Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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!


  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?


Poetry? Contemporary fiction? For fans of Ellen Hopkins? Yeah, we’re back in angsty teen years with this!

Verdict: GO!

The Memoirs of Cleopatra

I actually own this book and love Cleopatra, so the child in me who was obsessed with Egypt is giving me my answer with this book.

Verdict: Keep

A Study In Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes

Once upon a time, I would have loved to read this. Now? Eh. It sounds fine, but I think that I’ve grown out of the stage where I would actively search for this book.

Verdict: GO!

The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez

Oh, hello creepy serial killer. Just some fun stuff right here, right? But, I don’t think I’ll go for this one anymore.

Verdict: GO!

The Shining Girls

I’ve had this book on my TBR for years but never gotten around to it. In the past, when I’ve tried to purge my TBR of books, I kept this one because the premise sounds super cool.

Verdict: Keep

Burial Rites

You know? This book still sounds good. It still sounds really interesting and people I’m friends with and follow on Goodreads gave it a pretty high rating. Therefore…

Verdict: Keep

The Awakening

This is another classic that has been on my radar for ages, but I haven’t gotten to. And it still sounds good to me!

Verdict: Keep

The Republic

I read more than enough Plato in my philosophy courses.

Verdict: GO!

The Fountainhead

I read one Ayn Rand book and really liked it, so it looks like I added more of hers to my TBR at one point. But. Eh.

Verdict: GO!

Great Expectations

I like Dickens. And I do want to read this. It sounds good to me.

Verdict: Keep

Last TBR: 2085

Books kept: 5

Books removed: 5

Current TBR: 2082 (I added a couple over the two weeks)

But look!!! It kept going down!! I’m proud of myself with this. Hopefully I can get it down to 2000 eventually.

Talk to me!
Have you read any of these books?
Did I make the right choice on keeping or letting them go?

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole

  1. I read The Shining Girls a few years ago and really disliked it, but maybe you’ll have more luck with it.
    I occasionally go on book-removal sprees on my goodreads tbr, and it always feels good to get the number down.


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