Down the TBR Hole #1

As I’m sure many people in the book blogging community are aware, Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia over at Lost in a Story – a wonderful blog that I highly recommend you check out if you haven’t already – in which you have to try and sort through all of the books that have piled up on your virtual TBR shelf! I’m going to be doing these posts every so often to try and work through my own…

The Rules

  • Go to your to-read shelf on Goodreads
  • Order as ascending date added
  • Take the first five or ten books
  • Read the synopsis of each
  • Decide: should I keep it or should it go?

The Books

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


I really enjoy historical fiction, and to me it seems bizarre that I still haven’t read one of the most famous works in this genre that has come out this century. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and constantly find myself seeing it and very nearly picking it up.

Verdict: Keep

Magyk by Angie Sage


I can see why past me put this on her to-read shelf. It’s a children’s fantasy story with a bit of magic and a bit of mystery from what I can gather. Reading the synopsis now, however, makes me think I am possibly a bit past reading fantasy from within this age bracket as I’ve heard that many of the characters are between 10 and 15. I don’t doubt it would be good and I’d have really enjoyed it a few years ago, but I’m just not sure I’d get much from it now!

Verdict: Go

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


I think I’m right in saying that this is one of the most influential and powerful books ever written. Most people read this in school, but I never did and somehow have never picked it up of my own accord despite knowing that it’s a book that I need to read in my lifetime.

Verdict: Keep

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling


I’ve owned this book ever since it came out in 2012 and have never once had the motivation or real intention of reading it. I fell into the trap of thinking I would enjoy it purely because it was written by J. K. Rowling but to be honest, there’s not much about it that really appeals to me and I doubt that I will ever actually want to pick it up.

Verdict: Go

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


This is a book that I don’t think I’m going to read in the near future, but want to get to eventually. I’ve seen quite a few film and TV adaptations of the novel and I just absolutely love the historical context in which they’re set, so I think I’m going to enjoy seeing how this works in print!

Verdict: Keep

And that’s it for my first ever Down the TBR Hole post! I really enjoyed doing this – it felt good to finally start going through that to-be read shelf, which is now only 112 books long. Clearly I’m going to need to make quite a few more of these posts…

Let me know, how many books are on your Goodreads TBR? Do you agree with the ones I’ve decided to remove from mine?

– Bex


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