Sunday, November 8, 2020

Down the TBR Hole #1 - 11/8/2020

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ 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.
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 let it go?
So I made a comment the other day about wanting to be more active on the blog again, and so Joood, my arch-nemesis, bossed me into joining this meme. I'm just going to warn you that this is going to be an exercise in futility for me, because I add dozens of books to my to-read shelf on Goodreads every day as I enter literally all of the giveaways. But that is also going to add another element to my posts, because I refuse to completely break up with a giveaway win, at least for now. I may change my mind on that in the future. But also, since my shelf is so crazy out of control and only getting worse, I'm going to have to go through way more than ten books per post. So for now, my posts will be light on graphics, and I'm only going to explain the books I'm keeping. 
Let's go, shall we?
Current To Read Count: 139,665

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Goodbye

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte - Girl, bye

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy - Au revoir

Middlemarch by George Eliot - Bye

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - I've always loved WWII era fiction, so this one stays. 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Dystopian fiction is high up on my list of favorites, so this is another keeper.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey - Adios

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - It's dystopian, so it stays for now. 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dosteyevsky - The classic literature elitist in me refuses to let this one go. 

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith - Goodbye

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - Bu-bu-bu-bye

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - This is dystopian that was banned in the Soviet Union. It stays. 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Boy, bye. 

Emma by Jane Austen - Farewell

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - Au revoir

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells - Bye

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope - Goodbye

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - I was going to get rid of this book, but the synopsis sounds like that of The Haunting of Bly Manor, so I think I'll keep it. 

Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu - Goodbye

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Bye

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - Auf Wiedersehen

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - Adios

The Odyssey by Homer - Bye (but in Greek). 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Farewell

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare - Out, out damn spot!

Books removed: 19

Books kept: 6

It's becoming quite clear, that I'm going to have to really step up my lists for these if I'm ever to really make a dent in my to-read shelf. However, 25 books per post seems like a pretty reasonable number. I wonder, should I post multiple times a day with these short 25 book lists, or would it better better to post just once a day with a significantly longer list? I know I can't go an entire week between posts right now (possibly ever) if I really want to make some changes to size of my to-read shelf on Goodreads. 

Let me know what you think. - Katie 


  1. I think you removed HG Wells, so you bring shame and dishonor to your blog

    1. That was a tough call, if it helps. And removing it from my To-Read list doesn't necessarily mean I'll never read it. - Katie