No one mentioned to me that just because I read it, doesn’t mean I understood it at all. Anyway, I do still like Steinbeck, and I’ve been talking to my partner about doing a buddy-read for this lately. No intention of taking this off my TBR anytime soon.

Verdict: Keeping it

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

I probably found this one on BookTube as well, and I don’t think I was super interested at the time. Now though, the premise sounds super interesting. And I’m a sucker for anything that’s touted as having beautiful descriptive writing. Historical fiction can be hit-or-miss for me, but making this post has intrigued me even more. Might have to read this one soon.

Verdict: Keeping it

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

This one honestly sounds soooo fun. 16-year-old me would have loved to read this one, and I’m sad I didn’t at that age. 24-year-old me is looking back with regret, but I won’t end up reading this one. Again, it’s just too late on this trend for me. There are other fantasy books that I know would be more fitting for my reading tastes now. Maybe I’ll see this one day at a thrift bookshop and pick it up, but for now, it’s a no from me.

Verdict: Gone

1984 by George Orwell

Alright, it’s actually embarrassing that this is still on my TBR shelf. I read Animal Farm in high school and absolutely loved it. I know I would love this one. I mean, it’s a classic for a reason. It has been so talked about, especially in the past 6 years. It’s ok to shame me on this one, y’all. I’m keeping this and making a commitment to reading it soon, okay?

Verdict: Keeping it

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

I actually partially read this one. In 2020, I got a little over halfway through and decided it was too long and convoluted, and I didn’t want to waste any more time on it. It’s a very plot-centered novel, which is just not for me. I can see why it’s a classic, and I think I would try his other books, but this was technically a DNF.

Verdict: Read it (for the most part)

Books kept: 5

Books off my TBR: 5

TBR count: 529 books

I don’t pay much attention to my Goodreads TBR list, but this was a nice exercise in letting go. It was also interesting to see how much my reading tastes have evolved. I was a little pretentious when I was young, hence all the classic lit. I’ve been thinking of reading the oldest books on my TBR for a while now, so this might be the kickstart I needed to finally do it this year.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What’s your current Goodreads TBR count at?

3 thoughts on “Books I Should Have Read/Tossed Long Ago | Down the TBR Hole #1

      1. 😂 I really should! I had a huge physical book purge last year, but somehow taking them off my Goodreads seems a more daunting task. 😅


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