Down the TBR Hole #1

This is the first time I’ve ever really done a post about clearing out my TBR (obviously, what with the number 1 in the title). I’m not doing it because my TBR is massive, more because some of the things on there were put on ages ago, or when I was going through a phase of really liking a certain thing. It’s also because I am guilty of not looking at my list all that often, so I have forgotten a great many things I put on there in the first place. So it will be a nice way of re-jogging my memory about titles I really should have read by now.

Down the TBR hole was originally created by Lost in a Story, and here’s how it works (Admittedly, I am kind of cheating with my order of when added):

– Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
– Order on ascending date added.
– Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
– Read the synopses of the books
– Decide: keep it or should it go?



Voyage by Stephen Baxter is a novel about ‘what if’? What if JFK had lived? The novel plays on the idea how, if he had, we could have had a manned mission to mars in the 1980s.

I added this to my list way back when I was overly-hyped about ‘The Martian’. What am I saying? When I was? I always will be. I’ll no doubt re-listen to that audio book once a year. There isn’t really a part of me that remembers why I got excited for this title. Reading the blurb makes me think it sounds kind of dry.


Verdict: Delete


The Waking Fire

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan is a prime example of a book I was looking forward to (love Anthony’s writing) and ended up forgetting about because I am terrible at refreshing myself with what is on my TBR. I shall make it one of my many New Years Resolutions to actually read this book.


Verdict: Keep


Shadows and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo has been sat on my book shelf for so very long, always being pushed back due to something else, be it a review request or something I happened across in town that day. I may well make this my next read after Bloody Rose.

Verdict: Keep


Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a title I saw in the library one time and fell in love with the black outer-rimmed pages and the lovely cover design. The story itself, that of a circus that appears randomly and is only open at night, does intrigue me. But romance isn’t something I read often, and this seems like it is fairly heavy on the romance. So may not get around to this one.

Verdict: Delete


Way of Kings

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is one of those audiobooks that I really tried with but just couldn’t get into. So, I decided to put it on my TBR thinking that maybe reading it would be a better way of tackling it. Sadly, my enthusiasm has been at zero for this title so I’ll most likely never get around to it.

Verdict: Delete


Have you read any of the books on here? What did you think of them if you did?

9 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

  1. hahaha, bloody hell.. I just started the tbr feature today as well! darn, I should have waited a bit before I published mine so I could have linked to one of those TBR features. I was too lazy to google and find something so just did my ‘own thing’ … XD must be the new year, renewed efforts, but you’re so right, I hardly ever look back at the TBR too and there’s some serious gems hiding there…
    I haven’t read any of the books you listed here but I would love to give Night Circus a go… I hear it’s quite spectacular 🙂

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  2. I have The Way of Kings on my TBR, and I would probably have to “temporarily” delete it, due to the fact that series is NO WHERE NEAR complete. I don’t mind starting trilogies or even series that are not yet complete, but a series ambitious as this, with so many books planned out across several decades… Ima wait a few more years until the end is somewhat in sight to start book 😀

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  3. Hmmm I don’t think that the Night Circus has heavy romance hmmm I mean it has it, of course, but it is all about the magic! I read it a few years ago and I still find it to be… well magical! 🙂

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