Books, General

Down the TBR Hole #3

Happy Saturday everybody, and welcome to a re-occuring feature on my blog called ‘Down the TBR Hole’. The idea is to get the number of books on your TBR down to a surmountable and manageable amount but checking what has been added over the years and getting rid of those books that no longer float your boat! It’s been a few weeks since Down the TBR Hole #2, and even though I have been reading quite a bit, I have also been acquiring books too (oops) so my current TBR sits at 247 books.

So, how does it work?

  • 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?

1. The Shining Stephen King

Why is is there? I think that past Liz really thought that adding this to her shelf was a good idea. I really think that younger me probably would have thought this was something that I wanted to read when I got older, and that there was a film of it so therefore I would obviously want to read it to. I don’t want to read it.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Carrie Stephen King

Why is is there? A little like the previous book, I think this was added more because I thought I would want to read it when I was older. I have realised over the last couple of years that this horror genre type really isn’t my jam, and I very much doubt I will want to read this.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. It Stephen King

Why is is there? The film promotions and the pictures that were associated with this book, combined with it being in a genre I don’t read at all have put me off reading this book. Ever. I just don’t think it’s me now, or ever will be.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

4. Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe Bill Bryson

Why is is there? Travel amazes me and is something that I really enjoy taking a part in. I love Europe but have read a very small amount of books that actually deal with travelling around the continent, so would definitely still like to experience this.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

5. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America Bill Bryson

Why is is there? There is something so alien and far away about small town America and even though I have visited some of small town America, I am very clueless as to what happens there and what there is to see so think this could be quite fascinating.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

6. 1000 Places to See Before You Die Patricia Schulz

Why is is there? As much as I really like the sentiment behind this book and think that it would be really fascinating to read, I don’t think it’s a sit down and read a section book. Yes, I think it would make a great coffee table book but I don’t think it’s for me when it comes to actually reading.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

7. Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson

Why is is there? I think it is pretty clear at this point that I quite like the idea of these books, but I don’t own this one and have never actually read anything else by Bill Bryson so it’s going by virtue of its place being held by another title. Seems fair.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

8. James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing Norman G. Lippert

Why is is there? My travel companion and friend of a few years ago Jade recommended these and they were something that I was really keen on reading at the time, but then time went by and I never got round to them and now I’m not sure I will ever want to read them.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

9. James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper Norman G. Lippert

Why is is there? The whole collection of these was added in one swoop a long while ago, and as much as I like to read more about The Wizarding World, I think I am past the time when I would read things that aren’t J K Rowling produced. If I haven’t read the first one I’m also very unlikely to read the second one really.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

10. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales The Brothers Grimm

Why is is there? I really like fairytales and children’s books and nothing comes more authentically under this than these tales by The Brother’s Grimm. I have wanted to read these for years and finally bought myself the nice pretty word cloud classics editions a little while back so this is definitely staying,
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

This round:
Kept – 3
Ditched – 7

Kept – 12
Ditched – 18

Well that’s all for the third edition of Down the TBR Hole, I am enjoying this semi regular feature on my blog, are you? There is something cathartic about culling your TBR and accepting that you have no interest in a book you added years ago. My TBR currently stands at 240 books which really isn’t too bad (even if it is the same as it finished on last time round). I have a habit of added books blindly to my TBR so I need to actually narrow it down to what I want to read.

Have I ditched anything I shouldn’t have?

Have I kept something that’s not worth my time?

Let me know what you think?

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #3”

  1. I buy every Stephen King book I see. I have read The Shining and LOVED it. Psychological thriller, great book. I have read Carrie and it was okay, I gave it 3 stars. I own IT but haven’t read it yet but I definitely plan to. I’ve seen the Tim Curry mini-series and IT Chapter One. I’ve read one Bill Bryson book, A Walk in the Woods, and I enjoyed it mostly because he talked about places I’m familiar with on the Appalachian Trail. I definitely add books to my GR TBR indiscriminately. Willy nilly. lol. That’s why it’s *cough*12,000+-*cough* But that doesn’t scare me, that excites me! 😉

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    1. 12000!!! Jeez Louise. That’s a high number. It doesn’t bother me to have a high number to be fair, I just wabtbto make sure it’s actually made of things I want to read, y’know. I won’t rule out ever reading something by Stephen King, but I don’t see it happening for a while.


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