Down The TBR Hole #5

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 youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats 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 youre 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?

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Guess what? My Goodreads TBR has officially reached 1000 books. Yes, you read that right. So I need this meme more than ever… And maybe this will motivate me to be more critical.

  • 1) Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward

30725542 Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. I have no idea what to expect from this book because the blurb is so weird, but it does sound intriguing, and it apparently has a central f/f ship? I really want to read more stories with LGBTQAI+ relationships that aren’t romance and aren’t just about the relationship, so this is staying.

Decision: Stay

  • 2) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is a story about two Nigerian teens who both leave their country and meet again as adults. I feel like this is an important book about racism and racial identity, but I’m not that into it, and 1000 books are scary. Maybe I’ll add it back later.

Decision: Go

  • 3) The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

I’ve heard good things about this book, and it has libraries and dangerous books.

Decision: Stay

  • 4) Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson sounds like a fun person, but I’m not sure an autobiography type of book would also be fun.

Decision: Go

  • 5) The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

26025989Honestly, I want to keep this, because I love Carrie Fisher, but the truth is that I didn’t really enjoy Wishful Drinking either? So maybe her nonfiction books are just not for me. On the other hand, this one is mostly behind the scenes of the first Star Wars movie, so…

Decision: Stay

  • 6) Brave Boy World: A Transman Anthology by Michael Takeda

An anthology specifically with transmasculine protagonists. This still interests me, although I’m not sure when I’ll get to buy it.

Decision: Stay

  • 7) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I think I own a copy of this somewhere but I don’t feel like looking for it.

Decision: Go

  • 8) Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

The Wayward Children are one of my favourite series. I just wish the ebooks weren’t so damn expensive.

Decision: Stay

  • 9) Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Everyone is all over this book, and for a good reason. I’m not really feeling MG at the moment, but maybe that will change.

Decision: Stay

  • 10) On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Sci-fi with an #ownvoices autistic protagonist.

Decision: Stay

  • 11) The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

35901105I’m super excited about this book, and also, have you SEEN that cover?

Decision: Stay

  • 12) So You Want to Be a Robot And Other Stories by A. Merc Rustad

Stories with AIs and robots challenging the gender binary sound pretty awesome, but let’s be real, this is kinda expensive as an ebook so it’s not likely that I’m going to pick it up.

Decision: Go

  • 13) Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

I added this because I really liked the story and the songs from the musical, but honestly I’m not sure I’d like it in graphic novel form. Maybe one day.

Decision: Go

  • 14) George by Alex Gino

Middle grade novel with a trans girl protagonist by a (nonbinary?) trans author. It has a lot of 5-star ratings from my friends, so I’m keeping it for now even though I don’t actually read that much MG.

Decision: Stay

  • 15) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

25667918I haven’t read anything by Nnedi Okorafor, but I have Akata Witch, and all her stories sound amazing.

Decision: Stay


Final count:

Stay: 10
Go: 5
Next book on TBR: Love Beyond Body, Space and Time (page 11)

I was hoping to delete more, but I also don’t want to delete books I still have an interest in. People, this is hard work.

~ Alexa


3 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #5

  1. The problem with most of my TBR books is that I already own them as ebook which I can’t unhaul. So that’s why I am really hesitant to delete them. The 9th book is still on my TBR as well for one year now), I got it in a goodiebag but bought the ebook just days before. And I heard very very mixed reviews. Which makes me reluctant to actually read it. Maybe soon!


    1. That’s my problem with owned books as well. For ebooks, I feel pressured to read them even if I’m not interested anymore. Although I have trouble unhauling physical books too because not many people around here read in English so I can’t give it to anyone :/


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