Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story, who is amazing and deserves all the follows. I’ve seen several people do this meme before but this is my first time actually participating. Given that my Goodreads TBR is about to reach 1000 books, I figured it was time…
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?
Now, I’m going to do this with a twist, because MANY books on my TBR are actually books that I own in some form – and I really want to read books I already own, even if it will take forever. (The oldest book added to my TBR is actually Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which I added back in 2013… and I still haven’t picked up, no matter how that cheeky kid from the cover is sticking his tongue out at me from my shelf. But I will! One day! I promise.)
As I said, my current Goodreads TBR is 985 books, and I own about 400 of these, so that still leaves more than 500 books that I don’t have and can use for this meme. So enough talking, let’s look at the books! Fifteen of them, because fifteen is my favourite number.
- 1) The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) by Amanda Lovelace
This one is a popular poetry collection that everyone praises, and it sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Both the individual titles and the series title radiates empowerment and feminism and women being great. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, but I had the chance to pick up the sequel (the witch doesn’t burn in this one) recently, and I was unfortunately disappointed. While I enjoyed some of the poems, I found many of them repetitive. So, I’m not really eager to read the first one anymore.
Decision: Go (I might add it back one day, but for now, it goes)
- 2) Lando by Charles Soule
You know him, you love him — now, join him for his biggest caper ever as master of charm Lando Calrissian steps into his very own high-stakes adventure! Let’s be honest here, I rarely read comics and while many Star Wars books are on my TBR, I haven’t actually read any of them. And yet, I’m determined to get this one day, because I love Lando.
- 3) Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
This book is called a lesbian classic – it was first published in 1982, and is one of the first young adult lesbian novels. It was banned and publicly burned in many places. I don’t actually know much about the story, and yet this is enough for me to want to pick it up. I really want to read more LGBTQAI YA published in the 1900s.
- 4) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Furthermore is a middle grade book, and I remember that it plays with colour somehow. I’m sure it’s a great book and I’m still somewhat intrigued, but I can’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.
- 5) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
I heard that this book has an unusual writing style, because it gradually stops using certain letters as the story goes on – e.g. something happens in the story, and the letter “d” doesn’t appear for the rest of the novel, and so on. I find this incredibly fascinating and I still really want to read this book.
- 6) The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re just a regular person trying to live a regular life while the Chosen One goes and does their thing. I’m still intrigued by this concept, so I’m keeping this book.
- 7) We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Three things I know about this book: 1) It’s by the same author who wrote Everything Leads to You, which I still haven’t read, but already bought, 2) It has queer girls, 3) It’s heartbreaking. Frankly, that last point scares me a little because I don’t like super sad stories, but I’m still interested enough to keep this for now.
- 8) Radio Silence by Alise Oseman
I keep hearing about this book, and yet I couldn’t tell you what it’s about. A podcast, I think? It also has queer characters. I’m actually feeling kind of meh about it right now, but several of my friends rated it 5 stars, so I’ll spare it this time.
- 9) The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
This is a sequel and I have no idea why I added it when I still haven’t read the first book.
Decision: Go (I might put it back if I like the first one)
- 10) Like Water by Rebecca Podos
I think this one has mermaids, a bisexual female protagonist, and a genderqueer character? So yeah, I’m keeping it.
- 11) Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
This book has an interesting premise, but it’s a middle grade novel in verse, and well…I generally don’t like reading books in verse, and while there are some amazing middle grade books, they are usually lower priority for me than YA. So, while I feel a little bad, this one is leaving my TBR, for now at least.
- 12) The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
This is another middle grade novel with an amazing cover and amazing premise, with a hijabi protagonist. This one took some thinking, but I’m keeping it for now I think. I might delete it next round if I still haven’t picked it up.
- 13) The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
Seriously, why do I keep adding sequels when I’m not even sure if I’ll like the first one?
- 14) Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
I have only read one short story by this author, but several of her books are on my TBR. I know that she mostly writes about queer Latinx characters? Which is great. Wild Beauty has magic, a beautiful cover, and several 5-star ratings from friends, so it’s staying for now.
- 15) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oct. 11th, 1943 – A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. World War II Historical Fiction is not a genre I often read, but I’m intrigued by this book. Female main characters, an unreliable narrator, spies and pilots… Yeah, I’m keeping this one.
- Stays: 10
- Goes: 5
- TBR: 980
Well… hey, at least I tried?
Fight me on my choices! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my decisions?